Prentice group keeping bid for Royals on table

Louisiana Tech snaps Lady Vols' home win streak

Diamondbacks' Johnson wins NL Cy Young

The team known for beating No. 1 becomes No. 1

Hawks suspend Rider

O'Neal returns to lift Lakers over Hawks

Harrick takes on major rebuilding job at Georgia

Lady Bulldogs survive upset bid

Cremins putting 'heart and soul' into rebuilding Georgia Tech

Tourney games shift teams in poll

There are excuses for midday nap

Small business facility needs boost
Augusta's new small business incubator was meant to be a place where young high-tech companies could find a helping hand. But the facility needs a little help of its own.

Coke prices could continue to rise

Business briefs: Stocks change little before Fed meeting

Takeover attempts possible
LONDON -- Speculation mounted Monday that Vodafone AirTouch PLC was preparing to launch a hostile bid for Germany's Mannesmann AG, paving the way for what could become the largest corporate takeover battle in history.

Small business facility needs boost

Coke prices could continue to rise
ATLANTA -- A 2-liter bottle of Coke for sale for less than a dollar has become a rare sight. It will likely become even rarer as new initiatives being implemented by both the soft-drink giant and its largest distributor push prices higher.

Banking growing complex
WASHINGTON -- Financial regulators with differing turfs will have to cooperate more closely now that a new law is in place eliminating barriers between banks, investment firms and insurance companies, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Monday.

Carpet plant completed
DSM Chemicals and AlliedSignal celebrated the completion of an $85 million Evergreen carpet recycling plant Monday. It is the first large-scale facility of its kind.

Takeover attempts possible

Business briefs: Stocks change little before Fed meeting
NEW YORK -- Stock prices changed little Monday as investors refrained from building major new positions on the eve of the Federal Reserve's meeting on interest rates.

Tuesday morning quarterback

Hokies move to second in BCS standings

Gamecocks could be spoiler

Seminole QB to get biggest test against Gators

Alabama's defense no longer 'joke' of SEC

Virginia Tech two wins from shot at national title

Tigers within reach of bowl game

USC beginning to show positives

LSU coach to leave next week

Holtz to quiz Gamecocks on Clemson rivalry

Old building masks rich past
To the casual passer-by, the old, abandoned, red brick building on Old Augusta Highway is just another relic of a bygone era, sitting in the noonday sun in the rural South.

Shutters quicker than eye
Blink, and you miss it. A nuclear test is conducted in the early morning darkness. A firefighter reaches a 15-year-old girl who has been struggling in floodwaters nearly 45 minutes.

Wants convicted HIV felon's picture published

Urges 'wisdom' in Dist. 2 election

Face issue squarely

Puzzles over S.C. flag controversy

Wants 'good' news of teens

Correction

Slams alliteration of 'firearm fanatic'

Good Hodges' tax idea

In the know
WWMD: Unglued by the challenge of turning a pile of fall leaves into a dazzling Thanksgiving centerpiece? Ask yourself: WWMD?

Meteor shower could light up sky
Jupiter and Saturn continue to dominate the evening sky during November, and Venus continues to outshine all stars in the predawn. But this month also features the Leonid meteor shower and a late appearance by Mercury.

Scooby at 30
Scooby-Doo, as astounding as it sounds, is 30 years old. This begs many questions. Why has a gang of mystery-solving teens resonated with three decades of youth?

Aiken's Simpkins is named to S.C. Shrine Bowl team

Bodtker returns to Lynx

Murray balks at reporting to Augusta following trade

There are excuses for midday nap
As I've grown older, I've found it much easier to nod off and fall asleep.

Meteor shower could light up sky

In the know

Scooby at 30

One dead in I-20 collision
One dead in I-20 collision Fiery crash involving tractor-trailers in Aiken County claims life, leaves two others hospitalized

Officials to review rail plan

Signs of fall

Signs of fall
Melvin Lyons, of Augusta Trees and Landscaping Department, uses a leaf blower to move leaves at Riverwalk Augusta in the afternoon.

The revival continues

Across the area: Seven-year-old dies from strangulation
A 7-year-old Augusta girl was pronounced dead Monday morning at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after she was accidentally strangled in her front yard Saturday afternoon, according to Richmond County investigators.

Old building masks rich past

Museum revisits cane-grinding tradition
TIFTON, Ga. -- Before getaway weekends to the tropics and commuter hops to the city, one of the biggest treats for south Georgia's rural residents was a cane-grinding party.

Shutters quicker than eye

Four teens arrested in robbery
AIKEN -- An 18-year-old Aiken man has been charged with masterminding the armed robbery of a crowded Aiken convenience store by posing as a customer while three younger friends carried out his plan, sheriff's officials said Monday.

Governor's committee touts tests

Neighbors, city council debate horse issue
AIKEN -- Most folks in Aiken seem to love horses, but deciding how many should graze next door is a horse of a different color.

Area briefs: Police call child's injury accident
A weekend incident that critically injured a 7-year-old Augusta girl was ruled an accident Sunday by Richmond County investigators.

Rally planned to support Confederate flag
AIKEN -- Organizers say they hope a three-day Southern Heritage rally that's expected to draw thousands of people to Columbia in January will help convince lawmakers the Confederate flag has a nobler meaning than its critics claim.

Across the area: Seven-year-old dies from strangulation

Business conference will come to school
Augusta State University on Wednesday will serve as a co-host for what is being billed as the largest business conference ever.

Five men sentenced in stolen-vehicle ring

Driver strikes pole
Aiken County resue workers and local firefighters check Ricky Stapleton's condition through the window of his Geo Metro. Witnesses said Mr. Stapleton was driving westbound on South Carolina highway 421 at10:30 a.m. Monday when he blew a tire, lost control of his car, and then hit a telephone pole. He was treated at Aiken County Medical Center and released.

Teacher learned craft the hard way

Educator says she wanted to use skills in class

Pilot uses highway for landing

Neighbors, city council debate horse issue

University cuts back services
SAVANNAH -- When enrollment dipped at Savannah State University this fall so did revenues, and college officials have had to cut back services and spending to balance the budget.

Johnson decides to resign

Rally planned to support Confederate flag

Downtown planning hinges on railways
JESUP, Ga. -- Business leaders here look at the potential expansion of intercity passenger rail service in Georgia from a different perspective than transportation planners.

Area briefs: Police call child's injury accident

Officials to review rail plan
Officials to review rail plan State Transportation Board takes up $1.5 billion propostal to link Georgia cities with commuter lines

Swinging for sweets
Christian Manly, 7, wallops a pinata, trying to get at the treats inside, during his 4-year-old sister's birthday party. The party was held Sunday at Creighton Park on Lake Avenue in North Augusta.Swinging for sweets

Plazas reflect local viability
For 16 years, Laverne Mock has watched the rise and fall of Columbia Square shopping plaza. The once-booming retail spaces -- wedged between Columbia and Washington roads on Flowing Wells Road in Martinez -- have fizzled in recent years.

Educator says she wanted to use skills in class
When she speaks to anyone who doesn't know her well, Julie Vernon Purvis sounds like she is getting over a sore throat.

Court case puts clubs in middle
ATHENS, Ga. -- From Bible study clubs to pagan support groups, student organizations produce a cacophony of free speech on college campuses each day.

Business conference will come to school

GOP says unity needed in 2000 election
Republicans from all levels of government descended on Augusta on Monday.

Four teens arrested in robbery

GOP says unity needed in 2000 election

Museum revisits cane-grinding tradition

The revival continues
ATHENS, Ga.-- Beth Stephens exchanged a hotel room for an apartment after what was supposed to be a one-week stop at a Clarke County church turned into a 28-week revival for the Griffin-based evangelist.

Court case puts clubs in middle

Aiken readies for races
AIKEN -- Autumn-colored leaves and cold, crisp air remind Georgianna Conger of Aiken's last great sporting day of the year.

Dinner guests

Technician pays dues as rodeo clown
With a 750-pound bull snorting all over her back, Karen Blaker just lay there, eating the dirt of the rodeo ring. Then she made the mistake of trying to get up. Dagger, the young bull, nailed her in the back.

Aiken readies for races

Kindness board gets rave reviews
A message board in Greenbrier High School provides a list of recent good deeds -- lending money to help pay for a class ring, lending a coat to a cold friend and helping push a golf cart up a hill.

Kindness board gets rave reviews

One dead in I-20 collision

Johnson decides to resign
ATLANTA - Suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson has resigned her seat after being sentenced to 41 months in jail for federal mail fraud.

Teacher learned craft the hard way
Lisa Griffin Arnold has a passion for the first-year teacher. She vividly remembers teaching her first class, 14 years ago, at Academy of Richmond County High School: She wanted to quit.

Driver strikes pole

Pilot uses highway for landing
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Forget about landing a plane in the middle of Interstate 20. That's the easy part for a fearless flier.

9-year-old girl finds, returns missing money
BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. -- Honesty pays. Just ask Lauren Ashley McMillian.

University cuts back services

Plazas reflect local viability

Five men sentenced in stolen-vehicle ring
Five men charged with participating in a stolen-vehicle ring were sentenced in federal court Monday, including an Augusta man whom the judge called manipulative and sentenced to serve the maximum time possible.

Dinner guests
Former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre greets diners at his Unity Fish Fry, held Monday night at the Julian Smith Barbecue Pit.

Governor's committee touts tests
ATLANTA - The state would reward high-performing schools and teachers based on student scores in annual tests, and sanction low-performing ones under a plan recommended informally Monday by Gov. Roy Barnes' Georgia Education Reform Study Commission.

Technician pays dues as rodeo clown

Unheralded players lift Cowboys

Another error in case against Peter

No end in sight for 49ers' freefall

Colts tie for AFC East lead

Cleveland snatches win from Steelers

Rams rebound to beat Carolina

NFL Briefs: Reed's slump is mental

Injuries take toll on both teams

Carolina can't live with success

Tuesday morning quarterback

Falcons return with extra bounce

Mr. Malcolm English Jr.
Mr. Malcolm ``Mike'' English Jr., 54, of Richmond Hill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Sebron Mitchell
Mr. Sebron Mitchell, 92, of Roulette Lane, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Windemere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Eunice Booth
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Eunice Turner Booth, 85, of Country Manor Apartments, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Kermit Murphy
Mr. Kermit ``Jimmy'' Murphy, 71, of Augusta, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Maggie Drayton
Mrs. Maggie Drayton, of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Ernestine Langner
Mrs. Ernestine E. Langner, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Robert Sweet
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Robert Glen Sweet, 52, of Herbert Lane, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Dorothy Gunter
BURNETTOWN -- Mrs. Dorothy Minor Gunter, 75, of Breezy Hill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. W.L. Forehand
HILTONIA, Ga. -- Mr. W.L. Forehand, 89, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Parkwood Nursing Home, Snellville.

Mr. Robert Darren Sr.
Mr. Robert Lee Darren Sr., 56, of Fairhope Street, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Rachel Cushman
AIKEN -- Mrs. Rachel Newsome Cushman, of Gray Mare Hollow Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Maggie Wright
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Maggie Frances Parker Wright, of Parker Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Mosley Williams
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Mosley Williams, 40, of Gentry Street, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999.

Mrs. Thelma Martin
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Mrs. Thelma Lewise Sargent Martin, of Hollingswood Drive, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Frye Regional Hospital, Hickory.

Mrs. Mattie Drayton
Mrs. Mattie Drayton, of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Patricia McClain
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Patricia Williams McClain, 57, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999.

Mrs. Claudie Samples
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Claudie Tapley Samples, 94, of Lewis Street, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Zannie Grubbs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Zannie Grubbs, of Nathaniel Howard Road, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Lois Johnson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Lois E. Johnson, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Juanita Hobbs
THOMSON -- Mrs. Juanita C. Hobbs, 70, of Wire Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Julia Freeman
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mrs. Julia Estelle Huguley Freeman, 81, of Euel Saggus Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mr. Robert Kendrick
THOMSON -- Mr. Robert Willie Kendrick, 51, of Lincoln Drive, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Carroll Simmons
SPRINGFIELD -- Mr. Carroll R. Simmons, 71, of Egypt-Ardmore Road, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Hospice Savannah.

Mrs. Helen Tucker
THOMSON -- Mrs. Helen B. Tucker, 90, of Mount Pleasant Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Thomson Manor.

Mrs. Marion Hatcher
Mrs. Marion Harris Hatcher died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jack Barker
Mr. Jack D. Barker, 53, of Martinez, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mattie Reynolds
THOMSON -- Mrs. Mattie F. Reynolds, 92, of Shanks Street, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at her daughter's residence.

Mrs. Miriam Babb
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Miriam ``Millie'' Collins Babb, 57, of Georgia Highway 56 North, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mildred Armstrong
Mrs. Mildred M. Armstrong, 85, of Greene Street, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Willie Moore
HARLEM -- Mrs. Willie Mae Moore, 97, of Planter Mill Street, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Willie Moore

Mrs. Juanita Hobbs

Mrs. Lois Johnson

Mrs. Miriam Babb

Mrs. Mattie Reynolds

Mrs. Maggie Wright

Mr. Robert Kendrick

Mrs. Mattie Drayton

Mrs. Rachel Cushman

Mrs. Helen Tucker

Mr. W.L. Forehand

Mrs. Thelma Martin

Mr. Malcolm English Jr.

Mr. Carroll Simmons

Mrs. Patricia McClain

Mr. Sebron Mitchell

Mrs. Ernestine Langner

Mrs. Eunice Booth

Mr. Robert Darren Sr.

Mrs. Julia Freeman

Mr. Robert Sweet

Mrs. Claudie Samples

Mrs. Mildred Armstrong

Mr. Jack Barker

MCG restructuring needed to accomplish mission
AS THE individual responsible for the educational programs of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, I was surprised by the opinions expressed by Dr. Paul Webster in his Nov. 2 guest column. Dr. Webster asserts that restructuring the MCG Hospital and Clinics, under the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit model of MCG Health, may have a negative impact on the education and patient care missions and that this issue has been inadequately submitted to public debate. He is incorrect in both of these assertions.

Backs incumbent in District 2 runoff
... I care deeply for District 2 and Augusta-Richmond County as a whole. I have strong desires to see them continue to prosper and grow. James A. Payne, Augusta

Good Hodges' tax idea
Gov. Jim Hodges has come up with an unusual proposal to save South Carolinians substantial money at ``back-to-school'' time each year.

Wants convicted HIV felon's picture published
In regard to the Oct. 27 ``Across the Area'' article concerning Amy Marie Johnson and her indictment for felony offense of reckless conduct by an HIV infected person, I'd like to propose the following: Butch McDaniel, Augusta

Slams alliteration of 'firearm fanatic'
In a recent letter to the editor bemoaning gun control, the writer made the claim that this country was founded on ``God, guns and guts.'' My first thought was that maybe ``someone'' should take their copy of Flying Leathernecks out of the VCR and let it cool off a spell. Jon Apple, Augusta

Wants holidays observed by school
With profound sadness I sent my child to school in Columbia County on Veterans Day knowing that keeping her out of school in order to honor our veterans would mean she would miss instruction and have to make up work. Her absence would not have been excused. In Columbia County, students will be taking exams on Memorial Day. Susan K. Schaeberle, Augusta

Correction
In John Yarzebinski's letter to the editor of Nov. 12, the last two paragraphs were published incorrectly. They should have read:

Puzzles over S.C. flag controversy
I'm afraid I missed something in the argument over the Confederate flag. It's my understanding that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is offended by ``a'' Confederate flag flying over the South Carolina Statehouse. So, because of the boycott, some South Carolina employees will have their convention in Augusta. If I'm not mistaken, the state flag of Georgia is two-thirds of a Confederate flag and flies not only at the Georgia Capitol, but at every state office, school, post office, and most hotels. Mary Fleiss, North Augusta

Get some new blood
The head of Augusta's legislative delegation, Rep. Jack Connell, D-Augusta, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Augusta, are talking to commissioners about the new city law limiting the number of boards and authorities someone can serve on. It's a good rule designed to bring in new blood, and the city recently sent letters informing 14 people serving on more than one board to give up one of their seats in 30 days.

Blasts flying of Confederate flag
In 1962, South Carolina legislators convened in the Statehouse regarding the federal government ordering the state and other Southern states to desegregate schools. It was seven years before this official act took place in Aiken and other surrounding counties. Some took this as an act similar to the Reconstruction era, when Northern Republican politicians, lawyers, educators and wealthy landowners preyed on the defeated South. The state lawmakers, in an act of defiance, voted to place the Confederate battle flag on top of the capitol dome. Some argue this gesture was done to honor the Confederate soldier who fought so gallantly 100 years earlier. Ernest Leysath, Augusta

Urges 'wisdom' in Dist. 2 election
I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the voters of District 6 and applaud their good sense. Hobson Chavous is morally flawed and the people in District 6 said they would not heed the political machine pushing his election. Dennis M. Perry Sr., Evans

Wants 'good' news of teens
I'm an eight grader at St. Mary of the Hill school and we're beginning to write a school newspaper. We started talking about The Chronicle and the topic of how The Chronicle ``puts down'' today's teens came up. Meghan Claiborne, Augusta

Peebles v. the people
The arrest of a Columbia County Sheriff's Department deputy accused of staging a series of break-ins and robberies to make himself look like an alert investigator cannot be viewed with bland complacency.

Face issue squarely
For the second time since July, a grand jury -- with far more specificity than before -- has searingly exposed a wide range of abuse and corruption within Augusta-Richmond County government.

MCG restructuring needed to accomplish mission
AS THE individual responsible for the educational programs of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, I was surprised by the opinions expressed by Dr. Paul Webster in his Nov. 2 guest column. Dr. Webster asserts that restructuring the MCG Hospital and Clinics, under the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit model of MCG Health, may have a negative impact on the education and patient care missions and that this issue has been inadequately submitted to public debate. He is incorrect in both of these assertions.

Backs Humane Society use of stockade
As a volunteer with the Central Savannah River Area Humane Society and a concerned citizen of Augusta-Richmond County, I wish to express my view on the current status of the Old Sheriff's Stockade. It seems that after the CSRA Humane Society had its proposal (to lease the stockade as a shelter) approved by the Public Safety Committee, the Canal Authority now wants the building for its use. Jeff Coffey, Augusta

Lewis earns three titles, gets two belts

Jarrett basks in glow of son's title

Jarrett wraps up championship; Stewart wins again

Jarrett and Yates celebrate title win

IBF head pleads innocent to bribery charges

Trinidad to fight Reid for title

Musgrave walks away from season finale

Pak wins LPGA title in playoff

Overtime: Davenport defeats Hingis for Advanta title

Overtime: Cross Creek plays Butler in first game

Gates: Microsoft fosters technology innovation
LAS VEGAS -- Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates declared Sunday that his company encourages innovation in the high-tech industry, offering a public counterpoint to a judge's finding that Microsoft uses its monopoly power to crush competition.

Tobacco war veterans contemplate suing Microsoft
The lawyers who attacked Big Tobacco have discovered a new villain: Microsoft.

South Korea develops new surface-to-air missile
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea announced Monday that it will deploy a new surface-to-air missile in December but denied charges it was developing longer-range missiles in violation of an agreement with the United States.

Beef grading system questioned by new findings
WASHINGTON -- Here's something for steak lovers to chew on: When it comes to that tough T-bone, consider going easy on the chef and cutting into the government.

Hubble's pointing system fails, all observations halted
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Hubble Space Telescope has halted all astronomical observations because of a failed aiming system and will remain in hibernation until astronauts arrive with spare parts next month, NASA said Monday.

Britannica site is relaunched
Chicago-based Britannica.com Inc., the online offspring of the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica, resurrected its Web site after an outage that lasted more than two weeks.

Satellite fails to reach orbit, rocket destroyed after launch
TOKYO -- Japan's ambitions to become a world leader in aerospace technology were dealt a major setback Monday when engine trouble forced officials to blow up a rocket carrying a $95 million satellite just minutes after launch.

Internet providers left out of satellite bill
WASHINGTON -- America Online and other Internet companies could be shut out of delivering local TV to their customers under a satellite TV bill passed by the House.

City faces lawsuits over sludge
Augusta has spent $1.2 million defending itself against a pair of federal lawsuits claiming improperly treated sewage sludge poisoned crops and cattle on two dairy farms.

Electronic Santa's helpers available
I had a cyber-wish last Christmas. My sister and I were doing our annual elf routine, telephoning almost daily to report gifts we'd bought, thus avoiding duplication under our family tree.

Your style

Your style
THE FACTS: Libra Miller, 14, freshman at Butler High School

Lovelorn teen should proceed with caution
``Last year I really liked this girl and told her how I felt. She turned me down, and it really hurt. But this year I think I still like her.'' -- 15-year-old boy, Augusta

Getting into the Act

Getting into the Act
Area teens are acting up. But it's not the kind of behavior that'll put them in detention or alternative school.

Internet providers left out of satellite bill

Hubble's pointing system fails, all observations halted

Britannica site is relaunched

Beef grading system questioned by new findings

Satellite fails to reach orbit, rocket destroyed after launch

Tobacco war veterans contemplate suing Microsoft

Electronic Santa's helpers available

South Korea develops new surface-to-air missile

City faces lawsuits over sludge

Gates: Microsoft fosters technology innovation