Payday advances targeted

Stocks plunge on interest rate worries
NEW YORK -- Stocks plunged Monday as optimism about corporate earnings gave way to jitters about rising interest rates and their impact on profit growth.

Business briefs
DALLAS -- CompUSA is being purchased for about $1 billion by Grupo Sanborns, a Mexican retail group that already owns nearly 15 percent of the nation's leading computer retailer.

Stocks plunge on interest rate worries

Business briefs

Payday advances targeted
A national trade association for companies offering short-term cash advances announced new guidelines Monday to promote more responsible lending practices.

Young chooses Deacons

Virginia tops Virginia Tech

Syracuse tops Connecticut

Lady Vols hold on for victory

Duke's ACC streak alive despite roster changes

Passing game saves Lady Bulldogs

No. 1 Cincinnati wins 10th in row

Warns readers about polling results

Blasts Clinton 'roller-coaster ride'

Hit clergy for silence on 'abortion pill'

Fight S.C. abuse

Parole panel rescue

Rein in this duo

Calls for apology for the Confederacy

Hit Corps over lock and dam debacle

Makes observations about drawdown

Seeks community support for teachers

This is fashion?
Looking at these pictures from last week's fashion shows in Paris and Hong Kong, you're probably wondering two things: WHO would wear THAT? and WHERE could you wear it?

In the know
You're probably not reading this while driving, but a new study suggests that if you're like most people you occasionally engage in potentially dangerous, distracting behavior while behind the wheel.

'Late Night' swept into sweeps without host
With David Letterman out of the office after undergoing quintuple bypass heart surgery, CBS may have to depend on guest hosts for the acclaimed Late Show with David Letterman during the all-important February sweeps.`Late Night' swept into sweeps without host.

Hickorys Farmer earns pair of titles for Wooten

Trio of riders shares lead in Classic Non-Pro event

Futurity schedule

Mare's stamina enables victory

Futurity surprisingly quiet

Parnevik shoots 65, wins by 1

Rangers stop Thrashers

Avalanche streak stopped by Kings

NHL Capsules

Flames burn Bruins

Send off stockpile leftovers
Can you believe it's been a month since Christmas? Remember those sunny, unseasonably warm days? We're paying for it now, I guess.

Residents rush to area stores to stock up on cold-weather items
All that Y2K preparedness may have come in handy. Those D cell batteries purchased for millennium-ready flashlights were standing by for the unexpected snow storm Monday.

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.

Wintry weather hits Augusta area
Pam Tucker braced early Monday for a day of heavy rains. Instead, she got a day of snow -- and accompanying headaches. ``It is pretty, but I hate snow,'' said Columbia County's emergency services director.

Use common sense when driving in snow
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.

Weather affects workers
Monday's snowflakes sent some area workers home early, with employers citing safety concerns for early dismissals.

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

Wintry weather brings accidents closures to Augusta area
Pam Tucker braced early Monday for a day of heavy rains. Instead, she got a day of snow -- and accompanying headaches. ``It is pretty, but I hate snow,'' said Columbia County's emergency services director.

Closings and cancellations
These are some of the closings and cancellations for Tuesday:

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.

Closings and cancellations
These are some of the closings and cancellations for Tuesday:

Emergency numbers
Below is a list of numbers to call for updates about roads, schools and local transit service. To access Infoline, call 442-4444 and press the corresponding code.

Local residents enjoy area snow
Martinez resident Kim Clements was ready with her camera as she watched her children play in the snow.

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.

This is fashion?

'Late Night' swept into sweeps without host

In the know

Use common sense when driving in snow
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.

Couple rescues birds with birth defects

Across the area
Rose Ellen Cushman was ordered by a Benton County, Ark., Circuit Court judge Monday to undergo more psychological tests before appearing in court again.

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.

Talent gives janitor new life

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.

Residents rush to area stores to stock up on cold-weather items
All that Y2K preparedness may have come in handy. Those D cell batteries purchased for millennium-ready flashlights were standing by for the unexpected snow storm Monday.

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.

School reform plan will start legislative push

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.

Emergency numbers

Wintry weather hits Augusta area

Crime Stoppers will go statewide
AIKEN -- Building on the success of a program that asks anonymous tipsters to turn in criminals for cash, South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon visited Aiken on Monday to announce the formation of a statewide Crime Stoppers organization.

Wintry weather hits Augusta area

Emergency numbers
Below is a list of numbers to call for updates about roads, schools and local transit service. To access Infoline, call 442-4444 and press the corresponding code.

Report on SRS suit gets mixed reaction

Sheriff will defend acts on `20/20'
Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers will defend his agency's involvement in a union fight during a Friday night edition of ABC's 20/20, a television producer said Monday.

Weather affects workers

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.

Schrenko denounces bad press for schools

Augusta weather

Use common sense when driving in snow

New clinic set to open today
For once, the battered and dingy file drawers looked out of place in the records room. Berine Davis and co-workers at the Richmond County Health Department carefully transferred files out of the old and into the new cabinets as they prepared for the opening of the new clinic today.

Ten cities cited for livability
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Savannah and Thomson are two of the 10 most-livable and best-managed cities in the state, according to a panel that weighed nominations from 89 Georgia cities.

Across the area: Group pushes for limits on radioactive waste

Report on SRS suit gets mixed reaction
A 60 Minutes report Sunday about a racial-discrimination lawsuit at Savannah River Site inspired reactions as opposite as the views held by the suit's litigants.

Weather affects workers
Monday's snowflakes sent some area workers home early, with employers citing safety concerns for early dismissals.

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

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.

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.

Closings and cancellations

Closings and cancellations

City officials press dam closure issue

Local residents enjoy area snow
Martinez resident Kim Clements was ready with her camera as she watched her children play in the snow.

Across the area

Closings and cancellations
These are some of the closings and cancellations for Tuesday:

Snow stalls selection of Hill jurors

Wintry weather hits Augusta area
Pam Tucker braced early Monday for a day of heavy rains. Instead, she got a day of snow -- and accompanying headaches. ``It is pretty, but I hate snow,'' said Columbia County's emergency services director.

Thomson school cited for excellence

Advertising rights issue solved
Pending legal action was averted Monday when a dispute over Augusta Futurity advertising rights turned out to be a simple misunderstanding.

Futurity fights for ad rights

Weather postpones sexual assault trial
Monday's snowfall delayed the start of the trial for a Hephzibah High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student last year.

Wet winter

Coroner: Man was run over

Schrenko denounces bad press for schools
ATLANTA -- State Superintendent of Schools Linda Schrenko on Monday accused House Floor Leader Charlie Smith, D-St. Marys, of carrying on a ``negative'' campaign against Georgia's public schools.

Snow stalls selection of Hill jurors
YORK, S.C. -- Snow and sleet were blamed for postponing the first day of jury selection in the capital murder trial of David Mark Hill, who is charged in connection with the killing of three caseworkers at an Aiken County Department of Social Services office.

Residents rush to area stores to stock up on cold-weather items

Wintry weather brings accidents closures to Augusta area

Thomson school cited for excellence
THOMSON, Ga. -- Reading and math scores of J.A. Maxwell Elementary School pupils are steadily increasing.

Proposal gets tough on failing schools

New clinic set to open today

Sheriff will defend acts on `20/20'

City officials press dam closure issue
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should review environmental effects of permanently closing Augusta's New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam before taking action, Georgia's top environmental official said Monday.

Crime Stoppers will go statewide

Winter storm brings snow to area

Chicago billionaire buys NBA Grizzlies

Raptors shut down Sonics

Lakers' success surprises coach

Teams, fans arrive in chilly Atlanta

AFC title is franchise-first for Titans

Rams capture their own Super Bowl entrance on videotape

Losing stuns Jaguars after falling short

Chiefs' Thomas injured, man dies in auto accident

NFL notebook: Groh takes charge of N.Y. Jets

Vermeil not thinking about retirement

No sad country songs in Nashville: Titans super

With no Super Bowl, Jaguars have little to celebrate

Derrick Thomas of Chiefs paralyzed in legs

Titans defense shuts down Jaguars

Rams leave assistant coaches home for two days of work, Titans plan same

Bucs say this time they'll remain hungry

Reeves fires DeBerg

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

Mr. Felton Dailey
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Felton Dailey, 80, of North Masonic Street, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Edith Buice
Mrs. Edith B. Buice, 73, of Storm Branch Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. John Freeman
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John C. ``J.C.'' Freeman, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Phillip Young
Mr. Phillip James Young, 50, died Wednesday, 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. Martha Callaway
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Martha Louise Brown Callaway, 78, of West Gibson Street, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000.

Mr. Allen Darnell
Mr. Allen H. Darnell, 88, of Augusta, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

Mrs. Peggy Graves
Mrs. Peggy Graves, 68, of Rainbow Drive, Martinez, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 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.

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

Mr. Steve Boskovich
Mr. Steve Boskovich, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Sallie Boone
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Sallie Mary Harrell Boone, 76, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Screven County 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. Freddie Rouse
AIKEN -- Mr. Freddie Rouse, 54, of Wallace Street, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at his residence.

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

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. Vera Johnson
Mrs. Vera Johnson, 88, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Nancy Rush
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Nancy Kirby Rush, 79, of Edgewood Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at University Hospital, 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. Dell Griffin
Mrs. Dell C. Griffin, 81, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at her residence.

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

Ms. Minnie Tanner
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Minnie Pauline Tanner, 95, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Washington County Extended Care Facility.

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

Mrs. Doris Cox
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Doris Smalley Cox, 79, of Leathersville Road, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Corinne Cooper
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs Corinne W. Cooper, 69, of Church Road, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at her residence.

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. Doris Cox

Mr. Otis West

Mr. Otis West

Darryl Crawford

Darryl Crawford

Mrs. Catherine Harn

Mr. Steve Boskovich

Mr. Guy Perkins

Ms. Minnie Tanner

Mrs. Lucy Jones

Mr. Raymond Doucette

Mr. John Freeman

Mrs. Sallie Boone

Mrs. Merlene O'Bryan

Mr. Allen Darnell

Mrs. Lucy Jones

Mr. Phillip Young

Mr. Richard McMillan

Mrs. Dell Griffin

Mrs. Peggy Graves

Mrs. Vera Johnson

Mrs. Berta Bailey

Mrs. Jewel Hudson

Mrs. Vera Johnson

Mr. Milton Roberts Sr.

Glennie Mae Smith Freeman,

Mrs. Madeline Colwell

Mrs. Louise Brusher

Mr. James Long

Mrs. Frances Belcher

Mrs. Edith Buice

Mr. Raymond Doucette

Mrs. Frances Belcher

Mrs. Martha Callaway

Mr. Freddie Rouse

Mrs. Jewel Hudson

Mrs. Viola Collins

Ms. Claire Williams

Mrs. Nancy Rush

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

Lyons: EPA lawsuits not `nuisances'; they are essential to protecting public health
THE TITLE of Paul Cleveland's Jan. 20 column (EPA's nuisance lawsuits exact an expensive toll) perfectly captured the way he misstated what is at stake with the Environmental Protection Agency's lawsuits concerning the clean-up of power plants. These lawsuits came about because public health was being compromised by utilities more concerned with their financial bottom line than the price being paid by the public with their health.

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

Wants the Corps held accountable
There should be no question that the local district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has behaved badly in the past. A case in point is its strong-arm tactics in dealing with people living on Thurmond Lake. These poor souls committed the unforgivable sin of clearing unoccupied damaged property next to their own after storm damage occurred. They were then stiffly fined and penalized by this unprincipled pack of wolves.

Lyons: EPA lawsuits not `nuisances'; they are essential to protecting public health
THE TITLE of Paul Cleveland's Jan. 20 column (EPA's nuisance lawsuits exact an expensive toll) perfectly captured the way he misstated what is at stake with the Environmental Protection Agency's lawsuits concerning the clean-up of power plants. These lawsuits came about because public health was being compromised by utilities more concerned with their financial bottom line than the price being paid by the public with their health.

Blasts Clinton 'roller-coaster ride'
E. Maner's Jan. 19 letter, ``Praises president as greatest of century,'' was quite unbelievable. I agree that the past seven years have been an adventure for our country, but for this writer to proclaim Bill Clinton to have been ``great for our nation'' is a sad statement indeed. The past decade's children will come away with the memory of our nation's leader being an adulterer and perjurer who wiggled his way out of trouble. They can't yet see that Mr. Clinton lost one of the most important things a person has, his integrity. We have demonstrated to these kids through the actions of many gutless senators that it's OK to be morally corrupt as long as our 401-Ks are doing great. Whatever good this president had hoped to accomplish, his legacy went down the tubes the instant he placed his hand on the Bible and swore to God, knowing that he would soon break that oath. Stephen Johnston, Martinez

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

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

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

Calls for apology for the Confederacy
What amazes me about the Confederate battle flag controversy is that we're dragging this antebellum debate into the 21st Century. I have heard Southern scholars say, with a straight face, that the Civil War was not about slavery; it was a classic struggle of the little guy against Big Government. What complete absurdity. It was entirely about slavery! Read copies of The Chronicle from the 1850s and 1860s; there was no other issue. The Southern economy and lifestyle was built on chattel labor, and although only some of the people owned slaves, virtually everybody wanted to preserve the prosperity dream of the big house with white pillars and black servants. Rev. Thomas Shepherd, Augusta

Parole panel rescue
Augusta District Attorney Danny Craig, Sheriff Charlie Webster and Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett owe the Georgia Pardons and Paroles Board a huge vote of thanks for saving them from acute embarrassment.

Makes observations about drawdown
I have two observations about the recent Savannah River drawdown: W. Dolen, Augusta

Fight S.C. abuse
As Gov. Jim Hodges noted in his State of the State address, South Carolina is tough on crime, but it doesn't do a good job of protecting its citizens from domestic violence. ``We've got to intensify our efforts,'' he told the Legislature.

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

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

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.

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

Hit Corps over lock and dam debacle
On Jan. 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. On Jan. 17, the river had dropped several feet. At the lock and dam park the river banks began to slide into the river and many boat docks and boats were resting on the ground. On Jan. 18, the river had dropped about five feet to 5 feet 6 inches. Ed Lepley, 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

Seeks community support for teachers
From all over this great nation we are hearing about teacher shortages. John R. Barney, Martinez

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

Sugiyama earns a new nickname with play

Woodruff new face among elite

Florida State's star kicker is arrested

Post-Olympic Atlanta has different look

Australian Open notebook

Braves prepare for spring training

Agassi, Capriati win

Forrest, Mosley eye bigger game

Overtime: FSU kicker charged in bribery attempt

Serena Williams fourth-round loser

Overtime

Young chooses Deacons

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.

USDA study sees little market for hemp
WASHINGTON -- Industrial hemp, the non-hallucinogenic cousin of marijuana that can be used in both clothing and food, will never have anything but a ``small, thin market'' in the United States, a government study says.

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

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.

Silver-coated heart valves recalled
WASHINGTON -- A leading heart valve manufacturer stopped worldwide implants of silver-coated heart valves Monday because the coating meant to reduce heart infections instead makes the valves prone to leak.

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.

Gates gift boosts foundation to world's largest
SEATTLE -- Bill and Melinda Gates have donated another $5 billion to their foundation, boosting its endowment to about $21.8 billion and making it the world's richest foundation.

Christian retailers look online for sales
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- For some believers, the road to heaven may be the information superhighway. Family Christian Stores, the nation's largest Christian retail chain, has created iBelieve.com, a Web site offering religious books, videos and testimonials, as well as marital and financial advice.

Your style

Teens from mixed marriages can be troubled with identity problems
Identity is important to everyone -- especially when you're a teen-ager. Who you are and where you come from can be deciding factors in who you hang out with and who you date.

Boyfriend's baby has priority in relationship
``My boyfriend and I have been dating for four months. I knew from the beginning that he had a little girl but I'm having a hard time dealing with it. But I love him and I don't want to leave him alone. How should I deal with his little girl?''

Teens from mixed marriages can be troubled with identity problems

Boyfriend's baby has priority in relationship

Film captures excitement of football

Film captures excitement of football
Any Given Sunday is a film about the agony, thrill of professional football.

Your style
THE FACTS:Jessica Brown, 15, a freshman at Evans High School.

Teen calender
Report cards go home for Columbia County public school students.

Christian retailers look online for sales

USDA study sees little market for hemp

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

Silver-coated heart valves recalled

Clinton requests money to help poor get online

Gates gift boosts foundation to world's largest

Study indicates apple-eaters breathe more easily