Recreation
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Secondary roads have proven lethal
According to state figures, Aiken County ranked 10th among South Carolina's 46 counties in fatal highway accidents in 2004 with 39 deaths in 33 accidents.

First Steps could get more funds from state
The South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness Act, which funds the Aiken County First Steps program, has the governor's support for funding and awaits the return of the Senate Education Committee in January.

School lunch menus
Here are Aiken County school lunch menus through January 2.

Play conveys true meaning of Christmas
Tamika Holston didn't want another Christmas season to pass without fulfilling a desire of her heart.

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Recreation
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Recreation calendar
LEGACY SCULPTURE AND GARDEN: Outdoor Education Center, two miles of hiking trails, wetlands habitat and a pavilion; self-guided tours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, guided group and weekend tours by appointment; www.nwtf.org

Secondary roads have proven lethal
According to state figures, Aiken County ranked 10th among South Carolina's 46 counties in fatal highway accidents in 2004 with 39 deaths in 33 accidents.

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.

Around the block
Auditions for HONK! will be held for youths 17 and younger at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken Community Playhouse in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Be prepared to perform a dance routine and read from the script. Bring sheet music only, no compact discs. An accompanist will be provided. Call 648-1438 or visit www. aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

Recreation
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Pet of the week
Gracie, 2-year-old female, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Calendar
AIKEN COUNTY HERITAGE CORRIDOR MEETING: 3 p.m. today; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W.; open to public; 642-7557

Library schedule
Here are schedules of Aiken County libraries.

Bill mandates spending level for classroom instruction
State legislation that would require schools to spend 65 percent of their budget on classroom instruction has gained some supporters in Aiken County, but others say the legislation is poorly defined.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results Dec, 5-11

Toys for Tots drive is going strong
The Marine Corps Reserve Center on Central Avenue in Augusta was brimming with toys Saturday morning.

Across the river
BABES IN TOYLAND: 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Monte Sano Elementary School, 2164 Richmond Ave.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results Dec, 5-11

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

Across the river
BABES IN TOYLAND: 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Monte Sano Elementary School, 2164 Richmond Ave.

Calendar
AIKEN COUNTY HERITAGE CORRIDOR MEETING: 3 p.m. today; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W.; open to public; 642-7557

Girl Scouts enjoy chivalrous outing
It was easy for Kathi Hardwick to get her daughter to attend Medieval Event: Love and Honor at Camp Tanglewood on Saturday.

School lunch menus
Here are Aiken County school lunch menus through January 2.

First Steps could get more funds from state
The South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness Act, which funds the Aiken County First Steps program, has the governor's support for funding and awaits the return of the Senate Education Committee in January.

Around the block
Auditions for HONK! will be held for youths 17 and younger at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken Community Playhouse in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Be prepared to perform a dance routine and read from the script. Bring sheet music only, no compact discs. An accompanist will be provided. Call 648-1438 or visit www. aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

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
Gracie, 2-year-old female, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Aiken Prep pupils once slept out on the porches
Aiken Preparatory School, which will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2006, was founded in a former Winter Colony home on Barnwell Street.

Girl Scouts enjoy chivalrous outing
It was easy for Kathi Hardwick to get her daughter to attend Medieval Event: Love and Honor at Camp Tanglewood on Saturday.

Library schedule
Here are schedules of Aiken County libraries.

Bill mandates spending level for classroom instruction
State legislation that would require schools to spend 65 percent of their budget on classroom instruction has gained some supporters in Aiken County, but others say the legislation is poorly defined.

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

Aiken Prep pupils once slept out on the porches
Aiken Preparatory School, which will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2006, was founded in a former Winter Colony home on Barnwell Street.

Play conveys true meaning of Christmas
Tamika Holston didn't want another Christmas season to pass without fulfilling a desire of her heart.

Toys for Tots drive is going strong
The Marine Corps Reserve Center on Central Avenue in Augusta was brimming with toys Saturday morning.

Applause cover
Applause cover for Dec. 8, 2005.

Applause cover

Applause cover
Applause cover for Dec. 8, 2005.

Oldest Maya mural uncovered in Guatemala
WASHINGTON - Archaeologist William Saturno said Tuesday he was awe-struck when he uncovered a Maya mural not seen for nearly two millennia.

Painter focuses on world of simple, honest work
Rusted-out tractors, well-worn engines, hoses, pipes, gaskets, gears, bolts and twisted naked wire: Close-ups of hard-worked machinery found on industrial and constructions sites are not what most people think of when they think watercolorist.

Oldest Maya mural uncovered in Guatemala
WASHINGTON - Archaeologist William Saturno said Tuesday he was awe-struck when he uncovered a Maya mural not seen for nearly two millennia.

Painter focuses on world of simple, honest work

Ben Franklin didn't always post those too-hasty words
WASHINGTON - Benjamin Franklin was a passionate writer, especially in the cause of the democracy he helped found, but even such a prolific man of letters may have had second thoughts about posting too-hasty words, according to an exhibit for the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth.

Art Institute of Chicago features African ceramics
CHICAGO - There's a special exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, but don't look for the bright hues of the French impressionism for which the museum is famous; the colors of these works are the muted earth tones of African mud and clay.

Ben Franklin didn't always post those too-hasty words

Oldest Maya mural uncovered in Guatemala

Art Institute of Chicago features African ceramics

Art Institute of Chicago features African ceramics
CHICAGO - There's a special exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, but don't look for the bright hues of the French impressionism for which the museum is famous; the colors of these works are the muted earth tones of African mud and clay.

Painter focuses on world of simple, honest work
Rusted-out tractors, well-worn engines, hoses, pipes, gaskets, gears, bolts and twisted naked wire: Close-ups of hard-worked machinery found on industrial and constructions sites are not what most people think of when they think watercolorist.

Ben Franklin didn't always post those too-hasty words
WASHINGTON - Benjamin Franklin was a passionate writer, especially in the cause of the democracy he helped found, but even such a prolific man of letters may have had second thoughts about posting too-hasty words, according to an exhibit for the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth.

Yankees manager Torre carries Turin torch
FLORENCE, Italy - Joe Torre carried the torch for the Turin Olympics on Wednesday - after clearing it with his daughter.

Los Angeles deals Bradley to Oakland

Yankees manager Torre carries Turin torch

Los Angeles deals Bradley to Oakland
LOS ANGELES - Milton Bradley is getting another fresh start.

Los Angeles deals Bradley to Oakland
LOS ANGELES - Milton Bradley is getting another fresh start.

Yankees manager Torre carries Turin torch
FLORENCE, Italy - Joe Torre carried the torch for the Turin Olympics on Wednesday - after clearing it with his daughter.

Kasten: Turner not likely to reacquire Braves
ATLANTA - Stan Kasten thinks Ted Turner isn't interested in reacquiring the Atlanta Braves from Time Warner.

Kasten: Turner not likely to reacquire Braves

Kasten: Turner not likely to reacquire Braves
ATLANTA - Stan Kasten thinks Ted Turner isn't interested in reacquiring the Atlanta Braves from Time Warner.

Braves may be back on market
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves may be back on the market, a team official said Tuesday.

Braves may be back on market

Braves may be back on market
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves may be back on the market, a team official said Tuesday.

Home improvement store arrives in North Augusta
North Augustans don't have to leave the city limits anymore to get their home improvement warehouse fix.

Business briefs

Fed delivers 13th quarter-point rate hike

Business briefs
SC METAL PRODUCTS held a ribbon cutting Tuesday at their new facility at 555 A.B. Miles Road in Aiken. The company, created by The McGregor Metalworking Companies, has plans to invest $7 million in Aiken and create up to 100 new jobs in the next five years.

Business briefs
Clear Channel radio on wednesday announced it has changed WPCH-AM (1380) to a sports-talk format affiliated with the ESPN radio network.

Site at I-20 has future in retail

Hot toys getting scarce on retailers' shelves
NEW YORK - If parents haven't gotten their hands on some of this season's hot holiday toys by now, they may have to give their children an IOU slip under the tree.

DirecTV to pay $5.35 million for do-not-call violations

Crisis services company rescues 1920s building

Crisis services company rescues 1920s building
A local company has put a major deposit into the former Augusta Federal Savings bank on Broad Street.

Hot toys getting scarce on retailers' shelves

Site at I-20 has future in retail
Another "lifestyle center" retail complex - the fourth one proposed in the Augusta area this year - could spring up near the intersection of Interstate 20 and Walton Way Extension.

Crisis services company rescues 1920s building
A local company has put a major deposit into the former Augusta Federal Savings bank on Broad Street.

Fed delivers 13th quarter-point rate hike
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Tuesday pushed a key interest rate to the highest level in 4½ years while signaling that the campaign to raise interest rates to fight inflation was likely drawing to an end.

Greenspan says world living standards rising
WASHINGTON - The spread of free markets is driving the world's living standards higher, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday.

Business briefs
SC METAL PRODUCTS held a ribbon cutting Tuesday at their new facility at 555 A.B. Miles Road in Aiken. The company, created by The McGregor Metalworking Companies, has plans to invest $7 million in Aiken and create up to 100 new jobs in the next five years.

Business briefs

Site at I-20 has future in retail
Another "lifestyle center" retail complex - the fourth one proposed in the Augusta area this year - could spring up near the intersection of Interstate 20 and Walton Way Extension.

SRS in running for reactor
A decision by two South Carolina utilities to seek federal approval to build a new nuclear power plant could create several hundred area jobs and pump more than $1 billion into the local economy.

Greenspan says world living standards rising

SRS in running for reactor

Business briefs
Clear Channel radio on wednesday announced it has changed WPCH-AM (1380) to a sports-talk format affiliated with the ESPN radio network.

Home improvement store arrives in North Augusta

Hot toys getting scarce on retailers' shelves
NEW YORK - If parents haven't gotten their hands on some of this season's hot holiday toys by now, they may have to give their children an IOU slip under the tree.

DirecTV to pay $5.35 million for do-not-call violations
WASHINGTON - DirecTV Inc. will pay $5.35 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called households listed on the national do-not-call registry to pitch satellite TV programming, Federal Trade Commission officials said Tuesday.

DirecTV to pay $5.35 million for do-not-call violations
WASHINGTON - DirecTV Inc. will pay $5.35 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called households listed on the national do-not-call registry to pitch satellite TV programming, Federal Trade Commission officials said Tuesday.

Greenspan says world living standards rising
WASHINGTON - The spread of free markets is driving the world's living standards higher, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday.

Fed delivers 13th quarter-point rate hike
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Tuesday pushed a key interest rate to the highest level in 4½ years while signaling that the campaign to raise interest rates to fight inflation was likely drawing to an end.

SRS in running for reactor
A decision by two South Carolina utilities to seek federal approval to build a new nuclear power plant could create several hundred area jobs and pump more than $1 billion into the local economy.

Home improvement store arrives in North Augusta
North Augustans don't have to leave the city limits anymore to get their home improvement warehouse fix.

Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Cartoon

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, December 14, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, December 14, 2005.

12-hole course idea could save money

Sunnis hold key to Iraq's future

Make state's rural roads safer
South Carolina will have to do more than enforce its tough new seat belt law if it expects to significantly bring down the state's horrendous traffic fatality rate - one of the worst in the nation.

Georgia's new chancellor
In a unanimous state Board of Regents vote, Erroll Davis was the first African-American to be named permanent chancellor of the University System of Georgia. But it is not his race that made Davis a "non-traditional" choice to head up the state's 35 public institutions of higher learning. It was his business background.

Georgia's new chancellor
In a unanimous state Board of Regents vote, Erroll Davis was the first African-American to be named permanent chancellor of the University System of Georgia. But it is not his race that made Davis a "non-traditional" choice to head up the state's 35 public institutions of higher learning. It was his business background.

Sunnis hold key to Iraq's future
Portents are looking good as Iraq prepares to take another unprecedented step on the path to a Western-style representative democracy in today's parliamentary elections. In contrast to last January - when the Sunnis, at the urging of their leaders, boycotted the election of an interim government - the leaders this time around are urging participation.

Reform the right way

Reform the right way
Imagine taking over as chief of Norfolk Southern Railroad on Jan. 5, 2005 - the day before the Graniteville, S.C., train accident.

Georgia's new chancellor

Reform the right way
Imagine taking over as chief of Norfolk Southern Railroad on Jan. 5, 2005 - the day before the Graniteville, S.C., train accident.

Make state's rural roads safer

Make state's rural roads safer
South Carolina will have to do more than enforce its tough new seat belt law if it expects to significantly bring down the state's horrendous traffic fatality rate - one of the worst in the nation.

Sunnis hold key to Iraq's future
Portents are looking good as Iraq prepares to take another unprecedented step on the path to a Western-style representative democracy in today's parliamentary elections. In contrast to last January - when the Sunnis, at the urging of their leaders, boycotted the election of an interim government - the leaders this time around are urging participation.

Spotted
David Wilkerson Jr. (left) and Paul Fulton attended the Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade on Saturday night.

'SOCOM, Mario Kart' among titles for handheld systems
Since Nintendo Inc. upped the ante by bringing Wi-Fi to its dual-screen handheld, it has opened the game system up to a new world of gameplay. Although the graphics remain subpar to Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable, the Nintendo DS remains a great handheld game system'

Seasonal thoughts
It's beginning to look, and sound, a lot like Christmas.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts knew the role of Ann Darrow in "King Kong" was one that demanded a strong set of pipes.

James Dean museum to close at end of the month
GAS CITY, Ind. - A museum chronicling the short life of "Rebel Without a Cause" star James Dean will close Dec. 31.

Ex-employee sues Dave Chappelle
NEW YORK - One of Dave Chappelle's former employees says the comic asked him to be his manager for nine months beginning last year, but never paid him.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Spotted
David Wilkerson Jr. (left) and Paul Fulton attended the Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade on Saturday night.

Xbox 360 launch titles range from intense to disappointing
If you've scored an Xbox 360, some actual games are going to be the next logical purchase.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to ryan.wehmeyer@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

'SOCOM, Mario Kart' among titles for handheld systems
Since Nintendo Inc. upped the ante by bringing Wi-Fi to its dual-screen handheld, it has opened the game system up to a new world of gameplay. Although the graphics remain subpar to Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable, the Nintendo DS remains a great handheld game system'

People in the News
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts knew the role of Ann Darrow in "King Kong" was one that demanded a strong set of pipes.

Lindsay Lohan's parents reach divorce settlement
NEW YORK - Lindsay Lohan's parents reached a divorce settlement Monday, ending a contentious marital battle.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to ryan.wehmeyer@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Lindsay Lohan's parents reach divorce settlement
NEW YORK - Lindsay Lohan's parents reached a divorce settlement Monday, ending a contentious marital battle.

Xbox 360 launch titles range from intense to disappointing
If you've scored an Xbox 360, some actual games are going to be the next logical purchase.

James Dean museum to close at end of the month
GAS CITY, Ind. - A museum chronicling the short life of "Rebel Without a Cause" star James Dean will close Dec. 31.

Seasonal thoughts
It's beginning to look, and sound, a lot like Christmas.

Ex-employee sues Dave Chappelle
NEW YORK - One of Dave Chappelle's former employees says the comic asked him to be his manager for nine months beginning last year, but never paid him.

Vegetarian: Pasta sauce and apple pie

Help for cooks offered by phone and online
Toll-free telephone services and Web sites offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions for December holidays, and many are available year-round.

Food briefs

Family dishes to serve for Hanukkah
Hanukkah is the Jewish celebration based on the miracle of one day's supply of oil burning for eight days in the menorah on the Temple's rededicated altar, in Jerusalem in 165 B.C. Now, each year these eight days are a time for thanksgiving and candle-lighting in commemoration.

Family dishes to serve for Hanukkah

Food briefs
Catering specialist Wendy Pashman of Chicago's Entertaining Company offers ideas for revving up the "wow" factor for holiday parties without busting the budget.

This gingerbread pudding is spiced to entice

Vegetarian: Pasta sauce and apple pie
CONCORD, N.H. - Last year my family decided to get the fuss out of our Christmas festivities.

This gingerbread pudding is spiced to entice
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Synonymous with the holidays, gingerbread tempts the senses and warms the soul. Young and old alike are drawn to its spicy fragrance and subtle sweetness.

Quick: Duck with cranberry mostaza
A meal in festive spirit - Christmas dinner itself, if you like - can be dished up at the drop of a hat when you find the right recipe.

Food briefs
Catering specialist Wendy Pashman of Chicago's Entertaining Company offers ideas for revving up the "wow" factor for holiday parties without busting the budget.

Low-fat: Crunchy mix, cookies, and pita chips
WASHINGTON - As cooks plan holiday and party menus, there's a place for easy recipes with taste appeal for both adults and children that are low in calories but rich in flavor and nutrition.

Colorful tart delivers rich and tasty mouthfuls

Colorful tart delivers rich and tasty mouthfuls
This Gorgonzola cheese tart with its blackberry-port sauce is going to make a colorful statement whenever it's offered.

Quick: Duck with cranberry mostaza

This gingerbread pudding is spiced to entice
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Synonymous with the holidays, gingerbread tempts the senses and warms the soul. Young and old alike are drawn to its spicy fragrance and subtle sweetness.

Low-fat: Crunchy mix, cookies, and pita chips

Quick: Duck with cranberry mostaza
A meal in festive spirit - Christmas dinner itself, if you like - can be dished up at the drop of a hat when you find the right recipe.

Help for cooks offered by phone and online

Vegetarian: Pasta sauce and apple pie
CONCORD, N.H. - Last year my family decided to get the fuss out of our Christmas festivities.

Low-fat: Crunchy mix, cookies, and pita chips
WASHINGTON - As cooks plan holiday and party menus, there's a place for easy recipes with taste appeal for both adults and children that are low in calories but rich in flavor and nutrition.

Colorful tart delivers rich and tasty mouthfuls
This Gorgonzola cheese tart with its blackberry-port sauce is going to make a colorful statement whenever it's offered.

Help for cooks offered by phone and online
Toll-free telephone services and Web sites offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions for December holidays, and many are available year-round.

Family dishes to serve for Hanukkah
Hanukkah is the Jewish celebration based on the miracle of one day's supply of oil burning for eight days in the menorah on the Temple's rededicated altar, in Jerusalem in 165 B.C. Now, each year these eight days are a time for thanksgiving and candle-lighting in commemoration.

Sorenstam awarded 2nd Writers' Trophy
LONDON - Annika Sorenstam has won the European Golf Writers' Trophy for the second time in three years, becoming the first woman to claim the award more than once.

Organizers increase MCI Heritage purse
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - The MCI Heritage tournament has raised the total prize purse to $5.3 million for next April's PGA Tour event, organizers said Wednesday.

Sorenstam awarded 2nd Writers' Trophy
LONDON - Annika Sorenstam has won the European Golf Writers' Trophy for the second time in three years, becoming the first woman to claim the award more than once.

Sorenstam awarded 2nd Writers' Trophy

Golf Glance
LAST SEASON: South Africa's Tim Clark beat countryman Charl Schwartzel and France's Gregory Havret by six strokes in January at Durban Country Club. Clark also won the 2002 tournament.

Golf Glance

Golf Glance
LAST SEASON: South Africa's Tim Clark beat countryman Charl Schwartzel and France's Gregory Havret by six strokes in January at Durban Country Club. Clark also won the 2002 tournament.

Organizers increase MCI Heritage purse

Organizers increase MCI Heritage purse
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - The MCI Heritage tournament has raised the total prize purse to $5.3 million for next April's PGA Tour event, organizers said Wednesday.

Georgia high school boys' basketball poll

Tuesday's South Carolina scores

Atlanta knocks off Detroit
ATLANTA - Patrik Stefan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes left in the third period, as Atlanta blew a four-goal lead before recovering for a 7-6 win over Detroit on Tuesday night.

Atlanta knocks off Detroit

Atlanta knocks off Detroit
ATLANTA - Patrik Stefan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes left in the third period, as Atlanta blew a four-goal lead before recovering for a 7-6 win over Detroit on Tuesday night.

Peanut butter butterscotch balls are hassle-free treats
In October, most moms are somewhat delusional about the holidays.

Peanut butter butterscotch balls are hassle-free treats
In October, most moms are somewhat delusional about the holidays.

Peanut butter butterscotch balls are hassle-free treats

John Kerry's U.S. hatred is showing
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., recently charged that American soldiers are going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night and terrorizing innocent women and children. Mr. Kerry must either provide irrefutable evidence of such behavior by our soldiers, or turn himself over to the authorities so that he can be charged and tried for treason. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Actions, not words, are key to unity
Another Augusta-Richmond County election has passed, and yet again our community is divided against itself. A number of residents only seem to express optimism and hope if their particular politician wins an election. Brian Green, Augusta

Projects must move Augusta forward
I am really glad to see new leadership dawning in Augusta. Now that the elections are over, as a taxpaying citizen I'm ready to see where and how my money (SPLOST) is being spent. The newly elected officials, as well as the old ones, really need to buckle down and get things moving along, and keep the skeptical public well-informed on these quality-of-life projects.Rajah Bonner, Augusta

Ann Coulter is shameless hate-peddler
This is regarding your editorial Dec. 10 ("There can be no 'but' with free speech"). I am glad the University of Connecticut students shouted down Ann Coulter. Normally, I would not condone such behavior, but Ms. Coulter richly deserved it.Saroja Venkatraman, Martinez

Actions, not words, are key to unity
Another Augusta-Richmond County election has passed, and yet again our community is divided against itself. A number of residents only seem to express optimism and hope if their particular politician wins an election. Brian Green, Augusta

Projects must move Augusta forward
I am really glad to see new leadership dawning in Augusta. Now that the elections are over, as a taxpaying citizen I'm ready to see where and how my money (SPLOST) is being spent. The newly elected officials, as well as the old ones, really need to buckle down and get things moving along, and keep the skeptical public well-informed on these quality-of-life projects.Rajah Bonner, Augusta

Actions, not words, are key to unity

Ann Coulter is shameless hate-peddler
This is regarding your editorial Dec. 10 ("There can be no 'but' with free speech"). I am glad the University of Connecticut students shouted down Ann Coulter. Normally, I would not condone such behavior, but Ms. Coulter richly deserved it.Saroja Venkatraman, Martinez

John Kerry's U.S. hatred is showing
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., recently charged that American soldiers are going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night and terrorizing innocent women and children. Mr. Kerry must either provide irrefutable evidence of such behavior by our soldiers, or turn himself over to the authorities so that he can be charged and tried for treason. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Elementary school violence exists, too
Your otherwise excellent editorial regarding school violence by students against teachers ("Teachers are still at risk," Dec. 8) failed to identify violence perpetrated by elementary school pupils.James E. Himley, Edgefield, S.C.

Ann Coulter is shameless hate-peddler

Elementary school violence exists, too
Your otherwise excellent editorial regarding school violence by students against teachers ("Teachers are still at risk," Dec. 8) failed to identify violence perpetrated by elementary school pupils.James E. Himley, Edgefield, S.C.

Elementary school violence exists, too

Projects must move Augusta forward

John Kerry's U.S. hatred is showing

NIH to create map of cancer's genetic makeup

Blacks, poor more likely to breathe most unhealthy air

Male salons catch on with sports, beer and waxing

Air Pollution: Americans in hot spots worry about kids

Feeling good a matter of feeling for men, numbers for women

Where are the best holiday lights?

Toy site lets parents, kids swap neglected playthings

Male salons catch on with sports, beer and waxing
PHILADELPHIA - Steven Wooke takes a swig from a bottle of Heineken as his left hand rests on a small table, his fingers spread out like a fan of playing cards.

Air Pollution: Americans in hot spots worry about kids
The people who breathe the nation's most unhealthy factory air worry about more than just asthma and other respiratory problems. They also want to know if their daily dose of toxic pollution is slowing the academic and physical development of their children.

Male salons catch on with sports, beer and waxing
PHILADELPHIA - Steven Wooke takes a swig from a bottle of Heineken as his left hand rests on a small table, his fingers spread out like a fan of playing cards.

Where are the best holiday lights?
If you've seen a great display, tell us about it and we'll run a list of the best places to go based on your recommendations. To recommend a stop, please include the complete address, including subdivision and city.

Blacks, poor more likely to breathe most unhealthy air
CHICAGO - Kevin Brown's most feared opponent on the sandlot or basketball court while he was growing up wasn't another kid. It was the polluted air he breathed.

NIH to create map of cancer's genetic makeup
WASHINGTON - If all the ways genes run amok to cause cancer were laid out in a dictionary, scientists would be able to decipher only a small part of the first page.

NIH to create map of cancer's genetic makeup
WASHINGTON - If all the ways genes run amok to cause cancer were laid out in a dictionary, scientists would be able to decipher only a small part of the first page.

Air Pollution: Americans in hot spots worry about kids
The people who breathe the nation's most unhealthy factory air worry about more than just asthma and other respiratory problems. They also want to know if their daily dose of toxic pollution is slowing the academic and physical development of their children.

Toy site lets parents, kids swap neglected playthings
ORLAND PARK, Ill. - Eight-year-old Jacob Maxia may know more about monster models than business models, but he knows what he likes. And a new online toy exchange that brings him giant mutant beasts in return for his unwanted playthings seems pretty darn awesome.

Feeling good a matter of feeling for men, numbers for women
ALBANY, N.Y. - Feeling better about your body?

Toy site lets parents, kids swap neglected playthings
ORLAND PARK, Ill. - Eight-year-old Jacob Maxia may know more about monster models than business models, but he knows what he likes. And a new online toy exchange that brings him giant mutant beasts in return for his unwanted playthings seems pretty darn awesome.

Blacks, poor more likely to breathe most unhealthy air
CHICAGO - Kevin Brown's most feared opponent on the sandlot or basketball court while he was growing up wasn't another kid. It was the polluted air he breathed.

Feeling good a matter of feeling for men, numbers for women
ALBANY, N.Y. - Feeling better about your body?

Where are the best holiday lights?
If you've seen a great display, tell us about it and we'll run a list of the best places to go based on your recommendations. To recommend a stop, please include the complete address, including subdivision and city.

Everblades pour it on early, often

Stanley Cup pays visit to Augusta

Stanley Cup pays visit to Augusta
Only one of the four major professional team championship trophies has traveled to Augusta. And it's making a return appearance this week.

Everblades pour it on early, often
As the Augusta Lynx welcomed the Florida Everblades on Wednesday night, they expected a tough battle from the second-place team in the division.

Everblades pour it on early, often
As the Augusta Lynx welcomed the Florida Everblades on Wednesday night, they expected a tough battle from the second-place team in the division.

Stanley Cup pays visit to Augusta
Only one of the four major professional team championship trophies has traveled to Augusta. And it's making a return appearance this week.

Kid of the Day
Raymond Lee "Tre" Mann III is today's Kid of the Day.

Kellogg bringing 80 jobs to town
Kellogg Co. is bringing new cookies and new jobs to Augusta.

Commissioners set '06 budget

Commissioners set '06 budget
With new Mayor Deke Copenhaver presiding for the first time, Augusta commissioners adopted a 2006 general-fund budget Tuesday that includes a tax increase, use of reserve funds and layoffs for 39 city employees.

FBI arrests Hephzibah man

City's health risk in top 10
Richmond County ranks seventh among Georgia's 159 counties - and is in the top 10 percent nationwide - in terms of air pollution-related health risks, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Chancellor gets set for Georgia
ATLANTA - It was the question Erroll Davis had to know was coming.

Tire blows up in man's face
A worker at an Evans equipment company was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after a forklift tire exploded in his face.

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FBI arrests Hephzibah man
A 54-year-old Hephzibah man arrested on federal murder charges Tuesday is suspected of killing four people to conceal a drug-trafficking operation headed by an Augusta native.

Schools work is on schedule for August opening

Schools work is on schedule for August opening
Construction for Richmond County's two new elementary schools is half done, on schedule and under budget, according to officials.

Schools work is on schedule for August opening
Construction for Richmond County's two new elementary schools is half done, on schedule and under budget, according to officials.

Agenda topics create quarrel
A move to change Augusta Commission rules has stirred up a hornet's nest among commissioners.

Bus drivers sue school board
Bus drivers carried through with their threat and filed suit Tuesday against the Richmond County Board of Education , alleging discriminatory treatment for being members of a union.

Three-car wreck
Glass and other debris litter Wrightsboro Road after a wreck involving three cars sent four people to the hospital.

Across Georgia
KENNESAW - Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a weekend incident in which racist graffiti was spray painted on the walls of an elementary school.

Camp wants prime spot for monument
John Partridge says he doesn't think his Sons of Confederate Veterans camp is being slighted intentionally.

Wintry woes won't stop the work
Columbia County sheriff's Deputies Nathan Jones and Mark Benson know the tricks of the trade to keep warm while patrolling Bobby Jones Expressway and Washington Road.

Ill mother, caring for sick child, needs holiday help
A relative writing on behalf of her grown niece said the woman won't be able to provide her family with Christmas gifts or medication for a sick child without help this holiday.

Anti-war activists petition Norwood
A political action group offered congressman Charlie Norwood 413 signatures Wednesday on petitions asking that Congress devise a firm exit strategy from Iraq that includes a timeline.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $61,600.16

Firefighters get grant for mobile data units

Drivers allege discrimination
A lawsuit charging the Columbia County School System with discrimination was filed in U.S. District Court in Augusta on Tuesday by four bus drivers.

Chancellor gets set for Georgia

Rants and raves
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Ill mother, caring for sick child, needs holiday help

Nuke waste site frustrates states
ATLANTA - Electricity users in Georgia and South Carolina continue to pour millions of dollars into a federal plan to permanently store nuclear waste, but state regulators say they are frustrated at lagging efforts to get the waste moved to a central spot in Nevada.

Wintry woes won't stop the work

Firefighters get grant for mobile data units
This spring Augusta firefighters battling disasters will be able to learn valuable information about on-site dangers and communicate with other agencies with just a click of a button - all from the inside of their first-responder units.

Tire blows up in man's face
A worker at an Evans equipment company was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after a forklift tire exploded in his face.

Agency leaders get wage increase
COLUMBIA - Forty-six state agency heads will get performance-based pay raises when the new year begins after the Budget and Control Board's approval Tuesday of increases ranging from 3 percent to 6 percent.

OSHA investigates cause of tire blast
An investigator from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is attempting to determine the cause of an accident that left one employee severely injured at an Evans commercial equipment sales and service company Tuesday.

Kid of the Day
Raymond Lee "Tre" Mann III is today's Kid of the Day.

Bills would protect holiday greetings
ATLANTA - Two Georgia lawmakers want to make sure the Grinch can't interfere with the holiday greetings of government employees.

News you can use
Today in regional history DEC. 14, 1929 Anderson, S.C. - Four boys and four animals figured in a series of accidents Tuesday, when all four of the boys had their arms broken.

Across South Carolina

Bills would protect holiday greetings
ATLANTA - Two Georgia lawmakers want to make sure the Grinch can't interfere with the holiday greetings of government employees.

Tire blows up in man's face

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A man accused of selling a MARTA token to a passenger who was having trouble with a token machine must stand trial for the incident.

County attempts to calm teachers
Amid concerns of special education teachers no longer being able to teach or fleeing the county, Richmond County officials are saying to stay calm.

Rants and raves
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Three-car wreck

Girl, 7, leaves Lynx game with $10,000 scholarship

Trio convicted in '69 race riot homicides die
HARRISBURG, Pa. - It took more than 30 years to bring three men to justice in the murder of a policeman during York's race riots in 1969.

Across Georgia

Black leaders oppose commission changes
Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams and other black leaders spoke out against Augusta Commission member Andy Cheek's proposals to appoint a fire chief and change local government rules at next week's commission meeting.

Empty stocking fund donations

Across the area

Kid of the Day

Empty stocking fund donations

Trio convicted in '69 race riot homicides die

Kid of the Day

Evolution disclaimer appeal goes to trial

Camp wants prime spot for monument
John Partridge says he doesn't think his Sons of Confederate Veterans camp is being slighted intentionally.

The work begins

Drivers allege discrimination
A lawsuit charging the Columbia County School System with discrimination was filed in U.S. District Court in Augusta on Tuesday by four bus drivers.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A self-appointed watchdog has sued the Greenville County Council over the way it purchased two ambulances.

Across the area

Bus drivers sue school board

Anti-war activists petition Norwood

Agenda topics create quarrel
A move to change Augusta Commission rules has stirred up a hornet's nest among commissioners.

Man accused of killing his infant child, ex's family
CALHOUN, Ga. - Jerry Jones has pleaded guilty to killing three of his ex-girlfriend's relatives and his own infant daughter.

School officials meet with legislators

Across the area
A memorial service has been planned for the one-year anniversary of the train derailment in Graniteville that caused a chlorine spill and the deaths of nine people in January.

Williams blasts agenda items
Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams and other black leaders spoke out Wednesday against Augusta Commission member Andy Cheek's proposals to appoint a fire chief and change local government rules at next week's commission meeting.

Doctors predict financial disaster

Evolution disclaimer appeal goes to trial
ATLANTA - Nearly a year after schools in a suburban Atlanta county were ordered to peel off textbook stickers that called evolution a theory, not a fact, a panel of federal appeals judges is set to reconsider whether the disclaimers were unconstitutional.

Transplant recipient's bills hinder gift giving

Man accused of killing his infant child, ex's family
CALHOUN, Ga. - Jerry Jones has pleaded guilty to killing three of his ex-girlfriend's relatives and his own infant daughter.

Concert will feature Christian performer

Nuke waste site frustrates states
ATLANTA - Electricity users in Georgia and South Carolina continue to pour millions of dollars into a federal plan to permanently store nuclear waste, but state regulators say they are frustrated at lagging efforts to get the waste moved to a central spot in Nevada.

OSHA investigates cause of tire blast

Rants and raves
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Chancellor gets set for Georgia
ATLANTA - It was the question Erroll Davis had to know was coming.

City's health risk in top 10

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Entertainment events and activities for this week include:

Agency leaders get wage increase

Evolution disclaimer appeal goes to trial
ATLANTA - Nearly a year after schools in a suburban Atlanta county were ordered to peel off textbook stickers that called evolution a theory, not a fact, a panel of federal appeals judges is set to reconsider whether the disclaimers were unconstitutional.

Passenger dies in one-car crash

Trio convicted in '69 race riot homicides die
HARRISBURG, Pa. - It took more than 30 years to bring three men to justice in the murder of a policeman during York's race riots in 1969.

Agenda topics create quarrel

Concert will feature Christian performer
A well-known contemporary Christian recording artist will help ring in the holiday season with a public concert sponsored by Augusta Christian Schools. Steve Green, who will put on his fifth concert in the Augusta area, will perform at West Acres Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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Kid of the Day
Matthew Ebenroth, of North Augusta, is today's Kid of the Day.

Girl, 7, leaves Lynx game with $10,000 scholarship
With tears in her eyes as she looked at her daughter, Leigh Field said Cori's father must have been looking down from heaven Wednesday night.

Rants and raves
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Concert will feature Christian performer
A well-known contemporary Christian recording artist will help ring in the holiday season with a public concert sponsored by Augusta Christian Schools. Steve Green, who will put on his fifth concert in the Augusta area, will perform at West Acres Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Anti-war activists petition Norwood
A political action group offered congressman Charlie Norwood 413 signatures Wednesday on petitions asking that Congress devise a firm exit strategy from Iraq that includes a timeline.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $65,440.16

The work begins
Hasan is sworn in as Richmond County Board of Education member for District 9 by Richmond County Probate Judge Isaac Jolles at the school board central offices on December 14, 2005.

Walker reports to prison
Former state Sen. Charles Walker has turned himself in to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Girl, 7, leaves Lynx game with $10,000 scholarship
With tears in her eyes as she looked at her daughter, Leigh Field said Cori's father must have been looking down from heaven Wednesday night.

Bills would protect holiday greetings

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $65,440.16

Nuke waste site frustrates states

Transplant recipient's bills hinder gift giving
A divorced mother who recently underwent a kidney transplant can't afford to give her three children a happy holiday this year without the generosity of strangers.

Man accused of killing his infant child, ex's family

County attempts to calm teachers
Amid concerns of special education teachers no longer being able to teach or fleeing the county, Richmond County officials are saying to stay calm.

Drivers allege discrimination

Bus drivers sue school board
Bus drivers carried through with their threat and filed suit Tuesday against the Richmond County Board of Education , alleging discriminatory treatment for being members of a union.

Camp wants prime spot for monument

Doctors predict financial disaster
Cuts in Medicare payments to physicians could cost Georgia more than $1 billion over five years and force physicians to stop seeing elderly patients, the nation's largest doctors group said. Augusta's congressional representatives, however, said they are working on a solution.

County attempts to calm teachers

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON - Clemson University plans to close a family housing area where students have lived since 1950, saying it has become too expensive to maintain.

Williams blasts agenda items

Williams blasts agenda items
Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams and other black leaders spoke out Wednesday against Augusta Commission member Andy Cheek's proposals to appoint a fire chief and change local government rules at next week's commission meeting.

News you can use

Transplant recipient's bills hinder gift giving
A divorced mother who recently underwent a kidney transplant can't afford to give her three children a happy holiday this year without the generosity of strangers.

Across Georgia

Wintry woes won't stop the work
Columbia County sheriff's Deputies Nathan Jones and Mark Benson know the tricks of the trade to keep warm while patrolling Bobby Jones Expressway and Washington Road.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $61,600.16

City's health risk in top 10
Richmond County ranks seventh among Georgia's 159 counties - and is in the top 10 percent nationwide - in terms of air pollution-related health risks, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Agency leaders get wage increase
COLUMBIA - Forty-six state agency heads will get performance-based pay raises when the new year begins after the Budget and Control Board's approval Tuesday of increases ranging from 3 percent to 6 percent.

Ill mother, caring for sick child, needs holiday help
A relative writing on behalf of her grown niece said the woman won't be able to provide her family with Christmas gifts or medication for a sick child without help this holiday.

Commissioners set '06 budget
With new Mayor Deke Copenhaver presiding for the first time, Augusta commissioners adopted a 2006 general-fund budget Tuesday that includes a tax increase, use of reserve funds and layoffs for 39 city employees.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Three-car wreck
Glass and other debris litter Wrightsboro Road after a wreck involving three cars sent four people to the hospital.

Across the area
A man caught peeping under a woman's bathroom stall by a police officer's wife pleaded guilty Wednesday.

News you can use
Today in regional history DEC. 14, 1929 Anderson, S.C. - Four boys and four animals figured in a series of accidents Tuesday, when all four of the boys had their arms broken.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A self-appointed watchdog has sued the Greenville County Council over the way it purchased two ambulances.

FBI arrests Hephzibah man
A 54-year-old Hephzibah man arrested on federal murder charges Tuesday is suspected of killing four people to conceal a drug-trafficking operation headed by an Augusta native.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A man accused of selling a MARTA token to a passenger who was having trouble with a token machine must stand trial for the incident.

Firefighters get grant for mobile data units
This spring Augusta firefighters battling disasters will be able to learn valuable information about on-site dangers and communicate with other agencies with just a click of a button - all from the inside of their first-responder units.

Doctors predict financial disaster
Cuts in Medicare payments to physicians could cost Georgia more than $1 billion over five years and force physicians to stop seeing elderly patients, the nation's largest doctors group said. Augusta's congressional representatives, however, said they are working on a solution.

Across the area
A man caught peeping under a woman's bathroom stall by a police officer's wife pleaded guilty Wednesday.

The work begins
Hasan is sworn in as Richmond County Board of Education member for District 9 by Richmond County Probate Judge Isaac Jolles at the school board central offices on December 14, 2005.

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Matthew Ebenroth, of North Augusta, is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia
KENNESAW - Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a weekend incident in which racist graffiti was spray painted on the walls of an elementary school.

Across the area
A memorial service has been planned for the one-year anniversary of the train derailment in Graniteville that caused a chlorine spill and the deaths of nine people in January.

OSHA investigates cause of tire blast
An investigator from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is attempting to determine the cause of an accident that left one employee severely injured at an Evans commercial equipment sales and service company Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON - Clemson University plans to close a family housing area where students have lived since 1950, saying it has become too expensive to maintain.

BCS actually worked in'05
This time of year on the sports calendar - the pre-bowl December doldrums - presents an interesting philosophical question.

Trophy has ties to Aiken woman's father
Mike Bolt has traveled the world with the Stanley Cup - nearly a million miles, from bleak Siberia to the tropical Bahamas.

BCS actually worked in'05
This time of year on the sports calendar - the pre-bowl December doldrums - presents an interesting philosophical question.

Trophy has ties to Aiken woman's father
Mike Bolt has traveled the world with the Stanley Cup - nearly a million miles, from bleak Siberia to the tropical Bahamas.

Long live the King: History of Kong in Film

Gadgets often pull scenes out from under actors

Cinema owes thanks to culture's top simian
There have been three great revolutions in the history of cinema.

'Kong' creator hugely talented
A patriot and pilot, innovator and explorer, King Kong creator Merian C. Cooper was into much more than just monkey business.

Review: 'The Family Stone'

Long live the King: History of Kong in Film
Movie audiences have never had to go too long without Kong.

'Kong' creator hugely talented

Naomi Watts lives up to 'Queen of Scream' shrieks
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts knew the role of Ann Darrow in "King Kong" was one that demanded a strong set of pipes.

Review: 'The Family Stone'
As the war on Christmas rages across the nation - at least on Fox News Channel - the holiday remains firmly intact with "The Family Stone," your typical feel-good, feel-bad, feel-good-again family Christmas movie.

Cinema owes thanks to culture's top simian

New home-video releases

'Dogs' forgets that love wags the tale in a romantic comedy
Three smart, sharp and sexy movies are shoehorned into Must Love Dogs, none of which are given the breathing room they need.

'Dogs' forgets that love wags the tale in a romantic comedy

Review: 'The Family Stone'
As the war on Christmas rages across the nation - at least on Fox News Channel - the holiday remains firmly intact with "The Family Stone," your typical feel-good, feel-bad, feel-good-again family Christmas movie.

Naomi Watts lives up to 'Queen of Scream' shrieks

Naomi Watts lives up to 'Queen of Scream' shrieks
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts knew the role of Ann Darrow in "King Kong" was one that demanded a strong set of pipes.

'Kong' creator hugely talented
A patriot and pilot, innovator and explorer, King Kong creator Merian C. Cooper was into much more than just monkey business.

Long live the King: History of Kong in Film
Movie audiences have never had to go too long without Kong.

New home-video releases
Here's a look at some new releases in home video and DVD and a calendar of what's coming:

Gadgets often pull scenes out from under actors
Sometimes, it's all about the hardware.

Cinema owes thanks to culture's top simian
There have been three great revolutions in the history of cinema.

'Dogs' forgets that love wags the tale in a romantic comedy
Three smart, sharp and sexy movies are shoehorned into Must Love Dogs, none of which are given the breathing room they need.

New home-video releases
Here's a look at some new releases in home video and DVD and a calendar of what's coming:

Concert calendar
THE SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS: 7:30 tonight, Imperial The-atre, 750 Broad St.; $40; imperialtheatre.com or 722-8341.

Prince set to release new album
NEW YORK - Prince, who has put out most of his music on his own record label over the past decade, is aligning himself with a major label once again.

Rapper Young Buck pleads no contest in stabbing
LOS ANGELES - Rapper Young Buck pleaded no contest Monday to a felony in the stabbing of a man during a melee at last year's Vibe Awards show.

Prince set to release new album

Prince set to release new album
NEW YORK - Prince, who has put out most of his music on his own record label over the past decade, is aligning himself with a major label once again.

MTV and Microsoft to develop online music service

Rapper Young Buck pleads no contest in stabbing

Concert calendar

MTV and Microsoft to develop online music service
LOS ANGELES - MTV Networks Inc. said Tuesday it has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to develop an online music service to launch early next year.

Fall Out Boy takes pop route to rock success

MTV and Microsoft to develop online music service
LOS ANGELES - MTV Networks Inc. said Tuesday it has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to develop an online music service to launch early next year.

Concert calendar
THE SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS: 7:30 tonight, Imperial The-atre, 750 Broad St.; $40; imperialtheatre.com or 722-8341.

Rapper Young Buck pleads no contest in stabbing
LOS ANGELES - Rapper Young Buck pleaded no contest Monday to a felony in the stabbing of a man during a melee at last year's Vibe Awards show.

Fall Out Boy takes pop route to rock success
NEW YORK - Fall Out Boy had every intention of following in the footsteps of the aggressive, earsplitting rock bands that they grew up listening to.

Fall Out Boy takes pop route to rock success
NEW YORK - Fall Out Boy had every intention of following in the footsteps of the aggressive, earsplitting rock bands that they grew up listening to.

A final lap of the best, worst of 2005 season
ATLANTA - By the time Tony Stewart climbed the fence at Daytona International Speedway and stood with arms raised at the flag stand, it was nearly 1 a.m.

Stewart plans run in midget car race
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Stewart will drive a midget car again, and won't try to fool anybody.

Newsmaker: Gary Scelzi wins NHRA Championship
This season, Gary Scelzi became the second driver in NHRA history to win championships in the sport's top two divisions - Funny Cars and Top Fuel.

Penske focuses on its future without Kodak

A final lap of the best, worst of 2005 season
ATLANTA - By the time Tony Stewart climbed the fence at Daytona International Speedway and stood with arms raised at the flag stand, it was nearly 1 a.m.

A final lap of the best, worst of 2005 season

Penske focuses on its future without Kodak
ATLANTA - Kodak got tired of backing losers in the Nextel Cup Series and it decided it wasn't going to take it anymore.

Newsmaker: Gary Scelzi wins NHRA Championship

Stewart plans run in midget car race
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Stewart will drive a midget car again, and won't try to fool anybody.

Penske focuses on its future without Kodak
ATLANTA - Kodak got tired of backing losers in the Nextel Cup Series and it decided it wasn't going to take it anymore.

Newsmaker: Gary Scelzi wins NHRA Championship
This season, Gary Scelzi became the second driver in NHRA history to win championships in the sport's top two divisions - Funny Cars and Top Fuel.

Stewart plans run in midget car race

Thomas says he won't give up young players for Artest

Hawks win second in row
CLEVELAND - Al Harrington scored 20 points and Tyronn Lue had a season-high 19 as the Atlanta Hawks won only their second road game, surprising the sluggish Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-94 on Tuesday night.

Hawks win second in row
CLEVELAND - Al Harrington scored 20 points and Tyronn Lue had a season-high 19 as the Atlanta Hawks won only their second road game, surprising the sluggish Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-94 on Tuesday night.

Hawks win second in row

Pacers' rookies to fill Artest's minutes
INDIANAPOLIS - Sarunas Jasikevicius and Danny Granger will go from rookie role players to key contributors now that the Indiana Pacers are trying to trade Ron Artest.

Pacers' rookies to fill Artest's minutes

Thomas says he won't give up young players for Artest
NEW YORK - Knicks president Isiah Thomas said he contacted the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, but he won't trade any of his young players for Ron Artest.

Pacers' rookies to fill Artest's minutes
INDIANAPOLIS - Sarunas Jasikevicius and Danny Granger will go from rookie role players to key contributors now that the Indiana Pacers are trying to trade Ron Artest.

Thomas says he won't give up young players for Artest
NEW YORK - Knicks president Isiah Thomas said he contacted the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, but he won't trade any of his young players for Ron Artest.

QB listed as questionable for first time this season

Dungy hoping new goals help Colts stay focused

Vick insists he will face Bears

Late pickups provide some surprises

White, Jenkins showing promise

Carolina wants Delhomme to take fewer risks

Game not quite same for area's new team

Falcons close to ending long run of futility

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Ms. Joan B. Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Nettie R. Blanchard    (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)

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Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ester B. Lee    (KERSHAW, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Blount    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Reese    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Beatrice Williams    (STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.)

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Mrs. Martha H. Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Odessa Louise Reese    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey Hardy, Sr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Woodward    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joe L. Grant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Lloyd    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gene Childers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Eleanor Wise    (DETROIT, MI.)

Mr. Robert Blount    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Blankenship    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

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Mr. Buddy Metcalf    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W. Allan Corley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Gene Childers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mr. Robert Crocker, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Ernest C. Cave    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Davis Odom    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Joan B. Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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Mrs. Sun Ye Webber    (Homemaker MARTINE Z, Ga.)

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Mrs. Allien Choice    (APPLING, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ruth H. Vaughn    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Ms. Odessa Louise Reese    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Joe L. Grant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Buddy Metcalf    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Joan B. Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Sug Parker, Jr.    (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth H. Vaughn    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Watkins    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Woodward    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Reese    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Leila Williams    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Moshie O. Weinstein    (MOBILE, AL.)

Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha H. Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey Hardy, Sr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Toney    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jeffrey Hardy, Sr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Clara Pearl Morris    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lynne Wagher    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Reese    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Seawell    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth H. Vaughn    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman    (SRP AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Seawell    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Clara Pearl Morris    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sug Parker, Jr.    (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Toney    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest C. Cave (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth H. Vaughn (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Childers (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jeffrey Hardy, Sr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Major Sam Cochran (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Tracy Edward Ray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beatrice Williams (STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.)

Mr. Robert Blount (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lynne Wagher (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Buddy Metcalf (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leila Williams (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Blount (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sug Parker, Jr. (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Watkins (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Moshie O. Weinstein (MOBILE, AL.)

Mrs. Ruth Lloyd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Joan B. Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber (Homemaker MARTINE Z, Ga.)

Mr. W. Allan Corley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Odessa Louise Reese (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. W. Allan Corley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Pearl Morris (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Reese (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Beatrice Williams (STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.)

Mr. Robert Earl Layton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eleanor Wise (DETROIT, MI.)

Mrs. Ana Blankenship (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nettie R. Blanchard (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)

Ms. Joan B. Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Ester B. Lee (KERSHAW, S.C.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Reese (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James Wright, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth H. Vaughn (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Davis Odom (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Crocker, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Woodward (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman (SRP AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Seawell (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Allien Choice (APPLING, Ga.)

Miss Lisa D. Clements (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha H. Jennings (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Grace Toney (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Childers (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Joe L. Grant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jeffrey Hardy, Sr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Crocker, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Teen poised to be the star of U.S. team
MARQUETTE, Mich. - Kim Hyo-jung glances down at her hands, then looks up shyly. A slight smile crosses her face. She feels out of her element speaking English to a table full of strangers.

Teen poised to be the star of U.S. team

Teen poised to be the star of U.S. team
MARQUETTE, Mich. - Kim Hyo-jung glances down at her hands, then looks up shyly. A slight smile crosses her face. She feels out of her element speaking English to a table full of strangers.

Announcements

Overtime

2 U.S. sprinters hit with ban

9 qualify for Boston Marathon

Overtime

Overtime
In Hilton Head Island, S.C., the MCI Heritage tournament has raised the total prize purse to $5.3 million for next April's PGA Tour event, organizers said Wednesday.

2 U.S. sprinters hit with ban
LONDON - Tim Montgomery's 100-meter world record was broken earlier this year. Now it's been wiped completely from the books.

9 qualify for Boston Marathon
Several runners from the Augusta area performed well at the Kiawah Island Marathon last weekend.

2 U.S. sprinters hit with ban
LONDON - Tim Montgomery's 100-meter world record was broken earlier this year. Now it's been wiped completely from the books.

Overtime
In Hilton Head Island, S.C., the MCI Heritage tournament has raised the total prize purse to $5.3 million for next April's PGA Tour event, organizers said Wednesday.

Overtime
Get ready for another Olympics featuring soul patches, bandannas and squealing fans at the short track rink. Apolo Anton Ohno has picked up where he left off in Salt Lake City.

Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

9 qualify for Boston Marathon
Several runners from the Augusta area performed well at the Kiawah Island Marathon last weekend.

Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Overtime
Get ready for another Olympics featuring soul patches, bandannas and squealing fans at the short track rink. Apolo Anton Ohno has picked up where he left off in Salt Lake City.

Georgia high school boys' basketball poll
Results of the GaSports.com coaches poll:

Georgia high school boys' basketball poll
Results of the GaSports.com coaches poll:

Tuesday's South Carolina scores
GIRLS BASKETBALL Allendale-Fairfax 54, Silver Bluff 51 Andrew Jackson 43, Great Falls 42

Tuesday's South Carolina scores
GIRLS BASKETBALL Allendale-Fairfax 54, Silver Bluff 51 Andrew Jackson 43, Great Falls 42

Game not quite same for area's new team
The return of arena football to Augusta doesn't mean the exact product will be coming back.

Dungy hoping new goals help Colts stay focused
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Dungy has issued a new challenge. With three weeks left in the season, the Indianapolis Colts have wrapped up all of their stated regular-season goals. An unbeaten season seems to be only incidental.

Falcons close to ending long run of futility
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - One more win wouldn't ensure the Atlanta Falcons of a playoff berth, but it would make team history.

Vick insists he will face Bears
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick downplayed his bruised ribs after missing most of practice Wednesday, saying he will start Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.

Late pickups provide some surprises
For the successful owner, gifts this time of the season aren't found only under the Christmas tree.

Game not quite same for area's new team
The return of arena football to Augusta doesn't mean the exact product will be coming back.

Dungy hoping new goals help Colts stay focused
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Dungy has issued a new challenge. With three weeks left in the season, the Indianapolis Colts have wrapped up all of their stated regular-season goals. An unbeaten season seems to be only incidental.

QB listed as questionable for first time this season
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady was listed as questionable on the New England Patriots injury report Wednesday, a downgrade from his previous status but hardly a guarantee that his 84-game playing streak will end.

Falcons close to ending long run of futility
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - One more win wouldn't ensure the Atlanta Falcons of a playoff berth, but it would make team history.

White, Jenkins showing promise
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Roddy White and Michael Jenkins hope to start a new trend for Atlanta receivers.

Carolina wants Delhomme to take fewer risks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Dan Henning knew quarterback Jake Delhomme was fearless when the team signed him as a free agent in 2003.

Vick insists he will face Bears
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick downplayed his bruised ribs after missing most of practice Wednesday, saying he will start Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.

White, Jenkins showing promise
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Roddy White and Michael Jenkins hope to start a new trend for Atlanta receivers.

Carolina wants Delhomme to take fewer risks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Dan Henning knew quarterback Jake Delhomme was fearless when the team signed him as a free agent in 2003.

Late pickups provide some surprises
For the successful owner, gifts this time of the season aren't found only under the Christmas tree.

QB listed as questionable for first time this season
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady was listed as questionable on the New England Patriots injury report Wednesday, a downgrade from his previous status but hardly a guarantee that his 84-game playing streak will end.

Forged in fire

Pope decries stalled disarmament efforts
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday decried "bogged down" nuclear disarmament efforts and religious fanaticism as thwarting peace, while his top justice official denounced torture as an unacceptable, unnecessary way to fight terrorism.

Pope decries stalled disarmament efforts
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday decried "bogged down" nuclear disarmament efforts and religious fanaticism as thwarting peace, while his top justice official denounced torture as an unacceptable, unnecessary way to fight terrorism.

Forged in fire
If a tour bus hauling Ricky Skaggs' band members had not caught on fire, the bluegrass performer might not be doing his annual Skaggs Family Christmas shows.

Forged in fire
If a tour bus hauling Ricky Skaggs' band members had not caught on fire, the bluegrass performer might not be doing his annual Skaggs Family Christmas shows.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, indictments, juvenile sentencings, paroles, dui convictions, divorces and marriage license applications.

Woman uses her art to express love for family and community
A woman of many talents, Sala Adenike shares her love for the arts with her family and community.

Toys for Tots drive brightens Christmas for many needy families
The Marine Corps Reserve Center on Central Avenue in Augusta was brimming with toys Saturday morning.

Can you find?
This roofline has stood the test of time in Augusta. If you think you know where it is, call 823-3708 by 2 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2005, and leave your name, phone number and how to spell your name. If your name is picked from among the correct answers, you will win some gifts from The Augusta Chronicle.

School thanks partners for helping with pupils' education
With small classroom sizes and a Christian curriculum, pupils at Heritage Academy learn a different kind of ABCs: academic excellence, Bible-based curriculum and Christian character.

Around the block
The Skaggs Family Christmas concert will begin at 7:30 tonight at the Imperial Theatre, 750 Broad St. Tickets cost $40. Call 722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

Knight time: Girl Scouts sample medieval customs
It was easy for Kathi Hardwick to get her daughter to attend Medieval Event: Love and Honor at Camp Tanglewood on Saturday.

Toys for Tots drive brightens Christmas for many needy families
The Marine Corps Reserve Center on Central Avenue in Augusta was brimming with toys Saturday morning.

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information.

Rotarians get festive at St. John Towers
Several residents from St. John Towers gathered in the first-floor dining room to celebrate a holiday party with the Augusta West Rotary Club.

Cambridge residents are expecting growth trend
With its newly constructed homes, neatly maintained lawns and its diverse residents, Cambridge in Hephzibah shines like a diamond in the rough.

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information.

Military Milestones
- Air Force Airman Tiara M. Watson, a 2002 graduate of Hephzibah High School and daughter of Linda G. Watson, of Hephzibah, has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Woman uses her art to express love for family and community
A woman of many talents, Sala Adenike shares her love for the arts with her family and community.

Calendar
BABES IN TOYLAND: 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Monte Sano Elementary School, 2164 Richmond Ave.; Augusta Players Youth Theatre production; $10 adults, $8 students and seniors older than 65, $6 ages 12 and younger; www.augustaplayers.com or 826-4707

Knight time: Girl Scouts sample medieval customs
It was easy for Kathi Hardwick to get her daughter to attend Medieval Event: Love and Honor at Camp Tanglewood on Saturday.

Can you find?
This roofline has stood the test of time in Augusta. If you think you know where it is, call 823-3708 by 2 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2005, and leave your name, phone number and how to spell your name. If your name is picked from among the correct answers, you will win some gifts from The Augusta Chronicle.

School thanks partners for helping with pupils' education
With small classroom sizes and a Christian curriculum, pupils at Heritage Academy learn a different kind of ABCs: academic excellence, Bible-based curriculum and Christian character.

Around the block
The Skaggs Family Christmas concert will begin at 7:30 tonight at the Imperial Theatre, 750 Broad St. Tickets cost $40. Call 722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

Cambridge residents are expecting growth trend
With its newly constructed homes, neatly maintained lawns and its diverse residents, Cambridge in Hephzibah shines like a diamond in the rough.

Teen spreads warmth by collecting coats
For the second year in a row, Anne Randall Hatcher wants to make a difference in the community by collecting winter coats to give to the less fortunate.

Teen spreads warmth by collecting coats
For the second year in a row, Anne Randall Hatcher wants to make a difference in the community by collecting winter coats to give to the less fortunate.

Rotarians get festive at St. John Towers
Several residents from St. John Towers gathered in the first-floor dining room to celebrate a holiday party with the Augusta West Rotary Club.

Youths perform in holiday concerts
Two nights of orchestra Christmas concerts kicked off Monday with the youngest string players in Richmond County.

Milestones
Bryan Patrick Davis, of Hephzibah, a 2005 graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts School and son of Bruce and Patricia Davis, has been selected for membership in the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Across the river
HONK! auditions: 6:30 p.m. today ; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; bring a song and be prepared to perform a dance routine and read from the script; bring sheet musical only, no compact discs; 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, indictments, juvenile sentencings, paroles, dui convictions, divorces and marriage license applications.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results Dec, 5-11

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through Tuesday.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results Dec, 5-11

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through Tuesday.

Military Milestones
- Air Force Airman Tiara M. Watson, a 2002 graduate of Hephzibah High School and daughter of Linda G. Watson, of Hephzibah, has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Across the river
HONK! auditions: 6:30 p.m. today ; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; bring a song and be prepared to perform a dance routine and read from the script; bring sheet musical only, no compact discs; 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com

Calendar
BABES IN TOYLAND: 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Monte Sano Elementary School, 2164 Richmond Ave.; Augusta Players Youth Theatre production; $10 adults, $8 students and seniors older than 65, $6 ages 12 and younger; www.augustaplayers.com or 826-4707

Youths perform in holiday concerts
Two nights of orchestra Christmas concerts kicked off Monday with the youngest string players in Richmond County.

Army announces its 'best of year' winners
Fort Gordon saluted the best of its best Dec. 8 at Conrad Hall.

Army announces its 'best of year' winners
Fort Gordon saluted the best of its best Dec. 8 at Conrad Hall.

Milestones
Bryan Patrick Davis, of Hephzibah, a 2005 graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts School and son of Bruce and Patricia Davis, has been selected for membership in the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Calendar

Cambridge residents are expecting growth trend

Teen spreads warmth by collecting coats

Woman uses her art to express love for family and community

School thanks partners for helping with pupils' education

Around the block

Military Milestones

School lunch menus

Across the river

Youths perform in holiday concerts

Army announces its 'best of year' winners

Toys for Tots drive brightens Christmas for many needy families

CSRA Bridge Results

Milestones

Rotarians get festive at St. John Towers

Meetings

For the record

Can you find?

Knight time: Girl Scouts sample medieval customs

BCS actually worked in'05

Trophy has ties to Aiken woman's father

Gadgets often pull scenes out from under actors

"CBS Evening News" showing signs of life
NEW YORK - While waiting to hear from Katie Couric, the "CBS Evening News" has been showing signs of life.

'NCIS' not boxed in by crime series conventions
LOS ANGELES - Three cameras roll simultaneously, capturing different views of a forensic team investigating a crime scene amid huge shipping containers at Los Angeles Harbor.

Alleged bigamist spotted on TV, arrested
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man wanted on a bigamy charge was arrested after a woman watching an episode of the "Dr. Phil" show about the case saw his picture - and recognized her sister's boyfriend.

Alleged bigamist spotted on TV, arrested

ABC promotes George Stephanopoulos
NEW YORK - ABC News has appointed "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos as its chief Washington correspondent, adding duties to his weekly job at the helm of the Sunday morning political talk show.

CBS keeps season-long winning streak intact
NEW YORK - CBS maintained its winning ways for a 12th week, eclipsing its rivals and building on its unbroken record this season.

"CBS Evening News" showing signs of life
NEW YORK - While waiting to hear from Katie Couric, the "CBS Evening News" has been showing signs of life.

ABC promotes George Stephanopoulos
NEW YORK - ABC News has appointed "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos as its chief Washington correspondent, adding duties to his weekly job at the helm of the Sunday morning political talk show.

'NCIS' not boxed in by crime series conventions
LOS ANGELES - Three cameras roll simultaneously, capturing different views of a forensic team investigating a crime scene amid huge shipping containers at Los Angeles Harbor.

Alleged bigamist spotted on TV, arrested
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man wanted on a bigamy charge was arrested after a woman watching an episode of the "Dr. Phil" show about the case saw his picture - and recognized her sister's boyfriend.

CBS keeps season-long winning streak intact
NEW YORK - CBS maintained its winning ways for a 12th week, eclipsing its rivals and building on its unbroken record this season.

Martha Stewart's daytime talk show renewed

CBS keeps season-long winning streak intact

'NCIS' not boxed in by crime series conventions

Carol Burnett stacks up a 4th version of "Mattress"
LOS ANGELES - For Carol Burnett, once around with "Once Upon a Mattress" was far from enough.

"CBS Evening News" showing signs of life

Carol Burnett stacks up a 4th version of "Mattress"
LOS ANGELES - For Carol Burnett, once around with "Once Upon a Mattress" was far from enough.

Carol Burnett stacks up a 4th version of "Mattress"

ABC promotes George Stephanopoulos

Martha Stewart's daytime talk show renewed
NEW YORK - With the renewal of her daytime show, "Martha," for a second season, Martha Stewart is batting.500 in her post-prison television comeback.

Martha Stewart's daytime talk show renewed
NEW YORK - With the renewal of her daytime show, "Martha," for a second season, Martha Stewart is batting.500 in her post-prison television comeback.

Seasonal thoughts

James Dean museum to close at end of the month

Xbox 360 launch titles range from intense to disappointing

'SOCOM, Mario Kart' among titles for handheld systems

Lindsay Lohan's parents reach divorce settlement

Ex-employee sues Dave Chappelle

Applause calendar

Spotted

Club calendar

People in the News

3 Bulldogs make All-America team
ATLANTA - The Georgia Bulldogs lead the state with three players selected to The Associated Press All-America team released on Tuesday, while Calvin Johnson headed Georgia Tech as a second teamer.

3 Bulldogs make All-America team

3 Bulldogs make All-America team
ATLANTA - The Georgia Bulldogs lead the state with three players selected to The Associated Press All-America team released on Tuesday, while Calvin Johnson headed Georgia Tech as a second teamer.

Gadgets often pull scenes out from under actors
Sometimes, it's all about the hardware.

Gadgets often pull scenes out from under actors
Sometimes, it's all about the hardware.

Gadgets often pull scenes out from under actors
Sometimes, it's all about the hardware.

Could Gamecock win signal revival?

Could Gamecock win signal revival?
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The two seasons coach Susan Walvius led South Carolina into the NCAA tournament, the Gamecocks gave an early glimpse they were coming on strong with wins over ranked teams Duke and Boston College.

South Carolina stops Gophers

Could Gamecock win signal revival?
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The two seasons coach Susan Walvius led South Carolina into the NCAA tournament, the Gamecocks gave an early glimpse they were coming on strong with wins over ranked teams Duke and Boston College.

South Carolina stops Gophers
COLUMBIA - Junior Shannel Harris matched her season total of 13 points and South Carolina ended a 17-game losing streak against ranked teams with a 79-61 victory over No. 14 Minnesota on Tuesday night.

South Carolina stops Gophers
COLUMBIA - Junior Shannel Harris matched her season total of 13 points and South Carolina ended a 17-game losing streak against ranked teams with a 79-61 victory over No. 14 Minnesota on Tuesday night.

12-hole course idea could save money
Prestwick 12 is a golf course concept whose time has come - or, more accurately, come back.

12-hole course idea could save money
Prestwick 12 is a golf course concept whose time has come - or, more accurately, come back.

CSRA Bridge Results

Pet of the week

Meetings

Calendar

Across the river

Play conveys true meaning of Christmas

Secondary roads have proven lethal

Recreation calendar

Adult literacy sites

Toys for Tots drive is going strong

Aiken Prep pupils once slept out on the porches

Around the block

Girl Scouts enjoy chivalrous outing

School lunch menus

Library schedule

First Steps could get more funds from state

Recreation

Farmers market

Bill mandates spending level for classroom instruction

Pope decries stalled disarmament efforts