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

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meetings
Aiken camera club: 6:30 p.m. third Mondays, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, Room 3, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; (803) 642-9272 or misticole22@hotmail.com

Around the block
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.

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.

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

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

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.

Applause cover

Applause cover

Applause cover

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.

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

White Sox are tabbed as top story of year

Retailers get their last-minute shopping surge
NEW YORK - Procrastinators may have saved retailers this holiday season with a last-minute shopping surge that put merchants on track to meet their modest sales goals, two reports confirmed Wednesday.

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.

Deadline looms for Delta pilot ratification of pay cut deal

Golf club clears tracts, won't elaborate on why

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.

Man pleads guilty to unleashing attack on eBay

Consumer confidence surges in December
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence surged in December as declining gasoline prices and improving job opportunities buoyed spirits, boding well for spending in the new year.

Business briefs

Goody's goes private with completion of tender offer

U.S. music album sales off 7 percent; downloads more than double

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.

Retailers get their last-minute shopping surge

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.

Consumer confidence surges in December

Golf club clears tracts, won't elaborate on why
Recent demolition activity on land controlled by the Augusta National Golf Club provides no clue about the future of the properties, and the club is not giving any clues, either.

U.S. music album sales off 7 percent; downloads more than double
LOS ANGELES - U.S. album sales were down about 7 percent as 2005 drew to a close, but the budding market for music downloads, which more than doubled over last year, helped narrow the revenue gap, according to figures released Wednesday.

Natural gas futures plunge, triggering energy dropoff

Consumer confidence surges in December
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence surged in December as declining gasoline prices and improving job opportunities buoyed spirits, boding well for spending in the new year.

Hurricane-hit port recovers half of business

Retailers get their last-minute shopping surge
NEW YORK - Procrastinators may have saved retailers this holiday season with a last-minute shopping surge that put merchants on track to meet their modest sales goals, two reports confirmed Wednesday.

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.

Man pleads guilty to unleashing attack on eBay
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A man pleaded guilty to infecting about 20,000 computers with a worm and using them to launch denial of service attacks against eBay Inc. and other online businesses in 2003.

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.

Hershey settles lawsuit over book's cover
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Hershey Co. has settled a trademark-violation lawsuit against Simon & Schuster Inc. over a new book with a dust jacket that includes the familiar image of a Hershey chocolate bar.

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.

U.S. music album sales off 7 percent; downloads more than double
LOS ANGELES - U.S. album sales were down about 7 percent as 2005 drew to a close, but the budding market for music downloads, which more than doubled over last year, helped narrow the revenue gap, according to figures released Wednesday.

Business briefs
Denver - Former Qwest Communications International Inc. executive Marc Weisberg pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors trying to convict former CEO Joseph Nacchio of illegally dumping more than $100 million in stock.

Man pleads guilty to unleashing attack on eBay
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A man pleaded guilty to infecting about 20,000 computers with a worm and using them to launch denial of service attacks against eBay Inc. and other online businesses in 2003.

Hershey settles lawsuit over book's cover

Hershey settles lawsuit over book's cover
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Hershey Co. has settled a trademark-violation lawsuit against Simon & Schuster Inc. over a new book with a dust jacket that includes the familiar image of a Hershey chocolate bar.

Golf club clears tracts, won't elaborate on why
Recent demolition activity on land controlled by the Augusta National Golf Club provides no clue about the future of the properties, and the club is not giving any clues, either.

Business briefs
Denver - Former Qwest Communications International Inc. executive Marc Weisberg pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors trying to convict former CEO Joseph Nacchio of illegally dumping more than $100 million in stock.

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.

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.

Seminoles arrive in South Florida for Orange Bowl
DAVIE, Fla. - The Florida State Seminoles arrived in South Florida on Wednesday, ready to reap the rewards for their surprising Orange Bowl berth.

Broncos drop ball at home

Texas returns to Rose Bowl looking for title

Sugar Bowl looking for new title sponsor
ATLANTA - Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hoolahan has had to worry about more than just directing the imposing task of moving his game from New Orleans in just a few months.

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.

Sugar Bowl looking for new title sponsor
ATLANTA - Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hoolahan has had to worry about more than just directing the imposing task of moving his game from New Orleans in just a few months.

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.

Camps keep Guy's mind off hall vote
Ray Guy's much too busy these days to be concerned with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Coaches must go with Plan B

Sugar Bowl looking for new title sponsor

Camps keep Guy's mind off hall vote
Ray Guy's much too busy these days to be concerned with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Broncos drop ball at home
BOISE, Idaho - Matthew Ryan and Ryan Glasper spoiled Boise State coach Dan Hawkins last game with the Broncos, leading No. 19 Boston College to a 27-21 victory Wednesday in the MPC Computers Bowl.

Broncos drop ball at home
BOISE, Idaho - Matthew Ryan and Ryan Glasper spoiled Boise State coach Dan Hawkins last game with the Broncos, leading No. 19 Boston College to a 27-21 victory Wednesday in the MPC Computers Bowl.

Seminoles arrive in South Florida for Orange Bowl

Seminoles arrive in South Florida for Orange Bowl
DAVIE, Fla. - The Florida State Seminoles arrived in South Florida on Wednesday, ready to reap the rewards for their surprising Orange Bowl berth.

Texas returns to Rose Bowl looking for title
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Texas Longhorns arrived in California last year feeling unwanted, dismissed by their West Coast hosts as the swaggering braggarts who bumped the Pac-10 out of the "Granddaddy" of bowl games.

Texas returns to Rose Bowl looking for title
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Texas Longhorns arrived in California last year feeling unwanted, dismissed by their West Coast hosts as the swaggering braggarts who bumped the Pac-10 out of the "Granddaddy" of bowl games.

Camps keep Guy's mind off hall vote

Gamecocks set to retire McKie's number tonight

Bulldogs match win total from a year ago

A new Destination
New life is being breathed into Destination 2020 - the visionary initiative focusing on issues to advance metro Augusta area's quality of life during the first 20 years of the new century. It's designed to make our region one of most desirable places to live and work in the South.

Where there's smoke ...

Troop cuts welcome, but risky

Evaluating teacher certification

A new Destination

Where there's smoke ...
Study after study after study detailed the harmful effects of tobacco smoke over the decades, yet some doggedly denied the truth staring them in the eyes.

A new Destination
New life is being breathed into Destination 2020 - the visionary initiative focusing on issues to advance metro Augusta area's quality of life during the first 20 years of the new century. It's designed to make our region one of most desirable places to live and work in the South.

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.

Where there's smoke ...
Study after study after study detailed the harmful effects of tobacco smoke over the decades, yet some doggedly denied the truth staring them in the eyes.

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.

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.

New Year's Eve celebrations will cater to all tastes
Ticktock. Ticktock. The countdown is on as 2005 winds to a close and 2006 shifts into place. If you haven't decided where you're ringing in the new year, there is plenty to do and plenty of places to do it.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Spotted
Joel Zuniga kept warm while waiting for the James Brown toy giveaway to start. At left, brothers Tavarwius and Tray Jones were excited about their toys at the Dec. 21 giveaway.

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
NEW YORK - Cast off by "America's Next Top Model," Janice Dickinson will get her own reality modeling show on the Oxygen network.

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
NEW YORK - Cast off by "America's Next Top Model," Janice Dickinson will get her own reality modeling show on the Oxygen network.

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.

Club calendar
Call clubs for holiday closings. Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to ryan.wehmeyer@ augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

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.

Spotted
Joel Zuniga kept warm while waiting for the James Brown toy giveaway to start. At left, brothers Tavarwius and Tray Jones were excited about their toys at the Dec. 21 giveaway.

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.

New Year's Eve celebrations will cater to all tastes
Ticktock. Ticktock. The countdown is on as 2005 winds to a close and 2006 shifts into place. If you haven't decided where you're ringing in the new year, there is plenty to do and plenty of places to do it.

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.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Stuff to do
This is, of all things, a classical adventure story, in which the story is the whole point, and the characters aren't mindlessly plugged into nonstop special effects.

Concerts calendar
ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $35.50-$42.50; ticketmaster.com or 828-7700

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Club calendar
Call clubs for holiday closings. Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to ryan.wehmeyer@ augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Concerts calendar
ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $35.50-$42.50; ticketmaster.com or 828-7700

Stuff to do
This is, of all things, a classical adventure story, in which the story is the whole point, and the characters aren't mindlessly plugged into nonstop special effects.

Orange rice pudding looks and tastes great

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
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
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.

Rosemary and ginger vegetable soup recipe

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

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.

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
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

Ranking on line for the Jackets
For three months, that's how Georgia Tech football coach Chan Gailey and his players responded to questions about national rankings. It's not how you start, their reasoning went, it's how you finish.

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

Ranking on line for the Jackets
For three months, that's how Georgia Tech football coach Chan Gailey and his players responded to questions about national rankings. It's not how you start, their reasoning went, it's how you finish.

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

Ranking on line for the Jackets

Jackets take pride in bowl streak

Sorenstam makes it three in a row

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.

Sorenstam makes it three in a row
Annika Sorenstam is linked with Babe Zaharias again, although this has nothing to do with competing against men.

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

Tales of the tour

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

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.

Sorenstam makes it three in a row
Annika Sorenstam is linked with Babe Zaharias again, although this has nothing to do with competing against men.

Prep basketball scores

Bruins' furious rally nets a win

Carolina acquires former first-rounder, others in two trades
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes acquired center Krystofer Kolanos, a former first-round draft choice of Phoenix, and traded right wing Pavel Brendl to the Coyotes.

Carolina acquires former first-rounder, others in two trades

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.

Carolina acquires former first-rounder, others in two trades
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes acquired center Krystofer Kolanos, a former first-round draft choice of Phoenix, and traded right wing Pavel Brendl to the Coyotes.

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

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.

Why is this drag strip being pushed?
Regarding Augusta commissioners Andy Cheek and Marion Williams' pet drag strip project: Let's set the record straight on three false truths being passed around our community. Marion Wiggins, Augusta

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

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

People, not personalities, is what public safety should be all about
This is a response to a continuing series of inaccuracies and self-serving public statements made by Phl Napier, the fire chief of the Graniteville-Vaucluse-Warrenville Fire Department. Michael Hunt

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
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.

Why is this drag strip being pushed?
Regarding Augusta commissioners Andy Cheek and Marion Williams' pet drag strip project: Let's set the record straight on three false truths being passed around our community. Marion Wiggins, Augusta

Watch our senators on immigration

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

Flu vaccine proposal is unrealistic

Why is this drag strip being pushed?

Design doesn't appear that intelligent
The proponents of "intelligent" design should ask themselves: If human beings were intelligently designed, why aren't humans more intelligent? Gene Howard, Evans

Design doesn't appear that intelligent

People, not personalities, is what public safety should be all about
This is a response to a continuing series of inaccuracies and self-serving public statements made by Phl Napier, the fire chief of the Graniteville-Vaucluse-Warrenville Fire Department. Michael Hunt

People, not personalities, is what public safety should be all about

Design doesn't appear that intelligent
The proponents of "intelligent" design should ask themselves: If human beings were intelligently designed, why aren't humans more intelligent? Gene Howard, 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.

Strobe lights to scare fish away from power plant

FDA approves drug for rare bone marrow disorders

Nature Conservancy expands southwest Ga. preserve

Living briefs

Baby boomers are hesitant to use direct deposit

FDA approves drug for rare bone marrow disorders
WASHINGTON - A drug similar to one that causes birth defects has won FDA approval to treat anemia in people who suffer from certain kinds of rare bone marrow disorders known as myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS.

Strobe lights to scare fish away from power plant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Scientists installing underwater strobe lights at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant say this is no disco - they're trying to keep fish away from pipes that draw water for the plant.

Nature Conservancy expands southwest Ga. preserve
BLAKELY, Ga. - The Nature Conservancy has acquired 1,218 acres to expand a southwest Georgia preserve that provides habitat for native plants and animals, including a rare shrub known as the Florida willow and a dwarf salamander.

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.

Nature Conservancy expands southwest Ga. preserve
BLAKELY, Ga. - The Nature Conservancy has acquired 1,218 acres to expand a southwest Georgia preserve that provides habitat for native plants and animals, including a rare shrub known as the Florida willow and a dwarf salamander.

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.

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

Strobe lights to scare fish away from power plant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Scientists installing underwater strobe lights at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant say this is no disco - they're trying to keep fish away from pipes that draw water for the plant.

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

FDA approves drug for rare bone marrow disorders
WASHINGTON - A drug similar to one that causes birth defects has won FDA approval to treat anemia in people who suffer from certain kinds of rare bone marrow disorders known as myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS.

Lynx lessons
Joseph Strickland, 7, is dwarfed by Augusta Lynx players Ken Scuderi (from left), Joe Pereira and Mike Wall. Joseph was waiting for an autograph after a clinic conducted by the Lynx at Ice Sports Center on Wednesday. .

Lynx lessons

Lynx lessons
Joseph Strickland, 7, is dwarfed by Augusta Lynx players Ken Scuderi (from left), Joe Pereira and Mike Wall. Joseph was waiting for an autograph after a clinic conducted by the Lynx at Ice Sports Center on Wednesday. .

'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.

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

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help

Rants and raves
THIS IS A WAKE UP call for the Columbia County commissioners. We, the residents of Columbia County, do not want nor will we vote for consolidation and have the cost of the service we are not getting raised.

Three injured

74-year-old charged in shooting of son-in-law
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - A 74-year-old Jefferson County man was charged with murder Wednesday in the fatal shooting of his son-in-law, authorities said.

Gyms ready for stampede

Sickle cell study says stopping transfusions increases stroke risk

Holiday closings

Kid of the Day

News you can use

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.

Welcome begins for 3rd Infantry

Kid of the Day
DaJa K. Martin, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Across South Carolina

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.

Lawmakers to debate education for illegals

North Augusta to buy 1.8 acres
NORTH AUGUSTA - City officials expect to close on the purchase of almost 1.8 acres of downtown real estate in early January.

North Augusta to buy 1.8 acres

Across South Carolina

Corrections

2 shot at Wal-Mart after botched robbery attempt

Auto assembly plant would produce strong ripple effect

Chief, sheriff deepen dispute

Kid of the Day

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.

Applications pour in for spirits

Across South Carolina
Vandals wreck lights displayed by charity

MCG leads study on sickle cell treatment

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.

He used numbers to catch criminals

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

Across the area

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 shooting of son-in-law

Applications pour in for spirits
Columbia County doesn't officially allow bars within its borders, but as this New Year's approaches that doesn't mean it's a county void of its fair share of spirits.

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.

Auto assembly plant would produce strong ripple effect
If Kia Motors Corp. chooses to build an assembly plant in Aiken County, it could give the region its biggest economic boost since the construction of Savannah River Site more than 50 years ago.

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 the area

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

Lawmakers to debate education for illegals
ATLANTA - Trying to tackle the challenges of the state's booming, young immigrant population, Georgia lawmakers are preparing to debate an issue that many consider critical to the integration of immigrant communities - access to higher education.

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help

Holiday closings

Abandoned house catches fire

Christmas fire injures woman

News you can use
Today in regional history

Military plane plan criticized by air officials

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

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.

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

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

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.

Victims of fire weren't insured

Across the area
Woman saved from fire dies

Rants and raves
THIS IS A WAKE UP call for the Columbia County commissioners. We, the residents of Columbia County, do not want nor will we vote for consolidation and have the cost of the service we are not getting raised.

News you can use
Today in regional history: Budget cuts are expected to force local sheriff's officials to slim down staff in the new year after a three-year federal grant runs out.

Lawmakers to debate education for illegals
ATLANTA - Trying to tackle the challenges of the state's booming, young immigrant population, Georgia lawmakers are preparing to debate an issue that many consider critical to the integration of immigrant communities - access to higher education.

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.

Three injured
Billy Neal (left) and Charlie Summerlin struggle to close the door of a Chevrolet Cavalier that collided with a Ford Explorer on Wrightsboro Road.

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.

Corrections
- An article Wednesday about emergency dispatchers omitted the first name of Cathy Randall, the communications supervisor at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, and attributed comments she made to someone else. The corrected article is printed in full today on Page 6B.

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

New Year's Eve events

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

Three injured
Billy Neal (left) and Charlie Summerlin struggle to close the door of a Chevrolet Cavalier that collided with a Ford Explorer on Wrightsboro Road.

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.

Kid of the Day
DaJa K. Martin, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

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

74-year-old charged in shooting of son-in-law
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - A 74-year-old Jefferson County man was charged with murder Wednesday in the fatal shooting of his son-in-law, authorities said.

Welcome begins for 3rd Infantry
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The 19,000 members of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division are returning to Georgia after a yearlong tour in Iraq that cost the lives of 103 of their buddies, including two on Christmas Day.

Across Georgia
Coach jailed, resigns after kicking student

Corrections
- An article Wednesday about emergency dispatchers omitted the first name of Cathy Randall, the communications supervisor at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, and attributed comments she made to someone else. The corrected article is printed in full today on Page 6B.

Across South Carolina
Vandals wreck lights displayed by charity

He used numbers to catch criminals
Editor's note: This week The Augusta Chronicle is profiling people who have made a difference in the community during the past year.

Welcome begins for 3rd Infantry
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The 19,000 members of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division are returning to Georgia after a yearlong tour in Iraq that cost the lives of 103 of their buddies, including two on Christmas Day.

MCG leads study on sickle cell treatment
Markell Irving, 11, looked listless as he waited for the bag of blood hanging next to him to empty. It is a ritual that takes all day, and he and his 8-year-old sister, Shakeyma, do it every three weeks to treat their sickle cell anemia.

North Augusta to buy 1.8 acres
NORTH AUGUSTA - City officials expect to close on the purchase of almost 1.8 acres of downtown real estate in early January.

News you can use
Today in regional history: Budget cuts are expected to force local sheriff's officials to slim down staff in the new year after a three-year federal grant runs out.

New Year's Eve events
A black-tie New Year's Eve celebration will be held from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road, Aiken. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served, and the Charles Gatch Combo will perform. The cost is $150 per person or $300 for couples. Proceeds benefit the Aiken Opera Society's Wonderful World of Opera. For more information, call (803) 215-6166.

Kia ponders Aiken plant, journal says

Holiday closings
Government and business closings for the New Year's holiday.

Across Georgia

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

Judge admits mistake, resentences sex offender

Victims of fire weren't insured
The former owners of a Grovetown log cabin whose belongings were consumed in a Dec. 23 house fire say they did not have insurance to cover their losses.

Man is found hanging in cell

Across the area
Woman saved from fire dies

Artists at play

New Year's Eve events
A black-tie New Year's Eve celebration will be held from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road, Aiken. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served, and the Charles Gatch Combo will perform. The cost is $150 per person or $300 for couples. Proceeds benefit the Aiken Opera Society's Wonderful World of Opera. For more information, call (803) 215-6166.

News you can use

Abandoned house catches fire
An abandoned house in the 2000 block of Browns Lane burns as Augusta-Richmond County firefighters work to control it. The blaze started Wednesday morning in Augusta.

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

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

Warren work might resume

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

House fire

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.

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.

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.

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.

Holiday closings
Government and business closings for the New Year's holiday.

News you can use
Today in regional history

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

Three injured in Columbia County wreck

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help
AIKEN -- It's a quiet moment in a dimmed back room of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

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.

MCG leads study on sickle cell treatment
Markell Irving, 11, looked listless as he waited for the bag of blood hanging next to him to empty. It is a ritual that takes all day, and he and his 8-year-old sister, Shakeyma, do it every three weeks to treat their sickle cell anemia.

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.

Auto assembly plant would produce strong ripple effect
If Kia Motors Corp. chooses to build an assembly plant in Aiken County, it could give the region its biggest economic boost since the construction of Savannah River Site more than 50 years ago.

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.

Applications pour in for spirits
Columbia County doesn't officially allow bars within its borders, but as this New Year's approaches that doesn't mean it's a county void of its fair share of spirits.

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.

Gyms ready for stampede
Mary Linton has a variation on a theme by Nike: "Just gotta do it."

Victims of fire weren't insured
The former owners of a Grovetown log cabin whose belongings were consumed in a Dec. 23 house fire say they did not have insurance to cover their losses.

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
THIS IS A WAKE UP call for the Columbia County commissioners. We, the residents of Columbia County, do not want nor will we vote for consolidation and have the cost of the service we are not getting raised.

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
Coach jailed, resigns after kicking student

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.

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help
AIKEN -- It's a quiet moment in a dimmed back room of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

He used numbers to catch criminals
Editor's note: This week The Augusta Chronicle is profiling people who have made a difference in the community during the past year.

Abandoned house catches fire
An abandoned house in the 2000 block of Browns Lane burns as Augusta-Richmond County firefighters work to control it. The blaze started Wednesday morning in Augusta.

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.

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."

Gyms ready for stampede
Mary Linton has a variation on a theme by Nike: "Just gotta do it."

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.

New home-video releases

National Film Registry adds 25 movies

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.

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.

Dark Water now available on DVD
The Americanization of Japanese horror hits continues, this time with a class-act approach that brings Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly and acclaimed director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) to the package in a restrained, moderately creepy twist on the ghost story.

Slick packaging, cool extras make releases a must-have
Advances in home video technology have made it impossible to gauge the quality of a release solely in terms of the movie itself. The advent of the DVD means that a great release must include interesting and entertaining extras, mastering made for home theater systems, in addition to being a great film.

New home-video releases
Grizzly Man: Werner Herzog tells the heartbreaking story of Timothy Treadwell, who spent 13 summers living among bears in Alaska as their self-appointed caretaker and protector and was killed along with his girlfriend by one of the grizzlies he sought to harbor from humanity. Built heavily around video monologues Mr. Treadwell shot of himself, the film presents a tragic, deeply moving portrait of a man who staggered through life among fellow bipeds but found his own state of grace in the wild with his four-legged friends. The DVD features a grand documentary on folk-rocker Richard Thompson and an ensemble of musicians recording the film's sparse, earthy score.

New home-video releases
Grizzly Man: Werner Herzog tells the heartbreaking story of Timothy Treadwell, who spent 13 summers living among bears in Alaska as their self-appointed caretaker and protector and was killed along with his girlfriend by one of the grizzlies he sought to harbor from humanity. Built heavily around video monologues Mr. Treadwell shot of himself, the film presents a tragic, deeply moving portrait of a man who staggered through life among fellow bipeds but found his own state of grace in the wild with his four-legged friends. The DVD features a grand documentary on folk-rocker Richard Thompson and an ensemble of musicians recording the film's sparse, earthy score.

Dark Water now available on DVD

Dark Water now available on DVD
The Americanization of Japanese horror hits continues, this time with a class-act approach that brings Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly and acclaimed director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) to the package in a restrained, moderately creepy twist on the ghost story.

Slick packaging, cool extras make releases a must-have
Advances in home video technology have made it impossible to gauge the quality of a release solely in terms of the movie itself. The advent of the DVD means that a great release must include interesting and entertaining extras, mastering made for home theater systems, in addition to being a great film.

Slick packaging, cool extras make releases a must-have

Sales surge puts country music on comeback trail
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A spate of album releases during the busy holiday shopping season has helped buoy country music sales, but probably not enough to avoid a decline from last year.

Good live music does exist in Augusta
A common complaint in the Augusta area is that there just isn't any good live music. I beg to differ.

Singer walks his own path to success
NEW YORK - Had Anthony Hamilton made a few compromises with his music, he might have gotten that platinum disc a whole lot earlier in his career.

Good live music does exist in Augusta

At 16, Chris Brown runs the charts
NEW YORK - These days, Chris Brown is just trying to stay focused and humble, but when you're a 16-year-old R&B singer with the hottest single in the country, it's not easy.

Eclectic mix found in 2005

Coming next week: 'Munich' and 'Syriana' soundtracks
Here's a look at what's new in music this week:

At 16, Chris Brown runs the charts

Eclectic mix found in 2005
Some of the best music of 2005 came from unexpected sources. Whether it was The White Stripes proving the piano can rock, or perennial bridesmaid Bettye LaVette becoming the belle of the ball, the 10 best CDs of last year show there's treasure everywhere, you just have to look:

Singer walks his own path to success
NEW YORK - Had Anthony Hamilton made a few compromises with his music, he might have gotten that platinum disc a whole lot earlier in his career.

Female rockers added rich tones in 2005
This year, Mariah Carey resuscitated her career with a return to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts.

Good live music does exist in Augusta
A common complaint in the Augusta area is that there just isn't any good live music. I beg to differ.

Sales surge puts country music on comeback trail
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A spate of album releases during the busy holiday shopping season has helped buoy country music sales, but probably not enough to avoid a decline from last year.

Female rockers added rich tones in 2005
This year, Mariah Carey resuscitated her career with a return to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts.

Coming next week: 'Munich' and 'Syriana' soundtracks
Here's a look at what's new in music this week:

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.

Female rockers added rich tones in 2005

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.

Sales surge puts country music on comeback trail

Spitzer subpoenas music companies on pricing

Coming next week: 'Munich' and 'Syriana' soundtracks

At 16, Chris Brown runs the charts
NEW YORK - These days, Chris Brown is just trying to stay focused and humble, but when you're a 16-year-old R&B singer with the hottest single in the country, it's not easy.

Eclectic mix found in 2005
Some of the best music of 2005 came from unexpected sources. Whether it was The White Stripes proving the piano can rock, or perennial bridesmaid Bettye LaVette becoming the belle of the ball, the 10 best CDs of last year show there's treasure everywhere, you just have to look:

Singer walks his own path to success

Sales manager chills out by racing trucks
Paul Brewer is a busy man. Once or twice a month, the North Augustan looks forward to getting away from it all. Road Atlanta is his oasis, and a 1988 Nissan racing truck is his hammock.

Sales manager chills out by racing trucks
Paul Brewer is a busy man. Once or twice a month, the North Augustan looks forward to getting away from it all. Road Atlanta is his oasis, and a 1988 Nissan racing truck is his hammock.

TV deal was on low end of scale

TV deal was on low end of scale
While NASCAR continues to celebrate its new eight-year, $4.48 billion television contract, investors aren't so sure it's a good deal.

NASCAR Newsmaker
NASCAR just signed a new television contract with Fox, FX, ABC, ESPN and TNT that will bring the sport $400 million a year in revenues starting in 2007. Fox Sports president Ed Goren (above) talked about the new contract during a national teleconference call. Here are excerpts of that call:

NASCAR: Season in review
ATLANTA - The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the only truly silent one on the NASCAR calendar. It's a time for drivers to make their last trips to the tropics, and for race teams to rake leaves and spend time with their families.

NASCAR: Season in review

NASCAR Newsmaker
NASCAR just signed a new television contract with Fox, FX, ABC, ESPN and TNT that will bring the sport $400 million a year in revenues starting in 2007. Fox Sports president Ed Goren (above) talked about the new contract during a national teleconference call. Here are excerpts of that call:

NASCAR Newsmaker

NASCAR: Season in review
ATLANTA - The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the only truly silent one on the NASCAR calendar. It's a time for drivers to make their last trips to the tropics, and for race teams to rake leaves and spend time with their families.

TV deal was on low end of scale
While NASCAR continues to celebrate its new eight-year, $4.48 billion television contract, investors aren't so sure it's a good deal.

Sales manager chills out by racing trucks

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.

Bulldogs match win total from a year ago
ATHENS, Ga. - Sidelined with an ankle injury, Levi Stukes could only watch last year as Clemson beat an undermanned Georgia basketball team.

Bulldogs match win total from a year ago
ATHENS, Ga. - Sidelined with an ankle injury, Levi Stukes could only watch last year as Clemson beat an undermanned Georgia basketball team.

London performance will end years of work for Evans band

Tragedy, generosity left imprint on 2005

Development addition OK'd

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

For owners, Alexander can be the only choice for league MVP

Bears-Vikings features subplots

Friends support grieving Dungy at funeral

Panthers' Smith fined $15,000 for bumping official

Mrs. Patricia Snyder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda Boland    (ANTIOCH, TN.)

Mr. John A. Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma J. Buggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Eliott Barrow    (PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Cora Duvall    (GRESHAMVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sherry Jean Egan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy L. Smalley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Browning    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Ann Brunette    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Derrick D. Allen    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary A. Stevens    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary A. Stevens    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Eliott Barrow    (PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Glenda Boland    (ANTIOCH, TN.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Bernard    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra W. Beckum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Eliott Barrow    (PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy L. Smalley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Quay Wren    (LEBANON, Pa.)

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nell Stranger Butler    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Quay Wren    (LEBANON, Pa.)

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

Mrs. Patricia McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Smith    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozella Deloach    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Wayne Wise    (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.

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, 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. Sandra W. Beckum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Derrick D. Allen    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Ann Brunette    (APPLING, Ga.)

Featured obituary: James Edward Browning
John Butler isn't sure where the courage came from, but on the morning of March 19, 1945, his grandfather endured the Japanese attacks on the USS Franklin, watching his fellow shipmates die, feeling the heat from fires so intense that munitions exploded and spending hours in cold, tumultuous, shark-infested waters.

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rodney Bernard    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Emma J. Buggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Mozella Deloach    (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Duvall    (GRESHAMVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John A. Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Sherry Jean Egan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Stranger Butler    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: James Edward Browning
John Butler isn't sure where the courage came from, but on the morning of March 19, 1945, his grandfather endured the Japanese attacks on the USS Franklin, watching his fellow shipmates die, feeling the heat from fires so intense that munitions exploded and spending hours in cold, tumultuous, shark-infested waters.

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

Mr. Earl Wayne Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Smith    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Stranger Butler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Rodney Bernard (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sherry Jean Egan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Duvall (GRESHAMVILLE COMMUNITY, Ga.)

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

Mr. Earnest Brigham (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: James Edward Browning

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

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

Mrs. Patricia McGahee (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda Boland (ANTIOCH, TN.)

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

Mr. James Eliott Barrow (PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Derrick D. Allen (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Shirley Ann Brunette (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Obituray: Rev. Jacques M. Kearns

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

Mrs. Mozella Deloach (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sandra W. Beckum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary A. Stevens (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Quay Wren (LEBANON, Pa.)

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

Mr. Delbert Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John A. Ouzts, Jr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Browning (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Delbert Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Smith (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Wayne Wise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy L. Smalley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Police Blotter

Things to Do

Places To Go

Pet of the week

Current Events

Beachcombing vacation

Places To Go

Police Blotter

Hedrick tunes up for Turin with 5,000 victory

Report: Italians beef up surveillance

Hedrick tunes up for Turin with 5,000 victory
KEARNS, Utah - Chad Hedrick tuned up for the Turin Games by winning the 5,000 meters Wednesday in a time well off the world record he had predicted at the U.S. long track national championships.

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.

Hedrick tunes up for Turin with 5,000 victory
KEARNS, Utah - Chad Hedrick tuned up for the Turin Games by winning the 5,000 meters Wednesday in a time well off the world record he had predicted at the U.S. long track national championships.

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.

Fire service consolidation nearly complete

County loses another leader

A few gifts that Santa forgot to bring

Fire service consolidation nearly complete

County loses another leader

Overtime

Armstrong: AP Male Athlete of the Year

Area announcements

Overtime

Rahlves leads downhill training again; Miller falls

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.

Armstrong: AP Male Athlete of the Year
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong takes fewer bike rides these days. He even describes himself as out of shape since retiring after his seventh consecutive Tour de France victory in July.

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

Armstrong: AP Male Athlete of the Year
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong takes fewer bike rides these days. He even describes himself as out of shape since retiring after his seventh consecutive Tour de France victory in July.

Overtime
Baseball

Overtime
Baseball

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.

Rahlves leads downhill training again; Miller falls
BORMIO, Italy - Daron Rahlves led a World Cup downhill training session for the second day in a row, and American teammate Bode Miller was slightly injured in a fall Wednesday.

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

Rahlves leads downhill training again; Miller falls
BORMIO, Italy - Daron Rahlves led a World Cup downhill training session for the second day in a row, and American teammate Bode Miller was slightly injured in a fall Wednesday.

Prep basketball scores
Boys Basketball

Prep basketball scores
Boys Basketball

Bears-Vikings features subplots
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Rex Grossman is looking forward to returning to the "scene of the disaster." Olin Kreutz would like to line up against the man accusing him of a Pro Bowl conspiracy.

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.

Panthers' Smith fined $15,000 for bumping official
NEW YORK - Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith was fined $15,000 Wednesday for bumping an official during last Saturday's loss to Dallas.

Panthers' Smith fined $15,000 for bumping official
NEW YORK - Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith was fined $15,000 Wednesday for bumping an official during last Saturday's loss to Dallas.

For owners, Alexander can be the only choice for league MVP
Who's the MVP?

Bears-Vikings features subplots
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Rex Grossman is looking forward to returning to the "scene of the disaster." Olin Kreutz would like to line up against the man accusing him of a Pro Bowl conspiracy.

For owners, Alexander can be the only choice for league MVP
Who's the MVP?

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.

Country singers tell what makes them tick in 2005

Country singers tell what makes them tick in 2005
It has been the custom of this column to end the year with my favorite quotes from interviews during the past 12 months:

Country singers tell what makes them tick in 2005
It has been the custom of this column to end the year with my favorite quotes from interviews during the past 12 months:

Auto dealership brightens woman's holidays
Deloris McKevie believes God answers prayers.

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

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

Bank donates furniture to nonprofit organizations
Christmas came early for Phylis Holliday.

Military milestones
Air Force Airman Nicholas C. Dresser, son of Kim Dresser, of Augusta, has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

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

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

Residents of Waverly enjoy natural beauty
Well established in the Augusta area, Waverly subdivision is home to many longtime residents.

Around the block
Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church will hold a Watch Night service at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and a candlelight communion service at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 710 E. Cedar St. Call 722-1031.

Church supplies coats for children at school
They're just like angels coming to help in a time of need, Shawnee Collins said.

Can you find?
This week's design, above, overlooks a broad area of Augusta.

Fat Man's Forest has become holiday tradition
For many families in Augusta, a trip to Fat Man's Forest is an essential holiday ritual.

Fashions will help charity
Two longtime supporters of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta are hoping the glamour and glitz of a fashion fundraiser will lead to a lot of donations for the charity.

Bank donates furniture to nonprofit organizations
Christmas came early for Phylis Holliday.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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

Symphony conducts fundraising drive
In an effort to provide the area with orchestral music, the Augusta Symphony is asking the community to Make Music Continue to Happen by pledging financial support to the symphony.

This week
New Year's Eve Ball: 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Elks Augusta Lodge 205, 205 Elkdom Court, near River Watch and Furys Ferry off Parish Road; hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, cocktails, champagne, prime rib dinner, music by the Escorts, balloon drop, continental breakfast; $35; reservations required by today; 855-7162

Can you find?
This week's design, above, overlooks a broad area of Augusta.

Fat Man's Forest has become holiday tradition
For many families in Augusta, a trip to Fat Man's Forest is an essential holiday ritual.

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

Soldier, new wife enjoy holiday at home
Terrence Sommers spent Christmas 2004 wearing body armor while on patrol at Camp Falcon, a base in Baghdad, Iraq.

Scholarship
Jessica Brackett, a senior at Davidson Fine Arts School and daughter of Bret and Charmain Brackett, of Augusta, has received a $40,000 Brenau Faculty Excellence Scholarship from Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga.

Fashions will help charity
Two longtime supporters of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta are hoping the glamour and glitz of a fashion fundraiser will lead to a lot of donations for the charity.

Soldier, new wife enjoy holiday at home
Terrence Sommers spent Christmas 2004 wearing body armor while on patrol at Camp Falcon, a base in Baghdad, Iraq.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Scholarship
Jessica Brackett, a senior at Davidson Fine Arts School and daughter of Bret and Charmain Brackett, of Augusta, has received a $40,000 Brenau Faculty Excellence Scholarship from Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga.

Residents of Waverly enjoy natural beauty
Well established in the Augusta area, Waverly subdivision is home to many longtime residents.

Center's need for toys goes past holidays
Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center employees try to make gifts given to the center during the Christmas holidays stretch throughout the year.

Center's need for toys goes past holidays
Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center employees try to make gifts given to the center during the Christmas holidays stretch throughout the year.

Around the block
Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church will hold a Watch Night service at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and a candlelight communion service at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 710 E. Cedar St. Call 722-1031.

Auto dealership brightens woman's holidays
Deloris McKevie believes God answers prayers.

Military milestones
Air Force Airman Nicholas C. Dresser, son of Kim Dresser, of Augusta, has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Church supplies coats for children at school
They're just like angels coming to help in a time of need, Shawnee Collins said.

Symphony conducts fundraising drive
In an effort to provide the area with orchestral music, the Augusta Symphony is asking the community to Make Music Continue to Happen by pledging financial support to the symphony.

This week
New Year's Eve Ball: 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Elks Augusta Lodge 205, 205 Elkdom Court, near River Watch and Furys Ferry off Parish Road; hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, cocktails, champagne, prime rib dinner, music by the Escorts, balloon drop, continental breakfast; $35; reservations required by today; 855-7162

Fashions will help charity

This week

Military milestones

For the record

Symphony conducts fundraising drive

Soldier, new wife enjoy holiday at home

Church supplies coats for children at school

Bank donates furniture to nonprofit organizations

Post Happenings

Residents of Waverly enjoy natural beauty

Across the river

Center's need for toys goes past holidays

Pet of the week

Fat Man's Forest has become holiday tradition

Auto dealership brightens woman's holidays

Can you find?

Scholarship

Around the block

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

Athlete Spotlight

Evans High to play host in Shoot Out tournament

Little Tiger lives dream with team

Evans High to play host in Shoot Out tournament

Arizona's desert, sky provide backdrop for some fine films

The 117th Rose Parade is ready for its close up
PASADENA, Calif. - In the land of perennial youth and movie star beauty, most centenarians just can't compete.

The 117th Rose Parade is ready for its close up
PASADENA, Calif. - In the land of perennial youth and movie star beauty, most centenarians just can't compete.

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.

The 117th Rose Parade is ready for its close up

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.

CBS offers two sitcoms for viewing on your PC

Stuff to do

Galleries calendar

Judge tosses out restraining order against Letterman

Spotted

Concerts calendar

New Year's Eve celebrations will cater to all tastes

Bree will hit the bottle 'Housewives' creator says

Applause calendar

People in the News

People in the News

Club calendar

Harris has chance to make impression at receiver

Harris has chance to make impression at receiver
ATLANTA - A star of Georgia's last visit to the Georgia Dome will be on crutches for Monday's Sugar Bowl game against West Virginia.

Harris has chance to make impression at receiver
ATLANTA - A star of Georgia's last visit to the Georgia Dome will be on crutches for Monday's Sugar Bowl game against West Virginia.

Arizona's desert, sky provide backdrop for some fine films
As you read this I am quite happily working on my tan. Now, I can't predict what the weather in Augusta might be - after all, this column was written more than two weeks in advance - but I can tell you that in Arizona, where I am right now, the sun is shining.

Arizona's desert, sky provide backdrop for some fine films
As you read this I am quite happily working on my tan. Now, I can't predict what the weather in Augusta might be - after all, this column was written more than two weeks in advance - but I can tell you that in Arizona, where I am right now, the sun is shining.

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

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.

Across the river

Book celebrates city's centennial

North Augusta to have A Night to Remember

Meetings

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

Food bank expands its warehouse in Aiken

Garbage-collection service ordinance changed

Con artists prey on unwary

Space station can be seen in area

Pet of the week

Young North Augustan has football skills

This week

Around the block

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Caring woman brightens holidays for youngsters