Christmas glow will sadly fade

Theaters get larger to deter rivals

'99 saw mergers and jobs
Local business news in 1999 was dominated by several companies creating new jobs, a couple of big mergers and the continuing saga of a forgotten shopping mall.

On the move

Business briefs
Bowman Security Systems' parent company, Electronic Security Services Co., has been named ``Dealer of the Year'' by First Alert, international manufacturer of residential electronic safety products and security alarm systems.

Theaters get larger to deter rivals
When Regal Cinemas announced it would open a new, 20-screen theater at the Augusta Exchange shopping center more than a year ago, Phil Zacharetti, the company's senior vice president of marketing and advertising, lauded the megaplex as the ``new wave of theater building.''

On the move
Robert Thurman has joined the staff of Prime Lending as a mortgage banker.

'99 saw mergers and jobs

Retailers say Internet will raise exchange rate
The malls, they are a changin', with the rise in Internet purchases contributing largely to those changes.

Pocket change

Retailers say Internet will raise exchange rate

Pocket change
Checklists for Life (Random House, $12.95, paperback) is a how-to guide to help consumers cope with a wide variety of problems and common concerns. In the ``Personal Safety'' chapter, for instance, are lists and tips on what to do if your wallet is stolen, and ``best and worst places to hide valuables.''

Business briefs

Georgia: Defense plagued by passing

Quarterbacks beat odds, now meet in Aloha Bowl

Willingham setting a precedent

Young: Jackets' defense in need of more discipline

Holtz, Bowden remain hottest S.C. sports stories

Wake Forest top Arizona State in Aloha Bowl

Blue, Gray battle for tie

Best Georgia sports moment in '99 is missed field goal

Florida State's Walker arrested

Blue-Gray wasn't in everyone's plans

Gator Bowl-bound Jackets nearly lost top receiver

Year in Georgia Sports: Super Bowl, World Series and The Fumble

Tigers, Dogs contrasts in style of play

Huskers arrive for Fiesta Bowl

Ellis enjoying view from top

Millennium began in decline
At the beginning of the current millennium, the Old World of Europe began a decline into warmongering, plague and famine as the last remnants of the Roman Empire fell. Nearly 500 years later, European explorers ``discovered'' the land that would give rise to a New World that would dominate the millennium's latter half.

Classics of Christmas hold true years later
This is the time of year for candles and carols and cards. Gifts given and received. Stockings hung and tinsel tossed. Poinsettias and holly and mistletoe. Glittering trees and glowing faces. Sumptuous meals at home and bountiful baskets for the needy. And somewhere, perhaps a few miles to our north, snow.

Urges toughness for teacher attacker

Jabs 'lame' I-20 traffic enforcement

Gives views on 'art' and 'whining'

Says whites 'on short end of stick'

Urges action on road construction

S.C. tax breaks hurt schools

The Christmas story

Wants better I-20 police patrolling

Shares the true meaning of Christmas

Don't pass on $600,000

Says deny forum to 'hate letters'

Calls for Sunday alcohol store sales

Reflects on Bill of Rights protections

Criticizes Ga. senator for 'dancing'

Shares story of Gamma Knife option

Agrees with O'Quinn on University

Likes sister-in-law's prison sentence

Routing the 'Grinches'

Worries letters fan religious `hatred'

Contrasts two local prison sentences

The joy of Christmas is found in anticipating what God can do
``Wipe that frown off your face! Dry those tears! Everybody smile! Don't you know it is Christmas?''

Augusta Georgia: features@ugusta: A century of faces 12/26/99
As the 1900s draw to a close, we focus on area people who played parts -- big and small -- in the 20th century

A century of faces: 1980s
1989

A century of faces: 1910s
  1910

Literature, myth fuel Arthurian legend
For more than a thousand years, stories have been told of a king who gallantly defended Celtic Britain against an impossible array of enemies, including giants, witches, dragons and a hoard of heathen invaders from across the eastern sea.

A century of faces: 1900s

Arrival of millennium is occasion for prayer
Christian believers from several denominations will fill the 250-year-old mother church of Augusta, St. Paul's Episcopal, at noon Friday to pray for blessings on the next millennium.

A century of faces: 1920s
  1920

Couple restores cottage's charmin time for baby
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Every time David and Michelle Satcher passed the Old Wright House, they couldn't help but wonder what it would look like fixed up.

A century of faces: 1930s
  1930

A century of faces: 1990s
1999

A century of faces: 1940s
  1940

Faith digest
Sister Mary Wise of Atlanta, who composed Tell Me Who Built the Ark in 1994, is coming to meet one of her biggest Augusta fans, Bertha Jones, 83.

A century of faces: 1950s
  1950

On God's canvas
The Book of Revelation ends with a promise from Christ: ``I am coming soon.'' Christians have looked for the fulfillment of this prophetic utterance since he ascended into heaven.

A century of faces: 1960s
  1960

A century of faces: 1970s
1980

New Year is the time to work on better you
Dear Readers: The New Year is the time when retailers take an inventory of their merchandise, getting rid of what won't sell. It is also a good time for people like you and me to take a personal inventory, listing personal goals, improvements of character traits and general health.

Class AAAA all-star team

Georgia All-Area Football team

Neu to speak at banquet

Coach brings determination to win

Metro Augusta All-Area team

Thomson coach earns top honor

Commerce running back gets top honor

Independent School All-Area team

Class AA all-star team

South Carolina all-area team

Top of the line

Class A all-star team

Class AAA all-star team

Damphousse earns promotion

Criticism aimed at Lynx coach

Christmas glow will sadly fade
The English, who developed so many of our Christmas traditions, had the good sense to create a holiday for the day after.

On God's canvas

A century of faces: 1990s

Couple restores cottage's charmin time for baby

New Year is the time to work on better you

The joy of Christmas is found in anticipating what God can do

Literature, myth fuel Arthurian legend

Faith digest

A century of faces: 1980s

A century of faces: 1970s

Arrival of millennium is occasion for prayer

A century of faces: 1900s

Looking back on 1999
Another year in Augusta brought another water shortage, more allegations of government ineptitude and a repeat Masters champion.

NAACP schedules rally against banner

Barnes proves effective

Classics of Christmas hold true years later

Santa makes his rounds

Across the area: Man charged after spouse is shot

Across the area

Across the area
The Richmond County Detention Center inmate who escaped Christmas Eve was caught by deputies and investigators Saturday.

This week in Georgia
An Augusta area bird count is planned by the Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society. For more information, call Anne Waters at 793-2788.

Top story from 1999
Another year in Augusta brought another water shortage, more allegations of government ineptitude and a repeat Masters champion.

Top story from 1999

Top S.C. stories from 1999
AIKEN -- In 1999, South Carolinians near the Georgia border struggled with some statewide issues that forced them to search their souls.

Pick the century's top story
Which events do you think had the greatest impact on Augusta in the 20th Century? Call INFOLINE at 442-4444, then press the four-digit number next to your choice. Or vote online and review the stories with @ugusta, www.augustachronicle.com. Votes will be tallied through midnight Wednesday. The top 10 events will appear in The Augusta Chronicle on New Year's Day.

Readers pick year's top local stories
Here is how readers voted when asked to pick the top local news stories of 1999:

Christmas cheer spread across city

Barnes proves effective
ATLANTA -- Roy Barnes looked up from his prepared text during a ceremony inside the state Capitol earlier this month and began to repeat the words from memory.

Readers pick year's top local stories

Area doctors visit 'secret' Russian city

Area doctors visit 'secret' Russian city
The cab driver in Moscow was puzzled when Thomas Gadacz told him his ultimate destination.

Center of town hub for retail
THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- The 19th-century buildings along Broad Street are festooned with garland and Christmas wreaths as shoppers wander into stores and cars glide over the street's brick paving at a leisurely pace.

Christmas cheer spread across city
Succulent smells of turkey, gravy, yams and the sweet taste of pecan pie marked the holiday at the Salvation Army in Augusta on Saturday as volunteers served up platters of food to about 200 people who might otherwise miss the traditional bounty of Christmas.

Payments received after threat
By threatening to take away state professional licenses, three Georgia agencies have collected nearly 16 percent of $3.7 million owed in defaulted student loans.

Contributions help families in need
Many people were helped in the Augusta and outlining counties this year through generous contributions made to the 1999 Empty Stocking Fund.

Examining Christmases past and future
A few thoughts about Christmases past and Christmases yet to come:

Pick the century's top story

Officials commend students
All Columbia County school officials had was a first name and a theory that the caller was in middle school.

Christian tradition lives on
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- Father Anthony Salzman makes windows. Windows into heaven.

Fire damage
Firefighters carry out the charred remains of a couch after extinguishing a fire in a mobile home in Beech Island. The Friday fire reportedly killed a family cat and destroyed a Christmas tree but left gifts intact. Officials suspect an erupted light bulb might have been the cause of the fire. The residents were not at home at the time of the blaze.

1999: Month-by-month
Jan. 5: Lt. Frank Conoly, an Aiken Public Safety officer, is fired for an alleged display of road rage. A tailgating stop is made while he is off duty and includes breaking a car window and spraying the driver with Chemical Mace, causing burns.

Scoring position
Rodolfo Gonzales (center) controls a soccer ball against Jesus Garcia while Eugene Garcia serves as goalie at Riverview Park inNorth Augusta. The players made use of a couple of trash cans, transforming them into makeshift goal posts for the game Friday.

Toys shortchange children on cash value
AIKEN -- It's become a ritual for Courtney O'Berry, who has it down to a science: Every two weeks, she travels 45 minutes from Barnwell to the Aiken Wal-Mart.

Across the area: Man charged after spouse is shot
A 42-year-old Columbia County man was arrested Friday after his wife was shot in the neck.

Top S.C. stories from 1999

Recovery slow for Lincolnton
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- The four months since the fire that destroyed Crider Inc.'s chicken processing plant and displaced 5 percent of Lincoln County's work force have not been easy for residents like Brenda Norman.

Christian tradition lives on

Reason for the Season
Katie Fredo, 8, plays a shepherd in one of the Nativity scenes enacted during Riverview United Methodist Church's How Far to Bethlehem.

Millennium began in decline

Center of town hub for retail

1999: Month-by-month

This week in South Carolina

Augustans will celebrate 2000 with a big bang
With less than a week to go until the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Party, coordinators say momentum is building.

Recovery slow for Lincolnton

This week in South Carolina
Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will conduct a Christmas day camp at the Aiken County Recreation Center on U.S. Highway 1. The camp will be from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday. Registration is $30 for the entire session or $10 per day.

Contributions help families in need

911 calls on cellular phones increasing

Toys shortchange children on cash value

Reason for the Season

NAACP schedules rally against banner
AIKEN -- NAACP officials, along with religious and civic groups, will rally in January to rouse state and national interest in furling the Confederate battle flag.

Officials commend students

911 calls on cellular phones increasing
Just think of it as the 1990s' version of taking justice into your own hands. Someone driving recklessly nearly runs your car off the road. What do you do?

This week in Georgia

Examining Christmases past and future

Fire damage

Looking back on 1999

Rams' cornerback finally gets recognitoin

Cowboys' collapse continues

Freeman, Jordan investigated in parking-lot accident

Falcons prime example of unpredictable league

Rice's days in Frisco could be numbered

Rice may not return to 49ers

Carruth defense could cost $1 million

Panthers wary of Steelers

Ex-Dog leads Denver

Baker is latest to try out for Chiefs' kickoffs

Cowboys lose to Saints

H. Mae Snelgrove, 102, Confederate's daughter
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Henri Mae Baird Snelgrove, died Thursday Dec. 23, 1999, at Anne Maria Nursing Center, North Augusta. She was 102.

Mrs. Hazel James
BATH -- Mrs. Hazel Ruth James, 65, of Bay Street, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at her residence.

Dr. George Clary Jr.
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Dr. George Clary Jr., 82, of Wilmington and Lake Junaluska, N.C., died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at his residence in Wilmington.

Mr. Thomas Stanley
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Thomas Earl Stanley, 71, of Lake Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lynn Corley
Mrs. Lynn Marie Corley, 21, of Nina Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.

Mr. Stephen Odenwalt
ELGIN, S.C. -- Mr. Stephen K. ``Goober'' Odenwalt, 19, of Northeast Miles Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Michael Dunbar Sr.
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Mr. Michael Dunbar Sr., 50, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999.

Mr. Calvin Lawson
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Calvin H. Lawson, 52, of Woodcock Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.

Mr. James Parham
Mr. James Albert ``Jimmy'' Parham, 75, of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Stephen Gresham
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Stephen Gresham, 54, of Metasville Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. James Mooney
COLUMBIA -- Mr. James F. Mooney, 80, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at National Health Care Center.

Mrs. Thelma Rothwell
AIKEN -- Mrs. Thelma Boyer Rothwell, 78, of Larchmont Place, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. Merrill Auel
AIKEN -- Mr. Merrill Arthur Auel, 84, of Wildwood Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Clyde Baird
AIKEN -- Mr. Clyde C. Baird, 79, of Augustus Road, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Oscar Johnson
THOMSON -- Mr. Oscar Grady Johnson, 93, of Pecan Court, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Patrick McMillan
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Mr. Patrick Lewis McMillan, 30, of Riverside Side Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Danny Lee
NORRISTOWN, Ga. -- Mr. Danny Allen Lee, 41, of Halls Bridge Road, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Raymond Melton
Mr. Raymond Melton, 85, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. William Cronic
CLINTON, S.C. -- Mr. William Gordon ``Bill'' Cronic, 81, of Presbyterian Home, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Laurens County Health Care System.

Mr. William Milton
Mr. William A. Milton, 64, of Kilner Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999.

Mr. Jimmie Barton Jr.
LANGLEY -- Mr. Jimmie W. Barton Jr., 38, of Piney Heights Road, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999.

Mr. Larry Lewis Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Larry G. Lewis Sr., 56, of Hammond Place Circle, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Folsom
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Willie George Folsom, 44, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, in Quitman.

Mrs. Ruth Lakatos
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Graybill Lakatos, 68, of Georgia Highway 56, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Ms. Marie Bryant
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Marie Bryant, of Georgia Highway 56, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. David Loveridge Sr.
Mr. David Roger Loveridge Sr., 63, of Martinez, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Tommy Cunningham
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Tommy ``Perry'' Cunningham, of Georgia Highway 25, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Rosa Hankerson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Rosa Lee Hankerson, 82, of Utley Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Herbert Jackson Sr.
Mr. Herbert L. Jackson Sr., 79, of Evans, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. George Kelley
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. George Frank Kelley, 63, of Dawkins Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Miguel Vasquez
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Miguel H. Vasquez, 50, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. William Elmore
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. William ``Bill'' Elmore, of Davis Circle, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Elizabeth Royals
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Bradford Royals, 73, of Savannah Highway, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, in Statesboro.

Mr. Willard Herrington Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Willard J. Herrington Sr., 72, of Honey Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Miss Linda Powell
Miss Linda Faye Powell, 47, of Ashmore Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Tommy Cunningham

Mr. Oscar Johnson

Mrs. Hazel James

Mr. Willard Herrington Sr.

Mr. Merrill Auel

Dr. George Clary Jr.

H. Mae Snelgrove, 102, Confederate's daughter

Mr. Stephen Gresham

Mr. James Mooney

Mr. Thomas Stanley

Mr. William Elmore

Mr. Clyde Baird

Mr. Stephen Odenwalt

Mr. Herbert Jackson Sr.

Miss Linda Powell

Mr. Patrick McMillan

Mrs. Rosa Hankerson

Mr. Larry Lewis Sr.

Mrs. Thelma Rothwell

Mr. David Loveridge Sr.

Mrs. Ruth Lakatos

Mr. William Milton

Mr. George Kelley

Ms. Marie Bryant

Mrs. Lynn Corley

Mr. Danny Lee

Mr. Michael Dunbar Sr.

Mrs. Elizabeth Royals

Mr. Willie Folsom

Mr. Calvin Lawson

Making the tough decisions
It's encouraging to see the Augusta Commission making tough decisions. To be sure, the law requires them to complete the budget before year's end, but that only makes the decisions more necessary, not any easier.

Sisler: A Christmas card to my readers
ONE OF THE best things about the Christmas season is receiving Christmas cards. I have a card for you, the same one I'm sending ``personally'' to tens of thousands of other people. Nevertheless, it is just for you.

Kent: For the new century, let's dare to ...
The new biography by Edmund Morris, the sad news that America's 40th president's health is worsening due to the ravages of Alzheimer's and the Columbia County Commission's renaming of a road after ``The Great Communicator'' focuses renewed attention on what a truly outstanding president Ronald Reagan was -- and what a contrast he is to the current White House occupant.

Worries letters fan religious `hatred'
Letter writer Richard Hogue, in his defense of the Rev. Timothy Fellows, referred to the Rev. Dan King as being intolerant. I suppose Rev. King is intolerant of people who slander other peoples' religion. I know I am.Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro

Jabs 'lame' I-20 traffic enforcement
The purpose of this letter is to support the position taken by letter writer Dave Schreiber concerning safety problems on I-20.Robert H. Graves, Martinez

Urges action on road construction
During the wonderful holiday season in our booming little town of Augusta, one cannot but reflect on the good and bad that face us in the new year. Tom Sibley, Evans

Urges toughness for teacher attacker
I just finished reading the article on the recent sentencing of David Drayton by the Richmond County Juvenile Court for his vicious attack on teacher Linda Gail Hendrick. What a travesty of justice. Steve Grinstead, Martinez

S.C. tax breaks hurt schools
It's encouraging to see the Augusta Commission making tough decisions. To be sure, the law requires them to complete the budget before year's end, but that only makes the decisions more necessary, not any easier.

Wants better I-20 police patrolling
If Augusta Mayor Bob Young really wants to help save lives on I-20, and I'm sure he does, someone please tell him the speed limit is 70 miles per hour coming into Georgia, but it drops to 55 mph before leaving South Carolina. Ricky Smith, North Augusta

Says whites 'on short end of stick'
Everyone who lives in the South should look at the Confederate flag flying over South Carolina's statehouse as a symbol of heritage, not hate. There were many people, black and white, who fought and died under it. T. S. Denton, Hephzibah

Likes sister-in-law's prison sentence
The 30-year sentence meted out to teacher Vanessa Velez-Cruz by Richmond County Superior Court Judge Carl Brown was justly deserved. Celia Velez, Staten Island N.Y.

Don't pass on $600,000
While the Augusta commissioners battle gamely to make savings in the 2000 budget (see above editorial), they are spurning an easy windfall of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Reflects on Bill of Rights protections
Dec. 15 has come and gone with little notice of one of the truly seminal events in the history of our country. Perhaps because of our preoccupation with religious and secular holidays at this time of year, we have too little time to stop and reflect on the document which has protected us for some 208 years. Phillip A. Williams, Augusta

The Christmas story
It is traditional for The Chronicle to run this Bible passage every Christmas.

Lauds performance of student choir
I believe the lines from the Christmas cantata ``The Glory of Christmas'' that state: Martha B. McKnight, Evans

Praises impact of local Ga. Games
I read with interest the Dec. 17 article discussing the ``economic impact'' of the Georgia Games Championships on our area. To apply the term ``economic impact'' to the Games suggests financial gratification as an objective of the event.Eugene H. Parker, Augusta

Says deny forum to 'hate letters'
The Rev. Dan King's Dec. 4 letter really resonated with me. Why is it that we are horrified when people are brutally murdered because of their race, sexual orientation, or religion, yet we tolerate hate-filled letters and callers to talk shows that establish the climate in which hate crimes occur? Denying the purveyors of hate and intolerance an editorial forum is no more censorship than refusing to print letters advocating pedophilia or violence. Andy C. Reese, Augusta

Calls for Sunday alcohol store sales
I wonder why we can play the lotto on Sunday but cannot buy alcoholic beverages at the grocery store or the liquor store. Some states are already doing it, at a respectable time. I notice that in restaurants and nightclubs you can as long as you're being served food. Henry Hogan, Augusta

Shares story of Gamma Knife option
My family has a story that we would like to share to possibly prevent someone from going through similar circumstances. The story involves my brother's journey, as he is living with cancer. Susan Hollowell Gilbreath, Evans

Takes offense to flag veneration
In regard to the recent debate over the flag of the Confederacy, I would like to remind all those who wish to keep it flying that one cannot separate it from the ideology of the Confederacy. This ideology included many beliefs, one of which was the justification of the subordinating of other human beings into slavery. I take offense to the veneration of such a political symbol. Justin Horton, Waynesboro

Sisler: A Christmas card to my readers
ONE OF THE best things about the Christmas season is receiving Christmas cards. I have a card for you, the same one I'm sending ``personally'' to tens of thousands of other people. Nevertheless, it is just for you.

Making the tough decisions
It's encouraging to see the Augusta Commission making tough decisions. To be sure, the law requires them to complete the budget before year's end, but that only makes the decisions more necessary, not any easier.

New Red China threat
Even as the Clinton administration continues to ``make nice'' with Communist China, the regime still plans to build a strategic nuclear submarine carrying missiles that could reach American cities, reports The Washington Times' Bill Gertz.

Kent: For the new century, let's dare to ...
The new biography by Edmund Morris, the sad news that America's 40th president's health is worsening due to the ravages of Alzheimer's and the Columbia County Commission's renaming of a road after ``The Great Communicator'' focuses renewed attention on what a truly outstanding president Ronald Reagan was -- and what a contrast he is to the current White House occupant.

Lauds TV probes that net refunds
Al Wells' Nov. 19 letter on television news investigations came across as though he is the one who does not have his facts straight.Johnna Sengdara, Grovetown

Wants 'junk cars, houses' removed
Junk cars and junk houses devaluate all the property around them (news story, Dec. 15). The Rev. Max E. Stokes needs to take his junk cars and move so far out in the country that the nearest neighbors are 15 miles away. O. Rogers, Augusta

Routing the 'Grinches'
We thank the countless contributors to our Empty Stocking Fund, as well as those many generous people and organizations that made available food, money, clothing and temporary shelter to the more than 30 Richmond County residents left homeless when River Creek Apartments burned down six days before Christmas.

Contrasts two local prison sentences
I read with amazement that Vanessa Velez-Cruz received a 30-year sentence for theft. I'll concede that she betrayed the community and her students with her terrible greed. However, they were very privileged students that ended up being stranded in Europe (and most of them claim they still had a great time). Toby Tomasi, Augusta

Shares the true meaning of Christmas
Why is there Christmas? Because there is the Lord Jesus Christ. He really is the only reason for the season. Because He was, is and always will be, there is Christmas.Michael Hensley, Augusta

Agrees with O'Quinn on University
I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Mary O'Quinn concerning University Hospital (guest column, Dec. 20). We, as taxpayers, need to let our Augusta commissioners and Mayor Bob Young know enough is enough.L. Kitchens, Augusta

Gives views on 'art' and 'whining'
A bit of this and that: James V. Parker, North Augusta

Criticizes Ga. senator for 'dancing'
This letter is a follow-up to the Nov. 27 letter by William G. Hatcher, Sr. and Donna King's letter responding to Mr. Hatcher.Harold Mays, Grovetown

Countdown at 2: Ruth and Jordan

AP Story of the Year: U.S. women's soccer team

Iranian soccer team to play United States, Mexico

President tells athletes: 'I'll buy you anything'

Fantasize about world record? Book reveals how to catch one

Perez awaits Cooperstown results -- again

Yarborough can't find a buyer

Wild turkey: success story of 20th century

Augustans mustn't let dam close

Nicklaus: No green jacket for 35 years

Special friend to be missed

Overtime: Augusta man in Toughman world contest

Slutskaya wins Russian figures title

Golden Bear proposes settlement

Santa makes his rounds

Overtime: Cardinals' Chavous treats Bulldogs

Electric power grid not fully Y2K tested
FOLSOM, Calif. -- To pierce the heart of California's $23 billion electric power grid, Y2K terrorists would have to steal Ed Riley's hands.

Dangerous aquatic weeds spotted
An alien invader, the ``Godzilla'' of all pestiferous aquatic weeds, is threatening Georgia's waterways.

Georgia's congressmen turn to Internet
WASHINGTON -- Send electronic mail to Rep. Johnny Isakson of Marietta or Rep. Sanford Bishop of Albany, and you just might get a personal reply from the congressmen.

Woman fights to keep $700,000 mistakenly wired to her account
NEW YORK -- A woman mistakenly received $700,000 that was meant for a United Nations environmental fund, quit her job and spent much of the money before the bank noticed the error and froze the account.

Hubble's return to the heavens
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- After bestowing more than a dozen gifts on the Hubble Space Telescope, space shuttle Discovery's astronauts on Saturday accomplished the last big job of their holiday repair mission: releasing the world's finest observatory to resume its scientific quest.

Christmas Eve spacewalk to finish fixing Hubble
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Two astronauts ventured out on a Christmas Eve walk in space Friday to finish fixing the Hubble Space Telescope by installing a new radio transmitter and a digital recorder.

Growers, marketers look for the next crisp apple
YAKIMA, Wash. -- For much of this century, Red Delicious has been the apple of our collective eyes. And that's part of its problem.

Judge to review no-bail ruling for accused scientist
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A federal judge on Monday will reconsider a ruling holding scientist Wen Ho Lee without bail until his trial -- likely more than a year away -- on charges that he stole nuclear secrets while working at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Jellyfish gene brings monkeys step closer to humans
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Moving medicine a big step closer to the day when healthier humans can be engineered in the laboratory, scientists have successfully transferred glowing green jellyfish DNA to monkey embryos.

Millennium survivalists are good business for some entrepreneurs
DEXTER, Maine -- Attention, y2kmart shoppers: There's no reason to let a millennial computer disaster spoil your New Year's Eve. y2kmart -- one of a host of businesses catering to last-minute survivalist shoppers -- offers a range of festive Y2K survival kits.

Dangerous aquatic weeds spotted

Woman fights to keep $700,000 mistakenly wired to her account

Judge to review no-bail ruling for accused scientist

Electric power grid not fully Y2K tested

Christmas Eve spacewalk to finish fixing Hubble

Millennium survivalists are good business for some entrepreneurs

Jellyfish gene brings monkeys step closer to humans

Growers, marketers look for the next crisp apple

Georgia's congressmen turn to Internet

Hubble's return to the heavens