Briefcase
Americans are optimistic about life in 2010. According to three surveys by the Yankelovich Partners , a consumer research firm. Sixty-three percent of Americans say they will be ``as happy or happier'' in the 21st century, and 36 percent believe they'll have more free time.

Affiliate marketing can be effective
Marketing a business on the World Wide Web presents executives with a new and often complicated path toward promoting themselves.

Family takes company's growth slow
Joan Clark knew she would have no problem selling her family's tangy barbecue sauce once she got it in the grocery stores.

Augustan engineered success
It's common for a son to work for his father's company. But Rick Toole wouldn't know anything about that. His father went to work for him.

Brannen: Tight times call for tricky tactics
Recruiting employees is difficult in the current tight labor market because the demand for labor at all levels is up and the supply is not expanding as it once was.

Small business cashes in on Internet
You know that confused and helpless feeling you get when you take your car to the repair shop?

E-mail privacy questions blur lines
Employees who assume that your e-mail is private, take note. Old rules about written correspondence still apply: If you don't want everyone to read it, don't write it down, managers say.

E-commerce start requires savvy
The Internet is a global super-mall expected to generate $95 billion in revenue by the end of 1999, but local businesses say establishing a presence in cyberspace requires the same business savvy as opening shop on Main Street.

Building's form interferes with chamber's function
When he realized that he could make two offices out of one at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, President Jim West hired a contractor to build a door frame.

Exec stresses being prepared
Staff Writer Damon Cline sat down with Rick Toole, president of W.R. Toole Engineers, to talk about his involvement in various industrial development organizations and his vision of Augusta's economic future.

Delicious book tells the story of two candy men
Consider for a moment the Tootsie Roll. Sweet and innocent, it's a symbol of childhood and Halloween dreams.

Old world custom still in use today
Andrea Conrad has a vision of one day designing beautiful stained glass windows, the kind that softly light chapels and bring warmth and character to area homes. It's a skill she can't learn at any school. It's a craft that can only be learned working as an apprentice by the side of a master.

Brauer: Education industry needs to change
For the past several years, my annual forecast for the U.S. economy has become boring, if upbeat: the longest U.S. economic expansion ever has brought us more good times, more economic growth, more income, and a higher standard of living.

Hokrein: To strike balance, just say no
Balance. The older we get, it seems, the more we need equalization in diverse areas of our collective life.

Getaways help workers bond, generate ideas
Last year, local human resource company MAU took its officers and top managers to Beaver Creek, Colo., to go skiing. They stayed in a hotel together, ate meals together and learned to ski together.

Cover story: At home at work
When 28-year-old media specialist Carla Boyd married a Ford Motor Co. executive who worked in Detroit, she had to make a choice: live with her husband in Michigan or stay and work in Memphis, Tenn.

City sails smoothly into Y2K

Building's form interferes with chamber's function

Delicious book tells the story of two candy men

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
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.

Brauer: Education industry needs to change

Small business cashes in on Internet

Pioneer re-enters impotency fray

Getaways help workers bond, generate ideas

E-commerce start requires savvy

E-mail privacy questions blur lines

Hokrein: To strike balance, just say no

Brannen: Tight times call for tricky tactics

Affiliate marketing can be effective

Family takes company's growth slow

Pocket change

Augustan engineered success

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.

Exec stresses being prepared

Cover story: At home at work

Old world custom still in use today

Briefcase

Hamilton stymied in his final game

'Dogs make resolutions for new year

Nebraska tops Tennessee

Wisconsin tops Stanford in Rose Bowl

Sugar Bowl will be youth vs. experience

Georgia rallies for Outback Bowl win

Colorado, Boston College look for positive results from blowout

Broyles has scare during Cotton Bowl

Arkansas players celebrate Cotton victory

Fiesta Bowl boasts intriguing matchup

Georgia gets a 'great win'

Bearcats too strong UNLV

Hofstra downs BC Eagles

Lady Dogs upset by Illinois

Jackets inconsistent in win

Augusta State in action today

Turnovers lift Virginia over Dartmouth

Francis Marion sweeps USC Aiken

Believes Rocker expresses freedom of speech

Hits publication of D.U.I. offenders

Rips Braves' Rocker for comments

Wants tough speed limit enforcement

Disagrees with sports columnist

Wants Rocker to keep his job

1999's worst quotes

Makes his peace with the math of the millennium

Offers lesson in local geography

Says Rocker speaks the truth

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Flyers snap Long Island losing streak

Capitals tie Blues

Lambert, Buzak still waiting for their big breaks

U.S. women win Christmas Tournament

Hurricanes top Thrashers

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.

Arts notebook: Local artist awarded national honors

Florida's historical treasures

Mother's touch turnshouse into cozy home

Tardiness is never acceptable

Theory points to intelligence of early man

In the know

Project almost finished
Two new rest areas west of the Appling-Harlem exit along Interstate 20 in Columbia County are just weeks away from being completed, officials said.

This week in South Carolina

Project almost finished

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

This week in Georgia

Bulldogs end season with a win

Across the area: Family identifies fourth fire victim
MORROW -- Family members identified the fourth victim of a fire that destroyed a house in Atlanta's southern suburbs as David Bradshaw, WSB-TV reported Sunday.

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

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.

Realistic goals key to losing weight

City agencies converge for quick cleanup

Lawmakers consider changing tax structure

State Capitol renovations enter second phase of work
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers will have access to 21st century technology when the General Assembly convenes for the 2000 session at the Capitol next week.

Rivals change sides in debate

Braves' loss hindered career
AIKEN -- He has moved from a three-bedroom trailer on Redd Street to a partially bricked home on Alan Avenue.

Residents oppose phone towers

Braves' loss hindered career

Across the area

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:

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.

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.

Program celebrates emancipation

County to move pupils

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

Courts mostly open to public

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.

Lawmakers consider changing tax structure
ATLANTA -- The way the state of Georgia gets its money has changed in the past five years, reflecting a shift in the economy toward greater reliance on the service sector.

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.

Volunteer makes 'VOICE' her priority
AIKEN -- On most week days, Geneva Riley Greene can be found in the activity room of the new Valley Outreach Interfaith Center, or VOICE, as the service is known throughout Horse Creek Valley.

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

Courthouse declared oldest in Georgia
It was probably the most historic case Columbia County Probate Judge Pat Hardaway had ever seen.

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.

Educators praise program
Teaching a child to read is no easy task. But this year Georgia educators have the chance to better prepare themselves to teach reading. And local teachers said the opportunity has been well worth it.

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.

State Capitol renovations enter second phase of work

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.

Across the area: Family identifies fourth fire victim

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.

Baby born just after midnight

'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.

'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.

Heat rallies to overcome Orlando

Vet Tuggle could be playing final game for Falcons

Falcons' Christian leads by example

Seahawks make playoffs; loses to Jets

Panthers, Ditka unsure of future

Panthers miss playoffs despite win

Mrs. Gladys Atkinson
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Gladys Proctor Atkinson, 92, of Clifton Road North East, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Wesley Wood Hospital.

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

Mr. Charles Ackerman
AIKEN -- Mr. Charles Henry Ackerman, 77, of Wrights Mill Road, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at his residence.

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

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.

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.

Mr. Sammie McClain
LANGLEY -- Mr. Sammie Gary McClain, 87, of Dunbar Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Margie Danforth
Mrs. Margie Thomas Danforth, Old McDuffie Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mrs. Jeanette Dicks
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Jeanette H. Dicks, 68, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at her residence.

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

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

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

Mr. Doyle English
Mr. Doyle English, of Carpenter Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 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.

Mr. Johnnie Coleman
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Johnnie Coleman, 75, of Washington Road, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.

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

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. Madge Abernathy
CENTRAL, S.C. -- Mrs. Madge Mitchem Abernathy, of Vickery Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Anderson Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Alice Campbell
WINDSOR, S.C. -- Mrs. Alice K. Campbell, 64, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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.

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

Mrs. Beatrice Lewis
Mrs. Beatrice Lewis, of Broad Street, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Charlotte Dent
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Mrs. Charlotte Beaufort Dent, 82, of Stanley Avenue, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Wilbur Toole Sr.
LANGLEY -- Mr. Wilbur A. Toole Sr., 83, of Augusta Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Ralph Dixon
AIKEN -- Mr Ralph Oliver Dixon, 79, of Horry Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Roberta Cribb
Mrs. Roberta Royall Cribb, 80, of Deans Bridge Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Bernice Gladin
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Bernice McAfee Gladin, 86, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Westbury Medical Care Home, Jackson.

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

Mrs. Mary Harmon
ALEXANDER, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary C. Hadden Harmon, 56, of Church Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Pauline Harris
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Pauline Graham Harris, 99, of Kinney Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

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

Mr. Henry Hightower
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mr. Henry Reed Hightower, 46, of Third Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mr. Coley Jennings
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Coley Jennings, 74, of Marion Avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. William Lindley
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. William Franklin Lindley, 66, of Tracey Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Effie McKay
AIKEN -- Mrs. Effie Lou McKay, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Carriage Hills Plantation.

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.

Mrs. Marion Miller
Mrs. Marion L. Miller, 75, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Rabun County Memorial Hospital, Clayton.

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. E. Clyde Murphy
AIKEN -- Mr. E. Clyde Murphy, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, 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. Lucious Pope
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Lucious Pope, 92, of Peter Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999.

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.

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

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

Mr. Richard Regan Jr.
BUFORD, Ga. -- Mr. Richard ``Rich'' D. Regan Jr., 29, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Joan Glancey Memorial Hospital, Duluth.

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

Mrs. Earnestine Wilson
Mrs. Earnestine M. Wilson, 77, of Tobacco Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Ester Powell
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mrs. Ester Lee Powell, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Treutlen County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Shirley Powers
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Shirley Dicks Powers, 66, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Columbia.

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

Miss Dinah Golphin

Mrs. Shirley Powers

Mrs. Alice Campbell

Mrs. Rebecca Holley

Mrs. Martha Bandeen

Mr. W.M. Bussey Sr.

Mr. Willie Beach

The Rev. Cora Hughes

Mrs. Jeanette Dicks

Mrs. Martha Bandeen

Mr. James Walyus

Mr. Roy Black

Mrs. Lucia Bentley

Ms. Gladys Kirby

Mr. Vernon Fulmer

Mr. Doyle English

Mr. Ralph Dixon

Mrs. Mary Jernigan

Mrs. Gladys Atkinson

Mr. Scott Mauro

Mrs. Madge Abernathy

Mr. Emory Sells

Mrs. Charlotte Dent

Emma Walker

Mr. Jack Edwards Sr.

Mr. Carl Baugh

Mrs. Phoebe Williams

Logan Snipes

Mrs. Ruby Lloyd

Mrs. Beatrice Lewis

Jordan Summers

Miss Mary Mitchell

Mrs. Queenie Baker

Mr. William Holland

Mrs. Pauline Harris

Mr. Charles Ackerman

Mr. Henry Hightower

Mrs. Effie McKay

Mrs. Marion Miller

Mr. Johnnie Coleman

Mrs. Earnestine Wilson

Mr. William Lindley

Mrs. Ester Powell

Mrs. Mary Harmon

Mr. Coley Jennings

Mr. Sammie McClain

Mr. Lucious Pope

Mrs. Frances Howard

Mrs. Muriel Ingram

Mr. Willie Moseley

Mrs. Bernice Stephens

Mrs. Myrtis Bradley

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.

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.''

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

Says Dorsey needs to mature
Rick Dorsey, a fledgling sports columnist, has found a political football to kick around. He should read Cal Thomas's Dec. 28 column and learn how a mature person handles a little verbal flap. The way Mr. Dorsey rushes to the minority side, he is saying they are inferior and they need my help. A good course in ``Logic 101'' would help him. Faber Hance, North Augusta

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

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.''

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

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.

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

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:

Rips 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Thailand gets final spot in Hopman Cup

Overtime: Moraetes gets honored by TV network

Overtime: Field trials draw 121 dogs to Waynesboro

Lehman breaks victory ice, beats Duvall by three shots

Woods throws snowballs in light moment

Wal-Mart expands Web site
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's biggest retailer, relaunched its Web site on New Year's Day with an expanded selection of clothes, books and appliances, along with such new features as e-mail reminders about anniversaries and birthdays.

Most New Year's glitches not Y2K
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.

Monday could reveal Y2K glitches
Americans looked overseas Sunday for hints of Y2K trouble in the world's earliest time zones, where employees already began returning to offices for the workweek and turning on computers and other systems for the first time in 2000.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Y2K glitch reported at nuclear weapons plant
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- The Y2K bug infested a computer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Y-12 nuclear weapons plant but it did not affect operations or workers, Energy Department officials said Sunday.

Y2K glitch reported at nuclear weapons plant

Most New Year's glitches not Y2K

Dallas man plans to live year exclusively online

Banks sail into new century without problems

Wal-Mart expands Web site

Y2K bug may bite on another day

Monday could reveal Y2K glitches

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

Snags unrelated to Y2K bug illustrate dependency on imperfect technologies