Helga collection sold; Brandywine loses custody

Helga collection sold; Brandywine loses custody
CHADDS FORD, Pa. - Andrew Wyeth's storied collection of 240 images of neighbor Helga Testorf has been sold to an American buyer, and is no longer in the custody of the Brandywine River Museum.

Helga collection sold; Brandywine loses custody
CHADDS FORD, Pa. - Andrew Wyeth's storied collection of 240 images of neighbor Helga Testorf has been sold to an American buyer, and is no longer in the custody of the Brandywine River Museum.

Baseball briefs
CHICAGO - Catcher A.J. Pierzynski and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract Monday and avoided arbitration.

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

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.

Baseball briefs
CHICAGO - Catcher A.J. Pierzynski and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract Monday and avoided arbitration.

Baseball briefs

Sign-up open for super fan

Hershey sues publisher over candy bar image on book
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The image of a distinctive chocolate bar on the dust jacket of a new book about the founder of The Hershey Co. violates its trademark, the candy maker said in a federal lawsuit.

Business briefs

Tourism panel plots strategy
Board members of Columbia County's recently created Convention and Visitors Bureau met for the first time Monday morning, heard about goals and gave the go-ahead to advertise for a director.

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.

State's jobless tax will decline
ATLANTA - Georgia businesses both large and small will pay less money next year on unemployment insurance taxes, state labor officials said Monday.

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.

State's jobless tax will decline
ATLANTA - Georgia businesses both large and small will pay less money next year on unemployment insurance taxes, state labor officials said Monday.

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.

Office holiday parties don't always mean dinner and drinks

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

Hershey sues publisher over candy bar image on book
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The image of a distinctive chocolate bar on the dust jacket of a new book about the founder of The Hershey Co. violates its trademark, the candy maker said in a federal lawsuit.

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.

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
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.

State's jobless tax will decline

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.

Tourism panel plots strategy

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.

Hershey sues publisher over candy bar image on book

Tourism panel plots strategy
Board members of Columbia County's recently created Convention and Visitors Bureau met for the first time Monday morning, heard about goals and gave the go-ahead to advertise for a director.

White, Miller win weekly ACC honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maxienne White of Clemson was named the player of the week in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday while Florida State's Britany Miller got her second rookie honor of the season.

White, Miller win weekly ACC honors

Clemson routs Puerto Rico
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico - Troy Mathis scored 15 points as Clemson routed the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 101-60 Monday in the first round of the San Juan Shootout tournament.

Clemson routs Puerto Rico
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico - Troy Mathis scored 15 points as Clemson routed the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 101-60 Monday in the first round of the San Juan Shootout tournament.

Clemson routs Puerto Rico
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico - Troy Mathis scored 15 points as Clemson routed the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 101-60 Monday in the first round of the San Juan Shootout tournament.

White, Miller win weekly ACC honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maxienne White of Clemson was named the player of the week in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday while Florida State's Britany Miller got her second rookie honor of the season.

Attorney for Texas football players says no charges
AUSTIN - An attorney for two Texas football players said he's been told by police the athletes will not be charged in an alleged downtown assault earlier this month.

Thrilling Bush is AP Player of the Year

Attorney for Texas football players says no charges

Thrilling Bush is AP Player of the Year
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush loves roller coasters - and it makes perfect sense. Both bring thrills with breathtaking bursts of zigzag speed.

Attorney for Texas football players says no charges
AUSTIN - An attorney for two Texas football players said he's been told by police the athletes will not be charged in an alleged downtown assault earlier this month.

Thrilling Bush is AP Player of the Year
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush loves roller coasters - and it makes perfect sense. Both bring thrills with breathtaking bursts of zigzag speed.

College basketball roundup

Kerry eyes impeachment
If there's an award for "sore loser of the year," then give it right now to U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who was defeated in his White House bid last year by President Bush.

Kerry eyes impeachment

They're selling despair; don't buy it
"Every American ... understands that we have no choice for own security but to win in Iraq."

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.

In the hunt again

They're selling despair; don't buy it

Kerry eyes impeachment
If there's an award for "sore loser of the year," then give it right now to U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who was defeated in his White House bid last year by President Bush.

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.

They're selling despair; don't buy it
"Every American ... understands that we have no choice for own security but to win in Iraq."

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

People in the News
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Was the name of a swanky bar in downtown Greensboro inspired by a literary giant or a pet bulldog? It may take a court decision to settle the dispute.

People in the News
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Was the name of a swanky bar in downtown Greensboro inspired by a literary giant or a pet bulldog? It may take a court decision to settle the dispute.

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

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.

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

99 are invited to play in '06

99 are invited to play in '06
Ninety-nine players, including 11 who got in Monday thanks to the final World Golf Ranking of the year, have qualified to play in the 2006 Masters Tournament.

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.

99 are invited to play in '06
Ninety-nine players, including 11 who got in Monday thanks to the final World Golf Ranking of the year, have qualified to play in the 2006 Masters Tournament.

Junior golf tee times
Tuesday Tee Times at Midland Valley

Goosen holds off charging Els to win 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.

Prep-basketball Scores

Thrashers send Berkhoel back to Gwinnett
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned goaltender Adam Berkhoel to Gwinnett of the East Coast Hockey League on Monday and need another backup.

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

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.

Thrashers send Berkhoel back to Gwinnett

Thrashers send Berkhoel back to Gwinnett
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned goaltender Adam Berkhoel to Gwinnett of the East Coast Hockey League on Monday and need another backup.

Sign-up open for super fan
This is the holiday of hopes and dreams. The one time of the year when anything seems possible. The season of miracles.

Sign-up open for super fan
This is the holiday of hopes and dreams. The one time of the year when anything seems possible. The season of miracles.

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.

Evolution is a belief, not science
George Bernard Shaw said, "The world jumped at Darwin at the very thought of being rid of God." People do not espouse evolution because it is scientifically valid, but because it gives them allowance to live like they want without accountability to a Creator. Timothy Fellows, Augusta

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?

Commission or kindergarten? You decide
Congratulations, Augusta commissioners. You have turned public office and government into a daytime drama that would rival any soap opera. Name-calling, racial intolerance, and walking out on government meetings - I'm still waiting for someone to get kidnapped or get in a love triangle. Michael J. Ryan, Evans

Evolution is a belief, not science

Commission or kindergarten? You decide

Evolution is a belief, not science
George Bernard Shaw said, "The world jumped at Darwin at the very thought of being rid of God." People do not espouse evolution because it is scientifically valid, but because it gives them allowance to live like they want without accountability to a Creator. Timothy Fellows, 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

Commission or kindergarten? You decide
Congratulations, Augusta commissioners. You have turned public office and government into a daytime drama that would rival any soap opera. Name-calling, racial intolerance, and walking out on government meetings - I'm still waiting for someone to get kidnapped or get in a love triangle. Michael J. Ryan, Evans

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

Techbits: High-tech toilet, body chips and more

Living briefs

Seniors calendar

Movie Games: Video games go Hollywood

Making big use of small space

How to get music free online, without lawsuit risk

Health and fitness calendar

Niche cell phones coming for sports fans, youths

Making big use of small space
A few weeks ago, Inez Trowell prepared, as she always does, the family Thanksgiving dinner.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Making big use of small space
A few weeks ago, Inez Trowell prepared, as she always does, the family Thanksgiving dinner.

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.

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.

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.

Living briefs
Sneakers created with top NBA talent are known to reach sky-high prices, but Shaquille O'Neal - one of basketball's biggest stars - brought things back to earth with his Dunkman Game Shoe.

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

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
Sneakers created with top NBA talent are known to reach sky-high prices, but Shaquille O'Neal - one of basketball's biggest stars - brought things back to earth with his Dunkman Game Shoe.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

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.

Gamenight
Lynx vs. Gladiators: Tonight, 7:05

Gamenight
Lynx vs. Gladiators: Tonight, 7:05

Gamenight

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Instead of focusing its efforts on drug dealers and murderers, it is running speed traps on Interstate 20. How about spending our tax money on crime?

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.

High-tech is ho-hum at warfare center

Scammers posing as utility workers

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.

Walker's daughter gets probation

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Education officials have talked for years about trimming the fat from the budget. They might just be adding some of it to the fuel used to run school buses.

Empty Stocking Donations

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents

Trial date set for man in slaying

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged $89,303.16

Breakdowns, low interest plague old photo ID bus

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

Sex offender gets 'light sentence,' officials say

Heat taxes set to drop
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue and legislative leaders, hoping to offer relief from high home-heating costs, announced Monday a three-month reduction in the state sales tax collected on the use of natural gas and liquid propane.

Empty Stocking: Released inmate wants to give son Christmas

Sex offender gets 'light sentence,' officials say
Convicted sex offender William Archer Stulb received a "light sentence" for his crime Monday, law enforcement officials said.

Across the area

Across the area

Aiken County may direct funds to police

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

Breakdowns, low interest plague old photo ID bus
ATLANTA - A state bus that was intended to make it easier for people to get photo identifications to vote under a controversial law has had three breakdowns and issued far fewer IDs than expected.

Across Georgia

The week ahead

Willis is in, Smith is out; the rest ends in gridlock

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

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

Aiken County may direct funds to police
AIKEN - Sheriff Mike Hunt's deputies will get their 37 new patrol cars early next year as planned, even without a state grant that was ostensibly earmarked for Graniteville relief after a catastrophic train wreck in January.

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.

Learn more, care more
The first time Sandi Jones saw a patient in the whirlpool in the burn unit at Doctors Hospital, she passed out.

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.

Trial date set for man in slaying
A February trial date has been set for an Augusta man facing capital murder charges.

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.

5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $88,158.16

Homefront: Smaller incisions better for patients

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.

Lowcountry family wants to evict Katrina evacuees

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

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

Kid of the Day

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.

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
A RANT FOR the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Instead of focusing its efforts on drug dealers and murderers, it is running speed traps on Interstate 20. How about spending our tax money on crime?

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.

Katrina survivors starting over with hope, pride

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.

Soldiers head home for the holidays

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

County fire service proposal is expected to be OK'd

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.

Heat taxes set to drop

Willis is in, Smith is out; the rest ends in gridlock
In a racially charged meeting Monday, the Augusta Commission hired a permanent fire chief, fired the engineering department director and reached no-action votes on three measures promoted to reform city government.

Kid of the Day

S. Carolina to stop letting drivers take buses home
COLUMBIA - The longtime tradition that school bus drivers take their buses home at the end of the day will soon stop in South Carolina.

Corrections

Across the area
Authorities are investigating a home invasion Sunday night in the 2300 block of Turkey Trail Drive in Hephzibah.

Across South Carolina

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged $89,303.16

Wrestling gets church spotlight

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Erin Joffre Granados, 33, was arrested Saturday after an employee in a lingerie shop called police to report there was a flasher in the store, authorities said.

S. Carolina to stop letting drivers take buses home

Scammers posing as utility workers
Two men are posing as Georgia Power employees in order to get into residents' homes to rob them, law enforcement authorities said Monday.

Renewed by faith Union Baptist shining again

Hunt for shooter requires new tips

TSA allowing more items on plane, but more searches added

One of 12 bands a-rockin'

Learn more, care more

Columbia County deputies want Web site for security information

Corrections
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misspelled the name of the president of Kennedy Capital Group, Rick Martin.

New way to pay being tested at Atlanta arena

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Education officials have talked for years about trimming the fat from the budget. They might just be adding some of it to the fuel used to run school buses.

Empty Stocking donations

Across the area
Authorities are investigating a home invasion Sunday night in the 2300 block of Turkey Trail Drive in Hephzibah.

Emergency systems incompatible

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Instead of focusing its efforts on drug dealers and murderers, it is running speed traps on Interstate 20. How about spending our tax money on crime?

Send illegals to prison, lawmaker says

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged $89,303.16

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
ATHENS - Erin Joffre Granados, 33, was arrested Saturday after an employee in a lingerie shop called police to report there was a flasher in the store, authorities said.

Monique Walker Hill sentenced to 3 years probation, fined

Learn more, care more
The first time Sandi Jones saw a patient in the whirlpool in the burn unit at Doctors Hospital, she passed out.

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.

Kid of the Day
Daniel James Nicholson, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

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.

S. Carolina to stop letting drivers take buses home
COLUMBIA - The longtime tradition that school bus drivers take their buses home at the end of the day will soon stop in South Carolina.

Wrestling gets church spotlight
ATHENS, Ga. - A television segment on Rob Adonis and his Ultimate Christian Wrestling troupe that performs at Harvest Church of Athens aired Monday on ABC's World News Tonight.

TSA allowing more items on plane, but more searches added
Go ahead and buy Dad that tool set for Christmas. Just in time for the holidays, passengers will once again be permitted to carry small scissors and tools on airplanes.

TSA allowing more items on plane, but more searches added
Go ahead and buy Dad that tool set for Christmas. Just in time for the holidays, passengers will once again be permitted to carry small scissors and tools on airplanes.

Wrestling gets church spotlight
ATHENS, Ga. - A television segment on Rob Adonis and his Ultimate Christian Wrestling troupe that performs at Harvest Church of Athens aired Monday on ABC's World News Tonight.

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.

Breakdowns, low interest plague old photo ID bus
ATLANTA - A state bus that was intended to make it easier for people to get photo identifications to vote under a controversial law has had three breakdowns and issued far fewer IDs than expected.

Renewed by faith Union Baptist shining again
The members of Union Baptist Church know about faith. "We're just a faithful congregation that held on," said Deacon Frank Cooper, whose parishioners have continued to worship in the 154-year-old church on Greene Street during four years of renovation.

Heat taxes set to drop
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue and legislative leaders, hoping to offer relief from high home-heating costs, announced Monday a three-month reduction in the state sales tax collected on the use of natural gas and liquid propane.

Post to enforce ban on phones

Aiken County may direct funds to police
AIKEN - Sheriff Mike Hunt's deputies will get their 37 new patrol cars early next year as planned, even without a state grant that was ostensibly earmarked for Graniteville relief after a catastrophic train wreck in January.

Walker's daughter gets probation
Former state Sen. Charles Walker's daughter was sentenced Monday to serve three years on probation and pay a $30,000 fine.

County fire service proposal is expected to be OK'd
Columbia County Commission is expected to vote in favor of a county fire service proposal today that no longer includes using North Columbia Fire and Rescue stations and equipment or help from the city of Harlem.

Is Georgia Legislature ready for prime time Webcasting?

Renewed by faith Union Baptist shining again
The members of Union Baptist Church know about faith. "We're just a faithful congregation that held on," said Deacon Frank Cooper, whose parishioners have continued to worship in the 154-year-old church on Greene Street during four years of renovation.

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.

Scammers posing as utility workers
Two men are posing as Georgia Power employees in order to get into residents' homes to rob them, law enforcement authorities said Monday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Trial date set for man in slaying
A February trial date has been set for an Augusta man facing capital murder charges.

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

Sex offender gets 'light sentence,' officials say
Convicted sex offender William Archer Stulb received a "light sentence" for his crime Monday, law enforcement officials said.

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.

Walker's daughter gets probation
Former state Sen. Charles Walker's daughter was sentenced Monday to serve three years on probation and pay a $30,000 fine.

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

Willis is in, Smith is out; the rest ends in gridlock
In a racially charged meeting Monday, the Augusta Commission hired a permanent fire chief, fired the engineering department director and reached no-action votes on three measures promoted to reform city government.

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.

Corrections
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misspelled the name of the president of Kennedy Capital Group, Rick Martin.

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.

Kid of the Day
Daniel James Nicholson, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

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: Released inmate wants to give son Christmas
An Augusta woman recently released from prison wants to give her young son, who suffered greatly during her incarceration, a wonderful Christmas this year but does not have the financial means to do so.

County fire service proposal is expected to be OK'd
Columbia County Commission is expected to vote in favor of a county fire service proposal today that no longer includes using North Columbia Fire and Rescue stations and equipment or help from the city of Harlem.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Special Olympics collaborate with on new movie
LOS ANGELES - The filmmaking Farrellys, known for their gleeful bad taste in irreverent comedies such as "There's Something About Mary," are taking on the Special Olympics. Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" fame is the star.

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

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.

'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'

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.

Special Olympics collaborate with on new movie
LOS ANGELES - The filmmaking Farrellys, known for their gleeful bad taste in irreverent comedies such as "There's Something About Mary," are taking on the Special Olympics. Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" fame is the star.

Special Olympics collaborate with on new movie

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.

Activists elated by praise for gay cowboy film

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.

Indie rockers unite!

Indie rockers unite!

Indie rockers unite!

Weezer singer continues vow of celibacy

Weezer singer continues vow of celibacy
NEW YORK - Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo is continuing his celibacy past his self-declared deadline.

Weezer singer continues vow of celibacy
NEW YORK - Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo is continuing his celibacy past his self-declared deadline.

Michael Andretti expected to make Indy 500 return

Michael Andretti expected to make Indy 500 return
INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Andretti was expected to announce that he will drive in next year's Indianapolis 500 after a two-year absence.

Michael Andretti expected to make Indy 500 return
INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Andretti was expected to announce that he will drive in next year's Indianapolis 500 after a two-year absence.

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

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.

Turnovers hurt Saints in loss to Panthers

Bears put Falcons on ice

Falcons' crash landing

Falcons fans brave weather

With perfect season over, Colts face new question: How do they rebound?

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

Mr. W. Ken Daughtry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. LaDarius Davis    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mrs. Judy S. Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Clifford E. Girndt    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Burnell Ruth Laux    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Cleveland McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Sara Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Williams    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. W. Ken Daughtry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Alma Clements    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan    (HERNANDO, MS)

Mr. Carl M. Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. William E. Thompson    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mary E. Brown    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Anna Brandt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. John Boatwright    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Miss Claudette Bledsoe    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shlaer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Fred R. Jensen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Rev. William E. Thompson    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

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

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Burnell Ruth Laux    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Tankersley, Jr.    (EAST POINT, Ga.)

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Godfrey Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Ruel Evans    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Peggy Voskian    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Stella Dorn    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Judy S. Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. John Ruel Evans    (EVANS, Ga.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Royce Frost    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Fred R. Jensen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Allen Garner    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Laura O. Masters    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Gilliam, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shlaer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Boatwright    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary E. Brown    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Tankersley, Jr.    (EAST POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Carl M. Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Peggy Voskian    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. LaDarius Davis    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. Edward Allen Garner    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Herndon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Martha Herndon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Godfrey Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Lou Pollard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Claudette Bledsoe    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Brandt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Clements    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Stella Dorn    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan    (HERNANDO, MS)

Mr. John Edward Baxter    (APPLING, GA.)

Miss Jannie L. Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Gilliam, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. John Edward Baxter    (APPLING, GA.)

Mr. Clifford E. Girndt    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Eric W. Williams    (IRVING, TX)

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Lou Pollard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura O. Masters    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Abney    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Miss Jannie L. Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Abney    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Royce Frost    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Williams    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eric W. Williams    (IRVING, TX)

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

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

Miss Jannie L. Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Charlie Royce Frost (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland McMillan (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lois Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Ruel Evans (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Judy Barnes (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary E. Brown (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Herndon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna Brandt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Allen Garner (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Rev. William E. Thompson (LANGLEY, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Peggy Voskian (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Forster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eric W. Williams (IRVING, TX)

Mr. Clifford E. Girndt (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Laura O. Masters (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Clements (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W. Ken Daughtry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Godfrey Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Claudette Bledsoe (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Stella Dorn (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. John Edward Baxter (APPLING, GA.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Williams (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan (HERNANDO, MS)

Mrs. Sara Pennington (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mr. John Boatwright (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Shlaer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Tankersley, Jr. (EAST POINT, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Quinnie Suggs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Lou Pollard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Abney (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Burnell Ruth Laux (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Gilliam, Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. LaDarius Davis (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

U.S. announces Olympic team

U.S. announces Olympic team
When U.S. goaltender Rick DiPietro looks out from his crease at the Turin Olympics, he'll see a defenseman nearly twice his age protecting him.

U.S. announces Olympic team
When U.S. goaltender Rick DiPietro looks out from his crease at the Turin Olympics, he'll see a defenseman nearly twice his age protecting him.

Lyons runs away with area award

Overtime

Overtime

Hingis to return Jan. 1 in Australian tournament

Dorfmeister wins World Cup super-G race, Kildow fourth

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
The LPGA Tour made an exception Monday for 17-year-old Morgan Pressel, accepting her as a member instead of making her wait until she turns 18 three months after the season begins.

Lyons runs away with area award
Cross country runner Bridget Lyons has found plenty of success at Greenbrier High School.

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.

Hingis to return Jan. 1 in Australian tournament
GOLD COAST, Australia - Martina Hingis will make her competitive return to tennis at a WTA tournament in Australia on New Year's Day.

Overtime
The LPGA Tour made an exception Monday for 17-year-old Morgan Pressel, accepting her as a member instead of making her wait until she turns 18 three months after the season begins.

Hingis to return Jan. 1 in Australian tournament
GOLD COAST, Australia - Martina Hingis will make her competitive return to tennis at a WTA tournament in Australia on New Year's Day.

Lyons runs away with area award
Cross country runner Bridget Lyons has found plenty of success at Greenbrier High School.

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.

Prep-basketball Scores
Boys Basketball

Prep-basketball Scores
Boys Basketball

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.

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.

With perfect season over, Colts face new question: How do they rebound?
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts spent weeks answering questions about a perfect season. On Monday, they were dealing with a new one: Can they rebound?

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' crash landing
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons aren't out of the NFC playoff race, but they're not exactly in the thick of the postseason hunt, either.

With perfect season over, Colts face new question: How do they rebound?
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts spent weeks answering questions about a perfect season. On Monday, they were dealing with a new one: Can they rebound?

Falcons' crash landing
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons aren't out of the NFC playoff race, but they're not exactly in the thick of the postseason hunt, either.

House moves for all-digital television by Feb. 2009
WASHINGTON - House lawmakers approved legislation early Monday that would complete the transition to all-digital television broadcasts by Feb. 17, 2009.

House moves for all-digital television by Feb. 2009

Illusionist puts the miracles of Jesus to the test

House moves for all-digital television by Feb. 2009
WASHINGTON - House lawmakers approved legislation early Monday that would complete the transition to all-digital television broadcasts by Feb. 17, 2009.

A tidied-up 'Housewives' makes China debut

A tidied-up 'Housewives' makes China debut
BEIJING - Chinese broadcasters have tidied up Wisteria Lane, cutting out some of the sex and violence from "Desperate Housewives."

A tidied-up 'Housewives' makes China debut
BEIJING - Chinese broadcasters have tidied up Wisteria Lane, cutting out some of the sex and violence from "Desperate Housewives."

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
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Illusionist Brock Gill never figured Jesus for a master magician.

People in the News

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.

Late heave ends run for No. 17 Dogs
PHILADELPHIA - Jennifer Owens hit a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to lead No. 25 Temple to a dramatic 69-66 victory over No. 17 Georgia.

Late heave ends run for No. 17 Dogs
PHILADELPHIA - Jennifer Owens hit a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to lead No. 25 Temple to a dramatic 69-66 victory over No. 17 Georgia.

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.

Late heave ends run for No. 17 Dogs

South Carolina's Rice catches another award
COLUMBIA - South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News.

South Carolina's Rice catches another award
COLUMBIA - South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News.

South Carolina slams Wofford

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

South Carolina's Rice catches another award

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

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.

Xtreme question

Xtreme question
Q: How many hours nightly did you spend studying for exams?

Spotted
Channing Sherman/SpottedJasmine Jones, 14 (left), and Melanie Robinson, 13, attended the Holiday Fest on Dec. 10 at the Augusta Common.

Spotted

Xtreme calendar
HIP SKATE: The hip-hop gospel family skate night, the Jingle Bell Jam, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Red Wing Roller Way, 2065 Washington Road. The entire family is invited to skate the night away and donate to the domestic violence prevention organization, Safe Homes Augusta. Cost is $4 and participants are urged to bring a donation of a personal hygiene or baby product.

Xtreme question
Q: How many hours nightly did you spend studying for exams?

Girl must let her friend know that behavior is bad
My so-called best friend and I have been fighting ever since sixth grade. She's always starting rumors about me, her friends and even about herself. She's trying to be someone she's not. I tried to talk to her, but gave up. I'm scared ... she's going to get hurt. What should I do?

Quick hits

Quick hits
MY THOUGHTS: Ms. Richie's tale is about Chloe Parker, a 24-year-old who practically grew up in the hottest clubs, hanging out with Hollywood's brightest stars.

Girl must let her friend know that behavior is bad
My so-called best friend and I have been fighting ever since sixth grade. She's always starting rumors about me, her friends and even about herself. She's trying to be someone she's not. I tried to talk to her, but gave up. I'm scared ... she's going to get hurt. What should I do?

Holiday hunt
From tinsel to fake snow or funny little elf stockings, the signs of Christmas and the winter holidays are all around.

Xtreme calendar
HIP SKATE: The hip-hop gospel family skate night, the Jingle Bell Jam, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Red Wing Roller Way, 2065 Washington Road. The entire family is invited to skate the night away and donate to the domestic violence prevention organization, Safe Homes Augusta. Cost is $4 and participants are urged to bring a donation of a personal hygiene or baby product.

Girl must let her friend know that behavior is bad

Holiday hunt
From tinsel to fake snow or funny little elf stockings, the signs of Christmas and the winter holidays are all around.

Xtreme calendar

Holiday hunt
From tinsel to fake snow or funny little elf stockings, the signs of Christmas and the winter holidays are all around.

Spotted
Channing Sherman/SpottedJasmine Jones, 14 (left), and Melanie Robinson, 13, attended the Holiday Fest on Dec. 10 at the Augusta Common.

Holiday hunt

Quick hits
MY THOUGHTS: Ms. Richie's tale is about Chloe Parker, a 24-year-old who practically grew up in the hottest clubs, hanging out with Hollywood's brightest stars.