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

Founder's statue is on target
With about two-thirds of the funds needed to create a statue of North Augusta founder James U. Jackson having been raised, members of the committee that is planning the statue are optimistic that North Augustans will continue to show their generosity.

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

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421.

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

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

Milestones
Angie Rollins, a kinesiotherapy assistant in the Uptown KT Clinic, has been named the November employee of the month at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Milestones
Angie Rollins, a kinesiotherapy assistant in the Uptown KT Clinic, has been named the November employee of the month at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Meth Watch program aims to put crimp in illegal drugs
There's a simple solution to keeping common ingredients used to make methamphetamine out of the drug makers' hands.

Recreation events
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

Lowe's has opening ceremony
As North Augusta City Councilman Jimmy Adams sawed through the grand-opening piece of lumber at the Lowe's on Knox Avenue, Shirley Cheney was making her way through the store's aisles.

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

Around the block
Exhibitions by Carol Sue Roberts and Dorothy Johnson will continue through December at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. The exhibitions are free. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 641-9094.

Founder's statue is on target
With about two-thirds of the funds needed to create a statue of North Augusta founder James U. Jackson having been raised, members of the committee that is planning the statue are optimistic that North Augustans will continue to show their generosity.

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421.

Work on soccer complex interrupted by weather
Construction on the Hammond's Ferry Soccer Complex is behind schedule.

Around the block
Exhibitions by Carol Sue Roberts and Dorothy Johnson will continue through December at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. The exhibitions are free. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 641-9094.

Residence might have some ghostly visitors
About 30,000 services have been conducted out of George Funeral Homes' Park Avenue location in the past 56 years, said owner Ray Visotski.

Bulldozing the competition
A group of agriculture students at Wagener-Salley High School are one step closer to winning a state championship after emerging victorious in the Lower State Region FFA Tractor Driving Contest at the Orangeburg County Fair.

Meth Watch program aims to put crimp in illegal drugs
There's a simple solution to keeping common ingredients used to make methamphetamine out of the drug makers' hands.

Children's librarian makes programs fun
An eager little voice asked whether it was time for the snacks.

This week
'Tis the Season: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Monday and Dec. 30; Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; program traces holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students; children younger than 4 are not admitted; reservations are recommended; 641-3654

Residence might have some ghostly visitors
About 30,000 services have been conducted out of George Funeral Homes' Park Avenue location in the past 56 years, said owner Ray Visotski.

Bulldozing the competition
A group of agriculture students at Wagener-Salley High School are one step closer to winning a state championship after emerging victorious in the Lower State Region FFA Tractor Driving Contest at the Orangeburg County Fair.

Work on soccer complex interrupted by weather
Construction on the Hammond's Ferry Soccer Complex is behind schedule.

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

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

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

This week
'Tis the Season: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Monday and Dec. 30; Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; program traces holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students; children younger than 4 are not admitted; reservations are recommended; 641-3654

Lowe's has opening ceremony
As North Augusta City Councilman Jimmy Adams sawed through the grand-opening piece of lumber at the Lowe's on Knox Avenue, Shirley Cheney was making her way through the store's aisles.

Children's librarian makes programs fun
An eager little voice asked whether it was time for the snacks.

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

Applause cover
Applause cover for December 22, 2005.

Applause cover

Applause cover
Applause cover for December 22, 2005.

Exhibit explores relationship between pets and owners

Exhibit explores relationship between pets and owners
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The gravestone was carved granite, the small plastic casket lined with nylon and lace.

Exhibit explores relationship between pets and owners
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The gravestone was carved granite, the small plastic casket lined with nylon and lace.

Boston has big hole to fill in center
BOSTON - Even before Johnny Damon spurned the Red Sox for the New York Yankees, Boston began looking for his potential replacement.

Boston has big hole to fill in center

Boston has big hole to fill in center
BOSTON - Even before Johnny Damon spurned the Red Sox for the New York Yankees, Boston began looking for his potential replacement.

Rooms to Go redecorates Rhodes shop
Rooms to Go is overhauling a room in Augusta this January - its new showroom.

U.S. economy grew at fastest pace in 1 1/2 years
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy turned in a remarkably strong performance in the summer despite surging energy prices and the battering the Gulf Coast states took from hurricanes, although business growth was slightly lower than the government previously estimated.

It's time to plan for tax season
This holiday, do something for yourself. Nestle in that comfy chair with a plate of gingerbread, sip a wassail or two, cozy up and ... prepare your taxes?

Bank of America to issue American Express cards
Bank of America Corp.'s plans to issue American Express branded credit cards should bolster the bank's efforts to attract new customers while retaining more affluent ones, chief executive Ken Lewis said Wednesday.

U.S. economy grew at fastest pace in 1 1/2 years

Procrastinators pay big bucks for holiday delivery
ATLANTA - It doesn't usually take this long for Ron Rodriguez to send his holiday gifts, but this year things just kind of got away from him.

U.S. economy grew at fastest pace in 1 1/2 years
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy turned in a remarkably strong performance in the summer despite surging energy prices and the battering the Gulf Coast states took from hurricanes, although business growth was slightly lower than the government previously estimated.

Bird flu patients die after building drug resistance

Transit strike has sole silver lining: online shopping
There's one silver lining to the New York City transit strike that has shut down buses and subways, while crippling many businesses. Online retailing - which has enjoyed robust sales this holiday season - is getting a further boost in the season's final days, as New York area shoppers turn to the Internet for last-minute buying.

Bank of America to issue American Express cards

Bird flu patients die after building drug resistance
In a development health experts are calling alarming, two bird flu patients in Vietnam died after developing resistance to Tamiflu, the key drug that governments are stockpiling in case of a large-scale outbreak.

Wide tires could leave a mark on trucking industry

It's time to plan for tax season
This holiday, do something for yourself. Nestle in that comfy chair with a plate of gingerbread, sip a wassail or two, cozy up and ... prepare your taxes?

It's time to plan for tax season

Business briefs

Bank of America to issue American Express cards
Bank of America Corp.'s plans to issue American Express branded credit cards should bolster the bank's efforts to attract new customers while retaining more affluent ones, chief executive Ken Lewis said Wednesday.

Bird flu patients die after building drug resistance
In a development health experts are calling alarming, two bird flu patients in Vietnam died after developing resistance to Tamiflu, the key drug that governments are stockpiling in case of a large-scale outbreak.

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Wide tires could leave a mark on trucking industry
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Take a closer look at some of the 18-wheelers rolling down the nation's roads lately and you might notice something missing: eight wheels.

Transit strike has sole silver lining: online shopping
There's one silver lining to the New York City transit strike that has shut down buses and subways, while crippling many businesses. Online retailing - which has enjoyed robust sales this holiday season - is getting a further boost in the season's final days, as New York area shoppers turn to the Internet for last-minute buying.

Procrastinators pay big bucks for holiday delivery

Procrastinators pay big bucks for holiday delivery
ATLANTA - It doesn't usually take this long for Ron Rodriguez to send his holiday gifts, but this year things just kind of got away from him.

Rooms to Go redecorates Rhodes shop

Rooms to Go redecorates Rhodes shop
Rooms to Go is overhauling a room in Augusta this January - its new showroom.

Transit strike has sole silver lining: online shopping

Wide tires could leave a mark on trucking industry
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Take a closer look at some of the 18-wheelers rolling down the nation's roads lately and you might notice something missing: eight wheels.

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Tigers make it 10 wins in a row

Tigers make it 10 wins in a row
Vernon Hamilton scored 18 points to lead undefeated Clemson to a 71-48 victory Tuesday over Holy Cross in the semifinals of the San Juan Shootout.

Clemson announces suspensions, dismissal

Clemson announces suspensions, dismissal
Two Clemson football players were suspended for academic reasons and will miss the Champ Sports Bowl, and a third was kicked off the team by coach Tommy Bowden.

Tigers make it 10 wins in a row
Vernon Hamilton scored 18 points to lead undefeated Clemson to a 71-48 victory Tuesday over Holy Cross in the semifinals of the San Juan Shootout.

Clemson announces suspensions, dismissal
Two Clemson football players were suspended for academic reasons and will miss the Champ Sports Bowl, and a third was kicked off the team by coach Tommy Bowden.

Paterno garners coach award

Leinart's eligibility reinstated after NCAA violation

Paterno garners coach award
Joe Paterno, who turns 79 today, got an early birthday present Tuesday when he was an overwhelming choice as The Associated Press college football coach of the year.

Leinart's eligibility reinstated after NCAA violation
USC quarterback Matt Leinart's eligibility has been reinstated after he violated an NCAA rule by appearing in a promotional segment for ESPN, an NCAA spokesman said.

Leinart's eligibility reinstated after NCAA violation
USC quarterback Matt Leinart's eligibility has been reinstated after he violated an NCAA rule by appearing in a promotional segment for ESPN, an NCAA spokesman said.

Paterno garners coach award
Joe Paterno, who turns 79 today, got an early birthday present Tuesday when he was an overwhelming choice as The Associated Press college football coach of the year.

Hamilton leads Tigers to title

Backstabbing ex-presidents' club
We can't recall former President George H.W. Bush making headlines by lambasting his successor. Not that he didn't have opportunities.

Heads and wheels must roll

Fear in black and white

Let us be the judge of that
Judges are defining marriage. They're trying to tell us whether we can acknowledge God in public places. They're telling businesses how to hire and fire. They're overturning public votes and legislative actions.

Fear in black and white
It's official: Augusta politics are not only sad, they're scary.

Backstabbing ex-presidents' club
We can't recall former President George H.W. Bush making headlines by lambasting his successor. Not that he didn't have opportunities.

Let us be the judge of that
Judges are defining marriage. They're trying to tell us whether we can acknowledge God in public places. They're telling businesses how to hire and fire. They're overturning public votes and legislative actions.

Heads and wheels must roll
Never mind that they cynically shut down mass transit just days before Christmas - when tons of tourists are enjoying the best time of year in the world's most manic city.

Let us be the judge of that

Heads and wheels must roll
Never mind that they cynically shut down mass transit just days before Christmas - when tons of tourists are enjoying the best time of year in the world's most manic city.

Backstabbing ex-presidents' club

Fear in black and white
It's official: Augusta politics are not only sad, they're scary.

Club calendar
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of performance and drink specials at nightclubs in Augusta and Aiken:

Grubbin': Sub shop opens on Washington Road
Last-minute Christmas shoppers will have a new place to stop for a bite to eat Friday when a Quiznos opens at 3328 Washington Road, formerly the location of Skyline Cafe.

People in the News
TRENTON, N.J. - Ethan Hawke has asked New Jersey's acting governor to grant clemency to a 65-year-old woman who has been in prison for more than 16 years for murdering her police officer-boyfriend.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Gwen Stefani, nominated for five Grammy Awards including album of the year for "Love.Angel.Music.Baby.," is pregnant with her first child, according to Us Weekly.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Gwen Stefani, nominated for five Grammy Awards including album of the year for "Love.Angel.Music.Baby.," is pregnant with her first child, according to Us Weekly.

Britney Spears sues Us Weekly over sex tape article
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears has filed a $20 million libel lawsuit against Us Weekly, charging the celebrity magazine published a false story reporting she and husband Kevin Federline had made a sex tape and were worried about its release.

Britney Spears sues Us Weekly over sex tape article
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears has filed a $20 million libel lawsuit against Us Weekly, charging the celebrity magazine published a false story reporting she and husband Kevin Federline had made a sex tape and were worried about its release.

The Top Five
The top five entertainment list.

Sharpton says he's not longer interested in sitcom role
Al Sharpton, who was previously in talks with CBS to star in a sitcom, says he's not interested in being a TV star after all.

What's cookin': Bradley Czajka
PLACES HE'S WORKED: The Cloister, Sea Island, Ga.; Little Nell, Aspen, Colo.; Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Mich.; Four Seasons, Houston; and the Lodge, Koele in Hawaii

What's cookin': Bradley Czajka
PLACES HE'S WORKED: The Cloister, Sea Island, Ga.; Little Nell, Aspen, Colo.; Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Mich.; Four Seasons, Houston; and the Lodge, Koele in Hawaii

Elton John ties the knot with longtime partner
WINDSOR, England - Britain's most famous gay couple - Sir Elton John and Canadian filmmaker David Furnish - tied the knot Wednesday in a much-anticipated ceremony that capped the first week of legalized civil unions in the United Kingdom.

Concerts calendar
BEHOLD THE STAR: CHRISTMAS MEMORIES: 7 tonight, Imperial Theatre, 750 Broad St.; $35, $20; imperialtheatre.com or 722-8341

People in the News
TRENTON, N.J. - Ethan Hawke has asked New Jersey's acting governor to grant clemency to a 65-year-old woman who has been in prison for more than 16 years for murdering her police officer-boyfriend.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Sharpton says he's not longer interested in sitcom role
Al Sharpton, who was previously in talks with CBS to star in a sitcom, says he's not interested in being a TV star after all.

Grubbin': Sub shop opens on Washington Road
Last-minute Christmas shoppers will have a new place to stop for a bite to eat Friday when a Quiznos opens at 3328 Washington Road, formerly the location of Skyline Cafe.

Elton John ties the knot with longtime partner
WINDSOR, England - Britain's most famous gay couple - Sir Elton John and Canadian filmmaker David Furnish - tied the knot Wednesday in a much-anticipated ceremony that capped the first week of legalized civil unions in the United Kingdom.

Concerts calendar
BEHOLD THE STAR: CHRISTMAS MEMORIES: 7 tonight, Imperial Theatre, 750 Broad St.; $35, $20; imperialtheatre.com or 722-8341

Club calendar
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of performance and drink specials at nightclubs in Augusta and Aiken:

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

The Top Five
The top five entertainment list.

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

History of black pepper includes medicine, trade
NEW YORK - Salt and pepper have been partners for so long that hardly anyone questions how they happened to form such a lasting relationship.

Traditional or varied, latkes can make a party

Pumpkin spice banana bread recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Can you stand one more baking story? It is the season, after all.

A re-worked version of pumpkin cream-cheese pie
Judith Evans, food editor of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, published the recipe for Pumpkin Cream-Cheese Pie distributed by The Associated Press Nov. 4, 2005.

Small bites
A holiday-season gesture by the Food Network is aimed at helping restaurant workers in New Orleans. The launch of a 2006 Food Network calendar, its first chef-recipe calendar, will benefit the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund, the television network says.

Traditional or varied, latkes can make a party
It's cute. It's small. It's crispy. And it's much more than yesterday's mashed potatoes.

Traditional or varied, latkes can make a party
It's cute. It's small. It's crispy. And it's much more than yesterday's mashed potatoes.

History of black pepper includes medicine, trade

A re-worked version of pumpkin cream-cheese pie
Judith Evans, food editor of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, published the recipe for Pumpkin Cream-Cheese Pie distributed by The Associated Press Nov. 4, 2005.

Pumpkin spice banana bread recipe

A re-worked version of pumpkin cream-cheese pie

Small bites
A holiday-season gesture by the Food Network is aimed at helping restaurant workers in New Orleans. The launch of a 2006 Food Network calendar, its first chef-recipe calendar, will benefit the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund, the television network says.

Small bites

Pumpkin spice banana bread recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Can you stand one more baking story? It is the season, after all.

History of black pepper includes medicine, trade
NEW YORK - Salt and pepper have been partners for so long that hardly anyone questions how they happened to form such a lasting relationship.

Jackets accept bowl situation
The bowl season opened Tuesday night with the New Orleans Bowl in Lafayette, La., and runs through the Jan. 4 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Games will be played in exotic locations - Hawaii and Miami - and wintry outposts such as Boise, Idaho, and Detroit.

Bowl game may help define Tech's season
Georgia Tech needs a win over Utah in the Dec. 29 Emerald Bowl to avoid finishing with seven wins for the fourth straight season. The No. 24 Yellow Jackets also can finish in the Top 25 for the first time since 2001.

Bowl game may help define Tech's season
Georgia Tech needs a win over Utah in the Dec. 29 Emerald Bowl to avoid finishing with seven wins for the fourth straight season. The No. 24 Yellow Jackets also can finish in the Top 25 for the first time since 2001.

Jackets accept bowl situation
The bowl season opened Tuesday night with the New Orleans Bowl in Lafayette, La., and runs through the Jan. 4 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Games will be played in exotic locations - Hawaii and Miami - and wintry outposts such as Boise, Idaho, and Detroit.

Jackets accept bowl situation

Bowl game may help define Tech's season

Augusta changes fine with Couples

Golf world loses legends

A global challenge

A global challenge
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were the most vocal about wanting a shorter season on the PGA Tour, although their motives don't appear to be anything alike.

Golf world loses legends
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Stan Leonard, who won the inaugural Tournament of Champions in 1958, has died at 90.

A global challenge
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were the most vocal about wanting a shorter season on the PGA Tour, although their motives don't appear to be anything alike.

Augusta changes fine with Couples
Former Masters Tournament champion Fred Couples already has played Augusta National Golf Club five times in two trips since the course opened after more changes to lengthen six holes.

Golf world loses legends
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Stan Leonard, who won the inaugural Tournament of Champions in 1958, has died at 90.

Augusta changes fine with Couples
Former Masters Tournament champion Fred Couples already has played Augusta National Golf Club five times in two trips since the course opened after more changes to lengthen six holes.

Schools shopping for coaches

Prep basketball scores

Schools shopping for coaches
There's a phrase in life that says every rumor has at least a nugget of truth to it. The one going around about a well-respected area coach getting an offer of close to six figures from Orangeburg-Wilkinson team fits that bill.

Schools shopping for coaches
There's a phrase in life that says every rumor has at least a nugget of truth to it. The one going around about a well-respected area coach getting an offer of close to six figures from Orangeburg-Wilkinson team fits that bill.

Enjoy 'McMuffin' in home kitchen
Big holiday brunches can be labor-intensive, but I've taken a cue from one of America's favorite fast-food restaurants and have come up with a delicious breakfast casserole that is a snap to prepare.

Enjoy 'McMuffin' in home kitchen
Big holiday brunches can be labor-intensive, but I've taken a cue from one of America's favorite fast-food restaurants and have come up with a delicious breakfast casserole that is a snap to prepare.

Enjoy 'McMuffin' in home kitchen

Augusta needs its own drag strip

Cancel Christmas in church? Why?
What kind of churches would cancel worship as a congregation on Christmas Day - for any reason? Especially since Almighty God thought enough of the original occasion to send His holy angels to announce it to a group of poor shepherds...Lucius L. Bultman Sr., North Augusta, S.C.

Cancel Christmas in church? Why?
What kind of churches would cancel worship as a congregation on Christmas Day - for any reason? Especially since Almighty God thought enough of the original occasion to send His holy angels to announce it to a group of poor shepherds...Lucius L. Bultman Sr., North Augusta, S.C.

Let the operation in Iraq proceed

Decide: total freedom or total security?

Maybe sanity can return to our city
Congratulations to the new mayor! Thank God the local elections are over for now. Hopefully, Deke Copenhaver can restore unity and reassurance to the people of Augusta, and hopefully Augusta will grow and prosper. Tina Cloer, Augusta

Maybe sanity can return to our city

Augusta needs its own drag strip
Augusta has the Masters Tournament, the Lynx, the GreenJackets and drag boat racing. Why not a drag strip? This could be the best thing to happen to Augusta. Kevin Beck, Augusta

Decide: total freedom or total security?
Although I don't often say this, President Bush is right when he says spying on U.S. citizens decreases the risk of terrorist attacks.Harold Szerlip, Martinez

Maybe sanity can return to our city
Congratulations to the new mayor! Thank God the local elections are over for now. Hopefully, Deke Copenhaver can restore unity and reassurance to the people of Augusta, and hopefully Augusta will grow and prosper. Tina Cloer, Augusta

Decide: total freedom or total security?
Although I don't often say this, President Bush is right when he says spying on U.S. citizens decreases the risk of terrorist attacks.Harold Szerlip, Martinez

Augusta needs its own drag strip
Augusta has the Masters Tournament, the Lynx, the GreenJackets and drag boat racing. Why not a drag strip? This could be the best thing to happen to Augusta. Kevin Beck, Augusta

Cancel Christmas in church? Why?

Let the operation in Iraq proceed
Let's imagine if we had a rotten tooth that was giving us a lot of trouble. Let's imagine going to the dentist to get it fixed. The dentist says it has to come out. Marvin Langley, Edgefield, S.C.

Let the operation in Iraq proceed
Let's imagine if we had a rotten tooth that was giving us a lot of trouble. Let's imagine going to the dentist to get it fixed. The dentist says it has to come out. Marvin Langley, Edgefield, S.C.

Poll finds Americans dependent on tech gadgets

Study: Barbie is often mutilated by young girls

Smoking down, prescription-drug abuse up among teens

New studies show Mars has a violent and dry history

Holiday lights

Living briefs

Study: 7 million U.S. teens would flunk treadmill tests

Love of Christmas shows in woman's collection

Study: 7 million U.S. teens would flunk treadmill tests
CHICAGO - About a third of U.S. teens would flunk a treadmill fitness test, a new study shows, meaning that more than 7 million youngsters could face higher risks for heart disease later in life.

Poll finds Americans dependent on tech gadgets
WASHINGTON - Personal computers, cell phones and high-speed Internet are considered essential to getting by for millions of Americans who are showing early signs of addiction to the next wave of high-tech toys, an AP-Ipsos poll found.

Holiday lights
If your halls are decked with boughs of holly, maybe it's time to see what others have created with their decorating time.

Study: 7 million U.S. teens would flunk treadmill tests
CHICAGO - About a third of U.S. teens would flunk a treadmill fitness test, a new study shows, meaning that more than 7 million youngsters could face higher risks for heart disease later in life.

Poll finds Americans dependent on tech gadgets
WASHINGTON - Personal computers, cell phones and high-speed Internet are considered essential to getting by for millions of Americans who are showing early signs of addiction to the next wave of high-tech toys, an AP-Ipsos poll found.

Study: Barbie is often mutilated by young girls
LONDON - Barbie, beware. The iconic plastic doll is often mutilated at the hands of young girls, according to research published Monday by British academics.

Living briefs
One grand-prize winner will receive stainmaster flooring in three rooms of his house in the today's flooring style sweepstakes from invista's stainmaster carpet group.

Smoking down, prescription-drug abuse up among teens
WASHINGTON - America's teens are smoking less and popping pain pills more.

New studies show Mars has a violent and dry history
LOS ANGELES - Two new studies are challenging the notion that the desolate Martian plains once brimmed with salty pools of water that could have supported some form of life.

Holiday lights
If your halls are decked with boughs of holly, maybe it's time to see what others have created with their decorating time.

New studies show Mars has a violent and dry history
LOS ANGELES - Two new studies are challenging the notion that the desolate Martian plains once brimmed with salty pools of water that could have supported some form of life.

Study: Barbie is often mutilated by young girls
LONDON - Barbie, beware. The iconic plastic doll is often mutilated at the hands of young girls, according to research published Monday by British academics.

Smoking down, prescription-drug abuse up among teens
WASHINGTON - America's teens are smoking less and popping pain pills more.

Living briefs
One grand-prize winner will receive stainmaster flooring in three rooms of his house in the today's flooring style sweepstakes from invista's stainmaster carpet group.

Battaglia lifts Lynx to win
Just when things looked grim for the Augusta Lynx on Tuesday night, Anthony Battaglia needed only three minutes to turn around a game that had been controlled by the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Battaglia lifts Lynx to win

Battaglia lifts Lynx to win
Just when things looked grim for the Augusta Lynx on Tuesday night, Anthony Battaglia needed only three minutes to turn around a game that had been controlled by the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Hundreds line up for 'a little love' from Augusta native James Brown
Fulfilling your children's dreams of receiving a bike for Christmas means certain sacrifices must be made.

Across the area

Bills will help out military widows
The pro-military theme of several laws passed during the past legislative session is expected to extend into next year's meeting under the Gold Dome.

Robbers get long terms in prison

Holiday events

Price of snacks to rise a bit
The governing board of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center agreed Tuesday to raise prices on some food and beverages sold during Augusta Lynx games, then agreed to look into having the center take over the concessions and cut prices.

Grovetown to get new elementary
Plans are moving forward to build a new elementary school in Grovetown.

Across South Carolina
Two Florence County sheriff's deputies are on paid leave after the death of a 32-year-old man who was shocked with a Taser while being arrested.

Rants and raves
WHY DON'T THEY design cars that as soon as you turn on the windshield wipers the lights come on? I've been blinking my lights. It's a safety factor. If people would just remember to do that. Car manufacturers would help a lot if they added that feature. It might cost a little more, but think of the safety factor.

Across Georgia
MARTA will turn to a retired executive to run the transit agency while a new general manager is sought.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Man is charged in robbery setup
A man who claimed to be a victim of a violent home invasion two months ago actually masterminded the robbery that culminated in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man, police said Tuesday.

Across the area

Evans helped plot county's course
John Ruel Evans, a pivotal figure in Columbia County politics, will be buried today.

Setting the pace
Shardae Ward, 15 (left), and Jamie Wright, 15 (right), with chaperone Crystal Garrett, 19, were among 100 youths who received gift cards to shop for the Jermaine O'Neal and Columbia Housing Authority Christmas Extravaganza.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Holiday events
COKESBURY UNITED METHODIST: 2005 WINDSOR SPRING ROAD; Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5:30 p.m.; Christmas Day service at 10:50 a.m.

Grants to help seniors pay bill
ATLANTA - A day after Gov. Sonny Perdue announced plans for a slight break on Georgians' natural gas bills, state utility regulators moved to help elderly residents facing the start of winter without heat.

City offers deal for Aiken plot
AIKEN - Negotiations between the city and a local landowner over the purchase of a prime piece of downtown real estate have moved forward.

Graniteville monument won't make anniversary
AIKEN - Plans for a 6-foot-tall granite monument to be placed across the street from the site of January's fatal Graniteville train derailment have been finalized.

Certification adds point to scores

Will Atlanta end our gridlock?
Gridlock will be the order of the day on the Augusta Commission until the law that created the consolidated government is changed, and if the local delegation doesn't do it, the full Legislature might, according to some Augusta officials.

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Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Tuesday morning armed robbery at a Wrightsboro Road convenience store.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Tuesday morning armed robbery at a Wrightsboro Road convenience store.

Empty stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $100,216.31

Soldiers go home for holidays

Amber Alert issued for 10-year-old Spartanburg girl
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday for a missing 10-year-old girl who authorities said may be with her 16-year-old sister.

Robbers get long terms in prison
Judge Carl C. Brown Jr.'s sense of Christmas spirit went out to the robbery victims instead of three young men who stood before him Wednesday.

Fire plan wins approval
Dec. 31 at 7 a.m. That's when Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue will expand its fire service throughout Columbia County's unincorporated area, according to a plan that was given final approval by Columbia County commissioners Tuesday.

Kid of the Day
Isiah T. Stallings, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Certification adds point to scores
COLUMBIA - Students of teachers who receive national board certification have test scores that are a little more than one point higher than other students', a new study shows.

Hundreds line up for 'a little love' from Augusta native James Brown
Fulfilling your children's dreams of receiving a bike for Christmas means certain sacrifices must be made.

Judge will reconsider sex crime sentence
One day after sentencing a convicted sex offender to one year in a state detention center, Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale wants a new hearing to "remold" the sentence.

Robbers get long terms in prison
Judge Carl C. Brown Jr.'s sense of Christmas spirit went out to the robbery victims instead of three young men who stood before him Wednesday.

Royal treatment
Kelley Dube (left) helps her 5-year-old son, C.J. Dube, ride into the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center alongside his babysitter, Amanda Rabb. For the second year, the Dube family collected toys for patients at the hospital. C.J. was diagnosed with leukemia almost two years ago and has spent many hours at MCG getting treatment.

Investigators bust Martinez meth lab
Two Martinez men and an Evans woman were arrested Wednesday morning, accused of operating a methamphetamine lab out of two rooms at a Martinez motel, police said.

Fuel spills in mall parking lot
Authorities were called to an Augusta Mall parking lot Tuesday afternoon after a reported diesel fuel spill.

Across Georgia
The Fulton County Commission approved a plan Wednesday that could lead to a 22-mile loop of parks, paths and transit linking 45 neighborhoods in intown Atlanta.

Council gets disaster relief wish list
AIKEN - From first to last, the $340,000 allotment of state money vaguely titled Reimbursement for Graniteville Disaster Relief was intended to be used for the benefit of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Gunshot victim, mother wants holiday help
A Hephzibah woman caring for her children has no extra money to buy Christmas gifts this year or even pay her household bills.

Kid of the Day
Kedrick Yancey, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Vacation voyagers
Along with shouts of "ho, ho, ho," Americans will certainly be on the go, go, go this holiday weekend.

Will Atlanta end our gridlock?
Gridlock will be the order of the day on the Augusta Commission until the law that created the consolidated government is changed, and if the local delegation doesn't do it, the full Legislature might, according to some Augusta officials.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Corrections
- Donations to help preservation efforts for Union Baptist Church may be mailed to Historic Augusta Inc. Union Baptist Church Fund, P.O. Box 37, Augusta, GA 30903. The mailing address was incorrectly reported in a story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Empty Stocking Donations

Robber strikes two pharmacies

105,000 in Carolinas remain without power

Family urges others not to drink, drive

Across South Carolina
Two Florence County sheriff's deputies are on paid leave after the death of a 32-year-old man who was shocked with a Taser while being arrested.

Heat aid frozen in Congress

Kid of the Day
Kedrick Yancey, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Bills will help out military widows

Graniteville monument won't make anniversary
AIKEN - Plans for a 6-foot-tall granite monument to be placed across the street from the site of January's fatal Graniteville train derailment have been finalized.

Fuel spills in mall parking lot
Authorities were called to an Augusta Mall parking lot Tuesday afternoon after a reported diesel fuel spill.

Soldiers go home for holidays
Before dawn Tuesday, more than 100 signal soldier students at Fort Gordon waited in Gym No. 5 to be picked up by their families for a long Christmas break.

Council gets disaster relief wish list
AIKEN - From first to last, the $340,000 allotment of state money vaguely titled Reimbursement for Graniteville Disaster Relief was intended to be used for the benefit of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Setting the pace
Shardae Ward, 15 (left), and Jamie Wright, 15 (right), with chaperone Crystal Garrett, 19, were among 100 youths who received gift cards to shop for the Jermaine O'Neal and Columbia Housing Authority Christmas Extravaganza.

Certification adds point to scores
COLUMBIA - Students of teachers who receive national board certification have test scores that are a little more than one point higher than other students', a new study shows.

Kid of the Day
Isiah T. Stallings, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Corrections

Georgia probes schools
Special education pupils have fallen so far behind in Richmond County schools that state officials have stepped in to investigate, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

Grovetown to get new elementary
Plans are moving forward to build a new elementary school in Grovetown.

City offers deal for Aiken plot
AIKEN - Negotiations between the city and a local landowner over the purchase of a prime piece of downtown real estate have moved forward.

Vacation voyagers
Along with shouts of "ho, ho, ho," Americans will certainly be on the go, go, go this holiday weekend.

Rants and raves
WHY DON'T THEY design cars that as soon as you turn on the windshield wipers the lights come on? I've been blinking my lights. It's a safety factor. If people would just remember to do that. Car manufacturers would help a lot if they added that feature. It might cost a little more, but think of the safety factor.

Second man charged in shooting
A second Augusta man was being held by police Wednesday after authorities charged him with shooting another man at an East Augusta apartment complex two weeks ago.

Across the area
Aiken police are looking for a woman who robbed Wal-Mart on Whiskey Road on Wednesday afternoon.

$1 million drug raid settlement proposed
Stratford High School students who were in a hallway two years ago when officers conducted a drug sweep with guns drawn would share more than $1 million under a tentative settlement agreement.

Across Georgia
The Fulton County Commission approved a plan Wednesday that could lead to a 22-mile loop of parks, paths and transit linking 45 neighborhoods in intown Atlanta.

Family urges others not to drink, drive
For the family of Gary Lee Graham, there's an inescapable hole this holiday season.

Across South Carolina
Former officer faces prison time after plea

Civil War obelisk gets garden site
A Columbia County committee charged with determining locations for historic memorials gave a controversial monument honoring the county's Civil War dead a permanent home Wednesday in a memorial garden under construction in Evans.

Corrections
- An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle inaccurately characterized details of an agreement between Sage Mill Residential Ltd., a subsidiary of the FineDeering Development Group, and the Valley Public Service Authority. Sage Mill, which plans a large residential subdivision near Graniteville, will not profit from the sale of a planned water and sewer system to the service authority, said Richard Fine, a principal FineDeering partner. Rather, the projected $5.9 million asking price would cover construction costs and the estimated amount of interest Sage Mill would pay on money it plans to borrow for the project.

Empty stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $100,216.31

Holiday events
COKESBURY UNITED METHODIST: 2005 WINDSOR SPRING ROAD; Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5:30 p.m.; Christmas Day service at 10:50 a.m.

Corrections
- An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle inaccurately characterized details of an agreement between Sage Mill Residential Ltd., a subsidiary of the FineDeering Development Group, and the Valley Public Service Authority. Sage Mill, which plans a large residential subdivision near Graniteville, will not profit from the sale of a planned water and sewer system to the service authority, said Richard Fine, a principal FineDeering partner. Rather, the projected $5.9 million asking price would cover construction costs and the estimated amount of interest Sage Mill would pay on money it plans to borrow for the project.

Area closings
Augusta-Richmond County offices: Closed Dec. 23 and 26 and Jan. 2.

Across the area
Aiken police are looking for a woman who robbed Wal-Mart on Whiskey Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Area closings

Little gets done in schools' one-day week
Joseph Edwards, an energetic 10-year-old with straight red hair, skipped school Monday.

Soldiers go home for holidays
Before dawn Tuesday, more than 100 signal soldier students at Fort Gordon waited in Gym No. 5 to be picked up by their families for a long Christmas break.

Across South Carolina
Former officer faces prison time after plea

School gives credit to God
Where others have failed, educators at Heritage Academy are having success.

Robber strikes two pharmacies
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are trying to find a man responsible for the robberies of two Eckerd drug stores in Augusta on Wednesday morning.

Man is charged in robbery setup
A man who claimed to be a victim of a violent home invasion two months ago actually masterminded the robbery that culminated in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man, police said Tuesday.

Georgia probes schools
Special education pupils have fallen so far behind in Richmond County schools that state officials have stepped in to investigate, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

Will Atlanta end our gridlock?

Area closings
Augusta-Richmond County offices: Closed Dec. 23 and 26 and Jan. 2.

Fire plan wins approval

Grants to help seniors pay bill

Woman needs help to buy gifts for special-needs children

Evans helped plot county's course

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

School gives credit to God
Where others have failed, educators at Heritage Academy are having success.

Corrections

Across Georgia

Godfather of Soul gives away toys
Fulfilling your children's dreams of receiving a bike for Christmas means certain sacrifices must be made.

Price of snacks to rise a bit
The governing board of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center agreed Tuesday to raise prices on some food and beverages sold during Augusta Lynx games, then agreed to look into having the center take over the concessions and cut prices.

Civil War obelisk gets garden site

Across South Carolina

Empty stocking donations

School gives credit to God

Little gets done in schools' one-day week

Fuel spills in mall parking lot

Second man charged in shooting

Man is charged in robbery setup

Vacation voyagers

Council gets disaster relief wish list

Hundreds line up for 'a little love' from Augusta native James Brown

Kid of the Day

Rants and raves
WHY DON'T THEY design cars that as soon as you turn on the windshield wipers the lights come on? I've been blinking my lights. It's a safety factor. If people would just remember to do that. Car manufacturers would help a lot if they added that feature. It might cost a little more, but think of the safety factor.

Graniteville monument won't make anniversary

Across Georgia

Judge will reconsider sex crime sentence

Gunshot victim, mother wants holiday help

Royal treatment

Kid of the Day

Corrections
- Donations to help preservation efforts for Union Baptist Church may be mailed to Historic Augusta Inc. Union Baptist Church Fund, P.O. Box 37, Augusta, GA 30903. The mailing address was incorrectly reported in a story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
MARTA will turn to a retired executive to run the transit agency while a new general manager is sought.

Grovetown to get new elementary

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Price of snacks to rise a bit

Georgia probes schools

Woman needs help to buy gifts for special-needs children
A Martinez woman with two special-needs children and a sick husband has no extra money to provide her family with gifts this Christmas without holiday assistance.

Investigators bust Martinez meth lab

$1 million drug raid settlement proposed

Heat aid frozen in Congress
A local social services agency has run out of money to help the area's poor with their heating bills, and funds used for crisis situations is dwindling, too.

Little gets done in schools' one-day week
Joseph Edwards, an energetic 10-year-old with straight red hair, skipped school Monday.

Evans helped plot county's course
John Ruel Evans, a pivotal figure in Columbia County politics, will be buried today.

Second man charged in shooting
A second Augusta man was being held by police Wednesday after authorities charged him with shooting another man at an East Augusta apartment complex two weeks ago.

Judge will reconsider sex crime sentence
One day after sentencing a convicted sex offender to one year in a state detention center, Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale wants a new hearing to "remold" the sentence.

$1 million drug raid settlement proposed
Stratford High School students who were in a hallway two years ago when officers conducted a drug sweep with guns drawn would share more than $1 million under a tentative settlement agreement.

Royal treatment
Kelley Dube (left) helps her 5-year-old son, C.J. Dube, ride into the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center alongside his babysitter, Amanda Rabb. For the second year, the Dube family collected toys for patients at the hospital. C.J. was diagnosed with leukemia almost two years ago and has spent many hours at MCG getting treatment.

City offers deal for Aiken plot

Fire plan wins approval
Dec. 31 at 7 a.m. That's when Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue will expand its fire service throughout Columbia County's unincorporated area, according to a plan that was given final approval by Columbia County commissioners Tuesday.

Former firefighters charged with arson
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested two brothers, who were once volunteer firefighters in South Carolina, on at least four arson cases in downtown Augusta, officials said today.

105,000 in Carolinas remain without power
GREENVILLE, S.C. - More than 105,000 customers in the Carolinas remained without power Tuesday, many of them cold and frustrated Greenville County residents entering a sixth day without electricity.

FBI offers $10,000 reward in North Augusta shooting
The FBI has offered up to $10,000 for information in the investigation of a shooting incident that left one man dead and two injured in North Augusta in November, officials said this evening.

Woman needs help to buy gifts for special-needs children
A Martinez woman with two special-needs children and a sick husband has no extra money to provide her family with gifts this Christmas without holiday assistance.

Investigators bust Martinez meth lab
Two Martinez men and an Evans woman were arrested Wednesday morning, accused of operating a methamphetamine lab out of two rooms at a Martinez motel, police said.

Heat aid frozen in Congress
A local social services agency has run out of money to help the area's poor with their heating bills, and funds used for crisis situations is dwindling, too.

Family urges others not to drink, drive
For the family of Gary Lee Graham, there's an inescapable hole this holiday season.

Fire destroys log cabin
A fire this morning destroyed a two-story log cabin in the Grovetown area.

Robber strikes two pharmacies
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are trying to find a man responsible for the robberies of two Eckerd drug stores in Augusta on Wednesday morning.

Civil War obelisk gets garden site
A Columbia County committee charged with determining locations for historic memorials gave a controversial monument honoring the county's Civil War dead a permanent home Wednesday in a memorial garden under construction in Evans.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $94,791.97

Gunshot victim, mother wants holiday help
A Hephzibah woman caring for her children has no extra money to buy Christmas gifts this year or even pay her household bills.

Bills will help out military widows
The pro-military theme of several laws passed during the past legislative session is expected to extend into next year's meeting under the Gold Dome.

105,000 in Carolinas remain without power
GREENVILLE, S.C. - More than 105,000 customers in the Carolinas remained without power Tuesday, many of them cold and frustrated Greenville County residents entering a sixth day without electricity.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $94,791.97

Grants to help seniors pay bill
ATLANTA - A day after Gov. Sonny Perdue announced plans for a slight break on Georgians' natural gas bills, state utility regulators moved to help elderly residents facing the start of winter without heat.

'Four Brothers' wastes no time in jump-starting action
Equal parts Western mythology and urban anxiety, Four Brothers swaggers with just enough attitude and action to keep audiences unaware that any attempt at effective storytelling has been relegated to the back burner.

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's out this week in home DVD and video, and a calendar of what's coming:

New on DVD

At the Movies: 'Munich'
A wise, old, crusty newspaper editor once told a young reporter, if you're not ticking someone off each time you write a story, you're not doing your job.

Setting the pace

At the Movies: 'Munich'
A wise, old, crusty newspaper editor once told a young reporter, if you're not ticking someone off each time you write a story, you're not doing your job.

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's out this week in home DVD and video, and a calendar of what's coming:

At the Movies: 'Munich'

'Four Brothers' wastes no time in jump-starting action
Equal parts Western mythology and urban anxiety, Four Brothers swaggers with just enough attitude and action to keep audiences unaware that any attempt at effective storytelling has been relegated to the back burner.

'Four Brothers' wastes no time in jump-starting action

'Geisha' score is the second Yo-Yo Ma project this year
NEW YORK - Several years ago, Yo-Yo Ma got a book in the mail from Oscar-winning composer John Williams.

'Geisha' score is the second Yo-Yo Ma project this year

Coming next week: Adams, Blige and Foxx

12 Bands of Christmas Concert
Rino Mendoza (from left), Micah Swenson and David Firmin played a set during the 12 Bands of Christmas Concert.

No more drama means less passion for new Mary J. Blige album

No more drama means less passion for new Mary J. Blige album
Mary J. Blige can do punch-in-the-gut emotional pain and passion, but can she do love and happiness? More importantly, do we even want her to?

12 Bands of Christmas Concert

12 Bands of Christmas Concert
Rino Mendoza (from left), Micah Swenson and David Firmin played a set during the 12 Bands of Christmas Concert.

Coming next week: Adams, Blige and Foxx
Want to give some new tunes for Christmas? Here's a roundup of Tuesday's releases:

No more drama means less passion for new Mary J. Blige album
Mary J. Blige can do punch-in-the-gut emotional pain and passion, but can she do love and happiness? More importantly, do we even want her to?

Coming next week: Adams, Blige and Foxx
Want to give some new tunes for Christmas? Here's a roundup of Tuesday's releases:

'Geisha' score is the second Yo-Yo Ma project this year
NEW YORK - Several years ago, Yo-Yo Ma got a book in the mail from Oscar-winning composer John Williams.

A second chance
NEW YORK - He stood with his back pressed against a wall and never thought about making a quick escape from the Nextel Cup Series awards ceremonies earlier this month.

Racing Newsmaker

Racing Newsmaker
Jack Roush had five cars in the Chase for the Championship, but he had to settle for second-, third-, fourth-, seventh- and 10th-place finishes.

Michael Andretti to take another turn at Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS - The Andrettis are coming back to race again in the Indianapolis 500.

Two testing sessions set for Daytona in January
The lineups for two testing sessions at Daytona International Speedway have been set, along with a pair of fan parties.

Two testing sessions set for Daytona in January

A second chance
NEW YORK - He stood with his back pressed against a wall and never thought about making a quick escape from the Nextel Cup Series awards ceremonies earlier this month.

Michael Andretti to take another turn at Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS - The Andrettis are coming back to race again in the Indianapolis 500.

A second chance

Michael Andretti to take another turn at Indy 500

Two testing sessions set for Daytona in January
The lineups for two testing sessions at Daytona International Speedway have been set, along with a pair of fan parties.

Racing Newsmaker
Jack Roush had five cars in the Chase for the Championship, but he had to settle for second-, third-, fourth-, seventh- and 10th-place finishes.

Hamilton leads Tigers to title
Vernon Hamilton had 14 points and four assists to lead undefeated Clemson to a 66-59 victory over Akron in the title game of the San Juan Shootout on Wednesday night.

Hamilton leads Tigers to title
Vernon Hamilton had 14 points and four assists to lead undefeated Clemson to a 66-59 victory over Akron in the title game of the San Juan Shootout on Wednesday night.

Protection issues plague Atlanta

Indianapolis loss came at bad time for owners of Colts' stars

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

Mr. David A. Brown    (MODOC SHORES, S.C.)

Mrs. LaVerne Meeker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arvil "Buck" Wall    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Powell    (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Eric W. Williams    (IRVING, TX)

Mr. Carl M. Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Clements    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Arvil "Buck" Wall    (EVANS, Ga.)

Dea. Dan Cunningham    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

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

Mr. Henry Dixon    (UGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez C. Utley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Madeline Johnson    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ed Scarborough, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Elmore    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Cook    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hazel M. Whisnant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Goodrum    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Percy James Cotty    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie White    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Leonard Videtto, Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lois Kearse Craven    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William D. Peel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W. Ken Daughtry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Williams    (ISLAND PARK, N.Y.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Hagwood    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Lewis Miller    (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis C. Carpenter    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lila Mae Greene    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle I. Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. William Pope    (LPN AIKEN)

Mrs. Orie Wigfall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Powell    (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez C. Utley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan    (HERNANDO, MS.)

Mrs. Lila Mae Greene    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. John Ruel Evans    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Videtto, Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Nell S. Schwalbert    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Elmore    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. John Ruel Evans    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Eric W. Williams    (IRVING, TX)

Featured obituary: Mr. David A. Brown
David A. Brown was a local attorney long recognized for his expertise in the defense of medical malpractice, said his daughter, Julia Davis of Aiken.

Mr. Ervin Wheeler    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. David A. Brown
David A. Brown was a local attorney long recognized for his expertise in the defense of medical malpractice, said his daughter, Julia Davis of Aiken.

Mr. Leonard Videtto, Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Ervin Wheeler    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Orie Wigfall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez C. Utley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Leigh Roberts    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eric M. Williams    (IRVING, TX)

Ms. Altrude E. Reif    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan    (HERNANDO, Miss.)

Mrs. Inez C. Utley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Williams    (ISLAND PARK, N.Y.)

Mr. Ed Scarborough, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leigh Roberts    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Altrude E. Reif    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Pope    (LPN AIKEN)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan    (HERNANDO, Miss.)

Mrs. Audrey Gaultney    (REYNOLDS, Ga.)

Mr. William D. Peel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie M. Odom    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Tonya S. Creech    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. LaVerne Meeker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William D. Peel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemarie Bundrage    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Williams    (ISLAND PARK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Nina Bloodworth    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Bell    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Van Allen Bufford, Sr.    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin H. Hutto    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert "R.J." Jeffers    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eric M. Williams    (IRVING, TX)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan    (HERNANDO, MS.)

Mrs. Carrie White    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Videtto, Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell S. Schwalbert    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Tonya S. Creech    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Lewis Miller    (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mrs. Lorene Cook    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. W. Ken Daughtry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William N. Cofer, Jr.    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Kearse Craven    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Louis C. Carpenter    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Madeline Johnson    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemarie Bundrage    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Percy James Cotty    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. David A. Brown    (MODOC SHORES, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Goodrum    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Bloodworth    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle I. Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (UGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Bell    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Dea. Dan Cunningham    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Alma Clements    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel M. Whisnant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Carl M. Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Van Allen Bufford, Sr.    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Arvil "Buck" Wall    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert "R.J." Jeffers    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Arvil "Buck" Wall    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Hagwood    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Gaultney    (REYNOLDS, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin H. Hutto    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Eric M. Williams (IRVING, TX)

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

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Ruel Evans (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan (HERNANDO, MS.)

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Mr. Johnny Hagwood (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Altrude E. Reif (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemarie Bundrage (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ervin Wheeler (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. David A. Brown (MODOC SHORES, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan (HERNANDO, Miss.)

Mrs. Nell S. Schwalbert (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William N. Cofer, Jr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lila Mae Greene (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Louis C. Carpenter (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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Mr. Arvil "Buck" Wall (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez C. Utley (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Dea. Dan Cunningham (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Lois Kearse Craven (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Goodrum (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel M. Whisnant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Powell (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon (UGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Lewis Miller (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Orie Wigfall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William D. Peel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leigh Roberts (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arvil "Buck" Wall (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Van Allen Bufford, Sr. (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Ed Scarborough, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie M. Odom (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Inez C. Utley (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eric W. Williams (IRVING, TX)

Mr. Leonard Videtto, Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Marvin H. Hutto (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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Mr. Robert "R.J." Jeffers (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. David A. Brown

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Mrs. Alma Clements (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Tonya S. Creech (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Pope (LPN AIKEN)

Mrs. Judy Barnes (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Elmore (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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Mr. Percy James Cotty (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Gaultney (REYNOLDS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Forster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Barnes (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mrs. Sara Forster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. LaVerne Meeker (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Myrtle I. Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie White (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Star-studded American lineup has big potential
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - There's a skater named Apolo, a skier named Bode, football player turned freestylist Jeremy Bloom and the ever-resilient Michelle Kwan.

Star-studded American lineup has big potential

Star-studded American lineup has big potential
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - There's a skater named Apolo, a skier named Bode, football player turned freestylist Jeremy Bloom and the ever-resilient Michelle Kwan.

Overtime

Student finds needed release in cyclocross

Overtime

Raich wins giant slalom; Miller, Maier take spills

Area sports annoucements

Long made a smooth transfer to Greenbrier

Rahman, Toney scuffle at resort

Coach helps Lewis reach potential

Long made a smooth transfer to Greenbrier
Life wasn't easy for Greenbrier senior Austin Long this fall.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx have traded goaltender Trevor Cunning to the Stockton Thunder for future considerations.

Long made a smooth transfer to Greenbrier
Life wasn't easy for Greenbrier senior Austin Long this fall.

Coach helps Lewis reach potential
After a match two years ago, Greenbrier volleyball coach Debbie Born had reached her limit.

Overtime
South Carolina's board of trustees on Tuesday approved building a new $20 million stadium for the Gamecocks baseball team.

Raich wins giant slalom; Miller, Maier take spills
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia - Benjamin Raich of Austria easily won a World Cup giant slalom after rivals Bode Miller and Hermann Maier took spills Wednesday.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx have traded goaltender Trevor Cunning to the Stockton Thunder for future considerations.

Overtime
South Carolina's board of trustees on Tuesday approved building a new $20 million stadium for the Gamecocks baseball team.

Area sports annoucements
The Comcast 2006 East Coast Silver Gloves boxing championships will be held Jan. 5-7 at the May Park Gym, beginning at 6 p.m. each night. Boxers ages 10-15 from eight east coast states will compete for the opportunity to attend the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championship. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children, and are available at Augusta Boxing Club.

Rahman, Toney scuffle at resort
WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman and James Toney scuffled in a hotel hallway before a cocktail party at a Cancun resort.

Student finds needed release in cyclocross
Samantha Williams said she has the utmost respect for anyone who tries to go to graduate school while raising a family. The amount of work alone leaves the 25-year-old feeling like she can't keep up.

Raich wins giant slalom; Miller, Maier take spills
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia - Benjamin Raich of Austria easily won a World Cup giant slalom after rivals Bode Miller and Hermann Maier took spills Wednesday.

Area sports annoucements
The Comcast 2006 East Coast Silver Gloves boxing championships will be held Jan. 5-7 at the May Park Gym, beginning at 6 p.m. each night. Boxers ages 10-15 from eight east coast states will compete for the opportunity to attend the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championship. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children, and are available at Augusta Boxing Club.

Coach helps Lewis reach potential
After a match two years ago, Greenbrier volleyball coach Debbie Born had reached her limit.

Rahman, Toney scuffle at resort
WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman and James Toney scuffled in a hotel hallway before a cocktail party at a Cancun resort.

Student finds needed release in cyclocross
Samantha Williams said she has the utmost respect for anyone who tries to go to graduate school while raising a family. The amount of work alone leaves the 25-year-old feeling like she can't keep up.

Prep basketball scores
Girls Basketball

Prep basketball scores
Girls Basketball

Protection issues plague Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick took news of his third Pro Bowl selection nonchalantly.

Indianapolis loss came at bad time for owners of Colts' stars
Week 16 of the NFL season has a love/hate relationship with fantasy owners.

Indianapolis loss came at bad time for owners of Colts' stars
Week 16 of the NFL season has a love/hate relationship with fantasy owners.

Protection issues plague Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick took news of his third Pro Bowl selection nonchalantly.

Column about Miller Theater generates e-mail memories

Judge rules 'intelligent design' can't be taught in Pa.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - In one of the biggest courtroom clashes between faith and evolution since the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, a federal judge barred a Pennsylvania public school district Tuesday from teaching "intelligent design" in biology class, saying the concept is creationism in disguise.

Judge rules 'intelligent design' can't be taught in Pa.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - In one of the biggest courtroom clashes between faith and evolution since the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, a federal judge barred a Pennsylvania public school district Tuesday from teaching "intelligent design" in biology class, saying the concept is creationism in disguise.

Column about Miller Theater generates e-mail memories
Holidays are a good time for reflection and catching up. So, that is what I'm going to do with this week's column.

Column about Miller Theater generates e-mail memories
Holidays are a good time for reflection and catching up. So, that is what I'm going to do with this week's column.

Recycling locations
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Around the block
'TIS THE SEASON: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Monday and Dec. 30; Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; program traces holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students; children younger than 4 are not admitted; reservations are recommended; 641-3654

Love of Christmas shows in woman's collection
Santa Claus comes to town early every year for the Belvins.

CSRA Bridge Club Results
CSRA Bridge Club Results for Dec. 12-18

Goodwill provides donations, job assistance to everyone
You can't tie a bow around it or stick it under a Christmas tree, but some Augusta people have learned that employment is one of the most meaningful gifts a person can receive during the holidays.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Events
The Occasional Theatre Company will present David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries and Holidays on Ice at 8 tonight at The Mission, 1157 Broad St.

Love of Christmas shows in woman's collection
Santa Claus comes to town early every year for the Belvins.

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

Tutor program gets pupils on track
For pupils having trouble in reading or math, Youth Enhancement Services can help.

Reunions
GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL 1983: Seeking classmates for 22-year reunion Saturday; contact Timothy Allen, 798-0766

Events
The Occasional Theatre Company will present David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries and Holidays on Ice at 8 tonight at The Mission, 1157 Broad St.

Recreation
FORT DISCOVERYSeventh Street, 821-0200HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Outreach groups receive grants from foundation
Many community programs received an early Christmas gift this year.

History park being upgraded
Three new additions to North Augusta's Living History Park should be completed in the spring.

Tutor program gets pupils on track
For pupils having trouble in reading or math, Youth Enhancement Services can help.

History park being upgraded
Three new additions to North Augusta's Living History Park should be completed in the spring.

Events
GEORGIAMISTLETOE STATE PARKAppling (706) 541-0321

Georgia Farmers Market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Singalong gets pupils, parents involved
Christmas carols and songs rang through the gymnasium of Episcopal Day School as pupils participated in a Christmas singalong Dec. 15.

Events
The Occasional Theatre Company will present David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries and Holidays on Ice at 8 tonight at The Mission, 1157 Broad St.

Outreach groups receive grants from foundation
Many community programs received an early Christmas gift this year.

Recycling locations
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Natural beauty enhances Mayo subdivision
With its narrow, paved roads snaking their way through tall pines, Mayo subdivision is a small, cohesive neighborhood that offers both serenity and convenience to its residents.

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

Georgia Farmers Market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Reunions
GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL 1983: Seeking classmates for 22-year reunion Saturday; contact Timothy Allen, 798-0766

Singalong gets pupils, parents involved
Christmas carols and songs rang through the gymnasium of Episcopal Day School as pupils participated in a Christmas singalong Dec. 15.

Goodwill provides donations, job assistance to everyone
You can't tie a bow around it or stick it under a Christmas tree, but some Augusta people have learned that employment is one of the most meaningful gifts a person can receive during the holidays.

Around the block
'TIS THE SEASON: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Monday and Dec. 30; Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; program traces holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students; children younger than 4 are not admitted; reservations are recommended; 641-3654

Can you find?
This week's design, above, has a questionable future. If you think you know where it is, call 823-3708 by 2 p.m. Friday and leave your name, phone number and how to spell your name.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

This week
Lights of the South: Hayride tour of about 300 light displays depicting Christmas themes, Bible stories and fairy tales on 106 acres at 633 Louisville Road in Grovetown;

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

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

CSRA Bridge Club Results
CSRA Bridge Club Results for Dec. 12-18

Natural beauty enhances Mayo subdivision
With its narrow, paved roads snaking their way through tall pines, Mayo subdivision is a small, cohesive neighborhood that offers both serenity and convenience to its residents.

This week
Lights of the South: Hayride tour of about 300 light displays depicting Christmas themes, Bible stories and fairy tales on 106 acres at 633 Louisville Road in Grovetown;

Recreation
FORT DISCOVERYSeventh Street, 821-0200HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Can you find?
This week's design, above, has a questionable future. If you think you know where it is, call 823-3708 by 2 p.m. Friday and leave your name, phone number and how to spell your name.

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

Outreach groups receive grants from foundation

CSRA Bridge Club Results

Meetings

Goodwill provides donations, job assistance to everyone

Recreation

Restaurant ratings

Can you find?

Events

Natural beauty enhances Mayo subdivision

Singalong gets pupils, parents involved

Around the block

For the record

This week

History park being upgraded

Events

Pet of the week

Recycling locations

Reunions

Georgia Farmers Market

Tutor program gets pupils on track

White stuff provides atmospheric setting

Redford and Newman together again
NEW YORK - Robert Redford recently did something not so unusual for him. He hung out with his pal Paul Newman.

Redford and Newman together again
NEW YORK - Robert Redford recently did something not so unusual for him. He hung out with his pal Paul Newman.

CBS rolls to another easy ratings victory

CBS rolls to another easy ratings victory
NEW YORK - CBS' procedural dramas had little real competition last week in helping the network ring up another weekly victory in the television ratings. CBS hasn't lost all season.

CBS rolls to another easy ratings victory
NEW YORK - CBS' procedural dramas had little real competition last week in helping the network ring up another weekly victory in the television ratings. CBS hasn't lost all season.

Redford and Newman together again

The Top Five

Club calendar

Britney Spears sues Us Weekly over sex tape article

Elton John ties the knot with longtime partner

People in the News

What's cookin': Bradley Czajka

Grubbin': Sub shop opens on Washington Road

People in the News

Galleries calendar

Applause calendar

Concerts calendar

Sharpton says he's not longer interested in sitcom role

Dogs' house is crowded at QB

Dogs' house is crowded at QB
Georgia's most eagerly anticipated position battle in spring practice has gotten off to an early start.

Dogs' house is crowded at QB
Georgia's most eagerly anticipated position battle in spring practice has gotten off to an early start.

White stuff provides atmospheric setting
Dream all you want, but we ain't getting a white Christmas.

White stuff provides atmospheric setting
Dream all you want, but we ain't getting a white Christmas.

Gamecocks are inspired
COLUMBIA - Don't tell Steve Spurrier South Carolina doesn't have much at stake at the Independence Bowl.

Gamecocks are inspired
COLUMBIA - Don't tell Steve Spurrier South Carolina doesn't have much at stake at the Independence Bowl.

Gamecocks are inspired

Work on soccer complex interrupted by weather

Founder's statue is on target

Recycling centers

Events

Meetings

Meth Watch program aims to put crimp in illegal drugs

Pet of the week

Lowe's has opening ceremony

Area adult literacy sites

Residence might have some ghostly visitors

Recreation events

Children's librarian makes programs fun

Bulldozing the competition

Around the block

Milestones

This week

Judge rules 'intelligent design' can't be taught in Pa.