Business briefs: Jefferson County may get Crider plant

Burger King recalls Pokemon toys
Just weeks ago, Burger King's promotional Pokeman toy was so hot so that restaurants were running out of them. Now the fast food chain is asking customers to bring them back.

Business briefs: Jefferson County may get Crider plant
Officials with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce confirmed Tuesday that Crider Inc. could be interested in building a chicken processing plant in Louisville.

Business briefs: Nasdaq composite closes above 4,000
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks, the dominant force on Wall Street this year, propelled the Nasdaq composite index to its first close above 4,000 today and boosted broader market indicators to records of their own.

Holidays not always busy time
Though the holidays are notoriously busy for most retailers, for others it's the slowest time of the year.

Business licenses expire, taxes due this week
It's time for local businesses to pay up. Business licenses in Augusta-Richmond County expire Friday, and annual occupational taxes for Columbia County businesses are due Saturday.

Holidays not always busy time

Business briefs: Nasdaq composite closes above 4,000

Business licenses expire, taxes due this week

Bowden, Rodriguez rebuild at Clemson

Bulldogs face big challenge in Boilermkers

Ayodele leads no-name defense

Streeter gets call, will start at QB

Ex-Bulldog pays team a visit

Penn State posts shutout

Opposite forces collide in Peach Bowl

Jackets' defense has point to make

Syracuse rallies to top Kentucky

Sanks is trying to move on

Freshman will start in Outback

White to decide fate after game

Holmes has 26 in UAB win

Fogler wins 100th

Landers closes in on 500

Tech shows 'killer instinct' in win

Cross-town foes face off at ASU

Landers wins 500th

Minnesota edges Georgia

Syracuse tops Hartford; stays undefeated

Beasley propels Wildcats

Local architect's mark endures
The carefully painted wallpaper is shades of blue and cream with smoky green, a lush picture of palm trees and clear sky, scattered sprays of flowers or a small bird lending a vibrant touch of pink or blue.

Papers captured century's spirit
News item: Housing prices in San Francisco soar. News item: Gambling condemned in New Orleans. News item: Prosperity jitters on Wall Street. Typical headlines as we end the century, right? But take a squint at the date on those newspapers.

Jury probe needed

Offers solutions to budget crunch

Give CORA a boost

Hits GOP candidates for division

Raps Braves' Rocker for comments

Criticizes Barnes' education 'reform'

Bashes Commission over center delay

Blames pet owners for control problem

Seeks 'equality' for Stars and Stripes

18 lost schools

Notes audible traffic signal in place

Don't fire Rocker

Small portions
Scientists say there are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne. With a suggested serving of five glasses per 750-milliliter bottle, each of us would have about 10 million bubbles in our flute.

Champagne not just a New Year's Eve drink
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Scientists say there are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne. Is that what makes champagne so special?

New year, old tradition
Since it's the turn of the century, I probably should suggest that your New Year's Day menu signify an ``out with the old, in with the new'' philosophy. But it's my belief that some traditions will remain well into the next millennium.

Party favors
Are you ready to party on New Year's Eve? Whether you're attending the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Street Party downtown, heading to a nightclub or restaurant or watching the countdown at home, we thought you could use a few extra party favors.

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Tuesday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Capsules
When it comes to coming unhinged, there's nothing like a snake. Thanks to their startlingly stretchable jaws, snakes can swallow prey whole. But just how their flexible mandibles evolved from the inflexible jaws of their lizard ancestors has been a mystery.

Nickelodeon listens to young viewers on New Year's special
NEW YORK -- Ask 8-year-old Maddy of Lincoln, Neb., what she wants for the new millennium, and her answer reflects the practical concerns of big sisters for at least 2,000 years.

State power stops Aiken in semifinals

Primeau could sit out rest of season

Augusta suffers fifth straight loss

Tipper Gore to undergo thyroid operation
WASHINGTON -- Tipper Gore, the wife of Vice President Al Gore, is undergoing surgery to remove a nodule recently discovered on her thyroid gland, her spokeswoman said today.

Home sales rebound in November
WASHINGTON -- Feeling confident and with money to spend, Americans pushed up sales of existing homes in November after higher mortgage rates had helped drive sales down four months in a row.

Nickelodeon listens to young viewers on New Year's special

Champagne not just a New Year's Eve drink

Small portions

Capsules

Party favors

New year, old tradition

In the know

Monkey shine
Hannah Guske, 5, shows off her talents on the monkey bars at Riverwalk Augusta's Oglethorpe Park while her father, Chris, watches with enthusiasm from the railroad ties below Tuesday afternoon.

Senator wants children to recite Declaration
AIKEN -- A West Columbia state senator wants South Carolina schoolchildren to know their country's founding principles -- as well as the alphabet and numbers -- so well that phrases such as ``life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'' roll off their tongues.

Trash fire

Traffic rerouted after fatal I-20 wreck
Two Canadians died when trucks collided head-on on Interstate 20 less than 200 yards beyond the Aiken County line in Lexington County, authorities said Wednesday.

Banker wins first office run

Correction

Police give few details about case
GRANITEVILLE -- Grim and tightlipped, authorities emerged from a dense pine thicket off Bettis Academy Road on Wednesday with little comment on any new information about the death of Tiffaney Shereese Wilson.

Across the area: Shooting suspects, witnesses sought

Traffic rerouted after fatal I-20 wreck

Fire chief: Hydrant test inadequate

City considers water authority

Pictures will capture New Year experience

Author cites Clinton affair

Judge allows photos in exploitation trial

Across the area: Jury indicts driver in hit and run case

Local architect's mark endures

Many students need remedial help
ATLANTA -- Nearly half of Georgia's high school graduates admitted to technical schools last year had to take remedial courses, according to a survey released this week.

Monkey shine

Across the area: Jury indicts driver in hit and run case
A Richmond County grand jury issued an indictment Tuesday against a man accused of being the driver who struck and seriously injured two children in October.

Missing teen's body found

Author cites Clinton affair
Texas lawyer Dolly Kyle Browning, who says she had a longstanding affair with President Clinton, was in North Augusta on Tuesday promoting her two books on the subject.

Museum on cotton outlined

Missing teen's body found
AIKEN -- A body positively identified as missing teen Tiffaney Shereese Wilson was found in a wooded area in Aiken County on Tuesday, police said.

Fire chief: Hydrant test inadequate
Neither the fire department nor Augusta utilities officials know how much water pressure is in Richmond County's 10,000 fire hydrants.

Many students need remedial help

City library alterations on the way
An article regarding the discovery of Tiffaney Shereese Wilson in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained an error in describing evidence at the scene.

Bulldogs face big challenge in Boilermkers

Hospitals' indigent care fund gets boost

City considers water authority
Augusta's troubled water system might yet become the charge of an appointed government authority.

Senator wants children to recite Declaration

Pictures will capture New Year experience
As part of its expanded year 2000 coverage, The Augusta Chronicle will publish a photo section Jan. 9 featuring an assortment of pictures taken by readers between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Friday.

New Year event will close area
Downtown Augusta will belong to pedestrians Friday night as a slew of holiday festivities get under way.

Few vying to have first millennium baby

Payments for utilities lost in the mail
A U.S. Postal Service error earlier this month has caused some Augustans to be late on utility-bill payments.

Two abandon lawsuit against university
ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens couple is pulling their two children out of a race discrimination lawsuit against the University of Georgia, saying attorneys listed the two high-school students in the federal claim without their consent and could have put the students' futures at risk.

Across the area: Shooting suspects, witnesses sought
Richmond County investigators are looking for people involved in a shooting early Wednesday at an Augusta apartment complex.

Officials say murder rate fell in 1999

Fighters land at local strip
Two military jets have made emergency landings at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field during the past two days.

Wayward mail finally showing up

Council rejects pet tag plan
Augusta's Animal Control Advisory Board found itself barking up the wrong tree when it tried to get city commissioners to adopt a pet tag ordinance as part of next year's budget.

Pair killed in home fire
Two people died Tuesday in an early morning fire that destroyed a Beech Island home.

Pair killed in home fire

Papers captured century's spirit

Correction
An article regarding the discovery of Tiffaney Shereese Wilson in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained an error in describing evidence at the scene.

Judge allows photos in exploitation trial
A judge has cleared the way for prosecutors to use any of thousands of photographs taken from the home and office of child psychologist Robert Bruce Craft.

Trash fire
Richmond County Firefighters saturate a trash pile after it caught fire at the Goldberg Brothers Inc. recycling facility on Dan Bowles Road.

Banker wins first office run
AIKEN -- Banker Pat Cunning won his first attempt at elected office Tuesday, beating opponent Jim Sutherland by a landslide in the Aiken City Council Republican primary.

Wayward mail finally showing up
Postal Service officials said Wednesday that a few pieces of local mail that have been missing for nearly a month have been delivered to their intended recipients.

Indigent care fund gets boost

State's holiday sales high
ATLANTA -- Georgia shoppers gave merchants their merriest Christmas ever, according to estimates released this week.

Police give few details about case

Georgia fourth-fastest growing state
ATLANTA -- The population boom that has made Georgia one of the nation's fastest-growing states throughout the 1990s is showing no signs of letting up.

Budget set for fiscal year 2000

Museum on cotton outlined
Bill and Simmie Moore have long dreamed of establishing a cotton museum on the second floor of the historic Cotton Exchange building they bought and renovated in 1988.

Hospitals' indigent care fund gets boost
Hospitals' indigent care fund gets boost State department of health to increase trust to help shoulder costs incurred by local facilities

Budget set for fiscal year 2000
Augusta commissioners balanced the city's year 2000 general-fund budget Tuesday by giving more to some, taking away from others, raising fees, closing recreation centers and cutting the contingency fund to the bone.

Georgia fourth-fastest growing state

Indigent care fund gets boost
In a late Christmas present, hospitals that serve a greater share of Medicaid and uninsured patients -- including University Hospital -- will get a bigger check from the state this year.

Officials say murder rate fell in 1999
AIKEN -- Even with the death of teen-ager Tiffaney Wilson looming before local authorities, it appears the number of homicides in Aiken County is on the decline.

Few vying to have first millennium baby
Instead of stockpiling water and batteries, Renee and Michael Pettinato have been stockpiling diapers. She is due Friday and her expected baby boy, John Michael, could end up as the much-hyped first of the millennium.

Home sales rebound in November

Mourning sizzles as Heat beats T'Wolves

Rider criticizes teammates' will to win

Carlesimo's one regret: not enough wins

Nets dump Knicks, extend home streak

Heat move into new area Sunday

Carruth undergoes paternity test

Gailey: Tucker's breakout game could be beginning

Mrs. Ina Durden
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Ina Chapman Durden, 85, of Gray Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. Trent Hatcher
AIKEN -- Mr. Trent Heath Hatcher, 29, of Montmorenci Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999.

Rev. Walter Porterfield
GLOVERVILLE -- The Rev. Walter Porterfield, 75, of Myrtle Street, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Lucille Jennings
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Lucille Ramsey Jennings, 81, of McCormick Manor, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington, Ga.

Mr. William Bell
Mr. William Blaisdell Bell, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Styron
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Annie B. Styron, 89, of Medical Park Apartments, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Monteen Thompson
Mrs. Monteen L. Thompson, 81, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruby Tankersley
HARLEM -- Mrs. Ruby Collins Tankersley, 37, of Keener Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Rosalie Evans
Mrs. Rosalie Jordan Evans, 91, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Miss Brianna Keoughan
HEPHZIBAH -- Miss Brianna Keoughan, 10, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Marie Bushree
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Marie Victoria Bouten Bushree, 98, of Main Street, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Silver Springs Healthcare.

Mrs. Nancy Leaphart
AIKEN -- Mrs. Nancy Mildred Hair Leaphart, 78, of Edisto Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Miss Katherine Perry
ROSWELL, Ga. -- Miss Katherine ``Katie'' Angel Perry, 17, of Larne Court, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in Marianna, Fla.

Mr. Paul Murphy
THOMSON -- Mr. Paul Murphy, 71, of Whiteoak Road, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby Jacobs
AIKEN -- Mrs. Ruby Jacobs, 87, of Fairfield Street, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Theresa Santitoro
Mrs. Theresa Conte Santitoro, 93, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Windemere Nursing Home.

Mrs. Claudine Johnson
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Claudine Oglesby Johnson, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Deliah Lamkin
Ms. Deliah D. Lamkin, of Twelfth Street, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Freddie Williams
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Freddie Lee Williams, of Keron Way, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Celestine Lamble
THOMSON -- Mr. Celestine ``Chris'' Lamble, 78, of Forest Clary Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Thomson Manor.

Mr. Robert H. Young
Mr. Robert H. Young, 59, of Watkins Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Herringdine
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Smith Herringdine, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mrs. Anne Sack
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Anne Yarborough Sylvester Sack, 89, of Donaldson Street, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999.

Miss Mattie Hopkins
Miss Mattie Belle McGruder Hopkins, of Greene Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Smith
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Smith, 66, of Ridgefield Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Carrie Williams
Mrs. Carrie Lou Williams, 88, of Ellis Street, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Paul Murphy
THOMSON -- Mr. Paul Murphy, 71, of Whiteoak Road, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Alfonso Harvey Jr.
FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Mr. Alfonso Harvey Jr., 57, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. R.B. Watson
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. R.B. Watson, 80, of Gray Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. Bobbie Brown
BATH -- Mr. Bobbie L. Brown, 61, of Cathy Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Hugh Rhodes Jr.
Mr. Hugh L. ``Jack'' Rhodes Jr., 72, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sara Heskett
Mrs. Sara Herrington Heskett, of Winchester Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Adelle Creech
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Adelle Still Creech, 94, of Solomon Blatt Avenue, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Silver Springs Healthcare.

Mr. George Ramsey Jr.
NORCROSS, Ga. -- Mr. George A. ``Pop'' Ramsey Jr. died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Mr. James Lindsey Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. James ``Jim'' Morgan Lindsey Jr., 79, of Alexander Avenue, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ema Cipriani
Mrs. Ema Cipriani, 80, of Martinez, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Otis Redd Jr.
Mr. Otis Martin ``O.M.'' Redd Jr., 82, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Thelma Broades
Mrs. Thelma Mitchell Broades, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Beverly Manor Health Rehabilitation Center.

Ms. Mary Walker
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Mary Lue Walker died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Central State Hospital.

Mrs. Velma Davis
HILTONIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Velma Moore Davis, 89, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Statesboro Nursing Home, Statesboro.

Ms. Jacqueline Johnson
Ms. Jacqueline Johnson, of Bowdoin Drive, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Edwin Robinson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Edwin E. Robinson, 67, of Woodland Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. William Wilson
FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Mr. William Eason ``Bo'' Wilson, 66, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999.

Mr. Jack Turner
Mr. Jack W. Turner, 76, of Leslie Circle, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Jeanette Badger
Mrs. Jeanette T. Badger, 54, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mi Bradshaw
MARGATE, Fla. -- Mrs. Mi Young Bradshaw, 60, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami.

Mrs. Nancy Leaphart
AIKEN -- Mrs. Nancy Mildred Hair Leaphart, 78, of Edisto Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Raymond Hannah
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. -- Mr. Raymond Hannah, 60, of Gunther Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.

Mr. James Goodwin
Mr. James H. Goodwin, 81, of Berkley Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Jennifer Lois Rinker
BEECH ISLAND -- Ms. Jennifer Lois Rinker, 22, of Beard Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Boy James
WAGENER -- Mr. Boy James, 79, of Holly Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Jesse Fortson
ELBERTON, Ga. -- Mr. Jesse Albert ``Pa'' Fortson, 70, of Sweet City Road, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Blair House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Amy Leverett
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Amy Leverett, 84, of Maxim Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Larry Elliott
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Larry Herbert Elliott, 60, died Monday. Dec. 27, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Corine Maize
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Corine Hill Maize, 87, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Ms. Clara Ransom
SPARTA, Ga. -- Ms. Clara Ransom, 92, of Providence Health Care, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Effie Hadley
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Effie Williams Hadley, 86, of Anna Maria Health Care, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

James Dorr
WILLISTON, S.C. -- James Allen Dorr, infant son of Richard Allen and Misty Dee Tullius Dorr, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Eugene Shelby Sr.
Mr. Eugene M. Shelby Sr., 65, of First Street, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Brooks
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary L. Brooks, of Tucker Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Lola Johnson
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Ms. Lola Johnson, 77, of Augusta Road, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Gwinett Medical Center, Lawrenceville, Ga.

Mr. Russell Smyre Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Russell Smyre Jr., of Brothersville Road, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Rosa Houston
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Rosa Bell Ryans Houston, 76, of Academy Street, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. William Noles
AIKEN -- Mr. William A. ``Billy'' Noles, 58, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willard Murray
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Willard Doyle Murray, 73, of Rio Grande Avenue, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999.

Ms. Lola Johnson

Mrs. Ruby Tankersley

Mrs. Ruby Jacobs

Mrs. Corine Maize

Mr. Edwin Robinson

Rev. Walter Porterfield

Mr. Larry Elliott

Mrs. Claudine Johnson

Mr. Jack Turner

Mr. Jesse Fortson

Mrs. Jeanette Badger

Ms. Clara Ransom

Miss Brianna Keoughan

Mrs. Mary Herringdine

Mr. Willard Murray

Mr. Paul Murphy

Mr. Raymond Hannah

Mrs. Monteen Thompson

Mrs. Carrie Williams

Ms. Jennifer Lois Rinker

Mr. Robert H. Young

Ms. Jacqueline Johnson

Mrs. Theresa Santitoro

Mr. William Wilson

Mr. George Ramsey Jr.

Mrs. Ina Durden

Mr. William Bell

Mrs. Mary Brooks

Mr. Celestine Lamble

Mr. Russell Smyre Jr.

Ms. Deliah Lamkin

Mrs. Annie Styron

Mr. Hugh Rhodes Jr.

Mrs. Ema Cipriani

Mrs. Mi Bradshaw

Ms. Effie Hadley

Miss Katherine Perry

Mrs. Velma Davis

Mrs. Marie Bushree

Mrs. Rosalie Evans

Mr. James Lindsey Jr.

Mrs. Amy Leverett

Mrs. Thelma Broades

Internet changing the way world does business
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Blames pet owners for control problem
Instead of blasting the Animal Control facilities, look to yourselves. If most pet owners were more responsible there would not be such a need for an animal pound or shelter. Sherry Jones, Thomson

Don't fire Rocker
Braves' ace closer John Rocker needs a lesson in holding his tongue.

Offers solutions to budget crunch
Let us keep it simple. The Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff's Department, Fire Department and Water Works should not be on the budget-cutting block. However, a six-year freeze needs to exist. Every other department and contribution needs to be up for consideration, including contributions to various agencies. For future budgeting, we need to do a two-time dip into the retirement, water and reserve funds to meet our year 2000 and 2001 short comings. Charlie Hannah, Augusta

Raps Braves' Rocker for comments
There has been some sporadic support locally for Braves pitcher John Rocker. Although Mr. Rocker's comments are not indicative of the collective mentality of the Braves organization as a whole, nonetheless, they are wholly unacceptable. Mr. Rocker's comments, unfortunately, go well beyond the scope of what the Braves organization can realistically spin or re-state in an effort to make the comments somehow more palatable or understandable to the organization or the community. Can you imagine someone like Brian Jordan sharing the locker room with Mr. Rocker in the future? And wondering precisely who the ``fat monkey'' moniker was designed for? It won't happen. Stephen Musich, Thomson

Hits GOP candidates for division
As a young person and an eventual Republican, I am ashamed at how the Republican candidates are acting. Amanda Ebersole, Ft. Gordon

Protests proposed registration fee
Augusta Administrator Randy Oliver apparently believes we are living in a Communist society. When did the property-owning, tax-paying, responsible citizens ofRichmond County sign over their rights to him? Lori Drawdy, Augusta

Seeks 'equality' for Stars and Stripes
American Indians have a right todemand that every American flag beremoved if theConfederate flag is removed. R.A. Benner, Aiken

Give CORA a boost
Federal agencies, reports the General Accounting Office, have issued nearly 10,000 new rules in the last three years, costing taxpayers, consumers, workers and businesses billions of dollars.

Rips Augusta fire chief's actions
I am writing for two reasons. First, there is something positive that has come from this fire tragedy. The management staff at River Creek Apartments have done an amazing job of providing for the families who have lost everything they owned. The community with the help of some media and local businesses have caused a staggering amount of support in donations and monetary funds. Fran Hall, Augusta

18 lost schools
Fallout continues from the recent, devastating Georgia Department of Education report that 18 Richmond County schools receiving targeted federal Title I money have made ``no progress'' over the past two years.

Notes audible traffic signal in place
It is little known, but Augusta has taken a first step but a giant step on behalf of the blind and vision impaired. There is now installed on Wrightsboro Road, at the entrance to the Veterans Administration Hospital, an audible traffic signal. This is to all appearances the same as a normal traffic signal with one important exception. At the proper time, it issues a verbal command when it is safe to cross the Jack Eckert, Augusta

Jury probe needed
What is the state of the Augusta-Richmond County's water and fire hydrant pressure? What is the state of its Fire Department's preparedness?

Internet changing the way world does business
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Criticizes Barnes' education 'reform'
Sue Burmeister's Dec. 13 guest column on education reform was timely and well done. All of thestates that Gov. Roy Barnes says he is looking at as models for education reform have the office of education responsibility under the Department of Education. Gov. Barnes wants all of the meaningful DOE duties assigned to a new bureaucracy reporting to him. J.H. Strickland, Evans

Bashes Commission over center delay
I am a parent of a child who attends the after-school and summer programs at the current Blythe Community Center. Have the commissioners ever been to the current building? Sandra Schumann, Hephzibah

Woman tries to break a 'grass' ceiling

The possibilities of an All-Star race

Australian teen invited to Masters

Overtime: Rogers returns to Rangers

Banned drug found in Olympic champion's test

Wachter takes women's giant slalom

Overtime: Alabama gives DuBose extension

German, Estonian win World Cup ski events

Norwegians sweep at World Cup

Elderly underrepresented in cancer studies
BOSTON -- The number of women and blacks in cancer studies has grown substantially, but elderly people are still underrepresented, a review found.

New way of delivering chemotherapy in colon cancer studied
BOSTON -- Pumping chemotherapy drugs directly into the liver's blood supply can improve the odds of survival in patients with advanced colon cancer, a study found.

Scientists engineer bacteria to consume toxic wastes
The bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans already holds the title as the world's toughest organism: It can survive an atomic blast. Now scientists have bioengineered it into a ``superbug'' that can digest the toxic leftovers of the nuclear age.

Study suggests experimental stroke drugs might help MS
WASHINGTON -- Experimental drugs being tested as stroke treatments may have the potential to treat multiple sclerosis, too, new research suggests.

MADD launches campaign against high-risk drunken drivers
WASHINGTON -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving announced a nationwide campaign Wednesday to get states to crack down on high-risk drunken drivers -- repeat offenders and drinkers caught driving with suspended licenses or particularly high blood-alcohol levels.

Some Web sites take Y2K precautions
WASHINGTON -- Taking last-minute precautions, the Pentagon and the federal personnel agency are shutting down some of their public Internet sites this weekend to keep them safe from computer hackers as the calendar rolls over to 2000.

Study: Chew gum to lose weight
BOSTON -- Could the chewing gum diet be next? There's evidence it really works. A team of researchers calculated that chewing gum burns up about 11 calories an hour.

Gas-sipping car
Ford Motor Co. has built a test car, the Prodigy, shown in this handout photo, with the space and convenience of a Taurus sedan that gets more than 70 mpg thanks to a long list of high-tech improvements.

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces pass final Y2K tests
MOSCOW -- Russia's nuclear arsenal and its defense satellites are fully prepared for a trouble-free transition into the year 2000, the head of the Strategic Missile Forces said Tuesday.

That old PC in the den won't much care about 2000
ATLANTA -- Whatever ailments befall your old home computer come Saturday morning, spontaneous combustion isn't likely to be one of them.

Gas-sipping car

That old PC in the den won't much care about 2000

Scientists engineer bacteria to consume toxic wastes

Study suggests experimental stroke drugs might help MS

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces pass final Y2K tests

MADD launches campaign against high-risk drunken drivers

Study: Chew gum to lose weight

Elderly underrepresented in cancer studies