Police officers warn about gang intrusion
Aiken youths disagreed with a presentation about gang awareness given by officers of the Orangeburg (S.C.) Police Department on Tuesday.

Voices from the street
What was your favorite christmas toy as a child?

Spotted in Carolina
For more photos, log on to The Augusta Chronicle's blog at spotted.augusta.com.

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

In pictures
A horse from Dogwood Stable balks as it approaches the starting gate at the Aiken Training Track after finishing a brisk morning workout. Young race horses are often reluctant to enter the gates.

Young actors enjoy outdoor performance
There was snow in North Augusta's Maude Edenfield Park on Saturday as members of the Creative Acting Students' Theater presented Frosty the Snowman.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens.

Events
Camping reservations for coastal state parks should be made by telephone, mail or in person at least 14 days before occupancy dates for a minimum of four nights during the week or three nights on weekends.

Meetings
Aiken Toastmasters meets at 6:45 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center.

Holidays can be a bountiful season for burglars
Carolers aren't the only ones who visit homes during the holidays. Thieves often take advantage of a homeowner's absence at this time of year, officials warn.

Calendar
Stitches from the Heart is seeking volunteers to knit, crochet blankets.

Correction
Marshall Cain, a member of the Hopelands Gardens band shell committee, was misidentified in a front-page article in the Dec. 3 edition of the Carolina Chronicle. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Recycling briefs
City of North Augusta Recycling Center, 101 Clay Pit Road, takes newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles and milk jugs, glass and tin cans.

Athlete Spotlight: Taylor Staten
While many of her classmates are undecided about what they will do after graduating in the spring, Taylor Staten already has determined her future.

Across the river
Auditions for Guys and Dolls will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100. Actors, singers and dancers are needed.

In our community
Judy Parker Keit is the coordinator of volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program.

Carolina rants and raves
HERE IS A TEST for South Carolina and Georgia drivers. There is a white line painted at every intersection because: (a) there was an abundance of white paint; (b) somebody needed something to do; (c) it looks good; (d) I should not cross it so I will not obstruct traffic flow.

Five questions with Coleen Reed
Coleen Reed is the event coordinator for the Farmers Market. Holly Days are being held each Saturday in December from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or until produce is sold out.

SPCA sees decline in number of strays brought in
Clamping down on pet surrenders has paid off for the city. A few weeks after changing the guidelines for Aiken residents dropping off stray animals, authorities are barking about how the number has dropped by half.

Around the block
The Brig. Gen. Barnard E. Bee Camp 1575, Sons of Confederate Veterans monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bobby's Bar-B-Q Buffet and Catering, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville.

Reunions
The Aiken High School Class of 1977 is seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2007.

Where we worship
The Rev. Todd W. Smith is the pastor of Southside Free Will Baptist Church in Aiken.

Museum brings Aiken's history into classrooms
An hour in a multipurpose room transported J.D. Lever Elementary School pupils back in time - more than 150 years.

Augusta Prep junior scores in role
Last year marked a new beginning for the Augusta Prep girls basketball program - and an Aiken teen is key to the rebuilding.

Library calendar
Addresses, phone numbers, operating hours and events for libraries serving the Aiken County area.

Holiday camp will keep children entertained
Fort Discovery will hold a five-day camp for elementary school children during the holidays.

Motivating students can be hardest job in the classroom
This last month probably has been the most difficult for my students because they have been writing an interdisciplinary research paper for their History Day Project.

Stormwater fee is unfair burden on landowners
The stormwater runoff fee on Aiken County tax bills is the most unfair tax/fee that I have seen since I was first elected to the county council in 1988.

Lab lets pupils try engineering careers
Schofield Middle School pupils are using advanced math and science skills on the computer while learning about possible career choices.

Pet of the week
Max, a 4-year-old male cocker spaniel, is available for adoption through the CSRA Humane Society. Adoptions are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the organization's headquarters, 425 Wood St., Augusta. For more information, visit www.csrahumanesociety.org or call (706) 261-7387.

CSRA Bridge results
Standings from the November 27 - December 3 CSRA Bridge Masterpoint Race.

Mothers' club remembers elderly with holiday visits
Among Lauren Enter's Christmas memorabilia is a newspaper clipping of her and Santa Claus at the North Augusta Mothers' Club's annual Christmas party.

Farmers market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call (803) 643-4660.

Recreation calendar
List of phone numbers and activities for recreation centers serving the Aiken County area.

Police bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Nov. 24-30. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Marquis might join the Cubs
Former Braves pitcher Jason Marquis is likely to become the latest acquisition in the Chicago Cubs' off-season spending spree.

Bonds will return to San Francisco
Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants reached agreement on a $16 million, one-year contract Thursday night that will keep the controversial slugger in the Bay Area to take aim at baseball's home run record.

Marquis might join the Cubs

Bonds will return to San Francisco

Announcer hits high note
Suzyn Waldman is a long way from the broadcast booth, wondering about pitch counts and if a left-handed pinch-hitter is available.

Announcer hits high note

Cards can keep connection alive

Justin Robert Blohm

Edward Austin Porubsky

Anna Katherine Brucker

Skylar Nicole Goodwin

Touka Iwasaki
AUGUSTA - Dr. and Mrs. Masahiro Iwasaki of Hokkaido, Japan are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Touka Iwasaki, born November 15, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Skylar Nicole Goodwin
AUGUSTA - Michael Bruce and Sherry Estabrook Goodwin of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Skylar Nicole, born November 11, 2006 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Amy Catherine Hagler
AUGUSTA - Stephen H.Hagler and Alice C. Myers Hagler of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amy Catherine, born November 6, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ethan Aaron Jones

John Matthew Griffin

Grace Lynne Smith

Amy Catherine Hagler

Spencer Ashton Pruitt

Larkin Reese Preissler

Anna Katherine Brucker
AUGUSTA - Pete and Jennifer Brucker of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Katherine, born November 1, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Justin Robert Blohm
AIKEN - Elizabeth Pearl Hicks and Justin Robert Blohm, both of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Justin Robert, born November 15, 2006 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Edward Austin Porubsky
AUGUSTA - Edward Austin and Claiborne Christian Porubsky of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son Edward Austin, born October 30, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Grace Lynne Smith
AUGUSTA - Crystal Anne Zimmerman and Donald Lynn Smith, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Grace Lynne, born November 7, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Malana Lee Smith
AUGUSTA - Mark Lane and Dana Marie Smith of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Malana Lee, born October 25, 2006 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Lindsay Renee Holley
AUGUSTA - Shanea Yvette Powell and Christopher Paul Holley, both of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lindsay Renee, born November 16, 2006 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ethan Aaron Jones
AUGUSTA - Nathan and Tracey Jones of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan Aaron, born November 6, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Natalie Rose

Spencer Ashton Pruitt
AUGUSTA - Shawn and Kerri Pruitt of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Spencer Ashton, born October 9, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Malana Lee Smith

Larkin Reese Preissler
AUGUSTA - Justin and Kristy Preissler of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Larkin Reese, born October 25, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lindsay Renee Holley

Natalie Rose
AUGUSTA - Casey McGrath and Melissa Rose Heckathorn of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Rose, born November 14, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Touka Iwasaki

John Matthew Griffin
AIKEN - John David and Sarah Denise Griffin of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, John Matthew, born November 13, 2006 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Braves well-armed for 2007

Braves well-armed for 2007
The Atlanta Braves didn't land a starting pitcher during baseball's winter meetings, but manager Bobby Cox said getting Mike Hampton back from Tommy John surgery is almost like acquiring a pitcher through a trade.

Check-cashing outlets stick it to customers
Georgia consumers, including Social Security recipients, are paying high costs at check-cashing centers that face only modest regulation from the state, according to a study by national and statewide advocates.

Business calendar

On the move
On the Move/Biz Bits is a free public-service listing of The Augusta Chronicle.

High-end lodging planned
Despite a recent dip in hotel occupancy, the city could soon be looking at a handful of high-end hotels and a small convention center just off of Washington Road.

Military personnel often become easy mark for predatory lenders
As millions of military men and women face physical dangers overseas, many of those same soldiers face another obstacle at home: financial solvency.

Bridgestone Firestone expands
AIKEN - Bridgestone Firestone North America Tire LLC will invest at least $33 million in its Aiken County tire plant over the next four years.

Check-cashing outlets stick it to customers

GM making way for company's future
LANSING, Mich. - Piles of crushed concrete and broken brick wait to be hauled away as bulldozers tear down old General Motors Corp. factories that have stood for a century on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Lansing.

Business calendar
A food safety training course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the HPSO Building on Wrightsboro Road.

Bridgestone Firestone expands

Retailer back in business

High-end lodging planned

Retailer back in business
Five years after Montgomery Ward went out of business, its brand name has been revived on the Internet and there's even a 21st century version of the Ward holiday catalog that was standard fare in American households for decades at this time of year.

Schools aim to improve businesses' writing skills

GM making way for company's future

On the move

Biz Bites
Most employees expect a bottle of wine or a fruitcake from their co-workers during the holidays. How about a stuffed rattlesnake?

Business licenses

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 22-29. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Military personnel often become easy mark for predatory lenders

Schools aim to improve businesses' writing skills
Like a dark and stormy night, bad writing has long shadowed the business world - from bureaucratese to mangled memos to the clich-thick murk of corporatespeak.

Biz Bites

Property transfers

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses from Richmond County for the month of November:

Editorial Cartoon 121006 - The Augusta Chronicle

Editorial Cartoon 120906 - The Augusta Chronicle

Officials (and towns) go off the map

Officials (and towns) go off the map
Mayor Deke has been lolling around on a beach somewhere. Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams and Commissioners Calvin Holland and Betty Beard are in Reno attending seminars day and night.

Clemson sells out of tickets
Clemson has sold out of its 11,500 tickets for the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., the school's athletic department announced Friday.

Clemson sells out of tickets

Kentucky's final destination a familiar one

Pacers' new home rises
Randy Warrick arrived at USC Aiken one year after its present athletic facility opened.

Miami's choice a really big hit

Rodriguez turns down Alabama to stay with West Virginia

Smith wins Heisman in rout
For Ohio State and Troy Smith, it's been that kind of year. The Buckeyes were No. 1 from start to finish and their star quarterback had no real challenger in winning the Heisman Trophy.

Erickson to coach Sun Devils

Smith expected to take Heisman in a landslide

Pacers' new home rises

Erickson to coach Sun Devils
Dennis Erickson has accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said Saturday night.

Rodriguez turns down Alabama to stay with West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez turned down Alabama on Friday, telling his players that he'll be back for his sixth season with the Mountaineers.

Champs make it back
Armanti Edwards ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score and defending national champion Appalachian State beat Youngstown State 49-24 on Saturday to reach the NCAA Division I-AA title game.

Miami's choice a really big hit
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Randy Shannon was reminiscing Friday about the program's glory days when two players on the current team came up from behind and wrapped him in a joint bear hug.

Smith wins Heisman in rout

Kentucky's final destination a familiar one
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In taking a step forward, Kentucky has come full circle.

Smith expected to take Heisman in a landslide
NEW YORK - Troy Smith looks like a lock to win the Heisman Trophy.

Champs make it back

Eagles outlast Jaguars in OT

SEC roundup

Lady Jags top Pantherettes

Glad to pass the torch to Knight

No. 1 Bruins to be tested

Wooden to skip basketball doubleheader in Indiana

ACC roundup

Blue Devils push past Patriots

Bruins step it up on defense

A win for religious freedom

The estate-tax train wreck

The estate-tax train wreck
"Man's rootedness - his willingness to defer today's gratification in sacrifice to tomorrow's promise - comes from his attachment to that which is his today and will still be his tomorrow: his vineyard, his orchard. An individual works with a greater sense of purpose, better, knowing that after death loved ones will inherit what he produced because it is his to bequeath. The consequence: the world is a more resplendent place."

A win for religious freedom
Would the University of Georgia require a student thespian group to admit members who were actually opposed to staging plays?

Abundance in the season of giving

Abundance in the season of giving
The habit of giving," poet Walt Whitman said, "only enhances the desire to give." And this time of year really is more about giving than getting.

One Warm Coat, one great volunteer

One Warm Coat, one great volunteer
People warm up to Anne Randall Hatcher.

How about some cake?

How about some cake?
Quick: What's the best thing about Augusta and Richmond County being consolidated?

Patients should take steps to find best care they can

Patients should take steps to find best care they can
I have been diagnosed with a serious illness. Where do I get information on treatment costs and options?

Jackets' fade continues
The heavy bag swung lazily in the Vanderbilt weight room, as if someone's fists had abused it minutes before.

Jackets lacking in stops thus far
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Jeremis Smith claims during his freshman year, his defensive responsibility came down to guarding a "half-man."

Jackets' fade continues

Jackets lacking in stops thus far

Ex-Jaguar two back in Dunhill

U.S. duo not up to par in World Cup
ST. JAMES, Barbados - Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry have dined at some great restaurants on this trip to Barbados, gotten some relaxation time in with their wives and even have enjoyed a few stretches of balmy tropical weather.

Ex-Jaguar slips six back
Charl Schwartzel of South Africa shot his third consecutive 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Swedes team up for lead with 63

Ex-Jaguar two back in Dunhill
MALELANE, South Africa - Charl Schwartzel of South Africa shot 4-under-par 68 Friday for a two-stroke lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

U.S. duo not up to par in World Cup

Ex-Jaguar slips six back

Swedes team up for lead with 63
The United States made seven consecutive birdies to end the front nine, vaulting up the leaderboard. Wales finished its day with five in a row, and Scotland strung together four in a row to put itself into contention.

There's no questioning Ellis' value to Devils

Cochran leads Dublin in blowout

Running Men

Norman, Devils conquer Commerce

Broken wings

Red Devils' tails pointing toward home

Clinch County hands Athens Academy first loss

Hawks kicker did it all

North Augusta excels against Georgia teams

High School Basketball Results

Norman, Devils conquer Commerce
Rontae Norman backed up his talk. Moments before he broke a 54-yard run that gave Lincoln County full control of a Class A state semifinal clash with Commerce, he broke off a rant.

Hawks kicker did it all
ATLANTA - Deion Sanders never did double-duty like Dykel Johnson at the Georgia Dome.

There's no questioning Ellis' value to Devils
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Howard Ellis doesn't mind the questions. They come around every time Lin-coln County coach Larry Campbell approaches history.

Clinch County hands Athens Academy first loss
Lafiyama Lacey caught a 71-yard touchdown from Shane Burns and Clinch County beat previously undefeated Athens Academy 16-13 in the Class A state semifinals at the Georgia Dome.

Broken wings
ATLANTA - Peach County did not take a lead until the second half Friday in the Class AAA state semifinals.

Running Men
Washington County's Rosco Walls scores on an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He had 121 yards rushing, giving him 1,783 for the season.

Cochran leads Dublin in blowout
ATLANTA - Ben Cochran threw for 128 yards and three touchdowns and Jamon Harris had 124 yards rushing and three scores to lead Dublin to a 65-7 victory over Lovett in the Class AA state semifinals on Friday at the Georgia Dome.

Red Devils' tails pointing toward home
Lincoln County fans would say justice was served in the site debate for the Class A state championship game next Saturday.

Nieuwendyk owes success to lacrosse

Rangers get rare win over Senators
Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka each had a goal and an assist, and Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves in the New York Rangers' 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Penguins top Thrashers in OT

Ducks are too much for Caps
WASHINGTON - Anaheim's Shawn Thornton scored 57 seconds in, Teemu Selanne had his team-high 16th goal and an assist in the third period, and the NHL-leading Ducks beat the Washington Capitals 6-1 on Friday night for their seventh victory in eight games.

Penguins top Thrashers in OT
Back-to-back losses by one goal, including one in overtime, had the Pittsburgh Penguins thinking they were overdue to win a close one.

Ducks are too much for Caps

Rangers get rare win over Senators

Nieuwendyk owes success to lacrosse
In a perfect world, Joe Nieuwendyk might have forged a two-decade career on the lacrosse field instead of in hockey rinks.

Fernandez on wild ride
Last month, Minnesota's decision to give Manny Fernandez a three-year, $13 million contract to be the full-time goalie wasn't looking too good.

Fernandez on wild ride

Cards can keep connection alive
I retrieved the small stack of worn address books from a desk at home. Two are black, one is red. The others are in a variety of holiday colors with images of Santa on the outside.

Military isn't overrun with poor kids

Abandon selfish drag strip plan

Columnist misses point on prisons
What liberal diatribe was the "guest columnist" espousing - the idea that congressional appropriations lead to prison growth?William J. Welsh, M.D., Augusta

School boards need more activists
The school systems of both Richmond and Columbia counties - and thereby their pupils - will, in the long run, suffer greatly from the loss in the Dec. 5 run-off election of A.K. Hasan in Richmond County and Lee Muns in Columbia County school board run-off elections.Richard Netzley, Evans

Media figures enrich our area

Cartoon unfairly chided candidate
Congratulations to The Augusta Chronicle and cartoonist Rick McKee for the most tasteless editorial cartoon of this political season, in your Dec. 7 edition regarding the run-off election for Superior Court judge. Why not depict radio host Austin Rhodes blathering to his wife in your illustration?C.E. "Skip" Hopson, Evans

Why don't we protect our borders?
The U.S. intention to erect a 700-mile fence along our nation's border has prompted a protest from Mexican authorities. Ruben Aguilar, a spokesman for Mexican President Vicente Fox, insists that such a barrier "will be useless and unworkable." Cloaking objections to the fence with concerns about possible damage to the environment, Aguilar has been forced to admit that he wants more people to migrate from his country to ours.Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

School boards need more activists

Media figures enrich our area
I was speaking to the downtown Rotary Club a couple years ago when Brad Means rose to ask a question.

Abandon selfish drag strip plan
In a city that is in so much debt, how in the world can two oddball commissioners want a drag strip built in south Augusta? Did they not get a race car set from Santa when they were younger? I've got an idea: Let's build it in Commissioner Marion Williams' back yard, and let Commissioner Andy Cheek collect admission.Tina Cloer, Augusta

Anchorman invaluable to Channel 12

Anchorman invaluable to Channel 12
Few people have had a profound impact on my life: my mother, my father, my fourth-grade teacher and Richard Rogers of WRDW-Channel 12.Kristen Cosby, Jacksonville, Fla.

Columnist misses point on prisons

Some blacks punish cooperation with whites
I could just as well keep my mouth closed, enjoy my retirement and save myself from retribution, ostracism, threats and intimidation from other blacks. However, that would not be my nature. I am a challenger, especially to half-truths.

Cartoon unfairly chided candidate

Some blacks punish cooperation with whites

Military isn't overrun with poor kids
I read your editorial on Charles Rangel's proposed draft followed by the op-ed piece "The 'we' and the 'they' of 'our' war in Iraq" in the Nov. 22 edition of The Augusta Chronicle.David G. Brown, Augusta

Why don't we protect our borders?

Candy collection highlights decor

Author explores myth of security

Living digest

'Dyn-O-Mite!' TV Land lists the 100 greatest television catchphrases

Treeless Christmas

Use common sense when blowing your nose

Candy collection highlights decor
Going to yard sales and flea markets is one of Myrtle Tiller's favorite pastimes.

'Dyn-O-Mite!' TV Land lists the 100 greatest television catchphrases
Sometimes it takes only a word, or just a few, to become immortalized in television history.

Use common sense when blowing your nose
Dear Carson: Recently there was a rant in our local paper about a person blowing his nose at the table while dining in a restaurant. The ranter said the person should go to the restroom to blow his nose. What is the proper etiquette concerning nose blowing in a restaurant?

Author explores myth of security
Reading Eve Ensler's Insecure at Last gives you the feeling that she is drawn to disasters like a moth to a flame.

Treeless Christmas
Each Christmas, a few Augustans face the question: a tree or not a tree?

Living digest
Is there someone in your family who dons the red Santa suit every year? We need photos of Santa's helpers.

Lynx's effort doesn't pay off

Lynx's effort doesn't pay off
The Augusta Lynx can't say they are happy about their weekend's results - back-to-back losses to the Gwinnett Gladiators on Friday and Saturday.

Candy catch
Harlem residents Logan Gurley (from left), Kenneth Poole, Connor Poole and Chance Perdue have plastic bags at the ready to collect candy during the Harlem Christmas parade.

Man pleads guilty to stealing from elderly
A former Augusta investment adviser who conned elderly residents out of more than $1 million pleaded guilty Friday.

'Pepper man' charged with trafficking
For a man whom police accuse of dealing drugs, Stephen Boyette was pretty good friends with them.

'Pepper man' charged with trafficking

Rants and raves
IF BILL WILLIAMS would've smiled once, just once, he may have won the election.

Candy catch

Illness forced mother to miss month of work

Farmers try to salvage crops

Changes on horizon with 100,000 mark
Planning officials say 2006 has been another year of steady growth in Columbia County, with the population now nearing about 106,000.

Across Georgia

Seat belt law cited for drop in deaths

Video: Opening night of Christmas in Hopelands

Rants and raves
I vote to put Woody Merry on Survivor's Exile Island and leave him there. He needs some time alone since the attention he is calling to himself is not looking good.

Empty stocking fund donations

Couple crowned barbecue's best

Photos: Flying high

Deputy struck by SUV dies

No verdict in murder trial

Kid of the day
Name: Cassandra Brooke Knight

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's prison population, which had been near capacity for the past few years, is now 7 percent over capacity.

Kid of the Day

Deputy struck by SUV dies
AIKEN - Sometimes while patrolling the more rural areas of Aiken County late at night, Sgt. Jason Sheppard would invite a little levity into his job.

Dog shot dead while on walk

Across the area
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood was released from a hospital in good condition Friday after receiving chemotherapy treatment this week for a cancerous tumor doctors found near his liver.

Across the area

News you can use
Most people get chapped lips from time to time. Dry, cracked or sore lips can interfere with many daily activities, such as smiling, kissing, eating and talking.

Christmas comes to Fort Gordon

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting people and places that make up the Augusta area.

Facility for NSA to go up on post

Rants and raves
IF BILL WILLIAMS would've smiled once, just once, he may have won the election.

Christmas comes to Fort Gordon
Abigail Krieg, 2, finds the Christmas tree that she wants in the arms of her mother, Joy Krieg, while the military family selects a tree at the Trees 4 Troops giveaway at Fort Gordon. Mrs. Krieg's husband, Staff Sgt. Larry Krieg, is a soldier at Fort Gordon.

News you can use

Illness forced mother to miss month of work
A 26-year-old Augusta mother doesn't want her children punished because she has gotten sick and had to take off work, so she's asking for help this Christmas.

Man pleads guilty to stealing from elderly

Grandma is caring for girl, 3
A scheduling mishap and lost government assistance might cost a 3-year-old Augusta girl her Christmas, her grandmother said.

Immigrants anxiously attend services
To Mexicans, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe stands for protection, peace and national pride.

Fire breaks out at industrial site

Virginia man, 23, gets death for killing officer

Across the area

Rants and raves
I vote to put Woody Merry on Survivor's Exile Island and leave him there. He needs some time alone since the attention he is calling to himself is not looking good.

Across Georgia
A man has vowed to keep up the nativity scene he's installed outside his apartment, even though the complex managers have asked him to remove it.

Couple crowned barbecue's best
COLUMBIA - For barbecue pit master Tim Handy, it's all about bragging rights.

News you can use
As the temperatures dropped this month, you probably cranked up the thermostat or plugged in your electric space heater. But be careful - heating devices often start house fires in our area during the winter, some of which have been fatal.

Fallen Marine honored
U.S. Marine Corps Ammunition Company of Greenville, S.C., carry the casket of Lance Cpl. James Davenport, 20, of Danville, Ind., at a burial site on the Davenport farm in Anderson, S.C. Lance Cpl. Davenport died Nov. 22 while serving in Iraq.

Where we live

Race plays key role in witness testimony
SAVANNAH, Ga. - An hour after a mugger fatally shot a 19-year-old debutante Christmas Eve, an eyewitness told police he was "almost positive" one of the attackers was white in a taped interview heard Friday by jurors and the three black defendants charged with her murder.

Across South Carolina

Man to pony up $4,500
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Glynn County man charged with five counts of animal cruelty lost custody of six underfed horses and 17 hogs that were already seized and an unknown number of chickens and ducks that are still running loose on his property.

Across the Southeast
Randolph-Macon Woman's College will change its name to Randolph College when it admits men next fall, officials announced Saturday.

Two students ace national challenge
When Augusta Preparatory Day School sophomores Caroline Catchpole and Maryclaire Regan read this story, they likely will be able to answer any inquiry anyone could pose about it.

Across the area
A record low temperature was set at Augusta Regional Airport on Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

Police find home filled with drugs
Burke County sheriff's deputies arrested a Keysville man Friday after finding a large amount of drugs in "every room" of his home, and will spend part of today trying to weigh it all, officials said.

Across South Carolina
A hunter was found alive Friday after he spent more than two days in the woods pinned under an all-terrain vehicle.

Initial phase moves ahead
Clearing work is nearly complete for the first phase of Columbia County's new Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.

Georgia map erases Augusta suburbs

Kid of the Day
Bryston ''Chase'' Shaw, of Hephzibah, is today's kid of the day.

Virginia man, 23, gets death for killing officer
A judge has sentenced a Virginia man to death for killing an off-duty police officer two years ago.

Runoff debate builds in Aiken
The Aiken County Council will hear a third reading of an ordinance Tuesday to amend its newly minted stormwater fee policy by giving credits to properties that use the best management practices to reduce runoff.

Seat belt law cited for drop in deaths
South Carolina drivers are still struggling over whether to buckle up, but a year after a tougher law went into effect, fewer motorists are dying on state highways.

Blue laws could curb Christmas shopping rush
With Christmas Eve coming on Sunday this year, South Carolina's blue laws could put a damper on last-minute shopping.

Man gives wife the gift of snow
Living in balmy south Georgia, Gene Long knew his wife Crystal pined for the winter snows of her native Pennsylvania.

Nichols' defense seeks delay
Defense lawyers for accused courthouse gunman Brian Nichols say they are overwhelmed by the "mind-boggling" task of studying hundreds of hours of recorded phone conversations involving their client, and they have asked the judge again to postpone his trial.

Downtown market is alive with holiday spirit
Business was brisk for Frank Mosley on Saturday as patrons appraised his traditional handmade Christmas decor at the Holiday Market on Broad.

Session to focus on health care
Programs at the heart of how hospitals in Georgia do business, and in some cases survive, are expected to be among the most closely-watched issues in the General Assembly next year.

Congress renames post office after soldier
When Congress named a post office for a Georgia soldier who was killed in Iraq, it was responding to the plea of a unique lobby: Katie Cobb's fourth-graders at Crescent Elementary School in Griffin, who were pen pals with him.

Police find home filled with drugs

Empty stocking fund donations
List of Sunday's acknowledged donations to the 2006 Empty Stocking Fund.

Two students ace national challenge

Dog shot dead while on walk
Athens-Clarke County police said they think a hunter intentionally shot and killed a dog as it walked with its owner along a wooded trail in southeastern Clarke County.

Changes on horizon with 100,000 mark

Facility for NSA to go up on post
The National Security Agency said Friday that a $286 million contract has been awarded to build its new facilities at Fort Gordon.

Race plays key role in witness testimony

Man gives wife the gift of snow

Initial phase moves ahead

Session to focus on health care

Photos: Flying high
Spectators watch F-16's perform drills during South Carolina Air National Guard Day in Eastover, S.C.

Downtown market is alive with holiday spirit

Runoff debate builds in Aiken

Blue laws could curb Christmas shopping rush

Across the Southeast

Millions will be spent to quicken commute
Augusta's planned St. Sebastian Way project will link River Watch Parkway with the University Hospital area. The two-mile connection, which is expected to take at least three years to complete, will be open for bids in March.

Video: Opening night of Christmas in Hopelands
Watch the video of the sparkling lights on display at Christmas in Hopelands, an annual event in Aiken.

No verdict in murder trial
A jury deadlocked, unable to reach a unanimous verdict, at the end of a five-day murder trial Friday.

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON - A Lexington County woman has been sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to giving teens alcohol.

Man to pony up $4,500

Grandma is caring for girl, 3

Across South Carolina

Georgia map erases Augusta suburbs
Martinez is missing. Evans, too.

Nichols' defense seeks delay

Fallen Marine honored

Congress renames post office after soldier

Farmers try to salvage crops
The owners of Sapelo Farms were looking for customers Friday in hopes of selling off their tender lettuce, cabbage and cauliflower before an overnight freeze killed them.

Millions will be spent to quicken commute

News you can use

Kid of the day

Immigrants anxiously attend services

The chains are off now for PGA Tour-bound Hendrix
If Matt Hendrix goes on to build an illustrious PGA Tour portfolio filled with tournament victories and major titles, his golf biography can be entitled Escape from Alcatraz.

Harvick needed this kind of year

Harvick needed this kind of year
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Kevin Harvick started the season looking for a brief escape from the uncertainty surrounding his career.

Lakers beat Hawks without Kobe
The Los Angeles Lakers proved once again that they can win a game without Kobe Bryant. They just don't want to make a habit of it.

Knick finds a niche
Playing in his hometown hasn't always been what Stephon Marbury expected. From the boos of disgruntled fans to the criticism of coaches, the point guard from Brooklyn hasn't always been rewarded with the affection he anticipated when he was traded to the New York Knicks.

Teams put on a classic
East Rutherford, N.J. - For almost three hours, two of the NBA's best point guards went head-to-head in a shootout, neither willing to let his team lose a game that will go down as a classic.

Knick finds a niche

New game ball gets under players' skin
From the way that it grips to the way that it bounces, players have been criticizing the NBA's new game ball since the moment they arrived in training camp.

Pistons take showdown

New game ball gets under players' skin

Teams put on a classic

Lakers beat Hawks without Kobe

Pistons take showdown
Orlando, Fla.- Chauncey Billups scored a season-high 31 points on 11 of 16 shooting, leading the Detroit Pistons to an 87-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night in a matchup of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Glad to pass the torch to Knight
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Dean Smith never seemed comfortable with all the attention that came with becoming the winningest men's basketball coach in Division I history. That's why the former North Carolina coach didn't sound too broken up about preparing to hand that mark to Bob Knight.

Wooden to skip basketball doubleheader in Indiana
ANAHEIM, Calif. - After a lot of travel recently, John Wooden plans to skip next week's college basketball doubleheader in his home state of Indiana.

Bruins step it up on defense
The last time the rest of the country looked in on UCLA, the Bruins played their way into the national championship game with defense. They needed a big dose of it Saturday.

Lady Jags top Pantherettes
Tracey Paschal scored a game-high 16 points Saturday to lead Augusta State to a 74-61 victory over Claflin in women's basketball.

Eagles outlast Jaguars in OT
DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina Central edged Augusta State 77-76 Friday night in overtime in the Hilton RTP Men's Basketball Classic.

ACC roundup
No Division I coach reached the 500-win mark faster than Roy Williams. Fittingly, North Carolina used a quick start to give him that meaningful milestone.

No. 1 Bruins to be tested
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Helped to the No. 1 spot with victories over lower-ranked opponents, UCLA has stayed there for two weeks by beating up on lesser schools.

SEC roundup
Tre Kelly scored 26 points, including 17 in the second half, to lift South Carolina to a 64-59 win over Baylor on Saturday.

Blue Devils push past Patriots
DeMarcus Nelson and Jon Scheyer took care of the scoring while the entire Duke team took care of the basketball. The result was one of the Blue Devils' best offensive showings in weeks.

Falcons are focused

Vick's pursuit of record shines light on Douglass

NFL power rankings

Seau plans on returning next season

Freddie S. Hobbs   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Freddie S. Hobbs entered into rest Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at Medical College of Georgia. Mr. Hobbs was in real estate and a member of Cliffwood Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel, Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend David W. Hagen officiating. Burial will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Christopher Hobbs, Blake Hobbs, Derrick Hobbs, Wesley Hobbs and Steven W. Morris Jr. and Richard Lilly. Survivors include his father, Bozzie M. Hobbs; his step-mother, Carol Hobbs; his daughter, Melissa Hobbs (Christopher H.) Gregory; his four grandchildren, Skylar Hobbs, Tyler Johnson, Adam Hobbs and Breanna Hobbs and his brothers, Billy M. Hobbs and Tony R. Hobbs. He is preceded in death by his mother, Cora A. Hobbs; son, Stephan Hatfield Hobbs and sister, Laverne Hobbs Benfield.

B. Williams   (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Paul Butler Williams, 18, of North Martintown Rd., son of Tony B. and Patricia Kelley Williams, died Thursday, December 7, 2006 at Medical College of Georgia. Graveside Services will be held Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 2 P.M. at Gilgal Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Williams was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and was a student at Aiken Technical College. Survivors include his parents, one sister, Kelley Williams; one brother, Ryan Williams; paternal grandmother, Lunette Williams and maternal grandmother, Mimi Kelley. Memorials may be made to Medical College of Georgia- Children's Medical Center, 1446 Harper St., Augusta, Ga. 30912. The family is at the home and will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 5 P.M. at Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

John Elam   (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. John "The Baptist'' Elam, 97, of Lincolnton, GA passed away on Tuesday, December 05, 2006 at Wills Memorial Hospital in Washington, GA. His funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 1:00 pm at Newberry Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Willie J. White, Pastor and officiating. The burial will be at the church cemetery. His survivors includes three daughters, Annie Mae Sewell, Joann Elam both of Lincolnton, GA and Lena Bell Ellison of Miami, Fl; five sons, Lawrence Elam, Jesse L. Elam, Eugene Elam all of Lincolnton, GA, Robert and James Elam both of Augusta, GA; a brother, Willie J. Harris of Lincolnton, GA; 59 grandchildren, 97 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great grandchildren. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Artis Ainsworth (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Graveside Services for Artis Raymond Ainsworth, age 83, will be held Sunday, December 10, 2006, at 2 P.M., at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Johnston First Baptist Church, 700 Church Street, Johnston, SC 29832. Mr. Ainsworth, a native of Pelican, Louisiana, died Friday, December 8, 2006. He was a son of the late Henry Wakefield and Katie Mae Jones Ainsworth. Mr. Ainsworth retired from Ridge Gas and Oil, was a member of American Legion Post 154 and Johnston First Baptist Church. Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews. Bland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. blandfuneralhome@bellsouth.net. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Willie E. McCall (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Willie E. McCall, 82, formerly of Hamburg Road, entered into rest Thursday, December 7, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, December 11, 2006 at Carpentersville Baptist Church with the Rev. Herman Bing officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Augusta. Mr. McCAll was a member of Carpentersville Baptist Church where he served on the trustee ministry and male chorus ministry. He was a Medical College of Georgia employee Survivors includes a host of relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence or after 1:00 p.m. today at the funeral home. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Luther Morgan (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Luther Morgan, 78, of Plum Branch Road, entered into rest December 7, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary Chapel. Mr. Morgan, a native of Edgefield County, was a member of China Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Ella Mae Harrison-Herion, Clarksvile, Tenn. and Joanne Harrison, Orangeburg, S.C.; four sons, James Morgan, Larry Morgan, Brooklyn, N.Y., Robert Morgan, Aiken and James Harrison, Cappers Cove, Texas; one sister, Leola Edna Fogle, Augusta; 13 grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 250 Coral Street, Edgefield, S.C. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Mary B. Tolliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Benning Tolliver of Cumming Rd. entered into rest Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Olivet Baptist Church with Rev. Steven Boler officiating. Burial will be at Walker Memorial Park. Mrs. Benning was a native of Columbia Co., Ga. She was a member of the Olivet Baptist Church. Survivors are two brothers, John H. Benning and Frank Benning, Augusta, a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends. Williams Funeral Home, 17665 Martine Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Sign the guestboook at AugustaChronicle.com

Frances Coulthard (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - A Funeral Mass for Mrs. Frances (Dziedzic) Coulthard will be celebrated on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 10:00am at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken, SC. Interment will take place at Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore, PA. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY, 10016 in her memory. George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave. SW Aiken, SC is assisting the family. Mrs. Coulthard, 78, of Aiken, died Thursday, December 7, 2006 at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. She would have celebrated her 79th birthday on Christmas Eve. A daughter of the late Stanley and Antoinette Gocek Dziedzic, she was born in Throop, PA and had lived in Merrimack, NH before moving to Aiken in 1990. While living in PA, she had been a garment worker at Sudan Modes in Olyphant, PA. In addition to her parents, she is pre-deceased by three brothers; William Dziedzic, Stanley Dziedzic, and Michael Dziedzic and two sisters; Mary Barilka and Sophie Ross. She is survived by her daughter; Linda-Lee DiVecchia and her husband Tom, of Aiken, SC, three brothers; Walter Dziedzic, Olyphant, PA, Joseph Dziedzic, Throop, PA and Steve Dezic, Dickson City, PA, a sister; Helen Walker, Weatherly, PA and several nieces and nephews. Visit www.georgefuneralhomes.com to sign the online condolence register and see complete obituary information. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Jason Sheppard   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Jason Lannes Sheppard, 29, of Aiken, died Thursday, December 7, 2006 in the line of duty. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday at Millbrook Baptist Church. Reverend Brian M. Thomason, Reverend Chris Addy and Sheriff Michael Hunt will officiate. Interment will follow in the Berlin Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the Aiken County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be the Aiken County Sheriff's Department Jason was born in Columbia, SC and had been a resident of Aiken the last 10 years. He was a graduate of USCA, a Deputy with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. He was also a member of the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association, the S.C. Sheriff Association, and Berlin Baptist Church. Survivors include his beloved wife, Shelley McCurdy Sheppard; his parents, Emily Lott (John) Brown, Salley, SC, James Melvin (Sandra) Sheppard, Jr., Wagener, SC; a brother, Danny Sheppard, Batesburg, SC; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James L. Lott, Sr., Batesburg, SC; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Sheppard, Sr., Wagener, two step sisters, Casey Rose, W. Columbia, SC, Veronica Cooper, Wagener; two step brothers, Travis L. Turbeville, Johnsonville, SC, Clint Brown, Salley; and a niece, Katlyn Sheppard. Memorial may be directed to Berlin Baptist Church, 424 Crossthorne Rd., Salley, SC 29137, or the Aiken County Sheriff's Department, 420 Hampton Ave, NE, Aiken, SC 29801. Please visit Jason's online memorial at http://shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Sunday evening at Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, Inc., 715 East Pine Log Rd., Aiken, SC Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Henry Smith   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral Services for Mr. Henry Smith, who entered into rest on December 3, 2006, will be conducted this Sunday December 10, 2006 at 2PM at C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Gibson Chapel. Interment will be held at Lampkin Grove Church Cemetery.

Leroy Rutland   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Leroy Winton 'Dick' Rutland, 84, of Aiken. beloved husband of Hazel Brantley Rutland, died December 8, 2006 at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. A native of Lexington County, Mr. Rutland was a son of the late Lawrence Willie and Annie Mae Williamson Rutland. He had lived in Aiken since 1969. Dick proudly served his country as a member of the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II. He was retired from Kimberly Clark. He was a member of Millbrook Baptist Church, the Rainbow Club, Sr. Choir, the Millbrook Whittlers, Sr. Men's Sunday School class and Woodmen of the World. He was also a volunteer with ACTS. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include four daughters; Janie Marie Stewart, Aiken, Susan Elaine (Cole L.) Shaw, Winnsboro, SC, Leah Alexandria (Terry) Luton, Aiken and Shelby Jean Campbell, Aiken, a son, Richard Leroy (Linda) Rutland, Aiken, ten grandchildren; Renae Rutland, Stephanie Rutland, Will Stewart, Reginald Shaw, Jacob Shaw, Scott Luton, Clay Luton, Christine Luton, Walter Dunaway and Amy Dunaway, four great-grandchildren, Wylie Shaw, Colby Shaw Chandler Price and Abigail Shaw, a sister, Annie Wilrose Hulon, West Columbia, SC and a brother, Lawrence Rutland, Jr., West Columbia. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 3:00 PM at Millbrook Baptist Church with The Rev. Dr. Eddie Leopard and Mike Chandler officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, honorary pallbearers will be members of the Millbrook Whittlers and the Sr. Men's Sunday School Class. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Saturday at Shellhouse - Rivers Funeral Home, 715 East Pine Log Rd., Aiken, SC. Memorial contributions may be directed to Millbrook Baptist Church, 176 East Pine Log Rd., Aiken, SC 29803 or to ACTS, 340 Park Ave., Aiken, SC 29801. Please visit the online memorial at www.shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com . Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Carrie T. Koon (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Carrie Timmerman Koon, 90, of Lanham Road, died Saturday, December 9 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Sweetwater Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Koon was a native of Saluda County. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Batesburg, S.C. and a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Clarice T. Simmons; one son, David Mundy Timmerman; six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, John Mundy Timmerman and her second husband Odell Koon. Memorials may be made to Sweetwater Baptist Church Building Fund, 198 Sweetwater Road, North Augusta, SC 29860. The family is at the home of Clarice T. and husband Allen Simmons, Lanham Road and will receive friends Sunday, December 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Wayne Elliott Linton   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Wayne Elliott "Skip" Linton, age 57, of Augusta, GA entered into rest on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 in Modoc, SC. A native of Norwalk, CT, he had resided in Augusta since moving from Norwalk, CT 17 years ago. Skip had worked in the Construction Business as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He was active in the Recovering Community, he loved and lived the 12 step program and was active in various VA organizations. He loved fishing and bird watching and had worked as Assistant Manager at the Hale Foundation in Augusta. Skip was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam conflict. He is survived by: three brothers, Jackie Linton, Old Line, CT, Timothy Linton, Norwalk, CT, James Linton, Naugatuck, CT; two sisters, Suzanne Nuzzo, Bethel, CT, Donna Kessler, Jackson, NJ; nine nieces and nephews; three children, Matthew, Megan and Chris; his longtime companion, Martha Eames; her daughter, Alice Eames Baldree, and her grand daughter, Demi Nicole Baldree.Memorial services will be held at a later date. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Pauline Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Pauline Anderson of Nordahl Drive entered into rest on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are one sister, Shirley (William) McGill, Augusta; two brothers, Lugene (Veronica) Anderson, Bernard (Cassandra) Anderson, Augusta; close friend, Veronica Harris; nieces and nephews. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, GA 30815

Tom Kersey   (ADRIAN, Ga.)
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mr. Tom Kersey, age 84, of Adrian, died Friday morning. Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday evening between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Tomlinson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bill Richey (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. William Milton Richey, Jr., 54, of Old Country Road, Aiken, SC, who died December 9, 2006, will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. Rev. Terry Greene and Elder Mark Herron officiating. Entombment in Sunset Memory Gardens. Mr. Richey was a native of North Augusta having made Aiken his recent home. He was a US Army Veteran and a carpenter. Survivors include a son, Dustin Richey, Barnwell; a daughter, Hilary Richey, Aiken; mother and step-father, John and Jackie Spawn, Aiken; a brother, Glynn Richey, Columbia; and four sisters, Connie Boisclair and Cindy Pilcher, both of North Augusta, Lisa Sherrouse, Augusta and Julie Thompson, Aiken. Pallbearers will be Danny Wallace, Mike Durham, Jeremy Arant, Wade Commins, Cody Commins and Rick Boland. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in chargeof arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at poseyfuneralhome.com. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Danny R. Steinmeyer   (BLYTHE, Ga.)
BLYTHE, Ga. - Mr. Danny Ray Steinmeyer husband of Mrs. Betty C. Steinmeyer of Camp Josey Road entered into rest Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at the residence. Funeral services will be held from the Chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors today at 1 o'clock with Rev. John Ohmes officiating. Burial will follow in Langley Cemetery, Langley, S.C. Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Ga. 30906.

Annie Perrin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Perrin entered into rest on Friday, December 8, 2006 at Westwood University. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are two daughters, Dorothy Ealy, Annette (Roger) Sullivan, Augusta; one sister, Corrie Lee Boyd, Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, GA

J.W. Stephens   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - J. W. Stephens, age 74, of Augusta, entered into rest Thursday, December 7, 2006 at University Hospital. Mr. Stephens was a native in Wrightsville, Ga. He was presently employed with H & R Block as a tax preparer. He had retired from Pro Fab Materials as a material manager. Mr. Stephens was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of The Sanctuary Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Charlie Wilbert Stephens and Bernice Inez Page Stephens and his sister Miriam Wallace. Family members include his wife Geneva A. Stephens of Augusta, sons James W. "Bert" Stephens and wife Mary of North Augusta, SC, Philip Stephens and wife Stephanie of Los Alamos, NM, grandchildren April Emery of Beaver Falls, PA, Fred Hucksam IV of Augusta, Ga., Amanda Stephens of Los Alamos, NM, Cody Stephens of North Augusta, SC, and Kyle Stephens of Los Alamos, NM, Great Granddaughter Grace Emery of Beaver Falls, PA, brother William C. Stephens of Palatka, FL, sister Ellen McGavin of Fergus Falls, MN. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, December 11, 2006 at Poteet Funeral Homes West Chapel with Pastor Bryan Cockrell officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Augusta Municipal Golf Course, Elwyn Rabun, Ken Whitaker, Byron Hawkins, and Jack Hixon. Interment will be at Westover Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm Sunday at Poteet Funeral Homes, 3686 Wheeler Road. Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Church, 4798 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, Ga. 30809 Poteet Funeral Homes, 3686 Wheeler Road, Augusta, Ga. 30909 (706)860-0009 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Juanita Morris (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Mrs. Juanita Mitchell Morris, 84, entered into rest on Thursday December 7, 2006. She was the loving wife of 60 years to the late James William Morris Sr. Funeral services will be held on Monday December 11, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the Belair Road Chapel of Platt's Funeral Home with Reverend William Harrell and Reverend Barry Daniels officiating the ceremony. Interment will follow in Westover Memorial Park. Survivors include two daughters, Pat Morris Fuller and her husband Allen of Martinez, Gina Morris Annis and her husband Michael of Evans. One son, James W. Morris Jr. and his wife Debbie of Augusta, one brother, James Willis Mitchell and his wife Shannon of Martinez. Five grandchildren, Jennifer Annis Jacobs and her husband Philip, Jessica Fuller Jobe and her husband Jason, Chancelor Allen Fuller, Emily Elizabeth Annis, and Michael Norville Annis Jr. and one great- grandchild, James Mugsy Jacobs. Mrs. Morris was known for her dedication to the Lord and her church, love of her family, kindness to others, and a genuine affection for all children. She was a member of Abilene Baptist Church and Emory Sayer's Sunday School Class. Mrs. Morris was born in Augusta and had lived in Evans for the past thirty three years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Abilene Baptist Church Building Fund for the Children's Wing at 3917 Washington Rd. Martinez, Ga. 30907 Pallbearers will be Charles Ennis, Billy Morris, Gregory Lepard, Christopher Lepard, David Annis and Barry Fuller. The family will receive family and friends Sunday evening from 4 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Platt's Funeral Home 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA 30809

Marion H. Knight   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Marion H. "Bud" Knight, beloved husband of the late Margaret Weathers Knight, entered into rest Thursday, December 7, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Knight was retired as a Millwright Assistant Superintendent with Dupont (SRP). A U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, he was a member of the American Legion Post 205, VFW Post 649, Fraternal Order of Eagles 1197, Local Union 283, Deputy for the VA Hospital, Past Chef De Gare for Voiture 719-40/8. He was a member of Curtis Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at Curtis Baptist Church, Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Rusty Newman officiating. Burial will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion Post 205 and VFW #649. Survivors include his daughter, Fran Sandle and her husband Marshall, West Columbia, SC; his son, Herbie Knight, Augusta, GA; four grandchildren, Jessica, Amanda, Andrew and Alex and one great-grandson, Jonathan. The familywill receive friends Saturday, December 9, 2006 from 6-8 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Ida P. Hamby (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mrs. Ida Pope Majors Hamby, 98, entered into rest on Friday, December 8, 2006 at Sunrise Assisted Living. Mrs. Hamby was a native of Sylvester, GA, but had lived most of her life in Augusta. She graduated from Georgia College and State University where she received her teaching degree. She taught in Richmond County schools thirty plus years before retiring. She was a member of Trinity On The Hill United Methodist Church, Crawford Flower Club, life member of the Garden Club of Georgia, life member of Georgia Education Association, Colonial Dames of America and 17th Century of America. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution for sixty-five years. Mrs. Hamby was preceded in death by her beloved husband of fifty-five years: Mr. David Otis Hamby, Sr.; son: David O. Hamby, Jr. and daughter: Mary Jane Hamby. Survivors include her son: David Majors Hamby and wife, Sylvia of Appling; daughter: JoanneH. Witt of Augusta; nieces: Mrs. Cecil J. Rhodes of Sylvester, GA, Mrs. E. Gordon Robinson of Atlanta, GA; nephew: W.S. Shephard, Jr. of Wesley Chapel. FL; daughter-in-law: Frances Hamby of Atlanta; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Monday, December 11, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. in Westover Memorial Park with Rev. Greg Hatfield officiating. The family will visit with friends at the graveside. Memorials may be made to Trinity On The Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904 or to the charity of your choice. Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Kevin Lee Lastinger   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Kevin Lee Lastinger, 50, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2006. Born in Tomah, Wisconsin on June 26, 1956 to Mark and Jean Foley Lastinger, he had lived in this area since 2000. He was owner/operator of Sylvania Glass Works. He enjoyed fishing and hunting as well as his glass work. Mr. Lastinger is survived by his parents; two sons, Kevin Mark Lastinger of Colorado Springs, CO, and Kory Lee Lastinger of Cape Coral, FL; two sisters, Kathy Jean Lastinger of Tomah, WI and Sandy May Studer of Baraboo, WI; two brothers, Steve Mark Lastinger of Birmingham, AL and Johnny George Lastinger (Darlene) of Hephzibah, GA; grandchild, Kelsey Lastinger. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, December 10, 2006 from 10-12 PM. DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Hephzibah, GA 706-592-5000 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Catherine E. Radford (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Radford, 85, wife of the late Rev. Glenn S. Radford, Sr. Entered into rest December 9, 2006 at the Doctor's Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Graveside services will be at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 12, 2006 in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, Thomson Ga. with the Rev. Jerry Pitman officiating. Mrs. Radford was predeceased by her daughter Lennie Radford Seago. Survivors include one son; Glenn (Brenda) Shelton Radford, Jr. Harlem, GA. a step daughter; Faye Radford Green, Thomson, Ga. Additional survivors include nine Grandchildren and Eleven Great Grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Grandsons. In lieu of Flowers memorials may be made to the Silver Run Baptist Church, Building Fund 5406 HWY 221, Harlem, Ga 30814 Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Monday, December 11, 2006 at Starling Funeral Home Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. E-mail condolence to the family at starling@familink.com. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Nona Daniels   (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Funeral services for Nona Bell Wiggins Daniels will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2006 at the Amos and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomasina Lytes officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery. She was a homemaker. She is survived by a daughter, Latockqua Daniels, of the home; mother, Lena Walker Wiggins; brother, Darnell Wiggins and husband, James Daniels, Jr., all of Johnston, S.C. Amos & Sons Funeral Home. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lona M. Fallis   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Lona M. Fallis (Howerton), 85, of Augusta, formally of Cincinnati, OH, entered into rest, Thursday, December 7, 2006 at her residence. She was a retired Medical Records Librarian at Providence Hospital in Cincinnati and a member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta. She is survived by her daughter Mary DeRemer (William), by her grandchildren Kimberly DeRemer, Traci Walker, Thomas, John, Alicia and William Fallis, by her great grandchildren William and Amber Daugherty and others and by her siblings, Marie Hinkson and Margaret Viray. She was preceded in death by her husband the late John Hudson Fallis, by two sons Thomas Richard and John William Fallis and by a brother John Howerton. Visitation will be Monday, December 11, 2006 at 2:00 pm at the Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami, Cleves, Ohio followed by a graveside service at 2:30 pm at Maple Grove Cemetery, Cleves, Ohio. Poteet Funeral Homes, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, Ga. 30906 (706)798-8886 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Damien V. Middleton   (OCOEE, FL)
OCOEE, FL - Mr. Damien V. Middleton of Blackjack Oak Street entered into rest on Monday, December 4, 2006 at Health Central Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church with Rev. Sheffie Rouse officiating. Interment will be at Walker Memorial Park. The remains will lie in state at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, Ga.

Danny L. Neal (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Danny Luther Neal, Sr., 44 of Glen Stovall Drive, Thomson, Ga., entered into rest December 08, 2006 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday December 11, 2006 at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Pallbearers will be Lynn Neal, Shane Neal, Wayne Neal and Glen Braddock. Interment will follow in Adams Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Neal was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County. He was the son of the late L.C. Neal and Faye Story Neal. He was self-employed and had served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include: son, Danny Luther Neal, Jr., Hazelhurst, Ga.; daughter, Jessica Nicole Maddox, Hazelhurst; brother, David Neal, Alpharetta, Ga.; sister, Blinda Diane Neal, Harlem and one grandchild, Cadence Maddox. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Sunday at the funeral home. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, GA. 595-4100.

Robert Thompson   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Robert "RD" Thompson, 92, of Dupont Dr., entered into rest December 8, 2006 at Azalea Woods Nursing Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Thompson was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church, Salley, S.C., where he formerly served as a deacon and a choir member. He was also a Mason. Survivors include his son, Robert (Genice) Thompson, Newberry, S.C., three grandchildren and a host of other relatives. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 390 Beaufort St., Aiken, (803) 648-0134.

Danny L. Neal   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Danny L. Neal, Sr., 44 of Glen Stovall Drive, Thomson, Ga., entered into rest December 08, 2006 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday December 11, 2006 at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Interment will follow in Adams Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Sunday at the funeral home. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, GA. 595-4100 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Pauline Anderson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Pauline Anderson of Nordahl Drive entered into rest on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are one sister, Shirley (William) McGill, Augusta; two brothers, Lugene (Veronica) Anderson, Bernard (Cassandra) Anderson, Augusta; close friend, Veronica Harris; nieces and nephews. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, GA 30815

John McGeary (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
GREENSBORO, Ga. - John Joseph McGeary, III, 66, of Greensboro, died December 7, 2006. Relatives and friends are invited to his services Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing, N.J. where a viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Mays Landing. McCommons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marion H. Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Marion H. "Bud" Knight, beloved husband of the late Margaret Weathers Knight, entered into rest Thursday, December 7, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Knight was retired as a Millwright Assistant Superintendent with Dupont (SRP). A U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, he was a member of the American Legion Post 205, VFW Post 649, Fraternal Order of Eagles 1197, Local Union 283, Deputy for the VA Hospital, Past Chef De Gare for Voiture 719-40/8. He was a member of Curtis Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at Curtis Baptist Church, Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Rusty Newman officiating. Burial will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion Post 205 and VFW #649 and are asked to assemble at the church by 1:30 p. m. Survivors include his daughter, Fran Sandle and her husband Marshall, West Columbia, SC; his son, Herbie Knight,Augusta, GA; four grandchildren, Jessica, Amanda, Andrew and Alex and one great-grandson, Jonathan. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 9, 2006 from 6-8 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel.

Juanita Morris   (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Mrs. Juanita Mitchell Morris, 84, entered into rest on Thursday December 7, 2006. She was the loving wife of 60 years to the late James Williams Morris Sr. Funeral services will be held on Monday December 11, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the Belair Road Chapel of Platt's Funeral Home with Reverend William Harrell and Reverend Barry Daniels officiating the ceremony. Interment will follow in Westover Memorial Park. Survivors include two daughters, Pat Morris Fuller and her husband Allen of Martinez, Gina Morris Annis and her husband Michael of Evans. One son, James W. Morris Jr. and his wife Debbie of Augusta, one brother, James Willis Mitchell and his wife Shannon of Martinez. Five grandchildren, Jennifer Annis Jacobs and her husband Philip, Jessica Fuller Jobe and her husband Jason, Chancelor Allen Fuller, Emily Elizabeth Annis, and Michael Norville Annis Jr. and one great- grandchild, James Mugsy Jacobs. Mrs. Morris was known for her dedication to the Lord and her church, love of her family, kindness to others, and a genuine affection for all children. She was a member of Abilene Baptist Church and Emory Sayer's Sunday School Class. Mrs. Morris was born in Augusta and had lived in Evans for the past thirty three years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Abilene Baptist Church Building Fund for the Children's Wing at 3917 Washington Rd. Martinez,Ga. 30907 Pallbearers will be Charles Ennis, Billy Morris, Gregory Lepard, Christopher Lepard, David Annis and Barry Fuller. The family will receive family and friends Sunday evening from 4 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd, Evans, GA. 30809

Lula M. Perry McKie   (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Lula M. Perry McKie, a resident of 408 Seastrunk St., Graniteville, S.C., departed this life Monday, December 4, 2006. Funeral services will be today, Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. from the Valley Fair Baptist Church, Graniteville, S.C., with Rev. Dr. Ronald Coleman, Pastor, officiating. The interment will immediately follow in the Cor. John H. May Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, S.C. The remains will lie in state at the church from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of service. The funeral cortege will leave the residence of her deceased son, 203 A.P. Nievens St., Graniteville, S.C. at 1:00 p.m. Cheatham Funeral Homes, Inc., 3187 Augusta Rd. (Hwy. 421), Langley, S.C. (803) 593-0660.

Florence Brown   (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Funeral Services for Florence Kennedy Brown, 83, will be held three p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2006 at the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston with burial in the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends from one-thirty until the time of service on Sunday. Memorials may be made to the Williston Cemetery Fund, Box 367, Williston, SC 29853. Mrs. Brown died on Friday. Born in Barnwell County she was a daughter of the late Jasper Willie and Annie Mae Bunch Kennedy. She was married to the late James Terry 'J.T.' Brown, Sr. and worked for Elkay Industries. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, the WMU, formerly taught Sunday school and was a member of the Golden Age Club. Survivors include her brother Jasper J. Kennedy of Summerville; grandchildren Jamie Durden and Christopher Brown; great-grandchildren Dakota and Jared Brown. Sons, William Jerry Brown and James Terry Brown, Jr., brother, Wallace Murray Kennedy and grandson, Stephen Terry Brown preceded her in death. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Margaret Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral Services for Ms. Margaret Harris, who entered into rest on December 6, 2006, will be be conducted this Monday, December 11, 2006, at 2PM at Good Shephard Baptist Church with Reverend Clarence Moore officiating. Interment will be at Southview Cemetery. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Jerry M. Murdock   (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Jerry Mack Murdock, age 67, died Thursday December 7, 2006. He was born in Boone County, NC and a retired peace officer. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Crowe-Fields Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Millen Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; seven sons, Jerry, Jr., Rick, Randall, Doug, John, Freddy, and Gary; two daughters, Debbie Richards and Jerrie Ann Williams; two step-daughters, Donna and Bonnie; and several grand and great grandchildren. Crowe-Fields Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

William H. Lester   (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. William H. Lester, age 84, of Martinez, entered into rest on Friday morning, December 8, 2006 in Manahawkin, NJ. A native of England, he had resided in the Augusta area since moving from Brick Township, NJ in 1976. Mr. Lester had retired as a Supervisor from Pan Am; a Civil Service sub contractor for Base Maintenance at Fort Gordon, in 1986. He was a WW II, U. S. Army Veteran and a Purple Heart Recipient. With his wife, he had attended St. Teresa's Catholic Church. He is survived by: his wife of 48 years, Dolores Marie Lester; two sons, James Lester, Dubois, PA, Peter Michael Lester, Little Egg Harbor, NJ; two daughters, Carolyn Varnis (Christopher), Safety Harbor, FL, Lesley A. Donahoe (John), New Port Richey, FL; 11 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later date in New Jersey. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Tom Kersey (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Nona Daniels (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Bill Richey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Leroy Rutland (AIKEN, S.C.)

William H. Lester (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Luther Morgan (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Jerry M. Murdock (MILLEN, Ga.)

Danny L. Neal (THOMSON, Ga.)

J.W. Stephens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Henry Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kevin Lee Lastinger (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Wayne Elliott Linton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

B. Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Danny R. Steinmeyer (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Lona M. Fallis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Florence Brown (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Margaret Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Frances Coulthard (AIKEN, S.C.)

Carrie T. Koon (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Juanita Morris (EVANS, Ga.)

Freddie S. Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

John McGeary (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Robert Thompson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Artis Ainsworth (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Juanita Morris (EVANS, Ga.)

Ida P. Hamby (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

John Elam (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Willie E. McCall (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Pauline Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary B. Tolliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Marion H. Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Catherine E. Radford (HARLEM, Ga.)

Lula M. Perry McKie (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Marion H. Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jason Sheppard (AIKEN, S.C.)

Pauline Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Damien V. Middleton (OCOEE, FL)

Annie Perrin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Danny L. Neal (THOMSON, Ga.)

Overtime

Program prepares Army's best for Olympic shot

U.S. Soccer missed its big chance

Making waves

Area announcements

Area announcements
Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Making waves
As much of the country battens down for an icy winter, Hawaiians await their annual siege of monster waves on the islands' northern shores and hope for a chance to witness one of surfing's greatest big wave contests.

U.S. Soccer missed its big chance
U.S. Soccer officials can blame themselves next time they fret about why so few Americans are paying attention to their sport.

Overtime
In Douglasville, Ga., super heavyweight Trey Golston led Evans to a third-place finish in the Tiger Claw Varsity Duels at Douglas County High on Saturday.

Program prepares Army's best for Olympic shot
Inside a drab building on this U.S. Army post is a boxing Shangri-La, a spacious room with two rings, a row of punching bags and a wall of photographs showing those who have sweated and bled in this gym.

Photos: Trophy hunters

Photos: Trophy hunters
To look at more than 100 other fishing and hunting photos sent to us by readers this season, go to www.augustachronicle.com/outdoors and visit our online Sportsman's Scrapbook.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Organizers question why corps rule is enforced now
Bill Harvey and Stephen Bayazes Jr. have held about 40 of their Southern Anglers Challenge bass tournaments at Lake Springs recreation area since 1999.

North Augusta excels against Georgia teams
North Augusta boys basketball coach Al Young is willing to cross state lines to help his team prepare for its upcoming region schedule.

Seau plans on returning next season
New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau, out for the year after his third consecutive season-ending injury, said he plans to return next year for an 18th season.

NFL power rankings
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Vick's pursuit of record shines light on Douglass
CHICAGO - Former Chicago star Bobby Douglass holds the NFL record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback, but that might last only a few more days.

Falcons are focused
Big games in college were easy to define; they were circled on the calendar. It's different in the National Football League. Every game is circled.

UGA will accept frat, but no bias
University of Georgia officials decided Thursday to accept a Christian fraternity as an official student organization, allowing the group to require its members to be Christian so long as it does not discriminate based on age, race, color, class, nationality, sexual orientation or disability.

Faith digest
Coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn and cookies will be waiting for students studying for finals from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday in the Walton Building, second floor, First Baptist Church.

Four Gospels' reliability is supported by best-sellers
Jesus isn't only someone whose birth is widely celebrated but, few would dispute, also the most-discussed person of the past 2,000 years. What do we really know about him, though?

Hanukkah arts
The Israeli artist calls himself Bar Kocva, the name of a Jewish warrior who led a revolt against the Romans.

Researcher will discuss Russian Jews
A century ago, Jewish communities managed to maintain their way of life in Russia despite persecution. Then the Communists took over.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities.

Organizers question why corps rule is enforced now

The chains are off now for PGA Tour-bound Hendrix

South Carolina wins at Baylor

South Carolina wins at Baylor
Tre Kelly scored 26 points, including 17 in the second half, to lift South Carolina to a 64-59 win over Baylor on Saturday.

Young actors enjoy outdoor performance

Police officers warn about gang intrusion

Lab lets pupils try engineering careers

Mothers' club remembers elderly with holiday visits

Library calendar

Holiday camp will keep children entertained

SPCA sees decline in number of strays brought in

Where we worship

Farmers market

Pet of the week

In our community

Around the block

Five questions with Coleen Reed

Across the river

Augusta Prep junior scores in role

CSRA Bridge results

Athlete Spotlight: Taylor Staten

Holidays can be a bountiful season for burglars

Spotted in Carolina

Seniors calendar

Recycling briefs

In pictures

Recreation calendar

Events

Health calendar

Reunions

Museum brings Aiken's history into classrooms

Motivating students can be hardest job in the classroom

Voices from the street

Carolina rants and raves

Police bookings

Correction

Stormwater fee is unfair burden on landowners

Calendar

Meetings

Faith digest

Hanukkah arts

UGA will accept frat, but no bias

Faith calendar

Four Gospels' reliability is supported by best-sellers

Researcher will discuss Russian Jews