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

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.

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.

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.

Hot air keeps balloon pilot aloft
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

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

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

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.

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.

Recreation centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Applause cover

Applause cover
Applause cover for Dec. 8, 2005.

Applause cover
Applause cover for Dec. 8, 2005.

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.

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'
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
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'

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

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

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.

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.

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

IHOP takes Kroger to court

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.

Sears sees poor sales, $58 million in profits

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.

Augusta repair company makes Landmark change

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.

Ford to cut ads in media for gays

Business briefs

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.

Apple, NBC ink deal to offer TV shows on iTunes

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.

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.

Coca-Cola's profits, worker morale bubbly

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.

Chamber aims to dispel image of 'back road'

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Trio of seniors up for punter honor

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.

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.

Young looks to top Trojan duo

Bush has leaped to top of Heisman race

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.

College basketball roundup

Spring Hill honors local golfer

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.

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.

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

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.

Editor's note

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.

Exit Charles Walker

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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.

A tale of two tragedies

Teachers are still at risk

Quite a statement

No clemency for Crips co-founder

Protect officials' right to pray

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.

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:

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

The Top Five list
The top five in entertainment list.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Top Five list
The top five in entertainment list.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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).

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

Twelve cookies: homemade 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

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

Low-fat lamb chops teriyaki recipe

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

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.

Vegetarian cookie recipes

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).

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

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
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.

Golf notebook

Ripken forms new controlling entity

Final poll represents string of post-season upsets

State gives Red Devils their due

Six teams will enjoy gift of jewelry

Laney's Smart wins No. 500

Prep basketball roundup

Warmup key in Lakeside's win

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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
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.

'Chronicle' headlines tell a sad tale

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

'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

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

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'

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

Unions necessary for better schools

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

Report: Museum artifacts in danger across U.S.

Living briefs

Taiwan pigeon racing attracts gamblers, birdnappers

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.

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.

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

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

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 ground Ice Pilots

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.

Kid of the Day

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Extra hours might make up 'snow days'

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.

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.

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.

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Activities scheduled for this week include:

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.

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.

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

Across Georgia

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.

Copenhaver sees mandate in victory

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

University System of Georgia chancellor candidate withdraws

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Tools could trace attack

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.

Explosion brings down another span of bridge

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.

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.

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

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'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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 the southeast

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Richmond County schools are hitting dead end on information highway

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

Iraq vets seek benefits with older generations

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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.

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.

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.

Across the area

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Firewall protected students in UGA fraternity house fire

Across the area

Mayor of Augusta runoff vote, by precinct

Board of Regents will name chancellor

Rezoning OK met with boos

Family's lawsuit settled

Hasan defeats Howard for post

Legislative session talks turn to Augusta politics

Kid of the Day

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.

Hatney moves to new board

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.

Tobacco growers share tales of woe

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.

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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 South Carolina

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

Toll plan raises concerns

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.

Brigham regains seat in runoff

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.

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.

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

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.

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Activities scheduled for this week include:

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.

Empty stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $26,758.16

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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 donations
Previously acknowledged: $26,758.16

Walker to appeal all decisions

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.

Empty stocking donations

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.

Commissioners plan for unity

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.

Byrd Elementary School estimates exceed budget

'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
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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Liberty Air takes wing as all-female flight company

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.

'A Christmas Story' goes to school

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.

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

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.

Officials debate over submerged logs

Body in field is that of Wal-Mart greeter

Making chicken safer, cheaper

Corrections

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.

Bus drivers can hit road, board member declares

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Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $24,368.16

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Ex-governor of S. Carolina dies

Across South Carolina

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $24,368.16

Clarke County trial is its first under anti-gang statute

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.

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

James Brown festival scheduled

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

Soldiers' families get a lift

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

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.

Mother wants to give son, 4, real Christmas

Remains found in Edgefield

Property tax reform could be hot topic in S. Carolina

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.

Across Georgia

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Director completes latest film based on video game

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

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

Fantastic 4 movie is not so fantastic

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

New home-video releases

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former 'American Idol' contestant arrested

Concerts calendar

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

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

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

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.

New Orleans band keeps music on road

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

Lennon's death lingers for men who were there

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

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.

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 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
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.

Kanye West performs at school that won radio contest

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Speed brings U.S. flavor to Formula One

Stewart, Busch epitomized the good and bad of NASCAR

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.

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.

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.

Spotlight

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

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.

Josh Smith suspended two games

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

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

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.

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

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

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ethel Price    (KITE, Ga.)

Rev. John D. Shaw    (DARIEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Mario T. Reddish    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Christine Pesenti    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ammie L. Lane    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Dewey Eugene Odom    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nora Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Dea. George Corley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Juliet Whitaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

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

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

Mr. James Langham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie J. Deer    (ULMER, S.C.)

Mr. Woodrow Prince    (MODOC, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Faye Proctor    (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Samuel Clayton    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

MSgt. Hal R. Childs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Johnson Bell    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Brunson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. George Corley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

MSgt. Hal R. Childs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juliet Whitaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Jack Tanner    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Tanner    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Anna Sweeney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Elizabeth Dixon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Anna Sweeney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Johnson Bell    (EVANS, Ga.)

Rev. John D. Shaw    (DARIEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ammie L. Lane    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mario T. Reddish    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie J. Deer    (ULMER, S.C.)

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

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ethel Price    (KITE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Faye Proctor    (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Prince    (MODOC, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Christine Pesenti    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Dewey Eugene Odom    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Langham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Roy T. Kirkland    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Willie P. Reese    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

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

Mary Elizabeth Dixon    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Samuel Clayton    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Odom Vernon    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Willie P. Reese    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Mrs. Annie J. Deer    (ULMER, S.C.)

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

Mr. Marion Johnson Bell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Pesenti (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Juliet Whitaker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Frederick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Nora Hutto (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Dewey Eugene Odom (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Odom Vernon (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Faye Proctor (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)

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

Ms. Anna Sweeney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Samuel Clayton (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Tanner (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Ms. Ethel Price (KITE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

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

Mrs. Annie Brunson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Langham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Mary Elizabeth Dixon (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James Arthur Jordan (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Overtime

World Cup criticism shrugged off

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

Augusta guns for top league

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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
- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Lunch menu
School lunch menu through Dec. 16.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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):

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.

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:

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.

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):

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

Lunch menu
School lunch menu through Dec. 16.

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

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.

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

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.

Across the river

Balloonist has soaring passion

Road marker honors post worker

Georgia Farmers Market

Events

50th wedding anniversary: Greene

Reunions

Pet of the week

Arts program has been hit with children

Group organizes visit to historic S.C. town

Goshen encourages community pride

Recreation

Cub Scouts have treats for hospitalized soldiers

For the record

Milestones

Davidson honors

This week

Restaurant ratings

Lunch menu

Monsters have been favorite subjects of many fine films

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.

Pope movies fail to draw large television audiences

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

Ratings for basic cable networks

Wynonna, Cowboy Troy to host 'Nashville Star'

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

'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.

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.

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

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

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.

Will Katie Couric become anchor at CBS News?

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.

Mel Gibson planning TV miniseries on Holocaust love story

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.

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.

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.

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.

People in the News

Valerie Bertinelli divorcing Eddie Van Halen

Club calendar

Spotted

The Top Five list

Stuff to do

Aniston sues photographer for invasion of privacy

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

Applause calendar

Grubbin': Locos Grill & Pub

People in the News

Bulldogs trounce Jackets

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
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
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.

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.

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.

Ordinance review is taking a long time

Redcliffe Plantation presents poignant Christmas event

Rose Hill is a reminder of old city

Hot air keeps balloon pilot aloft

School lunch menu

Wildlife at park given treats for holidays

USC Aiken programs broaden art students' horizons

This week

Pet of the week

Events

Crafts show at Weeks Center attracts Christmas shoppers

Historic Augusta plans trip to Camden

Bikers help RECing Crew give out some holiday cheer

Milestones

Recreation centers

Reunions

Area adult literacy sites

Special children get their own rides

Across the river