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

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.

A new book blames government for a media crisis

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
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.

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."

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

Characters in 'Saving Fish' probably deserved worse

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."

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

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."

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.

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.

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'
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.

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.

Arts Notebook: It is no easy task being a performer

P.D. James paints a luminous 'Lighthouse'

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

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Katie Wren Stockton

Carlee Renee Grace

Brice Donnell Rolland

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Katie Wren Stockton

Kevin John Pokora

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Finlay Mays Florence

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Anthony Stephen Heard

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

David Micah Grant

Katie Wren Stockton

Aiden Michael Vest

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Aiden Michael Vest

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Carlee Renee Grace

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Eathan McCall Cooper

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Christopher Dewy Hood

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Summer Shi Krzywda

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Summer Shi Krzywda

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Brandon Mark Clark

Dallas Noel Williams

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Davis Robert Turner

Davis Robert Turner

Finlay Mays Florence

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Kevin John Pokora

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Anthony Stephen Heard

William Davis Montgomery

Christopher Dewy Hood

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Eathan McCall Cooper

Summer Shi Krzywda

Christopher Dewy Hood

William Davis Montgomery

William Davis Montgomery

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Eathan McCall Cooper

David Micah Grant

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Brice Donnell Rolland

Carlee Renee Grace

Brandon Mark Clark

Aiden Michael Vest

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Anthony Stephen Heard

David Micah Grant

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Zachary David Whitehurst

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Davis Robert Turner

Zachary David Whitehurst

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Dallas Noel Williams

Finlay Mays Florence

Zachary David Whitehurst

Brice Donnell Rolland

Kevin John Pokora

Dallas Noel Williams

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Brandon Mark Clark

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?

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.

High-tech gear, trips fuel hunters spending boom

Business calendar

Paramount Pictures agrees to buy DreamWorks SKG

Property transfers

Drug companies seek lawsuit protection

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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

Business briefs

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

On the move

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.

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?

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.

Will Bush follow Leinart's lead and return to USC

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

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

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

Time not on Lady Jaguars' side

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

Late breakdowns cost Jaguars vs. Bobcats

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

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.

Unpatriotic law schools

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

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.

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

We like Ike for a D.C. memorial

Build, don't bicker

Quotable

Lawyers target cola millions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Financial gifts can brighten holidays

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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
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.

Els wins the Dunhill Championship

Indian rookie Kapur wins Volvo Masters of Asia

Woods hopes 30s can top his 20s

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
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.

Toms' wild ride finally at an end

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.

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.

Allenby completes unprecedented Australian sweep

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

Controlling the teen machine

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

Sorenstam's Internationals defeat Asia to win Lexus Cup

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

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.

Donald rallies to win Target

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

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

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

Don't show bomber's grieving family

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

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

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
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

Web site takes a happy approach to the news

Xbox 360 games: The good, bad and the ugly

Festive drinks to spice up your party

Meeting with opposite sex is appropriate

Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience

Cement housing shrugs off winds

Skiing in the Alps: A cold day in heaven

Cleaning copper, removing rust stains are easy

South Augusta home glows for Christmas

Travel briefs

Techbits: Throw this camera, EU online and more

Among elite ski resorts, higher prices are touted

Living briefs

Volcanic glass makes trashcans bomb-resistant

Sunlight can lower energy bills in some healthy ways

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Across Georgia

News you can use

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.

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

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

Across South Carolina

Bill would mandate vote on juvenile court judges

Back in time

Augusta mayor sworn in

Taking time to give will enhance Christmas spirit

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

Support lags for Augusta charities

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 Georgia

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.

Secondary routes deadliest

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

Biologists put training on releases to good use

Empty Stocking donations

Christmas cheer

Kid of the Day

Future mayor eager to lead

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.

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.

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.

Where we live

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.

Time brings sea change to Myrtle Beach

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 area

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

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

Across Georgia
Woman detained after argument over swing

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.

Across the area
2 robberies may involve one man

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

Certification no guarantee of excellence

Empty Stocking Fund donations
Previously acknowledged $52,257.16

Helper has looks, heart of true Santa

Across South Carolina

The week ahead

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.

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.

Empty Stocking Fund donations

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Armed robbery suspect arrested

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

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.

Medical issues leave woman unable to work

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

Finance classes put homes in hands of foster children

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.

Friends recall leader's service

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 South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

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.

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.

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.

News you can use
Events for today include:

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.

Across Georgia
Woman detained after argument over swing

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across the area
2 robberies may involve one man

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

Back in time
Back in time

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.

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.

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.

News you can use
Events for today include:

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

Kid of the day
Julianna Akridge

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.

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 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.

Christmas cheer
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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.

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.

New mayor takes office today

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.

State weighs whether to end property taxes

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.

Archers take aim at county for tournament

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.

Detecting bird flu is top job for poultry lab

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.

Aid will allow sick toddler to receive Christmas gifts

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 the southeast

Empty Stocking Fund donations
Previously acknowledged $52,257.16

Five questions with John Oxendine

Kid of the day
Julianna Akridge

Across the area

Back in time
Back in time

Christmas cheer
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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.

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

Special Olympics collaborate with Farrelly brothers

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.

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

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

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

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

'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'
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.

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

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.

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

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
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

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.

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

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.

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

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.

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

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

Tampa Bay defeats Carolina

Paralyzed teen meets star quarterback he says changed his life

Saints-Falcons rivalry as strong as ever

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Clarence Turner    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Rodney G. Richardson (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Booker (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross (NEW YORK)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Clark (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pigeon racing takes flight again

Overtime

Sports rants and raves

Overtime

Americans bringing confidence to World Cup

Overtime
Tennis

Overtime
Tennis

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Hunters injured across state

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."

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

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

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
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."

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."

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

Families switch racial identities in TV series

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

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."

People in the News

Howard Stern ready to move to satellite radio

Richard Pryor was more than important, he was funny

Langley Pond is being drawn down for routine maintenance

Twins had big roles on Hornets' defense

Nutcrackers are for all seasons

Library hours

Farmers market

Pet of the week

Recycling centers

Soldiers can now be trained on virtual firing ranges

Reunions

Meetings

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Around the block

North Augusta park is getting new additions

Road marker honors Fort Gordon worker

Across the river

Upcoming events

USC Aiken honors retiring director of nursing school

Recreational centers

School adds to class offerings

Events

Milestones

Cub Scouts go on an outing with hospitalized soldiers

Hopelands Gardens glows for holidays

'Narnia' push is on at Christian stores

Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism

Some rare Islamic texts collection to go online