North Augusta defeats Cross Creek

Georgia gets first win

Florida St. tops Jacksonville

Stanford stops #2 Auburn

Cavs dump Hornets

South Carolina falls to DePaul

Josey Terror-ized by Glenn Academy

Changes are subtle over time

E-tailing still has pitfalls
The Augusta Chronicle went on an Internet shopping spree in late October. Our mission? To find out if electronic retailing, or e-tailing, is everything Internet companies claim: quick, easy and enjoyable.

City eyed for brick plant
Local economic development officials said they will try to lure a new brick-making factory to Augusta by offering the company up to $25 million in low-cost financing.

Caution advised for online shopping

Area jobless rates decline

Euro hits lowest level against dollar

Holiday season begins -- on Web and at stores -- with discounts galore

Online shopping can't be real thing
I love to shop. More specifically, I like to buy things. It's an addiction of sorts. I even like to grocery shop, which is often my Friday night entertainment.

Euro hits lowest level against dollar
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The euro slumped to its lowest level to date against the dollar and the yen Friday despite brighter news on Europe's economic prospects and efforts by central bankers to talk up the infant European currency.

Online shopping can't be real thing

Personal incomes surges in October
WASHINGTON -- Americans' personal income in October posted its biggest jump in more than five years and rose more than twice as fast as spending.

Personal incomes surges in October

On the move

Area jobless rates decline
New jobs being added at state and local educational institutions and in health-related industries continue to lower unemployment rates in metro Augusta.

Spare change

Holiday season begins -- on Web and at stores -- with discounts galore
The holiday season kicked off on Friday with shoppers packing the stores for $99 TV sets and Pokemon freebies, and merchants wondering whether this is the year when the Internet finally hurts them.

E-tailing still has pitfalls

Almond glut sends prices lower
As the last of this fall's record almond harvest rolls into warehouses across California's San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys, growers are facing a glutted market and plunging prices, forcing them to hunt for new customers in developing nations and to create new products.

On the move
Douglas R. Graves has joined First Union National Bank as a financial center manager in Augusta. Mr. Graves recently graduated from Augusta State University with a bachelor of arts in Finance.

City eyed for brick plant

Caution advised for online shopping
One of the last times Augusta resident Pat VanHooser shopped at a mall, a stranger followed her through the parking lot as she carried bags to her car.

Business briefs: Delta's 3 percent fare increase ends

Spare change
A Seattle company could be the answer to the prayers of weary travelers hunting for a place to plug in a laptop computer in crowded airports.

Business briefs: Delta's 3 percent fare increase ends
ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines dropped a 3 percent fare increase this week after several competitors refused to increase their prices. Thursday's move by Delta, the nation's third-largest airline, puts pressure on American, United, and Continental to rescind similar increases made during the past week.

Georgia Southern wins in a rout

Cornhuskers recover for 33-30 win over Colorado

Georgia Tech will take it

Georgia Southern coach confident

A wild ride in Atlanta

Georgia, Georgia Tech battle for bragging rights

New Year's bowl a possibility for Tech

Texas A&M tops rival Texas

Vols hammer Vandy

College football: Count on Florida State-Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl

Georgia Tech notebook: Hester the hero

A look at the 20th century: 1992
Chaos reigned in 1992, from riots in Los Angeles to killer hurricanes in Florida, Louisiana and Hawaii. In Augusta, a five-year federal gambling probe ended with charges being dismissed against all suspects, and a botched-up bill forced officials to accept a huge pay raise early.

A look at the 20th century: 1993
1993 saw an about-face in the nation's political leadership and is remembered mostly for its disasters, particularly those in New York City and Waco, Texas. The Midwest was devastated by summer flooding, and Augusta was caught off guard by a shooting at one of its high schools.

U.N. control of our treasures

Online tax payments

Asks 'heavenly' protection for players

Notes Richmond schools at 'bottom'

Hopes for better Commission members

Two fine speeches

Wants follow-up on traffic light article

'Dumps' Dorsey over Lynx criticism

Advises against succumbing to holiday rush

Blasts criticism of losing Lynx

Suggests special prosecutor needed

Bashes plan for expressway 'flyovers'

Says '90s was bad for our way of life

Finds tax assessor issue confusing

Defends flag's display above Statehouse

Applauds opening of new plant

Seeks congressional term limits

Urges removal of Bush Field director

Says boycott meant to stir up peace

Piltdown hoax fooled experts for 40 years
In 1856, the fossilized remains of a prehistoric skull were unearthed in Germany's Neander Valley, heralding the possibility that humans had been on Earth longer than previously believed.

Holiday spirit fills this home
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Santa Claus is all over Johnny and Miriam Rowland's home in Savannah Barony subdivision.

Toy treasures
Toy collectors will give area residents a reason to clean old playthings out of their attics this week. The International Toy Collectors Association will hold its Antique Toy Road Show Tuesday through Friday at the Augusta Comfort Inn, 629 N.W. Frontage Road. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day; admission is free.

Faith digest
Lisa Ison of Atlanta will bring a one-woman show to Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road, at 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

Fine dining often calls for use of a finger bowl
Dear Carson: I am a culinary-arts student, and I need to learn the correct usage, placement and presentation of the finger bowl. Should warm water or cold water be placed in the finger bowl? Should I use a cereal bowl as the finger bowl? When is it removed from the table? -- Finger Bowl Resurrection

Spirit of holiday captured in family quilt
A couple of weeks before her family lights the first candle for Hanukkah, Cathy Goldberg Fishman hangs a bright-blue quilt in the living room.

In the know
Julie Andrews and James Garner, who starred in The Americanization of Emily (1964) and Victor/Victoria (1982), reunite for One Special Night, a romantic drama about strangers taking refuge during a blizzard. It airs at 9 on CBS (WRDW-TV, Channel 12).

Hiking haven in Hocking Hills
HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK, Ohio -- Shortly after the end of the Civil War, a hunter and his two dogs in search of game along Salt Creek came upon an area of dramatically scenic gorges and woodlands in the Appalachians of southeastern Ohio.

Faith is evident in the choices we make
In the medical center where I was a chaplain, I witnessed a resident physician treating a patient in a rude an

Renaissance Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- For 262 years, Richmond's history has been as turbulent as the white water of the rocky James River that tumbles through the city. And that history -- one of war, peace and continuing compromise -- helps sustain Richmond today.

Putting the Word in print
Antioch Baptist Church, an 80-member congregation in Harlem with a basement print shop, produced its 3-millionth tract this month.

Swainsboro advances

Briarwood advances to championship

Batesburg-Leesville topples Silver Bluff

Josey hammered by Mt. Zion

Washington-Wilkes blanks Buford

Macon offers so excuses

Lincoln County tops Dawson County

NHL being urged to alter schedule

Lynx get overtime win

Thrashers shut out by Panthers' Kidd

Flyers skate past Maple Leafs

Mighty Ducks top Stars

DeSantis 'felt like an outcast' before trade

Changes are subtle over time
Things change, don't they? It became clear once again last week when I realized some public school Thanksgiving holidays now last five days.

In the know

Spirit of holiday captured in family quilt

Renaissance Richmond

Faith digest

Hiking haven in Hocking Hills

Piltdown hoax fooled experts for 40 years

Fine dining often calls for use of a finger bowl

Faith is evident in the choices we make

Toy treasures

Putting the Word in print

Proposed budget lessens indigent care

Chitlins celebrated in Salley

Hardships during holidays becoming routine for family
Her two youngest children still believe in Santa Claus. And for this Augusta mother, trying to tell them why Santa won't be visiting this year is becoming an unfortunate tradition. Last Christmas, they woke up to a house fire that destroyed everything, leaving them homeless. This year, their mother is afraid they will be disappointed again.

Officer admonishes shoppers on safety
Only 28 days left to Christmas shop. The children are begging to see Santa. The lines are winding around the stores. The wallet is emptying fast. And Aunt Sadie desires the hardest-to-find gift.

A look at the 20th century: 1993

Officer admonishes shoppers on safety

Targeting the hot spots

6-year-old waits for heart cure

Across the area: Teen dies after cotton accident
THOMASVILLE -- A Brooks County teen-ager was killed this week after a bale of cotton fell on him.

Getting into the act

Special jury selection Monday

Season arrives in Aiken

A wild ride in Atlanta

Christmas tree sales begin

A look at the 20th century: 1992

Collision claims two lives

Getting into the act
Leanne Britton, 13, of Burnettown, lends a helping hand to Wayne Benson as he works on his Christmas float.

Across the area: Benefit concert takes place today

Christmas tree sales begin
The Garden City turned a little greener this week. Christmas-tree lots have appeared on vacant corners across Augusta, as if evergreen stands sprouted overnight. But these forests are being timbered rapidly, some sellers said.

'Ma Bell' stands by her belief

Chairwoman speaks her mind in release

Mother seeks assistance for children's Christmas
She asks us to pray for her children. A single mother raising five children, she has no money for Christmas this year.

Community center plan brings cohesion to area

Community center plan brings cohesion to area
Planning the Evans Town Center was the fun part. During two years of public meetings, there arose great visions of what the new community hub could be.

Mother seeks assistance for children's Christmas

Chairwoman speaks her mind in release
One thing people in South Carolina and Georgia can count on is for Frances Bell to say what she thinks.

Season arrives in Aiken
AIKEN - With the flip of a switch, Christmas arrived Friday in Aiken. As dawn turned to dusk and a lazy sun set over the city, white lights blazed along Laurens Street under a clear night sky. Tiny lights bloomed, too, on the city's official Christmas tree in the median at Laurens Street and Barnwell Avenue.

'Ma Bell' stands by her belief
WINDSOR -- Could Frances Bell possibly be one of the most hateful women in South Carolina? The great-grandmother who grows old-fashioned flowers in the yard of the Windsor home she shares with an Australian sheepdog, a tabby cat and the quiet man she married 48 years ago?

Across the area: Teen dies after cotton accident

Chitlins celebrated in Salley
SALLEY -- The population of this tiny town swelled Saturday from an ordinary-day 498 to more than 50,000, creating traffic jams where there usually is not much traffic at all.

Many hit after-Thanksgiving sales

Students study Bible before, after school in Aiken
AIKEN -- Members of Aiken County's Christian community don't want to do away with the public school system.

Santa's helpers

Boycott plans get support
COLUMBIA -- Some black church members have decided to take their holiday shopping out of state to honor the NAACP's economic boycott of the state.

6-year-old waits for heart cure
SAVANNAH -- Two weeks ago, doctors at Medical College of Georgia Hospital anesthetized 6-year-old Jill Slater of Meldrim and made a small incision in her leg. They snaked a small tube through her vein and up to her heart, pushing through a device that would seal the opening -- a heart defect.

Special jury selection Monday
Twenty-three Augusta residents will take part in a historic event Monday when they are selected to take part in the city's first ever special grand jury.

Targeting the hot spots
CLEARWATER -- The fire that heavily damaged the roof and second floor of a center building in the long-closed Clearwater Finishing Plant reignited just before noon Friday.

Across the area: Benefit concert takes place today
The 1999 Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert will take place at 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, featuring the Augusta Concert Band.

Santa's helpers
Patricia Johann and her daughter Jessica, 15, put a new bulb in their Santa lawn ornament.

Count campaign Bureau seeks aid in census
AIKEN -- For the first time in two centuries, the U.S. Census Bureau is asking for volunteer help in every community across the country in an effort to get Americans counted.

Proposed budget lessens indigent care
Health care for Augusta's poor would get cut and the emergency dispatchers would answer to one boss under a proposed budget from the city's administration.

Collision claims two lives
Both drivers died in a fiery collision Saturday when a tanker truck apparently crossed the center line on South Carolina Highway 389 near Salley and struck a tractor-trailer head on.

Many hit after-Thanksgiving sales
Debbie Cooper rolled out of bed 2 1/2 hours before the sun came up Friday, even though she had the day off from work. The teacher from Statesboro, Ga., woke up at 4:30 a.m. with one thing in mind: to finish most of her holiday shopping.

Count campaign Bureau seeks aid in census

Robbery, assault suspects face trial
An Augusta man accused of taking part in two robberies while free on bond pending trial in another robbery is one of 82 people scheduled to stand trial next week in Richmond County Superior Court.

Is Jessie Tuggle playing his final season in Atlanta?

Carruth, two others arraigned

Cowboys' defense simply will not rest

NFL notes: Turf toe sidelines Williams

NFL game previews

Carolina's Greene has Atlanta concerned

Ricky Williams out for at least one week, maybe more

Panthers look to fight through distractions

Carter's been busy on defense

Mrs. Queen Williams
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Queen Strom Williams, 95, of Calhoun Street, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at Anne Marie Nursing Home.

Mr. Luther Neal
THOMSON -- Mr. Luther Clinton ``L.C.'' Neal, 63, of Glen Stovall Drive, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Weinona Flakes
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. -- Mrs. Weinona ``Nona'' Flakes, 80, of Park Avenue, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne.

Sedderius Watson
Sedderius Montrell Watson, 5, son of Robert and Miranda Williams of Mercier Street, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Lester Riles
Mr. Lester Riles, of Beaufort Avenue, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Marta Kroihsmajer
Mrs. Marta M. Kroihsmajer, 81, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at Westlake Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. John Tarver
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Lee Tarver, 74, of Floyd Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ruby McKinney
GRAY COURT, S.C. -- Mrs. Ruby Mae McKinney, 85, of Riddle Town Road, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Gracie Riley
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Gracie Mae Harden Riley, 54, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Copeland Sr.
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. William Copeland Sr., 85, of Railroad Street, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Sandersville Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Henrietta Williams
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Ms. Henrietta Williams, 42, of Legion Circle, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Blanche Moulton
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Blanche Moulton, 97, of Pinon Road, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Robert Brandon Sr.
Mr. Robert Turner Brandon Sr., 73, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Starling
BROOKLET, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Lee Bryant Starling, 72, of Heritage Inn of Statesboro, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Tod Bushee
SOUTH HOUSTON, Texas -- Mr. Tod Eric Bushee, 38, of Kirk Glen Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ruth Olson
Mrs. Ruth C. Olson, 87, of Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999.

Mr. William Salem Jr.
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. William Salem Jr., 89, of Jordan Street, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Frank Hughes
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Frank J. Hughes, 83, of Comanche Circle, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ruth Wilson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ruth C. Wilson, of North Hills Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Winnie Drake
Mrs. Winnie Lois Merritt Drake died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Carl Scroggs
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Carl Denny Scroggs, 66, of Hammond Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Louie Gunn Sr.
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Louie Franklin Gunn Sr., 93, of Noah Station Road, died Sunday, November 27, 1999 at his residence.

Mrs. Virginia Smalley
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Virginia Ruth Pope Smalley, 71, of Leathersville Road, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Braddy
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph N. ``Joe'' Braddy, 63, of Bonny Road, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999 at Emmanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Glenn Tucker
Mr. Glenn Lee Tucker, 42, of Eastland Drive, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Cynthia Cockerham
Mrs. Cynthia Lee Gillette Cockerham, 43, of Spring Lakes Drive, Martinez, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Lillian Kwok
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lillian Kwok, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. James Carswell Jr.
GROVETOWN -- Mr. James ``Jamey'' Jackson Carswell Jr., 23, of Manadlay Plantation, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Norma Boyd
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Norma Helen Silas Boyd, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999.

Mr. Meredith Rinker
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Meredith Rinker, 57, of East Seventh Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Alice Miles
Mrs. Alice Herman Miles, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at Windermere Health Center.

Mrs. Marta Kroihsmajer
Mrs. Marta M. Kroihsmajer, 81, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at Westlake Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Jack Mock Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Jack Ellis Mock Sr., 74, of Statesboro Highway, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah.

Ms. Harriet Washington
NEW YORK -- Ms. Harriet Gail Washington, 45, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital.

Mr. Louis Weaver
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Louis Weaver, 47, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999.

Mr. Willmer Jackson
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Mr. Willmer Jackson, 66, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999.

Mrs. Minnie Hunter
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Minnie S. Hunter, 74, of Cypress Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Louise Nelson
PORTAL, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise Ella Nelson, 82, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at Bullock Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mrs. Clarinda McCain
JAMAICA, N.Y. -- Mrs. Clarinda McCain, of Inwood Street, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Mr. Harry Kingman Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Harry W. ``Buck'' Kingman Jr., 91, of Indian Mound Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Virginia Smalley

Mr. Louie Gunn Sr.

Mr. Glenn Tucker

Sedderius Watson

Mr. William Copeland Sr.

Mrs. Blanche Moulton

Mrs. Ruth Wilson

Mr. Joseph Braddy

Mrs. Mary Starling

Mrs. Alice Miles

Mr. Tod Bushee

Mr. Robert Brandon Sr.

Mr. Lester Riles

Mrs. Cynthia Cockerham

Mrs. Minnie Hunter

Mrs. Norma Boyd

Mrs. Gracie Riley

Mrs. Ruth Olson

Mr. Jack Mock Sr.

Mrs. Marta Kroihsmajer

Mr. Harry Kingman Jr.

Mrs. Queen Williams

Mrs. Louise Nelson

Ms. Harriet Washington

Mrs. Ruby McKinney

Mr. Meredith Rinker

Mrs. Winnie Drake

Mr. Luther Neal

Ms. Henrietta Williams

Mr. William Salem Jr.

Mr. John Tarver

Mrs. Marta Kroihsmajer

Mr. Willmer Jackson

Sisler: Love was part of this 'victory celebration'
For Mary Elizabeth Bittinger Sisler, life traveled full circle. Born on Nov. 3, 1924, in the section of southern Garrett County, Maryland, known as Pleasant Valley, she was carried by her parents, O.C. and Victoria Bittinger.

Memorable U.N. quote
``It would be hard to miss the onslaught of commercials that allege the U.S. owes the United Nations anything over $1 billion in back dues. `Great nations pay their bills,' they say. This propaganda suggests that the U.S. owes anything to the U.N. is without merit and a lie. Aside from being assessed almost one-third of the total U.N. cost, the U.S. has paid billions of dollars in support of U.N. efforts in Kosovo. And it has the audacity to claim that we owe them?

Kent: A new commissioner; buzz over Walker
Augusta-Richmond County gets a second new city commissioner in January: the Rev. Marion Williams. He upended District 2 incumbent Freddie Handy in a Nov. 23 runoff that saw more votes cast than in the initial Nov. 2 four-way race. That's unusual in itself.

Memorable U.N. quote
``It would be hard to miss the onslaught of commercials that allege the U.S. owes the United Nations anything over $1 billion in back dues. `Great nations pay their bills,' they say. This propaganda suggests that the U.S. owes anything to the U.N. is without merit and a lie. Aside from being assessed almost one-third of the total U.N. cost, the U.S. has paid billions of dollars in support of U.N. efforts in Kosovo. And it has the audacity to claim that we owe them?

Asks 'heavenly' protection for players
I just read an article in the paper about prayer being said before a sports event in school. I attended a game that my grandson played in at a private school and a prayer was lifted up for the players to have protection and for fairness in the game between the two sides. Judith Rushing, Augusta

Bashes plan for expressway 'flyovers'
It is hard to believe that a local member of the state legislature and Department of Transportation designer would propose the need for ``flyovers'' at this point, when the three lanes each way on the Bobby Jones Expressway has yet to be completed. The present widening of this expressway has beenunder construction for over three years and is not near completion yet. Tom Moffatt, Evans

Hopes for better Commission members
I have a prediction as to the final report of the new Augusta grand jury: M. Don Williams, Augusta

Two e-mail hoaxes
The U.S. Mail has sent across the country and the world hoaxes that are real doozies. Electronic mail is proving no exception.

Says '90s was bad for our way of life
As I look back over the decade of the 1990s, I see that the people of our country elected a draft dodger as president and commander in chief of our armed forces. Lionel N. DuBois, Thomson

'Dumps' Dorsey over Lynx criticism
I'm not a hockey fan, but I am an avid reader of The Augusta Chronicle. I'm thinking the Lynx could use less publicity by Rick Dorsey. Lorene Samples, Belvedere

Questions Evans principal's judgment
The Columbia County Board of Education needs to look up the definition for ``zero tolerance'' because it obviously does not know what it means. Dale Richardson, Grovetown

Seeks congressional term limits
There is an ongoing debate about how to cure the ills of our political system. For example, how do you cure campaign contribution excesses? How do you remove the pork, graft and corruption in practically all government agencies, return power (and money) to the states, and return Americans to higher morals and standards of conduct? In short, how do we save the U.S.? William G. Hatcher Sr., Augusta

Advises against succumbing to holiday rush
Augusta's roads were packed on a recent Friday afternoon with shoppers on their way to the mall for the arrival of Santa and pre-holiday shopping specials. This caught me quite by surprise. I didn't have a list! I didn't even know what I wanted for anyone, but I knew that if I didn't hurry up and buy something fast all of the good stuff would surely be gone! Brenda Vest, Aiken

Online tax payments
Cities, counties and states collect taxes from a ``captive audience'' with property owners either submitting payment through the mail or traveling to plunk down money or a check at a government office building. But like many other things in our society, the Internet is changing the way the nation does business.

Defends flag's display above Statehouse
Opponents and some newcomers to South Carolina feel that the sacred Confederate flag that flies above our great state's capitol is a symbol that represents racism and slavery. Is it not true that racism existed before the flag? Although I wish it wouldn't, racism will probably still exist even if the flag is removed. Jody Johnson, Jackson

U.N. control of our treasures
When most Americans think of the United Nations, it is usually when U.S. troops are sent with other U.N. soldiers to some corner of the world on a peace-keeping mission. Yet the world body has been assuming obscure but vast power in recent years, and a supine U.S. government is allowing it.

Says boycott meant to stir up peace
Walter Williams' Nov. 22 column entitled ``NAACP fighting wrong battle in S.C. flag dispute'' produced a large smile on my face. Chris Dabrowski, North Augusta

Kent: A new commissioner; buzz over Walker
Augusta-Richmond County gets a second new city commissioner in January: the Rev. Marion Williams. He upended District 2 incumbent Freddie Handy in a Nov. 23 runoff that saw more votes cast than in the initial Nov. 2 four-way race. That's unusual in itself.

Notes Richmond schools at 'bottom'
Re the Nov. 9 front-page article entitled ``Davidson top school in Georgia'': Marge Swartzwelder, Augusta

Urges removal of Bush Field director
The extra people attending the Bush Field Aviation Commission meeting were general aviation pilots and tax-paying residents of Augusta-Richmond County. Thesecitizens are users of Augusta's entire airport system, interested in airline aviation, general aviation, and both airports. Most, even the airplane owners, are also Delta Frequent Flyers. Chester Banaszewski, Augusta

Blasts criticism of losing Lynx
I must respond to Rick Dorsey's Nov. 21 article regarding the Augusta Lynx. I understand he delights in degrading an already kicked-in-the dirt team (Carolina Gamecocks ring a bell?), but to degrade and belittle a local team with a strong fan following, knowing that Coach Dan Wiebe's contract will run out this year ... is undisciplined, arrogant and disrespectful writing at best. Mr. Dorsey's display of temperament in the bulk of the articles I have read have led me to believe that Mr. Dorsey's sole method of writing is to focus on the negatives. Cynthia Mottel, North Augusta

Finds tax assessor issue confusing
I'm very confused on the issues surrounding Richmond County Tax Assessor Harrison Sears and Fire Chief Ronnie Few. Charles Nutt, Hephzibah

Wants follow-up on traffic light article
Re Nov. 13 Business section article ``Truckstop access worries officials'' by Heidi Coryell: Larry Howell, North Augusta

Two fine speeches
Two presidential candidates with some muscular foreign policy views -- George W. Bush and Patrick Buchanan -- have delivered excellent foreign policy addresses in recent days. Even though they contain some differing world views they are, by far, the best researched and thought-out philosophies emanating from any of the other presidential candidates.

Blasts 'insulting' picture caption
I am writing to express my dismay over the picture printed in The Chronicle recently entitled ``Sobering Experience.'' This photograph shows Aiken Public Safety officer Eugene Morris administering a sobriety test to Jeffrey Harding at the scene of an accident. Dianne Sawyer Owens, Aiken

Applauds opening of new plant
I just had to write and say how excited and pleased I was when I read about the carpet recycling plant opening here in Augusta (news story, Nov 14). Arlene Candy, Martinez

Sisler: Love was part of this 'victory celebration'
For Mary Elizabeth Bittinger Sisler, life traveled full circle. Born on Nov. 3, 1924, in the section of southern Garrett County, Maryland, known as Pleasant Valley, she was carried by her parents, O.C. and Victoria Bittinger.

Suggests special prosecutor needed
Phil Kent (column, Nov. 21) says that Augusta Mayor Bob Young ``takes a political risk'' by possibly alienating a few commissioners. How much of a risk? Does anyone knowledgeable of Augusta's politics really expect District Attorney Danny Craig to lead a special grand jury in any way that would result in an indictment of anyone for anything? Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

Appreciates night out at the movies
Why is it that some people, when given a small finger, think that they should get the whole hand? (Karen Fish letter, Nov. 17). I also was one of the lucky folks to receive free tickets to the theater for myself and my family. I was most grateful for the opportunity to view any movie I had not yet seen, and to receive all the free popcorn and drinks of my choice in a brand new theater with seats so comfortable I could have sat there all night. M. H. Casalino, Augusta

Garcia competes in Skins Game for first time

Couples 'good' when it counts

Maier dominates downhill

Overtime: Agassi faces Sampras in ATP finale

Kostner, Cavagnoud lead women's downhill training

Overtime: Sampras plays way into ATP semifinals

Gordon looks ahead after difficult season

Consumers looking to cable companies for phone service
WASHINGTON -- Frustrated with poor service from his local phone provider, Ken Drachnik decided to go elsewhere: to a cable company.

Problems plauge education software
ATLANTA -- The school accountability that Gov. Roy Barnes wants for Georgia comes down to the ability to track data showing which schools and teachers are achieving what. And that depends on computers.

Monetary arbitrations can be settled on Web sites
For a relatively few bucks and a few minutes' time, you have a shot at getting past the bull and the bluff that help make the legal system so slow and expensive. This is the premise, made possible by the Internet, of a new form of negotiation that lets opponents in money cases see if they can come to terms without having to crank up the traditionally ponderous way of settling things.

Consultants take heat over Y2K bug readiness ratings
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Technology consultants GartnerGroup are among the world leaders in promoting awareness of the Year 2000 computer bug, advising global corporations, foreign governments and the U.S. Senate.

Cellular 911 calls misguided
They are the three simple digits essential in any emergency -- 911. But, depending on whether you dial them from a home phone or a cellular counterpart, the service designed to get help quickly may not always connect you with the person you need.

FDA committee recommends easier-to-take asthma drug
WASHINGTON -- A government committee recommends approval of an asthma medicine doctors hope will make it easier for patients to adhere to their therapy.

Drug companies prepare for Y2K overreaction
NEW YORK -- Major drug companies are boosting their year-end stockpiles in case of hoarding by people afraid Y2K trouble will cut off their supply of life-sustaining medication.

Extra security promised for plutonium shipments
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The U.S. Energy Department says it will go beyond its usual standards to protect shipments of plutonium to Savannah River Site if the nuclear complex gets final approval to reprocess the potentially deadly metal.

Wearable PC
IBM employee Erina Sakurai displays a prototype of a wearable PC named PC Eye Trek jointly developed by IBM and Olympus in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 26, 1999.

Galileo spacecraft shut down by radiation
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Galileo spacecraft was unable to record its closest encounter with Jupiter's moon Io after a blast of radiation shut down its cameras and other instruments, the space agency said Friday.

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Q: I have a Mac G3 running Excel and have to import files created in Excel on a Windows machine. It gives me nothing but headaches.

French Nart starts major online art auction
PARIS -- A French Internet company on Friday launched what it says is the biggest online auction of major art works, including works by masters like Picasso, Renoir, and Man Ray.

Satellite TV to provide competition to cable
Satellite television is about to get a huge boost from the federal government that should translate into lower prices, more choice and better service for pay-TV customers.

Problems plauge education software

Wearable PC

Monetary arbitrations can be settled on Web sites

Extra security promised for plutonium shipments

Drug companies prepare for Y2K overreaction

Consultants take heat over Y2K bug readiness ratings

Cellular 911 calls misguided

Satellite TV to provide competition to cable

French Nart starts major online art auction

Consumers looking to cable companies for phone service

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