Physicians susceptible to mistakes

Oil price rise seen at pumps

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average fell 99.59 Friday to 11,251.71, finishing 471.27 points below last Friday's close. The technology-dominated Nasdaq composite index rose 45.89 to close at 4,235.40, extending the record it set Thursday.

City welcomes call center

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.

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

Oil price rise seen at pumps
When it comes to the price of gasoline, there are few certainties. AAA Auto Club South reported this week, for the four-week period ended Tuesday, gas prices declined locally and statewide by about 2 cents a gallon.

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.

Legislators weigh tax holiday

Legislators weigh tax holiday
ATLANTA -- Parents could buy back-to-school clothes and supplies tax free this summer if a Valdosta legislator persuades his colleagues to go along with a tax holiday.

Business briefs

City welcomes call center
The welcome wagon made a stop by SITEL Technology Services on Friday. Community leaders, huddled beneath a giant silver and blue SITEL sign erected just a day earlier, thanked the company for bringing its inbound call center to Augusta.

Business briefs

Big Ten streak is snapped

Free throws often times anything but freebies

Dogs-Gamecocks rivalry is lacking

Georgia sails by Jackets

Squads look to regroup

Youth vote cop-out

Hits hiring of zoning mediator

Clear up legal tangle

X-rated strip searches

Discuss zoning in Edgefield County

Defends lawmakers on CEO issue

Wonders why Brazile is 'untouchable'

Slams column critical of John Rocker

Notes DoD review of spouses' benefits

Decries fallout of S.C. flag issue

Supports free-flowing Savannah River

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.

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.

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.

Find strength in work of Spirit
Some companies post signs at work sites proclaiming ``(name of company) at work here.'' As we Christians engage in ministry, it is always by the power of the Holy Spirit. So, we can post a sign wherever we are engaged in ministry that reads, `God's Spirit at work here.'

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.

Faith Digest
Five former Atlanta Braves -- Sid Bream, Keith Lockhart, Greg McMichael, David Palmer and Terry Pendleton -- will hold a baseball clinic and sign autographs at Patriot's Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today.

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.

Prayer group takes stand against video store
A woman's face on a billboard at MAE Video beckons 24 hours a day to passers-by along the Aiken-Augusta Highway.

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.

Feeding souls
A helicopter rushed James Hughes of Cordele, Ga., to Augusta nine days ago, after an explosion turned his life -- and that of his family -- upside down.

'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.

'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.

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.

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?

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.

Shallow water produces, but deep-water drops fishless

Fishing tournament information

Horse earns sweep

High entry fees part of sport

Hickorys Farmer carries rider to $5,000 Non-Pro lead

Futurity schedule

Gibson rides to Area 18 Youth title

Changes made to speed action

Rapp leads victory parade

Branch's record score challenged

Augusta Futurity continues to evolve

Augusta Futurity keeps growing

Futurity schedule

At 70, Palmer is still the king

Beem shines in the desert

Mallon leads Naples tournament

Famed No. 2 course at Pinehurst gets U.S. Open again

Golfer arrested for aggravated DWI

Kraft in pursuit of first PGA victory

Wildcats work to make name for themselves

S.C. prep basketball games

Thoroughbreds hold off Orangeburg-Wilkinson

High school scores

Knights thwart Panthers' charge; Lakeside girls win

Balance of basketball power changes in Region 3-AAAA

Georgia prep scores

Titov denies saying workouts were `idiotic'

Canadian government abandons NHL bailout

Lynx on road to start campaign for playoff berth

Report: Rangers, Coyotes, Hurricanes talk trade

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

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

Lumber spill ties up traffic
A lumber spill on Interstate 20 Friday morning tied up traffic. It happened about 6:30 a.m. at the Harlem-Appling exit.

McCain visits Aiken
Republican presidential candidate John McCain rolled his "Straight Talk Express" into Aiken this morning, speaking before a packed house at the Fermata Club.

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

Employees relocated from courthouse
U.S. Bankruptcy Court personnel in Augusta have been moved to a Broad Street building since an indoor air quality investigation revealed the bankruptcy court's former Telfair Street building is a health hazard.

Court tries again for Hill trial jury
A judge will try again Monday to seat a jury in the death penalty trial of David Mark Hill. But this time, the court will travel to the Upstate to do it.

Positioning, variety help determine success of cultivation

Prayer group takes stand against video store

Boston Brass doesn't limit repertoire

Faith Digest

Cancer conversations helped spark artist's creative flair

Feeding souls

'Sunshine Boys' still brightens stage

Actor plays 'Richard III' with king-size villainy

Fruit-bearing plants 'berry' good for show

Romanian-founded quartet finds American success

Black singer had historic moment in country music

Find strength in work of Spirit

Prosecutor: Killer was hired
Investigators are still developing leads in the city's first homicide of 2000 and now they believe Jacqueline Ballard's slaying was a killing-for-hire, a prosecutor said Friday.

Edgefield officer seeks sheriff's position

Moonstruck O'clipse

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.

Star plans aid show for center
There's no need to fight the crowds at the Augusta National Golf Club to see an eagle during Masters Week this year.

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.

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.)

Local officials, residents discuss water authority

County plots town center land

Judge will try seating jury again in Hill case

Lumber spill ties up traffic

Star plans aid show for center

Smokers are paying more than their share in taxes

Group sets events honoring war veterans

Across the area
The next executive director of the Columbia County Board of Elections should be very familiar. Debbie Marshall has been working for the board for 15 years, most recently as election coordinator. She also filled in as executive director while board members searched for a replacement for Rudy Olson, who retired earlier this month.

McCain visits Aiken

Across the area: New president elected for board

Employees relocated from courthouse

Debate over transfers continues

Warnings issued for junk cars

Fatal shots ruled justifiable

Lawyer in SRS suit will appear on `60 Minutes'

Juvenile director requests funding

Residents recognized for relief assistance

Water supply unaffected

Airport's marketing director resigns post
Augusta Regional Airport's temporary marketing director has resigned, effective Tuesday.

Judge will try seating jury again in Hill case
A judge will try again Monday to seat a jury in the death penalty trial of David Mark Hill. But this time, the court will travel to the Upstate to do it.

Water supply unaffected
This week's drawdown of the Savannah River had little effect on Columbia County, even though part of the county's water supply comes from the waterway.

Abortion protesters rally on eve of Roe vs. Wade anniversary
For an entire year, Gary Garner used his lunch break to march in front of Planned Parenthood in Augusta. And on the eve of the anniversary of the controversial Roe vs. Wade court decision, he was out there again.

Prosecutor: Killer was hired

Water supply unaffected
This week's drawdown of the Savannah River had little effect on Columbia County, even though part of the county's water supply comes from the waterway.

Correction
An article in Friday's editions incorrectly identified a speaker who suggested a recall petition for Mayor Bob Young during a meeting on the Savannah River drawdown. The comments were made by Richard Carmichael.

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.

Water supply unaffected

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.)

Court ruling has no local impact

Martin off to a strong start in Hope

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

Lynx come to terms with Coliseum panel

Legislators oppose health board cuts

Candidate to take bus into Aiken
AIKEN -- U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona will be in Aiken today for a breakfast town meeting, one in a series of South Carolina stops for his ``Straight Talk Express'' campaign bus.

Propsal allocates funds for housing

Drawdown raises residents' ire

Across the area

Drawing a crowd

City won't accept bill of old dam

Blame the system, not DFACS case workers

Abortion protesters rally on eve of Roe vs. Wade anniversary

Correction

Court tries again for Hill trial jury

Banquet brings Italy to Aiken

Candidate to take bus into Aiken

Legislators oppose health board cuts
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers objected loudly Friday to another round of proposed cuts in state aid to local health departments and complained that next year's state budget request shortchanges the mentally retarded.

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.

Residents recognized for relief assistance
About 11 Augusta area residents will be given plaques from the Assembly of Turkish-American Associations tonight at a private dinner for their generous response after an earthquake struck Turkey last fall.

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.

Lawyer in SRS suit will appear on `60 Minutes'
AIKEN -- A New York lawyer for black workers at Savannah River Site will state on national television Sunday that someone tried to kill him last June while he was building a case that claims the federal nuclear complex gave blacks jobs that exposed them to more radiation than whites.

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.

Public sees worst-case scenarios

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.

Banquet brings Italy to Aiken
AIKEN -- Decked from head to toe like medieval nobility, more than a hundred revelers discovered Friday what it might have been like to live in Italy nearly a thousand years ago.

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.

City won't accept bill of old dam
Despite a turbulent week of unrest over the drawdown of the Savannah River, Augusta's position of not wanting to become the sole financier of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam is unchanged.

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.

Court ruling has no local impact
Prisoners in Richmond and Columbia County jails infected with AIDS can be segregated from the general population, but officials say they are afforded the same rights and activities as the uninfected.

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.

Warnings issued for junk cars
The city fired its first salvo against crowded yards and decaying steel auto frames Friday as code enforcement inspectors fanned out to deliver their initial wave of warnings that junk cars must be removed -- or they'll be towed.

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.

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.

Group sets events honoring war veterans
BURNETTOWN - The Korean War is sometimes called America's ``forgotten war,'' but a group in Horse Creek Valley is determined to change that perception.

Vancouver Grizzlies back up for sale

Magic scores 34 points as his Swedish team wins again

Heat melts Hawks

Suns top Nuggets

Stewart, Taylor both healthy just in time

Packers to ask for sales tax to help fund Lambeau renovations

Atlanta tightens security for Super Bowl

Packers to ask for Brown County taxpayers for $160 million

Tennessee QB misses practice Friday

Reeves says he'll be back next season

NFL rules against Belichick

Judge: Collins' Louisiana extradition waiver valid

Wilkins says he'll play Sunday

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

Mrs. Nita Prather
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Nita Woodcock Prather, 97, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Sunbridge Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Paul Abernathy
CENTRAL, S.C. -- Mr. Paul Hicks Abernathy, 74, of Vickery Drive, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in Anderson.

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

Mr. Frederick Ryder
AIKEN -- Mr. Frederick Dodson Ryder, 68, of Bordeaux Place, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at his residence.

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.

Mrs. Irene Day
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Irene Day, 52, of Pineland Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Richard Johnson
THOMSON -- Mr. Richard Ezell ``Bear'' Johnson, 86, of Twin Oak Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Miss Ruth Sims
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Miss Ruth Elaine Sims, 96, of Ward Avenue, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, in Charlottesville, Va.

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

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.

Mr. David Clayton Sr.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Mr. David Clayton Sr., 81, of West Ninth Street, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Tandem Health Care.

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

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.

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

Mrs. Isolene Riley
HAMPTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Isolene Riley, 44, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, Charleston.

Mr. Antonio Molini Jr.
Mr. Antonio F. Molini Jr., 45, of Martinez, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Evelyn Sawyer
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn C. Sutton Sawyer, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000.

Ms. Ada Hall
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. -- Ms. Ada Lou Hall died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital, Edgefield.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Mrs. Hazel Gordon
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Hazel R. Gordon, 53, of Mitchell-Edgehill Road, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at her residence.

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

Miss Leslie Racicot
TRENTON, S.C. -- Miss Leslie Jeanne Racicot, 44, of Augusta Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

Miss Mary Rogers
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Miss Mary Josephine Rogers, 80, of Norwood Road, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

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.

Mr. William Henderson
CORDELE, Ga. -- Mr. William Fred ``Freddie'' Henderson, 50, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000.

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

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

Mr. Roy Marsh
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Mr. Roy L. Marsh, 89, of Jefferson Street, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Hancock County Hospital.

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

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

Gabriel Jones
WINDSOR -- Gabriel Elijah Jones, infant son of Freddie and Stephanie Jones, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Mr. William Henderson

Mrs. Rosa Cook

Mr. Miller Jenkins

Mrs. Jettie Steadman

Mr. Frank Walker

Mrs. Brenda Lewis

Mr. Eric Salter

Mr. George Hill

Mrs. Nora Heath

Mr. James Dunston

Mrs. Bertie Finch

Mrs. Annie Collier

Mrs. Isolene Riley

Mr. Charles Wallace

Mrs. Nita Prather

Mr. Tillman Gary Jr.

Miss Leslie Racicot

Mrs. Marie Haenel

Mr. Ruby Young

Dr. Harry Zoller

Mrs. Lessie Carter

Mr. Ben Bridges

Mr. Jimmy Sumner

Mr. Pete Costello

Mrs. Lucile Davenport

Mr. Willie Harris

Mr. Floyd Lawson

Ms. Renet Marie Thomas

Mr. Antonio Molini Jr.

Ms. Catherine Cosby

Mr. Paul Abernathy

Mr. Alfredo Miaco

Mrs. Irene Day

Mr. Elmore Alcott Jr.

Miss Ruth Sims

Mrs. Josephine Williams

Mr. David Clayton Sr.

Mrs. Susie Hankins

Mrs. Gladys Kelley

Mr. Charles Usry

Gabriel Jones

Mr. Roosevelt James

Mr. Frederick Ryder

Mrs. Evelyn Sawyer

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.)

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.)

Sisler: This time it's real and it isn't Madalyn's fault
``Madalyn Murray O'Hair, an atheist whose efforts successfully eliminated the use of Bible reading and prayer from public schools, has now been granted a federal hearing in Washington, D.C., on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission. Her petition, RM-2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the Gospel on the air waves of America. She took her petition along with 287,000 signatures to back her stand. If her attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast, either by radio, or television will stop.''

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

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

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

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.

Hits news program 'opening wounds'
Television station WJBF Channel 6, with its 5:30 p.m. news program a few days ago, seemed bent on opening up old wounds as far as the treatment of blacks many years ago is concerned. There is enough trouble being created by certain individuals in this nation at the present time. We do not need any more problems. All it does is drive a wedge between the races of this country. R. Waters, Hephzibah

Wants somebody to save these residents from the Corps
I stood on the deck of our home in Goodale Landing with tears streaming down my face as I watched the drawdown of the river destroying our front yard, decks and threatening a $1 million sea wall that was installed only 18 months ago. Carolyn Thompson, Augusta

Suggests decommissioning the Corps
The Army Corps of Engineers spent millions of dollars to install reversible turbines at a dam on the Savannah River resulting in millions of fish being killed. The Corps was sued by South Carolina and as a consequence spent millions more trying to remedy the situation. The reversible turbines still don't operate, the fish are still killed, the lawsuit is on-going and the millions-of-dollars cost continues to rise. Robert McCranie, Augusta

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

Defends lawmakers on CEO issue
I have been in politics for some time now as a conservative -- and not just in word but in deed. I have been involved with major campaigns, from statewide races to the Board of Education. So I would like to put in my ``two cents worth'' on the Columbia County chief executive officer/mayor issue. Rob Blandenburg, Martinez

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.

Decries fallout of S.C. flag issue
I have fervently prayed to God Almighty, Creator of all races, to change the hearts of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and its followers regarding the Confederate flag. I have prayed for the removal of the bitterness that their actions bring to my heart. David A. Bartlett, Augusta

Ponders over several public issues
To some of you these issues may seem light weight, but if you can't walk you surely can't run. Problems beset our city and our country. Here are a few to ponder: Michael J. Rhoden, North Augusta

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

Slams column critical of John Rocker
Rick Dorsey, instead of titling his Jan. 14 column, ``Rocker's Oblivion Apparent,'' should have titled it ``Dorsey's Ignorance Apparent.'' Mr. Dorsey and everyone else who believe John Rocker is a racist homophobe fail to understand much of the interview. In explaining his reasons for not wanting to live in New York, Mr. Rocker mentioned that it would be ``depressing'' to ride to work every day on a subway with people very different from him. Russell Hopkins, Augusta

Right ethics plan OK'd
Augusta's new mayor pro tem, Willie Mays, got off on the wrong foot when he urged passage of a weak, narrow ethics bill Tuesday.

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

Clear up legal tangle
After a long debate Tuesday, the Augusta Commission voted overwhelmingly to rehire City Attorney Jim Wall for the rest of the year -- and then agreed to set up a subcommittee to study whether to establish an in-house law department as required by the 1995 city-county consolidation legislation.

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.

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.)

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

Sisler: This time it's real and it isn't Madalyn's fault
``Madalyn Murray O'Hair, an atheist whose efforts successfully eliminated the use of Bible reading and prayer from public schools, has now been granted a federal hearing in Washington, D.C., on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission. Her petition, RM-2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the Gospel on the air waves of America. She took her petition along with 287,000 signatures to back her stand. If her attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast, either by radio, or television will stop.''

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.)

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

Evans coach proud of team's behavior

Overtime: Turner argues Rocker should get 2nd chance

Lineman Brown to sign with Vols

Compton has bragging rights

Overtime: Several Braves will take part in clinic today

Meadows welcomes challenge of coaching at Westminster

Agassi sharp in tuneup for Philippoussis

Wrestling women take hold

Triathlete faces two fights

High entry fees part of sport

Youth hoops games will be played in silence

Philippoussis beats Ilie in all-Australian match

Hailed on the streets, Tyson ducks into a police station

Forrest in HBO's boxing spotlight

Hot Hewitt reminiscent of Connors

Daytona Dash on display

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.

Drugstore chain to check prescriptions against herbal supplements
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The nation's second-largest drugstore chain has started asking customers to list the herbal supplements they use -- in addition to their prescription drugs -- in an effort to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions.

'Superhacker' Kevin Mitnick released from prison
LOS ANGELES -- After five years behind bars, one of the nation's most notorious computer hackers was released Friday under the requirement that he keep his hands off computers, modems, cell phones and anything else that could give him Internet access for the next three years.

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.

Voting group sues to block Arizona Democrats' Internet primary
PHOENIX -- A Virginia-based voting group filed a federal lawsuit Friday in an attempt to block Arizona's Democrats from holding the nation's Internet presidential primary.

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.

Discovery of new catalyst could lead to improved plastics
WASHINGTON -- A team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology has developed improved catalysts that could lead to new and better plastics.

Scientists find cause of 'stunned' hearts
WASHINGTON -- They call it a ``stunned'' heart. Just about everyone who undergoes open-heart surgery, even if the surgery went great, is at risk for sudden heart failure in the hours after the operation -- and there is little doctors can do to help.

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.

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.

Canada to begin negotiations on smog
WASHINGTON -- The United States and Canada will begin negotiations next month on ways to reduce smog, Canada's top environmental official said Friday.

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.

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.

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.

Scientists find cause of 'stunned' hearts

Drugstore chain to check prescriptions against herbal supplements

Teams find key to medical mystery

New dietary standards to target saturated fat, sugar

Canada to begin negotiations on smog

ABC, New York Times announce news alliance

Dust mites play role in development of asthma

Mir space station will work through August

FCC authorizes 'very local' FM radio stations

Teams find key to medical mystery

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