Physicians susceptible to mistakes

Speaker stresses being prepared to care for older parents

Business briefs

Honda's new look debuts
Greg Hodges smiled as he stood in front of his new dealership Thursday.

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.

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

Three new stores to open

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.

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Blue-chip stocks fell steeply Thursday amid worries that rising interest rates ultimately will cut into corporate earnings, while leading technology companies boosted the Nasdaq into record territory.

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.

Merry Land lists $3.2 million in funds
Augusta-based Merry Land Properties Inc. reported $3.2 million in funds from operations for 1999, its first full year as an apartment complex management company.

Williams scores 23 in Syracuse win

Paine downs Clark-Atlanta

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

USCA men triumph over ASU

Dogs-Gamecocks rivalry is lacking

Tech holds on to beat Seminoles

Clemson continues losing ways

Georgia sails by Jackets

USCA has late rally to beat Lady Jags

Free throws often times anything but freebies

Bulldogs fall to LSU

Big Ten streak is snapped

Duke matches ACC win streak

Youth vote cop-out

Supports free-flowing Savannah River

X-rated strip searches

Never again!

Discuss zoning in Edgefield County

Calls 'choice' most 'ungodly' word

Wonders why Brazile is 'untouchable'

Seeks more funds for recreation

Notes DoD review of spouses' benefits

Sees a bright future for downtown

Hits hiring of zoning mediator

The lawmakers rule

Fruit-bearing plants 'berry' good for show
"Horticulturists Do It with Fruits." At least that's what a needlepoint, done by my secretary, hanging on my office wall proclaims. Blueberries, figs, Japanese persimmon, muscadine grapes and native mayhaw aside, my garden would be filled anyway with all sorts of ornamental fruit -- if the kids and birds would leave them alone.

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

Augusta will go Western
All over the Augusta area, people are dusting off their Stetsons, polishing their belt buckles and buffing those Western boots to a glass-like luster -- all in preparation for the 21st annual Augusta Futurity.

'Sunshine Boys' still brightens stage
One part ode to vaudeville and one part meditation on the trials of aging, The Sunshine Boys has become a mainstay of the American theater.

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.

Science is working to produce grasses that don't require much upkeep
Imagine having a lawn that stayed lush and green year-round and never needed cutting. It isn't too far-fetched, according to Michael Neff, assistant professor and plant geneticist at Washington University in St. Louis.

Cancer conversations helped spark artist's creative flair
Inspired by her surroundings and her life in eastern Tennessee, Jean M. K. Miller's paintings are not the misty Great Smoky Mountain landscapes or rustic slices of Americana that might be expected. Her Appalachian Conversations canvases brim with bold iconographic images, painted in bright crayon-box hues. It may come as a surprise to many viewers that these bright and arresting pieces were inspired by conversations about cancer.

Positioning, variety help determine success of cultivation
Q: I want to plant a couple of pecan trees in my yard. I want to have some shade, but I also thought it would be nice to have some nuts as an added bonus. Which variety do you recommend?

'Mikado' players strive to entertain
Long held as the hallmarks of opera -- unrequited love and the shadow of impending doom figure heavily in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. Unlike many operas, however, The Mikado also features humor, toe-tapping music and a happily-ever-after ending.

Boston Brass doesn't limit repertoire
Brass instruments aren't just for Sousa anymore. The Boston Brass quintet has built its reputation by dipping into the wells of baroque, pop, jazz and opera for material. The group will demonstrate its ability to break out of the five-piece format when it performs with organist Keith Shafer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Reynolds Street. The concert is part of the Riverwalk Series.

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.

Black singer had historic moment in country music
One of the best things to happen to me over the holidays was finally meeting Linda Martell. Miss Martell made country music history in 1969 by becoming the first black woman to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry show.

Romanian-founded quartet finds American success
It has been a long road from Bucharest to Illinois for the Lipatti String Quartet. Founded in 1993 by graduates of the Bucharest Music Academy in Romania, the group made its New York debut in 1998 on the heels of notable success at numerous competitions, including the prestigious Dmitri Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition.

Actor plays 'Richard III' with king-size villainy
Richard III scuttles across the stage like a black widow spider. People in the audience shrink in their seats from his venomous presence. Richard is the granddaddy of all villains.

Fishing tournament information

Shallow water produces, but deep-water drops fishless

High entry fees part of sport

Rapp leads victory parade

Augusta Futurity continues to evolve

Branch's record score challenged

Changes made to speed action

Augusta Futurity keeps growing

Futurity schedule

Kraft in pursuit of first PGA victory

Martin opens at 4-under

Golfer arrested for aggravated DWI

Whistling Straits selected for 2004 PGA Championship

Mallon leads Naples tournament

High school scores

Wildcats work to make name for themselves

Balance of basketball power changes in Region 3-AAAA

High school scores

Boston topples Atlanta

Mason records 3 assists

Physicians susceptible to mistakes
Well, we've made fun of mistakes in newspapers, government agencies and, most recently, church bulletins.

River water level continues to rises
  The water level along Riverwalk Augusta, pictured here Thursday morning, had fallen less than projected. STEVEN SCHRETZMANN/STAFFThe Savannah River water level continued to rise Thursday but the impact of the drawdown was still being felt. WRDW-TV reported work crews are busy rebuilding the riverbanks that collapsed at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. The park will remain closed until sometime next week. Augusta Mayor Bob Young will hold a 6 p.m. meeting at Julian Smith Casino today during which the Corps' district commander, Col. Joe Schmitt, will discuss the decommissioning study. Public comments also will be taken. The drawdown, which lowered depths 5-feet along downtown Augusta, was part of a test to determine whether the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam 13 miles downstream should be decommissioned. -- WRDW-TV News 12 and The Augusta Chronicle

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

Martin off to a strong start in Hope
BERMUDA DUNES, Calif. -- Casey Martin split the fairway with his opening tee shot as the first PGA Tour member on wheels. Before he drove off into history, though, he wanted to get one thing straight. Was his caddie allowed to ride in his cart with him between the 18th green and first tee? ``He's a rookie,'' a tour official said, confirming that the caddie could ride. ``He just wants to be sure.'' Other than being the only tour player to ride a cart, Martin was no different than any other rookie in the first round Wednesday of the Bob Hope Classic. Full story"> -- The 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

Fruit-bearing plants 'berry' good for show

'Sunshine Boys' still brightens stage

New and hip

Actor plays 'Richard III' with king-size villainy

Boston Brass doesn't limit repertoire

Black singer had historic moment in country music

Capsules

Cancer conversations helped spark artist's creative flair

In the know

Positioning, variety help determine success of cultivation

Romanian-founded quartet finds American success

County plots town center land
Columbia County officials clearly defined the parameters of the planned Evans Town Center during a Thursday night public hearing.

Moonstruck O'clipse

Good weather expected for eclipse

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

Across the area: New president elected for board
The Laney-Walker Development Corp. board elected a new president Thursday and learned the corporation might be able to build more houses in Summerfield East subdivision in addition to those now out for bid.

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.

College GOP chapter rises to top

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

County to impose stormwater charge

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

County plots town center land

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

Drawdown raises residents' ire
Economics favor keeping the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam intact by a 7-to-1 ratio, according to the Army Corps of Engineers' district commander.

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.

Three dead, 54 injured in college dorm fire

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.

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.

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.

Corps' says projections were on target

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.

Martin off to a strong start in Hope

Drawdown raises residents' ire

Local officials, residents discuss water authority

Fatal shots ruled justifiable

Smokers are paying more than their share in taxes
(Editor's note: The author, Dwight R. Lee, is a professor at the Terry College of Business at University of Georgia.)

Drawing a crowd

Juvenile director requests funding
ATLANTA -- Even as Georgia's juvenile justice commissioner asked state lawmakers Thursday for funds to provide alternatives to maximum security lockups for nonviolent offenders, he came under fire for recent assaults on guards at two youth detention centers.

Edgefield officer seeks sheriff's position

Public sees worst-case scenarios
Changing markets, new technology and better safety programs have reduced the potential for chemical spills in Richmond County, according to several major users of toxic materials.

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.

Edgefield officer seeks sheriff's position
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Only days after Edgefield County Sheriff Billy Parker announced he would retire at year's end, one of his deputies has stepped forward as a possible replacement.

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.

Across the area: Candidate McCain set to visit Aiken

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.

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.

Juvenile director requests funding

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.

Public sees worst-case scenarios

Pupils, teachers learn how to curb violence in schools

Blame the system, not DFACS case workers

High court to decide fate of alleged loiterer

Across the area: New president elected for board

Board rescinds parole for child's killer

Debate over transfers continues

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

Propsal allocates funds for housing

Lynx come to terms with Coliseum panel

Smokers are paying more than their share in taxes

Senate tutored in ethics

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.

Blame the system, not DFACS case workers
(The author, Lee Bultman, is coordinator of Family Intervention Services, the Medical College of Georgia's program for abuse and neglect victims, and former chairman of the Richmond County Child Abuse Protocol Committee.)

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.

Moonstruck O'clipse
JEFF JANOWSKI/STAFFMoonstruck O'clipseThis photograph, taken at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, shows the moon slipping into the Penumbra, the soft outer fringe of the Earth's shadow. The lunar eclipse was expected to last until 2:24 this morning.

Hodges: remove flag now

Lynx come to terms with Coliseum panel
After more than five months of indecision, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority sold arena advertising rights to the Augusta Lynx.

Soldier dies during practice

Propsal allocates funds for housing
State Sen. Charles Walker's proposed $30 million economic development plan will allow the nonprofit board that will administer the funds to do things that have never been done before in Augusta, the chairman of the board said Thursday.

Hodges: remove flag now

Fatal shots ruled justifiable
The fatal shooting last month of a former deputy by Columbia County Sheriff's officers has been ruled justifiable, District Attorney Danny Craig said Thursday.

Circus cancels performance this year in Augusta

Debate over transfers continues
COLUMBIA -- Democrats might have given the governor an ``A'' for emphasizing education in his State of the State speech, but critical Republicans failed him.

Teachers get personal training during day off

Drawing a crowd
Lou Piancone of Aiken (front left), gives a group of chefs a first-class ride around Aiken in his carriage down South Boundary Avenue. Mr. Piancone organized the carriage ride Thursday for the chefs, who are in town for the Medieval Banquet being held at Green Boundary for Aiken's sister city Orvietto, Italy.

Abortion foes plan candlelight vigil

Local officials, residents discuss water authority
The chill of winter hasn't cooled down the hot and sometimes volatile water issue for many south Augustans and some politicians.

School representatives want state bill changed

Legal concerns prolong random checks

Mr. Jordan goes to Washington

Chicago reaction to Jordan mixed

Atlanta tightens security for Super Bowl

Alstott enjoys added workload

Taking a 'no name' approach to defense

Redskins shake up defense

Wilkins says he'll play Sunday

Judge: Collins' Louisiana extradition waiver valid

Excuses plentiful, answers few for futility against Titans

Mr. Alfredo Miaco
Mr. Alfredo Miaco, 46, of Pinewood Court, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

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

Mrs. Annie Collier
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Annie Lanham Collier, 64, of Rainbow Falls Road, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Rosa Cook
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Rosa Lee Madison Cook, 77, of Talisman Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Anne Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

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

Ms. Renet Marie Thomas
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Ms. Renet Marie Thomas, 29, of Tropic Street, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Parrish Medical Center.

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

Mr. Miller Jenkins
Mr. Miller Jenkins, 56, of Panhandle Circle, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Lucile Davenport
Mrs. Lucile Davenport, of Deland Street, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Ms. Catherine Cosby
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Ms. Catherine Cosby, 45, of Gunn Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Josephine Williams
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Josephine ``Jo Ann'' Bush Williams, 55, of Georgia Highway 57, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.

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

Mr. Pete Costello
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Pete Costello, 90, of Edwards Drive, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Bertie Finch
THOMSON -- Mrs. Bertie B. Finch, 95, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Mount Pleasant Alternative Care Home.

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

Mrs. Lucy Yaun
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs. Lucy Glover Yaun, 79, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000.

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

Mrs. Christine Moore
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Christine Johnson Moore, 91, of Lower Mill Road, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Green Acres Nursing Home, Milledgeville.

Mr. Roosevelt James
WAGENER -- Mr. Roosevelt James, 45, of Oklahoma Avenue, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000.

Mr. James Dunston
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Mr. James Lee Dunston, 76, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Mount Vernon Medical Center.

Mrs. Evelyn Hechler
AIKEN -- Mrs. Evelyn Hinman Hechler, 95, of Cherry Hills Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Marie Haenel
Mrs. Marie Dahlheimer Haenel, 93, of Boy Scout Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Brenda Lewis
Mrs. Brenda B. Lewis, 54, of First Avenue, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Johnny Brown
KITE, Ga. -- Mr. Johnny C. Brown, 77, of Route 2, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000.

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

Mr. Charles Wallace
Mr. Charles ``Bucky'' Wallace, 47, of Mount Auburn Street, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at St. Luke Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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

Ms. Hattie Coleman
Ms. Hattie E. Coleman, 78, of Broad Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at her residence.

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. Elmore Alcott Jr.
NUNEZ, Ga. -- Mr. Elmore Alcott Jr., 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

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

Mr. Floyd Lawson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Floyd ``Big Boy'' Lawson, 67, of Lawson Road, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. George Hill
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. George ``Weed'' Hill, 47, of Lewis Street, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon.

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. Jimmy Sumner
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Jimmy Sumner, 59, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

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

Mr. Tillman Gary Jr.
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Mr. Tillman Gary Jr., 75, of Irvin Street, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000.

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

Ms. Vicki Walters
METTER, Ga. -- Ms. Vicki Lynn Walters, 38, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah.

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

Mrs. Gladys Kelley
NEW YORK -- Mrs. Gladys Avery Kelley, 66, of Nagle Avenue, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Mr. Willie Harris
THOMSON -- Mr. Willie Otis Harris, 65, of Old Milledgeville Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

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. James Brown Sr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. James Arthur Brown Sr., 46, of Obe Jordan Road, died Sunday Jan. 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Dr. Harry Zoller
NEW ORLEANS -- Dr. Harry Zoller, 80, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Touro Infirmary.

Mrs. Susie Hankins
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Susie Loyd Hankins, 94, of Walnut Street, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mrs. Lessie Carter
Mrs. Lessie Carter, of Salem Nursing Home, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Jettie Steadman
Mrs. Jettie Steadman, of Old Savannah Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Charles Usry
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Charles William Usry, 56, of Whaley Pond Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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. Frank Walker
DETROIT -- Mr. Frank Walker died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000.

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

Mr. Ruby Young
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Ruby Young, 78, of Pickrum Street, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Paoli Memorial Hospital, Paoli, Pa.

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

Mrs. Nora Heath
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Mrs. Nora Bell Heath died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000.

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. Eric Salter
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Eric Scott Salter, 25, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mr. Ben Bridges
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Ben C. ``Pat'' Bridges, 68, of Pinetree Nursery Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

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

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

Ms. Catherine Cosby

Dylan Smith

Mrs. Rosa Cook

Mr. Anthony Fields

Mr. David Pullum

Mr. Elton Fulmer

Mrs. Brenda Lewis

Mr. Eric Salter

Mrs. Lucile Davenport

Mr. Bennie Chandler

Mr. Hal Weitenhagen

Mr. Mitchell Smith

Mr. Willie Harris

Mrs. Leona McDaniel

Mr. Elmore Alcott Jr.

Mr. Frank Calhoun Jr.

Mrs. Josephine Williams

Mr. Melvin Roberts

Mr. Jimmy Sumner

Miss Gail Williams

Mr. Roosevelt James

Mrs. Willie Lou Ross

Ms. Lucille Brantley

Mrs. Hae Foster

Mrs. Emma Ranew

Mr. John Horton

Mr. Pete Costello

Mr. James Beasley

Ms. Renet Marie Thomas

Mr. Milburn Shelton

Mr. Alfredo Miaco

Mr. Claude Sherrer

Mrs. Jettie Steadman

Mr. Otis Altman

Mr. George Hill

Mr. James Dunston

Mrs. Lessie Carter

Mr. Miller Jenkins

Mrs. Susie Hankins

Mrs. Annie Collier

Mrs. Bertie Finch

Mr. Charles Wallace

Mr. Charles Usry

Mr. Tillman Gary Jr.

Mr. Frank Walker

Mr. Ruby Young

Mr. Thomas Harris

Mrs. Gladys Kelley

Mr. Robert Clark

Mrs. Nora Heath

Mrs. Catherine Peabody

Mrs. Marie Haenel

Dr. Harry Zoller

Mr. Ben Bridges

Blame the system, not DFACS case workers
(The author, Lee Bultman, is coordinator of Family Intervention Services, the Medical College of Georgia's program for abuse and neglect victims, and former chairman of the Richmond County Child Abuse Protocol Committee.)

Cites anniversary of 'Roe' decision
On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the infamous Roe vs. Wade and Georgia's own Doe vs. Bolton decisions. These two decisions, intended to be read together, legalized abortion on demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. At noon on Jan. 21, memorial services will be held on the 27th anniversary at the Georgia Capitol to remember the nearly 100 Georgia babies killed each day in the name of choice.Davida Johnson, Augusta

Smokers are paying more than their share in taxes
(Editor's note: The author, Dwight R. Lee, is a professor at the Terry College of Business at University of Georgia.)

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

Blame the system, not DFACS case workers
(The author, Lee Bultman, is coordinator of Family Intervention Services, the Medical College of Georgia's program for abuse and neglect victims, and former chairman of the Richmond County Child Abuse Protocol Committee.)

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

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

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.

Cites anniversary of 'Roe' decision
On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the infamous Roe vs. Wade and Georgia's own Doe vs. Bolton decisions. These two decisions, intended to be read together, legalized abortion on demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. At noon on Jan. 21, memorial services will be held on the 27th anniversary at the Georgia Capitol to remember the nearly 100 Georgia babies killed each day in the name of choice. Davida Johnson, Augusta

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

Youth vote cop-out
Reports show that 18- to 21-year-olds voted in lower numbers than ever in the 1996 presidential election and, based on current polling, this year's young adult turnout is expected to be even worse.

Smokers are paying more than their share in taxes
(Editor's note: The author, Dwight R. Lee, is a professor at the Terry College of Business at University of Georgia.)

Hits hiring of zoning mediator
Hiring Roy Bates as zoning interpreter-mediator for Edgefield County is ludicrous. Spending ... so-called emergency revenue to hire this man is cunning and definitely a poor use of taxpayers' money. Janet Travis, Edgefield

Discuss decommissioning lock, dam
I am writing in regard to the questions about the New Savannah River Lock and Dam. First, I believe that if our U.S. senators were doing their job, this would be a moot question. I feel sure that if Doug Barnard was still our representative this would have been handled. Does anybody know what our senators are doing regarding this? I haven't even seen a thing written about them and their views of the problem. David J. Smith, Hephzibah

Discuss zoning in Edgefield County
Our Edgefield County government is doing it again. After 15 months of Planning Commission workshops and public hearings on a zoning and land-use ordinance, (where the citizens of the county were politically restricted to ``comments only'' and limited participation), it appears that County Council is going to do the same thing once again. John E. Hoy, Edgefield

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.

Supports free-flowing Savannah River
I am a faculty member at the Medical College of Georgia. The opening of the lock and dam fits with the best current environmental understanding that rivers are healthier if they are left in their free flowing state. Environmental issues would therefore argue to let the dam be opened rather than throw more money at keeping the dam functional. But there is another opportunity here. Moshe Sadofsky, Augusta

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

Notes DoD review of spouses' benefits
I would like to call attention to the fact that the Department of Defense conducted a review of ``H.R. 72, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act,'' this past fall to address concerns with its provisions. Congress is currently waiting for the report. This is then to be brought to the floor for debate. The House Committee on Armed Services will determine changes, if any, and then amendments to the law could be included in future defense authorization legislation. Elizabeth W. Crans, Martinez

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

X-rated strip searches
Coming soon to an airline checkpoint near you: X-ray, X-rated strip searches. Yes, the miracle of engineering science has created a high-tech scanner that sees right through your clothes to ``reveal every curve of your naked body,'' according to Libertarian Party national director Steve Dasbach.

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

Futurity fun begins
You thought the New Year's Eve street party was great fun? That lasted for over nine hours. The exciting, fun-filled 21st Annual Augusta Futurity goes on for nine days.

Wonders why Brazile is 'untouchable'
In response to Robert Novak's Jan. 15 column, ``Gore urged to `muzzle' Brazile'': Right is right and wrong is wrong. Watson Clark, Augusta

'New' Capriati on road back

Youth hoops games will be played in silence

Overtime: Tyson goes on a verbal tirade

Triathlete faces two fights

High entry fees part of sport

Jeter close to record $118 million deal

Hot Hewitt reminiscent of Connors

Overtime: Turner argues Rocker should get 2nd chance

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.''

Teams find key to medical mystery
A key protein is needed for a mouse fetus to fend off the mother's immune system successfully, sparking hope that similar proteins might be lacking in human mothers that miscarry.

Dust mites play role in development of asthma
WASHINGTON -- As doctors struggle to understand why asthma is rising at an alarming rate, a report released Wednesday concludes microscopic dust mites that lurk in carpets and bedding can push children who are susceptible to asthma -- but don't yet have it -- to develop the disease.

FCC authorizes 'very local' FM radio stations
WASHINGTON -- Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, jazz, rock. The Louisiana music scene boasts a range of styles that the state's artists work to keep alive each day.

Teams find key to medical mystery
A key protein is needed for a mouse fetus to fend off the mother's immune system successfully, sparking hope that similar proteins might be lacking in human mothers that miscarry.

Mir space station will work through August
MOSCOW -- Russia's Mir space station got a new lease on life today when the government decided to keep it in orbit through August, using hardware previously allocated for the International Space Station.

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.

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.

ABC, New York Times announce news alliance
NEW YORK -- ABC News and The New York Times are the latest media heavyweights to announce a news alliance, saying Thursday they will collaborate on a daily political Webcast and share other resources.

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.

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.

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.

New dietary standards to target saturated fat, sugar
WASHINGTON -- Nutrition experts revising the government's dietary guidelines want to tell Americans to ``go easy'' on sodas and sweets and cut down on meat, dairy products and other sources of saturated fat.

ABC, New York Times announce news alliance

Beyond.com exits consumer software market

FCC authorizes 'very local' FM radio stations

Encyclopaedia Britannica embraces the Internet

Dust mites play role in development of asthma

Microsoft rejects judge's monopolist label

New dietary standards to target saturated fat, sugar

More oxygen can halve the risk of surgical infections

Pentagon: Missile interceptor missed target over Pacific

Teams find key to medical mystery

Mir space station will work through August

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

Teams find key to medical mystery