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Applause cover for Dec. 8, 2005.

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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.

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'

Turn Christmas cards into Christmas cash

Braves try to shore up bullpen

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.

Atlanta acquires Renteria
DALLAS - At the week's outset, Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz told his staff gathered at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel that "something good" would come out of these winter meetings.

Atlanta acquires Renteria
DALLAS - At the week's outset, Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz told his staff gathered at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel that "something good" would come out of these winter meetings.

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.

Atlanta acquires Renteria

Building ban could expand
Called a "monster'' by one detractor, an ordinance that would prohibit such things as commercial metal building construction could be spreading its reach to three more Columbia County destinations: Baston Road, Old Petersburg Road and Belair Road.

Natural gas prices jump to new high
WASHINGTON - Natural gas prices jumped to a new high Thursday and oil prices also climbed as cold weather across the U.S. Northeast, Midwest and elsewhere raised concerns about increased demand for home-heating fuels this winter.

Coca-Cola's profits, worker morale bubbly

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.

Loss of core source is wiping out surfboard makers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The surfboard industry along the Atlantic Coast is reeling from the sudden shutdown of the nation's primary manufacturer of surfboard cores this week after a protracted battle with federal regulators.

Loss of core source is wiping out surfboard makers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The surfboard industry along the Atlantic Coast is reeling from the sudden shutdown of the nation's primary manufacturer of surfboard cores this week after a protracted battle with federal regulators.

Business briefs
Hunting expensesThere are fewer hunters, but they're spending more.

Union weighs strike option
ATLANTA - Leaders of Delta Air Lines Inc.'s pilots union met behind closed doors Thursday to consider whether to ask their members for the right to strike if the struggling carrier succeeds in voiding their contract in bankruptcy court.

Business briefs
Hunting expensesThere are fewer hunters, but they're spending more.

Business briefs

Union weighs strike option
ATLANTA - Leaders of Delta Air Lines Inc.'s pilots union met behind closed doors Thursday to consider whether to ask their members for the right to strike if the struggling carrier succeeds in voiding their contract in bankruptcy court.

Building ban could expand
Called a "monster'' by one detractor, an ordinance that would prohibit such things as commercial metal building construction could be spreading its reach to three more Columbia County destinations: Baston Road, Old Petersburg Road and Belair Road.

Contractor drops Westinghouse name
AIKEN - The private contractor that runs Savannah River Site has changed its name from Westinghouse Savannah River Co. to Washington Savannah River Co., officials announced Thursday.

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

Natural gas prices jump to new high
WASHINGTON - Natural gas prices jumped to a new high Thursday and oil prices also climbed as cold weather across the U.S. Northeast, Midwest and elsewhere raised concerns about increased demand for home-heating fuels this winter.

Building ban could expand

Contractor drops Westinghouse name
AIKEN - The private contractor that runs Savannah River Site has changed its name from Westinghouse Savannah River Co. to Washington Savannah River Co., officials announced Thursday.

Union weighs strike option

Contractor drops Westinghouse name

Chamber aims to dispel image of '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.

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.

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.

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.

Natural gas prices jump to new high

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

Loss of core source is wiping out surfboard makers

Satellite radio prices down as XM, Sirius do battle

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 9, 2005.

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

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Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 8, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 9, 2005.

Best friends have Clemson in Final Four
In 2001, Augusta's Havird Usry took his soccer skills to Atlanta to play with a high-profile club team. With the help of the Atlanta Fire, he found better competition, a college scholarship, and two of his best friends, Ryan Roushandel and Mark Buchholz.

Best friends have Clemson in Final Four

Clemson, Maryland lead ACC into men's soccer championships
CARY, N.C. - Maryland and Clemson are giving the NCAA men's College Cup an Atlantic Coast Conference feel.

Clemson, Maryland lead ACC into men's soccer championships

Clemson, Maryland lead ACC into men's soccer championships
CARY, N.C. - Maryland and Clemson are giving the NCAA men's College Cup an Atlantic Coast Conference feel.

Best friends have Clemson in Final Four
In 2001, Augusta's Havird Usry took his soccer skills to Atlanta to play with a high-profile club team. With the help of the Atlanta Fire, he found better competition, a college scholarship, and two of his best friends, Ryan Roushandel and Mark Buchholz.

Wake Forest punter nabs top honor
It should come as no surprise that Ryan Plackemeier took home the top punting prize in college football on Thursday night.

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.

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.

Bush has leaped to top of Heisman race

Wake Forest punter nabs top honor
It should come as no surprise that Ryan Plackemeier took home the top punting prize in college football on Thursday night.

Wake Forest punter nabs top honor

North Carolina too much for Wofford

College basketball roundup

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.

A necessary tragedy
The air marshals' shooting of an apparently mentally ill passenger in Miami on Wednesday was an unbridled tragedy.

Teachers are still at risk

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.

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.

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.

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 necessary tragedy

Editor's note

Death of a statesman

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 helping of common sense

Death of a statesman
Historians will remember Carroll Campbell Jr. as one of South Carolina's most successful and beloved political leaders of the 20th century. His family and friends will remember him as a loving, kind and conscientious man.

Death of a statesman
Historians will remember Carroll Campbell Jr. as one of South Carolina's most successful and beloved political leaders of the 20th century. His family and friends will remember him as a loving, kind and conscientious man.

No clemency for Crips co-founder

A necessary tragedy
The air marshals' shooting of an apparently mentally ill passenger in Miami on Wednesday was an unbridled tragedy.

A helping of common sense
There's the Atkins. The Scarsdale. The South Beach. And now we present the latest diet:

A helping of common sense
There's the Atkins. The Scarsdale. The South Beach. And now we present the latest diet:

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.

People in the News
HONOLULU - Hawaiian crooner Don Ho was moved out of intensive care at a Thailand hospital Wednesday and was doing well after an experimental procedure on his ailing heart, his doctor said.

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.

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.

David Schwimmer to make his Broadway debut
NEW YORK - David Schwimmer will make his Broadway debut in a revival of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial," Herman Wouk's stage adaptation of his best-selling novel that later became a hit movie.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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

People in the News
HONOLULU - Hawaiian crooner Don Ho was moved out of intensive care at a Thailand hospital Wednesday and was doing well after an experimental procedure on his ailing heart, his doctor said.

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

Kate Moss emerges from drug scandal
LONDON - Three months ago, a cocaine scandal threatened to end Kate Moss' career. Now, her scandalous image is helping to fuel a remarkable comeback.

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.

David Schwimmer to make his Broadway debut
NEW YORK - David Schwimmer will make his Broadway debut in a revival of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial," Herman Wouk's stage adaptation of his best-selling novel that later became a hit movie.

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.

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

Kate Moss emerges from drug scandal
LONDON - Three months ago, a cocaine scandal threatened to end Kate Moss' career. Now, her scandalous image is helping to fuel a remarkable comeback.

Rates on 30-year mortgages rise
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages, which had fallen for two weeks, resumed their increases this week.

Rates on 30-year mortgages rise

Rates on 30-year mortgages rise
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages, which had fallen for two weeks, resumed their increases this week.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament news

Reports mixed at Raysville
Hart Creek and Little River waters around Thurmond Lake's Raysville area - some of the best places to catch hybrid and striped bass on artificial lures, as well as live blueback herring during the cold-weather months - have been stained by recent rains.

Reports mixed at Raysville

Reports mixed at Raysville
Hart Creek and Little River waters around Thurmond Lake's Raysville area - some of the best places to catch hybrid and striped bass on artificial lures, as well as live blueback herring during the cold-weather months - have been stained by recent rains.

Chardonney Pearls dazzle

Blueberries add to table, yard of home
Blueberries are becoming a popular fruit plant in local gardens, and for good reason.

Chardonney Pearls dazzle
Just when you think you've seen everything in the gardening world, up pops a new deutzia. Your grandmother might have had an old white variety that bloomed every spring. The new Chardonney Pearls will change everything you ever thought about deutzia.

Chardonney Pearls dazzle
Just when you think you've seen everything in the gardening world, up pops a new deutzia. Your grandmother might have had an old white variety that bloomed every spring. The new Chardonney Pearls will change everything you ever thought about deutzia.

Clean garden tools work better
One of the last jobs in the outdoor garden is caring for hoes, rakes, and pruning shears -- all the tools that have done their duty for the season.

Blueberries add to table, yard of home
Blueberries are becoming a popular fruit plant in local gardens, and for good reason.

Blueberries add to table, yard of home

Clean garden tools work better
One of the last jobs in the outdoor garden is caring for hoes, rakes, and pruning shears -- all the tools that have done their duty for the season.

Clean garden tools work better

Golf roundup
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Michael Campbell has been waiting for a feeling like this, when the fairways appear twice as wide, the hole looks like a bucket and golf seems like the easiest game he ever played.

Golf roundup
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Michael Campbell has been waiting for a feeling like this, when the fairways appear twice as wide, the hole looks like a bucket and golf seems like the easiest game he ever played.

Golf roundup

State gives Red Devils their due

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.

NHL roundup
PHILADELPHIA - Ethan Moreau scored two short-handed goals, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the undermanned Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

NHL roundup
PHILADELPHIA - Ethan Moreau scored two short-handed goals, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the undermanned Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

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.

Blackhawks win in overtime

Turn Christmas cards into Christmas cash
"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."

Turn Christmas cards into Christmas cash
"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."

'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

'Chronicle' headlines tell a sad tale

Murtha is immune from criticism
Since his call for the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, much praise has been heaped upon U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., by almost every notable figure in the Republican Party. It seems that in their eyes Murtha's military service has given him immunity from criticism, made him worthy of idolatrous praise and given him license to step out in front of the commander in chief, secretary of Defense and all the hierarchy of the military to voice ridiculous demands to undercut their plans for victory. ...A.G. Blackmon, Warrenville, S.C.

Iraq war is spiraling out of control
The Bush administration is pretty simple. It is event-driven with the basic principle that history repeats itself.Mickey Hammett, Evans

Union workers are getting short shrift

Iraq war is spiraling out of control
The Bush administration is pretty simple. It is event-driven with the basic principle that history repeats itself.Mickey Hammett, Evans

Murtha is immune from criticism

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.

Iraq war is spiraling out of control

Murtha is immune from criticism
Since his call for the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, much praise has been heaped upon U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., by almost every notable figure in the Republican Party. It seems that in their eyes Murtha's military service has given him immunity from criticism, made him worthy of idolatrous praise and given him license to step out in front of the commander in chief, secretary of Defense and all the hierarchy of the military to voice ridiculous demands to undercut their plans for victory. ...A.G. Blackmon, Warrenville, S.C.

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
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

London says farewell to doubledecker bus

Living briefs

U.S. life expectancy hits another all-time high

FDA strengthens warning on antidepressant Paxil

Even pets want to visit Santa this year

U.S. life expectancy hits another all-time high
ATLANTA - U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high - 77.6 years - and deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke continue to drop, the government reported Thursday.

Even pets want to visit Santa this year
Once upon a time, there was a jolly old elf named Santa Claus, who took time every year to chat with good little girls and boys at a mall or some other shopping place where they could climb onto his lap, tell him what they wanted for Christmas and get a photo for posterity.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Even pets want to visit Santa this year
Once upon a time, there was a jolly old elf named Santa Claus, who took time every year to chat with good little girls and boys at a mall or some other shopping place where they could climb onto his lap, tell him what they wanted for Christmas and get a photo for posterity.

London says farewell to doubledecker bus
LONDON - After half a century, London's red Routemaster buses are rattling into retirement.

U.S. life expectancy hits another all-time high
ATLANTA - U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high - 77.6 years - and deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke continue to drop, the government reported Thursday.

FDA strengthens warning on antidepressant Paxil
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its warning that the antidepressant Paxil may be associated with birth defects, citing a new study that found increased risk of fetuses developing heart defects.

London says farewell to doubledecker bus
LONDON - After half a century, London's red Routemaster buses are rattling into retirement.

FDA strengthens warning on antidepressant Paxil
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its warning that the antidepressant Paxil may be associated with birth defects, citing a new study that found increased risk of fetuses developing heart defects.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Lynx game night

Lynx game night
WHEN: 7:05 p.m., tonight

Lynx newcomer will play vs. Greenville
Forward Anthony Battaglia is expected to make his Augusta debut when the Lynx play host to Greenville tonight at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

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

Lynx newcomer will play vs. Greenville

Lynx newcomer will play vs. Greenville
Forward Anthony Battaglia is expected to make his Augusta debut when the Lynx play host to Greenville tonight at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Lynx ground Ice Pilots

Lynx game night
WHEN: 7:05 p.m., tonight

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

Mayor shifts, backs merger
The mayor of Columbia County's largest municipality said Thursday that he has had a change of heart on county consolidation.

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.

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.

Richmond County schools are hitting dead end on information highway

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

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.

Correction
- The estimate of how much savings can be gained from the privatization of school buses was attributed incorrectly in an article in the Metro section of Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Corrections

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.

University System of Georgia chancellor candidate withdraws

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

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.

Man gets 30 years for off-duty deputy's death
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man has been found guilty of murder in the shooting death of an off-duty Beaufort County sheriff's deputy.

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.

Group seeks leeway in statewide changes
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - A group of county commissioners and sheriffs asked Georgia lawmakers Thursday to tread lightly on any proposals they might consider next year to tighten up security in courthouses across the state.

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.

Panel decides not to punish teachers

News you can use
Activities scheduled for this week include:

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

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

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

Across the area

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

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

Elderly pedestrian killed by tractor-trailer
A 70-year-old man was killed this morning when he was run over by a tractor-trailer while walking across a car dealership parking lot, officials said.

System to keep tabs on buses
Almost $200,000 worth of federal funding will allow Augusta Public Transit to track its buses going off the beaten path.

Georgia Southern names new coach

Panel decides not to punish teachers
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.

Georgia Southern names new coach
STATESBORO, Ga. -- The Georgia Southern football program, revived in the 1980s by a former University of Georgia defensive coordinator, turned to another one to revive it again on Friday.

Man charged in fatal 2004 fire
COLUMBIA - A Taylors 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, S.C., almost two years ago, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.

Man shot in steet brawl in east Augusta
An Augusta man is in police custody tonight after authorities said he shot another man several times during a street brawl in east Augusta.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kaden McCord of Augusta.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
WINDER - A fire that gutted a small church was intentionally set.

Body in field is that of Wal-Mart greeter

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

Iraq vets seek benefits with older generations

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 South Carolina

Black chosen to lead system

Byrd Elementary School estimates exceed budget

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.

Officials debate over submerged logs

Board studies control of PTAs

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.

'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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Correction

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Mayor shifts, backs merger

'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.

Group seeks leeway in statewide changes

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.

Making chicken safer, cheaper

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.

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

Mayor shifts, backs merger
The mayor of Columbia County's largest municipality said Thursday that he has had a change of heart on county consolidation.

Blood donors receive rewards

Board studies control of PTAs
With the arrest of a former president of the Glenn Hills Middle School PTA fresh on their minds, Richmond County school board members are considering implementing stronger financial accountability measures for booster clubs, including PTAs.

Commissioners plan for unity

Reporting for duty
Soldiers who are re-enlisting and new recruits file into a ballroom at The Courtyard at Fort Gordon for a swearing-in ceremony.

Empty stocking donations

County plays the name game
Prince tried it with a symbol. Garth Brooks did it with an alter ego.

Ex-governor of S. Carolina dies

New seat belt rules apply in S. Carolina
AIKEN - Wanda Smith stood shoulder-to-shoulder with seven other women Thursday, solemnly cradling a family portrait of her son and his then-infant daughter.

Walker to appeal all decisions

Conservationists call for study on widening
WALTERBORO, S.C. - Plans to widen a deadly two-lane stretch of U.S. 17 are not detailed enough, and permitting agencies could require a time-consuming environmental impact statement unless there are changes, conservation groups warn.

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

Rants and raves
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Rants and raves
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County plays the name game

Black chosen to lead system
ATLANTA - In a historic move, the State Board of Regents selected a black businessman to run Georgia's network of public colleges and universities.

Empty Stocking: Mother sacrifices for children's safety

Across the area
Carl Allison, 34, an illegal immigrant from Jamaica, was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for his role in a multistate drug ring that has landed six others behind bars.

Across South Carolina

Reporting for duty

Kid of the Day

New seat belt rules apply in S. Carolina

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kaden McCord of Augusta.

Man gets 30 years for off-duty deputy's death

'A Christmas Story' goes to school

Man charged in fatal 2004 fire

Clarke County trial is its first under anti-gang statute

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.

Soldiers' families get a lift

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Bus drivers can hit road, board member declares

Conservationists call for study on widening

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Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $31,996.16

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.

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3 jailed in use of check card

Board studies control of PTAs
With the arrest of a former president of the Glenn Hills Middle School PTA fresh on their minds, Richmond County school board members are considering implementing stronger financial accountability measures for booster clubs, including PTAs.

Empty Stocking donations

Rants and raves
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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.

System to keep tabs on buses
Almost $200,000 worth of federal funding will allow Augusta Public Transit to track its buses going off the beaten path.

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

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Authorities are searching for a Florida man whose car was found in Chester County.

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.

Across Georgia
WINDER - A fire that gutted a small church was intentionally set.

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.

Correction
- The estimate of how much savings can be gained from the privatization of school buses was attributed incorrectly in an article in the Metro section of Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

Panel decides not to punish teachers
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.

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

Blood donors receive rewards
Barbie Jackson has a strong motivation to roll up her sleeve every couple of months and donate blood. As a teenager, she nearly died from swelling on her brain stem and spent months in a wheelchair before she recovered.

Empty stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $26,758.16

New seat belt rules apply in S. Carolina
AIKEN - Wanda Smith stood shoulder-to-shoulder with seven other women Thursday, solemnly cradling a family portrait of her son and his then-infant daughter.

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.

Man charged in fatal 2004 fire
COLUMBIA - A Taylors 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, S.C., almost two years ago, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.

Juvenile Court could hear rape case

Across the area
Carl Allison, 34, an illegal immigrant from Jamaica, was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for his role in a multistate drug ring that has landed six others behind bars.

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

County plays the name game
Prince tried it with a symbol. Garth Brooks did it with an alter ego.

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.

Group seeks leeway in statewide changes
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - A group of county commissioners and sheriffs asked Georgia lawmakers Thursday to tread lightly on any proposals they might consider next year to tighten up security in courthouses across the state.

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.

Black chosen to lead system
ATLANTA - In a historic move, the State Board of Regents selected a black businessman to run Georgia's network of public colleges and universities.

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.

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

Empty stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $26,758.16

Reporting for duty
Soldiers who are re-enlisting and new recruits file into a ballroom at The Courtyard at Fort Gordon for a swearing-in ceremony.

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

3 jailed in use of check card
Three people, including a store employee, were in jail Thursday, charged with credit card fraud at the south Augusta Wal-Mart.

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.

Man gets 30 years for off-duty deputy's death
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man has been found guilty of murder in the shooting death of an off-duty Beaufort County sheriff's deputy.

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

Conservationists call for study on widening
WALTERBORO, S.C. - Plans to widen a deadly two-lane stretch of U.S. 17 are not detailed enough, and permitting agencies could require a time-consuming environmental impact statement unless there are changes, conservation groups warn.

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.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $31,996.16

System to keep tabs on buses

Blood donors receive rewards
Barbie Jackson has a strong motivation to roll up her sleeve every couple of months and donate blood. As a teenager, she nearly died from swelling on her brain stem and spent months in a wheelchair before she recovered.

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.

Empty Stocking: Mother sacrifices for children's safety
A single mother who can't pay all her bills needs assistance to provide her five children a decent Christmas this year.

Across Georgia

3 jailed in use of check card
Three people, including a store employee, were in jail Thursday, charged with credit card fraud at the south Augusta Wal-Mart.

Across the area

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $31,996.16

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Authorities are searching for a Florida man whose car was found in Chester County.

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.

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

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.

'Geisha' filmmakers defend movie's casting

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

'Geisha' filmmakers defend movie's casting
The makers of "Memoirs of a Geisha" expected to be lauded for creating the first big-budget Hollywood movie with Asian actors in every leading role. Instead, they find themselves defending casting decisions that have inflamed historical tensions between Japan and China.

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.

'Geisha' filmmakers defend movie's casting
The makers of "Memoirs of a Geisha" expected to be lauded for creating the first big-budget Hollywood movie with Asian actors in every leading role. Instead, they find themselves defending casting decisions that have inflamed historical tensions between Japan and China.

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.

Fantastic 4 movie is not so fantastic

Mini reviews

New home-video releases

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 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
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

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck celebrates 85th birthday
NEW YORK - Dave Brubeck chose not to celebrate his 85th birthday quietly at his home in the Connecticut woods. Instead, his wife, children and grandchildren joined him for a sold-out concert at London's Barbican Centre, where some 2,000 fans serenaded him with a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday," accompanied by members of his jazz quartet and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Lennon's killer marks 25 years of infamy

Carey, West and Legend lead Grammy nominations
NEW YORK - Mariah Carey's comeback came full circle Thursday as she was nominated for eight Grammys, including album of the year for "The Emancipation of Mimi" and song and record of the year for her torch ballad "We Belong Together."

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.

Complete list of Grammy Award nominations
Complete list of nominees in 108 categories announced Thursday for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, to be presented Feb. 8 in Los Angeles:

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.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Lennon's is a life worth celebrating

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

Top 20 Concert Tours

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.

Carey, West and Legend lead Grammy nominations
NEW YORK - Mariah Carey's comeback came full circle Thursday as she was nominated for eight Grammys, including album of the year for "The Emancipation of Mimi" and song and record of the year for her torch ballad "We Belong Together."

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

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

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.

Complete list of Grammy Award nominations
Complete list of nominees in 108 categories announced Thursday for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, to be presented Feb. 8 in Los Angeles:

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.

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck celebrates 85th birthday
NEW YORK - Dave Brubeck chose not to celebrate his 85th birthday quietly at his home in the Connecticut woods. Instead, his wife, children and grandchildren joined him for a sold-out concert at London's Barbican Centre, where some 2,000 fans serenaded him with a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday," accompanied by members of his jazz quartet and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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.

Carey, West and Legend lead Grammy nominations

Lennon's death lingers for men who were there

Complete list of Grammy Award nominations
Complete list of nominees in 108 categories announced Thursday for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, to be presented Feb. 8 in Los Angeles:

Concerts calendar

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 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.

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck celebrates 85th birthday

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR agrees to eight-year television package with five networks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When no one else wanted NASCAR on its networks, ESPN was thrilled to air everything it could as an eager partner in the grass-roots effort to build stock car racing into a major sport.

NASCAR agrees to eight-year television package with five networks

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
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:

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

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 agrees to eight-year television package with five networks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When no one else wanted NASCAR on its networks, ESPN was thrilled to air everything it could as an eager partner in the grass-roots effort to build stock car racing into a major sport.

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.

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

Charlotte falls to New Jersey

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.

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

West silences critics as new lineup gives Grizzlies best start ever
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jerry West's offseason moves that seemed puzzling to many appear to be working out well for the Memphis Grizzlies.

West silences critics as new lineup gives Grizzlies best start ever

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.

West silences critics as new lineup gives Grizzlies best start ever
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jerry West's offseason moves that seemed puzzling to many appear to be working out well for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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.

North Carolina too much for Wofford
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The tired North Carolina Tar Heels still made quick work of overmatched Wofford.

North Carolina too much for Wofford
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The tired North Carolina Tar Heels still made quick work of overmatched Wofford.

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.

This was one opportunity an owner couldn't pass on

Pass rush falters when defense can't stop run

Falcons' Hall eager to "bring it" on punt returns

Panthers question cut blocks that injured Peppers, Rucker

Davis hands starting job over to Foster

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

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

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

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Lou Bradley    (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. James Robinson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James S. Roberts    (MARTIN-MILLETT, S.C.)

Mr. Mario T. Reddish    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Mario T. Reddish    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel Clayton    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Maragrit Pugh    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Pesenti    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. George Corley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Shuping A. Scott    (FAIRFOREST, S.C.)

Ms. Anna Sweeney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Frank W. Unger    (DALLAS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie J. Deer    (ULMER, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Maragrit Pugh    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Norman    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Rev. John D. Shaw    (DARIEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Dether Newton    (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Dewey Eugene Odom    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Terry P. Moncrief    (KENNESAW, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Odessia McGee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Mrs. Mary Lou Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Pete Long    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Brunson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey L. Kuethe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nora Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, Philippines)

Mrs. Annie J. Deer    (ULMER, S.C.)

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

Mr. Shelley Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Crook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dewey Eugene Odom    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

MSgt. Hal R. Childs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gloria Bennett    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Arthur Jordan    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Christine Pesenti    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony A. Cassell    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rita H. Schmidt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Anna Sweeney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Nelson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Norman    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Madison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dether Newton    (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Lou Bradley    (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Nelson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Lewis    (ROGERSVILLE, Tenn.)

Mr. Terry P. Moncrief    (KENNESAW, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Mixon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Edward S. Harveston    (THE VILLEGE, Fla.)

Mrs. Odessia McGee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Foley    (LYONS, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Madison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Pete Long    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Cosby    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Lewis    (ROGERSVILLE, Tenn.)

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

Mrs. Audrey L. Kuethe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Ms. Juliet Whitaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jack Tanner    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Edward S. Harveston    (THE VILLEGE, Fla.)

Mr. Mario T. Reddish    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao    (MANILA, Philippines)

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

Mrs. Mary Lou Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Foley    (LYONS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Nora Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucille Crook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eddie Cosby    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie J. Deer    (ULMER, S.C.)

MSgt. Hal R. Childs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Anthony A. Cassell    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

MSgt. Hal R. Childs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Lou Bradley    (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Clayton    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lila Rowe Boykin    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Juliet Whitaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Bennett    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Tanner    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Brunson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Rev. John D. Shaw    (DARIEN, Ga.)

Mr. Frank W. Unger    (DALLAS, Ga.)

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

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nora Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shuping A. Scott    (FAIRFOREST, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Rita H. Schmidt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lila Rowe Boykin    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James S. Roberts    (MARTIN-MILLETT, S.C.)

Dea. George Corley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James S. Roberts    (MARTIN-MILLETT, S.C.)

MSgt. Hal R. Childs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mario T. Reddish    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Miss Zillie Mae Maloyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Clayton (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Audrey L. Kuethe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Terry P. Moncrief (KENNESAW, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Pesenti (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Nelson (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Anthony A. Cassell (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shuping A. Scott (FAIRFOREST, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Nora Hutto (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Edward S. Harveston (THE VILLEGE, Fla.)

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

Mrs. Lucille Crook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dether Newton (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Ms. Anna Sweeney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Brunson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. James S. Roberts (MARTIN-MILLETT, S.C.)

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

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao (MANILA, Philippines)

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

Mrs. Mary Lou Frederick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Tanner (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Dewey Eugene Odom (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Cosby (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Pete Long (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maragrit Pugh (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Brunson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Norman (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Epifanio Genonsalao (MANILA, PHILIPPINES)

Mr. Jim Lewis (ROGERSVILLE, Tenn.)

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

Mr. Frank W. Unger (DALLAS, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bobby Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Madison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Odessia McGee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James Robinson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Juliet Whitaker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Lou Bradley (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Hutto (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Arthur Jordan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lila Rowe Boykin (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Leola E. Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelley Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Young (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty Foley (LYONS, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Bennett (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mixon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Rita H. Schmidt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Overtime

Diggs is good fit as coach

Carrying A Torch

Augusta guns for top league

Area sports announcements

Overtime

World Cup criticism shrugged off

Diggs is good fit as coach
The weeks and months Joseph "Bubba" Diggs spent away from his family pursuing his dream paid off Thursday.

Overtime
With a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, the Olympic flame began its journey across Italy to the Turin Winter Games.

Diggs is good fit as coach
The weeks and months Joseph "Bubba" Diggs spent away from his family pursuing his dream paid off Thursday.

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
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.

Carrying A Torch
Rossano Teragnoli carries the Olympic flame in the terrace of the Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome on Thursday for the start of the torch relay for the Turin Winter Games.

Overtime
With a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, the Olympic flame began its journey across Italy to the Turin Winter Games.

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.

Carrying A Torch
Rossano Teragnoli carries the Olympic flame in the terrace of the Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome on Thursday for the start of the torch relay for the Turin Winter Games.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Davis hands starting job over to Foster
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It wasn't exactly a concession speech, nor was it an official changing of the guard. But a proud running back stepped aside Thursday, admitting his understudy was the best man for the job.

Falcons' Hall eager to "bring it" on punt returns
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - DeAngelo Hall's interception total indicates he has accomplished his goal of becoming a "shutdown corner" in the NFL.

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.

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.

Davis hands starting job over to Foster
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It wasn't exactly a concession speech, nor was it an official changing of the guard. But a proud running back stepped aside Thursday, admitting his understudy was the best man for the job.

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

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.

Falcons' Hall eager to "bring it" on punt returns
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - DeAngelo Hall's interception total indicates he has accomplished his goal of becoming a "shutdown corner" in the NFL.

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.

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.

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.

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):

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Lunch menu
School lunch menu through Dec. 16.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Cub Scouts have treats for hospitalized soldiers

Reunions

For the record

Balloonist has soaring passion

Georgia Farmers Market

Arts program has been hit with children

Events

Pet of the week

Recreation

50th wedding anniversary: Greene

Group organizes visit to historic S.C. town

Across the river

This week

Road marker honors post worker

Lunch menu

Restaurant ratings

Goshen encourages community pride

Davidson honors

Milestones

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.

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.

Will Katie Couric become anchor at CBS News?

Holiday needs old classics to be new again

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

'Today' marks 10 years on top
NEW YORK - The "Today" show's stars wanted to talk about the past: A glorious 10-year winning streak.

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

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

Holiday needs old classics to be new again
Charlie Brown still bemoans the sorry state of his Christmas tree, and the recently remastered Rudolph's nose shines with new brilliance, but many of the classic holiday specials seem to have been lost in television limbo.

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.

'Today' marks 10 years on top
NEW YORK - The "Today" show's stars wanted to talk about the past: A glorious 10-year winning streak.

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

Mel Gibson planning TV miniseries on Holocaust love story

'Today' marks 10 years on top

Ratings for basic cable networks

Holiday needs old classics to be new again
Charlie Brown still bemoans the sorry state of his Christmas tree, and the recently remastered Rudolph's nose shines with new brilliance, but many of the classic holiday specials seem to have been lost in television limbo.

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.

Applause calendar

People in the News

Spotted

David Schwimmer to make his Broadway debut

Grubbin': Locos Grill & Pub

People in the News

Valerie Bertinelli divorcing Eddie Van Halen

Kate Moss emerges from drug scandal

Stuff to do

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

Club calendar

Bulldogs trounce Jackets

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.