Driving gives clue to home

Ceremony celebrates hotel
Local officials and business leaders Friday ceremoniously broke ground on a $15 million hotel that will add seven stories to downtown Augusta's skyline.

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.

Shopping center put on sale
The management company for Columbia Square has confirmed the shopping center is for sale, but Laverne Mock isn't waiting.

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.

Ceremony celebrates hotel

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- A profit warning by Lucent Technologies, a fan favorite on Wall Street, sent the company's shares plunging Friday, but the tech-heavy Nasdaq market shrugged off the news and staged a rebound from this week's steep drop.

Business briefs

Nutt introduces new coordinator; two coaches out

Nebraska quarterback has surgery on throwing shoulder

NCAA checking academic fraud allegations

Tech receiver to enter NFL draft

Florida St. assistant takes N.C. State job

Rutgers wants lawsuit over nude drill dismissed

Kentucky women upset Auburn

Corwall helps lead Pacers' resurgence

Tarheels step all over Clemson

Irish are not one-hit wonders

UConn-Tennessee rivalry continues

Area college notes

SEC notes: Lack of experience hurts Bulldogs

Williams' appeal is denied again

It's payback time for Paine at Carter

Saulny fired by Howard University

Bulldogs face tough test at No. 4 Auburn

Aiken Tech still unbeaten

Says group will overcome reactionaries

Gives viewpoint on Rocker flap

Quotes Grizzard

Y2K bug bites veep

Big brother looming?

Blasts staff rudeness at animal shelter

Labels NAACP flag effort 'racist'

Cites Summerville's low water pressure

Duo jars Commission

Where's DOT notice?

Hits publication of funeral photo

Opposes classroom as 'punishment'

Raps paper's choice of comic strips

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Faith digest
Brent Vernon will perform a free all-ages show at 6 p.m. Friday at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way.

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

Word of God can provide purpose
Since the Bible is God's true and lively word, you can take a passage of Scripture and allow God to speak directly to you about what is happening in your life. For example, consider elements of the Lord's Prayer:

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

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.

Images are connection to God
SAVANNAH - Religious icons have stirred passions for centuries, caused schisms in Christianity and inspired the faithful to greater devotion to God.

Exploring Strom Thurmond Lake pays off with fish

Fishing tournament information

Woods and Duval hesitant to talk about fitness routine

New England ski areas losing out to golf

Parnevik leads Mercedes Championship

Woods unstoppable in Mercedes

Doyle to be inducted Saturday

Lady Rebels trounce Butler

New leaders at North Augusta

Thomson overpowering, sweeps Burke County

Dublin enjoys Irish luck in sweeping Josey

Lynx ledger

Lynx set scoring records

Swinson debuts against former team

Lynx ledger

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

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

Police investigate robbery in Aiken
WARRENVILLE - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating an early morning strong-arm robbery Friday of an Augusta man that occurred on Hillman Street in Warrenville. Charles Youngblood, 22, of 1328 Jackson Road, Augusta, was in an Aiken bar and made arrangements with another patron to drive him home, according to police reports. At 2:20 a.m., Aiken County deputies found Mr. Youngblood sitting on the side of Hillman Road. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Candidates try to avoid flag issue
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A huge, three-day Confederate rally and re-enactment began here today -- the same day Republican presidential candidates were coming to South Carolina to debate. Mere coincidence, the rally's organizers said. But it's one very touchy issue for visiting candidates. In this state, where some call the early Republican primary the ``Gateway to the South,'' a bitter argument over the Confederate flag flying above the Statehouse is no minor local issue. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

ABC announces agreement with NAACP
NEW YORK -- ABC on Friday became the second of the four major networks to announce a deal with the NAACP to promote diversity in its ranks, agreeing among other things to tie executive bonuses to success in employing minorities. Earlier in the week, NBC announced its own agreement, removing the threat of a boycott that the NAACP began considering last summer when it drew attention to the lack of minority actors on new fall shows. ABC's deal is similar in that it concentrates more on changing the behind-the-scenes operations of the network in the hope that it eventually makes a difference in what goes on the air. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Trump likely to run for presidency
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Donald Trump said today there is a ``very good possibility'' he will announce a $100 million campaign for the White House next month. Asked in a brief interview with The Associated Press what would stop him from running at this point, he answered, ``Death.'' ``There is a real chance that I will run,'' Trump told reporters aboard his private plane, a Boeing 727 emblazoned with his name in gold leaf. The plane landed in Minnesota this afternoon for Trump's meeting and appearance with Gov. Jesse Ventura, the Reform Party's highest-ranking public official. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Patience key for some plants

Faith digest

Singer pays tribute to legend, friend

Pianist not to be judged by appearances

Word of God can provide purpose

Naturalists may have the gardening 'gene'

Drama, not history

Country music saw many changes in 1999

Images are connection to God

Exhibit looks at advances of 20th century

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

Candidates try to avoid flag issue

Savannah snares new company

ABC announces agreement with NAACP

Defense points to friends
One of the men whom Sajid Leslie's defense attorneys want a jury to perceive as a prime suspect in Lori Hastings' death was working miles away at the time she burned to death, he testified Friday.

Hot spots flare, destroying family's home

Columbia County courthouse bid set for Tuesday
By Tuesday afternoon, Columbia County officials will know the cost of the planned courthouse annex.

Senator selects chorus

Corrections
Because of inaccurate information provided to The Augusta Chronicle, a story in the Tuesday issue incorrectly reported the cost of renumbering blue business logo signs along Georgia interstates and the company doing the work. The story should have said the project would cost about $100,000, and that Atlanta-based Georgia Logos Inc. was responsible for the renumbering, not Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Augusta.

Documentary recounts city's history

Pair questioned after body found in trunk
A traffic stop on Sand Bar Ferry Road turned into a homicide investigation Friday when a deputy found a woman's body in the trunk of the car.

Safety first

Walker announces education reform
Augusta will get its share of state taxpayer booty this year, and Georgia ``will begin a long and tough march toward real education reform,'' state Sen. Charles Walker said Friday.

Hodges budget to boost education

Senator touts new research building
Medical College of Georgia would get $5 million for a new research building under a proposed supplemental budget, with the money ironically coming from funds recovered from two convicted former MCG researchers.

Dollars sought for job recruitment
ATLANTA -- Industry recruitment is getting the biggest percentage increase of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' fiscal 2001 state budget request, Mr. Barnes told business leaders Friday.

Across the area
Richmond County investigators were looking for a man late Friday wanted in connection with an armed robbery. Before 11:45 p.m., 24-year-old Michael Maurice Hartfield, of the 200 block of East Telfair Street, entered the Rags 'N' Things store at 795 Eve St., posing as a customer, said Chief Deputy Ronald Strength.

Trump likely to run for presidency

Veterans addressed
William Oscar Baker, Bernard Faulkner and Joe Wilder all came to a military and veterans health care roundtable discussion Friday for one thing. They wanted to talk to U.S. Sen. Max Cleland about health care problems they were facing as veterans.

Senator touts new research building

Hopeful wins backing of recent Republican `hero'
WASHINGTON -- Lindsey Graham is back on the national scene. But rather than trying to impeach a president, the South Carolina Republican is attempting to drum up support for a new one. And he is convinced that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is the man this country needs in the Oval Office.

Police investigate robbery in Aiken

Flag response sparks crowd
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Nobody knows how it would play to a national audience, but Texas Gov. George W. Bush endeared himself to Republicans in South Carolina Friday when he said it's up to the state's residents to decide whether a Confederate flag should fly on the Capitol dome.

Columbia County courthouse bid set for Tuesday

Safety first
Children from Warrenville Elementary School near Aiken engage in a spirited game of duck, duck, goose near an Aiken Public Safety truck.

Defense points to friends

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

Across the area: Police seek men who robbed store

Experts rebut 'backfire' claim

Walker announces education reform

Whistle-blower's team files motion for fees

Resignation law touted

Church celebrates Christ in kingly style

Savannah hotel reservations fill capacity earlier than usual
SAVANNAH -- Rod Musselman heard all the St. Pat's stories when he moved to town several years ago. It's an uncontrollable party, he thought, with people hanging off street lamps.

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.

Dollars sought for job recruitment

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.

Man gets 30 years for robbery, assault
A man who preyed on elderly Augusta residents in a one-man crime spree this summer received a 30-year prison sentence Friday, thanks in part to one victim's yardman.

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.

Hopeful wins backing of recent Republican `hero'

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.

Pair questioned after body found in trunk

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.

Delays cost gas stations beer, wine licenses

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.

Flames destroy house in Merriwether

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

Veterans addressed

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.

Corrections

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.

Reading of list honors soldiers, builds tensions

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.

New year prompts reflections

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.

New strain of flu hits area

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.

Extradition hearings begin

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.

Abortions continue to decline

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.

Flag response sparks crowd

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.

Reading of list honors soldiers, builds tensions
COLUMBIA -- Friday's somber beginning of a three-day celebration of Southern heritage here gave no clue what to expect today, when thousands are expected to come to the defense of the Confederate flag that flies over South Carolina's capitol.

County OKs bid for land

Man gets 30 years for robbery, assault

Senator selects chorus
NORTH AUGUSTA -- It's been said that everyone is famous for five minutes. If that's so, members of the North Augusta Concert Chorus are hogging the spotlight. It was announced Friday that the 43-member group will perform in the Senate Rotunda on April 29 for at least half an hour.

Savannah snares new company
SAVANNAH -- Dollar Tree, today's retail equivalent of the old-time five-and-dime, was a company in a hurry.

Flames destroy house in Merriwether
A fire Friday morning cost a Merriwether community couple their home and most of their belongings.

Across the area

Savannah hotel reservations fill capacity earlier than usual

Utah waives Chilcutt, signs Gilliam

Wolters chosen for national women's team

Celtics top Kings

Kukoc helps Bulls win over Wizards

Oakley, Raptors snap Kings' win streak

Mr. Frerotte goes to Washington

Parcells: 'Not my intention to coach again'

Saints looking for GM and coach

Smith, Mathis still uncertain to play

Bills face Titans with new quarterback

Jesse Jackson's group assails Rhodes' firing

Questions fill off-season

Fight spices up final practice for Miami game

Bennett optimistic he can return for playoffs

Brunell back throwing for Jaguars

Madonna heads Super Bowl entertainment lineup

Young's return is honored

NFL Playoff Glance

Redskins tempered by defeat

Ricky Watters, Seahawks are ready to go

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

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.

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

Mrs. Cheryl Tauaese
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Cheryl Reynolds Tauaese, 41, of Crest Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Smalley
Mrs. Mary Helen Brown Smalley, of Williams Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sara McNair
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Sara Kathleen Brown McNair, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital.

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

Mr. Emil Pavek
Mr. Emil ``Frank'' Pavek, 87, of Broad Street, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Windemere Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Stella Zaharia
Mrs. Stella Zaharia, 86, of Wellington Court, Evans, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Josie Huff
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Josie Hammock Huff, 81, of Cloverhurst Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. Bobby Stribling
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Bobby Joe Stribling, 63, of Mobley Street, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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

Mr. George Lightfoot Jr.
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Mr. George W. Lightfoot Jr., 72, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Rowan Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Anthony Arnett
ORCHARD LAKE, Mich. - Mr. Anthony W. ``Tony'' Arnett, 62, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Eugene Asberry
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Eugene L. ``Bay'' Asberry, 55, of Church Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

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

Mrs. Gail Combs
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Gail Turner Combs, 53, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Lillian Quarles
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Lillian Mathis Quarles, 82, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

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

Mr. Dane King
ALBANY, Ga. -- Mr. Dane King, 69, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000.

Mr. Fred Drake Sr.
Thomaston, Ga. -- Mr. Fred A. Drake Sr., 71, of East Walker Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000.

Mr. Larry Gilmore
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Larry Gilmore, 43, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000.

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Oliphant
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Willie James ``Whip'' Oliphant, 62, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center.

James Pearson
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mr. James Ruben Pearson, 72, of Purvis School Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. John Keck
BATH -- Mr. John Thomas Keck, 53, of Oxford Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

Mr. Cluise Smith
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Cluise Smith, 89, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

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

Mr. B.W. Ergle
AIKEN -- Mr. B.W. Ergle, 76, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Nelle Fleming
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Nelle Legwen Fleming, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Brown

Mr. Larry Gilmore

Mr. Fred Humphrey

Mr. Julian Arrington

Mr. Earl George Jr.

Ms. Janice Whaley

Mr. Richmond Roberson

Mr. George Wynn

Mr. Calvin Lane Sr.

Mrs. Grace Barfield

Mrs. Stella Zaharia

Mr. Daniel Lowman

Mrs. Mattie Burton

Mrs. Mary Robertson

Mr. Leotis Thompson

Mrs. Gail Combs

Mrs. Thelma Gaultney

Mrs. Cheryl Tauaese

Mrs. Annie Croft

Mrs. Josie Huff

Mr. John Keck

Mr. Dane King

Mr. Anthony Arnett

Mr. Cluise Smith

Mrs. Cheryl Tauaese

Mr. Eugene Asberry

Mrs. Charlie Mozie

James Pearson

Mr. Hybud Harvey

Mr. Lawrence Williams Sr.

Mrs. Evelyn Burdette

Mrs. Lillian Quarles

Miss Lacey Patton

Mr. Willie Oliphant

Mrs. Willie Adams

Mr. Fred Drake Sr.

Ms. Alice Johnson

Mr. Minous Ulm

Mr. Ellis Richardson

Mr. Jon Baldwin

Mr. Rufus Prince Sr.

Mrs. Nelle Fleming

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

Praises congressman's help in adoption
This is in reference to the Dec. 27 story in the ``Homefront'' section concerning the Russian adoption of Katrina Alexis Dowds. Brenda Fuller, Evans

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

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

Raps paper's choice of comic strips
I'm sure I am way too late, but thought I'd get my two cents worth in anyway. The subject is the loss of Peanuts and its replacement, if there is to be one. }Bill Scholly, Evans

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

Quotes Grizzard
The newspapers and politicians, with few exceptions, have been busy in the Confederate flag furling business. May we call upon our old democratic friend vox populi (``the voice of the people'')? Isn't that what democracy is all about? When ``vox does its thing,'' there's little room to kick. Harry Hallman, Belvedere

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

Gives viewpoint on Rocker flap
Columnist Cal Thomas, and Rick Dorsey's Dec. 28 article, wrongfully stated that Braves pitcher John Rocker slandered black Americans by his controversial ignorant comments. Mr. Rocker stated the following: ``Imagine having to take the No. 7 train to Shea Stadium looking like you're in Beirut. Next to some kid with purple hair. Next to some queer with AIDS. Right next to some dude who got out of jail for the fourth time. Right next to some 20 year old man with four kids. It's depressing.'' Brian Green, 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

Gives reservations about dress code
I am writing to express my concern for the public school system in Richmond County. My daughter attends an area middle school and has been singled out on several occasions regarding the dress code. She was required to spend a whole day in ``in-house'' suspension where she was not given her normal classroom assignments for the day, but made to repeatedly copy the dress code instead. She is currently, and has been, struggling in a couple of her academic courses. Kathie Hood, 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

Says group will overcome reactionaries
Re the Jan. 4 letter by Frances L. Bell, chairwoman of the South Carolina Council of Conservative Citizens, titled ``Hits NAACP's part in `race war''': Alexander Smith, 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

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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.

Ga. ethics law is no model
When two grand juries recommended a stronger ethics ordinance for Augusta, city Commissioner Jerry Brigham commented he didn't see why one was needed because the city already comes under the state ethics code.

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

Duo jars Commission
Newly sworn Augusta Commissioners Marion Williams and Andy Cheek wasted no time Monday in shaking up their colleagues -- and City Attorney Jim Wall.

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.

Overtime: McWhorter returning to Jackets

New England ski areas losing out to golf

Overtime: Walker named to Georgia's sports shrine

Nike accused of selling poison-laced shirts

Stars and Stripes in strife over rudder

Baseball roundup: Sele signs with Orioles, Benes back with Cardinals

U.S. drug chief optimistic on new agency

Pinckney must wait for a shot

Tyson could fight Briggs in March

Overtime: Warner named Maxwell Club top pro player

Park City prepares for full slate of winter sports

Silver Gloves boxing begins today

Woods and Duval hesitant to talk about fitness routine

Rocker's critics demand his removal

New year prompts reflections

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.''

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.

Energy Department outlines plan for nuclear weapons agency
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration sent its blueprint for a new nuclear weapons agency to Congress on Friday and said the Energy Department is committed to completing the reorganization by March.

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.

President fights against cyber-terrorism
WASHINGTON -- Stepping up vigilance against cyber-terrorism, President Clinton plans to announce a new initiative Friday to protect federal computers from infiltrators.

Y2K glitch prompts duplicate credit card charges
NEW YORK -- Buyers beware: Your credit card might get charged more than once because some merchants failed to update their computer software for the year 2000.

Microsoft stung by $400 rebate deal in California, Oregon
SEATTLE -- For a brief, shining moment, Bill Gates was buying hundreds of people in California and Oregon a new TV. Or VCR. Or breadmaker.

Judge orders Internet porn site to drop Teen magazine's name
CAMDEN, N.J. -- A federal judge ordered the operators of an Internet pornography site to stop using Teen magazine's name in its Web address.

Catholic Church believes in Web
WASHINGTON -- Residents of the abbeys, monasteries and convents of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide are using the Internet to illuminate their faith, tapping computer keyboards with the same fervor that medieval monks once held quills.

Taiwan's largest chipmaker to buy third largest
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's largest computer chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., said Friday it will buy the island's third largest producer in a stock swap that analysts valued at more than $3 billion.

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.

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.

Cyber spiritual
NEW YORK -- Sit at your computer, call up the AltaVista search engine, type in ``Catholic,'' click your mouse, and an unnerving message appears onscreen: ``1,158,895 pages found.''

Catholic Church believes in Web

Energy Department outlines plan for nuclear weapons agency

Anyone wanna buy a used book on a bug?

Cyber spiritual

Taiwan's largest chipmaker to buy third largest

Judge orders Internet porn site to drop Teen magazine's name

ISP connections ebb, flow with changing technology

Microsoft stung by $400 rebate deal in California, Oregon

Businesses to boost computer spending in quiet aftermath of Y2K

CDC issues drug-resistant bacteria warning