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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events
SOUTH CAROLINA

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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.

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.

Recreational centers
AIKEN COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, GRANITEVILLE

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

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

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.

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

Events
SOUTH CAROLINA

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.

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:

School adds to class offerings

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

School adds to class offerings

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

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Bob Dylan photos show another side of the singer

Arts Notebook: It is no easy task being a performer

Characters in 'Saving Fish' probably deserved worse

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

Arts Notebook: It is no easy task being a performer
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."

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 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

A new book blames government for a media crisis

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.

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

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."

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."

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.

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

Finlay Mays Florence

Summer Shi Krzywda

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Anthony Stephen Heard

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Katie Wren Stockton

Carlee Renee Grace

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Katie Wren Stockton

Summer Shi Krzywda

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Dallas Noel Williams

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Carlee Renee Grace

Katie Wren Stockton

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Connor Benjamin Wolfe

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Maurice Garnell Smalley

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Anthony Stephen Heard

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Summer Shi Krzywda

Maurice Garnell Smalley

David Micah Grant

David Micah Grant

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Kevin John Pokora

Wyatt Allen Goulet

Aiden Michael Vest

Eathan McCall Cooper

Christopher Dewy Hood

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Davis Robert Turner

William Davis Montgomery

Carlee Renee Grace

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Finlay Mays Florence

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Kevin John Pokora

Eathan McCall Cooper

Christopher Dewy Hood

Christopher Dewy Hood

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Brandon Mark Clark

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Kayla Lynn McKinney

Aiden Michael Vest

David Micah Grant

Ty'Keen Ramon Martin

Brice Donnell Rolland

William Davis Montgomery

Brandon Mark Clark

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Joshua Caleb Byrd

Eathan McCall Cooper

Anthony Stephen Heard

Zachary David Whitehurst

Marcel LaVance Reeves

Dallas Noel Williams

Zachary David Whitehurst

Zachary David Whitehurst

Davis Robert Turner

Kevin John Pokora

Courtney Samantha Shafer

Forrest Douglas Roebuck

Finlay Mays Florence

Davis Robert Turner

Brice Donnell Rolland

Aiden Michael Vest

Courtney Samantha Shafer

William Davis Montgomery

Dallas Noel Williams

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Brandon Mark Clark

Kayleigh Chayne Townsend

Brice Donnell Rolland

Jeffery Bernard Thomas

Ashlyn Elizabeth Morris

Business calendar

On the move

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.

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?

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

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

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

Paramount Pictures agrees to buy DreamWorks SKG

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?

Delta pilots relish service rivalries

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

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
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 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.

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.

Christmas tree farm is lots of work

High-tech gear, trips fuel hunters spending boom

Property transfers

Drug companies seek lawsuit protection

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.

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

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
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.

Bearcats, Downey drop Commodores

Late breakdowns cost Jaguars vs. Bobcats

Time not on Lady Jaguars' side

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

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

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

Lawyers target cola millions

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

Unpatriotic law schools

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

Quotable

Build, don't bicker

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Controlling the teen machine

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.

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

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

Sorenstam's Internationals defeat Asia to win Lexus Cup

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.

Indian rookie Kapur wins Volvo Masters of Asia

Els wins the Dunhill Championship

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

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.

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.

Donald rallies to win Target

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 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

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

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

Cowardly Congress won't declare war

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

Track the money

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
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

Techbits: Throw this camera, EU online and more

Web site takes a happy approach to the news

Volcanic glass makes trashcans bomb-resistant

Festive drinks to spice up your party

Cement housing shrugs off winds

South Augusta home glows for Christmas

Xbox 360 games: The good, bad and the ugly

Among elite ski resorts, higher prices are touted

Skiing in the Alps: A cold day in heaven

Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience

Meeting with opposite sex is appropriate

Sunlight can lower energy bills in some healthy ways

Cleaning copper, removing rust stains are easy

Travel briefs

Living briefs

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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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

Archers take aim at county for tournament

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.

Detecting bird flu is top job for poultry lab

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.

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

Back in time
Back in time

Helper has looks, heart of true Santa

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.

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.

News you can use
Events for today include:

Future mayor eager to lead

Kid of the day
Julianna Akridge

Aid will allow sick toddler to receive Christmas gifts

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

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

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.

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.

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
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.

The week ahead

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.

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.

Five questions with John Oxendine

Bill would mandate vote on juvenile court judges

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

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

Support lags for Augusta charities
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.

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

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.

New mayor takes office today

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.

Biologists put training on releases to good use

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.

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 South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Across South Carolina
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

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.

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.

Kid of the day
Julianna Akridge

Armed robbery suspect arrested

Back in time
Back in time

Across the area

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

Where we live

News you can use
Events for today include:

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

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

Across the southeast

Friends recall leader's service

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.

Finance classes put homes in hands of foster children

State weighs whether to end property taxes

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
Woman detained after argument over swing

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 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.

Empty Stocking Fund donations
Previously acknowledged $52,257.16

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.

Christmas cheer

Across the area
2 robberies may involve one man

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

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.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

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:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

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.

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
2 robberies may involve one man

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
Woman detained after argument over swing

Secondary routes deadliest

Across South Carolina
Child-care director charged with cruelty

Empty Stocking donations

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.

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.

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

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

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.

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.

Back in time

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.

Taking time to give will enhance Christmas spirit

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.

Augusta mayor sworn in

Certification no guarantee of excellence

Across Georgia

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.

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

Across 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.

Support lags for Augusta charities

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

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.

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.

Medical issues leave woman unable to work

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.

Kid of the day

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

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

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

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

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.

Naomi Watts ascends to towering heights in 'King Kong'

'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

'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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

At 16, Chris Brown 'runs' the charts

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.

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

Northwest passage?

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

Comedian Pryor dies at age 65
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.

Comedian Pryor dies at age 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

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.

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.

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

Saints-Falcons rivalry as strong as ever

Paralyzed teen meets star quarterback he says changed his life

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (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.)

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

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Turner    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

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

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

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

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

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

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

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Rodney G. Richardson (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Clark (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ross (NEW YORK)

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

Americans bringing confidence to World Cup

Pigeon racing takes flight again

Sports rants and raves

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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.

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Tennis

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.

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Tennis

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

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

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

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.

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.

Two local men have 12-point plan this fall

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Hunters injured across state

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

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
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."

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

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

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

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
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

People in the News

Richard Pryor was more than important, he was funny

Howard Stern ready to move to satellite radio

Farmers market

USC Aiken honors retiring director of nursing school

Soldiers can now be trained on virtual firing ranges

Events

Twins had big roles on Hornets' defense

Nutcrackers are for all seasons

School adds to class offerings

Reunions

Library hours

Recreational centers

Cub Scouts go on an outing with hospitalized soldiers

North Augusta park is getting new additions

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Hopelands Gardens glows for holidays

Meetings

Pet of the week

Around the block

Upcoming events

Milestones

Across the river

Langley Pond is being drawn down for routine maintenance

Road marker honors Fort Gordon worker

Recycling centers

Some rare Islamic texts collection to go online

Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism

'Narnia' push is on at Christian stores