Christmas glow will sadly fade

'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.

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

'99 saw mergers and jobs

On the move

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.''

Pocket change

Business briefs

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.

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

Retailers say Internet will raise exchange rate

Young: Jackets' defense in need of more discipline

Oregon St. football players stabbed

Blue, Gray battle for tie

Tigers, Dogs contrasts in style of play

Vols return to the scene of championship

Motor City gearing for air attack

Georgia: Defense plagued by passing

Gator Bowl could be scoring fest

Wake Forest top Arizona State in Aloha Bowl

Bulldogs begin game-week preparations

Best Georgia sports moment in '99 is missed field goal

Kentucky looks for third straight win

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.

Children imagine next century
On a day deep in the 21st century, Rohan Manocha awakes and reads the newspaper on the Internet. He eats a capsule for breakfast, takes a hydroelectric bath and then goes for a walk on the moon.

Miraculous progress

Don't pass on $600,000

S.C. tax breaks hurt schools

Says whites 'on short end of stick'

Comment on canal giveaway

Says deny forum to 'hate letters'

$2,460 tax bite hidden

Speaks out on three county issues

Wants better I-20 police patrolling

Shares story of Gamma Knife option

Urges action on road construction

Likes sister-in-law's prison sentence

Reflects on Bill of Rights protections

Tells tales of medical incompetence

Take issue with therapies viewpoint

Calls for Sunday alcohol store sales

Contrasts two local prison sentences

Worries that 'we would lose it all'

Urges toughness for teacher attacker

A century of faces: 1970s
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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.

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: 1900s

A century of faces: 1910s
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A century of faces: 1920s
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A century of faces: 1980s
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A century of faces: 1930s
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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: 1940s
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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: 1950s
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A century of faces: 1960s
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A century of faces: 1990s
1999

Criticism aimed at Lynx coach

Thrashers cool off Lightning

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.

Couple restores cottage's charmin time for baby

New Year is the time to work on better you

A century of faces: 1970s

A century of faces: 1900s

A century of faces: 1980s

Literature, myth fuel Arthurian legend

A century of faces: 1990s

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.

Christian tradition lives on

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

Worry about upcoming millennium not new

Returns keep stores busy after holiday
Santa's come and gone. Unfortunately, many of the gifts left under the Christmas tree are the wrong sizes, wrong colors or wrong toys. Consequently, hundreds of shoppers ventured into local stores Sunday, braving long lines, bustling crowds and frustrating parking situations.

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

Mother tells son's story

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.

This week in Georgia

Welfare reform slow in area

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.

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.

Mother tells son's story
If Shayna Lively's deadly drive down the wrong side of a one-way road wasn't enough to persuade people who are drunk not to get behind the wheel this New Year's, Patricia Kelly has another message.

Returns keep stores busy after holiday

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

1999: Month-by-month

Skills school readies women for jobs

Looking back on 1999

Augusta parents adopt daughter from Russia

Top S.C. stories from 1999

Pick the century's top story

Across the area

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.

Barnes proves effective

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

Millennium began in decline

County OKs construction of new jail
AIKEN - After a delay that spanned nearly a decade, construction of a new detention center finally moved forward last week when Aiken County Council approved a nearly $15 million spending package.

Top story from 1999

Rookies race for vacancy
AIKEN -- With equally clean political slates, Pat Cunning and Jim Sutherland say they hope their ideas about what's good for Aiken will win one of them their first elected office.

Christmas cheer spread across city

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.

County OKs construction of new jail

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.

Suspicious package was hoax

Many to count down new year on time clock

Rookies race for vacancy

Across the area: At least 10 die in holiday wrecks

Worry about upcoming millennium not new
To Richard Landes, the Y2K bug isn't all that scary.

Toys shortchange children on cash value

Many to count down new year on time clock
Scot Bristow's New Year's Eve outfit will be a lopsided chef's hat with a matching white shirt and a baster.

This week in South Carolina

Welfare reform slow in area
For Stephanie Fulton, it is a crippling lifestyle that strips away much more than it gives.

Area doctors visit 'secret' Russian city

Skills school readies women for jobs
A poster of snapshots of children stood on an easel in the front of Paine College Chapel.

Readers pick year's top local stories

Army Corps warns owners to move boats
Boats docked along the Savannah River near Augusta should be taken out of the water or moved to deeper channels during a scheduled river drawdown Jan. 16-21, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

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

Falcons donate tickets to area students
With a slice of pizza in one hand and a dirty bird in the other, Columbia Middle School pupil Gary Thigpen cheered.

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.

Suspicious package was hoax
An early morning bomb scare on Broad Street turned out to be an elaborate hoax, investigators said.

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

Across the area: At least 10 die in holiday wrecks
COLUMBIA -- At least 10 people have died on South Carolina roads this holiday, the state Highway Patrol says.

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.

Augusta parents adopt daughter from Russia
Her name was going to be Nicholas. That's because Katrina Dowds parents were sure she'd be a boy.

Children imagine next century

Wizards down Rockets

Hill, Williams spark Pistons over Hornets

Clippers edge Celtics

Rice's days in Frisco could be numbered

Loss frustrates Cards' Chavous

Injuries slow Vinson, Smith in NFL

Falcons win big over Arizona

Falcons notebook: Falcons helped a lot by Cardinals' injuries

Cowboys' collapse continues

Steelers freeze Panthers' playoff hopes

Ex-Dog leads Denver

Panthers wary of Steelers

Falcons prime example of unpredictable league

Mrs. Christine Mobley
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Christine Tobias Mobley, 71, of Willis Foreman Road, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Thomas Lowe Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Thomas B. Lowe Sr., 61, of White Pine Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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.

Mrs. Margie Allen
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Margie Gray Allen, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at her residence.

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. Richard Churnside
Mr. Richard Rodney Churnside, 45, of Martinez, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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. Rebecca Sabb
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Rebecca Jackson Sabb, 80, of County Route 1, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Allendale County Hospital.

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

Mr. Joe Biggerstaff Sr.
BELVEDERE -- Mr. Joe M. Biggerstaff Sr., 68, of Lehigh Avenue, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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. Clifford Golatt Sr.
Mr. Clifford Golatt Sr., 76, of Wharton Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Earle Corley
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Earle Corley, 83, of Corley Farm Road, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at his residence.

Miss Fannie Carpenter
GRANITEVILLE -- Miss Fannie ``Bess'' Carpenter, 94, of Ergle Street, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Mozelle Posey
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Mozelle Langley Posey, of White Way, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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.

Mrs. Frances Franklin
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Frances Kirkland Franklin, of Robbie Street, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Augusta.

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

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

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

Mrs. Essie Spradley
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mrs. Essie Fulmer Spradley, 98, of Fairchild Street, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Leona McCord
Mrs. Leona McCord, 85, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

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

Mr. Melvin Abney
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Melvin R. Abney, 56, of Pine Grove Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Fletcher Felder
SALLEY -- Mr. Fletcher Felder, 75, of Union Hill Road, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Anna Marie Nursing Center, North Augusta.

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

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

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

Mr. James Curry
Mr. James M. ``Big Bubba'' Curry, 71, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

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.

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

Mrs. Thelma Rothwell

Mrs. Thelma Rothwell

Mr. Joe Biggerstaff Sr.

Dr. George Clary Jr.

Mr. Richard Churnside

Mr. Willie Folsom

Miss Fannie Carpenter

Mr. Stephen Gresham

Mrs. Mozelle Posey

Mr. Thomas Stanley

Mr. Clifford Golatt Sr.

Mr. Clyde Baird

Mrs. Elizabeth Royals

Mr. Herbert Jackson Sr.

Mr. Herbert Jackson Sr.

Mr. Tommy Cunningham

Mrs. Leona McCord

Mr. Patrick McMillan

Mr. James Curry

Mr. Calvin Lawson

Mrs. Rebecca Sabb

Mr. Larry Lewis Sr.

Mr. Melvin Abney

Mr. David Loveridge Sr.

Mr. Stephen Odenwalt

Mr. William Milton

Mr. Fletcher Felder

H. Mae Snelgrove, 102, Confederate's daughter

Ms. Marie Bryant

Mrs. Rosa Hankerson

Mrs. Christine Mobley

Mr. Earle Corley

Mr. Willard Herrington Sr.

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.

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.

Miraculous progress
One can always find reasons to be fearful of the future, and that's especially tru as the 1990s draw to a close. The Y2K millenium bug, warnings of terrorist attacks on Americans at home and abroad have a lot of people jittery as we head toward 2000.

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

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

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

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

Take issue with therapies viewpoint
We would like to applaud Shirley McIntosh for her Dec. 4 column titled ``Excessive worrying may signal a disorder.'' Such efforts provide a much needed service to the community by helping to increase awareness and decrease stigma associated with mental health problems in general and anxiety in particular. Aubrey L. Moore, Ph.D. Sabina C. Widner, Ph.D., Augusta

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.

Speaks out on three county issues
This is in response to some surrounding county governments' lack of responsibility. W. Bell, Augusta

Worries that 'we would lose it all'
Thank you for Rick McKee's Dec. 16 cartoon on the editorial page and the warning it brings to the people of this blessed land of the United States of America. Don Essex, North Augusta

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Tells tales of medical incompetence
Marsha Mason (letter, Dec 20) is not alone when she complains about the incredible incompetence of some doctors in our area. Sally Henry, Augusta

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

Says VA bans Rebel memorial flag
My great-great grandparents were poor farmers in Yadkin County, N.C. They sent their first six sons and a son-in-law to fight in the ``War of Northern Aggression.'' Only two sons returned. Curtis D. Choplin, 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

Comment on canal giveaway
Several letters and the Dec. 15 cartoon on the subject attest to The Chronicle's interest in this alarming Panama subject.Harold F. Truchsess, Martinez

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

$2,460 tax bite hidden
A shocking study by the National Taxpayers Union reveals that the tax burden is much heavier than you think.

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

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

Countdown at 2: Ruth and Jordan

Special friend to be missed

ESPN picks Jordan as No. 1

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

Fantasize about world record? Book reveals how to catch one

Wild turkey: success story of 20th century

Slutskaya wins Russian figures title

Perez awaits Cooperstown results -- again

Overtime: Cardinals' Chavous treats Bulldogs

Overtime: Early Warning 'Fox' winner for Dogwood

Augustans mustn't let dam close

Government tips on getting ready for Y2K problems
To prepare for possible Y2K problems, President Clinton's Year 2000 team offers these tips:

Community, utilities prepare for worst case of Y2K
Many people will ring in the New Year with the ding of a time clock being punched.

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.

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.

Officials: All systems go for Y2K
WASHINGTON -- Eat, drink and be merry on New Year's Eve, because the advent of the year 2000 should cause few, if any, problems, a bevy of federal officials said Sunday.

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.

Internet boon escalates
NEW YORK -- The profound technological changes spawned by the Internet accelerated in 1999, making it even easier for people and businesses to buy products and services, find information and communicate with one another.

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.

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.

Year 2000 raises tech question: Have we squashed the bug?
NEW YORK -- Is time spinning technology out of control? The answer, in some measure, may come this week as Year 2000 unleashes the computer bites of Y2K, a technical bug that has grown economic, behavioral and logistical legs.

Millennium survivalists are good business for some entrepreneurs

Hubble's return to the heavens

Officials: All systems go for Y2K

Community, utilities prepare for worst case of Y2K

Internet boon escalates

Georgia's congressmen turn to Internet

Year 2000 raises tech question: Have we squashed the bug?

Growers, marketers look for the next crisp apple

Electric power grid not fully Y2K tested

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