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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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"?

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

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

Beatles book tells epic story of epic band

'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?

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

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

Arts notebook

'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?

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.

Special books can make for special children's gifts

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.

Holiday gift books satisfy many cravings

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

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"?

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.

Dominicans hope to play for homeland

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.

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.

Farnsworth agrees to deal with Yankees

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.

Putting the owe in ho, ho, ho

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Destiny Lee Odom

Gregg Steven Wall

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Elijah Phillip Johnson

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Destiny Lee Odom

Trust Emmanuel Green

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Gregg Steven Wall

Evan Andrew Lee

Trust Emmanuel Green

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Brianna Reese Wimberly

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Chenoa Lee Waites

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Trust Emmanuel Green

Elijah Phillip Johnson

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Jackson Davis Wayde

Evan Andrew Lee

Destiny Lee Odom

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Chenoa Lee Waites

Elijah Phillip Johnson

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Evan Andrew Lee

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Chenoa Lee Waites

Jackson Davis Wayde

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Gregg Steven Wall

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Jackson Davis Wayde

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plant closure talk worries workers, communities

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?

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.

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.

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.

Job cuts highlight industry pressure

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.

Property transfers

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:

Georgia sees increase in fatalities for employees

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.

Construction trades work to attract young people

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:

On the move

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 calendar

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.

Hispanic workers' safety is concern

Aiken location means move up for Rock Bottom

Augusta area factories are among safest in the nation

Business briefs

Business briefs

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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:

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

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:

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for December 4, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for December 3, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for December 3, 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:

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.

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

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.

Junior steps up for Lady Lions

Harper tunes up Lane for 30

Texas Southern no competition for Connecticut

Newcomers making good impression

Don't let vandals bury the past

Rearden is the man for District 7

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.

Charity begins in 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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Cabrera takes two-stroke lead over Clarke

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.

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
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.

Hillary pulls out all the stops as Rebels cruise

Georgia prep football scores and pairings

Blackville-Hilda looks for first title in a decade

Campbell gets first state title in decade

Hawks capture first state title in decade

Rebels' defense ready for title glow

Kicker boots Devils to win

Adjustments prove key in Devils' title

Local squads fall short in championship games

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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.

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

A vote for Deke Copenhaver is a vote for needed change

Augusta needs fresh enthusiasm

Fresh ideas in this city take a back seat to partisanship

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.

Copenhaver has vision for better 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

Vote for Willie Mays' vast experience

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

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

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

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

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

Copenhaver is city's best hope

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

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

We need more young idealism

Embrace the vision of unity

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

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

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

Blocker-Adams' mayoral endorsement took courage

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

Lighthouse is cozy for Christmas

Fashion world embraces simpler, larger books

Check bulb's CFL and save money

Children's books that jump off the page

Couple finds home while in market for estate-sale furniture

Family briefs

Travelers spending Christmas away from home

Travel briefs

Fashion briefs

Advice for a happy - and safe - holiday

Knowledge of what to look for will aid in tree selection

Minister doesn't require pay for baptism

Living briefs

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

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.

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

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.

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 donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Across South Carolina

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

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

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

Officials decry governor visits

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

Kid of the Day

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.

Post prepares for first wave of 3rd Infantry homecomings

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

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.

Cheek wants interim fire chief in post

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

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 the area

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

Teen robbed by three men in home invasion

News you can use
Activities for this today include:

Fort Stewart troops return to emotional homecoming

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.

Hand picking hand-crafted jewelry

Across the area

Homes for homeless offer perks to help bounce back

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.

Killer apologizes before execution

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

Health group taps ex-dean

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.

Board might ask for help from preachers

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.

Authorities seek YDC escapees

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.

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

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.

Mayor wants people home

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.

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.

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.

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.

Judge considers appeal bond

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.

States await shipments of additional flu vaccine

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

Storm evacuees will light Christmas tree

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

Empty stocking fund donations

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

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.

Across Georgia

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

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.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

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.

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.

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.

News you can use
Activities for this today include:

Race is still big part of runoff

S. Carolina tightens seat belt rules

Deadly shooting follows accident

Hurricane victims vent frustrations at meeting

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

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.

Empty Stocking: Mother wants children to get gifts this year

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged: $11,496.36

News you can use

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.

Correction

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged: $11,496.36

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.

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."

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

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.

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.

Where we live

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.

Empty Stocking donations

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.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged: $11,496.36

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Funding debate looms in Atlanta

Caroling in Columbia County

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.

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.

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
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.

Rap executive acquitted in money laundering case

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

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.

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
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

Newcomers making good impression
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

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.

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.

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

NFL power rankings for week 13

Carolina brings out best in Vick

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

Mrs. Barbara Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald B. Bowman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Robbie E. Womack    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mattie Revels    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. John T. Briggs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Viola Corney    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nelda Hines    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Fisher    (CHICAGO, Ill.)

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

Ms. Ruth L. Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Fisher    (CHICAGO, Ill.)

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

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas W. Poole    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Clinton Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas W. Poole    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Kimberly S. Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Donald B. Bowman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Billy Huett, Jr.    (ALTUS, Okla.)

Billy Huett, Jr.    (ALTUS, Okla.)

Mrs. Mattie Revels    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nelda Hines    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Miss Kimberly S. Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John T. Briggs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robbie E. Womack    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Ruth L. Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Viola Corney    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Viola Corney (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Clara Webber (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Clinton Murdock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Clara Webber (APPLING, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Billy Huett, Jr. (ALTUS, Okla.)

Mr. Charles Coffey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nelda Hines (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Revels (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Eleanor Fisher (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Miss Kimberly S. Ray (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Cubie Mundy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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.

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.

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

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Sports rants and raves

Vigil being kept on prayer in sports

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Overtime
In 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.

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.

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

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

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

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
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.

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.

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.

Area players in the NFL
How they performed.

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.

Area players in the NFL
How they performed.

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

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Faith 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.

'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."

Up to parents for life lessons

Lincoln will always be one up on rival

Georgia's naysayers now must eat words

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.

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.

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'

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.

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

People in the News

Sean Connery gives nod of approval to new 007

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.

Punt blocks old hat for Georgia senior

SEC championship could have meant much more

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
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
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.

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.

Injuries, penalties were plentiful in Tigers' loss

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.

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

Meetings

Senior stays on her toes with volleyball, clogging

CSRA Bridge Results

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Upcoming events

Recreational centers

School, colleges to benefit from Bridgestone/Firestone grants

Volunteers give glimpse of Christmas House's work

Pet of the week

Making a pit stop

Across the river

Christmas travelers, shoppers must stay alert

Around the block

Rowing enthusiast enjoys being a coach

Forum is part of Aiken police reaccreditation

AARP driving course teaches seniors safety

Events

Army band delivers musical gift

Teen is all about business on, off basketball court

Recycling centers

The glow of the holidays

Library events

Old bank building will have original brickwork restored

Post Happenings

Attendees get healthy lesson at program

Area adult literacy sites

Church visitors must experience hospitality

Religion News in Brief

'Chronicles' makes Christianity accessible to all

With 'Narnia,' Disney preaches to the choir

Books shed light on Mary Magdalene's life

Repair work helps church put signs of fire behind it

Faith Calendar

Faith digest