Driving gives clue to home

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- Factory orders rose 1.2 percent in November as strong demand for electronic products gave American manufacturers their first increase in orders since August.

Facility may lure conventions

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- Sales of new homes fell 7.1 percent in November, the biggest decline in two years, as higher mortgage rates started to have a bigger impact on sales activity.

Experts see slower growth
Two economic experts, one a college dean, the other an investment analyst, told local business leaders Thursday that Augusta's growth in 2000 will likely mirror the modest gains made during 1999.

Business briefs

Facility may lure conventions
Workers will break ground Friday on a seven-story riverfront hotel expected to help lure more convention business to Augusta.

Orchard Square to be sold

Glassfiber president resigns
Aiken-based Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC announced the resignation of President Robert Fisher, who has headed the new company forged from a French-American joint venture 15 months ago.

Business briefs

Orchard Square to be sold
Hull/Storey Development LLC has contracted to purchase Orchard Square shopping center.

Beamer proud, disappointed

Past champions

Florida St. assistant takes N.C. State job

Williams' appeal is denied again

Williams lifts Navy to win

It's payback time for Paine at Carter

SEC notes: Lack of experience hurts Bulldogs

Notre Dame upsets No. 2 UConn

Jaguars lose first in league

Miss. St. continues win streak

Area college notes

Gamecocks lose conference opener

Tarheels step all over Clemson

Waiting game continues for Brooker

Kentucky women upset Auburn

Prince leads 'Cats to win over Jackets

Irish are not one-hit wonders

UConn-Tennessee rivalry continues

Aiken Tech still unbeaten

Cites Summerville's low water pressure

Hits increased commercials on radio

Wants divisive rebel flag furled

Re-slate comment time

Rips anti-South Carolina `bias'

Raps editorial on education reform

Answers opinion on drunk driving

Where's DOT notice?

Defends fire department at River Creek

Y2K bug bites veep

Urges reader to get facts straight

Blasts staff rudeness at animal shelter

Backs Rocker in style of Voltaire

Opposes classroom as 'punishment'

Labels NAACP flag effort 'racist'

Hits publication of funeral photo

Big brother looming?

Wrong question

Patience key for some plants
Daphne odora, also called winter daphne, has long been a part of Southern gardens. And its reputation for being fickle and somewhat difficult is as well known as the fragrant shrub itself.

Pianist not to be judged by appearances
Audiences might mistake concert pianist Awadagin Pratt for a rock star or rebel poet.

Here we go again
Without question, this week will be remembered for at least three weeks as the Week of the Game Show. Now that ABC and Fox have proven that American TV viewers will tune in game shows in prime time, CBS and NBC are submitting their entries.

Drama, not history
A long, proud history of villainy runs through the theater. An endless parade of dastardly schemers and evil mustache-twirlers have trod the boards, hatching plots and engaging in random back-stabbings -- and they all owe a debt to William Shakespeare's Richard III.

Tribute to R.E.M. unites bands through Internet
Taking their cue from the band that inspired them, 11 independent artists have applied a little do-it-yourself elbow grease and recorded Reconstructing the Fables, an album of reinterpretations of songs by music legends R.E.M.

Singer pays tribute to legend, friend
When Richard Conrad takes the stage Sunday to honor Sir Noel Coward in song at Poppy Seeds Cabaret on Walton Way, he'll be doing more than paying tribute to a theatrical legend.

Capsules
It's easy to let dirty dishes pile up after a holiday party. But nothing could top the pots discovered in a tomb in central Turkey -- they've been waiting for a wash for 2,700 years.

Naturalists may have the gardening 'gene'
Great gardeners really are born with a green thumb -- but it's in their brain.

Exhibit looks at advances of 20th century
What represents the 20th century? What objects best illustrate the triumphs and tragedies, the accomplishments and missteps of the past 100 years?

Country music saw many changes in 1999
Deaths, divorces, canceled TV shows and Garth Brooks' pronounced personality change were among highlights in the country-music world in 1999.

Exploring Strom Thurmond Lake pays off with fish

Fishing tournament information

Woods and Duval hesitant to talk about fitness routine

Parnevik leads Mercedes Championship

New England ski areas losing out to golf

New leaders at North Augusta

Teen hockey player pleads innocent to aggravated battery

Lynx ledger

Swinson debuts against former team

Lynx notes: Mason named All-Star

Driving gives clue to home
Broken any resolutions yet? Kept any? I never do.

Fire damages Edgefield County home
MERRIWETHER, S.C. -- Several firefighters required emergency oxygen as they battled a blaze for hours Wednesday afternoon that threatened to destroy an upscale home in Edgefield County.

Police search for robbers
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is searching for three men who may have robbed a Beech Island business at gunpoint early Thursday. The robbers fled the business with cash from the register and jewelry and money from customers. No one was injured. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Naturalists may have the gardening 'gene'

Patience key for some plants

Drama, not history

Country music saw many changes in 1999

Tribute to R.E.M. unites bands through Internet

Exhibit looks at advances of 20th century

Capsules

Singer pays tribute to legend, friend

Pianist not to be judged by appearances

Here we go again

13 charged in credit card fraud
AIKEN -- The only thing Ellen Looper wanted was a $16 pair of girl's shoes from Aiken Mall.

Warden seeks to end deal
Richmond County Correctional Institution officials want to terminate a contract that allows inmates to work on school property, saying they don't feel comfortable sending them out to work around schoolchildren.

New blood screening process confuses donors

Man stabs 39-year-old in attack at her home
An Augusta woman was sent to the hospital Thursday after a man she knew attacked her with a knife in her home, police said. There were no arrests.

Church celebrates Christ in kingly style

Hodges budget to boost education
COLUMBIA -- Gov. Jim Hodges made good on his campaign promise to bolster education reform Thursday when he unveiled a $5.4 billion budget that leans heavily on school improvements.

New year prompts reflections

County OKs bid for land
LANGLEY -- In a unanimous vote, the Aiken County legislative delegation reaffirmed its commitment Thursday to provide up to $100,000 to Aiken County in its bid to purchase a portion of the waterfront of Langley Pond.

Hot spots flare, destroying family's home

Hot spots flare, destroying family's home
So much for luck. Just hours after firefighters had breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after saving most of a $265,000 home from ruin, the fire flared again and destroyed the residence in Edgefield County's Merriwether community.

SRS contractor cited in report
Savannah River Site's top contractor again has failed to follow safety procedures, even as it faced warnings from federal agencies to improve.

Across the area: Police seek men who robbed store
Aiken County Sheriff's Office is searching for three men who robbed a Beech Island business at gunpoint early Thursday.

Experts rebut 'backfire' claim

Abortions continue to decline
The number of abortions in the United States fell in 1997 to the lowest level in two decades, despite new drugs that make it easier to terminate a pregnancy.

Across the area: Wreck hurts driver, snarls traffic
A four-vehicle accident on Walton Way Extension sent one person to the hospital with serious injuries and caused traffic to be backed up for nearly an hour Wednesday.

Documentary recounts city's history
Searing flames roil against the night sky, ripping through the skeletons of homes and businesses in downtown Augusta, reducing them to charred rubble and ash as a survivor remembers.

Ex-girlfriend testifies against man

Extradition hearings begin
COLUMBIA -- The attorney for the Edgefield County man accused of plotting an alleged murder-for-hire said Thursday his client shouldn't be extradited to Arkansas because he was in South Carolina when his estranged wife and her ex-husband were slain.

Across the area: Police seek men who robbed store

Hodges budget to boost education

EPD tests sediment in water
Steve Roberts is tired of reeling in blobs of whitish slime whenever he fishes the swirling eddies along the lower Savannah River.

Resignation law touted

Ex-girlfriend testifies against man
A year before Sajid F. Leslie became a suspect in the burning death of an ex-girlfriend, he placed a gun to the head of another ex-girlfriend, the woman testified Wednesday during Mr. Leslie's murder trial.

Hospitals to oppose state plan

Celebration set to honor dead soldiers
COLUMBIA -- A weekend celebration of heritage, featuring a show of support for the Confederate flag on South Carolina's capitol, starts Friday as volunteers begin to read the names of the state's 26,000 Confederate soldiers who died in what some Southerners call simply ``the war.''

Hospitals to oppose state plan
ATLANTA -- Financially struggling rural hospitals want no part of a plan to save tax dollars by expanding managed health care to state and school system employees.

Whistle-blower's team files motion for fees

EPD tests sediment in water

Johnston expecting new jobs
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- After more than a year of negotiations, a manufacturer is expected to close a deal next month to bring new jobs to Johnston.

New strain of flu hits area

Documentary recounts city's history

SRS contractor cited in report

Fire damages residence
MERRIWETHER, S.C. -- Firefighters required emergency oxygen while battling a blaze Wednesday afternoon that threatened to destroy a home in Edgefield County.

Hydropower
Steve Reeves of Martinez steers his remote-controlled boat across Lake Olmstead on Wednesday. Mr. Reeves said it was too cold to go fishing but not too cold to play with his Christmas present. Today's high is expected to be 56 with a low of 38.

Across the area: Wreck hurts driver, snarls traffic

Resignation law touted
ATLANTA -- Rural economic development and ethics highlight Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor's agenda for the 2000 General Assembly, which kicks off next week at the Capitol.

Delays cost gas stations beer, wine licenses

Stallions still have work to do

Extradition hearings begin

13 charged in credit card fraud

Hydropower

Johnston expecting new jobs

New blood screening process confuses donors
It barely raised an eyebrow with Jennifer Jones when she went to give blood Wednesday at Shepeard Community Blood Center. But for Bob Gerardot, it was almost enough to make him stop donating at the center, where he has been giving for nearly 30 years.

Delays cost gas stations beer, wine licenses
Customers who have tried to buy beer and wine at Smile Gas Stores in Columbia County recently have left without smiles.

County OKs bid for land

Church celebrates Christ in kingly style
BLUFFTON, S.C. -- In medieval England, the ugliest animal roaming forests like Sherwood was the hairy, long-tusked wild boar. Unfortunately for the boar.

New strain of flu hits area
Some people have been at the mercy of sniffles, fever, headaches and coughing since Christmas.

Man stabs 39-year-old in attack at her home

Experts rebut 'backfire' claim
Contrary to what Sajid Leslie told investigators after an ex-girlfriend's body was found in a burning car in April, his facial injuries were burns, expert witnesses testified Thursday.

Celebration set to honor dead soldiers

Fire damages Edgefield County home

Debate offers look at GOP hopefuls
COLUMBIA -- All six Republican presidential candidates will participate in a nationally televised debate tonight at the South Carolina GOP's Silver Elephant Banquet just six weeks before the crucial state's primary.

Abortions continue to decline

Whistle-blower's team files motion for fees
Attorneys who won a near four-year legal battle and then a courtroom victory for a Medicare fraud whistle-blower are seeking $480,000 in attorney fees from the trial losers.

Oakley, Raptors snap Kings' win streak

Hill scores big over Hawks

Jones to return earlier than expected

Sonics edge San Antonio

Kukoc returns, leads Bulls past Wizards

Wolters chosen for national women's team

Warriors drop seventh straight

Warner named MVP

Another strange coaching chapter for Jets

Questions fill off-season

Parcells: 'Not my intention to coach again'

Prosecutors to use abortion law in Carruth case

Bennett optimistic he can return for playoffs

Fired Ditka says he's finished

Saints looking for GM and coach

Young's return is honored

Redskins tempered by defeat

Stallions' countdown has begun

Mr. Earl George Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Lynwood Earl ``Big Daddy'' George Jr., 70, of Cloverhurst Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Thelma Gaultney
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Thelma McNeal Gaultney, 85, of Norwood Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Ms. Everlena Simpkins
CORONA, N.Y. -- Ms. Everlena Simpkins, 56, of Northern Boulevard, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at New York Hospital, Flushing.

Mrs. Melissa Shackelford
METTER, Ga. -- Mrs. Melissa Lynn Bonnett Shackelford, 33, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mr. Minous Ulm
Mr. Minous Lee Ulm, 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Gertrude Hunt
THOMSON -- Mrs. Gertrude S. Hunt, 85, of Arnall Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Gibson Rest Home.

Mrs. Willie Adams
Mrs. Willie McGahee Adams, 94, of Calvary Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Richard Cason
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Richard Harris Cason, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Raines
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Alice Green Raines, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Augustus Boland Sr.
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Augustus M. Boland Sr., 75, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Baptist Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Mary Robertson
HAMPTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Alice Robertson, 45, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center, Varnville.

Mr. Samuel Turner Jr.
ATLANTA -- Mr. Samuel Wade ``Bud'' Turner Jr., 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Crawford Long Hospital.

Mr. Leotis Thompson
MIAMI -- Mr. Leotis Thompson, 57, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at North Shore Medical Center.

Mrs. Donna Dorcas
BONNEVILLE -- Mrs. Donna Dorcas, 29, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Bennie Ruth
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Bennie Arden Ruth, 91, of Middleground Road, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Sunbridge Healthcare Center, Statesboro.

Mrs. Frances Gardner
Mrs. Frances Bland Gardner, 92, of Skinner Mill Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.

Ms. Alice Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- Ms. Alice Johnson, 62, of Chesterfield Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Chester Care Center, Chester.

Mrs. Rubye Snider
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Rubye Usry Snider, 83, of Highway 123, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mr. Rufus Prince Sr.
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Rufus M. Prince Sr., 77, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Janie Heyward
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Janie Brown Heyward, 85, of Indian Trail, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Ms. Jensie Schley
Ms. Jensie Schley, of Joanne Circle, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Bertha Mashburn
Mrs. Bertha Mae Spivey Mashburn, of Neptune Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Janice Whaley
GULF BREEZE, Fla. -- Ms. Janice Whaley, 65, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1999.

Mr. Richard Watzin
Mr. Richard J. Watzin, 72, of Evans, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Miss Lacey Patton
AIKEN -- Miss Lacey Livingston Patton, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Jon Baldwin
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Jon Howe Baldwin, 55, of Sparta Road Southeast, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Julian Arrington
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Julian Albert ``Doc'' Arrington, 70, of Gwendolyn Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Allen Holliday
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Allen Holliday, 92, of Washington Highway, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Greene Point Health Care.

Mr. Fred Humphrey
Mr. Fred D. Humphrey, 81, of Bandler Road, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mr. Tyrone Harvey
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Tyrone Lanard Harvey, 19, of Patterson Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in Allendale County.

Mrs. Evelyn Burdette
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn Beall Burdette, 85, of Georgia Highway 296, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000.

Ms. Julia Kitchens
ATLANTA -- Ms. Julia Kitchens, 33, of East Avenue, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Georgia Baptist Hospital.

Mrs. Charlie Mozie
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Charlie Mae Smith ``Mammy'' Mozie, 72, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Jack Chavous
SYLVESTER, Ga. -- Mr. Jack Chavous, 69, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Calvin Lane Sr.
MILLEN, Ga., Mr. Calvin Lane Sr., 99, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mrs. Grace Barfield
HARLEM -- Mrs. Grace J. Barfield, 67, of King Circle, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Mary Fedrick
PHILADELPHIA -- Ms. Mary Bush Fedrick, of West Diamond Street, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Ellis Richardson
MCBEAN -- Mr. S. Ellis Richardson, 94, of Piney Grove Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Lou Johnson
WEST RIVER, Md. -- Mrs. Mary Lou Johnson, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis.

Mrs. Annie Mae Howard
Mrs. Annie Mae Germany Howard, 70, of Margate Lane, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Calvin Lane Sr.
MILLEN, Ga., Mr. Calvin Lane Sr., 99, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mrs. Virginia Baker
Mrs. Virginia Forbes Baker, 81, of Williams Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. George Wynn
Mr. George Wynn, of Cummings Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Croft
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Annie Lou Still Croft, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lawrence Williams Sr.
Mr. Lawrence Williams Sr., of Madison Avenue, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Wanda Stone
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Wanda Jean ``Cricket'' Stone, 37, of Kingsmill Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Cheryl Tauaese
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Cheryl Reynolds Tauaese, 41, of Crest Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Jon Baldwin
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Jon Howe Baldwin, 55, of Sparta Road Southeast, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Hybud Harvey
Mr. Hybud HarveyMr. Hybud ``Heyward'' Harvey, of Greene Street, died Monday, Jan. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Minous Ulm
Mr. Minous Lee Ulm, 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Emma Johnson
Mrs. Emma Johnson, of 15th Avenue, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Ellis Richardson
MCBEAN -- Mr. S. Ellis Richardson, 94, of Piney Grove Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Daniel Lowman
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Daniel Lowman, 43, of Bettis Academy Extension, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital, Edgefield.

Mrs. Mattie Burton
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Mattie Burton, of North Hill Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Richmond Roberson
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Richmond Robertson Roberson, 92, of Robinson Road, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Robert Brown
THOMSON -- Mr. Robert ``Jabbo'' Brown, 80, of Salem Road, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Daniel Lowman

Mr. Richard Cason

Mr. Jon Baldwin

Miss Lacey Patton

Mrs. Wanda Stone

Mrs. Evelyn Burdette

Mr. Jack Chavous

Mrs. Mattie Burton

Mr. Calvin Lane Sr.

Mr. Earl George Jr.

Mr. Richard Watzin

Mr. Rufus Prince Sr.

Mrs. Cheryl Tauaese

Mr. Fred Humphrey

Mr. Calvin Lane Sr.

Ms. Alice Johnson

Mrs. Melissa Shackelford

Mrs. Thelma Gaultney

Mrs. Virginia Baker

Mr. Minous Ulm

Mr. Samuel Turner Jr.

Mr. Lawrence Williams Sr.

Mrs. Mary Raines

Mrs. Willie Adams

Mr. Tyrone Harvey

Mr. Ellis Richardson

Mrs. Grace Barfield

Mr. Ellis Richardson

Mrs. Annie Croft

Mr. Richmond Roberson

Mr. Jon Baldwin

Ms. Janice Whaley

Mrs. Mary Robertson

Mr. Leotis Thompson

Mr. Minous Ulm

Mr. Robert Brown

Mrs. Rubye Snider

Mr. Hybud Harvey

Mrs. Bertha Mashburn

Mr. George Wynn

Ms. Julia Kitchens

Mrs. Charlie Mozie

Mr. Allen Holliday

Ms. Everlena Simpkins

Mrs. Frances Gardner

Mr. Julian Arrington

Buggy: SRS employees consider safety site's priority
RICK MCKEE'S Dec. 19 editorial cartoon and the effort at humor it contained prompts my comments on two subjects, safety performance and the value of Savannah River Site employees.

Nelson: Education plan draws on experience of several states
YOUR RECENT guest columnist, Sue Burmeister, wrote a highly slanted article about the impact of education reform in Kentucky. She used distorted information to imply that the governor's commission would copy it and do great harm to our Georgia education system.

Buggy: SRS employees consider safety site's priority
RICK MCKEE'S Dec. 19 editorial cartoon and the effort at humor it contained prompts my comments on two subjects, safety performance and the value of Savannah River Site employees.

Defends fire department at River Creek
I cannot sit by while people are still attacking our fire department and its leaders for the fire at River Creek apartments! I admit it was a tragedy, but to keep attacking the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department is ridiculous. Charles M. Davis, Sr., Augusta

Slams writer for 'insulting' comments
For the last two weeks The Chronicle sports columnist Rick Dorsey has had little to say aboutBraves pitcher John Rocker except insults. He has jumped on the politically correct band-wagon by overusing his right to free speech while attempting to squelch Mr. Rocker's right to the same thing. Mr. Dorsey needs to take some of his own advice in his Jan. 4 column on ``learning from his mistakes and keeping his mouth shut.'' That is what he recommended Mr. Rocker do; however, I suspect he could learn a little as well. David Chiera, Augusta

Hits publication of funeral photo
I read with interest the caption below a Jan. 2 front page photograph by Ron Cockerille. It read: ``Joshua Wilson has a moment alone to pay his last respects to his wife, Tiffaney, who was buried Saturday.'' Justen Wonderly, Evans

Blasts staff rudeness at animal shelter
I am writing in regard to conditions I encountered at the Richmond County Animal Control Facility on Dec. 28 at 1:30 p.m. It was very cold but I stopped by the facility after lunch to find a dog for adoption. Erika Widener, Augusta

Wants campaign to save the riverfront
The lack of interest our local government, and the public in general, has taken in news concerning the decommissioning and ultimate removal of the New Savannah River Lock and Dam is almost inconceiveable. H. Earl Thompson, Augusta

Tawdry tub gets rich
For decades advertisers have employed celebrities, many with tawdry personal histories, to huckster their product or service to the public. They were hired, not because of a sordid past, but in spite of it. Their celebrity was due to their value as an entertainer or athlete.

Suggests port authority for CSRA
The answer to our river's assets cannot be solved individually, or even by any one individual government or entity. The river belongs to all of us. It's our source of drinking water and recreation. There are four jurisdictions over the Savannah River: the states of South Carolina and Georgia, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers. Therefore, the responsibility is dependent on everyone to take part and spread the load. Frank D. Harrisson, Augusta

Hits increased commercials on radio
I know that our local radio stations are rapidly approaching their goal of 30 minutes of commercials every half hour, and that they are improving my car mileage by upping the decibels on the auto dealers' blasts (I've been trying to figure how to turn the speakers around to help with braking), but just now I noticed a new gimmick. Kris Kristensen, Martinez

Y2K bug bites veep
The ``genius'' who ``invented the Internet'' and also led the federal response to the Y2K problem is smarting after being bitten by the Y2K bug himself -- one of a very few such incidents.

Rips anti-South Carolina `bias'
For the last six years, I have complained about the negative bias of The Chronicle sports department against the two major colleges from South Carolina. Tom Hunter, Augusta

Urges reader to get facts straight
Hila Long (letter Jan. 4) attacked George W. Bush for his handling of the Waco uprising. She confesses that her hatred of Mr. Bush stems from having ``followed him in the news and on TV.'' Keith Shafer, Augusta

Raps editorial on education reform
In a recent editorial, you posed the question, ``What will Charles Larke do about the low perform-ing schools in Richmond County?'' Unfortunately, that is the very approach that will cause those schools not to change for the better. Andy Baumgartner, Augusta

Where's DOT notice?
The Georgia Department of Transportation is doing the right thing by converting Interstate 20 exit numbers to mile markers.

SRS's happy new year
It is one thing to make promises; it's more difficult to keep them. This is why it was great news for the Aiken-Augusta area Tuesday when Energy Secretary Bill Richardson signed to commit his agency to a $1.4 billion program to construct three plutonium processing plants at Savannah River Site.

Big brother looming?
The U.S. Labor Department at first retreated from and, finally, withdrew an inflammatory advisory letter giving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration the authority to inspect and regulate work place safety for employees working at home.

Re-slate comment time
The Columbia County School Board started the year off making one good change and one bad change. Trustees' good change was to schedule public comments before an issue is acted on instead of afterward when the decision is already made.

Labels NAACP flag effort 'racist'
Dan Piper's recent letter was right about the ongoing bashing of the Confederate flag. I didn't know that I was a racist person until the latest demand that the only place for the Confederate flag is the relic room. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored people has brought this out in me. J. Adams, Martinez

Wrong question
The Wall Street Journal notes the Democratic National Committee framed ``a tendentious question'' on their Web site clearly designed to draw hoots of derision for what the DNC described as GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush's ``tricky $1.7 million tax (cut) scheme.''

Wants divisive rebel flag furled
Recent letters in support of the Confederate flag write only of its justification honoring rebel soldiers and, by extension, honoring their fight to secede from the Union. What these letter writers refuse to acknowledge is that there are more than a million South Carolina citizens who are descendants of slaves, many of whom do not see that war as an honorable struggle or the Confederate solders as their heroes and that, within their memory, the flag has frequently been used as a symbol of white supremacy.Victor Reilly, Aiken

Critiques three letters to the editor
While reading the Jan. 2 ``Viewpoints'' page, I noted the pithy pertinent comments concerning John Rocker's remarks and three other letters. David Rumbaugh, North Augusta

Cites Summerville's low water pressure
South Augusta is not the only area in the city to have a substandard water supply. The Summerville area also has low pressure and volume and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Charles J. Scavullo Sr., Augusta

Nelson: Education plan draws on experience of several states
YOUR RECENT guest columnist, Sue Burmeister, wrote a highly slanted article about the impact of education reform in Kentucky. She used distorted information to imply that the governor's commission would copy it and do great harm to our Georgia education system.

Backs Rocker in style of Voltaire
French philosopher and author Francois Voltaire once wrote, ``I do not agree with what you are saying, but I will defend, to the death, your right to say it.'' Ken Anderson, Grovetown

Answers opinion on drunk driving
Re the Jan. 2 letter by George Greeley (``Hits publication of DUI offenders''): Ronnie Conrad, Augusta

Opposes classroom as 'punishment'
There is more than one issue I could debate with your editorial on Dec. 30, ``18 lost schools,'' but I must respond to the one that screams out at me. Surely the pressures of the holidays and early deadlines caused the editorial writer not to carefully consider the consequences of the recommendation, ``... reassign them to a classroom.'' Juanita F. Doss, Martinez

Nike accused of selling poison-laced shirts

New England ski areas losing out to golf

Woods and Duval hesitant to talk about fitness routine

New year prompts reflections

Woods tries to pick up where he left off

Overtime: Warner named Maxwell Club top pro player

Doctors say Van Dyken's surgery successful

Overtime: Macon mayor wants apology from Rocker

Silver Gloves boxing begins today

Tournament could find new home

Nurse trains for Olympics

CDC issues drug-resistant bacteria warning
ATLANTA -- The government is warning hospitals that some strains of Staph bacteria may be drug-resistant after confirming that a woman died from a heart valve infection that didn't respond to antibiotics.

Sea lion deaths linked to toxic algae bloom
The deaths of more than 400 California sea lions in 1998 have been traced to toxic algae that literally caused their brain cells to explode. The sea lions died along the California coast in the spring at the same time an algae bloom was observed in Monterey Bay. The algae carried domoic acid, a potent toxin that attacks the brain.

Businesses to boost computer spending in quiet aftermath of Y2K
NEW YORK -- So much for dire predictions that the Y2K bug would throw the U.S. economy into a tailspin. A subtle economic boost may instead be the result.

Internet company backs out of Super Bowl telecast
NEW YORK -- One Internet company has backed out of its plans to advertise on the Super Bowl telecast, but several others say they have no interest in giving up their spots.

Regulators set rules for lucrative airwaves auction
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators laid down ground rules Thursday for an upcoming airwaves auction that could spur the growth of wireless Internet services in the home and on the road.

Jobs drops interim from title at Apple
SAN FRANCISCO -- Capping his remarkable two-year leadership of Apple Computer Inc., chief executive Steve Jobs dropped ``interim'' from his title on Wednesday and unveiled new Internet services and the next generation of his company's operating system.

Pentagon needs to test laser weapon against satellites
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon needs to conduct more test-firings of a laser at orbiting Air Force satellites in order to better understand how an enemy might disrupt American satellites in time of war, the commander-in-chief of U.S. Space Command said today.

$10 million bid for Web address was probably a hoax
SAN FRANCISCO -- Online auctioneer eBay Inc. said Tuesday that a $10 million bid for the Web address www.year2000.com is apparently a hoax.

South American farmers may have been able to predict El Nino
Farmers in the high Andes Mountains may have been able to predict El Nino for centuries by observing whether nearly invisible clouds dimmed the light from a cluster of stars called the Pleiades. A tradition for potato farming handed down from one generation to the next teaches that the brightness of stars in the constellation during June roughly predicted the rainfall during the growing season from October to May.

Anyone wanna buy a used book on a bug?
NEW YORK -- Dermot McGuigan, co-author of the survival guide ``Y2K & Y-O-U,'' now worries about the survival of his own book. ``It first came out in 1998 and it's going to be republished under its original name, `Your Resilient Home,''' McGuigan, an energy consultant based in Burlington, Vt., said Tuesday. ``All the same information will be there, except the Y2K stuff will be downplayed.''

ISP connections ebb, flow with changing technology
Sometimes I think there are two kinds of Internet users, the ones who are unhappy with their connection and the ones who will be. That's because the quality of service you get tends to be cyclical.

Anyone wanna buy a used book on a bug?

Jobs drops interim from title at Apple

South American farmers may have been able to predict El Nino

ISP connections ebb, flow with changing technology

Businesses to boost computer spending in quiet aftermath of Y2K

$10 million bid for Web address was probably a hoax

CDC issues drug-resistant bacteria warning

Internet company backs out of Super Bowl telecast

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