Upcoming events
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol: 3 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday,; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; Aiken Community Playhouse production; $17 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students, $6 children 12 and younger; 648-1438

Twins had big roles on Hornets' defense
Aiken High School's gridiron opponents might have thought they were seeing double when they faced the Hornets' defense this season.

North Augusta park is getting new additions
Three new additions to North Augusta's Living History Park should be completed in the spring.

Library hours
AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARYHOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2-6 p.m. Sunday

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

Meetings
Aiken Camera Club: 6:30 p.m. third Mondays, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, Room 3, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; (803) 642-9272 or misticole22@hotmail.com

Nutcrackers are for all seasons
Say the word "nutcracker," and a lot of people have a memory associated with Christmas.

Farmers market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call 643-4660.

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

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421 and Aiken Department of Public Safety stations No. 2 on Silver Bluff Road and No. 3 on U.S. Highway 78.

Langley Pond is being drawn down for routine maintenance
Aiken County is performing its annual checkup of Langley Pond this month, which will leave it with lower water levels in coming weeks.

Events
SOUTH CAROLINA

USC Aiken honors retiring director of nursing school
The University of South Carolina Aiken held a retirement ceremony Dec. 1 for Trudy Groves, the former head of the university's nursing program.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Nov. 25-Dec. 2. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Cub Scouts go on an outing with 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 Dec. 3.

Milestones
Angie Rollins, a kinesiotherapy assistant in the Uptown KT Clinic, has been named the November Employee of the Month at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Pet of the week
Banana, 6-week-old male Jack Russell terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Farmers market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call 643-4660.

Twins had big roles on Hornets' defense
Aiken High School's gridiron opponents might have thought they were seeing double when they faced the Hornets' defense this season.

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421 and Aiken Department of Public Safety stations No. 2 on Silver Bluff Road and No. 3 on U.S. Highway 78.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

Upcoming events
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol: 3 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday,; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; Aiken Community Playhouse production; $17 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students, $6 children 12 and younger; 648-1438

Soldiers can now be trained on virtual firing ranges
Fort Gordon soldiers now are able hone their marksmanship skills in the virtual world.

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

School adds to class offerings

Meetings
Aiken Camera Club: 6:30 p.m. third Mondays, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, Room 3, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; (803) 642-9272 or misticole22@hotmail.com

North Augusta park is getting new additions
Three new additions to North Augusta's Living History Park should be completed in the spring.

Library hours
AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARYHOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2-6 p.m. Sunday

Cub Scouts go on an outing with 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 Dec. 3.

Milestones
Angie Rollins, a kinesiotherapy assistant in the Uptown KT Clinic, has been named the November Employee of the Month at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Nutcrackers are for all seasons
Say the word "nutcracker," and a lot of people have a memory associated with Christmas.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

Soldiers can now be trained on virtual firing ranges
Fort Gordon soldiers now are able hone their marksmanship skills in the virtual world.

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 on 106 acres; take Interstate 20 west to Exit 183, turn right and take U.S. Highway 221 north toward Appling, then turn right on Nature's Way. Turn right on Louisville Road, and it's 1.4 miles on the right; $7 adults, $3 ages 6-17, free ages 5 and younger; 825-6441

Langley Pond is being drawn down for routine maintenance
Aiken County is performing its annual checkup of Langley Pond this month, which will leave it with lower water levels in coming weeks.

Around the block
The Aiken Community Playhouse will present Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at 3 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students and $6 for children 12 and younger. Call 648-1438.

School adds to class offerings

Around the block
The Aiken Community Playhouse will present Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at 3 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students and $6 for children 12 and younger. Call 648-1438.

Hopelands Gardens glows for holidays
More than 75,000 holiday lights are glowing at Aiken's Hopelands Gardens for the 14th annual Christmas in Hopelands.

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 on 106 acres; take Interstate 20 west to Exit 183, turn right and take U.S. Highway 221 north toward Appling, then turn right on Nature's Way. Turn right on Louisville Road, and it's 1.4 miles on the right; $7 adults, $3 ages 6-17, free ages 5 and younger; 825-6441

USC Aiken honors retiring director of nursing school
The University of South Carolina Aiken held a retirement ceremony Dec. 1 for Trudy Groves, the former head of the university's nursing program.

Events
SOUTH CAROLINA

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

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Nov. 25-Dec. 2. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Pet of the week
Banana, 6-week-old male Jack Russell terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Hopelands Gardens glows for holidays
More than 75,000 holiday lights are glowing at Aiken's Hopelands Gardens for the 14th annual Christmas in Hopelands.

Arts Notebook: It is no easy task being a performer

P.D. James paints a luminous 'Lighthouse'
P.D. James is like a painter who uses the thinnest brush strokes and applies them meticulously and without hurry until a picture emerges. Many details are in place, finely drawn but not finicky or confusing. The result is a masterpiece.

This Christmas season is one for the books
'Tis the season to be... reading a book?

Bob Dylan photos show another side of the singer
Yet another side of the enigmatic Bob Dylan is revealed in the stunning "Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan."

Characters in 'Saving Fish' probably deserved worse
Amy Tan's writings have usually focused on the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, and she is truly a master at conveying such tales.

Arts Notebook: It is no easy task being a performer
It occurs to me that I owe a debt of thanks.

P.D. James paints a luminous 'Lighthouse'

Katrina books offer insight into great human tragedy
When disaster strikes, instant books are never far behind. That's definitely the case with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, as several volumes crowd bookstores and magazine stands.

Katrina books offer insight into great human tragedy
When disaster strikes, instant books are never far behind. That's definitely the case with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, as several volumes crowd bookstores and magazine stands.

P.D. James paints a luminous 'Lighthouse'
P.D. James is like a painter who uses the thinnest brush strokes and applies them meticulously and without hurry until a picture emerges. Many details are in place, finely drawn but not finicky or confusing. The result is a masterpiece.

Bob Dylan photos show another side of the singer

Characters in 'Saving Fish' probably deserved worse
Amy Tan's writings have usually focused on the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, and she is truly a master at conveying such tales.

Katrina books offer insight into great human tragedy

Arts Notebook: It is no easy task being a performer
It occurs to me that I owe a debt of thanks.

Characters in 'Saving Fish' probably deserved worse

This Christmas season is one for the books

This Christmas season is one for the books
'Tis the season to be... reading a book?

Bob Dylan photos show another side of the singer
Yet another side of the enigmatic Bob Dylan is revealed in the stunning "Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan."

Baseball notebook
TWINS: Minnesota traded left-handed reliever J.C. Romero to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Alexi Casilla.

Baseball notebook
TWINS: Minnesota traded left-handed reliever J.C. Romero to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Alexi Casilla.

Baseball notebook

Test your knowledge of Augusta's mayors with this quotation quiz

Christopher Dewy Hood

Brandon Mark Clark

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Summer Shi Krzywda

Brandon Mark Clark

Eathan McCall Cooper

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Eathan McCall Cooper

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

David Micah Grant

Dallas Noel Williams

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Davis Robert Turner

Aiden Michael Vest

Kevin John Pokora

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

William Davis Montgomery

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Davis Robert Turner

Christopher Dewy Hood

Kevin John Pokora

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Brice Donnell Rolland

Anthony Stephen Heard

Finlay Mays Florence

Dallas Noel Williams

David Micah Grant

Brandon Mark Clark

Brice Donnell Rolland

Courtney Samantha Shafer

William Davis Montgomery

Brice Donnell Rolland

Zachary David Whitehurst

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Katie Wren Stockton

Aiden Michael Vest

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Finlay Mays Florence

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Carlee Renee Grace

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Katie Wren Stockton

Eathan McCall Cooper

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Zachary David Whitehurst

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Carlee Renee Grace

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Finlay Mays Florence

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Kevin John Pokora

Anthony Stephen Heard

Christopher Dewy Hood

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Summer Shi Krzywda

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Aiden Michael Vest

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Anthony Stephen Heard

Summer Shi Krzywda

Marcel LaVance Reeves

William Davis Montgomery

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Carlee Renee Grace

David Micah Grant

Katie Wren Stockton

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Zachary David Whitehurst

Dallas Noel Williams

Davis Robert Turner

Teacher arrested on drug charges
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police arrested a substitute teacher at a Jacksonville middle school after pupils said they watched him snort cocaine at a desk during their seventh-grade science class.

Teacher arrested on drug charges
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police arrested a substitute teacher at a Jacksonville middle school after pupils said they watched him snort cocaine at a desk during their seventh-grade science class.

Braves sign veteran Pratt as backup catcher

Braves sign veteran Pratt as backup catcher
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves signed veteran catcher Todd Pratt to a one-year contract Friday.

Braves sign veteran Pratt as backup catcher
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves signed veteran catcher Todd Pratt to a one-year contract Friday.

Project seeks to complement downtown life

Flu pandemic could push U.S. economy into recession

LandMar Group buys St. Marys mill
SAVANNAH, Ga. - St. Marys is no longer a mill town.

On the move
- Ivan Hazelwood has been named store manager of the Tractor Supply Co. store in Augusta. Mr. Hazelwood was previously employed as a manager by Foot Action and served as a manager trainee at Tractor Supply's Lexington, S.C., store.

Business briefs

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's Not Just Coffee; topic, Business and Personal Finances: What Can You Do to Stay Ahead, by John Mullins, community outreach director for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the CSRA

Business briefs
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said Friday he is confident Delta Air Lines Inc. and its pilots will reach a deal on pay and benefit cuts in time to avert a strike.

Delta pilots relish service rivalries
NEW YORK - When the judge overseeing Delta Air Lines Inc.'s bankruptcy asked in court recently whether the front or rear wheels touch ground first when planes land, a voice at the back of the courtroom answered with the question: Air Force or Navy?

Project seeks to complement downtown life
Right now the building at 1124 Broad St. doesn't look too good. But a local property owner has plans to beautify.

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's Not Just Coffee; topic, Business and Personal Finances: What Can You Do to Stay Ahead, by John Mullins, community outreach director for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the CSRA

On the move

On the move
- Ivan Hazelwood has been named store manager of the Tractor Supply Co. store in Augusta. Mr. Hazelwood was previously employed as a manager by Foot Action and served as a manager trainee at Tractor Supply's Lexington, S.C., store.

Business briefs
Wondering whether you're getting a good deal on your natural gas bill?

Business briefs
Wondering whether you're getting a good deal on your natural gas bill?

LandMar Group buys St. Marys mill

Project seeks to complement downtown life
Right now the building at 1124 Broad St. doesn't look too good. But a local property owner has plans to beautify.

Flu pandemic could push U.S. economy into recession
WASHINGTON - Congress must act quickly to prepare for the possibility of a flu pandemic that could kill 2 million Americans and wreak havoc on the nation's economy, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says.

Delta pilots relish service rivalries

Business briefs
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said Friday he is confident Delta Air Lines Inc. and its pilots will reach a deal on pay and benefit cuts in time to avert a strike.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 21 and 22. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Christmas tree farm is lots of work
Every year, the National Christmas Tree Association gets more than 100 inquiries from entrepreneurs wanting to start their own Christmas tree farms.

Business briefs

Business calendar

Christmas tree farm is lots of work
Every year, the National Christmas Tree Association gets more than 100 inquiries from entrepreneurs wanting to start their own Christmas tree farms.

Delta pilots relish service rivalries
NEW YORK - When the judge overseeing Delta Air Lines Inc.'s bankruptcy asked in court recently whether the front or rear wheels touch ground first when planes land, a voice at the back of the courtroom answered with the question: Air Force or Navy?

Flu pandemic could push U.S. economy into recession
WASHINGTON - Congress must act quickly to prepare for the possibility of a flu pandemic that could kill 2 million Americans and wreak havoc on the nation's economy, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says.

Christmas tree farm is lots of work

LandMar Group buys St. Marys mill
SAVANNAH, Ga. - St. Marys is no longer a mill town.

Property transfers

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 21 and 22. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 11, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Saturday, December 10, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 11, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Saturday, December 10, 2005.

Political storms strike in Augusta

Political storms strike in Augusta
I would much rather be telling you about our turnip patch and the cabbages with leaves as big as elephant ears and how remarkable they are freezing solid overnight and then thawing out and fluttering in the wind and acting normal later on in the day.

Political storms strike in Augusta
I would much rather be telling you about our turnip patch and the cabbages with leaves as big as elephant ears and how remarkable they are freezing solid overnight and then thawing out and fluttering in the wind and acting normal later on in the day.

Hammonds guides Clemson to win

Tigers edged by Lobos 2-1 in semifinals
CARY, N.C. - New Mexico's Andrew Boyens scored a tiebreaker in the 63rd minute to give the Lobos a 2-1 win over Clemson in the semifinal of the NCAA College Cup Friday night.

Hammonds guides Clemson to win
CLEMSON, S.C. - Despite a rash of turnovers in the second half that kept ETSU within reach, the Clemson Tigers held on for a 80-72 win to start their season 8-0 for only the eleventh time in school history.

Tigers edged by Lobos 2-1 in semifinals

Hammonds guides Clemson to win
CLEMSON, S.C. - Despite a rash of turnovers in the second half that kept ETSU within reach, the Clemson Tigers held on for a 80-72 win to start their season 8-0 for only the eleventh time in school history.

Tigers edged by Lobos 2-1 in semifinals
CARY, N.C. - New Mexico's Andrew Boyens scored a tiebreaker in the 63rd minute to give the Lobos a 2-1 win over Clemson in the semifinal of the NCAA College Cup Friday night.

Bush wins Heisman
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush left the competition far, far behind - as usual.

Bush wins Heisman
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush left the competition far, far behind - as usual.

Bush wins Heisman

Late breakdowns cost Jaguars vs. Bobcats

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

Augusta State's Metress adopts new discipline for team

Time not on Lady Jaguars' side

Scream II
Political mythology would have you believe Howard Dean lost the presidential nomination in 2004 because of his bizarre and oft-derided shriek in Iowa.

Quotable
"Our First Amendment right to free speech cannot be destroyed by political correctness run amok. I don't believe government was created to be the speech police."

Unpatriotic law schools

There can be no 'but' with free speech
How ironic and misguided can young minds get?

Goodbye, Holiday Tree
Secular elites have made remarkable, albeit perverse, progress not only in pushing God out of the nation's public schools, but also in muscling religion, including Christmas, out of the public square.

Build, don't bicker
The headline Thursday said "Commissioners plan for unity."

Quotable

Quotable
"Our First Amendment right to free speech cannot be destroyed by political correctness run amok. I don't believe government was created to be the speech police."

Unpatriotic law schools
Some university and college law schools want to have their cake and eat it too.

Scream II

Scream II
Political mythology would have you believe Howard Dean lost the presidential nomination in 2004 because of his bizarre and oft-derided shriek in Iowa.

There can be no 'but' with free speech
How ironic and misguided can young minds get?

Build, don't bicker

Build, don't bicker
The headline Thursday said "Commissioners plan for unity."

Goodbye, Holiday Tree
Secular elites have made remarkable, albeit perverse, progress not only in pushing God out of the nation's public schools, but also in muscling religion, including Christmas, out of the public square.

Goodbye, Holiday Tree

There can be no 'but' with free speech

Unpatriotic law schools
Some university and college law schools want to have their cake and eat it too.

Howard Stern ready to move to satellite radio
NEW YORK - The seeds of the Howard Stern satellite radio revolution are planted in a simple black spiral notebook.

Arson ruled out in animation warehouse fire
BRISTOL, England - Investigators said Friday they have ruled out arson as the cause of a fire that destroyed the archive of Wallace & Gromit creator Aardman Animations.

Shaquille O'Neal now carries a badge
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Look out criminals, Officer Shaq is on the beat.

Arson ruled out in animation warehouse fire
BRISTOL, England - Investigators said Friday they have ruled out arson as the cause of a fire that destroyed the archive of Wallace & Gromit creator Aardman Animations.

Don Ho, recovering from stem cell procedure
HONOLULU - Hawaiian crooner Don Ho, who had an experimental procedure on his ailing heart earlier this week, says he's feeling much better and may return home to the islands within a few days.

Matt Damon marries former Florida bartender
LOS ANGELES - Matt Damon married girlfriend Lucianne Bozan during a private ceremony Friday in New York City, his publicist said.

Howard Stern ready to move to satellite radio
NEW YORK - The seeds of the Howard Stern satellite radio revolution are planted in a simple black spiral notebook.

Shaquille O'Neal now carries a badge
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Look out criminals, Officer Shaq is on the beat.

Matt Damon marries former Florida bartender
LOS ANGELES - Matt Damon married girlfriend Lucianne Bozan during a private ceremony Friday in New York City, his publicist said.

Don Ho, recovering from stem cell procedure
HONOLULU - Hawaiian crooner Don Ho, who had an experimental procedure on his ailing heart earlier this week, says he's feeling much better and may return home to the islands within a few days.

People in the News
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Animal rights campaigner Heather Mills McCartney called on the European Union to ban the production and sale of cat and dog fur in Europe.

People in the News
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Animal rights campaigner Heather Mills McCartney called on the European Union to ban the production and sale of cat and dog fur in Europe.

Children can get something from giving
NEW YORK - The toughest balancing act for parents this season might not be the budget - although that can be pretty hard, too.

Financial gifts can brighten holidays
If you're looking for a gift that won't go out of style, you might consider something of a financial nature that will grow in value. Depending on your budget, it could be a few shares of your favorite mutual fund, a head start on a retirement or college savings plan or a book about investing.

Financial gifts can brighten holidays
If you're looking for a gift that won't go out of style, you might consider something of a financial nature that will grow in value. Depending on your budget, it could be a few shares of your favorite mutual fund, a head start on a retirement or college savings plan or a book about investing.

House vote sets up complicated tax negotiations

Children can get something from giving
NEW YORK - The toughest balancing act for parents this season might not be the budget - although that can be pretty hard, too.

Children can get something from giving

Financial gifts can brighten holidays

House vote sets up complicated tax negotiations
WASHINGTON - The House and Senate face tricky negotiations on two very different versions of a tax cut called for months ago but getting renewed attention in a year-end scramble to clear the congressional agenda.

House vote sets up complicated tax negotiations
WASHINGTON - The House and Senate face tricky negotiations on two very different versions of a tax cut called for months ago but getting renewed attention in a year-end scramble to clear the congressional agenda.

Kellogg announces plan to reduce trans fat in products
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Starting early next year, some products made by Kellogg Co. will contain oils derived from genetically modified soybeans to reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids and minimize saturated fats, the cereal maker said Friday.

Kellogg announces plan to reduce trans fat in products

Kellogg announces plan to reduce trans fat in products
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Starting early next year, some products made by Kellogg Co. will contain oils derived from genetically modified soybeans to reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids and minimize saturated fats, the cereal maker said Friday.

VanGorder takes Eagles job
STATESBORO, Ga. - Just settling from the rumble caused by the firing of a football coach, Georgia Southern gave its faithful fans a more soothing jolt on Friday.

VanGorder takes Eagles job
STATESBORO, Ga. - Just settling from the rumble caused by the firing of a football coach, Georgia Southern gave its faithful fans a more soothing jolt on Friday.

Center's woes don't stop Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's guards have standing orders from head coach Paul Hewitt when it comes to center Ra'Sean Dickey.

Center's woes don't stop Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's guards have standing orders from head coach Paul Hewitt when it comes to center Ra'Sean Dickey.

VanGorder takes Eagles job

Center's woes don't stop Jackets

Toms' wild ride finally at an end
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The question was routine. David Toms' answer was far more complicated.

Woods hopes 30s can top his 20s

Golf roundup
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - In a year built around positive thinking, U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell had to dig deep Friday after dropping four shots over his last four holes for even-par 72 in the Target World Challenge.

Woods hopes 30s can top his 20s
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The moment was a reminder that Tiger Woods isn't getting any younger.

Toms' wild ride finally at an end
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The question was routine. David Toms' answer was far more complicated.

Golf roundup
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - In a year built around positive thinking, U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell had to dig deep Friday after dropping four shots over his last four holes for even-par 72 in the Target World Challenge.

Controlling the teen machine
From LeBron James to Maria Sharapova, from Michelle Wie to Freddy Adu.

Golf roundup

Controlling the teen machine

Woods hopes 30s can top his 20s
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The moment was a reminder that Tiger Woods isn't getting any younger.

Toms' wild ride finally at an end

Controlling the teen machine
From LeBron James to Maria Sharapova, from Michelle Wie to Freddy Adu.

Spartans best Bulldogs

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Atlanta thrashes Columbus

Atlanta thrashes Columbus
ATLANTA - Ronald Petrovicky has learned that playing time must be earned.

Atlanta thrashes Columbus
ATLANTA - Ronald Petrovicky has learned that playing time must be earned.

Test your knowledge of Augusta's mayors with this quotation quiz
"I don't have to tell you it's a cold day in Augusta. But then, the good ol' boys said it would be a cold day somewhere else before Bob Young became the mayor of Augusta."

Test your knowledge of Augusta's mayors with this quotation quiz
"I don't have to tell you it's a cold day in Augusta. But then, the good ol' boys said it would be a cold day somewhere else before Bob Young became the mayor of Augusta."

Bacteria warning came far too late

The ideals are there; the will is not
A recent letter ("We need more young idealism," Dec. 4) claimed that all wars in which the United States fought since World War II were fought for capitalism. This claim seems to be an honest effort to determine why our ideals have changed and our national will shows signs of deterioration.Joseph B. Harris, Augusta

Track the money

Track the money
I was overjoyed with The Chronicle's article about Augusta city employees' 8 percent raise.Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

The ideals are there; the will is not

Bacteria warning came far too late
We in Augusta-Richmond County have a situation that needs to be remedied.Betty Maxwell Draughon, Augusta

Track the money
I was overjoyed with The Chronicle's article about Augusta city employees' 8 percent raise.Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Don't show bomber's grieving family
On Page 3A of the Dec. 6 Chronicle, you published an Associated Press story about a "suicide" bombing in Israel. Accompanying the story was a photo of women in the throes of grief. I assumed the photo was of the parents of a victim - but that would be a true assumption only if we did not live in an upside-down world.Gary Heffner, Augusta

Bacteria warning came far too late
We in Augusta-Richmond County have a situation that needs to be remedied.Betty Maxwell Draughon, Augusta

The ideals are there; the will is not
A recent letter ("We need more young idealism," Dec. 4) claimed that all wars in which the United States fought since World War II were fought for capitalism. This claim seems to be an honest effort to determine why our ideals have changed and our national will shows signs of deterioration.Joseph B. Harris, Augusta

Don't show bomber's grieving family

Don't show bomber's grieving family
On Page 3A of the Dec. 6 Chronicle, you published an Associated Press story about a "suicide" bombing in Israel. Accompanying the story was a photo of women in the throes of grief. I assumed the photo was of the parents of a victim - but that would be a true assumption only if we did not live in an upside-down world.Gary Heffner, Augusta

Lagerfeld crosses Atlantic to show 'Traveler' collection

Meeting with opposite sex is appropriate

South Augusta home glows for Christmas

Cleaning copper, removing rust stains are easy

The cocktail dress makes its return

It's easy to be the belle of the ball

Among elite ski resorts, higher prices are touted

Sunlight can lower energy bills in some healthy ways

Festive drinks to spice up your party

Skiing in the Alps: A cold day in heaven

Cement housing shrugs off winds

Westerners embrace 'Geisha' style

Living briefs

Travel briefs

Living briefs
Lauren Lamar and Clint Peters were almost the great couple that wasn't.

Lagerfeld crosses Atlantic to show 'Traveler' collection
NEW YORK - Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is planting a seed in the minds of soon-to-be holiday travelers: Dress up.

The cocktail dress makes its return
NEW YORK - Cocktail dresses are the toast of the town this season.

Cleaning copper, removing rust stains are easy
In the kitchen, copper pots are ideal for cooking because copper is a good conductor of heat. But copper tarnishes, and it's not easy to clean unless you know the secret.

Sunlight can lower energy bills in some healthy ways
Q: Everyone is talking about efficient light bulbs. Aren't there strategies that can make better use of daylight so we can cut down on the use of light bulbs, no matter what kind they are?

Cement housing shrugs off winds
Here's a question for homeowners about to rebuild along the hurricane-shattered Gulf Coast. Why rebuild with standard materials at risk to get swept away when the next storm blows through with a vengeance?

Lagerfeld crosses Atlantic to show 'Traveler' collection
NEW YORK - Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is planting a seed in the minds of soon-to-be holiday travelers: Dress up.

Skiing in the Alps: A cold day in heaven
SELVA, Italy - It's 9 a.m. It's 10 degrees. My legs are stiff. A strong wind makes the weather more appropriate for a polar bear. But I'm in heaven.

The cocktail dress makes its return
NEW YORK - Cocktail dresses are the toast of the town this season.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - For some travelers, the arrival of cold weather means it's time to escape to some place warm.

Among elite ski resorts, higher prices are touted
DENVER - Businesses usually don't trumpet having the highest price around, but in the ski business it's become something to brag about.

Festive drinks to spice up your party
It's the holiday season, which means holiday entertaining, and whether you're throwing a bash, going to one, or simply lounging around the house, there are plenty of drinks from which to choose.

Living briefs
Lauren Lamar and Clint Peters were almost the great couple that wasn't.

Meeting with opposite sex is appropriate
Dear Carson: Would you please tell me your views on a matter to settle a dispute between my girlfriend and me?

South Augusta home glows for Christmas
It's the sparkle, the glitter, the times with family and friends, and memories from her childhood that make Christmas the most exciting of holidays for Jenny Seago.

South Augusta home glows for Christmas
It's the sparkle, the glitter, the times with family and friends, and memories from her childhood that make Christmas the most exciting of holidays for Jenny Seago.

It's easy to be the belle of the ball
NEW YORK - The sun is down and it's time to party!

Among elite ski resorts, higher prices are touted
DENVER - Businesses usually don't trumpet having the highest price around, but in the ski business it's become something to brag about.

Westerners embrace 'Geisha' style
NEW YORK - It's certainly not the first time the West has borrowed Eastern styles - the obi belt that was all over the runways a year ago - but a number of the fashion and beauty looks inspired by the new film "Memoirs of a Geisha" are quite literal in their translation.

Skiing in the Alps: A cold day in heaven
SELVA, Italy - It's 9 a.m. It's 10 degrees. My legs are stiff. A strong wind makes the weather more appropriate for a polar bear. But I'm in heaven.

It's easy to be the belle of the ball
NEW YORK - The sun is down and it's time to party!

Sunlight can lower energy bills in some healthy ways
Q: Everyone is talking about efficient light bulbs. Aren't there strategies that can make better use of daylight so we can cut down on the use of light bulbs, no matter what kind they are?

Westerners embrace 'Geisha' style
NEW YORK - It's certainly not the first time the West has borrowed Eastern styles - the obi belt that was all over the runways a year ago - but a number of the fashion and beauty looks inspired by the new film "Memoirs of a Geisha" are quite literal in their translation.

Cement housing shrugs off winds
Here's a question for homeowners about to rebuild along the hurricane-shattered Gulf Coast. Why rebuild with standard materials at risk to get swept away when the next storm blows through with a vengeance?

Cleaning copper, removing rust stains are easy
In the kitchen, copper pots are ideal for cooking because copper is a good conductor of heat. But copper tarnishes, and it's not easy to clean unless you know the secret.

Festive drinks to spice up your party
It's the holiday season, which means holiday entertaining, and whether you're throwing a bash, going to one, or simply lounging around the house, there are plenty of drinks from which to choose.

Meeting with opposite sex is appropriate
Dear Carson: Would you please tell me your views on a matter to settle a dispute between my girlfriend and me?

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - For some travelers, the arrival of cold weather means it's time to escape to some place warm.

Augusta can't slow down Everblades
In Estero, Fla., a hat trick by Augusta's Nicolas Corbeil came in vain as Florida won its franchise- record 10th consecutive home game, beating the Lynx, 6-4 at Germain Arena.

Sullivan, Lapointe lead Augusta past Greenville
Facing consecutive Greenville power plays midway through the third period of a tie game, Augusta managed to stay perfect on the penalty kill and gathered a late boost of momentum.

Augusta can't slow down Everblades

Sullivan, Lapointe lead Augusta past Greenville

Augusta can't slow down Everblades
In Estero, Fla., a hat trick by Augusta's Nicolas Corbeil came in vain as Florida won its franchise- record 10th consecutive home game, beating the Lynx, 6-4 at Germain Arena.

Sullivan, Lapointe lead Augusta past Greenville
Facing consecutive Greenville power plays midway through the third period of a tie game, Augusta managed to stay perfect on the penalty kill and gathered a late boost of momentum.

Back in time

Friends recall leader's service
COLUMBIA - About 900 mourners gathered at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Saturday to honor former Gov. Carroll Campbell, who found the pinnacle of his political career in the Statehouse across the street.

Across South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

Augusta plans to test bus route
An Augusta Public Transit route to the new Target in Evans might still be possible, but it could depend on the bus meeting a 30-minute schedule, Augusta Public Transit Director Heyward Johnson said Friday.

Finance classes put homes in hands of foster children

Railroad may face class action
AIKEN - A Graniteville attorney has filed a potential class-action suit against Norfolk Southern on behalf of 350 workers laid off by Avondale Mills in the aftermath of a deadly train derailment.

UGA students study more, survey finds

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Medical issues leave woman unable to work
A Hephzibah woman unable to work because of several medical problems needs financial assistance this Christmas to give her three boys a nice holiday. The woman, 45, is raising her two sons, ages 13 and 8, and her 4-year-old grandson on a limited income, she said.

Judge decides bond for robbery suspects
Two of three men accused of taking part in a violent home invasion were denied bond Friday.

Biologists put training on releases to good use
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Right whales are something like pit bulls. They're obstinate and strong and, because the whales weight 40 tons or more, they're not a beast you want to approach unprepared.

Economy expected to grow
ATLANTA - The state's economy is expected to continue growing next year, but Georgia's job creation will continue to lag behind the rest of the nation, University of Georgia officials said Friday.

Lawyers get fat on bond 'crumbs' worth hundreds of thousands of dollars

Comedian Richard Pryor dead at 65
LOS ANGELES -- Richard Pryor, the caustic yet perceptive actor-comedian who lived dangerously close to the edge both on stage and off, died Saturday. He was 65.

Deal with China to build facility raises concerns

Former S.C. Gov. Carroll Campbell remembered at funeral
About 900 mourners gathered at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Saturday to honor former Gov. Carroll Campbell, who found the pinnacle of his political career in the Statehouse across the street.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Police investigate Graniteville robbery
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating an afternoon armed robbery at a Graniteville discount store.

Doctors debate uneven flu shot supply
Augusta allergist Terrence Cook is "livid" that he can't get the rest of his flu shot supply while pharmacies and grocery stores can. He's not alone, and the nation's largest doctors group is planning to address it.

Police search for car thieves

Support lags for Augusta charities
With only two weeks until Christmas, it's crunch time for local charities that depend on holiday donations to fund a majority of their projects and services for the needy.

Police search for car thieves
Columbia County Sheriffs deputies are searching for two men who stole a car at gunpoint at an Evans apartment complex just before 4 this afternoon.

Back in time
Back in time

Proponents of south Augusta drag strip measure noise of racers
Promoters of a proposed drag strip in south Richmond County conducted sound tests Friday to show the noise generated wouldn't be as bad as some residents think.

Empty Stocking Fund donations

Deal with China to build facility raises concerns
AIKEN - Tom Hallman, the chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken, was all smiles Friday as he exchanged handshakes and gifts with Chinese representatives.

Across South Carolina

ASU dedicates fountain to 98-year-old alumnus
At 98 years old, what keeps Russell A. Blanchard going is his constant giving, his cousin John Bell said.

Secondary routes deadliest

Teacher-student ratio examined
AIKEN - As the school board prepares to approve hiring several teachers, officials continue to call for more classroom funding.

ASU dedicates fountain to 98-year-old alumnus

Sights and sounds of Christmas
Col. Ronald Bouchard (from left), David Spinelli and Jessica Davis with Youth Challenge Academy sing Christmas carols after lighting the tree at Fort Gordon's Freedom Park.

Proponents of south Augusta drag strip measure noise of racers

Mourners pay respects to Campbell at Capitol
COLUMBIA - Friends and admirers passed through the Statehouse on Friday to pay their respects to former Gov. Carroll Campbell, who died of a heart attack at age 65.

Secondary routes deadliest
The number of traffic fatalities this year in South Carolina reached 1,000 on Nov. 30, when a Blackville woman swerved to avoid a deer on Highway 70 in Barnwell County, according to state public safety officials.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -- A steel company owner has been indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly submitting false invoices when his company was a subcontractor for the University of Arkansas' Razorback Stadium project, federal officials said Friday.

Across the area
2 robberies may involve one man

Hephzibah man pleads guilty to molestation
A Hephzibah man entrusted to help care for two little girls who survived years of sexual assaults pleaded guilty Friday to molesting the oldest child.

UGA students study more, survey finds
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia students report they are studying more than they did two years ago but continue to fall short of the academic challenges students face at other public universities.

Atlanta man busted for selling subway token
ATLANTA - Transit police handcuffed and issued a citation to a man who they said sold a $1.75 subway token to another man having trouble with a token machine.

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Entertainment events and activities for this week include:

Across the area
An Augusta man was in police custody Friday night after authorities said he shot another man several times during a street brawl.

Future mayor eager to lead
Augusta can expect a lot less talk and a little more action at City Hall after newly elected Mayor Deke Copenhaver is sworn in Monday.

Across South Carolina
GREER -- A Spartanburg man has sued the city of Greer and a suspect in a 2003 police pursuit, claiming injuries he suffered in a traffic accident were caused by a police officer's improper chase.

Where we live
During setup for the Grovetown Christmas parade, a man came up to Birkie Ayer and asked whether he had a long pole on his truck to help steady the Christmas tree on his float.

Proponents of south Augusta drag strip measure noise of racers
Promoters of a proposed drag strip in south Richmond County conducted sound tests Friday to show the noise generated wouldn't be as bad as some residents think.

News you can use
Events for today include:

Doctors debate uneven flu shot supply
Augusta allergist Terrence Cook is "livid" that he can't get the rest of his flu shot supply while pharmacies and grocery stores can. He's not alone, and the nation's largest doctors group is planning to address it.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Empty Stocking: Woman needs help for 3 grandchildren
An Augusta woman caring for her three grandchildren is having a difficult time making ends meet and needs financial help during the holidays.

Taylor works to show he's still in governor's race
ATLANTA - It was Mark Twain who first uttered, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated," but it could have been another Mark making the same point last week in a campaign news conference.

Judge decides bond for robbery suspects
Two of three men accused of taking part in a violent home invasion were denied bond Friday.

News you can use

Hephzibah man pleads guilty to molestation
A Hephzibah man entrusted to help care for two little girls who survived years of sexual assaults pleaded guilty Friday to molesting the oldest child.

Across the area

ASU dedicates fountain to 98-year-old alumnus
At 98 years old, what keeps Russell A. Blanchard going is his constant giving, his cousin John Bell said.

Taylor works to show he's still in governor's race

Sights and sounds of Christmas
Col. Ronald Bouchard (from left), David Spinelli and Jessica Davis with Youth Challenge Academy sing Christmas carols after lighting the tree at Fort Gordon's Freedom Park.

Biologists put training on releases to good use

Augusta plans to test bus route
An Augusta Public Transit route to the new Target in Evans might still be possible, but it could depend on the bus meeting a 30-minute schedule, Augusta Public Transit Director Heyward Johnson said Friday.

Support lags for Augusta charities

Railroad may face class action
AIKEN - A Graniteville attorney has filed a potential class-action suit against Norfolk Southern on behalf of 350 workers laid off by Avondale Mills in the aftermath of a deadly train derailment.

Railroad may face class action

Teacher-student ratio examined
AIKEN - As the school board prepares to approve hiring several teachers, officials continue to call for more classroom funding.

Economy expected to grow

Deal with China to build facility raises concerns
AIKEN - Tom Hallman, the chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken, was all smiles Friday as he exchanged handshakes and gifts with Chinese representatives.

Hephzibah man pleads guilty to molestation

Mourners pay respects to Campbell at Capitol
COLUMBIA - Friends and admirers passed through the Statehouse on Friday to pay their respects to former Gov. Carroll Campbell, who died of a heart attack at age 65.

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Medical issues leave woman unable to work
A Hephzibah woman unable to work because of several medical problems needs financial assistance this Christmas to give her three boys a nice holiday. The woman, 45, is raising her two sons, ages 13 and 8, and her 4-year-old grandson on a limited income, she said.

News you can use
Entertainment events and activities for this week include:

Biologists put training on releases to good use
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Right whales are something like pit bulls. They're obstinate and strong and, because the whales weight 40 tons or more, they're not a beast you want to approach unprepared.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Rebecca Akridge

Taylor works to show he's still in governor's race
ATLANTA - It was Mark Twain who first uttered, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated," but it could have been another Mark making the same point last week in a campaign news conference.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $35,532.16

Across Georgia
Woman detained after argument over swing

Atlanta man busted for selling subway token
ATLANTA - Transit police handcuffed and issued a citation to a man who they said sold a $1.75 subway token to another man having trouble with a token machine.

Time brings sea change to Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Driving along the shore, one is tempted by a thousand delights: Buccaneer Bay miniature golf, Mr. Fireworks' sparklers and Legends Tribute Theater with its large sign showing the Blues Brothers.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Rebecca Akridge

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $35,532.16

Taking time to give will enhance Christmas spirit
This is my favorite time of year. Love and joy are in the air. Even people who are grumpy all year pretend to be happy during Christmas. I'll bet some of the grinchy hearts even grow a little.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $35,532.16

News you can use
Events for today include:

Back in time
Back in time

Economy expected to grow
ATLANTA - The state's economy is expected to continue growing next year, but Georgia's job creation will continue to lag behind the rest of the nation, University of Georgia officials said Friday.

Friends recall leader's service
COLUMBIA - About 900 mourners gathered at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Saturday to honor former Gov. Carroll Campbell, who found the pinnacle of his political career in the Statehouse across the street.

UGA students study more, survey finds
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia students report they are studying more than they did two years ago but continue to fall short of the academic challenges students face at other public universities.

Christmas cheer
chris thelen/staffMembers of the Augusta Shrine Club cruise down Broad Street during the annual Christmas parade.[CAPTION]

Across the area
An Augusta man was in police custody Friday night after authorities said he shot another man several times during a street brawl.

Kid of the day
Julianna Akridge

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -- A steel company owner has been indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly submitting false invoices when his company was a subcontractor for the University of Arkansas' Razorback Stadium project, federal officials said Friday.

Lawyers get fat on bond 'crumbs' worth hundreds of thousands of dollars
Like angels getting wings every time a bell rings, board attorneys reap big bucks every time governments in Augusta and Columbia County issue debt.

Across South Carolina
GREER -- A Spartanburg man has sued the city of Greer and a suspect in a 2003 police pursuit, claiming injuries he suffered in a traffic accident were caused by a police officer's improper chase.

Empty Stocking Fund donations
Previously acknowledged $52,257.16

Kid of the day

Secondary routes deadliest
The number of traffic fatalities this year in South Carolina reached 1,000 on Nov. 30, when a Blackville woman swerved to avoid a deer on Highway 70 in Barnwell County, according to state public safety officials.

Doctors debate uneven flu shot supply

Christmas cheer
chris thelen/staffMembers of the Augusta Shrine Club cruise down Broad Street during the annual Christmas parade.[CAPTION]

Empty Stocking donations

Kid of the day
Julianna Akridge

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Taking time to give will enhance Christmas spirit
This is my favorite time of year. Love and joy are in the air. Even people who are grumpy all year pretend to be happy during Christmas. I'll bet some of the grinchy hearts even grow a little.

Judge decides bond for robbery suspects

Time brings sea change to Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Driving along the shore, one is tempted by a thousand delights: Buccaneer Bay miniature golf, Mr. Fireworks' sparklers and Legends Tribute Theater with its large sign showing the Blues Brothers.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
2 robberies may involve one man

Mourners pay respects to Campbell at Capitol

Finance classes put homes in hands of foster children
ATLANTA - Anita Alston sleeps on an air mattress because she can't afford a bed. Just up the road, Katrina Lawson is using bed sheets for curtains until she can buy the real thing.

Empty Stocking: Woman needs help for 3 grandchildren

Across South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

Sights and sounds of Christmas

Kid of the day

Atlanta man busted for selling subway token

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

Future mayor eager to lead

Teacher-student ratio examined

Where we live

Lawyers get fat on bond 'crumbs' worth hundreds of thousands of dollars
Like angels getting wings every time a bell rings, board attorneys reap big bucks every time governments in Augusta and Columbia County issue debt.

Friends recall leader's service

Finance classes put homes in hands of foster children
ATLANTA - Anita Alston sleeps on an air mattress because she can't afford a bed. Just up the road, Katrina Lawson is using bed sheets for curtains until she can buy the real thing.

Time brings sea change to Myrtle Beach

Support lags for Augusta charities
With only two weeks until Christmas, it's crunch time for local charities that depend on holiday donations to fund a majority of their projects and services for the needy.

Christmas cheer

Where we live
During setup for the Grovetown Christmas parade, a man came up to Birkie Ayer and asked whether he had a long pole on his truck to help steady the Christmas tree on his float.

Medical issues leave woman unable to work

Future mayor eager to lead
Augusta can expect a lot less talk and a little more action at City Hall after newly elected Mayor Deke Copenhaver is sworn in Monday.

Across Georgia

Empty Stocking Fund donations
Previously acknowledged $52,257.16

Taking time to give will enhance Christmas spirit

Augusta plans to test bus route

News you can use

Across Georgia
Woman detained after argument over swing

Cash, Kong and cowboys may join Oscar guest list
LOS ANGELES - The theme for Academy Awards night is a costume ball, but the following costumes are already spoken for: geisha, giant ape, country crooner, 18th century British belle, transsexual and gay cowboy.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Pirates bootleg movies without fear in New York
NEW YORK - Every evening rush hour, hustlers lugging bags full of bootlegged movies walk the aisles of New York's subway trains, calling "two for five dollars!" as brazenly as if they were selling hot dogs at Yankee Stadium.

Pirates bootleg movies without fear in New York

Pirates bootleg movies without fear in New York
NEW YORK - Every evening rush hour, hustlers lugging bags full of bootlegged movies walk the aisles of New York's subway trains, calling "two for five dollars!" as brazenly as if they were selling hot dogs at Yankee Stadium.

Cash, Kong and cowboys may join Oscar guest list
LOS ANGELES - The theme for Academy Awards night is a costume ball, but the following costumes are already spoken for: geisha, giant ape, country crooner, 18th century British belle, transsexual and gay cowboy.

Cash, Kong and cowboys may join Oscar guest list

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At 16, Chris Brown 'runs' the charts
NEW YORK - These days, Chris Brown is just trying to stay focused and humble - but when you're a 16-year-old R&B singer with the hottest single in the country, it's not easy.

Cash, Underwood among top holiday music picks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two American idols are ruling the cash register this holiday season.

At 16, Chris Brown 'runs' the charts
NEW YORK - These days, Chris Brown is just trying to stay focused and humble - but when you're a 16-year-old R&B singer with the hottest single in the country, it's not easy.

Cash, Underwood among top holiday music picks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two American idols are ruling the cash register this holiday season.

Cash, Underwood among top holiday music picks

At 16, Chris Brown 'runs' the charts

Northwest passage?
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Is the land of lattes ready to join NASCAR Nation? The sport's leaders are betting on it, with a bold pitch for a racetrack near Seattle, the second attempt in two years to lay tracks in the Northwest.

Northwest passage?
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Is the land of lattes ready to join NASCAR Nation? The sport's leaders are betting on it, with a bold pitch for a racetrack near Seattle, the second attempt in two years to lay tracks in the Northwest.

Northwest passage?

Comedian Pryor dies at age 65

Comedian Pryor dies at age 65
LOS ANGELES - Richard Pryor, the caustic yet perceptive actor-comedian who lived dangerously close to the edge both on stage and off, died Saturday. He was 65.

Comedian Pryor dies at age 65
LOS ANGELES - Richard Pryor, the caustic yet perceptive actor-comedian who lived dangerously close to the edge both on stage and off, died Saturday. He was 65.

Bobcats lose a close one to 76ers
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia 76ers let another lead slip away. Only this time, they still managed to win.

Bobcats lose a close one to 76ers

Bobcats lose a close one to 76ers
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia 76ers let another lead slip away. Only this time, they still managed to win.

Time not on Lady Jaguars' side
A mere second stood in the way of Augusta State's first conference win of the season.

Late breakdowns cost Jaguars vs. Bobcats
This time, Augusta State couldn't survive the Bryan Harrison-Jeremy Mayweather show.

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

Time not on Lady Jaguars' side
A mere second stood in the way of Augusta State's first conference win of the season.

Augusta State's Metress adopts new discipline for team
Less than two weeks into the season, the Augusta State men's basketball team ran afoul of coach Dip Metress.

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

Saturday Shootout: Jaguars face tough task in guarding Mayweatherin focus
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Augusta State's Metress adopts new discipline for team
Less than two weeks into the season, the Augusta State men's basketball team ran afoul of coach Dip Metress.

Late breakdowns cost Jaguars vs. Bobcats
This time, Augusta State couldn't survive the Bryan Harrison-Jeremy Mayweather show.

Bucs-Panthers matchup features a key battle in the trenches

Dez White placed on IR, Scott benched

Bowling scores

Overtime

Pigeon racing takes flight again

Americans bringing confidence to World Cup

Rogge: Much work remains for Turin before Olympics

U.S. draws tough opening round

USC Aiken finally breaks ground on major project

Sports rants and raves

Overtime

Americans bringing confidence to World Cup
NEW YORK - Eddie Johnson was sweating, and it had nothing to do with the opponents the United States had drawn for next year's World Cup.

Sports rants and raves
I BELIEVE THE Associated Press needs to invest in geography lessons. UGA no more has a home field in Atlanta than Georgia Tech does in Athens. We'd much rather go to New Orleans than Atlanta.

Overtime
Tennis

U.S. draws tough opening round
LEIPZIG, Germany - Defending champion Brazil will play its first match of next year's World Cup against 1998 semifinalist Croatia, while the United States was drawn into a strong group with Italy, the Czech Republic and Ghana.

Bowling scores
Augusta Bowling Association

Pigeon racing takes flight again
OLMITO, Texas - The first thing to know about the hundreds of pigeons cooing in the wood-and-chicken wire lofts behind Ed Marshall's home is that these birds aren't anything like the pigeons that bum for stale bread crumbs at city parks.

Overtime
Tennis

Rogge: Much work remains for Turin before Olympics
TURIN, Italy - IOC president Jacques Rogge said much work remains for the Winter Olympics, yet he is confident it will be completed at a "very high standard" before the opening of the Feb. 10 games.

Overtime
In New Orleans, Tulane is suspending half its athletic programs to cope with the financial damage done by Hurricane Katrina.

Bowling scores
Augusta Bowling Association

Sports rants and raves
I BELIEVE THE Associated Press needs to invest in geography lessons. UGA no more has a home field in Atlanta than Georgia Tech does in Athens. We'd much rather go to New Orleans than Atlanta.

Americans bringing confidence to World Cup
NEW YORK - Eddie Johnson was sweating, and it had nothing to do with the opponents the United States had drawn for next year's World Cup.

USC Aiken finally breaks ground on major project
AIKEN - After six years of planning, USC Aiken finally broke ground Friday on its newest facility.

Pigeon racing takes flight again
OLMITO, Texas - The first thing to know about the hundreds of pigeons cooing in the wood-and-chicken wire lofts behind Ed Marshall's home is that these birds aren't anything like the pigeons that bum for stale bread crumbs at city parks.

USC Aiken finally breaks ground on major project
AIKEN - After six years of planning, USC Aiken finally broke ground Friday on its newest facility.

Rogge: Much work remains for Turin before Olympics
TURIN, Italy - IOC president Jacques Rogge said much work remains for the Winter Olympics, yet he is confident it will be completed at a "very high standard" before the opening of the Feb. 10 games.

U.S. draws tough opening round
LEIPZIG, Germany - Defending champion Brazil will play its first match of next year's World Cup against 1998 semifinalist Croatia, while the United States was drawn into a strong group with Italy, the Czech Republic and Ghana.

Overtime
In New Orleans, Tulane is suspending half its athletic programs to cope with the financial damage done by Hurricane Katrina.

Two local men have 12-point plan this fall

Two local men have 12-point plan this fall
Clayton Perry, at left, of Augusta clocked out from his third-shift job at Quebecor's plant in Columbia County just after 3 a.m. on Nov. 8 - and had just enough time to pack his gear and head south to his favorite deer stand near Alexander, Ga., in Burke County. His tower stand overlooked almost 50 acres of young planted pines criss-crossed with deer trails.

Two local men have 12-point plan this fall
Clayton Perry, at left, of Augusta clocked out from his third-shift job at Quebecor's plant in Columbia County just after 3 a.m. on Nov. 8 - and had just enough time to pack his gear and head south to his favorite deer stand near Alexander, Ga., in Burke County. His tower stand overlooked almost 50 acres of young planted pines criss-crossed with deer trails.

Hunters injured across state
Georgia's 2005 hunting season started with relatively few accidents and just one shooting, but since the weekend before Thanksgiving, seven more people have been shot.

Hunters injured across state
Georgia's 2005 hunting season started with relatively few accidents and just one shooting, but since the weekend before Thanksgiving, seven more people have been shot.

Spartans best Bulldogs
Glenn Hills got its first victory of the season, a 36-34 win at Harlem on Friday, but the Lady Spartans also got more than they bargained for.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area basketball games

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area basketball games

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Spartans best Bulldogs
Glenn Hills got its first victory of the season, a 36-34 win at Harlem on Friday, but the Lady Spartans also got more than they bargained for.

Bucs-Panthers matchup features a key battle in the trenches
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - False Start, No. 67. It was a call repeated often - three times in five plays, actually - the last time Kenyatta Walker faced the Carolina Panthers.

Bucs-Panthers matchup features a key battle in the trenches
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - False Start, No. 67. It was a call repeated often - three times in five plays, actually - the last time Kenyatta Walker faced the Carolina Panthers.

Dez White placed on IR, Scott benched
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons placed former starting receiver Dez White on injured reserve because of a sprained knee Friday, a move expected to end his stay with the team.

Dez White placed on IR, Scott benched
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons placed former starting receiver Dez White on injured reserve because of a sprained knee Friday, a move expected to end his stay with the team.

Religion briefs
HANOI, Vietnam - About 10,000 people participated in a ceremony for the creation of a new Roman Catholic diocese, the first in more than 30 years in Vietnam, in another sign of thawing relations between the government and the Holy See.

Two reference works rank as year's best on religion
We don't know the exact day Christ was born, so why celebrate on Dec. 25?

All world's a stage for churches at Christmas
Some disgruntled folks find themselves waiting in a post office line in 'Twas the Last Mailing Day Before Christmas, a musical offering Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Graniteville.

Sexual ethics classes train church workers
When Bill Rigot teaches workshops on sexual ethics, the greatest fear in the class is about false accusations.

Jews, evangelicals meet for milestone dialogue
NEW YORK - The prestigious Jewish Theological Seminary has sponsored dialogues with all sorts of American religious and ethnic groups over the past 67 years, but never with evangelical Protestants - until last week.

All world's a stage for churches at Christmas
Some disgruntled folks find themselves waiting in a post office line in 'Twas the Last Mailing Day Before Christmas, a musical offering Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Graniteville.

Critics make shopping choice a religious question
Critics of Wal-Mart, the retailing giant based at Bentonville, Ark., are asking a question that's a twist on a popular Christian slogan.

Faith digest
Antioch Baptist Church will sponsor a clothes giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Cherry Tree Crossing off 15th Street.

Two reference works rank as year's best on religion
We don't know the exact day Christ was born, so why celebrate on Dec. 25?

Faith digest
Antioch Baptist Church will sponsor a clothes giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Cherry Tree Crossing off 15th Street.

Sexual ethics classes train church workers
When Bill Rigot teaches workshops on sexual ethics, the greatest fear in the class is about false accusations.

Religion briefs
HANOI, Vietnam - About 10,000 people participated in a ceremony for the creation of a new Roman Catholic diocese, the first in more than 30 years in Vietnam, in another sign of thawing relations between the government and the Holy See.

Students will back singer for holiday concert
Contemporary Christian artist Steve Green will perform a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road in Evans. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Some rare Islamic texts collection to go online
PRINCETON, N.J. - In a marriage of new technology and old documents, a vast treasure trove of information about life in the early Islamic world is about to go online, enabling Muslims, scholars and the merely curious to peer into a window on the faith's rich history.

Students will back singer for holiday concert
Contemporary Christian artist Steve Green will perform a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road in Evans. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

'Narnia' push is on at Christian stores
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - With Friday's release of the film version of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the marketing push to promote the sale of Narnia books and other related merchandise is reaching a crescendo.

Critics make shopping choice a religious question
Critics of Wal-Mart, the retailing giant based at Bentonville, Ark., are asking a question that's a twist on a popular Christian slogan.

Jews, evangelicals meet for milestone dialogue
NEW YORK - The prestigious Jewish Theological Seminary has sponsored dialogues with all sorts of American religious and ethnic groups over the past 67 years, but never with evangelical Protestants - until last week.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Some rare Islamic texts collection to go online
PRINCETON, N.J. - In a marriage of new technology and old documents, a vast treasure trove of information about life in the early Islamic world is about to go online, enabling Muslims, scholars and the merely curious to peer into a window on the faith's rich history.

'Narnia' push is on at Christian stores
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - With Friday's release of the film version of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the marketing push to promote the sale of Narnia books and other related merchandise is reaching a crescendo.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Hunters injured across state

Families switch racial identities in TV series
LOS ANGELES - A black family from Atlanta learns what it's like to be white while a white family becomes black in the six-part documentary series "Black. White," scheduled for broadcast on the FX cable network in March.

Families switch racial identities in TV series
LOS ANGELES - A black family from Atlanta learns what it's like to be white while a white family becomes black in the six-part documentary series "Black. White," scheduled for broadcast on the FX cable network in March.

Chris Rock won't host next Academy Awards
LOS ANGELES - Chris Rock won't be back cracking wise as the host of next year's Oscars telecast.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
Gosh, that grand piano's red! And Elton John can sure play it. Sing, too.

Jeff Probst signs new 'Survivor' contract
LOS ANGELES - Jeff Probst said he's decided that life without "Survivor" wouldn't be as much fun and he's sticking with the CBS reality series.

Jeff Probst signs new 'Survivor' contract
LOS ANGELES - Jeff Probst said he's decided that life without "Survivor" wouldn't be as much fun and he's sticking with the CBS reality series.

Chris Rock won't host next Academy Awards
LOS ANGELES - Chris Rock won't be back cracking wise as the host of next year's Oscars telecast.

Families switch racial identities in TV series

Jeff Probst signs new 'Survivor' contract

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

Chris Rock won't host next Academy Awards

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
Gosh, that grand piano's red! And Elton John can sure play it. Sing, too.

Matt Damon marries former Florida bartender

People in the News

Don Ho, recovering from stem cell procedure

Shaquille O'Neal now carries a badge

Howard Stern ready to move to satellite radio

Arson ruled out in animation warehouse fire

Ex-Gamecock sentenced to probation in thefts
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former South Carolina standout Moe Thompson has been sentenced to five years probation for his role in the February theft of electronic equipment from campus dorms, The (Columbia) State reported on its Web site Friday.

Ex-Gamecock sentenced to probation in thefts

Ex-Gamecock sentenced to probation in thefts
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former South Carolina standout Moe Thompson has been sentenced to five years probation for his role in the February theft of electronic equipment from campus dorms, The (Columbia) State reported on its Web site Friday.

Around the block

Reunions

North Augusta park is getting new additions

Across the river

Road marker honors Fort Gordon worker

Pet of the week

School adds to class offerings

Recreational centers

Upcoming events

Twins had big roles on Hornets' defense

Cub Scouts go on an outing with hospitalized soldiers

USC Aiken honors retiring director of nursing school

Soldiers can now be trained on virtual firing ranges

Langley Pond is being drawn down for routine maintenance

Recycling centers

Library hours

Farmers market

Milestones

Hopelands Gardens glows for holidays

Events

Meetings

Nutcrackers are for all seasons

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Teacher arrested on drug charges

Two reference works rank as year's best on religion

Faith Calendar

'Narnia' push is on at Christian stores

Some rare Islamic texts collection to go online

Sexual ethics classes train church workers

Jews, evangelicals meet for milestone dialogue

All world's a stage for churches at Christmas

Religion briefs

Students will back singer for holiday concert

Faith digest

Critics make shopping choice a religious question