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

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

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:

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Events
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Events
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM

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.

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

Readers will feel the love in new books

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.

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
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

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

Garciaparra set to join Dodgers

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
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

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.

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

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.

Rachel Bailee Gay

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 Briann Rhodes

Liam Patrick Bohannon

Michaela Claire Buckley

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
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

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.

TaMyrie Kay Stallwood

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.

Dylan Gordon Floyd

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.

Nativia Cullars

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.

Raymond Lee Mann

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

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

Carmen Lea Smith

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.

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

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.

Dylan Bobby Mock

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.

Tina Friederike Luise

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.

Julie-Kate Izabelle Rote

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.

Lawrence Bowen Broderick

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

Brodie Hughes Chapman

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

Emilie Grace Daskal

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.

Jefferson Trowbridge 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.

Stephen Carter, III

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.

Madison Taylor Hall

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.

William Mason Wheatley

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.

Carter Alison Cullipher

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joey Peyton Braddy

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

Jace Lowen Anderson

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.

Business licenses

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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.

Tuesday marks busiest day for UPS

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Office holiday parties don't always mean dinner and drinks

Richmond County property transfers

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.

Business calendar

On the move

Business briefs

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 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.

College basketball roundup

Jags have Lions' number

Jags even the score

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Iran's Hitler invites war

Needling the vaccine makers

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

In the hunt again

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.

Help fight unnatural disasters too

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

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

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.

Junior golf tee times
Tuesday Tee Times at Midland Valley

Junior golf tee times

2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team

Tigers star easy pick as the top defender

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.

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

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

NHL roundup

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
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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Pray that Iraq war ends soon

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

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

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
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

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

Local voters must get past race

Rough upbringing spawned a killer

Illegal immigration harms nation

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.

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.

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.

Certainly, I like Christmas - do you?

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

Don't let anti-Christian movement spread

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

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

Keep an eye on what ACLU does

Bush presidency is sheer torture

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

Movie Games: Video games go Hollywood

Living briefs

Forethought can help holidays run smoothly

Nicaragua offers peaceful times for tourists

Everything in the house says Christmas

Quick changes will make a successful nighttime outfit

Travel briefs

Icicles can bring chilling costs to your heating bill

Techbits: High-tech toilet, body chips and more

Renewable hybrid wood rates high on hardness scale

Niche cell phones coming for sports fans, youths

Ask the Carey Brothers

How to get music free online, without lawsuit risk

Time brings changes to Myrtle Beach

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 :

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

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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

News you can use

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

Send illegals to prison, lawmaker says

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

The week ahead

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.

Emergency systems incompatible

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.

Lowcountry family wants to evict Katrina evacuees

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.

Across Georgia

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

New way to pay being tested at Atlanta arena

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.

Columbia County deputies want Web site for security information

House affirms stance on law

One of 12 bands a-rockin'

Across Georgia

5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey

Empty Stocking; Holiday could be last for dying mother

Hunt for shooter requires new tips

News you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

Kid of the Day

News you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $88,158.16

Empty Stocking donations

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.

Across the area

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.

Homefront: Smaller incisions better for patients

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

High-tech is ho-hum at warfare center

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

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monique Walker Hill sentenced to 3 years probation, fined

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Where we live

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Family says waiver may have helped child

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

Is Georgia Legislature ready for prime time Webcasting?

Stronger truancy policy gets results

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

What won't they do for Xbox 360?

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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 fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

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:

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

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
Woman reports armed robbery

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.

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

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.

Kid of the day
Jaylin Hollis

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

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.

Kid of the day
Jaylin Hollis

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

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.

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 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.

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

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

Across the area
Woman reports armed robbery

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

Post to enforce ban on phones

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.

'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
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Capsule reviews of new films

Activists elated by praise for gay cowboy film

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

Author discusses origins of her 'Brokeback Mountain'

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
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

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

Turnovers hurt Saints in loss to Panthers

Falcons fans brave weather

Bears put Falcons on ice

Mr. Rubben Murray    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Fred R. Jensen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Cleveland McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shlaer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard    (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy S. Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Hosea Frasher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Judy S. Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sherman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Turner    (WHITMIRE, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sherman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Turner    (WHITMIRE, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rubben Murray    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Doris Shlaer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard    (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mr. Fred R. Jensen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rubben Murray (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Doris Shlaer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Willie Leverentz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Quinnie Suggs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Pennington (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland McMillan (MILLEN, Ga.)

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.

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Sports rants and raves

American Kildow wins downhill and leads standings

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Dorfmeister wins World Cup super-G race, Kildow fourth

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.

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Golf

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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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Overtime
Golf

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

Squirreling away the day

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

South Carolina might buck rule on unlimited harvests

Women's game keeps on evolving

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.

'Situation Room' puts news all over the screen

'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

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.

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

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.

TV highlights and lowlights for the week ahead

Midseason shows hit prime time

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?

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Library hours

Silver Bluff player busy year-round

Woman uses art as an expression of love

Adult literacy sites

Kissing Santa

Pet of the week

Meetings

Around the block

Army announces its 'best of year' winners

Recreational activities

Aiken receives traffic safety award

New Busbee principal knows value of educators

Upcomig events

New system speeds up fingerprint identification

Ordinance on trees is fine-tuned by council

Reunion will involve historic black schools

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Events