Old school building has new life as library
A group of prominent Aiken residents made an investment in their community when they purchased property to build a school in 1888 with a $5,000 endowment.

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

School project earns 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.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Nov. 11-17. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Police urge drivers to lock doors on cars
There has been a rash of car break-ins in Aiken County recently, and in most instances all the thieves had to do was lift the door handle.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results for Nov. 14-20

RECing Crew enjoys socializing, bowling
Phillip Butler has one goal on Tuesday afternoons.

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25.

Council considers closing road to trucks
Tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks soon could be barred from what some say is a favored bypass around the congested Whiskey Road business corridor.

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

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Nov. 11-17. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Awards
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has honored the following volunteers in the community:

Lions savor first state title in football
It took the Augusta Christian Schools football program 28 years to win its first state title. The prize was worth the wait.

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

Aiken Elementary School is honored for excellence
Sharon Cagle, the principal of Aiken Elementary School, said her excitement grew after reading an e-mail from the South Carolina Department of Education.

Recreation events
INSTRUCTOR SEARCH: Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is seeking instructors for the following classes: knitting, crocheting, karate, aerobics, pilates, yoga, English for Hispanics, gardening club, art, photography, tennis, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, after-school tutors, calligraphy, SAT/ACT preparation, computer classes and more

Church's Bethlehem pageant is ready for holiday visitors
A local Christmas favorite has returned.

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

Rowing helps keep student on an even keel
Thomas Evans has tried other sports but none have been as exhilarating to him as rowing.

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

Recreation events
INSTRUCTOR SEARCH: Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is seeking instructors for the following classes: knitting, crocheting, karate, aerobics, pilates, yoga, English for Hispanics, gardening club, art, photography, tennis, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, after-school tutors, calligraphy, SAT/ACT preparation, computer classes and more

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results for Nov. 14-20

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

Pet of the week
Blue, 2-year-old male Australian shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Pets can be seen in their foster homes. For more information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call (803) 640-2068, or (706) 364-7334.

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25.

This week
Aiken Community Band Christmas Concert: 8 p.m. Tuesday; Etherredge Center Concert Hall, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; $5 adults, $3 students, children; tickets can be purchased at the Etherredge Center Box office in advance or at the door; 641-3305

Bicycle polo players don't horse around
Bicycles and bike parts, along with mallets and balls, were strewn along the sidelines of Winthrop Polo Field on Nov. 19.

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

Finishing touches
Officer John Gregory, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, works on Christmas decorations for one of the street lights in downtown Aiken. Aiken will hold its Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 4, and the town will be in full holiday regalia.

Finishing touches
Officer John Gregory, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, works on Christmas decorations for one of the street lights in downtown Aiken. Aiken will hold its Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 4, and the town will be in full holiday regalia.

Awards
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has honored the following volunteers in the community:

Around the block
The Aiken Community Band will hold its Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Etherredge Center Concert Hall at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children and can be purchased at the box office in advance or at the door. Call 641-3305.

Bicycle polo players don't horse around
Bicycles and bike parts, along with mallets and balls, were strewn along the sidelines of Winthrop Polo Field on Nov. 19.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Nov. 11-17. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Police urge drivers to lock doors on cars
There has been a rash of car break-ins in Aiken County recently, and in most instances all the thieves had to do was lift the door handle.

Lions savor first state title in football
It took the Augusta Christian Schools football program 28 years to win its first state title. The prize was worth the wait.

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.

Rowing helps keep student on an even keel
Thomas Evans has tried other sports but none have been as exhilarating to him as rowing.

Pet of the week
Blue, 2-year-old male Australian shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Pets can be seen in their foster homes. For more information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call (803) 640-2068, or (706) 364-7334.

RECing Crew enjoys socializing, bowling
Phillip Butler has one goal on Tuesday afternoons.

Program now offers vocational training
Vincent Callahan is pursuing his goal of a career in automotive maintenance.

Program now offers vocational training
Vincent Callahan is pursuing his goal of a career in automotive maintenance.

This week
Aiken Community Band Christmas Concert: 8 p.m. Tuesday; Etherredge Center Concert Hall, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; $5 adults, $3 students, children; tickets can be purchased at the Etherredge Center Box office in advance or at the door; 641-3305

Church's Bethlehem pageant is ready for holiday visitors
A local Christmas favorite has returned.

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

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.

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

Old school building has new life as library
A group of prominent Aiken residents made an investment in their community when they purchased property to build a school in 1888 with a $5,000 endowment.

Around the block
The Aiken Community Band will hold its Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Etherredge Center Concert Hall at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children and can be purchased at the box office in advance or at the door. Call 641-3305.

School project earns 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.

Aiken Elementary School is honored for excellence
Sharon Cagle, the principal of Aiken Elementary School, said her excitement grew after reading an e-mail from the South Carolina Department of Education.

Council considers closing road to trucks
Tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks soon could be barred from what some say is a favored bypass around the congested Whiskey Road business corridor.

Marlins deal key players to save cash

Marlins deal key players to save cash
MIAMI - The Florida Marlins have sliced their payroll in half, and their star power by even more.

Marlins deal key players to save cash
MIAMI - The Florida Marlins have sliced their payroll in half, and their star power by even more.

Keys to my past are all over the house

Malana Jayne M.J.
Tim 'T.J.' and Alice Ann Moore of Wadley, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Malana Jayne 'M.J.', born November 11, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Christina Lucia Russell
Daniel P. and Vilsi C. Russell, Jr. of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Christina Lucia, born October 31, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Briann Merritt
Robert Anthony and Heather Marie Merritt of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Briann, born November 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kemiya Lajuène Heath
Shakana Burns and Brian Heath are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kemiya Lajuène, born November 7, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Alyssa Kathryn Carr
David Garrett and Candy Deutsch Carr of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter. Alyssa Kathryn, born November 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Shane Alexander Wheeless
Trevon Lane and Cynthia McNair Wheeless of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Shane Alexander, born October 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aidan Chase Caldwell
Chase and Cathleen Caldwell of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Chase, born September 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Justus Jones
Nicholas Jeremy and Tasha Remona Jones of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Justus, born November 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Shane Alexander Wheeless
Trevon Lane and Cynthia McNair Wheeless of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Shane Alexander, born October 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Briann Merritt
Robert Anthony and Heather Marie Merritt of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Briann, born November 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cameron William Beck
William Donald (Trey) and April Elizabeth Beck III of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cameron William, born November 2, 2005 at ST. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Damien James Williamson
Tabitha Williams and Douglas Williamson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Damien James, born November 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Johnathan Ryan Jordan
Christopher Chad and Myranda Renew Jordan of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Johnathan Ryan, born November 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Sha'Nia Denice Jackson
Brittany Epps and Brandon Jackson are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sha'Nia Denice, born November 8, 2005 at Aiken Hospital in Aiken.

Aidan Chase Caldwell
Chase and Cathleen Caldwell of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Chase, born September 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Matthew Paul Campbell
Kevin Harold and Stephanie Ann Campbell of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Paul, born November 14, 2005 at Aiken Regional in Aiken.

Brentyn Lee Overton
Jennifer Eason and Frank Overton II are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brentyn Lee, born November 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Johnathan Ryan Jordan
Christopher Chad and Myranda Renew Jordan of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Johnathan Ryan, born November 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Preston Lindell Myatt
J.L. and Holly Kree Myatt of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Preston Lindell, born November 1, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Justus Jones
Nicholas Jeremy and Tasha Remona Jones of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Justus, born November 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Avery Davis Cartwright
Joseph Charles and Shana Lee Granger-Cartwright of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Avery Davis, born November 2, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Kemiya Lajuène Heath
Shakana Burns and Brian Heath are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kemiya Lajuène, born November 7, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Adelei Sari Jay
Kevin and Tasha Jay of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Adelei Sari, born Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Damien James Williamson
Tabitha Williams and Douglas Williamson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Damien James, born November 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ja'len Damier Thompkins
Shamekia Dechelle Thompkins, of Hephzibah, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Ja'len Damier, born November 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Christina Lucia Russell
Daniel P. and Vilsi C. Russell, Jr. of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Christina Lucia, born October 31, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Adelei Sari Jay

Ja'len Damier Thompkins
Shamekia Dechelle Thompkins, of Hephzibah, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Ja'len Damier, born November 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Malana Jayne M.J.

Avery Davis Cartwright
Joseph Charles and Shana Lee Granger-Cartwright of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Avery Davis, born November 2, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Vincent Matthew Tyler

Preston Lindell Myatt
J.L. and Holly Kree Myatt of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Preston Lindell, born November 1, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Johnathan Ryan Jordan

Brentyn Lee Overton
Jennifer Eason and Frank Overton II are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brentyn Lee, born November 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Brentyn Lee Overton

Benjamin Richard DeArmon
Jeremy and Julie Anne DeArmon of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Richard, born October 25, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Shane Alexander Wheeless

Marquis Santwan Hixson
Terinesha Reese and Mario Hixson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Marquis Santwan, born November 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jayden Khalil Stevens

Vincent Matthew Tyler
James Marshall and Donna Maria Tyler of Clarks Hill are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Vincent Matthew, born November 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Marquis Santwan Hixson

Kerrigan Amanda Burke

Matthew Paul Campbell

Jayden Khalil Stevens
Rita Monèt Stevens of Trenton, S.C. is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Jayden Kahlil, born November 5, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jeb and Scott Thurmond

Chase Allen Bisel
Jeffrey Allen and Julie Ann Blanchard Bisel, Jr. of Ft. Stewart, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Chase Allen, born October 15, 2005 at Memorial Health in Savannah, Ga.

Cameron William Beck

Cameron William Beck
William Donald (Trey) and April Elizabeth Beck III of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cameron William, born November 2, 2005 at ST. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Alyssa Kathryn Carr

Kerrigan Amanda Burke
Tracy Christopher and Candice Lewis Burke of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kerrigan Amanda, born October 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Briann Merritt

Jeb and Scott Thurmond
Jon Scott and Anne Weaver Thurmond of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their twin sons, Jeb Copelan and Scott McKellar, born October 20, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Jeb made his debut at 9:32 a.m., weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 inches long. Scott mad his debut at 9:33 a.m., weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz. and was 18 Ú inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell Jackson Weaver, Jr. of Madison, Ga. and Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Thurmond, Jr. of Athens, Ga.

Avery Davis Cartwright

Kerrigan Amanda Burke
Tracy Christopher and Candice Lewis Burke of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kerrigan Amanda, born October 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kemiya Laju

Jeb and Scott Thurmond
Jon Scott and Anne Weaver Thurmond of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their twin sons, Jeb Copelan and Scott McKellar, born October 20, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Jeb made his debut at 9:32 a.m., weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 inches long. Scott mad his debut at 9:33 a.m., weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz. and was 18 Ú inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell Jackson Weaver, Jr. of Madison, Ga. and Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Thurmond, Jr. of Athens, Ga.

Adelei Sari Jay
Kevin and Tasha Jay of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Adelei Sari, born Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jack Johnathan Thompson
Congratulations Donovan Bruce and Ashlee Breann Thompson on the birth of your beautiful son! From proud grandparents, great-grandparents Ouma & Oupa Jack Johnathan was born November 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Chase Allen Bisel
Jeffrey Allen and Julie Ann Blanchard Bisel, Jr. of Ft. Stewart, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Chase Allen, born October 15, 2005 at Memorial Health in Savannah, Ga.

Ja'len Damier Thompkins

Jayden Khalil Stevens
Rita Monèt Stevens of Trenton, S.C. is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Jayden Kahlil, born November 5, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jack Johnathan Thompson

Pepper Bijou Sauceda-Hamilton
Anastasia Sauceda and Justin Hamilton are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Pepper Bijou, born November 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aidan Chase Caldwell

Vincent Matthew Tyler
James Marshall and Donna Maria Tyler of Clarks Hill are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Vincent Matthew, born November 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Damien James Williamson

Marquis Santwan Hixson
Terinesha Reese and Mario Hixson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Marquis Santwan, born November 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Christina Lucia Russell

Matthew Paul Campbell
Kevin Harold and Stephanie Ann Campbell of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Paul, born November 14, 2005 at Aiken Regional in Aiken.

Sha'Nia Denice Jackson

Malana Jayne M.J.
Tim 'T.J.' and Alice Ann Moore of Wadley, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Malana Jayne 'M.J.', born November 11, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Justus Jones

Sha'Nia Denice Jackson
Brittany Epps and Brandon Jackson are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sha'Nia Denice, born November 8, 2005 at Aiken Hospital in Aiken.

Chase Allen Bisel

Alyssa Kathryn Carr
David Garrett and Candy Deutsch Carr of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter. Alyssa Kathryn, born November 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Benjamin Richard DeArmon

Jack Johnathan Thompson
Congratulations Donovan Bruce and Ashlee Breann Thompson on the birth of your beautiful son! From proud grandparents, great-grandparents Ouma & Oupa Jack Johnathan was born November 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Preston Lindell Myatt

Benjamin Richard DeArmon
Jeremy and Julie Anne DeArmon of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Richard, born October 25, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Pepper Bijou Sauceda-Hamilton

Pepper Bijou Sauceda-Hamilton
Anastasia Sauceda and Justin Hamilton are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Pepper Bijou, born November 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Louisiana's film industry weathers hurricanes
SPRINGFIELD, La. - Inside a riverfront bar in this rural town 60 miles northwest of New Orleans, the cast and crew of "Road House 2" are shooting the sequel to the 1989 movie that starred Patrick Swayze as a tough-as-nails bouncer.

Critics of powerful rifle seek more regulation
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - When U.S. soldiers need to penetrate a tank's armor from a mile away, they count on a weapon that evolved from the garage tinkering of a former wedding photographer.

Cheap overseas work has its drawbacks
Everthere Carriers isn't the only company, big or small, wrestling with the idea to move manufacturing to China.

Business briefs
Coming Wednesday: favorite local eatery struggles with its location.

On the move

Business Calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union free home buying seminar, 6:30 p.m., Pinnacle Club; business casual attire required; guest speaker Elaine Rice from Blanchard and Calhoun; light refreshments will be served

Business briefs

On the move
David D. Quester has been named president of DSM Chemicals North America. Darrell Rains has been named chief financial officer for Georgia Bank & Trust

On the move
David D. Quester has been named president of DSM Chemicals North America. Darrell Rains has been named chief financial officer for Georgia Bank & Trust

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 9-15. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Cheap overseas work has its drawbacks
Everthere Carriers isn't the only company, big or small, wrestling with the idea to move manufacturing to China.

Business briefs

Cheap overseas work has its drawbacks

Stocks score modest gains as holiday shopping begins
NEW YORK - Wall Street finished the week with moderate gains Friday, extending a November rally in light post-Thanksgiving trading amid signs of a strong start to the busy holiday shopping season.

Business briefs
The Augusta-Aiken area's unemployment rate fell slightly in October as the state added nearly 23,000 jobs, mostly in retail trade and service-related industries.

Louisiana's film industry weathers hurricanes
SPRINGFIELD, La. - Inside a riverfront bar in this rural town 60 miles northwest of New Orleans, the cast and crew of "Road House 2" are shooting the sequel to the 1989 movie that starred Patrick Swayze as a tough-as-nails bouncer.

Firm wrestles with issue of foreign labor
When Steve Threet looks up from his desk, he stares directly at a giant map of the United States on the wall.

Nations look for solution to high heating costs

Critics of powerful rifle seek more regulation
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - When U.S. soldiers need to penetrate a tank's armor from a mile away, they count on a weapon that evolved from the garage tinkering of a former wedding photographer.

Louisiana's film industry weathers hurricanes

Business Calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union free home buying seminar, 6:30 p.m., Pinnacle Club; business casual attire required; guest speaker Elaine Rice from Blanchard and Calhoun; light refreshments will be served

Business Calendar

Business briefs
Coming Wednesday: favorite local eatery struggles with its location.

Property transfers

Firm wrestles with issue of foreign labor
When Steve Threet looks up from his desk, he stares directly at a giant map of the United States on the wall.

Nations look for solution to high heating costs
VIENNA, Austria - Long underwear in South Korea, extra sweaters in U.S. classrooms, rising sales of wood-burning stoves in Denmark. Winter is here, and because of a spike in heating costs, people from Tokyo to Toledo are looking for alternatives to oil.

Critics of powerful rifle seek more regulation

Nations look for solution to high heating costs
VIENNA, Austria - Long underwear in South Korea, extra sweaters in U.S. classrooms, rising sales of wood-burning stoves in Denmark. Winter is here, and because of a spike in heating costs, people from Tokyo to Toledo are looking for alternatives to oil.

Firm wrestles with issue of foreign labor

Business briefs
The Augusta-Aiken area's unemployment rate fell slightly in October as the state added nearly 23,000 jobs, mostly in retail trade and service-related industries.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 9-15. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Who's the biggest turkey of them all?

Who's the biggest turkey of them all?
Welcome to City Ink's first Turkey of the Year roundtable. We would say " awards banquet," but we might have to cook something. Besides, we have so many winners, we're like former Augusta City Councilwoman Carolyn Usry , who said, "There's so many of them , I wouldn't know which one is No. 1."

Who's the biggest turkey of them all?
Welcome to City Ink's first Turkey of the Year roundtable. We would say " awards banquet," but we might have to cook something. Besides, we have so many winners, we're like former Augusta City Councilwoman Carolyn Usry , who said, "There's so many of them , I wouldn't know which one is No. 1."

Florida State falls to Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Despite three losses and failing to reach the Southeastern Conference title game, Urban Meyer's first season at Florida can now be called successful.

Texas beats rival Texas A&M

Grambling State wins Bayou Classic

Florida State falls to Florida

Grambling State wins Bayou Classic
HOUSTON - Bruce Eugene threw for 418 yards and six touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Grambling State to a 50-35 victory over Southern on Saturday.

Florida State falls to Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Despite three losses and failing to reach the Southeastern Conference title game, Urban Meyer's first season at Florida can now be called successful.

Grambling State wins Bayou Classic
HOUSTON - Bruce Eugene threw for 418 yards and six touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Grambling State to a 50-35 victory over Southern on Saturday.

Vols end poor season with win
LEXINGTON, Ky. - It was advertised as the worst Tennessee team in decades, and for much of the game, the Volunteers played the part.

Texas beats rival Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Battered and bruised, Vince Young and No. 2 Texas are still undefeated and a step closer to the Rose Bowl. Even if it was a much tougher step than most expected.

Vols end poor season with win

Texas beats rival Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Battered and bruised, Vince Young and No. 2 Texas are still undefeated and a step closer to the Rose Bowl. Even if it was a much tougher step than most expected.

Vols end poor season with win
LEXINGTON, Ky. - It was advertised as the worst Tennessee team in decades, and for much of the game, the Volunteers played the part.

Local team roundup

Modica leads Arkansas past Radford

Women's basketball roundup

Copenhaver for mayor: capable new leadership
Sometimes voters want change and they really can't put their finger on why. This is not one of those times.

You're always the last to know...

You're always the last to know...
"After being notified of the situation and after researching the matter ... I came to the conclusion that I was not drafted by the A's. When I saw that program in 1967, I was convinced I was drafted, and it stayed with me all these years. I never tried to embellish this. I never tried to mask it."

Open season on young boys
Here's a creative new plea for leniency: Your honor, my client is simply too good-looking for jail.

Copenhaver for mayor: capable new leadership

Get a law with teeth
Many of South Carolina's governing bodies need a refresher course on their state's Freedom of Information Act. According to the Associated Press' recent three-part report, they are grossly out of compliance, especially when requests for information come from ordinary citizens, instead of established members of the media.

Fill up the Empty Stocking
Americans donated more than $250 billion this year to help relief agencies deal with the seemingly endless string of natural disasters, including hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.

Open season on young boys
Here's a creative new plea for leniency: Your honor, my client is simply too good-looking for jail.

Fill up the Empty Stocking

Fill up the Empty Stocking
Americans donated more than $250 billion this year to help relief agencies deal with the seemingly endless string of natural disasters, including hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.

Get a law with teeth

Copenhaver for mayor: capable new leadership
Sometimes voters want change and they really can't put their finger on why. This is not one of those times.

Get a law with teeth
Many of South Carolina's governing bodies need a refresher course on their state's Freedom of Information Act. According to the Associated Press' recent three-part report, they are grossly out of compliance, especially when requests for information come from ordinary citizens, instead of established members of the media.

You're always the last to know...
"After being notified of the situation and after researching the matter ... I came to the conclusion that I was not drafted by the A's. When I saw that program in 1967, I was convinced I was drafted, and it stayed with me all these years. I never tried to embellish this. I never tried to mask it."

Open season on young boys

Pat Morita, Mr. Miyagi of 'The Karate Kid,' dies at 73
LOS ANGELES - Actor Pat Morita, who offered the famous advice "wax on, wax off" to a young karate student in his performance as the wise Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid," has died. He was 73.

National talk radio network planned for black audience
LANHAM, Md. - Radio One Inc. has plans to launch the first national talk-radio network geared for a black audience, the chief executive said.

Pat Morita, Mr. Miyagi of 'The Karate Kid,' dies at 73
LOS ANGELES - Actor Pat Morita, who offered the famous advice "wax on, wax off" to a young karate student in his performance as the wise Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid," has died. He was 73.

People in the News
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - A jury has ruled that Matthew Modine doesn't have to pay for damages to a neighbor's property from a fire he started outside his Hudson Valley home.

People in the News
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - A jury has ruled that Matthew Modine doesn't have to pay for damages to a neighbor's property from a fire he started outside his Hudson Valley home.

National talk radio network planned for black audience
LANHAM, Md. - Radio One Inc. has plans to launch the first national talk-radio network geared for a black audience, the chief executive said.

Are extended warranties worth the cost?
Q. The last time my family made a home electronics purchase, a clerk tried to sell us an extended service warranty. Are they worth the extra cost?

Are extended warranties worth the cost?

Are extended warranties worth the cost?
Q. The last time my family made a home electronics purchase, a clerk tried to sell us an extended service warranty. Are they worth the extra cost?

Eagles take title hopes on road
SAN MARCOS, Texas - It's time for the Division I-AA playoffs, when Georgia Southern football seasons have glided into perfection or stumbled into dejection.

Eagles take title hopes on road
SAN MARCOS, Texas - It's time for the Division I-AA playoffs, when Georgia Southern football seasons have glided into perfection or stumbled into dejection.

Fourth quarter is Eagles' downfall
SAN MARCOS, Texas - They say everything is bigger in Texas.

Fourth quarter is Eagles' downfall
SAN MARCOS, Texas - They say everything is bigger in Texas.

Kicker has missed crucial attempts in past
ATLANTA - Childhood friends are not among the things Georgia Tech kicker Travis Bell is thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Kicker has missed crucial attempts in past
ATLANTA - Childhood friends are not among the things Georgia Tech kicker Travis Bell is thankful for this Thanksgiving.

For rivals, 'nothing else matters'
ATLANTA - One team is eyeing its second conference title in 14 years, the other its first New Year's Day bowl appearance of the new millennium.

Georgia Tech falls to Illinois-Chicago
ATLANTA - Josh Mayo scored 21 points, and Jovan Stefanov pulled down 11 rebounds as Illinois-Chicago took a surprisingly easy 73-51 victory over Georgia Tech on Friday night.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - Georgia and Georgia Tech played 99 times without instant replay.

For rivals, 'nothing else matters'
ATLANTA - One team is eyeing its second conference title in 14 years, the other its first New Year's Day bowl appearance of the new millennium.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - Georgia and Georgia Tech played 99 times without instant replay.

Georgia Tech falls to Illinois-Chicago
ATLANTA - Josh Mayo scored 21 points, and Jovan Stefanov pulled down 11 rebounds as Illinois-Chicago took a surprisingly easy 73-51 victory over Georgia Tech on Friday night.

Eagles take title hopes on road

Fourth quarter is Eagles' downfall

Kicker has missed crucial attempts in past

Georgia Tech notebook

For rivals, 'nothing else matters'

Georgia Tech falls to Illinois-Chicago

Wie is doomed by late run of bogeys

Golf roundup
LA QUINTA, Calif. - He who wears the skirt laughs last.

Golf roundup
LA QUINTA, Calif. - He who wears the skirt laughs last.

Funk joins Couples, Tiger, Sorenstam at Skins
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Poor Fred Funk. He gets invited to the Skins Game for the first time, and all he hears from Tiger Woods is that he'll face eternal grief if Annika Sorenstam outdrives him even once.

Wie is doomed by late run of bogeys
KOCHI, Japan - Distraught over poor play on the final two holes, Michelle Wie missed the cut by one stroke at the Casio World Open on Friday and plans to keep playing in men's tournaments.

Funk joins Couples, Tiger, Sorenstam at Skins

Wie is doomed by late run of bogeys
KOCHI, Japan - Distraught over poor play on the final two holes, Michelle Wie missed the cut by one stroke at the Casio World Open on Friday and plans to keep playing in men's tournaments.

Golf roundup

Funk joins Couples, Tiger, Sorenstam at Skins
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Poor Fred Funk. He gets invited to the Skins Game for the first time, and all he hears from Tiger Woods is that he'll face eternal grief if Annika Sorenstam outdrives him even once.

Hish school football scores

Strom Thurmond has a date in Columbia for title game

Playoff notebook

Lincoln County tops Johnson County

Broncos buck Falcons in AAAAA semis

Prep football scores

Washington-Wilkes looks to end 38-year title drought

Blocked PAT costs Greene shot at OT

Red Devils roll into 20th state title game

Blocked punt, defense key to Blackville's victory

Devils' tradition gets a new chapter

Hornets' season is ended by Rebels

Prep basketball scores

High-flying Butler gets easy victory

Hall ends games with best dunk

Blocked punt, defense key to Blackville's victory
Blackville, S.C. - Would Johnny Brown get there in time? His answer was what Blackville-Hilda fans hoped for: yes.

Blocked PAT costs Greene shot at OT
ATLANTA - Lemuel Walker had four touchdowns, and Charlton County blocked an extra point late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 34-33 victory over Greene County in the Class AA state semifinals Friday.

Devils' tradition gets a new chapter
ATLANTA - It was a different way for Lincoln County to advance to the state title game.

Strom Thurmond has a date in Columbia for title game
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Lee Sawyer tried to contain his emotion Friday night. His watery eyes wouldn't let him.

Hish school football scores
Scores from Saturday's games

Blocked PAT costs Greene shot at OT
ATLANTA - Lemuel Walker had four touchdowns, and Charlton County blocked an extra point late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 34-33 victory over Greene County in the Class AA state semifinals Friday.

Hornets' season is ended by Rebels
DUNCAN, S.C. - Aiken succeeded in slowing down the best prep football team in South Carolina on Friday night for the better part of two quarters.

Prep football scores
Scores from Firday's playoff games.

Blocked punt, defense key to Blackville's victory
Blackville, S.C. - Would Johnny Brown get there in time? His answer was what Blackville-Hilda fans hoped for: yes.

Red Devils roll into 20th state title game
ATLANTA - Lincoln County's cheerleaders created a sign for the football team to run through before Friday afternoon's Class A semifinal against Johnson County at the Georgia Dome.

Prep football scores
Scores from Firday's playoff games.

Playoff notebook
ATLANTA - The biggest win of the season is over. It only sets up the biggest game in the history of a 67-game series.

Washington-Wilkes looks to end 38-year title drought
ATLANTA - The Washington-Wilkes football team celebrated its victory Saturday as well as it played to earn it.

Broncos buck Falcons in AAAAA semis
ATLANTA -- Cameron Smith ran for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries to lead Brookwood to a 23-14 victory over Dacula in the Class AAAAA state semifinals at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night.

Broncos buck Falcons in AAAAA semis
ATLANTA -- Cameron Smith ran for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries to lead Brookwood to a 23-14 victory over Dacula in the Class AAAAA state semifinals at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night.

Washington-Wilkes looks to end 38-year title drought
ATLANTA - The Washington-Wilkes football team celebrated its victory Saturday as well as it played to earn it.

Devils' tradition gets a new chapter
ATLANTA - It was a different way for Lincoln County to advance to the state title game.

Playoff notebook
ATLANTA - The biggest win of the season is over. It only sets up the biggest game in the history of a 67-game series.

Lincoln County tops Johnson County
ATLANTA - Shawntavius Jennings ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns and Brandon Barden accounted for three scores to lead Lincoln County to a 48-21 victory over Johnson County in the Class A state semifinals on Friday.

Hish school football scores
Scores from Saturday's games

Strom Thurmond has a date in Columbia for title game
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Lee Sawyer tried to contain his emotion Friday night. His watery eyes wouldn't let him.

Lincoln County tops Johnson County
ATLANTA - Shawntavius Jennings ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns and Brandon Barden accounted for three scores to lead Lincoln County to a 48-21 victory over Johnson County in the Class A state semifinals on Friday.

Hornets' season is ended by Rebels
DUNCAN, S.C. - Aiken succeeded in slowing down the best prep football team in South Carolina on Friday night for the better part of two quarters.

Red Devils roll into 20th state title game
ATLANTA - Lincoln County's cheerleaders created a sign for the football team to run through before Friday afternoon's Class A semifinal against Johnson County at the Georgia Dome.

Heatley scores again in Ottawa victory
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Dany Heatley stretched his point streak to 20 games with a first-period goal, and Vaclav Varada more than doubled his season point total with a goal and two assists in Ottawa's 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

Heatley scores again in Ottawa victory

Heatley scores again in Ottawa victory
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Dany Heatley stretched his point streak to 20 games with a first-period goal, and Vaclav Varada more than doubled his season point total with a goal and two assists in Ottawa's 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

Savard saves Thrashers
ATLANTA - Marc Savard made sure the Atlanta Thrashers finished off the Florida Panthers.

Savard saves Thrashers
ATLANTA - Marc Savard made sure the Atlanta Thrashers finished off the Florida Panthers.

Savard saves Thrashers

Keys to my past are all over the house
You know I'm a practical guy. And practical guy that I am, I've got keys stashed everywhere.

Keys to my past are all over the house
You know I'm a practical guy. And practical guy that I am, I've got keys stashed everywhere.

That's the way it is: 403-3 says it all
Hmmm. So 403 members of Congress in favor of staying the course in Iraq; three in favor of pulling out.Danny Himsey, Aiken, S.C.

Copenhaver has a plan

Copenhaver energetic, smart, capable
I encourage everyone to vote Dec. 6 for Deke Copenhaver to be Augusta's mayor. I have known Deke for many years and he is an energetic, smart and capable man to lead our city forward.Preston A. Moss, Augusta

Vote-buying lives on

State's grading method is a winner
I congratulate the Georgia General Assembly for passing a law to bring uniformity to all of the state's high school grading systems.E. Maner, Augusta

State's grading method is a winner

Vote for new beginning

War dissent: History repeats itself

Copenhaver has a plan
Having recently returned from the devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I have witnessed firsthand the importance of a city with a strong mayor.Lee L. Prather, Augusta

Vote for new beginning
It is time for a change in Augusta. Do we need a mayor who has traveled to our nation's capital and told the world how horrible our town is? Do we need a mayor who doesn't notify the city attorney of a lawsuit? The city lost by default.Mitch Courson, Augusta

Vote-buying lives on
I am a black person who has lived in this community for 66-plus years and have participated in local politics since the mid-1960s. Having served a term on Augusta's city council, I can testify to what state Rep. Rep. Sue Burmeister , R-Augusta, is alleged to have said concerning black vote-buying.Grady Abrams, Martinez

That's the way it is: 403-3 says it all

That's the way it is: 403-3 says it all
Hmmm. So 403 members of Congress in favor of staying the course in Iraq; three in favor of pulling out.Danny Himsey, Aiken, S.C.

War dissent: History repeats itself
The "attacks" on two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin on Aug. 4, 1964, propelled the United States into the Vietnam War.Robert Smock, Hephzibah

War dissent: History repeats itself
The "attacks" on two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin on Aug. 4, 1964, propelled the United States into the Vietnam War.Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Copenhaver has a plan
Having recently returned from the devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I have witnessed firsthand the importance of a city with a strong mayor.Lee L. Prather, Augusta

State's grading method is a winner
I congratulate the Georgia General Assembly for passing a law to bring uniformity to all of the state's high school grading systems.E. Maner, Augusta

Vote for new beginning
It is time for a change in Augusta. Do we need a mayor who has traveled to our nation's capital and told the world how horrible our town is? Do we need a mayor who doesn't notify the city attorney of a lawsuit? The city lost by default.Mitch Courson, Augusta

Vote-buying lives on
I am a black person who has lived in this community for 66-plus years and have participated in local politics since the mid-1960s. Having served a term on Augusta's city council, I can testify to what state Rep. Rep. Sue Burmeister , R-Augusta, is alleged to have said concerning black vote-buying.Grady Abrams, Martinez

Copenhaver energetic, smart, capable

Copenhaver has a plan
Having recently returned from the devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I have witnessed firsthand the importance of a city with a strong mayor.Lee L. Prather, Augusta

Travel: Venturing north of the Arctic Circle

Cruise news: Hurricanes, themed trips and six new ships

Alaska cruise offers breathtaking scenery

West Lake golf course had couple entranced

Thanksgiving is time to be grateful for life's gifts

'Pink House' makes North Augusta tour

Panama offers culture and casinos in addition to canal

Make him happy with these gifts for men

Travel briefs

Living briefs

Cruise line finds success in Hawaiian waters

Ready, set, go: Gearing up for holiday shopping

Christmas presents can be tricky things

Cruise line finds success in Hawaiian waters
HONOLULU - Hawaii's cruise ship industry floundered in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as the state's sole interisland cruise operator was flooded with cancellations while bookings plummeted by 50 percent.

Ready, set, go: Gearing up for holiday shopping
NEW YORK - Holiday shopping can be a marathon event. It can be long and grueling, and there's a pack to break away from. Endurance is invaluable but sometimes elusive.

Travel: Venturing north of the Arctic Circle
ANAKTUVUK PASS, Alaska - The landscape is distracting, tundra shimmering under a late summer sun, deep valleys spattered with red and gold, sharp peaks dwarfing this tiny Alaska village. It takes first-time visitors a while to notice what's missing.

Make him happy with these gifts for men
After they are too old for Tonka trucks or toy soldiers (OK so maybe they never get too old for those), it can be a bit tricky to pick a gift for the man in your life.

Travel: Venturing north of the Arctic Circle
ANAKTUVUK PASS, Alaska - The landscape is distracting, tundra shimmering under a late summer sun, deep valleys spattered with red and gold, sharp peaks dwarfing this tiny Alaska village. It takes first-time visitors a while to notice what's missing.

Living briefs
The holidays are a time of love and laughter... except when it comes time to take the annual holiday picture.

Cruise news: Hurricanes, themed trips and six new ships
NEW YORK - It's been an event-filled year for the cruise industry, with ships housing Katrina evacuees, ports in New Orleans and Mexico damaged by storms, a freak seven-story wave washing over one ship and a pirate attack on another.

Ready, set, go: Gearing up for holiday shopping
NEW YORK - Holiday shopping can be a marathon event. It can be long and grueling, and there's a pack to break away from. Endurance is invaluable but sometimes elusive.

Thanksgiving is time to be grateful for life's gifts
Once again, the holidays are upon us. Shortly after Halloween, we began hearing Christmas carols on the radio 24/7.

Christmas presents can be tricky things
A week ago, my husband and I are were stalled in traffic on Wrightsboro Road. What was the holdup, we wondered. An accident? Road construction?

Living briefs
The holidays are a time of love and laughter... except when it comes time to take the annual holiday picture.

Thanksgiving is time to be grateful for life's gifts
Once again, the holidays are upon us. Shortly after Halloween, we began hearing Christmas carols on the radio 24/7.

Alaska cruise offers breathtaking scenery
SKAGWAY, Alaska - This landlocked Midwesterner was among some 900,000 people to cruise the Alaskan coast this year. For me, and for many others, the trip was spurred by the promise of one thing: incredible scenery.

'Pink House' makes North Augusta tour
Peggy Simons loves being near the water.

Panama offers culture and casinos in addition to canal
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Known for its famed waterway, Panama's capital boasts more than just a spot to watch the ships cross through the engineering marvel.

West Lake golf course had couple entranced
It wasn't the sand-color exterior or spacious interior that drew Dr. John and Cynthia Downey to their West Lake home, it was the view.

Alaska cruise offers breathtaking scenery
SKAGWAY, Alaska - This landlocked Midwesterner was among some 900,000 people to cruise the Alaskan coast this year. For me, and for many others, the trip was spurred by the promise of one thing: incredible scenery.

Make him happy with these gifts for men
After they are too old for Tonka trucks or toy soldiers (OK so maybe they never get too old for those), it can be a bit tricky to pick a gift for the man in your life.

Travel briefs
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Trips to Yosemite, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu and eight other World Heritage areas are being jointly promoted by Expedia.com and the United Nations Foundation.

Travel briefs
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Trips to Yosemite, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu and eight other World Heritage areas are being jointly promoted by Expedia.com and the United Nations Foundation.

Christmas presents can be tricky things
A week ago, my husband and I are were stalled in traffic on Wrightsboro Road. What was the holdup, we wondered. An accident? Road construction?

Panama offers culture and casinos in addition to canal
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Known for its famed waterway, Panama's capital boasts more than just a spot to watch the ships cross through the engineering marvel.

'Pink House' makes North Augusta tour
Peggy Simons loves being near the water.

Cruise news: Hurricanes, themed trips and six new ships
NEW YORK - It's been an event-filled year for the cruise industry, with ships housing Katrina evacuees, ports in New Orleans and Mexico damaged by storms, a freak seven-story wave washing over one ship and a pirate attack on another.

Cruise line finds success in Hawaiian waters
HONOLULU - Hawaii's cruise ship industry floundered in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as the state's sole interisland cruise operator was flooded with cancellations while bookings plummeted by 50 percent.

West Lake golf course had couple entranced
It wasn't the sand-color exterior or spacious interior that drew Dr. John and Cynthia Downey to their West Lake home, it was the view.

Whitwell's return short, memorable
As John Whitwell emerged from the Augusta Lynx bench Friday night to take a penalty shot, fans at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center rose to their feet and started chanting, "Let's go John."

Goalie's strong outing helps Lynx in victory
While many people probably had a party or went out with friends to celebrate their birthdays this year, Jason Wolfe strapped on his goalie gear and got attacked by pucks for 60 minutes.

Whitwell's return short, memorable

Augusta picks wrong battles
After Friday's 8-2 home loss to the Greenville Grrrowl, Augusta Lynx coach Bob Ferguson looked every bit the part of a frustrated coach.

Goalie's strong outing helps Lynx in victory
While many people probably had a party or went out with friends to celebrate their birthdays this year, Jason Wolfe strapped on his goalie gear and got attacked by pucks for 60 minutes.

Goalie's strong outing helps Lynx in victory

Augusta picks wrong battles

Whitwell's return short, memorable
As John Whitwell emerged from the Augusta Lynx bench Friday night to take a penalty shot, fans at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center rose to their feet and started chanting, "Let's go John."

Augusta picks wrong battles
After Friday's 8-2 home loss to the Greenville Grrrowl, Augusta Lynx coach Bob Ferguson looked every bit the part of a frustrated coach.

Bill to keep negotiations private likely won't pass
ATLANTA - A measure that would temporarily shield economic development negotiations from public view is all but dead and likely won't be passed in the legislative session that begins in January, key lawmakers say.

Across Georgia
HINESVILLE - No injuries were reported after an explosion erupted outside the Liberty County Courthouse early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Across South Carolina
CHESTER - A Chester man was shot to death at his home early Thanksgiving morning, and sheriff's deputies were looking for clues.

Across the area
Two men broke into Grace United Methodist Church in the 600 block of Georgia Avenue on Thanksgiving, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

Students fear consequences of bills on illegal immigration
ATLANTA - A month ago, Amanda Barnes read media reports about lawmakers holding an anti-immigration rally at the state Capitol.

News you can use
Shopping during the holiday season can be dangerous, and not just when you're reaching for an Xbox 360.

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents
A single mother raising her three daughters and her sister's two children has no money left over to give them a happy holiday.

Woman hurt in four-vehicle wreck
Emergency workers help Beverly Cates after a morning wreck on Interstate 20 near the weigh station in Columbia County.

Correction

Students fear consequences of bills on illegal immigration
ATLANTA - A month ago, Amanda Barnes read media reports about lawmakers holding an anti-immigration rally at the state Capitol.

GOP senators see eye-to-eye

Kid of the Day
Tyler Walton Johnson of Evans is today's Kid of the Day.

County OKs loan for spec building
Columbia County has taken the next step toward construction of another speculative building in either Horizon North or South industrial parks.

Events
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Christina L. Allen of Washington, Ga.

Rants and Raves
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Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The Black Friday shopping rush landed at least one man in jail.

Art institute's holiday market set
The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's Artist's Holiday Market will take place Dec. 8-10.

Art institute's holiday market set

Fire burns four acres
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters respond to a garage fire that also burned portions of about four acres on Hardy Road in Martinez.

Son's death spurs birth of 'Drive Safer Sunday'
ATLANTA - The holiday traffic that will clog the nation's highways today is more than just an annual inconvenience for Steve Owings.

Residents ask for roundabouts
Slow and steady wins the race for more than just the tortoise.Roundabouts, or traffic circles, are quickly becoming known as safer, smoother traffic alternatives to traditional signalled intersections.

Across the area

County OKs loan for spec building
Columbia County has taken the next step toward construction of another speculative building in either Horizon North or South industrial parks.

Across the area
Two men broke into Grace United Methodist Church in the 600 block of Georgia Avenue on Thanksgiving, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

Correction
- An item about Lucy C. Laney High School's girls basketball team in Thursday's The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported Otis Smart's tenure and last year's record. Mr. Smart has been at Laney for 23 years, and the Lady Wildcats were 22-7.

Shooting victim is honored by many
NORTH AUGUSTA - It's only fitting that on the day he was put to rest, those bidding William L. Powell goodbye focused on fishing.

Crowds come from afar to strut stuff at festival
SALLEY - As Rebecca Carreon described her favorite type of chitlin - "fried" - to a group of friends, she paused for a moment with a query for her inquisitor.

News you can use
Shopping during the holiday season can be dangerous, and not just when you're reaching for an Xbox 360.

Soldiers test skills in combatives contest
A group of 16 Fort Gordon soldiers worked off their turkey feasts Friday.

Crowds come from afar to strut stuff at festival
SALLEY - As Rebecca Carreon described her favorite type of chitlin - "fried" - to a group of friends, she paused for a moment with a query for her inquisitor.

Across the Southeast
HIALEAH, FLA. - A federal judge has awarded $60.9 million to a couple whose son suffered severe brain damage when he was born in a Jacksonville Navy hospital two years ago.

Augusta fights fish passageway
It all comes down to fish and money. The fish - especially American shad and striped bass - need an opportunity to move up and down the Savannah River to spawn.

Student died of enlarged heart
An enlarged heart, not August heat, probably killed a Lakeside High School student who collapsed after a physical education exercise, authorities said today.

GOP senators see eye-to-eye
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's two Republican U.S. senators have voted the same way 91 percent of the time since January, increasing the Palmetto State's influence in Washington.

Shooting victim is honored by many
NORTH AUGUSTA - It's only fitting that on the day he was put to rest, those bidding William L. Powell goodbye focused on fishing.

Pipes work better than bells
ATHENS - Salvation Army volunteer Dan Wilson drew stares and pocketfuls of change Friday from Sam's Club shoppers who slowed down or paused to hear Christmas carols from the wheezy drone of his Scottish Highlands bagpipes.

Thousands of serious shoppers keep tradition
"The early bird gets the goods," read a Macy's ad in Thursday's newspaper, and with that philosophy in mind, droves of people turned out at Augusta's retail stores in Friday's predawn hours, snatching up toys, electronics and other loot within minutes of doors opening.

Shooting victim is honored by many

Events
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across South Carolina

Empty Stocking Fund: Crime victim struggles to help children
An Augusta crime victim raising four children alone after nearly losing her life in a domestic assault this summer is unable to make the holidays happy without assistance.

County OKs loan for spec building

Residents ask for roundabouts
Slow and steady wins the race for more than just the tortoise.Roundabouts, or traffic circles, are quickly becoming known as safer, smoother traffic alternatives to traditional signalled intersections.

Across the area
Authorities continued to follow up Saturday on leads called in to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety about Tuesday's shooting suspect, officials said.

News you can use

Pipes work better than bells

Students fear consequences of bills on illegal immigration

Across Georgia

Woman hurt in four-vehicle wreck
Emergency workers help Beverly Cates after a morning wreck on Interstate 20 near the weigh station in Columbia County.

Correction
- An item about Lucy C. Laney High School's girls basketball team in Thursday's The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported Otis Smart's tenure and last year's record. Mr. Smart has been at Laney for 23 years, and the Lady Wildcats were 22-7.

Across South Carolina
CHESTER - A Chester man was shot to death at his home early Thanksgiving morning, and sheriff's deputies were looking for clues.

Fire burns four acres
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters respond to a garage fire that also burned portions of about four acres on Hardy Road in Martinez.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Gasoline prices of more than $2 a gallon already have hit commuters, businesses and schools hard, and now they're cutting into the Athens-Clarke County government's budget, too.

Rants and Raves
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Across the area
Two men broke into Grace United Methodist Church in the 600 block of Georgia Avenue on Thanksgiving, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

Student died of enlarged heart
An enlarged heart, not August heat, probably killed a Lakeside High School student who collapsed after a physical education exercise, authorities said today.

Fire burns four acres

Soldiers test skills in combatives contest
A group of 16 Fort Gordon soldiers worked off their turkey feasts Friday.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Gasoline prices of more than $2 a gallon already have hit commuters, businesses and schools hard, and now they're cutting into the Athens-Clarke County government's budget, too.

Art institute's holiday market set
The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's Artist's Holiday Market will take place Dec. 8-10.

Across the Southeast

Washington-Wilkes trails at half
ATLANTA--The first half for Washington-Wilkes swung on a single play.

Empty Stocking Fund: Crime victim struggles to help children

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Crowds come from afar to strut stuff at festival

Harder classes could suffer
Once HOPE scholarship eligibility becomes harder, some high school students say, they might avoid taking harder courses.

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Riding accident kills colonel
The head of optometry services at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon died after a horseback riding accident, officials said Saturday.

News you can use
Now that you're thoroughly exhausted from the mad Thanksgiving sales rush, perhaps it's time to reflect on sharing with your children the true meaning of the Christmas season - that it's not just about receiving.

Recent violent crimes random, officials report
For the Augusta area, last week's deadly shooting outside a North Augusta Huddle House was part of a rash of violent crimes this month, including home invasions, store hold-ups and a bank robbery.

Son's death spurs birth of 'Drive Safer Sunday'
ATLANTA - The holiday traffic that will clog the nation's highways today is more than just an annual inconvenience for Steve Owings.

Across Georgia
HINESVILLE - No injuries were reported after an explosion erupted outside the Liberty County Courthouse early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Bill to keep negotiations private likely won't pass
ATLANTA - A measure that would temporarily shield economic development negotiations from public view is all but dead and likely won't be passed in the legislative session that begins in January, key lawmakers say.

GOP senators see eye-to-eye
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's two Republican U.S. senators have voted the same way 91 percent of the time since January, increasing the Palmetto State's influence in Washington.

Augusta fights fish passageway
It all comes down to fish and money. The fish - especially American shad and striped bass - need an opportunity to move up and down the Savannah River to spawn.

Riding accident kills colonel
The head of optometry services at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon died after a horseback riding accident, officials said Saturday.

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents
A single mother raising her three daughters and her sister's two children has no money left over to give them a happy holiday.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area

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Events

Harder classes could suffer
Once HOPE scholarship eligibility becomes harder, some high school students say, they might avoid taking harder courses.

Across South Carolina

Recent violent crimes random, officials report
For the Augusta area, last week's deadly shooting outside a North Augusta Huddle House was part of a rash of violent crimes this month, including home invasions, store hold-ups and a bank robbery.

Woman hurt in four-vehicle wreck

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Christina L. Allen of Washington, Ga.

Across Georgia

Thousands of serious shoppers keep tradition

Harder classes could suffer

Soldiers test skills in combatives contest

Where we live

Kid of the Day

News you can use

Student died of enlarged heart

Bill to keep negotiations private likely won't pass

Across the area

Riding accident kills colonel

Across the area
Authorities continued to follow up Saturday on leads called in to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety about Tuesday's shooting suspect, officials said.

Kid of the Day

Pipes work better than bells
ATHENS - Salvation Army volunteer Dan Wilson drew stares and pocketfuls of change Friday from Sam's Club shoppers who slowed down or paused to hear Christmas carols from the wheezy drone of his Scottish Highlands bagpipes.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The Black Friday shopping rush landed at least one man in jail.

News you can use
Now that you're thoroughly exhausted from the mad Thanksgiving sales rush, perhaps it's time to reflect on sharing with your children the true meaning of the Christmas season - that it's not just about receiving.

Residents ask for roundabouts

Son's death spurs birth of 'Drive Safer Sunday'

Recent violent crimes random, officials report

Empty Stocking Fund: Crime victim struggles to help children
An Augusta crime victim raising four children alone after nearly losing her life in a domestic assault this summer is unable to make the holidays happy without assistance.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Augusta fights fish passageway

Thousands of serious shoppers keep tradition
"The early bird gets the goods," read a Macy's ad in Thursday's newspaper, and with that philosophy in mind, droves of people turned out at Augusta's retail stores in Friday's predawn hours, snatching up toys, electronics and other loot within minutes of doors opening.

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents

Kid of the Day
Tyler Walton Johnson of Evans is today's Kid of the Day.

Tigers get respect by ignoring obstacles
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Around here they understand the rule of five - but the only fifth Washington-Wilkes fans want to take is the state football championship.

Rivalry still worth fighting over
ATLANTA -- Upon further review... the rivalry stands.

Tigers get respect by ignoring obstacles
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Around here they understand the rule of five - but the only fifth Washington-Wilkes fans want to take is the state football championship.

Rivalry still worth fighting over
ATLANTA -- Upon further review... the rivalry stands.

Technology brings democracy to political documentaries
LOS ANGELES - Got a political perspective? Grab a camera and make a statement. With today's technology, we can all be part of a new cinematic dialogue.

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

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

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

Technology brings democracy to political documentaries
LOS ANGELES - Got a political perspective? Grab a camera and make a statement. With today's technology, we can all be part of a new cinematic dialogue.

Capsule reviews of new films

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Technology brings democracy to political documentaries

Scott Stapp sticks to Creed formula on new solo CD
The inevitable solo album from Creed frontman Scott Stapp following last year's acrimonious breakup of the monstrously successful quartet retains its hard rock power while reflecting the stentorian's ensuing period of painful self-examination.

"O.C." dad is Memphis soul singer at heart
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - Peter Gallagher's green eyes sparkle as he leans back in his dressing room and hums a tune. He looks excited, nervous and expectant. And he should. The "O.C." dad is putting out his first record... at age 50.

In France, rappers social commentators for riot-hit ghettos
PARIS - The beat is infectious, the music sensual. But the words are acid, a rapped cry of wounded pride from the heart of France's ghettos.

Neil Diamond to make triumphant return
NEW YORK - There's security in anonymity, as anonymous as someone can be whose job requires singing in arenas filled with thousands of people.

In France, rappers social commentators for riot-hit ghettos

Scott Stapp sticks to Creed formula on new solo CD

In France, rappers social commentators for riot-hit ghettos
PARIS - The beat is infectious, the music sensual. But the words are acid, a rapped cry of wounded pride from the heart of France's ghettos.

Q&A: Streisand discusses release of DVD extravaganza
LOS ANGELES - At long last: "The Television Specials."

Q&A: Streisand discusses release of DVD extravaganza
LOS ANGELES - At long last: "The Television Specials."

Neil Diamond to make triumphant return

"O.C." dad is Memphis soul singer at heart
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - Peter Gallagher's green eyes sparkle as he leans back in his dressing room and hums a tune. He looks excited, nervous and expectant. And he should. The "O.C." dad is putting out his first record... at age 50.

Scott Stapp sticks to Creed formula on new solo CD
The inevitable solo album from Creed frontman Scott Stapp following last year's acrimonious breakup of the monstrously successful quartet retains its hard rock power while reflecting the stentorian's ensuing period of painful self-examination.

Neil Diamond to make triumphant return
NEW YORK - There's security in anonymity, as anonymous as someone can be whose job requires singing in arenas filled with thousands of people.

"O.C." dad is Memphis soul singer at heart

Q&A: Streisand discusses release of DVD extravaganza

Bobcats top Wizards
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gerald Wallace scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Saturday night, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Washington Wizards 100-82 for their first victory over their Southeast Division rivals.

Bobcats top Wizards
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gerald Wallace scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Saturday night, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Washington Wizards 100-82 for their first victory over their Southeast Division rivals.

Bobcats top Wizards

Women's basketball roundup
LOS ANGELES - Tasha Humphrey had 29 points and 11 rebounds as No. 11 Georgia bounced back from a 20-point defeat and beat Loyola Marymount, 89-58 on Saturday, in the consolation game of the Loyola Marymount/Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic.

Modica leads Arkansas past Radford
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Jonathan Modica had 22 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and six rebounds to lead Arkansas to a 75-55 victory over Radford on Saturday.

Women's basketball roundup
LOS ANGELES - Tasha Humphrey had 29 points and 11 rebounds as No. 11 Georgia bounced back from a 20-point defeat and beat Loyola Marymount, 89-58 on Saturday, in the consolation game of the Loyola Marymount/Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic.

Local team roundup
SALISBURY, N.C. - Junior point guard Mindy Allee and freshman Kendra Chandler flirted with perfect nights shooting as USC Aiken beat Lenoir-Rhyne, 65-62 on Saturday, to earn a split in the Catawba Classic doubleheader tournament.

Modica leads Arkansas past Radford
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Jonathan Modica had 22 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and six rebounds to lead Arkansas to a 75-55 victory over Radford on Saturday.

Local team roundup
SALISBURY, N.C. - Junior point guard Mindy Allee and freshman Kendra Chandler flirted with perfect nights shooting as USC Aiken beat Lenoir-Rhyne, 65-62 on Saturday, to earn a split in the Catawba Classic doubleheader tournament.

NFL power rankings for Week 12

Area players in the NFL

Bills relying on Clements to contain Panthers' Smith

Mr. James Saulsberry, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Judy Rhinehart    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Sherry Dyer    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Hubert T. Bolton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Mae Overton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert T. Bolton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Norman    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Harry G. Bunch, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Naomi Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Burnside    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Col. Edward Bzdula, OD    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ana Maria Demangue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert T. Bolton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty R. Clark    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Miss Mary L. Holly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Benjamin Charles Craven    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Marinda McNair    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunie Mae Daniels    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Malcolm Shurley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Marcus Fountain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Bethany Nicole Simpkins    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Herrington    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adlene Inabinet    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Garvin Lott    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William T. Moore    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Paul R. Armstrong, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Norman    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Nimrod Coleman    (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Mr. Charles D. Phillips    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Burnside    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Loris Levy    (HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Puffpaff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth H. McLaughlin    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. Robert Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie F. Owens    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. C. Richard Tillis    (WINTER SPRINGS, FL.)

Msgt. Charles E. Scales    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Saulsberry, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Harry G. Bunch, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mary L. Holly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Malcolm Shurley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Benjamin Charles Craven    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Wilkinson, Sr.    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Miss Naomi Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Loris Levy    (HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.)

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

Mr. Malcolm Shurley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Dr. Col. Edward Bzdula, OD    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Msgt. Charles E. Scales    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Judy Rhinehart    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marcus Fountain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth H. McLaughlin    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Garvin Lott    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Herrington    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William T. Moore    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Adlene Inabinet    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen G. Baurle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunie Mae Daniels    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Harry G. Bunch, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ana Maria Demangue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Cross    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William T. Moore    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Brandon Norman    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Herrington    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles D. Phillips    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Puffpaff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Mae Overton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. C. Richard Tillis    (WINTER SPRINGS, FL.)

Ms. Marinda McNair    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Brandon Norman    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie F. Owens    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey B. Warren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Saulsberry, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Paul R. Armstrong, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert T. Bolton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Bethany Nicole Simpkins    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Nimrod Coleman    (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Ms. Sherry Dyer    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Saulsberry, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Malcolm Shurley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Wilkinson, Sr.    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen G. Baurle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry G. Bunch, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Cross    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Harvey B. Warren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Herrington    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. William T. Moore    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Habersham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. C. Richard Tillis (WINTER SPRINGS, FL.)

Mrs. Daisy Mae Overton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert T. Bolton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Norman (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty R. Clark (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Al Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry G. Bunch, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Benjamin Charles Craven (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Garvin Lott (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Malcolm Shurley (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Burnside (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Herrington (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Eunie Mae Daniels (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Saulsberry, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth H. McLaughlin (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. Robert Renew (HARLEM, Ga.)

Dr. Col. Edward Bzdula, OD (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Adlene Inabinet (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Emily Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Vincent Adar Williams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Hubert T. Bolton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry G. Bunch, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Charles D. Phillips (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Marcus Fountain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Marinda McNair (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Maria Demangue (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen G. Baurle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Wilkinson, Sr. (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Malcolm Shurley (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Sherry Dyer (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Herrington (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Cross (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Puffpaff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul R. Armstrong, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Loris Levy (HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Saulsberry, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Nimrod Coleman (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Norman (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Bethany Nicole Simpkins (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie F. Owens (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Msgt. Charles E. Scales (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Harvey B. Warren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Judy Rhinehart (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Al Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mary L. Holly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Naomi Littles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sports rants

Overtime

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Clouds part to set torch aflame

Kozuka, Yu-na take lead in Junior Grand Prix finals

Overtime
Todd Pletcher broke the single-season record for earnings by a trainer Friday when he sent Spin Factory out to victory in the second race at Aqueduct in New York.

Kozuka, Yu-na take lead in Junior Grand Prix finals
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - Takahiko Kozuka of Japan and Kim Yu-na of South Korea won their respective short programs at the Junior Grand Prix finals Friday.

Overtime
In Boston, Josh Beckett would love jersey No. 21, but the newest member of Boston's starting rotation knows the Red Sox might not hand over Roger Clemens' old number.

Clouds part to set torch aflame
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece - After days of rain, the clouds parted Saturday over the birthplace of the Olympics to let the sunlight kindle a flame for the Turin Winter Games.

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

Sports rants
THIS IS A rant for all the Gator fans. Hey, Gator Nation, where will you be on Dec. 3? Probably watching Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

Kozuka, Yu-na take lead in Junior Grand Prix finals
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - Takahiko Kozuka of Japan and Kim Yu-na of South Korea won their respective short programs at the Junior Grand Prix finals Friday.

Sports rants
THIS IS A rant for all the Gator fans. Hey, Gator Nation, where will you be on Dec. 3? Probably watching Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

Overtime
Todd Pletcher broke the single-season record for earnings by a trainer Friday when he sent Spin Factory out to victory in the second race at Aqueduct in New York.

Clouds part to set torch aflame
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece - After days of rain, the clouds parted Saturday over the birthplace of the Olympics to let the sunlight kindle a flame for the Turin Winter Games.

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

Overtime
In Boston, Josh Beckett would love jersey No. 21, but the newest member of Boston's starting rotation knows the Red Sox might not hand over Roger Clemens' old number.

One for the books
Scott Moon has plenty to be thankful for this season. This 210-pound, 20-point non-typical buck killed in Elbert County is one of the most outstanding and most unusual bucks taken in Georgia this year, with elaborate palmation on both main beams.

Outdoors calendar

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

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

One for the books
Scott Moon has plenty to be thankful for this season. This 210-pound, 20-point non-typical buck killed in Elbert County is one of the most outstanding and most unusual bucks taken in Georgia this year, with elaborate palmation on both main beams.

One for the books

Hybrids could take hit in '06
Hybrid bass fight hard, taste good, grow rapidly and can live in a wide range of water temperatures.

Hybrids could take hit in '06
Hybrid bass fight hard, taste good, grow rapidly and can live in a wide range of water temperatures.

Hall ends games with best dunk
On the final day of the 12th annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic presented by 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc., the players geared up for something a little more lighthearted.

Prep basketball scores
North Augusta 61, Strom Thurmond 45

High-flying Butler gets easy victory
As the festivities began Friday for the 12th annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic presented by the 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc., the fan-friendly slam dunk contest was one event being held today.

Prep basketball scores
North Augusta 61, Strom Thurmond 45

Hall ends games with best dunk
On the final day of the 12th annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic presented by 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc., the players geared up for something a little more lighthearted.

High-flying Butler gets easy victory
As the festivities began Friday for the 12th annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic presented by the 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc., the fan-friendly slam dunk contest was one event being held today.

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

Bills relying on Clements to contain Panthers' Smith
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Little point asking Nate Clements about the recent past.

NFL power rankings for Week 12
The Augusta Chronicle's Andrew Festa ranks the teams.

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

Bills relying on Clements to contain Panthers' Smith
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Little point asking Nate Clements about the recent past.

NFL power rankings for Week 12
The Augusta Chronicle's Andrew Festa ranks the teams.

These gifts represent the reason for the season
Santa Claus and his reindeer star in many a song and story, but people don't give the jolly old fellow the credit he deserves.

A day in the life of a monastery
ELYSBURG, Pa. - The day begins before dawn for the nuns, who reserve the first hour for quiet prayer before the morning takes hold and the warmth of the rising sun stirs the birds to sing.

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

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

These gifts represent the reason for the season
Santa Claus and his reindeer star in many a song and story, but people don't give the jolly old fellow the credit he deserves.

A day in the life of a monastery
ELYSBURG, Pa. - The day begins before dawn for the nuns, who reserve the first hour for quiet prayer before the morning takes hold and the warmth of the rising sun stirs the birds to sing.

What has Christianity ever done for us?
"What Has Christianity Ever Done For Us?"

Religion News in Brief
GREEN LAKE, Wis. - The governing board of the 1.4 million-member American Baptist Churches in the USA added a stand against gay sex to the denomination's self-definition, but it's unclear whether that will heal a growing split over homosexuality.

Faith digest
The Rev. Da'Henri Thurmond, the pastor of Rock of Ages CME Church, will be the guest speaker for men's day at 11 a.m. Sunday at Elim Baptist Church, 2359 Mount Auburn St.

What has Christianity ever done for us?
"What Has Christianity Ever Done For Us?"

A day in the life of a monastery
ELYSBURG, Pa. - The day begins before dawn for the nuns, who reserve the first hour for quiet prayer before the morning takes hold and the warmth of the rising sun stirs the birds to sing.

Faith digest
The Rev. Da'Henri Thurmond, the pastor of Rock of Ages CME Church, will be the guest speaker for men's day at 11 a.m. Sunday at Elim Baptist Church, 2359 Mount Auburn St.

Religious public interest law firm expands
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A little more than a decade ago, the Alliance Defense Fund was a one-man operation.

Religious public interest law firm expands
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A little more than a decade ago, the Alliance Defense Fund was a one-man operation.

Religion News in Brief
GREEN LAKE, Wis. - The governing board of the 1.4 million-member American Baptist Churches in the USA added a stand against gay sex to the denomination's self-definition, but it's unclear whether that will heal a growing split over homosexuality.

Hybrids could take hit in '06

Rivalry still worth fighting over

Tigers get respect by ignoring obstacles

Actor dispenses creepiness on 'Housewives'
NEW YORK - Beware of harmful side effects from the pharmacist serving Wisteria Lane.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
A lonely widow, a distraught father and an estranged son come together for Christmas. And in New York City!

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
A lonely widow, a distraught father and an estranged son come together for Christmas. And in New York City!

Actor dispenses creepiness on 'Housewives'

Actor dispenses creepiness on 'Housewives'
NEW YORK - Beware of harmful side effects from the pharmacist serving Wisteria Lane.

National talk radio network planned for black audience

People in the News

Pat Morita, Mr. Miyagi of 'The Karate Kid,' dies at 73

Lady Bulldogs rebound with win out west
LOS ANGELES - Tasha Humphrey had 29 points and 11 rebounds as No. 11 Georgia bounced back from a 20-point defeat and beat Loyola Marymount, 89-58 on Saturday, in the consolation game of the Loyola Marymount/Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic.

Bulldogs' Lumpkin is returning to his old form
ATLANTA -- Georgia had a flashback in its backfield Saturday night against rival Georgia Tech.

Bulldogs' Lumpkin is returning to his old form

Dogs retain bragging rights over Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia will keep the state's bragging rights for another year.

Bulldogs vs. Yellow Jackets: 10 significant meetings
Ill will and great games mark the life of the Georgia-Georgia Tech series. From the first game in 1893 to last season's nail-biter in the freezing rain, the two rivals have met with bragging rights, league championships, bowl bids and national titles on the line. Morris News Service's Adam Van Brimmer picks 10 of the best in the series:

Bulldogs' Lumpkin is returning to his old form
ATLANTA -- Georgia had a flashback in its backfield Saturday night against rival Georgia Tech.

Dogs retain bragging rights over Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia will keep the state's bragging rights for another year.

Bulldogs vs. Yellow Jackets: 10 significant meetings

Dogs retain bragging rights over Jackets

Lady Bulldogs rebound with win out west
LOS ANGELES - Tasha Humphrey had 29 points and 11 rebounds as No. 11 Georgia bounced back from a 20-point defeat and beat Loyola Marymount, 89-58 on Saturday, in the consolation game of the Loyola Marymount/Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic.

Bulldogs vs. Yellow Jackets: 10 significant meetings
Ill will and great games mark the life of the Georgia-Georgia Tech series. From the first game in 1893 to last season's nail-biter in the freezing rain, the two rivals have met with bragging rights, league championships, bowl bids and national titles on the line. Morris News Service's Adam Van Brimmer picks 10 of the best in the series:

Lady Bulldogs rebound with win out west

Gamecocks recover to get win vs. Monmouth
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Tarence Kinsey scored 22 points to lead South Carolina back from a 17-point deficit and beat Monmouth 62-56 on Friday in the semifinals of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Gamecocks recover to get win vs. Monmouth

Gamecocks remain unbeaten

Gamecocks recover to get win vs. Monmouth
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Tarence Kinsey scored 22 points to lead South Carolina back from a 17-point deficit and beat Monmouth 62-56 on Friday in the semifinals of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

South Carolina women can't handle Purdue
In Freeport, Bahamas, Katie Gearlds had 18 points, Cherelle George added nine points and 10 steals and Purdue avoided going 0-for-the-islands with a victory over South Carolina at the Junkanoo Jam.

South Carolina women can't handle Purdue
In Freeport, Bahamas, Katie Gearlds had 18 points, Cherelle George added nine points and 10 steals and Purdue avoided going 0-for-the-islands with a victory over South Carolina at the Junkanoo Jam.

Texas tops South Carolina at Junkanoo Jam

Texas tops South Carolina at Junkanoo Jam
FREEPORT, Bahamas - Freshman Erika Arriaran scored 14 points, including the basket that put Texas up for good, and fellow newcomer Ashley Lindsey had a critical block to keep to help the 18th-ranked Longhorns beat South Carolina 59-55 at the Junkanoo Jam on Friday.

South Carolina women can't handle Purdue

Gamecocks remain unbeaten
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Renaldo Balkman scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds as South Carolina defeated Alaska-Anchorage 65-60 on Thursday night in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Gamecocks remain unbeaten
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Renaldo Balkman scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds as South Carolina defeated Alaska-Anchorage 65-60 on Thursday night in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Texas tops South Carolina at Junkanoo Jam
FREEPORT, Bahamas - Freshman Erika Arriaran scored 14 points, including the basket that put Texas up for good, and fellow newcomer Ashley Lindsey had a critical block to keep to help the 18th-ranked Longhorns beat South Carolina 59-55 at the Junkanoo Jam on Friday.

School project earns award

Make Kids Count scholarship field reduced to four

Recreation events

Library Events

Aiken County Farmers Market

Old school building has new life as library

Rowing helps keep student on an even keel

Recycling centers

Council considers closing road to trucks

Church's Bethlehem pageant is ready for holiday visitors

Around the block

Program now offers vocational training

Pet of the week

CSRA Bridge Results

This week

RECing Crew enjoys socializing, bowling

Lions savor first state title in football

Events

Bicycle polo players don't horse around

Aiken Elementary School is honored for excellence

Awards

Meetings

Finishing touches

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Across the River

Police urge drivers to lock doors on cars

What has Christianity ever done for us?

These gifts represent the reason for the season

Faith digest

Religion News in Brief

Faith calendar

Religious public interest law firm expands