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.

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.

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

Chilling true-life account of nuclear close call

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

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

New Orleans Museum of Art fights to rebound

This time, Theroux's travels are in the head

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

Books focus on Thanksgiving feast trimmings

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.

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."

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.

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

Thanksgiving casts spell on America

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Wesley David Kupferer

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.

Landon Christopher Barden

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.

Darryl Clinton Crooms

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.

Matthew James Carroll

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.

Eliza Leeann King

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
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.

Jalen Lavell Gaddy

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.

Victor Novie Westbrook

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.

Peter Levert Bennett

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.

Brian Allen Mohler, Jr.

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.

Lily Elise Case

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.

Emmaly Ann Huffman

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.

Ashton Michael Bryant

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

Jake Brantley McPherson

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

Mason Cole Enochs

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Ann Turner

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.

Quenasia Octavia Philpot

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.

Jack Johnothan Thompson

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.

Jacob Duane Cosby

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.

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

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

Maggie Rose Eastman

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.

Simone Cierra Davis

Nicholas Allen Singleton

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.

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.

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.

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

Christians take Bible's money lessons to heart

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

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.

Intense NASCAR finish parallels battles in retail

Business briefs

Home briefs

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

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.

Energy prices play big role this holiday season

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

On the move

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:

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.

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.

Clemson turns things around - again

Davis runs wild in Clemson win

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.

Tigers' defense rules with iron hand

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

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.

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.

Auburn blasts out of Alabama's shadow

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

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.

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.

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

Just do as they say?

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

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

We interrupt this lynching ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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

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.

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
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.

Simple steps can make income tax season less daunting

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Georgia Tech upsets Miami

Upset 'meant to be'

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

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

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.

Woods moves into lead

Sorenstam makes it a perfect 10

Sorenstam leads despite poor finish

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Watney wins Pebble Beach Invitational

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.

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.

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.

Georgia High School Association football scores

Friday night football rewind

Prep basketball scores

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

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."

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

Leafs bury Thrashers

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.

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.

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.

Prevent one-continent government

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

Define 'victory,' then pull out of Iraq

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

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

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.

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

Techbits: Sony phones, Game controls and more

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

Past gives few clues for predicting new flu pandemic

Ancient Mexican city has much to offer modern visitors

Thank remaining guests for missing gifts

Choosing right energy savings strategy is important

Living briefs

Family dining can help with togetherness

Three video games to make you sweat

Consider bolts when buying woodworking connectors

Museum exhibit melds science and fiction of Star Wars

Husband takes an active role in home decor

Travel briefs

Mirrors to banish winter darkness in Austrian town

How to silence excessive household noise

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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
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

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.

Air Force wants more of city's sky

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

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.

Stores, students seek options

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

Identity theft suspect bought dog, police say

Medical student prepares to heal, witness overseas

Across South Carolina

Burmeister is backed by party after report

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.

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

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

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

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.

James Brown festival planned

Across the area

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Chancellor seeks Georgia position

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Advocates vie for prized land for nature preserve

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."

Rome cites few harmful effects

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.

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

USC Aiken to begin building convocation center

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.

Across the southeast

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fundraiser begins its 75th year

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.

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.

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 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.

News you can use
Activities for this week include:

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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 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.

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?

Welcome home at last

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

School officials consider alternative building plan

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.

Where we live

The week ahead

Train wrecks initiate change

Plan in place to manage Columbia County growth

Policy would punish parents

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:

Army recycles old buildings

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia

Site for Scouts closing for good

Be alert at wheel: It's peak collision season

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

McCain visits South Carolina

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.

Protest targets school, fort

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.

Five questions with Walter Varble

Visibility boosts efforts of Habitat for Humanity

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.

Little by little, exotic species are changing the South

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

Across South Carolina
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.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

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

News you can use
Activities for this week include:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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

Newell brings homespun edge to 'Goblet of Fire'

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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

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
NEW YORK - Carlos Santana has never been one to follow the record industry map to success.

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.

Biffle's late charge can't save season

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

Chase concept has detractors

NASCAR notebook

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

NFL power rankings for week 11

Area players in the NFL

Buccaneers edge Falcons

Bears end Panthers' win-streak

Falcons' road to playoffs will be difficult one

Mr. Charles Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty Duke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Stavely    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Hayden Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Duke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Aundra Lambert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Aundra Lambert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Randall Frischmann    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Doug Wells    (RCBOE)

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

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

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

Mrs. Betty Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Duke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Travis    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Travis    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Hayden Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Carl Adams    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Adams    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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.

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

Mr. Doug Wells    (RCBOE)

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

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

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

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Stavely    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Randall Frischmann    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mescal Roe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Doug Wells (RCBOE)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Col. Dick Zufelt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Frischmann (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott (LITHONIA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Edith Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty Duke (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Aundra Lambert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Doug Wells (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charles Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Travis (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

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

Hayden Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ann Cross (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Mary Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Drew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Ollie Ray Hutchins

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Bertha Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jean Laney (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Everlina Carey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Stavely (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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.

Federer's run ends with loss to Nalbandian

Area sports announcements

Overtime

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

Overtime

Sports rants

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Passing for quite a buck

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

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

Outdoors calendar

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

'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'
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 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

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.

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

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.

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

TV special on global warming to feature comics

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

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

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.

Was Blake verdict celebrity justice?

Judge allows Courtney Love to leave drug program

People in the News

Harold Stone, veteran film and television actor, dies

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.

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

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.

Shockley, Georgia crush Wildcats

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

Ely-Kelso enjoys the chance to run instead of punt

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

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

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

Tigers put an end to Spurrier's win streak

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.

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

South Carolina tops Toledo

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

Aiken earns another Gold Cup polo event

Chorale will perform Advent service

Georgia Military College students honored

Students are given examples of how the world really works

Byrd Elementary School students honored

Meetings

CSRA Bridge Results

Georgia-Carolina State Fair contest winners

Athlete Spotlight: Keely Gillespie

Around the block

This week

Pet of the week

Ordinance on animals toughened

Dickens classic is 'ghosted'

Milestones

Coalition recognizes caregivers' work

Clemson agriculture program explores state's farming life

Area adult literacy sites

Grants improve firefighters' work

Events

Library events

Marine detachment seeks members for local units

Aiken County Farmers Market

Duties of school nurse are many

Events

Recreaton events

Reunions

Pupils say sub taped them to seat

Pope curbs autonomy of Franciscans in running famed Assisi basilica