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.

Moon walker Neil Armstrong opens up for biography

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.

Trade talk bubbling ahead of baseball meetings

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
DALLAS - The winter meetings are back in Texas for the first time since 2000, when teams spent nearly $739 million on 24 free agents, including $252 million on Alex Rodriguez and $160 million to Manny Ramirez.

Trade talk bubbling ahead of baseball meetings

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
DALLAS - The winter meetings are back in Texas for the first time since 2000, when teams spent nearly $739 million on 24 free agents, including $252 million on Alex Rodriguez and $160 million to Manny Ramirez.

Sounds of season ring, sing, honk in the spirit

Braves look to fill 3 big holes
DALLAS - Braves general manager John Schuerholz called his team's needs "extraordinary" after the first day of baseball's Winter Meetings at the Wyndham Anatole hotel. But he shot back quickly that Atlanta would prefer to be patient to fill its voids - namely a leadoff man, a closer and maybe a shortstop.

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.

Braves look to fill 3 big holes
DALLAS - Braves general manager John Schuerholz called his team's needs "extraordinary" after the first day of baseball's Winter Meetings at the Wyndham Anatole hotel. But he shot back quickly that Atlanta would prefer to be patient to fill its voids - namely a leadoff man, a closer and maybe a shortstop.

Shortstop leaving Braves to go west

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.

Braves look to fill 3 big holes

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.

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

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.

You better not shout; you better not cry

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.

New competitors want slice of Pixar's pie

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.

Business briefs

New competitors want slice of Pixar's pie
SAN FRANCISCO - Genndy Tartakovsky is a 35-year-old man who still wakes up early on Saturdays to watch cartoons. He confesses: "I can't outgrow them."

Kroger, others fight multifront competitive battle

You better not shout; you better not cry
CHICAGO - Dan McCauley had seen one too many kids at his cafe lying on the floor in front of the counter, careening off the glass pastry case, coming perilously close to getting their fingers pinched in the front door. So he posted a sign: "Children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices."

College towns make the grade with entrepreneurs

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

Developer plans shopping center in Aiken

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.

You better not shout; you better not cry
CHICAGO - Dan McCauley had seen one too many kids at his cafe lying on the floor in front of the counter, careening off the glass pastry case, coming perilously close to getting their fingers pinched in the front door. So he posted a sign: "Children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices."

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
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.

Insurance industry showcases its selection of safe vehicles

Developer plans shopping center in Aiken
AIKEN - A developer hopes to build a six-building shopping center and office complex on the east side of Silver Bluff Road.

Google insiders cash in on company's lofty stock price

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.

New competitors want slice of Pixar's pie
SAN FRANCISCO - Genndy Tartakovsky is a 35-year-old man who still wakes up early on Saturdays to watch cartoons. He confesses: "I can't outgrow them."

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.

Developer plans shopping center in Aiken
AIKEN - A developer hopes to build a six-building shopping center and office complex on the east side of Silver Bluff Road.

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.

Google stock: Bargain or bubble?

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

Young makes his case for the Heisman
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas quarterback Vince Young started his own Heisman campaign Monday.

Leinart establishes himself as an all-time great QB
LOS ANGELES - Southern California was in deep trouble. The Trojans trailed Notre Dame 31-28 with 1:32 remaining, were stuck at their own 26-yard line and had just used their final timeout.

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

USC, Texas finish season the way they started it

Texas coach put USC ahead of own team in final coaches' voting
Texas coach Mack Brown has been calling Southern California the No. 1 team all season and it wasn't just talk.

Young makes his case for the Heisman

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.

Leinart establishes himself as an all-time great QB

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

Young makes his case for the Heisman
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas quarterback Vince Young started his own Heisman campaign Monday.

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

Leinart establishes himself as an all-time great QB
LOS ANGELES - Southern California was in deep trouble. The Trojans trailed Notre Dame 31-28 with 1:32 remaining, were stuck at their own 26-yard line and had just used their final timeout.

Texas coach put USC ahead of own team in final coaches' voting
Texas coach Mack Brown has been calling Southern California the No. 1 team all season and it wasn't just talk.

Texas coach put USC ahead of own team in final coaches' voting

Tennessee bumps Duke from No. 1 in women's poll

No. 1 Duke defeats Texas

North Carolina back in Top 25

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.

We can do better
On the eve of today's mayoral runoff, the forces of negativity tried to make this election about race, dirty politics - anything but ideas.

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

We endorse
We endorse the following in today's runoff election:

We can do better
On the eve of today's mayoral runoff, the forces of negativity tried to make this election about race, dirty politics - anything but ideas.

We endorse

We can do better

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.

We endorse
We endorse the following in today's runoff election:

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - "Dr. Phil" McGraw stated in e-mails that he had "no expertise" in making the diet pills he endorsed, according to court filings in a lawsuit alleging the TV psychologist made false statements about the products.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - "Dr. Phil" McGraw stated in e-mails that he had "no expertise" in making the diet pills he endorsed, according to court filings in a lawsuit alleging the TV psychologist made false statements about the products.

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.

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.

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 downs Virginia

Annoying cell phone chatter inspires a few devious plots

Langers win Father-Son Challenge

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.

Furyk wins four-way playoff in Sun City

Allenby wins Australian PGA

Engler earns his tour card
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Augusta's John Engler can take a well-earned deep breath.

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!"

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.

Miyazato rules Q-school to get her card

Engler earns his tour card
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Augusta's John Engler can take a well-earned deep breath.

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.

Engler earns his tour card

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

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.

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
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

Prep champions

Prep basketball scores

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

Prep champions
Here are the Georgia and South Carolina prep football championship game results.

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

Prep champions
Here are the Georgia and South Carolina prep football championship game results.

Sounds of season ring, sing, honk in the spirit
Lights might give Christmas its most memorable images, but it is also a season known for its sounds. If you were out this weekend, I'm sure you heard a lot of them.

Sounds of season ring, sing, honk in the spirit
Lights might give Christmas its most memorable images, but it is also a season known for its sounds. If you were out this weekend, I'm sure you heard a lot of them.

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

Voter IDs on long list of problems

Clinton is the real embarrassment
The war in Iraq is solely the fault of Saddam Hussein. His failure to completely and fully comply with the United Nations peace treaty he signed in 1991 doomed him and his country to another war. Floyd Brown, Grovetown

Feel free to say 'Merry Christmas'

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

The biggest gift this season: buckle up

The biggest gift this season: buckle up
My three sons - Ashton, Brandon and Drew - were killed in July 2002 in a DUI-related auto accident. Joy Groomes Batchelor, North Augusta, S.C.

Ignorance of sonography is frightening

Feel free to say 'Merry Christmas'
What it is with some stores telling their employees not to say "Merry Christmas," but "Happy Holidays."Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.

Clinton is the real embarrassment

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

Clinton is the real embarrassment
The war in Iraq is solely the fault of Saddam Hussein. His failure to completely and fully comply with the United Nations peace treaty he signed in 1991 doomed him and his country to another war. Floyd Brown, Grovetown

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

Feel free to say 'Merry Christmas'
What it is with some stores telling their employees not to say "Merry Christmas," but "Happy Holidays."Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.

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

The biggest gift this season: buckle up
My three sons - Ashton, Brandon and Drew - were killed in July 2002 in a DUI-related auto accident. Joy Groomes Batchelor, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Hulk game succeeds where Hollywood film failed

Fashion briefs

What should I consider when buying my first digital camera?

Two video projectors break new ground

Seniors calendar

Health calendar

Latest iMac tiptoes into Media Center domain

Odd-shape presents can be a challenge

Living briefs

Internet board moves ahead on '.asia' domain

Internet board moves ahead on '.asia' domain
The quasi-governmental organization that oversees the Internet has given tentative approval for a ".asia" Web domain to unify the Asia-Pacific community, but the group has delayed a decision on whether to move forward with a ".xxx" zone for pornography sites.

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

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

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.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - It's another British invasion. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute's next exhibit is called "AngloMania," a look at British fashion from 1976-2006.

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.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA.

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.

Odd-shape presents can be a challenge
Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, but for some gifts, the wrapping can be even more so.

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.

Internet board moves ahead on '.asia' domain
The quasi-governmental organization that oversees the Internet has given tentative approval for a ".asia" Web domain to unify the Asia-Pacific community, but the group has delayed a decision on whether to move forward with a ".xxx" zone for pornography sites.

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.

Odd-shape presents can be a challenge
Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, but for some gifts, the wrapping can be even more so.

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.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - It's another British invasion. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute's next exhibit is called "AngloMania," a look at British fashion from 1976-2006.

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.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar.

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.

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.

Brodeur, Grrrowl top Lynx

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

News you can use

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

Arson ruled as cause of blaze at UGA fraternity

Assembly to open with new region in control

Keeping tree up is vigil for wife

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

Walker must appeal from cell

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.

Across Georgia

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $20,668.06.

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

The week ahead

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Comic relief is soldier's mission

Across the area
A Warrenville woman died Sunday after an accident at the Owens Corning fiberglass company in Aiken.

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.

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Carter Wayne Padgett, 7 months, of North Augusta.

Across the southeast

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A man who reluctantly gave a stranger a ride after a Christmas party ended up accidentally shooting himself with a pistol he had on his lap.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Elementary and middle school students could take annual high-stakes tests on computer under a House bill to be pre-filed this week.

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.

Low pay drives away jail workers

Christmas parade draws 15,000

Regents will discuss chancellor

Empty Stocking Donations

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.

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.

Judge says Walker can't be free during appeal

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $20,668.06.

Columbia County likely to continue with ambulance firm

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

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.

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.

Across the area

Empty Stocking: Evacuee wants good Christmas for family

Governor seeks tax law change

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Activities scheduled for this week include:

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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.

Police look for man in slaying

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
Previously acknowledged: $23,058.06.

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.

Regents will discuss chancellor
ATLANTA - A meeting today of the University System Board of Regents could clear the way for a new chancellor of Georgia's network of colleges and universities to be named relatively soon.

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

Walker must appeal from cell
U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen Jr. ruled Monday that former state Sen. Charles Walker will have to report to federal prison while his conviction is being appealed.

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 South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Elementary and middle school students could take annual high-stakes tests on computer under a House bill to be pre-filed this week.

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.

Police capture young escapee
Authorities have captured one of the two teenagers who escaped from the Augusta Youth Development Campus last week and expect to have the second in custody soon.

County's growth leads to water, sewer issues
In a growing area such as Columbia County, it's an issue officials say requires a lot of planning and one that lately has come with some concerns from residents and city officials.

Runoff plan anticipates high turnout
Voter turnout for today's runoff is expected to be high enough to warrant raising the number of workers that will take on the task of processing ballots.

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.

News you can use
Activities scheduled for this week include:

Tax agency reviewing donations, deductions

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Empty Stocking: Abused woman struggles with debts

$2 million settlement reached in 1969 race-riot killing
YORK, Pa. - The children and sisters of a black woman from Aiken, S.C., who was killed during race riots in this central Pennsylvania city 36 years ago will share in a $2 million settlement announced Tuesday by York city officials.

Review offers tips to improve schools

Augusta legislators, business community meet; discuss unity
The Augusta business community and members of the state legislative delegation came together this morning to talk about the upcoming General Assembly session.

Keeping tree up is vigil for wife
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Through Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween, the white Christmas tree decked with yellow ribbons has stood in Erica Reynolds' Fort Stewart home.

Correction

Governor seeks tax law change
AIKEN - With state Rep. Roland Smith standing nearby, Gov. Mark Sanford said Monday that he wants to "tighten up" a law that allows counties to create special tax districts that would generate new development.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Carter Wayne Padgett, 7 months, of North Augusta.

Across the area
A Warrenville woman died Sunday after an accident at the Owens Corning fiberglass company in Aiken.

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.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A man who reluctantly gave a stranger a ride after a Christmas party ended up accidentally shooting himself with a pistol he had on his lap.

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.

Correction
The District 7 map that accompanied a list of polling places in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle was incorrect.

Empty Stocking Donations

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $23,058.06.

Across South Carolina

Review offers tips to improve schools
An independent review of the Richmond County school system has affirmed concerns previously raised while pointing out others.

County's growth leads to water, sewer issues

Body could be missing Wal-Mart greeter
Skeletal remains were found today in rural Edgefield County, less than a mile from where a missing Wal-Mart greeter's car was found in early September, authorities said.

Leader asks people to get out and vote

Officials expect afternoon voting rush
Augusta elections officials are expecting a rush of voters this afternoon in the city's hotly contested runoff election.

Police capture young escapee

Sound of the season

Racial rancor marks meeting
On the eve of a hot mayoral contest between a black and a white candidate, a racially divided Augusta Commission clashed Monday over the hiring of a fire chief and an auditor and over discussion of the engineering department and its director, Teresa Smith.

Five Questions with librarian Dottie Demarest

Racial rancor marks meeting
On the eve of a hot mayoral contest between a black and a white candidate, a racially divided Augusta Commission clashed Monday over the hiring of a fire chief and an auditor and over discussion of the engineering department and its director, Teresa Smith.

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.

Leader asks people to get out and vote
A Civil Rights legend urged Augusta voters to go to the polls at a political forum Monday night.

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.

Runoff plan anticipates high turnout
Voter turnout for today's runoff is expected to be high enough to warrant raising the number of workers that will take on the task of processing ballots.

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

Leader asks people to get out and vote
A Civil Rights legend urged Augusta voters to go to the polls at a political forum Monday night.

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.

Walker must appeal from cell
U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen Jr. ruled Monday that former state Sen. Charles Walker will have to report to federal prison while his conviction is being appealed.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $20,668.06.

Empty Stocking: Evacuee wants good Christmas for family
A single mother who escaped from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated her home needs help to make Christmas happy for her three sons and elderly mother.

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

Police capture young escapee
Authorities have captured one of the two teenagers who escaped from the Augusta Youth Development Campus last week and expect to have the second in custody soon.

Across South Carolina

Review offers tips to improve schools
An independent review of the Richmond County school system has affirmed concerns previously raised while pointing out others.

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.

County's growth leads to water, sewer issues
In a growing area such as Columbia County, it's an issue officials say requires a lot of planning and one that lately has come with some concerns from residents and city officials.

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.

Governor seeks tax law change
AIKEN - With state Rep. Roland Smith standing nearby, Gov. Mark Sanford said Monday that he wants to "tighten up" a law that allows counties to create special tax districts that would generate new development.

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.

Regents will discuss chancellor
ATLANTA - A meeting today of the University System Board of Regents could clear the way for a new chancellor of Georgia's network of colleges and universities to be named relatively soon.

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

Keeping tree up is vigil for wife
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Through Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween, the white Christmas tree decked with yellow ribbons has stood in Erica Reynolds' Fort Stewart home.

Racial rancor marks meeting

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $23,058.06.

Runoff plan anticipates high turnout

Correction
The District 7 map that accompanied a list of polling places in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle was incorrect.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Crash couldn't stop Augusta's comeback kid
After what John Engler has fought through the past 30 months of his life, 30 mph winds weren't about to blow up his dream.

Crash couldn't stop Augusta's comeback kid
After what John Engler has fought through the past 30 months of his life, 30 mph winds weren't about to blow up his dream.

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.

'Wallace & Gromit' leads list of animation award nominees
LOS ANGELES - The claymation buddy film "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" scored a leading 15 nominations Monday, including best feature, for the 33rd annual Annie Awards.

Studios hoping Americans ready to watch Flight 93 movies
PITTSBURGH - Has the national psyche healed enough?

'Wallace & Gromit' leads list of animation award nominees

'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.

Studios hoping Americans ready to watch Flight 93 movies
PITTSBURGH - Has the national psyche healed enough?

Theaters agree to help blind, deaf get access to movies

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?

'Wallace & Gromit' leads list of animation award nominees
LOS ANGELES - The claymation buddy film "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" scored a leading 15 nominations Monday, including best feature, for the 33rd annual Annie Awards.

'Harry Potter' still tops box office

Studios hoping Americans ready to watch Flight 93 movies

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

Sonics' Rashard Lewis charged with DUI

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.

Sonics' Rashard Lewis charged with DUI
SEATTLE - Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis was charged Monday with drunken driving, resulting from an arrest on Interstate 90 in late September.

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.

Sonics' Rashard Lewis charged with DUI
SEATTLE - Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis was charged Monday with drunken driving, resulting from an arrest on Interstate 90 in late September.

Tennessee bumps Duke from No. 1 in women's poll
Two more victories over ranked teams finally did it for Tennessee. The Lady Vols are back at No. 1 in The AP women's basketball poll.

North Carolina back in Top 25
Duke and Texas were on top of The Associated Press' basketball poll again Monday, keeping this weekend's 1 vs. 2 matchup intact.

Tennessee bumps Duke from No. 1 in women's poll
Two more victories over ranked teams finally did it for Tennessee. The Lady Vols are back at No. 1 in The AP women's basketball poll.

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.

North Carolina back in Top 25
Duke and Texas were on top of The Associated Press' basketball poll again Monday, keeping this weekend's 1 vs. 2 matchup intact.

NFL lines up Stevie Wonder for Super Bowl pregame show

Foster stepping into starring role in Carolina

Panthers put Falcons in deep playoff hole

Nowhere to throw

Mr. Melvin Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Frost Burns    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. John Duchscher    (JASPER, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie P. Reese    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Duchscher    (JASPER, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Duchscher    (JASPER, Ga.)

Mrs. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ryan Lee Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Martin    (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred R. Hahn    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeanette B. Hebbard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Hollie Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Ryan Lee Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Woods Mills    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie P. Reese    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

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

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lorraine Borders    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ryan Lee Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lorraine Borders    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Melvin Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Richardson, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Corley, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mary Elizabeth Dixon    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Duchscher    (JASPER, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Leatha Suggs    (LORIS, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Frost Burns    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Hollie Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Mr. Terry Richardson, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeanette B. Hebbard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Linda Reddick    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Legatha Y. Heath    (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara A. Henry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Langham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William E. Holley    (MEEKS, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara A. Henry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marion Johnson Bell    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Legatha Y. Heath    (WAGENER, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mary Elizabeth Dixon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Corley, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Lee Burke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Lee Burke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ryan Lee Strader    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marion Johnson Bell    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Webber    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Coffey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leatha Suggs    (LORIS, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Woods Mills    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred R. Hahn    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Mae Herrin    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

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

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Beatrice Martin    (KITE, Ga.)

Miss Linda Reddick    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Eva Mae Herrin    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Hollie Strader (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Frost Burns (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Walters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Charles Coffey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Duchscher (JASPER, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jeanette B. Hebbard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Dorothy Lee Burke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marion Johnson Bell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Woods Mills (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. John Duchscher (JASPER, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Torres Delgado (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Walters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charles Coffey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Legatha Y. Heath (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mrs. Leatha Suggs (LORIS, S.C.)

Mr. William E. Holley (MEEKS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie P. Reese (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Corley, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish (APPLING, Ga.)

Mary Elizabeth Dixon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Langham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Mae Herrin (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Louise Howell Poole (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lorraine Borders (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara A. Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Linda Reddick (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Clara Webber (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Duffie (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

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

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

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

Mrs. Odom Vernon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Martin (KITE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Olin Frances Parrish (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Richardson, Sr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Overtime

Austrians sweep super-G, Kildow sixth

Overtime

World Cup draw seeding method under debate

Overtime
In Thousand Oaks, Calif., John Daly withdrew Monday from the Target World Challenge because of a broken right hand, the second week in a row he has pulled out of a tournament.

World Cup draw seeding method under debate
LEIPZIG, Germany - Five days before the draw for next year's World Cup finals, the debate began on how seeding for the group phase will be determined.

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 Thousand Oaks, Calif., John Daly withdrew Monday from the Target World Challenge because of a broken right hand, the second week in a row he has pulled out of a tournament.

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.

World Cup draw seeding method under debate
LEIPZIG, Germany - Five days before the draw for next year's World Cup finals, the debate began on how seeding for the group phase will be determined.

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.

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

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 lines up Stevie Wonder for Super Bowl pregame show
DETROIT - Motown fans miffed by the NFL's choice of the Rolling Stones for Super Bowl halftime entertainment are getting at least some satisfaction: Stevie Wonder will perform during the pregame show at Ford Field.

NFL lines up Stevie Wonder for Super Bowl pregame show
DETROIT - Motown fans miffed by the NFL's choice of the Rolling Stones for Super Bowl halftime entertainment are getting at least some satisfaction: Stevie Wonder will perform during the pregame show at Ford Field.

Nowhere to throw
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Atlanta's third play against the Carolina Panthers did more than set the tone for Sunday's 24-6 loss at Bank of America Stadium, it epitomized Michael Vick's progression as a professional quarterback.

Foster stepping into starring role in Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hesitant the past three years to grab the torch away from his mentor, DeShaun Foster has finally seized it and taken off running - right into the role as Carolina's featured back.

Nowhere to throw
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Atlanta's third play against the Carolina Panthers did more than set the tone for Sunday's 24-6 loss at Bank of America Stadium, it epitomized Michael Vick's progression as a professional quarterback.

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.

Foster stepping into starring role in Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hesitant the past three years to grab the torch away from his mentor, DeShaun Foster has finally seized it and taken off running - right into the role as Carolina's featured back.

Crash couldn't stop Augusta's comeback kid

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.

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.

Maya Angelou's Christmas party philosophy: 'Celebrate!'
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Thinking back over her memories of Christmas, Maya Angelou recalls the aroma in her family's store in Stamps, Ark.

Two anchors to host ABC's "World News Tonight"
NEW YORK - ABC News named Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff co-anchors of "World News Tonight" on Monday, replacing the late Peter Jennings.

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.

Two anchors to host ABC's "World News Tonight"
NEW YORK - ABC News named Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff co-anchors of "World News Tonight" on Monday, replacing the late Peter Jennings.

Two anchors to host ABC's "World News Tonight"

Maya Angelou's Christmas party philosophy: 'Celebrate!'
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Thinking back over her memories of Christmas, Maya Angelou recalls the aroma in her family's store in Stamps, Ark.

Maya Angelou's Christmas party philosophy: 'Celebrate!'

Tyra Banks takes final spin on the runway

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

People in the News

People in the News

Georgia puts eight on All-SEC team
ATLANTA - Jay Cutler never played on a winning team in college, never went to a bowl game. But he sure finished his career in style.

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

Lady Dogs top Georgia Tech

Georgia staying close to home for Sugar Bowl

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 puts eight on All-SEC team
ATLANTA - Jay Cutler never played on a winning team in college, never went to a bowl game. But he sure finished his career in style.

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.

Georgia puts eight on All-SEC team

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.

Spurrier named SEC coach of the year
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Ol' Ball Coach can still coach.

Spurrier named SEC coach of the year
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Ol' Ball Coach can still coach.

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.

Spurrier named SEC coach of the year

Gamecocks to play Missouri in Independence Bowl

Xtreme question of the week
Is it rude to be specific about what gifts you want?

Teen should put focus on being the best she can be

Teens need alternative to jail
We've all made mistakes. No one's perfect. Making mistakes is a part of growing up, and learning from mistakes helps to shape and mold adolescents into adults.

Spotted

Season of giving
Community-service requirements for high school clubs and college rsums might be enough to get students in the giving spirit.

Season of giving

Spotted
Rachael Foss (left) and Sarah Stone were Spotted in the stands at the Greenbrier basketball game.

Xtreme calendar
AUDITION: Teens In Action with Goals (T.A.G.) is looking for students to star in their Dec. 21 production of Houses of Power, a presentation showcasing the importance of family, church and education. Auditions are 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Henry H. Brigham (Belle Terrace) Community Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road.

Xtreme calendar

Teens need alternative to jail

Teen should put focus on being the best she can be
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: Why do all people think kids don't know what they are doing? Shouldn't all kids have a chance?

Xtreme calendar
AUDITION: Teens In Action with Goals (T.A.G.) is looking for students to star in their Dec. 21 production of Houses of Power, a presentation showcasing the importance of family, church and education. Auditions are 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Henry H. Brigham (Belle Terrace) Community Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road.

Your Yuletide
Going to a parade, visiting with Santa and his helpers or taking part in a religious ceremony? Xtreme wants to run your holiday pictures in our Dec. 20 edition.

Quick Hits
MY THOUGHTS: Bewitched is an entertaining remake of the original television show. The comedy stars Nicole Kidman as a witch and Will Ferrell as a conceited mortal brought together when they star in a remake of the television show but end up falling in love in some funny ways. This laugh-out-loud movie has many small twists that makes it a great date movie.

Teen should put focus on being the best she can be
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: Why do all people think kids don't know what they are doing? Shouldn't all kids have a chance?

Teens need alternative to jail
We've all made mistakes. No one's perfect. Making mistakes is a part of growing up, and learning from mistakes helps to shape and mold adolescents into adults.

Season of giving
Community-service requirements for high school clubs and college rsums might be enough to get students in the giving spirit.

Quick Hits
MY THOUGHTS: Bewitched is an entertaining remake of the original television show. The comedy stars Nicole Kidman as a witch and Will Ferrell as a conceited mortal brought together when they star in a remake of the television show but end up falling in love in some funny ways. This laugh-out-loud movie has many small twists that makes it a great date movie.

Fantasia Barrino shares hardships in her new book
After winning the American Idol competition May 26, 2004, Fantasia Barrino's life changed forever. Coming from a very stern and religious family, everyone had high expectations for the young singer, but as a typical teenager she steered the opposite way of her church family.

Your Yuletide
Going to a parade, visiting with Santa and his helpers or taking part in a religious ceremony? Xtreme wants to run your holiday pictures in our Dec. 20 edition.

Your Yuletide

Spotted
Rachael Foss (left) and Sarah Stone were Spotted in the stands at the Greenbrier basketball game.

Xtreme question of the week
Is it rude to be specific about what gifts you want?

Fantasia Barrino shares hardships in her new book
After winning the American Idol competition May 26, 2004, Fantasia Barrino's life changed forever. Coming from a very stern and religious family, everyone had high expectations for the young singer, but as a typical teenager she steered the opposite way of her church family.

Xtreme question of the week

Quick Hits

Fantasia Barrino shares hardships in her new book