City sails smoothly into Y2K

New year time for fresh start
Michael Cave plans to spend a couple of hours this holiday weekend with his wife reflecting on their accomplishments and thinking about what they want to do for the rest of the new year.

Pocket change
Inside today's Business section, print edition) is our annual market review. Readers will find 52-week highs and lows for many stocks, as well as ranking of mutual funds.

On the move
H & R Block announces the promotion of Mina Patel to the position of senior associate. She will relocate to the Premium office from the Wrightsboro Road office.

Pioneer re-enters impotency fray
Julian Osbon, the local entrepreneur whose former medical device company revolutionized impotency treatment, is returning to the industry he helped create.

Pocket change

Business briefs: Health insurers extend merger deal
ATLANTA -- The parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia announced Thursday it has agreed to extend its merger agreement with WellPoint Health Networks Inc. to allow time for the courts to rule on a lawsuit by its shareholders.

Pioneer re-enters impotency fray

New year time for fresh start

Business briefs: Health insurers extend merger deal

Stanford won't focus on Dayne

Tech, Miami expect a high scoring game

Citrus teams have differing views for bowl

Georgia rallies for Outback Bowl win

Wisconsin looks to repeat

Wisconsin tops Stanford in Rose Bowl

Comparisons to Warrick don't faze Miami's Moss

Colorado, Boston College look for positive results from blowout

Hamilton leads the way for Ga. Tech

Fiesta Bowl boasts intriguing matchup

Win would give Georgia fresh start

News of shooting gives Donnan scare

Outback bowl will likely be a shootout

Arkansas players celebrate Cotton victory

Colorado routs Boston College

Georgia gets a 'great win'

Ole Miss posts 4th bowl win in row

Hamilton stymied in his final game

Orange Bowl a flop with fans

Dogs enter 2000 with optimism

Tigers' renaissance beginning

Suspension rattles Cotton Bowl rivalry

Hits publication of D.U.I. offenders

Hits decommissioning Lock and Dam

Says Rocker speaks the truth

Defends Animal Control chief

Disagrees with sports columnist

Bashes stand on homosexual rights

Offers lesson in local geography

Says Dorsey needs "Logic 101"

1999's worst quotes

Wants Rocker to keep his job

Wants tough speed limit enforcement

Believes Rocker expresses freedom of speech

Makes his peace with the math of the millennium

Arts notebook: Local artist awarded national honors
Columbia County watercolor artist Caroline Swanson recently received honors from the American Artist Professional League for her piece Town Meeting.

Studies suggest religion benefits health
A growing body of evidence suggests religion can be good medicine. New findings seem to emerge every other month: regular churchgoers live longer. Prayer helps heart patients. A strong faith can help people cope with depression, drug abuse -- even cancer.

In the know
Beginning this week, animal lovers can take advantage of free Friday admission at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Columbia. The offer will run through February.

Columbine massacre darkest news of violent year
Moments before the fateful lunch break, a Columbine High School classmate saw Rachel Joy Scott drawing in one of her spiral-bound journals.

Tardiness is never acceptable
Dear Carson: How should one handle a situation in which an appointment is for 1 p.m. and you are not even acknowledged for a half-hour? What should you do about it, and is there some protocol concerning such tardiness? -- Ignored & Waiting

Time of renewal
Pope John Paul II and other Christian leaders have declared 2000 a Jubilee Year.

Mother's touch turnshouse into cozy home
When Juan Nieves went to college 18 months ago, he left his parents in their new house -- a fairly generic two-story brick structure in West Lake.

In 2000, have faith in God's promises
As we come to the end of 2000 years since the birth of Jesus Christ, there is much apprehension about the future because of the possibility of Y2K problems.

Turning a new leaf
Smaller calendars, about the size of a compact disc are gaining popularity because they fit easily in small work spaces.

Florida's historical treasures
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A dull BOOM! startles guests checking into a waterfront motel near St. Augustine's historic district. The desk clerk doesn't even look up.

Theory points to intelligence of early man
Think about "Neanderthal," and images of grunting, stoop-shouldered cavemen clad in bearskin loincloths and brandishing clubs come to mind.

Toymaker brings ethnicity to Bible
LOS ANGELES -- What color was Jesus? This and similar questions about the characters in the Bible have Scripture scholars talking a blue streak... and one entrepreneur turning talk into action toys.

Capitals tie Blues

Hurricanes top Thrashers

Lynx drop sixth straight

Lambert, Buzak still waiting for their big breaks

Owner: Tkachuk's salary made Primeau deal unattractive

City sails smoothly into Y2K
It seems there was a young Naval student being put through the paces by an old sea captain. ``What would you do if a sudden storm sprang up on the starboard?'' the old salt asked.

Tardiness is never acceptable

Florida's historical treasures

Toymaker brings ethnicity to Bible

Studies suggest religion benefits health

Mother's touch turnshouse into cozy home

Columbine massacre darkest news of violent year

Arts notebook: Local artist awarded national honors

In 2000, have faith in God's promises

Theory points to intelligence of early man

In the know

Time of renewal

Readers pick the century's top stories
Here is how readers of The Augusta Chronicle ranked the top 10 local stories of the 20th century:

Stockade has gone to dogs
Augusta Mayor Bob Young signed a five-year lease Friday turning over the old city stockade at Lake Olmstead to the CSRA Humane Society.

Downtown activities help swing in 2000

Water, gas sell fast day before rollover
It wasn't the mad rush most people expected. Still, hoards of wary local residents continued stockpiling provisions such as bottled water, canned foods, batteries and gasoline as the last hours of 1999 ticked away.

Party's over, but you get a second chance
How was the party? Most likely your night didn't work out exactly like you planned. Few New Year's Eve parties ever do.

Across the area

Dogs enter 2000 with optimism

Baby born just after midnight

Snake lover seeks to preserve indigenous reptile

This week in South Carolina

Safety officials see few difficulties
Staff writers Sylvia Cooper and Heidi Coryell

County to move pupils

New center director to focus on key roads

City agencies converge for quick cleanup

Rivals change sides in debate
When Michael Givens sees a Confederate flag, his emotions flow from a deep wellspring. For him the emblem recalls a great-great-grandfather, Young H.E. Hitch, photographed with his rifle, wearing a gray uniform his wife had sewn, just before marching off with the South Carolina 16th Infantry to a war he never came home from, not even for a proper burial. Mr. Givens has letters the soldier wrote to the family he would never see again:

'Southron' man fights to protect heritage, freedom, flag

Safety officials see few difficulties

Realistic goals key to losing weight

Y2K arrives in Augusta with few glitches

Rivals change sides in debate

Celebrants bring merrymaking downtown
In a flurry of pyrotechnics and a rain of paper streamers and confetti, the new year in downtown Augusta was greeted by the pop of fireworks and the cheers of thousands as the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Street Party drew to a close.

This week in Georgia

Planned track hearing noise from residents
For more than a year, the speedway sat empty and quiet, all but a forgotten relic of Augusta's rich past in stock car racing.

Baby born just after midnight
Moments after Erika Stokes gave birth to her second child, confetti flew -- right there in the delivery room.

Y2K arrives in Augusta with few glitches
The biggest worries at Georgia Power Co.'s operations headquarters Friday night were typical -- annoying squirrels and careless drivers, not Y2K.

Program celebrates emancipation

Augusta's century: Race, river shaped history
It is at the heart of Augusta, tracing its winding path through history, framing thoughts and attitudes during the past century -- from the minute Alex Whitney, a white man, was killed by William B. Wilson, a black man, on a streetcar in 1900, to the waning days of the century when the 1998 mayoral election was decided along racial lines.

Residents oppose phone towers

Leaders predict growth in 2000

Mourners say goodbye to teen
GRANITEVILLE -- It wasn't the New Year's Day that Joshua Wilson had planned for his wife. But Saturday, on weak, bended knees, the young widower spent time with his wife alone beneath a funeral canopy surrounded by a blanket of flowers.

Water, gas sell fast day before rollover

Realistic goals key to losing weight
Deborah Messick doesn't need to find her motivation before she goes to the gym -- her motivation is waiting for her.

'Southron' man fights to protect heritage, freedom, flag
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Virgil Huston has Confederate ancestors who fought in what he cannot bring himself to call the Civil War, but he seldom looks back through that narrow window of time.

Program celebrates emancipation
On New Year's Day, a gathering at Tabernacle Baptist Church celebrated a New Year's event of 137 years ago.

Activities allow children to ring in new year early

This week in South Carolina
Reference/user librarian Bob Fernekes will lecture on historical and genealogical research in the 21st century at 10 a.m. at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. For details, call the USC-Aiken Office of Continuing Education at 641-3288.

Party's over, but you get a second chance

County to move pupils
In eight years, Libby Carswell's son has changed schools four times. Yet the family has never moved from its Columbia County home off William Few Parkway. During the years, Matt, 13, has attended three elementary schools because of rezonings. And, according to a school system zoning proposal, the Riverside Middle School seventh-grader will spend eighth grade at a new middle school.

Celebrants bring merrymaking downtown

City agencies converge for quick cleanup
The cleanup that came after Augusta's mammoth Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Street Party proceeded Saturday as smoothly as the festivities the night before.

Readers pick the century's top stories

This week in Georgia
Augusta State University's men's basketball team will take on the University of South Carolina Spartanburg team at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education/Athletic Complex.

Services mark new century

Across the area
DUI arrestsColumbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said there were five arrests on charges of driving under the influence in the county on New Year's.

Across the area: Two groups to join economic boycott
COLUMBIA -- A national group of lawmakers and the foundation sponsoring an annual conference for black men have agreed to join the NAACP in its economic boycott of South Carolina.

'Southron' man fights to protect heritage, freedom, flag
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Virgil Huston has Confederate ancestors who fought in what he cannot bring himself to call the Civil War, but he seldom looks back through that narrow window of time.

New center director to focus on key roads
Andy Crosson couldn't even get an interview the first time he applied for a job at the CSRA Regional Development Center after graduating from college six years ago. Now the 31-year-old is running the place.

Courts mostly open to public
Sunshine laws don't apply to the judicial system, the third prong of U.S. government, but the U.S. Constitution does.

Snake lover seeks to preserve indigenous reptile
MIDWAY, Ga. -- Tim Lane hopes diamondbacks will be forever in southeast Georgia.

Residents oppose phone towers
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Julie Mattox and her husband bought their home five years ago because of the picturesque land it rests on.

Activities allow children to ring in new year early
Long before the lines began to form at concession stands and well before local bands began filling Broad Street with music, a segment of Augusta's population already had begun its Y2K celebrations at the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Street Party.

Bulldogs end season with a win

Downtown activities help swing in 2000
They were rocking at the Riverfront and swinging at Sacred Heart Cultural Center on Friday, counting down the hours to a new year.

Courts mostly open to public

Crowds gather on Broad St. to ring in millenium
Augustans didn't wait until the hour was late to celebrate the new year.

'Southron' man fights to protect heritage, freedom, flag

Leaders predict growth in 2000
Community leaders in Richmond, Aiken, Columbia and Edgefield counties were asked to give their predictions for 2000. Here is what they see in Augusta's future:

Crowds gather on Broad St. to ring in millenium

Services mark new century
With less than 12 hours remaining before 2000, the Rev. Allan J. McDonald added a millennial flair to Friday's Mass at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.

Augusta's century: Race, river shaped history

Across the area: Two groups to join economic boycott

Planned track hearing noise from residents

Vet Tuggle could be playing final game for Falcons

Glenn withdraws appeal

Panthers, Ditka unsure of future

Mrs. Jewell Riner
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mrs. Jewell Kersey Riner, 85, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Macon Memorial Hospital, Macon.

Mrs. Phoebe Williams
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Phoebe Ann Goodwin Williams, 56, of U.S. Highway 1 North, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Patterson Jr.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Mr. James C. Patterson Jr., 58, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999.

Dalexia Rogers
THOMSON -- Dalexia S. Rogers, infant daughter of Stanley and Diane Rogers, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Scott Mauro
Mr. Scott Alan Mauro, 33, of Martinez, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Jack Edwards Sr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Jack Edwards Sr., 97, of Reynolds Street, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Barnwell County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Martha Bandeen
Mrs. Martha B. Bandeen, 82, of Elderberry Drive, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Martha Bandeen
Mrs. Martha B. Bandeen, 82, of Elderberry Drive, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Martha Clark
WATERLOO, S.C. -- Mrs. Martha Wardell Clark, 73, of Oakwood Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999.

Mr. Roy Black
Mr. Roy Lynwood Black, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Joseph Allen Sr.
Mr. Joseph Allen Sr., of Golden Way, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Lucia Bentley
WINDSOR -- Mrs. Lucia Olivia ``Libby'' Bentley, 65, of Cedar Road, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ruby Lloyd
Mrs. Ruby F. Lloyd, 91, of St. John Towers, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Carl Baugh
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Carl Little ``Buster'' Baugh, 93, of East Broad Street, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Miss Julia Wall
Miss Julia Margaret Wall, 96, of J. Dewey Gray Circle, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Windemere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Emma Walker
Ms. Emma S. Walker, 86, of Bitternut Street, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Bernice Stephens
Mrs. Bernice P. Stephens, 91, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Forest Lake Nursing Home.

The Rev. Cora Hughes
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Rev. Cora Lee Pittillo Hughes, 94, formerly of Ben Lippen Road, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Aston Park Health Care Center.

Mrs. Delores Gary
THOMSON -- Mrs. D. Delores Gary, 39, of Whiteoak Street, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at the residence of her mother.

Mr. William Holland
Mr. William W. ``Bill'' Holland, 74, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Logan Snipes
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Logan Blyth Snipes, infant son of Michael Shayne and Renee Badger Snipes of South Carolina Highway 300, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Rebecca Holley
AIKEN -- Mrs. Rebecca Goldfinch Holley, 78, of Horry Street Southeast, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Jordan Summers
GASTON, S.C. -- Jordan B. Davis Summers, 9, of Black Oak Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. James Walyus
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. James Adams Walyus, 62, of Lee Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital, Edgefield.

Mr. Doyle English
Mr. Doyle English, of Carpenter Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Frances Howard
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Ms. Frances Howard, 81, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999.

Mrs. Muriel Ingram
AIKEN -- Mrs. Muriel Astor Garvin Ingram, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Pepperhill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Ms. Gladys Kirby
Ms. Gladys Kirby, 80, of Martinez, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Vernon Fulmer
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Vernon ``Pete'' Mitchell Fulmer, 88, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Pepper Hill Nursing Home, Aiken.

Mrs. Mary Jernigan
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Jernigan, 73, of Goshen Road, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Fannie Thomas
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Fannie M. Thomas, of Quaker Road, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Willie Beach
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Willie Eugene Beach, 75, of Windsor Spring Road, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. W.M. Bussey Sr.
Mr. W.M. ``Bill'' Bussey Sr., 70, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Myrtis Bradley
MONTMORENCI -- Mrs. Myrtis J. Bradley, 49, of Woodward Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Queenie Baker
Mrs. Queenie Hope Baker, 87, of Ann Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Jack Edwards Sr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Jack Edwards Sr., 97, of Reynolds Street, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Barnwell County Nursing Home.

Mr. Joel Deaton
Mr. Joel Franklin Deaton, 90, of Evans, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Miss Dinah Golphin
AIKEN -- Miss Dinah Mae Golphin, 57, of Silver Bluff Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Rev. Alonzo Green
VIDETTE, Ga. -- Rev. Alonzo Green, of Georgia Highway 305, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at his residence.

Miss Mary Mitchell
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Miss Mary A. Mitchell, 95, of Warren Road, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lawrence Brinson
THOMSON -- Mr. Lawrence Cody ``L.C.'' Brinson, 44, of Old Milledgeville Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Willie Moseley
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Willie Rogers Moseley, 52, of Avenue West Apartments, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Loyd Cowart
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Loyd H. Cowart, 62, of Russell Street, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Emory Sells
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Emory Lee ``Shorty'' Sells, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Catawba Memorial Hospital, Hickory, N.C.

Miss Meredith Mobley
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Miss Meredith L. Mobley, 95, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Keysville Convalescent and Nursing Center.

Mrs. Ruby Lloyd

Mr. James Walyus

Jordan Summers

Mr. W.M. Bussey Sr.

Mrs. Martha Bandeen

Mrs. Mary Jernigan

Mrs. Queenie Baker

Mr. Loyd Cowart

Emma Walker

Mr. Doyle English

Mr. Willie Moseley

Mrs. Muriel Ingram

Mrs. Phoebe Williams

Mrs. Jewell Riner

Mr. William Holland

Mr. Lawrence Brinson

Mrs. Fannie Thomas

Mr. Joel Deaton

Mr. Scott Mauro

Dalexia Rogers

Mr. Carl Baugh

Mrs. Martha Clark

Mrs. Frances Howard

The Rev. Cora Hughes

Mr. Jack Edwards Sr.

Mrs. Martha Bandeen

Mrs. Myrtis Bradley

Mr. Roy Black

Mrs. Lucia Bentley

Ms. Gladys Kirby

Miss Mary Mitchell

Mr. Emory Sells

Miss Dinah Golphin

Logan Snipes

Mr. Willie Beach

Mrs. Rebecca Holley

Mr. Vernon Fulmer

Mrs. Bernice Stephens

Mr. James Patterson Jr.

Peter Knox
It's hard to imagine what life in Augusta would be like without Sacred Heart Cultural Center, the scene of so many weddings, concerts and social and business functions.

Erskine Caldwell
If nothing else, this author brought the nation's attention to the South -- especially to the Central Savannah River Area -- with his best known work, Tobacco Road.

W.C. Ervin
This Darlington, S.C., native came to Augusta's Paine College in 1929 as business manager.

J.B. Fuqua
Before this giant of Georgia broadcasting came along, there was no television in Augusta.

20th Century Giants
Change and growth are the words that best sum up the 20th Century in the Central Savannah River Area.

Nancy Anderson
Several people changed how we enjoy the downtown area of the Savannah River in the 20th Century.

Oliver Hardy
There are probably few people in the history of comedy who have had such worldwide influence as he and his British-born partner, Stan Laurel.

Tom Hamilton
He was born in Columbia County in 1885 and graduated from Hephzibah High School in 1902. He became a reporter for the Augusta Herald in 1906 after attending Mercer University.

James Brown
He was born in poverty and became one of the richest men in show business. His unique dance steps, first exhibited in Augusta schools and theaters and on Augusta street corners, came to be copied by Michael Jackson.

J. Hampton Manning
Travelers who fly out of Augusta's Bush Field and Daniel Field airports owe a debt of thanks to Manning who died in 1996.

20th Century Giants
Maybe it is the fertile clay and sand hills that undulate throughout the Central Savannah River Area. Maybe it is the life-giving waters of the river itself whispering its secrets in the ears of both the dreamers and the practical who live in the CSRA.

Clem Castleberry
This business entrepreneur came along at a time when the nation was just realizing it didn't have to buy just perishable food products but food could last for months using canned goods.

James Dyess
A sudden summer storm hit Sullivan's Island, S.C., in 1928 and a young Augusta man dived into violent waters to help rescue a woman caught in the surf.

Tom Watson
One of America's greatest populist leaders, and one of the South's great orators and editorialists, is a native of Thomson. This deep thinker, scholar, author and historian served in the state legislature and was later elected to the U.S. Congress.

Hervey Cleckley and Corbett Thigpen
These two Augusta psychiatrists first brought the mental disorder of multiple personalities to international public light with the publication of their best-selling book, The Three Faces of Eve.

Benjamin L. Dent and Richard A. Dent
The influence of these two brothers on city and state government is far-reaching. But, even greater, is the way they conducted themselves with dignity and intelligence through difficult times. They easily are two of the most-respected people who ever came out of Augusta's black community.

Lucius Pitts
This nationally-known educator established his reputation serving for 10 years as president of Miles College in Birmingham, Ala.

Clifford Roberts
The New York financier, along with golf legend Bobby Jones of Atlanta, put Augusta on the map in the world of golf. He and golf great Bobby Jones had a dream, and they formed a partnership with noted golf course designer Dr. Alistair Mackenzie to plan the Augusta National Golf Club and to establish the Master Golf Tournament.

Woodrow Wilson
The United States' 28th president, is considered to be the first American in the 20th century to be an international leader. Although Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Va., his formative years were spent in Augusta.

Strom Thurmond
The longest-serving member of Congress, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina on a write-in vote in 1954, is an Army veteran (17 decorations, medals and awards), former judge, ex-governor and states' rights presidential candidate (1948). The Democrat-turned Republican put his stamp on modern American politics as the architect of the ``Southern strategy.''

Charles Walker
It was in 1982 when, overcoming a rocky political start, this young man was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. But Charles Walker's political influence -- and his ability to help his community -- rose after becoming a state senator in 1990.

Solomon Blatt
`I've never betrayed their confidence and I never will.'' So said South Carolina state Rep. Solomon Blatt in 1985, at age 90, in explaining why Barnwell district voters sent the son of Russian Jewish immigrants to serve 53 years in the Palmetto State's General Assembly.

Brenda Lee
Moving to Augusta was one of the best things that happened to Brenda Mae Tarpley, who was given her show business name ``Brenda Lee'' while performing in Augusta.

Louisa Mustin
Before her death in an Augusta hospital in 1976, she was regarded as a leading developer of Augusta's arts scene. She overcame polio as a child to graduate from Columbia University and study painting in France for five years.

Archibald Butt
He died a hero when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in 1912. He was an aide to President Teddy Roosevelt and when William Howard Taft became president in 1908, Major Archibald Butt continued with Taft.

Randall Evans Jr.
When this resident of Thomson, Ga., died in 1986, he already had retired from the Georgia Court of Appeals after a distinguished career.

W.S. Morris III
In 1966, the 32-year-old son of William Morris became publisher of The Augusta Chronicle. Now the chief executive officer of Morris Communications Corp., Billy Morris took a handful of Georgia newspapers and expanded the company into a coast-to-coast operation of dailies, weeklies, community shoppers, national magazines and specialized publications.

Joseph Lamar
This young next-door Augusta neighbor of Woodrow Wilson studied law here, was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1878 and practiced law in the Garden City until 1903.

Robert Greenblatt
This noted Augusta physician was internationally-known as an authority on sex and even published a book detailing the sex lives of historical figures.

William Morris
From his boyhood days as an Augusta Herald carrier to his college years at the University of Georgia, Bill Morris had newspapering and crusading in his blood.

Kent: Praying for leaders; cutting mayor's budget
THE 20TH HAS BEEN quite a century. World War II took the United States to the pinnacle of world power. This nation became, and still is, the leader of the ``Free World.''

Lucy Craft Laney
This modest, courageous persevering lady -- who established the forerunner of what is now Augusta's Lucy Laney High School -- is only one of three Georgia black citizens honored by having their portraits hung in Georgia's Capitol building.

Ty Cobb
As a teen-ager, he came out of north Georgia to start his professional baseball career in 1904 playing for the Augusta Tourists. He soon was snapped up by the Detroit Tigers for which he played throughout his career, except for his last two seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics.

Owen Cheatham
In the 1960s it was still possible to count on the fingers of one hand the real Cinderella corporations of America whose sage management and economic growth brought stockholders financial returns exceeding their wildest dreams.

Roy V. Harris
The wily Augusta lawyer never became governor, but was a Georgia ``kingmaker'' for decades until his death in 1985. Harris' state base of power was as speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives -- until 1946 when he was defeated by Chronicle owner William Morris.

Carl Sanders
He was the only Augustan in the 20th Century to be elected governor of Georgia.

C.T. Walker
He became one of the most famous orators of his day, black or white, and was called ``The Black Spurgeon'' because of his oratory skills. American giants such as industrialist John D. Rockefeller and U.S. President Howard Taft went to hear him preach.

Pleasant Stovall
his Augustan became associate editor of The Augusta Chronicle before moving to Savannah in 1891 and establishing the Savannah Evening Press.

Sherman Drawdy
One of Augusta's most prominent bankers of the 20th Century began his financial career as a bank clerk in Groveland, Fla., at the age of 17. He came to Augusta in 1936 as vice president and comptroller of Georgia Railroad Bank & Trust Co., then the oldest financial institution south of the nation's capital.

Brenda Lee
Moving to Augusta was one of the best things that happened to Brenda Mae Tarpley, who was given her show business name ``Brenda Lee'' while performing in Augusta.

Owen Cheatham
In the 1960s it was still possible to count on the fingers of one hand the real Cinderella corporations of America whose sage management and economic growth brought stockholders financial returns exceeding their wildest dreams.

Wants tough speed limit enforcement
I would like to support Robert H. Graves (letter, Dec. 25). The solution is simple: Enforce the present speed limits. Bill Getha, Evans

Says Dorsey needs "Logic 101"
Rick Dorsey, a fledgling sports columnist, has found a political football to kick around. Faber Hance, North Augusta

William Morris
From his boyhood days as an Augusta Herald carrier to his college years at the University of Georgia, Bill Morris had newspapering and crusading in his blood.

Rip Braves' Rocker for comments
While I agree in principle that Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker has the right to say whatever he wants, and while I agree that he has the right to earn a living, I also have the right not to support his way of living. If he cannot respect those who make his millionaire salary possible, why should I patronize his team?Luis R. Scott, Grovetown

Doug Barnard Jr.
In 1976 the Augusta banker was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He soon was at odds with his Democratic Party leadership, and later co-founded a conservative ``Boll Weevil'' caucus that voted for President Reagan's tax cuts and defense buildup.

Defends Animal Control chief
Recent comments by Mary Kathleen Blanchard and other letter writers to your publication are wrong about Jim Larmer.Dale Brown, Hephzibah

Makes his peace with the math of the millennium
Until recently, I was of the school of thought that believed the new millennium started with the year 2001; not this year. The gentleman who wrote the letter a couple of weeks ago illustrating his logic with the counting of peaches made good sense to me. Bob Cox, McCormick

Hits decommissioning Lock and Dam
Now that we have a date that the so-called ``test'' will be run to decide if the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam should be decommissioned, as citizens we should get together to stop this tragedy. Jim Drew, Augusta

Strom Thurmond
The longest-serving member of Congress, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina on a write-in vote in 1954, is an Army veteran (17 decorations, medals and awards), former judge, ex-governor and states' rights presidential candidate (1948). The Democrat-turned Republican put his stamp on modern American politics as the architect of the ``Southern strategy.''

Bashes stand on homosexual rights
In response to the statement in the Dec. 21 editorial: ``If homosexuals are put on an `equal' level with heterosexuals, the former will naturally ask for the same benefits as the latter,'' I am shocked and outraged. Homosexuals are equal to heterosexuals and should be treated as such.Louis S. Schwartz, Augusta

James F. Byrnes
He started his political career in Aiken as the court stenographer for South Carolina's 2nd Judicial Circuit. He studied law at night, passed the bar exam in 1903 and began practicing in Aiken.

1999's worst quotes
Each year we publish the worst, most biased quotes of the past year, as determined by 44 judges recruited by the press watchdog organization, Media Research Center, headed by L. Brent Bozell.

Erskine Caldwell
If nothing else, this author brought the nation's attention to the South -- especially to the Central Savannah River Area -- with his best known work, Tobacco Road.

20th Century Giants
Change and growth are the words that best sum up the 20th Century in the Central Savannah River Area.

Charles Walker
It was in 1982 when, overcoming a rocky political start, this young man was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. But Charles Walker's political influence -- and his ability to help his community -- rose after becoming a state senator in 1990.

Peter Knox
It's hard to imagine what life in Augusta would be like without Sacred Heart Cultural Center, the scene of so many weddings, concerts and social and business functions.

Hits publication of D.U.I. offenders
Every time The Chronicle publishes the photos of convicted D.U.I. offenders I get angry. I can't understand their motivation or reasoning. I know D.U.I. is a crime and I don't condone or support this type of behavior; however, I find it very interesting as to whose photos are published. Why is it I never see the photo of a professional (i.e., the doctor, lawyer or, heaven forbid, the politician). All that are ever published are photos of the poor or middle class. Makes a man wonder why. George Greeley, Augusta

Robert Greenblatt
This noted Augusta physician was internationally-known as an authority on sex and even published a book detailing the sex lives of historical figures.

Happy last millennium year
Calendar purists will point out, correctly, that we won't be ringing in a new millennium, or even a new century, until next year. But there's no doubt that we are ringing in a new year, and for that, here's what would make a great final year of the current millennium:

James Dyess
A sudden summer storm hit Sullivan's Island, S.C., in 1928 and a young Augusta man dived into violent waters to help rescue a woman caught in the surf.

Disagrees with sports columnist
According to sports columnist Rick Dorsey, John Rocker ``deserves harsh punishment.'' He is the poster child for how venemous the ``politically correct'' police can be when offended. Everett Schultz, Jr., Augusta

20th Century Giants
Maybe it is the fertile clay and sand hills that undulate throughout the Central Savannah River Area. Maybe it is the life-giving waters of the river itself whispering its secrets in the ears of both the dreamers and the practical who live in the CSRA.

Clifford Roberts
The New York financier, along with golf legend Bobby Jones of Atlanta, put Augusta on the map in the world of golf. He and golf great Bobby Jones had a dream, and they formed a partnership with noted golf course designer Dr. Alistair Mackenzie to plan the Augusta National Golf Club and to establish the Master Golf Tournament.

Lucius Pitts
This nationally-known educator established his reputation serving for 10 years as president of Miles College in Birmingham, Ala.

Lucy Craft Laney
This modest, courageous persevering lady -- who established the forerunner of what is now Augusta's Lucy Laney High School -- is only one of three Georgia black citizens honored by having their portraits hung in Georgia's Capitol building.

Carl Sanders
He was the only Augustan in the 20th Century to be elected governor of Georgia.

Archibald Butt
He died a hero when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in 1912. He was an aide to President Teddy Roosevelt and when William Howard Taft became president in 1908, Major Archibald Butt continued with Taft.

W.C. Ervin
This Darlington, S.C., native came to Augusta's Paine College in 1929 as business manager.

Tom Watson
One of America's greatest populist leaders, and one of the South's great orators and editorialists, is a native of Thomson. This deep thinker, scholar, author and historian served in the state legislature and was later elected to the U.S. Congress.

Randall Evans Jr.
When this resident of Thomson, Ga., died in 1986, he already had retired from the Georgia Court of Appeals after a distinguished career.

James Brown
He was born in poverty and became one of the richest men in show business. His unique dance steps, first exhibited in Augusta schools and theaters and on Augusta street corners, came to be copied by Michael Jackson.

Louisa Mustin
Before her death in an Augusta hospital in 1976, she was regarded as a leading developer of Augusta's arts scene. She overcame polio as a child to graduate from Columbia University and study painting in France for five years.

Woodrow Wilson
The United States' 28th president, is considered to be the first American in the 20th century to be an international leader. Although Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Va., his formative years were spent in Augusta.

Benjamin L. Dent and Richard A. Dent
The influence of these two brothers on city and state government is far-reaching. But, even greater, is the way they conducted themselves with dignity and intelligence through difficult times. They easily are two of the most-respected people who ever came out of Augusta's black community.

Responds to stories on price-gouging
Shame on Frank Witsil! He should be pulled from future Hurricane Floyd, follow-up gouging stories, because he has a bias against me. As a staff writer with the award-winning Chronicle he should know better. Neil Gordon, Augusta

Sherman Drawdy
One of Augusta's most prominent bankers of the 20th Century began his financial career as a bank clerk in Groveland, Fla., at the age of 17. He came to Augusta in 1936 as vice president and comptroller of Georgia Railroad Bank & Trust Co., then the oldest financial institution south of the nation's capital.

Offers lesson in local geography
I read the Dec. 20 guest column ``Memo to University Hospital,'' by Dr. Mary O'Quinn. Sara Taylor, Martinez

J. Hampton Manning
Travelers who fly out of Augusta's Bush Field and Daniel Field airports owe a debt of thanks to Manning who died in 1996.

Support remarks of Braves' Rocker
Why are all the commentators, pundits and writers of letters to the editor so eager to denounce John Rocker for speaking his mind? Why does expressing his opinion bother you more than the behavior he describes? Dale W.Hemman, Evans

Tom Hamilton
He was born in Columbia County in 1885 and graduated from Hephzibah High School in 1902. He became a reporter for the Augusta Herald in 1906 after attending Mercer University.

Kent: Praying for leaders; cutting mayor's budget
THE 20TH HAS BEEN quite a century. World War II took the United States to the pinnacle of world power. This nation became, and still is, the leader of the ``Free World.''

J.B. Fuqua
Before this giant of Georgia broadcasting came along, there was no television in Augusta.

Says Rocker speaks the truth
Maybe John Rocker's comments feelings aren't shared by all of us, but then none of us were subjected to the rude, cruel, down-right uncivilized treatment he received during his visit to the ``Big Apple.'' Then again, could it be that there really are those of us who ... find it somewhat odd to see someone with green hair ... are saddened to see a 20-year-old mother with four children ranging from the ages of 8 years to newborn ... still feel that homosexuality is not ``the norm'' ... do fear AIDs ... and from time to time feel like a ``foreigner'' in our own homeland because we can't understand the language being spoken around us? Keith Kimberly, Augusta

Nancy Anderson
Several people changed how we enjoy the downtown area of the Savannah River in the 20th Century.

Wants Rocker to keep his job
John Rocker's views expressed in the recent issue of Sports Illustrated have yielded harsh criticism with a witch-hunt type mentality. While he is obviously ignorant and has no sense of good judgment, I don't think he deserves to have his career ruined. Did he murder his wife and her lover? Did he choke his coach and threaten to sue if he wasn't allowed back on the court? Did he bite off an opponent's ear? Did he spit on a referee? Did he use racial slurs? Was he speaking for the Atlanta Braves organization? The answer to all of these questions is no. Holli Bradberry, Augusta

Pleasant Stovall
his Augustan became associate editor of The Augusta Chronicle before moving to Savannah in 1891 and establishing the Savannah Evening Press.

W.S. Morris III
In 1966, the 32-year-old son of William Morris became publisher of The Augusta Chronicle. Now the chief executive officer of Morris Communications Corp., Billy Morris took a handful of Georgia newspapers and expanded the company into a coast-to-coast operation of dailies, weeklies, community shoppers, national magazines and specialized publications.

C.T. Walker
He became one of the most famous orators of his day, black or white, and was called ``The Black Spurgeon'' because of his oratory skills. American giants such as industrialist John D. Rockefeller and U.S. President Howard Taft went to hear him preach.

Roy V. Harris
The wily Augusta lawyer never became governor, but was a Georgia ``kingmaker'' for decades until his death in 1985. Harris' state base of power was as speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives -- until 1946 when he was defeated by Chronicle owner William Morris.

Oliver Hardy
There are probably few people in the history of comedy who have had such worldwide influence as he and his British-born partner, Stan Laurel.

Joseph Lamar
This young next-door Augusta neighbor of Woodrow Wilson studied law here, was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1878 and practiced law in the Garden City until 1903.

Ty Cobb
As a teen-ager, he came out of north Georgia to start his professional baseball career in 1904 playing for the Augusta Tourists. He soon was snapped up by the Detroit Tigers for which he played throughout his career, except for his last two seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics.

Solomon Blatt
`I've never betrayed their confidence and I never will.'' So said South Carolina state Rep. Solomon Blatt in 1985, at age 90, in explaining why Barnwell district voters sent the son of Russian Jewish immigrants to serve 53 years in the Palmetto State's General Assembly.

Hervey Cleckley and Corbett Thigpen
These two Augusta psychiatrists first brought the mental disorder of multiple personalities to international public light with the publication of their best-selling book, The Three Faces of Eve.

Clem Castleberry
This business entrepreneur came along at a time when the nation was just realizing it didn't have to buy just perishable food products but food could last for months using canned goods.

Believes Rocker expresses freedom of speech
Who: O.J. Simpson accused of murder and gets off. R. Quattlebaum, Aiken

Overtime: Penn State loses star to NFL draft

Security tight wherever world's best golfer plays

Thailand gets final spot in Hopman Cup

Overtime: Moraetes gets honored by TV network

Make Y2K network a permanent thing, U.S. Y2K chief says
The nations that established a World Bank-backed network to prepare for Y2K computer problems are considering ways to extend their cooperation, the U.S. government's top Year 2000 expert said Saturday.

Snags unrelated to Y2K bug illustrate dependency on imperfect technologies
Call them non-Y2K bugs. Most of the technology snags reported by governments and businesses in the millennium's dawn -- from failed cash machines in Italy to nuclear plant shutdowns in the United States -- had nothing to do with the feared computer glitch.

Y2K bug may bite on another day
NEW YORK -- After the 21st century dawned without a crippling Y2K catastrophe, some people branded the millennium bug an exaggerated threat, a huge angst-washed waste of money that got mounds more attention than it deserved.

Dallas man plans to live year exclusively online
DALLAS -- In an effort to prove how wired the world has become, a 26-year-old former computer systems manager walked into an empty Dallas house on Saturday with a laptop computer and said he doesn't plan to leave until 2001.

Automakers, Internet companies announce partnerships
DETROIT -- The world's two largest automakers announced new alliances with Internet companies Sunday, the latest in a string of deals between the online world and major corporations.

Microsoft, Barnes & Noble to provide e-books
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. and Barnes & Noble Inc. plan to develop and market electronic books using Microsoft's new ``ClearType'' technology.

Internet-shy Japan finds route to Web
through cell phones Online revolution could put Japan on fore of cyberspace, opening important technical front

Ultra-Orthodox rabbis ban Internet use
JERUSALEM -- Leading ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis have banned their followers from using the Internet out of concern that Web links may lead them into the profane.

Y2K bugs may linger after Jan. 1 passes
NEW YORK -- Y2K computer worries won't go away this weekend, even if nothing goes wrong. Glitches are likely weeks, even months, into the new year. And a few may linger until 2001 and beyond.

Banks sail into new century without problems
WASHINGTON -- America's banks and savings and loans reported no problems as the calendar flipped to a new century. But they had an army of computer experts working at facilities around the country Saturday to make sure that all the sophisticated financial accounting equipment kept working.

Trains, elevators to halt as millennium arrives
As fireworks explode, revelers exult and the crystal ball descends in Times Square, the Boston mass transit system will mark the arrival of the new millennium by ... grinding to a halt.

No major problems with U.S. nuclear power systems in new year
WASHINGTON -- The nation's nuclear power plants hummed into the new millennium Saturday without interruption of electricity or safety compromises, but some nagging glitches, though not safety-related, caught public attention.

Banks sail into new century without problems

Snags unrelated to Y2K bug illustrate dependency on imperfect technologies

Y2K bug may bite on another day

No major problems with U.S. nuclear power systems in new year

Dallas man plans to live year exclusively online

Microsoft, Barnes & Noble to provide e-books

Y2K bugs may linger after Jan. 1 passes

Trains, elevators to halt as millennium arrives