Red Sox closer Tom Gordon will need surgery

Girardi, Stanton, Watson become free agents

Baez signs with Tribe for 4 years

Chipper Jones likely to get National League MVP

Griffey is pinstripes? Yikes!

Avery on bench for opener

Children are reward after work

Bankers predict competition
Bankers predict competitionRemoving barriers among financial services may lead to ``one-stop shopping,'' financiers say

Investors cheer low unemployment rate

Nasdaq to launch European stock market
LONDON -- The race to create Europe's first unified, regional stock market took an American twist Friday when the Nasdaq Stock Market unveiled plans to create an Internet-based European network.

Pocket change
Checking up on your investments is made easier through the Public Register's Annual Report Service. The service distributes annual reports on more than 3,600 companies, including nearly 60 in Georgia.

Nasdaq to launch European stock market

'Dogs of Dow' can be lucrative for investors
Q: I've been hearing a lot about the ``Dogs of the Dow.'' Are those the worst-performing stocks in the Dow Jones industrial average?

Business briefs: Walt Disney shares decline 8 percent
Mickey Mouse is having a tough time keeping investors smiling. Shares of Walt Disney Co. dropped 8 percent Friday in heavy trading on the New York Stock Exchange to close at $24.31 1/4, down $2.18 3/4, after Chairman Michael Eisner said the company's depressed earnings streak will continue into the year 2000.

Employees want not only fairness but knowledge when pensions change
Ray Lillie opted for a promising IBM early retirement package. Then he found out that he'd unwittingly cut himself out of an even better pension offer -- announced just weeks after he'd retired.

'Neo-traditional' homes offer neighborly appeal
Most people asked to describe the ideal neighborhood usually recall the kind of place their grandparents lived.

Pax World Fund offers socially responsible junk bonds
NEW YORK -- Consider for a moment the apparent contradictions inherent in an investment product called a socially responsible junk bond mutual fund.

Biz briefs

As savings rates rise, the 'sidelines' are looking good
NEW YORK -- Looking for a place to park some cash until the stock market becomes less volatile, inflation fears die down and Y2K is passe? The ``sidelines'' aren't so bad.

On the move

Regulators examine long-distance advertising
WASHINGTON -- Flooded with reports from consumers who feel confused or mislead, federal regulators took a hard look Thursday at the advertising used to tout telephone long-distance plans and ``dial-around'' services.

Pax World Fund offers socially responsible junk bonds

'Neo-traditional' homes offer neighborly appeal

Pocket change

Business briefs: Walt Disney shares decline 8 percent

Employees want not only fairness but knowledge when pensions change

Bankers predict competition

'Dogs of Dow' can be lucrative for investors

Coca-Cola to eliminate jobs
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will cut as many as 300 jobs at plants in its 12-state distribution area to streamline costs.

Regulators examine long-distance advertising

Investors cheer low unemployment rate
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate fell to a three-decade low of 4.1 percent in October -- with only modest wage inflation -- in a showing made to order for nervous investors. Wall Street rallied on the news.

Biz briefs
The owners of DynamiCast Precision Castings Inc., Andy Sparks and Micky Young, have purchased the assets of Augusta Foundry Inc.

Coca-Cola to eliminate jobs

On the move
Patricia Moore, curator of education at the Morris Museum of Art, has been elected to serve as secretary of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Art Education Association's Board of Directors. Ms. Moore formerly served as museum education division representative for the art association.

As savings rates rise, the 'sidelines' are looking good

Brown refocusing on grades, football

Clemson crushes Duke

Hill's heroics save Southern

Nation's top rusher no factor in Heisman race

College football today

Top offensive players face off

Rivers shines in Cav debut

Gators looking for new Swamp streak

Clemson set to defend home turf

Eagles, Paladins battle for conference title

Rivers to start for Cavs

Field goal put Eagles on top of Furman

Irish looking up at Vols

Tech stunned by Virginia

Nothing but trouble for LSU football

A look at the 20th century: 1987
The Iran-Contra hearings, which shook President Reagan's administration and made Oliver North a household name, ranked as the top news story of 1987.

Urge road name honor ex-president

Blasts women's kiss on 'Ally McBeal'

Reminds students to live 'by rules'

Wants return of 6 a.m. Angelus bell

South Augusta mistrust

Hits celebration of Western civilization

Notes penalty for eschewing politics

Raps drawdown, decommissioning

Will FBI chief survive?

Lauds anti-block schedule decision

Lauds analysis, McKee cartoon

Cries foul over Braves cartoon

Floor leader being honest

Says dress, uniform policies working

Worries how historians will view us

Warns of dangers from opening lock

Likes appearance of new theater

Notes message of gospel star's death

Allagash wilderness
ALLAGASH WILDERNESS, Maine -- The setting sun is a big red ball leaking fiery colors all over the northern forest. And the surface of Long Lake is like a Monet masterpiece -- liquid images of spruce trees, white birch, yellow marsh grasses and wildflowers congealing with hues of the vanishing sun.

Suffering strengthens our faith
"So when the crisis is upon you, remember that God, like the trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a tough and stalwart antagonist ... that you may prove a victor in the Great Games." -- Epictetus

Finding a Queen Anne in Jewell
JEWELL, Ga. -- Around every corner in their 99-year-old home, Jim and Louise Yates have uncovered new possibilities.

Faith digest
Even families who don't say grace the rest of the year will bow their heads at Thanksgiving when the whole family is gathered for a holiday meal. We are asking readers to share their favorite blessings for publication in the Nov. 20 Religion section.

Presence is desired, but not presents
Dear Carson: Please help! I am throwing a surprise 40th wedding anniversary party for my parents. I prefer that the guests not bring gifts.

Mission of Health
It may not seem like much payment, but to Kimberly Gaither, the carved wooden spear is a powerful reminder of the sometimes touching, sometimes harrowing days in the mountainous jungles of Peru battling diseases and parasites unseen in this country.

South American paradise offers wealth of tropical beauty
MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- This island's white sand beaches, green mountains and valleys, beautiful sunsets and lively night life draw thousands of visitors a year. It's Venezuela's top tourist attraction and a good jumping off point for touring other parts of the South American country.<

Art Mart gives Christian artists an outlet
An array of wholesome and religious art -- from mosaic tables and lithographs to acrylic and oil paintings -- will be displayed at the Christian Art Mart from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. todayin the gymnasium at Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 Washington Road in Martinez.

Growing smaller
Cathy Murray of Evans found a church home with her dog's help. A neighbor who liked to join Mrs. Murray while she walked her dog invited her to a home Bible study.

Archaeologist wanted fame at any cost
"I have gazed upon the face of Agamenmon," German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann wired a newspaper in November 1876.

Jefferson County blanks West Laurens

North Augusta baffled by Lexington

Statesboro ends Patriots' hopes of making playoffs

Hill, Shanks spark Thomson over Glenn Hills

Williston-Elko rolls over Thornwell

Richmond stuns Burke County

Hawks run past McCormick

Strom Thurmond hammers Burke County, S.C.

Washington-Wilkes pounds Monticello

Prep Football: Week 11

Red Devils put hurt on Warren County

ECHL notes: Cantu pays for racial slur

Desantis familiar with opposing coach

Jagr sizzles, but Pittsburgh fizzles

Struggles continue for Lynx in 8-3 loss

Children are reward after work
Many years ago I worked with a woman who had three young children. These little darlings were (to my bachelor sensibilities) loud, undisciplined, irritating, whining, ill-mannered distractions.

Finding a Queen Anne in Jewell

Presence is desired, but not presents

Allagash wilderness

Suffering strengthens our faith

Art Mart gives Christian artists an outlet

Mission of Health

Growing smaller

Archaeologist wanted fame at any cost

Faith digest

Roadster rally
Jim and Marilyn Woodard, tourists visiting Augusta from Indianapolis, take some time to check out one of the vintage British roadsters parked at the King George pub during a rally Saturday.

Schrenko backs off from promise
ATLANTA -- State school Superintendent Linda Schrenko promised this would be her last term, but a fund-raising letter sent out by her campaign this week tells another story.

Across the area: Residents report chemical cloud
Richmond County Emergency Management Agency investigated reports Friday of an apparent chemical cloud drifting across the Savannah River toward Beech Island but found no evidence of any type of release.

Lawmaker sentenced to prison term

At the races

Lack of evidence ends abuse inquiry

Swingin' kiss
Katherine Smith gets a kiss from her 2-year-old daughter Brielle as she swings in the afternoon sun at Riverview Park in North Augusta on Friday. Sunny and mild weather is forecast for today, with high temperatures in the 70s.

Program helps first-graders most

Highway exits to be renumbered
A new numbering system planned for interstate exits will help emergency response teams when seconds count. The Georgia Department of Transportation will begin renumbering interstate exits in January so the exit numbers correspond with mile markers.

County plans stormwater fee

Swingin' kiss

Dispatchers making personal calls

Task force fights DUI rate

Lack of evidence ends abuse inquiry
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Edgefield County Sheriff's Department closed its investigation into the sexual abuse allegations at the center of an alleged Arkansas-South Carolina murder-for-hire plot because of lack of evidence, Sheriff R. Billy Parker said.

Area fairgrounds come to life

Degrees benefit educators

Wreck prompts lawsuit
AIKEN -- A Jasper County family is suing the state Department of Transportation over a fatal 1997 wreck they blame on the agency's failure to warn drivers of a dangerous intersection at the foot of a hill near Silver Bluff.

Area tough on crooks, report says

Tourism director aims for cohesion
ATLANTA - Georgia's new tourism director spent the past week visiting with local counterparts and learning of destinations from the coast to the mountains as she overcomes her status as a newcomer to the state and to the travel industry.

Hill's heroics save Southern

Students say college's admissions still biased

Roadster rally

Tourism director aims for cohesion

This week in Georgia

This week in South Carolina

Area tough on crooks, report says
Committing a crime may cost a law-breaker more time behind bars in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties than in most Georgia counties.

This week in Georgia
Transportation is available for senior citizens living in the 30906 ZIP code to make medical visits, pick up prescriptions, buy groceries and conduct other activities. Care Management Super Shuttle will provide the door-to-door service for $2 one way or $4 round trip in clean, dependable transportation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance. To get information or to make an appointment, call 733-8771.

County plans stormwater fee
Reed Creek begins inauspiciously enough: Its source is a fenced-in retention pond that has more white sand and clay than water.

Augusta woman gets moment on camera

Degrees benefit educators
Riverside Middle School Principal Sandra Carraway already is feeling the weight of night classes as she pursues a doctorate in education leadership.

Highway exits to be renumbered

Arkansas killings generate rumors
Patrons who frequent Kirkland's Grocery in New Holland community usually chew the fat over who has gotten divorced or who snitched to health officials when chicken farmers buried dead birds.

Wreck prompts lawsuit

Augusta woman gets moment on camera
Growing up in Savannah in the 1940s, Jane Armstrong daydreamed of being like the actresses she saw on the silver screen.

FBI attempted to locate victims after call
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Law enforcement authorities in South Carolina received an anonymous tip about an alleged murder-for-hire plot nearly two weeks before Edgefield resident Joann Kneece and her ex-husband were slain in Arkansas, according to court records.

Program helps first-graders most
ATLANTA -- An intensive reading program now in about 60 percent of Georgia's elementary schools appears to be showing promise for first-graders but has not proved as effective for older children, according to the first comprehensive report on the project.

Student with pellet gun arrested at Evans High
A 15-year-old Evans High School student was arrested Friday after school officials discovered a pellet gun in his book bag.

Dispatchers making personal calls
Just minutes before two children were struck by a hit-and-run driver two Sundays ago, some Richmond County 911 dispatchers were busy checking winning lottery numbers from the night before.

Double homicide suspect enters innocent plea
Four years after two people were shot to death as they slept in bed, and one year after Richard S. Breedlove was indicted on murder charges for the killings, the Richmond County man made his first court appearance Friday.

Event aids homeless veterans
They fought for their country, some in the Persian Gulf, others in Vietnam.

This week in South Carolina
The North AugustaBelvedere branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 232 in North Augusta. For details, call 827-9529.

Across the area
A Martinez house fire late Saturday might have been the result of its electrical panel exploding. According to the owner, 63-year-old Walter Wren of 111 Wesley Drive, the fire, which caused no major injuries, began after he heard a loud bang at about 6 p.m.

Students say college's admissions still biased
ATHENS, Ga. -- Before Sydney Jones left his honors work at Clark Atlanta University for the University of Georgia, he said the university's minority recruiters offered him nothing except the cold shoulder.

At the races
Matthew Lint, 7, of North Augusta, cruises down a hill in the Lakeside High School parking lot Saturday while riding his soapbox derby car. About 30 young Cub Scouts and Webelos raced their cars for a competition in Pack 8.

Lawmaker sentenced to prison term
ATLANTA - Suspended Savannah Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson wept, angrily shouted at prosecutors and asked the judge set to sentence her for mail fraud Friday to show her the respect and mercy she deserved.

Task force fights DUI rate
When the idea of a DUI Task Force was brought to the attention of the Aiken County Council about a year ago, there were a number of questions to be answered.

Across the area: Residents report chemical cloud

A look at the 20th century: 1987

Schrenko backs off from promise

Arkansas killings generate rumors

FBI attempted to locate victims after call

Across the area

Area fairgrounds come to life
It's the scent that seduces first -- a full, rich smell with an underlying sweetness, curling along Fourth Street from the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

Payton remembered at private service

Marino resumes throwing

Two of the NFL's have-nots look for something positive

Falcons offered day off for win

Chris Miller to start Sunday in place of Griese

Mr. John Wynns
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. John B. Wynns, 74, of Pine Manor Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999.

Mrs. Ethel Stone
PARKSVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Ethel Brown Stone, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Claudine Williams
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Claudine Pierce Williams, 83, of Mason Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Hospice Savannah Inc.

Mrs. Mary Fuller
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary L. Fuller, of College Street, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Joseph Ozbolt
NORCROSS, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph Ezekiel Ozbolt, 75, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999.

Mr. Louis Ellis Jr.
Mr. Louis M. Ellis Jr., 73, of Walton Way, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Bon Air.

Mr. Wilson Sanders
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Wilson Herbert ``Doc'' Sanders, 86, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Stella Hynes
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Stella Darlene Chavis Hynes, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. William Huff
Mr. William C. Huff, 62, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Louise Hubbard
Mrs. Louise Marie Price Hubbard, 69, of Browns Lane, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Alexis Dutton
Alexis Taylor Dutton, infant daughter of Neal Dutton and Ashley E. Taylor, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. James Ping
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. James O. Ping, 67, of Georgia Highway 79, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999.

Mr. Richard Payton
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Mr. Richard Payton, 73, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999.

Mr. Perry Taylor
BLYTHE, -- Mr. Perry M. Taylor, 40, of Tree Haven Road, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Dave Bryant
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Dave Bryant, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Bennie Worrill
Mr. Bennie Worrill, of Mill Street, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Hubert Elmore
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Hubert Elmore, 57, of Oak Street, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Gray
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary B. Gray, 78, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999.

Miss Mattie Grimaud
Miss Mattie Grimaud, 87, of Anthony Road, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Calvin Coleman
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Calvin Coleman, 28, of Peacock Road, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Ronald Spina
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mr. Ronald Nicholas Spina, 56, of Georgia Highway 296, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Viola Langford
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Viola Merchant Langford, 87, of Blue Bird Road, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

Mrs. Anna Daniels
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mrs. Anna Lou Harper Daniels, 87, of Veasey Road, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Robert Karter
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mr. Robert Michael Karter, 35, of Route 3, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999.

Mr. Larry Jordan
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Larry Jordan, 40, of Thomson Highway, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Don Allsup
SEVEN POINTS, Texas -- Mr. Don Sibley Allsup, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, in Tyler.

Mrs. Lillie Verdree
Mrs. Lillie Mae C. Verdree, of Wicklow Lane, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Harry Efron
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Mr. Harry H. Efron, of Canary Drive, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center. He was 101.

Mr. Claude Powell
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Claude Lee Powell, 70, of Rhodes Street, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Mr. Willie Carlyle
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Lee ``Sam'' Carlyle, 70, of Carlyle Road, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. James Gray Jr.
BLYTHE, -- Mr. James M. Gray Jr., 55, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Eddie Smith
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Eddie Lee Smith, 85, of South Bartow Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. A.L. Collins
Mr. A.L. Collins, of Augusta, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. He was 100.

Dr. James Estep
LADY LAKE, Fla. -- Dr. James A. Estep, 72, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Haynes
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Lillian Haynes, 89, of East Church Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Ethel Stone

Mrs. Lillie Verdree

Mr. Hubert Elmore

Miss Mattie Grimaud

Mrs. Mary Gray

Mr. Ronald Spina

Mrs. Mary Haynes

Mr. Dave Bryant

Mrs. Claudine Williams

Mr. Louis Ellis Jr.

Mrs. Louise Hubbard

Mrs. Mary Fuller

Dr. James Estep

Mr. Robert Karter

Mr. Eddie Smith

Mr. Willie Carlyle

Mr. Richard Payton

Mr. James Gray Jr.

Mr. Claude Powell

Mr. James Ping

Mr. Don Allsup

Mr. Joseph Ozbolt

Mr. Perry Taylor

Mr. A.L. Collins

Mr. Wilson Sanders

Alexis Dutton

Mrs. Stella Hynes

Mr. William Huff

Mr. Larry Jordan

Sisler: Tight-fisted leaders squeeze life from ministry
I STARTED writing this column three months ago, although I did not realize it at the time. Actually, someone else wrote most of it, and it took a lot longer than three months.

Kent: Rev. Williams shows muscle; Cracker history
Seven-year Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy received a big surprise last Tuesday night. Three District 2 challengers held him to under 45 percent of the vote, forcing him into a Nov. 23 runoff with second-place winner Rev. Marion Williams.

Cries foul over Braves cartoon
Re Rick McKee's Oct. 29 Braves cartoon: David Moretz, Augusta

GOP leaders 'stab' Norwood
The GOP House leadership's refusal to name Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., to the conference committee parley with the Senate on health care reform legislation is unconscionable.

Coverdell 'promoted'
The passing of U.S. Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I., was, of course, a sad event, but in a melancholy twist of fate it will benefit Georgia.

Worries how historians will view us
What will today's history bring? Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Good Stockade compromise
There's a compromise solution at hand for the Augusta Canal Authority-CSRA Humane Society ``turf war'' over the use of the old city Stockade near Lake Olmstead.

Lauds analysis, McKee cartoon
I wish to express my gratitude for columnist Phil Kent's brilliant coverage of the Augusta Commission elections. Jerry Scott, Augusta

Says dress, uniform policies working
I do not propose to be an expert on school uniforms. I have read a number of articles relating to this subject in professional journals and it is possible to find both pro and con conclusions. It does seem that in most cases, when a school or school system adopts a uniform policy, they eventually experience an environment that is, to some degree, more conducive for education. With the high number of letters to the editor relating to this subject I believe a few points are worthy of review: Chris Henry, Augusta

South Augusta mistrust
South Augusta residents have been told by city officials that they could save $450,000 a year in garbage pickup charges if they scrapped the private haulers they currently use and opt instead for the city's pickup service.

Blasts women's kiss on 'Ally McBeal'
I am outraged but not surprised at something I saw on Ally McBeal (Fox-WFXG Channel 11) on Nov. 1. I watched Ally and Ling engage in a long sensual kiss! What is next, two guys doing the same thing? Then what? Complete nudity with no restriction on foul language at all? Now I am not naive enough to think this type of behavior doesn't go on behind closed doors, but that is where it belongs, behind closed doors. I don't want it thrown in my face on almost every television station and magazine as if it were normal or even right, because it is not. David Chiera Jr., Augusta

Raps drawdown, decommissioning
After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in June 1999 that the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam would be decommissioned unless a sponsor could be found to operate it, I wrote to Sens. Max Cleland, D-Ga.; Paul Coverdell, R-Ga.; Ernest Hollings, D-S.C. and Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. I also wrote to Reps. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. voicing opposition to decommissioning. I suggested the following government entities come together to sponsor this project: Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Will FBI chief survive?
Why would the Clinton administration be upset when one high law-enforcement official of the federal government sends a letter praising another on the latter's departure from public service?

Wants return of 6 a.m. Angelus bell
In a Sept. 23 letter to the residents of St. John Towers, the Rev. Allen J. McDonald, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, has graciously (but unhappily for some of us) given in to the complaints of ``two concerned citizens'' at the Towers about the ringing of their Angelus bell at 6 a.m. Lamar Rush, Augusta

Floor leader being honest
Gov. Roy Barnes' own floor leader in the Georgia Senate -- Steve Thompson, D-Powder Springs -- has let the cat out of the bag about the governor's heralded Education Reform Commission.

Sisler: Tight-fisted leaders squeeze life from ministry
I STARTED writing this column three months ago, although I did not realize it at the time. Actually, someone else wrote most of it, and it took a lot longer than three months.

Likes appearance of new theater
In response to the Nov. 2 letter about the Regal Cinema, I find nothing wrong with the appearance of the new theater. It is time that Augusta get some color into its landscape. It helps break up the dull and gives an exciting new look to the Augusta area. James J. Hawks, Martinez

Hits celebration of Western civilization
I've read Dr. Michael Berliner's recent guest column concerning ``Celebrating western civilization'' on ``Columbus Day'' with an underlying negative attitude in regard to the American Indians, who oppose Columbus Day. Deanna Poitra, Augusta

Urge road name honor ex-president
We support the current move in Columbia County to rename the street in front of our local government complex in honor of former President Ronald Reagan. The name proudly reflects our county's conservative ideals while symbolically challenging our officials to aspire to the highest standards. Mike and Gina Annis, Evans

Kent: Rev. Williams shows muscle; Cracker history
Seven-year Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy received a big surprise last Tuesday night. Three District 2 challengers held him to under 45 percent of the vote, forcing him into a Nov. 23 runoff with second-place winner Rev. Marion Williams.

Wants motorboats to be more careful
While sailing on Lake Thurmond, I came upon three loons, water birds larger than a duck but smaller than a goose. It swims low in the water, with just the top of its back, head and neck sticking up. It dives and swims under water to catch fish. It gives a wailing, haunting call -- almost a human sound. ... B. Collins, Augusta

Lauds anti-block schedule decision
Thank God for Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price. Dr. Craig Spinks, Augusta

Notes penalty for eschewing politics
The political machinery in Augusta is in sad, deplorable shape. Instead of our politicians (and possible leaders) being associated with words like honesty, efficiency, quality and integrity, we have words like felony, misdemeanor, stalking, repossession and judgment. No wonder the electorate is turned off by these proceedings. F. Madison Barrett, II, Augusta

Notes message of gospel star's death
I would like to thank Elaine Cushman for her Oct. 23 letter telling about the death of a great man of God, Glen Payne. Joyce Gantt, Augusta

Warns of dangers from opening lock
Boatmen of any experience know what will take place if the gates at the Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam are left open. We have seen shades of what will happen when the river does run low because of a lack of rain water up stream. That threat is very close to becoming an event once againwith Thurmond Lake being almost eight feet below pool elevation. Frank D. Harrisson, Augusta

Reminds students to live 'by rules'
... As a parent I understand the need for young people to feel comfortable with their identity, but there have to be parameters set in place to protect the rights of all. ... George Dewey III, Augusta

Judges picked for Holyfield-Lewis rematch

Plan calls for lock and dam ramp area improvements

Meeting the challenge

Winston Cup title but a formality for Jarrett

Overtime: Area teams vie in state cross country

Lukas' longshot triumphant; no winners baffling to Baffert

Agassi reaches semifinals

Hopefuls try for arenafootball2 positions

Gordon wins race; Earnhardt Jr. clinches title

Chesmore wins Double Barrel Dash

Love takes Stewart's spot in Grand Slam field

Melby wins open division, sets record

John Andretti wins pole with heavy heart

Tiger's on the prowl, has eye on World title

Caution encouraged for parents training future sports stars

Overtime: Heat defeat Dawgs, end season 12-0

South Aiken girls win another title

Internet companies race to establish a brand identity
NEW YORK -- In Manhattan, you can't walk down the street without seeing a dot-com ad on the side of a building or a bus. In San Francisco, radio stations play one dot-com jingle after another. And televised football games now have more ads for Internet sites than for beer.

Microsoft's home town defends the software giant
REDMOND, Wash. -- This is Microsoft country. Employees of the software giant and elected leaders kept their faith in the sprawling software giant Friday, hours after a federal judge ruled that Bill Gates' $470 billion dollar company is a monopoly whose tactics hurt consumers.

Lack of funds limits screenings
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A citizens' board Friday questioned whether minorities and the poor would be informed of free health screenings being offered to some Savannah River Site workers.

Pollution agreement reached
BONN, Germany -- Despite serious disagreements between the United States and Europe, talks on reducing greenhouse gases have made progress on a plan to allow nations to buy and sell the right to pollute, negotiators said Friday.

Microsoft ruling puts focus on appeals process
WASHINGTON -- The judge's initial ruling in the Microsoft antitrust trial is so stunningly sympathetic to the government that lawyers and analysts suggest the software giant may stake its chances on winning an appeal rather than settling the case outside the courtroom.

Study: Sleep hormone does not decrease with age
WASHINGTON -- If you're getting old, the TV ads suggest, you need to pop some melatonin pills. After all, this hormone so important for a good night's sleep has long been thought to decrease with age.

U.S. reassures Russia on proposed anti-missile system
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration on Friday sought to reassure Russia that a U.S. missile defense system to begin operating as early as 2005 is not a threat.

FDA committee recommends new childhood vaccine
WASHINGTON -- A new vaccine moved a step closer to the market Friday and government advisers said it appears highly effective at protecting young children from bacteria-caused meningitis and blood poisoning.

Experts: Judge's harsh wording may hasten settlement in Microsoft case
NEW YORK -- The judge's blunt language in declaring Microsoft a monopoly Friday could prompt the combative software maker to seek a truce in its war with the government instead of dragging the case out with court appeals, industry analysts said.

Competition could beat Microsoft trial to the punch
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A judge's ruling that Microsoft Corp. wields monopoly power may be too late to alter the high-tech industry in one key respect: Competition over the way the world accesses the Internet is already moving beyond its Windows-based technology, observers say.

Judge rules Microsoft is a monopoly
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ruled Friday that Microsoft is a monopoly, a decision that could lead to serious sanctions against the software empire built by Bill Gates.

States fight for financial privacy protection
WASHINGTON -- Officials in some states, worried about consumers' privacy, are gearing up to challenge newly enacted federal legislation allowing affiliated banks, investment firms and insurance companies to share customers' data.

New Mac operating system an unobtrusive upgrade
After the first few few hours with Mac OS 9, one thing seems clear enough: This may be Apple's most unobtrusive software upgrade yet. Install it -- a blissfully short 10-minute process on each of our two test computers -- reboot, and you are looking at ... apparently the same computer.

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