Hokrein: Y2K keeps future uncertain
This is the final stretch. For retailers, the next two months can make or break a year. For corporations, budgets have been whipped into submission, ready for execution.

Rudeness is bad for business
There is a commercial on television in which a young man at work discovers via the internet that the value of his stock holdings have gone through the roof, making him quite wealthy. He runs upstairs and tells off his boss, in a Johnny Paycheck (Take This Job and Shove It) fashion. Later he discovers the market has declined and his stock is worthless. He then rushes to beg for his job back.

'Cheese' may leave you hungry
Remember awhile ago I recommended to readers of this column a `business parable,' with the reservation that the form was ripe for abuse? Well, fasten your seat belts.

Consumer spending is no secret
If information is power, then corporate America is looking like a gorilla on steroids. Thanks to advances in information technology, companies now know more than ever about your spending habits.

Business briefs
Aiken City Council has loans available... Satellite seminar scheduled for November... Television monitors installed in arena

Signal chief leads Fort Gordon
Peter Cuviello had no intentions of becoming a general. When he entered the U.S. Army 30 years ago as a young lieutenant at Fort Hood, Texas, he was just another platoon leader. Thoughts of commanding an entire military installation weren't even in the back of his mind.

Ex-policemen fill special niche
As former police officers and now as certified accident reconstruction experts, Jimmy Hodges and Gerald Price have seen it all. Now, they are putting their experience to work with a new Augusta company, Collision Reconstruction Consultants Inc.

Company seeking new sector
Augusta-based Roof Management Services has enjoyed a monogamous relationship with the federal government, but now it's flirting with the private sector.

Brauer: Economic future poses concern
The world financial markets are full of jitters again. This decade, so prosperous for the U.S., has seen major financial turmoil every other year. Late 1999 and the year 2000 may be no exception.

Q&A: Technology needed in Army
Q: How has your business degree assisted you in your military career?

Briefcase
California costs more because of insurance ... Companies utilizing alternative workers ... Cost of fund investing continues to decline

Jump-starting medical sector is top priority
Health care in Augusta is an estimated $2 billion-a-year industry, so it's no surprise that business leaders have started taking a protectionist stance.

Programmer airs computer advice
At 8 a.m. Saturday, while most of Augusta is resting, Paul Wellman dispenses computer advice. There is talk of the new operating system Linux, a review of a disappointing new game called Dagger Fall and an announcement that BMW is one of the first automakers to provide Internet access in its autos.

Health scare
A bomb was dropped on Augusta's business community Sept. 14. It happened, oddly enough, during the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's Business at Breakfast program, a monthly networking event at which area business leaders banter over a scrambled eggs-and-sausage buffet before heading to work.

Businesses value coverage
Companies seeking to protect themselves against unexpected losses aren't taking any chances with their most valuable assets: their employees.

Temp work offers flexibility
Many people go to employment services firms with the hope of someday becoming a permanent employee.

Musselman upgraded to fair condition

Reds get Bichette to replace Vaughn

NBA openers

Cubs expected to make Baylor's hiring official

Pacers cut Pope, Butler

How will you spend extra hour?

Health scare

Business briefs

Pocket change
The shortage of information technology workers is holding back the growing U.S. economy, according to a survey.

Ex-policemen fill special niche

Web sites allow you to grade the guru
In an age when self-doubt is considered a weakness and self-promotion a virtue, everyone seems so sure of themselves these days, especially when it comes to experts telling you what to do with your money.

Business briefs
Goodman Chevrolet-Coachman, a Coachmen Recreational Vehicle dealership in New Ellenton, has been honored by Coachmen RV Company for purchasing one million dollars worth of Coachman RVs during the year.

Gambling: Economic upside big

Web sites allow you to grade the guru

Business briefs

Broad Street buzzing again
Max Bolgla never gave much thought to the two empty floors above his Broad Street business until a couple of years ago.

Georgia's produce growing

Georgia's produce growing
ATLANTA -- If the smell of fried Vidalia onion rings wouldn't do it, perhaps the smile from the Watermelon Queen would as farmers and agriculture officials from Georgia hawked the state's crops at the produce industry's top trade show.

Briefcase

On the move

Brauer: Economic future poses concern

Signal chief leads Fort Gordon

Pocket change

Company seeking new sector

Gambling: Economic upside big
Hephzibah resident Louis Wall had one question for Gov. Roy Barnes: what is his position on the Kialegee Indian tribe's plan to build a casino in Hancock County?

Programmer airs computer advice

On the move
Jo Ann S. Hoffman has been promoted to director of corporate communications for Morris Communications Corp., the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle. Ms. Hoffman, who will be responsible for internal and external publications and corporate relations for the company, joined Morris in March of 1998 as assistant director.

Hokrein: Y2K keeps future uncertain

$6.5 billion in savings bonds misplaced
NEW YORK -- Bestowed at christenings, tucked into birthday cards and doled out at graduations, the U.S. savings bond has been one of the most popular gift items in America over the years.

'Cheese' may leave you hungry

Rudeness is bad for business

Temp work offers flexibility

$6.5 billion in savings bonds misplaced

Jump-starting medical sector is top priority

Broad Street buzzing again

Q&A: Technology needed in Army

Businesses value coverage

College football roundup: Top teams fight for win

Sophomore becomes go-to guy for Yellow Jackets

Auburn quarterback out with concussion

Georgia Southern crushes E. Tennesse State

Gators coach reaches milestone

Tech dominates N.C. State

Dorsey: Donnan's team takes small step

Volunteers gets decisive win over Gamecocks

Weinke rebounds for top-ranked Seminoles win

Clemson wins with new quarterback

Holts hopes loss is not habit forming

Georgia notes: Turnovers costly for Bulldogs

Gators gobble up Bulldogs

A look at the 20th century: 1985
President Ronald Reagan welcomed the new year with the oath of office for his second term, and 32-year-old Charles A. DeVaney, former city councilman, became Augusta's chief executive with an inauguration address that included plans to promote the growth of the city and promises to relieve the inconveniences of trains downtown.

Rights fight left indelible images
No memory of the 20th century would be complete without including visions from the civil rights movement.

Offers fan's eulogy for golf champion

Endorses the 'man with the plan' in Dist. 2

Recommends 'trustworthy' Dist. 4 candidate

Slams candidates with records for pursuing office

Wants to take back what Satan 'stole'

District 2: Marion Williams

District 6: Andy Cheek

Praises incumbent Grovetown mayor

Backs Dist. 6 candidate with 'a new vision'

Laments finance reform bill's failure

Backs dress code-uniform policies

Says uproar over painting is puzzling

Supports school uniform policy

Historical change

Kent: Superintendent wooed; Harbin's mission

The Pakistan coup

Questions ethics bill

Says failed candidate forgot his roots

Inquire about own review, not resume
Dear Carson: I have been on a new job for six months. Company policy calls for a performance review within 90 days of hiring, but I have not had such a review.

They're creepy, spooky and ready for Halloween
It only took eight hairpieces from the dollar store to make 10-year-old Holly Robinson disappear this Halloween. Holly donned a hat, sunglasses and the 4-foot-long locks to portray Cousin Itt for The Chronicle's Addams Family portrait.

In the know
The start of the 76th annual Augusta Exchange Club Agricultural Fair is just five days away. For some, the best thing about the fair is eating funnel cakes or vinegar fries. For others it's a trip to the spook house, a kiss at the top of the Ferris wheel or a whirl on the Himalayan. What's your favorite part of the fair? Why do you look forward to that particular thing each year? We'll print answers to this question in the Your Life section on Thursday, the day before the fair begins.

Remodeling turns dump into dream
Eric Blackwell is always working on his home in Thomas Woods in south Augusta. ``I usually have at least three to four projects going on at once,'' said Mr. Blackwell, a commercial account executive for Comcast. ``People come to my house just to see what I've done next.'

Ghost of lover haunted prosperous farmer
John Bell had every reason to be happy. Handsome, prosperous and blessed with a beautiful wife and eight healthy children, the Tennessee planter hobknobbed with the rich and famous, including neighbor Andrew Jackson,who later became president of the United States.

The Thompson sightings
It's late Monday night, and I'm lying in my sleeping bag in a very old, very dark, allegedly haunted house in Thomson. I'm halfway between being awake and asleep when I hear creaking on the stairs that descend from the attic and the sound of a girl's voice.

A look at week 7

Hearst eyes return to San Francisco

Struggling Falcons focus on passing game

Prep Football: Week 10

Senators get victory over Thrashers

Hurricanes skate over Islanders

Blues top Detroit in OT

Alltel Arena finally opens; Ronan on the move again

Voters decide whether NHL team gets new home

Tiltgen leads way for Lynx

How will you spend extra hour?
We go back to Eastern Standard Time today, and you know what that means. Government bureaucrats have given you a gift -- one extra hour. Sixty free minutes -- 3,600 uncommitted seconds.

In the know

Ghost of lover haunted prosperous farmer

The Thompson sightings

Inquire about own review, not resume

Remodeling turns dump into dream

School denies some students right to take SAT exam
SAVANNAH -- Varsity wrestler David Gay has a good chance at getting a scholarship, but he is being stymied because administrators at Groves High School won't let him take the Scholastic Assessment Test.

County to weigh trash-disposal options
In less than five years, Columbia County officials will have to talk trash. By then, the county's Baker Place Road Landfill will be nearly full. Officials will have to decide what to do next with the 300 to 400 tons of garbage produced each day by local residents and businesses.

Bridge links canal with Milledge Road

Across the area

Festival draws costumed crowd

Council to decide Kmart plan

Father figures
Lonnie's dad is Mr. Mom. When 8-year-old Lonnie Moore Jr. leaves to go to school, his dad inspects his outfit to make sure he doesn't look ``like a hoodlum.'' Lonnie's dad cooks dinner, washes the laundry and taught him how to tie his shoelaces. He checks over Lonnie's homework, helps coach little league and chaperones the school dances. And when Lonnie arrives home from school, his first job is to check in with his dad.

First-grade promotion rate remains the same

Council to decide Kmart plan
AIKEN -- The old Kmart building on Richland Avenue may get a new life as a county office building if a plan to lease the building is approved by Aiken County Council.

Candidates have history of debt

Candidates have history of debt
Most of the candidates for Augusta Commission who want to help spend your tax money don't always do so well with their own.

Father figures

Company combating regulation
ATLANTA -- After keeping quiet for months, Georgia Power Co. is starting to fight back against a plan that could force customers across the state to spend up to $857 million to help clean up metro Atlanta's dirty air.

Officials prepare for new magnet school

This week in Georgia

This week in South Carolina

McCormick teen missing from bus

Low voter turnout predicted in Augusta
Tuesday's election to fill half the seats on the Augusta Commission is being hailed as one of the dullest elections ever.

Low voter turnout predicted in Augusta

Landowner plans to sue over zoning

McCormick faces tough choice
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Possibly never in the history of this tiny Southern town have voters been faced with a more difficult decision.

It's time to fall back

Census party informs city
It was a Spanish flamenco dance show. It was a gospel music festival with free hot dogs to boot.

Magnet schools work to ease entry

Across the area
Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes will make a whirlwind tour through Augusta on Monday, with an open house at the new Visitor Information Center, a ground-breaking at Augusta State University and an address to a local civic group.

McCormick faces tough choice

Harlem, Grovetown ready for elections
On Tuesday, residents of Grovetown and Harlem will go to the polls to vote for their city representatives.

County to weigh trash-disposal options

First-grade promotion rate remains the same
ATLANTA -- A reworked assessment of Georgia's 100,000 kindergartners indicates more than nine in 10 youngsters are ready for first grade.

It's time to fall back
WASHINGTON -- Standard time is back for most of America. The switch took place at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time, when clocks should have been set back one hour.

School denies some students right to take SAT exam

Aiken County election day nears
BURNETTOWN -- Video poker is off the ballot, but Tuesday is still election day in Aiken County, with council elections in five municipalities and uncontested mayoral elections in two.

A look at the 20th century: 1985

Landowner plans to sue over zoning
AIKEN -- An Aiken woman prevented from developing property she owns in the horse district for more than 10 years has notified the city that she plans to sue over the latest rebuff.

This week in South Carolina
A course on infant CPR will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The seminar in sixth-floor Classroom A will cover dealing with foreign body airway obstructions and home safety with infants. Reservations are required. For information, call the hospital at 641-5926 or toll-free at (800) 641-2771.

Doctors find new heart for Augusta boy
Daniel Moretz made a prediction unlike those of other children this Halloween. The 8-year-old Augusta boy told his father last week that he would have a heart transplant -- which would be his 12th heart surgery -- by today.

Rights fight left indelible images

Officials prepare for new magnet school
Richmond County school officials are at the beginning stage of starting a new magnet school.

Home front: Mother repays her 'angels'

Census party informs city

Festival draws costumed crowd
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Six-year-old Caitlyn Hummell waited all year to show off her idea of the perfect Halloween costume.

Doctors find new heart for Augusta boy

War memorabilia show leaves Augusta
George Feindel's World War II memorabilia collection all started with a Christmas present when he was 4. Today, it is so large he can only estimate it's in the range of 20,000 to 30,000 items.

Aiken County election day nears

Residents welcome an early Halloween
For Sherrie Dailey and her 10-year-old daughter Meredith, celebrating Halloween a day early came as a much welcomed change of tradition.

Across the area

Magnet schools work to ease entry
Johnetta Neely wanted her daughter Jessyca to attend C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School because she considered the school superior to others in Richmond County.

War memorabilia show leaves Augusta

8-year-old child given new heart
Daniel Moretz made a Halloween prediction that was unlike those of other children this year.

Company combating regulation

This week in Georgia
Eight comedians will perform in a benefit performance for Metropolitan Community Church of Augusta at 8 p.m. at The Comedy House, 2701 Washington Road. Tickets cost $10. For information, call The Comedy House at 736-9190.

Across the area
AIKEN -- Police are searching for a local man suspected in the arson of his wife's vehicle and alleged threats against her life early Sunday.

8-year-old child given new heart

McCormick teen missing from bus
Richmond County Sheriff's Department investigators are searching for a South Carolina teen who disappeared after boarding a bus in the Augusta area.

Harlem, Grovetown ready for elections

Bridge links canal with Milledge Road
A recycled row of pilings, more than a ton of timber and a federal transportation grant were combined this fall to complete the newest access to the Augusta Canal towpath.

Home front: Mother repays her 'angels'
Bonnie Parker has always been a firm believer in the existence of angels. ``I've always known that they were there,'' she said.

Residents welcome an early Halloween

NBA 1999-00: Would Jordan recognize the league?

Musselman upgraded to fair condition

Hawks hoping to run longer in playoffs

Pacers cut Pope, Butler

NBA openers

Patterson added to list of wounded Wolves

Falcons defender Dronett redeems himself

A look at week 7

Colts top Cowboys

Titans hand Rams first loss

Falcons pounce on Panthers

Hearst eyes return to San Francisco

NFL Roundup: Browns get first win, Rams first loss

Struggling Falcons focus on passing game

Mrs. Mattie Green
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mattie Cobb Green, of Scott Store Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Frank Taylor
AIKEN -- Mr. Frank Everett Taylor, 82, of Riviera Road, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Joseph Womack
GARFIELD, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph P. Womack, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Holland Walker
MACON -- Mr. Holland Gary Walker, 64, of Misty Valley Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999.

Mr. Moses Gant
Mr. Moses Gant, 54, of Gay Street, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mollie Aaron,
Mrs. Mollie Aaron, of Oakland Avenue, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Blair House Nursing Home. She was 103.

Miss Danielle Johnson
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Miss Danielle Johnson, 19, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Lucille Casnettie
LANGLEY -- Mrs. Lucille Cassnette, 70, of Dunbar Street, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Charles Martin Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Charles V. Martin Sr., 79, of Hadden Pond Road, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Augusta.

Mr. Albert Daniel
MADISON, Ga. -- Mr. Albert Louis Daniel, 93, of Jasper Street, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Augusta.

Mrs. Leontine Illingworth
Mrs. Leontine Catherine Illingworth, of Owens Road, Evans, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Joel Casteen
LOS ANGELES -- Mr. Joel Chad Casteen, 27, of Washington Place, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, in Marina Del Rey.

Ms. Blanda Freeman
Ms. Blanda Ann Garnett Freeman, 41, of Lanier Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at her residence.

Cameron Lampley
HEPHZIBAH -- Cameron A. Lampley, 15, of Plum Bridge Court, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Frances Kersey
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances ``Firlie'' Kersey, 78, of Route 1, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Janice Jackson
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Janice W. Jackson, 43, of North Main Street, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Doris Canady
Mrs. Doris Smith Canady, 66, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Detta Pierce
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Detta Pierce, 70, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Clyde Rickerson
Mr. Clyde L. Rickerson died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Arreather Williamson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Arreather Washington Williamson, 73, of Union Church Lane, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, in Windsor.

Mr. Robert Lowe
Mr. Robert D. Lowe, 67, of Foxhall Circle, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Esther Hazelrigs
RICHMOND, Va. -- Mrs. Esther Wynn Hazelrigs, 78, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999.

Mr. William Hamrick
AIKEN -- Mr. William Lucas Hamrick, 79, of East Gate Drive, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at Carriage Hills Plantation Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Ms. Lutitia McLendon
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Ms. Lutitia McLendon, 69, of Bradford Road, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999.

Mr. Earl Hoffert
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Earl Joseph ``Nick'' Hoffert, 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Rance Wadley
Mr. Rance M. ``Randy'' Wadley, of Jenkins Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Freddie Glover
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Freddie Lee Glover, 33, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Isaac Williams Jr.
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Isaac Williams Jr., 59, of Church Street, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Shine Sr.
Mr. John D. Shine Sr., 80, of Tara Court, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Miss Jodie Sheridan
Miss Jodie Brooke Sheridan, 18, of Meadowbrook Drive, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Richard Massaro
JACKSON -- Mr. Richard Massaro, 58, of Virginia Hill Court, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Regional Medical Center.

Robert Taylor
JACKSON -- Mr. Robert Phillip Taylor, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Lowe
Mr. Robert D. Lowe, 67, of Foxhall Circle, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Shelby Finnerty
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Shelby Fayth Finnerty died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Harold Rabun
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Harold Rabun, 72, of Georgia Highway 80, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Margaret Tyler
Mrs. Margaret Tyler, of Chestnut Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Holland Walker

Mrs. Lucille Casnettie

Mr. John Shine Sr.

Robert Taylor

Ms. Lutitia McLendon

Mr. Harold Rabun

Mr. William Hamrick

Mr. Richard Massaro

Mr. Earl Hoffert

Mr. Robert Lowe

Mr. Clyde Rickerson

Mr. Rance Wadley

Mrs. Arreather Williamson

Shelby Finnerty

Mrs. Janice Jackson

Mrs. Detta Pierce

Mrs. Mollie Aaron,

Mr. Joel Casteen

Mr. Isaac Williams Jr.

Mrs. Frances Kersey

Mrs. Margaret Tyler

Mr. Freddie Glover

Mr. Charles Martin Sr.

Miss Danielle Johnson

Mr. Frank Taylor

Cameron Lampley

Mr. Moses Gant

Mr. Albert Daniel

Smith: Payne Stewart's death should be catalyst for improved aircraft safety rules
I FIRST encountered explosive decompression when I was a young fighter pilot flying over France at night in a single seat F-100 fighter aircraft. The year was 1960 but I can still remember that flight almost 40 years later.

Endorses the 'man with the plan' in Dist. 2
Willie W. (Bill) Law would make a good Augusta commissioner. He has preparedhimself to serve the people. He is educated and has the skill needed to work with the other commissioners. He can immediately contribute to building a better government for all the citizens of Augusta. Betty J. Gardner, Augusta

Backs Dist. 6 candidate with 'a new vision'
Augusta's 6th District finally has the opportunity to elect someone who will serve in the best in-terest of Augusta's residents. Andy Cheek is a welcome candidate to the political scene as he is a true ``independent representative'' who has demonstrated honesty, integrity, independence and a new vision for Augusta. Paul Sanders, Augusta

Praises incumbent Grovetown mayor
A renaissance in Grovetown is in a state of progression under the leadership of Mayor Dennis Trudeau. Rosa Lee Owens, Grovetown

Asserts slavery wasn't God's idea
The Oct. 13 letter from T.W. Highsmith was somewhat misleading. In the beginning, when God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He neither told them to own slaves or to be owned by man. Slavery never came up in the mind of God. Julie Padgett, Augusta

District 6: Andy Cheek
The choice for south Augusta Commission District 6 voters is between taking a step back to cronyism and corruption or moving ahead into a brighter future that will help fulfill the promise of consolidation -- savings and efficiency in government.

Wants to take back what Satan 'stole'
The United States of America was founded on good ground, had a firm foundation and was built on a rock. This meant everything to the people then and still has that same meaning to some of us today. Glen Reynolds, Grovetown

Backs dress code-uniform policies
Re the Oct. 9 letter by Scott D. Stewart of Martinez: He has finally said what should have been said long ago. As parents of three children in Richmond County Schools, ... we look at the uniform issue as the first step in restoring order and respect to our institutions of learning. B. White, Augusta

Says uproar over painting is puzzling
The uproar about the picture that was displayed in a museum in New York in October is beyond my comprehension. Dennis A. Calamas, Augusta

Fears Burnettown annexation 'plans'
Burnettown Town Councilman candidate Jerry Rucker recently wrote about the progress and am-bitions Burnettown's incorporation has brought to the Valley. While Sassafras Festivals and parks are great, annexation has been and will continue to be a thorn in the flesh for some citizens of this area. J. F. Rodgers, Clearwater

Questions ethics bill
Are the Augusta commissioners who (are) against the ethics bill feeding at the trough, or do they just hope to be if the opportunity arises? Pat Missar, Augusta

Dist. 4: Richard Colclough
In the scrappy four-way race for the Augusta Commission District 4 seat, we recommend the election Tuesday of the thoughtful appointed incumbent, RICHARD COLCLOUGH.

Offers fan's eulogy for golf champion
It is kind of odd how the death of someone you don't even know can affect your life, or at least your outlook. I never knew U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart, but we shared a common bond. We had the game. He made a living at it. I am only obsessed. Andy King, Martinez

Supports school uniform policy
I found it interesting that one of your letter writers, Joanne Paulos, (Oct. 21) supports uniforms in ``public school'' since the writer has no children in the public system. It is easy to support an idea when it has no affect on you. D. Thomas, Augusta

Lauds incumbent Grovetown Mayor
In answer to Austin Rhodes' Oct. 23 letter, it is clear that the challenger to Grovetown's MayorDennis Trudeau is resorting to character attack by proxy. Larry Waxman, Martinez

Laments finance reform bill's failure
The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill has again been voted down. In fact, it had no more possibility of passing than a snowball's chance in Hades! Al Kotras, Augusta

Historical change
When Augusta's then-U.S. Rep. Doug Barnard, D-Ga., proposed in 1978 to repeal the Depression era Glass-Steagall Act, he says he was just about laughed out of Congress. Nobody's laughing now.

Says failed candidate forgot his roots
What do we really need in a political leader? How about simply someone who will tell you wherethey stand regardless of the political consequences. Randy Hatcher, Augusta

Hits sales tax on Glascock Co. ballot
Many citizens of Glascock County have expressed their concerns regarding the excessive spending, lack of judgment and decisions made by the Glascock County Commission. Pat Burkett, Gibson

Smith: Payne Stewart's death should be catalyst for improved aircraft safety rules
I FIRST encountered explosive decompression when I was a young fighter pilot flying over France at night in a single seat F-100 fighter aircraft. The year was 1960 but I can still remember that flight almost 40 years later.

Slams candidates with records for pursuing office
I was really disgusted and sick to my stomach when I saw the article in the paper about the Augusta Commission candidates. What kind of an example are these people setting for our youth? William J. Holthouse, Augusta

The Pakistan coup
Western powers are nervously cluck-clucking over the latest military coup in Pakistan. But perhaps Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf means it when he says he had to kill democracy in order to save it.

Likes Dist. 2 candidate with 'high standards'
Congratulations on Rev. Marion Williams' decision to enter therace for a spot on the Richmond County Board of Commissioners in District 2. J. R. Riles, Augusta

Kent: Superintendent wooed; Harbin's mission
Larke being courted Richmond County School Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke is the target of serious recruitment by large school systems above the Mason-Dixon Line. And get this: If he were to retire tomorrow, the difference between Larke's take-home net pay and retirement take-home pay is $358 a month. That nets out to about $90 a week!

District 2: Marion Williams
There are almost 9,000 registered voters in this all-too-often neglected district. They must decide if they are dissatisfied with seven-year Augusta Commission incumbent Freddie Handy and, if so, which of his three challengers merit support.

Recommends 'trustworthy' Dist. 4 candidate
Having known Augusta District 4 Commission candidate Brian Green for three years, it is myopinion that he is a very trustworthy individual. Eric Parker, Augusta

Woods moves into lead

Stewart gracious with his time

Pole-sitter Green wins Busch race

Woods wins seventh title in '99

Hines' record time stands in qualifying

Overtime: Silver Gloves returning to city in 2000

Stockton takes two-shot lead in seniors event

Thurmond Lake once fell 33 1/2 feet below normal

Barrel horse races return to civic center

Driver's death overshadows competitive race for title

Overtime: Evqvist wins by upsetting Krajicek

Y2K spending shaping up as prosperity booster
Ask Jamison Scott how much his family's sheet-metal business spent fixing its Y2K computer problems and he'll say $80,000, a hefty sum for a company with 15 employees.

Funds for SRS plutonium plant halted
Some nuclear activists question why no funding was granted for a proposed Savannah River Site plant that would help rid the nation of surplus plutonium.

Researchers say fault more powerful than previously believed
IRVINE,Calif. -- A newly discovered fault beneath the coastal section of Orange County could generate a bigger earthquake than previously believed, according to a recent study.

U.S. genetically engineering 'Terminator' seeds
WASHINGTON -- Missouri farmer Bill Christison cuts $20,000 off the annual cost of growing soybeans by saving seed from one year's crop to plant the following spring.

How to erase a browser's Web trail
Q. How do I get rid of my browser's history? A. Your Web browser is designed to make it easy to go to previously visited sites. As a result, your browsing leaves plenty of tracks.

Government prepares for Y2K
WASHINGTON -- The IRS said difficulties in keeping track of its equipment have complicated efforts to deal with the Y2K computer problem but promised no major delays in sending out tax refund checks.

North America's settlers may have crossed Atlantic
SANTA FE, N.M. -- In a radical twist to pre-history, two prominent archeologists say North America's first inhabitants may have crossed the icy Atlantic Ocean some 18,000 years ago from Europe's Iberian Peninsula.

Separating Wheat.com from Chaff.com
Imagine your boss giving you this assignment: Organize the billion pages on the World Wide Web into a system that will allow anyone to find anything within seconds. Bear in mind that as fast as you can devise your indexing system, the volume of pages likely will double and their contents will change.

Web site will link coroners
AIKEN -- With the flick of a switch and click of a button, computer users now have access to the deadly details of Aiken County's unsolved mysteries.

Airborne laser studied for missile defense
SEATTLE -- Across the street from a museum depicting the Wright brothers' historic flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C., nearly 100 years ago, a new breed of aviation pioneer is chasing a 21st century dream: an airplane armed with speed-of-light weaponry that can destroy enemy missiles in flight.

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Q: I keep hearing that some Web sites leave ``cookies'' on the hard drive of a personal computer. What are they, and should I allow my PC to accept Them?

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