MVP season highlights tumultuous Suns' tenure

Cummings doesn't plan on staying sidelined

Cummings comes home tonight against Hawks

Barkley did everything his way

Indiana topples Buffalo

Jordan voted century's best

Biggio gets contract extension

Robinson delivers for USC-Aiken

Decision to retire remains

Jags make return home

Blue Devils too strong for Richmond Academy

Griffey the top attraction at winter meetings

Aiken tech wins 11th straight

Barkley's mouth will be missed

Psychics make gift giving easy

Business briefs: Dow continues to climb

Business briefs: Dow continues to climb
Financial stocks led the Dow Jones industrials higher Friday after a new report suggested inflation remains moderate. Technology stocks struggled back from an early loss and finished mostly higher. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 89.91 to close at 11,224.70.

Businesses voice fear of Y2K riots

Business briefs: Stocks close high after brief decline
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed mostly higher Thursday after a fitful session. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66.67 to 11,134.79. The Dow had risen as much as 136 points in morning trading, and it briefly dipped into negative territory this afternoon.

Alabama publisher buys Swainsboro paper
A family-owned weekly newspaper in Swainsboro, Ga., has been sold to a Fort Payne, Ala., publisher with nine weekly and daily papers throughout the South, Midwest and Southwest.

Businesses voice fear of Y2K riots
A group of downtown business owners say they are prepared to seek damages against city officials and sponsors of the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Street Party if revelers turn riotous.

Day care owner sells two local schools to firm

Business briefs: Stocks close high after brief decline

Day care owner sells two local schools to firm
The North Carolina-based owner of 10 day care centers located in North Carolina and Georgia has sold his two Augusta schools.

Eateries compete for staff

Alabama publisher buys Swainsboro paper

Eateries compete for staff
In the past three years, Cristian Peter has jumped from restaurant to restaurant in hopes of finding better pay and a better job.

Johnson fills several roles for the Eagles

Tech's Heisman finalist had rocky start

Dayne spurs crowd at cemetery

Bowl bid surprised Bowden

Georgia Southern fans can watch the telecast

Coach says team's rep comes with territory

It's Heisman Trophy time

Hamilton named top QB

Redbirds ready for the Eagles

Berzelia community fades away
Almost forgotten in the annals of Columbia County's past is the community that for many years was known as Berzelia.

A look at the 20th century: 1996
Everyone was doing the macarena in 1996 -- or at least trying. They did it at the Nationalist Party rallies in Malta, at the Oktoberfest in Munich and at New York's Yankee Stadium.

Slams report on medical mistakes

Cruel Worcester irony

Tax cuts for the rich? Yes!

Hits critic of wastewater discharge

Quote says it all

Defends symbol of Southern history

Questions 'vindication' of supply side

Ethics smorgasbord

Blames parents for teen shootings

Criticizes coverage of missing woman

Opposes right to choose own death

Cluster facility for Central Church of Christ dedicated
A cutout of Noah's ark with a gang plank dominates a classroom for kindergarteners in the new Central Church of Christ 5-acre campus on Old Petersburg Road in Martinez.

Norris: We're tempted to remake God
Why is the Christmas season so fascinating, so filled with anticipation and mystery? Certainly one reason is that Christmas draws upon words and images tha

Some Christians see more than fantasy in Potter series
Stories of Harry Potter, the boy warlock-in-training, have sold more than 13 million hardback copies but some Christians aren't buying.

Civic center gala will help homeless
A new event Saturday will help battle an old problem. Winter Gala '99, a showcase of Augusta-area entertainers at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, is a fund-raiser for the Augusta Task Force for the Homeless.

Pianist plays soothing music
People stressed from the hectic pace of the holidays may consider Jim Brickman the doctor with the cure.

Winter's the time to get organized
Batten the hatches: It's time to winterize the garden. (It won't just take care of itself.) Here's a list of jobs to help you get going:

Augusta church choir visits Rome, performs for the Pope
The choir of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church sang at a papal mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on Nov. 21, Christ the King Sunday. During the mass, Pope John Paul II canonized 12 people, bringing the total number of saints named during his pontificate to more than 300 -- half of all the saints named in the last 400 years.

Ramblin' Rhodes
The Bubba Tour is over. The tour, a six-day, Southern odyssey that covered 1,731 miles, was a pilgrimage to historical places in Southern rock, country and blues music that many fans dream of taking, but on which few actually embark.

Faith digest
The waiting list for children hoping to be "adopted'' for Christmas is growing at Augusta Urban Ministries.

Faith digest
The waiting list for children hoping to be "adopted'' for Christmas is growing at Augusta Urban Ministries.

The long walk to Christmas
Marching bands, beauty queens, floats and Santa Claus will make their way down crowded streets Sunday as August and Aiken hold Christmas parades.

Norris: We're tempted to remake God
Why is the Christmas season so fascinating, so filled with anticipation and mystery? Certainly one reason is that Christmas draws upon words and images tha

Holiday arts
Hark -- The Caroling Colonels sing! The 25-voice ensemble from Fort Gordon, accompanied by the Signal Corps Army Band, will present holiday music and a reading of the Nativity story at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Comedian wisely keeps dummy around
Working with a ``dummy'' for more than 30 years has brought nothing but fame and fortune for Willie Tyler.

Holiday arts
Hark -- The Caroling Colonels sing! The 25-voice ensemble from Fort Gordon, accompanied by the Signal Corps Army Band, will present holiday music and a reading of the Nativity story at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Center buds the key to picking the perfect poinsettia
Poinsettias always brighten up homes, businesses and churches during the holidays.

Cluster facility for Central Church of Christ dedicated
A cutout of Noah's ark with a gang plank dominates a classroom for kindergarteners in the new Central Church of Christ 5-acre campus on Old Petersburg Road in Martinez.

Diamonds sparkle musically
Playing 180 concerts a year and constantly moving from town to town, Gary Owens could be excused for forgetting his last visit to Augusta.

Augusta church choir visits Rome, performs for the Pope
The choir of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church sang at a papal mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on Nov. 21, Christ the King Sunday. During the mass, Pope John Paul II canonized 12 people, bringing the total number of saints named during his pontificate to more than 300 -- half of all the saints named in the last 400 years.

Some Christians see more than fantasy in Potter series
Stories of Harry Potter, the boy warlock-in-training, have sold more than 13 million hardback copies but some Christians aren't buying.

Magnificent ornaments
Most years, Dot Rhoden of Evans wants her Christmas tree to look like a department store designer tree. This year, she and her family decided to get back to their family roots with handmade and hand-me-down family ornaments.

Fishing tournament information

Many birds area flocking to Strom Thurmond Lake

Titans care only about winning

Hart Co. Van Dora gets the job done

Red Devils enter semifinals as underdogs

Star from Commerce eyes record

Charlton County moves into Class A title game

Marist star stays busy

Playing in the Dome can be a distraction

Unbeaten Appling a surprise

Resurgent Rangers turn season around

Rangers climbing out of slump

Unbeaten streak at 6 for Augusta

Penguins win in Brooks' coaching debut

Mason out to prove Devils wrong

Lynx ledger: Stingrays at Lynx

Lynx ledger

Flyers' Neilson has bone cancer

Dumont has stellar debut for Lynx

Psychics make gift giving easy
Worried about buying the perfect Christmas gift? Concerned the recipient will be exchanging it Dec. 26? Afraid you'll spend too much money only to disappoint a loved one? Well, what you need is a holiday gift psychic.

Pianist plays soothing music

Some Christians see more than fantasy in Potter series

Center buds the key to picking the perfect poinsettia

Norris: We're tempted to remake God

Cluster facility for Central Church of Christ dedicated

The long walk to Christmas

Holiday arts

Civic center gala will help homeless

Comedian wisely keeps dummy around

Winter's the time to get organized

Faith digest

Diamonds sparkle musically

Child protection under review

Schools could lose state funding
ATLANTA -- All local school systems could run out of state money within months if the Georgia Board of Education continues to refuse a vote on three courses based on a secular interpretation of the Bible.

Judge weighs legality of 1984 questioning

Augusta in Blue Angels sights
The Blue Angels may put on an air show at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field after all.

Blood-stained jeans belong to missing mom

Authority stalls Stallions deal
A deal that would include a cut of concessions and parking profits for an Augusta arenafootball2 league team was laid on the table at a Thursday meeting of the Richmond County Coliseum Authority -- along with a proposal that the Augusta Lynx be given almost total rights to sell advertising space at the civic center for a $50,000 yearly fee.

A look at the 20th century: 1996

Greenville city manager leaves position
AIKEN -- A former city manager who applied for higher-paying jobs while in Aiken has resigned -- apparently under fire -- from one job he took only a year ago.

Family fights to keep coverage

County official charged with assault
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Edgefield County's controversial zoning debate has many people hot under the collar, but one county employee is accused of using his fists to vent his anger.

Young Santa

Former coroner mourned
AIKEN -- The last time retired Aiken County Emergency Services Coordinator Bobby Mauney saw his old friend, former coroner John C. Stoll sat with him by a water garden, helping to shuck corn while he told fish stories.

Panel calls for harsh penalties

Panel calls for harsh penalties
Richmond County school board members will ask Georgia lawmakers to pass a law that would impose the maximum penalty on any student or parent who makes verbal or physical threats against a school employee.

Former coroner mourned

Area holds hazardous chemicals
Almost half the hazardous materials stored at Georgia's 25 largest chemical plants are located in Augusta, according to a study by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Greenville city manager leaves position

Empty Stocking Fund: Woman wants youths to have happy holidays

Local author chronicles Aiken County

Sketch released in search
AIKEN -- North Augusta police released a sketch Thursday of a man seen at the Georgia Welcome Center where a missing woman's 2-month-old infant was left abandoned.

Berzelia community fades away

Judge weighs legality of 1984 questioning
The only real evidence that Jody Allen helped rob, kidnap and murder a Columbia County couple 15 years ago were his own words, say those who've testified in the case.

Child protection under review
ATLANTA -- Two new committees are being formed to look for ways to revamp the state's troubled child-protection agency, shaken by recent news accounts of children who died of abuse and neglect after being put under its care.

Court challenge based on alleged affair
Before attorney William Lumpkin's capital murder trial began this year, his wife admitted she had an affair with his lawyer, according to recently unsealed court documents.

Teacher gets 30-year sentence

SRS workers put drive over top
Savannah River Site employees played secret Santas on Thursday for needy children.

Sketch released in search

Across the area: Search yields knife in student's car
A Hephzibah High School student was arrested at school Thursday after a search of his car turned up a knife, a Richmond County investigator said.

Empty Stocking Fund: Medical bills leave little for holiday gifts

Empty Stocking Fund: Medical bills leave little for holiday gifts
She has three children. One, a 22-year-old boy who is blind, and two daughters, ages 16 and 7, who are mentally disabled.

DUI case leads to jail term

Court challenge based on alleged affair

Authority stalls Stallions deal

Young Santa
Kristen Weakley, 5, of Aiken and a K-5 pupil at Aiken Preparatory School, gives a Christmas gift to Daisy Mae Johnson during the school's visit to the Council on Aging by second-grade and K-5 pupils.

Schools could lose state funding

Fatal DUI crash results in three-year sentence
An Augusta woman who killed a security guard in a drunken-driving crash received a three-year prison sentence this week.

County official charged with assault

Educators fear schools are 'dumping ground'
A state study shows a disproportionate number of black males assigned to alternative schools.

Deputies focus on survival

Local businessmen battle over property
An Eighth Street office building is at the heart of a battle between local businessmen involved in a tangled web of wasted business deals.

Across the area: Probation given in Harlem bomb threat

Accident takes life of child
A 7-year-old boy seriously injured Thursday in a hit-and-run incident died Friday afternoon at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Deputies focus on survival
Deputy George Miller stared intently at David James, determined to grab the gun from his holster.

Woman to get mental evaluation before trial
An Arkansas judge ruled Friday that the Windsor woman charged in an alleged murder-for-hire plot must undergo a mental evaluation to see whether she is capable of standing trial.

Area holds hazardous chemicals

Family fights to keep coverage
Even though he liked going to his sister's house for Thanksgiving, Craig Minnix decided a couple of days was enough.

Workers not injured when tar tank explodes
ATHENS, Ga. -- An exploding tank in Athens sent softball-sized chunks of roofing tar more than 50 feet through the air Wednesday morning, but two workers standing less than 15 feet from the tank escaped with few injuries.

Across the area: Probation given in Harlem bomb threat
Two Harlem High School students accused of making a bomb threat to the Columbia County school received probation and 10 days of confinement after a hearing Friday in Juvenile Court.

DUI case leads to jail term
AIKEN -- A Graniteville teen-ager who was drunk when she crashed a Ford Bronco into a convenience store, critically injuring a 5-year-old boy, pleaded guilty Thursday and received a six-year jail sentence.

Blood-stained jeans belong to missing mom
Police confirmed Friday that a missing woman's clothes, found stashed in a North Augusta trash bin, did have blood on them.

Local businessmen battle over property

Filmmakers to shoot movie in Savannah
SAVANNAH -- The Gift, a $10 million feature film written by Billy Bob Thornton, will be shot in Savannah early next year.

Offenders on notice

Teacher gets 30-year sentence
All of Vanessa Velez-Cruz' good work in school, church and community could not counter the harm she caused in cheating so many parents and students, a judge said Friday in sentencing her to 30 years in prison.

Man charged in son's death released on bond

Local author chronicles Aiken County
AIKEN - Aiken County, the only one of South Carolina's present 46 counties founded during the Reconstruction period, is the subject of a new book by local author and artist Isabel Vandervelde.

Barkley's bite was his trademark

Offenders on notice
AIKEN -- Joye Bressler was 20 years old, working two jobs and attending University of South Carolina Aiken. The future looked bright, and life was good.

Across the area: Search yields knife in student's car

Man charged in son's death released on bond
AIKEN -- An Aiken County judge released a Warrenville slaying suspect on a personal recognizance bond Friday while the man prepares a self-defense case in the Nov. 29 killing of his son.

Empty Stocking Fund: Woman wants youths to have happy holidays
She thought she was doing her family a favor. Two months ago she let her cousin move into her apartment with her two children because her cousin had fallen on hard times.

Chandler back in groove

Brown top football player of century

Falcons face an equally bad team

Titans care only about winning

Ms. Julia Graham
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Julia Graham, 83, of Evans Street, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Smith Medical Nursing Care Center.

Mr. James Gaines
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. James Gaines, 44, of Lee Street, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Rosa Moore
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Rosa Lee Moore, 69, of Landmark Road, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. John Nevin
NEW YORK -- Mr. John A. Nevin, 74, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, in Lakewood, Colo.

Mr. Bill Gregory
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Bill Gregory, 61, of Parham Road, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lanelle Chance
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Lanelle Riner Chance, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Jessie Justice
Mr. Jessie Birt ``Pete'' Justice, 75, of Yates Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Pearl Clark
Mrs. Pearl Clark, 81, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Henry Coleman
Mr. Henry Carter Coleman, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Eddie Kearney
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Eddie M. Kearney, 60, of Smith Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Essie Holmes
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Essie Cleora Patten Holmes, 97, of Jeter Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care.

Mrs. Ida Cummings
AIKEN -- Mrs. Ida Cummings, 80, of New Holland Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Charles Garvin
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Charles E. Garvin, 80, of U.S. Highway 25, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mr. Dannie Jackson
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Mr. Dannie Jackson, 54, of Green Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Manor Care Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mikie Tankersley
THOMSON -- Mrs. Mikie Tankersley, 54, of Milledgeville Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Willie Jenkins
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Claude Jenkins, 77, of Moxley-Bartow Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. George Case
AIKEN -- Mr. George Dewey Case, 69, of Heather Way, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Lula Smith
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Lula Mae Moody Smith, 68, of Oak Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Marvin Williams
BELVEDERE -- Mr. Marvin Williams, 66, of Spring Garden Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Dorothy Davis
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Dorothy D. Davis, 87, of Montgomery Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999.

Mrs. Lula Smith
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Lula Mae Woody Smith, 68, of Oak Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Katie Hunt
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Katie Bell Hunt, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at Oconee Regional Medical Center, Milledgeville.

Mr. Fred Calloway Sr.
Mr. Fred Owens Calloway Sr., of Leona Street, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Pattie Thompson
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Pattie Thompson died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999.

Ms. Johnnie Houston
HEPHZIBAH -- Ms. Johnnie Mae Houston, 56, of Teakwood Court, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. David Cummings
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mr. David Alan Cummings, 42, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999.

Mrs. Eddie Hurst
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Eddie Durden Hurst, 68, of Hillcrest Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ruth Griffith
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Armour Griffith, 99, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at the A.G. Rhodes Home, Atlanta.

Mrs. Ruth Little
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Martin Little, 86, of Valleywood Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999.

Mrs. Dorothy Davis
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Dorothy D. Davis, 87, of Montgomery Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999.

Mr. Thomas Gillion
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Mr. Thomas Earl Gillion, 74, of Briarwood Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Othello Gray
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Othello H. Gray, 84, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Grace Brodie
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Grace Blakeney Brodie, 79, of Baypoint Road, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Blackwood
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Mrs. Mary Broxton Wren Blackwood, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999.

Mrs. Nellie P. Rogers
THOMSON -- Mrs. Nellie P. Rogers, 96, of Langham Street, died Thursday, Dec.9, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Shirley Ficklin
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mrs. Shirley Jean Griffin Ficklin, 49, of Short Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Ms. Priscilla Williams
GARLAND, TEXAS -- Ms. Priscilla Williams, 32, of Wagon Wheel Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at Doctors Hospital, Dallas.

Mrs. Gertrude Moehringer
Mrs. Gertrude V. Moehringer, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at Forest Lake Health Care.

Miss Nettie Wilkes
Miss Nettie Wilkes, 94, of Westwood Nursing Home, Evans, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at the nursing home.

Mrs. Sarah Hutto
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Sarah Funderburg Hutto, 76, of Eula Helen Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Holden
AIKEN -- Mr. James R. V. Holden, 65, of Piper Road, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.

Mrs. Jurie Thomas
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mrs. Jurie Mae Heggs Thomas, 69, of Gamble School Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Thomas
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise Anna Thomas, of Lineville Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Isabel Neal
BLACKSTONE, Va. -- Mrs. Isabel Marie Paul Neal, 66, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Eileen Pawlik
JACKSON -- Mrs. Eileen Patricia Pawlik, 68, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Donald Newsome
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Donald ``Duck'' Roy Newsome, 57, of Turkey Trail Drive, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Nellie Howard
Mrs. Nellie McCandlish Howard, 97, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Eugene Walden Sr.
DANIA, Fla. -- Mr. Eugene Walden Sr., 88, of S.W. 4th Court, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Minnie Johnson
HARLEM -- Mrs. Minnie Lue Johnson, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999.

Mrs. Sarah Hutto
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Sarah Funderburg Hutto, 76, of Eula Helen Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Cora Jennings
Mrs. Cora Lee Jennings, of Essie Mae McIntyre Boulevard, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Nancy Tabb
Ms. Nancy Elizabeth Clay Tabb, 56, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Samuel Jones
OXEN HILL, Md. -- Mr. Samuel Nathaniel Jones, 50, of Dominion Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at Georgetown Medical Center, Washington.

Mrs. Rosa Moore

Mr. David Cummings

Mr. Henry Coleman

Ms. Nancy Tabb

Mrs. Othello Gray

Mrs. Eddie Kearney

Mrs. Nellie Howard

Mr. John Nevin

Mr. Jessie Justice

Mrs. Ruth Little

Mrs. Isabel Neal

Mrs. Nellie P. Rogers

Mrs. Katie Hunt

Mrs. Louise Thomas

Mr. George Case

Mr. Willie Jenkins

Mrs. Pattie Thompson

Mrs. Ida Cummings

Mr. Dannie Jackson

Mrs. Minnie Johnson

Mrs. Lula Smith

Mrs. Shirley Ficklin

Mrs. Ruth Griffith

Mr. Samuel Jones

Mrs. Gertrude Moehringer

Ms. Priscilla Williams

Ms. Johnnie Houston

Mr. Marvin Williams

Mr. Bill Gregory

Mrs. Sarah Hutto

Mrs. Essie Holmes

Mrs. Cora Jennings

Mr. James Gaines

Mr. Eugene Walden Sr.

Mrs. Dorothy Davis

Mr. Fred Calloway Sr.

Mrs. Eileen Pawlik

Mr. Charles Garvin

Mrs. Lanelle Chance

Mrs. Eddie Hurst

Mrs. Pearl Clark

Mrs. Dorothy Davis

Mrs. Lula Smith

Bloodworth: Help 'waiting children'find permanent homes
ONE HUNDRED thousand children in this country desperately need our help. They are often passed from home to home -- or from facility to facility. And they dream of getting to stay someday in loving, supportive permanent homes, attending the same school year after year, making friends and not saying good-bye and, most of all, they dream of having a family who loves them.

Sisler: How much would you bid for a child of God?
THE INTERNET search engine pulled up 73 pages of possible matches to my question. One of the links was to a bookseller who was offering a recent publication on the subject.

Says win was stolen from UGA, Tech
It's been days since the University of Georgia versus Georgia Tech debacle watched by millions on television, and my husband still can't talk about it. Maggie Murphy, Aiken

Tax cuts for the rich? Yes!
The claim has been made that the reason Republicans exist as a political party is to push for tax cuts. But whenever they do, they're always faced with the Democrats' class-warfare mantra of ``Tax cuts for the rich.''

Contrasts candidates in Aiken race
It is time for Aiken citizens to reject another liberal southside dreamer. Pat Cunning is not a good choice for City Council. Davis Cheek, Aiken

Urges WTO membership for Taiwan
We applaud your Nov. 27 editorial, ``Two fine speeches,'' which favorably describes presidential candidate George W. Bush's policy statement advocating Taiwan's entry into the World Trade Organization and decrying the Beijing government's continuing attempts to ``impose their rule on a free people'' in Taiwan. Alice Wang, Atlanta

Blames parents for teen shootings
I do not know where these teen-agers want to go. The recent incident wherein a teen-ager shot his fellow classmates in Fort Gibson, Okla., is not new. Champak C. Patel, Martinez

Sisler: How much would you bid for a child of God?
THE INTERNET search engine pulled up 73 pages of possible matches to my question. One of the links was to a bookseller who was offering a recent publication on the subject.

Cruel Worcester irony
There were no squatters there to rescue. The couple who had been living on the second floor of the warehouse left after accidentally starting the blaze.Focus on homeless problemCruel Worcester irony

Supports halting canal give-away
Re the Panama Canal giveaway:J. G. Prestwood Jr., Augusta

Defends symbol of Southern history
I can't help but wonder if I'm the only South Carolinian tired of being insulted by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President James Gallman and his ilk. Dan Piper, North Augusta

Appreciates decision on old Stockade
The CSRA Humane Society would like to formally thank Augusta's commissioners for their decision to allow us to lease the old Stockade. We would also like to thank Mayor Bob Young for his support. And thank you to the citizens for your letters to the editor, your signatures on our petitions, your prayers, donations and your volunteer time. Tasha Alison Korb, Augusta

Contrasts candidates in Aiken race
It is time for Aiken citizens to reject another liberal southside dreamer. Pat Cunning is not a good choice for City Council. Davis Cheek, Aiken

Quote says it all
``I had one message at 4:55 and one message at 5:00. The one at 5:00 was the White House and President Clinton. The one at 4:55 was a former drug dealer that I represented -- both congratulating me.''

Defends symbol of Southern history
I can't help but wonder if I'm the only South Carolinian tired of being insulted by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President James Gallman and his ilk. Dan Piper, North Augusta

Ethics smorgasbord
The Augusta Commission's ethics ordinance subcommittee has failed to come up with a serious proposal.

Supports halting canal give-away
Re the Panama Canal giveaway:J. G. Prestwood Jr., Augusta

Criticizes coverage of missing woman
After reading the Dec. 8 front-page article on the Wilson family, I can understand why the family refuses to make comments. The public has no desire or right to know a lot of personal information that was listed in the article. Sandra Winnett, New Ellenton

Hits critic of wastewater discharge
This letter responds to a misleading and misinformed Dec. 1 letter from Sierra Club president Frank Carl regarding the impact of the city of Washington's wastewater discharge to Rocky Creek.b>Mayor Frank W. Thomas Jr., Washington, Ga.

Opposes right to choose own death
Re the Nov. 25 letter by Bobbie Carter on the right of a person to choose his or herr own death: As a registered nurse with 20 years of experience, I have seen countless people die very dignified deaths who suffered pain for a long length of time. They chose to let death be in God's hands instead of in their own. Brenda W. Chance, Modoc

Says win was stolen from UGA, Tech
It's been days since the University of Georgia versus Georgia Tech debacle watched by millions on television, and my husband still can't talk about it. Maggie Murphy, Aiken

Questions 'vindication' of supply side
You fail to mention in your Nov. 29 editorial ``Supply side vindicated'' that most economists today consider the Laffer supply-side model invalid in some of its major assumptions and interpretations and therefore, mostly ineffective in its results. That Robert Mundell has recently won the Nobel prize in Economics for his ``analysis of monetary and fiscal policy under different exchange rate regimes and his analysis of optimum currency areas'' (an argument for flexible exchange rates) in no way ``vindicates'' the supply-side theory as you suggest. It's illogical to draw such conclusions. Sylvia Littlejohn, Ph.D., Augusta

Blames parents for teen shootings
I do not know where these teen-agers want to go. The recent incident wherein a teen-ager shot his fellow classmates in Fort Gibson, Okla., is not new. Champak C. Patel, Martinez

Slams report on medical mistakes
Shades of Jocelyn Elders: 44,000 to 98,000 die in hospitals due to mistakes. At least former Surgeon General Elders was precise -- she knew exactly how many children started smoking each day, how many children or spouses die of second-hand smoke, how many teen-agers of each agegroup engages in sex, and how many used prophylactics. Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Tax cuts for the rich? Yes!
The claim has been made that the reason Republicans exist as a political party is to push for tax cuts. But whenever they do, they're always faced with the Democrats' class-warfare mantra of ``Tax cuts for the rich.''

Bloodworth: Help 'waiting children'find permanent homes
ONE HUNDRED thousand children in this country desperately need our help. They are often passed from home to home -- or from facility to facility. And they dream of getting to stay someday in loving, supportive permanent homes, attending the same school year after year, making friends and not saying good-bye and, most of all, they dream of having a family who loves them.

Hits critic of wastewater discharge
This letter responds to a misleading and misinformed Dec. 1 letter from Sierra Club president Frank Carl regarding the impact of the city of Washington's wastewater discharge to Rocky Creek.b>Mayor Frank W. Thomas Jr., Washington, Ga.

Sisler: How much would you bid for a child of God?
THE INTERNET search engine pulled up 73 pages of possible matches to my question. One of the links was to a bookseller who was offering a recent publication on the subject.

Let Jarrett be model for others

Hendrick Motorsports fulfills Loomis' dream

IOC prepared for reform vote

Jockey breaks win record

Overtime: Wardlaw's Derrick sets scoring mark

Mets, Orioles make trades; Cubs pick up free agent

Tyson in clear in ferret case

Overtime: Sprague now money king in truck series

Golfer could win championships in six decades

Braves in market for leadoff hitter

Alternative plan ships SRS waste
A federal proposal would send more radioactive waste away from Savannah River Site than first planned.

Japan to put 96,000 soldiers on alert for Y2K
TOKYO -- Japan will ready 96,000 soldiers and beef up police patrols on New Year's Eve in case disaster hits with possible millennium-related computer failures, the Defense Agency said Wednesday.

Colonies of coral thrive on oil platforms
Oil drilling rigs in Northern Europe's waters may have an unintended environmental benefit: They have become home to colonies of coral.

Severe morning sickness may indicate a girl
LONDON -- For centuries, expectant mothers have been seeking simple ways to predict the sex of their baby. Now, researchers have found a real clue: Women who suffer severe morning sickness early in pregnancy are more likely to have a girl.

Japan to cancel key rocket program
TOKYO -- Japan announced Thursday that it will halt development of the troubled H-2 rocket -- considered the key to Japan's space program -- after two failed launches this year.

Study: Angioplasty stents save lives
LONDON -- Giving heart patients a blood-thinning drug and inserting tiny metal coils into their blocked arteries could save 15,000 lives a year worldwide by reducing deaths after angioplasty, a study finds.

Global warming increased by El Nino
WASHINGTON -- The periodic El Nino warming of the Pacific Ocean also reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the air -- a condition some say contributes to global warming, according to a study being published in Friday's edition of the journal Science.

Programmer pleads guilty to creating 'Melissa' virus
NEWARK, N.J. -- A computer programmer admitted today he created and distributed the ``Melissa'' virus that he acknowledged caused millions of dollars of damage by disrupting e-mail systems worldwide.

Concerns raised about antibiotics fed to chickens
WASHINGTON -- A new government report suggests up to 5,000 Americans might have suffered longer-lasting food poisoning last year because they caught an antibiotic-resistant strain from eating chicken. The finding raises questions about on-the-farm use of human antibiotics.

Clinton wants all Americans on the Net
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton set a national goal Thursday of connecting every American to the Internet to make high-technology advantages as universally available as the telephone.

NASA's troubles continue
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A grounded space shuttle fleet. An international space station on hold. A crippled Hubble Space Telescope. Two failed Mars probes. One launch delay after another.

Programmer pleads guilty to creating 'Melissa' virus

Concerns raised about antibiotics fed to chickens

Colonies of coral thrive on oil platforms

Study: Angioplasty stents save lives

Japan to cancel key rocket program

Severe morning sickness may indicate a girl

Clinton wants all Americans on the Net

Global warming increased by El Nino

Alternative plan ships SRS waste