AARP driving course teaches seniors safety
To many, driving is a symbol of independence. There comes a time, however, when families must make the decision whether to let their aging parents continue to get behind the wheel of a car.

School, colleges to benefit from Bridgestone/Firestone grants
Pupils at Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School are learning how technology enriches their lives.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421 and Aiken Department of Public Safety stations No. 2 on Silver Bluff Road and No. 3 on U.S. Highway 78.

Army band delivers musical gift
The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will present its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Around the block
THE AIKEN HORSEPOWER ASSOCIATION WILL HOLD ITS CRUISE-IN FROM 1 to 4 p.m. today on Newberry Street in downtown Aiken. Anyone interested in attending or showing a car is invited to the free event.

Senior stays on her toes with volleyball, clogging
Whether it's playing sports or clogging in a competition, Brittany Hyer, a Silver Bluff High School senior, stays busy with physically challenging activities.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results for Nov. 21-27.

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, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421 and Aiken Department of Public Safety stations No. 2 on Silver Bluff Road and No. 3 on U.S. Highway 78.

Events
FESTIVAL OF TREES: 1 to 5 p.m. today; Hampton County Recreation Department, 361 Pine St., Varnville, S.C.; holiday decorations, entertainment, refreshments, a raffle drawing, gingerbread houses, bake sale; $2 adults, $1 children; tickets available at the door; (803) 943-0246

Christmas travelers, shoppers must stay alert
'Tis the season to give, not rob.

Library events
AIKEN COUNTYHOURS: 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

Rowing enthusiast enjoys being a coach
On a November morning, Petty Officer 1st Class Roric "Ro" Ralph took a small boat onto the Savannah River to be closer to two of the rowers he coaches for the Augusta Rowing Club.

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

Teen is all about business on, off basketball court
At 5-foot-1, LaToya Kelly is a little on the short side when it comes to playing basketball; however, she makes up what she lacks in height with speed.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Pet of the week
Domino, a 1-year-old Australian cattle dog mix, is socialized with other dogs and loves people.

Making a pit stop
Employees at the GlaxoSmithKline plant, who make Commit Stop Smoking Lozenges, got a treat Tuesday when the Commit Dodge race team stopped by with the No. 39 NASCAR racer. Bill Culbertson, the transport driver for Chip Ganassi racing, said that the team's sponsors want to get the message out to the nearly 70 million racing fans to stop smoking.

Library events
AIKEN COUNTYHOURS: 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

Across the river
TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: 11 a.m. concert, noon lunch, Tuesday, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; The Roger Denning Memorial Concert with The Accidentals; lunch by Poppy Seeds; lunch $7, reservations required for lunch; free concert; 722-3463

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Nov. 18-25. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Pet of the week
Domino, a 1-year-old Australian cattle dog mix, is socialized with other dogs and loves people.

Attendees get healthy lesson at program
To many people, going to the doctor is a frightening experience, but through the Medical College of Georgia's Mini Medical School, patients are able to gain a sense of ease and familiarity with the medical field.

Upcoming events
Aiken horsepower association cruise-in: 1:30-4 p.m. today; Newberry Street in downtown Aiken; benefits the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons; free; open to public; 648-4761

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

Volunteers give glimpse of Christmas House's work
Santa's elves have been shopping for children of military families, and on Nov. 21, the public got a glimpse into Christmas House. where the needy military families will pick up the items.

The glow of the holidays
Summer Simmons, 8, of Evans, visited downtown Aiken last week with her parents, Gina and Noel Simmons, to see the lighting of the Christmas tree on Newberry Street.

The glow of the holidays
Summer Simmons, 8, of Evans, visited downtown Aiken last week with her parents, Gina and Noel Simmons, to see the lighting of the Christmas tree on Newberry Street.

School, colleges to benefit from Bridgestone/Firestone grants
Pupils at Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School are learning how technology enriches their lives.

Old bank building will have original brickwork restored
The Security Federal Bank building on the corner of Laurens Street and Richland Avenue is getting a new look - a throwback to the building's origins.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Nov. 18-25. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

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

Rowing enthusiast enjoys being a coach
On a November morning, Petty Officer 1st Class Roric "Ro" Ralph took a small boat onto the Savannah River to be closer to two of the rowers he coaches for the Augusta Rowing Club.

Across the river
TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: 11 a.m. concert, noon lunch, Tuesday, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; The Roger Denning Memorial Concert with The Accidentals; lunch by Poppy Seeds; lunch $7, reservations required for lunch; free concert; 722-3463

Senior stays on her toes with volleyball, clogging
Whether it's playing sports or clogging in a competition, Brittany Hyer, a Silver Bluff High School senior, stays busy with physically challenging activities.

Upcoming events
Aiken horsepower association cruise-in: 1:30-4 p.m. today; Newberry Street in downtown Aiken; benefits the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons; free; open to public; 648-4761

Teen is all about business on, off basketball court
At 5-foot-1, LaToya Kelly is a little on the short side when it comes to playing basketball; however, she makes up what she lacks in height with speed.

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

Christmas travelers, shoppers must stay alert
'Tis the season to give, not rob.

Events
FESTIVAL OF TREES: 1 to 5 p.m. today; Hampton County Recreation Department, 361 Pine St., Varnville, S.C.; holiday decorations, entertainment, refreshments, a raffle drawing, gingerbread houses, bake sale; $2 adults, $1 children; tickets available at the door; (803) 943-0246

AARP driving course teaches seniors safety
To many, driving is a symbol of independence. There comes a time, however, when families must make the decision whether to let their aging parents continue to get behind the wheel of a car.

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

Forum is part of Aiken police reaccreditation
Got a beef with the Aiken Department of Public Safety, or are officers worthy of some praise?

Around the block
THE AIKEN HORSEPOWER ASSOCIATION WILL HOLD ITS CRUISE-IN FROM 1 to 4 p.m. today on Newberry Street in downtown Aiken. Anyone interested in attending or showing a car is invited to the free event.

Army band delivers musical gift
The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will present its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results for Nov. 21-27.

Attendees get healthy lesson at program
To many people, going to the doctor is a frightening experience, but through the Medical College of Georgia's Mini Medical School, patients are able to gain a sense of ease and familiarity with the medical field.

Forum is part of Aiken police reaccreditation
Got a beef with the Aiken Department of Public Safety, or are officers worthy of some praise?

Volunteers give glimpse of Christmas House's work
Santa's elves have been shopping for children of military families, and on Nov. 21, the public got a glimpse into Christmas House. where the needy military families will pick up the items.

Old bank building will have original brickwork restored
The Security Federal Bank building on the corner of Laurens Street and Richland Avenue is getting a new look - a throwback to the building's origins.

Making a pit stop
Employees at the GlaxoSmithKline plant, who make Commit Stop Smoking Lozenges, got a treat Tuesday when the Commit Dodge race team stopped by with the No. 39 NASCAR racer. Bill Culbertson, the transport driver for Chip Ganassi racing, said that the team's sponsors want to get the message out to the nearly 70 million racing fans to stop smoking.

Arts notebook
Holy humbug, Batman; someone seems to have stolen all our Christmas lights.

Special books can make for special children's gifts
NEW YORK - Looking around their cluttered playrooms, parents might complain that their children have too many toys. It's rare, though, to hear the same thing about books. In fact, many adults would probably say kids can't have too many books.

'Urban Dictionary' will have you lol - fo' shizzle
The "Urban Dictionary" is definitely not the first book to define the slang people use. So, does the world need another one?

Beatles book tells epic story of epic band

Beatles book tells epic story of epic band
"The Beatles: The Biography," Bob Spitz's book about arguably the most influential pop band in history, has little in common with the chatty, often irritating chronicles so typical of the celebrity genre.

Special books can make for special children's gifts

British writer wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize
LONDON - It was the shower hose that clinched it.

'Urban Dictionary' will have you lol - fo' shizzle

Arts notebook
Holy humbug, Batman; someone seems to have stolen all our Christmas lights.

Holiday gift books satisfy many cravings

'Urban Dictionary' will have you lol - fo' shizzle
The "Urban Dictionary" is definitely not the first book to define the slang people use. So, does the world need another one?

Arts notebook

Holiday gift books satisfy many cravings
Is there someone on your holiday gift list who thinks the world of maps, is batty about Botticelli or is irresistibly drawn to "Calvin and Hobbes"?

Holiday gift books satisfy many cravings
Is there someone on your holiday gift list who thinks the world of maps, is batty about Botticelli or is irresistibly drawn to "Calvin and Hobbes"?

British writer wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize

Special books can make for special children's gifts
NEW YORK - Looking around their cluttered playrooms, parents might complain that their children have too many toys. It's rare, though, to hear the same thing about books. In fact, many adults would probably say kids can't have too many books.

Beatles book tells epic story of epic band
"The Beatles: The Biography," Bob Spitz's book about arguably the most influential pop band in history, has little in common with the chatty, often irritating chronicles so typical of the celebrity genre.

British writer wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize
LONDON - It was the shower hose that clinched it.

Dominicans hope to play for homeland

Farnsworth agrees to deal with Yankees

Farnsworth agrees to deal with Yankees
NEW YORK - For Kyle Farnsworth, a telephone call from Joe Torre was the big reason why he'll set up for Mariano Rivera with the New York Yankees rather than close for the Atlanta Braves or Texas Rangers.

Dominicans hope to play for homeland
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Pedro Martinez and Miguel Tejada are hoping to play in the off-season for their native Dominican Republic.

Dominicans hope to play for homeland
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Pedro Martinez and Miguel Tejada are hoping to play in the off-season for their native Dominican Republic.

Farnsworth agrees to deal with Yankees
NEW YORK - For Kyle Farnsworth, a telephone call from Joe Torre was the big reason why he'll set up for Mariano Rivera with the New York Yankees rather than close for the Atlanta Braves or Texas Rangers.

Putting the owe in ho, ho, ho

Gregg Steven Wall

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Elijah Phillip Johnson

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Destiny Lee Odom

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Gregg Steven Wall

Chenoa Lee Waites

Jackson Davis Wayde

Destiny Lee Odom

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Elijah Phillip Johnson

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Jackson Davis Wayde

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Destiny Lee Odom

Elijah Phillip Johnson

Evan Andrew Lee

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Chenoa Lee Waites

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Chenoa Lee Waites

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Trust Emmanuel Green

Trust Emmanuel Green

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Trust Emmanuel Green

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Evan Andrew Lee

Jackson Davis Wayde

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Evan Andrew Lee

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Gregg Steven Wall

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Braves finalize contract with Chipper Jones
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves finalized a $37 million, three-year contract with Chipper Jones on Friday that guarantees the third baseman an additional $15 million and saves the team $6 million in 2006 salary, money that could be used to re-sign Rafael Furcal or pursue a top closer.

Braves finalize contract with Chipper Jones

Braves finalize contract with Chipper Jones
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves finalized a $37 million, three-year contract with Chipper Jones on Friday that guarantees the third baseman an additional $15 million and saves the team $6 million in 2006 salary, money that could be used to re-sign Rafael Furcal or pursue a top closer.

Augusta area factories are among safest in the nation
When asked how many people work in the safety department at the John Deere tractor plant in Grovetown, Matt Hurley is quick to answer:

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber Pre-Legislative Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; call Scott MacGregor at 821-1300.

Hispanic workers' safety is concern

Job cuts highlight industry pressure
TRENTON, N.J. - Merck & Co.'s announcement this week that it is slashing its work force by 11 percent and shuttering several plants is as much a reflection of pharmaceutical industry belt-tightening as of Merck's financial and Vioxx-related legal woes.

Georgia sees increase in fatalities for employees
ATLANTA - In August of last year, a fertilizer warehouse worker in Albany lost his balance while on a forklift platform and fell to the floor eight feet below.

Aiken location means move up for Rock Bottom
Rock Bottom Music is steppin' up. The Augusta-based music instrument store opened a new shop in Aiken this week thanks to increased demand at the store's downtown Augusta location.

Georgia sees increase in fatalities for employees
ATLANTA - In August of last year, a fertilizer warehouse worker in Albany lost his balance while on a forklift platform and fell to the floor eight feet below.

Business briefs
Philadelphia - the nation's biggest cable companies are boosting their rates by single-digit percentages, citing rising costs for programming and investment in new services.

Business briefs
Did the boss give you a turkey for Thanksgiving this year?

Plant closure talk worries workers, communities
HAPEVILLE, Ga. - Every payday at the Ford Motor Co. assembly plant near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, workers stream across the street to Crest Package Store to cash their checks, buy lottery tickets or grab a beer.

Construction trades work to attract young people
CHICAGO - There's no shortage of work for Mike Kirby, a 21-year-old apprentice electrician in Iowa who's lately been on the job 10 hours a day, seven days a week.

Aiken location means move up for Rock Bottom
Rock Bottom Music is steppin' up. The Augusta-based music instrument store opened a new shop in Aiken this week thanks to increased demand at the store's downtown Augusta location.

Business briefs
Did the boss give you a turkey for Thanksgiving this year?

Plant closure talk worries workers, communities
HAPEVILLE, Ga. - Every payday at the Ford Motor Co. assembly plant near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, workers stream across the street to Crest Package Store to cash their checks, buy lottery tickets or grab a beer.

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber Pre-Legislative Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; call Scott MacGregor at 821-1300.

Job cuts highlight industry pressure
TRENTON, N.J. - Merck & Co.'s announcement this week that it is slashing its work force by 11 percent and shuttering several plants is as much a reflection of pharmaceutical industry belt-tightening as of Merck's financial and Vioxx-related legal woes.

Business calendar

Business briefs
Philadelphia - the nation's biggest cable companies are boosting their rates by single-digit percentages, citing rising costs for programming and investment in new services.

Augusta area factories are among safest in the nation

Job cuts highlight industry pressure

On the move
- Sally Roberts has been named the corporate human resources manager for Morris Communica-tions Co. LLC. The Augusta resident was previously director of human resources for the Brandon Wilde retirement community in Evans and has worked as a human resources consultant for Morris and other clients, including Windsor Jewelers and Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Aiken location means move up for Rock Bottom

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 16-18. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Plant closure talk worries workers, communities

Hispanic workers' safety is concern
Although the number of Hispanics killed on the job last year remained basically at the same level, it has climbed in recent years with the influx of immigrant workers into the state.

Construction trades work to attract young people
CHICAGO - There's no shortage of work for Mike Kirby, a 21-year-old apprentice electrician in Iowa who's lately been on the job 10 hours a day, seven days a week.

Augusta area factories are among safest in the nation
When asked how many people work in the safety department at the John Deere tractor plant in Grovetown, Matt Hurley is quick to answer:

Property transfers

Hispanic workers' safety is concern
Although the number of Hispanics killed on the job last year remained basically at the same level, it has climbed in recent years with the influx of immigrant workers into the state.

Business briefs

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 16-18. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Georgia sees increase in fatalities for employees

On the move
- Sally Roberts has been named the corporate human resources manager for Morris Communica-tions Co. LLC. The Augusta resident was previously director of human resources for the Brandon Wilde retirement community in Evans and has worked as a human resources consultant for Morris and other clients, including Windsor Jewelers and Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Construction trades work to attract young people

On the move

Business briefs

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for December 3, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for December 3, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for December 4, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for December 4, 2005.

Turkey of the Year votes are in!

Turkey of the Year votes are in!
Here are the results of our Turkey of the Year poll:

Turkey of the Year votes are in!
Here are the results of our Turkey of the Year poll:

Tigers dominate inside for victory

Tigers dominate inside for victory
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Oliver Purnell didn't need to look at the stat sheet. He learned all he needed to know about his team during the Tigers' 82-63 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Tigers dominate inside for victory
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Oliver Purnell didn't need to look at the stat sheet. He learned all he needed to know about his team during the Tigers' 82-63 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Clemson's Whitehurst has shoulder surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in the hope of playing in a Tigers bowl game, he said Friday.

Clemson's Whitehurst has shoulder surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in the hope of playing in a Tigers bowl game, he said Friday.

Clemson's Whitehurst has shoulder surgery

Newcomers making good impression

Junior steps up for Lady Lions

Texas Southern no competition for Connecticut

Harper tunes up Lane for 30

Don't let vandals bury the past

Charity begins in red states

Charity begins in red states
One would think that prosperous blue states - the John Kerry states - would be more generous in their charitable giving than the more conservative, and less prosperous, pro-Bush red states.

Don't let vandals bury the past
One can understand, though not excuse, why a twisted, demented mind would be driven by hate or jealousy to commit murder; or driven to thievery out of greed. People who commit these heinous crimes have a reason, however despicable and unjustifiable that reason may be.

Rearden is the man for District 7
Augusta's District 7 voters Tuesday can take a step toward a hopeful future by voting for Roy Rearden to continue as city commissioner. Or they can vote for his opponent and risk taking a step back into the past.

It's your choice now

It's your choice now
What are you doing Tuesday? What if we told you that just by carving out a few minutes on Tuesday you could set the tenor in Augusta for at least the next year?

It's your choice now
What are you doing Tuesday? What if we told you that just by carving out a few minutes on Tuesday you could set the tenor in Augusta for at least the next year?

Rearden is the man for District 7
Augusta's District 7 voters Tuesday can take a step toward a hopeful future by voting for Roy Rearden to continue as city commissioner. Or they can vote for his opponent and risk taking a step back into the past.

Charity begins in red states
One would think that prosperous blue states - the John Kerry states - would be more generous in their charitable giving than the more conservative, and less prosperous, pro-Bush red states.

Don't let vandals bury the past
One can understand, though not excuse, why a twisted, demented mind would be driven by hate or jealousy to commit murder; or driven to thievery out of greed. People who commit these heinous crimes have a reason, however despicable and unjustifiable that reason may be.

Rearden is the man for District 7

People in the News
JACKSON, Miss. - Rose Bowl fans, "Big" Kenny Alphin says Big & Rich are comin' to your city.

Sean Connery gives nod of approval to new 007
LONDON - Sean Connery thinks a blond Bond is just fine.

People in the News
JACKSON, Miss. - Rose Bowl fans, "Big" Kenny Alphin says Big & Rich are comin' to your city.

Sean Connery gives nod of approval to new 007
LONDON - Sean Connery thinks a blond Bond is just fine.

Missouri State trounces Georgia Southern
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Blake Ahearn scored 23 points as Missouri State beat Georgia Southern 101-55 in the opening round of the Price Cutter Classic tournament Friday.

Missouri State trounces Georgia Southern
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Blake Ahearn scored 23 points as Missouri State beat Georgia Southern 101-55 in the opening round of the Price Cutter Classic tournament Friday.

Georgia Tech will file appeal
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech announced Friday it will appeal the penalties recently issued by the NCAA.

Georgia Tech will file appeal
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech announced Friday it will appeal the penalties recently issued by the NCAA.

Missouri State trounces Georgia Southern

Georgia Tech will file appeal

Johnson moves up with 68

Cabrera takes two-stroke lead over Clarke
SUN CITY, South Africa - Angel Cabrera shot an 8-under-par 64 to set a course record and take a two-stroke lead Friday in the Nedbank Challenge.

Cabrera takes two-stroke lead over Clarke

Cabrera takes two-stroke lead over Clarke
SUN CITY, South Africa - Angel Cabrera shot an 8-under-par 64 to set a course record and take a two-stroke lead Friday in the Nedbank Challenge.

Johnson moves up with 68
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - If the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament lasted three rounds instead of six, the only area player with a tour card would be Richard Johnson.

Johnson moves up with 68
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - If the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament lasted three rounds instead of six, the only area player with a tour card would be Richard Johnson.

Hawks capture first state title in decade

Campbell gets first state title in decade

Kicker boots Devils to win

Adjustments prove key in Devils' title

Georgia prep football scores and pairings

Hillary pulls out all the stops as Rebels cruise

Blackville-Hilda looks for first title in a decade

Rebels' defense ready for title glow

Local squads fall short in championship games

Hawks capture first state title in decade
COLUMBIA - Names and faces have changed at least twice between Blackville-Hilda's 1995 state championship and the Class A title the Hawks claimed Saturday night.

Hillary pulls out all the stops as Rebels cruise
COLUMBIA -- Coco Hillary has done quite a few unbelievable things during his brilliant athletic career at Strom Thurmond.

Kicker boots Devils to win
STATESBORO, Ga. - Josh Rich made a 29-yard field goal with 6.9 seconds left to lift Statesboro to a 13-10 victory over Northside-Warner Robins in the Class AAAA state championship Friday night.

Hillary pulls out all the stops as Rebels cruise
COLUMBIA -- Coco Hillary has done quite a few unbelievable things during his brilliant athletic career at Strom Thurmond.

Georgia prep football scores and pairings
Here are the high school football scores and pairings for the championship games of the Georgia state playoffs: CLASS AAAAA

Campbell gets first state title in decade
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Alex Goldman grew up in Lincoln County, dreaming up a catch like he made Friday night.

Rebels' defense ready for title glow
A quintet of Strom Thurmond's top defensive players huddled up Thursday to have their picture taken. They've proven worthy of the recognition leading up to tonight's state championship at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Blackville-Hilda looks for first title in a decade
After four months and 14 games, David Berry sees no reason to change Blackville-Hilda's routine.

Georgia prep football scores and pairings
Here are the high school football scores and pairings for the championship games of the Georgia state playoffs: CLASS AAAAA

Rebels' defense ready for title glow
A quintet of Strom Thurmond's top defensive players huddled up Thursday to have their picture taken. They've proven worthy of the recognition leading up to tonight's state championship at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Adjustments prove key in Devils' title
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County's 13th state title was won in the trenches.

Hillary pulls out all the stops as Rebels cruise
COLUMBIA -- Coco Hillary has done quite a few unbelievable things during his brilliant athletic career at Strom Thurmond.

Kicker boots Devils to win
STATESBORO, Ga. - Josh Rich made a 29-yard field goal with 6.9 seconds left to lift Statesboro to a 13-10 victory over Northside-Warner Robins in the Class AAAA state championship Friday night.

Campbell gets first state title in decade
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Alex Goldman grew up in Lincoln County, dreaming up a catch like he made Friday night.

Adjustments prove key in Devils' title
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County's 13th state title was won in the trenches.

Hawks capture first state title in decade
COLUMBIA - Names and faces have changed at least twice between Blackville-Hilda's 1995 state championship and the Class A title the Hawks claimed Saturday night.

Blackville-Hilda looks for first title in a decade
After four months and 14 games, David Berry sees no reason to change Blackville-Hilda's routine.

Putting the owe in ho, ho, ho
"You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want."

Putting the owe in ho, ho, ho
"You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want."

Fresh ideas in this city take a back seat to partisanship

A vote for Deke Copenhaver is a vote for needed change
It is time for each of us to vote with conviction and courage in this most important mayoral election. Historically, many individuals in Augusta have voted based on false premises and promises that never come to fruition. We are desperate for real change in Richmond County, and we will not get it unless Deke Copenhaver is elected as our next mayor. Chris Hitchcock, Augusta

Copenhaver has vision for better Augusta
I have known Deke Copenhaver since he was 10 years old. He and my son, Meyer, grew up together. I would like to share my observations of and interactions with Deke over the past 27 years.Connie Havird Skalak, Martinez

We need more young idealism

Copenhaver is city's best hope
Helen Blocker-Adams' endorsement of Deke Copenhaver positions this mayoral race toward healing the racial divide in Augusta. Ron Martin, Dumfries, Va.

A vote for Deke Copenhaver is a vote for needed change

Copenhaver is city's best hope
Helen Blocker-Adams' endorsement of Deke Copenhaver positions this mayoral race toward healing the racial divide in Augusta. Ron Martin, Dumfries, Va.

Augusta needs fresh enthusiasm

Fresh ideas in this city take a back seat to partisanship
The same race hustlers who are railing against Helen Blocker-Adams for endorsing a white man for Augusta mayor over a black man are the same ones who would not vote for a black Herman Cain against a white senatorial candidate, and would vote for a white Hillary Clinton and not a black Condi Rice - and the same ones who, if it came down to it, would vote for a black Helen Blocker-Adams against a white Deke Copenhaver in the next mayoral election (regardless of who wins this runoff). Steven Lemon, Augusta

Vote for Willie Mays' vast experience
I am supporting Willie Mays for mayor. I see no need to put Georgia's second largest city into the hands of an individual who has no record of doing anything, let alone even holding a regular job. Political endorsements mean nothing to me. I have my own mind, thank you.Drexel Clark, Augusta

City needs new face as mayor
I believe that Augusta and Richmond County need a political change in the mayor's chair. Roger P. Sanderson, Augusta

Copenhaver has vision for better Augusta
I have known Deke Copenhaver since he was 10 years old. He and my son, Meyer, grew up together. I would like to share my observations of and interactions with Deke over the past 27 years.Connie Havird Skalak, Martinez

Blocker-Adams' mayoral endorsement took courage

Commercialism ruins Christmas
Thank you for your editorial Nov. 29 ("Black and Blue Friday"), reminding us in this black and blue season that it is Christ we celebrate - or used to.David Sisler, Augusta

Quit the racism in Augusta, and think solely of progress

Commercialism ruins Christmas
Thank you for your editorial Nov. 29 ("Black and Blue Friday"), reminding us in this black and blue season that it is Christ we celebrate - or used to.David Sisler, Augusta

Augusta needs fresh enthusiasm
During the past four years, I have been fortunate to work with Deke Copenhaver, executive director of the Central Savannah River Land Trust. Deke accepted the newly created position at the trust in its early days. Through his vision, he has built not only a strong and resourceful local nonprofit agency, but one that has the highest accolades in Georgia, and has been recognized nationally as a model of success. Mary Howard, Augusta

Copenhaver has vision for better Augusta

Quit the racism in Augusta, and think solely of progress
After reading the Nov. 30 top-of-the-fold story on Page 1B of The Chronicle, I can readily see why Augusta will never get any better or move ahead politically. Seth Benson, Millen

Vote for Willie Mays' vast experience

Blocker-Adams' mayoral endorsement took courage
Helen Blocker-Adams made an intelligent decision free from the prejudices that blind many - in particular the outspoken race-baiters who now sit in public office in Augusta. Lawrence D. Smith, Augusta

Commercialism ruins Christmas

Augusta needs fresh enthusiasm
During the past four years, I have been fortunate to work with Deke Copenhaver, executive director of the Central Savannah River Land Trust. Deke accepted the newly created position at the trust in its early days. Through his vision, he has built not only a strong and resourceful local nonprofit agency, but one that has the highest accolades in Georgia, and has been recognized nationally as a model of success. Mary Howard, Augusta

Embrace the vision of unity
Is Helen Blocker-Adams a "traitor" to her race? No. Indeed, to label her such suggests that one has neither met Ms. Blocker-Adams nor heard her message of racial unity. I have. And the "traitor" label does not fit. John Sisson, Evans

Embrace the vision of unity
Is Helen Blocker-Adams a "traitor" to her race? No. Indeed, to label her such suggests that one has neither met Ms. Blocker-Adams nor heard her message of racial unity. I have. And the "traitor" label does not fit. John Sisson, Evans

We need more young idealism
Until the end of World War II, Americans were proud of what the word "American" stood for. We fought a lot of battles, fighting tyrants and defending freedom. We fought and died for a principle we understood and held dear: democracy. John M. Orr, Evans

We need more young idealism
Until the end of World War II, Americans were proud of what the word "American" stood for. We fought a lot of battles, fighting tyrants and defending freedom. We fought and died for a principle we understood and held dear: democracy. John M. Orr, Evans

Embrace the vision of unity

Copenhaver is city's best hope

Blocker-Adams' mayoral endorsement took courage
Helen Blocker-Adams made an intelligent decision free from the prejudices that blind many - in particular the outspoken race-baiters who now sit in public office in Augusta. Lawrence D. Smith, Augusta

City needs new face as mayor

Fresh ideas in this city take a back seat to partisanship
The same race hustlers who are railing against Helen Blocker-Adams for endorsing a white man for Augusta mayor over a black man are the same ones who would not vote for a black Herman Cain against a white senatorial candidate, and would vote for a white Hillary Clinton and not a black Condi Rice - and the same ones who, if it came down to it, would vote for a black Helen Blocker-Adams against a white Deke Copenhaver in the next mayoral election (regardless of who wins this runoff). Steven Lemon, Augusta

Vote for Willie Mays' vast experience
I am supporting Willie Mays for mayor. I see no need to put Georgia's second largest city into the hands of an individual who has no record of doing anything, let alone even holding a regular job. Political endorsements mean nothing to me. I have my own mind, thank you.Drexel Clark, Augusta

Quit the racism in Augusta, and think solely of progress
After reading the Nov. 30 top-of-the-fold story on Page 1B of The Chronicle, I can readily see why Augusta will never get any better or move ahead politically. Seth Benson, Millen

A vote for Deke Copenhaver is a vote for needed change
It is time for each of us to vote with conviction and courage in this most important mayoral election. Historically, many individuals in Augusta have voted based on false premises and promises that never come to fruition. We are desperate for real change in Richmond County, and we will not get it unless Deke Copenhaver is elected as our next mayor. Chris Hitchcock, Augusta

City needs new face as mayor
I believe that Augusta and Richmond County need a political change in the mayor's chair. Roger P. Sanderson, Augusta

Check bulb's CFL and save money

Fashion briefs

Fashion world embraces simpler, larger books

Advice for a happy - and safe - holiday

Travelers spending Christmas away from home

Minister doesn't require pay for baptism

Knowledge of what to look for will aid in tree selection

Couple finds home while in market for estate-sale furniture

Children's books that jump off the page

Living briefs

Family briefs

Lighthouse is cozy for Christmas

Travel briefs

Check bulb's CFL and save money
Q: Your recent article on efficient light bulbs got me interested in learning more about them. What does the term "rated life" mean? I'd think this was a very import factor in choosing one of the new types that cost a lot more than incandescents.

Fashion world embraces simpler, larger books
The fashion world loves petite things, skinny things, colorful things - except when it comes to its books.

Living briefs
Wrapping presents doesn't have to be a chore - or a disaster. See what the experts have to say about wrapping the perfect gift.

Couple finds home while in market for estate-sale furniture
It's always good for homeowners to find what they're looking for, but sometimes it's better to find more.

Minister doesn't require pay for baptism
Dear Carson: Our 14-month-old grandson, Colby, is being baptized soon. Should the minister be compensated, or should a donation be made to the church? What is the recommended amount? Should the parents and grandparents hold a dinner or event for those who attend the baptism as friends of the family. Because Colby is 14 months old, what is the recommended attire for him? - Caring Grandparents

Fashion world embraces simpler, larger books
The fashion world loves petite things, skinny things, colorful things - except when it comes to its books.

Travelers spending Christmas away from home
NEW YORK - Every year at Christmas, Santa pays a visit to the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine.

Check bulb's CFL and save money
Q: Your recent article on efficient light bulbs got me interested in learning more about them. What does the term "rated life" mean? I'd think this was a very import factor in choosing one of the new types that cost a lot more than incandescents.

Children's books that jump off the page
NEW YORK - Robert Sabuda spends most of his day coloring, cutting and pasting. He's darn good at it, too.

Knowledge of what to look for will aid in tree selection
It's just not Christmas for many families until the tree is up and lighted in the living room.

Children's books that jump off the page
NEW YORK - Robert Sabuda spends most of his day coloring, cutting and pasting. He's darn good at it, too.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Not all sunglasses were created equal. The Vision Council of America suggests sports-specific sunglasses:

Advice for a happy - and safe - holiday
Here are a few tidbits of holiday savvy that we hope will save you loads of heartache as you shop for this year's freshly cut tree. Keep in mind that we like freshly cut trees, but we also suggest that you consider a live tree and a synthetic one as well.

Living briefs
Wrapping presents doesn't have to be a chore - or a disaster. See what the experts have to say about wrapping the perfect gift.

Lighthouse is cozy for Christmas
SOMERSET, N.Y. - Spending the holidays at home is wonderful, but sharing Christmas with family in a 130-year-old lighthouse is a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

Lighthouse is cozy for Christmas
SOMERSET, N.Y. - Spending the holidays at home is wonderful, but sharing Christmas with family in a 130-year-old lighthouse is a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - This is the happiest time of year for skiing addicts - the start of at least three months of their favorite sport. But the December-January issue of National Geographic Adventure points out that you can ski year-round if you're willing to travel.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - This is the happiest time of year for skiing addicts - the start of at least three months of their favorite sport. But the December-January issue of National Geographic Adventure points out that you can ski year-round if you're willing to travel.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Cookie is a magazine for parents but it's not really a parenting magazine. The new Conde Nast bimonthly aims to cover fashion, home decor, travel, nutrition and health in a way that's relevant to modern parents.

Travelers spending Christmas away from home
NEW YORK - Every year at Christmas, Santa pays a visit to the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Cookie is a magazine for parents but it's not really a parenting magazine. The new Conde Nast bimonthly aims to cover fashion, home decor, travel, nutrition and health in a way that's relevant to modern parents.

Knowledge of what to look for will aid in tree selection
It's just not Christmas for many families until the tree is up and lighted in the living room.

Minister doesn't require pay for baptism
Dear Carson: Our 14-month-old grandson, Colby, is being baptized soon. Should the minister be compensated, or should a donation be made to the church? What is the recommended amount? Should the parents and grandparents hold a dinner or event for those who attend the baptism as friends of the family. Because Colby is 14 months old, what is the recommended attire for him? - Caring Grandparents

Couple finds home while in market for estate-sale furniture
It's always good for homeowners to find what they're looking for, but sometimes it's better to find more.

Advice for a happy - and safe - holiday
Here are a few tidbits of holiday savvy that we hope will save you loads of heartache as you shop for this year's freshly cut tree. Keep in mind that we like freshly cut trees, but we also suggest that you consider a live tree and a synthetic one as well.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Not all sunglasses were created equal. The Vision Council of America suggests sports-specific sunglasses:

Augusta defense cools off Inferno
With the Lynx holding a one-goal advantage midway through the second period Friday night, Martin Lapointe blistered a slap-shot from near the blue line for his second goal of the game, keying a run of three consecutive Augusta goals.

Augusta defense cools off Inferno

Augusta defense cools off Inferno
With the Lynx holding a one-goal advantage midway through the second period Friday night, Martin Lapointe blistered a slap-shot from near the blue line for his second goal of the game, keying a run of three consecutive Augusta goals.

Kid of the Day
Joel Robert Brinson of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Holiday shoppers keep buying
The high gasoline prices that busted budgets less than a month ago might not have as big an impact on Christmas shopping for Augusta-area families as some might think.

Across the area
The last day of advance voting for Augusta's Dec. 6 runoff brought in 1,349 more votes Friday, according to Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

S. Carolina tightens seat belt rules
AIKEN - South Carolina's "click it or ticket" seat belt law is getting more of a bite in just five days.

Across South Carolina
MARION - The director of Marion County's Department of Juvenile Justice has been arrested on charges of selling alcohol to minors.

Holiday shoppers keep buying

Board might ask for help from preachers
Can faith make a difference in schools? Quincy Robertson thinks it can.

Board might ask for help from preachers
Can faith make a difference in schools? Quincy Robertson thinks it can.

Health group taps ex-dean
A former Medical College of Georgia dean now will be among the chief advocates for medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide.

Where we live

Across the area

Killer apologizes before execution

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Treva Brinson of Augusta.

Post prepares for first wave of 3rd Infantry homecomings

Hurricane victims vent frustrations at meeting
Hurricane Katrina evacuees now calling Augusta home gave two very strong messages to the city and its leaders at a town hall forum Saturday.

Killer apologizes before execution
COLUMBIA - Shawn Humphries apologized to his victim's family before he was put to death by lethal injection Friday night for the 1994 murder of a Simpsonville store clerk.

Empty Stocking: Mother wants children to get gifts this year
A woman whose husband abandoned her and their three children needs help to give her daughters their first Christmas in five years.

Empty stocking fund: Jobless single mom struggles to catch up
An unemployed single mother won't be able to provide her two sons with food or clothes this Christmas unless she receives assistance.

Deadly shooting follows accident
A Pickens, S.C. man was fatally shot the driver of a Suzuki Sidekick on Saturday afternoon during a road-rage argument that resulted from a fender bender on West Martintown Road, according to law enforcement.

Cheek wants interim fire chief in post
Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek will try once again to get his colleagues to change Fire Chief Howard "Bubba" Willis' title from "interim" to "permanent."

Race is still big part of runoff
To coin a phrase from an old wedding custom, there's something old and something new in this year's mayoral runoff.

Across South Carolina
MARION - The director of Marion County's Department of Juvenile Justice has been arrested on charges of selling alcohol to minors.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Treva Brinson of Augusta.

Officials decry governor visits
ATLANTA - Some Democrats are lambasting Gov. Sonny Perdue's meetings with candidates to head the University System of Georgia, charging that the conversations could compromise the perceived independence of the state Board of Regents.

Correction
- The Lincoln County state championship football story on Page 1C of Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified Lincoln County wide receiver Alex Bradford.

Katrina Evacuees to Augusta: ''We're still struggling''
Hurricane Katrina evacuees now calling Augusta home gave two very strong messages to the city and its leaders at a town hall forum today.

Caroling in Columbia County
The Columbia County Elementary School Mass Chorus sings at the Evans Judicial Center during Christmas in America.

Board might ask for help from preachers

Across South Carolina
AIKEN - The state denied their ability to sell beer and wine on Sundays, but some grocery and convenience stores in Aiken can open their alcohol coolers to customers anyway.

Hand picking hand-crafted jewelry

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - The murder trial of a man accused of running over and killing a man with a sport utility vehicle after an argument is scheduled to get under way Monday.

Cheek wants interim fire chief in post

Funding debate looms in Atlanta
She had spent nine years living in her car. Well-educated but mentally ill and homeless, the woman was afraid the bed would absorb her.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Mayor wants people home
ATLANTA - Barbara Bonseigneur hoped Ray Nagin could give her a reason to return to New Orleans and help rebuild the battered city and the home she left Aug. 27 when she fled Hurricane Katrina.

Homes for homeless offer perks to help bounce back
ATLANTA - Wesley Springfield wandered Atlanta streets for almost a decade, bouncing between minimum wage jobs and dingy homeless shelters while battling his crack cocaine addiction.

Deadly shooting follows accident
A Pickens, S.C. man was fatally shot the driver of a Suzuki Sidekick on Saturday afternoon during a road-rage argument that resulted from a fender bender on West Martintown Road, according to law enforcement.

Corection
- A headline on the front page of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported when the last opening on the federal bench of the Southern District of Georgia was. It is the first such opening in 12 years. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Fort Stewart troops return to emotional homecoming
FORT STEWART, Ga. - On the parade-ground bleachers, Jodi Buckley began crying 90 minutes before her husband arrived. When they finally embraced amid a rush of reunions, his helmet couldn't hide his own tears.

Hand picking hand-crafted jewelry
Diane Burnson (left) and Belinda Ebert, both of Aiken, look over some hand-crafted jewelry at the Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism's 35th annual Christmas Craft Show.

Across the area
Two teenagers who authorities said escaped from the Augusta Youth Development Campus remained at large Saturday, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.

Health group taps ex-dean
A former Medical College of Georgia dean now will be among the chief advocates for medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide.

Hurricane victims vent frustrations at meeting
Hurricane Katrina evacuees now calling Augusta home gave two very strong messages to the city and its leaders at a town hall forum Saturday.

Authorities seek YDC escapees
Two teenagers from north Georgia are on the run after a nighttime escape from Augusta's youth prison Thursday.

News you can use

Corection
- A headline on the front page of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported when the last opening on the federal bench of the Southern District of Georgia was. It is the first such opening in 12 years. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Correction

Judge considers appeal bond
In pondering whether former Sen. Charles Walker can continue to remain free, a federal judge is considering three issues - the main one being Mr. Walker's potential success on appeal.

Funding debate looms in Atlanta

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged: $11,496.36

Caroling in Columbia County

Cheek wants interim fire chief in post
Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek will try once again to get his colleagues to change Fire Chief Howard "Bubba" Willis' title from "interim" to "permanent."

Kid of the day

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Holiday shoppers keep buying
The high gasoline prices that busted budgets less than a month ago might not have as big an impact on Christmas shopping for Augusta-area families as some might think.

Kid of the Day
Joel Robert Brinson of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

News you can use
Activities for this today include:

Empty Stocking donations

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

Fort Stewart troops return to emotional homecoming

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

Health group taps ex-dean

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Homes for homeless offer perks to help bounce back

Race is still big part of runoff
To coin a phrase from an old wedding custom, there's something old and something new in this year's mayoral runoff.

Teen robbed by three men in home invasion

S. Carolina tightens seat belt rules
AIKEN - South Carolina's "click it or ticket" seat belt law is getting more of a bite in just five days.

Corection

Where we live
Amy Marsh has seen all types check into her boarding house.

New you can use

Bowl games set for UGA, USC, Clemson, Tech
This year's college football bowl games are set, and local fans will be cheering for games from Atlanta to San Francisco this holiday season.

Kid of the Day

Aiken man sought in fatal shooting
Authorities are looking for a 25-year-old Aiken man who they say shot another man to death outside the Elks Lodge on Reynolds Pond Road early this morning.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - For almost a century, city elders have been trying to railroad the rail yard out of downtown.

Couple killed in early-morning wreck
A young Aiken couple died a few miles from their home this morning when their car slammed into a tree, officials said.

Across the area
The last day of advance voting for Augusta's Dec. 6 runoff brought in 1,349 more votes Friday, according to Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

Empty stocking fund: Jobless single mom struggles to catch up

Post prepares for first wave of 3rd Infantry homecomings
SAVANNAH, Ga. - About 250 Fort Stewart soldiers were scheduled to return from Iraq late Friday in the Army post's first major homecoming since the 3rd Infantry Division deployed for its second tour almost a year ago.

Across Georgia

Officials decry governor visits
ATLANTA - Some Democrats are lambasting Gov. Sonny Perdue's meetings with candidates to head the University System of Georgia, charging that the conversations could compromise the perceived independence of the state Board of Regents.

Across South Carolina

New you can use
Today in regional history Dec. 3, 1999 With today's focus on school violence and zero-tolerance policies, Debbie Jordan never thought the Berenstain Bears children's books would be a problem.

Empty stocking fund donations

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Storm evacuees will light Christmas tree

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged: $11,496.36

Deadly shooting follows accident

Teen robbed by three men in home invasion
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are searching for three men who forced their way into an 18-year-old girl's south Augusta home and robbed her at gunpoint of nearly $40,000 in jewelry Friday night.

States await shipments of additional flu vaccine

Storm evacuees will light Christmas tree
When Tianna Noble helps flip the switch for the Christmas in America tree-lighting ceremony in Evans today, it will signify more than the start of the 2005 holiday season.

Judge considers appeal bond

States await shipments of additional flu vaccine
It took her three tries, but Pattie Hanley finally got her flu shot Friday at the Center for Primary Care in Evans.

Across the area

Judge considers appeal bond
In pondering whether former Sen. Charles Walker can continue to remain free, a federal judge is considering three issues - the main one being Mr. Walker's potential success on appeal.

Race is still big part of runoff

Hand picking hand-crafted jewelry
Diane Burnson (left) and Belinda Ebert, both of Aiken, look over some hand-crafted jewelry at the Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism's 35th annual Christmas Craft Show.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - For almost a century, city elders have been trying to railroad the rail yard out of downtown.

Correction
- The Lincoln County state championship football story on Page 1C of Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified Lincoln County wide receiver Alex Bradford.

Teen robbed by three men in home invasion
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are searching for three men who forced their way into an 18-year-old girl's south Augusta home and robbed her at gunpoint of nearly $40,000 in jewelry Friday night.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - The murder trial of a man accused of running over and killing a man with a sport utility vehicle after an argument is scheduled to get under way Monday.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged: $11,496.36

Across South Carolina
AIKEN - The state denied their ability to sell beer and wine on Sundays, but some grocery and convenience stores in Aiken can open their alcohol coolers to customers anyway.

New you can use
Today in regional history Dec. 3, 1999 With today's focus on school violence and zero-tolerance policies, Debbie Jordan never thought the Berenstain Bears children's books would be a problem.

Across the area
Two teenagers who authorities said escaped from the Augusta Youth Development Campus remained at large Saturday, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities seek YDC escapees
Two teenagers from north Georgia are on the run after a nighttime escape from Augusta's youth prison Thursday.

News you can use
Activities for this today include:

States await shipments of additional flu vaccine
It took her three tries, but Pattie Hanley finally got her flu shot Friday at the Center for Primary Care in Evans.

Funding debate looms in Atlanta
She had spent nine years living in her car. Well-educated but mentally ill and homeless, the woman was afraid the bed would absorb her.

Homes for homeless offer perks to help bounce back
ATLANTA - Wesley Springfield wandered Atlanta streets for almost a decade, bouncing between minimum wage jobs and dingy homeless shelters while battling his crack cocaine addiction.

Man dead in North Augusta road rage shooting
One person is dead after an alleged road rage incident in North Augusta earlier today.

Killer apologizes before execution
COLUMBIA - Shawn Humphries apologized to his victim's family before he was put to death by lethal injection Friday night for the 1994 murder of a Simpsonville store clerk.

S. Carolina tightens seat belt rules

Storm evacuees will light Christmas tree
When Tianna Noble helps flip the switch for the Christmas in America tree-lighting ceremony in Evans today, it will signify more than the start of the 2005 holiday season.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Post prepares for first wave of 3rd Infantry homecomings
SAVANNAH, Ga. - About 250 Fort Stewart soldiers were scheduled to return from Iraq late Friday in the Army post's first major homecoming since the 3rd Infantry Division deployed for its second tour almost a year ago.

Where we live
Amy Marsh has seen all types check into her boarding house.

Victim in road rage shooting identified
A man fatally shot during a road rage altercation earlier today in North Augusta has been identified.

Caroling in Columbia County
The Columbia County Elementary School Mass Chorus sings at the Evans Judicial Center during Christmas in America.

Mayor wants people home

Fort Stewart troops return to emotional homecoming
FORT STEWART, Ga. - On the parade-ground bleachers, Jodi Buckley began crying 90 minutes before her husband arrived. When they finally embraced amid a rush of reunions, his helmet couldn't hide his own tears.

Across Georgia

Mayor wants people home
ATLANTA - Barbara Bonseigneur hoped Ray Nagin could give her a reason to return to New Orleans and help rebuild the battered city and the home she left Aug. 27 when she fled Hurricane Katrina.

Across South Carolina

Officials decry governor visits

Empty Stocking: Mother wants children to get gifts this year

Authorities seek YDC escapees

Hurricane victims vent frustrations at meeting

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

Georgia's naysayers now must eat words
ATLANTA - In case you had any doubts that this Georgia football team didn't deserve some kind of special appreciation, forget about it.

Lincoln will always be one up on rival
LINCOLNT ON, Ga. - Statistics will tell you that after 83 years this rivalry is dead even.

Lincoln will always be one up on rival
LINCOLNT ON, Ga. - Statistics will tell you that after 83 years this rivalry is dead even.

Georgia's naysayers now must eat words
ATLANTA - In case you had any doubts that this Georgia football team didn't deserve some kind of special appreciation, forget about it.

Rap executive acquitted in money laundering case

Rap executive acquitted in money laundering case
NEW YORK - A rap mogul known for his gangster persona and for producing chart-topping acts under the Murder Inc. label was acquitted Friday of federal charges alleging he laundered drug money for a notorious crack kingpin.

Rap executive acquitted in money laundering case
NEW YORK - A rap mogul known for his gangster persona and for producing chart-topping acts under the Murder Inc. label was acquitted Friday of federal charges alleging he laundered drug money for a notorious crack kingpin.

Stewart cashes in on record year
NEW YORK - Tony Stewart's best year in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series reached the bottom line Friday, with the two-time champion setting a record for single-season earnings.

Stewart cashes in on record year
NEW YORK - Tony Stewart's best year in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series reached the bottom line Friday, with the two-time champion setting a record for single-season earnings.

Stewart cashes in on record year

Hawks solve Raptors' ills for one night
ATLANTA - Rookie Charlie Villanueva scored 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 2.5 seconds left, as Toronto ended a six-game losing streak with a 102-101 win over Atlanta on Friday night in the matchup of the two worst records in the league.

Hawks solve Raptors' ills for one night

Hawks solve Raptors' ills for one night
ATLANTA - Rookie Charlie Villanueva scored 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 2.5 seconds left, as Toronto ended a six-game losing streak with a 102-101 win over Atlanta on Friday night in the matchup of the two worst records in the league.

Texas Southern no competition for Connecticut
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut opened its homestand at Gampel Pavilion in style.

Junior steps up for Lady Lions
For two seasons and four games, Kenyell Hutchins had yet to become one of Paine's impact players.

Junior steps up for Lady Lions
For two seasons and four games, Kenyell Hutchins had yet to become one of Paine's impact players.

Newcomers making good impression
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Texas Southern no competition for Connecticut
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut opened its homestand at Gampel Pavilion in style.

Newcomers making good impression
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Harper tunes up Lane for 30
In the midst of a career night, Paine's Brian Harper made the mistake of pulling up for a quick 3-point attempt with the game winding down.

Harper tunes up Lane for 30
In the midst of a career night, Paine's Brian Harper made the mistake of pulling up for a quick 3-point attempt with the game winding down.

Jenkins, White try to make most of limited chances

Area players in the NFL

Carolina brings out best in Vick

NFL power rankings for week 13

Mrs. Barbara Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Ms. Viola Corney    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Fisher    (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Rev. Mildred Taylor    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. "Bishop" Grady Cooks    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Sonya Morgan    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James A. Hardigg    (BLUFFTON, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Hawkins, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances J. Hargrove    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Nelda Hines    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Ms. Ruth L. Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Hawkins, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Billy Huett, Jr.    (ALTUS, Okla.)

Mrs. Sadie H. McCladdie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Alex B. Kendrick    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Milton A. Carlton, Sr.    (SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)

Mrs. Creasey K. Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John T. Briggs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Donald B. Bowman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Berry    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances J. Hargrove    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Revels    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Alston    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Calvin Walker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Alston    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances C. Anderson    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Berry    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald B. Bowman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John T. Briggs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Milton A. Carlton, Sr.    (SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda R. Jackson    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Viola Corney    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Emerson Hodges, Sr.    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. John W. Dalton    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Fisher    (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. "Bishop" Grady Cooks    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Creasey K. Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Hardigg    (BLUFFTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances J. Hargrove    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nelda Hines    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas W. Poole    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Mae Taylor    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Clinton Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie H. McCladdie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Sonya Morgan    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robbie E. Womack    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Miss Kimberly S. Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Walker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Flossie M. Smith    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Rev. Mildred Taylor    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Walter E. Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Revels    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Wallace    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie H. McCladdie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Jesse Mae Taylor    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jesse Mae Taylor    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda R. Jackson    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas W. Poole    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Emerson Hodges, Sr.    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Dalton    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robbie E. Womack    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Ruth L. Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Wallace    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Billy Huett, Jr.    (ALTUS, Okla.)

Mr. Walter E. Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex B. Kendrick    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Flossie M. Smith    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Mae Taylor    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Miss Kimberly S. Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie H. McCladdie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley A. Usry    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley A. Usry    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sonya Morgan (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robbie E. Womack (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Coffey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Mae Taylor (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Sadie H. McCladdie (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Berry (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Hawkins, Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Rev. Mildred Taylor (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Fisher (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Billy Huett, Jr. (ALTUS, Okla.)

Mrs. Flossie M. Smith (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John T. Briggs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Walker, Sr. (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas W. Poole (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Revels (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Hardigg (BLUFFTON, S.C.)

Mr. Clinton Murdock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruth L. Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nelda Hines (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Alston (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Clara Webber (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Milton A. Carlton, Sr. (SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)

Mr. Emerson Hodges, Sr. (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. "Bishop" Grady Cooks (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald B. Bowman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex B. Kendrick (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Creasey K. Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances J. Hargrove (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Walter E. Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie H. McCladdie (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Jesse Mae Taylor (JACKSON, S.C.)

Miss Kimberly S. Ray (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Dalton (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley A. Usry (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances C. Anderson (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Ms. Viola Corney (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Wallace (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Brenda R. Jackson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Olympics tickets still available in most sports
DUBLIN, Ireland - Speed skating is sold out at the Turin Olympics, while curling could be the hit of the games with an unexpected demand for tickets.

Olympics tickets still available in most sports

Olympics tickets still available in most sports
DUBLIN, Ireland - Speed skating is sold out at the Turin Olympics, while curling could be the hit of the games with an unexpected demand for tickets.

Overtime

Overtime

Vigil being kept on prayer in sports

Area sports announcements

Sports rants and raves

Rahlves tops Miller for another 1-2 U.S. finish

Overtime
In Columbia, Augusta couldn't stop Francois-Pierre Guenette, who had a goal and an assist in the Columbia Inferno's 4-1 victory over the Augusta Lynx on Friday night in front of 3,475 fans at the Frank McGuire Arena.

Vigil being kept on prayer in sports
There are signs of faith and prayer everywhere you look in sports these days.

Sports rants and raves
GEORGIA SHOULD BE in the Sugar Bowl. They are three points away from being the No. 3 team in the country.

Overtime
In Columbia, Augusta couldn't stop Francois-Pierre Guenette, who had a goal and an assist in the Columbia Inferno's 4-1 victory over the Augusta Lynx on Friday night in front of 3,475 fans at the Frank McGuire Arena.

Overtime
In Aiken, Gerald Robinson had 21 points and 17 rebounds as Aiken Tech built a 16-point lead at halftime and rolled to a 91-54 win over Louisburg in the Region X opener Saturday.

Rahlves tops Miller for another 1-2 U.S. finish
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. - Getting ready to settle into the starting gate for a World Cup downhill Friday, Daron Rahlves heard a voice he knows well.

Vigil being kept on prayer in sports
There are signs of faith and prayer everywhere you look in sports these days.

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.

Rahlves tops Miller for another 1-2 U.S. finish
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. - Getting ready to settle into the starting gate for a World Cup downhill Friday, Daron Rahlves heard a voice he knows well.

Sports rants and raves
GEORGIA SHOULD BE in the Sugar Bowl. They are three points away from being the No. 3 team in the country.

Overtime
In Aiken, Gerald Robinson had 21 points and 17 rebounds as Aiken Tech built a 16-point lead at halftime and rolled to a 91-54 win over Louisburg in the Region X opener Saturday.

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.

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

Bird is the word for some motorists

Hitting close to home
Anyone who thinks Columbia County doesn't produce quality bucks hasn't hunted with Harlem resident Frankie "Boobie" McCauley, who took this buck the day before Thanksgiving while hunting with her son, Christopher Overton.

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

Hitting close to home
Anyone who thinks Columbia County doesn't produce quality bucks hasn't hunted with Harlem resident Frankie "Boobie" McCauley, who took this buck the day before Thanksgiving while hunting with her son, Christopher Overton.

Outdoors calendar

Hitting close to home

Bird is the word for some motorists
Most of Georgia's ruby-throated hummingbirds have migrated south for the winter, but thousands more will be sighted on license plates across the state beginning this month.

Bird is the word for some motorists
Most of Georgia's ruby-throated hummingbirds have migrated south for the winter, but thousands more will be sighted on license plates across the state beginning this month.

Up to parents for life lessons
It was supposed to be a lesson in subtraction.

Up to parents for life lessons
It was supposed to be a lesson in subtraction.

Local squads fall short in championship games
A pair of local private school basketball teams gained valuable experience in this weekend's Garden City Classic.

Local squads fall short in championship games
A pair of local private school basketball teams gained valuable experience in this weekend's Garden City Classic.

NFL power rankings for week 13
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Carolina brings out best in Vick
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick remembers the play, but he's still not sure how he did it.

Area players in the NFL
How they performed.

Area players in the NFL
How they performed.

Jenkins, White try to make most of limited chances
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Jenkins and Roddy White will start just their third game as a tandem when the Atlanta Falcons visit Carolina this weekend.

Carolina brings out best in Vick
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick remembers the play, but he's still not sure how he did it.

NFL power rankings for week 13
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Jenkins, White try to make most of limited chances
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Jenkins and Roddy White will start just their third game as a tandem when the Atlanta Falcons visit Carolina this weekend.

With 'Narnia,' Disney preaches to the choir
SANTA ANA, Calif. - The Rev. Tom Holladay is bringing an army to the aid of a magical lion at war with an evil white witch in a spell-cast winter realm.

'Chronicles' makes Christianity accessible to all
In C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four children left to entertain themselves decide to explore a rambling house. An ordinary child's amusement turns supernatural when one of the children, Lucy, steps through an old wardrobe and slips into another world, called Narnia.

Church visitors must experience hospitality
We hear a lot of talk from the pulpit about how we are to share the good news with everyone, but members often translate that statement to mean "everyone who believes like me."

Church visitors must experience hospitality
We hear a lot of talk from the pulpit about how we are to share the good news with everyone, but members often translate that statement to mean "everyone who believes like me."

Repair work helps church put signs of fire behind it
Workers labored this week under a scorched plaster beam at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. It was one of the lingering signs of a Holy Week fire 2 years ago that forced a move to the fellowship hall.

Faith digest
THE REV. OTIS MOSS III will be the keynote speaker at a prayer service at 9 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Montgomery, Ala., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott. Martin Luther King III; and the Rev. Jay Wolf, the pastor of First Baptist, also will speak.

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

Books shed light on Mary Magdalene's life
The huge-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" has given Mary Magdalene more fame lately than any biblical personality except Jesus. There's even a "Complete Idiot's Guide" to Mary and a forthcoming film version of the "Magdalene" comic books' woman warrior.

Repair work helps church put signs of fire behind it
Workers labored this week under a scorched plaster beam at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. It was one of the lingering signs of a Holy Week fire 2 years ago that forced a move to the fellowship hall.

Faith digest
THE REV. OTIS MOSS III will be the keynote speaker at a prayer service at 9 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Montgomery, Ala., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott. Martin Luther King III; and the Rev. Jay Wolf, the pastor of First Baptist, also will speak.

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

With 'Narnia,' Disney preaches to the choir
SANTA ANA, Calif. - The Rev. Tom Holladay is bringing an army to the aid of a magical lion at war with an evil white witch in a spell-cast winter realm.

Religion News in Brief
JERUSALEM - The new Greek Orthodox patriarch of the Holy Land believes Israel is refusing to recognize his elevation in order to extort his support for a controversial land lease to Jewish groups in east Jerusalem, a church official said.

Religion News in Brief
JERUSALEM - The new Greek Orthodox patriarch of the Holy Land believes Israel is refusing to recognize his elevation in order to extort his support for a controversial land lease to Jewish groups in east Jerusalem, a church official said.

Books shed light on Mary Magdalene's life
The huge-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" has given Mary Magdalene more fame lately than any biblical personality except Jesus. There's even a "Complete Idiot's Guide" to Mary and a forthcoming film version of the "Magdalene" comic books' woman warrior.

'Chronicles' makes Christianity accessible to all
In C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four children left to entertain themselves decide to explore a rambling house. An ordinary child's amusement turns supernatural when one of the children, Lucy, steps through an old wardrobe and slips into another world, called Narnia.

Up to parents for life lessons

Georgia's naysayers now must eat words

Lincoln will always be one up on rival

Danson makes inspirational move to 'South Bronx'
LOS ANGELES - "Knights of the South Bronx," an A&E movie premiering Dec. 6 (8 p.m.), is based on a true-life tale about how a teacher uses chess to inspire inner-city kids.

Showtime explores the Islamic war from within
LOS ANGELES - Long after the terrorist attacks on America, TV and film producers only tiptoed around certain hot-button issues, avoiding anything close to realism.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

Danson makes inspirational move to 'South Bronx'

Showtime explores the Islamic war from within

Showtime explores the Islamic war from within
LOS ANGELES - Long after the terrorist attacks on America, TV and film producers only tiptoed around certain hot-button issues, avoiding anything close to realism.

Danson makes inspirational move to 'South Bronx'
LOS ANGELES - "Knights of the South Bronx," an A&E movie premiering Dec. 6 (8 p.m.), is based on a true-life tale about how a teacher uses chess to inspire inner-city kids.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
Shipping magnate Eric Benirall has a sinking feeling, and no wonder: His cargo ships, along with the crews, have been vanishing at an alarming rate.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
Shipping magnate Eric Benirall has a sinking feeling, and no wonder: His cargo ships, along with the crews, have been vanishing at an alarming rate.

People in the News

Sean Connery gives nod of approval to new 007

SEC championship could have meant much more
ATLANTA - Louisiana State University will get a chance to do some scoreboard-watching Saturday, hoping against long odds that the Southeastern Conference championship game leads to the chance to play for an even bigger title.

Punt blocks old hat for Georgia senior

SEC championship could have meant much more

Bulldogs pound Tigers for BCS berth
ATLANTA - Louisiana State fans spent Saturday afternoon prowling Peachtree Street, the tens of thousands of ragin' cajuns "guar-an-TEEing" a Tigers victory over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Championship game.

Injuries, penalties were plentiful in Tigers' loss
ATLANTA - Louisiana State began its Saturday game-day routine believing it still could win the national championship.

Injuries, penalties were plentiful in Tigers' loss
ATLANTA - Louisiana State began its Saturday game-day routine believing it still could win the national championship.

Bulldogs pound Tigers for BCS berth

Punt blocks old hat for Georgia senior
ATLANTA - Bryan McClendon's block of Chris Jackson's punt attempt with 9:33 remaining in the first half couldn't have come at a better time. The block paved the way for a 7-yard touchdown by D.J. Shockley three plays later to give the No. 13 Bulldogs a 21-7 lead.

SEC championship could have meant much more
ATLANTA - Louisiana State University will get a chance to do some scoreboard-watching Saturday, hoping against long odds that the Southeastern Conference championship game leads to the chance to play for an even bigger title.

Bulldogs pound Tigers for BCS berth
ATLANTA - Louisiana State fans spent Saturday afternoon prowling Peachtree Street, the tens of thousands of ragin' cajuns "guar-an-TEEing" a Tigers victory over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Championship game.

Punt blocks old hat for Georgia senior
ATLANTA - Bryan McClendon's block of Chris Jackson's punt attempt with 9:33 remaining in the first half couldn't have come at a better time. The block paved the way for a 7-yard touchdown by D.J. Shockley three plays later to give the No. 13 Bulldogs a 21-7 lead.

Injuries, penalties were plentiful in Tigers' loss

Pet of the week

Across the river

Senior stays on her toes with volleyball, clogging

Making a pit stop

Teen is all about business on, off basketball court

AARP driving course teaches seniors safety

Attendees get healthy lesson at program

Area adult literacy sites

Old bank building will have original brickwork restored

Recreational centers

Volunteers give glimpse of Christmas House's work

Army band delivers musical gift

Post Happenings

School, colleges to benefit from Bridgestone/Firestone grants

The glow of the holidays

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Upcoming events

Christmas travelers, shoppers must stay alert

Around the block

Recycling centers

Meetings

Rowing enthusiast enjoys being a coach

Forum is part of Aiken police reaccreditation

Events

CSRA Bridge Results

Library events

With 'Narnia,' Disney preaches to the choir

Faith Calendar

Church visitors must experience hospitality

Religion News in Brief

Repair work helps church put signs of fire behind it

Faith digest

'Chronicles' makes Christianity accessible to all

Books shed light on Mary Magdalene's life