Cremins putting 'heart and soul' into rebuilding Georgia Tech

Hawks suspend Rider

O'Neal returns to lift Lakers over Hawks

Prentice group keeping bid for Royals on table

Diamondbacks' Johnson wins NL Cy Young

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

Louisiana Tech snaps Lady Vols' home win streak

Harrick takes on major rebuilding job at Georgia

Tourney games shift teams in poll

Lady Bulldogs survive upset bid

There are excuses for midday nap

Small business facility needs boost

Coke prices could continue to rise

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.

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs: Stocks change little before Fed meeting

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.

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.

Takeover attempts possible

Tuesday morning quarterback

Tigers within reach of bowl game

Virginia Tech two wins from shot at national title

Hokies move to second in BCS standings

USC beginning to show positives

Seminole QB to get biggest test against Gators

Holtz to quiz Gamecocks on Clemson rivalry

LSU coach to leave next week

Alabama's defense no longer 'joke' of SEC

Gamecocks could be spoiler

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.

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.

Wants convicted HIV felon's picture published

Puzzles over S.C. flag controversy

Good Hodges' tax idea

Urges 'wisdom' in Dist. 2 election

Face issue squarely

Wants 'good' news of teens

Correction

Slams alliteration of 'firearm fanatic'

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?

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

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

Murray balks at reporting to Augusta following trade

Bodtker returns to Lynx

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

In the know

Scooby at 30

Meteor shower could light up sky

GOP says unity needed in 2000 election

Area briefs: Police call child's injury accident

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.

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.

One dead in I-20 collision

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

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.

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

The revival continues

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

Driver strikes pole

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

University cuts back services

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.

Technician pays dues as rodeo clown

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.

Officials to review rail plan

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.

Governor's committee touts tests

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.

Court case puts clubs in middle

Educator says she wanted to use skills in class

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.

Johnson decides to resign

Business conference will come to school

Museum revisits cane-grinding tradition

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.

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

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.

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.

Signs of fall

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

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.

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

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.

Pilot uses highway for landing

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

Kindness board gets rave reviews

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.

Plazas reflect local viability

Aiken readies for races

Teacher learned craft the hard way

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.

Rally planned to support Confederate flag

Four teens arrested in robbery

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

Old building masks rich past

Shutters quicker than eye

Dinner guests

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.

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.

Five men sentenced in stolen-vehicle ring

Tuesday morning quarterback

Carolina can't live with success

Rams rebound to beat Carolina

Cleveland snatches win from Steelers

Injuries take toll on both teams

Colts tie for AFC East lead

No end in sight for 49ers' freefall

Unheralded players lift Cowboys

Falcons return with extra bounce

NFL Briefs: Reed's slump is mental

Another error in case against Peter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mattie Reynolds
THOMSON -- Mrs. Mattie F. Reynolds, 92, of Shanks Street, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at her daughter's 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. Sebron Mitchell
Mr. Sebron Mitchell, 92, of Roulette Lane, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Windemere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Mr. Malcolm English Jr.

Mr. Jack Barker

Mrs. Julia Freeman

Mrs. Rachel Cushman

Mr. Carroll Simmons

Mrs. Claudie Samples

Mrs. Miriam Babb

Mr. W.L. Forehand

Mrs. Eunice Booth

Mrs. Lois Johnson

Mrs. Mildred Armstrong

Mrs. Patricia McClain

Mrs. Mattie Reynolds

Mrs. Maggie Wright

Mrs. Willie Moore

Mr. Robert Kendrick

Mrs. Thelma Martin

Mrs. Mattie Drayton

Mrs. Juanita Hobbs

Mrs. Ernestine Langner

Mr. Sebron Mitchell

Mrs. Helen Tucker

Mr. Robert Sweet

Mr. Robert Darren Sr.

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.

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

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

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

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Overtime: Davenport defeats Hingis for Advanta title

Trinidad to fight Reid for title

Jarrett basks in glow of son's title

Jarrett wraps up championship; Stewart wins again

IBF head pleads innocent to bribery charges

Jarrett and Yates celebrate title win

Pak wins LPGA title in playoff

Musgrave walks away from season finale

Overtime: Cross Creek plays Butler in first game

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Your style

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

Internet providers left out of satellite bill

Britannica site is relaunched

Gates: Microsoft fosters technology innovation

City faces lawsuits over sludge

Tobacco war veterans contemplate suing Microsoft

South Korea develops new surface-to-air missile

Beef grading system questioned by new findings

Hubble's pointing system fails, all observations halted

Electronic Santa's helpers available

Satellite fails to reach orbit, rocket destroyed after launch