Tigers upset South Carolina

Jackets in need of wins

WNBA team hopes Hoosiers catch the Fever

Bad week for Kentucky fans

Hernandez signs with Milwaukee

Lakers top Hawks; Bucks topple Heat

Tigers' underclassmen deliver

Harrick returns home

For first time, no rankings on line in annual UK-UofL "Dream Game"

Harrick working wonders

Magic tops Raptors

Bearcats over St. Louis

Hymes-Taylor filling void for Jaguars

Christmas calendar's quite jolly

Federal loan aids renewal projects
State dollars have helped revitalize a derelict hotel in downtown Waynesboro. And a new federal loan program through the same state agency responsible for renewing Waynesboro may improve other rural towns across the state, officials say.

Tire plant to expand facility

Business briefs: Dow receives lift from Internet shares

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.

Business briefs: Dow, Nasdaq rise, exceeding records

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.

Council to bid for 2002

Business briefs: Dow, Nasdaq rise, exceeding records
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 12.54 Friday to close at 11,257.43. In earlier trading, the Dow rose as much as 138 points, easily surpassing its Aug. 25 closing record of 11,326.04.

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.

Federal loan aids renewal projects

Carter to stay at UGA

Clemson upstages Carolina Gamecocks

Baker is Eagles' super fan

Report: Irish to be hit with violation

Jilted Fresno State in grudge match against Utah

Eagles' Peterson earns top honor

Bowden Bowl II is set

College football injuries pile up

Georgetown players prays first, then prepare for NAIA title game

Georgia Southern hopes for title banner

Notre Dame's football program put on probation for first time

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.

A look at the 20th century: 1998
AIKEN -- For the video poker industry, 1998 was a year of aces in South Carolina politics. The industry-supported candidate for governor won, and the state Supreme Court upheld the legality of the games.

Rips S.C. over Confederate flag issue

Claims Council is white 'hate group'

Agree teacher's sentence too harsh

Claims assailed flag a modern design

Pass 'Gail Hendrick Law'

Space crossroads

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

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.

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

Wrestler is David in Goliath's shoes
Since Jews recently observed Hanukkah, a celebration of an ancient triumph over menacing adversaries, it's worth noting a grand historic coincidence: One of the most celebrated American Jews at the moment is a guy who also specializes in kicking goyishe tuchas.

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

Faith digest: Muslim holiday
While Christians are celebrating the season with feasts and festivals, Muslims are fasting for Ramadan.

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.

God wraps his gift of love in his Son, Jesus
A person would have to have just recovered from a long coma to not know that it is Christmastime and that our

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?

Worthy of a king
Glenda Timmerman and Vicki McKie knew Christmas 1984 would be their mother's last.

Stilted script doesn't bring down 'Miracle'
When most people think of Miracle on 34th Street, they remember a doe-eyed Natalie Wood perched on the lap of Kriss Kringle in the 1947 film classic.

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!

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.

Fishing tournament information

Strong winds not all bad; Savannah perch run on

Oconee County tops Mt. Zion-Jonesboro

Brothers vie for championships

Aiken senior in Shrine Bowl

Prep notes

Only two games to be televised

Offensive line crucial to success

Schools meet for 7th time

A college graduation nine years in the making

DeVane: A man with a plan

Support is building for pirates

Lynx glide past Generals

Rayan helps Lynx rebuild

New Penguins coach expects scoring even from fourth line

Lynx ledger

Lynx glide past Generals

Daigle making most of chance

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

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

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

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

Wrestler is David in Goliath's shoes

Jekyll Island gives Y2K a bluegrass twang

Watering trick can help protect houseplants during days away

Rooftop landscaping gives restaurant a Mediterranean feel

Worthy of a king

Garden train a fun trip

Stilted script doesn't bring down 'Miracle'

Arts, entertainment bring writer back home

Families make a 'Miracle'

Faith digest: Muslim holiday

When singer learned how, no one listened

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

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.

Pact for revenue reached

Kris Kringle's new sleigh

Across the area
A morning wreck on Gordon Highway involving a van and an ambulance transporting a heart attack patient sent two additional people to area hospitals Friday.

Experts: Medicine advancing

Animal Control meeting results in immediate action
Richmond County Animal Control will give the CSRA Humane Society healthy animals so the group can find homes for them, according to a verbal agreement between city and humane society officials Friday.

Across the area: Slaying suspect to get evaluation

Empty stocking fund: Single mother of three wants treats for children
She is a single mother of three and is just trying to make it. She works as a teacher's assistant Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week, for $5.75 an hour.

Grovetown court clerk acquitted of charges

Most agencies follow open records law
On the cusp of a new millennium, government in Georgia is as open as it has ever has been. All Georgians have the right to read police reports, county commission meeting minutes and the contracts of school officials.

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.

Police charge 13-year-old boy in Allendale school bomb scare
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- A 13-year-old Allendale County boy is being held at the State Department of Juvenile Justice for allegedly threatening to blow up three local schools, police said Friday.

Empty stocking fund: Single mother of three wants treats for children

Kris Kringle's new sleigh
CLEARWATER -- Who says Santa has to ride in on a red sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer? William Bushall doesn't.

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.

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.

A college graduation nine years in the making

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.

Clerk of court posts public information online
On Nov. 1, Manatee County, Fla., went public -- literally. R.B. ``Chips'' Shore, clerk of the circuit court, posted all public documents recorded in the county since 1978 on a Web site.

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.

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

Truck hits train
A dump truck hit a moving train Friday around 11 a.m. at a the Industrial Park Drive crossing in Columbia County. Willie James Roberts, 59, of 814 Harrison Road, Thomson, was transported to the Medical College of Georgia and is listed in fair condition, according to an MCG spokesman.

Survey finds teen drug use stable

Whistle-blower wins case
A U.S. District Court jury sided with Michael Haddle on Friday afternoon, finding his former bosses fired him for helping uncover corporate crimes that cost taxpayers more than $10 million.

Coalition works to save fading Gullah culture

Sheriff's office goes beyond law
It started out as a convenience: It was easier and quicker to e-mail press releases. But convenience has become a routine procedure. Now, in urgent cases, the Columbia County Sheriff's Department e-mails press releases to all newspapers and electronic media in the area. The response from reporters has been tremendous.

Near miss

A look at the 20th century: 1998

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

Animal Control meeting results in immediate action

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.

Sheriff's office goes beyond law

Residents disagree with junk law

Internet use soars for cities
From Acworth to Atlanta, Sugar Hill to Savannah, local governments throughout Georgia are annexing new territory on the Internet.

Hospital to hire consultant

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.

Truck hits train

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.

Open records questions answered
Here's how to get a city council agenda, find the Georgia open government laws online and other information about state open records.

Near miss
Troy Sexton, 22, of Lexington, S.C., escaped injury Friday when he swerved to avoid a deer carcass on Interstate 20 near the Graniteville exit.

Interstate fatality

Across the area

Carruth found hiding in trunk of car

Whistle-blower wins case

Vouchers controversy remains

Season's greetings

Feds say SRS needs to improve

Threats close Allendale County schools

Ballet company head resigns

Augustans have a Y2K haven

Coliseum Authority approves contract with arena football team

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

College records made accessible

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.

Clerk of court posts public information online

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.

Internet use soars for cities

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.

Banner enemies retract

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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Authorities arranging Carruth's return; victim's funeral planned

Kanell could draw start against Titans

Grbac emerging as top-flight quarterback

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

Spitting incident caught on tape

Panthers try to focus on the game

Faulk chasing Sanders' record

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

Mrs. Eva Duke
THOMSON -- Mrs. Eva Hatcher Duke, 96, of George McDuffie Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 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.

Mrs. Lura Burns
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lura B. Burns, 59, of Scotch Pine Court, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Vinnie Riley
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mrs. Vinnie Mae Moye Riley, 76, of Tanbark Court, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. James Inabinett
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. -- Mr. James Curtis Inabinett, 82, of State Highway 23, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

Mrs. Katherine Partridge
NORFOLK, Va. -- Mrs. Katherine Hughes Partridge, 81, of Faulk Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999.

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

Mr. James Barton
BELVEDERE -- Mr. James Odell Barton, 64, of Johnson Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at his residence.

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.

Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Elizabeth Brown Carpenter, 76, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Homer Stanley
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. -- Mr. Homer K. Stanley, 69, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Union General Hospital, Blairsville.

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

Mrs. Veronica Galloway
Mrs. Veronica L. Galloway, 35, of Black Oak Court, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Corine McNeely
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mrs. Corine McNeely, 84, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Charles Gingrey
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Charles Leon Gingrey, 84, of Rodgers Pond Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care.

Mr. Mel Mock
ROCKY FORD, Ga. -- Mr. Mel Corrie Mock, 53, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital, Millen.

Mr. Larry Fansler
SURREY, Va. -- Mr. Larry Fansler, 50, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Norfolk.

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

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

Mrs. Doris Smith
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Doris Elizabeth Peebles Smith, 69, of Thomson Highway, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Homer Huff Jr.
HARLEM -- Mr. Homer H. Huff Jr., 72, of Harlem-Wrens Road, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Ms. Mary Woods
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Ms. Mary Coleman Woods, 74, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Doshie Johnson
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mrs. Doshie W. Johnson, 68, of Harrison-Pringle Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Macon Northside Hospital, Macon.

Mrs. Cathy Gardner
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Cathy Lynn Callaway Gardner, 40, of Twin Rivers Road, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at her residence.

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

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. Effie Wilson
PENFIELD, Ga. -- Ms. Effie Wilson, 98, of Callaway Road, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Greene Point Health Care Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Doshie Johnson

Mrs. Rose Smith

Mrs. Cathy Gardner

Mr. Robert Reason

Mrs. Ethelreaine Swint

Mr. J.D. Edwards

Mr. Larry Fansler

Mr. Harry Sudlow Jr.

Mrs. Katherine Partridge

Mrs. Guy Nell Bingham

Mr. James Givens

Mrs. Veronica Galloway

Mr. Robert Long

Mr. James Barton

Mr. Mel Mock

Mr. James Inabinett

Mr. Homer Huff Jr.

Mr. Charles Gingrey

Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter

Mr. Robert Boyd

Mr. David Lindsay Sr.

Mrs. Eva Duke

Mr. James Engle

Ms. Mary Woods

Mrs. Beulah Morgan

Ms. Rosa Smart

Ms. Magdalene Waters

Mrs. Clara Shelton

Mrs. Marjorie Watkins

Mr. Fred Logue

Mrs. Lura Burns

Mrs. Daisy Wallace

Ms. Madge Goodale

Mrs. Alma Carlton

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.

Sisler: A new image of Jesus for a new millennium?
Michael Farrell, editor of the National Catholic Reporter conceived an art contest which would ``update the image of Christ for the new millennium.'' The goal of winning artist Janet McKenzie was ``to be as inclusive as possible.'' Ms. McKenzie evidently succeeded exceedingly well because one of the judges, Sherry Lynn Best, said, ``It's not real masculine. It's not real feminine. It's not really androgynous, either.'' Well, I guess that about covers it!

Urges control of tritium production
The current administration has the wrong plan to refresh the nation's tritium supply. Peter Gray, Aiken

Rips S.C. over Confederate flag issue
After following the Confederate flag battle the last few months, I'm convinced the flag will come down off the South Carolina Statehouse and I recommend that when it does, a large white flag with a yellow streak down the middle be raised to honor the people of South Carolina. I'm sure the people would stand tall then. John Yarzebinski, Aiken

Hits revenue director over video poker
I am appalled at the recent controversy and the ongoing saga of video poker. I will go on record as saying South Carolina State Revenue Director Elizabeth Carpentier is too unstable to hold that position. She overrode the law that says all poker machines must be hooked up to the monitoring system by Dec. 1. She doesn't have the authority to just ignore the law. She is trying to do what the crooked politicians and fat-cat poker owners have been doing for years. Howard Boyd, Langley

Agree teacher's sentence too harsh
We wholeheartedly agree with your editorial statement that the 30-year sentence given to VanessaVelez-Cruz was unjustifiably harsh. Dave and Diana Ward, North Augusta

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.

Claims Council is white 'hate group'
A few weeks ago, you published a news article about Frances ``Ma'' Bell and the Council of Conservative Citizens. John Hadden, Louisville

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.

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 about fragility of freedom
On Dec. 12 you published a letter by A.G. Blackmon in which examples of Bill Clinton having trampled our Constitution were given. I am sure more examples would have been given but space is limited on your editorial page. Besides, who could possibly remember them all? M. Davis, Langley

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.

Pass 'Gail Hendrick Law'
It was a sad, sick story that District Attorney Danny Craig told in Juvenile Court at the sentencing of 14-year-old David Drayton. The youth admitted to the near-fatal stabbing and beating last month of Linda Gail Hendrick, his Murphey Middle School special education teacher.

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.

Sisler: A new image of Jesus for a new millennium?
Michael Farrell, editor of the National Catholic Reporter conceived an art contest which would ``update the image of Christ for the new millennium.'' The goal of winning artist Janet McKenzie was ``to be as inclusive as possible.'' Ms. McKenzie evidently succeeded exceedingly well because one of the judges, Sherry Lynn Best, said, ``It's not real masculine. It's not real feminine. It's not really androgynous, either.'' Well, I guess that about covers it!

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

Raps U.S. view of Chechen conflict
In regard to the present difficulties in Russia's Chechen republic, I gain the impression that the position taken by the government of the United States is grossly different from the position it took during the violent suppression of states trying to separate themselves from the central U.S. government. F. F. Ferguson, Aiken

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

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

Space crossroads
The loss of the Mars Polar Lander and its two pods means that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has failed to send a single successful mission to the mysterious Red Planet in 1999. In September, the Mars Climate Orbiter vanished after its NASA handlers failed to convert from English to metric units while guiding its 157-million mile flight to Mars.

Hershiser returning to Dodgers

The Intimidator's ready for another run

Drunk soccer referee suspended

NASCAR booms in 1990s

Sang Lan: Determination, infectious optimism in a broken body

NLRB postpones hearing

Overtime: Strong U.S. team takes on Zimbabweans

Overtime: Earnhardt undergoes disc surgery

Raceway agrees to reduce seats, limit crowds

Shoppers complain about e-buying
NEW YORK -- With the holiday season in full swing, Internet shoppers are telling tales of lousy customer service, out-of-stock merchandise, botched orders and late deliveries.

Year 2000 Nightmare? Just another day in chaotic Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Lights could go out in millions of homes, banks and hospitals may grind to a halt. Water and fuel shortages are likely.

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.

Y2K water availability questioned
With just two weeks before the moment of truth, Augusta health-care providers are confident in their preparations for Y2K but still have questions with two of the most basic elements -- blood and water.

Shuttle mission delayed again
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After seven irritating delays, NASA fueled space shuttle Discovery on Friday for an evening liftoff on a mission to get the Hubble Space Telescope working again.

New Internet secrecy service raises concerns
NEW YORK -- Like a peddler of cyberspace disguises, a small Canadian company is selling a service that promises to let people remain completely anonymous while sending e-mail, chatting and visiting Web sites.

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.

When it comes to martinis, James Bond-style please
LONDON -- Perhaps James Bond's apparent vibrant health has something to do with the way the suave secret agent takes his martinis -- shaken, not stirred.

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.

FDA approves treatment for nail fungus
WASHINGTON -- People with fingernail or toenail fungus, notoriously hard-to-cure infections, won their first topical treatment Friday -- a drug that comes as a nail polish.

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.

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.

Fire department offers shelter in case of Y2K problems
Augustans have a haven if the Y2K bug bites. 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.

Shoppers complain about e-buying

FCC issuing citations to junk fax vendors

Alabama not fully prepared for Y2K bug

FDA approves treatment for nail fungus

Y2K water availability questioned

Year 2000 Nightmare? Just another day in chaotic Nigeria

Shuttle mission delayed again

Shuttle launch delayed

Retailers, e-companies join forces

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

Pentagon confident the military is ready for Y2K