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

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:

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Chilling true-life account of nuclear close call

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

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

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.

New Orleans Museum of Art fights to rebound

Books focus on Thanksgiving feast trimmings

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

New Orleans Museum of Art fights to rebound
NEW ORLEANS - The baseball-sized French glass Mardi Gras beads still dangle on live oak trees outside the New Orleans Museum of Art. Somehow, they defied Hurricane Katrina's fury.

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."

Books focus on Thanksgiving feast trimmings
There's nary a child in these United States who, over the next few days, won't learn about the Pilgrims and how they broke bread with American Indians for the first Thanksgiving.

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.

Books focus on Thanksgiving feast trimmings
There's nary a child in these United States who, over the next few days, won't learn about the Pilgrims and how they broke bread with American Indians for the first Thanksgiving.

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."

New Orleans Museum of Art fights to rebound
NEW ORLEANS - The baseball-sized French glass Mardi Gras beads still dangle on live oak trees outside the New Orleans Museum of Art. Somehow, they defied Hurricane Katrina's fury.

Arts notebook

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

Thanksgiving casts spell on America

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Ann Turner

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.

Spencer Amade

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.

Quenasia Octavia Philpot

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.

Jack Johnothan Thompson

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.

Jacob Duane Cosby

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.

Mohan Gopal Dara

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.

Jackson Mitchell Atterton

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.

Jaylen Deont

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.

Maggie Rose Eastman

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.

Simone Cierra Davis

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.

Nicholas Allen Singleton

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.

Wesley David Kupferer

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.

Landon Christopher Barden

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

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.

Darryl Clinton Crooms

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.

Matthew James Carroll

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

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.

Jalen Lavell Gaddy

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.

Victor Novie Westbrook

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.

Ashton Michael Bryant

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.

Brian Allen Mohler, Jr.

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

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.

Mason Cole Enochs

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.

Lily Elise Case

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peter Levert Bennett

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.

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.

Christians take Bible's money lessons to heart

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.

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:

Business briefs

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.

Richmond County property transfers

Energy prices play big role this holiday season

Sovereign Bancorp in heated fight with investors
NEW YORK - A Spanish bank is making a big investment in Philadelphia-based Sovereign Bancorp Inc. and has the option to take full control, but investors aren't getting any say over that deal. Why not? It's not required and it would be expensive, says Sovereign's CEO.

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

Energy prices play big role this holiday season
NEW YORK - It might not be what you'd expect retailers to be wishing for during the holiday season: Warmer-than-usual weather - even if it means fewer purchases of sweaters, jackets and scarves.

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.

Business briefs
HAPPY HOLIDAYS?!?: Midway through the fourth quarter, we're deep into a perilous time for U.S. workers: job-cutting season.

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.

Energy prices play big role this holiday season
NEW YORK - It might not be what you'd expect retailers to be wishing for during the holiday season: Warmer-than-usual weather - even if it means fewer purchases of sweaters, jackets and scarves.

Sovereign Bancorp in heated fight with investors

Intense NASCAR finish parallels battles in retail

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.

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

Home briefs

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.

Sovereign Bancorp in heated fight with investors
NEW YORK - A Spanish bank is making a big investment in Philadelphia-based Sovereign Bancorp Inc. and has the option to take full control, but investors aren't getting any say over that deal. Why not? It's not required and it would be expensive, says Sovereign's CEO.

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:

Business briefs
HAPPY HOLIDAYS?!?: Midway through the fourth quarter, we're deep into a perilous time for U.S. workers: job-cutting season.

On the move

Business briefs

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.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for November 20, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for November 20, 2005.

Clemson turns things around - again
Once again, Clemson and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst didn't have the start they hoped for this season. But one last time, the Tigers and their unquestioned leader finished with a flourish.

Clemson turns things around - again

Clemson turns things around - again
Once again, Clemson and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst didn't have the start they hoped for this season. But one last time, the Tigers and their unquestioned leader finished with a flourish.

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

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.

Auburn blasts out of Alabama's shadow
AUBURN, Ala. - Ninth-ranked Auburn spent most of the season overshadowed by a higher-ranked Alabama team across the state. Not any longer.

Auburn blasts out of Alabama's shadow

Smith works magic vs. Wolverines again

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.

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.

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.

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.

Auburn blasts out of Alabama's shadow
AUBURN, Ala. - Ninth-ranked Auburn spent most of the season overshadowed by a higher-ranked Alabama team across the state. Not any longer.

Blue Devils have it covered at top

Tigers break ice after 65 losses

Lions calmly hold off Jags in opener

No. 1 Duke romps Old Dominion

Just do as they say?

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

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

Congress on steroids
Congress can't get its own essential work done - it's still wrestling with budget issues that were supposed to be resolved Oct. 1 - yet it wants to tell professional sports leagues how to manage their problems.

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.

Congress on steroids

Congress on steroids
Congress can't get its own essential work done - it's still wrestling with budget issues that were supposed to be resolved Oct. 1 - yet it wants to tell professional sports leagues how to manage their problems.

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.

Tech penalty too deep, not broad
The NCAA penalties Georgia Tech was hit with Thursday went way beyond anything the school expected when it reported on its sports infractions - using 17 academically ineligible athletes in four sports, including 11 in football, over a seven-year period.

Tech penalty too deep, not broad

Tech penalty too deep, not broad
The NCAA penalties Georgia Tech was hit with Thursday went way beyond anything the school expected when it reported on its sports infractions - using 17 academically ineligible athletes in four sports, including 11 in football, over a seven-year period.

We interrupt this lynching ...

Was Blake verdict celebrity justice?
LOS ANGELES - When a civil jury found actor Robert Blake liable for his wife's murder after he had been acquitted of criminal charges, O.J. Simpson saw parallels to his own trials of the 1990s.

Harold Stone, veteran film and television actor, dies
LOS ANGELES - Harold Stone, a veteran character actor who worked with everyone from Humphrey Bogart to Jerry Lewis over a 40-year career in television and films, has died. He was 92.

Was Blake verdict celebrity justice?
LOS ANGELES - When a civil jury found actor Robert Blake liable for his wife's murder after he had been acquitted of criminal charges, O.J. Simpson saw parallels to his own trials of the 1990s.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Stars appearing at Tuesday's American Music Awards will depart with a piece of the moon.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Stars appearing at Tuesday's American Music Awards will depart with a piece of the moon.

Judge allows Courtney Love to leave drug program
LOS ANGELES - Singer Courtney Love, who has been at a live-in drug treatment facility since September, can enroll in an outpatient program, a judge ruled.

Harold Stone, veteran film and television actor, dies
LOS ANGELES - Harold Stone, a veteran character actor who worked with everyone from Humphrey Bogart to Jerry Lewis over a 40-year career in television and films, has died. He was 92.

Judge allows Courtney Love to leave drug program
LOS ANGELES - Singer Courtney Love, who has been at a live-in drug treatment facility since September, can enroll in an outpatient program, a judge ruled.

Last chance for 2005 tax planning
NEW YORK - The next few weeks will be a critical time at small businesses - by mid-December, companies need to have their tax planning for the current year pretty much complete. They also need to be looking ahead to 2006.

Last chance for 2005 tax planning

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.

Simple steps can make income tax season less daunting
NEW YORK - Taking some simple tax and financial planning steps in the next few weeks can save you money next spring.

Mutual funds based on faith gain popularity

Simple steps can make income tax season less daunting
NEW YORK - Taking some simple tax and financial planning steps in the next few weeks can save you money next spring.

Simple steps can make income tax season less daunting

Last chance for 2005 tax planning
NEW YORK - The next few weeks will be a critical time at small businesses - by mid-December, companies need to have their tax planning for the current year pretty much complete. They also need to be looking ahead to 2006.

Eagles receive at-large bid to Division I-AA playoffs
STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs on Sunday, facing a first-round game at fourth-seeded Texas State on Saturday.

Georgia Southern to face Texas State in playoffs
STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern Eagles know where they'd like to end up.

Georgia Southern to face Texas State in playoffs
STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern Eagles know where they'd like to end up.

Tech says season is not complete
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech made its season significantly more successful by winning at No. 3 Miami Saturday night, but it didn't complete its season.

Upset 'meant to be'
MIAMI - For the Georgia Tech football program, Saturday's upset of then-No. 3 Miami was vindicating.

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.

Upset 'meant to be'
MIAMI - For the Georgia Tech football program, Saturday's upset of then-No. 3 Miami was vindicating.

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 Southern to face Texas State in playoffs

Upset 'meant to be'

Georgia Tech upsets Miami

Find something to be thankful for by looking up or tucking in

Watney wins Pebble Beach Invitational

Kuramoto, Masingill leads Champions Tour Q-School
BEAUMONT, Calif. - Japan's Massy Kuramoto shot a 2-under 70 in strong wind Sunday for a share of the fifth-round lead with Scott Masingill in the six-round Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament.

Kuramoto, Masingill leads Champions Tour Q-School

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.

Sorenstam makes it a perfect 10
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Donald Trump knows a thing or two about closing the deal, and as he stood behind Annika Sorenstam on the 17th tee and watched her 7-iron take flight toward the flag, he had no doubt the ADT Championship would end like so many other tournaments.

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.

Watney wins Pebble Beach Invitational
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Nick Watney won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, taking the lead with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and finishing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Peter Tomasulo.

Sorenstam makes it a perfect 10

Woods wins Dunlop Phoenix in playoff

Woods moves into lead

Woods wins Dunlop Phoenix in playoff
MIYAZAKI, Japan - Tiger Woods birdied the fourth hole of a playoff with Japan's Kaname Yokoo to successfully defend his Dunlop Phoenix title Sunday.

Kuramoto, Masingill leads Champions Tour Q-School
BEAUMONT, Calif. - Japan's Massy Kuramoto shot a 2-under 70 in strong wind Sunday for a share of the fifth-round lead with Scott Masingill in the six-round Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament.

Watney wins Pebble Beach Invitational
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Nick Watney won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, taking the lead with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and finishing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Peter Tomasulo.

Woods wins Dunlop Phoenix in playoff
MIYAZAKI, Japan - Tiger Woods birdied the fourth hole of a playoff with Japan's Kaname Yokoo to successfully defend his Dunlop Phoenix title Sunday.

Sorenstam makes it a perfect 10
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Donald Trump knows a thing or two about closing the deal, and as he stood behind Annika Sorenstam on the 17th tee and watched her 7-iron take flight toward the flag, he had no doubt the ADT Championship would end like so many other tournaments.

Sorenstam leads despite poor finish

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.

Friday night football rewind

Georgia High School Association football scores

Prep basketball scores

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."

Georgia High School Association football scores
Friday's scores

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."

Georgia High School Association football scores
Friday's scores

Leafs bury Thrashers

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
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.

Prevent one-continent government
Key officials are planning to merge Mexico, Canada and the United States into a North America government. They deceptively call the plan Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.Elton T. Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

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

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.

Prevent one-continent government
Key officials are planning to merge Mexico, Canada and the United States into a North America government. They deceptively call the plan Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.Elton T. Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

Troops, naysayers should see red
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record-breaking numbers.Bill Wood, Hephzibah

Troops, naysayers should see red

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

Troops, naysayers should see red
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record-breaking numbers.Bill Wood, Hephzibah

Prevent one-continent government

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.

Define 'victory,' then pull out of Iraq

Consider bolts when buying woodworking connectors

Living briefs

Choosing right energy savings strategy is important

Mirrors to banish winter darkness in Austrian town

Travel briefs

Three video games to make you sweat

Family dining can help with togetherness

Past gives few clues for predicting new flu pandemic

Thank remaining guests for missing gifts

Husband takes an active role in home decor

Virtual gamers look to blond-haired, blue-eyed prophet

Museum exhibit melds science and fiction of Star Wars

How to silence excessive household noise

Ancient Mexican city has much to offer modern visitors

Techbits: Sony phones, Game controls and more

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.

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.

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.

Past gives few clues for predicting new flu pandemic
History is supposed to teach lessons. But past flu pandemics, it turns out, don't teach much about whether today's bird flu will become a human mega-killer or just make some scientists and officials look like Chicken Little.

Techbits: Sony phones, Game controls and more
NEW YORK - Sony Corp. on Wednesday announced a free Internet-based phone service similar to the popular computer-to-computer calling provided by Skype, but with an emphasis on video conferencing.

Virtual gamers look to blond-haired, blue-eyed prophet
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Johnathan Wendel's blue eyes stare raptly at the computer screen, his long, thin fingers gliding the mouse side to side as he moves through dark corridors of a video game where a lethal opponent lurks. Before long, seemingly without effort, he has annihilated his foe.

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.

Three video games to make you sweat
There's nothing too physically demanding about most video games. A few manufacturers, however, have decided the only proper way to enjoy one is to break a sweat.

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.

Mirrors to banish winter darkness in Austrian town
RATTENBERG, Austria - The sun has stopped shining in Rattenberg. But with the aid of a few mirrors, the winter darkness that grips this small town could soon be brightened up with pockets of sunshine.

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

Mirrors to banish winter darkness in Austrian town
RATTENBERG, Austria - The sun has stopped shining in Rattenberg. But with the aid of a few mirrors, the winter darkness that grips this small town could soon be brightened up with pockets of sunshine.

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

Three video games to make you sweat
There's nothing too physically demanding about most video games. A few manufacturers, however, have decided the only proper way to enjoy one is to break a sweat.

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

Techbits: Sony phones, Game controls and more
NEW YORK - Sony Corp. on Wednesday announced a free Internet-based phone service similar to the popular computer-to-computer calling provided by Skype, but with an emphasis on video conferencing.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Virtual gamers look to blond-haired, blue-eyed prophet
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Johnathan Wendel's blue eyes stare raptly at the computer screen, his long, thin fingers gliding the mouse side to side as he moves through dark corridors of a video game where a lethal opponent lurks. Before long, seemingly without effort, he has annihilated his foe.

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.

Past gives few clues for predicting new flu pandemic
History is supposed to teach lessons. But past flu pandemics, it turns out, don't teach much about whether today's bird flu will become a human mega-killer or just make some scientists and officials look like Chicken Little.

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

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.

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.

Lynx fall on road to the Ice Pilots
In Pensacola, Fla., Nick Lindberg scored a power-play goal in the first period Sunday, and Frederic Cloutier stopped 34 of 35 shots to lift the Ice Pilots past the Augusta Lynx, 2-1 at Pensacola Civic Center.

Lynx fall on road to the Ice Pilots

Lynx fall on road to the Ice Pilots
In Pensacola, Fla., Nick Lindberg scored a power-play goal in the first period Sunday, and Frederic Cloutier stopped 34 of 35 shots to lift the Ice Pilots past the Augusta Lynx, 2-1 at Pensacola Civic Center.

Across South Carolina

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rome cites few harmful effects
ROME, Ga. - A year ago, Rome began allowing the city's restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays. Ministers worried, but city officials say little has changed with a seventh day of drinking.

Ga. Supreme Court overturns murder conviction of Augusta man
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously overturned the murder conviction of Derek Willingham of Augusta.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kendall Mealing, 11 months, of Augusta.

McCain visits South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - U.S. Sen. John McCain, mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, returned Sunday to the state that derailed his White House aspirations five years ago to do a little campaigning.

The week ahead
The Augusta chapter of Self Help for the Hard of Hearing People will meet at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Adult Building, Room 100. Ways to increase one's hearing over the phone will be discussed. For more information, call 738-2796 or visit www.hearingloss.org.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Across the area
A man robbed the Block-buster Video store at 3412 Wrightsboro Road on Sunday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's investigator.

Stores, students seek options

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Despite being 83 years old and reliant on oxygen tubes for a lung ailment, Harry Carpenter wouldn't let his wife of 57 years be robbed by knife-wielding intruders in his own home.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY - A Claflin University student has been found shot to death in Williamsburg County.

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 the southeast
DURHAM, N.C. - Four men were killed and two others wounded in a shooting Saturday night at a townhouse in an upscale Durham neighborhood.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Advocates vie for prized land for nature preserve

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

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.

Kid of the Day

News you can use

Welcome home at last

Kid of the Day

The week ahead

School officials consider alternative building plan

Rome cites few harmful effects

Fundraiser begins its 75th year

Five questions with Walter Varble
Walter Varble is a transplant to Augusta from Fort Collins, Colo. He said that Salvation Army bell ringers have a hard time keeping warm in the winter, but that it's a whole lot easier now that he is in the South. Mr. Varble accepts donations at the Kroger on Wrightsboro Road.

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.

Army recycles old buildings

News you can use
Activities for this week include:

Medical student prepares to heal, witness overseas

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.

Across Georgia

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.

USC Aiken to begin building convocation center

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.

Be alert at wheel: It's peak collision season

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.

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

McCain visits South Carolina

News you can use
Activities for this week include:

Protest targets school, fort

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.

Air Force wants more of city's sky

James Brown festival planned

Five questions with Walter Varble

3 finalists named for UGA chancellor post
Three men are the finalists for the job of chancellor of the University System of Georgia, the top position in the network of 34 public colleges and universities.

Across the southeast

Identity theft suspect bought dog, police say

USC Aiken to begin building convocation center
AIKEN - In December, at least six years after its inception and modified by a $6 million downsizing, the University of South Carolina Aiken will celebrate the groundbreaking on its long-awaited convocation center.

Little by little, exotic species are changing the South

Plan in place to manage Columbia County growth
Major growth in Columbia County should stay south of the Greenbrier area on Washington Road, and development should continue in what's called a nodal approach, according to recommendations in the county's latest growth-management plan.

Site for Scouts closing for good

Medical student prepares to heal, witness overseas
Roger Ulrich took a long, strange trip to get to Medical College of Georgia.

Across Georgia

Welcome home at last
AIKEN - Even if members of the 450th Ordinance Company go against Brig. Gen. Charles Luckey's wishes and leave the military, he insisted they've accomplished "more than what 99.9 percent of people in America will ever do."

Chancellor seeks Georgia position

Army recycles old buildings
FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Need some old concrete for a roadbed? How about 25-year-old railroad ties for that boat pier? Or World War II-era doors and windows to help an elderly couple repair their broken-down home?

Burmeister is backed by party after report

Train wrecks initiate change

Where we live

Policy would punish parents

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Visibility boosts efforts of Habitat for Humanity

Be alert at wheel: It's peak collision season
ATLANTA - Buell Adams was only a couple of miles from home when he abruptly met his four-legged neighbor.

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.

Air Force wants more of city's sky
Officials at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., are submitting a proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration to essentially take over several hundred square miles of Augusta's airspace.

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.

McCain visits South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - U.S. Sen. John McCain, mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, returned Sunday to the state that derailed his White House aspirations five years ago to do a little campaigning.

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.

Across the area
A man robbed the Block-buster Video store at 3412 Wrightsboro Road on Sunday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's investigator.

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

Rome cites few harmful effects
ROME, Ga. - A year ago, Rome began allowing the city's restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays. Ministers worried, but city officials say little has changed with a seventh day of drinking.

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.

Advocates vie for prized land for nature preserve
COLUMBIA - The state's largest noncoastal nature preserve is taking shape in the Midlands as a task force puts together plans to turn 200,000 acres in five counties along the Congaree, Wateree and upper Santee rivers into a wildlife and agricultural preserve.

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.

Protest targets school, fort
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Rev. Jerry Zawada, a 68-year-old Catholic priest, was released in November 2004 after spending seven months in a federal prison for trespassing on government property to protest a Fort Benning school he blames for human rights abuses in Latin America.

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

Across the area
A man robbed the Block-buster Video store at 3412 Wrightsboro Road on Sunday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's investigator.

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.

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY - A Claflin University student has been found shot to death in Williamsburg County.

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.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Despite being 83 years old and reliant on oxygen tubes for a lung ailment, Harry Carpenter wouldn't let his wife of 57 years be robbed by knife-wielding intruders in his own home.

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.

Welcome home at last
AIKEN - Even if members of the 450th Ordinance Company go against Brig. Gen. Charles Luckey's wishes and leave the military, he insisted they've accomplished "more than what 99.9 percent of people in America will ever do."

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Be alert at wheel: It's peak collision season
ATLANTA - Buell Adams was only a couple of miles from home when he abruptly met his four-legged neighbor.

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.

Army recycles old buildings
FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Need some old concrete for a roadbed? How about 25-year-old railroad ties for that boat pier? Or World War II-era doors and windows to help an elderly couple repair their broken-down home?

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.

Five questions with Walter Varble
Walter Varble is a transplant to Augusta from Fort Collins, Colo. He said that Salvation Army bell ringers have a hard time keeping warm in the winter, but that it's a whole lot easier now that he is in the South. Mr. Varble accepts donations at the Kroger on Wrightsboro Road.

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.

Air Force wants more of city's sky
Officials at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., are submitting a proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration to essentially take over several hundred square miles of Augusta's airspace.

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.

USC Aiken to begin building convocation center
AIKEN - In December, at least six years after its inception and modified by a $6 million downsizing, the University of South Carolina Aiken will celebrate the groundbreaking on its long-awaited convocation center.

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.

Plan in place to manage Columbia County growth
Major growth in Columbia County should stay south of the Greenbrier area on Washington Road, and development should continue in what's called a nodal approach, according to recommendations in the county's latest growth-management plan.

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

Medical student prepares to heal, witness overseas
Roger Ulrich took a long, strange trip to get to Medical College of Georgia.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kendall Mealing, 11 months, of Augusta.

The week ahead
The Augusta chapter of Self Help for the Hard of Hearing People will meet at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Adult Building, Room 100. Ways to increase one's hearing over the phone will be discussed. For more information, call 738-2796 or visit www.hearingloss.org.

Protest targets school, fort
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Rev. Jerry Zawada, a 68-year-old Catholic priest, was released in November 2004 after spending seven months in a federal prison for trespassing on government property to protest a Fort Benning school he blames for human rights abuses in Latin America.

Advocates vie for prized land for nature preserve
COLUMBIA - The state's largest noncoastal nature preserve is taking shape in the Midlands as a task force puts together plans to turn 200,000 acres in five counties along the Congaree, Wateree and upper Santee rivers into a wildlife and agricultural preserve.

Plan in place to manage Columbia County growth

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.

Find something to be thankful for by looking up or tucking in
For years, I've complained about the way we overlook Thanksgiving Day. There it is, patiently waiting in the same place every year, tucked neatly between the sugar excesses of Halloween and the shopping excesses of Christmas, but we don't seem to give the day its proper respect.

Find something to be thankful for by looking up or tucking in
For years, I've complained about the way we overlook Thanksgiving Day. There it is, patiently waiting in the same place every year, tucked neatly between the sugar excesses of Halloween and the shopping excesses of Christmas, but we don't seem to give the day its proper respect.

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

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

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.

Animated films include more violence, innuendo

Newell brings homespun edge to 'Goblet of Fire'

Newell brings homespun edge to 'Goblet of Fire'
LOS ANGELES - Mike Newell loved the magic of the "Harry Potter" stories. He was not quite sold on the magic that went into making the "Harry Potter" movies, though.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Newell brings homespun edge to 'Goblet of Fire'
LOS ANGELES - Mike Newell loved the magic of the "Harry Potter" stories. He was not quite sold on the magic that went into making the "Harry Potter" movies, though.

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.

For Carlos Santana, family and charity outrank fame
NEW YORK - Carlos Santana has never been one to follow the record industry map to success.

For Carlos Santana, family and charity outrank fame

For Carlos Santana, family and charity outrank fame
NEW YORK - Carlos Santana has never been one to follow the record industry map to success.

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

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.

Rudd, Wallace say goodbye at Miami

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.

Biffle's late charge can't save season

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.

Biffle's late charge can't save season
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Two drivers celebrated Sunday night after the NASCAR Nextel Cup season finale.

Rudd, Wallace say goodbye at Miami
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - As Ricky Rudd started his walk toward pit road for his final race, Leonard Wood was waiting with open arms.

Stewart drives his way to title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The crowd at the finish line chanted "Climb the fence! Climb the fence!" as soon Tony Stewart got out of his race car Sunday night.

Stewart caps second championship with steady final run
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Tony Stewart was smooth and steady for an entire race. An entire season. An entire championship run.

Stewart drives his way to title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The crowd at the finish line chanted "Climb the fence! Climb the fence!" as soon Tony Stewart got out of his race car Sunday night.

Chase concept has detractors

Biffle's late charge can't save season
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Two drivers celebrated Sunday night after the NASCAR Nextel Cup season finale.

Rudd, Wallace say goodbye at Miami
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - As Ricky Rudd started his walk toward pit road for his final race, Leonard Wood was waiting with open arms.

Stewart drives his way to title

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

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.

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.

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.

No. 1 Duke romps Old Dominion
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry had her eye on Abby Waner during the last two years Waner played in high school in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

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.

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.

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.

No. 1 Duke romps Old Dominion
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry had her eye on Abby Waner during the last two years Waner played in high school in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Area players in the NFL

Bears end Panthers' win-streak

NFL power rankings for week 11

Buccaneers edge Falcons

Falcons' road to playoffs will be difficult one

Featured obituary: Mr. Ollie Ray Hutchins
If Ollie Ray Hutchins' wife could sum up her husband's lasting reputation in one word, it would be "dedication," she says.

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Travis    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Louise Stavely    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (RCBOE)

Mr. Thomas Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Ollie Ray Hutchins
If Ollie Ray Hutchins' wife could sum up her husband's lasting reputation in one word, it would be "dedication," she says.

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

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

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

Mr. Thomas B. Bowden    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Adams    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Duke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Leece R. Grindle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth A. Edwards    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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

Mr. Charles Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Randall Frischmann    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Duke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna W. Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Elbert Duke Harley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Louise Stavely    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Doug Wells    (RCBOE)

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

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Aundra Lambert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Adams    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Aundra Lambert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Hayden Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Doug Wells    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Duke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Travis    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Leece R. Grindle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Edna W. Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Frischmann    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth A. Edwards    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Elbert Duke Harley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Hayden Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Smith (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Bertha Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Doug Wells (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mescal Roe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Aundra Lambert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Cross (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Hayden Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Stavely (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Edna W. Fulcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Louise Habersham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott (LITHONIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Drew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Travis (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Duke (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Leece R. Grindle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth A. Edwards (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Ollie Ray Hutchins

Col. Dick Zufelt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells (RCBOE)

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

Mr. Elbert Duke Harley (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

Ms. Bertha Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Randall Frischmann (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Everlina Carey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Thomas B. Bowden (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Murphy (HEPHZIBAH, 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.

Sports rants

Area sports announcements

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

Federer's run ends with loss to Nalbandian

Overtime

Overtime

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.

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 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
The Lady Spartan Tip-Off Classic takes the court today at Glenn Hills.

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.

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
The Lady Spartan Tip-Off Classic takes the court today at Glenn Hills.

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.

Federer's run ends with loss to Nalbandian
SHANGHAI, China - Hobbled by an ankle injury and on crutches three weeks ago, Roger Federer did something practically unheard of - he lost a match.

Federer's run ends with loss to Nalbandian
SHANGHAI, China - Hobbled by an ankle injury and on crutches three weeks ago, Roger Federer did something practically unheard of - he lost a match.

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.

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.

Outdoors calendar

Passing for quite a buck

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.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

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

Buccaneers edge Falcons
ATLANTA - Derrick Brooks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally stopped Michael Vick when it counted.

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

Bears end Panthers' win-streak
CHICAGO - Nathan Vasher didn't set a record this time - he set the tone.

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

Buccaneers edge Falcons
ATLANTA - Derrick Brooks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally stopped Michael Vick when it counted.

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

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

Bears end Panthers' win-streak
CHICAGO - Nathan Vasher didn't set a record this time - he set the tone.

Pope curbs autonomy of Franciscans in running famed Assisi basilica
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has curbed the independence of Franciscan friars running the famed St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, decreeing they must now get permission for their activities from the local bishop.

Pope curbs autonomy of Franciscans in running famed Assisi basilica
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has curbed the independence of Franciscan friars running the famed St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, decreeing they must now get permission for their activities from the local bishop.

Donate a deer for the hungry

Nightcap victory goes to Clemson

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.

'Nightline' anchor will say his final 'good night'
NEW YORK - Don't expect much ceremony when Ted Koppel signs off. The closing thought with which he ends each "Nightline" will take the form of a farewell Tuesday.

'Nightline' anchor will say his final 'good night'

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.

Regis Philbin to host New Year's Eve bash
NEW YORK - Regis Philbin, normally reserved for mornings, will stay up late to host the New Year's Eve countdown on Fox.

Regis Philbin to host New Year's Eve bash

Regis Philbin to host New Year's Eve bash
NEW YORK - Regis Philbin, normally reserved for mornings, will stay up late to host the New Year's Eve countdown on Fox.

'Nightline' anchor will say his final 'good night'
NEW YORK - Don't expect much ceremony when Ted Koppel signs off. The closing thought with which he ends each "Nightline" will take the form of a farewell Tuesday.

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 Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

TV special on global warming to feature comics

Was Blake verdict celebrity justice?

Harold Stone, veteran film and television actor, dies

Judge allows Courtney Love to leave drug program

People in the News

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.

Ely-Kelso enjoys the chance to run instead of punt

Shockley, Georgia crush Wildcats

In supposed rebuilding year, Georgia wins SEC East again

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.

In supposed rebuilding year, Georgia wins SEC East again
ATHENS, Ga. - So much for the rebuilding year.

In supposed rebuilding year, Georgia wins SEC East again
ATHENS, Ga. - So much for the rebuilding year.

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

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.

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

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.

South Carolina tops Toledo

South Carolina tops Toledo
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tarence Kinsey scored a career-high 24 points and South Carolina withstood a second-half rally by Toledo to escape with an 85-73 victory on Sunday.

South Carolina tops Toledo
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tarence Kinsey scored a career-high 24 points and South Carolina withstood a second-half rally by Toledo to escape with an 85-73 victory on Sunday.

Aiken earns another Gold Cup polo event

Pet of the week

Aiken County Farmers Market

Clemson agriculture program explores state's farming life

Byrd Elementary School students honored

Ordinance on animals toughened

Library events

Marine detachment seeks members for local units

Students are given examples of how the world really works

Recreaton events

Grants improve firefighters' work

Athlete Spotlight: Keely Gillespie

Georgia-Carolina State Fair contest winners

Chorale will perform Advent service

Around the block

Meetings

CSRA Bridge Results

Reunions

Georgia Military College students honored

This week

Milestones

Coalition recognizes caregivers' work

Area adult literacy sites

Events

Dickens classic is 'ghosted'

Events

Duties of school nurse are many

Pupils say sub taped them to seat

Pope curbs autonomy of Franciscans in running famed Assisi basilica

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