List ranks century's villains

Business briefs
LONDON -- British pharmaceutical heavyweights Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC said Friday that they've resumed merger talks. If successful, a union between them would create the world's largest drugmaker.

Business briefs: Rising stock brings calm to investors
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose Thursday after a report of relatively modest inflation boosted the bond market and calmed jittery stock investors. Financial shares led the Dow Jones industrials to a new closing record.

Dow closes at record high
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose sharply Friday, boosted by a strong earnings report from high-tech bellwether Intel and comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan that indicate interest rates will be rising only slightly.

Business briefs

Business briefs: Rising stock brings calm to investors

Regency Mall plan unveiled

Dow closes at record high

Regency Mall plan unveiled
Windward Properties consultant Rick Wood offered a $30 million plan Thursday to revitalize Regency Mall -- the troubled shopping center that was once Georgia's largest.

Clemson surprises Wolfpack

Tuskegee coach records 500th win

Area notes: Young Lions show their maturity in win

SEC notes: Harrick takes shot at Dogs' backcourt

Lady 'Dogs hold on to beat Florida

Gamecocks give scare to Syracuse

ACC notes: Tigers' offense coming to life

Augusta State meets Lander in grudge match

DFACS crackdown

Slams opinion poll on S.C. flag issue

Blasts publication of funeral photo

Rips `intolerant' language in letters

Defends pitcher's freedom of speech

Grand jury's mission

Asks humane treatment of employees

Objects to use of 'teen' in headlines

Urges approval of 'morning after pill'

Appreciates inclusion as CSRA Giant

Young guitarist masters many styles
Over the course of his musical career, guitarist Derek Trucks has played with a pantheon of music

Faith digest
In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, retired Episcopal Bishop Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr. will speak at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way.

Frost forecasts don't depend on the official air temperature
Unseasonably warm weather? Nah! The past several years, I've been so confused by the weather, nobody, not even the Weather Channel guy my wife calls "the Weather Stud," can convince me it'll ever be normal again.

Ladybugs come in for heat
Q: I have had all these ladybugs invade my house this winter! Why are they coming inside, and what can I do about it?

Allow your heart to open up
Congratulations! You made it to the year 2000, but do you really have it made? Did you cross over into this new era spiritually empowered or spiritually sluggish?

Creative design with traditional material
LOS ANGELES -- No one questions tile's place in the bathroom or the kit

'Country Cares' for children -- once again
More than a dozen country-music stars supplied acoustic versions of their recent hits for the Country Cares for Kids II collection released Tuesday to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Augusta State again doing the write thing
For a decade now, Augusta State University has sponsored the Winter Gathering of Writers. The event, which brings scribes together to discuss their craft with working regional writers, will feature Phyllis Alesia Perry, the winner of the 1999 Georgia Author of the Year Award.

Singer-actress exudes spiritual qualities
If you want to get ahead, get a headwrap. The advice has served singer-turned-actress Erykah Badu well. As a diva she's been part of the Lauryn Hill-Macy Gray generation, busy reshaping American soul music over the past few years.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Invoking the spirit and message of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., the Augusta Mini Theatre and the NAACP are offering events Saturday to both entertain and educate.

Services will honor King's work
A religious service at noon Monday at First Baptist Church of Augusta in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. would probably have pleased the slain civil rights leader and Baptist minister

Black orchestra brings enlightenment
Atlanta's African-American Philharmonic Orchestra is not in the entertainment business.

Traveling theater troupe makes a stop in Augusta
Before television brought entertainment to the masses, and before every town and hamlet had a multiplex theater offering the latest fruits of Hollywood's labors, theater troupes crisscrossed the country, giving audiences entertainment and maybe an infusion of culture.

Koreans to show gratitude to U.S. with artful event
Traditional dance and martial and visual arts of Korea highlight Korea Comes to You, a cultural exchange Tuesday at Bell Auditorium in honor of Americans who fought on the Asian peninsula 50 years ago.

Returning home
For some Moscowmusicians, traveling to the United States means culture shock.

Journal documents great escapes during war
An American infantry captain and an Army Air Corps lieutenant temporarily assigned to service with ground troops find themselves trapped by the Japanese in the Philippine Islands during the early going of World War II.

China's regime believes religious groups threaten stability
BEIJING -- A series of recent clashes between the Chinese government and spiritual groups indicates that religion -- more than traditional political dissent -- has emerged in the eyes of the Communist Party as one of the most serious threats to its monopoly on power.

Members reflect on King's strength
``I wonder what that little boy can do,'' a fellow worshipper whispered to Maggie Shannon when a 25-year-old preacher of relatively short stature and no pastoral experience, a candidate to be their church's new pastor, stood to deliver his trial sermon. ``Give him a chance,'' Ms. Shannon replied.

Fishing tournament information

Mild weather scatters fish; hybrids school in Dordon

Mild weather scatters fish; hybrids school in Dordon

Azinger takes first-round lead

Barrow named director of First Tee

Webb retains lead in LPGA opener

South Carolina prep scores

Georgia prep scores

Bell's aunt disputes shot; S. Aiken wins call, game

S. Aiken's Callahan finally gets shot at stardom

High school scores

Thomson beats Westside

Lynx ledger

Lynx win in overtime

Soling learns to take his shots

Lynx ledger

List ranks century's villains
There have been a lot of polls reported during the past few months offering us the best of this and the best of that for the 20th century.

Wall Street Update
NEW YORK -- Stocks were modestly higher today as technology shares recovered from a two-day slump and the broader market gained strength from a report of relatively modest inflation. In midday trading on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 12.33 at 11,563.43. Broader stock indicators were also slightly higher. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 4.24 at 1,436.49, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 19.61 at 3,869.63. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

Proposed tax credit for electronic filing
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton will ask Congress this year to create a tax credit of up to $10 for people who file federal income taxes electronically. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said today that Clinton will include in his fiscal 2001 budget request to Congress next month a $10 refundable tax credit for taxpayers filing online and a $5 credit for people who file over the telephone using the IRS' Telefile. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

Some critical of education reform plan
ATLANTA -- Republicans said it didn't go far enough and teacher organizations said it went too far as Gov. Roy Barnes took the wraps off his education reform plan. Barnes called it historic and challenged lawmakers to join him in taking bold new bipartisan steps. His proposal includes limited public school choice, makes students take more tests, rewards high-performance schools, prescribes corrective steps the state may take for schools performing below par, denies tenure to new teachers and gives communities more say about how their schools are run. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

Door open for further interest rate increases
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is expressing new worries that the soaring stock market could lead to an overheated U.S. economy. Private economists viewed Greenspan's comments as a further indication that the Fed will boost interest rates at its next meeting on Feb. 1-2. But Wall Street investors pushed stock prices higher today, with the most closely watched indexes all in record territory. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 131 points at 11,713 with the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index and the broader Standard & Poor's 500 index also showing big gains.

Barnes outlines education proposals
ATLANTA -- Declaring ``it's time to stop making excuses,'' Gov. Roy Barnes proposed a series of education reforms today that included limited public school choice for some students, a round of new student tests, the creation of local school councils to help run schools and abolition of teacher tenure. ``I have a message for those who say that the education system we have, the bureaucracy we have and the progress we have made are good enough: You are wrong. Dead wrong,'' he said in a speech prepared for a joint session of the Legislature. ``And I simply can't allow it any more.'' Under the governor's school choice proposal, students would be allowed to ask for a transfer to another school if: Full story The Augusta Chronicle

Michelangelo's drawings coming to the High
ATLANTA -- The High Museum of Art will host a rare exhibition of Michelangelo's drawings in summer 2001. The ``Michelangelo: Drawings and Other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti, Florence'' exhibit will feature two dozen of the Renaissance artist's drawings and will run from June 23 to Sept. 2, 2001. ``This is a great thing,'' said John Howett, retired professor of Renaissance art at Emory University. ``Michelangelo's paintings are nailed to museum walls and the sculptures don't travel. This is how you see Michelangelo.'' Most of the works are related to the artist's sculptural and architectural work at the Florentine church San Lorenzo -- where he designed the sacristy and Medici tombs -- and for the Sistine Chapel. ``Michelangelo's drawings are scattered around,'' Howett said. ``You don't see exhibitions often because it's too risky to lend. To have that many together is wonderful.''

Flag meeting ends with sharply different views
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Listen to Gov. Jim Hodges, and there was progress at a three-hour meeting -- the latest to decide what to do with the Confederate flag above the Statehouse. But listen to other participants after Thursday's closed session at the Lace House on the Governor's Mansion complex and it sounded like some attended a different meeting. Hodges and June Murray Wells, president general of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, said a resolution was closer. ``It was a very positive and productive dialogue,'' said Hodges. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

Georgia one of most smoggy states
WASHINGTON -- California and Texas were among the states with the worst smog problem last year, an environmental group said today after assembling preliminary air quality data from the states. Georgia was ranked as the sixth-worst among 50 states. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

China's regime believes religious groups threaten stability

'Country Cares' for children -- once again

Ladybugs come in for heat

Frost forecasts don't depend on the official air temperature

Members reflect on King's strength

Creative design with traditional material

Koreans to show gratitude to U.S. with artful event

Black orchestra brings enlightenment

Returning home

Journal documents great escapes during war

Services will honor King's work

Augusta State again doing the write thing

Allow your heart to open up

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith digest

Young guitarist masters many styles

Traveling theater troupe makes a stop in Augusta

Singer-actress exudes spiritual qualities

School will add more grade levels

Doctor found liable in malpractice case
An elderly woman who required two life-saving operations after her esophagus was nearly severed during outpatient surgery won a $480,000 judgment Thursday against an anesthesiologist.

Across the area

Georgia one of most smoggy states

City bills Cellular One for tax

Canal foliage marred

Baby alarm

Female officer breaks barriers

Wall Street Update

Foul play

Officer earns general's stars
With the one-star insignia of a brigadier general placed on her uniform, newly promoted Brig. Gen. Velma L. ``Von'' Richardson stepped to the podium and quoted another celebrity with Augusta ties.

Education plan shakes up schools

UGA professor's son found dead at his home
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County police are searching for a 1994 blue Mazda Protege, the ``key piece of the puzzle'' surrounding the slaying Thursday evening of a 16-year-old Cedar Shoals High School student.

Across the area: Morning wreck leaves man dead
A 35-year-old Barnwell County, S.C., man was charged with felony driving under the influence Thursday after the vehicle he was driving overturned and killed a man.

Officer earns general's stars

GOP announces voucher plan
ATLANTA -- Republican state senators introduced their own plan Friday for setting up a system of school accountability and giving vouchers for private-school tuition to children assigned to poorly performing schools.

State sees records shattered

City bills Cellular One for tax
The city has billed Cellular One's operator $394,956 for emergency 911 taxes the company should have collected from its customers on behalf of Augusta government.

School officials look to push back school start times

Baby alarm
Artist Richard Worth paints animal scenes in the maternity ward at Doctors Hospital. The button on the panda's nose will be pushed every time a baby is born, and music will play throughout the hospital to signal that a new life has begun.

Canal foliage marred
Two Augusta-Richmond County Public Works Department employees were suspended without pay after a brief but destructive foray last week along the towpath of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area.

File probe yields no evidence
ATHENS, Ga. -- Two Clarke County child abuse files under scrutiny in a statewide criminal investigation already have been reviewed by one state agency, and no evidence of a crime was revealed, according to county Department of Family and Children Services officials.

Columbia braces for flag opponent rally

County considers new mayor/CEO position
The move to add a full-time chairman to the Columbia County Commission is based on two things: accountability and accessibility.

State House approves code of ethics
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House ended the first week of the session by overwhelmingly adopting a code of ethics Friday aimed at sending voters a message that lawmakers are capable of policing themselves.

Arkansas judge denies bond for Kneece testimony is suspect
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Benton County sheriff's deputies brought Etheridge Kneece to Bentonville on Friday, where he pleaded innocent to capital murder charges.

School superintendent in Glynn County dies
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Glynn County schools Superintendent William F. Young, hospitalized with pneumonia since Tuesday, died Thursday. He was 58.

Flag meeting ends with sharply different views

School superintendent in Glynn County dies

Arkansas judge denies bond for Kneece testimony is suspect

Some critical of education reform plan

Doctor found liable in malpractice case

Civil Rights Celebration

Civil Rights Celebration
Memories of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream were alive and well Friday as a church full of people who remember the Civil Rights era gathered to pay homage to the leaders and the foot soldiers in the struggle for equality -- and to look ahead.

Plane crashes in Richmond Co.

Juvenile charged in theft
A Jefferson County juvenile has been arrested in North Carolina and is wanted in Georgia on charges that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars using a stolen identity.

School will add more grade levels
AIKEN -- Aiken Preparatory School has seen a lot of history, so Friday was no exception.

Police arrest second man in slaying
Another man was charged in the slaying of a woman whose body was found in the trunk of a car during a traffic stop Jan. 7, and the man driving the car learned he could possibly face another charge at his bond hearing.

File probe yields no evidence

Crash's cause still unknown
The cause of Thursday's plane crash in south Richmond County that killed an Evans man was still not known Friday.

Rocker still doesn't get it

Man arrested in connection with two 15-year-old killings
WOODBINE, Ga. -- A Jacksonville man has been arrested in connection with a double slaying at a rural church that has baffled Camden County authorities for 15 years.

School officials look to push back school start times
Next year, Columbia County pupils might get more time before they have to be at school.

Man arrested in connection with two 15-year-old killings

Barnes outlines education proposals

Plane crashes in Richmond Co.
An Evans man was killed Thursday when the single-engine experimental aircraft he was piloting crashed less than a mile from the south Richmond County airfield where he took off.

State House approves code of ethics

State sees records shattered
AIKEN -- The last year of the 1990s was a record-breaker in South Carolina, Gov. Jim Hodges said Friday afternoon during a brief stop at the Aiken Municipal Airport.

Across the area
An Augusta man found guilty but mentally ill in a neighbor's 1998 slaying received a sentence of life in prison Friday. Ray A. Payne, 35, still has no memory of killing 69-year-old George H. Palmer on July 4, 1998, in Mr. Palmer's Deans Bridge Road home, his attorney, Peter Johnson, told the judge in Richmond County Superior Court.

Education plan shakes up schools
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes conceded Thursday that his education-reform plan will draw fire, but he asked the General Assembly to enact it anyway, putting an end to several benefits teachers have long considered important.

Police arrest second man in slaying

Air show planning begins
The Augusta Aviation Commission voted Thursday to host a full air show the weekend the Blue Angels perform at Augusta Regional Airport during Skyfest 2000 -- only 70 days away.

Across the area: Morning wreck leaves man dead

Air show planning begins

Columbia braces for flag opponent rally
COLUMBIA -- With a rolling rebel yell from nearly 7,000 Confederate flag supporters barely faded, authorities are bracing for Monday and a possibly even bigger crowd that wants the flag removed from South Carolina's Capitol dome.

Exhumation of child's body ordered by judge
CARNESVILLE, Ga. -- A Superior Court judge has ordered the exhumation of an infant's body so state medical examiners can perform an autopsy on the child, whose mother is charged with murder in Franklin County for allegedly killing the infant by using illegal drugs during pregnancy.

Foul play
Artist Richard Worth paints animal scenes in the maternity ward at Doctors Hospital. The button on the panda's nose will be pushed every time a baby is born, and music will play throughout the hospital to signal that a new life has begun.

Female officer breaks barriers
Looking through a women's memorial calendar this week, U.S. Army Col. Velma Richardson was inspired by the images on the January 2001 page: four female 3-star generals.

Juvenile charged in theft

Crash's cause still unknown

County considers new mayor/CEO position

Jordan could join Wizards front office

Hornets-Knicks game postponed as teammates grieve for Phills

Gilliam's fourth quarter spurt lifts Jazz

Hardaway could be back in 7-10

Perot, Cuban sign agreement on Mavericks sale

Hawks snap losing streak

Marbury, Nets stop Clipper comeback to win

Raptors top Bucks

No fool's gold, these Nuggets are for real

Magic sparks his Swedish team to another rout

Garnett scores 19 in T'wolves win

Jordan may become NBA team president

Tackle shakes his rap

49ers fire defensive backs coach Greg Brown

Question for Titans-Colts: Are you experienced?

Is this Marino's last stand?

NFL weekend playoff schedule

Rams, Vikings set to fill the end zone

Colts' sack leader almost was a Titan

Bucs are well rested

Rams have overcome every challenge

Two of NFL's brightest young stars are in quarterfinals

Tampa Bay likes rookie's chances

Playoff game reunites college foes

Dolphins limp, Jaguars strut into playoffs

Mr. Walter Moody
BATH -- Mr. Walter Richard Moody, 75, of Hampton Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Donald Coleman Sr.
Mr. Donald ``Donnie'' Coleman Sr., 51, of Harding Road, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Dukes
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Lee Kelly Dukes, 51, of Pecan Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2000, at John E. Harter Nursing Center.

Mr. Lawrence Hilson
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Mr. Lawrence Hilson, 76, of Griffin Chapel Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Tom Scott
Mr. Tom Scott, of River Glen Apartments, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Veterans Administrative Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ella Powell
Ella Johnson Powell, 100, of Lynnwood Drive, Martinez, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000 at her residence.

Mr. John Hall
HARLEM -- Mr. John Albert Hall, 68, of Tucker Road, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Cain
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Willie W. ``Buster'' Cain, 61, of Taylor Pond Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Walter Moody
BATH -- Mr. Walter Richard Moody, 75, of Hampton Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. E. Clyde Murphy
AIKEN -- Mr. E. Clyde Murphy, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Peter Consolie II
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Peter Anthony Consolie II, 32, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, in Aiken.

Mr. Alden Tate
CENTRALIA, Ill. -- Mr. Alden R. ``Audie'' Tate, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at the residence.

Mr. Jerry Booker
Mr. Jerry D. Booker, 76, of Augusta, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at the Georgia War Veterans Home.

Mr. Vernon Kennedy
Mr. Vernon M. Kennedy, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Grace Tate
CENTRALIA, Ill. -- Mrs. Grace M. Tate, 67, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Mr. W. Glynn Welch
HARLEM -- Mr. Wilber Glynn Welch, 63, of County Line Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. William McDowell
Mr. BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. William ``Bill'' McDowell, 67, of Jones Bridge, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Frances Axtell
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Frances Axtell, 68, of Sweetwater Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Claire Herrin
AIKEN -- Mrs. Claire MacDonald Herrin, 71, of Mohawk Drive, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Warren Wilkerson
ATLANTA -- Mr. Warren Wilkerson, 78, of Lochland Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000.

Mrs. Margaret Cason
THOMSON -- Mrs. Margaret S. Cason, 72, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Marvin Curley
Mr. Marvin Curley, 19, of Libby Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000.

Mr. W. Glynn Welch
HARLEM -- Mr. Wilber Glynn Welch, 63, of County Line Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Ms. Louise Houston
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Ms. Louise Scott Houston, 56, of West 13th Street, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Lakeland Medical Center.

Jerry Gay Taylor
MILLEN -- Mr. Jerry Gay Taylor, 59, of Paynes Chapel Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Mary Wright
Ms. Mary E. Wright, 53, of R.A. Dent Boulevard, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Esther Hilton
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Esther Louise Hilton, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Douglas Anderson
Mr. Douglas Ray Anderson, 20, of Martinez, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000.

Mr. Gregory Thompkins
Mr. Gregory Thompkins, 37, of Hollis Road, Augusta, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Blair House Nursing Home.

Mrs. Ruth Harp
Mrs. Ruth HarpROME, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Shroyer Harp died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000.

Mr. Robert Fields
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Robert H. Fields, 81, of Route 3, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Eddie Walker
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Eddie Willie Walker died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jim Ware
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Jim Ware, 79, of Edgewood Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000.

Mr. Willie Robinson
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Willie C. Robinson, 28, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, in Virginia Beach, Va.

Mrs. Melodie Newman
Mrs. Melodie Newman, 50, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mildred Knott
Mrs. Mildred H. Knott, 88, of Augusta, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Joe Slater
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Joe V. Slater, 85, of West Calhoun, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Bessie Neeley
BELTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Bessie Rucker Neeley, 99, of Belhaven Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Anderson Area Medical Center.

Mrs. Jamie Lee
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Jamie Aldred Lee, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Memorial Health University Hospital, Savannah.

Mr. Frances Hall
AIKEN -- Mr. Frances Hancock Hall, 80, of Vaucluse Road, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Benjamin Walker
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Benjamin Jack Walker, 71, of Lee Street, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Ola Howell
JEWELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Ola Dye Howell, 95, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Thomson Manor, Thomson.

Mr. C.W. Storey
AIKEN -- Mr. C.W. Storey, 74, of Morton Avenue Northeast, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Alvin Bettis
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Alvin Bettis, 47, of West Floyd Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Hodge Benenhaley Jr.
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Hodge ``Ben'' Benenhaley Jr., 58, of Summer Breeze Drive, died Friday, January 14, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Beth Phillips
HARLINGEN, Texas -- Mrs. Beth Cary Spivy Phillips, 93, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999.

Mr. Edward Ryals
HARLEM -- Mr. Wilber Glynn Welch, 63, of County Line Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Reba McKinzie
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Reba Ann Wommack McKinzie, 72, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Herman Hendrix
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Herman Hendrix, 54, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Joyce Doctor
VARNVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Joyce O'Della Doctor, 46, of Yemassee Highway, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, Charleston.

Mr. James Lewis Sr.
LITHONIA, Ga. -- Mr. James Graham Lewis Sr., 87, of Lake Capri Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Mews Retirement Center.

Mrs. Carrie Mathis
THOMSON -- Mrs. Carrie Bell McCord Mathis, 82, of Hoey Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Barbara Kemp
AIKEN -- Mrs. Barbara Jean Kemp, 56, of Oriole Street, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000 at her resident.

Mr. Robert Moore
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Moore, 88, of West Main Street, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Jeanette Bilton
MARION, N.C. -- Mrs. Jeanette Wellmaker Bilton, 65, of Mountain View Care Center, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at her residence.

Ryan Dunn
Ryan Joseph Dunn, infant son of Randolph J. Dunn Sr. and Gertrude Dunn, Evans, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. John Johnson Jr.
Mr. John Johnson Jr., of Cairo Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Eola Jenkins
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Eola Jenkins, 90, of Joiner Road, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Rodney Gardenhire
CLARKS HILL, S.C. -- Mr. Rodney Gardenhire, 43, of Georgia Highway 28, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Charlie Hallman
Mr. Charlie E. Hallman, 77, of Brinson Street, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. William Carr
BELVEDERE -- Mr. William Joseph Carr, 80, of Cherokee Drive, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Alice Bunch
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Alice Bell Mims Bunch, 63, of Casalina Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Ida Lewis
Ms. Ida Elizabeth Lewis, 86, of Dublin Drive, Augusta, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Mr. Gordun Bathija
Mr. Gordun D. Bathija, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Margaret Freeman
Ms. Margaret Freeman, 85, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Neolyn Mock
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Neolyn Newton Mock, 69, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Ola Howell
JEWELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Ola Dye Howell, 95, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Thomson Manor.

Mr. Charles Allen
Mr. Charles Allen, 58, of Gilbert Manor, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Emily Neal
Mrs. Emily Green Neal, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Edith Hight
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Edith Pierce Alfriend Hight, 89, of South East Street, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Claude Tyrrell
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Claude M. Tyrrell, 86, of Sikes Avenue, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Charlie Hallman

Mrs. Melodie Newman

Mrs. Beth Phillips

Jerry Gay Taylor

Mrs. Esther Hilton

Ryan Dunn

Mr. Joe Slater

Mr. William Carr

Mrs. Ola Howell

Ms. Ida Lewis

Mr. W. Glynn Welch

Mrs. Eola Jenkins

Mr. Gordun Bathija

Mr. Peter Consolie II

Mr. William McDowell

Mrs. Jeanette Bilton

Mr. John Hall

Mr. Tom Scott

Mrs. Margaret Cason

Mr. Walter Moody

Mrs. Emily Neal

Mrs. Jamie Lee

Mr. Hodge Benenhaley Jr.

Mrs. Reba McKinzie

Mr. Rodney Gardenhire

Mr. Warren Wilkerson

Ms. Mary Wright

Mr. Edward Ryals

Mr. E. Clyde Murphy

Mrs. Neolyn Mock

Mr. Jim Ware

Mr. Benjamin Walker

Mrs. Carrie Mathis

Mrs. Grace Tate

Mr. Donald Coleman Sr.

Mrs. Ella Powell

Mr. Walter Moody

Ms. Margaret Freeman

Mrs. Edith Hight

Mr. Lawrence Hilson

Mrs. Alice Bunch

Mrs. Mary Dukes

Mr. Willie Robinson

Mrs. Ola Howell

Mrs. Mildred Knott

Mr. Marvin Curley

Mr. Robert Moore

Frances Axtell

Mrs. Bessie Neeley

Mr. Willie Cain

Mr. Claude Tyrrell

Mrs. Ruth Harp

Mr. Douglas Anderson

Mr. Herman Hendrix

Mr. Jerry Booker

Mrs. Barbara Kemp

Mr. Charles Allen

Mr. Frances Hall

Mr. Gregory Thompkins

Mrs. Joyce Doctor

Mrs. Claire Herrin

Mr. Alden Tate

Mr. Alvin Bettis

Kentucky's education reform left unwanted legacy
OZ NELSON, the former chairman of Kentucky's Partnership for School Reform and member of Georgia's current Education Commission, recently critiqued Sue Burmeister's guest column on education reform. His take on Burmeister's article was inaccurate and not without some irony for those of us in Kentucky who still live with the legacy of our reform effort.

Sisler: Lawsuit could be costly rush to judgment
The law suit did not settle the question of who has the ``better ingredients'' and the ``better pizza,'' only who could not say they did. Pizza Hut sued Papa John's because of the latter's slogan, ``Better Ingredients, Better Pizza.'' The penalty, announced a few days ago, declared that Papa John's must stop using the slogan and pay $468,000 in damages. The ruling, based on a claim of deceptive advertising, says it is okay for Pizza Hut to say that they have the ``best pizzas under one roof.''

Health care a top issue facing Georgia legislators
THEY'RE baa-aaaaaack: yes, the Georgia General Assembly is now open for business in Atlanta. I know this comes as a severe disappointment to those who were hoping that the Y2K bug would somehow manage to wipe out government, but there's always Y3K.

Slams opinion poll on S.C. flag issue
Your Jan. 10 news article indicating that over half of South Carolinians want the flag removed from the Statehouse is another example of people keenly constructing polls to covertly sway public opinion. Public opinion polls can be orchestrated in a way to insure that the pollsters get exactly the results they want. Jason Goings, Graniteville

Walker & the veto
In a recent TV interview, Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, made some heartening remarks about strengthening the authority of the Augusta mayor, perhaps by giving him (or her) a vote on the 10-member Commission or, at least, veto power over the budget.

Defends pitcher's freedom of speech
If Roberto Alomar can spit on an umpire and continue to play baseball in the United States of America, then big ol' country boy (Braves pitcher John Rocker) should be able to express his own personal opinion. It is commonly called freedom of speech. Amanda Rabun, Wrens

Boat casinos still afloat
Video poker is in its death throes, but South Carolina's other gambling menace, casino boat gambling, is still very much alive off the Palmetto State's coastline, particularly in Charleston -- at least for the moment.

Sisler: Lawsuit could be costly rush to judgment
The law suit did not settle the question of who has the ``better ingredients'' and the ``better pizza,'' only who could not say they did. Pizza Hut sued Papa John's because of the latter's slogan, ``Better Ingredients, Better Pizza.'' The penalty, announced a few days ago, declared that Papa John's must stop using the slogan and pay $468,000 in damages. The ruling, based on a claim of deceptive advertising, says it is okay for Pizza Hut to say that they have the ``best pizzas under one roof.''

Kentucky's education reform left unwanted legacy
OZ NELSON, the former chairman of Kentucky's Partnership for School Reform and member of Georgia's current Education Commission, recently critiqued Sue Burmeister's guest column on education reform. His take on Burmeister's article was inaccurate and not without some irony for those of us in Kentucky who still live with the legacy of our reform effort.

Hits forum for 'public incivility'
There has been much written regarding Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker's recent comments. In just a few statements, Mr. Rocker was able to offend a large majority of Americans. Unfortunately, his comments, however offensive, seem in keeping with much of the negative stereotyping The Chronicle chooses to publish every day in its editorial pages. William T. Browne, Evans

Health care a top issue facing Georgia legislators
THEY'RE baa-aaaaaack: yes, the Georgia General Assembly is now open for business in Atlanta. I know this comes as a severe disappointment to those who were hoping that the Y2K bug would somehow manage to wipe out government, but there's always Y3K.

Aiken flies tamed?
The City Council's first meeting of the year has gotten Aiken's new year off to a smooth start. The Council unanimously approved formation of a Horse Advisory Committee. The new panel will not, as the name suggests, advise horses. It will instead counsel horse owners on how to prevent their animals' manure from stinking up their neighbors' property and attracting flies, possibly creating a health hazard.

Hits candidacy of Texas governor
It seems the most likely pick for the Republicans will be George W. Bush. But will he be the peo-ple's choice? I hope not, at least not based on what we know now. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

DFACS crackdown
When it comes to malfeasance, incompetence, and possible criminality, it would be hard to beat Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services.

Appreciates inclusion as CSRA Giant
It was both astounding and very exciting to find my name on your Jan. 1 list of 20 CSRA residents who had been considered significant to the two-state area. Believe me, at 5 feet 1 inch tall, I've never been called a giant! Nancy Anderson Donnan, Beaufort, N.C.

Grand jury's mission
As Augustans seek a better quality of life for a new century, let's remember that the conduct and stewardship of our public officials have much to do with our community's future. That's why the special grand jurors recently empaneled to probe governmental operations and possible corruption have such an important task.

Objects to use of 'teen' in headlines
Your newspaper is well read in our house every day. One of the practices causing a major irritant is the sensationalism of using the term ``teen'' in articles' headlines. For instance, in ``Across the Area'' on Jan 9: ``Teens will not face death penalty.'' The ``teens'' referred to are l8-year-old adults who will be tried and sentenced as the adults they are. The term ``teen'' is usually thought to refer to a young adolescent between l3 and l7. The persons referred to in most headlines of this type are l8- and l9-years- old and are obviously adults. Geraldine Connally, Mitchell

Wants referendum on S.C. flag issue
The headline in the Jan. 10 paper said, ``Survey: Most people want flag removed.'' I was a little surprised considering every poll conducted in recent times says just the opposite. Glenn Dedmondt, Johnston

Urges approval of 'morning after pill'
Jan. 22 marks the 27th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal in the United States. Since that time, abortion services have taken place against a backdrop of extremist rhetoric, protest and even violence. However, on the horizon of this new century is the Food and Drug Administration approval of mifepristone, formerly known as RU486. With mifepri-stone available, women facing unintended pregnancies will have access to another safe early abortion option already available to women in Europe ... Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

Doubts reasons cited for abortion rate
I found the Jan. 7 front page article entitled ``Abortions continue to decline'' rather interesting and it normally would have been pleasing to many of us who believe that even one abortion is too many. Unfortunately, I am less excited about these statistics as I have significant problems with the assumptions upon which the conclusions are based. Vern Simon, Evans

Blasts publication of funeral photo
When my husband died just a few years ago, I was cloaked in grief then and I still am today. However, if I thought that someone would ever have taken a picture of me in the saddened state I was in the day of the funeral and put it on the front page of a newspaper, I believe I would have immediately found a lawyer who would assist me in suing for invasion of privacy. Helen P. Villasor, Augusta

Rips `intolerant' language in letters
I would like to take issue with Anna Fellows' Jan. 9 letter defending the Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr., who in his Dec. 1 letter equated Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims to ``savages, pagans, and barbarians.'' Robert Linsenmayer, McCormick

Asks humane treatment of employees
Americans are experiencing record setting prosperity, yet many employees have become nothing more than faceless statistics with company ID numbers. Many employers have forgotten that their employees are people with real feelings that impact their families and co-workers. This is especially true for retirees. Many companies simply forget about retirees who were dedicated employees for many years. In some instances retiree benefits are taken away or reduced after retirement. Anne Cook, Augusta

Help wanted: NFL, NBA make their pitch to minorities

Sponsorship shortfall to have impact on Olympic budget

College football notebook: Recruits search for local talent

Cole hired as Alabama State coach, players unhappy

Two trades as 90 players file for arbitration

Fisk to wear Red Sox cap into Hall of Fame

Rocker still doesn't get it

Corinthians wins first Club World Championship

Overtime: Hudson close to gaining Trials berth

Britain rules Tyson can enter country to fight

Furcal's ailment cause for Braves' concern

Study suggests biological basis for serious antisocial behavior
CHICAGO -- Very aggressive boys have been found to have lower-than-expected levels of a stress hormone in their saliva, suggesting that their behavior might be biologically based and hard to treat with counseling, researchers reported Thursday.

Prices skyrocket for choice Internet real estate
NEW YORK -- As the Internet expands, newcomers could find their preferred Web addresses costing thousands or millions of dollars.

Astronomers find complex organic molecules in space
ATLANTA -- A primordial soup of complex organic chemicals that could be the precursors of life is cooked up very quickly after the birth of stars, new research suggests.

Astronomers find black hole near Earth
ATLANTA -- Four bursts of X-ray energy have alerted astronomers to a black hole just 1,600 light years away from Earth, practically on the doorstep in astronomical terms.

Clinton wants to double funds for biofuel production
WASHINGTON -- Aiming to replace fossil fuels with cleaner, renewable energy sources, President Clinton is proposing to more than double federal spending on efforts to turn corn husks, chicken droppings and other waste into power for cars and buildings, White House officials said Thursday.

Study bolsters idea that folic acid cuts birth defects
ATLANTA -- Women in 14 Texas border counties who had babies with birth defects and then took folic acid during a subsequent pregnancy greatly reduced the chance of having a second baby with spinal birth defects, according to government researchers.

Gates appoints Ballmer as Microsoft CEO
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on Thursday promoted his longtime friend and company president, Steve Ballmer, to chief executive officer of the software giant that Gates co-founded.

SRS computer security probed
Federal inspectors are reviewing Savannah River Site's computer-security procedures at U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond's request.

Congress members visit SRS
Some Savannah River Site activities might be difficult to categorize during a pending reorganization of the U.S. Department of Energy, a congressman said Thursday.

Man receives two new arms; progressing well
LYON, France -- A gutsy Frenchman who took up running marathons after being being maimed in a factory explosion four years ago received two arm transplants in the first operation of its kind, doctors said Friday.

Researchers clone monkeys by splitting embryos
WASHINGTON -- Genetically identical monkeys are being cloned by Oregon researchers, who are splitting early-stage embryos and then implanting the pieces into mother animals.

Astronomers find complex organic molecules in space

Gates appoints Ballmer as Microsoft CEO

Researchers clone monkeys by splitting embryos

Man receives two new arms; progressing well

Congress members visit SRS

Astronomers find black hole near Earth

Study suggests biological basis for serious antisocial behavior

Prices skyrocket for choice Internet real estate

Study bolsters idea that folic acid cuts birth defects

Clinton wants to double funds for biofuel production