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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Events
SOUTH CAROLINA

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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

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.

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

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

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

Cub Scouts go on an outing with hospitalized soldiers
It's not unusual for people in the community to do things for the veterans and active-duty soldiers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, but they usually aren't as young as the volunteers who showed up Dec. 3.

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

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

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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

Across the river
LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 nightly through Wednesday, Dec. 28; 633 Old Louisville Road, Grovetown; hayride tour of about 300 light displays with Christmas themes, Bible stories and fairy tales on 106 acres; take Interstate 20 west to Exit 183, turn right and take U.S. Highway 221 north toward Appling, then turn right on Nature's Way. Turn right on Louisville Road, and it's 1.4 miles on the right; $7 adults, $3 ages 6-17, free ages 5 and younger; 825-6441

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:

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

Events
SOUTH CAROLINA

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

School adds to class offerings

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.

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."

A new book blames government for a media crisis

P.D. James paints a luminous 'Lighthouse'

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."

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.

Bob Dylan photos show another side of the singer

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."

Katrina books offer insight into great human tragedy

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.

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

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."

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.

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

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.

Arts Notebook: It is no easy task being a performer

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.

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

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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:

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

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?

High-tech gear, trips fuel hunters spending boom

Christmas tree farm is lots of work

Paramount Pictures agrees to buy DreamWorks SKG

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.

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.

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.

Business calendar

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

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.

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

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.

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

Business briefs

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

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:

Property transfers

Delta pilots relish service rivalries

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, 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.

Clemson edges San Diego

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.

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

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

Time not on Lady Jaguars' side

Late breakdowns cost Jaguars vs. Bobcats

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

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."

Lawyers target cola millions

Quotable

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

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."

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.

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

Unpatriotic law schools

We like Ike for a D.C. memorial

Build, don't bicker

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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

Indian rookie Kapur wins Volvo Masters of Asia

Toms' wild ride finally at an end

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

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

Woods hopes 30s can top his 20s

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Sorenstam's Internationals defeat Asia to win Lexus Cup

Els wins the Dunhill Championship

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

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

Prep basketball scores

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

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
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 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

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

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

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 show bomber's grieving family

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

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

Travel briefs

Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience

Cement housing shrugs off winds

Techbits: Throw this camera, EU online and more

Festive drinks to spice up your party

Xbox 360 games: The good, bad and the ugly

Cleaning copper, removing rust stains are easy

Volcanic glass makes trashcans bomb-resistant

Meeting with opposite sex is appropriate

Among elite ski resorts, higher prices are touted

South Augusta home glows for Christmas

Web site takes a happy approach to the news

Living briefs

Skiing in the Alps: A cold day in heaven

Sunlight can lower energy bills in some healthy ways

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.

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?

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Augusta can't slow down Everblades

Kid of the Day

Finance classes put homes in hands of foster children

Five questions with John Oxendine

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.

Augusta mayor sworn in

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Archers take aim at county for tournament

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Empty Stocking Fund donations

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.

Across Georgia

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

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.

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.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

Helper has looks, heart of true Santa

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

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:

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

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.

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.

Back in time
Back in time

New mayor takes office today

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.

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.

News you can use
Events for today include:

Support lags for Augusta charities

Kid of the day
Julianna Akridge

Across South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

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.

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

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

Back in time

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

Medical issues leave woman unable to work

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.

Where we live

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.

Empty Stocking Fund donations
Previously acknowledged $52,257.16

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.

Across the area
2 robberies may involve one man

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.

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.

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.

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

Across the southeast

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.

Aid will allow sick toddler to receive Christmas gifts

Kid of the day
Julianna Akridge

Detecting bird flu is top job for poultry lab

Back in time
Back in time

Certification no guarantee of excellence

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

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

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

News you can use
Events for today include:

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.

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.

The week ahead

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

State weighs whether to end property taxes

Across Georgia
Woman detained after argument over swing

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 the area
2 robberies may involve one man

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Friends recall leader's service

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 South Carolina

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.

Taking time to give will enhance Christmas spirit

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.

Secondary routes deadliest

Empty Stocking Fund donations
Previously acknowledged $52,257.16

Biologists put training on releases to good 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.

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

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.

Time brings sea change to Myrtle Beach

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

Future mayor eager to lead

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.

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.

Bill would mandate vote on juvenile court judges

Armed robbery suspect arrested

Empty Stocking donations

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.

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

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.

'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.

Naomi Watts ascends to towering heights in 'King Kong'

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.

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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.

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:

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 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.

At 16, Chris Brown 'runs' the charts

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
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
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.

Lohan gets introspective on follow-up album

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

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.

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
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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

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

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Clarence Turner    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

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

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

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

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

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

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Clark (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Ross (NEW YORK)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris (SPARTA, Ga.)

Rodney G. Richardson (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

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

Overtime

Pigeon racing takes flight again

Sports rants and raves

Overtime

Americans bringing confidence to World Cup

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two local men have 12-point plan this fall

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

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

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

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

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

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.

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.

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

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.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

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
LOS ANGELES - "Way, way up where the planets do the hula - spin and shout until you find yourself on Zula."

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."

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."

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.

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.

People in the News

Richard Pryor was more than important, he was funny

Howard Stern ready to move to satellite radio

Across the river

Soldiers can now be trained on virtual firing ranges

School adds to class offerings

Recreational centers

Milestones

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Langley Pond is being drawn down for routine maintenance

Farmers market

Around the block

North Augusta park is getting new additions

Road marker honors Fort Gordon worker

Hopelands Gardens glows for holidays

Library hours

Pet of the week

USC Aiken honors retiring director of nursing school

Recycling centers

Twins had big roles on Hornets' defense

Nutcrackers are for all seasons

Upcoming events

Meetings

Cub Scouts go on an outing with hospitalized soldiers

Events

Reunions

Some rare Islamic texts collection to go online

'Narnia' push is on at Christian stores

Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism