Across the river
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; 6-10 p.m. daily, through Wednesday; from Augusta, take Interstate 20 west to Exit 183, turn right and take U.S. Highway 221 north toward Appling, then turn right on Nature's Way. Turn right on Louisville Road, and it's 1.4 miles on the right; $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-17, no charge for ages 5 and younger; 825-6441

Christmas Camp is filled with fun
The children seated around the table at the Aiken County Recreation Center in Graniteville were deep in concentration.

Sales of Christmas poems help missionaries
J.D. Hope is known for the fried foods he and his family prepare at Jo-Joe's Wings to Go on Whiskey Road.

Some parents question schools' team-notification process
Any child who's ever tried out for a school sport knows what it's like to approach the list posted on a locker-room wall.

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

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

Christmas Camp is filled with fun
The children seated around the table at the Aiken County Recreation Center in Graniteville were deep in concentration.

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,

Discovery camp full of mysteries
While campers at Fort Discovery's holiday camp searched for the missing angel from the Christmas tree, another twist developed in the morning's mystery.

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

Around the block
- A Christmas service will begin at 9 a.m. today at Hammond Grove Baptist Church, 590 Hemlock Drive, North Augusta. Call 279-1493.

This week
'Tis the Season: 7 and 8 p.m. Monday and Friday; 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

This week
'Tis the Season: 7 and 8 p.m. Monday and Friday; 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

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Dec. 9-13. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

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,

Around the block
- A Christmas service will begin at 9 a.m. today at Hammond Grove Baptist Church, 590 Hemlock Drive, North Augusta. Call 279-1493.

Sales of Christmas poems help missionaries
J.D. Hope is known for the fried foods he and his family prepare at Jo-Joe's Wings to Go on Whiskey Road.

Pet of the week
Merlin, a 3-year-old male Labrador mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Golfer is glad dad got her off the couch
There were plenty of Saturday mornings when Traci Bodner had her own agenda.

Across the river
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; 6-10 p.m. daily, through Wednesday; from Augusta, take Interstate 20 west to Exit 183, turn right and take U.S. Highway 221 north toward Appling, then turn right on Nature's Way. Turn right on Louisville Road, and it's 1.4 miles on the right; $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-17, no charge for ages 5 and younger; 825-6441

North Augusta boxer has family support
Nigee King has the support of his family as he prepares for the 2006 Silver Gloves Region III boxing tournament, which will be held Jan. 5-7 in Augusta.

Some parents question schools' team-notification process
Any child who's ever tried out for a school sport knows what it's like to approach the list posted on a locker-room wall.

Children's center always has a need for presents
Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center employees try to make gifts given to the center during the Christmas holidays stretch throughout the year.

North Augusta boxer has family support
Nigee King has the support of his family as he prepares for the 2006 Silver Gloves Region III boxing tournament, which will be held Jan. 5-7 in Augusta.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Dec. 9-13. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Golfer is glad dad got her off the couch
There were plenty of Saturday mornings when Traci Bodner had her own agenda.

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

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

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

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

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

Discovery camp full of mysteries
While campers at Fort Discovery's holiday camp searched for the missing angel from the Christmas tree, another twist developed in the morning's mystery.

Children's center always has a need for presents
Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center employees try to make gifts given to the center during the Christmas holidays stretch throughout the year.

Pet of the week
Merlin, a 3-year-old male Labrador mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Jimmy Carter airs gripes like a gentleman
Jimmy Carter is the kind of Democrat most people think no longer exists: an evangelical Christian, a white male from a "red" state (Georgia), and a military man whose Annapolis days are among his proudest.

Ann Rice takes up a new life in California
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The literary queen of New Orleans has abandoned the sleepy mysteries and quiet elegance of the Garden District for the sunny shores of Southern California, a plot twist right up there with Dickens killing off Little Nell in "The Old Curiosity Shop," one of Anne Rice's favorite novels.

Jimmy Carter airs gripes like a gentleman
Jimmy Carter is the kind of Democrat most people think no longer exists: an evangelical Christian, a white male from a "red" state (Georgia), and a military man whose Annapolis days are among his proudest.

Ann Rice takes up a new life in California
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The literary queen of New Orleans has abandoned the sleepy mysteries and quiet elegance of the Garden District for the sunny shores of Southern California, a plot twist right up there with Dickens killing off Little Nell in "The Old Curiosity Shop," one of Anne Rice's favorite novels.

Former U.N. inspector says Iraq disarmed in 1991
Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter provides an insider's view into the hunt for weapons of mass destruction during the 1990s in "Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the U.N. and Overthrow Saddam Hussein."

Former U.N. inspector says Iraq disarmed in 1991

'Smart' novel visits life in academia
Alan Mackenzie has a bad back, and his wife, Jane, is growing tired of being his nursemaid and coming in second to his pain.

'Smart' novel visits life in academia

Former U.N. inspector says Iraq disarmed in 1991
Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter provides an insider's view into the hunt for weapons of mass destruction during the 1990s in "Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the U.N. and Overthrow Saddam Hussein."

Jimmy Carter airs gripes like a gentleman

'Smart' novel visits life in academia
Alan Mackenzie has a bad back, and his wife, Jane, is growing tired of being his nursemaid and coming in second to his pain.

Ann Rice takes up a new life in California

Yankee clipping to get the job of the Yankee Clipper

Yankee clipping to get the job of the Yankee Clipper
NEW YORK - Having gone for his Yankee clipping, Johnny Damon appeared with his hair trimmed and beard shorn to inherit the job made famous by the Yankee Clipper.

Yankee clipping to get the job of the Yankee Clipper
NEW YORK - Having gone for his Yankee clipping, Johnny Damon appeared with his hair trimmed and beard shorn to inherit the job made famous by the Yankee Clipper.

Musings on the mysteries of Christmas lore, literature

Kayla Ryann Bennett

Evan Lukas Kandt

James Harry Saxon

Judson Lyle Berry

Victoria Elizabeth Sizemore

Tyler Douglas Harrison

Justin Daniel Perry

Francisco James Briceñ

Francisco James Briceñ

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay

Justin Daniel Perry

Hannah Rose Gay

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay

Gavan Clyde Swilling

Hannah Leilani Smith

Rachel Bailee Gay

Stanley Dean Barfield

James Harry Saxon

Hannah Rose Gay

Bailey and William Tucker

Judson Lyle Berry

Kayla Ryann Bennett

Stanley Dean Barfield

Eric Bryson Bolvin

Hannah Elisheva Randall

Justin Daniel Perry

Avery Rose Tatum

Kendale Alyse Pearson

Laylah Brenea Frazier

Kendale Alyse Pearson

Hannah Leilani Smith

Aubrey Grayce Sutton

Brittany Jewel Haws

Kendale Alyse Pearson

Hannah Elisheva Randall

Victoria Elizabeth Sizemore

Sadie Kalin Smith

Bailey and William Tucker

Kileigh Gayle Frix

Rachel Bailee Gay

Car'Miya Monaé Gibbons

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay

Sadie Kalin Smith

Tyler Douglas Harrison

Gavan Clyde Swilling

Laylah Brenea Frazier

Evan Lukas Kandt

Car'Miya Mona

Eric Bryson Bolvin

Hannah Rose Gay

Avery Rose Tatum

Sadie Kalin Smith

Aubrey Grayce Sutton

Kileigh Gayle Frix

Rachel Bailee Gay

Francisco James Brice

Eric Bryson Bolvin

Evan Lukas Kandt

Gavan Clyde Swilling

Avery Rose Tatum

Bailey and William Tucker

James Harry Saxon

Tyler Douglas Harrison

Kayla Ryann Bennett

Hannah Leilani Smith

Kileigh Gayle Frix

Judson Lyle Berry

Car'Miya Monaé Gibbons

Laylah Brenea Frazier

Hannah Elisheva Randall

Brittany Jewel Haws

Stanley Dean Barfield

Brittany Jewel Haws

Victoria Elizabeth Sizemore

Aubrey Grayce Sutton

Starbucks brews up drive-throughs
SEATTLE - Leaning out the window of her SUV, Tami Cornwell orders the same drink she gets almost every day: ''Double-tall, four-pump vanilla caramel Macchiato.''

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Dec. 7-13. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

On the move
Marc D. Miller has been named dean of Augusta State University's College of Business Administration. The associate professor of business administration joined the school in 2000 after serving at the State University of West Georgia as chairman of the Department of Management and Business Systems.

Krispy Kreme seeks future that surpasses cult following
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Back in his Los Angeles college days, Stephen Cooper and his buddies would trek 1,000 miles across the Rocky Mountains to restock their coolers with Coors.

Business calendar

Sales of new homes drop
Sales of new homes plunged in November by the largest amount in nearly 12 years, providing the most dramatic evidence yet that the red-hot housing market of the past five years is starting to cool down.

Q&A with Everthere's Steve Threet

Lack of lusted items leaves retailers craving customers
Retailers can blame the calendar. They can blame the weather. They can even try to blame New York City's transit strike. But in the end the 2005 shopping season might just be another case of merchants not giving shoppers what they really want - must-have items at reasonable prices.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Dec. 7-13. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

NBC buys majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft
NEW YORK - NBC is acquiring a majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft Corp., giving NBC greater control over the struggling all-news cable channel and further scaling back the software giant's media ambitions.

Business calendar
Jan 12, 19 and 26: CPIM Review Course by the APICS CSRA Chapter; contact Patti Lee at (706) 868-3811 for registration information.

Krispy Kreme seeks future that surpasses cult following
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Back in his Los Angeles college days, Stephen Cooper and his buddies would trek 1,000 miles across the Rocky Mountains to restock their coolers with Coors.

Everthere Carriers bids farewell to productive 2005

Lack of lusted items leaves retailers craving customers
Retailers can blame the calendar. They can blame the weather. They can even try to blame New York City's transit strike. But in the end the 2005 shopping season might just be another case of merchants not giving shoppers what they really want - must-have items at reasonable prices.

Property transfers

Starbucks brews up drive-throughs
SEATTLE - Leaning out the window of her SUV, Tami Cornwell orders the same drink she gets almost every day: ''Double-tall, four-pump vanilla caramel Macchiato.''

Everthere Carriers bids farewell to productive 2005
EDITOR'S NOTE: Building a Business is a yearlong series in which The Augusta Chronicle follows the progress of a local startup company, Everthere Carriers LLC, as it attempts to take its fledgling product to a national market. The following is the final story in the monthly series.

Sales of new homes drop
Sales of new homes plunged in November by the largest amount in nearly 12 years, providing the most dramatic evidence yet that the red-hot housing market of the past five years is starting to cool down.

Business calendar
Jan 12, 19 and 26: CPIM Review Course by the APICS CSRA Chapter; contact Patti Lee at (706) 868-3811 for registration information.

NBC buys majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft
NEW YORK - NBC is acquiring a majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft Corp., giving NBC greater control over the struggling all-news cable channel and further scaling back the software giant's media ambitions.

Biz bites
It's the plant for the season: the colorful poinsettia, a native of Central America and the floral decoration for Christmas.

Starbucks brews up drive-throughs

On the move
Marc D. Miller has been named dean of Augusta State University's College of Business Administration. The associate professor of business administration joined the school in 2000 after serving at the State University of West Georgia as chairman of the Department of Management and Business Systems.

Sales of new homes drop

On the move

Lack of lusted items leaves retailers craving customers

Biz bites

Krispy Kreme seeks future that surpasses cult following

Q&A with Everthere's Steve Threet
The following is a question-and-answer session with Steve Threet, the president of Everthere Carriers.

NBC buys majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft

Everthere Carriers bids farewell to productive 2005
EDITOR'S NOTE: Building a Business is a yearlong series in which The Augusta Chronicle follows the progress of a local startup company, Everthere Carriers LLC, as it attempts to take its fledgling product to a national market. The following is the final story in the monthly series.

Biz bites
It's the plant for the season: the colorful poinsettia, a native of Central America and the floral decoration for Christmas.

Everthere Carriers has come a long way

Q&A with Everthere's Steve Threet
The following is a question-and-answer session with Steve Threet, the president of Everthere Carriers.

Everthere Carriers has come a long way
A product hatched after a trip for Mexican food - a portable, folding cargo carrier- created a startup business that has grown since its inception. In the past year, readers have followed the leaders of Everthere Carriers LLC as they've signed deals, expanded into a new office and launched a product and accessories. Here's a recap of what the startup company has done during the past 11 months:

Everthere Carriers has come a long way
A product hatched after a trip for Mexican food - a portable, folding cargo carrier- created a startup business that has grown since its inception. In the past year, readers have followed the leaders of Everthere Carriers LLC as they've signed deals, expanded into a new office and launched a product and accessories. Here's a recap of what the startup company has done during the past 11 months:

No Christmas truce in politicians' wars

No Christmas truce in politicians' wars
Merry Christmas, and God rest ye merry gentlemen and women, too.

No Christmas truce in politicians' wars
Merry Christmas, and God rest ye merry gentlemen and women, too.

Glover goes from PGA Tour to Clemson's graduation
When Lucas Glover took the stage at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum to finally get his speech and communications degree, it was the first time in a while the rising PGA Tour star's name hadn't gotten much of a reaction.

Glover goes from PGA Tour to Clemson's graduation
When Lucas Glover took the stage at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum to finally get his speech and communications degree, it was the first time in a while the rising PGA Tour star's name hadn't gotten much of a reaction.

Clemson 97, Savannah State 62
CLEMSON, S.C. - Susan Yenser scored a career-high 19 points while three of her Clemson teammates posted double-doubles as Savannah State lost its 12th in a row, 97-62, to the Lady Tigers on Friday.

Clemson beats Savannah State
CLEMSON, S.C. - Susan Yenser scored a career-high 19 points while three of her Clemson teammates posted double-doubles as Savannah State lost its 12th in a row, 97-62, to the Lady Tigers on Friday.

Glover goes from PGA Tour to Clemson's graduation

Clemson 97, Savannah State 62

Jayhawks bowl over Cougars in 2nd half
FORT WORTH, Texas - Ten years passed between winning football seasons for Kansas.

Jayhawks bowl over Cougars in 2nd half
FORT WORTH, Texas - Ten years passed between winning football seasons for Kansas.

Jayhawks bowl over Cougars in 2nd half

Return of Mills makes Jaguars different team

Tennessee's successful basketball start has ticket sales soaring

The Christmas story
(Editor's note: As has been The Augusta Chronicle's Christmas Day custom for many years, we reproduce the following Bible passage.)

Another gift for today
If you believe this country can't be great without acknowledging a higher power, there's something extra in your stocking today.

Yes, Virginia
(Editor's note: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 108 years later. The Augusta Chronicle happily carries on its holiday tradition of reproducing this editorial.)

City government: a monument to mistrust

City government: a monument to mistrust
Eleven million Iraqis can't be wrong. The right to vote is the oxygen that breathes life into any democracy.

Social Security fix is dead - for now

The Christmas story

Yes, Virginia

Social Security fix is dead - for now
President Bush's campaign to reform - some might say save - Social Security would've made a nice Christmas gift for Americans. But it died a quiet death in Congress when Senate Republicans' effort to forge some kind of consensus with Democrats met with a stony rebuff.

The Christmas story
(Editor's note: As has been The Augusta Chronicle's Christmas Day custom for many years, we reproduce the following Bible passage.)

Social Security fix is dead - for now
President Bush's campaign to reform - some might say save - Social Security would've made a nice Christmas gift for Americans. But it died a quiet death in Congress when Senate Republicans' effort to forge some kind of consensus with Democrats met with a stony rebuff.

City government: a monument to mistrust
Eleven million Iraqis can't be wrong. The right to vote is the oxygen that breathes life into any democracy.

Another gift for today
If you believe this country can't be great without acknowledging a higher power, there's something extra in your stocking today.

Another gift for today

Yes, Virginia
(Editor's note: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 108 years later. The Augusta Chronicle happily carries on its holiday tradition of reproducing this editorial.)

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Brad Renfro was arrested in a sting operation after he allegedly tried to buy heroin near downtown's Skid Row, police said.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Brad Renfro was arrested in a sting operation after he allegedly tried to buy heroin near downtown's Skid Row, police said.

Households get heat for the holidays
MILWAUKEE - When Sandy Turk learned her 81-year-old mother set her thermostat at a chilly 65 degrees to save money this winter, she thought of the perfect gift - though it's about as much fun as a lump of coal in the stocking.

Households get heat for the holidays

Time to set financial goals for 2006 and beyond
NEW YORK - Ten years ago, Pamela Newman rang in the new year as a waitress. And she swore it would be the last year waiting tables.

Time to set financial goals for 2006 and beyond

Households get heat for the holidays
MILWAUKEE - When Sandy Turk learned her 81-year-old mother set her thermostat at a chilly 65 degrees to save money this winter, she thought of the perfect gift - though it's about as much fun as a lump of coal in the stocking.

Time to set financial goals for 2006 and beyond
NEW YORK - Ten years ago, Pamela Newman rang in the new year as a waitress. And she swore it would be the last year waiting tables.

Glover: From PGA to graduation day
When Lucas Glover took the stage at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum to finally get his speech and communications degree, it was the first time in a while the rising PGA Tour star's name hadn't gotten much of a reaction.

Glover: From PGA to graduation day
When Lucas Glover took the stage at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum to finally get his speech and communications degree, it was the first time in a while the rising PGA Tour star's name hadn't gotten much of a reaction.

O'Brien, longtime Nicklaus aide, dies at 83
Larry O'Brien, a Canadian broadcaster who became the longtime publicist for Jack Nicklaus, died Friday at 83.

O'Brien, longtime Nicklaus aide, dies at 83

Glover: From PGA to graduation day

O'Brien, longtime Nicklaus aide, dies at 83
Larry O'Brien, a Canadian broadcaster who became the longtime publicist for Jack Nicklaus, died Friday at 83.

Double the treasure

Carrying the load

A New Direction

Legend of the Fall

All-area football team

SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM

Double the treasure
Coco Hillary checked nearly everything off his football to-do list this season.

Double the treasure
Coco Hillary checked nearly everything off his football to-do list this season.

Legend of the Fall
A few area coaches took some liberty with the name of the man who's been the head football coach at Lincoln County for 33 years.

All-area football team
GEORGIA ALL-AREA TEAM

A New Direction
Donald Hudson and Christopher Columbus have something in common.

Legend of the Fall
A few area coaches took some liberty with the name of the man who's been the head football coach at Lincoln County for 33 years.

Carrying the load
Strom Thurmond's Lee Sawyer had won three state championships prior to this season as an assistant coach.

All-area football team
GEORGIA ALL-AREA TEAM

A New Direction
Donald Hudson and Christopher Columbus have something in common.

SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM
SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM

Carrying the load
Strom Thurmond's Lee Sawyer had won three state championships prior to this season as an assistant coach.

SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM
SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM

Musings on the mysteries of Christmas lore, literature
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy.

Musings on the mysteries of Christmas lore, literature
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy.

Consolidation just isn't working
I keep hearing rumbles here and there about consolidation for Columbia County. Wow! Seems to me you should look and take stock in how successful it's been in Richmond County.Tom Walters, Augusta

Christmas wishes go out to all in the CSRA

Christmas wishes go out to all in the CSRA
I wish all churches in the CSRA area the incarnational joy and love of the Christ Child born in Bethlehem and our Savior and mighty God and Wonderful Counsellor and Prince of Peace.The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Radio show is racially divisive
It would be easy to remain silent while an area black radio station talk show spews discord across the CSRA during its 8:30-10 a.m. broadcast.Grady Abrams, Martinez

Again, please - but with a dictionary

Wiretap opponents can't escape facts

Consolidation just isn't working
I keep hearing rumbles here and there about consolidation for Columbia County. Wow! Seems to me you should look and take stock in how successful it's been in Richmond County.Tom Walters, Augusta

Storms underscore that God is in charge
I heard Tuesday morning (Dec. 20) where 90,000 people in the Upstate of South Carolina and 10,000 in north Georgia were still without power. Why aren't we hearing about any of these paying customers calling for resignations of the CEOs of South Carolina Electric & Gas, Duke Power or whoever else is in charge of getting power back.Rodney Farrer, Hephzibah

Consolidation just isn't working

Wiretap opponents can't escape facts
Indisputable facts and logic may not appeal to certain readers blinded by hate and left-wing propaganda:Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta

Radio show is racially divisive

Storms underscore that God is in charge
I heard Tuesday morning (Dec. 20) where 90,000 people in the Upstate of South Carolina and 10,000 in north Georgia were still without power. Why aren't we hearing about any of these paying customers calling for resignations of the CEOs of South Carolina Electric & Gas, Duke Power or whoever else is in charge of getting power back.Rodney Farrer, Hephzibah

Fragile patients must come first

Wiretap opponents can't escape facts
Indisputable facts and logic may not appeal to certain readers blinded by hate and left-wing propaganda:Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta

Again, please - but with a dictionary
It's entertaining when Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams stands up and commits verbal suicide while trying to show his command of the English language.Jerry Moyer, Martinez

Fragile patients must come first
After reading "Finding a place to heal" in the Dec. 17 Augusta Chronicle, I agree with Sister Fran Voivedich: "They, in essence, don't want to spend $150" - "they" being Medical College of Georgia and University hospitals, and the $150 being the per-patient daily charge to hospitals for using the Good Samaritan Respite Center on Broad Street.William Getha, Evans

Storms underscore that God is in charge

Fragile patients must come first
After reading "Finding a place to heal" in the Dec. 17 Augusta Chronicle, I agree with Sister Fran Voivedich: "They, in essence, don't want to spend $150" - "they" being Medical College of Georgia and University hospitals, and the $150 being the per-patient daily charge to hospitals for using the Good Samaritan Respite Center on Broad Street.William Getha, Evans

Christmas wishes go out to all in the CSRA
I wish all churches in the CSRA area the incarnational joy and love of the Christ Child born in Bethlehem and our Savior and mighty God and Wonderful Counsellor and Prince of Peace.The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Again, please - but with a dictionary
It's entertaining when Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams stands up and commits verbal suicide while trying to show his command of the English language.Jerry Moyer, Martinez

Radio show is racially divisive
It would be easy to remain silent while an area black radio station talk show spews discord across the CSRA during its 8:30-10 a.m. broadcast.Grady Abrams, Martinez

Travel briefs

Watching what you drink? Check the shape of your glass

Tourism campaign centers on cultural exploration

Symphony Guild Cotillion acknowledges debutantes

Jackson couple's home was featured for charity event

Awareness of others gives better manners

Radiant flooring cuts heating bills

Ask the Carey Brothers

Dogsledding in the frozen wilderness

Tourists watch mining companies lop off mountaintops

Rainbow ice: Colored diamonds are the rarest of all

Living briefs

Cameras capture Christmas mishaps

Fashion briefs

Radiant flooring cuts heating bills
Homeowners looking for a more efficient way to heat portions of their home may find the answer resting at their feet.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - So much for the R&R Tom Ford had planned for his retirement from the fashion industry.

Living briefs
According to weight-loss and health expert laurie bell, the author of lose the lies, lose the weight: the ultimate guide to permanent weight loss, the vast majority of those who make a New Year's resolution to lose weight fall off the wagon before the end of January.

Travel briefs
MOOSE, Wyo. - Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway were scheduled to open for the winter season Dec. 21.

Tourists watch mining companies lop off mountaintops
HAZARD, Ky. - For Lyle Snider, the view from Kentucky 80 is breathtaking, but not in a good way.

Tourists watch mining companies lop off mountaintops
HAZARD, Ky. - For Lyle Snider, the view from Kentucky 80 is breathtaking, but not in a good way.

Symphony Guild Cotillion acknowledges debutantes
Twenty-six debutantes were presented Nov. 25 at the Augusta Symphony Guild Cotillion at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Tourism campaign centers on cultural exploration
WASHINGTON - From a portrait of George Washington and photos of Weimaraners to eyewitness accounts of historic events, the nation's capital is promoting the summer of 2006 as a celebration of American culture.

Cameras capture Christmas mishaps
The holidays are a time of joy and laughter; good food and family fun.

Watching what you drink? Check the shape of your glass
ALBANY, N.Y. - Here's a new tip to help curb drinking over the holidays: Ask for your scotch-and-soda in a highball glass.

Living briefs
According to weight-loss and health expert laurie bell, the author of lose the lies, lose the weight: the ultimate guide to permanent weight loss, the vast majority of those who make a New Year's resolution to lose weight fall off the wagon before the end of January.

Rainbow ice: Colored diamonds are the rarest of all
NEW YORK - Any diamond is rare and unusual. The Diamond Information Center says that all the diamonds in the world - engagement rings included - would fill only a single double-decker bus.

Tourism campaign centers on cultural exploration
WASHINGTON - From a portrait of George Washington and photos of Weimaraners to eyewitness accounts of historic events, the nation's capital is promoting the summer of 2006 as a celebration of American culture.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - So much for the R&R Tom Ford had planned for his retirement from the fashion industry.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We want to put in a spa or a hot tub. I thought that they were one in the same until we began to shop. What's the difference? -- Cindy

Symphony Guild Cotillion acknowledges debutantes
Twenty-six debutantes were presented Nov. 25 at the Augusta Symphony Guild Cotillion at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Jackson couple's home was featured for charity event
The trick to after-Christmas bliss is to take things slowly.

Awareness of others gives better manners
Dear Carson: I have two major gripes. One is about people who congregate in doorways before entering a room, making a traffic jam in the entry way. The other is for people who wear backpacks, continually bumping into other people who are close around them.

Awareness of others gives better manners
Dear Carson: I have two major gripes. One is about people who congregate in doorways before entering a room, making a traffic jam in the entry way. The other is for people who wear backpacks, continually bumping into other people who are close around them.

Jackson couple's home was featured for charity event
The trick to after-Christmas bliss is to take things slowly.

Watching what you drink? Check the shape of your glass
ALBANY, N.Y. - Here's a new tip to help curb drinking over the holidays: Ask for your scotch-and-soda in a highball glass.

Cameras capture Christmas mishaps
The holidays are a time of joy and laughter; good food and family fun.

Rainbow ice: Colored diamonds are the rarest of all
NEW YORK - Any diamond is rare and unusual. The Diamond Information Center says that all the diamonds in the world - engagement rings included - would fill only a single double-decker bus.

Travel briefs
MOOSE, Wyo. - Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway were scheduled to open for the winter season Dec. 21.

Dogsledding in the frozen wilderness
ELY, Minn. - The immense vault of cobalt sky shimmered with the thousands of stars you can only see when the closest city is five hours away. Swirls of powdery snow chased one another over the frozen lake, and the lanky spruce trees along the shore turned bluish in the last afterglow of dusk.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We want to put in a spa or a hot tub. I thought that they were one in the same until we began to shop. What's the difference? -- Cindy

Radiant flooring cuts heating bills
Homeowners looking for a more efficient way to heat portions of their home may find the answer resting at their feet.

Dogsledding in the frozen wilderness
ELY, Minn. - The immense vault of cobalt sky shimmered with the thousands of stars you can only see when the closest city is five hours away. Swirls of powdery snow chased one another over the frozen lake, and the lanky spruce trees along the shore turned bluish in the last afterglow of dusk.

Kid of the day

Places open today
What's open today?

School offices could be tardy
Plans to complete a third floor of a new Columbia County Board of Education administration building might delay its opening, school officials say.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Places open today
What's open today?

Contaminated food linked to dog deaths

Contributors beat record to help local families finance gifts, bills
Generous contributions to The Augusta Chronicle's 2005 Empty Stocking Fund have already surpassed last year's record-setting total.

State reviews food inspection rules
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Human Resources may establish new rules for restaurant inspections that would put more focus on preventing food-borne illness.

Where we live
There are probably many reasons why so many who usually don't attend church will pack Christmas services this weekend. For some, it's a chance to be with family and friends; for others, it's for the familiarity of a long-honored tradition.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Grovetown shines bright with holiday lights, spirit
The small city of Grovetown it seems is yet again the bright spot of the Augusta area this Christmas.

Let Earth receive her king

Woman needs help giving daughter a merry Christmas
A divorced Augusta woman who has health problems and is unable to work needs assistance to provide her daughter with presents this Christmas.

Across the area

Junko mail is no joke
ATLANTA - When her husband was deployed to northern Iraq, Laurie Junko searched for a way to take her mind off the danger he was facing and help other soldiers in the process.

Grovetown shines bright with holiday lights, spirit

Across South Carolina
A former police officer with the Medical University of South Carolina has been arrested and charged with pawning his department-issued gun and bulletproof vests, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

State reviews food inspection rules

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

Where we live
There are probably many reasons why so many who usually don't attend church will pack Christmas services this weekend. For some, it's a chance to be with family and friends; for others, it's for the familiarity of a long-honored tradition.

Across Georgia
The only day shelter for homeless people in Athens is set to close because a federal grant was not renewed.

Across Georgia
Man is charged after grave is disturbed

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $106,683.31

Where we live

Across the area
A Nevada man visiting family in Columbia County was hospitalized Friday morning after being ambushed and robbed while walking along Belair Road in Martinez, according to law enforcement authorities.

Across South Carolina

Contaminated food linked to dog deaths
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Camden dog may be the first in South Carolina to have died after eating tainted food from a Gaston plant, and the state veterinarian says three animal deaths may be linked to the same toxic fungus.

No savings, more fights

Boyfriend, girlfriend team is busted with counterfeit bills
U.S. Secret Service agents arrested what authorities describe as a boyfriend-and-girlfriend team of counterfeiters, seizing nearly $20,000 in counterfeit $20 bills they said the pair manufactured at a Jackson County residence.

Gene therapy can help ward off cancer
Nikki Williams doesn't like needles, so she tried not to watch as nurse Darlene Gibson stuck her in the thigh. It was the lesser of two evils to her.

Let Earth receive her king
Baby Jesus is shown in the nativity scene at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity. The church will celebrate Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m.

Columbia County plan draws notice
To find out just how much interest there is in Columbia County's consolidation efforts outside the Augusta area, just ask Todd Glover.

Woman pulled from burning home

Online buyers beware
COLUMBIA - Shopping online this holiday season? You might want to save - and double-check - those receipts. You might just owe South Carolina some money.

Woman pulled from burning home

Across Georgia

Wrongly imprisoned man gets gifts from Atlanta law firm
ATLANTA - Robert Clark's eyes arched at the piles of presents before him. The two television sets. The leather jacket. The CD player. The towels, linens, dishes, books, gift cards. The everything.

Wrongly imprisoned man gets gifts from Atlanta law firm

State reviews food inspection rules
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Human Resources may establish new rules for restaurant inspections that would put more focus on preventing food-borne illness.

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day
Ma'Kalaya Zanders, of Hephzibah, is today's kid of the day.

Let Earth receive her king
Baby Jesus is shown in the nativity scene at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity. The church will celebrate Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m.

Sales solid for holiday plant
If you're still looking for that special red Christmas flower, Abby Peoples says you're in luck, but you can't be choosy.

Kid of the day
Kid of the Day

Grovetown shines bright with holiday lights, spirit
The small city of Grovetown it seems is yet again the bright spot of the Augusta area this Christmas.

Across the area
Man with knife holds up store

Boyfriend, girlfriend team is busted with counterfeit bills
U.S. Secret Service agents arrested what authorities describe as a boyfriend-and-girlfriend team of counterfeiters, seizing nearly $20,000 in counterfeit $20 bills they said the pair manufactured at a Jackson County residence.

Across South Carolina
County's golfers have one free day of play

Woman needs help giving daughter a merry Christmas
A divorced Augusta woman who has health problems and is unable to work needs assistance to provide her daughter with presents this Christmas.

Online buyers beware

Wrongly imprisoned man gets gifts from Atlanta law firm
ATLANTA - Robert Clark's eyes arched at the piles of presents before him. The two television sets. The leather jacket. The CD player. The towels, linens, dishes, books, gift cards. The everything.

School offices could be tardy

Junko mail is no joke
ATLANTA - When her husband was deployed to northern Iraq, Laurie Junko searched for a way to take her mind off the danger he was facing and help other soldiers in the process.

Contributors beat record to help local families finance gifts, bills

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $106,683.31

Columbia County plan draws notice

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

Places open today

Kid of the Day
Ma'Kalaya Zanders, of Hephzibah, is today's kid of the day.

Gene therapy can help ward off cancer

Across the area
A Nevada man visiting family in Columbia County was hospitalized Friday morning after being ambushed and robbed while walking along Belair Road in Martinez, according to law enforcement authorities.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
The only day shelter for homeless people in Athens is set to close because a federal grant was not renewed.

Consolidation supporter sees flaws but is still satisfied
As one of the biggest backers of the merger between the city of Augusta and Richmond County, Ralph Walker preached patience in 1995 for the inevitable stumbles caused by a marriage of two governments.

Across the area
Man with knife holds up store

Consolidation supporter sees flaws but is still satisfied

Across South Carolina
County's golfers have one free day of play

No savings, more fights
The consolidation of Augusta and Richmond County a decade ago was supposed to save money.

Across Georgia
Man is charged after grave is disturbed

Junko mail is no joke

Kid of the day
Kid of the Day

Empty Stocking donations

Across South Carolina
A former police officer with the Medical University of South Carolina has been arrested and charged with pawning his department-issued gun and bulletproof vests, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Across the area

Gene therapy can help ward off cancer
Nikki Williams doesn't like needles, so she tried not to watch as nurse Darlene Gibson stuck her in the thigh. It was the lesser of two evils to her.

Across South Carolina

School offices could be tardy
Plans to complete a third floor of a new Columbia County Board of Education administration building might delay its opening, school officials say.

News you can use

No savings, more fights
The consolidation of Augusta and Richmond County a decade ago was supposed to save money.

Boyfriend, girlfriend team is busted with counterfeit bills

Contributors beat record to help local families finance gifts, bills
Generous contributions to The Augusta Chronicle's 2005 Empty Stocking Fund have already surpassed last year's record-setting total.

Sales solid for holiday plant

Online buyers beware
COLUMBIA - Shopping online this holiday season? You might want to save - and double-check - those receipts. You might just owe South Carolina some money.

Sales solid for holiday plant
If you're still looking for that special red Christmas flower, Abby Peoples says you're in luck, but you can't be choosy.

Columbia County plan draws notice
To find out just how much interest there is in Columbia County's consolidation efforts outside the Augusta area, just ask Todd Glover.

Contaminated food linked to dog deaths
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Camden dog may be the first in South Carolina to have died after eating tainted food from a Gaston plant, and the state veterinarian says three animal deaths may be linked to the same toxic fungus.

Consolidation supporter sees flaws but is still satisfied
As one of the biggest backers of the merger between the city of Augusta and Richmond County, Ralph Walker preached patience in 1995 for the inevitable stumbles caused by a marriage of two governments.

Woman needs help giving daughter a merry Christmas

Jack towered above the rest
Charitable activism prompted Time magazine to tap U2 rocker Bono and Microsoft's first family of Bill and Melinda Gates as its Persons of the Year.

Jack towered above the rest
Charitable activism prompted Time magazine to tap U2 rocker Bono and Microsoft's first family of Bill and Melinda Gates as its Persons of the Year.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

AFI's six 'Moments of Significance' of 2005

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

AFI's six 'Moments of Significance' of 2005
NEW YORK - The film documentary "March of the Penguins" and video iPods are among the American Film Institute's "Moments of Significance" during 2005.

AFI's six 'Moments of Significance' of 2005
NEW YORK - The film documentary "March of the Penguins" and video iPods are among the American Film Institute's "Moments of Significance" during 2005.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Mariah Carey ties Elvis on singles chart
NEW YORK - Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us" rose to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, putting her in a tie with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1 singles in the rock era.

Jamie Foxx releases new album 'Unpredictable'

Mariah Carey ties Elvis on singles chart

Jamie Foxx releases new album 'Unpredictable'
NEW YORK - Jamie Foxx is on such a roll that he didn't even need to put out an album to become a chart-topping singer.

Mariah Carey ties Elvis on singles chart
NEW YORK - Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us" rose to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, putting her in a tie with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1 singles in the rock era.

Jamie Foxx releases new album 'Unpredictable'
NEW YORK - Jamie Foxx is on such a roll that he didn't even need to put out an album to become a chart-topping singer.

NBA roundup

NBA roundup
Focus on Kobe-Shaq, but Carter's performance can't be ignoredBylineBy The Associated PressBody CopyThe Los Angeles Lakers ignored the hype. The Miami Heat can only wish Vince Carter did the same.

NBA roundup
Focus on Kobe-Shaq, but Carter's performance can't be ignoredBylineBy The Associated PressBody CopyThe Los Angeles Lakers ignored the hype. The Miami Heat can only wish Vince Carter did the same.

Tennessee's successful basketball start has ticket sales soaring
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - New Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and the Volunteers are winning on the hardcourt, creating a big boost in ticket sales and giving fans something to cheer about with no bowl game to carry them through the holiday season.

Tennessee's successful basketball start has ticket sales soaring
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - New Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and the Volunteers are winning on the hardcourt, creating a big boost in ticket sales and giving fans something to cheer about with no bowl game to carry them through the holiday season.

Return of Mills makes Jaguars different team
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Return of Mills makes Jaguars different team
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Falcons are on shaky ground

Falcons' playoff hopes dashed

Cowboys' victory helps Buccaneers

Jags clinch berth; Broncos take West

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Mr. Collin Thomas    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sally J. Bolton    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Henry P. Tinley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ted M. Rabun    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Ellis Milton Hogan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Emma Abraham    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice Opal Ellison    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Spec. Joseph Alan Lucas, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Patricia Altman    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Allen Minton    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Emma Abraham    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Spec. Joseph Alan Lucas, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. L.C. Dunbar    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sally J. Bolton    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Cawley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby McGuire King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary L. Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul W. Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby T. Riner    (CORDOVA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret G. Hendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. E. Frank Peeler    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Collin Thomas    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mr. Henry P. Tinley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret G. Hendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Curry Long    (DETROIT, Mich.)

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Mrs. Margaret Hendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred B. Osborn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Ann Adams    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

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Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles H. Beatty    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tullie William Keen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerome L. Sweat    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Hoyt Yonce    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Larry A. Smoak    (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Isola Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary L. Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred B. Osborn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured Obituary: Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch
COLUMBIA - Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch of Columbia, a member of the Doolittle Raiders' daring bombing run over Japan during World War II, died Wednesday.

Mr. Harry N. Oliphant    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbur C. Bragg    (VALDOSTA, Ga.)

Mr. E. Frank Peeler    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Cook, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tullie William Keen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest M. Counts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sally J. Bolton    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Jay Howard Hinkson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Featured Obituary: Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch
COLUMBIA - Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch of Columbia, a member of the Doolittle Raiders' daring bombing run over Japan during World War II, died Wednesday.

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Spec. Joseph Alan Lucas, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jay Howard Hinkson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David Willis Key    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles H. Beatty    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Sally J. Bolton    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan C. Allen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Harry N. Oliphant    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest M. Counts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. L.C. Dunbar (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Hobbs (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Henry P. Tinley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Curry Long (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mrs. Martha Hoyt Yonce (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Featured Obituary: Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch

Miss Patricia Altman (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Phillips (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sally J. Bolton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Spec. Joseph Alan Lucas, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry N. Oliphant (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Harry N. Oliphant (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred B. Osborn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Ann Adams (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice Opal Ellison (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby McGuire King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles H. Beatty (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra R. Roberts (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Cook, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Willis Key (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sally J. Bolton (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wilbur C. Bragg (VALDOSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Collin Thomas (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Spec. Joseph Alan Lucas, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. E. Frank Peeler (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Phillip Tinley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby T. Riner (CORDOVA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Margaret G. Hendrix (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul W. Kalney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Doris Fulmer (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Isola Williams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Henry C. Byrd, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary L. Phillips (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan C. Allen (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Tullie William Keen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Hendrix (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ellis Milton Hogan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Abraham (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry A. Smoak (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Wilmer C. Guinn (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Ted M. Rabun (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Boxing: Hopkins and Jones agree to rematch

Overtime

Minnesota trip turns into adventure

Area announcements

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High Schools

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Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Olympics: In London, a senior Olympic official says a misplaced vote might have helped London win the 2012 Olympics.

Minnesota trip turns into adventure
ELY, Minn. - The immense vault of cobalt sky shimmered with the thousands of stars you can see only when the closest city is five hours away. Swirls of powdery snow chased one another over a frozen lake, and the lanky spruce trees along the shore turned bluish in the last afterglow of dusk.

Boxing: Hopkins and Jones agree to rematch
Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins have agreed to a March 11 fight, representatives of both fighters told ESPN.com on Friday.

Minnesota trip turns into adventure
ELY, Minn. - The immense vault of cobalt sky shimmered with the thousands of stars you can see only when the closest city is five hours away. Swirls of powdery snow chased one another over a frozen lake, and the lanky spruce trees along the shore turned bluish in the last afterglow of dusk.

Boxing: Hopkins and Jones agree to rematch
Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins have agreed to a March 11 fight, representatives of both fighters told ESPN.com on Friday.

Overtime
Olympics: In London, a senior Olympic official says a misplaced vote might have helped London win the 2012 Olympics.

Overtime
High Schools

Youthful shots
Georgia's deer season is continuing to be productive for many local hunters.

Youthful shots

Youthful shots
Georgia's deer season is continuing to be productive for many local hunters.

Sports Calendar

Sports Calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Sports Calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Lucky anglers share spoils with new boat
Ed Lepley and Todd Jones have almost every fishing gadget money can buy, including boats.

Lucky anglers share spoils with new boat
Ed Lepley and Todd Jones have almost every fishing gadget money can buy, including boats.

Falcons are on shaky ground
TAMPA, Fla. - The Atlanta Falcons have lost three of their past four games at Tampa Bay. They haven't scored a touchdown in their past two road games, and they've already lost at home this year to the Buccaneers. And if that wasn't enough, they come into this afternoon's game facing elimination from playoff contention.

Falcons' playoff hopes dashed
TAMPA, Fla. - If ever a play mirrored the entire Atlanta Falcons season, it was Todd Peterson's 28-yard field goal attempt on the third play of overtime Saturday.

Cowboys' victory helps Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. - One of the loudest cheers at Raymond James Stadium Saturday afternoon had nothing to do with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Atlanta Falcons.

Falcons are on shaky ground
TAMPA, Fla. - The Atlanta Falcons have lost three of their past four games at Tampa Bay. They haven't scored a touchdown in their past two road games, and they've already lost at home this year to the Buccaneers. And if that wasn't enough, they come into this afternoon's game facing elimination from playoff contention.

Jags clinch berth; Broncos take West
Jacksonville clinched its first playoff berth since 1999 on Saturday, rallying for three touchdowns in the final quarter to beat Houston, 38-20, for an AFC wild card spot.

Cowboys' victory helps Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. - One of the loudest cheers at Raymond James Stadium Saturday afternoon had nothing to do with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Atlanta Falcons.

Jags clinch berth; Broncos take West
Jacksonville clinched its first playoff berth since 1999 on Saturday, rallying for three touchdowns in the final quarter to beat Houston, 38-20, for an AFC wild card spot.

Falcons' playoff hopes dashed
TAMPA, Fla. - If ever a play mirrored the entire Atlanta Falcons season, it was Todd Peterson's 28-yard field goal attempt on the third play of overtime Saturday.

Protestants take interest in learning more about Mary
Strands of multicolored beads - some wooden, some metal and some made of knotted cord - were in tiny white boxes or in a display case in the Episcopal Convent of St. Helena.

Groups unite against literal readings of Bible story
There has been ample tumult about efforts by businesses, cities and schools to avoid the label "Christmas" or downplay seasonal observances, and much of the protest has come from secular rather than church sources.

Camels, other animals play big role in Nativity
If anyone doubts there is a God, Mark Nisbet is convinced a camel can prove it.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Camels, other animals play big role in Nativity
If anyone doubts there is a God, Mark Nisbet is convinced a camel can prove it.

Groups unite against literal readings of Bible story
There has been ample tumult about efforts by businesses, cities and schools to avoid the label "Christmas" or downplay seasonal observances, and much of the protest has come from secular rather than church sources.

Protestants take interest in learning more about Mary
Strands of multicolored beads - some wooden, some metal and some made of knotted cord - were in tiny white boxes or in a display case in the Episcopal Convent of St. Helena.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Italy has a new fashion celebrity - Pope Benedict XVI
VATICAN CITY - Whether it's Prada and Gucci, or just fancy ecclesiastical tailoring, Pope Benedict XVI is his own man when it comes to dressing.

Faith digest
The Salvation Army will serve turkey and trimmings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at its campus, 1384 Greene St. TrueNorth Church, of North Augusta, and Golden Harvest Food Bank will assist in providing Christmas dinners to the home bound. Call (803) 426-2026.

Italy has a new fashion celebrity - Pope Benedict XVI
VATICAN CITY - Whether it's Prada and Gucci, or just fancy ecclesiastical tailoring, Pope Benedict XVI is his own man when it comes to dressing.

Faith digest
The Salvation Army will serve turkey and trimmings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at its campus, 1384 Greene St. TrueNorth Church, of North Augusta, and Golden Harvest Food Bank will assist in providing Christmas dinners to the home bound. Call (803) 426-2026.

Lucky anglers share spoils with new boat

Jack towered above the rest

Nickelodeon at top of ratings heap

Nickelodeon at top of ratings heap
LOS ANGELES - Wouldn't you know it? The television network that brought the world burping contests and buckets of green slime was born on the date known as All Fool's Day.

Nickelodeon at top of ratings heap
LOS ANGELES - Wouldn't you know it? The television network that brought the world burping contests and buckets of green slime was born on the date known as All Fool's Day.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
Where will you be when 2006 arrives? Tuned to ABC? NBC? Maybe MTV?

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
Where will you be when 2006 arrives? Tuned to ABC? NBC? Maybe MTV?

People in the News

Children's center always has a need for presents

Outreach groups receive grants from foundation

North Augusta boxer has family support

This week

Sales of Christmas poems help missionaries

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Some parents question schools' team-notification process

Around the block

Christmas Camp is filled with fun

Golfer is glad dad got her off the couch

Area adult literacy sites

Goodwill provides donations, job assistance

Across the river

Discovery camp full of mysteries

Meetings

Pet of the week

Events

Protestants take interest in learning more about Mary

Faith calendar

Camels, other animals play big role in Nativity

Groups unite against literal readings of Bible story

Italy has a new fashion celebrity - Pope Benedict XVI

Faith digest

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