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

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.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events
SOUTH CAROLINA

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.

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.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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:

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.

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

School adds to class offerings

Bob Dylan photos show another side of the singer

A new book blames government for a media crisis
NEW YORK - As with lots of pressing issues people grapple with, complaints about the media invite a partisan clash: liberal vs. conservative; Democrat vs. Republican. Or some other "us" against a readily targeted "them."

Katrina books offer insight into great human tragedy

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.

A new book blames government for a media crisis
NEW YORK - As with lots of pressing issues people grapple with, complaints about the media invite a partisan clash: liberal vs. conservative; Democrat vs. Republican. Or some other "us" against a readily targeted "them."

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.

P.D. James paints a luminous 'Lighthouse'

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."

Owner's guide for the human body gains large fan base

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.

Owner's guide for the human body gains large fan base
CLEVELAND - If Terry Prewitt's body were a house, not too long ago the interior would have been very, very dirty and her pipes clogged, choked by the damage caused by a two-pack-a-day smoking habit.

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

Owner's guide for the human body gains large fan base
CLEVELAND - If Terry Prewitt's body were a house, not too long ago the interior would have been very, very dirty and her pipes clogged, choked by the damage caused by a two-pack-a-day smoking habit.

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

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.

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.

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.

A new book blames government for a media crisis

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

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

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Davis Robert Turner

Eathan McCall Cooper

William Davis Montgomery

Christopher Dewy Hood

Christopher Dewy Hood

Summer Shi Krzywda

Brice Donnell Rolland

Katie Wren Stockton

Marcel LaVance Reeves

William Davis Montgomery

Finlay Mays Florence

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Dallas Noel Williams

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Brandon Mark Clark

Eathan McCall Cooper

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Brandon Mark Clark

Brice Donnell Rolland

David Micah Grant

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Brandon Mark Clark

Katie Wren Stockton

Anthony Stephen Heard

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Zachary David Whitehurst

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Brice Donnell Rolland

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Aiden Michael Vest

Eathan McCall Cooper

Finlay Mays Florence

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Carlee Renee Grace

Davis Robert Turner

Katie Wren Stockton

Carlee Renee Grace

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Finlay Mays Florence

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Kevin John Pokora

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Anthony Stephen Heard

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Christopher Dewy Hood

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Anthony Stephen Heard

Aiden Michael Vest

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Summer Shi Krzywda

Summer Shi Krzywda

Maurice Garnell Smalley

William Davis Montgomery

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

David Micah Grant

David Micah Grant

Dallas Noel Williams

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Kevin John Pokora

Zachary David Whitehurst

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Dallas Noel Williams

Aiden Michael Vest

Zachary David Whitehurst

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Kevin John Pokora

Carlee Renee Grace

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Davis Robert Turner

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Business calendar

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.

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.

Paramount Pictures agrees to buy DreamWorks SKG
LOS ANGELES - Paramount Pictures on Sunday agreed to buy independent film studio DreamWorks SKG Inc. for nearly $1 billion cash in a deal designed to help both companies reverse their troubled fortunes.

On the move

Drug companies seek lawsuit protection
NEW YORK - Large pharmaceutical companies are approaching development of vaccines and drugs for potential pandemics with trepidation, even as fears abound of a bird flu outbreak and doctors lament a shortage of treatment options.

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:

Paramount Pictures agrees to buy DreamWorks SKG
LOS ANGELES - Paramount Pictures on Sunday agreed to buy independent film studio DreamWorks SKG Inc. for nearly $1 billion cash in a deal designed to help both companies reverse their troubled fortunes.

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?

Drug companies seek lawsuit protection
NEW YORK - Large pharmaceutical companies are approaching development of vaccines and drugs for potential pandemics with trepidation, even as fears abound of a bird flu outbreak and doctors lament a shortage of treatment options.

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:

High-tech gear, trips fuel hunters spending boom

Property transfers

Paramount Pictures agrees to buy DreamWorks SKG

Delta pilots relish service rivalries

Drug companies seek lawsuit protection

High-tech gear, trips fuel hunters spending boom
PITTSBURGH - Raising a rifle scope to his eye, Dan Tracey squints and takes aim at an imaginary target. Then, he twists a knob and the device's cross-hairs light up like a Christmas tree.

High-tech gear, trips fuel hunters spending boom
PITTSBURGH - Raising a rifle scope to his eye, Dan Tracey squints and takes aim at an imaginary target. Then, he twists a knob and the device's cross-hairs light up like a Christmas tree.

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

Christmas tree farm is lots of work

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

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?

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.

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 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

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

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

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 11, 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.

Clemson edges San Diego

Clemson edges San Diego
CLEMSON, S.C. - Julie Talley scored 17 points to help Clemson overcome a career-high, 42-point performance by San Diego's Michelle Augustavo in a 72-68 victory Sunday.

Clemson edges San Diego
CLEMSON, S.C. - Julie Talley scored 17 points to help Clemson overcome a career-high, 42-point performance by San Diego's Michelle Augustavo in a 72-68 victory Sunday.

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

Will Bush follow Leinart's lead and return to USC
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush is on the clock.

Will Bush follow Leinart's lead and return to USC

Bush wins Heisman

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

Will Bush follow Leinart's lead and return to USC
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush is on the clock.

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

Time not on Lady Jaguars' side

Late breakdowns cost Jaguars vs. Bobcats

Lawyers target cola millions
Ever since predatory attorneys struck the mother-lode in the tobacco wars of the late 1990s, they've been looking for another golden goose to prey upon.

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

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

We like Ike for a D.C. memorial

Quotable

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

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

Lawyers target cola millions
Ever since predatory attorneys struck the mother-lode in the tobacco wars of the late 1990s, they've been looking for another golden goose to prey upon.

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."

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

Build, don't bicker

Lawyers target cola millions

We like Ike for a D.C. memorial
For most Americans who came of age in the 1950s, Dwight D. Eisenhower would top the list as the most popular and beloved Republican president of the 20th century.

We like Ike for a D.C. memorial
For most Americans who came of age in the 1950s, Dwight D. Eisenhower would top the list as the most popular and beloved Republican president of the 20th century.

People in the News
OSLO, Norway - Celebrities including Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek praised this year's Nobel peace laureate on Sunday for his efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

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.

Richard Pryor was more than important, he was funny
LOS ANGELES - It is one of those indelible images from the late 1960s that remains locked in the minds of those who were there.

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.

People in the News
OSLO, Norway - Celebrities including Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek praised this year's Nobel peace laureate on Sunday for his efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

Richard Pryor was more than important, he was funny
LOS ANGELES - It is one of those indelible images from the late 1960s that remains locked in the minds of those who were there.

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

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.

Diet: Experts urge less focus on antioxidants
Tired of trying to keep track of all the so-called superfoods you're supposed to eat?

Diet: Experts urge less focus on antioxidants
Tired of trying to keep track of all the so-called superfoods you're supposed to eat?

Diet: Experts urge less focus on antioxidants

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.

Center's woes don't stop Jackets

Seeking the man's point of view? Look no further

Donald rallies to win Target
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Luke Donald has only one victory in four years on the PGA Tour, but he came up with a big one Sunday that only counts in his bank account - shooting an 8-under 64 to rally from six shots behind to beat Darren Clarke in the Target World Challenge.

Controlling the teen machine

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

Indian rookie Kapur wins Volvo Masters of Asia
BANGKOK, Thailand - Asian Tour rookie Shev Kapur shot a 5-under-par 67 Sunday to beat defending champion Jyoti Randhawa by two strokes at the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia.

Sorenstam's Internationals defeat Asia to win Lexus Cup
SINGAPORE - Erica Blasberg matched her game-saving shot from the day before to clinch the winning point Sunday as Annika Sorenstam's Internationals downed Asia 16-8 at the Lexus Cup.

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

Els wins the Dunhill Championship
NELSPRUIT, South Africa - Ernie Els won the Dunhill Championship in his second start since tearing ligaments in his left knee in July, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday for three-stroke victory.

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

Toms' wild ride finally at an end

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

Woods hopes 30s can top his 20s

Indian rookie Kapur wins Volvo Masters of Asia
BANGKOK, Thailand - Asian Tour rookie Shev Kapur shot a 5-under-par 67 Sunday to beat defending champion Jyoti Randhawa by two strokes at the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia.

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

Donald rallies to win Target
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Luke Donald has only one victory in four years on the PGA Tour, but he came up with a big one Sunday that only counts in his bank account - shooting an 8-under 64 to rally from six shots behind to beat Darren Clarke in the Target World Challenge.

Allenby completes unprecedented Australian sweep
MELBOURNE, Australia - Robert Allenby became the first golfer to win the Australian Open, PGA and Masters in the same season, beating American Bubba Watson on the first playoff hole Sunday at the Australian Masters.

Allenby completes unprecedented Australian sweep

Els wins the Dunhill Championship
NELSPRUIT, South Africa - Ernie Els won the Dunhill Championship in his second start since tearing ligaments in his left knee in July, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday for three-stroke victory.

Sorenstam's Internationals defeat Asia to win Lexus Cup

Sorenstam's Internationals defeat Asia to win Lexus Cup
SINGAPORE - Erica Blasberg matched her game-saving shot from the day before to clinch the winning point Sunday as Annika Sorenstam's Internationals downed Asia 16-8 at the Lexus Cup.

Indian rookie Kapur wins Volvo Masters of Asia

Allenby completes unprecedented Australian sweep
MELBOURNE, Australia - Robert Allenby became the first golfer to win the Australian Open, PGA and Masters in the same season, beating American Bubba Watson on the first playoff hole Sunday at the Australian Masters.

Donald rallies to win Target

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

Els wins the Dunhill Championship

Prep basketball scores

Blackhawks nip Thrashers in overtime

Blackhawks nip Thrashers in overtime
ATLANTA - After going 65 minutes without recording any of Chicago's 32 shots, rookie center Michael Holmqvist was surprised to hear his name called for the shootout.

Blackhawks nip Thrashers in overtime
ATLANTA - After going 65 minutes without recording any of Chicago's 32 shots, rookie center Michael Holmqvist was surprised to hear his name called for the shootout.

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."

Don't lose sight of Christ in Christmas

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

Cowardly Congress won't declare war
Americans are hard to figure, and Congress is even worse. President Franklin Roosevelt asked for and got a declaration of war for World War II and we lost 400,000 military.Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Don't lose sight of Christ in Christmas
I know followers of Christ and just believers who are fed up with one more perceived change to our country's history of supporting Christianity.Connie Solomon, Hephzibah

Don't lose sight of Christ in Christmas
I know followers of Christ and just believers who are fed up with one more perceived change to our country's history of supporting Christianity.Connie Solomon, Hephzibah

Cowardly Congress won't declare war
Americans are hard to figure, and Congress is even worse. President Franklin Roosevelt asked for and got a declaration of war for World War II and we lost 400,000 military.Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Cowardly Congress won't declare war

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

Track the money

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

Among elite ski resorts, higher prices are touted

Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience

Xbox 360 games: The good, bad and the ugly

Meeting with opposite sex is appropriate

Skiing in the Alps: A cold day in heaven

Cement housing shrugs off winds

Volcanic glass makes trashcans bomb-resistant

Cleaning copper, removing rust stains are easy

Techbits: Throw this camera, EU online and more

Travel briefs

Web site takes a happy approach to the news

Festive drinks to spice up your party

Living briefs

South Augusta home glows for Christmas

Sunlight can lower energy bills in some healthy ways

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

Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - If you live outside your home country or phone overseas often, chances are you've heard of Skype, the voice-over-Internet service that allows you to make free or cheap voice calls through your computer.

Web site takes a happy approach to the news
DALLAS - Carrie Rodgers is so engrossed by cable-television news shows that her husband calls her a news addict, but lately she has found another source to balance the onslaught of stories about war, crime and natural disasters.

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.

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?

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.

Techbits: Throw this camera, EU online and more
BOSTON - Police officers stepping into hostage standoffs and other dicey situations now have something new to throw into the mix - a baseball-sized camera that can be hurled from afar, survive the landing and wirelessly relay video and audio back to base for two hours.

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.

Xbox 360 games: The good, bad and the ugly
If you've scored an Xbox 360, some actual games are going to be the next logical purchase - unless you auctioned it off for thousands of dollars on eBay.

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?

Web site takes a happy approach to the news
DALLAS - Carrie Rodgers is so engrossed by cable-television news shows that her husband calls her a news addict, but lately she has found another source to balance the onslaught of stories about war, crime and natural disasters.

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?

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?

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.

Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - If you live outside your home country or phone overseas often, chances are you've heard of Skype, the voice-over-Internet service that allows you to make free or cheap voice calls through your computer.

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.

Xbox 360 games: The good, bad and the ugly
If you've scored an Xbox 360, some actual games are going to be the next logical purchase - unless you auctioned it off for thousands of dollars on eBay.

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.

Volcanic glass makes trashcans bomb-resistant
NEW YORK - To contain the force of an exploding bomb, you need steel plate or concrete, and lots of it, right?

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.

Volcanic glass makes trashcans bomb-resistant
NEW YORK - To contain the force of an exploding bomb, you need steel plate or concrete, and lots of it, right?

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.

Techbits: Throw this camera, EU online and more
BOSTON - Police officers stepping into hostage standoffs and other dicey situations now have something new to throw into the mix - a baseball-sized camera that can be hurled from afar, survive the landing and wirelessly relay video and audio back to base for two hours.

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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?

Augusta can't slow down Everblades

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.

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.

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.

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.

Certification no guarantee of excellence
Although all 50 states invest in National Board Certified Teachers, what that means for improving the quality of a state's education is unclear.

Archers take aim at county for tournament
Bass fishing tournaments aren't the only events headed to Columbia County's Wildwood Park these days.

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

Helper has looks, heart of true Santa
CLEARWATER - To the nonbeliever, Terry Watson is just another guy who dresses up in a fancy red-velvet suit and black boots.

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

New mayor takes office today
Once he takes office, one of the first issues Augusta's new mayor said he intends to address is racial reconciliation.

Mayor-elect holds prayer breakfast
Just a few hours before he's set to be sworn in as mayor, Deke Copenhaver held the first of what he says will be many regular prayer breakfasts at churches around the area.

State weighs whether to end property taxes
COLUMBIA - What South Carolinians want versus who's going to write the check. That, in essence, is the property tax debate.

Future mayor eager to lead

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Secondary routes deadliest

Across Georgia
FORSYTH - Hundreds of people paid tribute during a memorial service to Sgt. Philip Allan Dodson Jr., who died this month in Iraq in a vehicle accident.

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
COLUMBIA - A day after the second anniversary of a deadly shooting in Abbeville County left two law officers dead, Greenwood deputies arrested a Ninety Six man who was apparently threatening to shoot police who came on property involved in a dispute.

Across South Carolina

Aid will allow sick toddler to receive Christmas gifts
A single mom depending on her adult daughter to help pay household bills won't be able to give her toddler child a happy holiday unless she receives extra help.

Augusta mayor sworn in

Five questions with John Oxendine
John Oxendine is Georgia's insurance safety fire commissioner. He recently was in Augusta to help spread the word about safe use of space heaters.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Time brings sea change to Myrtle Beach

Across the area
A 19-year-old Thomson man died late Saturday when the car he was riding in left the road and flipped over into the woods in McDuffie County, according to authorities.

Biologists put training on releases to good use

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A day after the second anniversary of a deadly shooting in Abbeville County left two law officers dead, Greenwood deputies arrested a Ninety Six man who was apparently threatening to shoot police who came on property involved in a dispute.

Support lags for Augusta charities

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.

Detecting bird flu is top job for poultry lab
OAKWOOD, Ga. - If bird flu were to strike Georgia, word would probably come from the Department of Agriculture's Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory in Hall County.

Across the southeast
FLEMINGSBURG, KY. - Police got a surprise when they stopped a van after a hit-and-run crash on Kentucky's Mountain Parkway: A 7-year-old boy was at the wheel, sitting on his father's lap.

Back in time

Bill would mandate vote on juvenile court judges

Finance classes put homes in hands of foster children

Certification no guarantee of excellence

The week ahead
Mrs. Claus will read holiday books to children at 4 p.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. She will give a book to every child. The event is free. Call (803) 642-7631 for more information.

Empty Stocking donations

Bill would mandate vote on juvenile court judges
When state legislators return to business this winter, a bill calling for juvenile court judges to be elected awaits them.

Helper has looks, heart of true Santa

Enterprise Mill to be sold to Savannah company
A Savannah-based real estate firm has agreed to purchase the Enterprise Mill, according to a letter sent to tenants Monday by owner Clay Boardman.

Across Georgia

Friends recall leader's service

The week ahead

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.

Across the area

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Armed robbery suspect arrested

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.

Across the area

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.

Where we live

Empty Stocking Fund donations
Previously acknowledged $52,257.16

Christmas cheer

Back in time
Back in time

Medical issues leave woman unable to work

News you can use
Events for today include:

Across Georgia

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.

Taking time to give will enhance Christmas spirit

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
Julianna 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.

Across Georgia
Woman detained after argument over swing

Across the area
A 19-year-old Thomson man died late Saturday when the car he was riding in left the road and flipped over into the woods in McDuffie County, according to authorities.

State weighs whether to end property taxes
COLUMBIA - What South Carolinians want versus who's going to write the check. That, in essence, is the property tax debate.

Across the area
A 19-year-old Thomson man died late Saturday when the car he was riding in left the road and flipped over into the woods in McDuffie County, according to authorities.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Logan Bryce Nelson, 14 months, of Martinez.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Logan Bryce Nelson, 14 months, of Martinez.

The week ahead
Mrs. Claus will read holiday books to children at 4 p.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. She will give a book to every child. The event is free. Call (803) 642-7631 for more information.

Helper has looks, heart of true Santa
CLEARWATER - To the nonbeliever, Terry Watson is just another guy who dresses up in a fancy red-velvet suit and black boots.

Across Georgia
FORSYTH - Hundreds of people paid tribute during a memorial service to Sgt. Philip Allan Dodson Jr., who died this month in Iraq in a vehicle accident.

New mayor takes office today
Once he takes office, one of the first issues Augusta's new mayor said he intends to address is racial reconciliation.

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

Certification no guarantee of excellence
Although all 50 states invest in National Board Certified Teachers, what that means for improving the quality of a state's education is unclear.

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.

Aid will allow sick toddler to receive Christmas gifts
A single mom depending on her adult daughter to help pay household bills won't be able to give her toddler child a happy holiday unless she receives extra help.

State weighs whether to end property taxes

Bill would mandate vote on juvenile court judges
When state legislators return to business this winter, a bill calling for juvenile court judges to be elected awaits them.

Archers take aim at county for tournament

Archers take aim at county for tournament
Bass fishing tournaments aren't the only events headed to Columbia County's Wildwood Park these days.

Kid of the Day

Five questions with John Oxendine
John Oxendine is Georgia's insurance safety fire commissioner. He recently was in Augusta to help spread the word about safe use of space heaters.

Aid will allow sick toddler to receive Christmas gifts

Detecting bird flu is top job for poultry lab
OAKWOOD, Ga. - If bird flu were to strike Georgia, word would probably come from the Department of Agriculture's Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory in Hall County.

Across the southeast

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.

Five questions with John Oxendine

News you can use

New mayor takes office today

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina

Empty Stocking Fund donations

Detecting bird flu is top job for poultry lab

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.

Across South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

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
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.

Kid of the day
Julianna 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.

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

Across Georgia
Woman detained after argument over swing

Empty Stocking Fund donations
Previously acknowledged $52,257.16

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.

News you can use
Events for today 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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
2 robberies may involve one man

Across the area
2 robberies may involve one man

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

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.

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.

Back in time
Back in time

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.

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.

Seeking the man's point of view? Look no further
Did you ever notice that advice columns are always written by women? Why is that? Since time began, the Abbys and Anns of the world have been telling all of us what to do while knowing only half their topic.

Seeking the man's point of view? Look no further
Did you ever notice that advice columns are always written by women? Why is that? Since time began, the Abbys and Anns of the world have been telling all of us what to do while knowing only half their topic.

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

Naomi Watts ascends to towering heights in 'King Kong'
NEW YORK - One is a three-hour, $200 million-plus combination of digital effects, yearlong hype and the largest of monkeys. The other is a frantic $30,000 production depicting an actress desperate for cardboard-thin parts in the B-est of movies.

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'Narnia' turns fantasy into hard cash with $67.1 million
LOS ANGELES - Another fantasy world has joined Hollywood's instant-blockbuster club.

Naomi Watts ascends to towering heights in 'King Kong'

Special Olympics collaborate with Farrelly brothers
LOS ANGELES - The filmmaking Farrellys, known for their gleeful bad taste in irreverent comedies such as "There's Something About Mary," are taking on the Special Olympics. Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" fame is the star.

'Narnia' turns fantasy into hard cash with $67.1 million
LOS ANGELES - Another fantasy world has joined Hollywood's instant-blockbuster club.

Special Olympics collaborate with Farrelly brothers

Naomi Watts ascends to towering heights in 'King Kong'
NEW YORK - One is a three-hour, $200 million-plus combination of digital effects, yearlong hype and the largest of monkeys. The other is a frantic $30,000 production depicting an actress desperate for cardboard-thin parts in the B-est of movies.

Special Olympics collaborate with Farrelly brothers
LOS ANGELES - The filmmaking Farrellys, known for their gleeful bad taste in irreverent comedies such as "There's Something About Mary," are taking on the Special Olympics. Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" fame is the star.

'Narnia' turns fantasy into hard cash with $67.1 million

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.

Lohan gets introspective on follow-up album

Q&A: Jeff Tweedy on making - and stealing - music
NEW YORK - Shutting down file-sharing is like closing a library.

At 16, Chris Brown 'runs' the charts

Q&A: Jeff Tweedy on making - and stealing - music

Lohan gets introspective on follow-up album
NEW YORK - When teen actress Lindsay Lohan decided to become known as teen singer Lindsay Lohan, she followed a tried-and-true formula for the under 21-pop set: an album dominated by upbeat, danceable songs that catered to a youthful demographic.

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.

Lohan gets introspective on follow-up album
NEW YORK - When teen actress Lindsay Lohan decided to become known as teen singer Lindsay Lohan, she followed a tried-and-true formula for the under 21-pop set: an album dominated by upbeat, danceable songs that catered to a youthful demographic.

Q&A: Jeff Tweedy on making - and stealing - music
NEW YORK - Shutting down file-sharing is like closing a library.

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?

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.

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.

O'Neal makes return to court
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal came off the bench Sunday night for the Miami Heat in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him on Nov. 3.

O'Neal makes return to court
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal came off the bench Sunday night for the Miami Heat in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him on Nov. 3.

O'Neal makes return to court

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

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

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

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

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

Tampa Bay defeats Carolina

Paralyzed teen meets star quarterback he says changed his life

Saints-Falcons rivalry as strong as ever

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Joyner McKnight    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Hugh Burrel "Mac" McRae    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mr. William Everett Yonce    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Rev. Sumter LaVaughn (Vaughn) Foster    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Stevens Harveston    (THE VILLAGES, FL.)

Mrs. Geneva "Gen" McClure    (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.)

Mrs. Amanda M. Anderson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James E. Summers    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Irvin F. Rice    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mr. Clarence E. Shell     (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Everett Yonce    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Levi White, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence E. Shell     (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Summers    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Balous Edward 'Pete' Long    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michel G. Frye    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Balous Edward 'Pete' Long    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Amanda M. Anderson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Lon Michael Duncan     (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa O. Rozier     (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Marsha Elizabeth Metts Holman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Hugh Burrel "Mac" McRae    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Irvin F. Rice    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mr. Lon Michael Duncan     (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva "Gen" McClure    (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.)

Mrs. Nannie R. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen J. "Steve" Nachman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert B. Lewis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert B. Lewis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Joyner McKnight    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Stephen J. "Steve" Nachman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Rev. Levi White, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Faith Ashley McBride    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. Sumter LaVaughn (Vaughn) Foster    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marsha Elizabeth Metts Holman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa O. Rozier     (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Roberts    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Michel G. Frye    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Turner    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence E. Shell     (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Stevens Harveston    (THE VILLAGES, FL.)

Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Nannie R. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Faith Ashley McBride    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert B. Lewis (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Stevens Harveston (THE VILLAGES, FL.)

Mr. Michel G. Frye (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Cheatham (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa O. Rozier (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence E. Shell (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Summers (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Turner (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Balous Edward 'Pete' Long (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Everett Yonce (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Lon Michael Duncan (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Clark (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Burrel "Mac" McRae (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen J. "Steve" Nachman (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nannie R. Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mrs. Marsha Elizabeth Metts Holman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Joyner McKnight (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Irvin F. Rice (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Ross (NEW YORK)

Faith Ashley McBride (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. Levi White, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor (EVANS, Ga.)

Rev. Sumter LaVaughn (Vaughn) Foster (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Rodney G. Richardson (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Amanda M. Anderson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva "Gen" McClure (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.)

Mrs. Jessie Roberts (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

Sports rants and raves

Americans bringing confidence to World Cup

Overtime

Pigeon racing takes flight again

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.

Overtime
Augusta Boxing Club's Roman Pulley defeated Rondarris Hun- ter by decision to advance to the Regional Silver Gloves Championships in January.

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.

Overtime
Tennis

Overtime
Tennis

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
Augusta Boxing Club's Roman Pulley defeated Rondarris Hun- ter by decision to advance to the Regional Silver Gloves Championships in January.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Paralyzed teen meets star quarterback he says changed his life
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As his brother neatly arranged the short braids peeking below an Atlanta Falcons cap, 17-year-old Kenny Gibson sat in his wheelchair, nervously chewing gum as he stared across the field at the man whose phone call turned around his life.

Saints-Falcons rivalry as strong as ever
ATLANTA - Poor records never have cooled the Saints-Falcons rivalry, so New Orleans receiver Joe Horn warns Atlanta's players not to expect anything but the normal intensity Monday night.

Tampa Bay defeats Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tired of getting beaten over and over again by a bitter rival, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did everything possible to end the streak.

Tampa Bay defeats Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tired of getting beaten over and over again by a bitter rival, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did everything possible to end the streak.

Saints-Falcons rivalry as strong as ever
ATLANTA - Poor records never have cooled the Saints-Falcons rivalry, so New Orleans receiver Joe Horn warns Atlanta's players not to expect anything but the normal intensity Monday night.

Paralyzed teen meets star quarterback he says changed his life
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As his brother neatly arranged the short braids peeking below an Atlanta Falcons cap, 17-year-old Kenny Gibson sat in his wheelchair, nervously chewing gum as he stared across the field at the man whose phone call turned around his life.

'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.

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.

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.

Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that Christmas festivities have been polluted by consumerism and suggested that assembling the Nativity scene in the home is an effective way of teaching the faith to children.

Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that Christmas festivities have been polluted by consumerism and suggested that assembling the Nativity scene in the home is an effective way of teaching the faith to children.

'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.

Hunters injured across state

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

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

ABC says West Coast will no longer have "stale news" in the evening

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.

They're teaching science up on TV's planet Zula
LOS ANGELES - "Way, way up where the planets do the hula - spin and shout until you find yourself on Zula."

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.

ABC says West Coast will no longer have "stale news" in the evening
NEW YORK - In an age when stories spread instantly, ABC News executive Jon Banner says the idea of airing a daily newscast on the West Coast that is three hours old "is kind of an insult."

ABC says West Coast will no longer have "stale news" in the evening
NEW YORK - In an age when stories spread instantly, ABC News executive Jon Banner says the idea of airing a daily newscast on the West Coast that is three hours old "is kind of an insult."

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

They're teaching science up on TV's planet Zula

Families switch racial identities in TV series

They're teaching science up on TV's planet Zula
LOS ANGELES - "Way, way up where the planets do the hula - spin and shout until you find yourself on Zula."

Howard Stern ready to move to satellite radio

People in the News

Richard Pryor was more than important, he was funny

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Pet of the week

North Augusta park is getting new additions

Meetings

Road marker honors Fort Gordon worker

Around the block

Across the river

Recreational centers

Library hours

Farmers market

Recycling centers

Hopelands Gardens glows for holidays

Events

Upcoming events

Nutcrackers are for all seasons

School adds to class offerings

Reunions

Soldiers can now be trained on virtual firing ranges

Cub Scouts go on an outing with hospitalized soldiers

Milestones

Twins had big roles on Hornets' defense

USC Aiken honors retiring director of nursing school

Langley Pond is being drawn down for routine maintenance

Some rare Islamic texts collection to go online

'Narnia' push is on at Christian stores

Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism