Bad week for Kentucky fans

Hymes-Taylor filling void for Jaguars

Hernandez signs with Milwaukee

Hornets win sixth in row

Tigers' underclassmen deliver

Gamecocks forward becomes team leader

Lakers top Hawks; Bucks topple Heat

No. 25 Wake Forest holds on for victory

Harrick working wonders

Indiana outpaces Bulls

Bearcats over St. Louis

Gamecocks look to swing pendulum

Tigers upset South Carolina

Missouri star Rush is declared ineligible

Progress attributed to fellow point guard

Christmas calendar's quite jolly

Tire plant to expand facility
GRANITEVILLE -- Bridgestone/Firestone South Carolina plans to break ground next week for a $24.5 million expansion at its tire manufacturing plant in Sage Mill.

Council to bid for 2002
The Greater Augusta Sports Council's latest analysis of the 1999 Georgia Games Championships' economic impact shows the initial $12 million forecast was inflated. The new estimate, council officials said, is closer to $3.5 million.

Council to bid for 2002

Renovation plans unveiled
The new owners of the vacant JB White building unveiled plans Wednesday to renovate the historic Broad Street property into loft apartments and retail outlets.

Business briefs: Dow receives lift from Internet shares
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose Thursday as a fresh round of optimism about Internet shares drove the technology sector higher and ultimately lifted the broad market out of an early slump.

Business briefs: Microsoft boosts advancing market
NEW YORK -- Microsoft led the stock market higher Wednesday, putting an end to a one-day slump in technology shares and lifting the Dow Jones industrials.

Business briefs: Dow receives lift from Internet shares

Group gets first funds for revitalization
A nonprofit group working to revitalize Augusta's Laney-Walker district received its first corporate check Wednesday from a local investment brokerage.

Renovation plans unveiled

Tire plant to expand facility

Business briefs: Microsoft boosts advancing market

Group gets first funds for revitalization

Report: Irish to be hit with violation

Bowden Bowl II is set

Peterson sits out another practice

Baker is Eagles' super fan

Hokies' Beamer earns top honor

Eagles' Peterson earns top honor

Experts: Medicine advancing
On Thursday, experts in medicine took a look ahead into the 21st century and told what they think will happen in the fields of cancer research, genetics, mental health and organ transplants.

Future of medicine looks bright
Gazing into crystal balls is a risky hobby at best -- but it is hard to think of an area where the uncertainties are greater than in the realm of medicine.

Warns end of United States is near

Calls WTO editorial 'way off base'

Public key to FOI

Wants roadside trash laws enforced

Hits animal owners for ignoring laws

Hits NAACP for S.C. flag boycott

Claims assailed flag a modern design

Jekyll Island gives Y2K a bluegrass twang
Thousands of fans will welcome 2000 at the 24th annual New Year's Bluegrass Festival on Jekyll Island, Ga.

Watering trick can help protect houseplants during days away
How many times have you gone out of town for several days and had to worry about getting someone to water your houseplants while you were gone?

This is not your mother's station wagon
The post-Thanksgiving traffic rolling along New York's Park Avenue includes the usual mixture of Yellow Cabs, limousines, increasingly ubiquitous sport-utility vehicles -- and station wagons.

Families make a 'Miracle'
The Augusta Players' production of Miracle on 34th Street is a family affair for Wes and Lynette Lewis.

Garden train a fun trip
I've been moving mountains to get a railroad through a steep pass in my front yard.

Father, son performed same role, making 'Nutcracker' a ... Family affair
The Nutcracker has been a Christmas tradition for Ron Jones. ``One of the first roles I had was the Nutcracker Prince. I thought it was magical,'' said Mr. Jones. His ballet company, the Augusta Dance Theatre, will present Nutcracker in a Nutshell Saturday and Sunday at Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

In the know
Where do you plan to be on New Year's Eve? Hunkered down in the basement with a supply of bottled water, or partying on Broad Street with a bottle of champagne? Whether you're planning a quiet dinner with friends or setting off fireworks, The Augusta Chronicle would like to know about your plans for the big night.

When singer learned how, no one listened
Sultry soul artist Millie Jackson's greatest hits collection, Between the Sheets, celebrates Ms. Jackson's career of wooing audiences with her voice while surprising fans with explicit rap lines.

Rooftop landscaping gives restaurant a Mediterranean feel
A garden on the roof? It's as backward as putting the cart before the horse. Or is it? Not if you ask the people at Carrabba's Italian Grill. They say it's Italian!

Arts, entertainment bring writer back home
Steven Uhles has joined The Augusta Chronicle news staff as arts and entertainment reporter.

Capsules
Dentists have traditionally looked with disfavor upon soda pop because the sweetened water could contribute to tooth decay, but now a study suggests there may be an upside.

Strong winds not all bad; Savannah perch run on

Fishing tournament information

Support is building for pirates

A college graduation nine years in the making

DeVane: A man with a plan

'Class clown' plays for Class A crown

Offensive line crucial to success

Only two games to be televised

Trainer Patafie ends his silence

Yzerman is in front for center

Neilson prepares for chemotherapy

Daigle making most of chance

Rayan helps Lynx rebuild

Lynx ledger

Christmas calendar's quite jolly
Finished with your holiday shopping? Got the packages and cards in the mail? Made all your plans for Christmas dinner? Taken care of the children's lists? Well, you must be Martha Stewart.

Carruth found hiding in trunk of car
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rae Carruth's flight from justice ended in the trunk of a car at a motel in western Tennessee. The Carolina Panthers wide receiver, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, surrendered to the FBI on Wednesday evening, his hands raised in the air when the trunk of the gray Toyota Camry was opened in the parking lot of a Best Western motel in Wildersville, Tenn. Carruth vanished Tuesday, when a warrant was issued charging him with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Cherica Adams. She died earlier that day from wounds suffered in a Nov. 16 attack as she drove her car in a Charlotte suburb. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Survey finds teen drug use stable
WASHINGTON (AP) Overall teen-age drug use remained stable for the third consecutive year, but more high school students have been using steroids and the ``club drug'' ecstasy, the government reported today. The annual Monitoring the Future survey examines drug, alcohol and cigarette use among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders. While drug use rose through most of the 1990s, this year's report marks three years of steady and in some cases, dropping drug and alcohol use, according to a summary of the findings. Full story -- The Associated Press

Augustans have a Y2K haven
The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department will distribute pamphlets to residents inviting them to the city's 19 fire stations if the area has any Year 2000 disruptions, officials said Friday. Utilities and local governments have told residents that they expect few, if any, problems related to the ``Y2K'' computer bug. A global scramble has occurred in recent months to correct the bug, which could cause some machines to malfunction because they will read dates in the year 2000 as dates in 1900. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Student sentenced for teacher stabbing
The 14-year-old Murphey Middle school student charged with brutally attacking his special education teacher will spend five years in the juvenile justice system.

Russia attacks grozny from 3 sides
GROZNY, Russia (AP) In one of the heaviest attacks yet on Chechnya's capital, Russian tanks advanced on Grozny from three directions Friday, probing for weaknesses in rebel positions. The crackle of gunfire and thunderous explosions of bombs and artillery rounds rang out across the city, where several thousand militants are encircled by a much larger Russian force. There was no immediate word from officials on casualties. Associated Press reporter Yuri Bagrov saw a captured Russian armored vehicle and three dead Russian soldiers in southern Grozny. Six more Russian corpses were in a morgue. Full story -- The Associated Press

Coliseum Authority approves contract with arenafootball2 team
In a whiplash turn of events, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority approved a contract with the Stallions arenafootball2 team that includes concessions board members expressed concern about last week -- including a cut of liquor sales and parking fees at games. The concessions -- which civic center management officials say are contrary to industry standards -- were taken out of a second contract proposal because board members expressed concern last week about giving up part of the board's income from liquor sales and parking. But the authority ignored the second proposal and went back to the original contract in Thursday's vote. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Arts, entertainment bring writer back home

Garden train a fun trip

Families make a 'Miracle'

When singer learned how, no one listened

This is not your mother's station wagon

Watering trick can help protect houseplants during days away

Father, son performed same role, making 'Nutcracker' a ... Family affair

Jekyll Island gives Y2K a bluegrass twang

Capsules

Rooftop landscaping gives restaurant a Mediterranean feel

In the know

Interstate fatality

Coliseum Authority approves contract with arena football team

Banner enemies retract

Hospital to hire consultant

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother fears children will receive nothing
A North Augusta mother used to work at a day care center helping children. But an automobile accident left her with a broken ankle and wrist and unable to work.

A college graduation nine years in the making

Meeting addresses tax issues
U.S. Rep. John Linder came to Augusta on Wednesday to present his version of the American dream.

Student sentenced for teacher stabbing

Banner enemies retract
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Backing off their request that only black reporters cover a news conference, a group of Confederate flag opponents asked their allies Thursday to protest the employers of councilmen who voted against an anti-flag resolution.

Student gets five years in teacher stabbing

Ballet company head resigns
With much fanfare and hopes of turning the Augusta Ballet into a fully professional ballet company, Louis Hrabovsky took over the reins as executive director in August.

Whistle-blower suspected wrongdoing

Augustans have a Y2K haven

Aiken gains a booster

Train derails on University of Georgia property

Researcher speaks out for others

Education initiative receives helping hand
AIKEN - Crystal Steel might make it to the governor's mansion one day. At 6, she already knows how to entertain a crowd and say the right things to powerful people.

Empty Stocking Fund: Cancer-stricken mother wants gifts for children

Across the area: Slaying suspect to get evaluation
A Windsor woman charged with two counts of capital murder in Benton County, Ark., in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme was ordered to undergo mental tests Thursday before her pretrial case proceeded.

Feds say SRS needs to improve

Empty Stocking Fund: Cancer-stricken mother wants gifts for children
This is a sad and lonely time, an Augusta mother writes.

Meeting addresses tax issues

Residents disagree with junk law
The Rev. Max Stokes believes that it is a decision that he should make -- not the city.

Governor outlines wish list for funds

Hospital to hire consultant
Despite a robust financial year, University Hospital will pay $2.5 million to a consultant for help overcoming $30 million in Medicare cuts in coming years.

Local systems fail test
Don't expect to walk in off the street and get a copy of a superintendent's employment contract from a local school system.

Ballet company head resigns

Future of medicine looks bright

Vouchers controversy remains

County seeks water, sewer improvements

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother fears children will receive nothing

Across the area: Suspect in custody after brief escape

Holiday helpers

Threats close Allendale County schools

Aiken gains a booster
AIKEN -- Since America's largest home retailer doesn't sell ribbons, a 2-by-12 board was sawed in half Wednesday to mark Home Depot's official grand opening celebration.

School board frames plan for recovering

Coalition works to save fading Gullah culture

Fire staff prepared for Y2K

Season's greetings
Medical College of Georgia student Jerthitia Taylor(right) and Ashley Palmer, a child life specialist with MCG give a toy Wednesday to Kristofor Hauck, 10, a patient at MCG Children's Medical Center. The Student National Medical Association chapter at the university handed out toys to children who are patients at the hospital for the second annual toy drive to benefit the children's hospital.

Class notes more accessible
ATHENS, Ga. -- It's finals time at the University of Georgia, and business is brisk at Student Note Services, a 12-year-old company on East Broad Street.

Feds say SRS needs to improve
Federal officials have told Savannah River Site's top contractor to clean up its act in the wake of several mishaps at the nuclear-weapons site.

School board frames plan for recovering
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Glynn County school board members have adopted a financial recovery plan intended to eliminate the district's $5 million deficit by the end of June 2001.

Gas flames
A worker with South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. tries to find a natural gas line so he can cut it off. A plumber working at a new-home site Wednesday severed the line accidentally at about 6 p.m., starting a small fire that fire burned for 50 minutes in Aiken's Houndslake subdivision. Traffic was rerouted.

Pact for revenue reached
In a whiplash turn of events, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority approved a contract with the Stallions arenafootball2 team that includes stipulationsthat board members expressed concern about last week -- including a cut of liquor sales and parking fees at games.

College records made accessible

Chancellor urges cautious approach
University System of Georgia Chancellor Stephen Portch talks about the changes in open-record laws and how universities have adapted to the changes.

Season's greetings

College records made accessible
When surveyors fanned out across Georgia to ask for public records in September, the state's public college system did pretty well.

Threats close Allendale County schools
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- All five of Allendale County's schools closed early Thursday after three of them received bomb threats.

Across the area: Suspect in custody after brief escape
A juvenile at Richmond County Youth Detention Center escaped briefly Wednesday from police custody, said Chief Deputy Ronald Strength.

Education initiative receives helping hand

Train derails on University of Georgia property
ATHENS -- A Norfolk Southern freight train bound for Watkinsville derailed on University of Georgia property Wednesday afternoon, spilling two carloads of corn beside the university's ``Red Barn'' off South Milledge Avenue.

Bonus for SRS contractor reduced
Failures to follow safety procedures hit Westinghouse Savannah River Co. where it hurts most -- the bottom line.

Holiday helpers
Leslie Coakley (center), the S.O.A.R. instructor at East Aiken Elementary School, and some of her pupils filled a basket with groceries Wednesday. Pupils gave more than 1,000 items for needy families.

Class notes more accessible

Whistle-blower suspected wrongdoing
Michael Haddle suspected bad things were happening at Healthmaster in his first two years as an executive, but he couldn't accept it, he testified Wednesday.

Survey finds teen drug use stable

Student gets five years in teacher stabbing
The 14-year-old Murphey Middle School pupil charged with brutally attacking his special-education teacher will spend five years in Georgia's juvenile justice system.

Pact for revenue reached

County seeks water, sewer improvements
APPLING -- City and county officials soon could work together to solve water and sewer problems in the Harlem and Grovetown areas.

Grovetown court clerk acquitted of charges

EPD launches toxin search
It could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to pin down the origins of a toxic solvent that appeared in Augusta-Richmond County's drinking water wells last week.

Carruth found hiding in trunk of car

Researcher speaks out for others
For Judy Kaye, it seems a long way from a small town in rural Kentucky to a national committee on cancer in Washington.

Local systems fail test

Fire staff prepared for Y2K
Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few said his staff is as prepared as possible for any Y2K or crowd control incidents that might occur around the city on New Year's Eve.

EPD launches toxin search
It could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to pin down the origins of a toxic solvent that appeared in Augusta-Richmond County's drinking water wells last week.

Augusta State willingly opens records
Public-records requests at Augusta State University are usually referred to the school's open records manager in the Office of Institutional Research.

Putting on the dog

Whistle-blower cited in testimony
The defense in the Healthmaster whistle-blower trial went on the attack Thursday, presenting witnesses who testified they believed Michael Haddle should have been indicted along with Jeannette Garrison and two top executives.

Putting on the dog
Mary Longacre (right) and her Chihuahua, Butch, stopped for a friendly visit with Bertha Surles and her mixed-breed Chihuahua, Missy, on Greene Street during a brisk Wednesday walk.

Vouchers controversy remains
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Whether parents will be able to use vouchers to help send their children to private schools will be left up to Gov. Roy Barnes and Georgia lawmakers after the Governor's Education Reform Commission failed to agree on the controversial issue at its final meeting Thursday.

Public's help sought in theft
For two decades, Sherwood Bridges of North Augusta collected buttons -- Civil War buttons, military buttons and Southern military school buttons.

Interstate fatality
Aiken county coroners ready the gurney to take away a victim in an afternoon car crash on Interstate 20 near the Martintown Road exit in South Carolina. The wreck claimed the life of Charles White, 19, of New Bedford, Mass., and sent passenger Matthew Taylor, of Kingston, Md., to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Experts: Medicine advancing

Across the area: Slaying suspect to get evaluation

Residents disagree with junk law

Coalition works to save fading Gullah culture
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. - Mike Johnson isn't Gullah. He isn't even from South Carolina. But he is an example of the type of people striving to protect one of the Southeast's few remaining ``native'' cultures.

Governor outlines wish list for funds
AIKEN -- Gov. Jim Hodges made his pitch for a state lottery at a town meeting Wednesday night at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Grovetown court clerk acquitted of charges
A former Grovetown city court clerk, accused of stealing more than $4,900 at work, was acquitted of two criminal charges Thursday.

Special delivery
Philip Gibbs of North Augusta makes it to the front of the line with his Christmas packages at the North Augusta Post Office, where a steady line of customers was keeping the postal clerks busy Thursday.

Kanell could draw start against Titans

Steelers' Dawson won't make All-Pro

Reeves challenges his staff

Faulk chasing Sanders' record

Carruth found hiding in car trunk

Carruth waives extradition, will be returned to N.C.

Spitting incident caught on tape

Colts' Thomas wants success for teammates

Mr. Fred Logue
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Fred Eldredge Logue, 67, of Georgia Highway 15, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Catherine Padgett
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Catherine Morgan Padgett, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Sylview Health Care Center.

Mrs. Elizabeth Parrish
WARD, S.C. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Powell Parrish, 86, of Route 1, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999.

Ms. Marion Martin
PHILADELPHIA -- Ms. Marion ``Nook'' Martin, 58, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999.

Mrs. Daisy Wallace
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Daisy Mae Wilson Wallace, 79, of Parkside Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Annie Palmer
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Annie L. Palmer, 85, of Hall Street, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Grady Thomas
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Grady ``Bud'' Thomas, 64, of Turner Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Lillian Greer
UNION, S.C. -- Mrs. Lillian Bailey Greer, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Oakmont Nursing Home.

Mr. James Engle
AIKEN -- Mr. James K. Engle, 77, of East Gate Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Carriage Hills Plantation.

Mrs. Lillian Greer
UNION, S.C. -- Mrs. Lillian Bailey Greer, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Oakmont Nursing Home.

Mrs. Daisy Wallace
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Daisy Mae Wilson Wallace, 79, of Parkside Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. David Lindsay Sr.
JACKSON -- Mr. David E. ``Big Ed'' Lindsay Sr., 68, of Highland Circle, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Boyd
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Lee ``Bobcat'' Boyd, of Boyd Lane, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Long
JEWELL, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Long, 62, of Macon Highway, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Beulah Morgan
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Beulah Cloer Morgan, 94, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999.

Mrs. Marjorie Watkins
BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- Mrs. Marjorie G. ``Meg'' Watkins, 43, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Black Mountain.

Mr. Peter Meriwether
WASHINGTON -- Mr. Peter Meriwether, of Orion Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Heartland Nursing Home.

Mrs. Leola Irby
THOMSON -- Mrs. Leola May Irby, 69, of Morris Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Freda Smith
Ms. Freda Gordon ``Rabbit'' Smith, 38, of Golden Road, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Guy Nell Bingham
DRAYTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Guy Nell Waldrep Bingham, 87, of Spring Street, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at National Health Care, North Augusta.

Ms. Magdalene Waters
Ms. Magdalene Waters, 80, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Reason
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert Eugene Reason, 64, of Augusta Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lillian Greer
UNION, S.C. -- Mrs. Lillian Bailey Greer, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Oakmont Nursing Home.

Mrs. Ruby Baxley
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Dru Jenkins Baxley, 63, of Bill Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Rosa Smart
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Ms. Rosa Lee Smart, of Railroad Avenue, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. James Givens
Mr. James Givens, of Danville Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Alma Carlton
Mrs. Alma Presley Carlton, 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Madge Goodale
GROVETOWN -- Ms. Madge S. Goodale, 81, of Katherine Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Rose Smith
Mrs. Rose Koma Smith, 83, of Haley Road, Martinez, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mabel Riley-Gordon
NEW YORK -- Mrs. Mabel Laverne Riley-Gordon, 48, of Brooklyn, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999.

Ms. Rosa Smart
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Ms. Rosa Lee Smart, of Railroad Avenue, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Clara Shelton
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Clara Ford Ready Shelton, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Harry Sudlow Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Harry Sudlow Jr., 64, of Twin Pine Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. J.D. Edwards
Mr. J.D. Edwards, 89, of Lisbon Road, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Young
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. John Young, 59, of Palmer Row, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ethelreaine Swint
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Ethelreaine Swint, 77, of East McCarty Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999.

Hulitt Boyd
AIKEN -- Hulitt Stephan Boyd, infant son of Hulitt James Boyd and Stephanie McCormick Boyd, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Daisy Wallace

Ms. Magdalene Waters

Ms. Rosa Smart

Mr. Fred Logue

Mr. Peter Meriwether

Mr. Harry Sudlow Jr.

Mrs. Marjorie Watkins

Mrs. Daisy Wallace

Mr. Robert Reason

Mr. James Engle

Mrs. Elizabeth Parrish

Mr. David Lindsay Sr.

Ms. Madge Goodale

Ms. Rosa Smart

Mr. Robert Long

Mrs. Clara Shelton

Ms. Marion Martin

Mrs. Guy Nell Bingham

Ms. Annie Palmer

Mrs. Alma Carlton

Mrs. Ethelreaine Swint

Hulitt Boyd

Mrs. Catherine Padgett

Mrs. Lillian Greer

Mrs. Lillian Greer

Mrs. Beulah Morgan

Mr. James Givens

Mr. J.D. Edwards

Ms. Freda Smith

Mrs. Rose Smith

Recycling a futile exercise in atonement
EACH WEEK in my neighborhood, the homeowners dutifully trot their little yellow bins of recyclables out to the end of their driveways. There are carefully rinsed-out cans, separated from the glass, next to the neatly tied-up newspapers. But by and large, it's a waste.

Dahlberg: Task force finds Georgia is prepared for Y2K
(Editor's note: The author, A. W. ``Bill'' Dahlberg, is the chief executive officer of the Southern Company and chairman of Georgia's Y2K Task Force.)

Speaks out on local teacher attack
I composed this letter with a mixture of prayer, hope and disgust with regard to the brutal attack on teacher Gail Hendricks. Brian Green, Augusta

Hits NAACP for S.C. flag boycott
I have been following the controversy over the flying of the Confederate flag over the Statehouse of South Carolina with a great amount of interest, even though I am not a resident of South Carolina. Originally I am from Tennessee but have lived in Richmond County since May, 1958. I am a retired military officer and consider myself an American whose religion is Jewish, not a Jewish-American! My immediate family includes members of both the Jewish and Christian faiths. This qualifies me as being free of racial and religious bias ... Gerald M. Foreman, Augusta

Dahlberg: Task force finds Georgia is prepared for Y2K
(Editor's note: The author, A. W. ``Bill'' Dahlberg, is the chief executive officer of the Southern Company and chairman of Georgia's Y2K Task Force.)

Supports biotechnology center idea
The Dec. 8 guest column by Dr. Matthew Kluger was splendid, but permit me to add an important detail and make a suggestion. Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D., Augusta

Wants roadside trash laws enforced
Your Dec. 9 lead editorial regarding fee increases proposed by the city administrator includes ``Oliver also urges increasing landfill fees by 5 percent to help the city's litter cleanup.'' Hugh Pratt, Martinez

Recycling a futile exercise in atonement
EACH WEEK in my neighborhood, the homeowners dutifully trot their little yellow bins of recyclables out to the end of their driveways. There are carefully rinsed-out cans, separated from the glass, next to the neatly tied-up newspapers. But by and large, it's a waste.

Blasts student evaluation of teachers
I am a graduate from a Columbia County high school. Recently, I ran into one of my former high school teachers who informed me that high school students in Columbia County will be given the opportunity to grade their teachers on the teachers' performances.

The auditors gave up!
Did you see where the prominent accounting firm of Ernst and Young declared the U.S. Education Department's financial records ``unauditable'' for fiscal year 1998? This is incredible.

Calls WTO editorial 'way off base'
I seldom disagree with Chronicle editorials. However, ``Anti-WTO madness'' on Dec. 2 is very shallow and way off base. I believe this protest is just a small part of what will be coming in the near future. S. Flowers, Beech Island

S.C. parental choice
Recent public hearings in communities across South Carolina, including Aiken, on a school voucher bill authored by state Rep. Lewis Vaughn, R-Taylors, has drawn little support -- largely for two reasons: The public school establishment is vehemently opposed; and many people don't understand it.

Hits animal owners for ignoring laws
Regarding the recent newspaper articles and horrendous verbal commentary by a local radio personality, let me say that every citizen has a legal responsibility to control his or her animal(s). M. Clayton, Augusta

Claims assailed flag a modern design
In response to Dan Piper's Dec. 11 letter: I have no problem with a Southerner taking pride in a piece of history that cannot be swept under the rug; however, the flag that flies from the South Carolina capitol was created during the segregationist period of the 1960s. Joseph Meyer, Martinez

Is Elian 'fix' in?
It's profoundly disturbing that Juan Miguel Gonzalez, the father of 6-year-old Elian Gonzales, says he was told by U.S. immigration officials, after being interviewed in Havana, that he would soon get his son back.

Public key to FOI
It's profoundly disturbing that Juan Miguel Gonzalez, the father of 6-year-old Elian Gonzales, says he was told by U.S. immigration officials, after being interviewed in Havana, that he would soon get his son back.

Flawed ethics plan
City Attorney Jim Wall says the new ethics ordinance the Augusta Commission is expected to vote on is ``more restrictive'' in some places and ``less restrictive'' in others than is the current code.

Warns end of United States is near
Well, this is where it starts -- the fall of the United States. It is quite evident that the current administration is ``in bed'' with the Chinese. By all accounts this man we call president is nothing more than a traitor to his country. The admission by that Communist Chinese contributor proves my point. Previous evidence of betrayal goes back to the 1960s! Then there are the security breaches at top secret installations involving the Chinese. Jim Baggett, Thomson

Overtime: Stallions sign 4 more players

Buick gets a Tiger in the tank -- for up to $25 million

Off-year still a good year for Gordon

Raceway agrees to reduce seats, limit crowds

Overtime: Strong U.S. team takes on Zimbabweans

NASCAR booms in 1990s

IOC head faces congressional questioning

The Intimidator's ready for another run

Online auction site pulls racist Web address up for sale
BALTIMORE -- An online auction seeking $1 million for a Web address containing a racial slur against blacks has been stopped by Internet auctioneer eBay.

Embryonic stem cell research selected as 'Breakthrough of the Year'
WASHINGTON -- The editors of Science selected stem cell research as the ``Breakthrough of the Year,'' saying the technology on how to direct the transformation of stem cells into new body parts could dramatically change medicine and extend life.

America's pregnancy rate lowest in over 20 years
WASHINGTON -- The number of U.S. pregnancies in 1996 fell half a million from its 1990 peak, dropping to the lowest rate in two decades.

FCC issuing citations to junk fax vendors
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators are going after businesses that deluge consumers with unsolicited faxes. Armed with a new enforcement bureau to take action against those that violate consumer protection laws, the Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it has been issuing citations to a number of vendors for sending unsolicited faxes to consumers and businesses.

NASA countdown going well, weather looking better
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's first countdown in months was going well today, and the launch team anxiously aimed for a Thursday night liftoff of space shuttle Discovery to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Shuttle launch delayed
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA today delayed the launch of space shuttle Discovery by another day because of possible problems with welds in critical fuel lines.

Brain 'pacemaker' tried as depression aid
WASHINGTON -- The first small study where doctors implanted a pacemaker-like device in the brain helped lift the moods of about 40 percent of severely depressed patients, doctors reported Wednesday.

Alabama not fully prepared for Y2K bug
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's state government is the worst in the nation in Y2K preparedness, with only 57 percent of critical computer systems described as completely ready for the arrival of the new year.

Retailers, e-companies join forces
NEW YORK -- America Online Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are teaming up to launch a new Internet service provider and are backing several marketing initiatives that will promote both companies on and off the Web.

Pentagon confident the military is ready for Y2K
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has ``100 percent confidence'' that the computers that operate critical military systems such as nuclear forces and missile warning radars will not fail at year-end, senior defense officials said today.

FCC issuing citations to junk fax vendors

Embryonic stem cell research selected as 'Breakthrough of the Year'

Shuttle launch delayed

Retailers, e-companies join forces

Online auction site pulls racist Web address up for sale

NASA countdown going well, weather looking better

Pentagon confident the military is ready for Y2K

Alabama not fully prepared for Y2K bug