Sick days can yield key lessons

On the move

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.

'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.

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.

Pocket change

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

'Bundling' boosts business

Business Briefs

Ready to sign up

'Now' is prospects' buzzword

Bulldogs dominate inconsistent Gamecocks

No. 1 Cincinnati wins 10th in row

Area roundup: Aiken Tech picks up 20th win

Jackets stumble late, fall to N.C. State

Charleston wins on road

Arkansas handles Miss. St.

Clemson falls to Maryland

Blowout meant quality time for Temen

Duke's ACC streak alive despite roster changes

Lady Vols hold on for victory

Georgia ready for Auburn

Passing game saves Lady Bulldogs

East Aiken an example

Debate fate ofElian Gonzales

'Flag peace' in the making?

Notes Clinton's 'accomplishments'

Blames campaign on NAACP debts

Cites reasons homosexuality is 'wrong'

Blasts Rocker critics, the NAACP

Cites Strom Thurmond's past stands

Hit clergy for silence on 'abortion pill'

How to save the dam

Seeks enforcement of litter laws

Rein in this duo

Warns readers about polling results

Asks what happens if flag is removed?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Good match anticipated

Hickorys Farmer earns pair of titles for Wooten

Riders eye early rides

Trio of riders shares lead in Classic Non-Pro event

Mare's stamina enables victory

Fichardt leads South African Open

Marsh putts his way into MasterCard lead

Sabbatini the leader going into Sunday shootout

Bauer, Thomspon head Curtis Cup team

Hanna takes two-stroke lead into final round

Parnevik shoots 65, wins by 1

High School roundup: Hephzibah sweeps past Glenn Hills

Avalanche streak stopped by Kings

Lambert destined for skating

Walsh relishes return to ice

Young skater prepared to work

Unlikely slogans for the Ice Forum

Lynx earn road win

Ice Forum information

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.<

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: 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.

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

Arts notebook: Theater group shows real beauty on stage

Man claimed to have key to ship's mystery

Patio home makes cozy retreat

Personal questions don't need an answer

Weight loss 2000

Eco-vacations in Costa Rica

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

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.

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.

Wet winter

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

Talent gives janitor new life

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.

Across the area: Group pushes for limits on radioactive waste

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.

School reform plan will start legislative push

Empty Stocking donations assist 1,500 needy families

Augusta weather

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.

Proposal gets tough on failing schools

Standardized tests under fire

Couple rescues birds with birth defects

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.

Scene gives coroner adrenaline rush

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.

County to test water pressure

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

Across the area: Man dies in fire caused by heater

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.

Flag question draws boos

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.

Blowout meant quality time for Temen

Officials lent aid to killer

McCain visits Aiken

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.

Augusta man readies for 'Toughman' event

Barnwell celebrates native soul

Young gets A for his public image

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.

Futurity fights for ad rights

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coroner: Man was run over

Raptors shut down Sonics

Suns hammer Cavs

Hill leaves game after landing hard on tailbone

Jazz outlast Kings

NBA shorts

Rider leads Hawks to win

Lakers' success surprises coach

Spurs rout Knicks

Hornets roll past Celtics

Can Titans beat Jaguars a third time?

Losing stuns Jaguars after falling short

Titans defense shuts down Jaguars

Teams make up rare final four

AFC title is franchise-first for Titans

Rams vs. Bucs: Unstoppable force vs. immovable object

Unflappable rookie ready to chase history

Chiefs' Thomas injured, man dies in auto accident

Lyle will return for Rams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Mr. George Tom
Mr. George Tom, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at University 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. David Hyatt
Mr. David Hyatt Jr., 67, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Mrs. Nancy Rush
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Nancy Kirby Rush, 79, of Edgewood Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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.

Mr. William Patterson

Mr. Otis West

Mr. Jake Lanier

Mr. Richard McMillan

Mrs. Eula Dickey

Mrs. Lucy Jones

Mr. Henry Mason

Mrs. Catherine Harn

Mrs. Jewel Hudson

Darryl Crawford

Mr. William Choice Sr.

Mrs. Martha Callaway

Mrs. Mildred Glasgow

Mrs. Madeline Colwell

Mr. Herbert Story

Mr. Guy Perkins

Mr. Todd R. Cato

Mrs. Berta Bailey

Mr. Todd Cato

Mrs. Vera Johnson

Ms. Claire Williams

Glennie Mae Smith Freeman,

Mrs. Merlene O'Bryan

Mrs. Louise Brusher

Mr. George Tom

Mrs. Frances Belcher

Mrs. Taffey Roe

Mr. Raymond Doucette

Mrs. Lilian Bailey

Mrs. Viola Collins

Mrs. Alma Howard

Mrs. Vera Johnson

Mr. David Hyatt

Mr. Otis West

Mr. James Long

Mrs. Jewel Hudson

Mrs. Aetna Ruth

Mr. Raymond Doucette

Mrs. Nancy Rush

Mr. Milton Roberts Sr.

Mrs. Lucy Jones

Darryl Crawford

Mrs. Lizzie Green

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

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.

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 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

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

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.

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

'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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Forrest, Mosley eye bigger game

Serena Williams fourth-round loser

Turkey hunts set at Bussey Point

Sugiyama earns a new nickname with play

Woodruff new face among elite

Post-Olympic Atlanta has different look

Lockhart expects teammates, Rocker to address issue as a team

Ready to sign up

'Now' is prospects' buzzword

Overtime: FSU kicker charged in bribery attempt

Florida State's star kicker is arrested

Overtime: Curtis Cup team headed by Thompson

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Biologist backs decommissioning

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

Clinton requests money to help poor get online

Experts: Fuel additive threatens ground water

Study indicates apple-eaters breathe more easily

NTSB wants lower speed for tests of air bags

'Missing link' between dinosaurs, birds disputed

Car dealers grapple with Web

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