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.

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

Beatles book tells epic story of epic band
"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.

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

Moon walker Neil Armstrong opens up for biography

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

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.

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.

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

'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

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

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

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

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"?

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.

Dominicans hope to play for homeland

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.

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

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Mallery Jenneane Dorsey

LillieAnne Elisabeth Bosdell

Destiny Lee Odom

Gregg Steven Wall

Jasmine Alicia Williams

Elijah Phillip Johnson

Gregg Steven Wall

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Trust Emmanuel Green

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Makaylah Eboni Dunn

Trust Emmanuel Green

Chenoa Lee Waites

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

Destiny Lee Odom

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Jackson Davis Wayde

Evan Andrew Lee

Abigail Vivian Mellen

Brooklyn Ciara Fuller

Gregg Steven Wall

Brianna Reese Wimberly

Cassidy Rose Gillespie

Jackson Davis Wayde

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

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.

Property transfers

Google insiders cash in on company's lofty stock price

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.

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

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

Business briefs
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.

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.

Georgia sees increase in fatalities for employees

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:

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.

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:

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.

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
When asked how many people work in the safety department at the John Deere tractor plant in Grovetown, Matt Hurley is quick to answer:

College towns make the grade with entrepreneurs

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:

Insurance industry showcases its selection of safe vehicles

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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Google stock: Bargain or bubble?

Hispanic workers' safety is concern

Kroger, others fight multifront competitive battle

Business calendar

Business briefs

On the move

Construction trades work to attract young people

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.

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
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.

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

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.

BCS gets the glitz without the griping

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.

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

Junior steps up for Lady Lions

No. 1 Duke defeats Texas

Harper tunes up Lane for 30

Economy weathers hurricane blasts

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.

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

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?

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?

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

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

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
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.

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
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.

Georgia Tech downs Virginia

Jackets not happy with destination

Annoying cell phone chatter inspires a few devious plots

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!"

Langers win Father-Son Challenge

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.

Furyk wins four-way playoff in Sun City

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!"

Montgomerie wins Hong Kong Open

Allenby wins Australian PGA

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.

Squads rejoice in state title victories

Hillary pulls out all the stops as Rebels cruise

Hawks capture first state title in decade

Prep basketball scores

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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

Copenhaver 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.

Voter IDs on long list of problems

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

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.

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

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

Embrace the vision of unity

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

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

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

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

City needs new face as mayor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A vote for Deke Copenhaver is a vote for needed change

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

Augusta needs fresh enthusiasm

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

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

We need more young idealism

Quit the racism in Augusta, and think solely of progress

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

Blocker-Adams' mayoral endorsement took courage

Ignorance of sonography is frightening

Couple finds home while in market for estate-sale furniture

Knowledge of what to look for will aid in tree selection

Advice for a happy - and safe - holiday

Latest iMac tiptoes into Media Center domain

Living briefs

What should I consider when buying my first digital camera?

Minister doesn't require pay for baptism

Check bulb's CFL and save money

Travel briefs

Travelers spending Christmas away from home

Two video projectors break new ground

Lighthouse is cozy for Christmas

Hulk game succeeds where Hollywood film failed

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

The week ahead

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

Across South Carolina

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.

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 Donations
Previously acknowledged: $20,668.06.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Arson ruled as cause of blaze at UGA fraternity

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.

Across the area

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.

Correction

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $20,668.06.

Funding debate looms in Atlanta

Mayor wants people home

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.

Holiday shoppers keep buying

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.

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.

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.

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.

Caroling in Columbia County

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

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.

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.

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

Police look for man in slaying

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: Abused woman struggles with debts

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

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

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.

Kid of the day

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Deadly shooting follows accident

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 South Carolina

Judge says Walker can't be free during appeal

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia

Columbia County likely to continue with ambulance firm

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.

Low pay drives away jail workers

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 southeast

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.

Sound of the season

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Five Questions with librarian Dottie Demarest

Across the area

Assembly to open with new region in control

Race is still big part of runoff

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Christmas parade draws 15,000

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.

Tax agency reviewing donations, deductions

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

News you can use
Activities for this today include:

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.

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.

Comic relief is soldier's mission

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $20,668.06.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

News you can use
Activities for this today include:

Where we live

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

Fort Stewart troops return to emotional homecoming

News you can use

Hurricane victims vent frustrations at meeting

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Empty Stocking: Mother wants children to get gifts this year

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.

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.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $16,696.36

S. Carolina tightens seat belt rules

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

'Harry Potter' still tops box office

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?

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.

Artists to cover Lennon songs in human rights fundraiser

Celtics edge Knicks

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Panthers put Falcons in deep playoff hole

NFL power rankings for week 13

Carolina brings out best in Vick

Area players in the NFL

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

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

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

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Duchscher    (JASPER, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Alfred R. Hahn    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ryan Lee Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Melvin Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas W. Poole    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ryan Lee Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Woods Mills    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Duchscher    (JASPER, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas W. Poole    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Clinton Murdock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Woods Mills    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Alfred R. Hahn    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Cubie Mundy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Odom Vernon (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Bobby Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Duchscher (JASPER, Ga.)

Miss Kimberly Sheryl Ray (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Woods Mills (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Charles Coffey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Melvin Walters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Coffey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Barbara Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Clara Webber (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cubie Mundy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Clara Webber (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Clinton Murdock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan (EVANS, Ga.)

Vigil being kept on prayer in sports

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Sports rants and raves

Overtime

Austrians sweep super-G, Kildow sixth

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Area players in the NFL
How they performed.

Up to parents for life lessons

Georgia's naysayers now must eat words

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.

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.

Danson makes inspirational move to 'South Bronx'

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.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

Should Couric and Lauer be working an entertainment event?

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

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

People in the News

Punt blocks old hat for Georgia senior

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
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
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

AARP driving course teaches seniors safety

Meetings

Recreational centers

Library events

Forum is part of Aiken police reaccreditation

Rowing enthusiast enjoys being a coach

Volunteers give glimpse of Christmas House's work

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Christmas travelers, shoppers must stay alert

Around the block

Events

Old bank building will have original brickwork restored

CSRA Bridge Results

Across the river

Teen is all about business on, off basketball court

Army band delivers musical gift

Post Happenings

Making a pit stop

Pet of the week

Area adult literacy sites

The glow of the holidays

School, colleges to benefit from Bridgestone/Firestone grants

Attendees get healthy lesson at program

Recycling centers

Upcoming events

Senior stays on her toes with volleyball, clogging