Texas' Rodriguez captures AL MVP

Jones wins league MVP

Majerus upset about Kentucky game site

Texas' Rodriguez captures AL MVP

Jones leads Hornets past Mavs

Rider creating more headaches in Atlanta

Tar Heels to fire Torbush

Sprewell to face former coach

Tourney to stay on CBS

USC Aiken transfers bring experience, talent

Paine looking to rebuild

Innocence apparent in wisdom

Nasdaq figures revised after computer glitch

S.C. has nation's second-largest share of jobs at foreign-based companies
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The share of South Carolina's work force earning paychecks from companies headquartred in other countires puts the state second nationally, according to a trade group study.

Consumer prices rise slightly in October
WASHINGTON -- Consumer inflation rose a slim 0.2 percent in October, the best showing in four months, as gasoline and other energy prices fell.

Business briefs: Rapid-growth fears cause fall in stocks
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell Wednesday as investors locked in profits from Tuesday's rally while clinging to fears that the Federal Reserve's latest interest rate increase won't slow the nation's rapid economic growth.

Consultant: City unity possible

Airlines to boost Priceline

Business briefs: Trade deficit grows to $24.4 billion
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit widened to $24.4 billion in September even though beleaguered American farmers saw their exports climb to the highest level in 19 months. America's deficits with China and Japan both rose with the shortfall, with China setting an all-time high for any country.

Gasoline prices climbing

Plan to clear-cut land passes
Economic development officials Thursday approved plans to clear-cut more than 940 acres of forest to develop the Augusta Corporate Park in south Richmond County.

Nasdaq figures revised after computer glitch
Due to a system problem at Nasdaq yesterday, several closing index numbers for Tuesday have been revised.

Gasoline prices climbing
A vow by the world's leading petroleum producers to maintain deep supply cuts will translate to higher prices at the gasoline pump, industry analysts say.

Plan to clear-cut land passes

Trade deficit widens in September

Consumer prices rise slightly in October

Business briefs: Trade deficit grows to $24.4 billion

Business briefs: Rapid-growth fears cause fall in stocks

Leadership series

S.C. has nation's second-largest share of jobs at foreign-based companies

Leadership series
Sharon Patrick of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. was among speakers broadcast via satellite Wednesday to Augusta's Bell Auditorium and about 200 other sites in North America and overseas. Augusta State University presented the broadcast as part of the fourth Worldwide Lessons in Leadership series.

Trade deficit widens in September
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit widened to $24.4 billion in September even though beleaguered American farmers saw their exports climb to the highest level in 19 months. America's deficits with China and Japan both rose with the shortfall, with China setting an all-time high for any country.

Consultant: City unity possible
The man credited with rejuvenating downtown Greenville, S.C., and downtown Winston-Salem, N.C., says, if given the chance, he could unify Augusta's fragmented urban area.

Agilent jumps 40 percent
SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology services company Agilent Technologies Inc., spun off on its own by parent Hewlett-Packard Co., jumped more than 40 percent in initial trading Thursday.

Airlines to boost Priceline
CHICAGO -- In the airline industry's latest aggressive thrust into cyberspace, three more U.S. carriers have joined Priceline.com, giving a big boost to the name-your-own-price Internet ticket service.

Former USC coach to return as a Tiger

College picks: Florida State-Florida is about national titles

Clemson running back critical but stable

Holtz quotes

SEC notebook: LSU assistant gets one-time shot

Friedgen awaits call

Tar Heels to fire Torbush

Bowden's sudden impact

Stroud disappointed with hecklers

Defense becoming strong point for Gators

It's time for the battle of the Palmetto state

Former Gamecock coach faces tough homecoming

Tech to Heisman voters: choose Hamilton

ACC notebook: Heisman still within Hamilton's reach

Florida-Florida State as close as it comes to a playoff

Bulldogs focus on rest of season

College notes

Small counties fight mergers
ATLANTA -- In the nine months since she became tax commissioner in Taliaferro County, Kaye Jackson has learned firsthand how hard it can be keeping Georgia's smallest county financially afloat.

Disputes fueled growth of counties
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- It's only seven miles from Watkinsville to Athens, but the short distance fueled a big controversy in the 1870s when Athens residents argued that the Clarke County seat should be moved to the growing town.

Trio were pioneers in journalism
In the old days, they called pioneer women journalists ``news broads'' -- and that was a term used by the people who liked them. Others, who didn't, called them worse.

Return suspect money

Slams TV news 'investigations'

Defends radio personality's remarks

Urges re-election of Handy

Keep vow to vets

Enforce poker law!

Repeal 'secret' tax

Trilling lets him do more drilling
Whenever the question ``What do you want to be when you grow up?'' is asked of a group of children, there's usually one in the bunch who wants to be a singer and another who wants to be a doctor or dentist.

Capsules
Impotence may be an early warning of heart disease, scientists say. Researchers from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation tested 50 men who had sought prescriptions for Viagra. None of the men had any symptoms of heart disease.

Containing hunger
Julia Warren's driveway is lined with 4- and 5-gallon buckets full of collard greens. She has one large bunch per bucket, and with more than 14 plants in all, they could almost be mistaken for shrubbery.

Festival opens new horizons for artists
Emerging artists from across Georgia and Alabama will exhibit at the New Horizons Arts Festival today and Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Keys to success
Even after 60 years, music remains a passion for John Browning, a one-time child prodigy now nearing retirement age.

Wasp population determines catalpa's
Q: I need to know about the care and feeding of catalpa trees. I want to encourage a large, healthy infestation of catalpa worms on the trees. Also, what do the worms turn into, a moth or a butterfly? What I've heard differs enough to be confusing.

Ramblin' Rhodes
TNN will have a children's hour at 10 p.m. Saturday. That's when the network airs Country's Family Reunion & the Young 'Uns, which features performances by the children of Conway Twitty, Faron Young, Roger Miller, Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette, George Jones and Hank Williams.

Cost of Thanks
For many American families, Thanksgiving Day means a house full of extended family and long days of laborious cooking and cleanup.

Augusta Players give awards
The Augusta Players Inc.'s 1998-1999 Annual Awards Gala was held Nov. 12 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

Age old question: Bacteria a culprit in ulcers
Q: What causes ulcers? -- Y.S., Augusta

A palette of beauty
The diversity of the Southern landscape is reflected in a new exhibit of 35 paintings at the Morris Museum of Art.

Louisiana painter shows art lovers a different view of his home state
Most people think of Cajun music and spicy food -- not wide, flat prairie where buffalo once lived -- when they think of Louisiana.

It's crank bait time for Thurmond Lake largemouths

Fishing tournament information

Big games in Georgia

S.C. notebook

Work pays off for Duncan

Josey out for revenge vs. Yellow Jackets

S.C. notebook

Big games in S.C.

Ga. Notebook: Resurgent warriors confident

Class AAA teams face tough openers

Lynx ledger

Mason glad to be back with Lynx

Lynx lose to Tallahassee

Innocence apparent in wisdom
The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.

Louisiana painter shows art lovers a different view of his home state

Ramblin' Rhodes

Cost of Thanks

Keys to success

Age old question: Bacteria a culprit in ulcers

Capsules

Augusta Players give awards

Trilling lets him do more drilling

Wasp population determines catalpa's

Festival opens new horizons for artists

A palette of beauty

Area briefs: Firefighter bonds out in threats case

Bill lets schools use Bible
ATLANTA -- A pair of state lawmakers unveiled a bill Thursday to permit the teaching of history and literature using the Bible as a textbook.

Hill jurors will come from York
Residents from the Upstate of South Carolina will decide the fate of David Mark Hill, charged with killing three caseworkers at the Department of Social Services office in North Augusta in 1996.

Thankful gather for celebration
Ruby Kelly didn't take long to come up with an answer about what she's most thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Carjacking suspect has stand-off with police

Area briefs: Wadley woman dies in car accident
A car accident Thursday morning in Jefferson County, Ga., claimed the life of a Wadley woman, police said.

Steeplechase gains popularity
AIKEN -- Gaining on the heels of its spring counterpart, Aiken's Fall Steeplechase soon might run neck and neck with the popular race that draws thousands every March.

Air pollution plan targets power plants
ATLANTA -- The latest state plan to reduce air pollution by 2003 is calling for tighter emissions controls on coal-fired Georgia Power Co. electric plants north and west of Atlanta.

Attorney general pushes for alternate execution plans

School voucher plan concerns residents
AIKEN - A House of Representatives committee heard for the first time Thursday from Aiken County residents with passionate opinions about school vouchers -- most of whom despise them.

Hill jurors will come from York

Police investigate fraternity incident
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke police are investigating whether a Monday night incident celebrating a fraternity member's engagement amounted to illegal hazing.

SRS workers must wait for compensation ruling

Candidates file for sheriff election
The finish line is still a year away, but already the race is on. This month, two men announced their decisions to seek the Richmond County sheriff's office in November 2000. Woodrow Fryer filed a declaration of intention with the local board of elections Nov. 8. Lt. Leon Garvin, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, filed Friday.

Air pollution plan targets power plants

New Year's Eve party plans unveiled
With only 43 days left in 1999, organizers of the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve street party have plans well under way to ring in 2000.

Businesses required to install devices
Thousands of Augusta busi-nesses will be required to install costly plumbing devices designed to safeguard the public drinking water system against contamina-tion.

Area briefs: Firefighter bonds out in threats case
A Richmond County firefighter accused of threatening officials in the department and in city government was released on $15,000 bond Wednesday.

I dumped Dorsey: Week 12

New Year's Eve party plans unveiled

Disputes fueled growth of counties

Panel OKs river docks
Lot owners in The River Club subdivision passed their first hurdle Thursday night in the fight for private boat docks on their property.

Area briefs: Wadley woman dies in car accident

Subcommittee criticizes mayor, editorial writer
An Augusta Commission subcommittee that is punching out a new city ethics ordinance has taken a few jabs at Mayor Bob Young and The Augusta Chronicle's senior editorial writer Phil Kent.

Growing Into Life program tapped for national attention

Creation of special panel a first in city, officials say
Augusta's Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr. on Wednesday ordered a special grand jury empaneled to continue two previous juries' investigations of city government.

Local residents raise concerns at state forum

SRS workers must wait for compensation ruling
Savannah River Site employees who believe their work made them sick must wait until March to find out whether the federal government might compensate them for their illnesses.

Candidates file for sheriff election

Growing Into Life program tapped for national attention
AIKEN -- Even without funding, Growing Into Life has gotten national attention for successfully reducing infant mortality rates in Aiken County.

Hill jurors will come from York

Weapons safety promoted
AIKEN -- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is pulling the trigger on gun safety.

Lakeside to be tested for TB
The students, faculty and staff of Lakeside High School will be tested for tuberculosis today after a student was diagnosed with the disease Thursday.

Teacher of the Year
Georgia's No. 1 school now has Richmond County's No. 1 teacher. Julie Vernon Purvis, a math teacher at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, was chosen Thursday night as Richmond County Teacher of the Year.

School says blame for gun shared
A Columbia County high school is taking responsibility for a student bringing a pellet gun to school nearly two weeks ago.

Thankful gather for celebration

Tedesco: MCG faces change
The coming year will bring changes -- and new challenges -- to Medical College of Georgia and its faculty, the school's president predicted Thursday.

Businesses required to install devices

Teacher of the Year

Local residents raise concerns at state forum
AIKEN -- Fewer than two dozen people came to the ``For the People/By the People'' town meeting Wednesday night, but issues they raised reflected concerns that have plagued South Carolina for years.

Steeplechase gains popularity

Tedesco: MCG faces change

School voucher plan concerns residents

Close call
Thelma White, 37, (left) and her daughter Latasha Dukes, 20, of Waynesboro were evacuated by police during a standoff in Mrs. White's yard, where authorities apprehended a man suspected in a carjacking after a three-hour confrontation Wednesday.

Attorney general pushes for alternate execution plans
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers should enact a ``fallback'' method of executing condemned prisoners -- possibly lethal injection -- in case the U.S. Supreme Court declares the electric chair unconstitutional, representatives of the state attorney general's office said Wednesday.

Curious minds
Randale Holmes and other Burke County Middle School seventh-graders listen to the interactive solar-powered talking tree stand in the arboretum of Spirit Creek Education Forest after the 570-acre managed forest was dedicated Wednesday.

Bill lets schools use Bible

Teacher says job keeps her on her toes
Joyce Miller has worked as a legal secretary in an attorney's office and an executive secretary in a certified public accounting firm. Although those jobs helped pay bills, they were not as fulfilling as her first job -- teaching.

School board votes to deny funds

Teachers: Alternative schools are not doing job

Teachers: Alternative schools are not doing job
ATLANTA -- Separate schools for rowdy students have succeeded in making regular schools safer for other students, but few teachers of traditional classes think the schools offer adequate preparation for graduation, a new report shows.

SRS incinerator operating below capacity
Savannah River Site could save $595 million of taxpayers' money if it increased operations at an incinerator at the federal nuclear-weapons site, according to a federal audit.

Creation of special panel a first in city, officials say

Congress members push to keep plant open
ATLANTA -- Georgia's congressional delegation is supporting a plan that would give Lockheed Martin Corp. a down payment on future cargo plane orders to keep the company from shutting down its Marietta plant.

Small counties fight mergers

Temple-Tuttle comet causes loss of sleep
Stargazers are getting a treat this week in the form of one of the most robust November meteor showers in 33 years.

Subcommittee criticizes mayor, editorial writer

Teacher says job keeps her on her toes

It's time for the battle of the Palmetto state

Police investigate fraternity incident

Temple-Tuttle comet causes loss of sleep

Weapons safety promoted

School board votes to deny funds
ATLANTA -- Three small school systems are finding out that people in education lose their patience over excuses for late assignments and eventually hand out punishment.

Class AAA teams face tough openers

Fort Gordon commemorates German POWs

Congress members push to keep plant open

Carjacking suspect has stand-off with police
WAYNESBORO -- A 19-year-old man held police and family members at bay for three hours in a Waynesboro neighborhood Wednesday, according to police, and they pleaded with him to put down a gun.

Lakeside to be tested for TB

Fort Gordon commemorates German POWs
Cordoned off with a white chain, two small cemetery plots dotted with stark white headstones serve as constant reminders.

Trio were pioneers in journalism

Bishop says team needs to do their job

Falcons notebook: Anderson's absence hurst passing game

I dumped Dorsey: Week 12

I dumped Dorsey: Week 12

Police still waiting for Carruth to come forward

Mr. Robert Lane
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Willie Lane, 54, of Dayton Street, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Milton Bladon
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Milton Bladon, 79, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Clinton Williams
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Clinton Williams, 60, of Coleman Chapel Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Essie Settles
AIKEN -- Mrs. Essie Mae Settles, 92, of Laurens Street North, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. Joseph Haas
Mr. Joseph H. Haas, 74, of Augusta, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Vickie Tucker
LIMESTONE, Tenn. -- Mrs. Vickie Sanders Tucker, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999.

Mrs. Grace Ivey
Mrs. Grace S. Ivey, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Elbert Hicks
Mr. Elbert HicksMACON -- Mr. Elbert Julius Hicks, 69, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Macon Medical Center.

Mrs. Florence Stevens
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mrs. Florence McTeer Stevens, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. George Steinmeyer
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Mr. George Melvin ``Red'' Steinmeyer, 80, of 10th Street, Southeast, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Colquitt Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Charlotte Boatwright
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Charlotte Smith Boatwright, 87, of Price Circle, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at her residence.

Brittany Holladay
HEPHZIBAH -- Brittany LaVell Holladay, 7, of Clayborn Drive, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. J.D. Johnson
CLEARWATER -- Mr. J.D. Johnson, 75, of Church Street, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Miss Clara McMekin
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Miss Clara Lewis McMekin, 91, of Lincolnton Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Donna Wilson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Donna Owen Wilson, 61, of Earl Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Kathleen McClelland
Mrs. Kathleen McClellandMrs. Kathleen McClelland, 82, of Walton Way, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Brown
DEARING -- Mrs. Dorothy Harris Brown, 76, of Mitchner Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Elva Beard
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Elva Lee Beard, of McCampbell Street, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Luevenia Glover
Mrs. Luevenia Glover, 54, of Florida Avenue, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Edwin Carter
AIKEN -- Mr. Edwin H. Carter, 68, of Colleton Street Southeast, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Margaret Clarkson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Margaret Evelyn Carroll Clarkson, 61, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Bessie Carter
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Bessie Teate Carter, 81, of Lewis-Crook Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Ethel Boyd
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mrs. Ethel Boyd, 81, of South Railroad Avenue, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Fred Mixson
Mr. Fred D. Mixson, 65, of Japonica Avenue, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Larry Jackson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Larry Tate Jackson, 47, of Sun Hill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999 in Putnam County.

Mrs. Linda Korzun
NEW ELLENTON -- Mrs. Linda D. Korzun, 59, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. William Smith
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. William W. Smith, 70, of Edgar Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Vines
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Mrs. Margaret Irene ``Rena'' Bledsoe Vines, 61, of Long Hollow Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Herbert Fields Jr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Herbert ``Bubba'' Fields Jr., 59, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999.

Mr. Steven Gonya
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Steven Gerald Gonya, 52, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Otis Davis Jr.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mr. Otis ``Ben'' Davis Jr., 62, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Betty Anderson
WALTERBORO, S.C. -- Mrs. Betty Jean Perkins Anderson, 71, of Mallory Lane, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Cephus Jones Sr.
Mr. Cephus Jones Sr., 80, of Gilbert Manor, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Ms. Laura Plunk
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Ms. Laura Odean Plunk, 80, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999.

Mr. James Golphin
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. James Edward Golphin, 77, of Windy Ridge Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Miss April Nichols
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Miss April Renee Nichols, 19, of Oakleaf Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Wilbert Key Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Wilbert Key Sr., of Banks Mill Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Sidney Hutto
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Sidney Hutto died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999.

Mr. George Steinmeyer

Brittany Holladay

Mr. Fred Mixson

Mrs. Ethel Boyd

Mr. Otis Davis Jr.

Mr. Sidney Hutto

Mrs. Betty Anderson

Mr. Wilbert Key Sr.

Mrs. Kathleen McClelland

Mr. Herbert Fields Jr.

Mrs. Donna Wilson

Mr. Steven Gonya

Mrs. Elva Beard

Mrs. Bessie Carter

Mr. Elbert Hicks

Mrs. Florence Stevens

Mrs. Dorothy Brown

Mrs. Margaret Clarkson

Ms. Laura Plunk

Miss April Nichols

Mr. Larry Jackson

Mr. Cephus Jones Sr.

Mrs. Vickie Tucker

Mr. Edwin Carter

Mrs. Margaret Vines

Mrs. Grace Ivey

Mrs. Charlotte Boatwright

Mrs. Linda Korzun

Mr. William Smith

Mr. J.D. Johnson

Miss Clara McMekin

Mr. Milton Bladon

Mr. James Golphin

Mr. Clinton Williams

Mrs. Essie Settles

Mr. Robert Lane

Defends radio personality's remarks
I read the Nov. 8 letter by Ron Roberts and strongly disagree with what one radio personality wrote about another. I understand the radio business is strong and that most radio stations only wish for high ratings. However, I don't understand why one person can say such crude words about another one's thoughts. Melinda Shy, Thomson

Disputes critic of Planned Parenthood
Penney Goodman' Oct. 27 letter was full of erroneous claims against Planned Parenthood. In fact, her letter is chapter and verse from Life Dynamics website's latest campaign strategy to discredit Planned Parenthood and to ban all abortion procedures. Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

Hits criticism of Canal Authority
After reading Frank Albert's Nov. 13 guest column which was titled, ``Humane Society Deserves Stockade Location,'' I sense that he is using innocent, abandoned kittens as a weapon against the Canal Authority to settle an old dispute. His criticisms of the Canal Authority are cheap shots. Clay Chastain, Augusta

Hits 'mistrust' editorial as misleading
Your Nov. 11 editorial, "South Augusta mistrust,'' is a little misleading. I believe this garbage pickup option was to residents as far south as Gordon Highway. It appears anything negative occurring south of Riverwalk is your description of south Augusta. Dick Edwards, Augusta

Return suspect money
There's unanimity on one front regarding two recent Richmond County grand jury reports scathingly critical of Augusta government operations: That it's time to impanel a special grand jury to carry the investigation through to completion, regard-less of where it might lead.

Supports incumbent in Dist. 2 runoff
In Tuesday's run-off election, I fully support and endorse Freddie Handy for re-election to the District 2 seat on the Augusta-Richmond County Commission. Boyce Clark, Augusta

Notes disappointing premiere choices
As one of the hundreds of winners from your newspapers ``Night at the Movies'' giveaway, I was very excited to attend the grand opening. I had my tickets and my children were excited waiting to see the new theater and to view the movie Pokemon. As a parent of three, with my niece in tow, we were eagerly awaiting the viewing of the movie; then found when entering there was no such movie being shown. Imagine the disappointment on my face as well as my kids upon learning that Pokemon was not being shown. They had a choice of Rugrats or Elmo, and I had a choice of movies such as Blair Witch, Wild West, The Mummy, You've got Mail and a list of other movies already released earlier this year. Karen Fish, Hephzibah

Slams TV news 'investigations'
Please answer a question: Who appointed WRDW-TV Channel 12 and WAGT-TV Channel 26 the so-called investigative agency to "nvestigate'' alleged wrongdoings occurring between businesses and customers? Al Wells, Harlem

Good S.C. investment
Georgia isn't the only state with a governor's commission studying ways to improve education. South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges also has a task force that's slated to report Dec. 1 on ways to improve the state's middle schools.

Blasts activist for supporting violence
Recently I saw and read the decision of the Decatur, Ill., school board that suspended students. ... First, let me say I agree with its decision. When I saw the violence ... I thought, ``what if there was a pregnant woman sitting in the area where the fight took place; what if a disabled person was sitting there; what if a mother with a baby was in the area, etc?'' Joseph Diggs, Augusta

Urges re-election of Handy
I strongly urge voters of District 2 to ... re-elect Freddie Handy to the Augusta-Richmond County Commission. As we head into the year 2000, it is imperative we have experience and political knowledge in place; experience, that can get things done. Willie Jones, Augusta

Prefers her name on 'King's Book'
I turned on my television recently and the Cathedral Quartet was singing. Of course, it was a tape. As I watched them sing, I thought of the letter that Elaine Cushman wrote a few weeks ago concerning the death of Glen Payne, lead singer for the Cathedrals. Mary C. Hughes, Martinez

Repeal 'secret' tax
As public resistance to tax increases has increasingly hardened the past few decades, government bureaucrats have grown more inventive in finding ways to raise levies without the public knowing.

Pleads to keep TAs in the schools
There is so much being opinionated on dress codes while nothing is being done about teachers' assistants in Richmond County. Do parents realize how vital the TAs are in the school? M. Craig, Augusta

Enforce poker law!
Despite the South Carolina Supreme Court's ruling striking down video poker next July 1, there are some controversies still brewing.

Keep vow to vets
"It's high time that Congress stepped forward to restore the promises we made to our military retirees for fully-funded health care for life in exchange for 20 years of service. We have seen that promise gutted since 1992, to a point that a decorated Vietnam combat veteran with two decades of service now has the same health benefits as a Vietnam draft-dodger. If there was ever an issue for this party to go to war over, this is it.''

NBC looks to future with NASCAR

Aiken High coaches honored

Japan on top of the world

Practice pays for North Augusta golfer

Overtime: Augusta Christian boys open season today

NAPA 500 to close Winston Cup Series

Overtime: USC recruit has ties to Aiken area

Lewis-Holyfield II has 850,000 buys

PGA Tour offers new award in Stewart's honor

FCC decision could boost high-speed Internet access
WASHINGTON -- More residential consumers could obtain high-speed Internet access -- and at lower cost -- under action anticipated by federal regulators.

Leonids' fiery light delights skygazers worldwide
Waves of fireballs brightened the skies like lightning Wednesday night over the sands of Arabia as the much-heralded Leonid meteor shower swelled into the heaviest storm of shooting stars in 33 years.

Disgruntled workers boss bash online
Hate your job? Think your boss is a turkey? Join the crowd at http://www.disgruntled.com, where each month 30,000 malcontents vent their work-place frustrations.

Meteor shower visible tonight
Around the world, astronomers and amateur stargazers headed for fields, beaches, deserts and mountaintops Wednesday to watch what could be the most spectacular meteor shower since 1966 and for decades to come.

Government says U.S. will spend $100 billion on Y2K repairs
WASHINGTON -- The government pinned a staggering $100 billion price tag Wednesday on the nation's repair bills for the Year 2000 technology problem, or $365 for each man, woman and child.

Regulators consider 'captioning' for the blind
WASHINGTON -- Chet Avery picks the television shows he tunes into very carefully. Dramatic programs with lots of dialogue are fine.

Study: A drink a week can cut risk of stroke
As little as a single glass of wine or beer per week can significantly reduce a man's risk of a stroke, according to the biggest study ever to examine the link.

Justice Department warns of Y2K frauds
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has posted warnings on its Internet Website about telemarketing schemes purporting to protect consumers from losing money as a result of potential computer problems associated with the arrival of year 2000.

Despite questions, foreigners eager to plunge into China Internet
SHANGHAI, China -- China's promise to allow foreigners to invest in its booming Internet industry has reawakened interest in Web ventures just two months after a Chinese official banned outside ownership of these companies.

'Smart bomb' may provide relief for chronic pain
WASHINGTON -- Chronic pain, a misery in the lives of 100 million Americans, may be controlled by a ``smart bomb'' drug that brings relief without the dulling side effects of narcotics, researchers report.

Research suggests painkillers play role in heartburn
NEW ORLEANS -- Doctors have long known that popular painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen can sometimes cause serious stomach ulcers. Now new research suggests the drugs may play a role in chronic heartburn, too.

Regulators consider 'captioning' for the blind

Research suggests painkillers play role in heartburn

Meteor shower visible tonight

Leonids' fiery light delights skygazers worldwide

Study: A drink a week can cut risk of stroke

Disgruntled workers boss bash online

Despite questions, foreigners eager to plunge into China Internet

Government says U.S. will spend $100 billion on Y2K repairs

Justice Department warns of Y2K frauds

FCC decision could boost high-speed Internet access