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

Bikers help RECing Crew give out some holiday cheer
Area bikers played Santa Claus on Saturday for a group of special-needs adults.

Wildlife at park given treats for holidays
Mary Wells, 4, rolled a pine cone covered in peanut butter in a tray of bird seed.

School lunch menu
Aiken and Edgefield counties school lunch menu through Dec. 16.

Ordinance review is taking a long time
It could take the county planning commission two years to finish its review of new zoning regulations, a job it was given three months to complete.

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

Historic Augusta plans trip to Camden
For people interested in the history and architecture of Augusta and surrounding areas, Historic Augusta Inc's Peep n' Eat program might be a way to spend an afternoon.

Recreation centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

Across the river
LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 nightly through Wednesday, Dec. 28; 633 Old Louisville Road, Grovetown; hayride tour of about 300 light displays with Christmas themes, Bible stories and fairy tales.

Reunions
GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL 1983: Seeking classmates for 22-year reunion Saturday, Dec. 24; contact Timothy Allen, 798-0766

Wildlife at park given treats for holidays
Mary Wells, 4, rolled a pine cone covered in peanut butter in a tray of bird seed.

Milestones
The following students have been inducted into Pi Gamma Mu International Social Sciences Honor Society at the University of South Carolina Aiken:

This week
A, B, C Connection: Noon today; North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, 302 Georgia Ave.; fraud prevention for your business will be discussed; bring lunch; dessert and beverages provided; 279-2323

This week
A, B, C Connection: Noon today; North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, 302 Georgia Ave.; fraud prevention for your business will be discussed; bring lunch; dessert and beverages provided; 279-2323

Reunions
GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL 1983: Seeking classmates for 22-year reunion Saturday, Dec. 24; contact Timothy Allen, 798-0766

Events
The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce will hold its ABC Connection at noon today at the chamber, 302 Georgia Ave. Fraud prevention for businesses will be discussed. Bring a lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided. Call 279-2323.

Hot air keeps balloon pilot aloft
What started out as a business venture for real estate agent Richard Ret became a lifelong passion.

Pet of the week
Lulu, 1-year-old female bassett hound mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Rose Hill is a reminder of old city
The Rose Hill estate has been tucked away in Aiken for more than a century.

Across the river
LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 nightly through Wednesday, Dec. 28; 633 Old Louisville Road, Grovetown; hayride tour of about 300 light displays with Christmas themes, Bible stories and fairy tales.

Special children get their own rides
Many youngsters have a bicycle on their Christmas wish list. For some children with disabilities, riding a bicycle or tricycle might seem impossible.

Historic Augusta plans trip to Camden
For people interested in the history and architecture of Augusta and surrounding areas, Historic Augusta Inc's Peep n' Eat program might be a way to spend an afternoon.

Crafts show at Weeks Center attracts Christmas shoppers
Gail Cruz left home early to tend to her craft booth at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center on Saturday. She wanted to scope out the other wares at the 35th annual Christmas craft show.

Hot air keeps balloon pilot aloft
What started out as a business venture for real estate agent Richard Ret became a lifelong passion.

Redcliffe Plantation presents poignant Christmas event
New toys wrapped in brightly colored paper and trimmed with metallic bows might be what many children receive this Christmas, but Christmas today is nothing like what slaves during the 19th century would have experienced.

USC Aiken programs broaden art students' horizons
As a member of the Silver Spirit Marching Band at Silver Bluff High School, Heather Hanna learned the intricacies of band music.

USC Aiken programs broaden art students' horizons
As a member of the Silver Spirit Marching Band at Silver Bluff High School, Heather Hanna learned the intricacies of band music.

Ordinance review is taking a long time
It could take the county planning commission two years to finish its review of new zoning regulations, a job it was given three months to complete.

Pet of the week
Lulu, 1-year-old female bassett hound mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Redcliffe Plantation presents poignant Christmas event
New toys wrapped in brightly colored paper and trimmed with metallic bows might be what many children receive this Christmas, but Christmas today is nothing like what slaves during the 19th century would have experienced.

Milestones
The following students have been inducted into Pi Gamma Mu International Social Sciences Honor Society at the University of South Carolina Aiken:

Bikers help RECing Crew give out some holiday cheer
Area bikers played Santa Claus on Saturday for a group of special-needs adults.

Recreation centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

Special children get their own rides
Many youngsters have a bicycle on their Christmas wish list. For some children with disabilities, riding a bicycle or tricycle might seem impossible.

School lunch menu
Aiken and Edgefield counties school lunch menu through Dec. 16.

Crafts show at Weeks Center attracts Christmas shoppers
Gail Cruz left home early to tend to her craft booth at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center on Saturday. She wanted to scope out the other wares at the 35th annual Christmas craft show.

Rose Hill is a reminder of old city
The Rose Hill estate has been tucked away in Aiken for more than a century.

Events
The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce will hold its ABC Connection at noon today at the chamber, 302 Georgia Ave. Fraud prevention for businesses will be discussed. Bring a lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided. Call 279-2323.

Applause cover
Applause cover for Dec. 8, 2005.

Applause cover
Applause cover for Dec. 8, 2005.

Applause cover

Actors portray darkness of 'Carol' while keeping up spirit
Ghosts and greed and shuffling off the mortal coil - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Actors portray darkness of 'Carol' while keeping up spirit

Actors portray darkness of 'Carol' while keeping up spirit
Ghosts and greed and shuffling off the mortal coil - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Astros decide not to wait on 'Rocket'

Toronto reels in ex-Marlin
DALLAS - The Toronto Blue Jays kept up their spending spree Tuesday by agreeing to terms with starter A.J. Burnett on a five-year, $55 million contract.

Toronto reels in ex-Marlin
DALLAS - The Toronto Blue Jays kept up their spending spree Tuesday by agreeing to terms with starter A.J. Burnett on a five-year, $55 million contract.

Astros decide not to wait on 'Rocket'
DALLAS - The Houston Astros declined to offer salary arbitration to Roger Clemens on Wednesday, a move that means he can't re-sign with the National League champions until May 1.

Astros decide not to wait on 'Rocket'
DALLAS - The Houston Astros declined to offer salary arbitration to Roger Clemens on Wednesday, a move that means he can't re-sign with the National League champions until May 1.

Toronto reels in ex-Marlin

Braves try to shore up bullpen
DALLAS - Atlanta spent much of Wednesday working on a deal to fill its vacancy at shortstop. It didn't happen, but the Braves found a way to bolster their bullpen in the meantime.

Braves try to shore up bullpen
DALLAS - Atlanta spent much of Wednesday working on a deal to fill its vacancy at shortstop. It didn't happen, but the Braves found a way to bolster their bullpen in the meantime.

Braves try to shore up bullpen

IHOP takes Kroger to court
An Augusta IHOP franchisee is suing Kroger Co., claiming the grocer is holding up the construction of its proposed restaurant in the Evans Crossing shopping center.

Apple, NBC ink deal to offer TV shows on iTunes
SAN JOSE, Calif. - NBC Universal has inked a deal with Apple Computer Inc. to become the second network to sell television shows a la carte on Apple's online iTunes store, the companies announced Tuesday.

IHOP takes Kroger to court

Coca-Cola's profits, worker morale bubbly
ATLANTA - The chief executive of The Coca-Cola Co. said Wednesday that the world's largest beverage maker has made progress over the past year improving employee morale, which has helped boost sales and profits.

Coca-Cola's profits, worker morale bubbly

Ford to cut ads in media for gays
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that its luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands will no longer advertise in gay publications, but the nation's second largest automaker denied making the decision under pressure from conservative Christian groups.

Chamber aims to dispel image of 'back road'
North Augusta's West Avenue is no back road.

Business briefs
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Five bidders attended an auction Tuesday with intentions of bidding on all or part of the assets of the closed Durango-Georgia Paper Co. in Camden County.

Apple, NBC ink deal to offer TV shows on iTunes

Coca-Cola's profits, worker morale bubbly
ATLANTA - The chief executive of The Coca-Cola Co. said Wednesday that the world's largest beverage maker has made progress over the past year improving employee morale, which has helped boost sales and profits.

Satellite radio prices down as XM, Sirius do battle

Sears sees poor sales, $58 million in profits
CHICAGO - Sears Holdings Corp. reported another mixed quarter of skidding sales from its stores alongside improved costs and profit margins Tuesday, encouraging investors while leaving questions about its future and direction as a retailer unanswered.

Sears sees poor sales, $58 million in profits
CHICAGO - Sears Holdings Corp. reported another mixed quarter of skidding sales from its stores alongside improved costs and profit margins Tuesday, encouraging investors while leaving questions about its future and direction as a retailer unanswered.

Satellite radio prices down as XM, Sirius do battle
WASHINGTON - For Dan McLain of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, there was a compelling reason to buy a satellite radio receiver: shock jock Howard Stern's looming move off the traditional airwaves. "It's just a show I enjoy. I'm a listener and my wife's a listener," he said.

Augusta repair company makes Landmark change
The herd over at Garrett Aviation Services Inc. has been re-branded.

Ford to cut ads in media for gays
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that its luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands will no longer advertise in gay publications, but the nation's second largest automaker denied making the decision under pressure from conservative Christian groups.

Sears sees poor sales, $58 million in profits

IHOP takes Kroger to court
An Augusta IHOP franchisee is suing Kroger Co., claiming the grocer is holding up the construction of its proposed restaurant in the Evans Crossing shopping center.

Augusta repair company makes Landmark change

Augusta repair company makes Landmark change
The herd over at Garrett Aviation Services Inc. has been re-branded.

Chamber aims to dispel image of 'back road'
North Augusta's West Avenue is no back road.

Satellite radio prices down as XM, Sirius do battle
WASHINGTON - For Dan McLain of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, there was a compelling reason to buy a satellite radio receiver: shock jock Howard Stern's looming move off the traditional airwaves. "It's just a show I enjoy. I'm a listener and my wife's a listener," he said.

Business briefs

Ford to cut ads in media for gays

Chamber aims to dispel image of 'back road'

Business briefs
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Five bidders attended an auction Tuesday with intentions of bidding on all or part of the assets of the closed Durango-Georgia Paper Co. in Camden County.

Apple, NBC ink deal to offer TV shows on iTunes
SAN JOSE, Calif. - NBC Universal has inked a deal with Apple Computer Inc. to become the second network to sell television shows a la carte on Apple's online iTunes store, the companies announced Tuesday.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 8, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Thursday, December 7, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 8, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Thursday, December 7, 2005.

Final Four trip bittersweet for Clemson coach who lost father
COLUMBIA, S.C. - For Clemson soccer coach Trevor Adair, the joy of making his first NCAA Final Four has been bittersweet.

Final Four trip bittersweet for Clemson coach who lost father

Clemson tops Wofford

Clemson tops Wofford
CLEMSON, S.C. - Akin Akingbala scored 14 points and had eight rebounds as Clemson held off Wofford 62-60 Tuesday night.

Clemson tops Wofford
CLEMSON, S.C. - Akin Akingbala scored 14 points and had eight rebounds as Clemson held off Wofford 62-60 Tuesday night.

Final Four trip bittersweet for Clemson coach who lost father
COLUMBIA, S.C. - For Clemson soccer coach Trevor Adair, the joy of making his first NCAA Final Four has been bittersweet.

Trio of seniors up for punter honor

Young looks to top Trojan duo

Young looks to top Trojan duo
AUSTIN, Texas - Seventh-grader Vince Young toiled away in his yard, raking leaves and piling them in bags. Each time he finished, his mother would dump them out and tell him to do it again.

Bush has leaped to top of Heisman race

Bush has leaped to top of Heisman race
LOS ANGELES - Reggie Bush raced around left end, easily leaving most Fresno State defenders in the dust, though a few had angles on him.

Trio of seniors up for punter honor
So much for the youth movement. One year after sophomore Daniel Sepulveda of Baylor won the Ray Guy Award, Arizona's Danny Baugher, Colorado's John Torp and Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier - all seniors - are vying for the distinction of the nation's top college punter.

Bush has leaped to top of Heisman race
LOS ANGELES - Reggie Bush raced around left end, easily leaving most Fresno State defenders in the dust, though a few had angles on him.

Trio of seniors up for punter honor
So much for the youth movement. One year after sophomore Daniel Sepulveda of Baylor won the Ray Guy Award, Arizona's Danny Baugher, Colorado's John Torp and Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier - all seniors - are vying for the distinction of the nation's top college punter.

Young looks to top Trojan duo
AUSTIN, Texas - Seventh-grader Vince Young toiled away in his yard, raking leaves and piling them in bags. Each time he finished, his mother would dump them out and tell him to do it again.

College basketball roundup

Spring Hill honors local golfer

Protect officials' right to pray

Teachers are still at risk
Assaults on Richmond County public school teachers are down from last year, but not down far enough, given the effort authorities are putting into combating school violence.

Editor's note
Because of Tuesday's runoff election in Augusta, our readers in Georgia and South Carolina saw slightly different editorial pages in their Wednesday editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Quite a statement
A good portion of Augusta was excited for Mayor-elect Deke Copenhaver Tuesday night.

Quite a statement

Exit Charles Walker
It would have been a shock, and a disaster to the community, if U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen had let former state Sen. Charles Walker stay out of prison.

Teachers are still at risk
Assaults on Richmond County public school teachers are down from last year, but not down far enough, given the effort authorities are putting into combating school violence.

Quite a statement
A good portion of Augusta was excited for Mayor-elect Deke Copenhaver Tuesday night.

No clemency for Crips co-founder
Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the Crips, Los Angeles' most notorious and brutal street gang, is scheduled to die Dec. 13. No one deserves the death penalty more. He was convicted 25 years ago of four vicious, pointless murders in a crime spree that netted him $300.

Editor's note

Exit Charles Walker

Teachers are still at risk

A tale of two tragedies

Editor's note
Because of Tuesday's runoff election in Augusta, our readers in Georgia and South Carolina saw slightly different editorial pages in their Wednesday editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Exit Charles Walker
It would have been a shock, and a disaster to the community, if U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen had let former state Sen. Charles Walker stay out of prison.

Protect officials' right to pray
The nation's Founding Fathers would roll over in their graves if they knew how some people are trying to use the Constitution to drive religion out of public life. Among the attacks on Judeo-Christian values are efforts to ban invocations at public meetings.

A tale of two tragedies
Sixty-four years ago today, the Japanese Imperial Navy's air force attacked Pearl Harbor with unexpected swiftness and stunning effectiveness - killing nearly 2,400 Americans and destroying or damaging much of the U.S. Navy's fleet. including the battleship U.S.S. Arizona with 1,102 crewmen aboard.

No clemency for Crips co-founder
Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the Crips, Los Angeles' most notorious and brutal street gang, is scheduled to die Dec. 13. No one deserves the death penalty more. He was convicted 25 years ago of four vicious, pointless murders in a crime spree that netted him $300.

No clemency for Crips co-founder

Protect officials' right to pray
The nation's Founding Fathers would roll over in their graves if they knew how some people are trying to use the Constitution to drive religion out of public life. Among the attacks on Judeo-Christian values are efforts to ban invocations at public meetings.

A tale of two tragedies
Sixty-four years ago today, the Japanese Imperial Navy's air force attacked Pearl Harbor with unexpected swiftness and stunning effectiveness - killing nearly 2,400 Americans and destroying or damaging much of the U.S. Navy's fleet. including the battleship U.S.S. Arizona with 1,102 crewmen aboard.

Spotted
Patrice (from left), Patra, Patrick and Vanessa Collins spent family time at the Columbia County Christmas parade Sunday.

People in the News
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A lawsuit by parents of a teenager who says she was raped during a party at Nick Nolte's home can include evidence of previous drug and alcohol use by the actor and his son, a judge has ruled.

Club calendar
Ready for a night out? Here's a sampling of who's playing where, and drink specials at Augusta and Aiken nightspots:

Valerie Bertinelli divorcing Eddie Van Halen
LOS ANGELES - Valerie Bertinelli and her rock star husband, Eddie Van Halen, are divorcing after 24 years of marriage, Bertinelli's publicist confirmed Tuesday.

Stuff to do
The Augusta Concert Band will present its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Curtis Baptist Church, 1326 Broad St.

People in the News
GENEVA - Brigitte Bardot renewed her attack on Canada's annual seal hunt in a mock trial staged by animal rights activists.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta.

Eminem says he's back with ex-wife, may remarry
DETROIT - Rap superstar Eminem told a radio show Tuesday that he is back together with his ex-wife and may remarry.

Stuff to do
The Augusta Concert Band will present its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Curtis Baptist Church, 1326 Broad St.

People in the News
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A lawsuit by parents of a teenager who says she was raped during a party at Nick Nolte's home can include evidence of previous drug and alcohol use by the actor and his son, a judge has ruled.

Valerie Bertinelli divorcing Eddie Van Halen
LOS ANGELES - Valerie Bertinelli and her rock star husband, Eddie Van Halen, are divorcing after 24 years of marriage, Bertinelli's publicist confirmed Tuesday.

Aniston sues photographer for invasion of privacy
LOS ANGELES - Jennifer Aniston is suing a paparazzo, claiming he invaded her privacy by using a telephoto lens to photograph her inside her home when she was topless or partly undressed.

Grubbin': Locos Grill & Pub
ADDRESS: 341 Baston Road, Martinez ON THE MENU: The Athens, Ga.-based chain is known for its deli sandwiches. It also offers burgers, salads, wings and entrees.

People in the News
GENEVA - Brigitte Bardot renewed her attack on Canada's annual seal hunt in a mock trial staged by animal rights activists.

Club calendar
Ready for a night out? Here's a sampling of who's playing where, and drink specials at Augusta and Aiken nightspots:

The Top Five list
The top five in entertainment list.

Grubbin': Locos Grill & Pub
ADDRESS: 341 Baston Road, Martinez ON THE MENU: The Athens, Ga.-based chain is known for its deli sandwiches. It also offers burgers, salads, wings and entrees.

Spotted
Patrice (from left), Patra, Patrick and Vanessa Collins spent family time at the Columbia County Christmas parade Sunday.

Aniston sues photographer for invasion of privacy
LOS ANGELES - Jennifer Aniston is suing a paparazzo, claiming he invaded her privacy by using a telephoto lens to photograph her inside her home when she was topless or partly undressed.

The Top Five list
The top five in entertainment list.

Eminem says he's back with ex-wife, may remarry
DETROIT - Rap superstar Eminem told a radio show Tuesday that he is back together with his ex-wife and may remarry.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta.

Vegetarian cookie recipes
CONCORD, N.H. - The cookie swap party pressure is mounting. The weekend before Christmas my wife and I are hosting our second annual holiday cookie swap party.

Low-fat lamb chops teriyaki recipe
Yes, you really can have lamb chops on a low-fat, heart-healthy diet, provided you trim away the fat and cook them right. That's the word from "Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart" (Reader's Digest, 2005, $29.95).

Bite-size caramels are a perfect holiday gift

Vegetarian cookie recipes

Seared swordfish make quick and easy

Twelve cookies: homemade for the holidays

Twelve cookies: homemade for the holidays
Cookie recipes for the holidays.

Twelve cookies: homemade for the holidays
Cookie recipes for the holidays.

Seared swordfish make quick and easy
The title of Melissa Clark's new cookbook, "Chef Interrupted," casts a new benevolent aura on its second word.

Bite-size caramels are a perfect holiday gift
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Sinking your teeth into a soft, chewy caramel is an unforgettable experience.

Vegetarian cookie recipes
CONCORD, N.H. - The cookie swap party pressure is mounting. The weekend before Christmas my wife and I are hosting our second annual holiday cookie swap party.

Seared swordfish make quick and easy
The title of Melissa Clark's new cookbook, "Chef Interrupted," casts a new benevolent aura on its second word.

Low-fat lamb chops teriyaki recipe

Low-fat lamb chops teriyaki recipe
Yes, you really can have lamb chops on a low-fat, heart-healthy diet, provided you trim away the fat and cook them right. That's the word from "Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart" (Reader's Digest, 2005, $29.95).

Bite-size caramels are a perfect holiday gift
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Sinking your teeth into a soft, chewy caramel is an unforgettable experience.

Ripken forms new controlling entity
In Dallas, Ripken Baseball, the new owner of the Augusta GreenJackets, has formed Baseball Enterprises LLC.

Ripken forms new controlling entity
In Dallas, Ripken Baseball, the new owner of the Augusta GreenJackets, has formed Baseball Enterprises LLC.

Golf notebook

Golf notebook
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods might be spending the better part of September in Britain and Ireland.

Golf notebook
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods might be spending the better part of September in Britain and Ireland.

Ripken forms new controlling entity

Final poll represents string of post-season upsets

Six teams will enjoy gift of jewelry

State gives Red Devils their due

Warmup key in Lakeside's win

Laney's Smart wins No. 500

Prep basketball roundup

Final poll represents string of post-season upsets
ATLANTA - With the 2005 season in the record books, the final Associated Press high school football poll reflects the surprising changes that take place during the playoffs.

Six teams will enjoy gift of jewelry
The season is over, and local jewelers couldn't be happier with the results. The sellers of state title rings are extra busy after last weekend.

Six teams will enjoy gift of jewelry
The season is over, and local jewelers couldn't be happier with the results. The sellers of state title rings are extra busy after last weekend.

State gives Red Devils their due
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County finally got what was coming to them.

State gives Red Devils their due
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County finally got what was coming to them.

Final poll represents string of post-season upsets
ATLANTA - With the 2005 season in the record books, the final Associated Press high school football poll reflects the surprising changes that take place during the playoffs.

NHL roundup

Blackhawks win in overtime
CHICAGO - Tyler Arnason scored a power-play goal 1:20 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

NHL roundup
PHILADELPHIA - Mike Richards scored the lone goal and Philadelphia goalie Antero Niittymaki was perfect through regulation, overtime and the shootout to lift the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Blackhawks win in overtime
CHICAGO - Tyler Arnason scored a power-play goal 1:20 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Blackhawks win in overtime

NHL roundup
PHILADELPHIA - Mike Richards scored the lone goal and Philadelphia goalie Antero Niittymaki was perfect through regulation, overtime and the shootout to lift the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Baked cheeses make treat out of holiday events
For most families, the holiday season can be described in one word: Frenzied!

Baked cheeses make treat out of holiday events
For most families, the holiday season can be described in one word: Frenzied!

Baked cheeses make treat out of holiday events

'Chronicle' headlines tell a sad tale

Unions necessary for better schools
Again, The Chronicle's editorial page has published an opinion with no basis in fact, and which borders on the absurd.William Head, Grovetown

There is no 'assault on Christmas'
Why is it that, in the past few years, whenever it gets close to Christmas, Fox News and its followers start this uproar over what they say is an "assault on Christmas"? They even have our local media jumping on this bandwagon. I've read comments to that effect in the Rants & Raves section, and I've heard outcries for boycotts of stores who say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."Ginger Sitler, Augusta

Unions necessary for better schools
Again, The Chronicle's editorial page has published an opinion with no basis in fact, and which borders on the absurd.William Head, Grovetown

There is no 'assault on Christmas'

'Chronicle' headlines tell a sad tale
On Page 1 of The Augusta Chronicle's day-after-Thanksgiving edition, there was food for thought in the headline, "A time for thanks." Next to that headline and picture of volunteers serving Thanksgiving meals to Augusta's needy was the headline, "Suicide bomber kills 30 in Iraq."Alan Roberts, M.D., Augusta

Union workers are getting short shrift

Unions necessary for better schools

'Chronicle' headlines tell a sad tale
On Page 1 of The Augusta Chronicle's day-after-Thanksgiving edition, there was food for thought in the headline, "A time for thanks." Next to that headline and picture of volunteers serving Thanksgiving meals to Augusta's needy was the headline, "Suicide bomber kills 30 in Iraq."Alan Roberts, M.D., Augusta

Union workers are getting short shrift
I want to respond to the editorial about unions needing to retool ("Unions need to retool," Nov. 22). Unions got this country a 40-hour work week, paid overtime, health benefits and pensions.Angela Kelley, Beech Island, S.C.

There is no 'assault on Christmas'
Why is it that, in the past few years, whenever it gets close to Christmas, Fox News and its followers start this uproar over what they say is an "assault on Christmas"? They even have our local media jumping on this bandwagon. I've read comments to that effect in the Rants & Raves section, and I've heard outcries for boycotts of stores who say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."Ginger Sitler, Augusta

Union workers are getting short shrift
I want to respond to the editorial about unions needing to retool ("Unions need to retool," Nov. 22). Unions got this country a 40-hour work week, paid overtime, health benefits and pensions.Angela Kelley, Beech Island, S.C.

Living briefs

Taiwan pigeon racing attracts gamblers, birdnappers

Report: Museum artifacts in danger across U.S.

Taiwan pigeon racing attracts gamblers, birdnappers
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Pigeon racing traces its roots to Europe, but Taiwanese have made it their own.

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

Taiwan pigeon racing attracts gamblers, birdnappers
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Pigeon racing traces its roots to Europe, but Taiwanese have made it their own.

Report: Museum artifacts in danger across U.S.
NEW YORK - Millions of rare artifacts in museums and libraries across the United States are slowly disintegrating because of improper storage, according to a survey said to be the largest-ever look at the condition of such collections.

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

Report: Museum artifacts in danger across U.S.
NEW YORK - Millions of rare artifacts in museums and libraries across the United States are slowly disintegrating because of improper storage, according to a survey said to be the largest-ever look at the condition of such collections.

Lynx ground Ice Pilots

Lynx ground Ice Pilots
With Augusta frozen in an offensive rut, right winger Dan Sullivan took the game into his own hands.

Lynx add 4 players in day of trading

Lynx crushed by Gladiators on road
Three Gladiators scored two goals each as Gwinnett easily defeated the Augusta Lynx, 7-1 on Tuesday.

Lynx ground Ice Pilots
With Augusta frozen in an offensive rut, right winger Dan Sullivan took the game into his own hands.

Lynx crushed by Gladiators on road
Three Gladiators scored two goals each as Gwinnett easily defeated the Augusta Lynx, 7-1 on Tuesday.

Lynx add 4 players in day of trading
The Augusta Lynx made two deals, adding a total of four players Tuesday.

Lynx add 4 players in day of trading
The Augusta Lynx made two deals, adding a total of four players Tuesday.

Lynx crushed by Gladiators on road

Rape case might go to Juvenile Court
The case of a former Greenbrier High School student charged with rape and aggravated child molestation might be transferred to Juvenile Court.

Officials debate over submerged logs
ATLANTA - Georgia's environmental officials clashed Wednesday over how to price deadhead logs, the valuable lumber that sank into rivers decades ago while being rafted to ports and sawmills during the heyday of Southern logging.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -The trial of an 18-year-old accused of killing a man walking home from work during a drive-by shooting in Powder Springs, Ga., began Tuesday.

Former S.C. Gov. Carroll Campbell dies
LEXINGTON, S.C. -- Former Gov. Carroll Campbell Jr., popular and politically savvy, who helped make the Republican Party a powerful force in South Carolina and changed the face of state government while recruiting big-name industries, died Wednesday. He was 65.

Hasan defeats Howard for post

James Brown festival scheduled

Soldiers' families get a lift
A pizza party. A trip to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia. Sending homemade gifts to loved ones.

Mother wants to give son, 4, real Christmas
A single Augusta mother caring for her special-needs son alone cannot afford to give him a special Christmas without help.

Across South Carolina

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Previously acknowledged: $24,368.16

Liberty Air takes wing as all-female flight company

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Alexander Israel Rothkin of Augusta

Clarke County trial is its first under anti-gang statute

Extra hours might make up 'snow days'
Changes could be made in how two early "snow days" will be made up, providing more flexibility for Richmond County educators.

University System of Georgia chancellor candidate withdraws
ATLANTA - One of the three finalists for the chancellor position at the University System of Georgia dropped out Wednesday on the eve of a decision by the State Board of Regents on who would get the job.

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Legislative session talks turn to Augusta politics
The Augusta business community and members of the local legislative delegation came together Tuesday morning to talk about the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Soldiers' families get a lift

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -- Signs have gone up at marinas and public boat ramps along Georgia's coast letting boaters know that North Atlantic right whales are coming back to their calving grounds there.

3 gas leaks reported in Columbia County
Columbia County experienced three minor natural gas leaks this morning.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -- The York County Council has voted to suspend the state's Sunday closing laws for one year, effective immediately to take advantage of the holiday shopping season.

Across Georgia

Copenhaver sees mandate in victory
Political newcomer Deke Copenhaver was elected mayor of Augusta by a comfortable margin Tuesday, ousting veteran politician Willie Mays with 56 percent of the vote.

Tools could trace attack

Firewall protected students in UGA fraternity house fire
ATHENS, Ga. - A group of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity brothers lingered Monday in the parking lot of their fire-gutted house on Baxter Street, talking and peering through the bank of missing kitchen windows as police and firefighters surveyed damage from a Saturday morning fire.

Richmond County schools are hitting dead end on information highway

Tools could trace attack
NEW ELLENTON - Savannah River National Laboratory has patented two particle-gathering instruments that could assist in the war against terrorism.

Kid of the Day

Family's lawsuit settled
YORK, Pa. - The children and sisters of a black Aiken woman who was shot and killed more than 36 years ago during race riots that shook this central Pennsylvania city will share in a $2 million settlement announced Tuesday by city officials.

Across the area
Authorities have captured the second of two teenagers who escaped from the Augusta Youth Development Campus last week.

Liberty Air takes wing as all-female flight company
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Airplanes have been part of Mary Pilgrim's life for as far back as the 50-something Savannahian can remember.

Empty Stocking: 'Dear old Dad' needs help in keeping his family afloat
A North Augusta man needs help providing his five children with Christmas gifts this year after medical bills and lost wages have caused financial hardships.

Tobacco growers share tales of woe
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - As the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation opened its 76th annual convention Monday, George Beasley was dropping cans of snuff into giveaway bags at the Georgia Tobacco Commission booth.

Byrd Elementary School estimates exceed budget
AIKEN - School officials continue to evaluate the design for a new elementary school, looking to trim costs and keep the project on schedule.

Property tax reform could be hot topic in S. Carolina
AIKEN - The local business community might want to keep close tabs on the South Carolina General Assembly when it reconvenes in January.

Officials debate over submerged logs
ATLANTA - Georgia's environmental officials clashed Wednesday over how to price deadhead logs, the valuable lumber that sank into rivers decades ago while being rafted to ports and sawmills during the heyday of Southern logging.

Across the area
Two Augusta-Richmond County firefighters were sent to a hospital after battling a fire at a south Augusta apartment building, officials said Tuesday.

Richmond County schools are hitting dead end on information highway
They tried to sell them, and now Richmond County school officials would be happy to pay someone just to haul them away.

Board of Regents will name chancellor
ATLANTA - The new head of Georgia's network of colleges and universities will be named Thursday, the State Board of Regents announced Tuesday.

Making chicken safer, cheaper

Remains found in Edgefield
Authorities suspect that skeletal remains found Tuesday afternoon in rural Edgefield County could belong to an elderly North Augusta man who has been missing for nearly five months.

Corrections

Explosion brings down another span of bridge
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Another blast reverberated and smoke rose into a clear blue sky Tuesday as a section of a bridge that rose over Charleston's skyline for almost eight decades crumbled into the water.

19-year-old charged in home invasion and armed robbery

Toll plan raises concerns
ATLANTA - Drivers on one of Georgia's busiest highways could enjoy a smoother rush-hour ride, if they agree to let the government track their driving habits through devices placed in their vehicles.

'A Christmas Story' goes to school
The Young Artists Repertory Theatre Company Inc. will present Jean Shepherd's comedy A Christmas Story at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Across the area
Two Augusta-Richmond County firefighters were sent to a hospital after battling a fire at a south Augusta apartment building, officials said Tuesday.

Explosion brings down another span of bridge

Hasan defeats Howard for post
Despite a 16-year hiatus from public office, A.K. Hasan was elected Tuesday to the Richmond County Board of Education, winning the Super District 9 seat.

Empty Stocking: 'Dear old Dad' needs help in keeping his family afloat
A North Augusta man needs help providing his five children with Christmas gifts this year after medical bills and lost wages have caused financial hardships.

Rezoning OK met with boos
The approval of rezoning for a proposed neighborhood development brought a chorus of boos at the Columbia County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

Braves acquire Renteria
DALLAS -- The Braves completed a trade Thursday morning to acquire Boston shortstop Edgar Renteria in exchange for top third base prospect Andy Marte.

Under construction
Kenneth Barron, with Gilbert Southern, constructs a platform for crews to stand on when working underneath the U.S. Highway 1 bridge that runs over the Savannah RIver.

Iraq vets seek benefits with older generations

Copenhaver sees mandate in victory
Political newcomer Deke Copenhaver was elected mayor of Augusta by a comfortable margin Tuesday, ousting veteran politician Willie Mays with 56 percent of the vote.

'A Christmas Story' goes to school

Hatney moves to new board
J.R. Hatney, who relinquished his Richmond County Board of Education seat to run for the Augusta Commission's Super District 9 seat, defeated interim Commissioner Freddie Handy by more than 2,000 votes in Tuesday's runoff election.

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Brigham regains seat in runoff
Longtime Augusta politico Jerry Brigham regained the District 7 Augusta Commission seat he lost four years ago, overtaking Roy E. Reardon in Tuesday's runoff.

Board of Regents will name chancellor

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Man indicted in deadly hotel fire
COLUMBIA -- A Taylors, S.C., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the death of six people -- including a North Augusta woman -- at a hotel fire in Greenville last year, the U.S. attorneys office said today.

Mayor of Augusta runoff vote, by precinct
The following are precinct-by-precinct totals for the Mayor of Augusta runoff election.

19-year-old charged in home invasion and armed robbery
Police arrested an Augusta man Wednesday in connection with the home invasion and armed robbery of a south Augusta college student last week.

Brigham regains seat in runoff
Longtime Augusta politico Jerry Brigham regained the District 7 Augusta Commission seat he lost four years ago, overtaking Roy E. Reardon in Tuesday's runoff.

Commissioners plan for unity
Members of the Augusta Commission are counting on four plus six equaling one.

Copenhaver sees mandate in victory
Political newcomer Deke Copenhaver was elected mayor of Augusta by a comfortable margin Tuesday, ousting veteran politician Willie Mays with 56 percent of the vote.

Richmond County schools are hitting dead end on information highway
They tried to sell them, and now Richmond County school officials would be happy to pay someone just to haul them away.

Mayor of Augusta runoff vote, by precinct
The following are precinct-by-precinct totals for the Mayor of Augusta runoff election.

Body in field is that of Wal-Mart greeter
AIKEN - The skeletal remains found on an Edgefield County farm this week are that of Marion Walter Key, an autopsy determined Wednesday.

Hatney moves to new board
J.R. Hatney, who relinquished his Richmond County Board of Education seat to run for the Augusta Commission's Super District 9 seat, defeated interim Commissioner Freddie Handy by more than 2,000 votes in Tuesday's runoff election.

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Hasan defeats Howard for post
Despite a 16-year hiatus from public office, A.K. Hasan was elected Tuesday to the Richmond County Board of Education, winning the Super District 9 seat.

Clarke County trial is its first under anti-gang statute
ATHENS, Ga. - Street gangs may have formed in Athens more for social status and companionship than for committing crimes, but that doesn't make them any less dangerous, a prosecutor told jurors at the start of the trial of the first person prosecuted in Clarke County under the state's anti-gang law.

Mother wants to give son, 4, real Christmas
A single Augusta mother caring for her special-needs son alone cannot afford to give him a special Christmas without help.

Making chicken safer, cheaper
ATHENS, Ga. - Americans, who eat 9 billion chickens a year, ought to give a thought today to Nelson A. Cox.

Legislative session talks turn to Augusta politics
The Augusta business community and members of the local legislative delegation came together Tuesday morning to talk about the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Empty stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $26,758.16

Extra hours might make up 'snow days'
Changes could be made in how two early "snow days" will be made up, providing more flexibility for Richmond County educators.

Ex-governor of S. Carolina dies

Rezoning OK met with boos
The approval of rezoning for a proposed neighborhood development brought a chorus of boos at the Columbia County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

Empty Stocking: 'Dear old Dad' needs help in keeping his family afloat

Remains found in Edgefield
Authorities suspect that skeletal remains found Tuesday afternoon in rural Edgefield County could belong to an elderly North Augusta man who has been missing for nearly five months.

Byrd Elementary School estimates exceed budget

Tools could trace attack
NEW ELLENTON - Savannah River National Laboratory has patented two particle-gathering instruments that could assist in the war against terrorism.

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Activities scheduled for this week include:

Property tax reform could be hot topic in S. Carolina
AIKEN - The local business community might want to keep close tabs on the South Carolina General Assembly when it reconvenes in January.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -The trial of an 18-year-old accused of killing a man walking home from work during a drive-by shooting in Powder Springs, Ga., began Tuesday.

Family's lawsuit settled
YORK, Pa. - The children and sisters of a black Aiken woman who was shot and killed more than 36 years ago during race riots that shook this central Pennsylvania city will share in a $2 million settlement announced Tuesday by city officials.

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - State transportation officials want the contractor that built two Lowcountry bridges to pay up to $10 million to seal thousands of tiny cracks in the structure.

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Corrections
- An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about the Augusta-Richmond County legislative delegation misidentified the political affiliation of Rep. Pete Warren. He is affiliated with the Democratic Party.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Alexander Israel Rothkin of Augusta

Clarke County trial is its first under anti-gang statute
ATHENS, Ga. - Street gangs may have formed in Athens more for social status and companionship than for committing crimes, but that doesn't make them any less dangerous, a prosecutor told jurors at the start of the trial of the first person prosecuted in Clarke County under the state's anti-gang law.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $24,368.16

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Making chicken safer, cheaper
ATHENS, Ga. - Americans, who eat 9 billion chickens a year, ought to give a thought today to Nelson A. Cox.

Explosion brings down another span of bridge
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Another blast reverberated and smoke rose into a clear blue sky Tuesday as a section of a bridge that rose over Charleston's skyline for almost eight decades crumbled into the water.

Remains found in Edgefield

Liberty Air takes wing as all-female flight company
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Airplanes have been part of Mary Pilgrim's life for as far back as the 50-something Savannahian can remember.

Property tax reform could be hot topic in S. Carolina

Board of Regents will name chancellor
ATLANTA - The new head of Georgia's network of colleges and universities will be named Thursday, the State Board of Regents announced Tuesday.

Mother wants to give son, 4, real Christmas

Toll plan raises concerns
ATLANTA - Drivers on one of Georgia's busiest highways could enjoy a smoother rush-hour ride, if they agree to let the government track their driving habits through devices placed in their vehicles.

Across the southeast

Firewall protected students in UGA fraternity house fire
ATHENS, Ga. - A group of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity brothers lingered Monday in the parking lot of their fire-gutted house on Baxter Street, talking and peering through the bank of missing kitchen windows as police and firefighters surveyed damage from a Saturday morning fire.

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Tobacco growers share tales of woe
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - As the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation opened its 76th annual convention Monday, George Beasley was dropping cans of snuff into giveaway bags at the Georgia Tobacco Commission booth.

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Across the area
Two Augusta-Richmond County firefighters were sent to a hospital after battling a fire at a south Augusta apartment building, officials said Tuesday.

Body in field is that of Wal-Mart greeter

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -- Signs have gone up at marinas and public boat ramps along Georgia's coast letting boaters know that North Atlantic right whales are coming back to their calving grounds there.

Byrd Elementary School estimates exceed budget
AIKEN - School officials continue to evaluate the design for a new elementary school, looking to trim costs and keep the project on schedule.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -- The York County Council has voted to suspend the state's Sunday closing laws for one year, effective immediately to take advantage of the holiday shopping season.

Officials debate over submerged logs

Across the southeast
WACO, TEXAS - An 82-year-old woman has been found guilty of attempted assault on a peace officer for trying to hit a McLennan County sheriff's deputy on the head with her cane.

Commissioners plan for unity

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Rezoning OK met with boos

Copenhaver sees mandate in victory

Firewall protected students in UGA fraternity house fire

Brigham regains seat in runoff

Regents select Davis as chancellor
ATLANTA -- Wisconsin businessman Erroll Davis was named chancellor of the University System of Georgia on Thursday, putting an entrepreneur at the top of a network of colleges and universities with a budget of nearly $2 billion.

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Braves acquire Renteria
DALLAS -- At the week's outset, Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz told his staff gathered at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel that

Toll plan raises concerns

State panel declines to punish educators
An inquiry by a state agency has found no grounds for punishing four Columbia County educators who were accused of not immediately reporting a possible crime to law enforcement.

Extra hours might make up 'snow days'

Ex-governor of S. Carolina dies
LEXINGTON, S.C. - Former Gov. Carroll Campbell Jr., a popular and savvy politician who helped make the Republican Party a powerful force in South Carolina and changed the face of state government while recruiting big-name industries, died Wednesday. He was 65.

Across South Carolina

Body in field is that of Wal-Mart greeter
AIKEN - The skeletal remains found on an Edgefield County farm this week are that of Marion Walter Key, an autopsy determined Wednesday.

Legislative session talks turn to Augusta politics

Iraq vets seek benefits with older generations
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The gray-haired war veterans waiting in line for benefits advisers could easily overlook 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Douglas Piper, dressed in blue jeans and a striped shirt, as one of their own.

Tobacco growers share tales of woe

Walker to appeal all decisions
Former state Sen. Charles Walker will not only appeal his conviction and sentence, but also a federal judge's decision that he go to prison while doing so.

Hatney moves to new board

19-year-old charged in home invasion and armed robbery
Police arrested an Augusta man Wednesday in connection with the home invasion and armed robbery of a south Augusta college student last week.

Mayor of Augusta runoff vote, by precinct

Bus drivers can hit road, board member declares
If bus drivers aren't happy working for the school system, then they can work for someone else, Richmond County school board member Barbara Padgett said.

Across the area

'A Christmas Story' goes to school
The Young Artists Repertory Theatre Company Inc. will present Jean Shepherd's comedy A Christmas Story at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Family's lawsuit settled

Ex-governor of S. Carolina dies
LEXINGTON, S.C. - Former Gov. Carroll Campbell Jr., a popular and savvy politician who helped make the Republican Party a powerful force in South Carolina and changed the face of state government while recruiting big-name industries, died Wednesday. He was 65.

Commissioners plan for unity
Members of the Augusta Commission are counting on four plus six equaling one.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Michael Anthony Frady

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Michael Anthony Frady

Empty stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $26,758.16

Soldiers' families get a lift
A pizza party. A trip to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia. Sending homemade gifts to loved ones.

Corrections
- An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about the Augusta-Richmond County legislative delegation misidentified the political affiliation of Rep. Pete Warren. He is affiliated with the Democratic Party.

Walker to appeal all decisions
Former state Sen. Charles Walker will not only appeal his conviction and sentence, but also a federal judge's decision that he go to prison while doing so.

Iraq vets seek benefits with older generations
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The gray-haired war veterans waiting in line for benefits advisers could easily overlook 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Douglas Piper, dressed in blue jeans and a striped shirt, as one of their own.

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University System of Georgia chancellor candidate withdraws
ATLANTA - One of the three finalists for the chancellor position at the University System of Georgia dropped out Wednesday on the eve of a decision by the State Board of Regents on who would get the job.

Bus drivers can hit road, board member declares

Across the area
Authorities have captured the second of two teenagers who escaped from the Augusta Youth Development Campus last week.

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - State transportation officials want the contractor that built two Lowcountry bridges to pay up to $10 million to seal thousands of tiny cracks in the structure.

Across Georgia

Bus drivers can hit road, board member declares
If bus drivers aren't happy working for the school system, then they can work for someone else, Richmond County school board member Barbara Padgett said.

Across the area

Walker to appeal all decisions

University System of Georgia chancellor candidate withdraws

Fantastic 4 movie is not so fantastic
It has taken decades for the comic book film to find its footing. With few exceptions - the 1978 Superman, for instance - the jump from comic to cinema has proved difficult and often impossible.

Mini reviews

New home-video releases
Here's a look at recent releases in home DVD and video and a calendar of what's coming:

Gregg Hoffman, producer of "Saw" films, dies at 42
LOS ANGELES - Film producer Gregg Hoffman, who developed an eight-minute film into the horror hit "Saw" and its gory successor "Saw II," died unexpectedly after complaining of pain. He was 42.

Fantastic 4 movie is not so fantastic

Director completes latest film based on video game
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Video game/fantasy film alert: Controversial German director Uwe Boll has just completed principle shooting on his new feature, "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale."

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augustachronicle.com/movies.

Gregg Hoffman, producer of "Saw" films, dies at 42
LOS ANGELES - Film producer Gregg Hoffman, who developed an eight-minute film into the horror hit "Saw" and its gory successor "Saw II," died unexpectedly after complaining of pain. He was 42.

New home-video releases

Fantastic 4 movie is not so fantastic
It has taken decades for the comic book film to find its footing. With few exceptions - the 1978 Superman, for instance - the jump from comic to cinema has proved difficult and often impossible.

Gregg Hoffman, producer of "Saw" films, dies at 42

New home-video releases
Here's a look at recent releases in home DVD and video and a calendar of what's coming:

Director completes latest film based on video game
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Video game/fantasy film alert: Controversial German director Uwe Boll has just completed principle shooting on his new feature, "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale."

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augustachronicle.com/movies.

Director completes latest film based on video game

Lennon's is a life worth celebrating

Kanye West performs at school that won radio contest
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Kanye West's first album is titled "The College Dropout" and his lyrics often extoll the benefits of a real-world education.

New Orleans band keeps music on road

New Orleans band keeps music on road
Lately, there's been a little more pressure on the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which performs this weekend with the Augusta Symphony, to live up to its name.

Lennon's death lingers for men who were there
NEW YORK - A television news producer. An emergency room doctor. Two NYPD beat cops. Before that December night 25 years ago, they shared little but this: As children of the '60s, the soundtrack of their lives came courtesy of the Beatles.

Former 'American Idol' contestant arrested
BROOKFIELD, Conn. - Former "American Idol" contestant Julia DeMato was arrested and charged with alleged drug possession and drunken driving in her hometown over the weekend.

Concerts calendar
POPS! AT THE BELL: PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND'S A CREOLE CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bell Auditorium. 712 Telfair St.; $10, $30, $40; 722-3521

Kanye West performs at school that won radio contest
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Kanye West's first album is titled "The College Dropout" and his lyrics often extoll the benefits of a real-world education.

Coming next week: Eminem, Korn, Lindsay Lohan and more

Former 'American Idol' contestant arrested
BROOKFIELD, Conn. - Former "American Idol" contestant Julia DeMato was arrested and charged with alleged drug possession and drunken driving in her hometown over the weekend.

Concerts calendar
POPS! AT THE BELL: PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND'S A CREOLE CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bell Auditorium. 712 Telfair St.; $10, $30, $40; 722-3521

Kanye West performs at school that won radio contest

Lennon's killer marks 25 years of infamy
NEW YORK - Twenty-five years ago, Mark David Chapman stamped his name into history by shooting four bullets into John Lennon's back - a desperate, senseless grab for the kind of fame the voice of a generation was so steeped in. Instead, all he gained was infamy.

Former 'American Idol' contestant arrested

Coming next week: Eminem, Korn, Lindsay Lohan and more
BEE GEES: Love Songs (Polydor). Yet another way to resell How Deep Is Your Love. Again.

Lennon's is a life worth celebrating
I am too young to remember the Apollo moon landing, was more interested in Sesame Street than the American political scene when Watergate broke and wasn't the least bit concerned when the last helicopter lifted from a Saigon rooftop.

Lennon's death lingers for men who were there

Lennon's killer marks 25 years of infamy
NEW YORK - Twenty-five years ago, Mark David Chapman stamped his name into history by shooting four bullets into John Lennon's back - a desperate, senseless grab for the kind of fame the voice of a generation was so steeped in. Instead, all he gained was infamy.

Lennon's killer marks 25 years of infamy

Lennon's death lingers for men who were there
NEW YORK - A television news producer. An emergency room doctor. Two NYPD beat cops. Before that December night 25 years ago, they shared little but this: As children of the '60s, the soundtrack of their lives came courtesy of the Beatles.

Concerts calendar

New Orleans band keeps music on road
Lately, there's been a little more pressure on the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which performs this weekend with the Augusta Symphony, to live up to its name.

Coming next week: Eminem, Korn, Lindsay Lohan and more
BEE GEES: Love Songs (Polydor). Yet another way to resell How Deep Is Your Love. Again.

Lennon's is a life worth celebrating
I am too young to remember the Apollo moon landing, was more interested in Sesame Street than the American political scene when Watergate broke and wasn't the least bit concerned when the last helicopter lifted from a Saigon rooftop.

Spotlight

Spotlight
Tony Stewart (above) accepted more than $13 million - a NASCAR record - during last Friday's awards ceremony at the posh Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Here are excerpts of his acceptance speech:

Speed brings U.S. flavor to Formula One
LONDON - An American driver is back in Formula One racing for the first time in more than a decade.

Speed brings U.S. flavor to Formula One

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook
Part of NASCAR's new $4.4 billion television contract that starts in 2007 is an agreement with ESPN to televise the Busch Series.

Stewart, Busch epitomized the good and bad of NASCAR

Stewart, Busch epitomized the good and bad of NASCAR
ATLANTA - The engines are silent, the speeches done for the 2005 racing season. That only leaves memories.

Spotlight
Tony Stewart (above) accepted more than $13 million - a NASCAR record - during last Friday's awards ceremony at the posh Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Here are excerpts of his acceptance speech:

NASCAR notebook
Part of NASCAR's new $4.4 billion television contract that starts in 2007 is an agreement with ESPN to televise the Busch Series.

Stewart, Busch epitomized the good and bad of NASCAR
ATLANTA - The engines are silent, the speeches done for the 2005 racing season. That only leaves memories.

Speed brings U.S. flavor to Formula One
LONDON - An American driver is back in Formula One racing for the first time in more than a decade.

Jazz leave Hawks singing the blues
SALT LAKE CITY - Andrei Kirilenko scored 14 points and matched his career high with 10 assists, and the Utah Jazz ended a four-game home losing streak by beating the woeful Atlanta Hawks 95-83 Wednesday night.

Josh Smith suspended two games
NEW YORK - Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith was suspended for two games without pay for elbowing Phoenix Suns guard Raja Bell in the head.

Jazz leave Hawks singing the blues

Nuggets clip Hawks' wings
DENVER - Andre Miller had 21 points and 14 assists, and Marcus Camby blocked two key shots in the final 90 seconds Tuesday night to help the Denver Nuggets hold off the Atlanta Hawks for a tougher-than-expected 125-116 victory.

Jazz leave Hawks singing the blues
SALT LAKE CITY - Andrei Kirilenko scored 14 points and matched his career high with 10 assists, and the Utah Jazz ended a four-game home losing streak by beating the woeful Atlanta Hawks 95-83 Wednesday night.

Nuggets clip Hawks' wings
DENVER - Andre Miller had 21 points and 14 assists, and Marcus Camby blocked two key shots in the final 90 seconds Tuesday night to help the Denver Nuggets hold off the Atlanta Hawks for a tougher-than-expected 125-116 victory.

Charlotte falls to New Jersey
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Vince Carter overcame a sore ankle and knee to score 23 points and lead the New Jersey Nets over the Charlotte Bobcats 97-84 on Wednesday night.

Josh Smith suspended two games
NEW YORK - Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith was suspended for two games without pay for elbowing Phoenix Suns guard Raja Bell in the head.

Charlotte falls to New Jersey

Nuggets clip Hawks' wings

Charlotte falls to New Jersey
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Vince Carter overcame a sore ankle and knee to score 23 points and lead the New Jersey Nets over the Charlotte Bobcats 97-84 on Wednesday night.

Josh Smith suspended two games

College basketball roundup
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Colin Falls scored 24 points and Notre Dame went 8-for-9 from the free-throw line over the final 3 minutes in a 78-71 upset of No. 22 Alabama on Wednesday night.

College basketball roundup
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Colin Falls scored 24 points and Notre Dame went 8-for-9 from the free-throw line over the final 3 minutes in a 78-71 upset of No. 22 Alabama on Wednesday night.

Panthers question cut blocks that injured Peppers, Rucker

Pass rush falters when defense can't stop run

NFL, Saints bring New Orleans flavor to Katrina evacuee

This was one opportunity an owner couldn't pass on

Ms. Anna Sweeney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie J. Deer    (ULMER, S.C.)

Mrs. Beulah B. Davis    (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Tanner    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Johnson Bell    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred P. Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert L. Hartley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Rev. John D. Shaw    (DARIEN, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Genevieve White    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Pesenti    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beulah B. Davis    (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Ms. Juliet Whitaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Diamond Cuthbertson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Freeman Carter    (BOCA RATON, Fla.)

Mr. Michel B. Corley, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie B. Stallings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David Brown, Esq.    (MODOC SHORES, S.C.)

Mr. David L. Radke, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Sophronia Barbaro    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Mario T. Reddish    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ezekiel Anderson, Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Brunson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert L. Hartley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

MSgt. Hal R. Childs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph McDaniel    (CLINTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Clayton    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michel B. Corley, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie J. Deer    (ULMER, S.C.)

Mrs. Ammie L. Lane    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Elizabeth Dixon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Dewey Eugene Odom    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ammie L. Lane    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jarvis Tyler, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Johnson Bell    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie P. Reese    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. David L. Radke, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie P. Reese    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sophronia Barbaro    (TRENTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Mario T. Reddish    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Langham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. John D. Shaw    (DARIEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie B. Stallings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Docious Davis, Jr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Tanner    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie J. Deer    (ULMER, S.C.)

Ms. Juliet Whitaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Freeman Carter    (BOCA RATON, Fla.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Langham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Parmenter    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Robert L. Hartley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Elizabeth Dixon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Diamond Cuthbertson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Genevieve White    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. David L. Radke, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Faye Proctor    (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Prince    (MODOC, S.C.)

Mrs. Nora Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred P. Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert L. Hartley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Walter Key    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie B. Stallings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Dea. George Corley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Walter Key    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Samuel Clayton    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ethel Price    (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Docious Davis, Jr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. George Corley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Dewey Eugene Odom    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

MSgt. Hal R. Childs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Faye Proctor    (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Parmenter-Bibbs    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Jarvis Tyler, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph McDaniel    (CLINTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Annie Parmenter    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Christine Pesenti    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Ethel Price    (KITE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Woodrow Prince    (MODOC, S.C.)

Mr. Ezekiel Anderson, Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Ms. Anna Sweeney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph McDaniel (CLINTON, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Walter Key (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Frederick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Genevieve White (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sophronia Barbaro (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Tanner (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

MSgt. Hal R. Childs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Faye Proctor (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Clayton (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Mrs. Christine Pesenti (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ezekiel Anderson, Sr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Marion Johnson Bell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Hutto (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Beulah B. Davis (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Rev. John D. Shaw (DARIEN, Ga.)

Mr. James Langham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mario T. Reddish (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jarvis Tyler, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred P. Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Elizabeth Dixon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Docious Davis, Jr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Ms. Ethel Price (KITE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert L. Hartley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert L. Hartley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michel B. Corley, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Odom Vernon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Freeman Carter (BOCA RATON, Fla.)

Mrs. Ammie L. Lane (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Parmenter-Bibbs (TRENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Diamond Cuthbertson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Juliet Whitaker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Parmenter (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie B. Stallings (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Ms. Anna Sweeney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie J. Deer (ULMER, S.C.)

Mr. Woodrow Prince (MODOC, S.C.)

Dea. George Corley (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Bobby Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Mr. David Brown, Esq. (MODOC SHORES, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Brunson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. David L. Radke, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dewey Eugene Odom (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Overtime

World Cup criticism shrugged off

Augusta guns for top league

U.S. team just misses out on World Cup seed

World Cup criticism shrugged off
LEIPZIG, Germany - Local organizers played down criticism of World Cup preparations despite problems with stadiums, hooligans and ticketing.

World Cup criticism shrugged off
LEIPZIG, Germany - Local organizers played down criticism of World Cup preparations despite problems with stadiums, hooligans and ticketing.

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

Overtime
- In Dallas, the Toronto Blue Jays extended their on-field spending spree to the front office by signing general manager J.P. Ricciardi to a three-year contract extension, which runs through 2010.

Overtime
Freddy Adu has made peace with D.C. United, and the teenager who was disgruntled over lack of playing time now plans to return next season.

U.S. team just misses out on World Cup seed
LEIPZIG, Germany - The United States came within a point Tuesday of being one of the seeded teams for next year's World Cup.

Overtime
Freddy Adu has made peace with D.C. United, and the teenager who was disgruntled over lack of playing time now plans to return next season.

Overtime
- In Dallas, the Toronto Blue Jays extended their on-field spending spree to the front office by signing general manager J.P. Ricciardi to a three-year contract extension, which runs through 2010.

Augusta guns for top league
The U-14 Augusta Arsenal Gunners Blue soccer team has honed its skills against the best teams in Georgia. Now it will refine them against the best in the Southeast.

U.S. team just misses out on World Cup seed
LEIPZIG, Germany - The United States came within a point Tuesday of being one of the seeded teams for next year's World Cup.

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.

Augusta guns for top league
The U-14 Augusta Arsenal Gunners Blue soccer team has honed its skills against the best teams in Georgia. Now it will refine them against the best in the Southeast.

Warmup key in Lakeside's win
After a slow start to the 2005-06 season, Lakeside boys basketball coach Donnie Burch decided to try out a new pregame warmup.

Prep basketball roundup
Richmond Academy 52, Glenn Hills 48

Laney's Smart wins No. 500
After coaching nearly every sport for 27 years at Laney High School, Otis Smart has gained wisdom beyond his 23 years as girls basketball coach.

Warmup key in Lakeside's win
After a slow start to the 2005-06 season, Lakeside boys basketball coach Donnie Burch decided to try out a new pregame warmup.

Prep basketball roundup
Richmond Academy 52, Glenn Hills 48

Laney's Smart wins No. 500
After coaching nearly every sport for 27 years at Laney High School, Otis Smart has gained wisdom beyond his 23 years as girls basketball coach.

NFL, Saints bring New Orleans flavor to Katrina evacuee
HOUSTON - If New Orleans' famed French Quarter had a kids club, this is likely how it would look. The scene made third-grader Paul Kohnke, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, feel at home, if only for a moment.

This was one opportunity an owner couldn't pass on
A funny thing happened on the way to the playoffs last week.

Panthers question cut blocks that injured Peppers, Rucker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina defensive ends Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker both missed practice Wednesday with sprained ankles, leading the Panthers to question the legality of the cut blocks that injured them.

This was one opportunity an owner couldn't pass on
A funny thing happened on the way to the playoffs last week.

NFL, Saints bring New Orleans flavor to Katrina evacuee
HOUSTON - If New Orleans' famed French Quarter had a kids club, this is likely how it would look. The scene made third-grader Paul Kohnke, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, feel at home, if only for a moment.

Pass rush falters when defense can't stop run
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Keith Brooking was hardly surprised that Atlanta failed to sack Jake Delhomme in last week's loss at Carolina.

Panthers question cut blocks that injured Peppers, Rucker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina defensive ends Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker both missed practice Wednesday with sprained ankles, leading the Panthers to question the legality of the cut blocks that injured them.

Pass rush falters when defense can't stop run
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Keith Brooking was hardly surprised that Atlanta failed to sack Jake Delhomme in last week's loss at Carolina.

Stella Parton to sing from Newberry stage

Stella Parton to sing from Newberry stage
Stella Parton's favorite Christmas memories include a chubby man she called "Uncle Fletcher." He wore overalls and a red flannel shirt and delivered presents in a green Chevrolet pickup.

Stella Parton to sing from Newberry stage
Stella Parton's favorite Christmas memories include a chubby man she called "Uncle Fletcher." He wore overalls and a red flannel shirt and delivered presents in a green Chevrolet pickup.

Lunch menu
School lunch menu through Dec. 16.

Arts program has been hit with children
It's become a holiday tradition, but Garrett Elementary School's theatrical productions do more than get children into the spirit of the season.

This week
lLghts of the south: 6-10 nightly through Wednesday, Dec. 28; 633 Old Louisville Road, Grovetown; hayride tour of about 300 light displays with Christmas themes, Bible stories and fairy tales.

Group organizes visit to historic S.C. town
For people interested in the history and architecture of Augusta and surrounding areas, Historic Augusta Inc's Peep n' Eat program might be a way to spend an afternoon.

Milestones
Jeffrey Brown, of Augusta, and Kenneth L. Johnson Jr., of Hephzibah, have been selected as Outstanding Senior Leaders in the Pandora Yearbook at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Goshen encourages community pride
Considered to be one of the best neighborhoods in south Augusta, residents say Goshen offers many benefits.

Georgia Farmers Market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Goshen encourages community pride
Considered to be one of the best neighborhoods in south Augusta, residents say Goshen offers many benefits.

Georgia Farmers Market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Road marker honors post worker
Steve Camp's childhood memories include standing up in the cab of his dad's pickup as they drove around Fort Gordon.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Cub Scouts have treats for hospitalized soldiers
It's not unusual for people in the community to do things for the veterans and active-duty soldiers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, but they usually aren't as young as the volunteers who showed up Saturday.

Lunch menu
School lunch menu through Dec. 16.

Events
A Volunteer Opportunities Fair will be held from 4 to 6 tonight at the American Red Cross of Augusta, 1322 Ellis St. The event will give potential volunteers the chance to ask questions about opportunities, meet staff members, learn more about training courses and register for classes. Call 724-8481.

Davidson honors
The followed students have been named to the honor roll at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School for the second six weeks:

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

50th wedding anniversary: Greene
Betty and James Cecil Greene Jr., of Jackson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 1 with a reception in the fellowship hall of Matlock Baptist Church.

Reunions
GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL 1983: Seeking classmates for 22-year reunion Saturday, Dec. 24; contact Timothy Allen, 798-0766

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

50th wedding anniversary: Greene
Betty and James Cecil Greene Jr., of Jackson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 1 with a reception in the fellowship hall of Matlock Baptist Church.

Davidson honors
The followed students have been named to the honor roll at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School for the second six weeks:

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Balloonist has soaring passion
What started out as a business venture for real estate agent Richard Ret became a lifelong passion.

Milestones
Jeffrey Brown, of Augusta, and Kenneth L. Johnson Jr., of Hephzibah, have been selected as Outstanding Senior Leaders in the Pandora Yearbook at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Group organizes visit to historic S.C. town
For people interested in the history and architecture of Augusta and surrounding areas, Historic Augusta Inc's Peep n' Eat program might be a way to spend an afternoon.

Across the river
AIKEN CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. today; First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave. N.W., Aiken; program includes Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria and Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies; $10 general public, $7 seniors and $5 children and students; 648-1252

This week
lLghts of the south: 6-10 nightly through Wednesday, Dec. 28; 633 Old Louisville Road, Grovetown; hayride tour of about 300 light displays with Christmas themes, Bible stories and fairy tales.

Events
A Volunteer Opportunities Fair will be held from 4 to 6 tonight at the American Red Cross of Augusta, 1322 Ellis St. The event will give potential volunteers the chance to ask questions about opportunities, meet staff members, learn more about training courses and register for classes. Call 724-8481.

Across the river
AIKEN CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. today; First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave. N.W., Aiken; program includes Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria and Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies; $10 general public, $7 seniors and $5 children and students; 648-1252

Pet of the week
Lulu, 1-year-old female bassett hound mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Recreation
FORT DISCOVERYHOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Arts program has been hit with children
It's become a holiday tradition, but Garrett Elementary School's theatrical productions do more than get children into the spirit of the season.

Pet of the week
Lulu, 1-year-old female bassett hound mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Balloonist has soaring passion
What started out as a business venture for real estate agent Richard Ret became a lifelong passion.

Reunions
GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL 1983: Seeking classmates for 22-year reunion Saturday, Dec. 24; contact Timothy Allen, 798-0766

Road marker honors post worker
Steve Camp's childhood memories include standing up in the cab of his dad's pickup as they drove around Fort Gordon.

Cub Scouts have treats for hospitalized soldiers
It's not unusual for people in the community to do things for the veterans and active-duty soldiers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, but they usually aren't as young as the volunteers who showed up Saturday.

Recreation
FORT DISCOVERYHOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Group organizes visit to historic S.C. town

This week

Restaurant ratings

For the record

50th wedding anniversary: Greene

Lunch menu

Recreation

Across the river

Cub Scouts have treats for hospitalized soldiers

Milestones

Georgia Farmers Market

Goshen encourages community pride

Pet of the week

Balloonist has soaring passion

Reunions

Arts program has been hit with children

Davidson honors

Road marker honors post worker

Events

Monsters have been favorite subjects of many fine films

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Ratings for basic cable networks

'Nightline': A different newscast, and a lesser one
NEW YORK - The good news: "Nightline" carries on. The bad news: We barely recognize it.

Will Katie Couric become anchor at CBS News?
NEW YORK - Considering a job change is a tough enough decision. Now imagine if millions of people were watching, with the health of two huge corporations in the balance.

Will Katie Couric become anchor at CBS News?
NEW YORK - Considering a job change is a tough enough decision. Now imagine if millions of people were watching, with the health of two huge corporations in the balance.

'Nightline': A different newscast, and a lesser one

Wynonna, Cowboy Troy to host 'Nashville Star'

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Comedy Central to air 'Chappelle Show' sketches

Mel Gibson planning TV miniseries on Holocaust love story
LOS ANGELES - Mel Gibson is stirring passions again with his latest project - a nonfiction TV movie set against the backdrop of the Holocaust.

Pope movies fail to draw large television audiences

'Nightline': A different newscast, and a lesser one
NEW YORK - The good news: "Nightline" carries on. The bad news: We barely recognize it.

Pope movies fail to draw large television audiences
NEW YORK - CBS bested ABC in last week's competition between TV movies about the late Pope John Paul II, but the results hardly answered any network prayers.

Will Katie Couric become anchor at CBS News?

Wynonna, Cowboy Troy to host 'Nashville Star'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country singers Wynonna Judd and Cowboy Troy will host the fourth season of the USA Network's "Nashville Star" talent search series.

Mel Gibson planning TV miniseries on Holocaust love story

Comedy Central to air 'Chappelle Show' sketches
NEW YORK - Dave Chappelle is back on Comedy Central - well, kind of.

Pope movies fail to draw large television audiences
NEW YORK - CBS bested ABC in last week's competition between TV movies about the late Pope John Paul II, but the results hardly answered any network prayers.

Wynonna, Cowboy Troy to host 'Nashville Star'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country singers Wynonna Judd and Cowboy Troy will host the fourth season of the USA Network's "Nashville Star" talent search series.

Mel Gibson planning TV miniseries on Holocaust love story
LOS ANGELES - Mel Gibson is stirring passions again with his latest project - a nonfiction TV movie set against the backdrop of the Holocaust.

Comedy Central to air 'Chappelle Show' sketches
NEW YORK - Dave Chappelle is back on Comedy Central - well, kind of.

Spotted

Grubbin': Locos Grill & Pub

Valerie Bertinelli divorcing Eddie Van Halen

Club calendar

Aniston sues photographer for invasion of privacy

People in the News

The Top Five list

Eminem says he's back with ex-wife, may remarry

Applause calendar

Stuff to do

People in the News

Bulldogs trounce Jackets
ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman Billy Humphrey led a balanced attack with 19 points as Georgia beat Georgia Tech 91-75 on Wednesday night, continuing the pattern of homecourt dominance in the intrastate rivalry.

Baker keys easy victory for Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Sherill Baker's fingers were not quite as sticky as usual, but the senior guard scored a career-high 25 points to lead No. 17 Georgia to a 97-60 win over Iona Tuesday night.

Bulldogs trounce Jackets
ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman Billy Humphrey led a balanced attack with 19 points as Georgia beat Georgia Tech 91-75 on Wednesday night, continuing the pattern of homecourt dominance in the intrastate rivalry.

Baker keys easy victory for Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Sherill Baker's fingers were not quite as sticky as usual, but the senior guard scored a career-high 25 points to lead No. 17 Georgia to a 97-60 win over Iona Tuesday night.

Baker keys easy victory for Dogs

Bulldogs trounce Jackets

Monsters have been favorite subjects of many fine films
With all the hype surrounding the new version of King Kong, scheduled for release Wednesday, it's easy to forget that the big ape is but one furry face in the giant-monster crowd. As early as 1925 (The Lost World), a full eight years before Kong scaled his first skyscraper, movie audiences were treated to the threat and thrill of enormous beasts and their unsavory appetites. Since then, cities across the globe have been ravaged, on screen at least, by all manner of monsters. Some, like Godzilla and the aforementioned Kong, have become cultural icons. Others, such as the giant rabbits in Night of the Lepus, have been lost in cinema history.

Monsters have been favorite subjects of many fine films
With all the hype surrounding the new version of King Kong, scheduled for release Wednesday, it's easy to forget that the big ape is but one furry face in the giant-monster crowd. As early as 1925 (The Lost World), a full eight years before Kong scaled his first skyscraper, movie audiences were treated to the threat and thrill of enormous beasts and their unsavory appetites. Since then, cities across the globe have been ravaged, on screen at least, by all manner of monsters. Some, like Godzilla and the aforementioned Kong, have become cultural icons. Others, such as the giant rabbits in Night of the Lepus, have been lost in cinema history.

Spring Hill honors local golfer
When word came down that Augusta's Bill Price Sr. was inducted into the Spring Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame in November, something in his bio practically jumped off the page.

Spring Hill honors local golfer
When word came down that Augusta's Bill Price Sr. was inducted into the Spring Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame in November, something in his bio practically jumped off the page.

USC Aiken programs broaden art students' horizons

Pet of the week

Milestones

Wildlife at park given treats for holidays

Crafts show at Weeks Center attracts Christmas shoppers

Bikers help RECing Crew give out some holiday cheer

Hot air keeps balloon pilot aloft

This week

Rose Hill is a reminder of old city

Historic Augusta plans trip to Camden

Redcliffe Plantation presents poignant Christmas event

Special children get their own rides

School lunch menu

Reunions

Ordinance review is taking a long time

Recreation centers

Events

Across the river

Area adult literacy sites