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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Waskavitz shot wins for Pacers

Summitt wins 700th

Auburn holds off Seminoles

Clemson rolls past Charleston Southern

Pacers' Gerk sets records during loss

Lopez confident he'll be stronger

Hornets sting Sonics

Curtis Baptist rallies past Lions

Jackson leads Hawks over Pistons

Uconn defeats Penn State

Southern foods get spotlight

Brauer: Rules keep economy game going

Hokrein: Giving is a profitable option

Product to boost bovine lactation raises concerns

Exec stresses being prepared

Business people stop to pray

Briefcase

Work ethic drives CEO

Designing the look of success

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.

Business briefs: Realty to hold grand opening celebration

Tech firm has national reach

Commute longer than average

Brothers take care to offer more

Hope through science

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.

Groups exchange business tips

Man chronicles life in pictures

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

Eagles avenge 1998 loss

Illness no impediment for fullback

Mississippi State gets Peach Bowl bid

Volunteers, Cornhuskers paired in Fiesta Bowl

College bowl lineup

Nebraska handles Texas

Battle of the best in Sugar Bowl

SEC championship notes

Bulldogs to play Outback Bowl

College football roundup: Nebraska wins, Fiesta likely next

Navy downs Army

Bulldogs to play Outback Bowl

Miami secures spot in Gator Bowl

Arkansas and Texas to revisit rivalry

College notes: Clemson's Rodriguez set to leave

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.

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.

Disagrees with columnist over Lynx

Internet and taxes

Wants surplus returned to taxpayers

Supports crusade to end death penalty

Respect key to flag peace

Rebuts 'Weekly Reader' defender

Relates own assault at Murphey school

Seeks to know more about changing families

Explains groups' schedule conflict

Calls Texas school's bonfire 'wasteful'

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.

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

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.)

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.

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.

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.

In the know

Proud hostess to welcome visitors

Dressed for the part

Beijing on a budget

Offer dress to another bride

Arsenic was to blame in Napoleon's death

Empty stocking: Ailing woman wants gifts for grandchildren

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.

New venue opens for community opinions

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

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.

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.

Shuttles will aid parking

Parades showcase Christmas

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.

Police look for missing teen-ager

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.

Schrenko reproves councils

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.

Senator honored during ceremony

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
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

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.

Search for families continues

Travels spawn artwork

Across the area: Rescuers request state compensation

Students accept search rule

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother wants to give children holiday meal

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.

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.

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

State clears facility in missing cat case

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?

Controversial wars covered in photographs

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.

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.

A look at the 20th Century

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: Christmas parade kicks off season

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

Illness no impediment for fullback

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.

Trade talk hits home in Georgia

Rams clinch playoff berth with win over Panthers

Colts beat Dolphins despite valiant effort by Marino

Falcons have that feeling

Sehorn suffers another season-ending injury

NFL previews

Late-season play crucial to free agents

Falcons enjoy big easy victory

Rams want division title; Panthers want momentum

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

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

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

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

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. 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.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Jimmie Walden
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Jimmie Manton Walden, 63, of Seldon Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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. Leonard Dortch
Mr. Leonard Judson Dortch died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at the 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Adelaide Barbier

Mrs. Charlotte Bagenstose

Mr. Jimmie Walden

Mr. Melville Borison

Mrs. Betty J. Coleman

Mr. Emmett Mitchell Sr.

Mr. Henry Tawzer Sr.

Mrs. Thelma Alexander

Mrs. Evelyn Hampton

Mrs. Angela Schwartz

Mr. John Bunch

Mr. Darrell Brown Jr.

Mr. Louis Smallwood

Mrs. Nellie Morris

Mr. James Joiner

Mr. Billy Pierce

Mrs. Nellie Rowe

Mrs. Alma Cumbee

Mrs. Mary Patterson

Mr. Samuel Goodin Jr.

Mr. Johnnie Jones

Mr. Clinton Eunice

Mr. D.A. Lollis

Mrs. Effie Lowe

Mr. Leonard Dortch

Mr. Cary Pringle

Mr. James Davis

Mr. Corry Randolph

Mrs. Mae Sheppard

Mrs. Julia Hurst

Mr. John Freeto III

Mr. Joe Joyner

Mr. William Gilroy

Mrs. Mollie Radford

Mrs. Letitia Snavely

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.''

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

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.''

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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 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

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.''

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Harlem youth uses grunt call to bag big buck

Overtime: Phillippoussis clinches Cup for Australia

Nicklauses win Father-Son Challenge

UConn advances to semis

Area man bags record buck

Overtime: Australians close in on Davis Cup

Masters 2000 a possibility for Australian teen-ager

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Y2K bug preparation begins at home

To most Egyptians, Y2K problem is incomprehensible

The Millennium bug

New Y2K threat: New Year's computer viruses

Y2K fears to keep bands out of Fiesta Bowl parade

Some are ready for apocalyptic a Y2K disaster

Your PC at home may have Y2K problems