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Thanks for all your memories; here are a few of mine

Business briefs

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.

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.

Retailers get their last-minute shopping surge

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.

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.

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.

Delta pilots approve interim deal

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.

A night to party

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.

Pension benefits concern pilots

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

Pension benefits concern pilots
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots' approval of another round of deep pay cuts might be the least of their worries as their company trudges through bankruptcy; their retirement benefits are in jeopardy, too.

Consumer confidence surges in December

A night to party
Get a fine cognac. Don't forget the truffles. And please, keep the rope to the balloon drop away from tipsy revelers.

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.

Delta pilots approve interim deal
ATLANTA - The deep pay cuts pilots at bankrupt Delta Air Lines have accepted may be the least of their worries: their retirement benefits are in jeopardy as well.

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.

Pension benefits concern pilots
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots' approval of another round of deep pay cuts might be the least of their worries as their company trudges through bankruptcy; their retirement benefits are in jeopardy, too.

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.

Delta pilots approve interim deal
ATLANTA - The deep pay cuts pilots at bankrupt Delta Air Lines have accepted may be the least of their worries: their retirement benefits are in jeopardy as well.

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.

A night to party
Get a fine cognac. Don't forget the truffles. And please, keep the rope to the balloon drop away from tipsy revelers.

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.

Hershey settles lawsuit over book's cover

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.

Golf club clears tracts, won't elaborate on why

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.

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.

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.

Huskers survive frantic final play

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.

Huskers survive frantic final play
SAN ANTONIO - The Nebraska Cornhuskers gave Bill Callahan a celebratory shower on the sideline and reveled in their Alamo Bowl victory as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

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.

Huskers survive frantic final play
SAN ANTONIO - The Nebraska Cornhuskers gave Bill Callahan a celebratory shower on the sideline and reveled in their Alamo Bowl victory as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

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.

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.

Camps keep Guy's mind off hall vote

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.

Broncos drop ball at home

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

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.

Texas returns to Rose Bowl looking for title

Bulldogs match win total from a year ago

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.

2005: The year in cartoons

2005: The year in cartoons
A look back at the past tweleve months of cartoons by Rick McKee.

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.

A golden opportunity
Let's talk about a Southern town. It's not in Georgia, but it's in a state that borders Georgia. It's down the road from its state capital, and has great interstate highway access, but it manages to maintain a fine quality of life and small-town standard of living.

Where there's smoke ...

Cracking that whip
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has the reputation in some quarters as just another leftist Californian who became the Democrats' politically correct affirmative action pick to be the first woman in history to hold her party's top leadership position in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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.

2005: The year in cartoons
A look back at the past tweleve months of cartoons by Rick McKee.

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.

Cracking that whip
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has the reputation in some quarters as just another leftist Californian who became the Democrats' politically correct affirmative action pick to be the first woman in history to hold her party's top leadership position in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A golden opportunity

A golden opportunity
Let's talk about a Southern town. It's not in Georgia, but it's in a state that borders Georgia. It's down the road from its state capital, and has great interstate highway access, but it manages to maintain a fine quality of life and small-town standard of living.

A new Destination

Cracking that whip

Creator of Tiger comic strip dies at 87
PORTLAND, Maine - Bud Blake, who created the award-winning comic strip "Tiger" after quitting his job as a New York ad man to pursue his love of drawing, has died. He was 87.

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.

Supermodel wants to direct movie about herself
HONG KONG - Eva Herzigova says she wants to direct a movie about her Cinderella-like life, a Hong Kong magazine reports in its January issue.

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.

Supermodel wants to direct movie about herself
HONG KONG - Eva Herzigova says she wants to direct a movie about her Cinderella-like life, a Hong Kong magazine reports in its January issue.

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.

The top five list
The top five in entertainment list.

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.

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.

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

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

People in the News
BURBANK, Calif. - Dick Clark, who suffered a stroke last December, won't be in a wheelchair when he appears on ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve," says co-host Ryan Seacrest.

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.

The top five list
The top five in entertainment list.

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.

People in the News
BURBANK, Calif. - Dick Clark, who suffered a stroke last December, won't be in a wheelchair when he appears on ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve," says co-host Ryan Seacrest.

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.

Creator of Tiger comic strip dies at 87
PORTLAND, Maine - Bud Blake, who created the award-winning comic strip "Tiger" after quitting his job as a New York ad man to pursue his love of drawing, has died. He was 87.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Good news: mortgage rates down a bit

Good news: mortgage rates down a bit
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates edged down this week, good news for people looking to buy a slice of the American dream - their own home.

Good news: mortgage rates down a bit
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates edged down this week, good news for people looking to buy a slice of the American dream - their own home.

Bass fishing improves with temperature
Forecasts of warming air temperatures might create the red-hot fishing conditions Augusta area anglers experienced last year on Strom Thurmond Lake, especially in the Raysville area on the Georgia side.

Fishing tournaments

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

Bass fishing improves with temperature
Forecasts of warming air temperatures might create the red-hot fishing conditions Augusta area anglers experienced last year on Strom Thurmond Lake, especially in the Raysville area on the Georgia side.

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

Bass fishing improves with temperature

Holiday shopping done? It's seed catalog time
NEW MARKET, Va. - Many of the best home gardens are planned around the kitchen table on unhurried winter nights as families gather to page through the seed catalogs arriving now in stacks as deep as snowdrifts.

Holiday shopping done? It's seed catalog time

It's time to work in the yard

It's time to work in the yard
Many of you have this week off. If you are like me, that means you can get caught up on some yard work.

It's time to work in the yard
Many of you have this week off. If you are like me, that means you can get caught up on some yard work.

Plants make a natural privacy screen
One common request I hear is from people wanting to create some privacy between themselves and a neighbor, to quiet a noisy street or soften a fence. These are all good reasons for creating a screen of plants.

Holiday shopping done? It's seed catalog time
NEW MARKET, Va. - Many of the best home gardens are planned around the kitchen table on unhurried winter nights as families gather to page through the seed catalogs arriving now in stacks as deep as snowdrifts.

Plants make a natural privacy screen

Plants make a natural privacy screen
One common request I hear is from people wanting to create some privacy between themselves and a neighbor, to quiet a noisy street or soften a fence. These are all good reasons for creating a screen of plants.

Bilbo catches four in bid to impress NFL
SAN FRANCISCO - Damarius Bilbo longs to continue his football career in the National Football League.

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.

Utes embarrass Yellow Jackets
SAN FRANCISCO - Utah's Eric Weddle noticed something about Georgia Tech's players during the Emerald Bowl festivities this week.

Bilbo catches four in bid to impress NFL
SAN FRANCISCO - Damarius Bilbo longs to continue his football career in the National Football League.

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.

Utes embarrass Yellow Jackets
SAN FRANCISCO - Utah's Eric Weddle noticed something about Georgia Tech's players during the Emerald Bowl festivities this week.

Ranking on line for the Jackets

Bilbo catches four in bid to impress NFL

Utes embarrass Yellow Jackets

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.

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.

Sorenstam makes it three in a row

Prep Basketball Scores

Carolina acquires former first-rounder, others in two trades

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
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.

Thanks for all your memories; here are a few of mine
"All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming 12 months!"

Thanks for all your memories; here are a few of mine
"All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming 12 months!"

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

Design doesn't appear that intelligent

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

Why is this drag strip being pushed?

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

Don't walk all over religious belief
The Chronicle's Religion section featured a piece on Connie Johnson's creation of Soul-Steps ("Walk in faith," Oct. 29). This allegedly spiritual inspiration to print biblical passages on shoe inserts seems to have captured the staff writer's - if not your paper's - approval. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

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

Don't walk all over religious belief
The Chronicle's Religion section featured a piece on Connie Johnson's creation of Soul-Steps ("Walk in faith," Oct. 29). This allegedly spiritual inspiration to print biblical passages on shoe inserts seems to have captured the staff writer's - if not your paper's - approval. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

Don't walk all over religious belief

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

2005 in pictures

Strobe lights to scare fish away from power plant

Nature Conservancy expands southwest Ga. preserve

Comforters require thoughtful shopping

2006 Passat is anything but standard

Living briefs

FDA approves drug for rare bone marrow disorders

Auto briefs

Auto briefs
- Nissan will unveil a concept roadster at next month's Detroit auto show with controls for a built-in Xbox 360.

2006 Passat is anything but standard
You won't find a 2006 midsize sedan from Germany with a starting price that's less than the Volkswagen Passat's.

Auto briefs
- Nissan will unveil a concept roadster at next month's Detroit auto show with controls for a built-in Xbox 360.

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.

Comforters require thoughtful shopping
Choosing a comforter can be a chore.

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.

2006 Passat is anything but standard
You won't find a 2006 midsize sedan from Germany with a starting price that's less than the Volkswagen Passat's.

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.

Comforters require thoughtful shopping
Choosing a comforter can be a chore.

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.

2005 in pictures
A news photographer captures a moment in time for the world to see.

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.

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

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.

2005 in pictures
A news photographer captures a moment in time for the world to see.

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

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. .

Amber Alert: 3 missing from Seneca area
The Oconee County Sherrif's Office has issued an Amber Alert for eleven year old Kristin Hope Carter (female), thirteen year old Jordan Elizabeth Carter (female), and Megan Elizabeth Tucker (female).

Across South Carolina
Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

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.

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.

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

Three injured

North Augusta to buy 1.8 acres

Across the area
Woman saved from fire dies

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

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

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

Across South Carolina
Vandals wreck lights displayed by charity

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

MOX cost $2.5 billion more than expected
GREENVILLE, S.C. - A federal audit shows construction of a factory to convert weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for power plants will cost $2.5 billion more than expected.

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.

On conservation's path
If there's a fine line between an environmentalist and a conservationist, Augusta's new mayor doesn't mind crossing it.

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

News you can use

New Year's Eve events

Across the area

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.

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.

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
AIKEN -- It's a quiet moment in a dimmed back room of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

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 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.

Rants and raves
I AM A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER. It is the bus drivers' responsibility to, pre-trip, inspect and write up buses if they find anything wrong with them and turn them in to the mechanic for repair. We do not transport students on unsafe buses. ... We, as drivers, have to be on a bus. We want to be safe as well as our students.

He used numbers to catch criminals

Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that his brother assaulted him with a metal object Thursday morning in the parking lot of the former Regency Mall, officials said.

Victims of fire weren't insured

SRS: Report clears cleanup hurdle
AIKEN - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has blessed a strategy to bury lower levels of radioactive waste at Savannah River Site - an important step toward emptying 49 tanks that contain 36 million gallons of Cold War waste.

Across Georgia

Funds' allocations questioned
Environmental groups across Georgia are asking local politicians to help put the trust back in state trust funds established to clean up abandoned landfills and control erosion.

Kid of the Day

State lets bars stay open
The Georgia Department of Revenue announced today that it will allow bars, restaurants and retailers that have not yet received their 2006 alcohol licenses to continue selling through Jan. 13.

Man sues, claiming lottery is misleading ticket buyers

MCG leads study on sickle cell treatment

Woman charged in slaying

Auto assembly plant would produce strong ripple effect

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Years added to offender's term

Gyms ready for stampede

At least 2 dogs die after eating contaminated food

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.

Corrections

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.

MOX cost $2.5 billion more than expected

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.

Judge rules on early education

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.

On conservation's path

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.

S. Carolina affirms 1st flu case

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

News you can use

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.

Cowboy wrangles wisdom

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.

Funds' allocations questioned

Holiday events
These are events and activities occurring in the Augusta area for the New Year's holiday:

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day
Tracey Flowers, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Holiday events

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

Regulators asked to halt Augusta's canal strategy

S. Carolina affirms 1st flu case
As South Carolina announced its first confirmed flu case of the season Thursday, others were gearing up to prevent future cases.

SRS: Report clears cleanup hurdle

Woman charged in slaying
AIKEN - A 24-year-old Aiken woman is sitting in a Georgia jail on a murder charge, accused of stabbing her boyfriend four days before Christmas.

Across the area

Years added to offender's term
Saying he had made a mistake the first time, a judge resentenced a Columbia County college student to four years in prison Thursday.

Georgia officials laud audit's timely release

Across South Carolina
Vandals wreck lights displayed by charity

Rants and raves
I AM A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER. It is the bus drivers' responsibility to, pre-trip, inspect and write up buses if they find anything wrong with them and turn them in to the mechanic for repair. We do not transport students on unsafe buses. ... We, as drivers, have to be on a bus. We want to be safe as well as our students.

Cowboy wrangles wisdom
EDITOR'S NOTE: This week The Augusta Chronicle is profiling people who have made a difference in the community during the past year.

Kid of the Day
Tracey Flowers, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Letters sent to 41 S.C. patients about tissue scandal
CHARLESTON -- At least 41 patients of Charleston-area hospitals have been notified that they may have received transplants of stolen human tissue in connection with a case in New York that involved workers at funeral homes taking parts from dead bodies.

Corrections
An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about retired IRS Agent Joel Ozburn incorrectly reported the name of Jeanette Garrison, the former owner of Healthmaster home health care corporation, who was convicted on federal charges of Medicare fraud in 1995.

Across Georgia
Coach jailed, resigns after kicking student

Georgia officials laud audit's timely release
ATLANTA - The state's auditing department released Georgia's 2005 financial report Thursday, months quicker than it has ever been completed since government money-minders began assembling the document in 1991.

Man killed in two-car collision identified
An Augusta man was killed tonight after the car he was riding in turned into the path of another vehicle at the intersection of Deans Bridge and Richmond Hill West roads.

Judge rules on early education
COLUMBIA - A circuit judge ruled Thursday that the state's system of funding education does not provide students in several rural school districts with the opportunity to receive a minimally adequate education because it does not sufficiently fund early childhood education.

Applications pour in for spirits

Rants and raves
I AM A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER. It is the bus drivers' responsibility to, pre-trip, inspect and write up buses if they find anything wrong with them and turn them in to the mechanic for repair. We do not transport students on unsafe buses. ... We, as drivers, have to be on a bus. We want to be safe as well as our students.

Abandoned house catches fire

Man sues, claiming lottery is misleading ticket buyers
CHARLESTON, S.C.- A Charleston County man has sued the state lottery for fraud, claiming false advertising caused him to buy scratch-off lottery tickets for prizes already claimed.

Corrections

Holiday events
These are events and activities occurring in the Augusta area for the New Year's holiday:

Lawmakers to debate education for illegals

At least 2 dogs die after eating contaminated food
AIKEN - At least two Aiken County dogs have died after eating Diamond Pet Foods that were contaminated with aflatoxin, a naturally occurring byproduct that grows on corn and other crops.

Welcome begins for 3rd Infantry

SRS: Report clears cleanup hurdle
AIKEN - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has blessed a strategy to bury lower levels of radioactive waste at Savannah River Site - an important step toward emptying 49 tanks that contain 36 million gallons of Cold War waste.

Holiday closings

MOX cost $2.5 billion more than expected
GREENVILLE, S.C. - A federal audit shows construction of a factory to convert weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for power plants will cost $2.5 billion more than expected.

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help

Woman charged in slaying
AIKEN - A 24-year-old Aiken woman is sitting in a Georgia jail on a murder charge, accused of stabbing her boyfriend four days before Christmas.

Judge admits mistake, resentences sex offender

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

74-year-old charged in shooting of son-in-law

Regulators asked to halt Augusta's canal strategy
Federal regulators should reject Augusta's plan to withdraw its application to relicense the Augusta Canal, according to a motion filed Thursday by the U.S. Interior Department.

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.

S. Carolina affirms 1st flu case
As South Carolina announced its first confirmed flu case of the season Thursday, others were gearing up to prevent future cases.

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

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

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.

Across South Carolina
Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

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 the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that his brother assaulted him with a metal object Thursday morning in the parking lot of the former Regency Mall, officials 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.

Years added to offender's term
Saying he had made a mistake the first time, a judge resentenced a Columbia County college student to four years in prison Thursday.

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.

Funds' allocations questioned
Environmental groups across Georgia are asking local politicians to help put the trust back in state trust funds established to clean up abandoned landfills and control erosion.

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.

On conservation's path
If there's a fine line between an environmentalist and a conservationist, Augusta's new mayor doesn't mind crossing it.

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.

Cowboy wrangles wisdom
EDITOR'S NOTE: This week The Augusta Chronicle is profiling people who have made a difference in the community during the past year.

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.

Georgia officials laud audit's timely release
ATLANTA - The state's auditing department released Georgia's 2005 financial report Thursday, months quicker than it has ever been completed since government money-minders began assembling the document in 1991.

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.

Judge rules on early education
COLUMBIA - A circuit judge ruled Thursday that the state's system of funding education does not provide students in several rural school districts with the opportunity to receive a minimally adequate education because it does not sufficiently fund early childhood education.

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.

Regulators asked to halt Augusta's canal strategy
Federal regulators should reject Augusta's plan to withdraw its application to relicense the Augusta Canal, according to a motion filed Thursday by the U.S. Interior Department.

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.

At least 2 dogs die after eating contaminated food
AIKEN - At least two Aiken County dogs have died after eating Diamond Pet Foods that were contaminated with aflatoxin, a naturally occurring byproduct that grows on corn and other crops.

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 sues, claiming lottery is misleading ticket buyers
CHARLESTON, S.C.- A Charleston County man has sued the state lottery for fraud, claiming false advertising caused him to buy scratch-off lottery tickets for prizes already claimed.

Across Georgia
Coach jailed, resigns after kicking student

Corrections
An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about retired IRS Agent Joel Ozburn incorrectly reported the name of Jeanette Garrison, the former owner of Healthmaster home health care corporation, who was convicted on federal charges of Medicare fraud in 1995.

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.

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

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.

Tiger should shatter all the records in his 30s
Take your shots now, people. Tiger Woods turned 30 years old today.

Tiger should shatter all the records in his 30s
Take your shots now, people. Tiger Woods turned 30 years old today.

311 films eligible for best picture Oscar
LOS ANGELES - Nominating ballots for the best picture Oscar were being mailed to the 5,798 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

311 films eligible for best picture Oscar

311 films eligible for best picture Oscar
LOS ANGELES - Nominating ballots for the best picture Oscar were being mailed to the 5,798 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

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

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.

'Brokeback Mountain' a quiet box office boon
LOS ANGELES - Who's afraid of a couple of gay cowboys?

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.

'Brokeback Mountain' a quiet box office boon

Dark Water now available on DVD

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.

'Brokeback Mountain' a quiet box office boon
LOS ANGELES - Who's afraid of a couple of gay cowboys?

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.

Mariah takes lead for year's best-selling album

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.

Mariah takes lead for year's best-selling album
NEW YORK - With the 2005 finish line in sight, Mariah Carey has inched past 50 Cent in the race for the year's best-selling album.

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.

Mariah takes lead for year's best-selling album
NEW YORK - With the 2005 finish line in sight, Mariah Carey has inched past 50 Cent in the race for the year's best-selling album.

Female rockers added rich tones in 2005

Singer walks his own path to success

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

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:

Sales surge puts country music on comeback trail

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.

Eclectic mix found in 2005

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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
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.

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

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: 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:

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 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:

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.

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.

Healing Dungy is back at work

Close losses key to Falcons' year

Bears-Vikings features subplots

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

Panthers' Smith fined $15,000 for bumping official

Struggling Favre undecided on next season

Progress is steady for Jags quarterback

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

Mr. Ronald Johnson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Rodney Bernard    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda Boland    (ANTIOCH, TN.)

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

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Roshal Alexander    (GRANTIEVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Johnny Pinkston, Jr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mozella Deloach    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald E. Travis    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl L. Sailers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Glenda Boland    (ANTIOCH, TN.)

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. Derrick D. Allen    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Cato    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William G. Allen    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie R. Bigham    (HEPZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Pinkston, Jr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William G. Allen    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Stewart, Jr.    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Stallings    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Roshal Alexander    (GRANTIEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Sause, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie R. Bigham    (HEPZIBAH, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie L. Newton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James William Cain    (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie McBride, Sr.    (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Earl L. Sailers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. June L. Love    (FERNANDINA BEACH, FL.)

Mr. Thomas Sause, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Donald E. Travis    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Smith    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Stallings    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie McBride, Sr.    (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. June L. Love    (FERNANDINA BEACH, FL.)

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Johnson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie Harris    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozella Deloach    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Bernard    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, 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. Johnny Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. William B. Cooper, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Pinkston, Jr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Cato    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie L. Newton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Peeples (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnny Pinkston, Jr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: James Edward Browning

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

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Horace Johnson (MARTIN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Mitchell Morgan (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Bernard (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Harris (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Cato (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marie Keel (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda Boland (ANTIOCH, TN.)

Mr. James William Cain (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Michelle McLester (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Johnson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Sause, Jr. (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Smith (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William B. Cooper, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie R. Bigham (HEPZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. June L. Love (FERNANDINA BEACH, FL.)

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

Mr. William Stewart, Jr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William G. Allen (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Davis (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Johnny Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Stallings (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Ms. Ruthie Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie McBride, Sr. (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnnie Battle (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mr. Donald E. Travis (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Earl L. Sailers (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Earnest Brigham (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Badke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozella Deloach (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Crawford (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Carrie L. Newton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Roshal Alexander (GRANTIEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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.

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.

Hedrick tunes up for Turin with 5,000 victory

Overtime

Armstrong: AP Male Athlete of the Year

Risky run puts Rahlves halfway there

Overtime

Area announcements

Rahlves leads downhill training again; Miller falls

Overtime
Baseball

Overtime
Baseball: Right-handers Ramon Ortiz and Tony Armas Jr. agreed to one-year deals Thursday with the Washington Nationals, who are piecing together a starting rotation.

Risky run puts Rahlves halfway there
BORMIO, Italy - Daron Rahlves waved two fingers while standing on the winner's podium.

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

Overtime
Baseball: Right-handers Ramon Ortiz and Tony Armas Jr. agreed to one-year deals Thursday with the Washington Nationals, who are piecing together a starting rotation.

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.

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.

Risky run puts Rahlves halfway there
BORMIO, Italy - Daron Rahlves waved two fingers while standing on the winner's podium.

Overtime
Baseball

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.

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
Prep basketball scores from around the area.

Prep Basketball Scores
Prep basketball scores from around the area.

Progress is steady for Jags quarterback
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich says his mending left ankle is getting better.

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.

Close losses key to Falcons' year
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The big difference between the 2005 Atlanta Falcons and last year's team is evident to tight end Alge Crumpler.

Close losses key to Falcons' year
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The big difference between the 2005 Atlanta Falcons and last year's team is evident to tight end Alge Crumpler.

Struggling Favre undecided on next season
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears offered proof Brett Favre has still got it: a 56-yard dart to wide receiver Donald Driver, putting the Packers in position for a last-minute comeback.

Struggling Favre undecided on next season
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears offered proof Brett Favre has still got it: a 56-yard dart to wide receiver Donald Driver, putting the Packers in position for a last-minute comeback.

Healing Dungy is back at work
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Dungy hugged his players, his assistant coaches and thanked the public for its support after returning to Indianapolis on Thursday. Then he went right back to work.

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?

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.

Healing Dungy is back at work
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Dungy hugged his players, his assistant coaches and thanked the public for its support after returning to Indianapolis on Thursday. Then he went right back to work.

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

Progress is steady for Jags quarterback
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich says his mending left ankle is getting better.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Post Happenings

Fashions will help charity

Symphony conducts fundraising drive

Scholarship

Auto dealership brightens woman's holidays

Across the river

Can you find?

Church supplies coats for children at school

For the record

Military milestones

Soldier, new wife enjoy holiday at home

Fat Man's Forest has become holiday tradition

Bank donates furniture to nonprofit organizations

Center's need for toys goes past holidays

Residents of Waverly enjoy natural beauty

Pet of the week

This week

Tiger should shatter all the records in his 30s

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

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 19-25. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

The 117th Rose Parade is ready for its close up

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.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 19-25. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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.

NBC gets ratings boost from 'Deal or No Deal'

NBC gets ratings boost from 'Deal or No Deal'
NEW YORK - In an otherwise quiet week of television, Howie Mandel channeled his inner Regis Philbin to help make NBC's "Deal or No Deal" a winner.

NBC gets ratings boost from 'Deal or No Deal'
NEW YORK - In an otherwise quiet week of television, Howie Mandel channeled his inner Regis Philbin to help make NBC's "Deal or No Deal" a winner.

Ratings for basic cable networks

Club calendar

People in the News

Applause calendar

Creator of Tiger comic strip dies at 87

Stuff to do

Supermodel wants to direct movie about herself

Concerts calendar

New Year's Eve celebrations will cater to all tastes

The top five list

People in the News

Galleries calendar

Spotted

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.

Harris has chance to make impression at receiver

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.

Gamecocks put focus on Tigers QB

Gamecocks put focus on Tigers QB
SHREVEPORT, La. - Missouri quarterback Brad Smith didn't exactly squirm as he fielded questions before today's Independence Bowl. He acknowledged he'd rather skip the spotlight before the game, however.

Gamecocks put focus on Tigers QB
SHREVEPORT, La. - Missouri quarterback Brad Smith didn't exactly squirm as he fielded questions before today's Independence Bowl. He acknowledged he'd rather skip the spotlight before the game, however.