Top of the class
Peggy Trivelas, the principal of Chukker Creek Elementary, said she felt a sense of liberation after learning about the school's success on this year's state school report card ratings.

Cadet Corps program is terminated
About a year ago, the sheriff's office was ready to abandon a program that gave high school students in Aiken a taste of what it would be like to work in law enforcement.

Campaign ends with hefty sum for arts center
The Aiken Center for the Arts completed its three-year fundraising campaign by surpassing its $1.5 million goal, organizers announced last week.

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

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

Library schedule
Here is information on Aiken County libraries.

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
Air Force Airman Robert M. Vaughn, son of Robert Vaughn, of Barnwell, S.C., and Cheryl Vaughn, of Aiken, has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Hitchcock Woods' roots touch all
The Blessing of the Hounds before the drag hunt in Hitchcock Woods on Thanksgiving morning is a longstanding Aiken tradition.

Pet of the week
Effie, 10-week-old female terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Pet of the week
Effie, 10-week-old female terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Events
FREE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday; in the Alley, downtown Aiken; turkey, beverages and utensils provided; bring a covered dish if able; gospel music; 649-9773

Milestones
Air Force Airman Robert M. Vaughn, son of Robert Vaughn, of Barnwell, S.C., and Cheryl Vaughn, of Aiken, has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Across the river
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

Events
FREE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday; in the Alley, downtown Aiken; turkey, beverages and utensils provided; bring a covered dish if able; gospel music; 649-9773

School lunch menus
Here are Aiken County school lunch menus through December 2.

Elementary school celebrates its centennial
Laminated photographs, fifth-graders' signed drug-free pledge, a red ribbon in honor of the school being drug free, a school newsletter and a community newspaper were among the items placed inside a time capsule at North Augusta Elementary School on Thursday.

Rowing club seeks more young members
On a cool November afternoon, Michael Townsend sent his athletes out for a brisk run.

Hitchcock Woods' roots touch all
The Blessing of the Hounds before the drag hunt in Hitchcock Woods on Thanksgiving morning is a longstanding Aiken tradition.

Tour of Homes will benefit area students and charities
Six North Augusta homes decorated for the holidays will be on this year's Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Campaign ends with hefty sum for arts center
The Aiken Center for the Arts completed its three-year fundraising campaign by surpassing its $1.5 million goal, organizers announced last week.

Cadet Corps program is terminated
About a year ago, the sheriff's office was ready to abandon a program that gave high school students in Aiken a taste of what it would be like to work in law enforcement.

Chitlin'strutters
Elizabeth Towles, of Beech Island (center), was crowned 2005 Chitlin' Strut Queen at the Chitlin' Strut Beauty Pageant Nov. 12 at the Salley Civic Center. Miranda Alexander, of North Augusta (left), was first runner-up, and Lindsay Garrick, of North Augusta, was second runner-up. The 40th annual Chitlin' Strut will be held Friday and Saturday at the Salley fairgrounds, 258 Pine St. N.W. The carnival will run from 3-10 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Top of the class
Peggy Trivelas, the principal of Chukker Creek Elementary, said she felt a sense of liberation after learning about the school's success on this year's state school report card ratings.

Across the river
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

Around the block
A community Thanksgiving Day dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in The Alley, Aiken. Turkey will be served, and beverages and utensils will be provided. Attendees are urged to bring a covered dish. There will be gospel music at the event. Call 649-9773 or 642-7664.

Elementary school celebrates its centennial
Laminated photographs, fifth-graders' signed drug-free pledge, a red ribbon in honor of the school being drug free, a school newsletter and a community newspaper were among the items placed inside a time capsule at North Augusta Elementary School on Thursday.

School lunch menus
Here are Aiken County school lunch menus through December 2.

Library schedule
Here is information on Aiken County libraries.

Rowing club seeks more young members
On a cool November afternoon, Michael Townsend sent his athletes out for a brisk run.

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

Tour of Homes will benefit area students and charities
Six North Augusta homes decorated for the holidays will be on this year's Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

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

Chitlin'strutters
Elizabeth Towles, of Beech Island (center), was crowned 2005 Chitlin' Strut Queen at the Chitlin' Strut Beauty Pageant Nov. 12 at the Salley Civic Center. Miranda Alexander, of North Augusta (left), was first runner-up, and Lindsay Garrick, of North Augusta, was second runner-up. The 40th annual Chitlin' Strut will be held Friday and Saturday at the Salley fairgrounds, 258 Pine St. N.W. The carnival will run from 3-10 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Around the block
A community Thanksgiving Day dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in The Alley, Aiken. Turkey will be served, and beverages and utensils will be provided. Attendees are urged to bring a covered dish. There will be gospel music at the event. Call 649-9773 or 642-7664.

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

Applause cover

Applause cover

Applause cover

Fine arts calendar

Russian 'Nutcracker' is new dance
Clara and the candy are gone, but the kids are still central to the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.

Fine arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Fine arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Russian 'Nutcracker' is new dance
Clara and the candy are gone, but the kids are still central to the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.

Russian 'Nutcracker' is new dance

2 former GreenJackets part of the deal
BOSTON - Shopping for a premier pitcher, the Boston Red Sox put together a deal to acquire Florida ace Josh Beckett and didn't even need a general manager to do it.

Florida Marlins to pursue relocation
MIAMI - The Florida Marlins will look into relocation as early as the 2008 season, after years of unsuccessful attempts to secure a baseball-only stadium in downtown Miami.

2 former GreenJackets part of the deal

Florida Marlins to pursue relocation

2 former GreenJackets part of the deal
BOSTON - Shopping for a premier pitcher, the Boston Red Sox put together a deal to acquire Florida ace Josh Beckett and didn't even need a general manager to do it.

Florida Marlins to pursue relocation
MIAMI - The Florida Marlins will look into relocation as early as the 2008 season, after years of unsuccessful attempts to secure a baseball-only stadium in downtown Miami.

No, Billy, you can't have an Xbox 360
Looking for an Xbox 360? You're not alone.

Wal-Mart and Target ready for holiday sales battle
The slim tunics and velvet blazers on Wal-Mart's clothing racks this holiday season are more than the latest trendy fashions - they're a sign that the intense competition between the world's largest retailer and its upscale discount rival is ratcheting higher.

Hopes are rising for a good Christmas
NEW YORK - When consumers shop for diamond bracelets this holiday season, BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. probably won't be the first retailer they think of. But luxury goods are finding their way into warehouse clubs and other low-to-moderate price retailers who want to be part of the boom in upscale merchandise.

Hopes are rising for a good Christmas
NEW YORK - When consumers shop for diamond bracelets this holiday season, BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. probably won't be the first retailer they think of. But luxury goods are finding their way into warehouse clubs and other low-to-moderate price retailers who want to be part of the boom in upscale merchandise.

Microsoft reports isolated incidents of Xbox 360 glitches

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Michael Rigas, a son of the founder of Adelphia Communications Corp., pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of making a false entry in a financial record, eliminating the need for his retrial on securities fraud and bank fraud charges in a scandal that forced the cable giant into bankruptcy.

Business briefs

Insurance now part of Meybohm
The market's largest real estate brokerage is getting into the insurance business.

Holiday travel: Airports not what they used to be
WASHINGTON - If you're flying for the holidays you have lots to think about: what to pack - and leave behind - what to wear and how early to get to the airport.

At holiday, there's a little too much room at inns
The Thanksgiving holiday has an uncanny ability to turn Augusta hotels into sleepy hollows.

Microsoft reports isolated incidents of Xbox 360 glitches
REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it had received isolated reports of technical problems with its popular new Xbox 360 videogame system.

Shoppers give grocery stores abundant sales
Veronica Norman thinks the best part of Thanksgiving is spending time with her family. But the sweet potato pie doesn't hurt either.

Toy safety warnings issued for holiday shoppers
WASHINGTON - Though decades of effort have made toys safer, children still choke on balloons, get strangled by yo-yo water balls and suffer hearing damage from loud playthings, a watchdog group warned Tuesday in its annual toy safety survey.

Shoppers give grocery stores abundant sales
Veronica Norman thinks the best part of Thanksgiving is spending time with her family. But the sweet potato pie doesn't hurt either.

Thanksgiving travel rush is on

Thanksgiving travel rush is on
Millions of Americans hit the road or took to the sky Wednesday in the annual dash to someone else's house for Thanksgiving turkey, despite the prospect of traffic jams, snowy highways and crowded airports and train stations.

Hopes are rising for a good Christmas

Video biographies preserve past for future generations
For Lois Scott, her parents' courtship will have to remain a mystery. They died years ago, and the 80-year-old still wishes she could ask them how they met and fell in love.

At holiday, there's a little too much room at inns

Holiday travel: Airports not what they used to be
WASHINGTON - If you're flying for the holidays you have lots to think about: what to pack - and leave behind - what to wear and how early to get to the airport.

No, Billy, you can't have an Xbox 360
Looking for an Xbox 360? You're not alone.

Insurance now part of Meybohm
The market's largest real estate brokerage is getting into the insurance business.

New president sees changes ahead to strengthen chamber
Meet with volunteers and discuss new-member orientation. Answer phone calls. Spend lunch learning about the Augusta Futurity and what "futurity" actually means. Send e-mails. Return to the office and meet with the chairman. Answer phone calls. Discuss the future. See a ceremonial tree lighting. Go to a night meeting, and rest.

Toy safety warnings issued for holiday shoppers

Video biographies preserve past for future generations

New president sees changes ahead to strengthen chamber

Business briefs
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's jobless rate rose again in October to 6.9 percent, its third consecutive monthly climb, the state Employment Security Commission reported Tuesday.

At holiday, there's a little too much room at inns
The Thanksgiving holiday has an uncanny ability to turn Augusta hotels into sleepy hollows.

Toy safety warnings issued for holiday shoppers
WASHINGTON - Though decades of effort have made toys safer, children still choke on balloons, get strangled by yo-yo water balls and suffer hearing damage from loud playthings, a watchdog group warned Tuesday in its annual toy safety survey.

Microsoft reports isolated incidents of Xbox 360 glitches
REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it had received isolated reports of technical problems with its popular new Xbox 360 videogame system.

Thanksgiving travel rush is on
Millions of Americans hit the road or took to the sky Wednesday in the annual dash to someone else's house for Thanksgiving turkey, despite the prospect of traffic jams, snowy highways and crowded airports and train stations.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Michael Rigas, a son of the founder of Adelphia Communications Corp., pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of making a false entry in a financial record, eliminating the need for his retrial on securities fraud and bank fraud charges in a scandal that forced the cable giant into bankruptcy.

Insurance now part of Meybohm

Video biographies preserve past for future generations
For Lois Scott, her parents' courtship will have to remain a mystery. They died years ago, and the 80-year-old still wishes she could ask them how they met and fell in love.

Wal-Mart and Target ready for holiday sales battle

Business briefs

Shoppers give grocery stores abundant sales

No, Billy, you can't have an Xbox 360

Wal-Mart and Target ready for holiday sales battle
The slim tunics and velvet blazers on Wal-Mart's clothing racks this holiday season are more than the latest trendy fashions - they're a sign that the intense competition between the world's largest retailer and its upscale discount rival is ratcheting higher.

Holiday travel: Airports not what they used to be

Business briefs
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's jobless rate rose again in October to 6.9 percent, its third consecutive monthly climb, the state Employment Security Commission reported Tuesday.

New president sees changes ahead to strengthen chamber
Meet with volunteers and discuss new-member orientation. Answer phone calls. Spend lunch learning about the Augusta Futurity and what "futurity" actually means. Send e-mails. Return to the office and meet with the chairman. Answer phone calls. Discuss the future. See a ceremonial tree lighting. Go to a night meeting, and rest.

Editorial cartoon

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Nov. 23, 2005.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Nov. 23, 2005.

Editorial cartoon

Whitehurst needs rest, not surgery
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst needs some rest and rehabilitation for his throwing shoulder - not surgery.

Whitehurst needs rest, not surgery

Whitehurst needs rest, not surgery
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst needs some rest and rehabilitation for his throwing shoulder - not surgery.

Razorbacks, Tigers feeling a bit rushed
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Wednesday's practice felt a little more intense than usual.

Traditional rivalries still a work in progress

Notebooking the SEC
ARKANSAS: Kyle Roper returned to practice this week for the Razorbacks (4-6, 2-5), but not at the same position. He's now a guard instead of a center.

Traditional rivalries still a work in progress
Connecticut quarterback Matt Bonislawski considered the question for a few moments. Who is UConn's chief rival?

Notebooking the SEC
ARKANSAS: Kyle Roper returned to practice this week for the Razorbacks (4-6, 2-5), but not at the same position. He's now a guard instead of a center.

Traditional rivalries still a work in progress
Connecticut quarterback Matt Bonislawski considered the question for a few moments. Who is UConn's chief rival?

Razorbacks, Tigers feeling a bit rushed
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Wednesday's practice felt a little more intense than usual.

Razorbacks, Tigers feeling a bit rushed

Jackets buzz into clash with Dogs
Reviewing and previewing college football

Notebooking the SEC

Jackets buzz into clash with Dogs
Reviewing and previewing college football

Jackets buzz into clash with Dogs

Howard, Jaguars beat buzzer

Cooper to make return to National

Of glitches and long track records

It could have been anyone
Crime victims often put themselves in perilous positions - being in the wrong places at the wrong times with the wrong people.

Israel's political earthquake

No, thank you
Civilians and soldiers shared a Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday night at Harlem United Methodist Church - Harlem's way of giving thanks to our brave men and women at Fort Gordon.

Israel's political earthquake
Just how big is Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's bid to create a new centrist party after splitting last weekend from the Likud Party that he founded in 1973?

It could have been anyone

An endorsement for change, progress, unity
There aren't too many true statesmen left. But Helen Blocker-Adams became one on Tuesday.

Israel's political earthquake
Just how big is Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's bid to create a new centrist party after splitting last weekend from the Likud Party that he founded in 1973?

Of glitches and long track records
CNN claims it was a computer glitch. And its supporters say conservative Internet "bloggers" are making way too much of the incident.

Other brave men, women to thank
Want yet another reason to be thankful today? We can give you 30,000 of them.

An endorsement for change, progress, unity
There aren't too many true statesmen left. But Helen Blocker-Adams became one on Tuesday.

It could have been anyone
Crime victims often put themselves in perilous positions - being in the wrong places at the wrong times with the wrong people.

Of glitches and long track records
CNN claims it was a computer glitch. And its supporters say conservative Internet "bloggers" are making way too much of the incident.

Other brave men, women to thank
Want yet another reason to be thankful today? We can give you 30,000 of them.

No, thank you

Other brave men, women to thank

An endorsement for change, progress, unity

No, thank you
Civilians and soldiers shared a Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday night at Harlem United Methodist Church - Harlem's way of giving thanks to our brave men and women at Fort Gordon.

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey officially separate
LOS ANGELES - After months of rumors, denials and salacious magazine covers, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are officially calling it quits.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

People in the News
LONDON - Teri Hatcher is suing a British tabloid newspaper for libel over its claims she had "sex romps" with men in a Volkswagen van, her lawyer said Wednesday.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Lionel Richie says the stress of his daughter's expanding career is most likely the reason for her shrinking dress size.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Lionel Richie says the stress of his daughter's expanding career is most likely the reason for her shrinking dress size.

Oprah gets Founders Award at International Emmys
NEW YORK - Oprah Winfrey has received the Founders Award for her international broadcast career and philanthropic initiatives from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

It should be simple to satisfy video gamers come Christmas
When it comes to gifts, video game fans love to unwrap games, consoles or accessories.

It should be simple to satisfy video gamers come Christmas
When it comes to gifts, video game fans love to unwrap games, consoles or accessories.

Spotted
Rick and Amy Kilpatrick took their daughters Margent and Cree to The New Nutcracker on Sunday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University.

Club calendar
Are you in need of some entertainment away from home for the Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some highlights of what's happening at bars in Augusta and Aiken:

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Poll: Reiner, Beatty are well-known, but not well-liked
SACRAMENTO - Hollywood director Rob Reiner and actor Warren Beatty are well-known to California voters if either decides to run for governor next year, but a poll shows they aren't particularly well-liked.

People in the News
LONDON - Teri Hatcher is suing a British tabloid newspaper for libel over its claims she had "sex romps" with men in a Volkswagen van, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Christmas shopping goes smoother with plan of action
For retailers, post-Thanksgiving 'tis a season to be jolly. For shoppers being jostled, jammed, crowded and cramped, it can be a ho-ho-wholly different experience.

Music, film lovers can be happy with new releases
Face it: Nobody really wants socks in the stocking.

Music, film lovers can be happy with new releases
Face it: Nobody really wants socks in the stocking.

Christmas shopping goes smoother with plan of action
For retailers, post-Thanksgiving 'tis a season to be jolly. For shoppers being jostled, jammed, crowded and cramped, it can be a ho-ho-wholly different experience.

Spotted
Rick and Amy Kilpatrick took their daughters Margent and Cree to The New Nutcracker on Sunday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University.

Stuff to do
Carnival rides, beauty queens and fried pig intestines: Who could ask for anything more? The tiny town of Salley once again welcomes company with a heaping plate of chitterlings (the previously mentioned intestines) at the town's annual Chitlin' Strut.

Poll: Reiner, Beatty are well-known, but not well-liked
SACRAMENTO - Hollywood director Rob Reiner and actor Warren Beatty are well-known to California voters if either decides to run for governor next year, but a poll shows they aren't particularly well-liked.

Club calendar
Are you in need of some entertainment away from home for the Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some highlights of what's happening at bars in Augusta and Aiken:

The top five list
The top five entertainment list.

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey officially separate
LOS ANGELES - After months of rumors, denials and salacious magazine covers, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are officially calling it quits.

Angelina Jolie made a citizen of Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Angelina Jolie has received a Cambodian passport after being made a citizen of the impoverished Southeast Asian country.

Angelina Jolie made a citizen of Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Angelina Jolie has received a Cambodian passport after being made a citizen of the impoverished Southeast Asian country.

Oprah gets Founders Award at International Emmys
NEW YORK - Oprah Winfrey has received the Founders Award for her international broadcast career and philanthropic initiatives from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The top five list
The top five entertainment list.

Stuff to do
Carnival rides, beauty queens and fried pig intestines: Who could ask for anything more? The tiny town of Salley once again welcomes company with a heaping plate of chitterlings (the previously mentioned intestines) at the town's annual Chitlin' Strut.

Mortgage rates down this week
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country, which have been trending upward, dropped this week, offering a dose of good news for prospective home buyers.

Mortgage rates down this week
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country, which have been trending upward, dropped this week, offering a dose of good news for prospective home buyers.

Mortgage rates down this week

Recipe for Italian bread and cheese soup
CONCORD, N.H. - Our cup of soy milk spilleth over.

Carve turkey with confidence
A successful Thanksgiving or other holiday dinner may mean having the right tools at the right time - when it's time to carve the turkey, for example.

Warm and fruity breakfast oatmeal is easy fix

Recipe for Italian bread and cheese soup

Carve turkey with confidence
A successful Thanksgiving or other holiday dinner may mean having the right tools at the right time - when it's time to carve the turkey, for example.

Recipe for Italian bread and cheese soup
CONCORD, N.H. - Our cup of soy milk spilleth over.

Low-fat turkey-sausage paella recipe

Carve turkey with confidence

Think of cinnamon as the bark with the bite

Warm and fruity breakfast oatmeal is easy fix
Defeat the shivers, face cold mornings with breakfast bravado!

Think of cinnamon as the bark with the bite
There's something about cinnamon that makes people smile, no doubt because it conjures up sense-memories of the wonderful foods that it perfumes.

Think of cinnamon as the bark with the bite
There's something about cinnamon that makes people smile, no doubt because it conjures up sense-memories of the wonderful foods that it perfumes.

Warm and fruity breakfast oatmeal is easy fix
Defeat the shivers, face cold mornings with breakfast bravado!

Low-fat turkey-sausage paella recipe
You may just happen to have some cooked turkey around, and be looking for an easy way to give it a new identity. Try this one: a low-fat recipe that gives a tasty new twist to the classic Spanish paella, with chorizo, saffron and smoked paprika for authentic flavor and color.

Low-fat turkey-sausage paella recipe
You may just happen to have some cooked turkey around, and be looking for an easy way to give it a new identity. Try this one: a low-fat recipe that gives a tasty new twist to the classic Spanish paella, with chorizo, saffron and smoked paprika for authentic flavor and color.

Gailey deserves praise, not scorn
For those Georgia Tech fans predisposed to not liking Chan Gailey, the majority of this story will clash your viewpoint. But hang with me just a minute.

Tech seniors have final chance to beat Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech-Georgia game is about winning respect for more than just one week, but the clichDes about a year's worth of bragging rights fall short of describing all that is on the line for Tech seniors who have never beaten the Bulldogs.

Georgia Tech's Wreck is senior's full-time job
ATLANTA - The Ride is something that's difficult to describe even after having taken part from the passenger seat of a vehicle that's been puttering around for 75 years.

Tech seniors have final chance to beat Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech-Georgia game is about winning respect for more than just one week, but the clichDes about a year's worth of bragging rights fall short of describing all that is on the line for Tech seniors who have never beaten the Bulldogs.

Ball taking 'levelheaded' approach to Georgia game
ATLANTA - One year ago, Reggie Ball lost track of the downs and he threw away Georgia Tech's last chance to beat Georgia.

Gailey deserves praise, not scorn
For those Georgia Tech fans predisposed to not liking Chan Gailey, the majority of this story will clash your viewpoint. But hang with me just a minute.

Tech seniors have final chance to beat Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech-Georgia game is about winning respect for more than just one week, but the clichDes about a year's worth of bragging rights fall short of describing all that is on the line for Tech seniors who have never beaten the Bulldogs.

Georgia Tech's Wreck is senior's full-time job
ATLANTA - The Ride is something that's difficult to describe even after having taken part from the passenger seat of a vehicle that's been puttering around for 75 years.

Ball taking 'levelheaded' approach to Georgia game
ATLANTA - One year ago, Reggie Ball lost track of the downs and he threw away Georgia Tech's last chance to beat Georgia.

Gailey deserves praise, not scorn
For those Georgia Tech fans predisposed to not liking Chan Gailey, the majority of this story will clash your viewpoint. But hang with me just a minute.

Gailey deserves praise, not scorn

Georgia Tech's Wreck is senior's full-time job

Ball taking 'levelheaded' approach to Georgia game

Issues remain with LPGA playoff system

Ailing Woods leads Slam
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii - Even feeling ill, Tiger Woods proved to have an edge over the competition.

Ailing Woods leads Slam
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii - Even feeling ill, Tiger Woods proved to have an edge over the competition.

Woods cruises to record sixth Grand Slam title

Wie is wiser, and ready to play against men
KOCHI, Japan - Michelle Wie is clear on one thing she wants to do when she plays against men at the Casio World Open - avoid disqualification.

Woods cruises to record sixth Grand Slam title
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii - Tiger Woods returned to his old form and dominance in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Former Wyoming refinery now a golf course

Former Wyoming refinery now a golf course
CASPER, Wyo. - The rolling fairways, manicured greens, water hazards and wildlife belie the true purpose of the Three Crowns Golf Course.

Issues remain with LPGA playoff system
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Marisa Baena went from a tie for 20th to second with a 66 to get into the final group of the ADT Championship, one shot behind Annika Sorenstam. Under the new playoff system that begins next year, she would have been gone by the weekend.

Issues remain with LPGA playoff system
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Marisa Baena went from a tie for 20th to second with a 66 to get into the final group of the ADT Championship, one shot behind Annika Sorenstam. Under the new playoff system that begins next year, she would have been gone by the weekend.

Woods cruises to record sixth Grand Slam title
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii - Tiger Woods returned to his old form and dominance in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Wie is wiser, and ready to play against men
KOCHI, Japan - Michelle Wie is clear on one thing she wants to do when she plays against men at the Casio World Open - avoid disqualification.

Ailing Woods leads Slam

Former Wyoming refinery now a golf course
CASPER, Wyo. - The rolling fairways, manicured greens, water hazards and wildlife belie the true purpose of the Three Crowns Golf Course.

Wie is wiser, and ready to play against men

Lakeside star picks Wildcats

Lady Wolfpack aren't slowed by a late start

Prep basketball outlook

Prep basketball scores

Girls expect to live up to reputation as states' best

Prep basketball scores

Aiken can play the role of giant-killer vs. Byrnes

Lakeside star picks Wildcats
Chris Drayton just liked the sound of being a Wildcat.

Lakeside star picks Wildcats
Chris Drayton just liked the sound of being a Wildcat.

Cranberry punch adds cheery flavor and aroma of holidays
Cranberries are a part of the Thanksgiving table, and usually are served as a saucy garnish to the holiday turkey.

Cranberry punch adds cheery flavor and aroma of holidays
Cranberries are a part of the Thanksgiving table, and usually are served as a saucy garnish to the holiday turkey.

Cranberry punch adds cheery flavor and aroma of holidays

Parents should rise up, fight intrusion

Parents should rise up, fight intrusion
At what point do we, the citizens of Columbia County, say enough is enough to government intrusion? Bob Hoelscher, Evans

Dems' bluster over voter ID is typical

Dems' bluster over voter ID is typical
It has been a typically Democratic Party approach to attack state Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, and her effort to require positive photo IDs of Georgia voters. The use of racially based attacks play to the Democratic Party base, and that is the only real objective of the effort. Robert Schloesser, Augusta

Dems' bluster over voter ID is typical
It has been a typically Democratic Party approach to attack state Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, and her effort to require positive photo IDs of Georgia voters. The use of racially based attacks play to the Democratic Party base, and that is the only real objective of the effort. Robert Schloesser, Augusta

Parents should rise up, fight intrusion
At what point do we, the citizens of Columbia County, say enough is enough to government intrusion? Bob Hoelscher, Evans

Annie Leibovitz: Photographer of celebrities

Living briefs

Country music gives CBS another winning week in ratings

Google donates $3 million to help scan documents

Holiday gifts for travelers

Family reunions: Living new lives under old roofs

Cancer radiation can increase women's risk for hip fractures

Gaming fans get first crack at new Xbox system

Review: Xbox 360 delivers, for all types of gamers

Holiday gifts for travelers
NEW YORK - Travel can be divided into four basic parts - the planning, the journey, the destination, and the memories. Gifts for travelers can be divided along similar lines. Here are a few ideas for each category.

Living briefs
Do you have a picture of timmy pulling off santa's beard? how about one of jane sticking her tongue out at the camera? crying kids? collapsing christmas trees? We want them all.

Google donates $3 million to help scan documents
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is giving $3 million to the U.S. Library of Congress to help set up a system for creating digital copies of rare documents from around the world - the latest step in Google's crusade to expand the amount of information that can be indexed by its Internet-leading search engine.

Cancer radiation can increase women's risk for hip fractures
CHICAGO - Radiation treatment for pelvic-area cancer can increase women's risks of breaking a hip later on, a study found.

Annie Leibovitz: Photographer of celebrities
Some people know how to look good in a photograph. Some do not.

Google donates $3 million to help scan documents
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is giving $3 million to the U.S. Library of Congress to help set up a system for creating digital copies of rare documents from around the world - the latest step in Google's crusade to expand the amount of information that can be indexed by its Internet-leading search engine.

Country music gives CBS another winning week in ratings
NEW YORK - It was a good TV week for country music; not so hot for sinking ships.

Gaming fans get first crack at new Xbox system
NEW YORK - After standing on a city street for more than 28 hours, with only a blanket to protect him from the cold and rain, Peter Gonzalez had no doubt about what he should do next: stay up all night playing video games.

Family reunions: Living new lives under old roofs
NEW YORK - Won't it be wonderful to have the family under one roof again?

Review: Xbox 360 delivers, for all types of gamers
It only took Microsoft Corp. two tries to get it right in the video game console business.

Family reunions: Living new lives under old roofs
NEW YORK - Won't it be wonderful to have the family under one roof again?

Living briefs
Do you have a picture of timmy pulling off santa's beard? how about one of jane sticking her tongue out at the camera? crying kids? collapsing christmas trees? We want them all.

Holiday gifts for travelers
NEW YORK - Travel can be divided into four basic parts - the planning, the journey, the destination, and the memories. Gifts for travelers can be divided along similar lines. Here are a few ideas for each category.

Gaming fans get first crack at new Xbox system
NEW YORK - After standing on a city street for more than 28 hours, with only a blanket to protect him from the cold and rain, Peter Gonzalez had no doubt about what he should do next: stay up all night playing video games.

Annie Leibovitz: Photographer of celebrities
Some people know how to look good in a photograph. Some do not.

Review: Xbox 360 delivers, for all types of gamers
It only took Microsoft Corp. two tries to get it right in the video game console business.

Cancer radiation can increase women's risk for hip fractures
CHICAGO - Radiation treatment for pelvic-area cancer can increase women's risks of breaking a hip later on, a study found.

Immigration Services cost Lynx 9 men
The Augusta Lynx's Thanksgiving weekend plans suffered a blow Wednesday when nine Canadian players were ruled ineligible because of a ruling by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Immigration Services cost Lynx 9 men

Immigration Services cost Lynx 9 men
The Augusta Lynx's Thanksgiving weekend plans suffered a blow Wednesday when nine Canadian players were ruled ineligible because of a ruling by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Lynx forward stays 'on call'
Forward Jake Riddle returned to Augusta from Portland, Maine, late Monday night with a message from the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates:

Lynx forward stays 'on call'

Lynx forward stays 'on call'
Forward Jake Riddle returned to Augusta from Portland, Maine, late Monday night with a message from the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates:

Political Rants and Raves
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Charleston County woman contracts West Nile
COLUMBIA, S.C. - An elderly Charleston County woman has contracted the mosquito-borne West Nile virus and is in serious condition at a hospital, the state health department said Wednesday.

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Comments from readers:

Carjacker kills man, injures two in North Augusta
NORTH AUGUSTA - State and local authorities were conducting a massive manhunt late Tuesday night for a man who killed one person and wounded two others outside two North Augusta restaurants.

Leader expects 3rd Infantry home soon
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will be coming home in January if conditions don't worsen in Iraq, division commander Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr. said Tuesday.

Bullets ended friends' routine
AIKEN - William L. Powell Jr. and the Rev. Earl Carter were just a few feet away from convening the Huddle House "board of directors" Tuesday morning.

Democrats say leader must quit

Releases of mercury by chemical plant criticized
One of Augusta's oldest chemical plants was criticized Tuesday as an industrial dinosaur operating with technology that dates - literally - to the 1800s.

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

Hundreds gather to welcome holiday season
Several hundred people, including a number of toddlers eager to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus, gathered at the Augusta Common for Augusta's annual Christmas tree lighting event Tuesday night.

This week, serving is about food for soldiers
The satiated, satisfied smile on the face of Sgt. David Burdyck as he placed his food tray on the conveyor belt to the dishwasher said it all.

Teacher brings battles to the classroom
John Fillop encourages fighting in his class.

Southerners take pride in politeness
SAVANNAH, Ga. - At a cozy corner table of Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, Andrea and Roland Lemke sit elbow-to-elbow with complete strangers as the manager rings the bell at 11 a.m. and asks for bowed heads.

Effort to catch strays is renewed
Officials say things have gotten much better in Lincolnton, Ga., in the past year, but Lincolnton Police Chief Jim Justice says some wild renegades are still roaming within the city limits.

Across South Carolina

Leaders monitor work to fix mobile home park
Sewerage repair work began Tuesday morning at Mobile Village trailer park on Deans Bridge Road.

Holiday events
SERVICE: A service will be held at 9 a.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road. Dinner will follow the service. For more information, call 724-8052.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Bullets ended friends' routine

Thanksgiving closings
- Augusta-Richmond County offices: Closed Thursday and Friday

Thanksgiving holiday closings
Many businesses, government offices and schools are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Holiday events
SERVICE: A service will be held at 9 a.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road. Dinner will follow the service. For more information, call 724-8052.

Nursing student refuses to let obstacles stop her
For nursing student Kelsey Trapp, something as simple as putting on sterile gloves or taking a patient's blood pressure wasn't always easy.

Double duty
A Richmond County firefighter works near the scene of a fire at an abandoned house in the 1200 block of Ellis Street in Augusta.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Corrections
- A story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle included incorrect information about performers at the James Brown Soul of America Festival.

South Carolina leaders see need for lessons about law
COLUMBIA - Local governments and law enforcement agencies need to do a better job of knowing and following open meetings and open records laws, top state leaders say.

Window on ocean opens to all today
ATLANTA - The new Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta is more than just a big fish tank to Virginia Dunbar.

Gathering for the feast
Christopher Smith (left) and Thomas McKenzie prepare macaroni and cheese for the Least of These Souls Ministry feast, which is at 12:30 p.m. today at 566 Broad St. The free Thanksgiving event attracts hundreds for food and music.

Kid of the Day
Alexandria D. Wyman of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Thanksgiving holiday closings

Fish trapped in 'bathtub,' PETA says
ATLANTA - Guests, from the governor down, gushed. But Karin Robertson, the founder of the Fish Empathy Project from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, isn't wild about the Georgia Aquarium, which officially opens today.

The South: A changing identity

Budget calls for 320 new officers
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford announced Tuesday that he wants to beef up the state's law enforcement numbers with 320 new personnel, including 100 state troopers and 41 corrections officers.

Aiken power bills jump

Pastor in jail after slaying
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A southside youth pastor strangled his wife during a domestic dispute and then drove about 13 miles to dispose of her body, police said.

Effort to catch strays is renewed
Officials say things have gotten much better in Lincolnton, Ga., in the past year, but Lincolnton Police Chief Jim Justice says some wild renegades are still roaming within the city limits.

Agency insists on keeping courthouse shooting case
ATLANTA - The fact that members of the Fulton County District Attorney's Office were brought to tears and forced to seek counseling by the courthouse rampage that left a judge and three others dead is no reason to disqualify the agency from handling the accused gunman's murder case, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Manhunt going door-to-door
Authorities have expanded their search into Augusta for a man who killed one person and wounded two others outside two North Augusta restaurants Tuesday.

Former student guilty in HIV case
ATLANTA - A former Emory University medical student pleaded guilty Tuesday to two more counts of knowingly having unprotected sex without warning the victims he was HIV positive.

Democrats say leader must quit
ATLANTA - Georgia's legislative black caucus called Wednesday for Augusta Rep. Sue Burmeister to resign her leadership position for remarks she is reported to have made to the U.S. Justice Department about black voters in Georgia.

Schools in S. Carolina see decline in violence
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The number of aggravated assaults and incidents of forcible sex in South Carolina schools dropped by more than half in the past four years, but reports of drug and weapons offenses increased substantially, Education Department officials said.

High runoff turnout predicted
Voter turnout for the Dec. 6 runoff election could be higher than that in the Nov. 8 election, based on telephone inquiries and requests for absentee ballots, said Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

Carjacker kills man, injures two in North Augusta
NORTH AUGUSTA - State and local authorities were conducting a massive manhunt late Tuesday night for a man who killed one person and wounded two others outside two North Augusta restaurants.

Augusta Concert Band in spotlight at benefit
The Augusta Chronicle's 75th annual Empty Stocking Fund officially starts Sunday with a benefit concert featuring the Augusta Concert Band.

Bullets ended friends' routine
AIKEN - William L. Powell Jr. and the Rev. Earl Carter were just a few feet away from convening the Huddle House "board of directors" Tuesday morning.

Hunt for suspect goes door to door
The man who went on a deadly shooting spree in North Augusta on Tuesday may have driven as far as 100 miles from the scene of the crime before returning to North Augusta, where he continues to elude capture, authorities say.

Copenhaver gets endorsement of Blocker-Adams
In what she called "The Queen Esther Decision," Helen Blocker-Adams endorsed Deke Copenhaver in the Augusta mayoral race Tuesday.

Thanksgiving events
SERVICE: A service will be held at 9 a.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road. Dinner will follow the service. For more information, call 724-8052.

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office arrested Michael Yarbray, 18, on Monday in connection with a string of armed robberies.

Mother is sought on charges of cruelty to 1-year-old girl
Authorities are seeking an Augusta woman who is facing felony cruelty to children charges concerning her daughter.

Across Georgia
WATKINSVILLE - A northeast Georgia woman is suing her county's fire department, saying she hurt herself sliding down a firehouse pole during a party.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man has been arrested on charges that he stabbed his brother-in-law in the back early Wednesday, officials with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A Rock Hill mother and grandmother were jailed on felony child neglect charges after the mother's 8-year-old son was found beaten and naked outside his family's home, police reported.

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Copenhaver gets endorsement of Blocker-Adams

Charleston County woman contracts West Nile
COLUMBIA, S.C. - An elderly Charleston County woman has contracted the mosquito-borne West Nile virus and is in serious condition at a hospital, the state health department said Wednesday.

Across the area

Hispanic residents aren't quite Southern, yet
MONROE, N.C. - When Flora Lopez moved to North Carolina in the mid-1990s, the grocery stores didn't sell the kind of cornmeal used to make tortillas. Now, a little more than a decade later, tiendas are sprinkled throughout this town of 28,000 - and not only in Hispanic neighborhoods.

Window on ocean opens to all today

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An elderly Charleston County woman has contracted the mosquito-borne West Nile virus and is in serious condition, the state health department said Wednesday.

Former student guilty in HIV case

News you can use

Releases of mercury by chemical plant criticized

Southerners take pride in politeness

Thanksgiving closings

Mother is sought on charges of cruelty to 1-year-old girl

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

High runoff turnout predicted

Pastor in jail after slaying

South Carolina leaders see need for lessons about law

Budget calls for 320 new officers

Thanksgiving events

Across South Carolina

Thanksgiving closings
- Augusta-Richmond County offices: Closed Thursday and Friday

Agency insists on keeping courthouse shooting case

Teacher brings battles to the classroom
John Fillop encourages fighting in his class.

Double duty

Releases of mercury by chemical plant criticized
One of Augusta's oldest chemical plants was criticized Tuesday as an industrial dinosaur operating with technology that dates - literally - to the 1800s.

Kid of the Day

Schools in S. Carolina see decline in violence

Carjacker kills man, injures two in North Augusta

Hunt for suspect goes door to door
The man who went on a deadly shooting spree in North Augusta on Tuesday may have driven as far as 100 miles from the scene of the crime before returning to North Augusta, where he continues to elude capture, authorities say.

Across Georgia

South Carolina leaders see need for lessons about law
COLUMBIA - Local governments and law enforcement agencies need to do a better job of knowing and following open meetings and open records laws, top state leaders say.

Corrections

Thanksgiving holiday closings
Many businesses, government offices and schools are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Effort to catch strays is renewed

Leader expects 3rd Infantry home soon
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will be coming home in January if conditions don't worsen in Iraq, division commander Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr. said Tuesday.

Leaders monitor work to fix mobile home park

Mother is sought on charges of cruelty to 1-year-old girl
Authorities are seeking an Augusta woman who is facing felony cruelty to children charges concerning her daughter.

Holiday events

This week, serving is about food for soldiers
The satiated, satisfied smile on the face of Sgt. David Burdyck as he placed his food tray on the conveyor belt to the dishwasher said it all.

Hundreds gather to welcome holiday season

Kid of the Day
Eva Christina Rogers of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Teacher brings battles to the classroom

High runoff turnout predicted
Voter turnout for the Dec. 6 runoff election could be higher than that in the Nov. 8 election, based on telephone inquiries and requests for absentee ballots, said Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

The South: A changing identity
CARY, N.C. - The joke is that this town's name is really an acronym for "Containment Area for Relocated Yankees."

Thanksgiving holiday closings
Many businesses, government offices and schools are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Southerners take pride in politeness
SAVANNAH, Ga. - At a cozy corner table of Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, Andrea and Roland Lemke sit elbow-to-elbow with complete strangers as the manager rings the bell at 11 a.m. and asks for bowed heads.

Blessings easier to see as you learn to appreciate
Blessings seem to multiply as the years go on, or maybe I've just learned to appreciate them more. On this day for returning thanks I have many things for which I am grateful this year. They include:

Southern dialect is blending with others
COLUMBIA - "Y'all" isn't welcome in Erica Tobolski's class in voice and diction at the University of South Carolina. And forget about "fixin," as in getting ready to do something, or "pin" when talking about the writing instrument.

Augusta Concert Band in spotlight at benefit
The Augusta Chronicle's 75th annual Empty Stocking Fund officially starts Sunday with a benefit concert featuring the Augusta Concert Band.

Hispanic residents aren't quite Southern, yet
MONROE, N.C. - When Flora Lopez moved to North Carolina in the mid-1990s, the grocery stores didn't sell the kind of cornmeal used to make tortillas. Now, a little more than a decade later, tiendas are sprinkled throughout this town of 28,000 - and not only in Hispanic neighborhoods.

Superintendent calls school laws confusing
Georgia laws governing education are too confusing, Columbia County schools Superintendent Tommy Price recently complained.

Nursing student refuses to let obstacles stop her
For nursing student Kelsey Trapp, something as simple as putting on sterile gloves or taking a patient's blood pressure wasn't always easy.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An elderly Charleston County woman has contracted the mosquito-borne West Nile virus and is in serious condition, the state health department said Wednesday.

Superintendent calls school laws confusing
Georgia laws governing education are too confusing, Columbia County schools Superintendent Tommy Price recently complained.

Gathering for the feast
Christopher Smith (left) and Thomas McKenzie prepare macaroni and cheese for the Least of These Souls Ministry feast, which is at 12:30 p.m. today at 566 Broad St. The free Thanksgiving event attracts hundreds for food and music.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Aiken power bills jump
AIKEN - A major equipment failure at a Santee Cooper power generator during the summer is making some Aiken County residents' electric bills jump just as the holiday season approaches. And some are upset that their provider didn't do a better job warning them of the increase.

Aiken power bills jump
AIKEN - A major equipment failure at a Santee Cooper power generator during the summer is making some Aiken County residents' electric bills jump just as the holiday season approaches. And some are upset that their provider didn't do a better job warning them of the increase.

Democrats say leader must quit
ATLANTA - Georgia's legislative black caucus called Wednesday for Augusta Rep. Sue Burmeister to resign her leadership position for remarks she is reported to have made to the U.S. Justice Department about black voters in Georgia.

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Blessings easier to see as you learn to appreciate
Blessings seem to multiply as the years go on, or maybe I've just learned to appreciate them more. On this day for returning thanks I have many things for which I am grateful this year. They include:

The South: A changing identity
CARY, N.C. - The joke is that this town's name is really an acronym for "Containment Area for Relocated Yankees."

Fish trapped in 'bathtub,' PETA says

Southern dialect is blending with others
COLUMBIA - "Y'all" isn't welcome in Erica Tobolski's class in voice and diction at the University of South Carolina. And forget about "fixin," as in getting ready to do something, or "pin" when talking about the writing instrument.

Across Georgia
WATKINSVILLE - A northeast Georgia woman is suing her county's fire department, saying she hurt herself sliding down a firehouse pole during a party.

Kid of the Day
Eva Christina Rogers of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A Rock Hill mother and grandmother were jailed on felony child neglect charges after the mother's 8-year-old son was found beaten and naked outside his family's home, police reported.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man has been arrested on charges that he stabbed his brother-in-law in the back early Wednesday, officials with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.

Copenhaver gets endorsement of Blocker-Adams
In what she called "The Queen Esther Decision," Helen Blocker-Adams endorsed Deke Copenhaver in the Augusta mayoral race Tuesday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Alexandria D. Wyman of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Superintendent calls school laws confusing

Charleston County woman contracts West Nile

Across the area

Corrections
- A story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle included incorrect information about performers at the James Brown Soul of America Festival.

Hunt for suspect goes door to door

Double duty
A Richmond County firefighter works near the scene of a fire at an abandoned house in the 1200 block of Ellis Street in Augusta.

Leader expects 3rd Infantry home soon

Budget calls for 320 new officers
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford announced Tuesday that he wants to beef up the state's law enforcement numbers with 320 new personnel, including 100 state troopers and 41 corrections officers.

Gathering for the feast

Agency insists on keeping courthouse shooting case
ATLANTA - The fact that members of the Fulton County District Attorney's Office were brought to tears and forced to seek counseling by the courthouse rampage that left a judge and three others dead is no reason to disqualify the agency from handling the accused gunman's murder case, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Kid of the Day

Fish trapped in 'bathtub,' PETA says
ATLANTA - Guests, from the governor down, gushed. But Karin Robertson, the founder of the Fish Empathy Project from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, isn't wild about the Georgia Aquarium, which officially opens today.

Nursing student refuses to let obstacles stop her

Hundreds gather to welcome holiday season
Several hundred people, including a number of toddlers eager to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus, gathered at the Augusta Common for Augusta's annual Christmas tree lighting event Tuesday night.

Southern dialect is blending with others

Leaders monitor work to fix mobile home park
Sewerage repair work began Tuesday morning at Mobile Village trailer park on Deans Bridge Road.

Augusta Concert Band in spotlight at benefit

Pastor in jail after slaying
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A southside youth pastor strangled his wife during a domestic dispute and then drove about 13 miles to dispose of her body, police said.

Blessings easier to see as you learn to appreciate

Window on ocean opens to all today
ATLANTA - The new Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta is more than just a big fish tank to Virginia Dunbar.

This week, serving is about food for soldiers

Schools in S. Carolina see decline in violence
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The number of aggravated assaults and incidents of forcible sex in South Carolina schools dropped by more than half in the past four years, but reports of drug and weapons offenses increased substantially, Education Department officials said.

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office arrested Michael Yarbray, 18, on Monday in connection with a string of armed robberies.

Former student guilty in HIV case
ATLANTA - A former Emory University medical student pleaded guilty Tuesday to two more counts of knowingly having unprotected sex without warning the victims he was HIV positive.

Hispanic residents aren't quite Southern, yet

Gailey deserves praise, not scorn
For those Georgia Tech fans predisposed to not liking Chan Gailey, the majority of this story will clash your viewpoint. But hang with me just a minute.

Review: 'Just Friends'
Posters for the movie "Just Friends," featuring the boy-next-door handsome Ryan Reynolds smothered in a fat suit, suggest a male turn on "Shallow Hal," or perhaps a white cousin of The Klumps.

Success of 'Capote' hinges on actors' performances

Review: 'Yours, Mine & Ours'
If ever there was a compelling argument for birth control, "Yours, Mine & Ours" is it.

Success of 'Capote' hinges on actors' performances
Although there is a murder, a manhunt and a high-profile trial, Capote is a film almost solely about performance.

New on DVD
Here are new DVD movie releases.

Review: 'Rent'
Leaving the world of "Harry Potter" for Manhattan's low-rent district, director Chris Columbus has come up with something well shy of magical.

New on DVD
Here are new DVD movie releases.

Review: 'Just Friends'

Review: 'The Ice Harvest'
"The Ice Harvest" could also be called "The Grifters in a Simple Plan" a dark comedy of theft, betrayal and murder whose frosty felons John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton seem like castaways from the actors' earlier crime romps.

Review: 'Yours, Mine & Ours'

Kong's lack of sophistication makes him endearing
Some contend that King Kong, the 1933 melodrama about a girl and the giant ape who loves her, hasn't aged well.

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augustachronicle.com/movies.

Kong's lack of sophistication makes him endearing

Review: 'Just Friends'
Posters for the movie "Just Friends," featuring the boy-next-door handsome Ryan Reynolds smothered in a fat suit, suggest a male turn on "Shallow Hal," or perhaps a white cousin of The Klumps.

New on DVD

Review: 'The Ice Harvest'
"The Ice Harvest" could also be called "The Grifters in a Simple Plan" a dark comedy of theft, betrayal and murder whose frosty felons John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton seem like castaways from the actors' earlier crime romps.

Success of 'Capote' hinges on actors' performances
Although there is a murder, a manhunt and a high-profile trial, Capote is a film almost solely about performance.

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augustachronicle.com/movies.

Review: 'Yours, Mine & Ours'
If ever there was a compelling argument for birth control, "Yours, Mine & Ours" is it.

Mini reviews

Review: 'Rent'
Leaving the world of "Harry Potter" for Manhattan's low-rent district, director Chris Columbus has come up with something well shy of magical.

Review: 'The Ice Harvest'

Review: 'Rent'

Kong's lack of sophistication makes him endearing
Some contend that King Kong, the 1933 melodrama about a girl and the giant ape who loves her, hasn't aged well.

Concert calendar

Concert calendar
POPS! AT THE BELL: PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND A CREOLE CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Bell Auditorium. 712 Telfair St.; $10-$40; 826-4705.

Sound Bites: Box Set Reviews
In a better world, the music industry would spend less time endlessly repackaging material decades old and more time cultivating young Ray Charles-type talent. It must be out there, right?

Superstars shine at American Music Awards

Sound Bites: Box Set Reviews

Concert calendar
POPS! AT THE BELL: PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND A CREOLE CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Bell Auditorium. 712 Telfair St.; $10-$40; 826-4705.

Superstars shine at American Music Awards
LOS ANGELES - The American Music Awards spread things around Monday, with country star Tim McGraw, alternative rockers Green Day, soul stars Destiny's Child and hip-hop chart toppers Black Eyed Peas each winning two awards.

Sound Bites: Box Set Reviews
In a better world, the music industry would spend less time endlessly repackaging material decades old and more time cultivating young Ray Charles-type talent. It must be out there, right?

Superstars shine at American Music Awards
LOS ANGELES - The American Music Awards spread things around Monday, with country star Tim McGraw, alternative rockers Green Day, soul stars Destiny's Child and hip-hop chart toppers Black Eyed Peas each winning two awards.

Season filled with excitement on and off track
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - A back flip. A traffic ticket. Failed drug tests. Impounds. A championship without Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Roush Racing. Farewell tours. A retirement about-face.

In NASCAR, 2005 a season of personality

Racing Newsmaker: Tony Stewart

Racing Newsmaker: Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart won his second NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship in four years with a 15th-place finish Sunday in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Owner didn't waver in decision

In NASCAR, 2005 a season of personality
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The season started with Tony Stewart out front, only to fade at the end of the biggest race of the year. He recovered to close out the season on top, with a second championship and a spot among NASCAR's elite.

Owner didn't waver in decision
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Even after the police report proved what Kurt Busch had been saying all along - he wasn't drunk - car owner Jack Roush said he never thought about bringing the embattled driver back for Sunday's season finale.

Season filled with excitement on and off track
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - A back flip. A traffic ticket. Failed drug tests. Impounds. A championship without Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Roush Racing. Farewell tours. A retirement about-face.

Season filled with excitement on and off track

Owner didn't waver in decision
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Even after the police report proved what Kurt Busch had been saying all along - he wasn't drunk - car owner Jack Roush said he never thought about bringing the embattled driver back for Sunday's season finale.

In NASCAR, 2005 a season of personality
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The season started with Tony Stewart out front, only to fade at the end of the biggest race of the year. He recovered to close out the season on top, with a second championship and a spot among NASCAR's elite.

Racing Newsmaker: Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart won his second NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship in four years with a 15th-place finish Sunday in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Atlanta Hawks finally got their first victory

Atlanta Hawks finally got their first victory
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks finally got their first victory. Now for the really tough task - back-to-back wins.

Atlanta Hawks finally got their first victory
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks finally got their first victory. Now for the really tough task - back-to-back wins.

Howard, Jaguars beat buzzer
He took stats for the Augusta State basketball team last season. He also ran the shot clock at times.

Howard, Jaguars beat buzzer
He took stats for the Augusta State basketball team last season. He also ran the shot clock at times.

Rushing woes come back to haunt Pack

Here are some turkeys without feathers

Vick is eager to strut on Turkey Day

Owens ruling to come today

Brooking hopes to revive run defense

Mr. John Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Dickson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lois Keel Derminio    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marshall A. Guill, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barry W. Foskey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Hall    (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Barton Mitchell    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Janice W. Huggins    (NORHT AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Eva Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Israel    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Ms. Peggy Lee Williams    (POMPANO BEACH, Fla.)

Mrs. Lois Keel Derminio    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dickson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Peggy Lee Williams    (POMPANO BEACH, Fla.)

Ms. Mable Juanita Sutton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Lemuel Reeves    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Miller    (STAPLETON , Ga.)

Miss Naomi Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Isaac Samuel Mace    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. E.V. Barnes    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Mae Overton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Hall    (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Meta R. McElmurray    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Miss Naomi Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Miller    (STAPLETON , Ga.)

Mr. Ephraim J. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William T. Moore    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Nimrod Coleman    (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Mr. Thomas L. Morgan    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Overstreet    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Geneva Parks Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth E. Paris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cynthia Muhammad    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Geneva Parks Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brian Bojanowski    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James L. Pierce    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Nimrod Coleman    (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Mr. William L. Powell, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Norman F. Taylor, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Overstreet    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine G. Walch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William L. Powell, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ephraim J. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edgar Hobbs    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia C. Wilson    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Mae Overton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Marshall A. Guill, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille B. Paul    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mr. Freddie Israel    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. Barry W. Foskey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brian Bojanowski    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn DuRant    (NEW PORT NEWS, Va.)

Mr. Charles Claxton, Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dickson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Brown    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Duckworth, Sr.    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. E.V. Barnes    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Eva Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia C. Wilson    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Hall    (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mr. John Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edgar Hobbs    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Gregg Yoho    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Keel Derminio    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Norman F. Taylor, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Meta R. McElmurray    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. William L. Powell, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James A. Miller    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. William L. Powell, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Allen Hall    (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Miller    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Ms. Geneva Parks Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cynthia Muhammad    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth E. Paris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Miller    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Anne Osborne    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Louise Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Claxton, Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Trammell, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Stewart, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Duckworth, Sr.    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Ms. Bobbie J. Smith    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Brown    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille B. Paul    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha B. Peel    (VIDETTE, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas L. Morgan    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. William L. Powell, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Barry W. Foskey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Miller    (STAPLETON , Ga.)

Ms. Bobbie J. Smith    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Geneva Parks Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn DuRant    (NEW PORT NEWS, Va.)

Ms. Mable Juanita Sutton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Barry W. Foskey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Meta R. McElmurray    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Stewart, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Isaac Samuel Mace    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Trammell, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Meta R. McElmurray    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Baxter B. Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Isaac Samuel Mace    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Odell Simmons    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dickson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Osborne    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carey Ware, Jr.    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Lemuel Reeves    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Gregg Yoho    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Keel Derminio    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Janice W. Huggins    (NORHT AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna Barton Mitchell    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Ernestine G. Walch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Carey Ware, Jr.    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha B. Peel    (VIDETTE, Ga.)

Mr. Baxter B. Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Isaac Samuel Mace    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ephraim J. Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Hall (RAYLE, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mable Juanita Sutton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barry W. Foskey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Keel Derminio (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edgar Hobbs (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mr. Norman F. Taylor, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Freddie Israel (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mrs. Anne Osborne (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Brown (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Bobbie J. Smith (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. John Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harry Stewart, Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Miller (STAPLETON , Ga.)

Mr. Donald Duckworth, Sr. (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Lemuel Reeves (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. John Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Marshall A. Guill, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brian Bojanowski (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. James Odell Simmons (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Peggy Lee Williams (POMPANO BEACH, Fla.)

Mrs. Doris Eva Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice W. Huggins (NORHT AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Trammell, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James L. Pierce (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Miller (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine G. Walch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barry W. Foskey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dickson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Cross (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille B. Paul (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna Barton Mitchell (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth E. Paris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha B. Peel (VIDETTE, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Hall (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Mae Overton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn DuRant (NEW PORT NEWS, Va.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William L. Powell, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William L. Powell, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Carey Ware, Jr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Isaac Samuel Mace (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Meta R. McElmurray (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Meta R. McElmurray (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Claxton, Sr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William T. Moore (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Cynthia Muhammad (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas L. Morgan (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Miss Naomi Littles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Geneva Parks Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dickson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Isaac Samuel Mace (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Overstreet (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Geneva Parks Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Keel Derminio (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gregg Yoho (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. E.V. Barnes (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nimrod Coleman (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Mr. Baxter B. Vinson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia C. Wilson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Gondolas and Ferraris: an Italian Olympic torch relay
ROME - Venetian gondolas, horses and even a Ferrari will help transport the torch across Italy for the Turin Olympics.

Gondolas and Ferraris: an Italian Olympic torch relay
ROME - Venetian gondolas, horses and even a Ferrari will help transport the torch across Italy for the Turin Olympics.

Gondolas and Ferraris: an Italian Olympic torch relay

Asada too young for Olympics but still world class

Overtime

Martinez man's memoirs of kin bring phenom back to life

American gymnasts lead women's all-around qualifiers

Overtime

Asada too young for Olympics but still world class
PARIS - Armed with a triple axel and bunches of other jumps, Mao Asada has beaten two-time world silver medalist Sasha Cohen and former world champion Shizuka Arakawa. Her only loss since 2004 has been to two-time world champ Irina Slutskaya.

American gymnasts lead women's all-around qualifiers
MELBOURNE, Australia - American gymnasts took first and second place Wednesday in the preliminary competition for the women's all-around title at the world championships.

Overtime
Former Westside standout Tony LeZotte was named Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Martinez man's memoirs of kin bring phenom back to life
Even though he's 85 now, Paul Agganis clearly remembers the day that he found out his younger brother had passed away.

Overtime
Former Westside standout Tony LeZotte was named Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

American gymnasts lead women's all-around qualifiers
MELBOURNE, Australia - American gymnasts took first and second place Wednesday in the preliminary competition for the women's all-around title at the world championships.

Asada too young for Olympics but still world class
PARIS - Armed with a triple axel and bunches of other jumps, Mao Asada has beaten two-time world silver medalist Sasha Cohen and former world champion Shizuka Arakawa. Her only loss since 2004 has been to two-time world champ Irina Slutskaya.

Overtime
The New York Mets reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to acquire Carlos Delgado and $7 million from the Florida Marlins for first baseman Mike Jacobs and pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, a baseball official familiar with the talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not final.

Martinez man's memoirs of kin bring phenom back to life
Even though he's 85 now, Paul Agganis clearly remembers the day that he found out his younger brother had passed away.

Overtime
The New York Mets reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to acquire Carlos Delgado and $7 million from the Florida Marlins for first baseman Mike Jacobs and pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, a baseball official familiar with the talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not final.

Girls expect to live up to reputation as states' best
Girls! Girls! Girls! The old Elvis Presley movie or the 1980s hit song would make a fine title for the area basketball season this year. This looks to be another basketball season where the girls steal the area spotlight.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Tuesday's prep basketball games.

Prep basketball outlook
Prep basketball information and outlook.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Wednesday's games.

Aiken can play the role of giant-killer vs. Byrnes
AIKEN - The numbers are overwhelming. The three consecutive state championships. The 23-game winning streak. The 52.6 points per game scoring average.

Aiken can play the role of giant-killer vs. Byrnes
AIKEN - The numbers are overwhelming. The three consecutive state championships. The 23-game winning streak. The 52.6 points per game scoring average.

Prep basketball outlook
Prep basketball information and outlook.

Girls expect to live up to reputation as states' best
Girls! Girls! Girls! The old Elvis Presley movie or the 1980s hit song would make a fine title for the area basketball season this year. This looks to be another basketball season where the girls steal the area spotlight.

Lady Wolfpack aren't slowed by a late start
After two full days of Columbia County basketball at Lakeside's Turkey Tip-Off Tournament, Greenbrier girls coach Garrett Black has one more thing to be thankful for: a tournament championship.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Tuesday's prep basketball games.

Lady Wolfpack aren't slowed by a late start
After two full days of Columbia County basketball at Lakeside's Turkey Tip-Off Tournament, Greenbrier girls coach Garrett Black has one more thing to be thankful for: a tournament championship.

Prep basketball outlook
Prep basketball information and outlook.

Brooking hopes to revive run defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Keith Brooking is still disgusted with his team's run defense.

Owens ruling to come today
PHILADELPHIA - A decision on Terrell Owens' grievance hearing against the Philadelphia Eagles is expected today.

Owens ruling to come today
PHILADELPHIA - A decision on Terrell Owens' grievance hearing against the Philadelphia Eagles is expected today.

Here are some turkeys without feathers
Thanksgiving football just hasn't been the same without John Madden.

Brooking hopes to revive run defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Keith Brooking is still disgusted with his team's run defense.

Vick is eager to strut on Turkey Day
DETROIT - Michael Vick's wish is coming true. Vick grew up watching the Detroit Lions play on Thanksgiving, enjoying their throwback uniforms and Barry Sanders.

Rushing woes come back to haunt Pack
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Green Bay's running game went from solid to silent in one game.

Here are some turkeys without feathers
Thanksgiving football just hasn't been the same without John Madden.

Vick is eager to strut on Turkey Day
DETROIT - Michael Vick's wish is coming true. Vick grew up watching the Detroit Lions play on Thanksgiving, enjoying their throwback uniforms and Barry Sanders.

Rushing woes come back to haunt Pack
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Green Bay's running game went from solid to silent in one game.

Country music television specials feature good, bad, crossover duets

Swiss Guards celebrate 500 years of protecting popes
VATICAN CITY - As people in Rome say, "While popes pass on, the Swiss Guard remains."

Vatican says active homosexuals unwelcome in priesthood
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says homosexuals who are sexually active or support "gay culture" are unwelcome in the priesthood unless they have gotten over their homosexual tendencies for at least three years, according to a church document posted on the Internet by an Italian Catholic news agency.

Vatican says active homosexuals unwelcome in priesthood
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says homosexuals who are sexually active or support "gay culture" are unwelcome in the priesthood unless they have gotten over their homosexual tendencies for at least three years, according to a church document posted on the Internet by an Italian Catholic news agency.

Swiss Guards celebrate 500 years of protecting popes
VATICAN CITY - As people in Rome say, "While popes pass on, the Swiss Guard remains."

Country music television specials feature good, bad, crossover duets
It should come as no surprise that country and rock singers came together last week on the Country Music Association awards show and on a tribute to Johnny Cash, both aired on CBS.

Country music television specials feature good, bad, crossover duets
It should come as no surprise that country and rock singers came together last week on the Country Music Association awards show and on a tribute to Johnny Cash, both aired on CBS.

Augusta Rowing Club wants to revitalize junior program
On a cool November afternoon, Michael Townsend sent his athletes out for a brisk run.

Community Spotlight
The Greater Augusta Arts Council, 1301 Greene St., is in the Community Spotlight.

Pet of the Week
Effie, 10-week-old female terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Make Kids Count scholarship field reduced to four
Clifford and Donnella Bull, the parents of 4-year-old Dwalyan, nervously waited to hear whether their son would move on to the next round of The Augusta Chronicle's Make Kids Count drawing for ages 4-8. Relief set in when Dwalyan's name was announced.

Around the block
The Augusta Lynx will play the Greenville Grrrowl at 7:05 p.m. Friday and the Charlotte Checkers at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.

Christmas tree farmer grows champions
Less than a mile off Tobacco Road is a place where champions are born.

Make Kids Count scholarship field reduced to four
Clifford and Donnella Bull, the parents of 4-year-old Dwalyan, nervously waited to hear whether their son would move on to the next round of The Augusta Chronicle's Make Kids Count drawing for ages 4-8. Relief set in when Dwalyan's name was announced.

Around the block
The Augusta Lynx will play the Greenville Grrrowl at 7:05 p.m. Friday and the Charlotte Checkers at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.

Milestones
Alex K. Monroe, a first-year law student from Augusta and son of Alex R. and Tammie Monroe, of Hephzibah, has received a Oliver W. Hill-Samuel W. Tucker Scholarship at Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg, Va.

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through December 2.

Recycling locations
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Community Spotlight
The Greater Augusta Arts Council, 1301 Greene St., is in the Community Spotlight.

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through December 2.

Reunions
HEPHZIBAH HIGH SCHOOL 1985: Seeking classmates for 20-year reunion Saturday; contact Bev Connor, 592-2606

For the record
Here are Richmond County sentencings, paroles, indictments, juvenile sentencings, dui sentencings and marriage license applications.

Meetings
SPECIAL INTEREST

Nature preserve needs guides
An Augusta State University professor is asking for the public's help to lead tours at an area biological treasure.

Childhood friends excel in studies, sports
Friends since childhood, Maggie Centers and Kyle Rice were nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman award in swimming and baseball respectively.

Forest Hills has colorful variety
With its Southern charm, Forest Hills is a close-knit neighborhood of architecturally diverse homes, tall oaks and colorful landscaping along tree-lined streets.

Student's project for school earns philanthrophy award
What started out as a senior project at Lakeside High School for Christopher Turner became Santa's Miracle Funds, a fundraising effort that provides holiday gifts for families of sick or disabled children at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Student's project for school earns philanthrophy award
What started out as a senior project at Lakeside High School for Christopher Turner became Santa's Miracle Funds, a fundraising effort that provides holiday gifts for families of sick or disabled children at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Recycling locations
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Childhood friends excel in studies, sports
Friends since childhood, Maggie Centers and Kyle Rice were nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman award in swimming and baseball respectively.

Events
AIKEN HOUNDS' OPENING MEET AND BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS: 11 a.m. today; Memorial Gates, Hitchcock Woods, Aiken; Father Garrett Clanton will officiate; open to public; 643-3724.

Farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Augusta Rowing Club wants to revitalize junior program
On a cool November afternoon, Michael Townsend sent his athletes out for a brisk run.

Reunions
HEPHZIBAH HIGH SCHOOL 1985: Seeking classmates for 20-year reunion Saturday; contact Bev Connor, 592-2606

Nature preserve needs guides
An Augusta State University professor is asking for the public's help to lead tours at an area biological treasure.

Pet of the Week
Effie, 10-week-old female terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Events
AIKEN HOUNDS' OPENING MEET AND BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS: 11 a.m. today; Memorial Gates, Hitchcock Woods, Aiken; Father Garrett Clanton will officiate; open to public; 643-3724.

Meetings
SPECIAL INTEREST

Forest Hills has colorful variety
With its Southern charm, Forest Hills is a close-knit neighborhood of architecturally diverse homes, tall oaks and colorful landscaping along tree-lined streets.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Milestones
Alex K. Monroe, a first-year law student from Augusta and son of Alex R. and Tammie Monroe, of Hephzibah, has received a Oliver W. Hill-Samuel W. Tucker Scholarship at Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg, Va.

Christmas tree farmer grows champions
Less than a mile off Tobacco Road is a place where champions are born.

For the record
Here are Richmond County sentencings, paroles, indictments, juvenile sentencings, dui sentencings and marriage license applications.

Make Kids Count scholarship field reduced to four

Recycling locations

Augusta Rowing Club wants to revitalize junior program

Forest Hills has colorful variety

Reunions

Pet of the Week

Around the block

For the record

School lunch menus

Meetings

Restaurant ratings

Milestones

Nature preserve needs guides

Community Spotlight

Farmers market

Events

Christmas tree farmer grows champions

Student's project for school earns philanthrophy award

Childhood friends excel in studies, sports

Gailey deserves praise, not scorn

Movies to watch while waiting for the turkey to cook

'Seinfeld' cast discuss why show still 'feels alive'
NEW YORK - "Seinfeld" has not suffered from shrinkage.

NBC Universal shutting down Trio network
NEW YORK - NBC Universal is shutting down Trio, but will keep the cheeky pop culture television network alive as a broadband offering.

'Seinfeld' cast discuss why show still 'feels alive'
NEW YORK - "Seinfeld" has not suffered from shrinkage.

'Alias' to end its ABC run this spring

'Alias' to end its ABC run this spring
LOS ANGELES - "Alias" is going undercover for good.

NBC Universal shutting down Trio network

'Seinfeld' cast discuss why show still 'feels alive'

Country music gives CBS another winning week in ratings
NEW YORK - It was a good TV week for country music; not so hot for sinking ships.

New 'Nightline' reporting team a mixture of old and new

New 'Nightline' reporting team a mixture of old and new
NEW YORK - ABC's "Nightline" in the post-Ted Koppel era will include two holdovers from the old show in reporters Chris Bury and John Donvan, while adding CBS's Vicki Mabrey, the network said Monday.

Country music gives CBS another winning week in ratings
NEW YORK - It was a good TV week for country music; not so hot for sinking ships.

Online service to show Saddam Hussein trial
NEW YORK - Court TV's online service will offer full coverage of Saddam Hussein's trial when it resumes, perhaps as early as next Monday.

NBC Universal shutting down Trio network
NEW YORK - NBC Universal is shutting down Trio, but will keep the cheeky pop culture television network alive as a broadband offering.

'Alias' to end its ABC run this spring
LOS ANGELES - "Alias" is going undercover for good.

Online service to show Saddam Hussein trial

Online service to show Saddam Hussein trial
NEW YORK - Court TV's online service will offer full coverage of Saddam Hussein's trial when it resumes, perhaps as early as next Monday.

Country music gives CBS another winning week in ratings

New 'Nightline' reporting team a mixture of old and new
NEW YORK - ABC's "Nightline" in the post-Ted Koppel era will include two holdovers from the old show in reporters Chris Bury and John Donvan, while adding CBS's Vicki Mabrey, the network said Monday.

Country music gives CBS another winning week in ratings
NEW YORK - It was a good TV week for country music; not so hot for sinking ships.

Music, film lovers can be happy with new releases

Angelina Jolie made a citizen of Cambodia

People in the News

Club calendar

Stuff to do

The top five list

It should be simple to satisfy video gamers come Christmas

Spotted

Oprah gets Founders Award at International Emmys

People in the News

Poll: Reiner, Beatty are well-known, but not well-liked

Christmas shopping goes smoother with plan of action

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey officially separate

Applause calendar

Shockley eager to make up for poor showing

Ball has learned painful lesson
ATLANTA - Reggie Ball doesn't blame the guy manning the down marker.

Ball has learned painful lesson
ATLANTA - Reggie Ball doesn't blame the guy manning the down marker.

Shockley eager to make up for poor showing
ATHENS, Ga. - As D.J. Shockley threw one incomplete pass after another, the Georgia fans grew more and more restless.

Bulldogs' Minter welcomes another shot at Jackets' star

Bulldogs' Minter welcomes another shot at Jackets' star
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia safety Kelin Johnson filled in last week as a starter because of injury. This week he sounds ready to give Don King a run for his money as a promoter.

Ball has learned painful lesson

Minter goes against Georgia Tech's star receiver
ATHENS, Ga. - A cornerback must have bravado, a short memory and absolutely no fear of failure.

Minter goes against Georgia Tech's star receiver

Bulldogs' Minter welcomes another shot at Jackets' star
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia safety Kelin Johnson filled in last week as a starter because of injury. This week he sounds ready to give Don King a run for his money as a promoter.

Minter goes against Georgia Tech's star receiver
ATHENS, Ga. - A cornerback must have bravado, a short memory and absolutely no fear of failure.

Shockley eager to make up for poor showing
ATHENS, Ga. - As D.J. Shockley threw one incomplete pass after another, the Georgia fans grew more and more restless.

Movies to watch while waiting for the turkey to cook
The big bird currently baking and basting in the oven will, if of an average turkey size, take about four hours to go from pasty pale to golden brown. There are a lot of things motivated cooks might busy themselves with in that time. There are potatoes to be mashed, cranberries to be sauced and pumpkins to be pied.

Movies to watch while waiting for the turkey to cook
The big bird currently baking and basting in the oven will, if of an average turkey size, take about four hours to go from pasty pale to golden brown. There are a lot of things motivated cooks might busy themselves with in that time. There are potatoes to be mashed, cranberries to be sauced and pumpkins to be pied.

Cooper to make return to National
PGA Tour caddie Don Cooper of North Augusta expected his boss, Lucas Glover, to make the Masters Tournament one day. Just not this soon.

Cooper to make return to National
PGA Tour caddie Don Cooper of North Augusta expected his boss, Lucas Glover, to make the Masters Tournament one day. Just not this soon.

Adult literacy sites

Chitlin'strutters

Across the river

Cadet Corps program is terminated

Events

Milestones

Around the block

Library schedule

Rowing club seeks more young members

Top of the class

Campaign ends with hefty sum for arts center

Hitchcock Woods' roots touch all

Meetings

Tour of Homes will benefit area students and charities

School lunch menus

Pet of the week

Elementary school celebrates its centennial

Reunions

Vatican says active homosexuals unwelcome in priesthood

Swiss Guards celebrate 500 years of protecting popes