Business briefs: Nasdaq index soars, but Dow tumbles
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks drove the Nasdaq composite index tantalizingly close to a new record Tuesday, while blue-chip shares slid as worries about rising interest rates distracted investors from strong fourth-quarter corporate earnings reports.

Tax forms should arrive soon

Columbia County experiencing hotel boom
A new, 60-room motel being built along Frontage Road in Co-lumbia County is more than brick and mortar. It's a money ma-chine for the county -- a way to generate tax dollars that can be pumped into tourism and leisure services.

Two banks show profit in '99
Two community bank companies announced a profitable year Wednesday.

Speaker stresses being prepared to care for older parents
Anne Paugh, marketing director for Brandon Wilde Continuing Care Living Center, was preaching to the choir Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business meeting.

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index rose to a record Wednesday even as investors punished Microsoft for a profit report that met published estimates but failed to impress some Wall Street analysts.

Tax forms should arrive soon
State and federal tax officials say it's that time of year again: time to start thinking about filing your income tax returns.

Three new stores to open
An upscale department store, a Christian bookstore and a fast-food restaurant are the latest developments to spring up at Augusta Exchange, the metro area's fastest-growing retail development.

Columbia County experiencing hotel boom

Belk to expand in Aiken Mall
One of the largest department stores in Aiken Mall is getting an overhaul. Belk Inc. has announced plans for a $3.6 million expansion and renovation of its store.

Three new stores to open

Business briefs

Business briefs: Nasdaq index soars, but Dow tumbles

Speaker stresses being prepared to care for older parents

Clemson continues losing ways

Tech holds on to beat Seminoles

USCA has late rally to beat Lady Jags

USCA men triumph over ASU

Indiana tops Iowa in Alford's return

Tech, FSU moving in different directions; face off tonight

USC Aiken-ASU: College b-ball at its best

Cota, Newby case goes to mediation

Paine downs Clark-Atlanta

Terrapins feeling desperate for win

Duke matches ACC win streak

Gamecocks face tough test at Auburn

Williams scores 23 in Syracuse win

Virginia uses 2nd-half rally to top N. Carolina

Conference feeling pressure over Confederate flag

ACC Notes: Blue Devils within one of matching ACC streak

Early bloomer hoping to go out on good note

Bulldogs fall to LSU

Slams penalty for cutting down trees

Never again!

Seeks more funds for recreation

Expresses viewpoints on education

Would use lock, dam for power

Rip Jesse's attack on Rebel emblem

Sees a bright future for downtown

Blasts Jackson over Ga. flag issue

The lawmakers rule

Praises Columbia County services

The right query

Focus on Ga. ethics

Calls 'choice' most 'ungodly' word

Your favorite quick cooking recipes
After nearly a year and a half of shopping, chopping and cooking, readers have named their favorite recipes from Augusta Chronicle food columnist Karin Calloway.

Small portions
Take a trip around the world without leaving your kitchen. In World Food Cafe, Global Vegetarian Cooking (Soma Books, $28), Chris and Carolyn Caldicott showcase the wondrous meat-free food served at their namesake London restaurant.

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

New and hip
Many golfers admire Jack Nicklaus, but Harold Widencamp has another reason to envy the Golden Bear -- he wants Jack's hip.

Capsules
While many people may think of heart attacks as dramatic events that cause a person to seek help, many heart attacks actually go unrecognized.

In the know
``What's this stuff?'' ``He won't eat it; he hates everything.'' If you recognize the lines -- and 70 percent of you do, according to a recent survey -- then you're a prime target for the new Life cereal campaign.

Martin makes PGA debut -- with cart

Martin opens at 4-under

Whistling Straits selected for 2004 PGA Championship

International field tops Masters record

Marcus Rivera leads Barnwell in OT

Rebels move up in sub-region

Aiken falls to Orangeburg in OT

Lee's buzzer-beater lifts Aquinas

High school scores

Boston topples Atlanta

Canadian gov't to aid its NHL teams

Mason records 3 assists

Mason's return to Lynx unsure

Report: Procter & Gamble listens to merger proposal
NEW YORK -- Warner-Lambert held talks with Procter & Gamble to gauge interest in a possible three-way deal that would involve P&G buying both the drugmaker and American Home Products, The Wall Street Journal reported today. A deal was far from certain, and the level of P&G's interest was unclear, the newspaper said, citing sources familiar with the talks. It was unclear if talks were continuing. Warner-Lambert in November announced a merger with American Home Products, only to have the deal stalled when rival Pfizer launched a hostile bid for Warner-Lambert, maker of the blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor.Full story --Augusta Chronicle

Three dead, 54 injured in college dorm fire
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Fire broke out in a Seton Hall University dormitory early today as hundreds slept, killing three people and injuring 54. Screaming students in pajamas grabbed coats or blankets and fled into bitter pre-dawn cold, with one leaping from a window. Four people were critically injured, hospital officials said. The blaze in six-story Boland Hall began about 4:30 a.m., university spokeswoman Lisa Grider said. It apparently started in a commons area on the third floor, pouring thick, black smoke through the building and out of the windows. The cause was under investigation. After a series of false alarms last semester, many of the more than 600 students in the dorm rolled over to go back to sleep when the fire alarm rang, thinking it was another prank. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Bitter cold grips Northeast
Noses dripped. Cars wouldn't start. Dogs balked at a trip outside. Some people even had trouble making ice because it was so cold. It's a bitter reality check for Northeasterners who went outside in T-shirts just two weeks ago to play golf in 60-degree weather. The coldest spot in the Lower 48 states this morning wasn't International Falls, Minn., but Saranac Lake, N.Y., at 29 degrees below zero. Saranac Lake had the same dubious honor on Monday with a low of minus 26. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Clinton: Confederate flag should come down
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- President Clinton today jumped into the fight over the Confederate flag over South Carolina's Statehouse. ``He thinks the flag shouldn't be flown,'' said spokesman Joe Lockhart. He relayed Clinton's comments while flying with the president to Boston. The White House spokesman said the president recalled that the flag controversy was rooted in a 1962 decision by the Legislature, which voted to fly it in ``a symbolic act to show opposition to desegregation.'' ``He's not saying the Confederate flag ... doesn't have some historical meaning to it, but in this case it's wrong,'' Lockhart said. ``It shouldn't be flown.'' Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

New and hip

Small portions

In the know

Your favorite quick cooking recipes

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One-vehicle accident kills Jefferson deputy

Lawmakers criticize reef program cuts
ATLANTA -- Several Coastal Georgia lawmakers Tuesday questioned a plan to cut all state funding for artificial reefs from Gov. Roy Barnes' proposed 2001 budget, eliminating what the state's top environmental official conceded has been a popular program.

Across the area: Man robs bank in grocery store
A robber took a bag of cash from a bank inside a Kroger store Tuesday but dropped it outside the store when a dye pack exploded, police said.

Pupils, teachers learn how to curb violence in schools

Many blame Corps for damage
Draining a river that hasn't been drained in 63 years brought a lot of Augustans -- and some out-of-towners -- to the waterfront Tuesday.

Corps' says projections were on target

Across the area: Candidate McCain set to visit Aiken

High court to decide fate of alleged loiterer

Meeting to examine accident scenarios
Richmond County's largest makers and users of dangerous chemicals will offer the public an opportunity Thursday to learn about accidents that will probably never happen.

County to impose stormwater charge

School representatives want state bill changed
ATLANTA - Representatives of educator groups told Georgia lawmakers they oppose a proposal to remove job safeguards for beginning teachers, while lobbyists for school administrators objected to plans to share their power with parents and business executives.

Board rescinds parole for child's killer

Concerns rise as river water level falls

State's boating fatalities decline
COLUMBIA -- Recreational boating deaths on South Carolina's waterways are the lowest they've been in 15 years, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Economic slowdown forecast for Georgia

Foggy jog
Although the track around H. Odell Weeks Activity Center usually is full of skaters, runners and walkers, James Webb of Aiken has the track to himself as he jogs into the fog. Aiken was wrapped in a foggy blanket Tuesday.

One-vehicle accident kills Jefferson deputy
A Jefferson County, Ga., sheriff's deputy who doubled as Bartow's chief of police was killed in a one-car accident early Tuesday after reportedly hitting an oil patch on U.S. Highway 1 south of Wrens.

School representatives want state bill changed

Augusta board OKs city ethics law
Augusta commissioners put some teeth back into a proposed ethics ordinance before approving it Tuesday, rehired their lawyer for the rest of the year and called for a meeting to discuss where to house city offices and the courts.

Abortion foes plan candlelight vigil

Economic slowdown forecast for Georgia
ATLANTA -- An expected slowdown in Georgia's phenomenal economic growth is behind the conservative revenue estimate in Gov. Roy Barnes' 2001 budget, the governor's economic adviser told lawmakers Tuesday.

Good weather expected for eclipse

Pupils, teachers learn how to curb violence in schools
While Richmond County teachers and staff members discussed ways Wednesday to better educate their pupils, children discussed ways to get along better.

Augusta board OKs city ethics law

High court to decide fate of alleged loiterer
ATLANTA -- The arrest of Tyson Johnson in October 1998 for sitting on a wall near an Athens housing project has led to a constitutional debate before the Georgia Supreme Court on cities' ability to use anti-loitering ordinance to fight drugs.

State's boating fatalities decline

Unlikely final four duke it out

New senator sworn in to fill vacant seat

USC Aiken-ASU: College b-ball at its best

Activists urge public to speak out on plans
As the Department of Energy plans MOX fuel production at Savannah River Site, area residents should let officials know what they think of the process, activists said Tuesday at a meeting in the Hyde Park community.

Foggy jog

Many blame Corps for damage

Concerns rise as river water level falls

Lawmakers criticize reef program cuts

Referendum zoning now against law
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Residents who wanted a referendum to settle zoning issues in Edgefield County can no longer count on one.

Teachers get personal training during day off

Korean War veterans honored
Though some might call the Korean War the forgotten war, it certainly wasn't forgotten Tuesday night.

Circus cancels performance this year in Augusta

Council wants Corps to pay for damage
AIKEN -- The federal government should pay property owners for the damage done during the test drawdown of the Savannah River, Aiken County Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie declared Tuesday.

Hodges: remove flag now

Corrections
There have been five black women to reach the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army, not five in the U.S. military, as published in Saturday and Tuesday editions of The Augusta Chronicle. Three other black women have achieve

Council wants Corps to pay for damage

Suit filed in Lively car crash
Shayna C. Lively isn't the only one liable for the deaths of a father and two babies in a drunken-driving crash, a civil lawsuit alleges.

Soldier dies during practice

New senator sworn in to fill vacant seat
ATLANTA -- Georgia's newest state senator already has caught the attention of the governor, who noted her energy and fashion sense.

Hodges: remove flag now

Concerns rise as river water level falls
Richard Carmichael was sleeping soundly when a long, metallic clang jolted him awake just after 4 a.m. Tuesday. The Goodale Landing resident soon joined neighbors roused by the sound, which came from the 1,600-foot bulkhead installed at the condominium complex 18 months ago.

Abortion foes plan candlelight vigil
AIKEN- The lives of 37 million unborn children will be memorialized Saturday during a candlelight vigil to mark the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize abortions on demand.

Board rescinds parole for child's killer
The state's Board of Pardons and Paroles canceled Monday's scheduled release of an Augusta man convicted of beating a toddler to death.

Corps' says projections were on target
Lowering the Savannah River exposed far less earth along Riverwalk Augusta than was projected, but its impact farther downstream was exactly as forecast, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Senate tutored in ethics
ATLANTA -- Keeping on the right side of Georgia's ethics-in-government laws is simple, a former aide to ex-Gov. Zell Miller told state senators Wednesday.

Across the area: Candidate McCain set to visit Aiken
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain will visit Aiken on Saturday for a campaign breakfast.

Soldier dies during practice
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- A seven-ton truck collided with a 68-ton tank at Fort Stewart, killing one soldier and injuring two others.

Corrections

Concerns rise as river water level falls
Richard Carmichael was sleeping soundly when a long, metallic clang jolted him awake just after 4 a.m. Tuesday. The Goodale Landing resident soon joined neighbors roused by the sound, which came from the 1,600-foot bulkhead installed at the condominium complex 18 months ago.

Hodges: remove flag now
COLUMBIA -- With the nation's eyes on South Carolina, it's time to lower the Confederate flag from the Capitol dome, Gov. Jim Hodges told the Legislature in his second State of the State address Wednesday.

Across the area: Man robs bank in grocery store

Hodges: remove flag now
COLUMBIA - With the eyes of a critical country on South Carolina, last of the states to fly a Confederate flag on its seat of government, Gov. Jim Hodges said Wednesday he is less concerned about what the nation thinks than what children learn from the controversy.

College GOP chapter rises to top
ATHENS, Ga. -- Republican leaders, still smarting from less-than-stellar results in the past two national elections, might take a lesson or two from their young associates at University of Georgia.

Legal concerns prolong random checks
At the beginning of the school year, pupils in Columbia County were told to expect random checks for weapons by school administrators with hand-held metal detectors.

Senate tutored in ethics

Meeting to examine accident scenarios

Officials closer to land plan

Circus cancels performance this year in Augusta
Augusta won't be getting the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus this year, but don't blame the Augusta Lynx.

Referendum zoning now against law

County to impose stormwater charge
Columbia County residents and businesses should see a monthly stormwater charge by the end of the spring.

Suit filed in Lively car crash

Good weather expected for eclipse
The weather in Aiken-Augusta should be ideal for viewing tonight's total eclipse of the moon.

Bitter cold grips Northeast

Teachers get personal training during day off
Richmond County educators and pupils used their day off from school Wednesday for personal training.

Officials closer to land plan
The Columbia County Commission took its first steps Tuesday toward a 90-day ban on developing some odd-shaped pieces of property.

Legal concerns prolong random checks

College GOP chapter rises to top

Three dead, 54 injured in college dorm fire

Mr. Jordan goes to Washington

Atlanta continues to slump

Chicago reaction to Jordan mixed

Lynch's physical play energizes Bucs

Wolf sees something of Holmgren in Sherman

Taking a 'no name' approach to defense

Redskins shake up defense

Excuses plentiful, answers few for futility against Titans

Alstott enjoys added workload

Unlikely final four duke it out

Mr. Charles Burke
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Edward Burke, 72, of Virginia Avenue, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Katheryne Boston
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Katheryne D. Boston, 73, of Calhoun Street, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Walton Bailey
JACKSON -- Mr. Walton J. Bailey, 83, of Old Jackson Highway, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Anthony Fields
Mr. Anthony Lynn Fields, 29, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, in Franklin, Va.

Mrs. Mildred Huie
ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, Ga. -- Mrs. Mildred Hix Huie, 93, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Hae Foster
Mrs. Hae Hui Foster, 43, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. James Sturgis
Mr. James Sturgis, of 7th Avenue, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Elton Fulmer
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Elton C. Fulmer, 79, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Grand Strand Memorial Hospital, North Myrtle Beach.

Mr. Julian Swindell
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Julian Richard Swindell, 47, of Tennille-Oconee Road, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000.

Mr. Thomas Harris
Mr. Thomas W. ``Tom'' Harris, 87, of Pendleton Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Milburn Shelton
Mr. Milburn Shelton, 68, of Parliament Road, Martinez, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Gladys Holmes
Mrs. Gladys Kelley Holmes, 81, of Buckingham Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Mayo Wood Jr.
Mr. Mayo Halbrook Wood Jr., 57, of Walton Way, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. John Horton
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. John S. Horton, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mr. H. Grady Kay
EVANS -- Mr. H. Grady Kay, 81, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Myra Lennon
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Myra Drew Lennon, 41, of Georgia Highway 23 South, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Maria Gavalas
Ms. Maria Anthony Gavalas, 96, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Leona McDaniel
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Leona Holmes McDaniel, 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

Mr. Colonel Nelson
DURHAM, N.C. -- Mr. Colonel W. Nelson, 85, of Stanley Road, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ruby Morgan
EDGEFIELD SC, -- Mrs. Ruby Dill B. Morgan, 79, of Gary Street, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Bennie Chandler
AIKEN -- Mr. Bennie Chandler, 82, of Whispering Pines Terrace, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Kenneth Morris
AIKEN -- Mr. Kenneth G. Morris, 84, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Alma Eubanks
Aiken -- Ms. Alma E. Marchant Eubanks, 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Miss Susan Neal
AIKEN -- Miss Susan Neal, 70, of Bradby Lane, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lois Brannon
Mrs. Lois ``Miss B.B.'' Priest Brannon, 86, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care Center.

Mr. James Newman
Mr. James Edward Newman, 69, of Drayton Drive, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ollie Jennings
HARLEM -- Mrs. Ollie Mae Lee Jennings, 63, of White Road, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Catherine Peabody
Mrs. Catherine Hall Peabody, 97, of Katherine Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Georgia M. Few
Mrs. Georgia M. Few, of Wheeler Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Mr. David Pullum
LANCING, Tenn. -- Mr. David Eugene Pullum, 51, of Lee Road, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Garrett
CLEARWATER -- Mr. John S. Garrett, 70, of Willington Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Emma Ranew
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Emma Hendrix Ranew, 85, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Sanford Blodgett
Mr. Sanford W. ``Sam'' Blodgett, 77, of Martinez, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Melvin Roberts
DECATUR, Ga. -- Mr. Melvin Roberts, 72, of Yale Terrace, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Irene Myricks
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Ms. Irene Myricks, 76, of Peppermill Lane, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, in Macon.

Mrs. Willie Lou Ross
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Willie Lou Ross, 91, of Elm Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Buford Manor, Buford.

Mr. Grant Gunby
OCILLA, Ga. -- Mr. Grant G. Gunby, 78, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Tift General Hospital, Tifton.

Mr. Eric Salter
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Eric Scott Salter, 24, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Bennie Chandler
AIKEN -- Mr. Bennie Chandler, 82, of Whispering Pines Terrace, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Otis Altman
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Otis Brinson Altman, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. David Whitlaw Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. David Dantzler ``Buddy'' Whitlaw Sr., 56, of South Boundary Southeast, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Cashiers, N.C.

Mr. Robert Clark
Mr. Robert Lee ``Pete'' Clark, 79, of Tradd Court, Augusta, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Michael Mercer
OLAR, S.C. -- Mr. Michael ``Tony'' Mercer, 23, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in Hickory, N.C.

Dylan Smith
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Dylan Lee Smith, 3-month-old son of Mary Murrell Smith of Penn Street, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in Aiken County.

Mr. Frank Calhoun Jr.
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Frank Louis Calhoun Jr., 74, of White Bluff Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Heritage Park Nursing Home.

Mr. Hal Weitenhagen
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. Hal E. Weitenhagen, 49, of Pine Log Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Beasley
KITE, Ga. -- Mr. James Edward Beasley, 69, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Miss Gail Williams
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Miss Barbara Gail Williams, 51, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Mitchell Smith
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Mitchell E. ``Mitch'' Smith, 31, of Penn Street, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in Aiken County.

Mr. Milburn Shelton
Mr. Milburn Shelton, 68, of Parliament Road, Martinez, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Claude Sherrer
Mr. Claude Sherrer, 82, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Ms. Lucille Brantley
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Ms. Lucille Tanner Brantley, 89, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at IHS Nursing Home.

Mr. Charles Burke

Mrs. Hae Foster

Mr. Robert Clark

Mr. Walton Bailey

Mrs. Emma Ranew

Mr. David Whitlaw Sr.

Mr. H. Grady Kay

Mr. Mayo Wood Jr.

Miss Gail Williams

Ms. Irene Myricks

Mr. Milburn Shelton

Mr. Michael Mercer

Mr. Julian Swindell

Mr. John Garrett

Mr. Colonel Nelson

Ms. Lucille Brantley

Mr. Frank Calhoun Jr.

Mr. Thomas Harris

Mr. Melvin Roberts

Dylan Smith

Mrs. Willie Lou Ross

Mr. David Pullum

Mr. John Horton

Mr. Anthony Fields

Mr. Hal Weitenhagen

Mr. Elton Fulmer

Mr. Claude Sherrer

Mrs. Catherine Peabody

Mr. James Sturgis

Mr. Eric Salter

Mr. Grant Gunby

Mr. Bennie Chandler

Ms. Maria Gavalas

Mr. Mitchell Smith

Mr. James Beasley

Mrs. Leona McDaniel

Mr. Otis Altman

Rogue EPA exceeds authority with 'nuisance lawsuits'
AS IF ITS stringent motor vehicle emission controls were not enough, the Environmental Protection Agency has triggered one of the largest environmental lawsuits in U.S. history. In November it sued seven large utilities, including the Southern Company, claiming that the utilities violated the Clean Air Act by failing to upgrade pollution controls when alleged modifications were made to coal-fired power plants dating back to the early 1980s. As a result, the EPA claims that the public has been exposed illegally to contaminated air.

Praises president as greatest of century
Being a fan of President Bill Clinton, I must acknowledge the fact that he is ``as bad as he wannabe.'' He wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his own full length blockbuster American production. His stellar performance brought drama, suspense, intrigue, glamour, excitement, action, mystery and adventure to what used to be a dull and boring White House. E. Maner, Augusta

Seeks salvation of Savannah River
Without the Savannah River the visitors who come to the Riverwalk will diminish. I feel we should get the people of the Central Savannah River Area involved and maybe we should collect donations to help. J. Smith, Augusta

Wants defibrillator batteries checked
While I am very grateful to RuralMetro Ambulance service for helping save my husband's life recently when he went into cardiac arrest at Noland Co., I was very concerned to learn the defibrillator failed on the first ambulance because all three batteries were dead. The second Rural/Metro ambulance arrived in minutes, and my husband's heart was defibrillated, thereby saving his life. Linda Barrett, Grovetown

Fears film confusing on Christianity
I saw Star Wars: Episode 1 for the first time recently. I was surprised at some of the underlying religious themes. Anikin was likened to the Christ child with his virgin birth and no father. The counsel, who should have recognized that he was the ``chosen one,'' like some people in church, believed they knew the truth when they actually did not. Michele Bouchard, Augusta

Hits school for trip to model U.N.
I was shocked and dismayed to read that St. Mary's Christian Catholic School sent its students to attend a model United Nations to be propagandized (brain washed). Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Calls 'choice' most 'ungodly' word
How can our God bless this city or the advocates of choice when this killing continues? Mavis A. Trickey, Evans

The right query
The last paragraph in Sunday's editorial, concerning the drawdown of the Savannah River, should have read: ``Is commercial shipping the lock and dam's mission -- or is it economic development, with commercial shipping being a means to that end?''

Seeks more funds for recreation
I recently saw a familiar name of a fellow in another city who was indicted for a crime. This fellow had grown up in a tennis program in our Recreation and Parks Department. He always gave us a lot of trouble, yet it was sad for me to see his name. He was a good tennis player. Willis Irvin Jr., Augusta

Rip Jesse's attack on Rebel emblem
The Rev. Jesse Jackson should stay out of the state of Georgia; he is causing enough trouble around the country as it is. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah

The lawmakers rule
The South Carolina Supreme Court's ruling on zoning this week reaffirms the point it made when it struck down the Legislature's planned video poker referendum last year -- namely, that laws are to be made by the people's representatives, and not by the people themselves.

Would use lock, dam for power
Regarding the lock and dam decommissioning: Has any consideration been given to turning the facility (partially) into a low-head hydroelectric generation facility? Stephen V. Geddes, Aiken

Never again!
We're convinced, as are most residents who viewed the devastation caused by the Army Corps Engineers' river drawdown test this week. If the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam is ever permanently decommissioned, it would be a disaster for shoreline proper-ties on both sides of the river -- public and private.

Expresses viewpoints on education
As I listen to the reports and the ideas suggested by Georgia's governor, I am increasingly distressed with the recent information about education in America. ... I am not upset because American schools are in disarray but, rather, because I believe in America and in education. Kristina Schimmels, Augusta

Defends cartoon about 'slime balls'
Letter writer Elaine van der Linden speaks for and represents only a group of unprincipled amoral people who continue to support and defend Bill and Hillary Clinton. No person with religious and moral convictions would uphold an admitted liar, infidel, rapist, draft dodger, citizenship-renouncing and politically unethical ``slime ball'' such as the devil's advocate, Bill Clinton. Respect is not an automatic, demanded or elected right -- respect is earned and it certainly has not been earned by the Clintons. M. Clayton, Augusta

Focus on Ga. ethics
It's heartening to see the Georgia Assembly start off the new year with a package of ethics reforms. A panel of Republicans and Democrats, appointed by House Speaker Tom Murphy, D-Bremen, developed a 55-page ethics document which House members approved 163-1.

Slams penalty for cutting down trees
I have a copy of the Jan. 14 Augusta Chronicle showing the tree damage along the canal and am glad to finally see something in the paper. Billy Cooper, North Augusta

Sees a bright future for downtown
I would like to commend Cheri Noel Robinson on her recent letter that provided constructive criticism to downtown merchants for their missed opportunity on New Year's Eve. While the more progressive merchants participated and supported the once-in-a-century celebration, many chose to ignore and even criticize its occurrence. This was too bad. Life has a way of rewarding those who step forward and provide leadership in times of change, and in punishing those who simply wait for others to lead. The beauty of a free economic system is that those who make things happen usually survive those who wonder what happened. Julian W. Osbon, Augusta

Cell phone backlash
There is a backlash of sorts, in the Augusta area as elsewhere, against drivers who use cellular phones.

Praises Columbia County services
Re the Jan. 12 article on the plan to revise Columbia County government: I was totally confused after reading the comments of Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, Rep. Bill Jackson, R-Appling, and Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans. Starr Crawford, Augusta

Blasts columnists' criticism of Rocker
Rick Dorsey just won't give up attacking and beating up on Braves pitcher John Rocker. His recent column, ``Rocker's oblivion apparent,'' proves that. Now Mr. Dorsey won't even accept an apology. He ends his column on Mr. Rocker by saying that ``... this guy just doesn't get it.'' Dick Reville, Martinez

Blasts Jackson over Ga. flag issue
We should have known it wouldn't be long before they came after our Georgia state flag. This time the charge is being led by the ambulance chaser Jesse Jackson or, I should say, garbage truck chaser. Why can't these people find a more constructive crusade and stop trying to start a race war? Kevin Key, Augusta

Rogue EPA exceeds authority with 'nuisance lawsuits'
AS IF ITS stringent motor vehicle emission controls were not enough, the Environmental Protection Agency has triggered one of the largest environmental lawsuits in U.S. history. In November it sued seven large utilities, including the Southern Company, claiming that the utilities violated the Clean Air Act by failing to upgrade pollution controls when alleged modifications were made to coal-fired power plants dating back to the early 1980s. As a result, the EPA claims that the public has been exposed illegally to contaminated air.

Braves avoid arbitration, sign Veras to one-year deal

Overtime: Former Butler lineman signs with Stallions

Tyson says he ready for Francis and wants Lewis

Overtime: Tyson goes on a verbal tirade

'New' Capriati on road back

Mauresmo out in opening round

S. Williams is weary, wobbly in victory

Jeter close to record $118 million deal

Microsoft rejects judge's monopolist label
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge erred when he ruled that Microsoft Corp. was a monopoly that abused its influence, the software giant says in its first formal response to the court's tough rebuke of its conduct.

Men say impotency followed surgery
CHICAGO -- One of the largest surveys of men who had their cancerous prostates removed found that nearly 60 percent were impotent and more than 8 percent lacked bladder control more than a year and a half later.

More oxygen can halve the risk of surgical infections
Talk about an ounce of prevention: A study found that a few pennies' worth of oxygen can cut the risk of surgical infections in half.

Lunar eclipse to occur Thursday
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Finally, there's an astronomical event for all of us. It won't take a telescope, filter, star chart or degree in rocket science to appreciate the total eclipse of the moon Thursday night. It will be visible above virtually all of North and South America, where the weather allows.

Beyond.com exits consumer software market
SAN FRANCISCO -- Software company Beyond.com is heading into the great beyond in the crowded online consumer shopping space, firing 20 percent of its employees as part of a previously announced restructuring to focus on business and government sales.

Sam Sheppard DNA tests inconclusive
CLEVELAND -- A state-ordered DNA test aimed at trying to prove Dr. Sam Sheppard killed his wife proved inconclusive, a prosecutor said Monday.

Study: Lots of Vitamin E won't help your heart
A large study casts doubt on the widely held belief that daily vitamin E pills help ward off heart problems.

Internet-names challenge rejected by Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court today rejected a challenge to the fees charged for registering and annually renewing Internet domain names.

Pentagon: Missile interceptor missed target over Pacific
WASHINGTON -- In an apparent setback on the Pentagon's drive to develop a national missile defense, a prototype missile interceptor streaked into space Tuesday night in search of a mock warhead launched from an Air Force base in California but failed to hit the target, a Pentagon official announced.

Encyclopaedia Britannica embraces the Internet
Encyclopaedia Britannica was the most prestigious reference work on the broad range of human knowledge in the years when information was commonly distributed in tightly bound, ink-covered pages known as ``books.''

Start-up company wades into free-long-distance fray
By now you're probably used to seeing great deals on long-distance phone calls. Even the ``Dime Lady'' will sell you long distance for a nickel a minute at night.

More oxygen can halve the risk of surgical infections

Beyond.com exits consumer software market

Study: Lots of Vitamin E won't help your heart

Sam Sheppard DNA tests inconclusive

Microsoft rejects judge's monopolist label

Start-up company wades into free-long-distance fray

Encyclopaedia Britannica embraces the Internet

Men say impotency followed surgery

Pentagon: Missile interceptor missed target over Pacific

Lunar eclipse to occur Thursday