College notebook: ASU starts season with tourney

Red Sox' Williams wins AL manager award

High school notebook: Former Josey guard signs with Ole Miss

Rider tells Hawks to 'make me the man'

Stanford eliminates Duke

Four coaches hired by Milwaukee

Unranked Iowa dumps no. 1 UConn

Stanford eliminates Duke

Smoltz reflects on season

Unranked Iowa dumps no. 1 UConn

Weddings separate the sexes

New law may reshape financial landscape
WASHINGTON -- After opposing it for years, President Clinton today signed into law a sweeping measure that lifts Depression-era barriers and allows banks, securities firms and insurance companies to merge and sell each other's products.

New law may reshape financial landscape

Gifted giving
When famous musicians, professional athletes and other celebrities go Christmas shopping, they don't head to the mall.

Feds: Pharmacies underfilling

Traffic planners say signal is not required
The Pilot Travel Center on River Watch Parkway will spend the next few weeks readying itself for a Dec. 7 opening. The truckstop, which features a 3,700-square-foot convenience store and a 3,000-square-foot Wendy's restaurant under one roof, already has one-quarter of its 70-person staff hired, managers report.

Award nominees reflect city focus

Airlines scaling back New Year's eve flights
DENVER -- Many airlines are canceling or scaling back flights on New Year's Eve due to a shortage of reservations and the possibility of Y2K glitches.

Tire maker marks grand opening
GRANITEVILLE -- With the most technologically advanced Bridgestone tire plant in the world as a backdrop, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest facility Thursday.

Retail sales hold steady in October
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales held steady in October as Americans pulled in their spending on cars and furniture but shelled out more for hardware, building supplies and clothing.

UPS healing strike wounds
ATLANTA -- It was just two years ago that angry United Parcel Service drivers shut down the world's biggest package carrier with a bitter, 15-day Teamsters strike.

Traffic planners say signal is not required

Business briefs: Chain funds cancer research

Augusta area prime spot to retire
Augusta-Aiken's mild climate, low cost of living and top-notch hospitals have landed it on yet another list of ``best places to retire.''

Business briefs: Mixed trading day ends with Dow down

Airlines scaling back New Year's eve flights

Tire maker marks grand opening

Retail sales hold steady in October

Feds: Pharmacies underfilling
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Taxpayers are getting shortchanged by a common practice in pharmacies -- druggists who underfill some prescriptions when they run short on medicines, but still bill government insurance programs for the full amount.

Gifted giving

Business briefs: Mixed trading day ends with Dow down
NEW YORK -- Stocks ended narrowly mixed Thursday in a quiet session marked by optimism about high-tech companies and lingering pessimism about the possibility of rising interest rates. At the close of trading on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 2.44 at 10,595.30.

Augustan's e-commerce business takes first test run
An Augusta businessman's fledgling e-commerce company, aided by an infusion of venture capital funding, should be fully operational in about 90 days.

Award nominees reflect city focus
There's something to be said for growing smaller, especially when it means becoming more localized.

Business briefs: Chain funds cancer research
Hamrick's Inc., headquartered in Gaffney, S.C., donated $16,850 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in October in cooperation with Lee Co.'s National Denim Day. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the nation's largest private institution dedicated solely to funding research for a breast cancer cure.

Augusta area prime spot to retire

I Dumped Dorsey: Week 11

Florida State closes out near perfect decade

Spurrier, Holtz go through different quarterback problems

Spurrier trying to figure out the Gators

Tech hopes to stall Clemson revival

Only description of Mississippi State that matters is 'unbeaten'

Two-way Grant making big impact on defense

Gators go for title Saturday

ACC notebook

Penn State out for revenge against Michigan

SEC notebook

'The Termite' digs in

Seminoles looking for another perfect ACC season

Tech surprises with rushing game success

College football today

Martin matures into Tennessee's leader

Remaining games will define Dawgs

Georgia trying to improve bowl position

Clemson having better season than expected

Mississippi State in its biggest game of the year

Spurrier dismisses talk of secrets revealed

Local authors hold their own
Women writers with close ties to Augusta certainly hold their own in the list of this area's distinguished literary figures.

A look at the 20th century: 1988
Communism was on the way out, George Bush was on the way in and James Brown was behind bars.

A call for action

Water authority need?

Seethes over undelivered mail

Urges direction change in Grovetown

Blames lack of prayer for shooting

Resents boycott of S.C. over flag

Blasts issues group as 'biased clique'

Compares lists of problems in S.C.

Westside story

Bizarre debt proposal

Seeks support for pet adoption center

Taxing entry-level jobs

Camellias remain a favorite
Camellias can really brighten the winter landscape. Once known as Chinese roses because they are native to China, camellias have been used as an American landscape plant since the 1700s. The bushes continue to be gardening favorites.

Santa paying early visit to museum
Although Christmas is more than a month away, the Augusta-Richmond County Museum will become a glittering winter wonderland when the Junior League of Augusta presents its annual Festival of Trees Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 21.

Theater built to enhance movie-going experience
Augusta's newest cinema looks like a transplant from Miami's South Beach. Augusta Exchange 20, a neo-Art Deco complex off Wheeler Road, opens today. The subtropical-bright building has raised the ire of some Augusta residents.

Human touch can be sign of God's love
Since God created us, the Lord knows that we need representations and manifestations of his promises, presence, power, providence and peace.

Band has its own bouncy jazz beat
``This is a class act. We are fortunate to line them up,'' said the Rev. George Foster, president of the board of directors of the health clinic, which provides care for the needy and homeless.

Faith digest
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, new president of the National Council of Churches, says the financially hard-pressed religious coalition must rely on faith in the new millennium.

Local controversy not expected over new film
The highly controversial comedy about religion, Dogma, which is drawing fire from Catholic groups across the country, is not expected to generate much heat locally in its release today.

Healed pastor spreads gift
Craig Marsh is a happy man, with or without a stomach. The New Zealand preacher lost most of his stomach during cancer surgery in 1994, but he says he is eating normally today.

Songwriter knows music's power
Two traveling troubadours visit Augusta tonight as part of the Songwriter's Showcase Series. Bob Franke and Malcolm Holcombe, artists known for their unique brand of songwriting and music, will perform at 8 at Greene Street Presbyterian Church.

Healing Center will bring hope to the seriously ill
Sandra Kennedy believes faith is contagious -- and so is healing. People catch the ideals hearing the Word of God, said the pastor of Whole Life Ministries. That is the lesson she teaches in the church's crusades, called Healing Explosions, and through its healing teams.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country stars to sing for kids
Five major country acts will perform unplugged, acoustical sets at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Cultural Center on Greene Street.

Midst of the storm
A United Methodist minister who ran afoul of his church for conducting same-sex unions will be one of the featured speakers at a Metropolitan Community Church regional conference in Augusta.

Greenery mystique unraveled
A lot of e-mail I get is frivolity. But over the past month or so, I have received this sadly unattributed ditty from quite a few folks, including several professional garden writers (who all wish they'd written it). I think it's worth passing along:

Band has its own bouncy jazz beat
``This is a class act. We are fortunate to line them up,'' said the Rev. George Foster, president of the board of directors of the health clinic, which provides care for the needy and homeless.

Condensed beauty
Cathy McNulty has a gift for making the most of a small space, and it has made her the envy of her west Augusta condominium community, Londonberry.

Charity to stage benefit concert
AIKEN -- In the works for nearly a year, Lisa Brantley's dream of helping children finally is coming true.

Theater built to enhance movie-going experience
Augusta's newest cinema looks like a transplant from Miami's South Beach. Augusta Exchange 20, a neo-Art Deco complex off Wheeler Road, opens today. The subtropical-bright building has raised the ire of some Augusta residents.

Falling levels create hazardous conditions on lakes

Fishing tournament information

Batesburg-Leesville wins a rout

Midland Valley hammered visitors

Hephzibah closes with win

Bulldogs advance with 40-14 win

Tigers complete 10-0 regular season

Aiken edges James Island

Aquinas pounds Glascock County

Georgia notebook: Familiar foe to determine Screven's seed

Washington-Wilkes tops Lincoln County

Thomson rallies past Dublin

Area teams seek postseason glory

Screven County edged by Toombs

Laney blows past Westside

S.C. notebook

The biggest rivalry around

Blackville-Hilda rallies to win

Fort Dorchester ends North Augusta's season

Augusta Christian falls to Mt. de Sales

Josey avenges loss to Burke County

Florida shuts out Augusta

Losing streak at 3 for struggling Lynx

Weddings separate the sexes
Want further proof that men and women look at things differently? Go to a wedding.

Faith digest

Midst of the storm

Condensed beauty

Santa paying early visit to museum

Theater built to enhance movie-going experience

Greenery mystique unraveled

Band has its own bouncy jazz beat

Human touch can be sign of God's love

Camellias remain a favorite

Band has its own bouncy jazz beat

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country stars to sing for kids

Local controversy not expected over new film

Songwriter knows music's power

Healed pastor spreads gift

Theater built to enhance movie-going experience

Healing Center will bring hope to the seriously ill

No layoffs planned

Golf gardens open for glimpse

McDill survives airport quarrel
Al McDill took a licking but kept on ticking. ``I think they took their best shot and as far as I'm concerned, it's over. OK? Anything else they want to come at me with I welcome it,'' Mr. McDill, director of Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, said after Thursday's meeting of the airport's governing board.

No layoffs planned
A budget shortfall should not lead to layoffs at Savannah River Site and other federal nuclear-weapons sites, a U.S. Department of Energy official said Friday.

Governor's proposals questioned
AIKEN -- Gov. Jim Hodges' hope that the NAACP will call off a boycott to aid compromise over the Confederate flag on the Capitol dome did not play well Thursday in Aiken, hometown of the organization's state president.

Legislator wants to save plant
WASHINGTON -- Renewed speculation about the possible closing of Lockheed Martin's plant in Marietta, Ga., underscores the need for lawmakers to fight for enough Pentagon aircraft orders to keep the plant operating, Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., said Friday.

Schools get low grades

Reports: Connections play role in hiring
Too often, getting a city job or an appointment to the city's personnel board falls on connections instead of experience and skill, a Richmond County grand jury's report alleges.

Augustans show respect to veterans
With shoulders square and taking deliberate steps, Jessica Johann delivered the marching cadence.

Grand jury wonders at city's purchases
A Richmond County grand jury wants to know how a company owned by a Richmond County firefighter submitted a winning bid of $23,945 to provide equipment to Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

'Deathtrap' thrills with twists and turns
The set of Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre's production of Deathtrap looks like the rumpus room of a serial killer. There are enough assorted instruments of mayhem dangling from the walls to snuff out the entire cast, along with a sizable portion of the audience.

Commissioners' ethics questioned
A Richmond County grand jury has suggested that an Augusta commissioner lied when he testified before them that he did not own certain property.

Jurors call for special grand jury

Balancing act
Kaitlynn Haney, 4, tries her best to maintain her balance as her grandfather Larry Haney gives her a little support Friday while at Virginia Acres in Aiken.

Grand jury wonders at city's purchases

'Deathtrap' thrills with twists and turns

Show of honor
W.A. Parker Grammar School fifth-graders perform a dancing version of the forefathers during a VeteransDay play Thursday afternoon. The event included a rock 'n' roll rendition of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

SRS disposal plants await approval

State's historic flags get new exhibit
ATLANTA -- Battle flags that have flown over Georgians at war in all corners of the world were given a safe resting place Thursday during the dedication of a new ``Hall of Valor'' display at the Capitol.

Chief defends administrative actions

Local authors hold their own

Commissioners' ethics questioned

Governor's proposals questioned

Meeting needs

All they want for Christmas
Betty Hamilton and Pam Wade examine the handmade and sculpted figurines called Unique Possessions on Friday morning at the Christmas Made in the South craft show at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Authority discusses shelter

Jurors call for special grand jury
Dismayed by what they found and frustrated about the lack of time to investigate, outgoing members of the Richmond County grand jury called Friday for the creation of a special grand jury to investigate the operation and management of Augusta-Richmond County government.

Augustans show respect to veterans

Police charge Augusta woman in shooting

Augusta children recovering from life-saving surgeries

A look at the 20th century: 1988

Across the area: Investigators seek robbery suspect

New theater draws mixed reviews

Chief defends administrative actions
The Richmond County grand jury is not the only group finding fault with the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

Balancing act

Reports: Connections play role in hiring

Augusta children recovering from life-saving surgeries
Thousands of miles apart, two Augusta boys undergoing life-saving procedures have made remarkable turnarounds and might leave the hospital today.

All they want for Christmas

Town passes flag resolution
PORT ROYAL, S.C. -- With little fanfare, the Port Royal Town Council voted Wednesday night to ask South Carolina's General Assembly to bring down the controversial Confederate flag from over the Statehouse.

Legislator wants to save plant

Pupils face charges in JET threat
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Three Edgefield County pupils are incarcerated at the state Department of Juvenile Justice after allegedly threatening to shoot several of their classmates, police said.

Across the area: Inmate says police used undue force

Trio faces death penalty in killing
MADISON, Ga. -- The death penalty will be sought against all three defendants in the August torture and slaying of a 17-year-old Elberton girl in Morgan County.

Schools get low grades
ATLANTA -- The state has pumped more than $700 million since 1988 into a grant program designed to better prepare middle-grades children during their transition between elementary and high school.

Trio faces death penalty in killing

Report shows airport's financial outlook improving

Deputy's arrest sparks anger

Time to play ball
Shrugging off the damp night air, rows of softball players nervously shifted in their cleats, anxiously waiting for the ribbon cutting to end and the games to begin.

Authority discusses shelter
The Augusta Canal Authority wants to forge an amicable solution to a dispute over whether the city of Augusta should allow the CSRA Humane Society to open an animal shelter in the old City Stockade.

Across the area: Investigators seek robbery suspect
Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating the armed robbery of a Beech Island woman outside her home on Swamp Road.

Meeting needs
Myriad brightly-colored balloons added to the festive air at the Marion Hatcher Center on Friday as United Way of the CSRA celebrated the success of its current fund-raising campaign and thanked its many volunteers.

Report shows airport's financial outlook improving
Augusta Regional Airport Director Al McDill came prepared to Thursday's governing board meeting, where his management style came under attack. He presented board members with good news in the form of the airport's year-end report.

Police charge Augusta woman in shooting
An Augusta woman was arrested after a domestic dispute ended with her live-in boyfriend shot twice in the head, police said.

Deputy's arrest sparks anger
The arrest of a former Columbia County sheriff's deputy has hit hard in the county's schools and law enforcement community, leaving some feeling angry and betrayed.

New theater draws mixed reviews
Reviews of the much-talked about Augusta Exchange Theatre 20 were as colorful as its multicolored neon hue.

Golf gardens open for glimpse
A dream of a crown jewel for a town that bills itself as the Garden City is becoming a reality in downtown Augusta.

Across the area: Inmate says police used undue force
HARLEM -- Harlem Police Department officials Friday asked the Columbia County Sheriff Office's Internal Affairs Division to investigate a complaint of excessive force being used against an inmate.

Augustan honored for bravery
Immeasurable selflessness was acknowledged on Riverwalk Augusta on Thursday.

McDill survives airport quarrel

Time to play ball

SRS disposal plants await approval
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson must only sign the bottom line to bring $1.4 billion in plutonium-processing plants to Savannah River Site.

Nonprofit firm will audit SRS
Savannah River Site officials have hired a nonprofit institute to study whether the federal nuclear-weapons site is getting enough bang from its billion-dollar budget.

State's historic flags get new exhibit

Nonprofit firm will audit SRS

Show of honor

Manning matures as starter

49ers suspend Lawrence Phillips

I Dumped Dorsey: Week 11

Biakabutuka frustrated by yet another injury

NFL notes: Staubach expects Aikman to return

Mrs. Modell slams Cleveland fans

Colts get their kicks from ASU's Kight

Falcons notebook

Mr. Floyd Wellman
SEBRING, Fla. -- Mr. Floyd C. Wellman, 92, died Thursday, July 1, 1999.

Mrs. Imond Mills
Gloverville -- Mrs. Imond Eubanks Mills, 83, of East Avenue, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Jessie Holmes
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Jessie Mae Holmes, 83, of Beaverdam Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. Howard Hilton
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Howard J. ``Buddy'' Hilton, 84, of Quaker Road died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Mack Roberts
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Mack Arthur Roberts, 36, of First Street, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. J.B. Beard
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. J.B. Beard, 68, of Maxim Road, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Warren Ray Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Warren Taylor Ray Jr., 73, of Johns Road, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, in Athens.

Mr. C.W. Humphrey
Mr. C.W. ``Dick'' Humphrey, 69, of Appling, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Howard Cullars
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Howard Cullars, 49, of Butler Street, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999.

Mr. Henry Hogg Jr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Henry Clay Hogg Jr., 53, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Select Specialty Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Eleanor Godfrey
Mrs. Eleanor Smith Godfrey, 77, of Lakemont Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Mr. Mack Boles
ESTILL, S.C. -- Mr. Mack Boles, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at Hampton Regional Medical Center, Varnville.

Mrs. Janie Rodgers
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Janie B. Hitchcock Rodgers, 89, of Talisman Drive, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at Anna Marie Nursing Home.

Mr. Randall Roberts
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Randall F. ``Buddy'' Roberts, 35, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999.

Mrs. Evelyn Young
HARLEM -- Mrs. Evelyn Reese Young, 82, of McArthur Drive, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Annie Alford
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs. Annie Mae Alford, 94, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Eloise Smith
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Eloise Smith, 66, of Abram Street, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Elther Fields
Ms. Elther L. Fields, 42, of Floyd Street, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Williams
AIKEN -- Mrs. Louise James Williams, 94, of Silver Bluff Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Angus Newton Jr.
COLUMBIA -- Mr. Angus E. Newton Jr., 51, of Sunview Drive, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at the W.J. Bryan Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Mr. Askew Chennault
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. Askew Chennault, 74, of Wooten Street, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999.

Mrs. Annie Cuthbertson
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Annie Jean Williams Cuthbertson, 45, of Dunbarton Road, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Davis
Mrs. Mary Bertha ``Berber'' Ward Davis, 84, of Overton Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Ms. Mozella Roe
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Mozella Ellis Roe, 65, of Handy Street, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. George Irwin
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. George W. Irwin, 78, of North Harris Street, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Bernice Borup
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Bernice Palmer Borup, 87, of Old Edgefield Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Judson Anthony Jr.
LOS ANGELES -- Mr. Judson ``Tony'' Anthony Jr. died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999.

Mrs. Mae Spray
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mae Chalker Spray, 76, of South Gibson Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Centers.

Mrs. Brenda Key
NEW ELLENTON -- Mrs. Brenda Gail Key, 56, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Kathlyn Morris
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Kathlyn C. Morris, 64, of Traylor Street, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Nelson Wingfield Jr.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Mr. Nelson Wingfield Jr., 72, of South George Mason Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Northern Virginia Community Hospital.

Mrs. Lois Hopkins
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lois Norman Hopkins, 87, of Lundburg Road, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Grace Reid
Mrs. Grace B. Reid, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Eddie Evans
YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Mr. Eddie Evans, 60, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999.

Ms. Susie Still
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Ms. Susie Mae Abstance Still, 86, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at Bamberg Nursing Center, Bamberg.

Mrs. Bernice Davis
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Bernice Hyder Davis, 89, of North Avenue, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, following an extended illness.

Mr. William Haynes
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mr. William ``Dude'' Haynes, 62, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, in Augusta.

Mr. C.W. Humphrey
Mr. C.W. ``Dick'' Humphrey, 69, of Appling, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Myrtis Langston
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs. Myrtis Edwins Langston died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, in North Augusta.

Mr Eddie Walker Sr.
Mr. Eddie J. Walker Sr., of Sheraton Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Maxine Ryle
Mrs. Maxine Marie Ryle, 60, of Mundy Road, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999.

Mrs. Clyde Kent
THOMSON -- Mrs. Clyde Kent, 80, of Longhill Road, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Eustus Fulford
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Eustus Fulford, 90, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Maxine Ryle

Mrs. Evelyn Young

Mrs. Annie Alford

Mr. Eustus Fulford

Ms. Mozella Roe

Mr. Askew Chennault

Mr. Henry Hogg Jr.

Mrs. Bernice Davis

Mr. Mack Boles

Mr. Mack Roberts

Mrs. Annie Cuthbertson

Mrs. Kathlyn Morris

Mr. J.B. Beard

Mrs. Clyde Kent

Mr. Howard Hilton

Mr. Warren Ray Jr.

Mrs. Eleanor Godfrey

Mr. Eddie Evans

Ms. Susie Still

Mrs. Brenda Key

Mr. Nelson Wingfield Jr.

Mr. William Haynes

Mrs. Mae Spray

Mr. Randall Roberts

Mrs. Myrtis Langston

Mrs. Louise Williams

Mr. Angus Newton Jr.

Mr. Howard Cullars

Mr. George Irwin

Ms. Elther Fields

Mr. Floyd Wellman

Mrs. Mary Davis

Mrs. Lois Hopkins

Mr. Judson Anthony Jr.

Mrs. Jessie Holmes

Mrs. Eloise Smith

Mrs. Grace Reid

Albert: Humane Society deserves Stockade location
MOST PEOPLE HAVE great respect for the Humane Society and the privately-funded work that this organization does to promote responsible dog breeding and humane treatment of animals.

Taxing entry-level jobs
Once again Congress and the administration are battling over the minimum wage. A Democrat measure backed by the White House, calling for a wage boost of $1 to $6.15 an hour (phased in over 14 months), combined with a paltry $9.6 billion in tax relief, failed Senate passage 50-48 on a near party-line vote.

Resents boycott of S.C. over flag
I am a resident of South Carolina, born in Illinois, and to my knowledge had no relatives living in the United States before 1890. As a result I have no strong feelings about a Confederate flag. However I am concerned that groups of people outside South Carolina are attempting to influence the internal operation of state lawmakers by imposing a boycott on tourism to this state. Ed Dillon, North Augusta

Albert: Humane Society deserves Stockade location
MOST PEOPLE HAVE great respect for the Humane Society and the privately-funded work that this organization does to promote responsible dog breeding and humane treatment of animals.

Westside story
For the first time in the Richmond County school system -- at Westside High School, to be precise -- there's a very nice ``teacher'' who, unfortunately, can barely speak English.

Compares lists of problems in S.C.
This is a list of South Carolina's problems: murder, rape, armed robbery, drunk driving, random violence, child abuse, burglary, theft, spousal abuse, vandalism, animal cruelty, substandard education, marijuana, heroin, crack, illegal weapons, welfare fraud, government corruption, excessive taxes. P. W. Kozak, Aiken

Hits radio host; congratulates mayor
I am not a resident of Grovetown, however I do live just outside the city limits and have seen the political turmoil that existed in Grovetown become negated since Mayor Dennis Trudeau has been in office. He has lent dignity and restored a sense of pride to the residents of Grovetown. Stephen McMillan, Grovetown

Sisler: Someone always answers 'heavenly hotline'
``THANK YOU for calling your Heavenly Father's house. The Mediator is busy now helping another supplicant. To better serve you, please select one of the following five options: press 1 for requests; press 2 for thanksgiving, press 3 for complaints. If you would like King David to sing a psalm for you, press 4. For all other inquiries, press 5. Please stay on the line. Your prayer will be answered in the ordered it was received.''

Defends church against its critics
A recent letter in The Chronicle condemned the Roman Catholic Church for the Inquisition and for its labeling as heretics those who believed that the world was round. Yes, it is true that the Catholic Church has made mistakes, some quite serious. When a large institution is guided by humans, corruption, overzealousness and error can take hold.Charleen Luther, Augusta

Seeks support for pet adoption center
As taxpayers who are not only concerned with the welfare of pets in our community but who are also actively trying to do something to address the pet over-population problem, we believe it is time for the Central Savannah River Area to have a humane pet adoption center. The focus here is on 1) educating our community about responsible pet-people relationships and good stewardship of all animals, 2) reducing the number of unwanted pets through aggressive spay-neuter campaigns, and 3) adopting wonderful pets who just need a second chance to provide a lifetime of unconditional love to someone. Raynette Mayer, Augusta

Seethes over undelivered mail
In the middle of September I purchased a home in Evans and started to move in. Despite my having a privacy fence erected, furniture and appliances delivered and the front door painted, the mail carrier and his or her supervisor at the Evans Post Office decided I did not really occupy the house and refused to deliver my mail! Hugh Lokey, Hephzibah

Supports requiring school uniforms
Re the Nov. 4 letter by Allen I. Wylds Sr., regarding his ``list of objections to school uniforms'': Gordon Hull, Evans

Insists America not a free country
Re M.L. Russell's Oct. 30 letter about communism in Europe being back in style: John Yarzebinski, Aiken

Blames lack of prayer for shooting
Once again the chickens have come home to roost. Put in a biblical way, what you sow, you will reap. The incident that took place in Hawaii, where a disgruntled employee took the lives of seven co-workers, is just another example of what takes place when God and prayer is removed from a society. Andy Windham, Wagener

Sees conspiracy in airplane crashes
Was the Egyptian airline crash a random event? We have an overwhelming set of statistical data that proves beyond an incredible shadow of doubt otherwise. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Water authority need?
The issue of creating an independent water authority for Augusta is surfacing again among the local legislative delegation. Rep. Henry Howard, D-Augusta, threatened to introduce such a bill last year, but backed off after being assured the water shortage crisis of 1998 would not be repeated in 1999.

Bizarre debt proposal
An unusual coalition of liberals, including Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., and conservatives, such as Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., are likely to generate enough congressional support to pass President Clinton's plan to cancel debts, estimated at more than $5 billion, owed to the U.S. by 36 of the world's poorest countries.

Blasts issues group as 'biased clique'
Re the Women's Issues Discussions Group: Tom Sibley, Evans

A call for action
The prestigious, non-profit Georgia Public Policy Foundation has issued its annual high school ``report card'' and Richmond County, again, provides a disturbing mix of the best, the ordinary and the worst. (The foundation determines rankings by measuring scores on math and language arts sections of the state's high school graduation test.)

Says flag flew over many groups
Re the Oct. 29 letter from Augustus Nelms: Glenn Demondt, Johnston

Urges direction change in Grovetown
During my recent mayoral campaign I enjoyed meeting many new people and renewing some old acquaintances. ...George James, Grovetown

Labonte leads the way in opening Homestead practice

Will Lewis throw caution to the wind?

NASCAR's new TV deal a validation of sport's success

Ex-champion Norris looking to fight back

David Green is first-time pole-winner

Overtime: UNC guards reinstated

Overtime: Augusta Heat test D-Backs in playoffs

Duval and Couples take first day's lead

Bruce Fleisher wins Chrysler Challenge

Man wants share of Y2K bug fix
NEW YORK -- Some businesses that thought they'd fixed their Y2K problems may still find themselves in for a millennial shock.

BeeCall software gives Internet users a new voice
For most of us, using the Internet to make a phone call makes little sense. After all, you can make a phone call anywhere in the United States and chat for 20 minutes for less than a buck. The audio quality of the public telephone network is excellent, and you don't have to put up with flaky software, echoes, lags, voices that break up in midsentence and all the other hassles that Internet telephony involves.

Porous asteroid absorbs meteors
Scientists say a loosely packed asteroid with the consistency of a melting snowman may help explain how planets formed in the early solar system: by gobbling up other objects.

Airlines canceling or scaling back flights on New Year's Eve
DENVER -- Many airlines are canceling or scaling back flights on New Year's Eve due to a shortage of reservations and the possibility of Y2K glitches.

FDA warns consumers against thyroid-related weight-loss aid
WASHINGTON -- The government warned consumers Thursday not to buy or consume Triax Metabolic Accelerator, calling it a potentially dangerous hormonal drug masquerading as a dietary supplement.

University pollution cleanup under study
ATHENS, Ga. -- It could be two months befor

Microsoft to install kiosks in RadioShack stores
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Microsoft Corp. plans to install kiosks in Tandy Corp.'s RadioShack stores across the nation as it seeks to further expand its Internet presence.

Blood pressure drug can lower risk of heart attack
ATLANTA -- Widely used blood pressure pills called ACE inhibitors can lower the risk of heart attacks and death by nearly one-quarter in people with bad hearts or diabetes, and they may become routine treatment for everyone with these common conditions, researchers say.

Web sites target Latino customers
Defying lackluster PC marketing efforts to Latinos and a widely acknowledged digital divide, Spanish-language Internet portals and service providers are sprouting at a zesty pace, vying aggressively for investment capital, advertising dollars and the eyes of an increasingly influential market.

FDA proposes adding 'trans fat' to food labels
WASHINGTON -- Food labels would begin listing a little-known but nasty type of fat called trans fat under rules proposed today by the Food and Drug Administration.

FDA warns consumers against thyroid-related weight-loss aid

Microsoft to install kiosks in RadioShack stores

University pollution cleanup under study

Web sites target Latino customers

Blood pressure drug can lower risk of heart attack

FDA proposes adding 'trans fat' to food labels

Airlines canceling or scaling back flights on New Year's Eve

BeeCall software gives Internet users a new voice