Gugliotta released from hospital

WNBA team hopes Hoosiers catch the Fever

Hephzibah girls win; Aquinas gets 'gift'

Clemson wins over Winthrop

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

Sweat's trey lifts Wolfpack

Bolton shines in '99 debut

Gamecocks bounce back with victory

Marshall tops Georgia

Magic tops Raptors

Jackets in need of wins

SEC roundup

Aiken Tech stays unbeaten

Harrick returns home

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.

Business briefs: Comfort Inn wins top honors

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

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.

More bounced checks in December

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.

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.

Business briefs: Dow, Nasdaq rise, exceeding records

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

Federal loan aids renewal projects

Police put damper on fans' plans for goal posts

Southern routs Youngstown State

Georgetown players prays first, then prepare for NAIA title game

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

Eagles defense comes to life, opens the door

Clemson upstages Carolina Gamecocks

Georgia Southern hopes for title banner

College football injuries pile up

Carter to stay at UGA

Jilted Fresno State in grudge match against Utah

Eagles rush to title

Georgia gains favor with huge end

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

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

Ruminate over flag issue, 'War of Northern Aggression'

Claims Council is white 'hate group'

Urges support for reform of Animal Control agency

Giving away the store

Agree teacher's sentence too harsh

Pass 'Gail Hendrick Law'

Fears tragedy over Panama Canal

Rips S.C. over Confederate flag issue

Chides intolerant call for inclusion

Space crossroads

Lawmakers and inmates

Poses questions about drug issue

Barnwell economy menaced

Blames drivers for interstate accidents

Comments on area radio market

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Oconee County tops Mt. Zion-Jonesboro

Lincoln County shut out in final

Prep notes

Kennesaw downs Paine

Silver Bluff sweeps Midland Valley

Red Devils notebook: Opportunities missed

Schools meet for 7th time

Aiken senior in Shrine Bowl

Brothers vie for championships

Grrrowl shut out Augusta

ECHL notes: Duce returns to old form

Lynx glide past Generals

Lynx glide past Generals

New Penguins coach expects scoring even from fourth line

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

Stilted script doesn't bring down 'Miracle'

Many cultures have tales of werewolves

Make the best of holidays you have

Harrisburg home reflects the season

Wrestler is David in Goliath's shoes

Faith digest: Muslim holiday

Worthy of a king

Graduates cheered at last march

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.

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.

Blaze kills 58-year-old man

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.

New health care option lowers cost

Animal Control meeting results in immediate action

A look at the 20th century: 1998

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.

Across the area: Woman robs Citgo convenience store

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.

Choose the top story from 1999

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.

Study: Most slayings in 30901

A look at the 20th century: 1999

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

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sheriff's office goes beyond law

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.

Truck hits train

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

Near miss

Kris Kringle's new sleigh

Parents opt for safety

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.

Police serve as mentors

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

Church clinics fill public need

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
She is picking up the pieces her mother left behind.

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.

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.

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.

Clerk of court posts public information online

Eagles rush to title

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.

Whistle-blower wins case

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.

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.

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.

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

NFL previews

Chiefs roll over Steelers

Grbac emerging as top-flight quarterback

Carruth's former girlfiend remembered

Mathis having Pro Bowl year with few cheers

Panthers keep playoff hopes alive

Panthers try to focus on the game

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

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

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

Mr. Jeremy Lewis
Mr. Jeremy LewisMr. Jeremy L. ``Jeff'' Lewis, of Collier Road, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Elizabeth Brown Carpenter, 76, 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. James Barton
BELVEDERE -- Mr. James Odell Barton, 64, of Johnson Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at his 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. 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.

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

Mrs. Cathy Gardner
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Cathy Lynn Callaway Gardner, 40, of Twin Rivers Road, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at her 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. Nancy Winfrey
RAYLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Nancy D. Winfrey, 54, of Lexington Road, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at her residence.

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.

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

Mrs. Eva Duke
THOMSON -- Mrs. Eva Hatcher Duke, 96, of George McDuffie Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

Mrs. Flossie Sanders
Mrs. Flossie SandersSALLEY -- Mrs. Flossie Williams Sanders, of Hunter Branch Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

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

Mr. Charles Penn Jr.

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

Mr. Dorsey Howard

Mrs. Katherine Partridge

Mr. Homer Huff Jr.

Mrs. Lura Burns

Mr. Carl Adams

Mrs. Colleen Dillon

Miss Virgie Powell

Mrs. Louise Moore

Mr. James Inabinett

Mr. Willie Swans

Ms. Mary Woods

Mr. Robert Hearst

Mrs. Nancy Winfrey

Mr. Jeremy Lewis

Mrs. Doris Smith

Mr. Willie Brown

Mr. John Kinsey

Mr. Mel Mock

Mrs. Flossie Sanders

Mrs. Veronica Galloway

Mrs. Eva Duke

Mrs. Cathy Gardner

Mr. Robert Boyd

Mr. Charles Gingrey

Mr. Larry Fansler

Mr. James Barton

Mr. Cecil Capers

Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter

Mr. Raymond Perry Jr.

Mrs. Doshie Johnson

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!

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.

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

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

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.)

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

Smithers moving from West Lake to Jones Creek

Hershiser returning to Dodgers

Drunk soccer referee suspended

Sang Lan: Determination, infectious optimism in a broken body

Racing team to be sponsored by Pfizer's Viagra

Overtime: Earnhardt undergoes disc surgery

Overtime: Budge still critical after auto crashes

'Field & Stream' books welcomed by fishermen

Rain washes out Coolum Classic round

Stallions coach will be speaker at player fete

NLRB postpones hearing

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FDA approves treatment for nail fungus

Vaccine against nicotine shows promise in lab tests

Year 2000 Nightmare? Just another day in chaotic Nigeria

Shoppers complain about e-buying

Beetles and fungus killing off California's oaks

Shuttle mission delayed again

Time running out on Y2K ripoffs

Despite slow response, Germany second in Y2K spending

Study links lying to popularity in teen-agers

Y2K water availability questioned