Sick days can yield key lessons

Business briefs

City welcomes call center

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.

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.

'Bundling' boosts business

Business Briefs

On the move

Oil price rise seen at pumps

Pocket change

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.

'Bundling' boosts business
Instead of offering just wireless phone service, or just long-distance service, or just local service, or just Internet service -- the telephone company now wants to do it all.

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.

Pocket change
Is your voice ruining your career? Your voice ``literally speaks volumes about who you are and determines how the world hears and sees you,'' according to Jeffrey Jacobi, a voice coach based in New York.

Legislators weigh tax holiday

Business Briefs
The 1999 Georgia Games has been recognized by the Georgia Festival & Event Association with four GAFFER awards: best print ad, The Augusta Chronicle; best volunteer program; best promotional campaign with a budget over $50,000; and volunteer of the year, Reid Carter.

On the move
Phillip G. McGahee has been named president of Augusta Iron & Steel Works Inc.

'Now' is prospects' buzzword

Ready to sign up

Jackets stumble late, fall to N.C. State

Clemson falls to Maryland

Bulldogs dominate inconsistent Gamecocks

Blowout meant quality time for Temen

Area roundup: Aiken Tech picks up 20th win

Georgia ready for Auburn

Squads look to regroup

Charleston wins on road

Arkansas handles Miss. St.

How to save the dam

'Flag peace' in the making?

Debate fate ofElian Gonzales

Notes Clinton's 'accomplishments'

Decries fallout of S.C. flag issue

Defends lawmakers on CEO issue

Asks what happens if flag is removed?

Slams column critical of John Rocker

Seeks enforcement of litter laws

Cites reasons homosexuality is 'wrong'

Blames campaign on NAACP debts

Cites Strom Thurmond's past stands

East Aiken an example

Clear up legal tangle

Blasts Rocker critics, the NAACP

Weight loss 2000
After the holidays were behind us, many people took a good look at themselves in the mirror and decided it's time to lose some pounds. And for the first few weeks, many stick to their New Year's resolutions.

Personal questions don't need an answer
Dear Carson: Nowadays, it is marital status that separates people, and single moms are the outcasts.

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.

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.

Man claimed to have key to ship's mystery
On the afternoon of Dec. 4, 1872, crewmen aboard the Dei Gratia, a British bark sailing from New York to Gibraltar, saw a two-masted ship sailing erratically toward them.

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.

In the know
Cartoon Network revives its Super Bowl parody Saturday at 6 p.m. with a four-hour Road Runner vs. Coyote: Big Game XXVIII.

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.'

Patio home makes cozy retreat
A house should feel like a home, according to Augustan Roy Motlow, who says his home and neighborhood are just about perfect.

Eco-vacations in Costa Rica
PLAYA GRANDE, Costa Rica -- A veterinarian I met on this pristine Pacific Coast beach told me you should never trust an animal that doesn't have shoulders.

Arts notebook: Theater group shows real beauty on stage
FOR THE KIDS - The Storyland Theatre will present The Emperor's Nightingale, adapted from the story by perennial bedtime favorite Hans Christian Andersen.

Gibson rides to Area 18 Youth title

Horse earns sweep

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

Good match anticipated

Riders eye early rides

Futurity schedule

Beem shines in the desert

Hanna takes two-stroke lead into final round

Sabbatini the leader going into Sunday shootout

At 70, Palmer is still the king

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

Fichardt leads South African Open

Bauer, Thomspon head Curtis Cup team

Marsh putts his way into MasterCard lead

Knights thwart Panthers' charge; Lakeside girls win

Thoroughbreds hold off Orangeburg-Wilkinson

High School roundup: Hephzibah sweeps past Glenn Hills

S.C. prep basketball games

Georgia prep scores

Unlikely slogans for the Ice Forum

Titov denies saying workouts were `idiotic'

Canadian government abandons NHL bailout

Ice Forum information

Lynx earn road win

Walsh relishes return to ice

Lynx on road to start campaign for playoff berth

Young skater prepared to work

Report: Rangers, Coyotes, Hurricanes talk trade

Lambert destined for skating

Sick days can yield key lessons
New year. New century. New me. So when my 5-year-old son came up sick last week, I volunteered to stay home.<

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.

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.

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.

Faith Digest

Feeding souls

Weight loss 2000

Man claimed to have key to ship's mystery

Find strength in work of Spirit

Eco-vacations in Costa Rica

Personal questions don't need an answer

Arts notebook: Theater group shows real beauty on stage

Patio home makes cozy retreat

Prayer group takes stand against video store

Court ruling has no local impact

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

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.

Aiken bureau gets new chief
Greg Rickabaugh, 28, has been named South Carolina Bureau chief for The Augusta Chronicle.

Young gets A for his public image
Augusta Mayor Bob Young knows how to put a good face on a not-so-good situation -- or at least try.

Barnwell celebrates native soul

City won't accept bill of old dam

Residents recognized for relief assistance

Augusta man readies for 'Toughman' event
Four years ago, Zach ``Attack'' Day of Augusta was told by a doctor that two knee surgeries would prevent him from ever competing again in martial arts tournaments.

Water supply unaffected

McCain visits Aiken

Lawyer in SRS suit will appear on `60 Minutes'

Standardized tests under fire

Barnwell celebrates native soul
BARNWELL, S.C. -- When James Brown was born in rural Barnwell County 66 years ago, odds were that he might never amount to much, like so many black children born in his time and circumstances.

Court tries again for Hill trial jury

Across the area: Man dies in fire caused by heater
An Aiken County man died Saturday afternoon in a fire at his mobile home.

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.

County to test water pressure

McCain visits Aiken

Scene gives coroner adrenaline rush

Across the area: Man dies in fire caused by heater

Empty Stocking donations assist 1,500 needy families

Star plans aid show for center

Flag question draws boos
AIKEN -- Polls show a steady upward creep for Arizona's U.S. Sen. John McCain in South Carolina with its GOP primary less than a month away, and Aiken supporters underscored that surge Saturday.

Scene gives coroner adrenaline rush
Tim Carlton stepped out of his car onto South Carolina Highway 19 and looked down at the wreckage littered along the road before him.

Flag question draws boos

Officials lent aid to killer

County to test water pressure
During the next 2 1/2 months, water customers might find low pressure, stains in their laundry and murky water as the fire department tests pressure in all 5,485 hydrants in Richmond County.

Augusta man readies for 'Toughman' event

Young gets A for his public image

Candidate to take bus into Aiken

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.

Abortion protesters rally on eve of Roe vs. Wade anniversary

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.

Officials lent aid to killer
The district attorney, sheriff and a judge wrote letters to the Georgia parole board benefiting a convicted child killer who was to be released Monday.

Blowout meant quality time for Temen

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.

Employees relocated from courthouse

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.

Across the area

Empty Stocking donations assist 1,500 needy families
More than 1,500 families were helped in the Augusta area this holiday season through record contributions made to the Empty Stocking Fund.

Prosecutor: Killer was hired

Standardized tests under fire
Evelyn Alexander doesn't care so much that her 7-year-old has to take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. But she wishes the school would devise a better grading system.

Correction

Water supply unaffected

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.

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.

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.

Legislators oppose health board cuts

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.

Lumber spill ties up traffic

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.

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.

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.

Warnings issued for junk cars

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.

Judge will try seating jury again in Hill case

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.

Group sets events honoring war veterans

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.

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.

Banquet brings Italy to Aiken

Jazz outlast Kings

Hill leaves game after landing hard on tailbone

Rider leads Hawks to win

Vancouver Grizzlies back up for sale

Suns hammer Cavs

Magic scores 34 points as his Swedish team wins again

NBA shorts

Heat melts Hawks

Spurs rout Knicks

Suns top Nuggets

Hornets roll past Celtics

Can Titans beat Jaguars a third time?

Packers to ask for sales tax to help fund Lambeau renovations

Tennessee QB misses practice Friday

Stewart, Taylor both healthy just in time

Unflappable rookie ready to chase history

Reeves says he'll be back next season

Packers to ask for Brown County taxpayers for $160 million

NFL rules against Belichick

Rams vs. Bucs: Unstoppable force vs. immovable object

Teams make up rare final four

Lyle will return for Rams

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

Mr. James Long
Mr. James H. ``Harry'' Long, 76, of Ohio Avenue, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

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.

Mr. William Choice Sr.
Mr. William ``Hunter'' Choice Sr., 84, of Collins Drive, Martinez, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

Mrs. Eula Dickey
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Eula Royal Dickey, 91, of Hilltonia Road, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

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

Mrs. Taffey Roe
AIKEN -- Mrs. Taffey Maria Snader Roe, 28, of Greenhill Road, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. George Tom
Mr. George Tom, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Samuel Stevens Sr.
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Samuel C. ``Sam'' Stevens Sr., 78, of West Terrace Street, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000.

Mr. David Hyatt
Mr. David Hyatt Jr., 67, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Charles Chism
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Wesley Chism, 75, of Park Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Home, Augusta.

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

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

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

Mrs. Lilian Bailey
Mrs. Lilian Ruth Bailey, 87, of Metcalf Street, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Magnolia Hill of Augusta.

Mr. Todd R. Cato
Mr. Todd R. Cato, 30, of Nicoll Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Ethel Turner
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ethel Mae Tamplin Turner, 82, of Madison Highway, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Morgan Memorial Hospital and Transitional Care Unit, Madison.

Mrs. Alma Howard
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Alma Howard, 79, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Henry Mason
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Mr. Henry Mason, 73, of West Marshall Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. William Patterson
Mr. William Lamar Patterson, of Forsythe Street, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jake Lanier
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. Jake Lanier, 61, of Route 6, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mildred Glasgow
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mildred Myers Glasgow, 90, of Powderhouse Road, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2000, at her residence.

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. Herbert Story
Mr. Herbert L. Story, 84, of Cobbham Road, Appling, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Aetna Ruth
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Aetna Pauline Ruth, 75, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

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

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

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

Mr. Todd Cato
Mr. Todd R. Cato, 30, of Nicoll Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lizzie Green
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Lizzie B. Grant Green, 91, of Railroad Avenue, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore.

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

Mrs. Evelyn Sawyer

Mrs. Nita Prather

Mr. Frederick Ryder

Mrs. Eula Dickey

Mr. Antonio Molini Jr.

Mrs. Lizzie Green

Mr. David Clayton Sr.

Mr. George Tom

Mr. Eric Salter

Mr. William Choice Sr.

Mr. William Patterson

Mrs. Mildred Glasgow

Mr. Floyd Lawson

Mrs. Lilian Bailey

Mr. Paul Abernathy

Mrs. Alma Howard

Gabriel Jones

Mr. Herbert Story

Miss Ruth Sims

Mr. David Hyatt

Mrs. Irene Day

Mr. Henry Mason

Mr. Jake Lanier

Mr. James Long

Mr. William Henderson

Mr. Todd R. Cato

Mrs. Isolene Riley

Mrs. Aetna Ruth

Mrs. Taffey Roe

Mr. Todd Cato

Miss Leslie Racicot

Kent: Drawdown costs; voting right; S.C. maverick
There remains much talk and anger over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' drawdown test of the Savannah River. Damage is still being assessed and one of the worst unanticipated developments was that the $1 million sea wall separating the Goodale Landing development from the river shifted, and about 500 feet of earth collapsed. Fortunately, a city sewer line only inches away didn't crack.

Let voters decide Columbia Co. CEO issue
It has been quite interesting to us to read all the misinformation regarding the idea of allowing the citizens of Columbia County the right to choose their form of government. Some highly speculative rumors have been peddled as facts by people who haven't bothered to check the facts. You have to ask yourself why.

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.''

East Aiken an example
Many Georgians and South Carolinians are skeptical of their state's recently introduced character building programs in the public schools. Cynics sneer that it is just another feel-good public relations stunt to divert attention from the difficulties schools are having teaching the basics.

Seeks referendum
In South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges' speech, was there a sign of weakness? Is he ready to give in to outside pressure? Does he care that the people want to honor their ancestors who died fighting outside pressure? R.M. Griffin, Martinez

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

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

How to save the dam
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the experimental drawdown of the Savannah River conformed to what its computer models told them to expect if the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam were decommissioned, except that there was less shoreline along the Augusta Riverwalk than they anticipated.

Notes Clinton's 'accomplishments'
Bill Clinton is ... struggling to leave behind some positive accomplishment that historiansscholars will associate with his presidency. What has he accomplished? Larry W. Nichols, Martinez

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

Debate fate ofElian Gonzales
What's with Attorney General Janet Reno getting involved where it concerns Elian Gonzales? Hello! A Florida judge ruled he should stay so he could have his day in court. He's been subpoenaed by a U.S. congressional committee! I think Ms. Reno needs to butt out! Beth Scott, 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

Questions Castro's sincerity
With regard to the Cuban boy who is about to be sent back to Cuba: Let's turn the circumstances around and hypothesize about the result. Larry Heinrich, Aiken

Blasts Rocker critics, the NAACP
I would like to comment on the John Rocker controversy. I think the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. He exercised his right of free speech. Gene Paul Mann, Jackson

Asks questions about flag protest
Two questions: Betty Timmerman, North Augusta

'Flag peace' in the making?
There hasn't been as much of a hue and cry over Gov. Jim Hodges' call to take the Confederate battle flag down from the South Carolina Statehouse than when Gov. David Beasley, his predecessor, made the same proposal.

Seeks enforcement of litter laws
Instead of Augusta's Mayor Bob Young focusing only on private trash haulers to reduce trash on the roadside, he needs to focus on people in cars who throw trash out of their windows. I see it every day in Richmond and Columbia counties. If the police enforce the existing anti-littering laws and hand out fines instead of warning tickets, I believe we would see a reduction of trash on our roads. Robert E. Owens, Martinez

Let voters decide Columbia Co. CEO issue
It has been quite interesting to us to read all the misinformation regarding the idea of allowing the citizens of Columbia County the right to choose their form of government. Some highly speculative rumors have been peddled as facts by people who haven't bothered to check the facts. You have to ask yourself why.

Cites reasons homosexuality is 'wrong'
I must take issue with Don Tate's Dec. 31 letter ``Defends `agenda' of homosexuals.'' Christopher Redmond, Augusta

Kent: Drawdown costs; voting right; S.C. maverick
There remains much talk and anger over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' drawdown test of the Savannah River. Damage is still being assessed and one of the worst unanticipated developments was that the $1 million sea wall separating the Goodale Landing development from the river shifted, and about 500 feet of earth collapsed. Fortunately, a city sewer line only inches away didn't crack.

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.''

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

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.

Cites Strom Thurmond's past stands
Re Phil Kent's Jan. 16 column item on Jane Fonda: W.D. Cox, North 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.

Blames campaign on NAACP debts
The black crusade against the Confederate flag in South Carolina is a tragic mistake by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. As an outsider who has lived many years in South Carolina and Georgia, I have always marveled at the close personal relationship that exists between blacks and whites. T. Lamb, 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

Asks what happens if flag is removed?
Out of all the letters and news articles in the paper, it seems to me no one has asked the question ``What will happen when the Confederate battle flag is removed from all state flags and public buildings?'' Felix Garrett, Augusta

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

Agassi sharp in tuneup for Philippoussis

Wrestling women take hold

Hailed on the streets, Tyson ducks into a police station

Lockhart expects teammates, Rocker to address issue as a team

Turkey hunts set at Bussey Point

Overtime: Curtis Cup team headed by Thompson

Overtime: Several Braves will take part in clinic today

Ready to sign up

Meadows welcomes challenge of coaching at Westminster

Compton has bragging rights

Forrest in HBO's boxing spotlight

Philippoussis beats Ilie in all-Australian match

Lineman Brown to sign with Vols

Daytona Dash on display

'Now' is prospects' buzzword

Evans coach proud of team's behavior

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.

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.

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.

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.

Experts: Fuel additive threatens ground water
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It smells like turpentine and spreads through water so quickly and thoroughly that a scant spoonful can foul an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

'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.

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.

NTSB wants lower speed for tests of air bags
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to protect children and small adults from air bags that deploy with too much force, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the government adopt a lower-speed crash test to certify the bags.

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.

'Missing link' between dinosaurs, birds disputed
BEIJING -- A fossil hailed as an important find for the theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs is really a composite of fossils from different creatures, a Chinese scientist says.

Biologist backs decommissioning
Steve Gilbert knows he is in the minority in his position about the Savannah River and the fate of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Car dealers grapple with Web
DETROIT -- Not so long ago, car dealerships seemed like the next business dinosaur headed for extinction in an Internet world.

Scientists find cause of 'stunned' hearts

NTSB wants lower speed for tests of air bags

Car dealers grapple with Web

Canada to begin negotiations on smog

'Missing link' between dinosaurs, birds disputed

Biologist backs decommissioning

Drugstore chain to check prescriptions against herbal supplements

Experts: Fuel additive threatens ground water