Man photographs world's oldest people
BOSTON - It was minus-26 degrees - the dead of winter in Mongolia - when Jerry Friedman stepped off a plane in Ulan Bator and resumed his search for the oldest people on Earth.

Man photographs world's oldest people

Man photographs world's oldest people
BOSTON - It was minus-26 degrees - the dead of winter in Mongolia - when Jerry Friedman stepped off a plane in Ulan Bator and resumed his search for the oldest people on Earth.

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

Visitors bureau pays for services
Columbia County's contract with the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau ends today, but the county isn't completely walking away from the table.

Visitors bureau pays for services

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.

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.

Pension benefits concern pilots

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.

Visitors bureau pays for services
Columbia County's contract with the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau ends today, but the county isn't completely walking away from the table.

A night to party

State lets bars stay open

Delta pilots approve interim deal

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clemson's coach sees season half full
There's no doubt what Clemson coach Tommy Bowden will take from this season - and it's not regrets about several near misses that could've turned a stellar year into a championship one.

Clemson's coach sees season half full

Clemson's coach sees season half full
There's no doubt what Clemson coach Tommy Bowden will take from this season - and it's not regrets about several near misses that could've turned a stellar year into a championship one.

Bruins best Wildcats in wild one
EL PASO, Texas - Brandon Breazell returned two onside kicks for touchdowns, and Drew Olson recovered from an awful first quarter by throwing three touchdown passes, leading No. 17 UCLA to a 50-38 win over Northwestern in the Sun Bowl on Friday.

Carroll laughs off BCS bravado

TCU looking to prove itself against Iowa State
HOUSTON - TCU won 10 games and the Mountain West Conference championship, then was snubbed by the BCS.

How Texas and USC match up in the Rose Bowl
Top-ranked Southern California and No. 2 Texas play for the national championship in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night. Here's how the Trojans and Longhorns stack up:

Atlanta turns into football mecca

Ohio State QB rebounds from suspension
TEMPE, Ariz. - Of course, the questions kept coming at Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.

Carroll laughs off BCS bravado
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - For a good laugh, ask Pete Carroll what he thinks of the Bowl Championship Series. Then sit back and enjoy.

TCU looking to prove itself against Iowa State
HOUSTON - TCU won 10 games and the Mountain West Conference championship, then was snubbed by the BCS.

TCU looking to prove itself against Iowa State

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.

LSU trounces Miami in Peach Bowl

Bruins best Wildcats in wild one

How Texas and USC match up in the Rose Bowl
Top-ranked Southern California and No. 2 Texas play for the national championship in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night. Here's how the Trojans and Longhorns stack up:

Virginia tops Minnesota in Music City Bowl

Ohio State QB rebounds from suspension
TEMPE, Ariz. - Of course, the questions kept coming at Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.

Another Leaf gets burnt in San Diego
SAN DIEGO - Brady Leaf was closing in on being the big star of the Holiday Bowl on the same field where older brother Ryan had so many meltdowns.

Another Leaf gets burnt in San Diego
SAN DIEGO - Brady Leaf was closing in on being the big star of the Holiday Bowl on the same field where older brother Ryan had so many meltdowns.

Bruins best Wildcats in wild one
EL PASO, Texas - Brandon Breazell returned two onside kicks for touchdowns, and Drew Olson recovered from an awful first quarter by throwing three touchdown passes, leading No. 17 UCLA to a 50-38 win over Northwestern in the Sun Bowl on Friday.

LSU trounces Miami in Peach Bowl
ATLANTA - Matt Flynn did so well in his first start, the Peach Bowl turned into 60 minutes of fun for No. 10 LSU.

Carroll laughs off BCS bravado
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - For a good laugh, ask Pete Carroll what he thinks of the Bowl Championship Series. Then sit back and enjoy.

Starting status uncertain for Alabama's DJ Hall

LSU trounces Miami in Peach Bowl
ATLANTA - Matt Flynn did so well in his first start, the Peach Bowl turned into 60 minutes of fun for No. 10 LSU.

Another Leaf gets burnt in San Diego

Atlanta turns into football mecca
ATLANTA - Playing three football games in four days at one site has brought a hectic but partylike atmosphere to the city that hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Huskers survive frantic final play

How Texas and USC match up in the Rose Bowl

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.

Virginia tops Minnesota in Music City Bowl
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Virginia had a distracting December with four coaches departing for new jobs. Marques Hagans and his fellow Cavaliers got their focus back in the Music City Bowl.

Starting status uncertain for Alabama's DJ Hall
DALLAS - The first-team status of Alabama's leading receiver, DJ Hall, is uncertain for the Cotton Bowl - another potential blow to a struggling corps.

Virginia tops Minnesota in Music City Bowl
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Virginia had a distracting December with four coaches departing for new jobs. Marques Hagans and his fellow Cavaliers got their focus back in the Music City Bowl.

Starting status uncertain for Alabama's DJ Hall
DALLAS - The first-team status of Alabama's leading receiver, DJ Hall, is uncertain for the Cotton Bowl - another potential blow to a struggling corps.

Atlanta turns into football mecca
ATLANTA - Playing three football games in four days at one site has brought a hectic but partylike atmosphere to the city that hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Ohio State QB rebounds from suspension

Revenge is sweet again for Jaguars

Tigers' big rally shocks Jaguars

The march toward socialism
How far down the road of socialism has America traveled? Very far, if you look at the reaction of liberals to the effort by the GOP-led Congress to reduce the growth of entitlement spending - not to cut real spending, mind you, but simply to slow it down a tiny bit.

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.

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.

Empty Stocking fills up

Cracking that whip

Follow this rule to the letter

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.

Empty Stocking fills up
What wonderful, generous people we have living in the CSRA. After contributing so much to help out victims of the deadly East Asia tsunami; hurricanes Katrina and Selma; terrible earthquakes; and other global disasters, there were concerns that our readers, like many Americans, would be hung over with charity fatigue - and that The Augusta Chronicle's annual Empty Stocking Fund might not raise as much money as usual.

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

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.

The march toward socialism

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

Follow this rule to the letter
What tells you more about a restaurant's cleanliness, sanitation and food safety - a grade of 85 or a grade of "B"? The Georgia Department of Human Resources, at the prompting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, says the letter grade provides more meaningful information.

Follow this rule to the letter
What tells you more about a restaurant's cleanliness, sanitation and food safety - a grade of 85 or a grade of "B"? The Georgia Department of Human Resources, at the prompting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, says the letter grade provides more meaningful information.

A golden opportunity

The march toward socialism
How far down the road of socialism has America traveled? Very far, if you look at the reaction of liberals to the effort by the GOP-led Congress to reduce the growth of entitlement spending - not to cut real spending, mind you, but simply to slow it down a tiny bit.

Empty Stocking fills up
What wonderful, generous people we have living in the CSRA. After contributing so much to help out victims of the deadly East Asia tsunami; hurricanes Katrina and Selma; terrible earthquakes; and other global disasters, there were concerns that our readers, like many Americans, would be hung over with charity fatigue - and that The Augusta Chronicle's annual Empty Stocking Fund might not raise as much money as usual.

2005: The year in cartoons

Lawyer: Brad Renfro in drug rehab program
LOS ANGELES - Brad Renfro had his arraignment on a drug charge postponed Friday because he has entered a full-time drug rehabilitation program, his lawyer said.

The top five list
The top five in entertainment list.

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.

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

People in the News
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.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - So how is "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson planning to celebrate New Year's Eve?

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.

Entertainment 2005... what might have been
NEW YORK - It may not have been evident at the time, but when Tom Cruise was leaping up and down on Oprah Winfrey's couch, he was like a piston, churning the wheels of fate.

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.

Lawyer: Brad Renfro in drug rehab program
LOS ANGELES - Brad Renfro had his arraignment on a drug charge postponed Friday because he has entered a full-time drug rehabilitation program, his lawyer said.

The top five list
The top five in entertainment list.

Entertainment 2005... what might have been
NEW YORK - It may not have been evident at the time, but when Tom Cruise was leaping up and down on Oprah Winfrey's couch, he was like a piston, churning the wheels of fate.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - So how is "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson planning to celebrate New Year's Eve?

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.

A topsy-turvy bonds may mean higher mortgage costs
NEW YORK - The bond market turned upside down this week in a move that may end up costing many people more to buy a home.

Dow suffers its first down year since 2002
NEW YORK - Investors marked the last trading day of 2005 Friday with the same conundrum they faced all year - trying to find a good reason to buy stocks and coming up short. Stocks fell to their December lows, and the Dow Jones industrials finished the year with a loss.

A topsy-turvy bonds may mean higher mortgage costs
NEW YORK - The bond market turned upside down this week in a move that may end up costing many people more to buy a home.

A topsy-turvy bonds may mean higher mortgage costs

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

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.

Dow suffers its first down year since 2002

Dow suffers its first down year since 2002
NEW YORK - Investors marked the last trading day of 2005 Friday with the same conundrum they faced all year - trying to find a good reason to buy stocks and coming up short. Stocks fell to their December lows, and the Dow Jones industrials finished the year with a loss.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Ga. Tech has bitter finish to another 7-5 finish
ATLANTA - The latest of Georgia Tech's four straight seven-win seasons under coach Chan Gailey has left a more bitter aftertaste than the others.

Ga. Tech has bitter finish to another 7-5 finish
ATLANTA - The latest of Georgia Tech's four straight seven-win seasons under coach Chan Gailey has left a more bitter aftertaste than the others.

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

Bowl blowout forces Jackets to recover
SAN FRANCISCO - Their college football careers weren't supposed to end like this.

Bowl blowout forces Jackets to recover
SAN FRANCISCO - Their college football careers weren't supposed to end like this.

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

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

Ga. Tech has bitter finish to another 7-5 finish

Bilbo catches four in bid to impress NFL

Utes embarrass Yellow Jackets

Bowl blowout forces Jackets to recover

Byrnes stars head up AP All-State team in S.C.

Prep Basketball Scores

Byrnes stars head up AP All-State team in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - When you're talking offense and South Carolina high schools, there's only one place to turn - four-time state champion Byrnes High.

Byrnes stars head up AP All-State team in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - When you're talking offense and South Carolina high schools, there's only one place to turn - four-time state champion Byrnes High.

Looking ahead to NHL in 2006
Because the lockout wiped out all but three months of last season, the NHL has little reason to look back on 2005.

Looking ahead to NHL in 2006
Because the lockout wiped out all but three months of last season, the NHL has little reason to look back on 2005.

Looking ahead to NHL in 2006

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!"

Surveillance tactics imperil democracy

Surveillance tactics imperil democracy
President Bush insists we are at war, and he can spy on individuals in this country without a warrant from a judge. He claims he can break the usual law because he is commander in chief. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Celebrate black achievement all year
Film superstar Morgan Freeman, who was recently interviewed on CBS' 60 Minutes TV program, was correct about his assessment of Black History Month. E. Maner, Augusta

Celebrate black achievement all year

Bush fights to dominate Latin America
I cannot imagine in my wildest thoughts that, in my lifetime, I will ever see the U.S. hegemony in Latin America coming to an end. Five years of President Bush's administration made this possible. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

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

Bush fights to dominate Latin America

Don't walk all over religious belief

Surveillance tactics imperil democracy
President Bush insists we are at war, and he can spy on individuals in this country without a warrant from a judge. He claims he can break the usual law because he is commander in chief. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Bush fights to dominate Latin America
I cannot imagine in my wildest thoughts that, in my lifetime, I will ever see the U.S. hegemony in Latin America coming to an end. Five years of President Bush's administration made this possible. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Celebrate black achievement all year
Film superstar Morgan Freeman, who was recently interviewed on CBS' 60 Minutes TV program, was correct about his assessment of Black History Month. E. Maner, Augusta

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

Living briefs

2005 in pictures

2006 Passat is anything but standard

The top, bottom and side effects of hat hair

Comforters require thoughtful shopping

Auto briefs

Storm forms, ties record for latest tropical storm

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

The top, bottom and side effects of hat hair
NEW YORK - Hats are as much a part of a winter survival kit as boots or gloves, but those latter pieces don't really have side effects. Hats do.

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.

Storm forms, ties record for latest tropical storm
MIAMI - In a surprising but nonthreatening curtain call to the Atlantic's busiest-ever hurricane season, Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the open ocean Friday, trying a record for the latest-developing named storm.

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:

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

Storm forms, ties record for latest tropical storm
MIAMI - In a surprising but nonthreatening curtain call to the Atlantic's busiest-ever hurricane season, Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the open ocean Friday, trying a record for the latest-developing named storm.

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

The top, bottom and side effects of hat hair
NEW YORK - Hats are as much a part of a winter survival kit as boots or gloves, but those latter pieces don't really have side effects. Hats do.

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.

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

Lynx continue struggles
Not even the scoreboard was working right for the Augusta Lynx.

Lynx continue struggles

Lynx continue struggles
Not even the scoreboard was working right for the Augusta Lynx.

Teen found dead in Jackson
Police are investigating the shooting death of a 16-year-old male whose body was found Friday near his Jackson residence -- the first homicide in the town in seven years, officials said.

Across Georgia

Health plan to cover costs
COLUMBIA - Resolved to quit smoking in 2006? The state of South Carolina just might help.

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).

Police out in full force for holiday

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.

New Year's Eve events
music and food: Crossroads will perform at 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 63, 90 Milledge Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Admission costs $20. For more information, call 733-5184.

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.

Advocates pushing change in Ga. preschool programs
Looking for a four-star place in Georgia soon could mean more than searching through hotels and restaurants. It might be something parents seek when looking for good child care.

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.

Midnight toast will have to be early for some

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.

Woman charged in slaying

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.

Year's biggest stories get retold, updated
Jan. 1 - The investigation into the theft of an office safe from the Veracruz Mexican Restaurant on Stevens Creek Road took an extraordinary turn when Richmond County sheriff's investigators announced they had recovered $400,000 in cash from five suspects arrested in the crime.

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 vehicles will save county fuel
In the future, Columbia County won't be trucking down the road the same as it has in the past.

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.

Year's biggest stories get retold, updated
Jan. 1 - The investigation into the theft of an office safe from the Veracruz Mexican Restaurant on Stevens Creek Road took an extraordinary turn when Richmond County sheriff's investigators announced they had recovered $400,000 in cash from five suspects arrested in the crime.

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.

Georgia hopes to fight obesity
Georgia lawmakers should clone Katie Scarborough or at least find a way to copy her determination. About a year ago, 16-year-old Katie turned off the cartoons and started going to the gym.

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.

Across South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON - North Charleston City Council has approved accepting an $8.5 million loan repayment from the company working with the city on a major redevelopment project.

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.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A University of Georgia-bound coal train derailed Thursday morning at a grade crossing, closing a newly reopened street.

Across South Carolina
Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

Man sues, claiming lottery is misleading ticket buyers

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

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

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.

Fire service switch-over is now in effect
Today is the day. This is the day a new fire service structure begins in Columbia County.

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

Woman is charged in teen's stabbing
Richmond County sheriff's deputies jailed a woman who they said stabbed her teenage boyfriend, then charged her with child molestation for having a sexual relationship with him while he was under the age of consent, officials said Friday.

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

Kid of the day
Ronald L. Norwood III of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

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 closings
Government and business closings for the News Year's holiday.

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.

New Year's Eve events
music and food: Crossroads will perform at 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 63, 90 Milledge Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Admission costs $20. For more information, call 733-5184.

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.

Donate today for tax break
Paul Carroll loaded up his SUV after cleaning out his closets and headed to the Salvation Army on Friday.

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 the area
An Augusta man was killed Friday night 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.

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.

Advocates pushing change in Ga. preschool programs

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.

Fire service switch-over is now in effect
Today is the day. This is the day a new fire service structure begins in Columbia County.

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.

News you can use

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 South Carolina

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.

Georgia hopes to fight obesity

Dimond sparkles for all of Augusta

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.

At least 2 dogs die after eating contaminated food

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.

Years added to offender's term

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.

Sanford asks for disaster declaration

Across South Carolina
Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

Sanford asks for disaster declaration
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford has asked President Bush to declare a disaster in seven Upstate counties affected by the Dec. 15 ice storm.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Dimond sparkles for all of Augusta
Those who meet Edythe Dimond quickly realize she is no ordinary woman.

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Georgia hopes to fight obesity
Georgia lawmakers should clone Katie Scarborough or at least find a way to copy her determination. About a year ago, 16-year-old Katie turned off the cartoons and started going to the gym.

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.

Donate today for tax break
Paul Carroll loaded up his SUV after cleaning out his closets and headed to the Salvation Army on Friday.

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.

Police out in full force for holiday
Local law enforcement want New Year's Eve revelers to party the night away in a safe and responsible manner.

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.

Advocates pushing change in Ga. preschool programs
Looking for a four-star place in Georgia soon could mean more than searching through hotels and restaurants. It might be something parents seek when looking for good child care.

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

Midnight toast will have to be early for some
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Some partygoers could find themselves raising empty glasses to ring in the new year because of blue laws that prohibit alcohol sales on Sunday.

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.

Warning letters go out to 41 patients
CHARLESTON, S.C. - At least 41 patients of Charleston-area hospitals have been notified that they might 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
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.

Police out in full force for holiday
Local law enforcement want New Year's Eve revelers to party the night away in a safe and responsible manner.

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.

Dimond sparkles for all of Augusta
Those who meet Edythe Dimond quickly realize she is no ordinary woman.

Health plan to cover costs

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

Across the area
An Augusta man was killed Friday night 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.

Woman is charged in teen's stabbing
Richmond County sheriff's deputies jailed a woman who they said stabbed her teenage boyfriend, then charged her with child molestation for having a sexual relationship with him while he was under the age of consent, officials said Friday.

Midnight toast will have to be early for some
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Some partygoers could find themselves raising empty glasses to ring in the new year because of blue laws that prohibit alcohol sales on Sunday.

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

New Year's Eve events

Year's biggest stories get retold, updated

Across the area

Across the area

Regulators asked to halt Augusta's canal strategy

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A University of Georgia-bound coal train derailed Thursday morning at a grade crossing, closing a newly reopened street.

Across South Carolina

New vehicles will save county fuel
In the future, Columbia County won't be trucking down the road the same as it has in the past.

Funds' allocations questioned

Kid of the day
Ronald L. Norwood III of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Cowboy wrangles wisdom

Warning letters go out to 41 patients

News you can use

Holiday closings

Woman is charged in teen's stabbing

Donate today for tax break

SRS: Report clears cleanup hurdle

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Holiday events

Fire service switch-over is now in effect

S. Carolina affirms 1st flu case

Across South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON - North Charleston City Council has approved accepting an $8.5 million loan repayment from the company working with the city on a major redevelopment project.

On conservation's path

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.

Judge rules on early education

New vehicles will save county fuel

MOX cost $2.5 billion more than expected

Corrections

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.

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.

Warning letters go out to 41 patients
CHARLESTON, S.C. - At least 41 patients of Charleston-area hospitals have been notified that they might have received transplants of stolen human tissue in connection with a case in New York that involved workers at funeral homes taking parts from dead bodies.

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

Sanford asks for disaster declaration
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford has asked President Bush to declare a disaster in seven Upstate counties affected by the Dec. 15 ice storm.

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Georgia officials laud audit's timely release

Health plan to cover costs
COLUMBIA - Resolved to quit smoking in 2006? The state of South Carolina just might help.

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

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

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

'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.

'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

'Brokeback Mountain' a quiet box office boon

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.

2005 Year-end Billboard Music Charts
What's hot on the Billboard Music Charts.

Country music on a comeback with sales surge
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.

Country music on a comeback with sales surge

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.

2005 Year-end Billboard Music Charts
What's hot on the Billboard Music Charts.

2005 Year-end Billboard Music Charts

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

Mariah takes lead for year's best-selling album

New Jersey Nets top Atlanta Hawks

Kobe Bryant suspended for two games
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was suspended for two games without pay Friday for elbowing Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies in the throat.

New Jersey Nets top Atlanta Hawks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Vince Carter scored 37 points and reserve guard Jacque Vaughn had six late in the fourth quarter as the New Jersey Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 99-91 Friday night for their eighth straight victory.

Kobe Bryant suspended for two games

Kobe Bryant suspended for two games
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was suspended for two games without pay Friday for elbowing Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies in the throat.

New Jersey Nets top Atlanta Hawks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Vince Carter scored 37 points and reserve guard Jacque Vaughn had six late in the fourth quarter as the New Jersey Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 99-91 Friday night for their eighth straight victory.

Tigers' big rally shocks Jaguars
Greg Wilson called it one of the most disheartening games he's ever coached at Augusta State.

Tigers' big rally shocks Jaguars
Greg Wilson called it one of the most disheartening games he's ever coached at Augusta State.

Revenge is sweet again for Jaguars
Augusta State's season of paybacks continued Friday evening.

Revenge is sweet again for Jaguars
Augusta State's season of paybacks continued Friday evening.

Healing Dungy is back at work

Saints headed back to Louisiana

Progress is steady for Jags quarterback

Close losses key to Falcons' year

Struggling Favre undecided on next season

Fantasy football: players to start, and to avoid

Mrs. Mickie Westin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. Sammie Brant, Sr.    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Iris G. Burgess    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ben Collier Yarbrough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. James R. Dunstan, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. David G. Fikes, Jr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Ms. Cornelia Grice    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Mike Haner    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas W. Logan    (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. June Morrison    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Ann Ogletree    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter A. Reiser, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carolyn Synenberg    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joanne S. Wates    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Sammie Brant, Sr.    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mickie Westin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iris G. Burgess    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ann Ogletree    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ben Collier Yarbrough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joanne S. Wates    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mr. Howard Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James R. Dunstan, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. David G. Fikes, Jr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Cornelia Grice    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Mike Haner    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Harris    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary T. Irving    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas W. Logan    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. June Morrison    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. James William Cain    (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Walter A. Reiser, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Carolyn Synenberg    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Smith    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary T. Irving    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Susie Harris (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. James R. Dunstan, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Walter A. Reiser, Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Carolyn Synenberg (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Joanne S. Wates (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mr. Mitchell Morgan (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. David G. Fikes, Jr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ben Collier Yarbrough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas W. Logan (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Johnnie Battle (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. June Morrison (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Iris G. Burgess (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Mickie Westin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James William Cain (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Michelle McLester (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Sammie Brant, Sr. (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Haner (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Ann Ogletree (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary T. Irving (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lois Badke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Cornelia Grice (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Willie Smith (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Badke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

No ifs about it: Bloom an Olympian

No ifs about it: Bloom an Olympian
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - In a sport filled with lots of bumps, jumps, ice and ifs, the closest thing to a sure thing over the past 12 months has been a football player.

No ifs about it: Bloom an Olympian
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - In a sport filled with lots of bumps, jumps, ice and ifs, the closest thing to a sure thing over the past 12 months has been a football player.

Overtime

More females taking shot at ice hockey

Overtime

Risky run puts Rahlves halfway there

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

More females taking shot at ice hockey
NEWINGTON, Conn. - Sarah Appleton is hard-pressed to remember a time growing up when she didn't play hockey with boys.

Overtime
The USC Aiken men made just eight field goals in the first half and couldn't rally in the second half, falling 81-67 on Friday night to Armstrong Atlantic State in Peach Belt Conference action.

More females taking shot at ice hockey
NEWINGTON, Conn. - Sarah Appleton is hard-pressed to remember a time growing up when she didn't play hockey with boys.

Overtime
The USC Aiken men made just eight field goals in the first half and couldn't rally in the second half, falling 81-67 on Friday night to Armstrong Atlantic State in Peach Belt Conference action.

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.

Prep Basketball Scores
Prep basketball scores from around the area.

Prep Basketball Scores
Prep basketball scores from around the area.

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.

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

Fantasy football: players to start, and to avoid
For fantasy football leagues playing their championship game in the final week of the NFL regular season, one huge question looms: Who cares?

Fantasy football: players to start, and to avoid
For fantasy football leagues playing their championship game in the final week of the NFL regular season, one huge question looms: Who cares?

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.

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.

Saints headed back to Louisiana
SAN ANTONIO - The New Orleans Saints will return to Louisiana in 2006, that much seems certain. Exactly when and where they will play games gets a little fuzzier.

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.

Saints headed back to Louisiana
SAN ANTONIO - The New Orleans Saints will return to Louisiana in 2006, that much seems certain. Exactly when and where they will play games gets a little fuzzier.

Lesson in labyrinths will study their uses
Labyrinths, prayer aids known to medieval Christians, can come in all sizes and shapes. Daria Woodside even has a cloth one she can fold up and tuck into a pocket.

People focus on family time in order to attain happiness
On cool winter nights, Jay and Kim Willingham and their three children gather around a fire pit in their Martinez yard to toast marshmallows. On warm days, they enjoy kayaking because it is less fuss and a little slower than boating, according to Mrs. Willingham.

Faith digest
The Christian Social Association for single adults will see the New Year in with DJ Roy Hayes starting at 8 tonight at Westside High School, 1002 Patriots Way. Admission is $12 for members and $15 for others and includes refreshments, party favors and dance lessons from 7-8 p.m. Call 737-4944.

Faith helps sustain four families in difficult year
To hopeful hearts, the stroke of midnight on the last night of the year opens the door to new challenges and possibilities.

Faith helps sustain four families in difficult year
To hopeful hearts, the stroke of midnight on the last night of the year opens the door to new challenges and possibilities.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Militant Islam's conflict with the West examined
The No. 1 religious theme of 2005 - and presumably for 2006 and years beyond - is the faceoff between militant Islam and Western civilization, with its scriptural Jewish and Christian heritage.

Lesson in labyrinths will study their uses
Labyrinths, prayer aids known to medieval Christians, can come in all sizes and shapes. Daria Woodside even has a cloth one she can fold up and tuck into a pocket.

People focus on family time in order to attain happiness
On cool winter nights, Jay and Kim Willingham and their three children gather around a fire pit in their Martinez yard to toast marshmallows. On warm days, they enjoy kayaking because it is less fuss and a little slower than boating, according to Mrs. Willingham.

Mormons look to future as they celebrate founder's birth
SALT LAKE CITY - Though The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is one of the world's fastest-growing religions - though 120 million copies of the Book of Mormon are in print - believers still endure suggestions by mainstream churches that they are not authentically Christian.

Faith digest
The Christian Social Association for single adults will see the New Year in with DJ Roy Hayes starting at 8 tonight at Westside High School, 1002 Patriots Way. Admission is $12 for members and $15 for others and includes refreshments, party favors and dance lessons from 7-8 p.m. Call 737-4944.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Mormons look to future as they celebrate founder's birth
SALT LAKE CITY - Though The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is one of the world's fastest-growing religions - though 120 million copies of the Book of Mormon are in print - believers still endure suggestions by mainstream churches that they are not authentically Christian.

Militant Islam's conflict with the West examined
The No. 1 religious theme of 2005 - and presumably for 2006 and years beyond - is the faceoff between militant Islam and Western civilization, with its scriptural Jewish and Christian heritage.

Tiger should shatter all the records in his 30s

NBC gets ratings boost from 'Deal or No Deal'

Ratings for basic cable networks

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.

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
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.

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South Carolina loses to Missouri
SHREVEPORT, La. - South Carolina's game plan of keeping Brad Smith in check worked great - for a half, anyway.

South Carolina loses to Missouri
SHREVEPORT, La. - South Carolina's game plan of keeping Brad Smith in check worked great - for a half, anyway.

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.

South Carolina loses to Missouri

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.

Faith calendar

People focus on family time in order to attain happiness

Faith helps sustain four families in difficult year

Militant Islam's conflict with the West examined

Lesson in labyrinths will study their uses

Faith digest

Mormons look to future as they celebrate founder's birth