This week
Christmas tree drop-off: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 8; drop-off locations: H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw Place, Aiken; and Citizen Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road, Aiken; 642-7631

This week
Christmas tree drop-off: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 8; drop-off locations: H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw Place, Aiken; and Citizen Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road, Aiken; 642-7631

Book celebrates city's centennial
A new book on the history of North Augusta is due to be released in January in honor of the city's centennial.

Palmetto was there when golf began its rise in U.S.
In the late 19th century, Aiken was a haven for hunting, horseback riding and polo. At that time, Winter Colony resident Thomas Hitchcock also recognized that a centuries-old pastime was becoming increasingly popular in America.

Garbage-collection service ordinance changed
Aiken City Council approved an ordinance Dec. 12 amending the solid-waste code to reflect changes made to the city's garbage collection services during the past year.

Space station can be seen in area
With children having been on the lookout for a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer Saturday night, officials want to remind people there are other items to be seen in the night sky throughout the year.

Around the block
The show In My Backyard, will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 7, 20 and 21 at the Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students. Reservations are recommended. Call 641-3654.

Palmetto was there when golf began its rise in U.S.
In the late 19th century, Aiken was a haven for hunting, horseback riding and polo. At that time, Winter Colony resident Thomas Hitchcock also recognized that a centuries-old pastime was becoming increasingly popular in America.

Young North Augustan has football skills
Corine Esposito said it was fourth-grader Keyon West's determination that impressed her during their practice sessions.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Dec. 14-16. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Food bank expands its warehouse in Aiken
An extra 3,000 square feet of space at the Golden Harvest Food Bank's Aiken warehouse should be ready for use by the end of this week.

North Augusta to have A Night to Remember
Although the city of North Augusta doesn't turn 100 until April, residents have planned a variety of events to celebrate the centennial starting in January.

Around the block
The show In My Backyard, will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 7, 20 and 21 at the Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students. Reservations are recommended. Call 641-3654.

Book celebrates city's centennial
A new book on the history of North Augusta is due to be released in January in honor of the city's centennial.

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

Garbage-collection service ordinance changed
Aiken City Council approved an ordinance Dec. 12 amending the solid-waste code to reflect changes made to the city's garbage collection services during the past year.

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.

Caring woman brightens holidays for youngsters
Louvenia Mathews has a giving heart. Ms. Mathews organizes the North Augusta Christmas Store, a program that operates out of North Augusta Middle School a few days before Christmas and provides gifts to hundreds of area children.

Pet of the week
Mimi, a 3-year-old tabby, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Space station can be seen in area
With children having been on the lookout for a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer Saturday night, officials want to remind people there are other items to be seen in the night sky throughout the year.

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.

Con artists prey on unwary
Capt. Wendell Hall calls them the classics - scams that keep popping up to separate unsuspecting Aiken residents from their money.

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

Food bank expands its warehouse in Aiken
An extra 3,000 square feet of space at the Golden Harvest Food Bank's Aiken warehouse should be ready for use by the end of this week.

North Augusta to have A Night to Remember
Although the city of North Augusta doesn't turn 100 until April, residents have planned a variety of events to celebrate the centennial starting in January.

Young North Augustan has football skills
Corine Esposito said it was fourth-grader Keyon West's determination that impressed her during their practice sessions.

Con artists prey on unwary
Capt. Wendell Hall calls them the classics - scams that keep popping up to separate unsuspecting Aiken residents from their money.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Dec. 14-16. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Pet of the week
Mimi, a 3-year-old tabby, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Caring woman brightens holidays for youngsters
Louvenia Mathews has a giving heart. Ms. Mathews organizes the North Augusta Christmas Store, a program that operates out of North Augusta Middle School a few days before Christmas and provides gifts to hundreds of area children.

Big things come in small books
For several years now, it has been a widely held belief that American-made cars are inferior to foreign brands, especially those from Japanese and German automakers.

Big things come in small books

Big things come in small books
For several years now, it has been a widely held belief that American-made cars are inferior to foreign brands, especially those from Japanese and German automakers.

White Sox are tabbed as top story of year

White Sox are tabbed as top story of year
NEW YORK - When the White Sox won the World Series for the first time in nearly nine decades, it took awhile for Jerry Reinsdorf to realize what the title meant to many in Chicago.

Reardon charged with robbing jewelry store

Reardon charged with robbing jewelry store
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Jeff Reardon, one of the top relief pitchers in history, was charged with robbing a jewelry store, then blamed his arrest on medication he was taking for depression.

White Sox are tabbed as top story of year
NEW YORK - When the White Sox won the World Series for the first time in nearly nine decades, it took awhile for Jerry Reinsdorf to realize what the title meant to many in Chicago.

Reardon charged with robbing jewelry store
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Jeff Reardon, one of the top relief pitchers in history, was charged with robbing a jewelry store, then blamed his arrest on medication he was taking for depression.

Officer, the robber wore his pajamas

Chain revamping for prosperity, peace

Chain revamping for prosperity, peace
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hitched itself to country superstar Garth Brooks in 2005, but it could have adopted David Bowie's Changes as its anthem.

Real estate sales get tougher as rates rise
When Nancy Petty took prospective home buyers around for home tours this summer, the Bel Air, Md.- based Realtor found that her clients would have to move quickly to bid for homes, sometimes without really taking a thorough look at the properties.

Natural gas futures plunge, triggering energy dropoff

Shoppers on target with bargain hunting, returns

Deadline looms for Delta pilot ratification of pay cut deal

The hazy mess of gift-card accounting

Hurricane-hit port recovers half of business

Real estate sales get tougher as rates rise
When Nancy Petty took prospective home buyers around for home tours this summer, the Bel Air, Md.- based Realtor found that her clients would have to move quickly to bid for homes, sometimes without really taking a thorough look at the properties.

Goody's goes private with completion of tender offer

The hazy mess of gift-card accounting
NEW YORK - When retailers say gift-card sales have been a boon to their profits, they aren't kidding. Given the loose accounting rules for the cards, they can easily be used to goose the bottom line.

Deadline looms for Delta pilot ratification of pay cut deal
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots have until Wednesday to approve a tentative agreement on temporary pay cuts their union worked out with management to help the bankrupt carrier deal with an expected cash crunch.

Real estate sales get tougher as rates rise

Natural gas futures plunge, triggering energy dropoff
NEW YORK - Natural gas futures plunged 10 percent Tuesday, settling at their lowest level in three and a half months amid forecasts calling for mild U.S. weather over the next week.

Shoppers on target with bargain hunting, returns
The Christmas shopping spirit failed to wane Monday as many buyers blitzed local stores looking for deals.

Holiday's waxy buildup dims candle market
CUMBERLAND, Maine - Kathy Higgins has holiday candles in her living room. They're on windowsills. They're next to beds and in both bathrooms. They're on the dining room table, the buffet table, and the coffee table.

Shoppers on target with bargain hunting, returns
The Christmas shopping spirit failed to wane Monday as many buyers blitzed local stores looking for deals.

Deadline looms for Delta pilot ratification of pay cut deal
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots have until Wednesday to approve a tentative agreement on temporary pay cuts their union worked out with management to help the bankrupt carrier deal with an expected cash crunch.

Chain revamping for prosperity, peace
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hitched itself to country superstar Garth Brooks in 2005, but it could have adopted David Bowie's Changes as its anthem.

Hurricane-hit port recovers half of business
NEW ORLEANS - After Hurricane Katrina destroyed about one-third of the Port of New Orleans, the port's chief executive turned an offhand remark into a challenge to restart a vital part of the city's storm-ravaged economy.

The hazy mess of gift-card accounting
NEW YORK - When retailers say gift-card sales have been a boon to their profits, they aren't kidding. Given the loose accounting rules for the cards, they can easily be used to goose the bottom line.

Natural gas futures plunge, triggering energy dropoff
NEW YORK - Natural gas futures plunged 10 percent Tuesday, settling at their lowest level in three and a half months amid forecasts calling for mild U.S. weather over the next week.

Holiday's waxy buildup dims candle market
CUMBERLAND, Maine - Kathy Higgins has holiday candles in her living room. They're on windowsills. They're next to beds and in both bathrooms. They're on the dining room table, the buffet table, and the coffee table.

Goody's goes private with completion of tender offer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A $327 million tender offer for Goody's Family Clothing Inc. was completed Tuesday as two New York investment firms announced they had enough shares to put the 381-store chain back in private hands.

Holiday's waxy buildup dims candle market

Hurricane-hit port recovers half of business
NEW ORLEANS - After Hurricane Katrina destroyed about one-third of the Port of New Orleans, the port's chief executive turned an offhand remark into a challenge to restart a vital part of the city's storm-ravaged economy.

Goody's goes private with completion of tender offer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A $327 million tender offer for Goody's Family Clothing Inc. was completed Tuesday as two New York investment firms announced they had enough shares to put the 381-store chain back in private hands.

Colorado seeks turnaround against No. 23 Clemson

Closing it out in style
ORLANDO, Fla. - James Davis walked out of the Citrus Bowl with the game ball under one arm and the most valuable player trophy under the other.

Colorado seeks turnaround against No. 23 Clemson
Colorado has an interim coach, a three-game losing streak and a pretty significant reputation problem.

Closing it out in style
ORLANDO, Fla. - James Davis walked out of the Citrus Bowl with the game ball under one arm and the most valuable player trophy under the other.

Colorado seeks turnaround against No. 23 Clemson
Colorado has an interim coach, a three-game losing streak and a pretty significant reputation problem.

Closing it out in style

Coaches must go with Plan B
ATLANTA - Miami will be without starting receiver Ryan Moore and Louisiana State University quarterback JaMarcus Russell is out with an injury for Friday's Peach Bowl, but the teams' coaches said Tuesday they have backups ready.

Memphis' Williams sets NCAA record with 34th 100-yard game
Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams set an NCAA record with his 34th 100-yard rushing game Monday against Akron in the Motor City Bowl.

Memphis' Williams sets NCAA record with 34th 100-yard game
Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams set an NCAA record with his 34th 100-yard rushing game Monday against Akron in the Motor City Bowl.

Memphis' Williams sets NCAA record with 34th 100-yard game

Coaches must go with Plan B
ATLANTA - Miami will be without starting receiver Ryan Moore and Louisiana State University quarterback JaMarcus Russell is out with an injury for Friday's Peach Bowl, but the teams' coaches said Tuesday they have backups ready.

Coaches must go with Plan B

Gamecocks set to retire McKie's number tonight

Norwood CLEARs the way
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., noting that his state was being flooded with illegal aliens, got out in front of the immigration issue nearly three years ago when he introduced the Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal Act. Now it's been passed as part of a broader immigration bill and sent to the Senate for action.

The 6-Billion-Man March
Like a weary but determined foot soldier, freedom continued its long, hard slog through human history in 2005.

Evaluating teacher certification

Norwood CLEARs the way

Troop cuts welcome, but risky

The 6-Billion-Man March
Like a weary but determined foot soldier, freedom continued its long, hard slog through human history in 2005.

Evaluating teacher certification
Georgia and South Carolina have put a lot of stock, and investment, in getting their public school teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. South Carolina ranks third in the nation, with 574 newly certified teachers, and Georgia fourth, with 328.

Norwood CLEARs the way
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., noting that his state was being flooded with illegal aliens, got out in front of the immigration issue nearly three years ago when he introduced the Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal Act. Now it's been passed as part of a broader immigration bill and sent to the Senate for action.

Evaluating teacher certification
Georgia and South Carolina have put a lot of stock, and investment, in getting their public school teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. South Carolina ranks third in the nation, with 574 newly certified teachers, and Georgia fourth, with 328.

Troop cuts welcome, but risky
One of the cheeriest developments of the Christmas season was U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's announcement that the United States will be downsizing its troop strength in Iraq. Defense officials define the cutbacks as a "redeployment," but, as the saying goes, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Troop cuts welcome, but risky
One of the cheeriest developments of the Christmas season was U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's announcement that the United States will be downsizing its troop strength in Iraq. Defense officials define the cutbacks as a "redeployment," but, as the saying goes, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

The 6-Billion-Man March

Judge tosses out restraining order against Letterman
SANTA FE, N.M. - A state judge has lifted a restraining order granted to a Santa Fe woman who accused talk-show host David Letterman of using coded words to show that he wanted to marry her and train her as his co-host.

People in the News
NEW YORK - As if a giant ape weren't enough to get Jack Black going in "King Kong," the actor says he let loose one time while making the film.

Judge tosses out restraining order against Letterman
SANTA FE, N.M. - A state judge has lifted a restraining order granted to a Santa Fe woman who accused talk-show host David Letterman of using coded words to show that he wanted to marry her and train her as his co-host.

People in the News
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker was cited for impeding traffic and failing to produce a valid Texas driver's license during a traffic stop in which "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria was his passenger, police said.

Bree will hit the bottle 'Housewives' creator says
NEW YORK - Pour another glass of wine for Bree on "Desperate Housewives." Better yet, just hand over the bottle.

People in the News
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker was cited for impeding traffic and failing to produce a valid Texas driver's license during a traffic stop in which "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria was his passenger, police said.

People in the News
NEW YORK - As if a giant ape weren't enough to get Jack Black going in "King Kong," the actor says he let loose one time while making the film.

Bree will hit the bottle 'Housewives' creator says
NEW YORK - Pour another glass of wine for Bree on "Desperate Housewives." Better yet, just hand over the bottle.

Lawyer-mother: 'parent savvy' about finances comes after research

Lawyer-mother: 'parent savvy' about finances comes after research
It's time to get it together. It's time to do your family's financial and legal planning.

Should I pay all my bills online?

Should I pay all my bills online?
Q: I'd like to do all my bill-paying online, but is this a good idea? I'm worried about online security and losing important documentation.

Should I pay all my bills online?
Q: I'd like to do all my bill-paying online, but is this a good idea? I'm worried about online security and losing important documentation.

Lawyer-mother: 'parent savvy' about finances comes after research
It's time to get it together. It's time to do your family's financial and legal planning.

Rosemary and ginger vegetable soup recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Been thinking a lot about soup lately. It's not because of the cold; it's because of a cold. Or rather, because of three colds, all of them belonging to my son.

Quick and easy chicken in won ton cups
Chicken with cashews in won ton cups, known in Thailand as gai phad med ma-muang, are quickly prepared and make very tasty hors d'oeuvres.

Rosemary and ginger vegetable soup recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Been thinking a lot about soup lately. It's not because of the cold; it's because of a cold. Or rather, because of three colds, all of them belonging to my son.

Orange rice pudding looks and tastes great

Hors d'oeuvres for easy entertaining
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Contrary to popular belief, entertaining can be hassle-free and fun. Whether you're planning a cocktail party or a formal dinner, serve items that can be made in advance so that you can enjoy the event as well.

Hors d'oeuvres for easy entertaining

Quick and easy chicken in won ton cups
Chicken with cashews in won ton cups, known in Thailand as gai phad med ma-muang, are quickly prepared and make very tasty hors d'oeuvres.

Quick and easy chicken in won ton cups

Hors d'oeuvres for easy entertaining
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Contrary to popular belief, entertaining can be hassle-free and fun. Whether you're planning a cocktail party or a formal dinner, serve items that can be made in advance so that you can enjoy the event as well.

Rosemary and ginger vegetable soup recipe

Orange rice pudding looks and tastes great
Dessert can be festive enough to make any day seem like a holiday even if it isn't, and ingredients that create a sunny look can also taste good and be good for you.

Orange rice pudding looks and tastes great
Dessert can be festive enough to make any day seem like a holiday even if it isn't, and ingredients that create a sunny look can also taste good and be good for you.

Jackets take pride in bowl streak
The last time Georgia Tech missed a bowl game ...

Bilbo to finish what he started
SAN FRANCISCO - To Damarius Bilbo, the question went unanswered for years.

Jackets take pride in bowl streak
The last time Georgia Tech missed a bowl game ...

Bilbo to finish what he started
SAN FRANCISCO - To Damarius Bilbo, the question went unanswered for years.

Jackets take pride in bowl streak

Bilbo to finish what he started

Tales of the tour

U.S. Open champion limited on PGA Tour

Tales of the tour
Some of the biggest news in golf came from spontaneous moments.

U.S. Open champion limited on PGA Tour
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell will make his 2006 debut in the Mercedes Championship at Kapalua in January.

Tales of the tour
Some of the biggest news in golf came from spontaneous moments.

U.S. Open champion limited on PGA Tour
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell will make his 2006 debut in the Mercedes Championship at Kapalua in January.

Prep basketball scores

Bruins' furious rally nets a win
WASHINGTON - Brad Stuart's goal 2:02 into overtime lifted Boston to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night after the Bruins scored twice within a minute late in regulation to tie it.

Bruins' furious rally nets a win

Bruins' furious rally nets a win
WASHINGTON - Brad Stuart's goal 2:02 into overtime lifted Boston to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night after the Bruins scored twice within a minute late in regulation to tie it.

Try your luck with pea dip
It's a Southern tradition to serve black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. This time, rather than cooking them into a big pot of soup, why not serve your traditional black-eyed peas as a dip to enjoy while watching the holiday bowl games?

Try your luck with pea dip
It's a Southern tradition to serve black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. This time, rather than cooking them into a big pot of soup, why not serve your traditional black-eyed peas as a dip to enjoy while watching the holiday bowl games?

Try your luck with pea dip

Officer, the robber wore his pajamas
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.

Officer, the robber wore his pajamas
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.

Politicians lose sight of Golden Rule
My parents warned me there would be some tough decisions I would need to make in life. Right and wrong were easy choices - but I soon found out there was also more right and less right, more wrong and less wrong; those confounded gray areas. How can you know? Stephen Barrow, Aiken, S.C.

Leave God-fearing Christians alone

Watch our senators on immigration
Legislation just passed the House of Representatives to build a high-security fence on parts of the U.S.-Mexican border to make it harder for U.S. employers to hire illegal aliens, and make it a felony to live in the United States illegally. The legislation, which has divided Republicans, will be torn apart in the Senate by Georgia's GOP U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. Milton Gresham, Evans

Flu vaccine proposal is unrealistic

Telephone tab is taxing - literally
If, on some rainy evening, you become perversely curious about how many creative devices have been developed by politicians to separate you from your money, take a look at your telephone bill. I did recently, and I learned that, to the cost of the very basic service to which I subscribe, various levels of government add eight different taxes, fees and charges. Those eight items increase the cost of the service by 65 percent. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Politicians lose sight of Golden Rule

Leave God-fearing Christians alone
Why don't the unbelievers or atheists start their own schools and have atheist teachers so they can teach anything they want to, and leave believers alone? Robert Wilkerson, North Augusta, S.C.

Telephone tab is taxing - literally

Flu vaccine proposal is unrealistic
The Dec. 18 editorial "Needling the vaccine makers" makes the point that the government may have to step in and force a fair distribution of flu vaccines. Augusta allergist Dr. Terrence Cook supports passing a law that would ban vaccines being sold to commercial establishments until doctors and health departments get all they want. Pat VanHooser, North Augusta, S.C.

Watch our senators on immigration

Politicians lose sight of Golden Rule
My parents warned me there would be some tough decisions I would need to make in life. Right and wrong were easy choices - but I soon found out there was also more right and less right, more wrong and less wrong; those confounded gray areas. How can you know? Stephen Barrow, Aiken, S.C.

Watch our senators on immigration
Legislation just passed the House of Representatives to build a high-security fence on parts of the U.S.-Mexican border to make it harder for U.S. employers to hire illegal aliens, and make it a felony to live in the United States illegally. The legislation, which has divided Republicans, will be torn apart in the Senate by Georgia's GOP U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. Milton Gresham, Evans

Telephone tab is taxing - literally
If, on some rainy evening, you become perversely curious about how many creative devices have been developed by politicians to separate you from your money, take a look at your telephone bill. I did recently, and I learned that, to the cost of the very basic service to which I subscribe, various levels of government add eight different taxes, fees and charges. Those eight items increase the cost of the service by 65 percent. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Leave God-fearing Christians alone
Why don't the unbelievers or atheists start their own schools and have atheist teachers so they can teach anything they want to, and leave believers alone? Robert Wilkerson, North Augusta, S.C.

Flu vaccine proposal is unrealistic
The Dec. 18 editorial "Needling the vaccine makers" makes the point that the government may have to step in and force a fair distribution of flu vaccines. Augusta allergist Dr. Terrence Cook supports passing a law that would ban vaccines being sold to commercial establishments until doctors and health departments get all they want. Pat VanHooser, North Augusta, S.C.

Criticism of Judge Wheale's sentence for rape 'is without foundation'

The hottest ways to get your kicks in 2006

Fashion briefs

Health calendar

Living briefs

Seniors calendar

Retailers hunt post-holiday sales with slashed prices

Baby boomers are hesitant to use direct deposit

Living briefs

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

The hottest ways to get your kicks in 2006
LOS ANGELES - Got the latest "Death Cab for Cutie" tune on your iPod phone? That's so 2005.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Living briefs
One grand-prize winner will receive Stainmaster flooring in three rooms of his house in the Today's Flooring Style Sweepstakes from Invista's Stainmaster carpet group.

The hottest ways to get your kicks in 2006
LOS ANGELES - Got the latest "Death Cab for Cutie" tune on your iPod phone? That's so 2005.

Baby boomers are hesitant to use direct deposit
NEW YORK - A new survey suggests that baby boomers are more reluctant to embrace direct deposit than their parents, an attitude that could force the government to continue paying millions to mail checks.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Living briefs
Facing a closet full of 2005 styles and not sure what to do about it?

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

Living briefs
Facing a closet full of 2005 styles and not sure what to do about it?

Fashion briefs
Facing a closet full of 2005 styles and not sure what to do about it?

Baby boomers are hesitant to use direct deposit
NEW YORK - A new survey suggests that baby boomers are more reluctant to embrace direct deposit than their parents, an attitude that could force the government to continue paying millions to mail checks.

Retailers hunt post-holiday sales with slashed prices
For the nation's retailers, folks like James Coffey could be a savior of the holiday season.

Retailers hunt post-holiday sales with slashed prices
For the nation's retailers, folks like James Coffey could be a savior of the holiday season.

Fashion briefs
Facing a closet full of 2005 styles and not sure what to do about it?

Living briefs
One grand-prize winner will receive Stainmaster flooring in three rooms of his house in the Today's Flooring Style Sweepstakes from Invista's Stainmaster carpet group.

'Blades spoil Lynx's effort
After 59 minutes of scoreless hockey between the Lynx and the division-leading Florida Everblades, a penalty and the ensuing play in front of the net brought Tuesday night's contest to a disappointing finish for Augusta.

'Blades spoil Lynx's effort

'Blades spoil Lynx's effort
After 59 minutes of scoreless hockey between the Lynx and the division-leading Florida Everblades, a penalty and the ensuing play in front of the net brought Tuesday night's contest to a disappointing finish for Augusta.

Copay is added for disabled and long-term-care patients
COLUMBIA - The Medicare prescription drug benefit that goes into effect Sunday will require about 12,000 long-term-care patients in South Carolina and 2,000 patients with disabilities to begin making co-payments for prescriptions they had received for free through Medicaid.

Richmond County sees benefits of preschool
Richmond County school officials, like those in many other systems, are pushing to have all children attend preschool. Some new studies, however, are giving preschool mixed marks.

Artists at play
Artists at playArtist and student Matt Whitford plays Scrabble with his mother, artist Karen Banker, in the Banker Dearing Gallery on Broad Street. The gallery is closing Dec. 31, and Ms. Banker's art work will be on display at Dunlap's Gallery next door.

News you can use
HOPELANDS LIGHTS: Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken. More than 75,000 lights are featured on this walk-through event that includes self-guided tours of Rye Patch and The Doll House.

Employee, suspect wounded in shootout at Ga. Wal-Mart
FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. -- An apparent robbery attempt at a busy Wal-Mart led to a shootout with police that left a suspect and a store employee wounded, authorities said.

Rants and raves
I live in Grovetown, and I am a grandmother. I resent these young boys going around and getting these young girls pregnant, walking off, leaving them with a baby, then going to another girl and living with her and refusing to help take care of their responsibility.

Rants and raves
I live in Grovetown, and I am a grandmother. I resent these young boys going around and getting these young girls pregnant, walking off, leaving them with a baby, then going to another girl and living with her and refusing to help take care of their responsibility.

Across Georgia

Across the area
Police have arrested a 33-year-old Augusta woman who is accused of striking her child's father with a car Friday, according to officials.

Military plane plan criticized by air officials

Study of Gullah culture complete
A study of the Gullah culture five years in the making is finally complete.

House fire

Flames result in holiday damage
NEW ELLENTON - A New Ellenton church sustained extensive damage in a Christmas Day fire.

Chief, sheriff deepen dispute

Military plane plan criticized by air officials
A proposal that would allow military aircraft to train at altitudes as low as 500 feet is drawing fire from operators of aviation facilities in and near Augusta.

Across South Carolina
A man has been charged with murder in the death of his mother after surrendering to police.

Group reacts to company's waste, again
CLAXTON, Ga. - When the once-sandy white shores of the Canoochee River turned slimy green in 1998, residents traced the problem to excess nutrients flowing from spray fields operated by Claxton Poultry.

Across Georgia
Marie Chisholm, an associate professor of pharmacy practice with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, has been named a recipient of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award for 2005.

House fire
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters put out a fire at a home on Fenwick Street on Tuesday.

Study of Gullah culture complete
A study of the Gullah culture five years in the making is finally complete.

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Today in regional history

Across the area
Police have arrested a 33-year-old Augusta woman who is accused of striking her child's father with a car Friday, according to officials.

Across Georgia
Marie Chisholm, an associate professor of pharmacy practice with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, has been named a recipient of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award for 2005.

Across Georgia
Nine people died in accidents on Georgia roads over the holiday weekend, the Georgia State Patrol said.

Atlanta center gets Civil War documents
The Atlanta History Center has obtained Civil War field orders handwritten by Union General William T. Sherman.

Doctor helping native country
ATHENS, Ga. - Kanishka Ratnayaka and his colleagues are changing the world - or at least a corner of it that was ravaged by a tsunami a year ago.

Richmond County sees benefits of preschool
Richmond County school officials, like those in many other systems, are pushing to have all children attend preschool. Some new studies, however, are giving preschool mixed marks.

Kid of the Day

2 shot at Wal-Mart after botched robbery attempt
FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. - A robbery attempt at a busy Wal-Mart led to a shootout with police that left a suspect and a store employee wounded.

Man is found hanging in cell

Warren work might resume
The sign welcoming cars onto Warren Road reads "Utility Construction Ahead."

Holiday closings

Across the area
Police hunting Subway bandit

Across the area

Doctor helping native country
ATHENS, Ga. - Kanishka Ratnayaka and his colleagues are changing the world - or at least a corner of it that was ravaged by a tsunami a year ago.

Kia ponders Aiken plant, journal says

Rants and raves
I live in Grovetown, and I am a grandmother. I resent these young boys going around and getting these young girls pregnant, walking off, leaving them with a baby, then going to another girl and living with her and refusing to help take care of their responsibility.

Copay is added for disabled and long-term-care patients

Kid of the Day
Jimmy Hall III, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Artists at play

Christmas fire injures woman
AIKEN - A 52-year-old Aiken woman is at an Augusta burn center, suffering from injuries sustained in one of five fires in Aiken County in just more than a week.

2 shot at Wal-Mart after botched robbery attempt

Doctor helping native country

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Rorick is man on the scene
Columbia County Engineer Jim Leiper says he has the perfect title for Mike Rorick - No. 1 Concerned Citizen.

Christmas fire injures woman

Across South Carolina
A man has been charged with murder in the death of his mother after surrendering to police.

Warren work might resume

Across the area
Police hunting Subway bandit

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR THOSE against consolidation in Columbia County ... maybe we can call the new city Colusta, at least the name would sound like something that would soothe your stomach and lower your blood pressure.

Database helps catch offenders
The number of uninsured motorists on Georgia highways has been sharply reduced since the state began using a computer system to keep track of liability insurance rolls, the Department of Revenue said.

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Today in regional history

New year means renewed skirmishes on gay rights
ATLANTA - Another January, another dreaded legislative session for Georgia's beleaguered gay lobby.

Holiday closings
Schedule of closings for the New Year's holiday.

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HOPELANDS LIGHTS: Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken. More than 75,000 lights are featured on this walk-through event that includes self-guided tours of Rye Patch and The Doll House.

Holiday closings
Schedule of closings for the New Year's holiday.

Rorick is man on the scene
Columbia County Engineer Jim Leiper says he has the perfect title for Mike Rorick - No. 1 Concerned Citizen.

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help

Christmas fire injures woman
AIKEN - A 52-year-old Aiken woman is at an Augusta burn center, suffering from injuries sustained in one of five fires in Aiken County in just more than a week.

Richmond County sees benefits of preschool

Artists at play
Artists at playArtist and student Matt Whitford plays Scrabble with his mother, artist Karen Banker, in the Banker Dearing Gallery on Broad Street. The gallery is closing Dec. 31, and Ms. Banker's art work will be on display at Dunlap's Gallery next door.

Atlanta center gets Civil War documents
The Atlanta History Center has obtained Civil War field orders handwritten by Union General William T. Sherman.

Kid of the Day

Database helps catch offenders
The number of uninsured motorists on Georgia highways has been sharply reduced since the state began using a computer system to keep track of liability insurance rolls, the Department of Revenue said.

Across South Carolina

Tornado warning issued for the area
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Jenkins County until 5:45 p.m. and Burke County until 6:15 p.m.

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help
It's a quiet moment in a dimmed back room of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. Cindy Moulton is sitting in front of several computer monitors, a microphone positioned over her mouth as an earphone crackles with noise.

2 shot at Wal-Mart after botched robbery attempt
FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. - A robbery attempt at a busy Wal-Mart led to a shootout with police that left a suspect and a store employee wounded.

Group reacts to company's waste, again
CLAXTON, Ga. - When the once-sandy white shores of the Canoochee River turned slimy green in 1998, residents traced the problem to excess nutrients flowing from spray fields operated by Claxton Poultry.

South Carolina to get jobs in '06

Man is found hanging in cell
An Augusta man facing federal murder charges died on Christmas Day while in custody in Oklahoma City.

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR THOSE against consolidation in Columbia County ... maybe we can call the new city Colusta, at least the name would sound like something that would soothe your stomach and lower your blood pressure.

Military plane plan criticized by air officials
A proposal that would allow military aircraft to train at altitudes as low as 500 feet is drawing fire from operators of aviation facilities in and near Augusta.

House fire
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters put out a fire at a home on Fenwick Street on Tuesday.

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help
It's a quiet moment in a dimmed back room of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. Cindy Moulton is sitting in front of several computer monitors, a microphone positioned over her mouth as an earphone crackles with noise.

Rorick is man on the scene

Warren work might resume
The sign welcoming cars onto Warren Road reads "Utility Construction Ahead."

New year means renewed skirmishes on gay rights
ATLANTA - Another January, another dreaded legislative session for Georgia's beleaguered gay lobby.

Kia ponders Aiken plant, journal says
Kia Motors Corp. is considering Aiken County as a potential site for its first U.S. assembly plant, a major automotive trade publication reported this week.

Flames result in holiday damage
NEW ELLENTON - A New Ellenton church sustained extensive damage in a Christmas Day fire.

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR THOSE against consolidation in Columbia County ... maybe we can call the new city Colusta, at least the name would sound like something that would soothe your stomach and lower your blood pressure.

Three injured in Columbia County wreck

Across Georgia

Sickle cell study says stopping transfusions increases stroke risk

Group reacts to company's waste, again

South Carolina to get jobs in '06
South Carolina should have more jobs next year, with most of them likely coming from small businesses, according to a University of South Carolina economist.

Atlanta center gets Civil War documents

Kid of the Day
Demarcus Oates, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Database helps catch offenders

Kid of the Day
Demarcus Oates, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Flames result in holiday damage

South Carolina to get jobs in '06
South Carolina should have more jobs next year, with most of them likely coming from small businesses, according to a University of South Carolina economist.

Across the area

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Fire damages abandoned house
Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that heavily damaged an abandoned house on Browns Lane this morning, according to fire officials.

Across Georgia
Nine people died in accidents on Georgia roads over the holiday weekend, the Georgia State Patrol said.

74-year-old charged in slaying of son-in-law
Jefferson County authorities charged a 74-year-old Bartow, Ga., man with murder today in the shooting death of his son-in-law, police said.

Copay is added for disabled and long-term-care patients
COLUMBIA - The Medicare prescription drug benefit that goes into effect Sunday will require about 12,000 long-term-care patients in South Carolina and 2,000 patients with disabilities to begin making co-payments for prescriptions they had received for free through Medicaid.

Across South Carolina
Two Michigan men are suing a maker of tires for recreational vehicles that they say are defective.

Chief, sheriff deepen dispute
AIKEN - Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt made his feud with Graniteville's fire chief public Tuesday, suggesting that Phil Napier should step down if he can't "get with the times."

Study of Gullah culture complete

Chief, sheriff deepen dispute
AIKEN - Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt made his feud with Graniteville's fire chief public Tuesday, suggesting that Phil Napier should step down if he can't "get with the times."

New year means renewed skirmishes on gay rights

Kia ponders Aiken plant, journal says
Kia Motors Corp. is considering Aiken County as a potential site for its first U.S. assembly plant, a major automotive trade publication reported this week.

Across South Carolina
Two Michigan men are suing a maker of tires for recreational vehicles that they say are defective.

Man is found hanging in cell
An Augusta man facing federal murder charges died on Christmas Day while in custody in Oklahoma City.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day
Jimmy Hall III, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Mora on the wrong end of the coach respect-o-meter
Coaches like to say that adversity builds and reveals character. If so, we learned a lot about Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora this week.

Mora on the wrong end of the coach respect-o-meter
Coaches like to say that adversity builds and reveals character. If so, we learned a lot about Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora this week.

National Film Registry adds 25 movies
WASHINGTON - The documentary "Hoop Dreams" and footage of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are among the 25 movies picked this year for the National Film Registry, a compilation of significant films being preserved by the Library of Congress.

Film triggers flashbacks to 1972 Olympics
Pre-dawn gunshots in the Olympic Village. Muffled shouts as Palestinian terrorists burst into an apartment and seize Israeli athletes. A corpse tossed onto the sidewalk as a macabre calling card and another sportsman bleeds to death. All prelude to a horrifying massacre hours later.

National Film Registry adds 25 movies
WASHINGTON - The documentary "Hoop Dreams" and footage of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are among the 25 movies picked this year for the National Film Registry, a compilation of significant films being preserved by the Library of Congress.

Film triggers flashbacks to 1972 Olympics

Film triggers flashbacks to 1972 Olympics
Pre-dawn gunshots in the Olympic Village. Muffled shouts as Palestinian terrorists burst into an apartment and seize Israeli athletes. A corpse tossed onto the sidewalk as a macabre calling card and another sportsman bleeds to death. All prelude to a horrifying massacre hours later.

'King Kong' nudges "Narnia" as Christmas champ
"King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" battled for the four-day box office crown, with the giant ape finally swiping the Christmas holiday prize.

National Film Registry adds 25 movies

'King Kong' nudges "Narnia" as Christmas champ
"King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" battled for the four-day box office crown, with the giant ape finally swiping the Christmas holiday prize.

'King Kong' nudges "Narnia" as Christmas champ

Adams latest release an introspective beauty

Death Cab for Cutie to unveil 12 music videos
NEW YORK - Death Cab for Cutie has plans for new "Directions."

Spitzer subpoenas music companies on pricing

Death Cab for Cutie to unveil 12 music videos

Spitzer subpoenas music companies on pricing
ALBANY, N.Y. - State investigators have subpoenaed several major music companies as part of a preliminary inquiry into whether the digital music services have engaged in any illegal price-fixing activity.

Death Cab for Cutie to unveil 12 music videos
NEW YORK - Death Cab for Cutie has plans for new "Directions."

Adams latest release an introspective beauty
Ryan Adams' latest release - his third this year - opens with a rollicking title track. It's a rockabilly template complete with lyrics about getting arrested, drinking too much and watching his dog die.

Adams latest release an introspective beauty
Ryan Adams' latest release - his third this year - opens with a rollicking title track. It's a rockabilly template complete with lyrics about getting arrested, drinking too much and watching his dog die.

Spitzer subpoenas music companies on pricing
ALBANY, N.Y. - State investigators have subpoenaed several major music companies as part of a preliminary inquiry into whether the digital music services have engaged in any illegal price-fixing activity.

Extra pain pills can damage liver
WASHINGTON - Think popping extra pain pills can't hurt? Think again: Accidental poisonings from the nation's most popular pain reliever seem to be rising, making acetaminophen the leading cause of acute liver failure.

Extra pain pills can damage liver
WASHINGTON - Think popping extra pain pills can't hurt? Think again: Accidental poisonings from the nation's most popular pain reliever seem to be rising, making acetaminophen the leading cause of acute liver failure.

Extra pain pills can damage liver

Hawks streak stopped by Bobcats
ATLANTA - Primoz Brezec made the go-ahead basket in the final seconds and Brevin Knight scored 22 points as the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Atlanta Hawks 93-90 on Tuesday night.

Hawks streak stopped by Bobcats
ATLANTA - Primoz Brezec made the go-ahead basket in the final seconds and Brevin Knight scored 22 points as the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Atlanta Hawks 93-90 on Tuesday night.

Hawks streak stopped by Bobcats

Gamecocks set to retire McKie's number tonight
BJ McKie's mother tried to get him thinking about his latest big moment in basketball.

Gamecocks set to retire McKie's number tonight
BJ McKie's mother tried to get him thinking about his latest big moment in basketball.

Harlem area residents vent frustration on fire situation

Development addition OK'd

Deputies ask drivers to stay safe for New Year's

Tragedy, generosity left imprint on 2005

School officials show thanks to partners with breakfast

London performance will end years of work for Evans band

Brunell says he's 'day-to-day' with sprained knee

Show ends run on ABC

No playoffs for Chargers, no Rivers vs. Denver

Friends support grieving Dungy at funeral

Ravens sink Vikings' ship

Mora defends Sunday tirade

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin L. Babb    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Wayne Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas H. Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Michael B. Stallings    (EAST ORANGE, N.J.)

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

Mrs. Madeline D. Sours    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Madge Stanford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Smith    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Quay Wren    (LEBANON, Pa.)

Mrs. Margaret Jeffery    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Rev. Charlie W. Phinizy    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Traci Lynn Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Pope, Sr    (William Pope, Sr . LPN AIKEN)

Mr. William Pope, Sr    (William Pope, Sr . LPN AIKEN)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Colston    (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William S. Niehaus    (MACON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Oellerich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Traci Lynn Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Duvall    (GRESHAMVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mr. Darvin M. Lee    (SENECA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma J. Buggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Booker T. Murray    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Ann Brunette    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie B. Wall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Jeffers    (WILLISTON, S.C.,)

Rev. Jacques M. Kearns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Smith Welch    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Ray    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Riley L. Prickett    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Keith Weeks    (WHITE POND, S.C.)

Mrs. Lola G. Beerman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lola G. Beerman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Jeffery    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sherry Jean Egan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Hill, Sr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Jackson, Jr.    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Colston    (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Keith Weeks    (WHITE POND, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne Eddie Fulghum    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Cora Duvall    (GRESHAMVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Jackson, Jr.    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Rev. Jacques M. Kearns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Eddie Fulghum    (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Sherry Jean Egan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Darvin M. Lee    (SENECA, Ga.)

Dr. James F. Clifford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Dr. James F. Clifford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma J. Buggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Oellerich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Warthen    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin L. Babb    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Terry Still    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Ann Brunette    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Madge Stanford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin L. Babb    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Obituray: Rev. Jacques M. Kearns
A memorial service for the Rev. Jacques M. Kearns will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Mrs. Hattie Bell Ray    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Obituray: Rev. Jacques M. Kearns
A memorial service for the Rev. Jacques M. Kearns will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Wayne Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas H. Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Warthen    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie B. Wall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Terry Still    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Riley L. Prickett    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lanelle D. Morris    (AIKEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Jack E. Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Madeline D. Sours    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Michael B. Stallings    (EAST ORANGE, N.J.)

Mrs. Ruby B. Johnson    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Smith    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Hill, Sr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Quay Wren    (LEBANON, Pa.)

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

Mr. William Pope, Sr    (William Pope, Sr . LPN AIKEN)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Rev. Charlie W. Phinizy    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Joyce Smith Welch    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Pope, Sr    (William Pope, Sr . LPN AIKEN)

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Wylie B. Gibbs, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin L. Babb    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William S. Niehaus    (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Booker T. Murray    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lanelle D. Morris    (AIKEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby B. Johnson    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Jeffers    (WILLISTON, S.C.,)

Mr. Wylie B. Gibbs, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Darvin M. Lee (SENECA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Madge Stanford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Jeffery (AIKEN, S.C.)

Rev. Jacques M. Kearns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William S. Niehaus (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Keith Weeks (WHITE POND, S.C.)

Mr. Floyd Jackson, Jr. (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Wylie B. Gibbs, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lola G. Beerman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Adell Smith (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patricia Snyder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Jeffers (WILLISTON, S.C.,)

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Quay Wren (LEBANON, Pa.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Dr. James F. Clifford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Booker T. Murray (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Traci Lynn Hatcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Pope, Sr (William Pope, Sr . LPN AIKEN)

Mrs. Betty Oellerich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie B. Wall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael B. Stallings (EAST ORANGE, N.J.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung (HARLEM, Ga.)

Rev. Charlie W. Phinizy (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Pope, Sr (William Pope, Sr . LPN AIKEN)

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

Mrs. Cora Duvall (GRESHAMVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma J. Buggs (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lanelle D. Morris (AIKEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sherry Jean Egan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Ann Brunette (APPLING, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Wayne Wise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby B. Johnson (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Eddie Fulghum (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Peeples (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Dr. William Lucas Bruns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Ray (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Madeline D. Sours (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Eleanor Terry Still (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin L. Babb (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Joyce Smith Welch (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Warthen (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia McGahee (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas H. Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Hill, Sr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin L. Babb (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Obituray: Rev. Jacques M. Kearns

Mr. Earnest Brigham (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Riley L. Prickett (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Freddie Colston (KITE, Ga.)

Beachcombing vacation

Places To Go

Things to Do

Police Blotter

Places To Go

Police Blotter

Pet of the week

Current Events

Report: Italians beef up surveillance

Report: Italians beef up surveillance
ROME - Italian authorities fearing a possible terrorist attack on the Turin Olympics are conducting surveillance on at least 700 people, USA Today reported Tuesday. Italian officials denied the figure.

Report: Italians beef up surveillance
ROME - Italian authorities fearing a possible terrorist attack on the Turin Olympics are conducting surveillance on at least 700 people, USA Today reported Tuesday. Italian officials denied the figure.

County loses another leader

Fire service consolidation nearly complete

Fire service consolidation nearly complete

County loses another leader

A few gifts that Santa forgot to bring

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Italian authorities fearing a possible terrorist attack on the Turin Olympics are conducting surveillance on at least 700 people, USA Today reported Tuesday. Italian officials denied the figure.

Overtime
Italian authorities fearing a possible terrorist attack on the Turin Olympics are conducting surveillance on at least 700 people, USA Today reported Tuesday. Italian officials denied the figure.

Overtime
In Arlington, Texas, free agent pitcher Kevin Millwood reached a preliminary agreement on a $60 million, five-year contract with Texas, giving the Rangers the legitimate No. 1 starter they have been seeking.

Overtime
In Arlington, Texas, free agent pitcher Kevin Millwood reached a preliminary agreement on a $60 million, five-year contract with Texas, giving the Rangers the legitimate No. 1 starter they have been seeking.

Prep basketball scores
Boys Basketball

Prep basketball scores
Boys Basketball

Brunell says he's 'day-to-day' with sprained knee
Joe Gibbs interrupted Christmas Day, his only day off in the entire season, to make an anxious phone call about the status of Mark Brunell's knee.

Mora defends Sunday tirade
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora acknowledged Monday that he was upset when he put an abrupt end to a radio interview following the loss Saturday that knocked his Atlanta Falcons out of playoff contention.

Show ends run on ABC
After 36 years as a television phenomenon, Monday Night Football prepared to end its run on ABC with Monday night's game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

Friends support grieving Dungy at funeral
LUTZ, Fla. - Tony Dungy recalled his son as a "good young man with a compassionate heart," someone who loved to smile and have fun.

No playoffs for Chargers, no Rivers vs. Denver
Even with six Pro Bowlers on their roster, life has returned to normal for the San Diego Chargers.

Ravens sink Vikings' ship
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - All those complicated scenarios for postseason qualification became much, much simpler for the Minnesota Vikings following a bitter 30-23 defeat at Baltimore on Christmas night.

Ravens sink Vikings' ship
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - All those complicated scenarios for postseason qualification became much, much simpler for the Minnesota Vikings following a bitter 30-23 defeat at Baltimore on Christmas night.

No playoffs for Chargers, no Rivers vs. Denver
Even with six Pro Bowlers on their roster, life has returned to normal for the San Diego Chargers.

Show ends run on ABC
After 36 years as a television phenomenon, Monday Night Football prepared to end its run on ABC with Monday night's game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

Friends support grieving Dungy at funeral
LUTZ, Fla. - Tony Dungy recalled his son as a "good young man with a compassionate heart," someone who loved to smile and have fun.

Brunell says he's 'day-to-day' with sprained knee
Joe Gibbs interrupted Christmas Day, his only day off in the entire season, to make an anxious phone call about the status of Mark Brunell's knee.

Mora defends Sunday tirade
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora acknowledged Monday that he was upset when he put an abrupt end to a radio interview following the loss Saturday that knocked his Atlanta Falcons out of playoff contention.

Mora on the wrong end of the coach respect-o-meter

Athlete Spotlight

Evans High to play host in Shoot Out tournament

Evans High to play host in Shoot Out tournament

Little Tiger lives dream with team

Regis Philbin, Dick Clark have competing parties
NEW YORK - New Year's Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and television is among the most youth-obsessed media, so guess who will be the top hosts this weekend when the ball drops in Times Square?

CBS offers two sitcoms for viewing on your PC
NEW YORK - Joining the trend of TV shows migrating to the Internet, a pair of episodes from the CBS comedies "Two and a Half Men" and "How I Met Your Mother" are being offered for free video streaming this week from the Yahoo! Web site.

Kyle MacLachlan back to 'Peak' form on 'In Justice'

CBS offers two sitcoms for viewing on your PC
NEW YORK - Joining the trend of TV shows migrating to the Internet, a pair of episodes from the CBS comedies "Two and a Half Men" and "How I Met Your Mother" are being offered for free video streaming this week from the Yahoo! Web site.

Kyle MacLachlan back to 'Peak' form on 'In Justice'
CULVER CITY, Calif. - "I think peacock is a word I'd put out there," says Kyle MacLachlan in describing the sartorial style and elegant physical strut of David Swain, the maverick attorney he plays in ABC's new legal series, "In Justice," premiering Sunday at 10 p.m.

Regis Philbin, Dick Clark have competing parties

Kyle MacLachlan back to 'Peak' form on 'In Justice'
CULVER CITY, Calif. - "I think peacock is a word I'd put out there," says Kyle MacLachlan in describing the sartorial style and elegant physical strut of David Swain, the maverick attorney he plays in ABC's new legal series, "In Justice," premiering Sunday at 10 p.m.

CBS offers two sitcoms for viewing on your PC

Regis Philbin, Dick Clark have competing parties
NEW YORK - New Year's Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and television is among the most youth-obsessed media, so guess who will be the top hosts this weekend when the ball drops in Times Square?

People in the News

Bree will hit the bottle 'Housewives' creator says

People in the News

Judge tosses out restraining order against Letterman

Dogs enjoy short drive
Bowl trips are supposed to be rewards for college football players. Georgia players have road tripped or hopped on a plane to Tampa, Orlando and New Orleans the past three years for bowl games, spending the week having fun, often in the sun.

Dogs enjoy short drive

Dogs enjoy short drive
Bowl trips are supposed to be rewards for college football players. Georgia players have road tripped or hopped on a plane to Tampa, Orlando and New Orleans the past three years for bowl games, spending the week having fun, often in the sun.

Sides jockey for position in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Shiite religious bloc leading Iraq's parliamentary elections held talks Tuesday with Kurdish leaders about who should get the top 12 government jobs, as thousands of Sunni Arabs and secular Shiites protested what they say was a tainted vote.

World relives sorrow

Sides jockey for position in Iraq

World relives sorrow
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Survivors wept and prayed beside mass graves and at beachside memorials Monday, marking one year since earthquake-churned walls of water crashed ashore in a dozen nations, sweeping away hundreds of thousands of lives and uniting the world in grief and horror.

Sides jockey for position in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Shiite religious bloc leading Iraq's parliamentary elections held talks Tuesday with Kurdish leaders about who should get the top 12 government jobs, as thousands of Sunni Arabs and secular Shiites protested what they say was a tainted vote.

World relives sorrow
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Survivors wept and prayed beside mass graves and at beachside memorials Monday, marking one year since earthquake-churned walls of water crashed ashore in a dozen nations, sweeping away hundreds of thousands of lives and uniting the world in grief and horror.

Xtreme calendar
GET ICY: The Augusta Lynx take on the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Ticket prices are $11, $14 and $15. Call 724-4423.

Question of the week
Q: What's on your to-do list during vacation?

Resolve for change
The last New Year's resolution Kanesha Walker made might have had something to do with making the middle school honor roll.

Girl's personality is not reason to get back with her

Derogatory comments are intolerable
You're so gay." "Retard!" It is far from uncommon to hear words such as these hurled by high school students at each other.

Resolve for change

Quick hits
MY THOUGHTS: Mary J. Blige is the queen of R&B, and fans have been anticipating this long-awaited album. It deals with the drama of her life and how she has the courage to deal with negative things in a positive way. Already at the top of the charts with the single Be Without You, Ms. Blige also likely will top the charts with Good Woman Down and This Is Me.

Question of the week

Girl's personality is not reason to get back with her
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have an ex-girlfriend (who) I love very much. We've been together for six months and the problem is that we broke up. She has a problem with hitting me and she is spoiled.

Attainable resolution will be easier to keep
With every new year comes New Year's resolutions.

Xtreme calendar

American media can influence teens' behavior

Derogatory comments are intolerable

Hanukkah is rich with long history

Resolve for change
The last New Year's resolution Kanesha Walker made might have had something to do with making the middle school honor roll.

Attainable resolution will be easier to keep
With every new year comes New Year's resolutions.

Spotted
Kamaaz Philpot (from left) Aleeta Vinson, and Shari Philpot waited for the James Brown toy giveaway to start Wednesday at the Imperial Theater in Augusta.

Hanukkah is rich with long history
Come December, most people excitedly await the arrival of Christmas. I feel the same, only it's for a different holiday, Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

Xtreme calendar
GET ICY: The Augusta Lynx take on the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Ticket prices are $11, $14 and $15. Call 724-4423.

American media can influence teens' behavior
How much is too much? Children of the 21st century have been acclimated to media for so long that it is second nature for them. An average child spends more than six hours per day using mass media.

Quick hits
MY THOUGHTS: Mary J. Blige is the queen of R&B, and fans have been anticipating this long-awaited album. It deals with the drama of her life and how she has the courage to deal with negative things in a positive way. Already at the top of the charts with the single Be Without You, Ms. Blige also likely will top the charts with Good Woman Down and This Is Me.

Quick hits

'King Kong' is top-notch movie

Hanukkah is rich with long history
Come December, most people excitedly await the arrival of Christmas. I feel the same, only it's for a different holiday, Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

'King Kong' is top-notch movie
In the movie King Kong, Carl Denham (Jack Black), is a movie producer of the early 20th century, determined to shoot the greatest picture of his life. After discovering starving young actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), his cast is complete, and the party embarks on a voyage to an uncharted island and an inescapable consequence.

Spotted

American media can influence teens' behavior
How much is too much? Children of the 21st century have been acclimated to media for so long that it is second nature for them. An average child spends more than six hours per day using mass media.

Derogatory comments are intolerable
You're so gay." "Retard!" It is far from uncommon to hear words such as these hurled by high school students at each other.

'King Kong' is top-notch movie
In the movie King Kong, Carl Denham (Jack Black), is a movie producer of the early 20th century, determined to shoot the greatest picture of his life. After discovering starving young actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), his cast is complete, and the party embarks on a voyage to an uncharted island and an inescapable consequence.

Spotted
Kamaaz Philpot (from left) Aleeta Vinson, and Shari Philpot waited for the James Brown toy giveaway to start Wednesday at the Imperial Theater in Augusta.

Girl's personality is not reason to get back with her
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have an ex-girlfriend (who) I love very much. We've been together for six months and the problem is that we broke up. She has a problem with hitting me and she is spoiled.

Attainable resolution will be easier to keep

Question of the week
Q: What's on your to-do list during vacation?

Around the block

Palmetto was there when golf began its rise in U.S.

North Augusta to have A Night to Remember

Con artists prey on unwary

Food bank expands its warehouse in Aiken

Young North Augustan has football skills

Space station can be seen in area

Pet of the week

Garbage-collection service ordinance changed

This week

Caring woman brightens holidays for youngsters

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Meetings

Across the river

Book celebrates city's centennial