Sick days can yield key lessons

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

Pocket change

'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.

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

Business Briefs

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.

'Bundling' boosts business

'Now' is prospects' buzzword

Ready to sign up

Passing game saves Lady Bulldogs

Bulldogs dominate inconsistent Gamecocks

Georgia ready for Auburn

Clemson falls to Maryland

Duke's ACC streak alive despite roster changes

No. 1 Cincinnati wins 10th in row

Lady Vols hold on for victory

Jackets stumble late, fall to N.C. State

Area roundup: Aiken Tech picks up 20th win

Arkansas handles Miss. St.

Blowout meant quality time for Temen

Charleston wins on road

Cites Strom Thurmond's past stands

Blasts Rocker critics, the NAACP

Warns readers about polling results

Debate fate ofElian Gonzales

Hit clergy for silence on 'abortion pill'

Seeks enforcement of litter laws

Cites reasons homosexuality is 'wrong'

East Aiken an example

Rein in this duo

Blames campaign on NAACP debts

'Flag peace' in the making?

Notes Clinton's 'accomplishments'

How to save the dam

Asks what happens if flag is removed?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hickorys Farmer earns pair of titles for Wooten

Riders eye early rides

Good match anticipated

Trio of riders shares lead in Classic Non-Pro event

Mare's stamina enables victory

Hanna takes two-stroke lead into final round

Marsh putts his way into MasterCard lead

Fichardt leads South African Open

Sabbatini the leader going into Sunday shootout

Parnevik shoots 65, wins by 1

Bauer, Thomspon head Curtis Cup team

High School roundup: Hephzibah sweeps past Glenn Hills

Lynx earn road win

Avalanche streak stopped by Kings

Unlikely slogans for the Ice Forum

Young skater prepared to work

Lambert destined for skating

Ice Forum information

Walsh relishes return to ice

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.<

Suprise winter storm brings snow to area
A surprise winter storm iced bridges, closed schools and offered some snow accumulation Monday throughout the Augusta region.

Augusta Georgia: metro@ugusta: 01/24/00
Whether you wake up today to four inches of snow or merely wet roads, Augusta area officials are encouraging all motorists to use extreme caution.

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.

Augusta Georgia: Latest News: Snow Falls in Augusta area
Schools have closed early throughout the Augusta area as began replacing cold rain and sleet Monday afternoon.

Patio home makes cozy retreat

Eco-vacations in Costa Rica

Personal questions don't need an answer

Weight loss 2000

Arts notebook: Theater group shows real beauty on stage

Man claimed to have key to ship's mystery

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.

Barnwell celebrates native soul

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

Talent gives janitor new life

Coroner: Man was run over
A man found dead on an Augusta roadside was apparently pushed from a vehicle and run over, authorities said Sunday.

Across the area: Group pushes for limits on radioactive waste

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.

Couple rescues birds with birth defects

Officials lent aid to killer

Futurity fights for ad rights

Augusta weather

Wet winter

Standardized tests under fire

Young gets A for his public image

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.

Blowout meant quality time for Temen

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.

Flag question draws boos

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

Coroner: Man was run over

Talent gives janitor new life
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- When Lorenzo Williams starts teaching art this fall, he could be in a classroom in the same district where he once cleaned toilets.

Empty Stocking donations assist 1,500 needy families

Couple rescues birds with birth defects
Nike was born with birth defects and only lived four years.

Futurity fights for ad rights
Augusta Futurity promoters are prepared to go to court to settle a dispute over advertising rights at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

School reform plan will start legislative push

School reform plan will start legislative push
ATLANTA -- After one week for preliminaries -- including agenda-setting speeches from Gov. Roy Barnes -- and a week's recess for the annual budget hearings, the General Assembly finally will get down to lawmaking this week.

County to test water pressure

Across the area: Man dies in fire caused by heater

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.

Scene gives coroner adrenaline rush

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.

Proposal gets tough on failing schools

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.

Wet winter
A shopper at Publix supermarket on Martintown Road braces herself against Sunday's cold rain. Today's forecast calls for cloudy skies and a high of 44.

Augusta man readies for 'Toughman' event

Across the area: Group pushes for limits on radioactive waste
COLUMBIA -- An environmental group says it wants South Carolina lawmakers to limit the amount of radioactive waste brought to the Barnwell dump site.

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.

McCain visits Aiken

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.

Proposal gets tough on failing schools
ATLANTA -- Even before the education accountability system Gov. Roy Barnes envisions is operational, knowing which schools need improvement is little mystery.

Hornets roll past Celtics

Hill leaves game after landing hard on tailbone

Spurs rout Knicks

Suns hammer Cavs

Jazz outlast Kings

Lakers' success surprises coach

Rider leads Hawks to win

Raptors shut down Sonics

NBA shorts

AFC title is franchise-first for Titans

Lyle will return for Rams

Unflappable rookie ready to chase history

Rams vs. Bucs: Unstoppable force vs. immovable object

Chiefs' Thomas injured, man dies in auto accident

Can Titans beat Jaguars a third time?

Titans defense shuts down Jaguars

Teams make up rare final four

Losing stuns Jaguars after falling short

Mrs. Jewel Hudson
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Jewel Reed Hudson, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

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

Mr. Otis West
WAGENER -- Mr. Otis Percy ``O.P.'' West, 82, of Sand Dam Road, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Vera Johnson
Mrs. Vera Johnson, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Martha Callaway
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Martha Louise Brown Callaway, 78, of West Gibson Street, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000.

Mr. Guy Perkins
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Guy Odis Perkins, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mrs. Viola Collins
AIKEN -- Mrs. Viola Driggers Key Collins, 95, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Center.

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

Mrs. Madeline Colwell
Mrs. Madeline Knick Colwell died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mrs. Lucy Jones
Mrs. Lucy Newby Jones, 71, of Evans, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Raymond Doucette
Mr. Raymond J. Doucette, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2000.

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

Darryl Crawford
Darryl Jawaan Crawford, infant son of Tamatha and Darryl Crawford of Martin Luther King Boulevard, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

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

Mrs. Madeline Colwell
Mrs. Madeline Knick Colwell died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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. Berta Bailey
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Ms. Berta Lou Peak Bailey, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Carriage Hills Plantation, Aiken.

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

Mr. Richard McMillan
Mr. Richard Lee McMillan, 41, of Bowdoin Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000.

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

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

Mrs. Jewel Hudson
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Jewel Reed Hudson, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Mrs. Martha Callaway
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Martha Louise Brown Callaway, 78, of West Gibson Street, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000.

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

Glennie Mae Smith Freeman,
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Glennie Mae Smith Freeman, of East South Street, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital. She was 100 years old.

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

Darryl Crawford
Darryl Jawaan Crawford, infant son of Tamatha and Darryl Crawford of Martin Luther King Blvd., died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mr. Guy Perkins
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Guy Odis Perkins, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

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

Mrs. Louise Brusher
Mrs. Louise Sprouse Brusher, 89, of Evans, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. Otis West
WAGENER -- Mr. Otis Percy ``O.P.'' West, 82, of Sand Dam Road, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lucy Jones
Mrs. Lucy Newby Jones, 71, of Evans, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Merlene O'Bryan
Mrs. Merlene S. O'Bryan, 66, of Lazenby Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. R. Greg Bolton
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. R. Greg Bolton, 30, of Lane Road, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Catherine Harn
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Catherine Alexander ``Swoose'' Harn, 76, of Lucerne Avenue, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at NHC Health Care and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Frances Belcher
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances Evelyn ``Sissy'' Belcher, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Emanuel County Nursing Home.

Ms. Claire Williams
Ms. Claire Arthur Williams, 52, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Nancy Rush
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Nancy Kirby Rush, 79, of Edgewood Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 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. Herbert Story
Mr. Herbert L. Story, 84, of Cobbham Road, Appling, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Catherine Harn
Mrs. Catherine HarnNORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Catherine Alexander ``Swoose'' Harn, 76, of Lucerne Avenue, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at NHC Health Care and Rehabilitation.

Mr. Raymond Doucette
Mr. Raymond J. Doucette, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000.

Mrs. Vera Johnson
Mrs. Vera Johnson, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Milton Roberts Sr.
BLYTHE -- Mr. Milton James Roberts Sr., 53, of Goolsby Road, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Alma Howard

Ms. Claire Williams

Mrs. Lizzie Green

Mr. Richard McMillan

Mrs. Taffey Roe

Mrs. Lucy Jones

Mr. James Long

Glennie Mae Smith Freeman,

Darryl Crawford

Darryl Crawford

Mr. William Choice Sr.

Mr. Otis West

Mrs. Lilian Bailey

Mrs. Madeline Colwell

Mr. David Hyatt

Mr. Guy Perkins

Mrs. Aetna Ruth

Mrs. Berta Bailey

Mr. Todd Cato

Mrs. Catherine Harn

Mrs. Jewel Hudson

Mrs. Vera Johnson

Mrs. Merlene O'Bryan

Mrs. Louise Brusher

Mr. George Tom

Mrs. Frances Belcher

Mrs. Mildred Glasgow

Mr. Raymond Doucette

Mr. William Patterson

Mrs. Viola Collins

Mr. Herbert Story

Mrs. Vera Johnson

Mr. Henry Mason

Mr. Otis West

Mr. Todd R. Cato

Mrs. Jewel Hudson

Mrs. Nancy Rush

Mrs. Martha Callaway

Mr. Jake Lanier

Mr. Raymond Doucette

Mrs. Lucy Jones

Mr. Milton Roberts Sr.

Mrs. Eula Dickey

Refers to himself by a new designation
I proudly served my country under the American flag.Tom Stafford, Grovetown

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.

Comments on S.C. zoning ruling
Re the Jan. 20 editorial ``Lawmakers rule'': Not everyone who lives in Edgefield County who is opposed to zoning is a member of the ``hot headed bunch.'' Virginia Koerber, Grovetown

Wishes to continue his private life
It is remarkable that the Ron Beul letter expressing his opinion on the question of an elected head of county government should also speculate on my involvement in the machinations of our legislative delegation over an elected chairman for Columbia County government. Pete Brodie, Martinez

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

Rein in this duo
Ever heard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

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

'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.

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

Refers to himself by a new designation
I proudly served my country under the American flag. Tom Stafford, Grovetown

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Hit clergy for silence on 'abortion pill'
The Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade reminds us that our country continues to kill innocent human life in the womb. Though I have seen a real change in the attitude of many young women in the last 15 years, and a subsequent reduction of the abortion rate, these killings continue to destroy our culture. Ralph W. Buchanan M.D., North 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.

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

Warns readers about polling results
I read with interest a Jan. 10 article titled ``Survey: Most people want flag removed.'' According to that Associated Press story, the outfit that commissioned the poll is a foundation working to have the Confederate flag removed from the South Carolina Statehouse. Frank Murphy, Aiken

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

Comments on S.C. zoning ruling
Re the Jan. 20 editorial ``Lawmakers rule'': Not everyone who lives in Edgefield County who is opposed to zoning is a member of the ``hot headed bunch.'' Virginia Koerber, Grovetown

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

Primary confusion
For years Americans have been criticized by good government critics for shirking their civic duty to vote. Turnouts have been bad enough in November's general elections, but for primaries they're really dismal.

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

Hit push to approve 'abortion pill'
Mary Beth Pierucci's Jan. 14 letter urging approval of RU-486 is appalling. Her assertion that RU-486, or mifepristone, is a ``safe early abortion option'' is clearly at odds with European experience with the drug, and with published results from two recent drug trials in America. Michele N. Wells, North 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

Says John Rocker should be left alone
I've read articles about John Rocker in the paper for the last month or so, and I've heard everything from him being called an idiot or send him to a psychiatrist, to throw him out of baseball for what he said. What are you people doing? You're voicing your opinion of John Rocker. Should you be allowed to do that? What gives you the right, if he's not allowed to? John Yarzebinski, Aiken

Post-Olympic Atlanta has different look

Lockhart expects teammates, Rocker to address issue as a team

Sugiyama earns a new nickname with play

Woodruff new face among elite

Serena Williams fourth-round loser

Florida State's star kicker is arrested

Overtime: FSU kicker charged in bribery attempt

Overtime: Curtis Cup team headed by Thompson

'Now' is prospects' buzzword

Forrest, Mosley eye bigger game

Ready to sign up

Turkey hunts set at Bussey Point

'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.

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.

Study links baldness, heart disease
CHICAGO -- Men who are losing hair on the crowns of their heads have up to a 36 percent greater risk of experiencing heart problems, including heart attacks and bypass surgery, a study found.

Study indicates apple-eaters breathe more easily
LONDON -- Eating at least five apples a week could help you breathe more easily, new research shows.

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.

CDC: Rabid raccoons' spread likely to continue west, north
ATLANTA -- A two-decade spread of rabies in raccoons in the United States has advanced into Canada, the government said Thursday.

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.

Clinton requests money to help poor get online
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton, pursuing his goal of connecting all Americans to the Internet, will propose federal subsidies to narrow the ``digital divide'' and help millions of low-income families go online, administration officials said today.

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.

Experts: Fuel additive threatens ground water

Study indicates apple-eaters breathe more easily

CDC: Rabid raccoons' spread likely to continue west, north

Biologist backs decommissioning

Car dealers grapple with Web

Clinton requests money to help poor get online

NTSB wants lower speed for tests of air bags

'Missing link' between dinosaurs, birds disputed