Applause cover

Applause cover
Applause cover for December 22, 2005.

Applause cover
Applause cover for December 22, 2005.

Officials reapply on Cuba's behalf

Red Sox look at life after Johnny
Even before Johnny Damon spurned the Red Sox for the New York Yankees, Boston began looking for his potential replacement.

Tomko agrees to $8.7 million, two-year deal with Dodgers

Tomko agrees to $8.7 million, two-year deal with Dodgers
Brett Tomko became the third former San Francisco player to switch to the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing Thursday to an $8.7 million, two-year contract.

Boston has big hole to fill in center

Officials reapply on Cuba's behalf
Baseball officials reapplied Thursday for a permit that would allow Cuba to join next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic as Puerto Rican officials said San Juan should withdraw as a host city if the Cubans aren't allowed to participate.

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.

Officials reapply on Cuba's behalf
Baseball officials reapplied Thursday for a permit that would allow Cuba to join next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic as Puerto Rican officials said San Juan should withdraw as a host city if the Cubans aren't allowed to participate.

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.

Red Sox look at life after Johnny

Tomko agrees to $8.7 million, two-year deal with Dodgers
Brett Tomko became the third former San Francisco player to switch to the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing Thursday to an $8.7 million, two-year contract.

Red Sox look at life after Johnny
Even before Johnny Damon spurned the Red Sox for the New York Yankees, Boston began looking for his potential replacement.

Shaking gifts is for amateurs

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.

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

Nearly one in 10 pension plans frozen, federal study finds

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.

Procrastinators pay big bucks for holiday delivery

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.

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.

Wide tires could leave a mark on trucking industry

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

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Transit strike has sole silver lining: online shopping

Pfizer will be out by March

Bank of America to issue American Express cards

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

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.

Provider has plan to build pipeline
The company that operates the huge natural gas terminal on Elba Island plans to double its storage capacity and build a 191-mile pipeline at a total cost of $850 million.

Delta asks for six-month extension to file reorganization plan

Delta asks for six-month extension to file reorganization plan
ATLANTA - Citing in part the time it will take to further cut costs, Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, asked a bankruptcy court judge Thursday to give the company a six-month extension to file its reorganization plan.

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.

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Bird flu patients die after building drug resistance

Nearly one in 10 pension plans frozen, federal study finds
WASHINGTON - Employers froze nearly one in 10 pension plans insured by the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. in 2003, according to a study released Wednesday.

Rooms to Go redecorates Rhodes shop

Pfizer will be out by March
The remaining employees at Pfizer Inc.'s Augusta pharmaceutical plant will have a job through the holidays.

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

Pfizer will be out by March
The remaining employees at Pfizer Inc.'s Augusta pharmaceutical plant will have a job through the holidays.

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.

Provider has plan to build pipeline

Delta asks for six-month extension to file reorganization plan
ATLANTA - Citing in part the time it will take to further cut costs, Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, asked a bankruptcy court judge Thursday to give the company a six-month extension to file its reorganization plan.

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.

Koch executives to take key leadership roles at GP
ATLANTA - Two Koch Industries Inc. executives will take key leadership roles at Georgia-Pacific Corp. after Koch's $13.2 billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific is completed Friday.

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.

Provider has plan to build pipeline
The company that operates the huge natural gas terminal on Elba Island plans to double its storage capacity and build a 191-mile pipeline at a total cost of $850 million.

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.

Nearly one in 10 pension plans frozen, federal study finds
WASHINGTON - Employers froze nearly one in 10 pension plans insured by the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. in 2003, according to a study released Wednesday.

Koch executives to take key leadership roles at GP
ATLANTA - Two Koch Industries Inc. executives will take key leadership roles at Georgia-Pacific Corp. after Koch's $13.2 billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific is completed Friday.

Koch executives to take key leadership roles at GP

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.

Leinart's eligibility reinstated after NCAA violation

Hamilton leads Tigers to title

Let us be the judge of that

The phony spy scandal
If one doesn't follow the news carefully, one gets the impression that President Bush flagrantly broke the law by authorizing the "super-secret" National Security Agency to spy on tens of thousands of Americans.

Backstabbing ex-presidents' club

The phony spy scandal

The phony spy scandal
If one doesn't follow the news carefully, one gets the impression that President Bush flagrantly broke the law by authorizing the "super-secret" National Security Agency to spy on tens of thousands of Americans.

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.

This maverick 'fleeced' no one
A number of U.S. senators fancy themselves as mavericks, but the original maverick - the man for whom the term was coined - died this month at age 90 in a convalescent home.

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.

This maverick 'fleeced' no one

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.

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.

This maverick 'fleeced' no one
A number of U.S. senators fancy themselves as mavericks, but the original maverick - the man for whom the term was coined - died this month at age 90 in a convalescent home.

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

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.

Zellweger and Chesney union has been annulled
LOS ANGELES - Renee Zellweger's marriage to country crooner Kenny Chesney never existed - at least in the eyes of the law.

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

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.

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

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

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
LONDON - The tabloid that printed images allegedly showing Kate Moss snorting cocaine has turned over the videotape to police, said a senior staffer at the newspaper.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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
LONDON - The tabloid that printed images allegedly showing Kate Moss snorting cocaine has turned over the videotape to police, said a senior staffer at the newspaper.

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.

Zellweger and Chesney union has been annulled
LOS ANGELES - Renee Zellweger's marriage to country crooner Kenny Chesney never existed - at least in the eyes of the law.

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.

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.

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

Focus on fun rather than gifts
SHOPPING ALTERNATIVE: The final days before Christmas are ticking down and your credit cards are pleading for a rest. You've been a good consumer, but might be feeling fiscally tapped.

Rates on 30-year mortgages dip for second week
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages dipped for a second week as financial markets responded to signals of lower inflation.

Rates on 30-year mortgages dip for second week
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages dipped for a second week as financial markets responded to signals of lower inflation.

Rates on 30-year mortgages dip for second week

Focus on fun rather than gifts

Focus on fun rather than gifts
SHOPPING ALTERNATIVE: The final days before Christmas are ticking down and your credit cards are pleading for a rest. You've been a good consumer, but might be feeling fiscally tapped.

Fish just trying to survive right now
Fish are cold-blooded creatures, meaning that when water temperatures drop into the 40s, the fishes' metabolisms slow to a crawl. They're not interested in feeding, just surviving.

Back in the books
While fishing Dale Hollow Lake on the Tennessee-Kentucky line on July 8, 1955, David Hayes of Litchfield, KY, caught an 11-pound, 15-ounce smallmouth bass, which was a record rescinded.

Fishing tournaments

Back in the books

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fish just trying to survive right now
Fish are cold-blooded creatures, meaning that when water temperatures drop into the 40s, the fishes' metabolisms slow to a crawl. They're not interested in feeding, just surviving.

Back in the books
While fishing Dale Hollow Lake on the Tennessee-Kentucky line on July 8, 1955, David Hayes of Litchfield, KY, caught an 11-pound, 15-ounce smallmouth bass, which was a record rescinded.

Fish just trying to survive right now

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Kale is primitive, but versatile and tasty
With good reason, kale is becoming more and more popular each year.

Kale is primitive, but versatile and tasty
With good reason, kale is becoming more and more popular each year.

Kale is primitive, but versatile and tasty

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.

Bowl game may help define Tech's season

Jackets accept bowl situation

Lions QB put up big numbers

So many memories

Prep-basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Cook's 3 lets Eagles finish rally for crown

Lions QB put up big numbers
The Augusta Christian quarterback said he often had trouble getting to sleep before games as the Lions marched to the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA state championship.

Lions QB put up big numbers
The Augusta Christian quarterback said he often had trouble getting to sleep before games as the Lions marched to the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA state championship.

So many memories
Scrapbooks are big in the Wimberly home. Thomas Jefferson football coach Chuck Wimberly dedicates a spot just to them.

So many memories
Scrapbooks are big in the Wimberly home. Thomas Jefferson football coach Chuck Wimberly dedicates a spot just to them.

Roenick will miss time after surgery on finger
Center Jeremy Roenick of the Los Angeles Kings was expected to be sidelined for about six weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday on his fractured left ring finger

Roenick will miss time after surgery on finger

Roenick will miss time after surgery on finger
Center Jeremy Roenick of the Los Angeles Kings was expected to be sidelined for about six weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday on his fractured left ring finger

Shaking gifts is for amateurs
Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.

Shaking gifts is for amateurs
Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.

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

Retailers, don't wipe out Christmas
When I asked my 7-year-old grandson if he knew why we give gifts at Christmas, he replied with a big smile, "Sure I do, Grammy. Because the wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus." Hesitating in thought he then continued, "they brought him myrrh, gold and, um, um ... ," putting his fingers to his temple and wrinkling his forehead as he concentrated, his eyes sparkled suddenly as he remembered and exclaimed triumphantly, "Frankenstein!" Glenda Lowe, Belvedere, S.C.

Separate Christmas from 'the holidays'
While visiting family in Augusta recently, I began following with interest the exchange of opinions in your newspaper regarding "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas." I'd like to share a thought with your readers. Natalie Kaempffer, Spotsylvania, Va.

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.

Decide: total freedom or total security?

Separate Christmas from 'the holidays'
While visiting family in Augusta recently, I began following with interest the exchange of opinions in your newspaper regarding "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas." I'd like to share a thought with your readers. Natalie Kaempffer, Spotsylvania, Va.

Retailers, don't wipe out Christmas

Retailers, don't wipe out Christmas
When I asked my 7-year-old grandson if he knew why we give gifts at Christmas, he replied with a big smile, "Sure I do, Grammy. Because the wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus." Hesitating in thought he then continued, "they brought him myrrh, gold and, um, um ... ," putting his fingers to his temple and wrinkling his forehead as he concentrated, his eyes sparkled suddenly as he remembered and exclaimed triumphantly, "Frankenstein!" Glenda Lowe, Belvedere, S.C.

Cancel Christmas in church? Why?

Separate Christmas from 'the holidays'

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

Mercedes-Benz recalls C-Class vehicles over air bags

Introductions during the holiday season can be stressful

Love of Christmas shows in woman's collection

Ford: Cruise control recall parts not available until '06

Family briefs

Living briefs

Poll finds Americans dependent on tech gadgets

New studies show Mars has a violent and dry history

The dos and don'ts of regifting

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

The dos and don'ts of regifting
NEW YORK - It was a cozy dinner party at our place for three couples, a perfect occasion to bring over a nice bottle of wine.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Trees - and all their literal and metaphorical fruits - are things that most people take for granted. Not Chuck Leavell, though.

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.

Ford: Cruise control recall parts not available until '06
WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that replacement parts used in its recall of 3.8 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles would not be available until February because of production delays.

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.

Ford: Cruise control recall parts not available until '06
WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that replacement parts used in its recall of 3.8 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles would not be available until February because of production delays.

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.

Introductions during the holiday season can be stressful
There can be a lot of stress during the holidays: Getting the right tree, finding the perfect gifts, preparing the big meal, assembling toys, decorating, entertaining and maneuvering through traffic jams.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Mercedes-Benz recalls C-Class vehicles over air bags
WASHINGTON - Mercedes-Benz USA LLC said Wednesday it would recall 61,000 models of C-Class sport sedans because of irregularities involving the driver's side air bag discovered during government testing.

Introductions during the holiday season can be stressful
There can be a lot of stress during the holidays: Getting the right tree, finding the perfect gifts, preparing the big meal, assembling toys, decorating, entertaining and maneuvering through traffic jams.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Trees - and all their literal and metaphorical fruits - are things that most people take for granted. Not Chuck Leavell, though.

The dos and don'ts of regifting
NEW YORK - It was a cozy dinner party at our place for three couples, a perfect occasion to bring over a nice bottle of wine.

Mercedes-Benz recalls C-Class vehicles over air bags
WASHINGTON - Mercedes-Benz USA LLC said Wednesday it would recall 61,000 models of C-Class sport sedans because of irregularities involving the driver's side air bag discovered during government testing.

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.

Georgia probes schools

2nd man is sought in home invasion
Police have one man in custody and are seeking another in connection with an armed home invasion that occurred last week.

Across the Area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged an Augusta man with two business burglaries, officials said Thursday.

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

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.

Sailors help Santa give gifts
Cierra Harmon, 3, didn't say much when she got her picture taken with Santa Claus and her new bicycle.

Empty stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $100,216.31

Kid of the Day
Bailey Riddle, of Martinez, is today's kid of the day.

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.

Blaze claims Grovetown log cabin

Former firefighters arrested in arsons

Trying to be nice
Luke Cooper, 5 months old, of New Ellenton, wasn't quite sure what to make of Santa Claus when having his picture taken at Aiken Mall on Thursday.

2020 effort begins again

Bills will help out military widows

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.

Across Georgia
The population of Georgia has continued to grow faster than the national average and is now more than 9 million, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Thursday.

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

Single mother wants happy holiday
A single mother having a troubling year needs extra kindness this holiday season to give her three children a Merry Christmas.

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

2020 effort begins again
An effort started years ago to bring Augusta, Columbia County and North Augusta together on quality of life issues is once again picking up steam.

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

Christmas trees keep growers busy

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.

Kid of the Day

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

Across Georgia
The population of Georgia has continued to grow faster than the national average and is now more than 9 million, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Thursday.

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.

Single mother wants happy holiday
A single mother having a troubling year needs extra kindness this holiday season to give her three children a Merry Christmas.

Across South Carolina
Former officer faces prison time after plea

Investigators bust Martinez meth lab

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.

Electricity slowly returns to Upstate
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The electricity for most people in the Upstate was back on Thursday, but several hundred were still without power a week after an ice storm hit northwest South Carolina.

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.

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

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.

Flu Shots: New shipments arrive to area
Call it a last-minute gift for yourself. Those still wanting to get flu shots are not too late. An Augusta pharmacy and a large primary care practice said they have received a late shipment of flu shots and it is still timely to get one.

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.

Christmas trees keep growers busy
Clay Cuthbertson finished trimming a 7-foot Fraser fir, stepped back and surveyed his work.

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.

Blaze claims Grovetown log cabin
A fire destroyed a two-story log cabin in the Grovetown area Thursday morning, causing no injuries but taking with it the possessions of one family days before Christmas.

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

Sailors help Santa give gifts
Cierra Harmon, 3, didn't say much when she got her picture taken with Santa Claus and her new bicycle.

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

Kid of the Day
Bailey Riddle, of Martinez, is today's kid of the day.

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.

Sailors help Santa give gifts

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

Across the Area

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.

Flu Shots: New shipments arrive to area

Across the area

Fight over licensing is costly, groups say

Empty stocking donations

Across Georgia

Little gets done in schools' one-day week

Across South Carolina
The mother of an 8-month-old who died after being shaken by the child's father has been charged with child neglect.

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

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON WHO responded to WWJD. Thank you. You proved my point beautifully. You don't want to be told how to celebrate the holiday season any more than anyone else does. Your Bible verse should be well known by the good Christians in the area, and yet they continue to tell others who to boycott and who to protest because "Happy Holidays" is being used. Thank you for your words, and peace.

Kid of the Day

Fight over licensing is costly, groups say
Augusta's threat to withdraw from federal relicensing negotiations over the Augusta Canal could jeopardize industries that use its water and cost taxpayers even more money in the long run, according to environmental groups involved in the process.

Vacation voyagers

Heat aid frozen in Congress

Family urges others not to drink, drive

Across South Carolina

Robbers get long terms in prison

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.

Man robbed, hospitalized
A Nevada man visiting family in Columbia County was hospitalized this morning after being ambushed and robbed while walking along Belair Road in Martinez, according to police.

Grovetown to get new elementary

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.

Second man charged in shooting

$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.

Robber strikes two pharmacies

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.

Civil War obelisk gets garden site

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.

$1 million drug raid settlement proposed

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

Holiday events

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.

Christmas flowers still available

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

Smoke over Augusta is from Ft. Gordon controlled burn
The smoke some Augustans might smell this afternoon is coming from a controlled burn of forested areas at Fort Gordon, officials said.

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.

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON WHO responded to WWJD. Thank you. You proved my point beautifully. You don't want to be told how to celebrate the holiday season any more than anyone else does. Your Bible verse should be well known by the good Christians in the area, and yet they continue to tell others who to boycott and who to protest because "Happy Holidays" is being used. Thank you for your words, and peace.

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

Trying to be nice
Luke Cooper, 5 months old, of New Ellenton, wasn't quite sure what to make of Santa Claus when having his picture taken at Aiken Mall on Thursday.

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.

Across South Carolina
The mother of an 8-month-old who died after being shaken by the child's father has been charged with child neglect.

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.

2020 effort begins again
An effort started years ago to bring Augusta, Columbia County and North Augusta together on quality of life issues is once again picking up steam.

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.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $102,490.31

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

Woman brings love door to door
ROCK HILL, S.C. - One hand with ruby-red fingernails grips a Christmas present, while the other holds lunch. Up the steps bounces Ann Estes, with the eyeliner and the fetching blazing red poncho and the unending smile behind the lipstick.

$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.

Fight over licensing is costly, groups say
Augusta's threat to withdraw from federal relicensing negotiations over the Augusta Canal could jeopardize industries that use its water and cost taxpayers even more money in the long run, according to environmental groups involved in the process.

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.

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

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.

2nd man is sought in home invasion
Police have one man in custody and are seeking another in connection with an armed home invasion that occurred last week.

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

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

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.

Flu Shots: New shipments arrive to area
Call it a last-minute gift for yourself. Those still wanting to get flu shots are not too late. An Augusta pharmacy and a large primary care practice said they have received a late shipment of flu shots and it is still timely to get one.

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.

Man could be fined over canal dumping
An Evans man has been ordered to remove concrete rubble pushed into a little-known segment of the Augusta Canal as part of an unlicensed erosion-control project.

Empty stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $100,216.31

Blaze claims Grovetown log cabin
A fire destroyed a two-story log cabin in the Grovetown area Thursday morning, causing no injuries but taking with it the possessions of one family days before Christmas.

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.

Woman brings love door to door

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

Trying to be nice

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.

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON WHO responded to WWJD. Thank you. You proved my point beautifully. You don't want to be told how to celebrate the holiday season any more than anyone else does. Your Bible verse should be well known by the good Christians in the area, and yet they continue to tell others who to boycott and who to protest because "Happy Holidays" is being used. Thank you for your words, and peace.

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.

Electricity slowly returns to Upstate

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.

2nd man is sought in home invasion

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

Single mother wants happy holiday

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.

Man could be fined over canal dumping

Across South Carolina
Former officer faces prison time after plea

Across South Carolina

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.

News you can use

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.

Christmas trees keep growers busy
Clay Cuthbertson finished trimming a 7-foot Fraser fir, stepped back and surveyed his work.

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

Woman brings love door to door
ROCK HILL, S.C. - One hand with ruby-red fingernails grips a Christmas present, while the other holds lunch. Up the steps bounces Ann Estes, with the eyeliner and the fetching blazing red poncho and the unending smile behind the lipstick.

Across Georgia

Across the Area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged an Augusta man with two business burglaries, officials said Thursday.

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.

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

Gunshot victim, mother wants holiday help

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $102,490.31

Area closings

Electricity slowly returns to Upstate
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The electricity for most people in the Upstate was back on Thursday, but several hundred were still without power a week after an ice storm hit northwest South Carolina.

Corrections

City offers deal for Aiken plot

Man could be fined over canal dumping
An Evans man has been ordered to remove concrete rubble pushed into a little-known segment of the Augusta Canal as part of an unlicensed erosion-control project.

Waiting for local mogul to step up
As fish stories go, this one has everyone hooked.

Waiting for local mogul to step up
As fish stories go, this one has everyone hooked.

'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.

Cell phone film contest inspires small thinking

Cell phone film contest inspires small thinking
ITHACA, N.Y. - Bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger portions at the local fast food joint. In America, the guiding maxim is to think big. Really big.

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:

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

New on DVD

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:

Setting the pace

Cell phone film contest inspires small thinking
ITHACA, N.Y. - Bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger portions at the local fast food joint. In America, the guiding maxim is to think big. Really big.

'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.

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
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
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

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

Biggie's 'Duets' album is a choppy ride

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?

Biggie's 'Duets' album is a choppy ride
This is the album of collaborations that should've happened if the late, great B.I.G. was still alive.

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

12 Bands of Christmas Concert

Coming next week: Adams, Blige and Foxx

Biggie's 'Duets' album is a choppy ride
This is the album of collaborations that should've happened if the late, great B.I.G. was still alive.

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.

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.

Racing Newsmaker

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.

Two testing sessions set for Daytona in January

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.

A second chance

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.

With tough road trip ahead, 76ers remain atop the Atlantic Division

With tough road trip ahead, 76ers remain atop the Atlantic Division
With a brutal seven-game road trip looming, the Philadelphia 76ers were happy to be atop the Atlantic Division.

With tough road trip ahead, 76ers remain atop the Atlantic Division
With a brutal seven-game road trip looming, the Philadelphia 76ers were happy to be atop the Atlantic Division.

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

Death of coach's son leaves Colts somber

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

Falcons' Duckett tries to end slump

Undrafted Parker closing in on unlikely 1,000-yard season

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Mrs. Alice B. Strong    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Betty Wakefield    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene W. Jordan    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Wallace, Sr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Nina Bloodworth    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margery Harman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Linea Fjeldheim    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Frances Cawley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Hagwood    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Luvenia Walls    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Gaultney    (REYNOLDS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene W. Jordan    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Drayton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Cawley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Langston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Altrude E. Reif    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Tonya S. Creech    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nina Bloodworth    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Cook    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William D. Peel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Rosemarie Bundrage    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Terry Drayton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Luvenia Walls    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Tonya S. Creech    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Eric M. Williams    (IRVING, Texas)

Mr. Iverson Brantly    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Bell    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Eric M. Williams    (IRVING, Texas)

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Wallace, Sr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Alice B. Strong    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Ruth Wells    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. William D. Peel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William D. Peel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Langston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margery Harman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Gothie    (LINDEN, N.J.)

Mr. Johnny Hagwood    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Linea Fjeldheim    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John A. Davis, Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Tonya S. Creech    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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. Iverson Brantly    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Arvil "Buck" Wall    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Ervin Wheeler    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Helen D. Rifkin    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Leigh Roberts    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary E. Johnson    (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie M. Odom    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Josie Jackson    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

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

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

Ms. Altrude E. Reif    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lorene Cook    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ervin Wheeler    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Gaultney    (REYNOLDS, Ga.)

Mr. Arvil "Buck" Wall    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Ruth Wells    (WAYNESBORO, 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.

Ms. Tonya S. Creech    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Leigh Roberts    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Rosemarie Bundrage    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eric W. Williams    (IRVING, TX)

Mr. Henry Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Barnes (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemarie Bundrage (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Wallace, Sr. (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Leigh Roberts (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Ervin Wheeler (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. David A. Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Alice B. Strong (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Frances Cawley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary E. Johnson (RAYLE, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lorene Cook (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Wakefield (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Josie Jackson (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Linea Fjeldheim (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene W. Jordan (JESUP, Ga.)

Mrs. Luvenia Walls (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Drayton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Eric M. Williams (IRVING, Texas)

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

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Ruth Wells (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Gaultney (REYNOLDS, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Langston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Forster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margery Harman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Eric W. Williams (IRVING, TX)

Mrs. Bessie Gothie (LINDEN, N.J.)

Mr. Vernon Bell (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. John A. Davis, Jr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Hagwood (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen D. Rifkin (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Iverson Brantly (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Bloodworth (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Young star is passed over
PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby, disheartened at being left off Canada's Olympic hockey team, refused Thursday to criticize the decision and promised to do everything he can to play his way into the 2010 Games.

Skater could get citizenship in time for Olympics
WASHINGTON - Ice dancer Tanith Belbin could gain American citizenship in time to represent the United States in the Turin Olympics under an immigration measure approved by Congress.

Skater could get citizenship in time for Olympics

Young star is passed over
PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby, disheartened at being left off Canada's Olympic hockey team, refused Thursday to criticize the decision and promised to do everything he can to play his way into the 2010 Games.

Young star is passed over

Skater could get citizenship in time for Olympics
WASHINGTON - Ice dancer Tanith Belbin could gain American citizenship in time to represent the United States in the Turin Olympics under an immigration measure approved by Congress.

Student finds needed release in cyclocross

Overtime

Raich wins giant slalom; Miller, Maier take spills

FIFA wants to review fascist salute

Area sports annoucements

Overtime

Long made a smooth transfer to Greenbrier

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

FIFA wants to review fascist salute
Italian forward Paolo Di Canio's one-match ban for giving a fascist salute to fans will be reviewed by FIFA.

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

Overtime
In Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, World Cup overall champion Anja Paerson overcame poor track conditions and skied to her second consecutive slalom victory.

Overtime
In Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, World Cup overall champion Anja Paerson overcame poor track conditions and skied to her second consecutive slalom victory.

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.

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.

FIFA wants to review fascist salute
Italian forward Paolo Di Canio's one-match ban for giving a fascist salute to fans will be reviewed by FIFA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cook's 3 lets Eagles finish rally for crown
As the third quarter counted down with Richmond Academy holding a slim one-point advantage, Josey's Keyonnia Cook finally gave the home crowd something to cheer about.

Prep basketball scores
Girls Basketball

Prep-basketball scores
NORTH AUGUSTA 73, CROSS CREEK 54

Prep basketball scores
Girls Basketball

Prep-basketball scores
NORTH AUGUSTA 73, CROSS CREEK 54

Cook's 3 lets Eagles finish rally for crown
As the third quarter counted down with Richmond Academy holding a slim one-point advantage, Josey's Keyonnia Cook finally gave the home crowd something to cheer about.

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.

Death of coach's son leaves Colts somber
The Indianapolis Colts wanted to emulate Tony Dungy's businesslike approach Thursday. But their thoughts were with their missing coach.

Falcons' Duckett tries to end slump
After watching T.J. Duckett struggle in each of the past three games, Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora pulled the big running back aside and offered some advice.

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

Falcons' Duckett tries to end slump
After watching T.J. Duckett struggle in each of the past three games, Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora pulled the big running back aside and offered some advice.

Undrafted Parker closing in on unlikely 1,000-yard season
Thirteen NFL running backs have rushed for 1,000 yards this season, and four are fewer than 100 yards away. Most share a common bond of college stardom, getting enormous money before playing their first NFL game, being a big name and a big deal long before they were pros.

Undrafted Parker closing in on unlikely 1,000-yard season
Thirteen NFL running backs have rushed for 1,000 yards this season, and four are fewer than 100 yards away. Most share a common bond of college stardom, getting enormous money before playing their first NFL game, being a big name and a big deal long before they were pros.

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.

Death of coach's son leaves Colts somber
The Indianapolis Colts wanted to emulate Tony Dungy's businesslike approach Thursday. But their thoughts were with their missing coach.

Column about Miller Theater generates e-mail memories

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Events
GEORGIAMISTLETOE STATE PARKAppling (706) 541-0321

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

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

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

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):

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.

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

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

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

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;

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

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

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

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):

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Events

For the record

CSRA Bridge Club Results

Tutor program gets pupils on track

Singalong gets pupils, parents involved

Meetings

This week

Restaurant ratings

Recycling locations

History park being upgraded

Events

Goodwill provides donations, job assistance to everyone

Natural beauty enhances Mayo subdivision

Pet of the week

Outreach groups receive grants from foundation

Reunions

Around the block

Georgia Farmers Market

Recreation

Can you find?

Waiting for local mogul to step up

White stuff provides atmospheric setting

Don't watch Chris Rock's show if you believe in Santa

Don't watch Chris Rock's show if you believe in Santa
NEW YORK - Yes, Chris Rock, there is a Santa Claus.

Don't watch Chris Rock's show if you believe in Santa
NEW YORK - Yes, Chris Rock, there is a Santa Claus.

Galleries calendar

Grubbin': Sub shop opens on Washington Road

People in the News

Club calendar

Zellweger and Chesney union has been annulled

Applause calendar

Sharpton says he's not longer interested in sitcom role

What's cookin': Bradley Czajka

Concerts calendar

Elton John ties the knot with longtime partner

People in the News

Bulldogs lose Bailey for Sugar Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia wide receiver Sean Bailey has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the Sugar Bowl.

Bulldogs lose Bailey for Sugar Bowl

Bulldogs lose Bailey for Sugar Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia wide receiver Sean Bailey has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the Sugar Bowl.

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.