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

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

Golf club clears tracts, won't elaborate on why

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.

Pension benefits concern pilots

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Man pleads guilty to unleashing attack on eBay

Retailers get their last-minute shopping surge

Business briefs

Delta pilots approve interim deal

Consumer confidence surges in December

A night to party

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Sugar Bowl looking for new title sponsor

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Broncos drop ball at home

Camps keep Guy's mind off hall vote

Bulldogs match win total from a year ago

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.

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

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

A golden opportunity

2005: The year in cartoons

Cracking that whip

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 ...
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
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.

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.

Where there's smoke ...

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The top five list
The top five in entertainment list.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

It's time to work in the yard

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.

Holiday shopping done? It's seed catalog time

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.

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

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.

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

Utes embarrass Yellow Jackets

Ranking on line for the 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?

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
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

Design doesn't appear that intelligent

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

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

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

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

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

Nature Conservancy expands southwest Ga. preserve

Living briefs

2005 in pictures

Strobe lights to scare fish away from power plant

Auto briefs

2006 Passat is anything but standard

Comforters require thoughtful shopping

FDA approves drug for rare bone marrow disorders

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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. .

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. .

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

News you can use
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

Kid of the Day

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.

Woman charged in slaying

Lawmakers to debate education for illegals

Across Georgia

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.

Years added to offender's term

Across Georgia
Coach jailed, resigns after kicking student

At least 2 dogs die after eating contaminated food

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

Corrections

Abandoned house catches fire

MOX cost $2.5 billion more than expected

New Year's Eve events

Judge rules on early education

Victims of fire weren't insured

On conservation's path

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.

S. Carolina affirms 1st flu case

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.

News you can use

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.

Cowboy wrangles wisdom

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 South Carolina

Kid of the Day

Holiday events

Across Georgia
Coach jailed, resigns after kicking student

SRS: Report clears cleanup hurdle

Corrections

Across the area

Gyms ready for stampede

Georgia officials laud audit's timely release

Welcome begins for 3rd Infantry

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Judge admits mistake, resentences sex offender

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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
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.

Funds' allocations questioned

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

North Augusta to buy 1.8 acres

Across South Carolina
Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

News you can use

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Holiday closings

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.

Three injured

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.

Across Georgia

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Across South Carolina
Vandals wreck lights displayed by charity

Across South Carolina
Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

Across the area
Woman saved from fire dies

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
Saying he had made a mistake the first time, a judge resentenced a Columbia County college student to four years in prison Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Regulators asked to halt Augusta's canal strategy

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.

Man sues, claiming lottery is misleading ticket buyers

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.

Across the area
Woman saved from fire dies

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).

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
Vandals wreck lights displayed by charity

MCG leads study on sickle cell treatment

Applications pour in for spirits

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.

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.

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

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.

Slick packaging, cool extras make releases a must-have

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
LOS ANGELES - Who's afraid of a couple of gay cowboys?

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?

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
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

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

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
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:

At 16, Chris Brown runs the charts

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.

Singer walks his own path to success

Eclectic mix found in 2005

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

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

Female rockers added rich tones in 2005

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.

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

Good live music does exist in Augusta

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

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.

Sales surge puts country music on comeback trail

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

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:

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.

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.

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

NASCAR Newsmaker

Sales manager chills out by racing trucks

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

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

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

NASCAR: Season in review

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

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

TV deal was on low end of scale

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

Panthers' Smith fined $15,000 for bumping official

Progress is steady for Jags quarterback

Struggling Favre undecided on next season

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

Bears-Vikings features subplots

Close losses key to Falcons' year

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozella Deloach    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Peeples    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Bernard    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Smith    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy L. Smalley    (THOMSON, 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. John A. Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnny Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James William Cain    (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda Boland    (ANTIOCH, TN.)

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

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

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

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul William Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (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. Delbert Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rodney Bernard    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozella Deloach    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Glenda Boland    (ANTIOCH, TN.)

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

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie Harris    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable (SPARTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: James Edward Browning

Ms. Beulah Bright (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Smith (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ivylyn Denham (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Mitchell Morgan (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie Harris (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James William Cain (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

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

Ms. Michelle McLester (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Johnny Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Johnnie Battle (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Paul William Kalney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Delbert Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Glenda Boland (ANTIOCH, TN.)

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ruthie Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Peeples (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mozella Deloach (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Bernard (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Risky run puts Rahlves halfway there

Armstrong: AP Male Athlete of the Year

Rahlves leads downhill training again; Miller falls

Overtime

Overtime

Area announcements

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Prep Basketball Scores
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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Fat Man's Forest has become holiday tradition

Post Happenings

Around the block

Bank donates furniture to nonprofit organizations

Military milestones

Symphony conducts fundraising drive

Across the river

Auto dealership brightens woman's holidays

Church supplies coats for children at school

Can you find?

Residents of Waverly enjoy natural beauty

For the record

Scholarship

Soldier, new wife enjoy holiday at home

Center's need for toys goes past holidays

Pet of the week

Fashions will help charity

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.

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.

Ratings for basic cable networks

The 117th Rose Parade is ready for its close up

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.

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.

New Year's Eve celebrations will cater to all tastes

Creator of Tiger comic strip dies at 87

People in the News

Concerts calendar

Club calendar

People in the News

Applause calendar

The top five list

Stuff to do

Supermodel wants to direct movie about herself

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
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.

Gamecocks put focus on Tigers QB