Job offers relief from holidays

Career marked by success
Tim Maund, longtime executive director of the CSRA Regional Development Center, cleaned out his office a couple of weeks ago.

Marina bought by investors
Savannah Lakes Village lodge, restaurant, visitors center and marina has been purchased by four local businessmen who will operate the facility under the new name Savannah Lakes Resort and Marina.

Partners plan new venture
Partners who turned a ``crazy'' idea into a profitable enterprise plan to take some of their zany ideas down the block from their 4-year-old burrito eatery, Nacho Mama's, to start a new restaurant concept, Blue Sky Kitchen.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending rose 2.6 percent in November, the biggest increase in 17 months, led by much higher government spending on highways and schools.

Marina bought by investors

Career marked by success

Partners plan new venture

Business briefs: Nasdaq loses Qwest stock to Big Board

Business briefs: Nasdaq loses Qwest stock to Big Board
DENVER -- Qwest Communications International Inc. jumped from the Nasdaq stock market to the New York Stock Exchange on Monday in a move aimed at attracting global investors and lowering the volatility of the company's stock price.

Nebraska looking good for next year

Warrick's performance highlights game

Seminoles return most of its defense

Rose Bowl highest-rated game

Sugar Bowl notebook: Hokie moms get to see game after all

Sugar Bowl notebook: Theismann, retiree set for money throw

Beamer experiences media onslaught

FSU's Coles can only watch now

Return to top unlikely for Hokies

Michigan State player and brother bond out of jail

Former Tech assistant moves to Georgia

Seminoles claim title

Who are the Hokies, and where are they from?

A title, and more gray hair

Tuesday morning quarterback

Champion will be crowned tonight

Florida man wins $500,000 at Sugar Bowl

Georgia State falls to Campbell

Rebels begin at Arkansas

Georgia hits road for SEC opener

Mississippi State opens SEC play against Georgia

Kentucky prepares for Tech's big men

St. John's tops Pitt

ACC notebook: Tigers open against Tar Heels

UConn coach leaves game because of stomach ailment

Jackets ready for true test

Seminoles edge past Deacons

Conference games begin Wednesday

Gamecocks looking to keep momentum

Charleston routs East Tennessee

Lauds soul singer

Petty

Slams candidacy of George W. Bush

Yeltsin's shocker

Defends remarks by Braves' pitcher

Fears Russia will ignite World War III

Hits NAACP's part in 'race war'

Wants tough laws

Cites road improvements in area

Blasts critic of fire department

Suggests fire department upgrade

A 2000 tribute!

Hits Corps over oil at Russell Dam

Ruminates over various topics

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.

In the know
Zoom, the interactive weekday show starts its second season on PBS with a cast of seven kids solving brain teasers, playing games, trying science experiments and generally having fun. It airs at 3 p.m. on WCES-TV (Channel 20) and at 5 p.m. on WEBA-TV (Channel 14).

Cool-weather warmer
If paying the holiday bills has you contemplating bean cuisine for the rest of the month, look no further than today's easy recipe for crockpot bean soup.

In a supporting role
Jodie Foster reveals in the January issue of Ladies' Home Journal how motherhood has changed her life and her career.

All Things Considered' sound bites will star on Internet
It's 3:40 on a Thursday afternoon, and Bob Boilen is wheeling his chair like a bumper car around his office at National Public Radio.

Panthers roll past Lincoln

Cross Creek girls win, boys lose

Quinn, Bowman to coach NHL All-Star teams

Prospal called Montreal player a 'frog'

Thrashers win with late goal

Senators edge Hurricanes

Predators one of NHL's hottest teams

Job offers relief from holidays
Finally, the holiday season is over! Is it just me, or did this Christmas/New Year seem to go on forever?

In a supporting role

In the know

All Things Considered' sound bites will star on Internet

Cool-weather warmer

In the know

Fire chars open acreage

Legislator stumps for candidate

Many agencies report no Y2K problems

Still waters
U.S. Rowing Team member Elizabeth Smith of Augusta trains on the Savannah River during Tuesday's lower temperatures. Today's forecast calls for sunny skies and highs in the 50s.

Documents define 'relative' differently

New plants approved for SRS
Bill Richardson put his pen to a promise he made to Savannah River Site a year ago.

Across the area: Sheriff's deputies net 30 holiday DUI arrests
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested at least 30 people for driving under the influence of alcohol on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, including one driver who also was charged with child endangerment.

Ready for school
Daniel Moretz placed his hand over his heart Tuesday and for the first time in months recited the Pledge of Allegiance with his third-grade classmates at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School.

Ready for school

Highway accident
Debbie Turner and a friend hold umbrellas to keep rain off an injured driver and passenger Tuesday as Aiken County emergency workers and Montmorenci firefighters treat the injured. A car was traveling on U.S. Highway 78 when it hit standing water and the driver lost control. The injured were taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers for treatment.

City's water among best in America
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Greenville's water supply is so well protected and well managed that it is among the best in the nation, water quality experts and environmentalists say.

Barnes withholds bill's details
ATLANTA -- Next week's presentation of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' sweeping education-reform legislation could catch parents and teachers off guard, even after he has led hours of public meetings on the topic.

Parents view school attendance options
As Barbara Ashley looked over a wall map, she was relieved to find that her child will remain at Riverside Middle School next year instead of moving to Columbia County's newest middle school.

County's highway deaths decline
Despite a pileup of tractor-trailer collisions, alcohol-related crashes and numerous deaths along a stretch of Interstate 20, Aiken County reduced its traffic fatality count by five last year, Coroner Sue Townsend said Tuesday.

Highway exit numbers change
Interstate 20 exits across metro Augusta will be renumbered next week as part of a statewide plan to put Georgia's freeway system in line with the rest of the nation.

Pledging to serve
Five Augusta commissioners-elect took the oath of office Tuesday, then helped elect Commissioner Willie Mays as mayor pro tem and delay rehiring City Attorney Jim Wall.

Board will elect new mayor pro tem
Five Augusta commissioners will be sworn in today, and a new mayor pro tem will be selected.

Vote on ethics ordinance delayed
Augusta commissioners delayed a final vote on an ethics ordinance Tuesday until they can see Mayor Bob Young's proposed changes in writing -- along with the version they approved two weeks ago.

Still waters

Planned Savannah River drawdown criticized
Augusta's legislative delegation wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cancel its plan to lower the Savannah River to demonstrate the impact of decommissioning the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Report: Violations aided fire

Report: Violations aided fire
Several code violations at River Creek apartment complex helped fuel a December fire that destroyed Building 10, according to a fire investigation report released Tuesday.

Across the area: Christmas tree recycling offered

Many agencies report no Y2K problems
ATHENS, Ga. - Lamar Houston said he was happy Monday that University of Georgia spent $2,800 on 5 tons of dry ice in case New Year's power outages put research freezers on the fritz, even though 300 pounds of the stuff is evaporating in the warehouse he oversees on campus.

Lawyer hired to clarify zones

Museum slated for state fort
SAVANNAH -- Fort McAllister is guaranteed $300,000 to begin construction on a museum in June, but park Manager Danny Brown says he hopes the state will provide even more.

Legislator stumps for candidate
AIKEN -- Campaign finance reform is unlikely during the next session of Congress, U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said during a short news conference Tuesday.

Budget includes options
ATLANTA -- Georgia's top jailer Tuesday defended his plan to put greater emphasis on less-costly alternatives to state prison cells for nonviolent offenders.

Blue Angels show set for April

Victim burned alive in car
Lori Hastings was burned alive -- doused with gasoline and set afire, according to testimony given Tuesday in the murder trial of an ex-boyfriend.

Soldiers to assist Venezuelan relief

Planned Savannah River drawdown criticized

Fire chars open acreage
Acres of golden sagebrush quickly turned to charred soot Monday as firefighters from nine departments fought to contain a raging fire that destroyed more than 50 acres at Beech Island.

Budget includes options

Response saved life of sailor
Riccardo Fino felt ``someone was working for me'' when he was sprayed with a caustic chemical while unloading cargo in Savannah. Burn surgeon Joseph Still at Doctors Hospital said it was a quick response that probably saved the Italian sailor's life.

County's highway deaths decline

Highway accident

Happy puppy

New plants approved for SRS

Alibi put man on list of suspects

Vote on ethics ordinance delayed

Graham bolsters MOX plan
AIKEN -- A local congressman said Tuesday that the Energy Department's decision to locate a mixed-oxide fuel plant at Savannah River Site is the one mission that can keep SRS running for several decades.

Museum slated for state fort

Happy puppy
Augusta State University student Bethany Seepe, 19, sits by Augusta Canal at Savannah Rapids Pavilion with Tucker, her 4-month-old yellow Labrador. Monday was Tucker's first visit to the canal. Rain and lower temperatures are forecast for today.

Graham bolsters MOX plan

Mid-year budget plan cuts taxes

Victim burned alive in car

Woman to stay in state custody

Blue Angels show set for April
The Navy's Blue Angels air-show squadron will perform April 1-2 at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Mid-year budget plan cuts taxes
ATLANTA -- A tax cut, a partial bailout of the health plan covering state employees and some new education initiatives highlight a mid-year budget plan unveiled Monday by Gov. Roy Barnes.

Lawyer hired to clarify zones
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Edgefield County Council has hired an attorney to help decipher its proposed zoning ordinance, but he's not the expert some residents had hoped for.

Woman to stay in state custody
A Grovetown woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of her neighbor will remain at Georgia Regional Hospital, a judge has ruled.

Across the area: Christmas tree recycling offered
The Home Depot on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez is accepting Christmas trees through Saturday, when a chipping machine will grind them into mulch.

Shooting under investigation
A former deputy killed last week during a standoff with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office was being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at the time of the shooting.

Tuesday morning quarterback

Documents define 'relative' differently
It's all relative when it comes to city officials and employees' families.

Barnes withholds bill's details

Pledging to serve

Soldiers to assist Venezuelan relief
Six Fort Gordon soldiers are leaving on a humanitarian mission to Caracas, Venezuela, this morning.

Across the area: Sheriff's deputies net 30 holiday DUI arrests

Alibi put man on list of suspects
Investigators considered Sajid F. Leslie just another interview subject three days after firefighters found his ex-girlfriend's body in a burning car.

Shooting under investigation

Highway exit numbers change

Wizards blow by Warriors

Pippen honored in return to Chicago

FleetCenter power goes out in Celtics game

Wolves rally past Spurs

Celtics edge Cavs

Suns dump Hornets

Heat lose to Grizzlies

Internet entrepreneur poised to buy Mavericks

NBA capsules

Titans heading into playoffs on a roll

Carroll dismissed as Patriots coach

Reeves plans to return to Falcons

Seattle backs into playoffs when Chiefs lose

Carolina QB schedules four operations

Flutie benched for Johnson

Smith and Reeves want to return

Ditka will talk to owner Thursday

Torn ligament sidelines Jaguars' Boselli

Falcons end on winning note

Young, Rice face uncertain futures

Dolphins given reprieve

Falcons notebook

Cowboys remember lead, not loss

Doleman, Tate unlikely heroes

Frerotte makes Washington playoff debut

Home has never been so sweet for Titans

Parcells resigns as Jets coach

Patriots search for new coach

Rice, Tuggle could face final games with longtime teams

Belichick turns down Jets' coaching job and quits

Mr. Eugene Murphey Jr.
Mr. Eugene Roy Murphey Jr., 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Grace Muns
GARFIELD, Ga. -- Mrs. Grace Smith Muns, 56, died Monday, Jan. 3, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.

Mr. John Kellum
NEW YORK -- Mr. John F. Kellum, of Dumont Avenue, Brooklyn died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Kings County Hospital.

Mrs. Ruth Davis
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Ruth Bryan Davis, 83, of Honeysuckle Road, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Gladys Fulmer
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Gladys Shealy Fulmer, 89, of Hollywood School Road, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Charlie Sapp
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mr. Charlie Dean Sapp, 69, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999.

Mrs. Daisy Fulmer
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Daisy Martin Fulmer, 85, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. John Kreashko
GROVETOWN -- Mr. John Kreashko, 69, of Katherine Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Burke Sr.
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. James D. Burke Sr., 81, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in Columbia.

Mrs. Annie Brown
INDIANAPOLIS -- Mrs. Annie D. Brown, 96, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Southwood Health Care Facility.

Mrs. Marcella Thompson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Marcella Thompson, 80, of Timberwood Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Brantley Whittle
AIKEN -- Mr. Brantley A. Whittle, 65, of Rushton Road, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in Long Valley, N.J.

Mr. Joseph Ramsey
Mr. Joseph Ramsey, 63, of Roosevelt Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Clifford Hobbs Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Clifford S. Hobbs, 86, of Mount Pleasant Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Ann Maher
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ann June Maher, 66, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Nellie Kendrick
THOMSON -- Mrs. Nellie Ruth McNair Kendrick, 51, of Jones Road, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Verba Enfinger
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Verba S. Enfinger, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Providence Hospital.

Mrs. Sara Forehand
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Sara Beth Forehand, 73, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Bethany Nursing Home.

Mrs. Ruth Bennings
Mrs. Ruth B. Bennings, of Mauge Street, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. William Ryerson
Mr. William Harry Ryerson, 80, of Appling, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Frances Winter
Mrs. Frances Brandon Winter, 86, of Summer Tyme Place, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Forest Lake Convalescent Care Home.

Mr. Stephen James
AIKEN -- Mr. Stephen Edward James, 65, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ollie McGowan
Mrs. Ollie Sutton McGowan, 84, of Burton Avenue, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mrs. Mary Lahrman
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Lahrman, 64, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Joe Moran
Mr. Joe O. Moran, 96, of University Drive, Evans, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Carroll Griffith
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Ernest Carroll Griffith, 77, of Chappells Highway, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, in Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.

Mr. James Stallings Sr.
Mr. James Stallings Sr., 65, of Oakland Avenue, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Leroy Lambert
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Leroy Lambert, 73, of Leroy Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mrs. Marion Owens
Mrs. Marion Cook Owens, 95, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Gladys Marshall
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Gladys Marshall, 87, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Sun Ridge Nursing Home.

Mr. Mitchell Miller
Mr. Mitchell E. Miller, 77, of Goshen Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Sam Mathis
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Sam Mathis, 70, of U.S. Highway 25, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital, Edgefield.

Mrs. Linda Lamb
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Linda Livesay Lamb, 50, of River Road, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Mr. Carl Richardson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Carl Richardson, 84, of Talisman Drive, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Crawford Gilmore
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Crawford L. Gilmore, 65, of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Blanche Van Buren
Mrs. Blanche Walden Van Buren, 77, of Sanford Court, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Burrow
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. William T. Burrow, 72, of Taylor Street, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Willie Mickens
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Neal ``Chuck'' Mickens, 83, of Augusta Highway, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Arthur Brinson
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Arthur Brinson, 97, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Mary Wiley
Ms. Mary Wiley, of 9th Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Central State Hospital, Milledgeville. She was 109.

Mr. Claude Lloyd Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Claude James Lloyd Jr., 69, of Crane Court, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. Clayton Polk
AIKEN -- Mr. Clayton Alan Polk, 48, of Bluff Pointe Way, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Reba Freeman
Mrs. Reba Jane Freeman, 72, of Broad Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Edna Williams
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Edna B. Simpkins Williams, 76, of Casalina Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Joe Whitener Jr.
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. Joe Whitener Jr., 75, of Delhi Road, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. John McDonald
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. John Zachary ``Zac'' McDonald, 19, of Stella Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Alex Quattlebaum
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mr. Alex Quattlebaum, 49, of Plain Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lois Driggers
BATH -- Mrs. Lois Jackson Driggers, 80, of McKinney Street, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Jennings
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William L. Jennings, 74, of Curtis Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Melvin Wilson Sr.
Mr. Melvin Wilson Sr., of Laurel Street, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Robert Harvey
Mr. Robert Lee Harvey, of 13th Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Freddie Whittle
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Freddie Fellows Whittle, 75, of Church Street, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Harvey

Mrs. Marcella Thompson

Mr. Melvin Wilson Sr.

Mrs. Edna Williams

Mrs. Ollie McGowan

Mr. William Burrow

Mrs. Ruth Davis

Mr. Carl Richardson

Mr. Joe Whitener Jr.

Mr. Stephen James

Mr. William Jennings

Mrs. Frances Winter

Mr. Crawford Gilmore

Mr. John Kellum

Mr. William Ryerson

Mr. Joseph Ramsey

Mr. Charlie Sapp

Mrs. Blanche Van Buren

Mr. Sam Mathis

Mr. Mitchell Miller

Mrs. Gladys Fulmer

Mr. Eugene Murphey Jr.

Mr. Alex Quattlebaum

Mr. Carroll Griffith

Mr. Freddie Whittle

Mr. Leroy Lambert

Mr. James Burke Sr.

Mrs. Daisy Fulmer

Mr. Joe Moran

Mr. Clifford Hobbs Sr.

Mrs. Sara Forehand

Mrs. Ann Maher

Mrs. Lois Driggers

Mrs. Annie Brown

Mr. John Kreashko

Mrs. Ruth Bennings

Mrs. Grace Muns

Mrs. Marion Owens

Mrs. Reba Freeman

Mrs. Mary Lahrman

Mrs. Gladys Marshall

Mrs. Nellie Kendrick

Mr. John McDonald

Mr. James Stallings Sr.

Ruminates over various topics
No wonder teachers are having such a hard time. Our president says that nine years now make a decade. I wonder what he thinks the ``dec'' denotes? Would he accept nine ones in exchange for a $10 bill? Robert L. Murray Sr., Augusta

Hits Corps over oil at Russell Dam
After reading Bill Babb's short opinion article on the pump back turbines at Russell Dam, I agreethat ``750,000 fish killed is a significant number'' contrary to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report. However, I think that he missed one of the most importent aspects of the pump back and that is the environmental damage due to water contamination by turbine oil. Ted Leavins, Leah

Slams candidacy of George W. Bush
To quote Gov. George W. Bush, ``The government ought to trust local folks to make decisions.'' Is this his answer to Dr. Sam Francis (The Chronicle, Nov. 24) whose column recommended the press ask questions about El Cenizo, Texas. He also states the laws and ordinances enacted by the city council is tantamount to treason against the United States. Hila S. Long, Augusta

A good idea? Yes, sir!
As part of a bipartisan program to build character in South Carolina's public schools, Gov. Jim Hodges is proposing legislation to encourage students to mind their manners.

Hits columnists criticism of Rocker
Re your sports columnist Rick Dorsey's opinion of his John Rocker: Terrell Wiggins III, North Augusta

Defends remarks by Braves' pitcher
I disagree with sports columnist Rick Dorsey's opinion that John Rocker deserves harsh punishment. Bill Cawley, Augusta

Blasts critic of fire department
It really bothers me when I read a letter like the one from Fran Hall on Dec. 29. Does she have nothing better to do than to downgrade a fire department and its command? Kim Noble, North Augusta

A 2000 tribute!
What a tribute that Augusta area residents were able to put aside concerns about the Y2K bug and terrorism scare talk (in many parts of the country) to come out New Year's Eve for the largest and, many say, the most fun street party in the city's history.

Petty
In all those endless lists -- the best of this, the worst of that -- leading up to 2000, it's fortunate for the Augusta Commission that there wasn't one cataloging pettiness.

Suggests fire department upgrade
... Not knowing where the fire mains or hydrants are in a given area is a serious detriment to anyfire department. Low water pressure is even more serious. Somebody needs to get their act together as soon as possible. Seth Benson, Millen

Hits NAACP's part in 'race war'
As chairman of the South Carolina Council of Conservative Citizens, I'd like to address the charges directed against me and the CofCC by letter writer John Hadden (Dec. 18). Frances L. Bell, Windsor

Cites road improvements in area
Tom Sibley's Dec. 26 letter is a good example of abuse of right to free speech. He attacks all local elected officials and Department of Transportation officials because he got caught up in the holiday traffic which will always be there. Robert L. Clements, Louisville

Lauds soul singer
I've been reading this paper on-line for quite awhile now and never have I been so impressed. Your top 20s countdown of local influential people was very informative. P. Lee, Augusta

Yeltsin's shocker
The first big news of the new year was Boris Yeltsin's surprising announcement that he was resigning the Russian presidency. Such A move had been long rumored, but it was still a shock when it came.

Fears Russia will ignite World War III
The Russians are relentlessly forging ahead toward the total destruction of the tiny Republic of Chechnya. Thanks to the generosity of the International Monetary Fund, billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars have been funnelled into financing the murderous Russian attacks! This again proves that bombs and missiles triumph over inept and feeble diplomatic efforts and that small countries are prone to subjugation by large, unscrupulous nations. Al Kotras, Augusta

Wants tough laws
Re the attack on teacher Gail Hendrick: Gloria Smith, Martinez

Tells 'real' Buffalo Soldier story
In a Dec. 28 letter by P. K. Fitzgerald the author states that ``slaves freed by Gen. William T. Sherman followed him out West and `slaughtered' America's native `colored man,' the American Indians. These freed blacks were known as Buffalo Soldiers.'' Dennis M. McClendon, Evans

Overtime: Stallions' coach to speak at Banquet

Olazabal honored by writers

Who can measure up to the Tiger test

Overtime: Lynx's Mason recalled by Solar Bears

Keep an eye on the ball at the Mercedes

Lawmakers seek data on pesticide use in schools
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency should make a nationwide effort to determine what pesticides are used in schools and minimize the health risks to children, a Democratic senator said Tuesday.

U.S. markets run smoothly, firms remain on alert
NEW YORK -- Investors were surprised to see the date Jan. 3, 100, on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Web site Monday morning. But the minor glitch was one of only a few in the first day of trading in the New Year.NEW YORK -- Investors were surprised to see the date Jan. 3, 100, on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Web site Monday morning. But the minor glitch was one of only a few in the first day of trading in the New Year.

Y2k glitch caused temporary loss of link to satellites
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department said Tuesday it suffered only one notable Y2K computer breakdown: the loss for several hours on New Year's Eve of a ground station that processes information from spy satellites.

Study: Higher risk of lung cancer in women may be linked to gene
WASHINGTON -- A gene that is more active in women than in men may explain why women smokers are more than twice as likely to develop lung cancer as men smokers, researchers say.

Americans find it's 'business as usual' in Y2K
WASHINGTON -- From Main Street to Wall Street, Americans returned to work Monday, logged onto their computers, checked their e-mail and found that whatever Y2K bug there may have been had largely crept back from whence it came.

Focus on computer flaw leads to unexpected technology improvements
LONDON -- Keeping its planes airborne and punctual at the start of the new year was satisfaction enough for Virgin Atlantic Airways, which spent $20 million to inoculate its computers against the millennium bug.

Y2K no problem for SRS
Computer experts at Savannah River Site were able to quash the Y2K bug before it even began to bite, reporting two minor glitches that occurred before the new year.

Bechtel settles negligence suit
AIKEN -- Bechtel Savannah River Inc. has settled a lawsuit with a local woman who accused the corporation of negligence resulting from an accident in which a radiation shield fell on her.

Y2K bug experts look for new challenges
WASHINGTON -- With their millennium milestone behind them, the legions of federal and private consultants who battled the Y2K bug are looking to parlay their credentials into new jobs.

One minor glitch reported by Federal Reserve
WASHINGTON -- The banking system continued to operate largely free of Y2K glitches on Tuesday, the second New Year's business day, after a problem at a regional Federal Reserve bank was fixed.

Pap alternative could reduce cervical cancer deaths
CHICAGO -- A test for the human papilloma virus that doesn't require a pelvic exam may soon rival the Pap smear as an accurate way of screening for cancer and precancerous conditions in the cervix, researchers say

Talking can help ease communication problems
``My parents are always fighting, and I can't take it anymore. I told them how I feel, but they won't stop. It's so depressing I can't even sleep at night.'' -- 15-year-old Augusta girl

Your style

Fighting the abuse
``I've been going out with this guy for about two years, and I want to break up with him because he gets really violent. Sometimes when we fight he slaps me in the face. When I told him I wanted to break up with him, he said he'd commit suicide. I don't know if I should tell my mom and dad because then I'll get in trouble for not telling them he hit me in the first place.'' -- 17-year-old Augusta girl

Fighting the abuse

Talking can help ease communication problems

Cobain's death tops teens' list
Last week, we ran The Augusta Chronicle teen board's selection of the 10 most memorable events of its generation, roughly between the years 1980 and 1999.

Your style
THE FACTS: Monica Noble, 17, a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School.

Focus on computer flaw leads to unexpected technology improvements

Pap alternative could reduce cervical cancer deaths

Americans find it's 'business as usual' in Y2K

Y2k glitch caused temporary loss of link to satellites

U.S. markets run smoothly, firms remain on alert

One minor glitch reported by Federal Reserve

Bechtel settles negligence suit

Y2K bug experts look for new challenges

Study: Higher risk of lung cancer in women may be linked to gene

Lawmakers seek data on pesticide use in schools