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

Retailers get their last-minute shopping surge

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
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.

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.

Pension benefits concern pilots

Hershey settles lawsuit over book's cover

Delta pilots approve interim deal

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

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.

Consumer confidence surges in December

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

Man pleads guilty to unleashing attack on eBay

Business briefs

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
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.

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.

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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

Seminoles arrive in South Florida for Orange 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
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

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
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.

Huskers survive frantic final play

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.

Broncos drop ball at home

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.

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.

Camps keep Guy's mind off hall vote

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.

Cracking that whip

A new Destination

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.

Where there's smoke ...

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 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.

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

A golden opportunity

2005: The year in cartoons

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.

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 ...
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The top five list
The top five in entertainment list.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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
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.

The top five list
The top five in entertainment list.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fishing tournaments

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.

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.

Bass fishing improves with temperature

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.

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.

Holiday shopping done? It's seed catalog time

It's time to work in the yard

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.

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.

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
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.

Plants make a natural privacy screen

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.

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
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.

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

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

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
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.

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

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.

Prep Basketball Scores

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.

Carolina acquires former first-rounder, others in two trades

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!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FDA approves drug for rare bone marrow disorders

2006 Passat is anything but standard

Auto briefs

Comforters require thoughtful shopping

Strobe lights to scare fish away from power plant

Living briefs

2005 in pictures

Nature Conservancy expands southwest Ga. preserve

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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. .

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.

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.

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.

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

Across the area

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

Kid of the Day

Georgia officials laud audit's timely release

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.

Across the area

Holiday closings

Funds' allocations questioned

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.

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.

Regulators asked to halt Augusta's canal strategy

Across South Carolina
Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

Judge admits mistake, resentences sex offender

MCG leads study on sickle cell treatment

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Corrections

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

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.

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.

Lawmakers to debate education for illegals

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.

Dispatchers hear hurt, send help

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
Vandals wreck lights displayed by charity

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across the area
Woman saved from fire dies

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.

Across South Carolina
Vandals wreck lights displayed by charity

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.

Applications pour in for spirits

Across South Carolina
Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

Abandoned house catches fire

New Year's Eve events

North Augusta to buy 1.8 acres

Victims of fire weren't insured

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.

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.

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).

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.

Auto assembly plant would produce strong ripple effect

News you can use

Welcome begins for 3rd Infantry

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.

Gyms ready for stampede

Across Georgia

Three injured

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.

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

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.

He used numbers to catch criminals

Cowboy wrangles wisdom

Across South Carolina

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

SRS: Report clears cleanup hurdle

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

Man sues, claiming lottery is misleading ticket buyers

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.

Across Georgia

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.

At least 2 dogs die after eating contaminated food

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

Corrections

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.

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

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

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

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

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

Years added to offender's term

On conservation's path

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.

Holiday events

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Woman charged in slaying

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.

Across Georgia
Coach jailed, resigns after kicking student

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Across the area
Woman saved from fire dies

MOX cost $2.5 billion more than expected

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
Coach jailed, resigns after kicking student

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.

S. Carolina affirms 1st flu case

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.

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.

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.

New home-video releases

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Slick packaging, cool extras make releases a must-have

'Brokeback Mountain' a quiet box office boon

311 films eligible for best picture Oscar

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

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.

Female rockers added rich tones in 2005

Mariah takes lead for year's best-selling album

Sales surge puts country music on comeback trail

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:

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

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
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

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.

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.

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

Good live music does exist in Augusta

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.

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.

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:

Eclectic mix found in 2005

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.

At 16, Chris Brown runs the charts

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.

Singer walks his own path to success

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.

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.

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

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.

NASCAR Newsmaker

TV deal was on low end of scale

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.

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
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

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 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.

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.

Bears-Vikings features subplots

Healing Dungy is back at work

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

Struggling Favre undecided on next season

Progress is steady for Jags quarterback

Panthers' Smith fined $15,000 for bumping official

Close losses key to Falcons' year

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rodney Bernard    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda Boland    (ANTIOCH, TN.)

Mrs. Susie Harris    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozella Deloach    (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnny Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Willie Smith    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. William B. Cooper, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, 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. James E. Browning    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. James William Cain    (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozella Deloach    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rodney Bernard    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Glenda Boland    (ANTIOCH, TN.)

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, 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.

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

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mozella Deloach (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Beulah Bright (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda Boland (ANTIOCH, TN.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Smith (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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Hedrick tunes up for Turin with 5,000 victory

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.

Overtime

Rahlves leads downhill training again; Miller falls

Area announcements

Risky run puts Rahlves halfway there

Overtime

Armstrong: AP Male Athlete of the Year

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: 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.

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.

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.

Overtime
Baseball

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

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.

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.

Prep Basketball Scores
Prep basketball scores from around the area.

Prep Basketball Scores
Prep basketball scores from around the area.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Fashions will help charity

Military milestones

Bank donates furniture to nonprofit organizations

For the record

Across the river

Residents of Waverly enjoy natural beauty

Around the block

Center's need for toys goes past holidays

Post Happenings

This week

Fat Man's Forest has become holiday tradition

Auto dealership brightens woman's holidays

Pet of the week

Symphony conducts fundraising drive

Church supplies coats for children at school

Can you find?

Soldier, new wife enjoy holiday at home

Scholarship

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.

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

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

NBC gets ratings boost from 'Deal or No Deal'

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'
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.

People in the News

Club calendar

Spotted

Galleries calendar

The top five list

Stuff to do

Concerts calendar

New Year's Eve celebrations will cater to all tastes

Applause calendar

People in the News

Creator of Tiger comic strip dies at 87

Supermodel wants to direct movie about herself

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
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

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.