Curtis Baptist rallies past Lions

Jackson leads Hawks over Pistons

Clemson rolls past Charleston Southern

Lopez confident he'll be stronger

Augusta State easily defeats Morris Brown

Penn wins battle with Army

Southern foods get spotlight

Chamber director will resign
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Reich has submitted his letter of resignation, citing health reasons.

Business briefs: Hospital official sentenced to prison
TAMPA, Fla. -- The first executive to be sentenced as a result of a nearly three-year federal fraud investigation into the nation's largest hospital chain, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., was ordered to spend two years in prison and was fined $7,500.

Business briefs: Realty to hold grand opening celebration
Tommy McBride Realty will celebrate the grand opening of its new office at 4426 Washington Road on Tuesday. For more information about the company, call 868-1005.

Designing the look of success

Business briefs: Realty to hold grand opening celebration

Post office set for holiday
The U.S. Postal Service expects to move 20 billion pieces of holiday mail this year, a 4 percent increase from last year, caused in part by Internet shopping.

Airline launches service
A Delta Air Lines commuter subsidiary will launch nonstop flights between New York and Columbia in March.

Airline launches service

Chamber director will resign

Designing the look of success
Poor selections in corporate decor can mean more than tacky surroundings. They can translate into lost business or even increased turnover, design experts say.

Post office set for holiday

On the move
Eric Miller has joined the staff of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in Augusta as its newest financial adviser.

Bama hammers the Gators

Florida, Alabama play for SEC Championship

Nebraska handles Texas

Former Montana coach introduced at Utah State

Eagles avenge 1998 loss

Illness no impediment for fullback

Navy downs Army

SEC championship notes

College football roundup: Nebraska wins, Fiesta likely next

College notes: Clemson's Rodriguez set to leave

Miami secures spot in Gator Bowl

A look at the 20th Century
The world's population was estimated at 5.7 billion; the Braves won the World Series against the Cleveland Indians 4-2; Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack; and O.J. Simpson walked away a free man.

A look at the 20th century: 1994
Bizarre. Strange. How else to describe 12 months that saw a football superstar charged with murder and a basketball wizard play minor-league baseball?

Seeks to know more about changing families

Rebuts 'Weekly Reader' defender

Supports crusade to end death penalty

Protests treatment of radio personality

Respect key to flag peace

New Red China threat

Disagrees with columnist over Lynx

Hits 'misleading' news article headline

Explains groups' schedule conflict

Questions military pay raise figure

Sees China as threat in Panama Canal

Relates experience at animal facility

Faith digest
Civil War re-enactors will gather at the 200-year-old Buckhead Church in Perkins, Ga., to stage battlefield actions today and Sunday. Proceeds from the event will benefit restoration of the church.

Born again to be wild
Bikers headed for a Daytona Beach, Fla., rally stopped in Augusta this spring, and T. Wayne Johnson and his buddies in the Resurrected Riders were ready.

Greenbaum: Jewish man overcame bigotry to serve South
Temple Adas Yeshurun in Aiken is calling upon the expertise of its congregants to provide educational forums related to Judaism.

Arsenic was to blame in Napoleon's death
After his bloody defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to St. Helena, a remote volcanic island south of the equator in the Atlantic Ocean.

Aiken volunteer clinic engages in ACTS of mercy
Without the ACTS of Caring Clinic in Aiken, patients such as diabetic Corrine Hickson face a tough time managing chronic illnesses.

Dressed for the part
Since October, the ballet has been her life. Donna Hancock is in charge of costumes for the Augusta Dance Theatre's upcoming production of Nutcracker in a Nutshell.

Church celebrates a rich, long history
Tessie Blount and Second Providence Baptist Church in North Augusta go way back.

Beijing on a budget
BEIJING -- I had just failed my yin and yang test miserably. The three doctors at the China Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine looked worried, as if I weren't long for this Earth. With great concern, one studied my tongue. Another felt my pulse. The third recommended I see a doctor as soon as I returned home. (I did. I'm fine.)

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle is seeking designs for a Christmas-wrapping-paper contest. We'll award $50 to the winning adult and youth artists and turn their artwork into holiday paper readers can use to wrap gifts.

Offer dress to another bride
Dear Carson: I'm about to be married for the second time, and I recently found the wedding dress from my first marriage. I'm not sure what I should do with it. My first marriage ended after I found out that my husband had been unfaithful for a few years, so there are few good memories associated with that dress. What is the proper etiquette on wedding dress "disposal"? -- Fate of Ill-fated Dress

Proud hostess to welcome visitors
When Ben and Jill Tompkins were looking for a home, the view was what mattered most. The golfers wanted a house with a spectacular view of West Lake's pristine golf course, and a 23-year-old home on the 16th fairway was perfect.

Dorsey: Aiken has unfinished business

Red Devils earn third Atlanta trip

Williston-Elko's team roster

Williston-Elko game details

Blue Devils denied state title

Tigers' season ends with a shutout loss

Aiken notes

Miller County tops Washington-Wilkes

Turnover key to Greenwood's win

Williston-Elko nearly has it all

Lynx win second straight

Lynx rally for win

Lynx ledger

Lynx ledger: Damphousse's confidence rising

Southern foods get spotlight
In the newspaper game, you're surrounded by writers. And at one time or another, almost all of them mention writing a book.

Born again to be wild

Aiken volunteer clinic engages in ACTS of mercy

Faith digest

Dressed for the part

Greenbaum: Jewish man overcame bigotry to serve South

Offer dress to another bride

Proud hostess to welcome visitors

Church celebrates a rich, long history

In the know

Beijing on a budget

Arsenic was to blame in Napoleon's death

Shuttles will aid parking

Senator honored during ceremony

Across the area: Christmas parade kicks off season
The sights and sounds of Christmas could be seen and heard in downtown Grovetown Saturday as the city celebrated its Christmas parade.

Clearing the levee

Empty stocking: Mother wants gift of music, clothes for son

Blood centers seeking donors
AIKEN - Aiken-area blood banks are feeling a crimson crunch again despite efforts to overcome the shortage before the holidays. Supplies at Shepeard Community Blood Center are critically low, if not depleted. Four blood types -- A positive, A negative, B positive and O negative -- are gone for the second time in two months.

Schrenko reproves councils
ATLANTA -- In about a month, when the General Assembly convenes, Georgia will join a wave of states well under way in their efforts to reform education.

Across the area: Greenbrier student arrested for knife
A 16-year-old Greenbrier High School student was arrested Friday after a pocket knife was found on him, authorities said.

Accidentals deliberately return for noon concert

Chemicals spilled in accident
An early-morning one-vehicle accident on the Interstate 20 West exit ramp of Bobby Jones Expressway on Friday required a nearly five-hour cleanup of wreckage and low-grade hazardous material.

County explores character project
ATHENS, Ga. -- Columbia County officials are considering participating in a Character First program, but that's at least a year off.

Shooting prompts area woman's arrest
A domestic dispute escalated into gunfire early Friday, sending one man to the hospital and his girlfriend to jail, police said.

Blood centers seeking donors

Extradition hearing set for January
The extradition hearing for the Edgefield County man accused of being the instigator of an alleged South Carolina-Arkansas murder-for-hire likely will be in early January, according to the South Carolina Attorney General's office.

Barnes tells school officials to stop complaining about SAT

Barnes tells school officials to stop complaining about SAT
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Gov. Roy Barnes warned the state's local school boards and superintendents Friday to be prepared to share responsibility for student performance measured in SAT scores or come up with a better test.

Students accept search rule
In the four months since they began searching students' cars for drugs, weapons and other items that violate school policy, Richmond County public safety officers have encountered only three violators.

Across the area: Christmas parade kicks off season

Infant found abandoned at welcome center
Melvin Corley's decision to stop at the Georgia Welcome Center on Interstate 20 on Saturday was a possibly lifesaving one for an infant girl.

MCG will lose inmate care contract
ATLANTA -- Faced with escalating costs for inmate health care, the state Department of Corrections is canceling a $73 million annual contract with the Medical College of Georgia and putting the service out to bid.

Seniors get holiday attention

Getting in step

Getting in step
Crystal Allen, 9, a fourth-grade pupil at Clearwater Elementary School, watches while artist in residence Malke Rosenfeld teaches her and her classmates how to clog during a session at the school.

MCG will lose inmate care contract

Accidentals deliberately return for noon concert
Gleeful holiday music is in the air as Augusta favorites The Accidentals return to Tuesday's Music Live at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

A look at the 20th century: 1994

County explores character project

Students accept search rule

Schrenko reproves councils

A look at the 20th Century

County auction attracts 600
Kenneth Johnson got up at 6:30 Saturday morning to drive from Atlanta to Augusta to bid on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

New venue opens for community opinions

Empty stocking: Ailing woman wants gifts for grandchildren

Aiken has unfinished business

Shuttles will aid parking
Only 26 days remain before Augusta holds what might be the largest event in its downtown's history.

Across the area: Greenbrier student arrested for knife

Senator honored during ceremony
COLUMBIA -- His steps were careful and slow, but Strom Thurmond's eyes sparkled Saturday as he looked up at the 17-foot bronze-and-granite likeness of himself in his prime unveiled before an adoring crowd of nearly 2,000 on the south lawn of the South Carolina capitol.

Extradition hearing set for January

Empty stocking: Ailing woman wants gifts for grandchildren
She starts her letter by saying she is a very ill person, who at this point in her life is putting a great deal of trust in God.

Clearing the levee
Work is expected to last another two to three weeks on the removal of trees and brush along River Watch Parkway.

New venue opens for community opinions
Did you ever come across a situation that was so frustrating you wanted to scream and yell, but you didn't have anyone around to listen to you?

Empty stocking: Mother wants gift of music, clothes for son
This 16-year-old boy plays the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard and writes music. He plays the saxophone in two church choirs but the instrument is in such bad condition that he may not be able to play it anymore.

Seniors get holiday attention
AIKEN - The holiday season is a time for children, for Santa bearing gifts, the bright lights of Christmas trees and presents for all.

Illness no impediment for fullback

Rams want division title; Panthers want momentum

Frerotte to start against former team

Late-season play crucial to free agents

NFL previews

Matt Campbell returns to Panthers

Mr. Cary Pringle
BRUNSON, S.C. -- Mr. Cary L. Pringle, 45, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999.

Mrs. Thelma Alexander
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Thelma Chance Alexander, 86, of South Gray Street, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Bethany Nursing Center.

Mrs. Frances Parrott
Mrs. Frances Jones Parrott, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at West Lake Manor.

Gayla Lewis
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Gayla Victoria Lewis, infant daughter of Karrie Alissa Lewis and Trey Lewis, both of Sylvania, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Nellie Morris
Mrs. Nellie Mae Elder Morris, 87, of Forest Lake Nursing Home, Martinez, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruth Burley
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Burley, of East Seventh Street, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Letitia Snavely
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Mrs. Letitia Reid Edmunds ``Tish'' Snavely, 91, of Woodlake Road, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Anderson Area Medical Center.

Mr. Percell Kent
Mr. Percell ``Percy'' Kent, of Abelia Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Mr. William Beard
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. William Harmon Beard, 72, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. William Jones
Mr. William H. Jones, 78, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Freeto III
AIKEN -- Mr. John Frank Freeto III, 89, of Red Oak Lane, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Wilson
GRANITEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. James ``Jimmy'' Wilson, 63, of Kalmia Apartments, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Alma Cumbee
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. -- Mrs. Alma Sanders Cumbee, 93, of Columbia Highway North, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Carriage Hills Plantation Nursing Center.

Mr. James Wilson
GRANITEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. James ``Jimmy'' Wilson, 63, of Kalmia Apartments, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Betty J. Coleman
Mrs. Betty J. Coleman, 75, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Arthur Evans
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Arthur L. Evans, 85, of Greene Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999.

Mr. Leonard Dortch
Mr. Leonard Judson Dortch died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Gerald Roberts
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Gerald Raynard Roberts, 43, of Clark Circle, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Dan Boykin
OLIVER, Ga. -- Mr. Dan Boykin, 70, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Candler Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Eileen Lang
AIKEN -- Mrs. Eileen Jeffrey Lang, 92, of Silver Bluff Road, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Emmett Mitchell Sr.
Mr. Emmett E. Mitchell Sr., 66, of Greens Lane, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Bennett
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Bennett, of Washington Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Angela Schwartz
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mrs. Angela Corinne Barker Schwartz, 38, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Memorial Hospital.

Kelsey Jester
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Kelsey Skye Jester, 7 weeks, infant daughter of Jeffery Jester and Jennifer Reeves Jester, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999.

Mrs. Mae Sheppard
LONGWOOD, Fla. -- Mrs. Mae Conner Sheppard, 85, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Otis Huffman
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Otis W. Huffman, 83, of Robinson Avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Henry Cook Jr.
EDGEFIELD S.C. -- Mr. Henry Cook Jr., 69, of Circle Street, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Reather Brown
AIKEN -- Ms. Reather M. Brown, 94, of Washington Circle, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Silver Springs Long Term Care, Williston.

Mr. Louis Smallwood
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mr. Louis Franklin Smallwood, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Twin View Nursing Home.

Mrs. Elizabeth Jennings
Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Jennings, of Oak Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Adelaide Barbier
Mrs. Adelaide May Barbier, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999.

Mr. Clinton Eunice
Mr. Clinton Eunice, 48, of Hillis Road, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. James Davis
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. James Thomas Davis, 61, of Magnolia Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Corry Randolph
Mr. Corry Randolph, 91, of Pellet Court, Martinez, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. James Joiner
Mr. James Hubert ``Jake'' Joiner, 53, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Melville Borison
Mr. Melville Borison, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Darrell Brown Jr.
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mr. Darrell W. Brown Jr. died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999.

Mr. Gerald Derr III
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Gerald ``Butch'' Derr III, 19, of Beech Island Avenue, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, in Mobile, Ala.

Mrs. Louise Brooks
DEEPSTEP, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise Veal Brooks, 92, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Effie Lowe
AIKEN -- Mrs. Effie Price Lowe, 79, of Banks Terrace, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Pepperhill Nursing Home.

Mr. Willie Gilchrist
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Willie T. Gilchrist, of Moragne Street, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

Mr. William Gilroy
Mr. William T. Gilroy, 84, of Saint John's Towers, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mr. Wallace Clabey
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Wallace G. ``Wally'' Clabey, 40, of Clayton Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, in Appling.

Mrs. Justine Zimmerman
Mrs. Justine Glover Zimmerman, 65, of Thomas Drive, Martinez, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Dorothy Wise
Mrs. Dorothy Wise, 77, of Sasanqua Drive, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Julia Hurst
DANVILLE, Va. -- Mrs. Julia Madeline Smith Hurst, 94, of North Main Street, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Roman Eagle Memorial Home.

Mr. Joe Joyner
VARNVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Joe Smart Joyner, 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Fallston General Hospital, Fallston, Md.

Mrs. Mamie Tennyson
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mamie Lee Tennyson, 74, of Valley Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999.

Mr. Malcolm Marbach
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Malcolm Marbach, 88, of Victoria Lane, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Samuel Goodin Jr.
MATTHEWS, Ga. -- Mr. Samuel Moses Goodin Jr., 88, of Parrish Place Road, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Keysville Convalescent Home.

Mr. Richard Heslen Jr.
Mr. Richard S. Heslen Jr., 72, of Cantebury Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Samuel Goodin Jr.

Mrs. Mary Bennett

Mr. James Wilson

Mrs. Nellie Morris

Mr. James Davis

Mr. Joe Joyner

Mr. John Freeto III

Mrs. Julia Hurst

Mrs. Ruth Burley

Mr. Corry Randolph

Mr. Arthur Evans

Mr. Cary Pringle

Mr. Emmett Mitchell Sr.

Mrs. Letitia Snavely

Mr. James Joiner

Mrs. Effie Lowe

Mrs. Adelaide Barbier

Mr. William Beard

Gayla Lewis

Mrs. Eileen Lang

Ms. Reather Brown

Mr. William Jones

Mr. Clinton Eunice

Kelsey Jester

Mr. Louis Smallwood

Mr. Leonard Dortch

Mrs. Betty J. Coleman

Mrs. Alma Cumbee

Mrs. Angela Schwartz

Mr. Darrell Brown Jr.

Mrs. Mae Sheppard

Mr. William Gilroy

Mr. Melville Borison

Mr. James Wilson

Mrs. Thelma Alexander

Mrs. Frances Parrott

Mr. Gerald Roberts

Mr. Willie Gilchrist

Sisler: How to overcome the desolation of loneliness
Loneliness expresses itself in many different ways.

Kent: A follow-up on Walker; Ol' Strom turns 97
A follow-up on Walker; Ol' Strom turns 97There was significant reader response to last week's column item about Atlanta TV station WAGA's investigative report on Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Augusta. The general tone: ``Tell us more.''

Wants groups to help improve S.C. schools
I read with great interest about how the Council of Conservative Citizens and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are ``a feuding and a fussin''' about whether or not the ``Stainless Banner of the Confederacy'' should fly above the Capitol in Columbia (news article, Nov. 28). Carl Champlin, Aiken

Clarifies the record on term limits
In response to a Nov. 27 letter, I wish to clarify Sen. Paul Cover-dell's record on term limits. The reader accused Sen. Coverdell of ``double-talk'' when asked about his position on term limits for U.S. senators and congressmen, claiming that he did not support them. Had your reader done even a small amount of research before launching this accusation, he would have discovered that Sen. Coverdell has voted in favor of term limits every time it has come before the Senate. Donna King, Washington D.C.

Works to improve animal shelter
As volunteer coordinator for Richmond County Animal Control, I would like to comment on the Dec. 2 news article, ``Facility receives warning,'' which details many shortcomings and problems at the Richmond County Animal Shelter. Karen Wiedmeier, Augusta

Insurance cheats nailed
It's always heartening to see a government program work as it should. For years South Carolina has had trouble enforcing its law that all drivers must be insured -- those who aren't only drive rates up for those who are.

New Red China threat
The Washington Times and Human Events have focused on a story largely ignored by the Big Media: that Communist China's People's Liberation Army has openly discussed using ``computer warfare'' against the United States or any other ``enemy'' it may have to militarily confront someday.

ABC's Gore 'love-in'
Why doesn't ABC news just rename itself the Gore Broadcasting Network? Can you imagine the criticism that would rain down on Fox-TV news if one of its reporters hosted a dinner party for a leading Republican presidential candidate?

Questions military pay raise figure
A recent Chronicle editorial stated that this is the highest military pay raise since President Reagan's pay raise of 21 percent. Let's set the record straight. Congress is the one that handles the bills on the budget. The president can ask, but the Congress must pass the budget. The president can then accept or veto it. Carroll C. Kenny, Grovetown

Respect key to flag peace
There may be a way to take the Confederate battle flag down from atop the South Carolina Statehouse dome without getting everyone angry or even ruffling many political feathers.

Sisler: How to overcome the desolation of loneliness
Loneliness expresses itself in many different ways.

Kent: A follow-up on Walker; Ol' Strom turns 97
A follow-up on Walker; Ol' Strom turns 97 There was significant reader response to last week's column item about Atlanta TV station WAGA's investigative report on Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Augusta. The general tone: ``Tell us more.''

Rebuts 'Weekly Reader' defender
Weekly Reader's president claimed in his Nov. 14 letter that Weekly Reader is not owned by a tobacco company. Is this response to Richard Arnold's letter (Chronicle, Nov. 3) more than just technically accurate? WR is owned by K-III Communications, a unit of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.,which became the largest shareholder of RJR Nabisco when a cookie company merged with a tobacco company in 1985. Until RJR Nabisco sold its tobacco division a few months ago, it was this country's secondlargest tobacco giant. Clara Preston, Augusta

Seeks prayers, government reform
The city of Augusta is under siege with crime, murder, suicide, police and political corruption. The commissioners don't trust each other. The Sheriff's Department is fighting with a judge. Judges are fighting with their employees. ... And the people who are addicted to drugs are committing more crimes. Jimmie L. Sullivan, Augusta

Smoking mad
``I must tell you that if, in my more than 20 years in the banking business, I had been able to get away with charging the level of fees you propose, I would be writing to you as a member of the Forbes 400 rather than as governor of Georgia.''

Doffs hat to critic of military bonuses
I heartily agree with Richard Manion's views of the Army's recruiting bonuses and I'd like to add a few observations of my own: Walt Andrae, Evans

GOP House comeback
The Republican-controlled Congress is usually at its lowest ebb each year right after budget negotiations with President Clinton, who usually wins most of the budget battles. This year was no different.

Seeks to know more about changing families
In a recent article titled ``American families changing,'' you cited the following statistics for 1998: Jack Walter, Johnston

Loses faith road will be improved
I read with interest the Nov. 22 article ``Persistence pays in paving plan'' about Gay Campbell and her successful effort to have Anderson Road paved. She is to be commended for her persistence. Margaret Ann Hogue, Grovetown

Defends Citadel's military training
I read two accounts in letters concerning activities at The Citadel in Charleston. The second letter denigrated the military training at that school. Having been raised on that campus as the son of an alumnus and faculty member, and having graduated as the second generation of my family to do so, I feel that I should correct some of the misunderstandings. Elwyn A. Saunders, Augusta

Relates experience at animal facility
I read with interest your Dec. 2 news article regarding conditions at the Richmond County Animal Control shelter and subsequent actions being called for by the Animal Control Advisory Board. Tommy Farmer, Blythe

Supports TV investigative reporting
The Nov. 19 letter by Al Wells was off base just a little. No one appointed WRDW (Channel 12) and WAGT (Channel 26) to investigative reporting. I feel we need these news agencies to do so because without them we wouldn't be able to find out about over-priced car repairs, cheap vacations and bad businesses that set up shop overnight, then leave town after they have ripped off a lot of good citizens. Murray L. Riley Jr., Aiken

Protests treatment of radio personality
I am really disappointed in radio station WBBQ's handling of the firing of Dick Shannon from his position of 25 years. I have listened to him since I was a teen-ager and really enjoyed his show. Carola Smith, Treton

Explains groups' schedule conflict
I would like to correct an inaccuracy in the Nov. 28 article regarding the statement that the South Carolina League of the South intentionally scheduled its fall barbecue in order to conflict with the Council of Conservative Citizens flag rally at the South Carolina Statehouse. This is completely untrue. Virgil H. Huston Jr., Johnston

Mayor 'recruits' air show
Augusta Mayor Bob Young may have his problems (some of his own making) in dealing with balky city commissioners, but where he can make his influence felt, such as negotiating on behalf of the city, he gets the job done.

Supports crusade to end death penalty
I regret that I missed Mary Zipter's Nov. 11 letter concerning the crusade to end the death penalty. I am in agreement that this ritualized murder should end. People can thump the Bible all they please and come up with some justification for almost anything. Dick Donnelly, Martinez

Hits 'misleading' news article headline
Your headlines ``Molester pleads guilty'' and ``Minister sentenced to prison'' on Nov. 30th's front page were quite misleading. The article detailing the guilty plea of Robert S. Dorsett to sex crimes involving children and his subsequent sentence by Circuit Judge James C. Williams Jr. were the guilty pleas of a perverted chemist -- not of a ``minister.'' Nancy Gregory, Aiken

Disagrees with columnist over Lynx
Re The Chronicle columnist Rick Dorsey and fan support for the Augusta Lynx: Beth Palmer, Augusta

Sees China as threat in Panama Canal
Allowing China to assume control of the Panama Canal is another shot in the proverbial foot of U.S. national interests. China has been making subtle nuclear, trade and now strategic advances on the United States. Tom Hamorsky, Millen

Harlem youth uses grunt call to bag big buck

Pep Boys pulls sponsorship of IRL

Area man bags record buck

Overtime: Gardner gets promotion to AA Trenton

Braves notebook

Masters 2000 a possibility for Australian teen-ager

Overtime: Australians close in on Davis Cup

Green jacket sold for $94,909

Overtime: Gardner gets promotion to AA Trenton

Anti-cholesterol drug may build strong bones, rat study shows
WASHINGTON -- A drug already used by millions of people to lower cholesterol levels may also restore strength to bones weakened by osteoporosis, a potentially crippling disorder that affects more than 10 million Americans, researchers report.

Y2K bug preparation begins at home
NEW YORK -- After spending years and billions of dollars to get business and government ready for Y2K, one main task remains: To make you ready.

Patient's death blamed on gene therapy
PHILADELPHIA -- In a setback for one of the most exciting fields of medical research, investigators confirmed that a young man who died during a gene therapy experiment in September was killed by the treatment.

Some are ready for apocalyptic a Y2K disaster
NELSPRUIT, South Africa -- Ed, a pistol-packing South African, doesn't expect much trouble if the Y2K computer bug brings chaos outside his barbed-wire fence. He's got an ocean of diesel fuel, a vegetable garden, electrical generators, an endless water supply -- and an arsenal.

To most Egyptians, Y2K problem is incomprehensible
CAIRO, Egypt -- The Problems of the Year 2000, as the Y2K bug is known in Egypt, seem a light year away for the men puffing on water pipes in a small cafe in a Cairo slum.

E-mail puts stars in touch with their fans
In the 1960s, when Roger McGuinn was flying high as the lead singer of the Byrds, fan mail sent in by the bagful would be answered by someone specifically hired to sift through the pile of letters.

Study: No evidence to link magnetic fields, childhood cancer
LONDON -- New research concludes there is no evidence to support the controversial theory that children face an increased risk of cancer from electrical wiring in the home or power lines.

Y2K troubles ahead for China
BEIJING -- China's top troubleshooter for Year 2000 computer glitches says hospitals, businesses and parts of China's vast interior are not yet ready with less than one month to go.

A new home is just a click away
LOS ANGELES -- Glenn Mendell wants to be a real estate broker to a generation that buys and sells homes the same way it invests -- with a few clicks of a mouse.

The Millennium bug
In today's Technology section learn how people around the world are preparing for possible Y2K software glitches and how you can avoid some of the problems.

New Y2K threat: New Year's computer viruses
NEW YORK -- Businesses and individuals who think they have the Y2K bug beat may have a new worry: computer viruses triggered by the new year.

Your PC at home may have Y2K problems
NEW YORK -- Even the personal computer isn't immune to the Year 2000 bug. While larger computers and networks used by business and government get most of the attention, the PC at home could be vulnerable, too. Risks are greater with older PCs, as well as banking, spreadsheets and other programs that use a lot of dates.

Y2K fears to keep bands out of Fiesta Bowl parade
PHOENIX -- Three high school bands won't fly to Arizona to perform in the prominent Fiesta Bowl parade on Dec. 31 because of fears their travel plans could be disrupted by the Y2K computer bug.

Fate of Mars Lander in doubt
PASADENA, Calif. -- With the minutes and hours ticking by, NASA scientists nervously awaited word from the Mars Polar Lander after it failed to promptly radio home Friday to confirm whether it had safely parachuted onto the treacherous surface of the Red Planet.

Patient's death blamed on gene therapy

E-mail puts stars in touch with their fans

Anti-cholesterol drug may build strong bones, rat study shows

Y2K fears to keep bands out of Fiesta Bowl parade

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