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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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

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:

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

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.

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

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

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

Events
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thriller fans would walk a mile for 'Camel Club'

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
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.

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.

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 talks about the suffering of others, and her own

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.

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.

Garciaparra set to join Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - Five-time All-Star Nomar Garciaparra and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.

Garciaparra set to join Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - Five-time All-Star Nomar Garciaparra and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.

Yankees acquire Marlins' Villone

Garciaparra set to join Dodgers

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.

Santa makes time for pups, too

Dylan Bobby Mock

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Liam Patrick Bohannon

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.

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

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.

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.

Rachel Bailee Gay

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

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.

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
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.

Tamia Danyae Barleston

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

Nativia Cullars

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.

Raymond Lee Mann

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.

William Mason Wheatley

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Hannah Rose Gay

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.

Carmen Lea Smith

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.

Sarah Anne Moore

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.

Tina Friederike Luise

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.

Michaela Claire Buckley

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.

Fred Vaughn Jennings

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.

Brodie Hughes Chapman

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.

Madison Taylor Hall

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

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.

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.

Savanah Nicole Lewis

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.

Jace Lowen Anderson

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.

Michaela Briann Rhodes

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.

Julie-Kate Izabelle Rote

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.

Lawrence Bowen Broderick

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.

Jaheim K

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.

Emilie Grace Daskal

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.

TaMyrie Kay Stallwood

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.

Dylan Gordon Floyd

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

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay

Stephen Carter, III

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.

Biz bites

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

Richmond County property transfers

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.

Tuesday marks busiest day for UPS
CHICAGO - You're likely to see a lot of brown Tuesday, when United Parcel Service expects to move more than 20 million packages worldwide on the busiest day of its holiday season.

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:

On the move

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

Office holiday parties don't always mean dinner and drinks
DENVER - To the delicate strains of cello music, the eight women in white robes soaked their feet in warm water, laughing and enjoying a light lunch by the fireplace in a darkened sitting area of the Antoine du Chez day spa.

Business briefs

Tuesday marks busiest day for UPS
CHICAGO - You're likely to see a lot of brown Tuesday, when United Parcel Service expects to move more than 20 million packages worldwide on the busiest day of its holiday season.

Tuesday marks busiest day for UPS

Business briefs
PARTY WISELY: It's the season of the company holiday party. There probably will be alcohol, so be careful, advises a career coaching firm.

High-end retail woos male shoppers with pizza, beer
OMAHA, Neb. - Mike Galaska does not like to shop. He doesn't like the crowds or spending money. It's for women, he says.

Office holiday parties don't always mean dinner and drinks

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.

Area bankruptcy filings fall since new law takes effect

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.

Business licenses

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.

High-end retail woos male shoppers with pizza, beer
OMAHA, Neb. - Mike Galaska does not like to shop. He doesn't like the crowds or spending money. It's for women, he says.

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:

Business briefs
PARTY WISELY: It's the season of the company holiday party. There probably will be alcohol, so be careful, advises a career coaching firm.

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.

Office holiday parties don't always mean dinner and drinks
DENVER - To the delicate strains of cello music, the eight women in white robes soaked their feet in warm water, laughing and enjoying a light lunch by the fireplace in a darkened sitting area of the Antoine du Chez day spa.

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.

High-end retail woos male shoppers with pizza, beer
OMAHA, Neb. - Mike Galaska does not like to shop. He doesn't like the crowds or spending money. It's for women, he says.

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

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

Business calendar

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

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 18, 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.

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.

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.

Atlanta expansion?

College basketball roundup

Jags even the score

Jags have Lions' number

In the hunt again
Savannah River Site is back in the running for a new nuclear power plant. This is an encouraging development, but don't get your hopes up too much just yet.

Iran's Hitler invites war
Has Iran declared war on Israel? No one should blame the Israelis for thinking so, given the rhetoric of Iran's Islamo-fascist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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.

A long wait ended

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.

In the hunt again

In the hunt again
Savannah River Site is back in the running for a new nuclear power plant. This is an encouraging development, but don't get your hopes up too much just yet.

Iran's Hitler invites war

Iran's Hitler invites war
Has Iran declared war on Israel? No one should blame the Israelis for thinking so, given the rhetoric of Iran's Islamo-fascist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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
When justice isn't swift, it can feel awfully unsure.

Help fight unnatural disasters too

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.

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

Don't expect much of a 'Santa Claus' rally this year
NEW YORK - Traditionally, the last two weeks of the year are a time of light volume but rising stocks on Wall Street. Yet this year, there may not be enough of a rise to take to the bank.

Don't expect much of a 'Santa Claus' rally this year
NEW YORK - Traditionally, the last two weeks of the year are a time of light volume but rising stocks on Wall Street. Yet this year, there may not be enough of a rise to take to the bank.

Don't expect much of a 'Santa Claus' rally this year

Tech women tame the Hurricane
ATLANTA - Jamie Mitchell and Chjioma Nnamaka scored 10 points each to lead a balanced attack that carried Georgia Tech's women to a 54-38 victory over Tulsa on Sunday.

Tech women tame the Hurricane
ATLANTA - Jamie Mitchell and Chjioma Nnamaka scored 10 points each to lead a balanced attack that carried Georgia Tech's women to a 54-38 victory over Tulsa on Sunday.

Tech women tame the Hurricane

It's the most hazardous time of the year

Junior golf tee times

Junior golf tee times
Tuesday Tee Times at Midland Valley

Goosen holds off charging Els to win South African Open
GEORGE, South Africa - Retief Goosen birdied the last two holes and finished with a 3-under 70 Sunday to beat Ernie Els by a stroke at the South African Open.

Goosen holds off charging Els to win South African Open
GEORGE, South Africa - Retief Goosen birdied the last two holes and finished with a 3-under 70 Sunday to beat Ernie Els by a stroke at the South African Open.

Junior golf tee times
Tuesday Tee Times at Midland Valley

Goosen holds off charging Els to win South African Open

Tigers star easy pick as the top defender

2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team

GHSA 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.

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:

GHSA state football team
CLASS AAAA

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.

NHL roundup

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.

NHL roundup
NEW YORK - Joe Sakic scored a pair of goals 19 seconds apart in the second period - the second on a penalty shot - as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

NHL roundup
NEW YORK - Joe Sakic scored a pair of goals 19 seconds apart in the second period - the second on a penalty shot - as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Late flurry lifts Atlanta to win

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

Keep an eye on what ACLU does

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.

Certainly, I like Christmas - do you?
Separation of church and state has reached a new level of expression. If you are like me, you may feel we are losing the battle concerning the freedom, or right to talk about Christmas. Make a note of all the ads you see this Christmas season that, instead, refer to the holiday season.Walter Lamb, Aiken, S.C.

Bush presidency is sheer torture

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

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

Local voters must get past race

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.

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

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

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

Rough upbringing spawned a killer
Stanley "Tookie" Williams was executed in California recently. He was born to a 17-year-old girl; his father bailed before he was born. I was born to a 27-year-old professor of anatomy and a 30-year-old professor of English. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Rough upbringing spawned a killer
Stanley "Tookie" Williams was executed in California recently. He was born to a 17-year-old girl; his father bailed before he was born. I was born to a 27-year-old professor of anatomy and a 30-year-old professor of English. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Rough upbringing spawned a killer

Certainly, I like Christmas - do you?
Separation of church and state has reached a new level of expression. If you are like me, you may feel we are losing the battle concerning the freedom, or right to talk about Christmas. Make a note of all the ads you see this Christmas season that, instead, refer to the holiday season.Walter Lamb, Aiken, S.C.

Don't let anti-Christian movement spread

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

Certainly, I like Christmas - do you?

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

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

Illegal immigration harms nation

Pray that Iraq war ends soon

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

Travel briefs

How to get music free online, without lawsuit risk

Forethought can help holidays run smoothly

Nicaragua offers peaceful times for tourists

Living briefs

Time brings changes to Myrtle Beach

Icicles can bring chilling costs to your heating bill

Ask the Carey Brothers

Quick changes will make a successful nighttime outfit

Niche cell phones coming for sports fans, youths

Techbits: High-tech toilet, body chips and more

Movie Games: Video games go Hollywood

Renewable hybrid wood rates high on hardness scale

Everything in the house says Christmas

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

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

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

Movie Games: Video games go Hollywood
Video games tend to make terrible movies, and vice versa. But that doesn't seem to faze anyone - it seems every new action or kid-friendly movie these days gets a video game makeover.

Niche cell phones coming for sports fans, youths
NEW YORK - When Jon Grauer sits down for dinner or settles in to watch Desperate Housewives, or just about any other show on TV, he's sure to have his trusty new cell phone at his side. It's not that he's expecting any phone calls. He just wants to keep checking the latest sports scores on his Mobile ESPN cell phone.

Techbits: High-tech toilet, body chips and more
SAN FRANCISCO - Scott Pinizzotto is accustomed to getting giggles whenever he brings up the subject of high-tech toilet seats that rinse and warm people's bottoms.

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.

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.

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 :

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

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.

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.

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.

How to get music free online, without lawsuit risk
LOS ANGELES - Download music from file-swapping networks these days and you risk getting slapped with a copyright lawsuit.

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.

How to get music free online, without lawsuit risk
LOS ANGELES - Download music from file-swapping networks these days and you risk getting slapped with a copyright lawsuit.

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

Movie Games: Video games go Hollywood
Video games tend to make terrible movies, and vice versa. But that doesn't seem to faze anyone - it seems every new action or kid-friendly movie these days gets a video game makeover.

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.

Niche cell phones coming for sports fans, youths
NEW YORK - When Jon Grauer sits down for dinner or settles in to watch Desperate Housewives, or just about any other show on TV, he's sure to have his trusty new cell phone at his side. It's not that he's expecting any phone calls. He just wants to keep checking the latest sports scores on his Mobile ESPN cell phone.

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.

Techbits: High-tech toilet, body chips and more
SAN FRANCISCO - Scott Pinizzotto is accustomed to getting giggles whenever he brings up the subject of high-tech toilet seats that rinse and warm people's bottoms.

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

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 :

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Homefront: Smaller incisions better for patients
A little more than an hour after he started cutting a tiny incision in Michelle Highland's neck, David Terris steps back from the table and looks around the operating room at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Kid of the day
Jaylin Hollis

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.

The week ahead
The Christmas show 'Tis the Season will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. today and Friday at Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. The program will trace holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives. Tickets cost $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students. Children younger than 4 will not be admitted. Reservations are recommended. Call 641-3654.

Katrina survivors starting over with hope, pride
Hours before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Phyllis "Queen" Matthews-Young was frying chicken in the kitchen of her Lower Ninth Ward house.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Evan Michael Pope of North Augusta.

News you can use

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the day
Jaylin Hollis

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $88,158.16

Emergency systems incompatible
ATLANTA - Last year, when flames engulfed BioLab Inc., a chemical warehouse in Rockdale County, firefighters raced in from surrounding counties to help.

Homefront: Smaller incisions better for patients
A little more than an hour after he started cutting a tiny incision in Michelle Highland's neck, David Terris steps back from the table and looks around the operating room at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Across the area

5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey
5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey, organist and director of music at St. John United Methodist Church.

What won't they do for Xbox 360?

Is Georgia Legislature ready for prime time Webcasting?
ATLANTA - If you believe, as Justice Louis Brandeis did, that "sunshine is the best disinfectant," then you'll expect new legislative Webcasts to fill the Gold Dome with the scent of Lysol.

Empty Stocking fund list

Across the area
Police arrested two more men Sunday in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man two months ago.

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

Across Georgia
MACON - A recall effort to oust Macon Mayor Jack Ellis and force another election was shot down by a judge who said there was no probable cause for the mayor's removal.

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

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - An elderly couple died along with their daughter and son-in-law in what authorities say was a murder-suicide.

Across the area
Woman reports armed robbery

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Post to enforce ban on phones
Fort Gordon's order banning the use of cell phones while driving on post has been in effect for nearly a year, but some people still aren't hanging up while at the wheel.

Lowcountry family wants to evict Katrina evacuees

Augusta Commission OKs fire chief
Augusta Commission voted 6-3 this afternoon to name interim Fire Chief Howard Willis to the post full time.

Post to enforce ban on phones

Columbia County deputies want Web site for security information
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office wants to set up an office that would distribute statewide homeland security information via a Web site.

Columbia County deputies want Web site for security information

Stronger truancy policy gets results

Katrina survivors starting over with hope, pride

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

One of 12 bands a-rockin'

House affirms stance on law

Columbia County deputies want Web site for security information
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office wants to set up an office that would distribute statewide homeland security information via a Web site.

News you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

Send illegals to prison, lawmaker says

News you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

The week ahead

Across the area
Woman reports armed robbery

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents

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

Emergency systems incompatible

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

Empty Stocking donations

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.

Post to enforce ban on phones
Fort Gordon's order banning the use of cell phones while driving on post has been in effect for nearly a year, but some people still aren't hanging up while at the wheel.

Lowcountry family wants to evict Katrina evacuees
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A couple wants to evict a family left homeless in Hurricane Katrina from a Lowcountry house they own.

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents
A single mother does not have any extra money to give her son and daughter a merry Christmas this year unless she receives assistance.

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents
A single mother does not have any extra money to give her son and daughter a merry Christmas this year unless she receives assistance.

Across the area

Is Georgia Legislature ready for prime time Webcasting?
ATLANTA - If you believe, as Justice Louis Brandeis did, that "sunshine is the best disinfectant," then you'll expect new legislative Webcasts to fill the Gold Dome with the scent of Lysol.

New way to pay being tested at Atlanta arena

The week ahead
The Christmas show 'Tis the Season will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. today and Friday at Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. The program will trace holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives. Tickets cost $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students. Children younger than 4 will not be admitted. Reservations are recommended. Call 641-3654.

Homefront: Smaller incisions better for patients

Monique Walker Hill sentenced to 3 years probation, fined

High-tech is ho-hum at warfare center

Where we live

Hunt for shooter requires new tips

Hunt for shooter requires new tips
NORTH AUGUSTA - Four weeks later, people are still sharing tips with police in the hunt for an alleged killer. The problem, investigators say, is that some people might have waited too long before giving the information they have.

Kid of the Day

Kid of the day

Across Georgia

Empty Stocking; Holiday could be last for dying mother

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

Hunt for shooter requires new tips
NORTH AUGUSTA - Four weeks later, people are still sharing tips with police in the hunt for an alleged killer. The problem, investigators say, is that some people might have waited too long before giving the information they have.

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

Katrina survivors starting over with hope, pride
Hours before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Phyllis "Queen" Matthews-Young was frying chicken in the kitchen of her Lower Ninth Ward house.

Family says waiver may have helped child

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents
A single mother does not have any extra money to give her son and daughter a merry Christmas this year unless she receives assistance.

Across Georgia

One of 12 bands a-rockin'
David Firmin (right) and Micah Swenson, of The Edison Project, perform at Imperial Theatre in the 12 Bands of Christmas concert, which benefits MCG's Children's Medical Center.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Lowcountry family wants to evict Katrina evacuees
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A couple wants to evict a family left homeless in Hurricane Katrina from a Lowcountry house they own.

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

New way to pay being tested at Atlanta arena
ATLANTA - A select group of sports fans can now wave their cell phones in front of their team's poster at Philips Arena and instantly download game notes, team logos or addictive sports video games.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Send illegals to prison, lawmaker says
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Illegal immigrants would spend five years in prison and lose their cash and cars under legislation a Charleston lawmaker is pushing.

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.

High-tech is ho-hum at warfare center
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - On Christmas morning, delighted youngsters will be opening everything from Xbox 360s to digital cameras, but high-tech gizmos are an everyday affair at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center.

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 the area
Police arrested two more men Sunday in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man two months ago.

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

Is Georgia Legislature ready for prime time Webcasting?

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 South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - An elderly couple died along with their daughter and son-in-law in what authorities say was a murder-suicide.

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.

Across Georgia
MACON - A recall effort to oust Macon Mayor Jack Ellis and force another election was shot down by a judge who said there was no probable cause for the mayor's removal.

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.

5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey
5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey, organist and director of music at St. John United Methodist Church.

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.

High-tech is ho-hum at warfare center
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - On Christmas morning, delighted youngsters will be opening everything from Xbox 360s to digital cameras, but high-tech gizmos are an everyday affair at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center.

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.

Send illegals to prison, lawmaker says
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Illegal immigrants would spend five years in prison and lose their cash and cars under legislation a Charleston lawmaker is pushing.

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.

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

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

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.

One of 12 bands a-rockin'
David Firmin (right) and Micah Swenson, of The Edison Project, perform at Imperial Theatre in the 12 Bands of Christmas concert, which benefits MCG's Children's Medical Center.

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Evan Michael Pope of North Augusta.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

New way to pay being tested at Atlanta arena
ATLANTA - A select group of sports fans can now wave their cell phones in front of their team's poster at Philips Arena and instantly download game notes, team logos or addictive sports video games.

Emergency systems incompatible
ATLANTA - Last year, when flames engulfed BioLab Inc., a chemical warehouse in Rockdale County, firefighters raced in from surrounding counties to help.

5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey

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?"

It's the most hazardous time of the year
It's nearly Christmas, which means we've all heard the alarmist outcries against toys that can be dangerous to the children they are supposed to be entertaining. You know - toys that can choke, blind and maim.

It's the most hazardous time of the year
It's nearly Christmas, which means we've all heard the alarmist outcries against toys that can be dangerous to the children they are supposed to be entertaining. You know - toys that can choke, blind and maim.

Author discusses origins of her 'Brokeback Mountain'
LOS ANGELES - Annie Proulx figured no magazine would touch her short story "Brokeback Mountain," the tale of two Wyoming cowboys whose romance is so intense it sometimes leaves them black and blue.

Author discusses origins of her 'Brokeback Mountain'

Author discusses origins of her 'Brokeback Mountain'
LOS ANGELES - Annie Proulx figured no magazine would touch her short story "Brokeback Mountain," the tale of two Wyoming cowboys whose romance is so intense it sometimes leaves them black and blue.

Activists elated by praise for gay cowboy film
NEW YORK - Gay-rights leaders are elated that a tale of same-sex love and heartbreak is reaching mainstream filmgoers in the form of acclaimed "Brokeback Mountain," while some conservatives are dismayed by the film's glowing reviews and rooting for it to fail at the box office.

'Kong' rules with less-than-expected $50.15 million
LOS ANGELES - "King Kong" was less of a box-office brute than Hollywood expected, taking in $50.15 million in its first weekend, a sturdy start but unremarkable by Hollywood blockbuster standards.

Capsule reviews of new films

Activists elated by praise for gay cowboy film
NEW YORK - Gay-rights leaders are elated that a tale of same-sex love and heartbreak is reaching mainstream filmgoers in the form of acclaimed "Brokeback Mountain," while some conservatives are dismayed by the film's glowing reviews and rooting for it to fail at the box office.

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

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

'Kong' rules with less-than-expected $50.15 million
LOS ANGELES - "King Kong" was less of a box-office brute than Hollywood expected, taking in $50.15 million in its first weekend, a sturdy start but unremarkable by Hollywood blockbuster standards.

'Kong' rules with less-than-expected $50.15 million

Activists elated by praise for gay cowboy film

Indie rockers unite!

Indie rockers unite!

Indie rockers unite!

Hawks win for fourth time in five games
ATLANTA - After a horrible start, it appears that the Atlanta Hawks have found a way to win.

Hawks win for fourth time in five games

Hawks win for fourth time in five games
ATLANTA - After a horrible start, it appears that the Atlanta Hawks have found a way to win.

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.

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

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.

College basketball roundup
DURHAM, N.C. -- J.J. Redick scored 30 points and Greg Paulus set a school freshman record with 15 assists as No. 1 Duke shook off a subpar defensive first half to beat Valparaiso, 104-77 on Sunday night.

College basketball roundup
DURHAM, N.C. -- J.J. Redick scored 30 points and Greg Paulus set a school freshman record with 15 assists as No. 1 Duke shook off a subpar defensive first half to beat Valparaiso, 104-77 on Sunday night.

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

Falcons fans brave weather

Bears put Falcons on ice

Turnovers hurt Saints in loss to Panthers

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Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Turner    (WHITMIRE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charles Sherman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Shlaer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Reeves, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cleveland McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Fred R. Jensen    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. George Reeves, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Carl M. Carter (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Rubben Murray (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Quinnie Suggs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Fred R. Jensen (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Williams-Sanders (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Pennington (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

SFC Grady R. Denton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Cleveland McMillan (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Ted Buxton Jenkins, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shlaer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr. (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mr. E.L. Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Judy S. Barnes (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Quinnie Suggs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard (SILOAM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Willie Leverentz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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.

Dorfmeister wins World Cup super-G race, Kildow fourth

Sports rants and raves

American Kildow wins downhill and leads standings

Overtime

Overtime

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.

Dorfmeister wins World Cup super-G race, Kildow fourth
ALTA BADIA, Italy - If Italy is looking to stir more interest for the Olympics, maybe this will help: Max Blardone and Davide Simoncelli finished 1-2 in a World Cup giant slalom Sunday in a big lift for the home country.

Overtime
Golf

Overtime
In George, South Africa, Retief Goosen birdied the last two holes and finished with 3-under-par 70 to beat Ernie Els by a stroke at the South African Open.

Dorfmeister wins World Cup super-G race, Kildow fourth
ALTA BADIA, Italy - If Italy is looking to stir more interest for the Olympics, maybe this will help: Max Blardone and Davide Simoncelli finished 1-2 in a World Cup giant slalom Sunday in a big lift for the home country.

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.

Overtime
In George, South Africa, Retief Goosen birdied the last two holes and finished with 3-under-par 70 to beat Ernie Els by a stroke at the South African Open.

Overtime
Golf

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.

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.

Squirreling away the day

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.

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

Outdoors calendar

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.

Falcons fans brave weather
CHICAGO - Friends and significant others questioned their sanity - and if they fully understood the concept of dressing in layers - but three Atlanta men were bold enough to fight the frigid elements Sunday night to watch their beloved Falcons play the Chicago Bears at frigid Soldier Field.

Turnovers hurt Saints in loss to Panthers
BATON ROUGE, La. - The departure of former backup Jake Delhomme is haunting the New Orleans Saints now more than ever.

Bears put Falcons on ice
CHICAGO - The playoff door had been swung wide open by the time Atlanta took Soldier Field on Sunday evening to face NFC North-leading Chicago.

Falcons fans brave weather
CHICAGO - Friends and significant others questioned their sanity - and if they fully understood the concept of dressing in layers - but three Atlanta men were bold enough to fight the frigid elements Sunday night to watch their beloved Falcons play the Chicago Bears at frigid Soldier Field.

Turnovers hurt Saints in loss to Panthers
BATON ROUGE, La. - The departure of former backup Jake Delhomme is haunting the New Orleans Saints now more than ever.

Bears put Falcons on ice
CHICAGO - The playoff door had been swung wide open by the time Atlanta took Soldier Field on Sunday evening to face NFC North-leading Chicago.

South Carolina might buck rule on unlimited harvests

Women's game keeps on evolving

Illusionist puts the miracles of Jesus to the test
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Illusionist Brock Gill never figured Jesus for a master magician.

Illusionist puts the miracles of Jesus to the test

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.

'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

'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?

Illusionist puts the miracles of Jesus to the test
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Illusionist Brock Gill never figured Jesus for a master magician.

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.

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.

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.

'Situation Room' puts news all over the screen

TV highlights and lowlights for the week ahead

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.

Mountaineers think they're BCS worthy
ATHENS, Ga. - Bashers of Big East Conference football have sounded like the old Mike Myers Wayne's World sketch from Saturday Night Live - with a little different twist.

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.

Mountaineers think they're BCS worthy
ATHENS, Ga. - Bashers of Big East Conference football have sounded like the old Mike Myers Wayne's World sketch from Saturday Night Live - with a little different twist.

Blue's success goes far beyond the field

Mountaineers think they're BCS worthy

South Carolina slams Wofford
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Brandon Wallace hit a career-high three 3-pointers en route to his third career double-double to help lead South Carolina to a 73-43 victory over Wofford on Saturday night.

Gamecocks get Thomson twins

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

Gamecocks get Thomson twins
The Georgia-South Carolina border bash just got a lot more interesting for Thomson High School football fans.

Gamecocks get Thomson twins
The Georgia-South Carolina border bash just got a lot more interesting for Thomson High School football fans.

South Carolina slams Wofford
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Brandon Wallace hit a career-high three 3-pointers en route to his third career double-double to help lead South Carolina to a 73-43 victory over Wofford on Saturday night.

Spurrier opens bowl practice

South Carolina slams Wofford

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

Pet of the week

Library hours

Recreational activities

New Busbee principal knows value of educators

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Kissing Santa

Silver Bluff player busy year-round

Army announces its 'best of year' winners

Adult literacy sites

Aiken receives traffic safety award

Meetings

Upcomig events

New system speeds up fingerprint identification

Ordinance on trees is fine-tuned by council

Woman uses art as an expression of love

Across the river

Reunion will involve historic black schools

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