Rocker faced discipline if he declined testing

There's no shame in stockpiling

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.

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.

On the move
Leslie M. Priessman has joined Baird & Company CPAs as an auditor.

Pocket change
Good news, job-seekers. Age is becoming less of a barrier in the job market for executives, according to a survey by Exec-U-Net, which supplies job information over the Internet.

TV laws send signal to satellite firms
After three years of trying to succeed in the satellite dish installation business, David Rearick may be giving up. About $8,000 in the red, with barely enough business to cover the cost of his Yellow Pages ad, the North Augusta technician says if things don't change, he will call it quits.

Pocket change

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

Ceremony celebrates hotel

TV laws send signal to satellite firms

On the move

Tech receiver to enter NFL draft

Nebraska quarterback has surgery on throwing shoulder

NCAA checking academic fraud allegations

Vols' Lewis to enter the NFL draft

Nutt introduces new coordinator; two coaches out

Aiken Tech wins big

Corwall helps lead Pacers' resurgence

UConn women defeat Vols

Rutgers wants lawsuit over nude drill dismissed

Kentucky routs Vanderbilt

Yellow Jackets fall to Cavs

Tide tops Bulldogs in OT

UNC tops N.C. State

Arizona trips up No. 1 Stanford

USC wins over Arkansas

Auburn hammers Georgia

Pacers are swept on road

Bulldogs face tough test at No. 4 Auburn

Georgia Southern loses to Appalachian St.

Saulny fired by Howard University

Georgia St. tops Jacksonville

Charleston win in OT

Columbus takes two from Jags

Florida passes by Mississippi

Cancel inmate pact

Divisive S.C. session looms

Gives viewpoint on Rocker flap

Names the 'best' of the century

Urges pictures of animals in shelter

Praises New Year's Eve celebration

Quotes Grizzard

Offers another '20th Century Giant'

Slams sentencing, zoning enforcement

Education: No. 1

Criticizes cleric on censorship

Raps paper's choice of comic strips

Defends 'rights' of Braves pitcher

Says group will overcome reactionaries

Duo jars Commission

Suggests keeping dam, disabling lock

Snapshots of a New Year
As part of its expanded year 2000 coverage, The Augusta Chronicle asked readers to share their New Year's Day activities through pictures.

Reinventing Ruidoso
RUIDOSO, N.M. -- Quarter horses remain the favorite sport of summer, and cowboys still outnumber tourists at the rustic Win, Place and Show bar downtown.

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.

Fortunes of Roanoke settlers still a mystery
For more than four centuries, the world has pondered the fate of a small band of English men, women and children who sailed to the New World to launch a colony but disappeared in the Virginia wilderness.

West Virginia capital stays true to heritage
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Born out of the Civil War that split families as decidedly as the state of Virginia was divided, West Virginia and its capital city were built on the fundamental motto that West Virginians are always free.

Privacy adds to homes' appeal
As a realty agent, Cathie Richards sees a lot of beautiful and expensive homes, but when she bought her house in Petersburg Station Ms. Richards decided that beauty doesn't necessarily require great expense.

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

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:

Old injury causes a gripping dilemma
Dear Carson: Because of an old hand injury that never healed properly, I regret it each time I offer my hand to someone who believes in the "firm" handshake.

Area anglers gear up for tourneys

Low lake level leaving courtesy docks inaccessible

Woods unstoppable in Mercedes

Darnell a worthy selection

A good walk eliminated at Plantation Course

Woods, Els tied for the lead

Doyle to be inducted Saturday

North Augusta wins pair in region-play warmup

Thomson overpowering, sweeps Burke County

Lady Rebels trounce Butler

Josey, Westside split pair

Dublin enjoys Irish luck in sweeping Josey

Lynx win big again

Lynx set scoring records

Lynx ledger

Capitals blank Thrashers

Fan-favorite Ftorek could rejoin Lynx

There's no shame in stockpiling
I guess it's somewhat comforting that the Y2K millennium bug has joined Halley's Comet and the Braves in the World Series as perhaps the most overhyped, under-whelming phenomena of our generation.

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

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

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

Word of God can provide purpose

West Virginia capital stays true to heritage

Images are connection to God

Old injury causes a gripping dilemma

Privacy adds to homes' appeal

Fortunes of Roanoke settlers still a mystery

Reinventing Ruidoso

Faith digest

Senator selects chorus

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.

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.

Safety first

Historic fire season predicted

Hopeful wins backing of recent Republican `hero'

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

Pair questioned after body found in trunk

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.

Savannah snares new company

Rally draws many supporters

Across the area

Candidates try to avoid flag issue

Defense points to friends

Veterans addressed

Across the area: Barnes wants age to drive to be 17

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

Water issues on tap for area lawmakers

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.

Official proposes ordinance

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.

Georgians eye education reform

Corrections

Water issues on tap for area lawmakers
Support for a water authority to take over the Augusta water and sewer systems is growing among lawmakers and will be a major local legislative issue this year, Richmond County lawmakers say.

Water issues on tap for area lawmakers

After Christmas cleanup
Seven-year-old Brandon Williams went with his father to The Home Depot on Saturday to recycle his Christmas tree.

Walker announces education reform

Barnes' agenda likely to draw heat
ATLANTA -- Much of the focus during this year's General Assembly session will be on education reform, but a number of other issues will be vying for lawmakers' attention.

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.

Georgians eye education reform
ATLANTA -- As Fulton County resident Doug Smith ate his lunch over a newspaper, he said he has met only one person who didn't care about public education, a woman whose children are grown, like his. Most are passionate about education, as he is.

Columbia County courthouse bid set for Tuesday

Official proposes ordinance
AIKEN -- An annual audit at the end of the fiscal year in June has found that Aiken County is in sound financial shape.

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.

Legislators facing tough term
COLUMBIA -- They don't have video poker to kick around anymore, unless it somehow comes back like a cat with nine lives, but that doesn't mean South Carolina lawmakers don't have a hot year ahead of them.

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.

New fire engineers let officers hit the street
AIKEN -- There's a new class of firefighters at the Aiken Department of Public Safety these days.

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.

Historic fire season predicted
AIKEN -- Fire officials are gearing up for a busy year. Last year fires in fields and forests were up, according to the South Carolina Forestry Commission, and 2000 is predicted to be even busier.

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.

Motorist charged in death
The first murder charge of the year in Richmond County was filed Saturday against the man detained after a deputy found a woman's body in the trunk of the car he was driving.

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.

Rally draws many supporters
COLUMBIA -- One Confederate flag flew over South Carolina's Capitol on Saturday, as it has for 38 years. But there were hundreds below it on the Statehouse grounds where nearly 7,000 people massed to oppose a growing movement to take it down under pressure of an economic boycott by the NAACP, which says the flag represents slavery.

Savannah hotel reservations fill capacity earlier than usual

Across the area: Barnes wants age to drive to be 17
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes said he supports raising Georgia's minimum driving age to 17.

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

Area Muslims mark end of monthlong fast
Hundreds of area Muslims gathered at the Islamic Center of Augusta on Saturday to celebrate the end of the monthlong religious fast Ramadan.

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.

Water issues on tap for area lawmakers
Support for a water authority to take over the Augusta water and sewer systems is growing among lawmakers and will be a major local legislative issue this year, Richmond County lawmakers say.

Police investigate robbery in Aiken

Barnes' agenda likely to draw heat

Area Muslims mark end of monthlong fast

Trump likely to run for presidency

After Christmas cleanup

ABC announces agreement with NAACP

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.

Senator touts new research building

Flag response sparks crowd

Reading of list honors soldiers, builds tensions

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

Man gets 30 years for robbery, assault

Dollars sought for job recruitment

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.

Knicks edge Cavs

Nets squeak by Miami

Celtics top Kings

Bulls get rare win

T-Wolves top Pistons

Utah waives Chilcutt, signs Gilliam

Kukoc helps Bulls win over Wizards

Hawks lose to Mavericks

Ricky Watters, Seahawks are ready to go

Jesse Jackson's group assails Rhodes' firing

Brunell back throwing for Jaguars

Redskins humiliate Lions

Titans win on thrilling play

Titans consider last-second TD payback for Oilers' misfortunes

Rams, Buccaneers lead All-Pro selections

Playoffs are Smith's inspiration

Bills face Titans with new quarterback

NFL previews

Madonna heads Super Bowl entertainment lineup

Walker injured, French added to Seahawks roster

Mr. Frerotte goes to Washington

Marino one loss from retirement?

Fight spices up final practice for Miami game

NFL Playoff Glance

Lions can only blames selves

Smith, Mathis still uncertain to play

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

Mr. Rufus Lane
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Rufus L. Lane, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000.

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

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

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

Mr. Patrick Joyner
OLAR, S.C. -- Mr. Patrick H. Joyner, 77, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, in Aiken.

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

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

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

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

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

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. Mildred Neely
Mrs. Mildred Roof Neely, 81, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Jerolene Albright
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Jerolene Brown Albright, 77, of Brown's Lane, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Venera Green
BLYTHE -- Mrs. Venera J. Green, 68, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Lane
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Keller Lane, 74, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mr. Leon Oliver
AIKEN -- Mr. Leon ``Mush'' Oliver, 85, of East Boundary S.E., died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Jeannette Bailie
Mrs. Jeannette W. Bailie died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Grace Duffie
Mrs. Grace E. Duffie, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Windermere Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Pearl Campbell
LANGLEY -- Mrs. Pearl Cochran Campbell, 79, of Cemetery Road, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Evelyn Lewis
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn C. Lewis, 85, of Hudson Street, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Kenneth French, ex-SRS manager, dies
AIKEN -- Mr. Kenneth W. French, former plant manager at the Savannah River Site, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000. Mr. French, a resident of Summit Drive, was 85.

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

Mr. George Porter
HARLEM -- Mr. George Robert ``Hoss'' Porter, 47, of Carlene Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mrs. Wynelle Davis
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Wynelle C. Davis, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Elizabeth Booth
Mrs. Elizabeth T. Booth, 89, of Hickory Drive, Evans, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Tommy Moore
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Tommy ``Tom'' Moore, 56, of South Racetrack Street, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Rupert Miller Jr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Rupert M. Miller Jr., 78, of McIntyre Street, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Toombsboro Nursing Home.

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

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

Mrs. Lillian Quarles

Mr. John Keck

Mr. Eugene Asberry

Mrs. Pearl Campbell

Mrs. Evelyn Lewis

Mr. Leon Oliver

Mrs. Nelle Fleming

Mrs. Mary Lane

Mrs. Josie Huff

Mrs. Wynelle Davis

Mrs. Jeannette Bailie

Mrs. Grace Duffie

Mr. Willie Oliphant

Mrs. Elizabeth Booth

Mr. Anthony Arnett

Mr. Rufus Lane

James Pearson

Mrs. Venera Green

Mr. Dane King

Mr. Fred Drake Sr.

Mr. Larry Gilmore

Mr. Cluise Smith

Mrs. Gail Combs

Mrs. Cheryl Tauaese

Mr. Kenneth French, ex-SRS manager, dies

Mrs. Stella Zaharia

Mrs. Jerolene Albright

Kent: Potpourri of local issues; how Willie won
THE GEORGIA General Assembly starts tomorrow, and three major Augusta-Richmond County issues loom:

Siser: What would Jesus have to say about his church?
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Praises New Year's Eve celebration
We want to express our gratitude for a New Year celebration that surpassed our expectations. The celebration in Augusta on New Year's Eve was excellent. The continuous entertainment was great and you could not have asked for better weather. Debbie Wilkins, Grovetown

Names the 'best' of the century
With all of the ``millennium'' and ``century'' stuff -- who's the best, who's the greatest, who did the most? I believe we have forgotten who we owe what we have to. Bill Bushall, Aiken

Education: No. 1
Georgia's Legislature convenes tomorrow with education reform the No. 1 concern. A corollary question: How much power in this area should transfer to a governor, and away from the elected school superintendent and legislators? More about that when the governor and his Reform Commission unveil specifics next week.

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

Suggests keeping dam, disabling lock
I have followed the discussion concerning the lock and dam on the Savannah River downstream from the Riverwalk. It appears to me that all of the entities and officials have ignored the most obvious solution to the problem. Gerald M. Foreman, U. S. Army (Ret), 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

Slams SRS health costs for Carolinians
A Westinghouse Savannah River Co. press release a few weeks ago claimed that the current rift between approximately 28 Aiken Health Providers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield did not involve the Savannah River Site Management Team. This news release failed to recognize the addi-tional thousands of dollars it will cost SRS employees living in South Carolina annually if they continue to use their chosen Aiken Health Care Providers that recently withdrew from the ``network.'' Dave Cowfer, Aiken

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

Siser: What would Jesus have to say about his church?
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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

Slams sentencing, zoning enforcement
Lately I have been reading lots about our courts and how they sentence people; also about the zoning enforcement. Cecil Long, Hephzibah

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

Criticizes cleric on censorship
It baffles me how someone such as the Rev. Dan King (letter, Dec. 9) can be considered an advocate of free speech when he calls for censorship of clear biblical teachings, which he considers a hate crime. Anna Fellows, Augusta

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

Urges pictures of animals in shelter
I recently had the opportunity to visit Columbia County Animal Control near the county jail. I went looking for Sam, my black and white cat. I was very apprehensive on walking in and seeing the dogs and cats, most of which will be future corpses due to their owners not going out there to claim them. B. Butler, Martinez

Kent: Potpourri of local issues; how Willie won
THE GEORGIA General Assembly starts tomorrow, and three major Augusta-Richmond County issues loom:

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.

Offers another '20th Century Giant'
I enjoyed reading about the (Jan. 1) ``20th Century Giants'' (a sampling) from the Central Sa-vannah River Area who influenced our region. The accomplishments and influence of some pale compared to the legacy of Edward Gillespie. Randolph R. Smith, M.D., Augusta

Gore's dumb 'litmus test'
An article of faith in liberal orthodoxy holds that presidents aren't supposed to apply political ``litmus tests'' to people they nominate to high office -- even if it's a Supreme Court justice whose views on abortion could change the direction of the entire Court.

Cancel inmate pact
Warden Robert Leverett of the Richmond County Correctional Institution is making it real easy for the Augusta-Richmond County Board of Education. Leverett says he wants to cancel the 32-year-old contract that lets inmates do maintenance and grounds work on public school property.

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.

Defends 'rights' of Braves pitcher
While I think pitcher John Rocker used bad judgment in his comments, I wonder why there seems to be a double standard? Keith Smith, Warrenville

Claims justice is 'color' blind
Is justice blind or am I? It is evident in the latest turn of events: D. Smith, Wrens

Divisive S.C. session looms
For the first time in years, video poker will not dominate South Carolina's legislative agenda when lawmakers convene in Columbia Tuesday. The state Supreme Court saw to that last year.

Park City prepares for full slate of winter sports

Jacobs, Carroll earn $10,000 for wins

Nash, Canadian women win

U.S. drug chief optimistic on new agency

Pinckney must wait for a shot

Vasco topples Manchester United

Overtime: Grant may join Lewis in NFL draft

Overtime: Walker named to Georgia's sports shrine

Local athletes focus on Olympics

Overtime: McWhorter returning to Jackets

Hall earns nationals trip this year

Rocker's critics demand his removal

Stars and Stripes in strife over rudder

Tyson could fight Briggs in March

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

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.

Foes question role of plants
They are the last of their kind. Each one longer than two football fields and more than five stories tall, Savannah River Site's two reprocessing plants once refined plutonium and uranium for use in the atomic bombs of the Cold War.

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.

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.

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.

Surgeons near heart replacement
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Building an artificial heart seemed so easy in the 1960s: design a pump, implant the contraption in a patient's chest and hook it up to the arteries.

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.

Tough decisions in South Africa's AIDS epidemic
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa -- Doctors scribble notes into patients' folders while a young man lies nearby on a gurney, dying from AIDS-related tuberculosis.

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.

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.''

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.

Dam sparks environmental concerns
HIGHLAND, Calif. -- A massive new flood-control dam built to safeguard 3 million people but criticized by environmentalists was dedicated Friday in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Web-only broadcaster spans globe
NEW ORLEANS -- Drunks and tourists making their way down Bourbon Street stumble past something new -- a disc jockey peering back from a soundproof glass booth in a curbside broadcasting studio.

Report: Shirts don't contain dangerous amounts of chemical
BERLIN -- Nike soccer jerseys pulled from store shelves across Germany after a television report do not contain a dangerous amount of a toxic antibacterial chemical, according to a report Saturday.

Foes question role of plants

Taiwan's largest chipmaker to buy third largest

Surgeons near heart replacement

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

Catholic Church believes in Web

Microsoft stung by $400 rebate deal in California, Oregon

Energy Department outlines plan for nuclear weapons agency

Tough decisions in South Africa's AIDS epidemic

Web-only broadcaster spans globe

Cyber spiritual