Grants improve firefighters' work
Silver Bluff Volunteer Fire Department is saving homeowners hundreds of dollars a year in insurance costs, local fire officials said.

Events
LEGACY SCULPTURE AND GARDEN: Outdoor Education Center, two miles of hiking trails, wetlands habitat and a pavilion; self-guided tours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, guided group and weekend tours by appointment; www.nwtf.org

Pet of the week
Carla, a 1-year-old Jack Russell mix, is socialized with other dogs and enjoys being held and petted. All Save the Animals Rescue Society pets are crate-trained and housebroken, spayed or neutered, on heartworm preventative medication and have had all shots. For more information, call (706) 592-4158.

Georgia Military College students honored
The following area students have been honored at Georgia Military College:

Clemson agriculture program explores state's farming life
When Lindy Morris takes over the family farm in Aiken, he will be better prepared for the challenges ahead.

Library events
AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2-6 p.m. Sunday

Grants improve firefighters' work
Silver Bluff Volunteer Fire Department is saving homeowners hundreds of dollars a year in insurance costs, local fire officials said.

Byrd Elementary School students honored
The following pupils have been recognized for the first nine weeks at Byrd Elementary School:

Dickens classic is 'ghosted'
The turnaround of Ebenezer Scrooge from a miserly, bitter old man to a generous and kind-hearted one is a familiar part of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Area adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Events
LEGACY SCULPTURE AND GARDEN: Outdoor Education Center, two miles of hiking trails, wetlands habitat and a pavilion; self-guided tours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, guided group and weekend tours by appointment; www.nwtf.org

Area adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Coalition recognizes caregivers' work
The CSRA Caregivers Network, a coalition of family and professional caregivers that focuses on education, awareness and advocacy, held its first Caregiver of the Year celebration at Julian Smith Casino on Nov. 10.

Library events
AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2-6 p.m. Sunday

Aiken County Farmers Market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call 643-4660.

Events
LEGACY SCULPTURE AND GARDEN: Outdoor Education Center, two miles of hiking trails, wetlands habitat and a pavilion; self-guided tours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, guided group and weekend tours by appointment; www.nwtf.org

Coalition recognizes caregivers' work
The CSRA Caregivers Network, a coalition of family and professional caregivers that focuses on education, awareness and advocacy, held its first Caregiver of the Year celebration at Julian Smith Casino on Nov. 10.

Aiken County Farmers Market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call 643-4660.

Athlete Spotlight: Keely Gillespie
Keely Gillespie didn't get involved in cross country to set any records or to make it to the state finals.

Meetings
Aiken Camera Club: 6:30 p.m. third Mondays, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, Room 3, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; (803) 642-9272 or misticole22@hotmail.com

Ordinance on animals toughened
Owners who spay or neuter their pets will be rewarded under an animal-control ordinance passed last week by Aiken City Council. The ordinance takes effect July 1.

Around the block
The Aiken Community Playhouse will present Vanities, by Jack Heifner, at 3 p.m. today at the Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken.

Reunions
AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL 1975: Seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion Friday; contact Beverly Adams, (803) 648-3714

Byrd Elementary School students honored
The following pupils have been recognized for the first nine weeks at Byrd Elementary School:

Around the block
The Aiken Community Playhouse will present Vanities, by Jack Heifner, at 3 p.m. today at the Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken.

Recreaton events
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Chorale will perform Advent service
This Christmas will present a first for the Rev. Robert Snyder.

Georgia Military College students honored
The following area students have been honored at Georgia Military College:

Ordinance on animals toughened
Owners who spay or neuter their pets will be rewarded under an animal-control ordinance passed last week by Aiken City Council. The ordinance takes effect July 1.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results for Nov. 7-13

Georgia-Carolina State Fair contest winners
The following were winners in contests at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair:

Reunions
AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL 1975: Seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion Friday; contact Beverly Adams, (803) 648-3714

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results for Nov. 7-13

This week
VANITIES: 3 p.m. today; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers; 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com

Chorale will perform Advent service
This Christmas will present a first for the Rev. Robert Snyder.

Georgia-Carolina State Fair contest winners
The following were winners in contests at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair:

Duties of school nurse are many
She doesn't wear a starched uniform and white cap, she won't give a child an aspirin for fever, and she doesn't send a pupil home who has an upset stomach.

Milestones
Lou Futrell Gramling, of Augusta, a professor at the School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Aiken, has received an award for nursing education at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, Macon.

Marine detachment seeks members for local units
The Riverfront Marine Detachment in North Augusta is looking for a few good men and women for a Marine Corps League Detachment in Augusta.

Pet of the week
Carla, a 1-year-old Jack Russell mix, is socialized with other dogs and enjoys being held and petted. All Save the Animals Rescue Society pets are crate-trained and housebroken, spayed or neutered, on heartworm preventative medication and have had all shots. For more information, call (706) 592-4158.

Students are given examples of how the world really works
Professionals from a diverse array of job fields talked about the good, the bad and the ugly of their careers at North Augusta High School's fourth annual career day.

Events
MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $26-$66; 722-3521; augustaciviccenter.com/events.html

Clemson agriculture program explores state's farming life
When Lindy Morris takes over the family farm in Aiken, he will be better prepared for the challenges ahead.

Athlete Spotlight: Keely Gillespie
Keely Gillespie didn't get involved in cross country to set any records or to make it to the state finals.

Aiken earns another Gold Cup polo event
As a journalist, Sarah Eakin covered polo around the world.

Aiken earns another Gold Cup polo event
As a journalist, Sarah Eakin covered polo around the world.

This week
VANITIES: 3 p.m. today; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers; 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com

Students are given examples of how the world really works
Professionals from a diverse array of job fields talked about the good, the bad and the ugly of their careers at North Augusta High School's fourth annual career day.

Recreaton events
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Dickens classic is 'ghosted'
The turnaround of Ebenezer Scrooge from a miserly, bitter old man to a generous and kind-hearted one is a familiar part of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Meetings
Aiken Camera Club: 6:30 p.m. third Mondays, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, Room 3, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; (803) 642-9272 or misticole22@hotmail.com

Duties of school nurse are many
She doesn't wear a starched uniform and white cap, she won't give a child an aspirin for fever, and she doesn't send a pupil home who has an upset stomach.

Marine detachment seeks members for local units
The Riverfront Marine Detachment in North Augusta is looking for a few good men and women for a Marine Corps League Detachment in Augusta.

Milestones
Lou Futrell Gramling, of Augusta, a professor at the School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Aiken, has received an award for nursing education at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, Macon.

Author recalls his years as public-school 'Teacher Man'

Chilling true-life account of nuclear close call
"Red Star Rogue" is as exciting as any novel. It is full of dramatic circumstances, tales of impending world danger and the possibility of a nuclear war.

This time, Theroux's travels are in the head
Paul Theroux, the prolific author of wide-ranging travelogues from around the world, takes another voyage for his latest novel, "Blinding Light."

Author recalls his years as public-school 'Teacher Man'
Oh, to have had a high school teacher like Frank McCourt.

This time, Theroux's travels are in the head
Paul Theroux, the prolific author of wide-ranging travelogues from around the world, takes another voyage for his latest novel, "Blinding Light."

Arts notebook
Augusta, it looks as though it's time to have a long-anticipated conversation.

This time, Theroux's travels are in the head

Author of 'Wicked' getting used to new celebrity

Author recalls his years as public-school 'Teacher Man'
Oh, to have had a high school teacher like Frank McCourt.

Author of 'Wicked' getting used to new celebrity
BOSTON - Gregory Maguire was in London when he first decided to explore the origins of evil. His quest, however, landed him in the fantasy world of Oz.

Arts notebook
Augusta, it looks as though it's time to have a long-anticipated conversation.

Arts notebook

Chilling true-life account of nuclear close call
"Red Star Rogue" is as exciting as any novel. It is full of dramatic circumstances, tales of impending world danger and the possibility of a nuclear war.

Chilling true-life account of nuclear close call

Author of 'Wicked' getting used to new celebrity
BOSTON - Gregory Maguire was in London when he first decided to explore the origins of evil. His quest, however, landed him in the fantasy world of Oz.

Colletti plans to meet with Fregosi, Collins
LOS ANGELES - Ned Colletti, hired as the Los Angeles Dodgers' general manager earlier this week, is planning to meet with Jim Fregosi and Terry Collins to discuss the team's vacant managerial position.

Colletti plans to meet with Fregosi, Collins

Colletti plans to meet with Fregosi, Collins
LOS ANGELES - Ned Colletti, hired as the Los Angeles Dodgers' general manager earlier this week, is planning to meet with Jim Fregosi and Terry Collins to discuss the team's vacant managerial position.

Thanksgiving casts spell on America

Brian Allen Mohler, Jr.
Donna Elis Mohler of Martinez and Brian Allen Mohler of Clovis, Calif. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brian Allen, born October 5, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Emmaly Ann Huffman
Bubba and Kay Huffman of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emmaly Ann, born November 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Wesley David Kupferer
Michael Andrew and Amy Rosemarie Kupferer of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Wesley David, born October 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Spencer Amade

Ashton Michael Bryant
Andrea Jubera and Tracy Bryant are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ashton Michael, born November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jacob Duane Cosby

Spencer Amadeé Gallaty
Conan Anthony and Natasha Rajack Gallaty of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Spencer Amadeé , born October 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jaylen Deont

Darryl Clinton Crooms
Joanne Jones and Darryl Crooms are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Darryl Clinton, born November 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Maggie Rose Eastman

Victor Novie Westbrook
William Novie and Kristina Marie Westbrook of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Victor Novie, born November 6, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Matthew James Carroll
Michael James and Sarah Ann Carroll of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew James, born November 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Eliza Leeann King
William (Bill) David and Susie Carol King of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Eliza Leeann, born November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Allen Singleton
Derek A. and Sherrie L. Singleton of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Allen, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jalen Lavell Gaddy
April Gracey and Randy Gaddy are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jalen Lavell, born November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emmaly Ann Huffman

Mason Cole Enochs
Joshua Lynn and April Nicole Enochs of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mason Cole, born October 26, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Darryl Clinton Crooms

Landon Christopher Barden
William Christopher and Elizabeth Suzanne Barden of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Landon Christopher, born November 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Matthew James Carroll

Quenasia Octavia Philpot
Ta-Tanisha Tucker and Quenton Philpot are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Quenasia Octavia, born November 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Peter Levert Bennett

Spencer Amadeé Gallaty
Conan Anthony and Natasha Rajack Gallaty of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Spencer Amadeé , born October 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jack Johnothan Thompson

Peter Levert Bennett
Jennifer Perry and Tyrone Bennett are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Peter Levert, born November 2, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mohan Gopal Dara

Simone Cierra Davis
Reginald L. and Stacy C. Davis of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Simone Cierra, born October 20, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Mitchell Atterton

Maggie Rose Eastman
George Allen and Jennifer Darlyn Eastman of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maggie Rose, born October 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Simone Cierra Davis

Jaylen Deonté McKie
LaTasha Johnson and Dominic McKie are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaylen Deonté, born November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Allen Singleton

Quenasia Octavia Philpot

Wesley David Kupferer

Ashton Michael Bryant
Andrea Jubera and Tracy Bryant are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ashton Michael, born November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Landon Christopher Barden

Jaylen Deonté McKie
LaTasha Johnson and Dominic McKie are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaylen Deonté, born November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Eliza Leeann King

Quenasia Octavia Philpot
Ta-Tanisha Tucker and Quenton Philpot are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Quenasia Octavia, born November 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jalen Lavell Gaddy

Wesley David Kupferer
Michael Andrew and Amy Rosemarie Kupferer of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Wesley David, born October 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Victor Novie Westbrook

Nicholas Allen Singleton
Derek A. and Sherrie L. Singleton of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Allen, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ashton Michael Bryant

Mohan Gopal Dara
Ravi Kumar and Vinineath Nuon Gopal of Denver are pleased to announce the birth of their twin son and daughter, Mohan and Dara, born June 12, 2005 at Rose Hospital in Denver.

Brian Allen Mohler, Jr.

Darryl Clinton Crooms
Joanne Jones and Darryl Crooms are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Darryl Clinton, born November 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jake Brantley McPherson

Mason Cole Enochs
Joshua Lynn and April Nicole Enochs of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mason Cole, born October 26, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Mason Cole Enochs

Brian Allen Mohler, Jr.
Donna Elis Mohler of Martinez and Brian Allen Mohler of Clovis, Calif. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brian Allen, born October 5, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Lily Elise Case

Landon Christopher Barden
William Christopher and Elizabeth Suzanne Barden of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Landon Christopher, born November 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jake Brantley McPherson
Tommy and Rhonda McPherson of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jake Brantley, born August 16, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Jake Brantley McPherson
Tommy and Rhonda McPherson of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jake Brantley, born August 16, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Peter Levert Bennett
Jennifer Perry and Tyrone Bennett are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Peter Levert, born November 2, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jack Johnothan Thompson
Congratulations Donovan Bruce and Ashlee Breann Thompson on the birth of your beautiful son! From proud grandparents, great-grandparents Ouma & Oupa. Jack.Johnothan was born January 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jack Johnothan Thompson
Congratulations Donovan Bruce and Ashlee Breann Thompson on the birth of your beautiful son! From proud grandparents, great-grandparents Ouma & Oupa. Jack.Johnothan was born January 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Lily Elise Case
Adam E. and Katrin Case of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Elise, born November 4, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Emmaly Ann Huffman
Bubba and Kay Huffman of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emmaly Ann, born November 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mohan Gopal Dara
Ravi Kumar and Vinineath Nuon Gopal of Denver are pleased to announce the birth of their twin son and daughter, Mohan and Dara, born June 12, 2005 at Rose Hospital in Denver.

Lily Elise Case
Adam E. and Katrin Case of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Elise, born November 4, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Jackson Mitchell Atterton
Kenny and Amanda Kay Atterton of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Mitchell, born on his father's birthday, September 29, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Simone Cierra Davis
Reginald L. and Stacy C. Davis of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Simone Cierra, born October 20, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Elizabeth Ann Turner
Kevin Gene and Alisha Kay Turner of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann, born November 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Victor Novie Westbrook
William Novie and Kristina Marie Westbrook of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Victor Novie, born November 6, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Matthew James Carroll
Michael James and Sarah Ann Carroll of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew James, born November 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Mitchell Atterton
Kenny and Amanda Kay Atterton of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Mitchell, born on his father's birthday, September 29, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jacob Duane Cosby
Christopher Duane and Lisa Vintson Cosby of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Duane, born November 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Maggie Rose Eastman
George Allen and Jennifer Darlyn Eastman of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maggie Rose, born October 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jalen Lavell Gaddy
April Gracey and Randy Gaddy are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jalen Lavell, born November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Elizabeth Ann Turner
Kevin Gene and Alisha Kay Turner of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann, born November 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Eliza Leeann King
William (Bill) David and Susie Carol King of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Eliza Leeann, born November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Elizabeth Ann Turner

Jacob Duane Cosby
Christopher Duane and Lisa Vintson Cosby of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Duane, born November 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Pupils say sub taped them to seat
AMARILLO, Texas - A swift investigation into a report that a Sunrise Elementary School substitute teacher taped two fifth-graders to their chairs Wednesday ended with the substitute's termination.

Pupils say sub taped them to seat
AMARILLO, Texas - A swift investigation into a report that a Sunrise Elementary School substitute teacher taped two fifth-graders to their chairs Wednesday ended with the substitute's termination.

Richmond County property transfers

GE jettisons 'tremendous drag' in sale
General Electric Co. sold most of its insurance unit to Swiss Reinsurance Co. on Friday for $6.8 billion in cash and stock, completing a strategy to leave a troublesome segment and redeploy cash to investors and faster-growing businesses.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 3-8. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 3-8. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Intense NASCAR finish parallels battles in retail
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As chief executive of Lowe's Cos., Robert Niblock has plenty of numbers to worry about in his battle with The Home Depot Inc.: sales and inventory, revenue and earnings, how many stores to open and employees to hire.

Business briefs
For seven of the past nine years, American companies have announced more layoffs in the last three months of the year than during other periods, according to the federal bureau of labor statistics.

Home briefs

On the move

Developer plays part in entertainment complex
Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial Corp. has a new $129 million entertainment complex in the works, but it's not coming to Augusta.

Intense NASCAR finish parallels battles in retail

Christians take Bible's money lessons to heart
Scan the shelves in the personal finance section of a major bookstore, and they to have all the answers to a secure financial future.

Developer plays part in entertainment complex
Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial Corp. has a new $129 million entertainment complex in the works, but it's not coming to Augusta.

On the move
- Jason B. Smith has been promoted to publisher of The McDuffie Mirror in Thomson. Mr. Smith has been editor of The Mirror since its inception in 2003 and previously was the Columbia County bureau chief for The Augusta Chronicle and also news editor of The Columbia County News-Times. The Augusta State University graduate joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1997 and is a member of the Thomson Rotary Club and is on the board of the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce.

GE jettisons 'tremendous drag' in sale
General Electric Co. sold most of its insurance unit to Swiss Reinsurance Co. on Friday for $6.8 billion in cash and stock, completing a strategy to leave a troublesome segment and redeploy cash to investors and faster-growing businesses.

Christians take Bible's money lessons to heart

Efforts to protect songs on CDs fail
BOSTON - It's been the better part of a decade since Napster and other free song-sharing services began scaring the daylights out of the music industry, and still recording companies can't find an effective anti-piracy technology to save their hides.

Business briefs

GE jettisons 'tremendous drag' in sale

On the move
- Jason B. Smith has been promoted to publisher of The McDuffie Mirror in Thomson. Mr. Smith has been editor of The Mirror since its inception in 2003 and previously was the Columbia County bureau chief for The Augusta Chronicle and also news editor of The Columbia County News-Times. The Augusta State University graduate joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1997 and is a member of the Thomson Rotary Club and is on the board of the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce.

Business briefs
For seven of the past nine years, American companies have announced more layoffs in the last three months of the year than during other periods, according to the federal bureau of labor statistics.

Efforts to protect songs on CDs fail
BOSTON - It's been the better part of a decade since Napster and other free song-sharing services began scaring the daylights out of the music industry, and still recording companies can't find an effective anti-piracy technology to save their hides.

Developer plays part in entertainment complex

Home briefs
Homeowners have heard all about R-values, BTUs, and HVAC systems.

Christians take Bible's money lessons to heart
Scan the shelves in the personal finance section of a major bookstore, and they to have all the answers to a secure financial future.

Intense NASCAR finish parallels battles in retail
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As chief executive of Lowe's Cos., Robert Niblock has plenty of numbers to worry about in his battle with The Home Depot Inc.: sales and inventory, revenue and earnings, how many stores to open and employees to hire.

Efforts to protect songs on CDs fail

Home briefs
Homeowners have heard all about R-values, BTUs, and HVAC systems.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Nov. 19, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Nov. 19, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for November 20, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for November 20, 2005.

Davis runs wild in Clemson win
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Apparently, it'll take more than Steve Spurrier to end Clemson's dominance over South Carolina.

Davis runs wild in Clemson win
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Apparently, it'll take more than Steve Spurrier to end Clemson's dominance over South Carolina.

Davis runs wild in Clemson win

Tigers' defense rules with iron hand

Tigers' defense rules with iron hand
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn felt like the wrong team was getting all the hype in this state, and the Tigers set out to prove it Saturday.

Iron Bowl matches best offense, defense

Smith works magic vs. Wolverines again

Smith works magic vs. Wolverines again
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Several Ohio State Buckeyes were smiling and sweating in a cramped interview room, sporting Big Ten championship hats and T-shirts.

Tennessee hopes to keep bowl streak alive
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Another win over Vanderbilt would extend Tennessee's streak in the series to 23, but this year it's another streak that has the Volunteers worried.

Iron Bowl matches best offense, defense
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn has gotten past some tough defenses this season, forging the Southeastern Conference's top offense even with a new backfield going against the stiff opposition.

Tigers' defense rules with iron hand
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn felt like the wrong team was getting all the hype in this state, and the Tigers set out to prove it Saturday.

Smith works magic vs. Wolverines again
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Several Ohio State Buckeyes were smiling and sweating in a cramped interview room, sporting Big Ten championship hats and T-shirts.

Tennessee hopes to keep bowl streak alive

Iron Bowl matches best offense, defense
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn has gotten past some tough defenses this season, forging the Southeastern Conference's top offense even with a new backfield going against the stiff opposition.

Tennessee hopes to keep bowl streak alive
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Another win over Vanderbilt would extend Tennessee's streak in the series to 23, but this year it's another streak that has the Volunteers worried.

Revamped Georgia Tech wins opener

Tigers break ice after 65 losses

Blue Devils have it covered at top

Lions calmly hold off Jags in opener

Expectations are sky high for Paine, Spry this season

Just do as they say?

Administration hits back, finally

Just do as they say?
Former President Jimmy Carter, noted historian Doris Kearn Goodwin, and so-called funnyman and social critic Al Franken are all making the talk-show rounds promoting their favorably reviewed new books.

Unions are bad for education

Just do as they say?
Former President Jimmy Carter, noted historian Doris Kearn Goodwin, and so-called funnyman and social critic Al Franken are all making the talk-show rounds promoting their favorably reviewed new books.

Administration hits back, finally
"(T)he suggestion that's been made by some U.S. senators that the president of the United States or any member of this administration purposely misled the American people on prewar intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."

We interrupt this lynching ...
Opponents of the Georgia voter ID law never wanted the issue to be about voter fraud.

Unions are bad for education
It's good that Georgia and South Carolina kids live in right-to-work states. A new study bolsters criticism of teachers' unions - namely that they are more concerned about the security and perks of their members than they are about providing students with a good education.

We interrupt this lynching ...

Unions are bad for education
It's good that Georgia and South Carolina kids live in right-to-work states. A new study bolsters criticism of teachers' unions - namely that they are more concerned about the security and perks of their members than they are about providing students with a good education.

We interrupt this lynching ...
Opponents of the Georgia voter ID law never wanted the issue to be about voter fraud.

Administration hits back, finally
"(T)he suggestion that's been made by some U.S. senators that the president of the United States or any member of this administration purposely misled the American people on prewar intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."

People in the News
NEW YORK - Jennifer Beals is a mom. The actress and her husband, Ken L. Dixon, gave birth to a baby girl last month, People magazine reported Friday.

Dana Reeve says she's responding well to cancer treatment
NEW YORK - Dana Reeve, who announced three months ago that she has lung cancer, said Thursday she is responding well to treatment and that her tumor is "shrinking and shrinking and shrinking."

People in the News
NEW YORK - Jennifer Beals is a mom. The actress and her husband, Ken L. Dixon, gave birth to a baby girl last month, People magazine reported Friday.

Dana Reeve says she's responding well to cancer treatment
NEW YORK - Dana Reeve, who announced three months ago that she has lung cancer, said Thursday she is responding well to treatment and that her tumor is "shrinking and shrinking and shrinking."

Mutual funds based on faith gain popularity

Mutual funds based on faith gain popularity
Socially responsible funds, and the ideals behind them, are becoming more mainstream, but building a truly diversified portfolio with them remains a challenge.

Mutual funds based on faith gain popularity
Socially responsible funds, and the ideals behind them, are becoming more mainstream, but building a truly diversified portfolio with them remains a challenge.

Georgia Tech upsets Miami
MIAMI - Georgia Tech sacked Kyle Wright seven times, took advantage of key penalties on two touchdown drives and made a pair of late defensive stands to upset the third-ranked Miami Hurricanes 14-10 Saturday night.

Georgia Tech upsets Miami
MIAMI - Georgia Tech sacked Kyle Wright seven times, took advantage of key penalties on two touchdown drives and made a pair of late defensive stands to upset the third-ranked Miami Hurricanes 14-10 Saturday night.

Jackets' defense zeros in on QBs
ATLANTA - Nothing is more taboo on college campuses these days than hazing.

Jackets' defense zeros in on QBs
ATLANTA - Nothing is more taboo on college campuses these days than hazing.

Georgia Tech upsets Miami

Jackets' defense zeros in on QBs

Sorenstam leads despite poor finish

Sorenstam leads despite poor finish
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Annika Sorenstam survived gusty conditions Saturday to stay in the lead at the season-ending ADT Championship, but just barely.

Woods moves into lead

Sorenstam leads despite poor finish
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Annika Sorenstam survived gusty conditions Saturday to stay in the lead at the season-ending ADT Championship, but just barely.

Woods moves into lead
MIYAZAKI, Japan - Just like last year, Tiger Woods is in front at the Dunlop Phoenix - with far less room for mistakes.

Woods moves into lead
MIYAZAKI, Japan - Just like last year, Tiger Woods is in front at the Dunlop Phoenix - with far less room for mistakes.

Devils Dome bound

Hawks inch closer to title

Friday night football rewind

Georgia High School Association football scores

Hornets will get shot at Byrnes

Lions win first title

Tigers keep hopes afloat

Rebels use balance to get by Seahawks

Hornets will get shot at Byrnes
AIKEN - The wild rumor circulating around Hagood Stadium after Friday night's Aiken-Westside game turned out to be a false alarm. Byrnes did not lose its game to York.

Rebels use balance to get by Seahawks
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Let's get the unfathomable out of the way first. Myrtle Beach took a 215-mile ride to Edgefield County for the South Carolina High School League Class AAA Lower State semifinals against Strom Thurmond.

Hawks inch closer to title
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Brandon Berry's early PAT proved to be the game-winner, but Andre Simmons' alert play late in the game gave Blackville-Hilda some breathing room in its Class A Lower State semifinal victory over Baptist Hill on Friday.

Friday night football rewind
Strom Thurmond seeks history this season. "It's been since 1968 since Strom Thurmond won a state championship," senior running back Tony Dugar said. "We want to change all that this year. Nothing less will cut it."

Lions win first title
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - After only two years as a member of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association, Augusta Christian brought home their first ever football state championship with a 24-7 win over Porter Gaud.

Friday night football rewind
Strom Thurmond seeks history this season. "It's been since 1968 since Strom Thurmond won a state championship," senior running back Tony Dugar said. "We want to change all that this year. Nothing less will cut it."

Hawks inch closer to title
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Brandon Berry's early PAT proved to be the game-winner, but Andre Simmons' alert play late in the game gave Blackville-Hilda some breathing room in its Class A Lower State semifinal victory over Baptist Hill on Friday.

Georgia High School Association football scores
Friday's scores

Georgia High School Association football scores
Friday's scores

Hornets will get shot at Byrnes
AIKEN - The wild rumor circulating around Hagood Stadium after Friday night's Aiken-Westside game turned out to be a false alarm. Byrnes did not lose its game to York.

Devils Dome bound
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Despite Lincoln County's 0-3 start to the season, quarterback Brandon Barden never worried.

Rebels use balance to get by Seahawks
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Let's get the unfathomable out of the way first. Myrtle Beach took a 215-mile ride to Edgefield County for the South Carolina High School League Class AAA Lower State semifinals against Strom Thurmond.

Tigers keep hopes afloat
WASHINGTON, Ga. - The pass hung in the air for what seemed like 38 years, and Washington-Wilkes' hopes of ending its state championship drought of the same duration hung with it.

Tigers keep hopes afloat
WASHINGTON, Ga. - The pass hung in the air for what seemed like 38 years, and Washington-Wilkes' hopes of ending its state championship drought of the same duration hung with it.

Devils Dome bound
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Despite Lincoln County's 0-3 start to the season, quarterback Brandon Barden never worried.

Lions win first title
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - After only two years as a member of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association, Augusta Christian brought home their first ever football state championship with a 24-7 win over Porter Gaud.

NHL roundup
NEW YORK - Michael Nylander's ankle was sore enough to keep him off the practice ice one day after he and the New York Rangers were thumped in North Carolina.

Leafs bury Thrashers
TORONTO - Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice and had an assist to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-1 on Saturday night for their season-high fourth straight victory.

Leafs bury Thrashers

Leafs bury Thrashers
TORONTO - Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice and had an assist to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-1 on Saturday night for their season-high fourth straight victory.

NHL roundup
NEW YORK - Michael Nylander's ankle was sore enough to keep him off the practice ice one day after he and the New York Rangers were thumped in North Carolina.

NHL roundup

Thanksgiving casts spell on America
This Thursday provides a holiday in which most of us will visit a spell, sit a spell and eat a spell.

Thanksgiving casts spell on America
This Thursday provides a holiday in which most of us will visit a spell, sit a spell and eat a spell.

City raises, while deserved, were approved hastily
In my 15-year career of accounting and budgeting, I have never seen what I saw this past week in the Augusta Commission chambers. The commissioners approved an across-the-board 8 percent pay increase for all employees without having an approved budget to guide them in determining a feasible percentage rate increase. I'm not arguing the need to fairly compensate the city's workers - just the method in which it was handled.Joe Bowles, Augusta

City raises, while deserved, were approved hastily
In my 15-year career of accounting and budgeting, I have never seen what I saw this past week in the Augusta Commission chambers. The commissioners approved an across-the-board 8 percent pay increase for all employees without having an approved budget to guide them in determining a feasible percentage rate increase. I'm not arguing the need to fairly compensate the city's workers - just the method in which it was handled.Joe Bowles, Augusta

Don't leave executive branch unchecked

Evolution's details still questioned
Science seeks to understand nature and the universe by observation and evidence based learning.Art Beall, Evans

Define 'victory,' then pull out of Iraq
When President Bush withdrew Harriet Miers' name as a nominee for the Supreme Court, it demonstrated that he can admit a mistake. But who benefited from this admission? A small group of conservatives. If he could admit that invading Iraq was a mistake, it would benefit the nation.Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

Evolution's details still questioned

Define 'victory,' then pull out of Iraq

Evolution's details still questioned
Science seeks to understand nature and the universe by observation and evidence based learning.Art Beall, Evans

Don't leave executive branch unchecked
The Chronicle again applies square-peg-into-round-hole logic in tendering its views.Matt Alan, North Augusta, S.C.

Don't leave executive branch unchecked
The Chronicle again applies square-peg-into-round-hole logic in tendering its views.Matt Alan, North Augusta, S.C.

Define 'victory,' then pull out of Iraq
When President Bush withdrew Harriet Miers' name as a nominee for the Supreme Court, it demonstrated that he can admit a mistake. But who benefited from this admission? A small group of conservatives. If he could admit that invading Iraq was a mistake, it would benefit the nation.Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

City raises, while deserved, were approved hastily

Special styles are rediscovered at vintage and thrift stores

Choosing right energy savings strategy is important

Museum exhibit melds science and fiction of Star Wars

Family dining can help with togetherness

Prehistoric lizard called historic link in evolutionary chain

Thank remaining guests for missing gifts

Husband takes an active role in home decor

Travel briefs

Consider bolts when buying woodworking connectors

Living briefs

Ancient Mexican city has much to offer modern visitors

Grasses originated earlier than previously thought

FDA to examine deaths of pediatric Tamiflu patients

How to silence excessive household noise

Ancient Mexican city has much to offer modern visitors
CHOLULA, Mexico - A lot has changed since this town was founded on a flat plain in the valley of Mexico.

Grasses originated earlier than previously thought
WASHINGTON - Dinosaurs grazed on grass? Scientists have discovered the first evidence that when some dipped their long necks, they pulled up grass along with ferns and other greenery - a big surprise, since grasses were thought to have evolved after dinosaurs died off.

Family dining can help with togetherness
Though the Thanksgiving feast might stick to the ribs until New Year's, when it is resolved away, one thing families should try to keep year-round is the family meal.

Family dining can help with togetherness
Though the Thanksgiving feast might stick to the ribs until New Year's, when it is resolved away, one thing families should try to keep year-round is the family meal.

Thank remaining guests for missing gifts
Dear Carson: After our honeymoon, we discovered that some of the envelopes that were placed in a container at the wedding reception had disappeared. My wife has done a superb job in sending out thank-you notes to everyone, but she is at a loss as to how to handle this situation. Do you have any advice? - Desperate to do Right

Husband takes an active role in home decor
Lynne Lux liked what she saw in a catalog for her dining room window treatment as far as the style went, but not the material.

Husband takes an active role in home decor
Lynne Lux liked what she saw in a catalog for her dining room window treatment as far as the style went, but not the material.

Choosing right energy savings strategy is important
Q: We'd love to cut our energy bills and make our house more comfortable, but we're having trouble figuring out what strategies are best for us and which ones won't be as cost-effective or help us as much.

Ancient Mexican city has much to offer modern visitors
CHOLULA, Mexico - A lot has changed since this town was founded on a flat plain in the valley of Mexico.

Grasses originated earlier than previously thought
WASHINGTON - Dinosaurs grazed on grass? Scientists have discovered the first evidence that when some dipped their long necks, they pulled up grass along with ferns and other greenery - a big surprise, since grasses were thought to have evolved after dinosaurs died off.

Prehistoric lizard called historic link in evolutionary chain
DALLAS - Amateur fossil hunter Van Turner felt certain he found something important as he combed through turned-up earth at a construction site 16 years ago.

Living briefs
- Comedy Central has given new life to American Lives, a partly scripted, partly improvised pilot that was passed over at NBC earlier this year.

Special styles are rediscovered at vintage and thrift stores
NEW YORK - In many ways, fashion is about following trends. Think of all the women wearing velvet shrunken blazers with slim-leg jeans and stacked-heeled boots, carrying a studded hobo handbag.

Museum exhibit melds science and fiction of Star Wars
BOSTON - In a certain galaxy far, far away, fantasy - not physics - rules the frigid wasteland of Hoth and the infernos of Mustafa. Spaceships flit between planets, massive factories churn out robot and clone armies, and circuitry keeps alive the Empire's greatest villain.

Museum exhibit melds science and fiction of Star Wars
BOSTON - In a certain galaxy far, far away, fantasy - not physics - rules the frigid wasteland of Hoth and the infernos of Mustafa. Spaceships flit between planets, massive factories churn out robot and clone armies, and circuitry keeps alive the Empire's greatest villain.

Living briefs
- Comedy Central has given new life to American Lives, a partly scripted, partly improvised pilot that was passed over at NBC earlier this year.

Thank remaining guests for missing gifts
Dear Carson: After our honeymoon, we discovered that some of the envelopes that were placed in a container at the wedding reception had disappeared. My wife has done a superb job in sending out thank-you notes to everyone, but she is at a loss as to how to handle this situation. Do you have any advice? - Desperate to do Right

Choosing right energy savings strategy is important
Q: We'd love to cut our energy bills and make our house more comfortable, but we're having trouble figuring out what strategies are best for us and which ones won't be as cost-effective or help us as much.

Travel briefs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It's almost whale-watching time again in California.

Consider bolts when buying woodworking connectors
When we think of woodworking, we think of either nails or wood screws to connect the pieces. However, in many instances, through-bolts can provide greater strength and stability.

FDA to examine deaths of pediatric Tamiflu patients
WASHINGTON - Federal drug regulators said Friday there was insufficient evidence to tie the flu drug Tamiflu to the deaths of 12 Japanese children or to hallucinations, encephalitis and other symptoms suffered by some Japanese patients.

How to silence excessive household noise
Homeowners have heard all about R-values, BTUs, and HVAC systems.

Special styles are rediscovered at vintage and thrift stores
NEW YORK - In many ways, fashion is about following trends. Think of all the women wearing velvet shrunken blazers with slim-leg jeans and stacked-heeled boots, carrying a studded hobo handbag.

Travel briefs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It's almost whale-watching time again in California.

How to silence excessive household noise
Homeowners have heard all about R-values, BTUs, and HVAC systems.

Prehistoric lizard called historic link in evolutionary chain
DALLAS - Amateur fossil hunter Van Turner felt certain he found something important as he combed through turned-up earth at a construction site 16 years ago.

FDA to examine deaths of pediatric Tamiflu patients
WASHINGTON - Federal drug regulators said Friday there was insufficient evidence to tie the flu drug Tamiflu to the deaths of 12 Japanese children or to hallucinations, encephalitis and other symptoms suffered by some Japanese patients.

Consider bolts when buying woodworking connectors
When we think of woodworking, we think of either nails or wood screws to connect the pieces. However, in many instances, through-bolts can provide greater strength and stability.

Chancellor seeks Georgia position

Engineers go back to school

Diving into 'Goblet'
To say that Ana Beasley, 6, is a Harry Potter fan is an understatement.

Correction

New ramp OK'd for escape
It's official. Transportation planners now have the green light to construct an emergency ramp from Columbia Nitrogen Road onto Interstate 520.

Burmeister says memo is untrue

News you can use

Switch reduces eligible pupils

Engineers go back to school
They showed them the money and ways they can make a difference.

News you can use

Howard's widow accepts 'torch'
Promising to continue the legacy of her late husband, the widow of Georgia Rep. Henry Howard was sworn into office Thursday as the new representative for District 121.

Howard's widow accepts 'torch'

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Sexual harassment case sweeps Florida prisons

Burmeister says memo is untrue
The Richmond County Democratic Party called for state Rep. Sue Burmeister to resign Friday after statements attributed to her in a Department of Justice memo said black voters in her district don't vote unless they are paid to do so.

Across Georgia

Angry Augusta man sets fire to himself
An Augusta man was in critical condition in the burn unit of a local hospital after he set himself on fire at the end of a violent confrontation with his wife Friday afternoon.

Officials step up seizures

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Two former Army soldiers were acquitted Thursday in the 2004 shooting death of their friend outside a Columbus nightclub.

Angry Augusta man sets fire to himself

Switch reduces eligible pupils
Soon, thousands of Georgia high school students might lose HOPE.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - The murder trial of Johnny Ray Gambrell has ended with a hung jury after one juror said he was unsure authorities had found the remains of Mr. Gambrell's wife.

News you can use
Entertainment events and activities for today include:

Augustans gather in prayer at the Bell

Augustans gather in prayer at the Bell
There was an unexpected item added to the prayer list at Friday's Prayer and Praise Rally at the Bell Auditorium - parking.

New ramp OK'd for escape

Landlord must fix conditions
It doesn't do Betty Walker much good to flush her toilet.

Diving into 'Goblet'

Where we live

Across the area

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Site for Scouts closing for good

School travel is still limited

Man tells of life long ago through cabin he built
AIKEN - People are failing to remember the past, John Osteen said.

Member wins contract

Member wins contract
AIKEN - As an Aiken County councilman, Charles Barton isn't allowed to influence the county in any way that could help him financially.

Stores, students seek options
Mika Patterson can't understand why "words on paper" cost so much.

Across the area
A local man's Christmas trees have been selected to decorate the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta.

Little by little, exotic species are changing the South
Orson Welles shook up a nation with his 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast of an alien invasion.

News you can use
Entertainment events and activities for today include:

Fundraiser begins its 75th year
The Augusta Chronicle's 75th annual Empty Stocking Fund for needy families kicks off this week after setting fundraising records last year.

New ramp OK'd for escape
It's official. Transportation planners now have the green light to construct an emergency ramp from Columbia Nitrogen Road onto Interstate 520.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Colin Mealing

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Two former Army soldiers were acquitted Thursday in the 2004 shooting death of their friend outside a Columbus nightclub.

Visibility boosts efforts of Habitat for Humanity
AMERICUS, Ga. - The devastating tsunamis and hurricanes of the past year have led to increased visibility for Habitat for Humanity International, and, as a result, more donations and volunteers.

Landlord must fix conditions

News you can use
Activities for this week include:

Sexual harassment case sweeps Florida prisons
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Since 2000, Florida Department of Corrections officers and supervisors have faced more than 540 allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation by female employees.

Where we live
Most people know him as "the hot dog guy." But there is much more to Patrick McCraith than frankfurters, mustard and buns.

Diving into 'Goblet'
To say that Ana Beasley, 6, is a Harry Potter fan is an understatement.

Site for Scouts closing for good
The campfire skits, forestry lessons and knot-tying competitions in which 150 Cub Scouts took part this weekend were significant for more than just their team-building qualities.

Switch reduces eligible pupils
Soon, thousands of Georgia high school students might lose HOPE.

Policy would punish parents
Punishing a pupil for repeated bad behavior isn't enough for Columbia County schools Superintendent Tommy Price. He also wants to punish the parents.

Officials step up seizures
AIKEN - You may play video poker in South Carolina. But don't even think about cashing in those proverbial chips.

School officials consider alternative building plan
AIKEN - As the Aiken County school district contemplates future growth and the need for new schools, some officials are considering an Upstate financial scheme that sidesteps the traditional model for schoolhouse funding.

Kid of the Day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Policy would punish parents

Burmeister is backed by party after report
A Saturday political breakfast originally planned to discuss Columbia County consolidation turned into a support rally for state Rep. Sue Burmeister.

Fundraiser begins its 75th year

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A 78-year-old man shot and killed his daughter and wounded his wife before turning his gun on himself, police said.

School officials consider alternative building plan

Identity theft suspect bought dog, police say
It wasn't a question of how much was the doggie in the window, but who bought him.

Identity theft suspect bought dog, police say

Chancellor seeks Georgia position
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University Chancellor David Smith is among the top candidates for the chancellorship of the University of Georgia System.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
The Georgia Department of Public Safety plans to step up enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday but is still predicting 13 deaths on the state's roadways during the 102-hour travel period.

Kid of the Day

Train wrecks initiate change
AIKEN -- In what might be the lasting legacy of this year's Graniteville train disaster, the nation's 600-plus railroads have until Tuesday to re-educate thousands of employees responsible for hand-operated switches used to route trains onto one track or another in non signaled territory.

Correction
- A story in Thursday's editions misidentified the train that was parked outside Avondale Mills Inc. on the morning of Jan. 6.

Identity theft suspect bought dog, police say
It wasn't a question of how much was the doggie in the window, but who bought him.

Augustans gather in prayer at the Bell
There was an unexpected item added to the prayer list at Friday's Prayer and Praise Rally at the Bell Auditorium - parking.

Little by little, exotic species are changing the South
Orson Welles shook up a nation with his 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast of an alien invasion.

Officials step up seizures
AIKEN - You may play video poker in South Carolina. But don't even think about cashing in those proverbial chips.

Man tells of life long ago through cabin he built

Sexual harassment case sweeps Florida prisons
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Since 2000, Florida Department of Corrections officers and supervisors have faced more than 540 allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation by female employees.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

School travel is still limited
Fuel prices are falling, but it's too soon to ease restrictions on school travel, Richmond County school officials said Friday.

Site for Scouts closing for good
The campfire skits, forestry lessons and knot-tying competitions in which 150 Cub Scouts took part this weekend were significant for more than just their team-building qualities.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Sales and payouts for Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets have returned to normal after a technical problem was corrected, South Carolina lottery officials said Friday.

Stores, students seek options
Mika Patterson can't understand why "words on paper" cost so much.

Howard's widow accepts 'torch'
Promising to continue the legacy of her late husband, the widow of Georgia Rep. Henry Howard was sworn into office Thursday as the new representative for District 121.

Burmeister is backed by party after report
A Saturday political breakfast originally planned to discuss Columbia County consolidation turned into a support rally for state Rep. Sue Burmeister.

Kid of the Day
Conner Lee Newsome is today's Kid of the Day.

Policy would punish parents
Punishing a pupil for repeated bad behavior isn't enough for Columbia County schools Superintendent Tommy Price. He also wants to punish the parents.

Landlord must fix conditions
It doesn't do Betty Walker much good to flush her toilet.

School officials consider alternative building plan
AIKEN - As the Aiken County school district contemplates future growth and the need for new schools, some officials are considering an Upstate financial scheme that sidesteps the traditional model for schoolhouse funding.

Touching complaint investigated
Richmond County school officials are investigating whether a mother's complaints of her son being touched sexually by a fellow second-grader were properly handled.

Where we live
Most people know him as "the hot dog guy." But there is much more to Patrick McCraith than frankfurters, mustard and buns.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
A local man's Christmas trees have been selected to decorate the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Sales and payouts for Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets have returned to normal after a technical problem was corrected, South Carolina lottery officials said Friday.

Touching complaint investigated

News you can use
Activities for this week include:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Visibility boosts efforts of Habitat for Humanity
AMERICUS, Ga. - The devastating tsunamis and hurricanes of the past year have led to increased visibility for Habitat for Humanity International, and, as a result, more donations and volunteers.

Kid of the Day
Conner Lee Newsome is today's Kid of the Day.

Chancellor seeks Georgia position
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University Chancellor David Smith is among the top candidates for the chancellorship of the University of Georgia System.

Correction
- A story in Thursday's editions misidentified the train that was parked outside Avondale Mills Inc. on the morning of Jan. 6.

Across the area
The Georgia Department of Public Safety plans to step up enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday but is still predicting 13 deaths on the state's roadways during the 102-hour travel period.

Engineers go back to school
They showed them the money and ways they can make a difference.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A 78-year-old man shot and killed his daughter and wounded his wife before turning his gun on himself, police said.

Member wins contract
AIKEN - As an Aiken County councilman, Charles Barton isn't allowed to influence the county in any way that could help him financially.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - The murder trial of Johnny Ray Gambrell has ended with a hung jury after one juror said he was unsure authorities had found the remains of Mr. Gambrell's wife.

Man tells of life long ago through cabin he built
AIKEN - People are failing to remember the past, John Osteen said.

Little by little, exotic species are changing the South

School travel is still limited
Fuel prices are falling, but it's too soon to ease restrictions on school travel, Richmond County school officials said Friday.

Visibility boosts efforts of Habitat for Humanity

Touching complaint investigated
Richmond County school officials are investigating whether a mother's complaints of her son being touched sexually by a fellow second-grader were properly handled.

Train wrecks initiate change

Angry Augusta man sets fire to himself
An Augusta man was in critical condition in the burn unit of a local hospital after he set himself on fire at the end of a violent confrontation with his wife Friday afternoon.

Burmeister is backed by party after report

Burmeister says memo is untrue
The Richmond County Democratic Party called for state Rep. Sue Burmeister to resign Friday after statements attributed to her in a Department of Justice memo said black voters in her district don't vote unless they are paid to do so.

Across the area

Stores, students seek options

Train wrecks initiate change
AIKEN -- In what might be the lasting legacy of this year's Graniteville train disaster, the nation's 600-plus railroads have until Tuesday to re-educate thousands of employees responsible for hand-operated switches used to route trains onto one track or another in non signaled territory.

Fundraiser begins its 75th year
The Augusta Chronicle's 75th annual Empty Stocking Fund for needy families kicks off this week after setting fundraising records last year.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Colin Mealing

Nightcap victory goes to Clemson
ATHENS, Ga., to COLUMBIA - Any Southerner so inclined could start a Saturday with breakfast at Cracker Barrel and end it with a late night snack at Waffle House. That's no big thing.

Nightcap victory goes to Clemson
ATHENS, Ga., to COLUMBIA - Any Southerner so inclined could start a Saturday with breakfast at Cracker Barrel and end it with a late night snack at Waffle House. That's no big thing.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

State attorneys general want smoking warning on DVDs
LOS ANGELES - With a new study showing that exposure to on-screen smoking prompts many American adolescents to light up, attorneys general from 32 states want Hollywood to slap anti-smoking admonitions on all new DVDs.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

State attorneys general want smoking warning on DVDs
LOS ANGELES - With a new study showing that exposure to on-screen smoking prompts many American adolescents to light up, attorneys general from 32 states want Hollywood to slap anti-smoking admonitions on all new DVDs.

Animated films include more violence, innuendo
LOS ANGELES - A shotgun-wielding hunter mercilessly pursues his target. Angry space aliens vaporize a defenseless town. A bloodthirsty shark preys on the weak and tiny.

American Film Institute seeks most inspiring movies
LOS ANGELES - Distressed by thoughts of war, terrorism and natural disasters? Maybe an uplifting movie will take the edge off.

Animated films include more violence, innuendo
LOS ANGELES - A shotgun-wielding hunter mercilessly pursues his target. Angry space aliens vaporize a defenseless town. A bloodthirsty shark preys on the weak and tiny.

10 animated films eligible for Oscar nods
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Ten films will be considered for Oscar nominations in the animated-feature category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.

Animated films include more violence, innuendo

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

American Film Institute seeks most inspiring movies
LOS ANGELES - Distressed by thoughts of war, terrorism and natural disasters? Maybe an uplifting movie will take the edge off.

American Film Institute seeks most inspiring movies

10 animated films eligible for Oscar nods
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Ten films will be considered for Oscar nominations in the animated-feature category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.

10 animated films eligible for Oscar nods

State attorneys general want smoking warning on DVDs

Songwriter wins plagiarism case against Madonna
BRUSSELS, Belgium - A little-known Belgian songwriter won a plagiarism case against Madonna on Friday, leading a local court to ban the megastar's song "Frozen" from sale or broadcast in the country.

Songwriter wins plagiarism case against Madonna

Songwriter wins plagiarism case against Madonna
BRUSSELS, Belgium - A little-known Belgian songwriter won a plagiarism case against Madonna on Friday, leading a local court to ban the megastar's song "Frozen" from sale or broadcast in the country.

Chase concept has detractors
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - When NASCAR invented the made-for-television Chase for the Championship, it hoped it would promote more racing by the series leader.

Chase concept has detractors

NASCAR notebook
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Martin Truex overcame a series of setbacks Saturday to win his second consecutive NASCAR Busch Series season title, finishing seventh as Ryan Newman won the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Chase concept has detractors
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - When NASCAR invented the made-for-television Chase for the Championship, it hoped it would promote more racing by the series leader.

NASCAR notebook
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Martin Truex overcame a series of setbacks Saturday to win his second consecutive NASCAR Busch Series season title, finishing seventh as Ryan Newman won the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

Timberwolves tame Bobcats
MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Olowokandi scored a season-high 18 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a slow start and beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-89 Saturday night.

Timberwolves tame Bobcats
MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Olowokandi scored a season-high 18 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a slow start and beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-89 Saturday night.

Timberwolves tame Bobcats

Expectations are sky high for Paine, Spry this season
History will be made tonight at Carter Gym. But Ron Spry doesn't seem too concerned with his team's first-ever home game against Augusta State. Not with the way the week has gone.

Expectations are sky high for Paine, Spry this season
History will be made tonight at Carter Gym. But Ron Spry doesn't seem too concerned with his team's first-ever home game against Augusta State. Not with the way the week has gone.

Lions calmly hold off Jags in opener
With the game hanging in the balance late, Paine senior guard Cervantes Boddy gathered his team around him during a timeout.

Lions calmly hold off Jags in opener
With the game hanging in the balance late, Paine senior guard Cervantes Boddy gathered his team around him during a timeout.

Revamped Georgia Tech wins opener
ATLANTA - Anthony Morrow led a balanced attack with 15 points as Georgia Tech's five new starters rolled to an 80-52 season-opening win over UNC-Asheville Friday night.

Blue Devils have it covered at top
DURHAM, N.C. - Gail Goestenkors couldn't avoid it. When she arrived at Duke as the women's basketball coach in 1992, she had to walk by the same glass case each time she went to her office.

Blue Devils have it covered at top
DURHAM, N.C. - Gail Goestenkors couldn't avoid it. When she arrived at Duke as the women's basketball coach in 1992, she had to walk by the same glass case each time she went to her office.

Tigers break ice after 65 losses
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah State snapped a 65-game losing streak Friday night, beating Wilberforce 63-59 in its season opener.

Revamped Georgia Tech wins opener
ATLANTA - Anthony Morrow led a balanced attack with 15 points as Georgia Tech's five new starters rolled to an 80-52 season-opening win over UNC-Asheville Friday night.

Tigers break ice after 65 losses
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah State snapped a 65-game losing streak Friday night, beating Wilberforce 63-59 in its season opener.

Falcons' road to playoffs will be difficult one

NFL power rankings for week 11

Area players in the NFL

Receiver returns to starting role vs. Bucs

Mrs. Evelyn M. Alexander    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret McDaniel    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Stiefel    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Godbee    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Stiefel    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Lester E. Brinson, Sr.    (BIG CANOE, Ga.)

Mrs. Cheryl Hills    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. A. Gene Oliver    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel M. Jones    (FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Vicki Keen Dibler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. A. Earlie Helms, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Bessie Mae Bell    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny J. Simpson    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Bevelyn McCommons    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Sweat, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret McDaniel    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn M. Alexander    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Daniel J. G. Moretz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Vicki Keen Dibler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Travis    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Corgill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Corgill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Verdell James, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Homer E. Burke    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester E. Brinson, Sr.    (BIG CANOE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Wee Tutt    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lula M. Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Perdue Bell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Courtney Pugh    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy N. Cushman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James C. Reagan    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Steelman    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa H. Rozier    (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mr. A. Earlie Helms, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Gene Oliver    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Cheryl Hills    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Adams    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Bessie Mae Bell    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn M. Alexander    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Bessie Mae Bell    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Archie B. Taylor    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard B. Betts    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Perdue Bell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny J. Simpson    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Thompson Ferguson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. A.B. "Andy" Mulcay III    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. A. Earlie Helms, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cheryl Hills    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Corgill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Gene Oliver    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Hayden "Bryce" Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Travis    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Steelman    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Stiefel    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa H. Rozier    (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (RCBOE)

Mr. B. DeRon Autry    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. A.B. "Andy" Mulcay III    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Fannie McNeal    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Daroll Bell    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Tammy Michelle Neal    (LAKE CITY, Tenn.)

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

Mr. James E. Corgill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Homer E. Burke    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Archie B. Taylor    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Miss Bessie Mae Bell    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. James E. Corgill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. B. DeRon Autry    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula M. Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Stiefel    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny J. Simpson    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa H. Rozier    (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mr. Lamar Steelman    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Thompson Ferguson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Frances H. Rackley    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Godbee    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel M. Jones    (FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bevelyn McCommons    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Adams    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Hayden Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Barefield    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Sweat, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John R. Ledbetter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Aundra Lambert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Tammy Michelle Neal    (LAKE CITY, Tenn.)

Mr. Daroll Bell    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Fannie McNeal    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn M. Alexander    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Daniel J. G. Moretz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John R. Ledbetter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda S. Koon    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Aundra Lambert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Courtney Pugh    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda S. Koon    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa H. Rozier    (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mr. Verdell James, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Steelman    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Ollie R. Hutchins    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Jennie Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cheryl Hills    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy N. Cushman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Earlie Helms, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ollie R. Hutchins    (APPLING, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Corgill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Gene Oliver    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ella Wee Tutt    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard B. Betts    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Hayden Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Wilson    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (RCBOE)

Mr. Frances H. Rackley    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Hayden "Bryce" Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Wilson    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cheryl Hills (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. B. DeRon Autry (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn M. Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Archie B. Taylor (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Stiefel (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lula M. Bell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Gene Oliver (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Homer E. Burke (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn M. Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda S. Koon (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Miss Courtney Pugh (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Frances H. Rackley (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Thompson Ferguson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Godbee (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. A. Earlie Helms, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John R. Ledbetter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ollie R. Hutchins (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Daroll Bell (SPARTA, Ga.)

Col. Dick Zufelt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Miss Bessie Mae Bell (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Adams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James C. Reagan (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bevelyn McCommons (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Verdell James, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Earlie Helms, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Gene Oliver (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Aundra Lambert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Vicki Keen Dibler (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel M. Jones (FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Mr. Lester E. Brinson, Sr. (BIG CANOE, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Barefield (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny J. Simpson (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Wilson (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Hayden "Bryce" Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Stiefel (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jean Laney (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A.B. "Andy" Mulcay III (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Hayden Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Perdue Bell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Bessie Mae Bell (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mescal Roe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy N. Cushman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Corgill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Fannie McNeal (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Doug Wells (RCBOE)

Mrs. Theresa H. Rozier (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Corgill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Steelman (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Calvin Sweat, Jr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Wee Tutt (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Steelman (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Tammy Michelle Neal (LAKE CITY, Tenn.)

Mr. Leonard B. Betts (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Daniel J. G. Moretz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cheryl Hills (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret McDaniel (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa H. Rozier (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Travis (STAPLETON, Ga.)

High SAT scores are easy to explain
This is a response to comments made in The Augusta Chronicle by Tommy Price, superintendent of Columbia County schools. His comments Sept. 30 ("Columbia County objects to SAT score comparison") were in reference to comparing SAT results of Columbia County schools to Richmond County schools, particularly the 2004-05 SAT yearly averages, whereby John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School ranked No. 1 in the state of Georgia with an SAT of 1184, and Westside High School ranked No. 5 in the state with an average of 1138.

High SAT scores are easy to explain
This is a response to comments made in The Augusta Chronicle by Tommy Price, superintendent of Columbia County schools. His comments Sept. 30 ("Columbia County objects to SAT score comparison") were in reference to comparing SAT results of Columbia County schools to Richmond County schools, particularly the 2004-05 SAT yearly averages, whereby John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School ranked No. 1 in the state of Georgia with an SAT of 1184, and Westside High School ranked No. 5 in the state with an average of 1138.

High SAT scores are easy to explain
This is a response to comments made in The Augusta Chronicle by Tommy Price, superintendent of Columbia County schools. His comments Sept. 30 ("Columbia County objects to SAT score comparison") were in reference to comparing SAT results of Columbia County schools to Richmond County schools, particularly the 2004-05 SAT yearly averages, whereby John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School ranked No. 1 in the state of Georgia with an SAT of 1184, and Westside High School ranked No. 5 in the state with an average of 1138.

Walters, Motes ready to serve collegiate teams

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Federer tries something new at Masters Cup: a 'double bagel'

Ali's legacy to live in his hometown

Overtime

Sports rants

Sports rants
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED DIDN'T have to work to kill the careers of two professional athletes. Owens and Rocker suffer the same disease, diarrhea of the mouth. They killed their own careers.

Overtime
In Columbia, Colt King had a third-period hat trick to lead Augusta to a 9-5 victory over Columbia.

Ali's legacy to live in his hometown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Angelo Dundee was back in Muhammad Ali's corner.

Walters, Motes ready to serve collegiate teams
Two Columbia County tennis standouts sealed their collegiate futures this week before even stepping on the court for their final high school seasons.

Overtime
In Hyderbad, India, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza insists she opposes premarital sex, a statement that came as crowds burned effigies of the 19-year-old Muslim over her earlier remarks advocating safe sex.

Walters, Motes ready to serve collegiate teams
Two Columbia County tennis standouts sealed their collegiate futures this week before even stepping on the court for their final high school seasons.

Ali's legacy to live in his hometown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Angelo Dundee was back in Muhammad Ali's corner.

Sports rants
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED DIDN'T have to work to kill the careers of two professional athletes. Owens and Rocker suffer the same disease, diarrhea of the mouth. They killed their own careers.

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
In Hyderbad, India, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza insists she opposes premarital sex, a statement that came as crowds burned effigies of the 19-year-old Muslim over her earlier remarks advocating safe sex.

Federer tries something new at Masters Cup: a 'double bagel'
SHANGHAI, China - Roger Federer came up with a first in a career that has contained almost everything in tennis.

Overtime
In Columbia, Colt King had a third-period hat trick to lead Augusta to a 9-5 victory over Columbia.

Federer tries something new at Masters Cup: a 'double bagel'
SHANGHAI, China - Roger Federer came up with a first in a career that has contained almost everything in tennis.

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

Passing for quite a buck
Don Strength, of Evans, might have set a new record typical buck for Glascock County with this stunning nine-pointer taken on private land.

Passing for quite a buck
Don Strength, of Evans, might have set a new record typical buck for Glascock County with this stunning nine-pointer taken on private land.

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

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

Passing for quite a buck

Donate a deer for the hungry
Generous sportsmen have donated 5,800 deer to Georgia's "Hunters for the Hungry" program since 1993, but Augusta-area hunters rarely get to participate.

Donate a deer for the hungry
Generous sportsmen have donated 5,800 deer to Georgia's "Hunters for the Hungry" program since 1993, but Augusta-area hunters rarely get to participate.

Receiver returns to starting role vs. Bucs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Jenkins did not miss a game as a rookie last year. He never missed a game in four years at Ohio State.

Falcons' road to playoffs will be difficult one
ATLANTA - It all comes down to this.

Receiver returns to starting role vs. Bucs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Jenkins did not miss a game as a rookie last year. He never missed a game in four years at Ohio State.

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

NFL power rankings for week 11
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

NFL power rankings for week 11
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Falcons' road to playoffs will be difficult one
ATLANTA - It all comes down to this.

Augusta church groups help victims of Katrina
Even though pictures of Hurricane Katrina and its havoc along the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29 have been broadcast on television, volunteer Laura Behnke's family in Evans was surprised by the snapshots she brought back from Slidell, La.

Vatican's chief astronomer: 'intelligent design' isn't science
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.

Faith digest
Bikers will gather for the annual turkey ride at 10 a.m. today at Augusta Harley-Davidson, 4200 Frontage Road. They will ride to Miracle Making Ministries to distribute turkeys to needy families. A $10 donation will provide a turkey. The event is sponsored by Augusta H.O.G. Chapter 1019 and the dealership. Call 651-0444.

Cancer's spread won't stop pastor
Beep ... beep ... beep. Every few seconds, the Rev. Scott Ostendorf's words are punctuated with soft beeps, a signal from the prayer pager strapped to his belt that someone is praying for him.

Cancer's spread won't stop pastor
Beep ... beep ... beep. Every few seconds, the Rev. Scott Ostendorf's words are punctuated with soft beeps, a signal from the prayer pager strapped to his belt that someone is praying for him.

Augusta church groups help victims of Katrina
Even though pictures of Hurricane Katrina and its havoc along the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29 have been broadcast on television, volunteer Laura Behnke's family in Evans was surprised by the snapshots she brought back from Slidell, La.

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

National Museum of American Jewish History announces move
PHILADELPHIA - The National Museum of American Jewish History on Thursday announced plans to build a new facility that it hopes will raise its profile and quadruple the number of annual visitors.

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

Faith digest
Bikers will gather for the annual turkey ride at 10 a.m. today at Augusta Harley-Davidson, 4200 Frontage Road. They will ride to Miracle Making Ministries to distribute turkeys to needy families. A $10 donation will provide a turkey. The event is sponsored by Augusta H.O.G. Chapter 1019 and the dealership. Call 651-0444.

National Museum of American Jewish History announces move
PHILADELPHIA - The National Museum of American Jewish History on Thursday announced plans to build a new facility that it hopes will raise its profile and quadruple the number of annual visitors.

Vatican's chief astronomer: 'intelligent design' isn't science
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.

America's Founders were profoundly religious
President Washington proclaimed America's first national day of prayer and thanksgiving in 1789, President Lincoln fixed the annual November Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War, and President George W. Bush continues the tradition.

America's Founders were profoundly religious
President Washington proclaimed America's first national day of prayer and thanksgiving in 1789, President Lincoln fixed the annual November Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War, and President George W. Bush continues the tradition.

Donate a deer for the hungry

Nightcap victory goes to Clemson

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
Taking their own expert measure of Hurricane Katrina (including its prelude and aftermath), PBS series "NOVA" and "Frontline" team up with a pair of documentaries Tuesday. Each in its own way probes the failures in organization, engineering and leadership that brought about the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

TV special on global warming to feature comics
NEW YORK - Triumph the Insult Comic Dog doesn't just bark out zingers and smoke cigars - he worries about global warming.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
Taking their own expert measure of Hurricane Katrina (including its prelude and aftermath), PBS series "NOVA" and "Frontline" team up with a pair of documentaries Tuesday. Each in its own way probes the failures in organization, engineering and leadership that brought about the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

TV special on global warming to feature comics
NEW YORK - Triumph the Insult Comic Dog doesn't just bark out zingers and smoke cigars - he worries about global warming.

TV special on global warming to feature comics

Dana Reeve says she's responding well to cancer treatment

People in the News

Shockley, Georgia crush Wildcats
ATHENS, Ga. - Instead of sputtering into the Southeastern Conference championship game, Georgia revved up its collective engine on Saturday and steamrolled Kentucky to earn another trip to the Georgia Dome.

Ely-Kelso enjoys the chance to run instead of punt

Dogs hoping to finally take East
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bulldogs realize how fortunate they are.

Shockley, Georgia crush Wildcats

Ely-Kelso enjoys the chance to run instead of punt
ATHENS, Ga. - Gordon Ely-Kelso practiced the play all week. Every time, he had plenty of room to run. It was the same on Saturday.

Georgia LB out after knee surgery
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia linebacker Tony Taylor could be done for the season after another injury.

Dogs hoping to finally take East
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bulldogs realize how fortunate they are.

Ely-Kelso enjoys the chance to run instead of punt
ATHENS, Ga. - Gordon Ely-Kelso practiced the play all week. Every time, he had plenty of room to run. It was the same on Saturday.

Georgia LB out after knee surgery

Shockley, Georgia crush Wildcats
ATHENS, Ga. - Instead of sputtering into the Southeastern Conference championship game, Georgia revved up its collective engine on Saturday and steamrolled Kentucky to earn another trip to the Georgia Dome.

Georgia LB out after knee surgery
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia linebacker Tony Taylor could be done for the season after another injury.

Dogs hoping to finally take East

Tigers put an end to Spurrier's win streak

Tigers put an end to Spurrier's win streak
COLUMBIA - Make it a clean sweep for Charlie Whitehurst.

Tigers put an end to Spurrier's win streak
COLUMBIA - Make it a clean sweep for Charlie Whitehurst.

Coalition recognizes caregivers' work

Marine detachment seeks members for local units

Aiken earns another Gold Cup polo event

Aiken County Farmers Market

Meetings

Students are given examples of how the world really works

Byrd Elementary School students honored

Georgia Military College students honored

Milestones

Reunions

Athlete Spotlight: Keely Gillespie

Duties of school nurse are many

This week

Recreaton events

Area adult literacy sites

Clemson agriculture program explores state's farming life

Georgia-Carolina State Fair contest winners

CSRA Bridge Results

Around the block

Ordinance on animals toughened

Events

Grants improve firefighters' work

Pet of the week

Chorale will perform Advent service

Library events

Events

Dickens classic is 'ghosted'

Pupils say sub taped them to seat

Vatican's chief astronomer: 'intelligent design' isn't science

Faith digest

Cancer's spread won't stop pastor

Faith calendar

National Museum of American Jewish History announces move

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