Hephzibah girls win; Aquinas gets 'gift'

Magic tops Raptors

Harrick returns home

SEC roundup

Aiken Tech stays unbeaten

Clemson wins over Winthrop

Marshall tops Georgia

Sweat's trey lifts Wolfpack

Jackets in need of wins

Gamecocks bounce back with victory

WNBA team hopes Hoosiers catch the Fever

Gugliotta released from hospital

Bolton shines in '99 debut

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

Separation saves spirit of season

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.

More bounced checks in December
Let's say you're going Christmas shopping, which you probably are.

Business briefs: Comfort Inn wins top honors
Comfort Inn Medical Center, at 1455 Walton Way, is the most recent winner of Choice Hotel's Gold Award, given each year to the best of the 3,500 Choice affiliated hotels.

On the move
Debra Solesbee has been promoted to office manager for H&R Block's Louisville and Sears branches.

Business briefs: Comfort Inn wins top honors

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.

Federal loan aids renewal projects

Business briefs: Dow, Nasdaq rise, exceeding records

More bounced checks in December

Saving for gifts takes discipline
Karen McCombs did it again. She pledged to set aside a little from each paycheck for Christmas shopping -- and she didn't.

Carter to stay at UGA

Georgia Southern hopes for title banner

College football injuries pile up

Southern routs Youngstown State

Jilted Fresno State in grudge match against Utah

Eagles rush to title

Georgetown players prays first, then prepare for NAIA title game

Police put damper on fans' plans for goal posts

Clemson upstages Carolina Gamecocks

Eagles defense comes to life, opens the door

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

Georgia Tech receiver's Gator Bowl status in doubt after arrest

Georgia gains favor with huge end

A look at the 20th century: 1999
1997, 1998, 1999, 1900? That possible sequence of years set the world atremble in 1999, a year when the approaching millennium set nerves on edge.

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.

Slams sentences, calls for reform

Chides intolerant call for inclusion

Ruminate over flag issue, 'War of Northern Aggression'

Space crossroads

Agree teacher's sentence too harsh

Blames drivers for interstate accidents

Poses questions about drug issue

Barnwell economy menaced

Claims Council is white 'hate group'

Lawmakers and inmates

Giving away the store

Fears tragedy over Panama Canal

Urges support for reform of Animal Control agency

Pass 'Gail Hendrick Law'

Comments on area radio market

Rips S.C. over Confederate flag issue

Contest drew in area amateur artists
The Augusta Chronicle's Christmas-wrap-design contest drew 25 entries from youth and adults.

Make the best of holidays you have
Dear Readers: The Christmas holidays are a joyous time of anticipation for most children and for many fortunate adults. Their cups truly runneth over. Loving family and a host of friends surround them.

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

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

Many cultures have tales of werewolves
Peter Stubb was a hermit who lived in a cave at the edge of a vast forest in central Germany during the 16th century.

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.

Harrisburg home reflects the season
Santa Claus sings to visitors who venture onto the front porch of the home of the Rev. H.K. and Margaret McKnight.

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.

Celebrate 2000 in style, at a low cost
If you're one of millions of Americans who didn't buy into the high-priced New Year's travel hype, here's an early Christmas present: The prices of the holiday's travel packages are coming down. In some cases, way down.

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

Red Devils notebook: Opportunities missed

Oconee County tops Mt. Zion-Jonesboro

Silver Bluff sweeps Midland Valley

Prep notes

Brothers vie for championships

Kennesaw downs Paine

Lincoln County shut out in final

Aiken senior in Shrine Bowl

Schools meet for 7th time

New Penguins coach expects scoring even from fourth line

Lynx glide past Generals

Grrrowl shut out Augusta

Lynx glide past Generals

ECHL notes: Duce returns to old form

Separation saves spirit of season
One reason we need church and state separated is no one wants the government taking over Christmas. One reader, Ginger Clark, tells us what could happen with a memo.

Celebrate 2000 in style, at a low cost

Harrisburg home reflects the season

Stilted script doesn't bring down 'Miracle'

Many cultures have tales of werewolves

Wrestler is David in Goliath's shoes

Faith digest: Muslim holiday

Make the best of holidays you have

Worthy of a king

Choose the top story from 1999
Which story do you think was the year's biggest in the Augusta area? Votes will be tallied through midnight Thursday. The results will appear in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 26.

Across the area

Police serve as mentors

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.

Blaze kills 58-year-old man
An Aiken County man was killed by fire that engulfed his mobile home early Saturday morning in a cul-de-sac off Storm Branch Road in Clearwater.

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.

Parents opt for safety
The car might be expensive, but Kenneth Cole Jr. of Aiken takes some comfort that the 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse his teen-age daughter soon will drive has air bags and safety features most older cars don't.

Truck hits train

Across the area: Woman robs Citgo convenience store
A woman walked up to the counter in an Augusta gas station Saturday with a 22-ounce beer but walked away with it and an undisclosed amount of money after robbing the cashier, police said.

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

Animal Control meeting results in immediate action

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.

Graduates cheered at last march

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.

Police serve as mentors
Little girls in Santa hats giggled and played while their male comrades ran squealing outside.

Empty stocking fund: Struggling student makes home for brother, sister

Deer-car collisions up; drive roads with caution
One way to ruin your day is for your vehicle to strike a deer on a public highway.

Parents opt for safety

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.

Near miss

Empty stocking fund: Struggling student makes home for brother, sister
She is picking up the pieces her mother left behind.

Kris Kringle's new sleigh

Whistle-blower wins case

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

Internet use soars for cities

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.

New health care option lowers cost

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.

A look at the 20th century: 1999

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.

Study: Most slayings in 30901
Lisa and James Earl Stone were killed in June trying to buy drugs on McElmurray Drive, police say. Three juveniles stole $20 from the couple and then shot them repeatedly.

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.

New health care option lowers cost
ATLANTA -- When Gov. Roy Barnes created the Georgia Department of Community Health, one of its prime goals was to save tax dollars by allowing the state to increase its health insurance purchasing power.

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.

Church clinics fill public need
AIKEN -- Darren Waters is director of nursing at Trinity Lutheran Home of Aiken, but one day a week he takes his ministry of care to the elderly out into the field.

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.

Across the area: Woman robs Citgo convenience store

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.

Choose the top story from 1999

Eagles rush to title

Church clinics fill public need

Blaze kills 58-year-old man

Study: Most slayings in 30901

Clerk of court posts public information online

Graduates cheered at last march
More than 300 students marched with their heads held just a little higher Saturday as they walked into the Physical Education/Athletic Complex at Augusta State University. They were the last graduating class of the 1900s at Augusta State University, and it was time to receive the culmination of years of hard work: their diplomas.

A look at the 20th century: 1998

Sheriff's office goes beyond law

Panthers keep playoff hopes alive

Grbac emerging as top-flight quarterback

Panthers try to focus on the game

Carruth's former girlfiend remembered

Mathis having Pro Bowl year with few cheers

NFL previews

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

Chiefs roll over Steelers

Mr. Dorsey Howard
Mr. Dorsey Reid Howard, 78, of Martinez, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willie Brown
Mr. Willie E. Brown, 47, of Fairhope Street, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Carl Adams
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Carl Daniel Adams, 70, of Lincolnton Road, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

Mrs. Nancy Winfrey
RAYLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Nancy D. Winfrey, 54, of Lexington Road, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Evelyn Crenshaw
Mrs. Evelyn J. Crenshaw, 48, of Amsterdam Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Flossie Sanders
Mrs. Flossie SandersSALLEY -- Mrs. Flossie Williams Sanders, of Hunter Branch Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 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. Jeremy Lewis
Mr. Jeremy LewisMr. Jeremy L. ``Jeff'' Lewis, of Collier Road, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

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

Mr. Willie Swans
Mr. Willie SwansTWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Swans, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mrs. Willie Wilson
Mrs. Willie Lou Wilson, of Wheeler Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

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

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. John Kinsey
Mr. John William Kinsey, 86, of Williams Street, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Charles Penn Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Charles Robert Penn Jr., 62, of Storey Mill Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Louise Moore
HARLEM -- Mrs. Louise C. Moore, 86, of Old Appling-Harlem Highway, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. Robert Hearst
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Hearst, 75, of Elberton Highway, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Doctors 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.

Miss Virgie Powell
MACON -- Miss Virgie Louise Powell, 79, of Brookwood Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

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

Mr. Andrew Wiswell Sr.: Grammy winner and record producer dies
AIKEN -- Mr. Andrew Muller Wiswell Sr., 94, a record producer with RCA and Capital Records for many years, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

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

Mr. Cecil Capers
Mr. Cecil CapersISLANDTON, S.C. -- Mr. Cecil Capers, 68, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Colleton Regional Hospital, Walterboro.

Mrs. Colleen Dillon
Mrs. Colleen Dillon, 71, of Lake Jean Drive, Evans, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Raymond Perry Jr.
Mr. Raymond Louis Perry Jr., 45, of Whistler Lane, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

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

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

Ms. Mary Woods

Mr. Homer Huff Jr.

Mr. Andrew Wiswell Sr.: Grammy winner and record producer dies

Mrs. Eva Duke

Mr. Cecil Capers

Mr. Charles Penn Jr.

Mr. Willie Brown

Mrs. Colleen Dillon

Mr. James Barton

Mrs. Louise Moore

Mrs. Veronica Galloway

Mr. Robert Hearst

Mr. James Inabinett

Mr. Robert Boyd

Miss Virgie Powell

Mr. Charles Gingrey

Mrs. Flossie Sanders

Mr. Willie Swans

Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter

Mr. Raymond Perry Jr.

Mrs. Cathy Gardner

Mrs. Nancy Winfrey

Mr. Larry Fansler

Mr. Carl Adams

Mr. Mel Mock

Mrs. Doris Smith

Mrs. Lura Burns

Mr. Dorsey Howard

Mrs. Doshie Johnson

Mr. Jeremy Lewis

Mr. John Kinsey

Mrs. Katherine Partridge

Fish: Broad Street celebration set to greet 2000
(Editor's note: The author, John Fish, Chronicle assistant general manager, is The Celebrate 2000 project coordinator.)

Kent: Now, bad school news; make federal tax fair
Often a newspaper is criticized for dwelling on ``bad news'' and not on ``the good.'' In the case of our area schools, the general feedback of late is that our editorial page is focusing too much on ``the good things.'' As for Richmond County, some readers say there's too much editorial focus on the No. 1 statewide status of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, our support for school uniforms and dress codes and emphasis on student test scores that modestly rose in some predominately minority schools.

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!

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

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

Slams sentences, calls for reform
After waking up and reading the Dec. 11 paper, I found on the front page where a teacher was sentenced to 30 years for stealing money. I also read where a lady got three years for driving drunk and killing someone. C. Powell, Grovetown

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

Giving away the store
What has gotten into a majority of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority? The Civic Center deal it cut Thursday with businessman Frank Lawrence's arenafootball2 franchise is not just unusual. It's outrageous.

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.

Comments on area radio market
Congratulations to the competitors of WBBQ as Cumulus Broadcasting continues to show its lack of understanding of a segment of the Central Savannah River Area listening audience. Glenn Rodgers, North Augusta

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.

Raps 'twisting' of God's words
I have a few words to say about the Rev. Anthony Stephens' view of the South Carolina ``flag flap'' (letter, Dec. 13): Suzanne N. Reeves, Waynesboro

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

Chides intolerant call for inclusion
Attorney General Thurbert Baker's legal opinion about Bible courses in public schools stirred an interesting interchange between the Revs. Timothy Fellows Sr. and Dan King. In summary: the Rev. Fellows called Mr. Baker a fool and a traitor and then stated that religions other than Christi-anity are false religions. The Rev. King didn't like that. He considers the Rev. Fellows a racist, insensitive and an insult to all other religions. Richard Hogue, Grovetown

Lawmakers and inmates
An unhappy experience endured recently by Georgia state Sen. Van Streat, D-Nicholls, points up why politicians need to be careful from whom they accept campaign contributions.

Barnwell economy menaced
It has always been a mystery to us why all the South Carolinians who are fearful of the 235-acre low-level nuclear waste site in Barnwell County, and want to shut it down, don't live there.

Kent: Now, bad school news; make federal tax fair
Often a newspaper is criticized for dwelling on ``bad news'' and not on ``the good.'' In the case of our area schools, the general feedback of late is that our editorial page is focusing too much on ``the good things.'' As for Richmond County, some readers say there's too much editorial focus on the No. 1 statewide status of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, our support for school uniforms and dress codes and emphasis on student test scores that modestly rose in some predominately minority schools.

Urges support for reform of Animal Control agency
The story about the Animal Control Board you ran Dec. 1 was very interesting. I am hardly shocked at findings about Animal Control. Just look around our county government; it is rampant with this type of bureaucratic waste and abuse. Julie Groothand, Martinez

Fish: Broad Street celebration set to greet 2000
(Editor's note: The author, John Fish, Chronicle assistant general manager, is The Celebrate 2000 project coordinator.)

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

Poses questions about drug issue
I would like the answer to a few questions, such as when is Bill Clinton going to tell the Mexican president to tear down, not that ``wall'' on our border with them, but that ``super highway'' that the drug czars use to send van loads of drugs to this country that is as much of a threat to us as an atom bomb? Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

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!

Fears tragedy over Panama Canal
The date is here. The Panama Canal has been given away. R. W. Waters, Hephzibah

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

Ruminate over flag issue, 'War of Northern Aggression'
I, for one, find it strange that with all the rhetoric by the NAACP concerning the Confederate flag atop the South Carolina Statehouse, that nothing is said about the issues of higher pay, welfare reform, jobs, the homeless and all the other real-life issues that face us all. I am sure that an organization that is supposed to further the cause of equality among all races would have better issues to fight about. Attacking the heritage and honor of those who fought in the war for states' rights does nothing but reopen old wounds and further split us apart. J. Sherrill, Evans

Blasts Richmond Animal Control chief
When I read the article in which Jim Larmer, the director of the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter, said animals were not hosed down in that facility and that he would fire any of his officers caught doing that, I was simply dumbfounded that he could tell such a bare-faced lie. In September of this year, Animal Control picked up my female dog (they went into my fenced yard to get her, but that's another story), and took her to the shelter. When I went to retrieve her the next day, she was dripping wet and had been injured. Catherine Davis, Hephzibah

Blames drivers for interstate accidents
Interstate 20 isn't any worse than any other road in America, it is just that people here see what happens. Gary L. Bohm, Grovetown

Criticizes Bush's Air Guard service
I know Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., has been a supporter of Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, the compassionate conservative and former Air National Guard ``jet jockey.'' I did not know that Sen. Coverdell was the one behind the whisper campaign concerning the alleged temper of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. I wonder if Sen. Coverdell wants to be a ``big wheel'' in a George Bush administration and ``the new world order''? Richard Renew, Martinez

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

NLRB postpones hearing

Hershiser returning to Dodgers

Smithers moving from West Lake to Jones Creek

Overtime: Budge still critical after auto crashes

Sang Lan: Determination, infectious optimism in a broken body

Racing team to be sponsored by Pfizer's Viagra

Overtime: Earnhardt undergoes disc surgery

Stallions coach will be speaker at player fete

Drunk soccer referee suspended

Rain washes out Coolum Classic round

'Field & Stream' books welcomed by fishermen

Beetles and fungus killing off California's oaks
LOS ANGELES -- An army of beetles and a predatory fungus have been killing off natural habitats and picturesque landscapes created by native oaks, the most common trees in California.

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.

Time running out on Y2K ripoffs
NEW YORK -- Criminals are scrambling to cash in on the Y2K bug with a variety of scams -- most of them using the phone -- that will run out as the new year rings in.

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.

Study links lying to popularity in teen-agers
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Whether Pinocchio or a president, a liar can remain a pretty beloved figure. In fact, a new study suggests the best teen-age liars are often the most popular kids.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Despite slow response, Germany second in Y2K spending
FRANKFURT, Germany -- After lagging behind much of the industrialized world in tackling the millennium computer problem, German authorities say they're confident a late spending spree has put their country in the clear.

Vaccine against nicotine shows promise in lab tests
WASHINGTON -- One day, folks who want to quit smoking may find help by getting a shot.

Shuttle mission delayed again

Vaccine against nicotine shows promise in lab tests

Time running out on Y2K ripoffs

Despite slow response, Germany second in Y2K spending

Beetles and fungus killing off California's oaks

Year 2000 Nightmare? Just another day in chaotic Nigeria

Study links lying to popularity in teen-agers

Shoppers complain about e-buying

Y2K water availability questioned

FDA approves treatment for nail fungus

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