Hokrein: Giving is a profitable option
In truly economic terms, the owners of business have but one reason for existing, especially in a capitalistic society. They exist to make a profit.

Exec stresses being prepared
Staff Writer Heidi Coryell sat down with Charlene P. Sizemore, CEO of Sizemore Personnel Inc., to talk about business strategies in personnel services as well as the challenges she faces as one of few top-ranking female executives in the Augusta area.

Product to boost bovine lactation raises concerns
Ten days into his hunger strike and Robert Cohen is granting interviews to anyone who will listen. He has to be heard, he says, before he loses consciousness.

Business people stop to pray
Gary Redding talks while cell phones ring and pagers buzz. He's used to competing with the tools of modern business.

Commute longer than average
Most suburb-to-city commuters know that Augustans spend significantly less time staring at brake lights than our metropolitan neighbors in Atlanta.

Groups exchange business tips
Aside from an ad in the Yellow Pages, Ceasar Forbes has yet to spend a penny marketing his business. He doesn't need to. He has more than a dozen people on the streets feeding him new customers every week.

Hope through science
The site manager for one of Monsanto's most important facilities, Greg Kurdys, knows the rumors are out there. He knows there is controversy and speculation.

Brauer: Rules keep economy game going
Everyone is familiar with the Monopoly board game. With luck and skill, the best competitor wins the game by acquiring market power that gradually strangles the competition into bankruptcy. Or take an Olympic 100-meter race: eight competitors line up, they race, and the fastest one wins the gold medal. When competitors race, someone must win!

Man chronicles life in pictures
Through the viewfinder of his camera, Robert Symms has watched two generations of Augusta's children grow.

Briefcase
Restaurant-goers aren't just leaving with a doggie bag, they're stuffing the silverware, china and just about anything else they can get their hands on into pocketbooks, jackets and shopping bags.

Work ethic drives CEO
Colleagues say to understand her is to dance with her. Charlene Sizemore, chief executive officer of Sizemore Personnel Inc. -- which has 24 offices in six states -- steps and moves to a beat all her own.

Brothers take care to offer more
It sounds like an odd combination at first: a barber shop, a dry cleaners and a car wash under the same roof.

Tech firm has national reach
Things are very different outside Augusta for Drayton, Drayton & Lamar. Around town, the information technology firm couldn't find enough work to pay the lease on its Columbia County office.

Hornets sting Sonics

Pacers' Gerk sets records during loss

Auburn holds off Seminoles

Clemson rolls past Charleston Southern

Waskavitz shot wins for Pacers

Lopez confident he'll be stronger

Jackson leads Hawks over Pistons

Curtis Baptist rallies past Lions

Summitt wins 700th

Uconn defeats Penn State

Southern foods get spotlight

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

Briefcase

Brauer: Rules keep economy game going

Groups exchange business tips

Business people stop to pray

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.

Brothers take care to offer more

Work ethic drives CEO

Business briefs: Realty to hold grand opening celebration

Product to boost bovine lactation raises concerns

Exec stresses being prepared

Hokrein: Giving is a profitable option

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.

Tech firm has national reach

Designing the look of success

Commute longer than average

Man chronicles life in pictures

Hope through science

Miami secures spot in Gator Bowl

Bama hammers the Gators

Battle of the best in Sugar Bowl

Navy downs Army

SEC championship notes

Bulldogs to play Outback Bowl

College football roundup: Nebraska wins, Fiesta likely next

Arkansas and Texas to revisit rivalry

Volunteers, Cornhuskers paired in Fiesta Bowl

College bowl lineup

Bulldogs to play Outback Bowl

Mississippi State gets Peach Bowl bid

Nebraska handles Texas

Illness no impediment for fullback

College notes: Clemson's Rodriguez set to leave

Eagles avenge 1998 loss

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.

Controversial wars covered in photographs
The Korean and Vietnam wars differed greatly from the first and second World Wars. There were divisions within government and society over whether the nation should be fighting in those battles.

Explains groups' schedule conflict

Disagrees with columnist over Lynx

Seeks to know more about changing families

Relates own assault at Murphey school

Rebuts 'Weekly Reader' defender

Calls Texas school's bonfire 'wasteful'

Supports crusade to end death penalty

Internet and taxes

Respect key to flag peace

Wants surplus returned to taxpayers

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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

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.

Red Devils earn third Atlanta trip

Champs exploit foe weaknesses

Blue Devils denied state title

Lynx ledger: Damphousse's confidence rising

Lynx win second straight

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.

Proud hostess to welcome visitors

In the know

Arsenic was to blame in Napoleon's death

Beijing on a budget

Dressed for the part

Offer dress to another bride

Travels spawn artwork
AIKEN -- When New York-based artist Brent Wahl began taking photographs out the window of a moving train last year, he never thought they would be the focus of his next exhibit.

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.

Search for families continues

Students accept search rule

Across the area: Rescuers request state compensation
WALHALLA -- Rescue agencies are hoping to recoup some of the more than $226,000 spent working to recover a girl's body from the Chattooga River.

Across the area: Christmas parade kicks off season

State clears facility in missing cat case
Richmond County Animal Control has been cleared by the state of any wrongdoing in the disappearance of Baxley, the yellow tabby cat.

Illness no impediment for fullback

A look at the 20th Century

Senator honored during ceremony

Trade talk hits home in Georgia
Turtle costumes and tear gas may seem far removed from Augusta's back yard, but tens of thousands of protesters outside the World Trade Organization talks last week only echoed a familiar tune to area farmers and textile workers.

New venue opens for community opinions

Opera kicks off celebrations
Life has Loveliness to Sell was the message. And the Augusta Children's Chorale singers were the messengers.

Trade talk hits home in Georgia

Parades showcase Christmas
Santa Claus had a busy schedule Sunday, ringing his sleighbells at parades in Martinez, North Augusta and Jackson.

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?

Police look for missing teen-ager

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.

Gun sales increase as millennium nears

Empty stocking: Ailing woman wants gifts for grandchildren

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.

Shuttles will aid parking

Travels spawn artwork

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.

Gun sales increase as millennium nears
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Ted Gragg never thought there was a market for gas masks, but with the millennium approaching, the owner of the Myrtle Beach Indoor Shooting Range already has sold 200 this year.

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.

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

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.

Parades showcase Christmas

Actress debuts behind scenes

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother wants to give children holiday meal

Controversial wars covered in photographs

Across the area: Rescuers request state compensation

State clears facility in missing cat case

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother wants to give children holiday meal
Getting off welfare is her ultimate goal. For this single mother on the Welfare to Work Program, what she wants most this Christmas is to be able to provide a nice Christmas meal for her 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

Police look for missing teen-ager
North Augusta police found new clues Sunday in the weekend abandonment of a 3-month-old baby and the disappearance of her teen-age mother.

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.

Search for families continues
BURNETTOWN - A son lit a candle for the father he had never seen, a soldier lost in the service of his country on a battlefield in World War II. One by one they came to honor those fathers, sons, brothers and uncles during the dedication of Horse Creek Valley Veterans Park held last October on Veterans Day.

Actress debuts behind scenes
Imagine this: A young girl, about 7 or 8 years old, running through the aisles of a local grocery store singing songs from the hit 1980s television show Fame.

Schrenko reproves councils

Rams want division title; Panthers want momentum

Falcons have that feeling

Colts beat Dolphins despite valiant effort by Marino

Falcons enjoy big easy victory

Sehorn suffers another season-ending injury

NFL previews

Rams clinch playoff berth with win over Panthers

Late-season play crucial to free agents

Mr. D.A. Lollis
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. D.A. Lollis, 73, of Quail Run Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Evelyn Hampton
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn Hampton, 74, of Georgia Highway 24 East, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999.

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

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

Mr. William Todd Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William Franklin Todd Sr., 73, of Murrah Forest Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at University Hospital.

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.

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

Mr. Henry Tawzer Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Earl Tawzer Sr., 56, of Tignall Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. John Bunch
Mr. John V. Bunch, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Corrie Skinnell
CLOVER, S.C. -- Mrs. Corrie Aultice Skinnell, 98, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Forest Lake Health Care, Martinez.

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

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

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

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

Mr. James Lynn Jr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. James L. Lynn Jr., 75, of Main Street, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Charlotte Bagenstose
LIMA, Ohio -- Mrs. Charlotte S. Bagenstose, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Lima Convalescent Home.

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

Mrs. Nellie Rowe
Mrs. Nellie Findley Rowe, 89, of Beman Street, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Magnolia Hill.

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.

Mrs. Mollie Radford
DEARING -- Mrs. Mollie O. Radford, 77, of Gay-Hillman Road, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 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. Jimmie Walden
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Jimmie Manton Walden, 63, of Seldon Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Johnnie Jones
Mr. Johnnie J. Jones, of Second Avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Mary Patterson
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Mrs. Mary Hairston Patterson, 80, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

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

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. Billy Pierce
AIKEN -- Mr. Billy G. Pierce, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Johnnie Jones

Mr. Jimmie Walden

Mr. James Joiner

Mr. Darrell Brown Jr.

Mr. Emmett Mitchell Sr.

Mrs. Mollie Radford

Mr. John Freeto III

Mrs. Mary Patterson

Mrs. Adelaide Barbier

Mr. D.A. Lollis

Mr. Henry Tawzer Sr.

Mrs. Betty J. Coleman

Mr. John Bunch

Mrs. Nellie Morris

Mr. James Davis

Mrs. Nellie Rowe

Mr. Samuel Goodin Jr.

Mr. Billy Pierce

Mr. Louis Smallwood

Mrs. Evelyn Hampton

Mrs. Effie Lowe

Mrs. Charlotte Bagenstose

Mrs. Letitia Snavely

Mrs. Thelma Alexander

Mr. Cary Pringle

Mrs. Alma Cumbee

Mr. Corry Randolph

Mr. Leonard Dortch

Mrs. Julia Hurst

Mrs. Angela Schwartz

Mrs. Mae Sheppard

Mr. William Gilroy

Mr. Melville Borison

Mr. Clinton Eunice

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.''

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

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?

Says Panama Canal editorial 'paranoia'
Why exactly is it that your paper continues to churn fear and paranoia about China? Your Dec. 1 editorial, ``Dangerous giveaway,'' is pure speculation peppered with an opinion from U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., a statement of fact from former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger and an inference from Boston University professor John Tierney, and should be below your standards for accuracy. R. Scott Belford, Augusta

Calls Texas school's bonfire 'wasteful'
I don't want anyone to think I am not sympathetic toward the families of the tragedy at Texas A&M University, but I am going to stick my neck out to be gunned down by some Texas cowboy. ... Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

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.''

Want stockade for Humane Society
I sincerely hope that the commissioners in Augusta have enough backbone to approve leasing the stockade to the CSRA Humane Society. There is an immediate and overwhelming need to protect the multitude of animals that are abandoned, abused and neglected in our area. This shelter is a necessity! Shame on anyone who would block this effort. Elaine van der Linden, Belvedere

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

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

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

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

Internet and taxes
According to most retailers in our area and around the country, this is shaping up as one of the best Christmas buying seasons in years. But as good as it is, it would even be better if not so many shoppers were doing their buying over the Internet.

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.

Relates own assault at Murphey school
Teachers are more often attacked by vicious lies than they are physically assaulted. However, the recent attack is not the first time a teacher has been physically assaulted at Murphey Middle School. Bernard W. Clark, 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

Phase in wage hike
When public officials ask for higher salaries or expenses, the general presumption should be to ``just say no'' -- unless they can demonstrate need or cause.

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

Wants surplus returned to taxpayers
When the Georgia General Assembly convenes in January we will learn how our representatives intend to spend Georgia's pro-jected $700 million budget surplus. Notice I use the word ``spend'' because politicians see budget surpluses as ``honey pots'' -- money that can be doled out to reward friends, punish enemies and help them to get re-elected. Sonny Pittman, Augusta

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

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.

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

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.''

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

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

Area man bags record buck

Overtime: Australians close in on Davis Cup

UConn advances to semis

Masters 2000 a possibility for Australian teen-ager

Harlem youth uses grunt call to bag big buck

Nicklauses win Father-Son Challenge

Overtime: Phillippoussis clinches Cup for Australia

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Y2K troubles ahead for China

Y2K bug preparation begins at home

The Millennium bug

Y2K fears to keep bands out of Fiesta Bowl parade

New Y2K threat: New Year's computer viruses

Your PC at home may have Y2K problems

Some are ready for apocalyptic a Y2K disaster

To most Egyptians, Y2K problem is incomprehensible