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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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
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

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.

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.

White Sox are tabbed as top story of year

Reardon charged with robbing jewelry store

Officer, the robber wore his pajamas

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.

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.

Deadline looms for Delta pilot ratification of pay cut deal

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.

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.

Natural gas futures plunge, triggering energy dropoff

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chain revamping for prosperity, peace

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.

Shoppers on target with bargain hunting, returns

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

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.

The hazy mess of gift-card accounting

Goody's goes private with completion of tender offer

Hurricane-hit port recovers half of business

Holiday's waxy buildup dims candle market

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Real estate sales get tougher as rates rise

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.

Closing it out in style

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Gamecocks set to retire McKie's number tonight

The 6-Billion-Man March

Evaluating teacher certification

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Norwood CLEARs the way

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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?
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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hors d'oeuvres for easy entertaining

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.

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

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 ...

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
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.

Tales of the tour

U.S. Open champion limited on PGA Tour

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
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

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.

Watch our senators on immigration

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.

Telephone tab is taxing - literally

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.

Politicians lose sight of Golden Rule

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.

Flu vaccine proposal is unrealistic

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

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.

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

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

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'

Living briefs

Living briefs

Fashion briefs

The hottest ways to get your kicks in 2006

Baby boomers are hesitant to use direct deposit

Health calendar

Retailers hunt post-holiday sales with slashed prices

Seniors calendar

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Across Georgia

Artists at play

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

New year means renewed skirmishes on gay rights

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

Across South Carolina

News you can use
Today in regional history

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

Military plane plan criticized by air officials

Group reacts to company's waste, again

News you can use

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

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

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.

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

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

Doctor helping native country

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

South Carolina to get jobs in '06

Across South Carolina

Database helps catch offenders

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.

Rorick is man on the scene

Warren work might resume

Richmond County sees benefits of preschool

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

Across the area

Across the area

Three injured in Columbia County wreck

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.

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.

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

Sickle cell study says stopping transfusions increases stroke risk

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

House fire

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."

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help

Holiday closings

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

Kid of the Day

Chief, sheriff deepen dispute

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

Across Georgia

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.

Christmas fire injures woman

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.

Man is found hanging in cell

Kid of the Day

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.

2 shot at Wal-Mart after botched robbery attempt

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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

Flames result in holiday damage

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.

News you can use

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 the area
Police hunting Subway bandit

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

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

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.

News you can use
Today in regional history

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Across the area
Police hunting Subway bandit

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Film triggers flashbacks to 1972 Olympics

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

'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

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.

'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.

Spitzer subpoenas music companies on pricing

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.

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.

Adams latest release an introspective beauty

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.

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.

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

Death Cab for Cutie to unveil 12 music videos

Extra pain pills can damage liver

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.

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

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.

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.

Tragedy, generosity left imprint on 2005

Development addition OK'd

London performance will end years of work for Evans band

Harlem area residents vent frustration on fire situation

School officials show thanks to partners with breakfast

Deputies ask drivers to stay safe for New Year's

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

Ravens sink Vikings' ship

No playoffs for Chargers, no Rivers vs. Denver

Mora defends Sunday tirade

Friends support grieving Dungy at funeral

Show ends run on ABC

Mrs. Adell Smith    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Quay Wren    (LEBANON, Pa.)

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

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Freddie Colston    (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lola G. Beerman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Sherry Jean Egan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Traci Lynn Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lola G. Beerman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Darvin M. Lee    (SENECA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Lonnie Hill, Sr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie B. Wall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Ann Brunette    (APPLING, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma J. Buggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Ray    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Duvall    (GRESHAMVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Earl Wayne Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Betty Oellerich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Traci Lynn Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Hill, Sr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Sherry Jean Egan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Warthen    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Smith Welch    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Madge Stanford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Oellerich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Duvall    (GRESHAMVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Darvin M. Lee    (SENECA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Susie B. Wall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Warthen    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Allen Minton    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Emma J. Buggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Henry C. Byrd, Sr.    (AIKEN, 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.

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Wayne Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Shirley Ann Brunette    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James Allen Minton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Smith    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Quay Wren    (LEBANON, Pa.)

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

Mr. Thomas H. Taylor    (AUGUSTA, 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.

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Patricia McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Madge Stanford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Smith Welch    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Ray    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Patricia McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Colston    (KITE, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Ray (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton (EVANS, Ga.)

Obituray: Rev. Jacques M. Kearns

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

Mr. Paul Arrowood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Sherry Jean Egan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Ms. Juanita Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Warthen (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Quay Wren (LEBANON, Pa.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Traci Lynn Hatcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Freddie Colston (KITE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Shirley Ann Brunette (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia McGahee (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Wayne Wise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Smith (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mrs. Madge Stanford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Dr. William Lucas Bruns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul William Kalney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Betty Oellerich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patricia Snyder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Duvall (GRESHAMVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Joyce Smith Welch (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Places To Go

Things to Do

Current Events

Pet of the week

Beachcombing vacation

Police Blotter

Police Blotter

Places To Go

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

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.

A few gifts that Santa forgot to bring

Fire service consolidation nearly complete

Fire service consolidation nearly complete

County loses another leader

County loses another leader

Overtime

Overtime

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
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.

Prep basketball scores
Boys Basketball

Prep basketball scores
Boys Basketball

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Little Tiger lives dream with team

Athlete Spotlight

Evans High to play host in Shoot Out tournament

Evans High to play host in Shoot Out tournament

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
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?

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

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.

Regis Philbin, Dick Clark have competing parties

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?

Bree will hit the bottle 'Housewives' creator says

People in the News

Judge tosses out restraining order against Letterman

People in the News

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.

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.

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.

World relives sorrow

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.

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.

Sides jockey for position in Iraq

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

'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.

'King Kong' is top-notch movie

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.

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.

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.

Question of the week

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spotted

Xtreme calendar

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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.

American media can influence teens' behavior

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
Q: What's on your to-do list during vacation?

Derogatory comments are intolerable

Resolve for change

Attainable resolution will be easier to keep

Quick hits

Hanukkah is rich with long history

Young North Augustan has football skills

Food bank expands its warehouse in Aiken

Caring woman brightens holidays for youngsters

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Pet of the week

Around the block

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

Garbage-collection service ordinance changed

Con artists prey on unwary

Book celebrates city's centennial

Meetings

Space station can be seen in area

This week

North Augusta to have A Night to Remember

Across the river