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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Indian art thought lost rediscovered in New York
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The summer sun had started to set on the end of a clear, cloudless day. The water was calm as the three men pushed their boat closer to the rock face. A few fishing boats floated nearby.

Indian art thought lost rediscovered in New York

Indian art thought lost rediscovered in New York
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The summer sun had started to set on the end of a clear, cloudless day. The water was calm as the three men pushed their boat closer to the rock face. A few fishing boats floated nearby.

Keys to my past are all over the house

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kerrigan Amanda Burke

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.

Johnathan Ryan Jordan

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.

Brentyn Lee Overton

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jayden Khalil Stevens

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.

Jack Johnathan Thompson

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.

Aidan Chase Caldwell

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.

Damien James Williamson

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.

Christina Lucia Russell

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.

Sha'Nia Denice Jackson

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.

Nicholas Justus Jones

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.

Chase Allen Bisel

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.

Alyssa Kathryn Carr

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.

Benjamin Richard DeArmon

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.

Preston Lindell Myatt

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.

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.

Vincent Matthew Tyler

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.

Avery Davis Cartwright

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.

Kemiya Laju

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.

Ja'len Damier Thompkins

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.

Marquis Santwan Hixson

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.

Matthew Paul Campbell

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.

Jeb and Scott Thurmond

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.

Cameron William Beck

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

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.

Malana Jayne M.J.

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.

Emma Briann Merritt

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shane Alexander Wheeless

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.

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

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

Shopping comparison sites sharpen up for holidays
SAN FRANCISCO - Laura Hanson relies on the Internet to make her a smarter shopper even when she isn't planning to buy online.

Shopping comparison sites sharpen up for holidays

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.

Firm wrestles with issue of foreign labor

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.

Business briefs

Cheap overseas work has its drawbacks

Critics of powerful rifle seek more regulation

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

On the move

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

Property transfers

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.

Food industry caters to drivers eating at the wheel

Gift selection can help build a company's relationships
NEW YORK - When Patricia Smith gives holiday gifts to her clients, she doesn't go the traditional routes, selecting something from a catalog or Web site. Her suppliers are her clients themselves.

Business briefs

Food industry caters to drivers eating at the wheel
ALBANY, N.Y. - Paul Betancourt spends up to four days a week on the road and might drive more than 500 miles a week for his sales job.

Gift selection can help build a company's relationships

Business Calendar

Brands expand beyond Web, stores to direct selling

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
WISE GIVING: You've resolved to do it differently this year: No more shopping mall binges or online clicking to fiscal oblivion just for holiday gifts.

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.

Brands expand beyond Web, stores to direct selling
NEW YORK - Julie Spreckels used to just shop catalogs and the mall. But lately, she's shopping in someone else's living room.

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.

Gift selection can help build a company's relationships
NEW YORK - When Patricia Smith gives holiday gifts to her clients, she doesn't go the traditional routes, selecting something from a catalog or Web site. Her suppliers are her clients themselves.

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:

Shopping comparison sites sharpen up for holidays
SAN FRANCISCO - Laura Hanson relies on the Internet to make her a smarter shopper even when she isn't planning to buy online.

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

Food industry caters to drivers eating at the wheel
ALBANY, N.Y. - Paul Betancourt spends up to four days a week on the road and might drive more than 500 miles a week for his sales job.

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.

Brands expand beyond Web, stores to direct selling
NEW YORK - Julie Spreckels used to just shop catalogs and the mall. But lately, she's shopping in someone else's living room.

Business briefs
WISE GIVING: You've resolved to do it differently this year: No more shopping mall binges or online clicking to fiscal oblivion just for holiday gifts.

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."

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.

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 latest fixture to fall out of AP Top 25

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.

Florida State latest fixture to fall out of AP Top 25
NEW YORK - First Oklahoma fell from the Top 25, then Michigan was gone. Tennessee dropped out a month later and now Florida State.

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.

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.

Grambling State wins Bayou Classic

Vols end poor season with win

Florida State latest fixture to fall out of AP Top 25
NEW YORK - First Oklahoma fell from the Top 25, then Michigan was gone. Tennessee dropped out a month later and now Florida State.

Florida State falls to Florida

Modica leads Arkansas past Radford

Local team roundup

Paine moves to 2-0 with Saturday's win

Women's basketball roundup

Congress' $50 billion sham
The $50 billion GOP deficit reduction plan narrowly passed by the U.S. House of Representatives recently is a sham. It does not reduce spending at all; it simply reduces spending's rate of growth.

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."

Copenhaver for mayor: capable new leadership

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.

SREL is hanging tough
Don't talk to Savannah River Ecology Lab officials about good news, bad news scenarios - they're experts on the subject. It's well documented that the federal government wastes billions of dollars every year on pork-barrel projects - so it's not as if there's not plenty of pointless programs to cut back when it comes to making savings.

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.

SREL is hanging tough
Don't talk to Savannah River Ecology Lab officials about good news, bad news scenarios - they're experts on the subject. It's well documented that the federal government wastes billions of dollars every year on pork-barrel projects - so it's not as if there's not plenty of pointless programs to cut back when it comes to making savings.

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.

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.

Congress' $50 billion sham
The $50 billion GOP deficit reduction plan narrowly passed by the U.S. House of Representatives recently is a sham. It does not reduce spending at all; it simply reduces spending's rate of growth.

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."

You're always the last to know...

Congress' $50 billion sham

SREL is hanging tough

Gang founder's death row drama gains star support
LOS ANGELES - Jamie Foxx stepped into the spotlight at his latest movie premiere with more than the usual publicity drill in mind.

Gang founder's death row drama gains star support
LOS ANGELES - Jamie Foxx stepped into the spotlight at his latest movie premiere with more than the usual publicity drill in mind.

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?

Cost-effective energy saving improvements
Depending upon where you live, home heating costs are projected to rise anywhere from 30 percent to 70 percent this winter. This is especially devastating news for seniors and those on fixed incomes who are already having a difficult time making ends meet.

Cost-effective energy saving improvements
Depending upon where you live, home heating costs are projected to rise anywhere from 30 percent to 70 percent this winter. This is especially devastating news for seniors and those on fixed incomes who are already having a difficult time making ends meet.

Cost-effective energy saving improvements

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?

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.

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

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

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.

Fourth quarter is Eagles' downfall

Kicker has missed crucial attempts in past

Georgia Tech notebook

Comics were my 10-cent textbooks

Casey wins playoff at China Open

Casey wins playoff at China Open
SHENZHEN, China - Paul Casey of England edged countryman Oliver Wilson on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to win the China Open.

Injured Allenby hangs on to win Australian Open

Injured Allenby hangs on to win Australian Open
FINGAL, Australia - Robert Allenby played through a painful finger injury to win the Australian Open on Sunday, shooting a 5-over 77 in windy conditions to hold off Australian countrymen John Senden, Nick O'Hern and Paul Sheehan by a stroke.

Injured Allenby hangs on to win Australian Open
FINGAL, Australia - Robert Allenby played through a painful finger injury to win the Australian Open on Sunday, shooting a 5-over 77 in windy conditions to hold off Australian countrymen John Senden, Nick O'Hern and Paul Sheehan by a stroke.

Funk wins Skins Game with $925,000
LA QUINTA, Calif. - What a Skins Game it was for Fred Funk, who went from wearing a pink skirt on the third hole to walking away with nearly all the money.

Casey wins playoff at China Open
SHENZHEN, China - Paul Casey of England edged countryman Oliver Wilson on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to win the China Open.

Taniguchi wins Casio World Open
KOCHI, Japan - Toru Taniguchi of Japan shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win his first title of the year with a two-stroke victory over Kim Jong Duck of South Korea in the Casio World Open.

Taniguchi wins Casio World Open
KOCHI, Japan - Toru Taniguchi of Japan shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win his first title of the year with a two-stroke victory over Kim Jong Duck of South Korea in the Casio World Open.

Funk wins Skins Game with $925,000
LA QUINTA, Calif. - What a Skins Game it was for Fred Funk, who went from wearing a pink skirt on the third hole to walking away with nearly all the money.

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

Taniguchi wins Casio World Open

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

Golf roundup

Funk wins Skins Game with $925,000

Washington-Wilkes looks to end 38-year title drought

Broncos buck Falcons in AAAAA semis

Hish school football scores

Playoff notebook

Prep basketball scores

Hall ends games with best dunk

Hish school football scores
Scores from Saturday's games

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.

Hish school football scores
Scores from Saturday's 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.

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.

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.

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

Thrashers romp Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. - Ilya Kovalchuk had two goals and two assists, and Marian Hossa scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lead the Atlanta Thrashers past the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Sunday.

Thrashers romp Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. - Ilya Kovalchuk had two goals and two assists, and Marian Hossa scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lead the Atlanta Thrashers past the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Sunday.

Thrashers romp Hurricanes

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.

Impeach Bush for Iraq embarrassment
Contrary to many misinformed editorial writers, there has not been an independent investigation of the Bush administration's misuse of the intelligence that scared gullible Americans into supporting an illegal, immoral and unnecessary war of aggression in Iraq. This was not the purpose of the 9-11 commission. Their focus was intelligence failure.Mark Gelbart, 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

Copenhaver has a plan

Vote for Willie Mays - and experience
If Tommy Boyles thinks Augusta needs fresh new leadership, what in the world was he doing running for mayor? Isn't this the same Tommy Boyles who, just a few weeks ago when he was running, tried to get the public to believe that Augusta needed proven, tested leadership?Reggie Williams, 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

Vote-buying lives on

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

Copenhaver energetic, smart, capable

Vote for new beginning

Impeach Bush for Iraq embarrassment

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 for Willie Mays - and experience

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

Impeach Bush for Iraq embarrassment
Contrary to many misinformed editorial writers, there has not been an independent investigation of the Bush administration's misuse of the intelligence that scared gullible Americans into supporting an illegal, immoral and unnecessary war of aggression in Iraq. This was not the purpose of the 9-11 commission. Their focus was intelligence failure.Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Vote for Willie Mays - and experience
If Tommy Boyles thinks Augusta needs fresh new leadership, what in the world was he doing running for mayor? Isn't this the same Tommy Boyles who, just a few weeks ago when he was running, tried to get the public to believe that Augusta needed proven, tested leadership?Reggie Williams, Augusta

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-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 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

Holiday treats for the video game fan

Living briefs

West Lake golf course had couple entranced

Ready, set, go: Gearing up for holiday shopping

Video cameras for kids a mixed bag

Thanksgiving is time to be grateful for life's gifts

Make him happy with these gifts for men

Christmas presents can be tricky things

Kids want tech gadgets for the holidays

'Pink House' makes North Augusta tour

Gift tips from 'The Shopping Bags'

Techbits: Security shift, Name change and more

Gift tips from 'The Shopping Bags'
You should never start a gift list with a blank page. Even before you pick up the pen and paper, you should already have an idea about a person's likes and dislikes, their interests and hobbies.

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.

Gift tips from 'The Shopping Bags'
You should never start a gift list with a blank page. Even before you pick up the pen and paper, you should already have an idea about a person's likes and dislikes, their interests and hobbies.

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?

Holiday treats for the video game fan
Video game fans are always seeking new and improved ways to beat their opponents, making them an easy target for gift givers.

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.

Video cameras for kids a mixed bag
NEW YORK - As toy manufacturers try to please gadget-hungry kids with consumer electronics that don't constitute a major investment, parents may wonder about product quality.

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.

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.

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

Kids want tech gadgets for the holidays
Debra Scott's daughter had a birthday wish list typical for kids turning 11 these days. She wanted a cell phone, an iPod, a PlayStation 2 and maybe a new laptop.

Video cameras for kids a mixed bag
NEW YORK - As toy manufacturers try to please gadget-hungry kids with consumer electronics that don't constitute a major investment, parents may wonder about product quality.

Techbits: Security shift, Name change and more
NEW YORK - As people heed warnings to install the latest security updates for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating systems and Internet Explorer browsers, researchers say hackers have been shifting their focus to applications that are harder to protect.

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.

Holiday treats for the video game fan
Video game fans are always seeking new and improved ways to beat their opponents, making them an easy target for gift givers.

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?

Kids want tech gadgets for the holidays
Debra Scott's daughter had a birthday wish list typical for kids turning 11 these days. She wanted a cell phone, an iPod, a PlayStation 2 and maybe a new laptop.

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.

Techbits: Security shift, Name change and more
NEW YORK - As people heed warnings to install the latest security updates for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating systems and Internet Explorer browsers, researchers say hackers have been shifting their focus to applications that are harder to protect.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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."

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.

Goalie's strong outing helps Lynx in victory

Whitwell's return short, memorable

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.

Rants and raves
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Across Georgia

Concert kicks off annual campaign

Bill to keep negotiations private likely won't pass

Kid of the Day

News you can use

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

Where we live

Katrina survivor calls Aiken home

Harder classes could suffer

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Catrinea L. Allen, 18, of Washington, Ga.

Across Georgia

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

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.

Across South Carolina

Freeze team brings tissue work to MCG
Ying C. Song's lab in the Life Sciences Business Development Center looks empty, but it's not. It's full of potential.

Walker returns to court for sentencing
Wearing a stylish brown suit and a confident smile, former state Sen. Charles Walker arrived at Augusta's U.S. District court this morning for his sentencing hearing on federal charges. It was uncertain how long the day's proceedings would last.

South Carolina has fewer blacks sign up for Army

Walker in court for sentencing hearing
Former state Sen. Charles W. Walker Sr. might not have stolen all that prosecutors say he did, but the judge said Monday that the larceny was at least more than $400,000.

Across the southeast

Stormy weather heading our way
The National Weather Service reports there is the potential for thunderstorms across the area this afternoon and tonight. A few of the storms could be strong with strong winds and hail.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - One of Athens' largest homeless shelters will likely shut its doors at the end of January, Director Courtney Davis said.

9 Canadians eligible for Lynx game tonight
The Augusta Lynx will be back at full strength for tonight's game at Greenville. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ruled late Monday afternoon that nine Canadian players had their cases approved and will be eligible for the 7:05 contest against the Grrrowl, pending proper documentation by the ECHL.

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.

Hard-earned cash
By the end of the summer, Persian Gulf War veteran Sarah Peterson was stuck in a financial nightmare that had her feeling betrayed by the government she served in war.

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.

Assaults on teachers decline
Area teachers continue to be assaulted by their pupils, but the number of incidents is down this school year.

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 the area

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.

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

Recent violent crimes random, officials report

Pipes work better than bells

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

Hard-earned cash
By the end of the summer, Persian Gulf War veteran Sarah Peterson was stuck in a financial nightmare that had her feeling betrayed by the government she served in war.

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

Hard-earned cash

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.

Freeze team brings tissue work to MCG

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.

Rants and Raves
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Katrina survivor calls Aiken home
AIKEN - Put a gun to Ronald Lawson's head, and he says he still won't budge.

Across South Carolina

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 the southeast
FORT MYERS, FLA. - A woman who was combative with deputies and shocked once with a Taser stun gun lost consciousness and later died, 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.

Rants and Raves
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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.

Mountain protection splits area
CLEVELAND, Ga. - Commissioners in north Georgia's White County will consider a sweeping ordinance designed to protect the region's mountains from rampant development, the first of its kind in Georgia.

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

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

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

Record checks deter criminals
It's not getting any easier to buy a firearm in Georgia, but fewer gun-seekers are turned away each year after undergoing mandatory background checks.

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.

The week ahead
The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed at 8 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets cost $66, $46, $36 and $26. For more information, call 722-3521 or visit augustaciviccenter.com/events.html.

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.

Empty Stocking: With husband gone, mother of five is left penniless
An unemployed, divorced mother of five is having difficulty making ends meet this year and won't be able to give her family Christmas presents without help.

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.

Five questions with a holiday shopper
With a stack of DVDs in her arms, Patti Strom, a Graniteville resident, searched the aisles of Circuit City on Friday for the perfect holiday gift. She said that even if Christmas weren't a month away, she would still make it out for the sales.

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

Rants and Raves
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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.

Busy day goes smoothly for Atlanta airport fliers
ATLANTA - Sunday was expected to be the busiest day in the history of the world's busiest airport as hundreds of thousands of passengers were projected to pass through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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

Mountain protection splits area
CLEVELAND, Ga. - Commissioners in north Georgia's White County will consider a sweeping ordinance designed to protect the region's mountains from rampant development, the first of its kind in Georgia.

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.

South Carolina has fewer blacks sign up for Army
COLUMBIA - Army recruiters are signing up far fewer blacks for hitches as soldiers.

Augusta fights fish passageway

Concert kicks off annual campaign
The notion of joy made its way into the annual Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Concert in more ways than one Sunday.

GOP senators see eye-to-eye

Across Georgia
ATHENS - One of Athens' largest homeless shelters will likely shut its doors at the end of January, Director Courtney Davis said.

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Ducks and quail raised on farms for release in the wild would have to be tagged under a state plan prompted by the threat of avian flu.

Busy day goes smoothly for Atlanta airport fliers
ATLANTA - Sunday was expected to be the busiest day in the history of the world's busiest airport as hundreds of thousands of passengers were projected to pass through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Across the area
Police arrested a 43-year-old Hephzibah man who they said fired several gunshots in their direction over the weekend.

Busy day goes smoothly for Atlanta airport fliers

Across the area
Police arrested a 43-year-old Hephzibah man who they said fired several gunshots in their direction over the weekend.

Assaults on teachers decline

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Catrinea L. Allen, 18, of Washington, Ga.

The week ahead

Freeze team brings tissue work to MCG
Ying C. Song's lab in the Life Sciences Business Development Center looks empty, but it's not. It's full of potential.

Across the area

Concert kicks off annual campaign
The notion of joy made its way into the annual Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Concert in more ways than one Sunday.

Five questions with a holiday shopper

Empty Stocking: With husband gone, mother of five is left penniless
An unemployed, divorced mother of five is having difficulty making ends meet this year and won't be able to give her family Christmas presents without help.

Record checks deter criminals

Record checks deter criminals
It's not getting any easier to buy a firearm in Georgia, but fewer gun-seekers are turned away each year after undergoing mandatory background checks.

Mountain protection splits area

Assaults on teachers decline
Area teachers continue to be assaulted by their pupils, but the number of incidents is down this school year.

Riding accident kills colonel

Katrina survivor calls Aiken home
AIKEN - Put a gun to Ronald Lawson's head, and he says he still won't budge.

Empty Stocking: With husband gone, mother of five is left penniless

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Ducks and quail raised on farms for release in the wild would have to be tagged under a state plan prompted by the threat of avian flu.

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

Across the area
Police arrested a 43-year-old Hephzibah man who they said fired several gunshots in their direction over the weekend.

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.

The week ahead
The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed at 8 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets cost $66, $46, $36 and $26. For more information, call 722-3521 or visit augustaciviccenter.com/events.html.

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.

South Carolina has fewer blacks sign up for Army
COLUMBIA - Army recruiters are signing up far fewer blacks for hitches as soldiers.

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.

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.

Five questions with a holiday shopper
With a stack of DVDs in her arms, Patti Strom, a Graniteville resident, searched the aisles of Circuit City on Friday for the perfect holiday gift. She said that even if Christmas weren't a month away, she would still make it out for the sales.

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

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

Comics were my 10-cent textbooks
Everything I know today, I learned from comic books. Well, almost. They gave me a good start on my education, anyway.

Comics were my 10-cent textbooks
Everything I know today, I learned from comic books. Well, almost. They gave me a good start on my education, anyway.

La Vie Boheme finds a new life on screen with 'Rent'
NEW YORK - "Bohemia is dead," Taye Diggs' character proclaims disdainfully in "Rent." Now it's being reincarnated, with the film version of the long-running Broadway musical hitting theaters this week.

La Vie Boheme finds a new life on screen with 'Rent'
NEW YORK - "Bohemia is dead," Taye Diggs' character proclaims disdainfully in "Rent." Now it's being reincarnated, with the film version of the long-running Broadway musical hitting theaters this week.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
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La Vie Boheme finds a new life on screen with 'Rent'

Harry's 'Goblet' gobbles $54.9 million
LOS ANGELES - A boy wizard and a country-music legend outclassed a flurry of box-office newcomers over Thanksgiving.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Harry's 'Goblet' gobbles $54.9 million

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

Capsule reviews of new films

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:

Harry's 'Goblet' gobbles $54.9 million
LOS ANGELES - A boy wizard and a country-music legend outclassed a flurry of box-office newcomers over Thanksgiving.

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.

John Mayer puts aside acoustic
NEW YORK - John Mayer won't go ballistic if he hears you've outgrown his "Room for Squares" CD. Or that you're so over his Grammy-winning hit "Daughters." Or that you'd rather go deaf than hear "Your Body Is A Wonderland" again.

John Mayer puts aside acoustic
NEW YORK - John Mayer won't go ballistic if he hears you've outgrown his "Room for Squares" CD. Or that you're so over his Grammy-winning hit "Daughters." Or that you'd rather go deaf than hear "Your Body Is A Wonderland" again.

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.

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.

John Mayer puts aside acoustic

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.

Trio turning office building into giant harp
PHILADELPHIA - A trio of musicians is turning a new office building into a gigantic harp for a rather unusual grand opening celebration next week.

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.

Sound Bites: Holiday Reviews
Diana Krall doing Christmas songs on the aptly titled "Christmas Songs" is sure to please her fans, jazz lovers, and anyone looking for a smooth-sounding, wholly predictable holiday disc.

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.

In France, rappers social commentators for riot-hit ghettos

Neil Diamond to make triumphant return

Trio turning office building into giant harp

Trio turning office building into giant harp
PHILADELPHIA - A trio of musicians is turning a new office building into a gigantic harp for a rather unusual grand opening celebration next week.

Sound Bites: Holiday Reviews
Diana Krall doing Christmas songs on the aptly titled "Christmas Songs" is sure to please her fans, jazz lovers, and anyone looking for a smooth-sounding, wholly predictable holiday disc.

Sound Bites: Holiday Reviews

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.

Trail Blazers nip Hawks
ATLANTA - Josh Smith showed off his leaping ability last year by winning the NBA slam-dunk contest, but some may still doubt he can jump so high without help.

Trail Blazers nip Hawks
ATLANTA - Josh Smith showed off his leaping ability last year by winning the NBA slam-dunk contest, but some may still doubt he can jump so high without help.

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.

Trail Blazers nip Hawks

Bobcats top Wizards

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.

Paine moves to 2-0 with Saturday's win
In Atlanta, Kisha Lucette had 15 points, and Velvet King and Akia Stanton scored double figures off the bench as Paine defeated St. Paul's, 64-57, on Saturday night.

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.

Paine moves to 2-0 with Saturday's win
In Atlanta, Kisha Lucette had 15 points, and Velvet King and Akia Stanton scored double figures off the bench as Paine defeated St. Paul's, 64-57, on Saturday night.

Panthers defeat Bills

Area players in the NFL

Bills relying on Clements to contain Panthers' Smith

NFL power rankings for Week 12

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert D. Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. William T. Moore    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Ms. Marian Thomas Odom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty R. Clark    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Seaborn Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty H. Grealish    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald E. Cliborn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Roger Booker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donn Abraham    (FALLON, IL.)

Mrs. Ana Maria Demangue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Seaborn Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie M. Williams    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty H. Grealish    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. William "Bill" Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Burnside    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Donald E. Cliborn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Maria Demangue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donn Abraham    (FALLON, IL.)

Mr. Robert Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. William "Bill" Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Malcolm Shurley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie M. Williams    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Puffpaff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Norman    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Adolphus Wells, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Ms. Marian Thomas Odom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty H. Grealish    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Willie Roger Booker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Benjamin Charles Craven    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Robert D. Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunie Mae Daniels    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Brandon Norman    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Burnside    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Benjamin Charles Craven    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Adolphus Wells, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Eunie Mae Daniels    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William T. Moore    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Puffpaff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Malcolm Shurley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Betty H. Grealish (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Susie M. Williams (STATESBORO, Ga.)

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

Ms. Marian Thomas Odom (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Maria Demangue (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Willie Roger Booker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Norman (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Al Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Seaborn Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Donn Abraham (FALLON, IL.)

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

Mr. Malcolm Shurley (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Renew (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Puffpaff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Eunie Mae Daniels (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cleveland Burnside (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Benjamin Charles Craven (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Al Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert D. Renew (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Adolphus Wells, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. William "Bill" Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Donald E. Cliborn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Overtime

American tops again in gymnastics championships

Overtime

Clouds part to set torch aflame

Area sports announcements

Sports rants

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.

American tops again in gymnastics championships
MELBOURNE, Australia - Americans Nastia Liukin, Alicia Sacramone and Chellsie Memmel added two more golds and a silver to the United States' medal haul in the world gymnastics championships Sunday, bringing the total to nine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Overtime
In Ancient Olympia, Greece, the curse of the Winter Olympics struck again, with heavy clouds over the birthplace of the ancient games frustrating efforts Sunday to light the flame for Turin using the sun's rays.

Overtime
In Ancient Olympia, Greece, the curse of the Winter Olympics struck again, with heavy clouds over the birthplace of the ancient games frustrating efforts Sunday to light the flame for Turin using the sun's rays.

American tops again in gymnastics championships
MELBOURNE, Australia - Americans Nastia Liukin, Alicia Sacramone and Chellsie Memmel added two more golds and a silver to the United States' medal haul in the world gymnastics championships Sunday, bringing the total to nine.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

South Carolina playoff pairings
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Pairings for 2005 South Carolina High School state Class 4A, Class 3A, Class 2A and Class A title games at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. Class 4A Division II plays Dec. 2. All other games are on Dec. 3:

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.

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

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.

Panthers defeat Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Unable to find Steve Smith, Jake Delhomme settled for another option with the game on the line: third-string tight end Michael Gaines.

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

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

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

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

Panthers defeat Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Unable to find Steve Smith, Jake Delhomme settled for another option with the game on the line: third-string tight end Michael Gaines.

Hybrids could take hit in '06

Rivalry still worth fighting over

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

Post-Ted Koppel era begins on 'Nightline'
NEW YORK - Like a Broadway show in rehearsals too long, the post-Ted Koppel "Nightline" finally has its opening night.

Heaton loves the family emotions of new TV movie

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!

Heaton loves the family emotions of new TV movie
LOS ANGELES - Her nine years playing a no-nonsense wife on the CBS hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" proved to Patricia Heaton that family strife has universal appeal.

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!

Post-Ted Koppel era begins on 'Nightline'

Heaton loves the family emotions of new TV movie
LOS ANGELES - Her nine years playing a no-nonsense wife on the CBS hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" proved to Patricia Heaton that family strife has universal appeal.

Post-Ted Koppel era begins on 'Nightline'
NEW YORK - Like a Broadway show in rehearsals too long, the post-Ted Koppel "Nightline" finally has its opening night.

Gang founder's death row drama gains star support

Lady Bulldogs rebound with win out west

Bulldogs' Lumpkin is returning to his old form

Richt: Winning streak hasn't weakened rivalry
ATLANTA - Despite suggestions that Georgia's superiority in its intrastate rivalry with Georgia Tech has made the game more important for the Yellow Jackets, Georgia coach Mark Richt says bragging rights mean as much as ever for his players.

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

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

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.

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

Richt: Winning streak hasn't weakened rivalry
ATLANTA - Despite suggestions that Georgia's superiority in its intrastate rivalry with Georgia Tech has made the game more important for the Yellow Jackets, Georgia coach Mark Richt says bragging rights mean as much as ever for his players.

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.

Richt: Winning streak hasn't weakened rivalry

Dogs retain bragging rights over Jackets

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

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.

South Carolina women can't handle Purdue

Gamecocks fall in title game
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Ryan Amoroso did Marquette's dirty work under the boards, with 12 rebounds against South Carolina, but his work in overtime really made the Golden Eagles shine Saturday night.

Gamecocks fall in title game

Gamecocks fall in title game
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Ryan Amoroso did Marquette's dirty work under the boards, with 12 rebounds against South Carolina, but his work in overtime really made the Golden Eagles shine Saturday night.

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 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.

Council considers closing road to trucks

School project earns award

Lions savor first state title in football

Make Kids Count scholarship field reduced to four

Recreation events

Rowing helps keep student on an even keel

Church's Bethlehem pageant is ready for holiday visitors

Across the River

Police urge drivers to lock doors on cars

Finishing touches

This week

Around the block

Bicycle polo players don't horse around

RECing Crew enjoys socializing, bowling

Awards

Library Events

Pet of the week

Program now offers vocational training

Aiken County Farmers Market

CSRA Bridge Results

Events

Old school building has new life as library

Aiken Elementary School is honored for excellence

Recycling centers

Meetings

Aiken County Detention Center bookings