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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

'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

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

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.

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.

Holiday gift books satisfy many cravings

Moon walker Neil Armstrong opens up for biography

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"?

Moon walker Neil Armstrong opens up for biography
CINCINNATI - Neil Armstrong was 38 when he uttered the words that have been both a blessing and a curse to him.

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.

Moon walker Neil Armstrong opens up for biography
CINCINNATI - Neil Armstrong was 38 when he uttered the words that have been both a blessing and a curse to him.

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

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?

Special books can make for special children's gifts

Dominicans hope to play for homeland

Trade talk bubbling ahead of baseball meetings
When the winter meetings last were in Dallas five years ago, owners spent nearly $739 million on 24 free agents, giving Alex Rodriguez $252 million and Manny Ramirez's $160 million. With many top free agents this offseason already committed, the focus is likely to be on trades rather than signings when teams gather Monday.

Trade talk bubbling ahead of baseball meetings

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.

Trade talk bubbling ahead of baseball meetings
When the winter meetings last were in Dallas five years ago, owners spent nearly $739 million on 24 free agents, giving Alex Rodriguez $252 million and Manny Ramirez's $160 million. With many top free agents this offseason already committed, the focus is likely to be on trades rather than signings when teams gather Monday.

Putting the owe in ho, ho, ho

Gregg Steven Wall

Destiny Lee Odom

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Destiny Lee Odom

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Trust Emmanuel Green

Chenoa Lee Waites

Jackson Davis Wayde

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Gregg Steven Wall

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Elijah Phillip Johnson

Jackson Davis Wayde

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Gregg Steven Wall

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Trust Emmanuel Green

Elijah Phillip Johnson

Chenoa Lee Waites

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Trust Emmanuel Green

Jackson Davis Wayde

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Destiny Lee Odom

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Chenoa Lee Waites

Evan Andrew Lee

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Evan Andrew Lee

Evan Andrew Lee

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Elijah Phillip Johnson

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Shortstop leaving Braves to go west
The agent for Rafael Furcal said an "agonizing" week came to an end Sunday, when his highly sought-after free agent shortstop decided to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Shortstop leaving Braves to go west
The agent for Rafael Furcal said an "agonizing" week came to an end Sunday, when his highly sought-after free agent shortstop decided to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Shortstop leaving Braves to go west

College towns make the grade with entrepreneurs

Property transfers

Kroger, others fight multifront competitive battle
CINCINNATI - The days of gasoline price wars aren't over. They've moved from service stations to grocery stores.

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:

College towns make the grade with entrepreneurs
NEW YORK - As a student at Davidson College in North Carolina, art-lover Drew Crawford saw business potential in the small college town. The nearby suburbs of Charlotte, N.C., were growing, and the town saw a steady stream of students and their parents each year.

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:

Insurance industry showcases its selection of safe vehicles

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.

Georgia sees increase in fatalities for employees

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.

Google stock: Bargain or bubble?
SAN FRANCISCO - Is Google Inc.'s incandescent stock a golden opportunity or fool's gold?

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

Google insiders cash in on company's lofty stock price
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Inc. calls its headquarters the "Googleplex," but it's starting to resemble Fort Knox as new wealth has poured in from the stock sold by the company's insiders.

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:

Google insiders cash in on company's lofty stock price

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
PARTY PLUS CHARITY: It's not all lavish dinners and free drinks at office holiday parties. Some companies say they'll donate to charity for natural disaster relief this year in conjunction with their annual employee fete. Nearly a fifth, 18 percent, plan to do so, up from 16 percent four years ago who gave to Sept. 11-related charities, according to an annual holiday-celebration poll of 150 companies.

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.

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

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:

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.

Business briefs
PARTY PLUS CHARITY: It's not all lavish dinners and free drinks at office holiday parties. Some companies say they'll donate to charity for natural disaster relief this year in conjunction with their annual employee fete. Nearly a fifth, 18 percent, plan to do so, up from 16 percent four years ago who gave to Sept. 11-related charities, according to an annual holiday-celebration poll of 150 companies.

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.

Kroger, others fight multifront competitive battle
CINCINNATI - The days of gasoline price wars aren't over. They've moved from service stations to grocery stores.

Augusta area factories are among safest in the nation

Insurance industry showcases its selection of safe vehicles
WASHINGTON - Ten 2006 passenger cars won praise from the insurance industry Sunday for offering top-of-the-line protection to passengers in front, side and rear crashes.

Hispanic workers' safety is concern

Kroger, others fight multifront competitive battle

Business calendar

Google stock: Bargain or bubble?
SAN FRANCISCO - Is Google Inc.'s incandescent stock a golden opportunity or fool's gold?

On the move

Google stock: Bargain or bubble?

Construction trades work to attract young people

College towns make the grade with entrepreneurs
NEW YORK - As a student at Davidson College in North Carolina, art-lover Drew Crawford saw business potential in the small college town. The nearby suburbs of Charlotte, N.C., were growing, and the town saw a steady stream of students and their parents each year.

Google insiders cash in on company's lofty stock price
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Inc. calls its headquarters the "Googleplex," but it's starting to resemble Fort Knox as new wealth has poured in from the stock sold by the company's insiders.

Insurance industry showcases its selection of safe vehicles
WASHINGTON - Ten 2006 passenger cars won praise from the insurance industry Sunday for offering top-of-the-line protection to passengers in front, side and rear crashes.

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.

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.

Business briefs

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
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

Tigers to face Colorado in Champs Sports Bowl
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson has accepted a bid to the Champs Sports Bowl against Colorado on Dec. 27 in Orlando, Fla.

Tigers to face Colorado in Champs Sports Bowl

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 to face Colorado in Champs Sports Bowl
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson has accepted a bid to the Champs Sports Bowl against Colorado on Dec. 27 in Orlando, Fla.

BCS gets the glitz without the griping
LOS ANGELES - A perfect championship game, a classic coaching matchup and Notre Dame.

BCS gets the glitz without the griping
LOS ANGELES - A perfect championship game, a classic coaching matchup and Notre Dame.

USC, Texas finish season the way they started it
For the second straight year, the two teams that started at the top of The Associated Press poll held those spots for the entire regular season.

USC, Texas finish season the way they started it

BCS gets the glitz without the griping

USC, Texas finish season the way they started it
For the second straight year, the two teams that started at the top of The Associated Press poll held those spots for the entire regular season.

No. 1 Duke defeats Texas

Harper tunes up Lane for 30

Junior steps up for Lady Lions

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.

Economy weathers hurricane blasts
The just-completed hurricane season was one of the worst in history, say meteorologists, and the long-term weather patterns are such that more destructive Gulf Coast storm seasons may be in store for many years to come.

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?

Economy weathers hurricane blasts
The just-completed hurricane season was one of the worst in history, say meteorologists, and the long-term weather patterns are such that more destructive Gulf Coast storm seasons may be in store for many years to come.

Economy weathers hurricane blasts
The just-completed hurricane season was one of the worst in history, say meteorologists, and the long-term weather patterns are such that more destructive Gulf Coast storm seasons may be in store for many years to come.

Economy weathers hurricane blasts

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.

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?

People in the News
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Sean "Diddy" Combs made a surprise visit to Chris Evert's charity tennis tournament to meet a teenage cancer patient.

People in the News
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Sean "Diddy" Combs made a surprise visit to Chris Evert's charity tennis tournament to meet a teenage cancer patient.

End to rate hikes may not benefit stocks
NEW YORK - Now that the Federal Reserve has hinted that its series of interest-rate increases may soon end, some investors are already getting excited about the prospects of what that could mean for stocks.

End to rate hikes may not benefit stocks

End to rate hikes may not benefit stocks
NEW YORK - Now that the Federal Reserve has hinted that its series of interest-rate increases may soon end, some investors are already getting excited about the prospects of what that could mean for stocks.

Georgia Tech downs Virginia
ATLANTA - Jeremis Smith scored a career-high 17 points and just missed another double-double, leading Georgia Tech past Virginia 63-54 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener Sunday.

Georgia Tech downs Virginia
ATLANTA - Jeremis Smith scored a career-high 17 points and just missed another double-double, leading Georgia Tech past Virginia 63-54 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener Sunday.

Jackets not happy with destination
Georgia Tech is headed for the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, and neither its fans nor players seem happy about it.

Jackets not happy with destination
Georgia Tech is headed for the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, and neither its fans nor players seem happy about it.

Georgia Tech downs Virginia

Jackets not happy with destination

Annoying cell phone chatter inspires a few devious plots

Langers win Father-Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. - Stefan and Bernhard Langer won the MBNA WorldPoints Father/Son Challenge on Sunday, combining for an 11-under 61 and a one-stroke victory over five-time event champion Ray Floyd and son Robert.

Miyazato rules Q-school to get her card
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ai Miyazato stood over a 30-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole Sunday when a young girl sitting on her father's shoulders unfurled a poster with Japanese script that read, "Ai-Chan, go for it!"

Miyazato rules Q-school to get her card
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ai Miyazato stood over a 30-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole Sunday when a young girl sitting on her father's shoulders unfurled a poster with Japanese script that read, "Ai-Chan, go for it!"

Langers win Father-Son Challenge

Allenby wins Australian PGA

Allenby wins Australian PGA
COOLUM, Australia - Australia's Robert Allenby completed a two-week Australian sweep Sunday, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over countryman Mathew Goggin in the centenary Australian PGA.

Montgomerie wins Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG - Colin Montgomerie won the Hong Kong Open by one stroke Sunday over South Africa's James Kingston, who squandered a one-shot lead with a double bogey on the final hole.

Furyk wins four-way playoff in Sun City

Allenby wins Australian PGA
COOLUM, Australia - Australia's Robert Allenby completed a two-week Australian sweep Sunday, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over countryman Mathew Goggin in the centenary Australian PGA.

Miyazato rules Q-school to get her card

Furyk wins four-way playoff in Sun City
SUN CITY, South Africa - Jim Furyk won the Nedbank Challenge in a four-way playoff Sunday, making a 9-foot birdie chip on the second extra hole.

Montgomerie wins Hong Kong Open

Langers win Father-Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. - Stefan and Bernhard Langer won the MBNA WorldPoints Father/Son Challenge on Sunday, combining for an 11-under 61 and a one-stroke victory over five-time event champion Ray Floyd and son Robert.

Montgomerie wins Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG - Colin Montgomerie won the Hong Kong Open by one stroke Sunday over South Africa's James Kingston, who squandered a one-shot lead with a double bogey on the final hole.

Furyk wins four-way playoff in Sun City
SUN CITY, South Africa - Jim Furyk won the Nedbank Challenge in a four-way playoff Sunday, making a 9-foot birdie chip on the second extra hole.

Hillary pulls out all the stops as Rebels cruise

Squads rejoice in state title victories

Hawks capture first state title in decade

Local squads fall short in championship games

Prep basketball scores

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.

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.

Squads rejoice in state title victories
The final day of the area prep football season was filled with championship moments.

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.

Squads rejoice in state title victories
The final day of the area prep football season was filled with championship moments.

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."

Quit the racism in Augusta, and think solely of progress

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

Voter IDs on long list of problems
There was no study or poll done or submitted for state House Bill 244, calling for voter IDs. In my opinion, it was a pre-cleared Southern bill to take us back to the civil rights era, wherein a lot of us were murdered, arrested, attacked by dogs, water-hosed and beaten so we all would have the same rights. Annie Thompson, Augusta

Copenhaver is city's best hope

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

Voter IDs on long list of problems

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.

Fresh ideas in this city take a back seat to partisanship

Voter IDs on long list of problems
There was no study or poll done or submitted for state House Bill 244, calling for voter IDs. In my opinion, it was a pre-cleared Southern bill to take us back to the civil rights era, wherein a lot of us were murdered, arrested, attacked by dogs, water-hosed and beaten so we all would have the same rights. Annie Thompson, Augusta

Embrace the vision of unity

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
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

Ignorance of sonography is frightening

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

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

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

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

Ignorance of sonography is frightening
On Good Morning America Nov. 30, Robin Roberts, who is usually well- informed, and Barbara Walters were talking about ultrasound and Tom Cruise. Two important points need to be made for the public's knowledge and safety. Eric L. Meaders, 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

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

Ignorance of sonography is frightening
On Good Morning America Nov. 30, Robin Roberts, who is usually well- informed, and Barbara Walters were talking about ultrasound and Tom Cruise. Two important points need to be made for the public's knowledge and safety. Eric L. Meaders, Martinez

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

We need more young idealism

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

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

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

Voter IDs on long list of problems
There was no study or poll done or submitted for state House Bill 244, calling for voter IDs. In my opinion, it was a pre-cleared Southern bill to take us back to the civil rights era, wherein a lot of us were murdered, arrested, attacked by dogs, water-hosed and beaten so we all would have the same rights. Annie Thompson, Augusta

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

Ignorance of sonography is frightening
On Good Morning America Nov. 30, Robin Roberts, who is usually well- informed, and Barbara Walters were talking about ultrasound and Tom Cruise. Two important points need to be made for the public's knowledge and safety. Eric L. Meaders, Martinez

Augusta needs fresh enthusiasm

City needs new face as mayor

Lighthouse is cozy for Christmas

Knowledge of what to look for will aid in tree selection

Couple finds home while in market for estate-sale furniture

Travel briefs

Travelers spending Christmas away from home

Hulk game succeeds where Hollywood film failed

Living briefs

Two video projectors break new ground

Minister doesn't require pay for baptism

Latest iMac tiptoes into Media Center domain

What should I consider when buying my first digital camera?

Check bulb's CFL and save money

Advice for a happy - and safe - holiday

Hulk game succeeds where Hollywood film failed
The aptly named "The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction" succeeds where the Hollywood film failed. The Hulk is such an unreal character, so unbridled in his destructive abilities, he translates best to gaming and not the silver screen.

What should I consider when buying my first digital camera?
A. If you're a serious or professional photographer, your needs are obviously greater. But for an amateur, casual shooter, many of today's digital cameras will give you what you need for a few hundred dollars.

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.

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.

What should I consider when buying my first digital camera?
A. If you're a serious or professional photographer, your needs are obviously greater. But for an amateur, casual shooter, many of today's digital cameras will give you what you need for a few hundred dollars.

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.

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.

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.

Hulk game succeeds where Hollywood film failed
The aptly named "The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction" succeeds where the Hollywood film failed. The Hulk is such an unreal character, so unbridled in his destructive abilities, he translates best to gaming and not the silver screen.

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

Latest iMac tiptoes into Media Center domain
When asked a few years ago if they might someday offer a Mac that works like a Microsoft entertainment PC, Apple executives joked that they were instead focusing on the convergence of computers and toasters.

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.

Two video projectors break new ground
NEW YORK - For most people, video projectors are something to covet rather than to buy: They're good for office conference rooms, but too pricey for what they do to justify buying for the home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Latest iMac tiptoes into Media Center domain
When asked a few years ago if they might someday offer a Mac that works like a Microsoft entertainment PC, Apple executives joked that they were instead focusing on the convergence of computers and toasters.

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.

Two video projectors break new ground
NEW YORK - For most people, video projectors are something to covet rather than to buy: They're good for office conference rooms, but too pricey for what they do to justify buying for the home.

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

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.

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.

Brodeur, Grrrowl top Lynx

Augusta defense cools off Inferno

Brodeur, Grrrowl top Lynx
As Augusta took on division rival Greenville on Sunday afternoon, the lucky number for the Grrrowl was one.

Brodeur, Grrrowl top Lynx
As Augusta took on division rival Greenville on Sunday afternoon, the lucky number for the Grrrowl was one.

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.

Across Georgia

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:

Tax agency reviewing donations, deductions

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

Empty Stocking: Abused woman struggles with debts

Correction

Across the southeast
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Lionel Tate became the youngest person sentenced to life in prison in modern U.S. history when he was convicted at the age of 13 of murdering a young girl, but he got out on probation after his first conviction was thrown out.

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.

The week ahead

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.

Assembly to open with new region in control

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.

Police look for man in slaying

S. Carolina tightens seat belt rules

Five Questions with librarian Dottie Demarest

Deadly shooting follows accident

Arson ruled as cause of blaze at UGA fraternity

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

Across the area

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.

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: $20,668.06.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

Sound of the season

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.

The week ahead
The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at 7:30 tonight and Tuesday night in Building 32100, Third Avenue, Fort Gordon. Auditioners should bring a prepared musical number in the Broadway musical comedy style. An accompanist and CD player for music will be provided. For more information, call 793-8552.

Mayor wants people home

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Savannah Grace Padgett, 3, of North Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Across the southeast

Holiday shoppers keep buying

Low pay drives away jail workers

Caroling in Columbia County

Columbia County likely to continue with ambulance firm

Race is still big part of runoff

Kid of the Day

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

Across South Carolina

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.

Christmas parade draws 15,000

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

Empty Stocking Donations

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.

Comic relief is soldier's mission

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.

Low pay drives away jail workers
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Jail officials say they are worried that low pay is making it hard to keep experienced workers on the job.

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.

Assembly to open with new region in control
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Upstate legislators feel the center of their political universe moving south again.

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.

Tax agency reviewing donations, deductions
COLUMBIA - The state Revenue Department is taking a closer look at taxpayers who might have inflated charitable contributions.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Arson ruled as cause of blaze at UGA fraternity
ATHENS, Ga. - A fire that gutted the kitchen and dining room of a University of Georgia fraternity house was intentionally set, according to state Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine.

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.

Five Questions with librarian Dottie Demarest
Public librarian Dottie Demarest loves a good mystery. She said some of the most popular holiday books at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library are written by authors who usually cover subjects not normally associated with holly and mistletoe, such as whodunits.

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.

Columbia County likely to continue with ambulance firm
It looks as though Gold Cross will continue to provide ambulance service to Columbia County residents - at least through June 30, 2008.

Authorities find YDC escapees
Authorities have located two teenagers who escaped from the Augusta Youth Development Campus last week.

Comic relief is soldier's mission
The young soldier in Staff Sgt. Brian Doorman's comics has visions of special forces dancing in his head.

Empty Stocking donations

Christmas parade draws 15,000
This year's Columbia County Christmas parade was different - and better, an organizer said - than those of years past.

Where we live

Post's first soldier killed in Iraq honored at 202nd headquarters
Just as a tree's seeds continue to spread long after its death, a cousin of the first Fort Gordon soldier to die in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom said Sgt. Cari Anne Gasiewicz's positive influence will continue to bloom.

Fort Stewart troops return to emotional homecoming

Empty Stocking: Abused woman struggles with debts
A Martinez woman who escaped an abusive relationship can barely support her three children and will not be able to give them a good holiday without financial assistance.

Hurricane victims vent frustrations at meeting

Sound of the season
Judge Duncan Wheale has a story he likes to tell about a skeptical couple he encountered while volunteering as a Salvation Army bell ringer five years ago.

News you can use

Police look for man in slaying
AIKEN - Authorities are looking for a 25-year-old Aiken man who they say shot a man to death outside the Elks Lodge on Reynolds Pond Road early Sunday morning.

Funding debate looms in Atlanta

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Savannah Grace Padgett, 3, of North Augusta.

Kid of the day

Low pay drives away jail workers
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Jail officials say they are worried that low pay is making it hard to keep experienced workers on the job.

Across the area

Across the area
A young Aiken couple died a few miles from their home Sunday morning when their car slammed into a tree, officials said.

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.

Assembly to open with new region in control
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Upstate legislators feel the center of their political universe moving south again.

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.

Tax agency reviewing donations, deductions
COLUMBIA - The state Revenue Department is taking a closer look at taxpayers who might have inflated charitable contributions.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Arson ruled as cause of blaze at UGA fraternity
ATHENS, Ga. - A fire that gutted the kitchen and dining room of a University of Georgia fraternity house was intentionally set, according to state Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine.

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

Police look for man in slaying
AIKEN - Authorities are looking for a 25-year-old Aiken man who they say shot a man to death outside the Elks Lodge on Reynolds Pond Road early Sunday morning.

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
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Anderson County authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man whose mother found his body floating in the Saluda River.

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
A young Aiken couple died a few miles from their home Sunday morning when their car slammed into a tree, officials said.

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.

Christmas parade draws 15,000
This year's Columbia County Christmas parade was different - and better, an organizer said - than those of years past.

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.

Post's first soldier killed in Iraq honored at 202nd headquarters
Just as a tree's seeds continue to spread long after its death, a cousin of the first Fort Gordon soldier to die in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom said Sgt. Cari Anne Gasiewicz's positive influence will continue to bloom.

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $20,668.06.

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 Donations
Previously acknowledged: $20,668.06.

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.

Five Questions with librarian Dottie Demarest
Public librarian Dottie Demarest loves a good mystery. She said some of the most popular holiday books at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library are written by authors who usually cover subjects not normally associated with holly and mistletoe, such as whodunits.

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.

Columbia County likely to continue with ambulance firm
It looks as though Gold Cross will continue to provide ambulance service to Columbia County residents - at least through June 30, 2008.

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.

The week ahead
The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at 7:30 tonight and Tuesday night in Building 32100, Third Avenue, Fort Gordon. Auditioners should bring a prepared musical number in the Broadway musical comedy style. An accompanist and CD player for music will be provided. For more information, call 793-8552.

News you can use
Activities for this today include:

Sound of the season
Judge Duncan Wheale has a story he likes to tell about a skeptical couple he encountered while volunteering as a Salvation Army bell ringer five years ago.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

Comic relief is soldier's mission
The young soldier in Staff Sgt. Brian Doorman's comics has visions of special forces dancing in his head.

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.

Judge says Walker can't be free during appeal

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.

Empty Stocking: Mother wants children to get gifts this year

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Across the area
A young Aiken couple died a few miles from their home Sunday morning when their car slammed into a tree, officials said.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Anderson County authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man whose mother found his body floating in the Saluda River.

Post's first soldier killed in Iraq honored at 202nd headquarters

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.

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.

Annoying cell phone chatter inspires a few devious plots
We were talking at the office not long ago, and someone wondered aloud about what makes a person suddenly lose control in public and go on a rampage.

Annoying cell phone chatter inspires a few devious plots
We were talking at the office not long ago, and someone wondered aloud about what makes a person suddenly lose control in public and go on a rampage.

'Harry Potter' still tops box office
LOS ANGELES - The third weekend was still a charm for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which remained the top movie with $20.45 million.

Theaters agree to help blind, deaf get access to movies
ALBANY, N.Y. - Did you catch the new movie that everyone's talking about at school and at work?

'Harry Potter' still tops box office
LOS ANGELES - The third weekend was still a charm for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which remained the top movie with $20.45 million.

Theaters agree to help blind, deaf get access to movies
ALBANY, N.Y. - Did you catch the new movie that everyone's talking about at school and at work?

Theaters agree to help blind, deaf get access to movies

'Harry Potter' still tops box office

Artists to cover Lennon songs in human rights fundraiser

Artists to cover Lennon songs in human rights fundraiser
LONDON - The Black Eyed Peas, The Cure and Avril Lavigne are among the artists recording songs by John Lennon to raise funds for Amnesty International.

Artists to cover Lennon songs in human rights fundraiser
LONDON - The Black Eyed Peas, The Cure and Avril Lavigne are among the artists recording songs by John Lennon to raise funds for Amnesty International.

Celtics edge Knicks
NEW YORK - Ricky Davis had seen this kind of thing before. Boston would build a big lead and then let the other team back into the game.

Celtics edge Knicks
NEW YORK - Ricky Davis had seen this kind of thing before. Boston would build a big lead and then let the other team back into the game.

Celtics edge Knicks

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.

No. 1 Duke defeats Texas
AUSTIN, Texas - Top-ranked Duke knew the Texas Longhorns were better than their 41-point loss to Tennessee a few days earlier.

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.

No. 1 Duke defeats Texas
AUSTIN, Texas - Top-ranked Duke knew the Texas Longhorns were better than their 41-point loss to Tennessee a few days earlier.

Carolina brings out best in Vick

NFL power rankings for week 13

Area players in the NFL

Panthers put Falcons in deep playoff hole

Mr. Clinton Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ryan Lee Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William W. Kirkland    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Alfred R. Hahn    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas W. Poole    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Danny Doolittle    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas W. Poole    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Duchscher    (JASPER, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Woods Mills    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Woods Mills    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Mark Y. Sharrock    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. "Bud" Ryan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Maxwell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Barbara Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ryan Lee Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William W. Kirkland    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Holli Dixon Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Maxwell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. C. Keith Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Alfred R. Hahn    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John Duchscher    (JASPER, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Holli Dixon Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Mark Y. Sharrock    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mr. "Bud" Ryan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. C. Keith Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Danny Doolittle    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Clinton Murdock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Bobby Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. "Bud" Ryan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Barbara Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Mark Y. Sharrock (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ryan Lee Strader (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred R. Hahn (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Holli Dixon Strader (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. C. Keith Murdock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Doolittle (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Coffey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Woods Mills (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Maxwell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Charles Coffey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Melvin Walters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Clara Webber (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Duchscher (JASPER, Ga.)

Mr. William W. Kirkland (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Vigil being kept on prayer in sports

Austrians sweep super-G, Kildow sixth

Overtime

Sports rants and raves

Overtime

Area sports announcements

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.

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 Bratislava, Slovakia, Croatia won its first Davis Cup title Sunday, with Mario Ancic beating Michal Mertinak of Slovakia, 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-4, in the decisive match.

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.

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.

Austrians sweep super-G, Kildow sixth
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta - Austrian power and American depth were on display on the final chilly day of women's World Cup skiing at Lake Louise.

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

Overtime
In Bratislava, Slovakia, Croatia won its first Davis Cup title Sunday, with Mario Ancic beating Michal Mertinak of Slovakia, 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-4, in the decisive match.

Austrians sweep super-G, Kildow sixth
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta - Austrian power and American depth were on display on the final chilly day of women's World Cup skiing at Lake Louise.

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

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.

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.

Hitting close to home

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.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Panthers put Falcons in deep playoff hole
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Atlanta Falcons became the "Dead Team Walking" in the NFC South Sunday when the Carolina Panthers took control of the division with a 24-6 victory at Bank of America Stadium.

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.

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

Panthers put Falcons in deep playoff hole
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Atlanta Falcons became the "Dead Team Walking" in the NFC South Sunday when the Carolina Panthers took control of the division with a 24-6 victory at Bank of America Stadium.

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.

Up to parents for life lessons

Georgia's naysayers now must eat words

Should Couric and Lauer be working an entertainment event?
NEW YORK - The new president of NBC News sees no reason to change a policy that allows his anchors to front entertainment events - like the recent Thanksgiving Day parade that saw Katie Couric and Matt Lauer miss an obvious news story.

Should Couric and Lauer be working an entertainment event?
NEW YORK - The new president of NBC News sees no reason to change a policy that allows his anchors to front entertainment events - like the recent Thanksgiving Day parade that saw Katie Couric and Matt Lauer miss an obvious news story.

Tyra Banks takes final spin on the runway
NEW YORK - The runway is now behind Tyra Banks.

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.

Tyra Banks takes final spin on the runway

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.

Tyra Banks takes final spin on the runway
NEW YORK - The runway is now behind Tyra Banks.

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

Should Couric and Lauer be working an entertainment event?

People in the News

Georgia staying close to home for Sugar Bowl
ATLANTA - Georgia is heading back to the Sugar Bowl, which is essentially another home game this season.

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

Lady Dogs top Georgia Tech
ATHENS, Ga. - Janese Hardrick, No. 17 Georgia's smallest player, found cracks and crevices in Georgia Tech's tight defense Sunday, leading the Lady Dogs to a 72-66 win over the previously undefeated Yellow Jackets.

Georgia staying close to home for Sugar Bowl

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.

Lady Dogs top Georgia Tech
ATHENS, Ga. - Janese Hardrick, No. 17 Georgia's smallest player, found cracks and crevices in Georgia Tech's tight defense Sunday, leading the Lady Dogs to a 72-66 win over the previously undefeated Yellow Jackets.

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.

Georgia staying close to home for Sugar Bowl
ATLANTA - Georgia is heading back to the Sugar Bowl, which is essentially another home game this season.

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.

Lady Dogs top Georgia Tech

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

Injuries, penalties were plentiful in Tigers' loss

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.

Gamecocks to play Missouri in Independence Bowl
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina will play Missouri in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 30 in Shreveport, La.

Gamecocks to play Missouri in Independence Bowl
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina will play Missouri in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 30 in Shreveport, La.

Gamecocks to play Missouri in Independence Bowl

Making a pit stop

Across the river

Around the block

Recreational centers

Army band delivers musical gift

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Area adult literacy sites

Rowing enthusiast enjoys being a coach

Meetings

Post Happenings

Forum is part of Aiken police reaccreditation

Pet of the week

AARP driving course teaches seniors safety

Attendees get healthy lesson at program

Volunteers give glimpse of Christmas House's work

Library events

The glow of the holidays

Senior stays on her toes with volleyball, clogging

Upcoming events

Old bank building will have original brickwork restored

Christmas travelers, shoppers must stay alert

School, colleges to benefit from Bridgestone/Firestone grants

Events

Recycling centers

CSRA Bridge Results

Teen is all about business on, off basketball court

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