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
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

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

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.

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.

State lets bars stay open

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

Delta pilots approve interim deal

Pension benefits concern pilots

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TCU looking to prove itself against Iowa State

Atlanta turns into football mecca

Ohio State QB rebounds from suspension

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carroll laughs off BCS bravado

Huskers survive frantic final play

Virginia tops Minnesota in Music City Bowl

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:

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.

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

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:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Starting status uncertain for Alabama's DJ Hall

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

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

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.

How Texas and USC match up in the Rose Bowl

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.

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.

Bruins best Wildcats in wild one

Revenge is sweet again for Jaguars

Tigers' big rally shocks Jaguars

A golden opportunity

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.

The march toward socialism

Follow this rule to the letter

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
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.

Cracking that whip

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.

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.

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

Empty Stocking fills up

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.

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
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
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.

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

2005: The year in cartoons

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

Dow suffers its first down year since 2002

A topsy-turvy bonds may mean higher mortgage costs

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.

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

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.

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

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

It's time to work in the yard

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.

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

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

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.

Bowl blowout forces Jackets to recover

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

Utes embarrass Yellow Jackets

Bilbo catches four in bid to impress NFL

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

2005 in pictures

The top, bottom and side effects of hat hair

2006 Passat is anything but standard

Comforters require thoughtful shopping

Auto briefs

Living briefs

Storm forms, ties record for latest tropical 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Health plan to cover costs

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.

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

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.

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.

Holiday closings
Government and business closings for the News 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.

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

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Kid of the Day

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

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.

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.

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

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

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).

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.

New Year's Eve events

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

Regulators asked to halt Augusta's canal strategy

S. Carolina affirms 1st flu case

Cowboy wrangles wisdom

Judge rules on early education

Years added to offender's term

Corrections

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.

Woman charged in slaying

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

New vehicles will save county fuel

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Corrections
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.

News you can use

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

Holiday events

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

Funds' allocations questioned

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.

News you can use

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.

On conservation's path

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

MOX cost $2.5 billion more than expected

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

At least 2 dogs die after eating contaminated food

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Man sues, claiming lottery is misleading ticket buyers

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Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

Advocates pushing change in Ga. preschool programs

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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.

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
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.

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 closings

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.

Kid of the day

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

Across South Carolina

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

Police out in full force for holiday

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.

Fire service switch-over is now in effect

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

Donate today for tax break

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

Georgia hopes to fight obesity

Dimond sparkles for all of Augusta

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

Across 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.

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.

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

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

Across 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Sanford asks for disaster declaration

Across South Carolina
Charleston sues firm that built courthouse

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.

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.

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.

Midnight toast will have to be early for some

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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.

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

Woman is charged in teen's stabbing

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.

Warning letters go out to 41 patients

Georgia officials laud audit's timely release

Year's biggest stories get retold, updated

Across the area

Across Georgia
Hail, tornados cause damage to homes

SRS: Report clears cleanup hurdle

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.

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.

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.

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

311 films eligible for best picture Oscar

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

Country music on a comeback with sales surge

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
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.

2005 Year-end Billboard Music Charts

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

Mariah takes lead for year's best-selling album

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.

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.

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.

New Jersey Nets top Atlanta Hawks

Kobe Bryant suspended for two games

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
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.

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.

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

Close losses key to Falcons' year

Struggling Favre undecided on next season

Progress is steady for Jags quarterback

Saints headed back to Louisiana

Healing Dungy is back at work

Fantasy football: players to start, and to avoid

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ann Ogletree    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Ronald Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carolyn Synenberg    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Harris    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ben Collier Yarbrough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mickie Westin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John McCullough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mickie Westin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mrs. Gertrude Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Earnest Brigham    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Willie Smith    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Maude Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Ben Collier Yarbrough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John Ouzts, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marie Keel    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Howard Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Synenberg    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Mike Haner    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary T. Irving    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas W. Logan    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Horace Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Ann Ogletree    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Beauty Doyle    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pearl Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Johnnie Battle    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Ms. Beulah Bright    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lee Grable    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra L. Wright    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. James William Cain    (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Mitchell Morgan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas W. Logan    (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Ronald Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary T. Irving    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Haner    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Michelle McLester    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Howard Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie D. Huff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. June Morrison    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. June Morrison    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. James William Cain (LOUSIVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Howard Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Willie Smith (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile (APPLING, Ga.)

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Ronald Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Brigham (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Synenberg (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Elouise Feister (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Lee Grable (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Kenneth Gaither Faile (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ben Collier Yarbrough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Mitchell Morgan (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie Harris (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Beulah Bright (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Ms. Michelle McLester (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Kaitlyn Lee Ridenour (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Mike Haner (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. John McCullough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnny Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Ogletree (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. June Morrison (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Battle (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lois Badke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Badke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mickie Westin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beauty Doyle (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Donald E. Travis (WARRENTON, 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

Overtime

More females taking shot at ice hockey

Risky run puts Rahlves halfway there

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
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
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Supermodel wants to direct movie about herself

Creator of Tiger comic strip dies at 87

People in the News

Lawyer: Brad Renfro in drug rehab program

Entertainment 2005... what might have been

People in the News

The top five list

South Carolina loses to Missouri

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
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.

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

Faith calendar

Faith digest

Lesson in labyrinths will study their uses

Militant Islam's conflict with the West examined

Mormons look to future as they celebrate founder's birth

Faith helps sustain four families in difficult year

People focus on family time in order to attain happiness