Around the block
Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6-9 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Dec. 1-8. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Around the block
Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6-9 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken.

New system speeds up fingerprint identification
It takes less than an hour for forensic detectives on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to solve the crime of the week using equipment that can identify a suspect or victim using only the faintest hint of a fingerprint taken from some of the most unlikely places.

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

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

Silver Bluff player busy year-round
In a rebuilding year for Silver Bluff High School's volleyball team, coach Kim Kirk counted on her three seniors to mentor the team's seven freshmen.

New Busbee principal knows value of educators
A soccer game with youngsters in Tanzania proved to be an enlightening experience for John Mills.

Reunion will involve historic black schools
Historic Aiken Foundation is inviting people associated with Aiken County's historic black schools to a reunion.

Reunion will involve historic black schools
Historic Aiken Foundation is inviting people associated with Aiken County's historic black schools to a reunion.

Recreational activities
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

Kissing Santa
Santa gets a kiss from Lula Parker, a resident at We Care residential facility in New Ellenton.

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

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

Pet of the week
Hannah, 1-year-old female collie mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

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

Aiken receives traffic safety award
The AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety recently named Aiken a 2005 Traffic Safety Community, one of 15 cities in South Carolina to receive the award.

New Busbee principal knows value of educators
A soccer game with youngsters in Tanzania proved to be an enlightening experience for John Mills.

Events
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM

Aiken receives traffic safety award
The AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety recently named Aiken a 2005 Traffic Safety Community, one of 15 cities in South Carolina to receive the award.

New system speeds up fingerprint identification
It takes less than an hour for forensic detectives on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to solve the crime of the week using equipment that can identify a suspect or victim using only the faintest hint of a fingerprint taken from some of the most unlikely places.

Ordinance on trees is fine-tuned by council
Aiken City Council amended its tree-preservation zoning ordinance Monday, but the regulations still might receive tweaking.

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

Silver Bluff player busy year-round
In a rebuilding year for Silver Bluff High School's volleyball team, coach Kim Kirk counted on her three seniors to mentor the team's seven freshmen.

Events
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM

Pet of the week
Hannah, 1-year-old female collie mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Library hours
JACKSON BRANCH LIBRARYHOURS: 1-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2-6 p.m. Tuesday

Across the river
AUGUST WILSON'S TWO TRAINS RUNNING: 7 p.m. today; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; Lucy Craft Laney Heritage Theater production; $15 adults, $10 students, 724-3576

Across the river
AUGUST WILSON'S TWO TRAINS RUNNING: 7 p.m. today; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; Lucy Craft Laney Heritage Theater production; $15 adults, $10 students, 724-3576

Upcomig events
Aiken County Heritage Clint Bryant Skills and Drills Basketball Clinic: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; Riverview Park Activities Center, 101 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta; $85, includes lunch and a T-shirt; open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade; limited space; 737-6888

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Dec. 1-8. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Recreational activities
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

Kissing Santa
Santa gets a kiss from Lula Parker, a resident at We Care residential facility in New Ellenton.

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

Ordinance on trees is fine-tuned by council
Aiken City Council amended its tree-preservation zoning ordinance Monday, but the regulations still might receive tweaking.

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

Library hours
JACKSON BRANCH LIBRARYHOURS: 1-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2-6 p.m. Tuesday

Upcomig events
Aiken County Heritage Clint Bryant Skills and Drills Basketball Clinic: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; Riverview Park Activities Center, 101 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta; $85, includes lunch and a T-shirt; open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade; limited space; 737-6888

Thriller fans would walk a mile for 'Camel Club'

Readers will feel the love in new books
Valentine's Day is still many weeks away, but love can be found now, in the titles of three new nonfiction books.

Readers will feel the love in new books

Author tells how terrorists killed Russia's Czar
Before Mikhail Gorbachev and his reforms that brought an end to the Soviet Union, there was Czar Alexander II, who freed Russia's 23 million serfs, introduced trial by jury, ended the whipping of army recruits and first introduced "glasnost."

Author talks about the suffering of others, and her own
NEW YORK - Her skin is flawless. It appears particularly luminous on this dark, rainy morning. She is wearing a Mandarin collared shirt adorned with small metallic Buddhas, a gift from a well-known Hong Kong designer. With her silver bracelets and pendant earrings, Amy Tan looks like she's about to step out for a typical New York evening.

Author tells how terrorists killed Russia's Czar

Author tells how terrorists killed Russia's Czar
Before Mikhail Gorbachev and his reforms that brought an end to the Soviet Union, there was Czar Alexander II, who freed Russia's 23 million serfs, introduced trial by jury, ended the whipping of army recruits and first introduced "glasnost."

Readers will feel the love in new books
Valentine's Day is still many weeks away, but love can be found now, in the titles of three new nonfiction books.

Thriller fans would walk a mile for 'Camel Club'
If you're craving a political thriller that holds your attention from beginning to end, then David Baldacci's "The Camel Club" is the book for you.

Thriller fans would walk a mile for 'Camel Club'
If you're craving a political thriller that holds your attention from beginning to end, then David Baldacci's "The Camel Club" is the book for you.

Author talks about the suffering of others, and her own
NEW YORK - Her skin is flawless. It appears particularly luminous on this dark, rainy morning. She is wearing a Mandarin collared shirt adorned with small metallic Buddhas, a gift from a well-known Hong Kong designer. With her silver bracelets and pendant earrings, Amy Tan looks like she's about to step out for a typical New York evening.

Author talks about the suffering of others, and her own

A's owners wants to buy expansion team

A's owners wants to buy expansion team
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The owners of the Oakland Athletics expressed a keen interest Friday in purchasing an expansion franchise from Major League Soccer to quickly return the sport to San Jose.

Yankees acquire Marlins' Villone
While Nomar Garciaparra kept the Yankees waiting yet another day, the club took care of unfinished business in the bullpen by acquiring Ron Villone from the Marlins.

A's owners wants to buy expansion team
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The owners of the Oakland Athletics expressed a keen interest Friday in purchasing an expansion franchise from Major League Soccer to quickly return the sport to San Jose.

Yankees acquire Marlins' Villone
While Nomar Garciaparra kept the Yankees waiting yet another day, the club took care of unfinished business in the bullpen by acquiring Ron Villone from the Marlins.

Yankees acquire Marlins' Villone

Santa makes time for pups, too

Stephen Carter, III
Diana Holmes and Stephen Carter, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Stephen, born December 2, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Brodie Hughes Chapman
Kalyn Chavous and Matthew Chapman are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brodie Hughes, born December 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Fred Vaughn Jennings
Ashley G. and Fred V. Jennings, Jr., of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Fred Vaughn (Trey), born October 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tamia Danyae Barleston

Joey Peyton Braddy
Erin Merchant and Joey Braddy are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joey Peyton, born November 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Bailee Gay

Raymond Lee Mann
Rashawn Mitchell Bennett and Raymond Lee Mann II, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Raymond Lee, born November 3, 2005 at University Hospital.

Hannah Rose Gay

Stephen Carter, III
Diana Holmes and Stephen Carter, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Stephen, born December 2, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Carmen Lea Smith

Dylan Bobby Mock

Sarah Anne Moore

Fred Vaughn Jennings
Ashley G. and Fred V. Jennings, Jr., of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Fred Vaughn (Trey), born October 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jace Lowen Anderson

Brodie Hughes Chapman
Kalyn Chavous and Matthew Chapman are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brodie Hughes, born December 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jaheim K

Joey Peyton Braddy

Carter Alison Cullipher
Lee G. and Dawn Carter Cullipher, of Lincolnton, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carter Alison, born November 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Fred Vaughn Jennings

Jace Lowen Anderson
Shaun Paul and Deidra Marie Anderson, of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jace Lowen, born November 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

TaMyrie Kay Stallwood

William Mason Wheatley
William Bruce and Sheila Davis Wheatley, of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Mason, born November 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay

Julie-Kate Izabelle Rote
Joshua Colin and Jenna Marie Rote, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Julie-Kate Izabelle.

Carter Alison Cullipher

Nativia Cullars
Errol J. and Jennifer V. Cullars, of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Nativia, born November 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Savanah Nicole Lewis

Carmen Lea Smith
William Donald and Jolene Marie Smith III, of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carmen Lea, born November 25, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tina Friederike Luise

Jace Lowen Anderson
Shaun Paul and Deidra Marie Anderson, of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jace Lowen, born November 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Julie-Kate Izabelle Rote

William Mason Wheatley
William Bruce and Sheila Davis Wheatley, of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Mason, born November 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Lawrence Bowen Broderick

Hannah Rose Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet daughter, Hannah Rose, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

Michaela Claire Buckley

Madison Taylor Hall
Brian and Susan Hall, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Taylor, born November 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brodie Hughes Chapman

Julie-Kate Izabelle Rote
Joshua Colin and Jenna Marie Rote, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Julie-Kate Izabelle.

Emilie Grace Daskal

Michaela Briann Rhodes
Michael Harrison and Shaun Hargis Rhodes, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Michael Briann.

Dylan Gordon Floyd

Jaheim Kémati Thomas
Tiajuana Burns and Jermaine Thomas are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaheim Kémati, born November 22, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Stephen Carter, III

Tamia Danyae Barleston
Lonnie Antone and Tammie Denell Barleston, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tamia Danyae, born December 3, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Taylor Hall

Dylan Bobby Mock
Rebecca Sanders and John Mock are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Bobby, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nativia Cullars

Emilie Grace Daskal
Edward Joseph and Leah Robinson Daskal, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emilie Grace, born November 9, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Raymond Lee Mann

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet son, Jefferson Trowbridge (J.T.), born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

William Mason Wheatley

Liam Patrick Bohannon
Loney John and Leah Celeste Bohannon, Jr., of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Liam Patrick, born November 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Hannah Rose Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet daughter, Hannah Rose, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

Lawrence Bowen Broderick
Lawrence E. and Cassandra D. Broderick, of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lawrence Bowen, born December 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Bailee Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet daughter, Rachel Bailee, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

TaMyrie Kay Stallwood
Shandrea Goolsby and Thomas Stallwood are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, TaMyrie Kay, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Raymond Lee Mann
Rashawn Mitchell Bennett and Raymond Lee Mann II, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Raymond Lee, born November 3, 2005 at University Hospital.

Tina Friederike Luise
Michael S. and Amie J. Davis, Sr., of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tina Friederike Luise, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Carter Alison Cullipher
Lee G. and Dawn Carter Cullipher, of Lincolnton, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carter Alison, born November 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Anne Moore
James G. and Sheryl J. Moore, of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Anne, born October 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Dylan Gordon Floyd
John Gordon and Kimberly Langham Floyd, Jr., of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Gordon, born November 9, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jaheim Kémati Thomas
Tiajuana Burns and Jermaine Thomas are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaheim Kémati, born November 22, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Taylor Hall
Brian and Susan Hall, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Taylor, born November 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tamia Danyae Barleston
Lonnie Antone and Tammie Denell Barleston, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tamia Danyae, born December 3, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Savanah Nicole Lewis
Nicholas Byron and Sandi Irene Lewis, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savanah Nicole.

Dylan Bobby Mock
Rebecca Sanders and John Mock are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Bobby, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Liam Patrick Bohannon
Loney John and Leah Celeste Bohannon, Jr., of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Liam Patrick, born November 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Emilie Grace Daskal
Edward Joseph and Leah Robinson Daskal, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emilie Grace, born November 9, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Michaela Claire Buckley
Paul Vincent and Jennifer Elizabeth Buckley, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Michaela Claire, born November 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet son, Jefferson Trowbridge (J.T.), born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

Lawrence Bowen Broderick
Lawrence E. and Cassandra D. Broderick, of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lawrence Bowen, born December 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Bailee Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet daughter, Rachel Bailee, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

Nativia Cullars
Errol J. and Jennifer V. Cullars, of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Nativia, born November 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Dylan Gordon Floyd
John Gordon and Kimberly Langham Floyd, Jr., of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Gordon, born November 9, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

TaMyrie Kay Stallwood
Shandrea Goolsby and Thomas Stallwood are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, TaMyrie Kay, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Savanah Nicole Lewis
Nicholas Byron and Sandi Irene Lewis, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savanah Nicole.

Joey Peyton Braddy
Erin Merchant and Joey Braddy are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joey Peyton, born November 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Michaela Briann Rhodes
Michael Harrison and Shaun Hargis Rhodes, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Michael Briann.

Tina Friederike Luise
Michael S. and Amie J. Davis, Sr., of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tina Friederike Luise, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Liam Patrick Bohannon

Carmen Lea Smith
William Donald and Jolene Marie Smith III, of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carmen Lea, born November 25, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Anne Moore
James G. and Sheryl J. Moore, of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Anne, born October 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Michaela Briann Rhodes

Michaela Claire Buckley
Paul Vincent and Jennifer Elizabeth Buckley, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Michaela Claire, born November 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 23-Dec. 6. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Howard Stern and free speech? Not after today

Company proposes high-rise building

On the move

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses from Richmond County for November:

Morris buys Marine Room building downtown
Raucous revelry at the Marine Room is over.

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses from Richmond County for November:

Howard Stern and free speech? Not after today
Howard Stern, a New York radio fixture for 20 years and host of a syndicated show for 12 million daily listeners, bid farewell to his fans with a final show on terrestrial radio. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to satellite radio - where his once-free speech will cost listeners $12.95 a month.

Business licenses

Treasury announces new rules on money laundering
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department has finalized rules requiring banks, securities dealers and other financial institutions to take steps to detect money-laundering or other dubious transactions in accounts they maintain for foreign customers.

Area bankruptcy filings fall since new law takes effect
There has been a steep decline in area bankruptcy filings since tougher new laws took effect Oct. 17.

First Chinese automaker to display at Detroit show
DETROIT - The Motor City will see some proof of the Chinese auto industry's growing ambitions next month when Geely Automobile Co. becomes the first Chinese automaker to have a display at the Detroit auto show.

On the move
Shaun Feeser has joined Advanced Mortgage & Investment Corp. as a loan originating specialist and will be responsible for mortgage loan generation. He was previously employed by Wells Fargo Financial and has more than three years of mortgage experience.

Business briefs
Federal Way, Wash. - Weyerhaeuser co., one of the nation's largest producers of lumber and paper products, has announced plans to close or sell plants in eight u.s. states and two Canadian provinces, the latest in a series of cutbacks since a steep drop in third-quarter profits.

Area bankruptcy filings fall since new law takes effect
There has been a steep decline in area bankruptcy filings since tougher new laws took effect Oct. 17.

Company proposes high-rise building
An Atlanta developer is seeking permission from Richmond County to build a high-rise condominium building at the National Hills shopping center as part of a plan to renovate the aging property into an upscale mixed-use development.

Treasury announces new rules on money laundering

Morris buys Marine Room building downtown
Raucous revelry at the Marine Room is over.

First Chinese automaker to display at Detroit show

Treasury announces new rules on money laundering
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department has finalized rules requiring banks, securities dealers and other financial institutions to take steps to detect money-laundering or other dubious transactions in accounts they maintain for foreign customers.

Business calendar
- Jan 12, 19 and 26: CPIM Review Course by the APICS CSRA Chapter; contact Patti Lee at (706) 868-3811 for registration information.

Area bankruptcy filings fall since new law takes effect

Business briefs

Biz bites

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 23-Dec. 6. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Company proposes high-rise building
An Atlanta developer is seeking permission from Richmond County to build a high-rise condominium building at the National Hills shopping center as part of a plan to renovate the aging property into an upscale mixed-use development.

Biz bites
Nearly half the workers (48 percent) surveyed in a poll on corporate gifts said their gifts were duds.

Business calendar

On the move
Shaun Feeser has joined Advanced Mortgage & Investment Corp. as a loan originating specialist and will be responsible for mortgage loan generation. He was previously employed by Wells Fargo Financial and has more than three years of mortgage experience.

Richmond County property transfers

Business calendar
- Jan 12, 19 and 26: CPIM Review Course by the APICS CSRA Chapter; contact Patti Lee at (706) 868-3811 for registration information.

Howard Stern and free speech? Not after today
Howard Stern, a New York radio fixture for 20 years and host of a syndicated show for 12 million daily listeners, bid farewell to his fans with a final show on terrestrial radio. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to satellite radio - where his once-free speech will cost listeners $12.95 a month.

Biz bites
Nearly half the workers (48 percent) surveyed in a poll on corporate gifts said their gifts were duds.

First Chinese automaker to display at Detroit show
DETROIT - The Motor City will see some proof of the Chinese auto industry's growing ambitions next month when Geely Automobile Co. becomes the first Chinese automaker to have a display at the Detroit auto show.

Business briefs
Federal Way, Wash. - Weyerhaeuser co., one of the nation's largest producers of lumber and paper products, has announced plans to close or sell plants in eight u.s. states and two Canadian provinces, the latest in a series of cutbacks since a steep drop in third-quarter profits.

Morris buys Marine Room building downtown

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 18, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Saturday, December 17, 2005.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 18, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Saturday, December 17, 2005.

Many officials sound a lot like Scrooge

Many officials sound a lot like Scrooge
Here we are a few days before Christmas when visions of sugarplums should be dancing in our heads, and our city officials are gearing up for battle.

Many officials sound a lot like Scrooge
Here we are a few days before Christmas when visions of sugarplums should be dancing in our heads, and our city officials are gearing up for battle.

Florida's Dickey reclaims backup QB spot
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Gavin Dickey will serve as Florida's backup quarterback in the Outback Bowl against No. 25 Iowa.

Alabama hoping to fix problems before Cotton Bowl

Atlanta expansion?
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl has its ninth consecutive sellout and its most attractive matchup based on rankings, but Gary Stokan dreams of even bigger days.

Florida's Dickey reclaims backup QB spot
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Gavin Dickey will serve as Florida's backup quarterback in the Outback Bowl against No. 25 Iowa.

Alabama hoping to fix problems before Cotton Bowl
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A month later, Brodie Croyle knows the Iron Bowl humbling is what lingers most for Alabama fans about this season.

Alabama hoping to fix problems before Cotton Bowl
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A month later, Brodie Croyle knows the Iron Bowl humbling is what lingers most for Alabama fans about this season.

Atlanta expansion?
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl has its ninth consecutive sellout and its most attractive matchup based on rankings, but Gary Stokan dreams of even bigger days.

Peach Bowl dropping "Peach" from its name
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl will have a new name in 2006 - the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Atlanta expansion?

Peach Bowl dropping "Peach" from its name
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl will have a new name in 2006 - the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Peach Bowl dropping "Peach" from its name

Florida's Dickey reclaims backup QB spot

Jags even the score

Lady Jags sneak by Pantherettes

Jags have Lions' number

Telfer's play lost in bad start for Augusta State

Bowman captains Augusta State air show

Help fight unnatural disasters too
Not all disasters can be readily seen. They don't all blow trees over, or put houses under water, or shake the ground beneath your feet.

Fix the awful minimum tax
This was not the year for major tax changes. That much became obvious after the president's Tax Reform Commission wimped out on proposing any serious overhaul of the tax code - such as getting rid of the IRS by replacing the current system with a national sales tax.

Needling the vaccine makers
Private enterprise gets a bad reputation when it seemingly puts greed ahead of the social good. When that happens it gives Big Government a rationale to step in and take control, usually making matters worse.

A long wait ended

A long wait ended
When justice isn't swift, it can feel awfully unsure.

Help fight unnatural disasters too

A long wait ended
When justice isn't swift, it can feel awfully unsure.

Fix the awful minimum tax
This was not the year for major tax changes. That much became obvious after the president's Tax Reform Commission wimped out on proposing any serious overhaul of the tax code - such as getting rid of the IRS by replacing the current system with a national sales tax.

Needling the vaccine makers
Private enterprise gets a bad reputation when it seemingly puts greed ahead of the social good. When that happens it gives Big Government a rationale to step in and take control, usually making matters worse.

Needling the vaccine makers

Help fight unnatural disasters too
Not all disasters can be readily seen. They don't all blow trees over, or put houses under water, or shake the ground beneath your feet.

History in the making
When will the American news media ever get it?

Fix the awful minimum tax

History in the making

History in the making
When will the American news media ever get it?

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ashlee Simpson collapsed following a performance in Tokyo and has been hospitalized.

Hatcher wins libel payout from British tabloid
LONDON - "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher has accepted libel damages from a tabloid that claimed she regularly had sex with men in a van outside her home, her lawyer told a court Friday.

Samuel L. Jackson to receive Dream Keeper Award
LOS ANGELES - Samuel L. Jackson will be honored by the I Have A Dream Foundation for his commitment to education, both on film and in real life.

Samuel L. Jackson to receive Dream Keeper Award
LOS ANGELES - Samuel L. Jackson will be honored by the I Have A Dream Foundation for his commitment to education, both on film and in real life.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ashlee Simpson collapsed following a performance in Tokyo and has been hospitalized.

Hatcher wins libel payout from British tabloid
LONDON - "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher has accepted libel damages from a tabloid that claimed she regularly had sex with men in a van outside her home, her lawyer told a court Friday.

IRS to reduce telephone help hours

IRS to reduce telephone help hours
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service will reduce the time that taxpayers can get help through toll-free telephone lines next spring, shaving the operating time by three hours a day.

IRS to reduce telephone help hours
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service will reduce the time that taxpayers can get help through toll-free telephone lines next spring, shaving the operating time by three hours a day.

Fisher has five-shot lead in South Africa
GEORGE, South Africa - Ross Fisher shot a 3-under-par 70 to lead by five shots Friday after the second round of the South African Open.

Fisher has five-shot lead in South Africa

Fisher has five-shot lead in South Africa
GEORGE, South Africa - Ross Fisher shot a 3-under-par 70 to lead by five shots Friday after the second round of the South African Open.

Tigers star easy pick as the top defender

2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team

GHSA state football team

Friday's prep basketball scores

Tigers star easy pick as the top defender
Washington-Wilkes had a standout defensive tackle this year. Markeith Wylie stood out because of the hopeless would-be blockers he knocked down.

GHSA state football team
CLASS AAAA

2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team
Area selections to the 2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team:

2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team
Area selections to the 2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team:

Tigers star easy pick as the top defender
Washington-Wilkes had a standout defensive tackle this year. Markeith Wylie stood out because of the hopeless would-be blockers he knocked down.

GHSA state football team
CLASS AAAA

Sabres top Penguins in OT
PITTSBURGH - Buffalo's Chris Drury scored on a rebound in overtime and Martin Biron became the first NHL goalie in eight years to win 12 consecutive starts, helping the Sabres ruin Michel Therrien's debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach with a 4-3 victory Friday night.

Late flurry lifts Atlanta to win

Late flurry lifts Atlanta to win
ATLANTA - Ilya Kovalchuk and Jim Slater scored 17 seconds apart in the third period and the Atlanta Thrashers beat Florida, 2-1 on Saturday, the Panthers' 13th consecutive road loss.

Sabres top Penguins in OT
PITTSBURGH - Buffalo's Chris Drury scored on a rebound in overtime and Martin Biron became the first NHL goalie in eight years to win 12 consecutive starts, helping the Sabres ruin Michel Therrien's debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach with a 4-3 victory Friday night.

Sabres top Penguins in OT

Late flurry lifts Atlanta to win
ATLANTA - Ilya Kovalchuk and Jim Slater scored 17 seconds apart in the third period and the Atlanta Thrashers beat Florida, 2-1 on Saturday, the Panthers' 13th consecutive road loss.

Santa makes time for pups, too
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it. -- Sam Levenson

Santa makes time for pups, too
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it. -- Sam Levenson

Pray that Iraq war ends soon
One of the most profound questions human beings face is "why?" In the Bible, Job searched for an answer to why he suffered so much, but God never gave him the answer. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Dems are intentionally eroding morale
At long last we have found the WMDs - weapons of morale destruction. No, they were not in Iraq. They were right here in our own back yard. Bob Groothand, Augusta

Democrats' party chair should resign
As I watched the Today show recently, I was impressed with Sens. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Both appeared fully aware of the problems in Iraq, and maintained a willingness of agreement. Dale Sylvester, North Augusta, S.C.

Democrats' party chair should resign
As I watched the Today show recently, I was impressed with Sens. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Both appeared fully aware of the problems in Iraq, and maintained a willingness of agreement. Dale Sylvester, North Augusta, S.C.

Local voters must get past race
Regarding the letter by Tracy E. Williams Jr. ("Support new mayor, and always vote," Dec 13): James D. Wiggins, North Augusta, S.C.

Local voters must get past race

Bush presidency is sheer torture
Has anyone ever seen such refined hypocrisy as that being practiced by Republicans today? President Clinton's little sex fib threatened the very foundations of the nation, while Bush's lies to get us into war in Iraq don't matter. They are telling us that it is a waste of time to think of it now. Vernon Johnson, Mesena

Don't let anti-Christian movement spread

Illegal immigration harms nation
As we Americans stand idly by with our hands in our pockets whistling Dixie, one administration after another has allowed more than 16 million illegal aliens to enter our country. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Illegal immigration harms nation

Local voters must get past race
Regarding the letter by Tracy E. Williams Jr. ("Support new mayor, and always vote," Dec 13): James D. Wiggins, North Augusta, S.C.

Pray that Iraq war ends soon

Illegal immigration harms nation
As we Americans stand idly by with our hands in our pockets whistling Dixie, one administration after another has allowed more than 16 million illegal aliens to enter our country. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Seat belt law is needlessly intrusive
A South Carolina law went into effect recently that allows police to stop your vehicle solely because you don't have your seat belt fastened. Steve Brock, Aiken, S.C.

Keep an eye on what ACLU does
Regarding two posts in your Rants and Raves section Friday: Bud Putnam, Thomson

Seat belt law is needlessly intrusive
A South Carolina law went into effect recently that allows police to stop your vehicle solely because you don't have your seat belt fastened. Steve Brock, Aiken, S.C.

Don't let anti-Christian movement spread
In reference to the move to take Christ out of Christmas, we must remember Jesus is the reason for the season. As Christians, we do have the right of free speech and freedom of religion. Joseph Jackson, Augusta

Dems are intentionally eroding morale
At long last we have found the WMDs - weapons of morale destruction. No, they were not in Iraq. They were right here in our own back yard. Bob Groothand, Augusta

Pray that Iraq war ends soon
One of the most profound questions human beings face is "why?" In the Bible, Job searched for an answer to why he suffered so much, but God never gave him the answer. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Seat belt law is needlessly intrusive

Keep an eye on what ACLU does
Regarding two posts in your Rants and Raves section Friday: Bud Putnam, Thomson

Dems are intentionally eroding morale

Keep an eye on what ACLU does

Democrats' party chair should resign

Bush presidency is sheer torture
Has anyone ever seen such refined hypocrisy as that being practiced by Republicans today? President Clinton's little sex fib threatened the very foundations of the nation, while Bush's lies to get us into war in Iraq don't matter. They are telling us that it is a waste of time to think of it now. Vernon Johnson, Mesena

Don't let anti-Christian movement spread
In reference to the move to take Christ out of Christmas, we must remember Jesus is the reason for the season. As Christians, we do have the right of free speech and freedom of religion. Joseph Jackson, Augusta

Bush presidency is sheer torture

Forethought can help holidays run smoothly

'Green' isn't just a color in fashion anymore

Nicaragua offers peaceful times for tourists

Living briefs

Travel briefs

Ask the Carey Brothers

Time brings changes to Myrtle Beach

Renewable hybrid wood rates high on hardness scale

Snowshoes evolve for racing and backcountry hiking

Icicles can bring chilling costs to your heating bill

Organic wool guidelines

Everything in the house says Christmas

Quick changes will make a successful nighttime outfit

'Green' isn't just a color in fashion anymore
NEW YORK - There's a segment of the organic goods market that buys things out of environmental consciousness, while others buy for the social values the organic industry promotes. Increasingly, though, organic goods are being bought by the average Joe, happy to get something green as long as it looks, feels and costs the same as the things he's used to.

Renewable hybrid wood rates high on hardness scale
The next time you're in the market for a hardwood floor, butcher block table or cutting board, keep the Janka scale in mind.

Living briefs
You can still entertain, even if you don't have a lot of room to maneuver.Coming Tuesday

Organic wool guidelines
What makes wool organic?

Travel briefs
CLEVELAND - A new museum about money debuts Jan. 3 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland when the bank opens to the public for the first time since Sept. 11, 2001.

Snowshoes evolve for racing and backcountry hiking
ALBANY, N.Y. - Over the past 30 years, snowshoes have shrunk. Once resembling huge wooden tennis rackets strung with catgut, most models now are about twice the length of your boot and only a few inches wider.

Icicles can bring chilling costs to your heating bill
Many of us get to see the coldest part of the season represented by beautiful strings of icicles fanned out along deck rails and roof overhangs.

'Green' isn't just a color in fashion anymore
NEW YORK - There's a segment of the organic goods market that buys things out of environmental consciousness, while others buy for the social values the organic industry promotes. Increasingly, though, organic goods are being bought by the average Joe, happy to get something green as long as it looks, feels and costs the same as the things he's used to.

Everything in the house says Christmas
Christmas is a marathon decorating event for Diane Lapsley. Until two years ago, she would stay up for two days straight and decorate every inch of her home.

Nicaragua offers peaceful times for tourists
SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua - I'm paddling down an estuary in a kayak that snakes through a private nature reserve. A sense of serenity washes over me as a group of white herons flocks to a marsh and the thunderous crash of waves from the Pacific Ocean rumbles in the distance.

Living briefs
You can still entertain, even if you don't have a lot of room to maneuver.Coming Tuesday

Travel briefs
CLEVELAND - A new museum about money debuts Jan. 3 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland when the bank opens to the public for the first time since Sept. 11, 2001.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We just moved into a new home that has Formica kitchen countertops. Our previous home had ceramic tile. Can you give me some tips on how to care for this surface? -- Ron

Snowshoes evolve for racing and backcountry hiking
ALBANY, N.Y. - Over the past 30 years, snowshoes have shrunk. Once resembling huge wooden tennis rackets strung with catgut, most models now are about twice the length of your boot and only a few inches wider.

Time brings changes 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 the Legends Tribute Theater with its large sign showing the Blues Brothers.

Organic wool guidelines
What makes wool organic?

Renewable hybrid wood rates high on hardness scale
The next time you're in the market for a hardwood floor, butcher block table or cutting board, keep the Janka scale in mind.

Quick changes will make a successful nighttime outfit
Everyone is busy, and the holidays tend to exacerbate that fast pace.

Quick changes will make a successful nighttime outfit
Everyone is busy, and the holidays tend to exacerbate that fast pace.

Everything in the house says Christmas
Christmas is a marathon decorating event for Diane Lapsley. Until two years ago, she would stay up for two days straight and decorate every inch of her home.

Forethought can help holidays run smoothly
Over the years, readers have requested tips for holiday entertaining. With Christmas Day in a week, I've decided to compile a list :

Forethought can help holidays run smoothly
Over the years, readers have requested tips for holiday entertaining. With Christmas Day in a week, I've decided to compile a list :

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We just moved into a new home that has Formica kitchen countertops. Our previous home had ceramic tile. Can you give me some tips on how to care for this surface? -- Ron

Time brings changes 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 the Legends Tribute Theater with its large sign showing the Blues Brothers.

Nicaragua offers peaceful times for tourists
SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua - I'm paddling down an estuary in a kayak that snakes through a private nature reserve. A sense of serenity washes over me as a group of white herons flocks to a marsh and the thunderous crash of waves from the Pacific Ocean rumbles in the distance.

Icicles can bring chilling costs to your heating bill
Many of us get to see the coldest part of the season represented by beautiful strings of icicles fanned out along deck rails and roof overhangs.

Lynx jumped by Checkers in 2nd
Facing a one-goal deficit midway through the third period Saturday night, the Lynx were given consecutive power play chances.

The Lynx vs. Checkers

The Lynx vs. Checkers
Nicolas Corbeil leads Augusta with 11 goals and 13 assists.

Lynx jumped by Checkers in 2nd

Lynx jumped by Checkers in 2nd
Facing a one-goal deficit midway through the third period Saturday night, the Lynx were given consecutive power play chances.

The Lynx vs. Checkers
Nicolas Corbeil leads Augusta with 11 goals and 13 assists.

Deadlines near to send holiday cheer

Fair trial impossible in area, lawyers say
Attorneys for an Atlanta area dentist accused of murder in Augusta and Gwinnett County told a judge Friday that their client's indictment was so delayed they doubt he can get a fair trial in Richmond County.

Fair trial impossible in area, lawyers say

Where we live
In 1914, the Aiken Hounds found their way into the hunt annals when Thomas Hitchcock and his wife, Louise, both avid hunters, purchased 3,000 acres now known as Hitchcock Woods and established miles of drag lines, known as the Old Aiken Drag, for their beagles to follow the scent of a fox that had been laid down.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have formally charged two men with murder in the Oct. 27 home invasion death of Melvin Dorsey and are searching for another, officials said Friday night.

News you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

Jobless mother seeks help for 3 children

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
James H. Brown, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Empty Stocking fund list

Case against former high school football players moved
A Superior Court judge on Friday ordered the cases against two former high school football players to be heard in Juvenile Court.

Across South Carolina
WALTERBORO - A Colleton County teenager has been charged with invading a family's home with four accomplices, trying to sexually assault the mother and threatening to kill her 3-year-old son, before fleeing in their minivan.

Police seek increase in inmate reimbursement
ATLANTA - Sheriffs across Georgia are appealing to state lawmakers to do something next year about state inmates overstaying their welcome in local jails.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Parents receive calendar survey

Where we live
In 1914, the Aiken Hounds found their way into the hunt annals when Thomas Hitchcock and his wife, Louise, both avid hunters, purchased 3,000 acres now known as Hitchcock Woods and established miles of drag lines, known as the Old Aiken Drag, for their beagles to follow the scent of a fox that had been laid down.

Empty stocking fund donations

Across the area
Woman reports armed robbery

News you can use
Breakfast with santa: Santa will have breakfast with children at 8:30 a.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. The event costs $2. Call (803) 642-7631.

News you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

Jobless mother seeks help for 3 children
A single mother from Aiken is having trouble finding a job and can't give her three children a happy holiday unless she receives some financial assistance.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Government seeks waste manager for SRS
AIKEN - Management responsibilities at Savannah River Site will be divided between two private contracts after 2006, a Department of Energy official said today.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day
James H. Brown, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

What won't they do for Xbox 360?

Flames damage empty apartment
A homeless person might have caused the fire that started in a vacant second-floor apartment on 15th Street on Friday night.

Empty Stocking; Holiday could be last for dying mother

Kid of the Day

Stronger truancy policy gets results

Police seek increase in inmate reimbursement

News you can use
Breakfast with santa: Santa will have breakfast with children at 8:30 a.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. The event costs $2. Call (803) 642-7631.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

House affirms stance on law

Across the region

Family says waiver may have helped child

Argument could lead to application's withdrawal

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have formally charged two men with murder in the Oct. 27 home invasion death of Melvin Dorsey and are searching for another, officials said Friday night.

Kid of the day
Jaylin Hollis

News you can use

Attorney raises questions on legality of board's vote
AIKEN - The Valley Public Service Authority board voted during a meeting this week to spend $5.9 million on a developer-installed water system for a large subdivision planned near Graniteville.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Site wants waste shipped away, but where will it go?

Argument could lead to application's withdrawal
Augusta has spent 10 years and $2.3 million trying to relicense its canal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - but on Friday the city threatened to withdraw its application unless a compromise can be reached over certain environmental issues.

Where we live

Man arrested at scene of crime
An Augusta man was arrested at the scene of a Columbia County robbery early Friday before he could make a getaway, police said.

Argument could lead to application's withdrawal
Augusta has spent 10 years and $2.3 million trying to relicense its canal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - but on Friday the city threatened to withdraw its application unless a compromise can be reached over certain environmental issues.

SRS management to be divided into 2 contracts
AIKEN - Management responsibilities at Savannah River Site will be divided between two private contracts after 2006, according to a Department of Energy notice posted Friday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Deadlines near to send holiday cheer
While Santa is getting ready for his busiest day of the year, workers for the U.S. Postal Service are doing the same.

Parents receive calendar survey
A debate popping up in school systems across Georgia is now in the hands of Richmond County parents.

Jobless mother seeks help for 3 children
A single mother from Aiken is having trouble finding a job and can't give her three children a happy holiday unless she receives some financial assistance.

What won't they do for Xbox 360?
Gamer Nathan Thomason waited an hour in line for Halo 2 last year, but early Saturday night, the experience had already paled in comparison to camping out for the most sought after system of the year, the Xbox 360.

Across Georgia
Ex-judge gets 5 years in child porn case

Stronger truancy policy gets results
The threat of fines and jail time is curbing truancy in Columbia County, officials say.

Panel to debate changes to law
COLUMBIA - Judy Ewing can picture the worst-case scenario. A person, convicted a third time of criminal domestic violence, sits in jail for a year or more, stewing - and plotting revenge.

Empty Stocking; Holiday could be last for dying mother
An Augusta woman needs help this year to make her dying mother's last Christmas a joyous one.

Slain man's wife grateful for arrests

Family says waiver may have helped child
AIKEN - The pattern was unmistakable.

Visitors bureau keeps seat open for Augusta

Site wants waste shipped away, but where will it go?
There are 49 tanks at Savannah River Site filled with liquid waste so radioactive that direct human contact would prove deadly.

Man arrested at scene of crime

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

Flames damage empty apartment

House affirms stance on law
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a piece of legislation that an Augusta congressman first introduced three years ago, allowing local police to enforce federal immigration law.

Groups differ on indigents' respite

Kid of the day
Jaylin Hollis

Attorney raises questions on legality of board's vote

What won't they do for Xbox 360?
Gamer Nathan Thomason waited an hour in line for Halo 2 last year, but early Saturday night, the experience had already paled in comparison to camping out for the most sought after system of the year, the Xbox 360.

SRS management to be divided into 2 contracts

House affirms stance on law
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a piece of legislation that an Augusta congressman first introduced three years ago, allowing local police to enforce federal immigration law.

Local soldier killed in Iraq

Groups differ on indigents' respite
When a cab took Rufus Bush from Medical College of Georgia Hospital this week and dropped him off outside The Salvation Army of Augusta, he was left with no coat and no shoes on his feet.

Case against former high school football players moved

Deadlines near to send holiday cheer
While Santa is getting ready for his busiest day of the year, workers for the U.S. Postal Service are doing the same.

Panel to debate changes to law

Fair trial impossible in area, lawyers say
Attorneys for an Atlanta area dentist accused of murder in Augusta and Gwinnett County told a judge Friday that their client's indictment was so delayed they doubt he can get a fair trial in Richmond County.

Across the region
MARIETTA, GA. - Cobb County police have identified the three people found shot to death inside a home Thursday.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $84,185.16

Panel to debate changes to law
COLUMBIA - Judy Ewing can picture the worst-case scenario. A person, convicted a third time of criminal domestic violence, sits in jail for a year or more, stewing - and plotting revenge.

Across South Carolina
WALTERBORO - A Colleton County teenager has been charged with invading a family's home with four accomplices, trying to sexually assault the mother and threatening to kill her 3-year-old son, before fleeing in their minivan.

Across Georgia

Across the area
Woman reports armed robbery

Across the area

Family says waiver may have helped child
AIKEN - The pattern was unmistakable.

Sound of giving
Bill West (right), the program director at 105.7 The Bull, talks to Fox Creek High School biology teacher Mark Komoroski before his class sings Silent Night during the fifth annual Cares for Kids Radiothon to benefit the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Stronger truancy policy gets results
The threat of fines and jail time is curbing truancy in Columbia County, officials say.

Police seek increase in inmate reimbursement
ATLANTA - Sheriffs across Georgia are appealing to state lawmakers to do something next year about state inmates overstaying their welcome in local jails.

Site wants waste shipped away, but where will it go?
There are 49 tanks at Savannah River Site filled with liquid waste so radioactive that direct human contact would prove deadly.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $84,185.16

Sound of giving

Attorney raises questions on legality of board's vote
AIKEN - The Valley Public Service Authority board voted during a meeting this week to spend $5.9 million on a developer-installed water system for a large subdivision planned near Graniteville.

Across Georgia
Ex-judge gets 5 years in child porn case

Parents receive calendar survey
A debate popping up in school systems across Georgia is now in the hands of Richmond County parents.

Government seeks waste manager for SRS

Flames damage empty apartment
A homeless person might have caused the fire that started in a vacant second-floor apartment on 15th Street on Friday night.

Across the area

Slain man's wife grateful for arrests
The common-law wife of a slain Augusta man said late Friday she was grateful for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's hard work in apprehending two of the three men suspected in his slaying.

News you can use

Visitors bureau keeps seat open for Augusta
It seems that an empty seat will be representing the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau when the Columbia County bureau begins meeting Monday.

Gotta' have my Xbox!
Gamer Nathan Thomason waited an hour in line for Halo 2 last year, but early Saturday night, the experience had already paled in comparison to camping out for the most sought after system of the year, the Xbox 360.

Groups differ on indigents' respite
When a cab took Rufus Bush from Medical College of Georgia Hospital this week and dropped him off outside The Salvation Army of Augusta, he was left with no coat and no shoes on his feet.

Sound of giving
Bill West (right), the program director at 105.7 The Bull, talks to Fox Creek High School biology teacher Mark Komoroski before his class sings Silent Night during the fifth annual Cares for Kids Radiothon to benefit the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Local soldier killed in Iraq
A 2001 graduate of George P. Butler High School who was to come home for Christmas on Monday was killed in Iraq on Thursday.

Visitors bureau keeps seat open for Augusta
It seems that an empty seat will be representing the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau when the Columbia County bureau begins meeting Monday.

Local soldier killed in Iraq
A 2001 graduate of George P. Butler High School who was to come home for Christmas on Monday was killed in Iraq on Thursday.

Man arrested at scene of crime
An Augusta man was arrested at the scene of a Columbia County robbery early Friday before he could make a getaway, police said.

Slain man's wife grateful for arrests
The common-law wife of a slain Augusta man said late Friday she was grateful for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's hard work in apprehending two of the three men suspected in his slaying.

Government seeks waste manager for SRS
AIKEN - Management responsibilities at Savannah River Site will be divided between two private contracts after 2006, a Department of Energy official said today.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have formally charged two men with murder in the Oct. 27 home invasion death of Melvin Dorsey and are searching for another, officials said Friday night.

SRS management to be divided into 2 contracts
AIKEN - Management responsibilities at Savannah River Site will be divided between two private contracts after 2006, according to a Department of Energy notice posted Friday.

Case against former high school football players moved
A Superior Court judge on Friday ordered the cases against two former high school football players to be heard in Juvenile Court.

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

Kid of the day

Women's game keeps on evolving
Sometimes even the most innocuous of situations can prompt a the introspective question, "How did I get here?"

Women's game keeps on evolving
Sometimes even the most innocuous of situations can prompt a the introspective question, "How did I get here?"

Capsule reviews of new films

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Lou Rawls says he is being treated for lung cancer

Lou Rawls says he is being treated for lung cancer
LOS ANGELES - Singer Lou Rawls is being treated for lung cancer, and his estranged wife said he also has brain cancer and suggested his condition is dire.

Lou Rawls says he is being treated for lung cancer
LOS ANGELES - Singer Lou Rawls is being treated for lung cancer, and his estranged wife said he also has brain cancer and suggested his condition is dire.

Hawks hand Knicks fifth straight loss

Pacers stop Jazz win streak

Pacers stop Jazz win streak
INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Utah Jazz 93-83 Friday night.

Hawks hand Knicks fifth straight loss
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored a career-high 36 points and Al Harrington had 35 Friday night as the Atlanta Hawks beat New York 122-111, the Knicks' fifth straight loss.

Hawks hand Knicks fifth straight loss
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored a career-high 36 points and Al Harrington had 35 Friday night as the Atlanta Hawks beat New York 122-111, the Knicks' fifth straight loss.

Pacers stop Jazz win streak
INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Utah Jazz 93-83 Friday night.

Bowman captains Augusta State air show
Tyrekus Bowman doesn't leap over buildings in a single bound. Just tables.

Lady Jags sneak by Pantherettes
Augusta State junior forward Tamala Turner scored 17 points and 12 rebounds and freshman forward Tracey Paschal tallied a career-high 16 points off the bench to pace the Lady Jaguars to a 71-63 non-conference victory over Claflin on Friday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Lady Jags sneak by Pantherettes
Augusta State junior forward Tamala Turner scored 17 points and 12 rebounds and freshman forward Tracey Paschal tallied a career-high 16 points off the bench to pace the Lady Jaguars to a 71-63 non-conference victory over Claflin on Friday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Jags even the score
Jason Mills' season debut couldn't come soon enough for the senior guard.

Telfer's play lost in bad start for Augusta State
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Jags have Lions' number
Just about every time the Augusta State women's basketball team has needed a quick-fix win the past 15 seasons, it could always turn to its crosstown rival.

Bowman captains Augusta State air show
Tyrekus Bowman doesn't leap over buildings in a single bound. Just tables.

Jags even the score
Jason Mills' season debut couldn't come soon enough for the senior guard.

Telfer's play lost in bad start for Augusta State
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Jags have Lions' number
Just about every time the Augusta State women's basketball team has needed a quick-fix win the past 15 seasons, it could always turn to its crosstown rival.

Falcon's Crumpler getting better each year

Mrs. Janice J. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Terry A. Lawton    (MANASSAS, Va.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Sherman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Turner    (WHITMIRE, S.C.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmie L. Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara B. Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rubben Murray    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest J. Miller, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Dwight A. Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris J. Luke    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Terry A. Lawton    (MANASSAS, Va.)

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

Mr. R. Kenneth Lown    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Ms. Leola Kennedy    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Ms. Leola Kennedy    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris J. Luke    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Isiah H. Jones, Jr.    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Stoudemire    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmie Gibson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jones    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard    (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mr. Cortez E. Jones, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Hutto    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Hudson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmie Gibson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dwight Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Isiah H. Jones, Jr.    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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

Mr. R. Kenneth Lown    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dwight A. Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest J. Miller, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmie L. Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rubben Murray    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara B. Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy F. Desmore    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice J. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice J. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis M. Gaines    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Dwight Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sherman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Stoudemire    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Turner    (WHITMIRE, S.C.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris J. Luke    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Janice J. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Riley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris J. Luke    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis M. Gaines    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Roger Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Riley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Cortez E. Jones, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Hudson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy F. Desmore    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Hutto    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard    (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jones    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Isiah H. Jones, Jr. (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Ms. Leola Kennedy (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmie Gibson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy F. Desmore (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Hudson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. R. Kenneth Lown (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Bertha Stoudemire (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Turner (WHITMIRE, S.C.)

Mr. Cortez E. Jones, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Rubben Murray (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice J. Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jones (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Dwight Dodson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Terry A. Lawton (MANASSAS, Va.)

Mr. James Usry (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmie L. Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice J. Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Riley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara B. Pennington (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris J. Luke (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris J. Luke (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest J. Miller, Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis M. Gaines (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Dwight A. Dodson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Norman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sherman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Hutto (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster (BATH, S.C.)

Hockey mania provokes curiosity

Hockey mania provokes curiosity
TURIN, Italy - Locals are still trying to figure it out: Why did 10,200 fans show up for an exhibition hockey match Tuesday between Italy and a Canadian B team when less than half that number routinely attend games featuring the city's legendary soccer club, Juventus.

Hockey mania provokes curiosity
TURIN, Italy - Locals are still trying to figure it out: Why did 10,200 fans show up for an exhibition hockey match Tuesday between Italy and a Canadian B team when less than half that number routinely attend games featuring the city's legendary soccer club, Juventus.

Modified reforms will make better Augusta
In recent days, we have engaged in a spirited debate about our local government. We have nothing to fear from this, because the state of affairs in our city requires us to get serious about discussing and solving our problems.

Overtime

Williams sisters contract lawsuit will be delayed

Overtime

American Kildow wins downhill and leads standings

Sports rants and raves

Bode Miller not off to super start

American Kildow wins downhill and leads standings
VAL GARDENA, Italy - Marco Buechel won his first World Cup downhill race Saturday, while American Bode Miller finished eighth and regained the lead in the overall standings.

American Kildow wins downhill and leads standings
VAL GARDENA, Italy - Marco Buechel won his first World Cup downhill race Saturday, while American Bode Miller finished eighth and regained the lead in the overall standings.

Sports rants and raves
THIS IS A rant for the Evans boys basketball team. Whenever they win, they always call the score in. But, miraculously, when they lose, 90 percent of the time the score is never called in. They should call their scores in win or lose.

Williams sisters contract lawsuit will be delayed
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A breach-of-contract lawsuit contending that tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father reneged on promises to play in a 2001 "Battle of the Sexes" match won't be retried until late next year.

Overtime
Golf

Overtime
Justin Thompson, of Clarks Hill, S.C., has signed a national letter of intent to play for USC Aiken.

Overtime
Golf

Williams sisters contract lawsuit will be delayed
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A breach-of-contract lawsuit contending that tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father reneged on promises to play in a 2001 "Battle of the Sexes" match won't be retried until late next year.

Sports rants and raves
THIS IS A rant for the Evans boys basketball team. Whenever they win, they always call the score in. But, miraculously, when they lose, 90 percent of the time the score is never called in. They should call their scores in win or lose.

Bode Miller not off to super start
VAL GARDENA, Italy - Bode Miller isn't off to the same flying start as last season.

Bode Miller not off to super start
VAL GARDENA, Italy - Bode Miller isn't off to the same flying start as last season.

Overtime
Justin Thompson, of Clarks Hill, S.C., has signed a national letter of intent to play for USC Aiken.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

Squirreling away the day
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - As a kid, Jerry Allen spent his wintry Saturday mornings hunting squirrels with dogs in the rolling hills of western Kentucky.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Squirreling away the day
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - As a kid, Jerry Allen spent his wintry Saturday mornings hunting squirrels with dogs in the rolling hills of western Kentucky.

Squirreling away the day

South Carolina might buck rule on unlimited harvests
Throughout much of the lower half of South Carolina, you can shoot deer from mid-August to New Year's Day, chase them with dogs, bait them with corn and have virtually no limits or restrictions on antlered bucks.

South Carolina might buck rule on unlimited harvests
Throughout much of the lower half of South Carolina, you can shoot deer from mid-August to New Year's Day, chase them with dogs, bait them with corn and have virtually no limits or restrictions on antlered bucks.

Friday's prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

Friday's prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

Falcon's Crumpler getting better each year
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Alge Crumpler is having arguably the best season of his five-year career.

Falcon's Crumpler getting better each year
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Alge Crumpler is having arguably the best season of his five-year career.

Ideal gifts for the religiously inquisitive
Shoppers seeking ideal Christmas gifts for religiously inquisitive friends can hum "fa-la-la-la-la" about two beautiful seasonal books and one oddly intriguing item:

Religion News in Brief
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Amid mounting criticism, the Rev. Jon Weese of central Kentucky's largest church said that, in canceling worship on Christmas Sunday, its elders "chose to value families; people over policy."

Faith digest
The Longest Night, a service for those suffering a blue Christmas over loss of a loved one, illness or stress, will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Faith digest
The Longest Night, a service for those suffering a blue Christmas over loss of a loved one, illness or stress, will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Roman Catholic congregations growing
SAN ANTONIO - The noise of chatting parishioners saturates the foyer after the five weekend Masses at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Churches put focus on family, not pews
Willow Creek Community Church, one of the largest churches in the Chicago area, will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25 - because it's Christmas.

Roman Catholic congregations growing
SAN ANTONIO - The noise of chatting parishioners saturates the foyer after the five weekend Masses at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Religion News in Brief
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Amid mounting criticism, the Rev. Jon Weese of central Kentucky's largest church said that, in canceling worship on Christmas Sunday, its elders "chose to value families; people over policy."

Salvation Army expands and shrinks
Renowned for Christmastime bell-ringers with red kettles, thrift shops, skid row missions and efficient canteens that served 4.8 million meals after Hurricane Katrina, the Salvation Army enjoys a kind of respect accorded few American charities.

Churches put focus on family, not pews
Willow Creek Community Church, one of the largest churches in the Chicago area, will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25 - because it's Christmas.

Ideal gifts for the religiously inquisitive
Shoppers seeking ideal Christmas gifts for religiously inquisitive friends can hum "fa-la-la-la-la" about two beautiful seasonal books and one oddly intriguing item:

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Salvation Army expands and shrinks
Renowned for Christmastime bell-ringers with red kettles, thrift shops, skid row missions and efficient canteens that served 4.8 million meals after Hurricane Katrina, the Salvation Army enjoys a kind of respect accorded few American charities.

South Carolina might buck rule on unlimited harvests

Women's game keeps on evolving

Midseason shows hit prime time
It's midseason, and the broadcast networks are gearing up for their second acts - good news for viewers because it brings relief from the scourge of reruns that can clog the winter months.

FCC delays implementation of children's TV rules
WASHINGTON - The FCC said Friday it would delay implementation of new rules governing children's programming on digital television to consider an agreement struck by entertainment companies and children's advocates.

TV highlights and lowlights for the week ahead
Tom Brokaw's latest NBC News special probes the personal costs and tragic consequences for the soldiers from the war in Iraq - while raising the issue of leaders' neglect.

'West Wing' actor dies of heart attack
LOS ANGELES - John Spencer, who played a tough and dedicated politico on "The West Wing" who survived a serious illness to run for vice president, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 58.

TV highlights and lowlights for the week ahead
Tom Brokaw's latest NBC News special probes the personal costs and tragic consequences for the soldiers from the war in Iraq - while raising the issue of leaders' neglect.

Novak says he's leaving CNN to join Fox News
NEW YORK - Commentator Robert Novak, who hasn't been seen on CNN since swearing and storming off the set in August, will leave the network after 25 years and join Fox News Channel as a contributor next month.

'Situation Room' puts news all over the screen
NEW YORK - The first time you see CNN's "The Situation Room," it might give you a headache. What's the deal with that array of TV screens, all those images tiled across that video wall? Why is so much happening at once? Where's the aspirin?

FCC delays implementation of children's TV rules
WASHINGTON - The FCC said Friday it would delay implementation of new rules governing children's programming on digital television to consider an agreement struck by entertainment companies and children's advocates.

TV highlights and lowlights for the week ahead

Novak says he's leaving CNN to join Fox News

'West Wing' actor dies of heart attack

'West Wing' actor dies of heart attack
LOS ANGELES - John Spencer, who played a tough and dedicated politico on "The West Wing" who survived a serious illness to run for vice president, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 58.

FCC delays implementation of children's TV rules

'Situation Room' puts news all over the screen

Midseason shows hit prime time

'Situation Room' puts news all over the screen
NEW YORK - The first time you see CNN's "The Situation Room," it might give you a headache. What's the deal with that array of TV screens, all those images tiled across that video wall? Why is so much happening at once? Where's the aspirin?

Midseason shows hit prime time
It's midseason, and the broadcast networks are gearing up for their second acts - good news for viewers because it brings relief from the scourge of reruns that can clog the winter months.

Novak says he's leaving CNN to join Fox News
NEW YORK - Commentator Robert Novak, who hasn't been seen on CNN since swearing and storming off the set in August, will leave the network after 25 years and join Fox News Channel as a contributor next month.

Hatcher wins libel payout from British tabloid

People in the News

Samuel L. Jackson to receive Dream Keeper Award

Improved Bulldogs on trail to Oregon

Improved Bulldogs on trail to Oregon
ATHENS, Ga. - Levi Stukes had never been to Portland, nor heard of the Rose Garden.

Bulldogs remain motivated for Sugar Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. - The trip to the Sugar Bowl may not have as much exotic appeal this year as it ordinarily would, but the players and staff for No. 8 Georgia say there is enough at stake to motivate the Bulldogs for their Jan. 2 game against West Virginia.

Blue's success goes far beyond the field
ATHENS, Ga. - When Greg Blue left home in the morning to go to middle school, his mother, Teresa Webb, sometimes made sure he would use the back door of their East Atlanta home so the drug dealers hanging out on the corner wouldn't spot him.

Bulldogs remain motivated for Sugar Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. - The trip to the Sugar Bowl may not have as much exotic appeal this year as it ordinarily would, but the players and staff for No. 8 Georgia say there is enough at stake to motivate the Bulldogs for their Jan. 2 game against West Virginia.

Bulldogs remain motivated for Sugar Bowl

Blue's success goes far beyond the field

Improved Bulldogs on trail to Oregon
ATHENS, Ga. - Levi Stukes had never been to Portland, nor heard of the Rose Garden.

Blue's success goes far beyond the field
ATHENS, Ga. - When Greg Blue left home in the morning to go to middle school, his mother, Teresa Webb, sometimes made sure he would use the back door of their East Atlanta home so the drug dealers hanging out on the corner wouldn't spot him.

Spurrier hires two assistants

Spurrier opens bowl practice
COLUMBIA - South Carolina got to do something Saturday it hadn't in four years - practice in December.

Spurrier opens bowl practice
COLUMBIA - South Carolina got to do something Saturday it hadn't in four years - practice in December.

Spurrier hires two assistants
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier filled two openings on his staff Friday, but he may have another vacancy before too long.

Spurrier hires two assistants
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier filled two openings on his staff Friday, but he may have another vacancy before too long.

Spurrier opens bowl practice

Pet of the week

Across the river

Woman uses art as an expression of love

Kissing Santa

Around the block

Recreational activities

Upcomig events

New Busbee principal knows value of educators

Ordinance on trees is fine-tuned by council

New system speeds up fingerprint identification

Silver Bluff player busy year-round

Library hours

Reunion will involve historic black schools

Aiken receives traffic safety award

Meetings

Army announces its 'best of year' winners

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Adult literacy sites

Events

Faith calendar

Salvation Army expands and shrinks

Faith digest

Churches put focus on family, not pews

Ideal gifts for the religiously inquisitive

Roman Catholic congregations growing

Religion News in Brief