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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ja'len Damier Thompkins

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

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.

Marquis Santwan Hixson

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.

Matthew Paul Campbell

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.

Aidan Chase Caldwell

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.

Damien James Williamson

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.

Christina Lucia Russell

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.

Sha'Nia Denice Jackson

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.

Jeb and Scott Thurmond

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.

Cameron William Beck

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.

Nicholas Justus Jones

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.

Chase Allen Bisel

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.

Alyssa Kathryn Carr

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.

Benjamin Richard DeArmon

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.

Preston Lindell Myatt

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.

Pepper Bijou Sauceda-Hamilton

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

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.

Malana Jayne M.J.

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.

Vincent Matthew Tyler

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.

Avery Davis Cartwright

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.

Kemiya Laju

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

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.

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

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.

Johnathan Ryan Jordan

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.

Brentyn Lee Overton

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.

Shane Alexander Wheeless

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.

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:

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:

Critics of powerful rifle seek more regulation

Food industry caters to drivers eating at the wheel

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.

Business briefs

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.

Shopping comparison sites sharpen up for holidays

Property transfers

Gift selection can help build a company's relationships

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

Brands expand beyond Web, stores to direct selling

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
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

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.

On the move

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.

Business Calendar

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.

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

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
Coming Wednesday: favorite local eatery struggles with its location.

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.

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.

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
Coming Wednesday: favorite local eatery struggles with its location.

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.

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

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.

Firm wrestles with issue of foreign labor

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

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.

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.

Grambling State wins Bayou Classic

Florida State falls to Florida

Vols end poor season with win

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.

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.

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.

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.

Local team roundup

Modica leads Arkansas past Radford

Women's basketball roundup

Paine moves to 2-0 with Saturday's win

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."

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.

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."

Congress' $50 billion sham

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.

SREL is hanging tough

Fill up the Empty Stocking

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.

Copenhaver for mayor: capable new leadership

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

Are extended warranties worth the 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.

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.

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

Taniguchi wins 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.

Golf roundup

Funk wins Skins Game with $925,000

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.

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.

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

Casey wins playoff at China 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.

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

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.

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.

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

Broncos buck Falcons in AAAAA semis

Hish school football scores

Playoff notebook

Washington-Wilkes looks to end 38-year title drought

Hall ends games with best dunk

Prep basketball scores

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Thrashers romp Hurricanes

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.

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.

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

Copenhaver energetic, smart, capable

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

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

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 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

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 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 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 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 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
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

Impeach Bush for Iraq embarrassment

Techbits: Security shift, Name change and more

Holiday treats for the video game fan

Living briefs

Christmas presents can be tricky things

Gift tips from 'The Shopping Bags'

'Pink House' makes North Augusta tour

Video cameras for kids a mixed bag

West Lake golf course had couple entranced

Thanksgiving is time to be grateful for life's gifts

Make him happy with these gifts for men

Kids want tech gadgets for the holidays

Ready, set, go: Gearing up for holiday shopping

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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

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

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
COLUMBIA - Army recruiters are signing up far fewer blacks for hitches as soldiers.

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.

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.

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

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

Riding accident kills colonel

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

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

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

Harder classes could suffer

Across the area

GOP senators see eye-to-eye

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

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

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents

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.

News you can use

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.

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

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.

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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

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.

Hard-earned cash

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.

Busy day goes smoothly for Atlanta airport fliers

Rants and Raves
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Concert kicks off annual campaign

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.

The week ahead

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.

Kid of the Day

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Georgia

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.

Where we live

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.

Bill to keep negotiations private likely won't pass

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.

Kid of the Day

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

Augusta fights fish passageway

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

Pipes work better than bells

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.

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.

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.

Recent violent crimes random, officials report

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Five questions with a holiday shopper

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.

Katrina survivor calls Aiken home

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.

Across Georgia

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Mountain protection splits area

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.

Across the area

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

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 the southeast

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.

Record checks deter criminals

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

South Carolina has fewer blacks sign up for Army

Assaults on teachers decline

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

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

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

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

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
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Capsule reviews of new films

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Scott Stapp sticks to Creed formula on new solo CD

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.

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.

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.

Sound Bites: Holiday Reviews

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

NFL power rankings for Week 12

Bills relying on Clements to contain Panthers' Smith

Area players in the NFL

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

Mrs. Ana Maria Demangue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert D. Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Roger Booker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Norman    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Donn Abraham    (FALLON, IL.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Ms. Marian Thomas Odom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert D. Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. William T. Moore    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty R. Clark    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Roger Booker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Burnside    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Malcolm Shurley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ana Maria Demangue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Puffpaff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Puffpaff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Brandon Norman    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Donn Abraham    (FALLON, IL.)

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

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

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

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Benjamin Charles Craven    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Eunie Mae Daniels    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Marian Thomas Odom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Seaborn Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cleveland Burnside    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Benjamin Charles Craven    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Al Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Eunie Mae Daniels    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Malcolm Shurley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. William T. Moore    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Renew    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Seaborn Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Gussie Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Renew (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Al Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Norman (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ana Maria Demangue (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Seaborn Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Ms. Marian Thomas Odom (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Eunie Mae Daniels (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Donn Abraham (FALLON, IL.)

Mr. Malcolm Shurley (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Helen Puffpaff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Cleveland Burnside (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Roger Booker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Benjamin Charles Craven (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Al Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Clouds part to set torch aflame

American tops again in gymnastics championships

Sports rants

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Outdoors calendar

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.

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.

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.

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:

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

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

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.

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.

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

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

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.

Hybrids could take hit in '06

Rivalry still worth fighting over

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.

Heaton loves the family emotions of new TV movie

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
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.

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'

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!

Gang founder's death row drama gains star support

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

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.

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

Richt: Winning streak hasn't weakened rivalry

Bulldogs' Lumpkin is returning to his old form

Lady Bulldogs rebound with win out west

Dogs retain bragging rights over Jackets

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

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

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
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.

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

South Carolina women can't handle Purdue

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.

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 fall in title game

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.

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.

Awards

Library Events

CSRA Bridge Results

Pet of the week

Bicycle polo players don't horse around

Meetings

Finishing touches

Program now offers vocational training

Church's Bethlehem pageant is ready for holiday visitors

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Recreation events

Across the River

Council considers closing road to trucks

Aiken County Farmers Market

Make Kids Count scholarship field reduced to four

Recycling centers

Around the block

School project earns award

RECing Crew enjoys socializing, bowling

This week

Old school building has new life as library

Rowing helps keep student on an even keel

Events

Lions savor first state title in football

Police urge drivers to lock doors on cars

Aiken Elementary School is honored for excellence