Tigers, Gonzalez negotiating record-breaking contract

Braves sign Bonilla to minor league contract

Gender of computers is debatable

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 4.97 points Thursday to close at 11,028.02. Broader stock indicators also gave up early gains and closed lower. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 5.53, to 1,398.56, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 30.35, to 4,039.56. Trading was heavy.

BellSouth adds lines to improve Internet service
BellSouth is wrapping up a $48 million network-expansion project in Augusta to handle increased Internet traffic and accommodate the new crop of local phone competitors.

Augusta banks see increases
Two community banks reported big income growth during 1999, another indicator small banks continue building momentum in the Augusta market.

County panel adopts expansion plan
The first meeting of the millennium was a time of change for the Columbia County Development Authority.

Cumulus to replace Disney with ESPN
Cumulus Broadcasting is dumping Mickey Mouse and the rest of his gang to stay in the game.

Business briefs

Cumulus to replace Disney with ESPN

Jobless rate falls statewide
Unemployment rates declined in December throughout Georgia, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. In Augusta, the rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.8 percent in November.

Augusta banks see increases

IRS helping taxpayers file
Joanna Benning of Hephzibah isn't one to procrastinate. Her employer, Medical College of Georgia, distributed W-2 forms Wednesday and by Thursday, she already had filed for ``a little refund'' from the Internal Revenue Service.

Jobless rate falls statewide

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators Friday ordered the nation's stock exchanges to begin quoting at least some share prices in dollars and cents by July 3, requiring them to fully abandon the 200-year-old use of fractions by year's end.

Business briefs

Aiken Tech topples Warriors

Clemson routs Wolfpack

Penn clobbers Columbia

Jaguars top among local teams in index

Jackets have no answer for Wake in loss

UNC ends losing streak

Princeton beats Cornell

Hofstra 80, Northeastern 59

Bad week for a child-killer

Blasts columnist's Rocker criticism

Backs decommissioning lock and dam

Suggests adoption as a choice option

Supports teaching respect in schools

Opposes citizenship for young Elian

Seeks visionary leaders in river flap

Seeks peace in battle over flags

Praises `Greatest Generation' books

Homeless foul-up

Argues semantics in abortion debate

Slams remarks as 'Christian arrogance'

Fears local drinking water endangered

Pay off U.S. debt!

Growing seedlings from scratch
After weeks of bare trees and brown grass, many gardeners are itching to get busy growing again.

Hanging baskets can be saved
Remember how beautiful your ferns and other plants in hanging baskets looked on the patio this summer? What do they look like now?

Comedian's humor never gritty
Don't call James Gregory a Southern comedian. Although born and raised in the Georgia hamlet of Lithonia and with a comic delivery marked by a distinct drawl, Mr. Gregory says his humor is universal.

Jubilee tradition offers a fresh start
Moments of grace can happen at any time and in countless ways: In the midst of deep, vulnerable sharing, a friend listens with sympathy; your children surprise you with a birthday breakfast in bed; a long-dead relationship with a relative is rekindled when this person calls and says ``I'm sorry.'' Such moments inevitably evoke gratitude and wonder. ``This need not have happened, but it did. And it was wonderful!''

Albums recapture sounds of Clash and Jam
In its heyday, it was called ``the only band that matters.'' Known for wearing their political hearts on their sleeves, the members of Clash today are recognized more for their musical calls for revolution than for their acumen as songwriters and performers.

Students dance for a purpose
A blur of motion streaks across the field of vision. Colored tights and leotards spin quietly across the tiled floor. There is no music; the only rhythm is provided by the padding of bare feet against the floor. Young faces stare forward, watching every move in the room's mirrored wall, and Ferneasa Cutno quietly notes each person's strengths and weaknesses.

Concert will benefit area musical ministry
Lonnie Thomas was born and raised in Augusta, but the world knows him as Lonnie Youngblood, the saxophonist who recorded with the likes of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.

Dead trees enliven landscape
Good news for anyone whose tree has been killed by lightening, drought, construction damage or burrowing beetles: It may be safe to leave it in the landscape. It probably won't fall sideways, anyway. More likely, it'll come straight down, a limb at a time, over many months and years.

'Nightingale' suited for young audience
One of the things about a Hans Christian Andersen tale is that there is a lesson to be learned -- usually a life lesson -- to carry with us on our journey. While the language is stilted, we accept this as part of the formality of the lesson itself, and through the formal prose and dialogue we build images of the characters in the story.

Exhibit highlights two artists
For William Halsey and Philip Morsberger, success came not because they embraced the expectations of the art world, but rather because they rejected them.

Rock changed American landscape
Rock has always been a political statement. The sound of the electric guitar and the 1-2-3-4 beat of a snare drum have, since the early 1950s, been the marching music for teen-age rebellion.

Musical collaboration honors church's anniversary
Whenever Reeve and her father, Charles Lindbergh, rose through banks of brilliant clouds in their prop plane, the little girl expected St. Peter's pearly gates to appear any minute.

`Mikado' performance begins stiffly but loosens up
It was a little like thawing frozen chicken in the microwave Wednesday night as the Augusta Opera's production of The Mikado opened in the Imperial Theatre. For much of the first act the audien

Faith digest
A field of 400 whitewashed crosses adjoins Sharon Baptist Church, 6262 Cobb-Ham Road in Thomson. The crosses symbolize some 40 million abortions in the United States since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision by the Supreme Court.

Winning soul
They are inquistive, funny, open, pliable, confident and the perfect age -- the college-age students Gary Tuell loves to be around.

Bluegrass musician joins cast of Opry
The Grand Ole Opry started 2000 by inducting a grand ole bluegrass entertainer as its newest member.

Fishing tournament information

Sports council lands another bass tournament

Blanco will give exhibition

Shepard captures Open semis

Rapp survives tough draw

Weather could push finals to 2 p.m. Sunday

Roller wins $50,000 Amateur Any Age

Talent-rich field rides into finals

Durant edges Rapp for Classic Non-Pro win

Court OKs lawsuit from golfer injured by 'mulligan'

Mickelson, Lehman tied for Phoenix lead

Dane takes second-round lead

Two Koreans share lead in Malaysian golf

Hephzibah teams clinch titles

Georgia prep basketball scores

ARC tops Thomson in key contests

North Augusta girls top Aiken, but boys beaten

South Carolina prep basketball scores

Grrrowl rolls past Augusta

Lindros scores goal in first game back

Coyotes top Hurricanes

Gender of computers is debatable
What gender is a computer? You know, English doesn't have masculine and feminine forms for words like other languages, so I guess we'd have to guess.

Winter weather returns with snow, ice
A powerful storm crawled across the Southeast today, bringing icy rain and snow to a region still reeling from a wintry blast earlier this week. Thousands were urged to stay home and Super Bowl planners worried about disruptions surrounding this weekend's game in Atlanta. The storm dumped more than a foot of snow early today in parts of Arkansas and Mississippi, where a driver was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle and veered into oncoming traffic in Yazoo County. Lighter amounts were reported farther east, but forecasters warned that icy sleet could coat roads and power lines from Alabama to the Carolinas by tonight. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Bush: Speech shows need for big tax cut
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- George W. Bush said today that President Clinton's State of the Union address showed that the president and Bush's Republican rival John McCain ``agree on the size of the tax cut.'' ``It's not significant enough,'' Bush said of the $350 billion, 10-year tax cut proposed by Clinton. Arizona Sen. McCain, who leads in polls for Tuesday's Republican presidential primary, has proposed a $237 billion, five-year reduction. Bush has proposed greater tax cuts, but McCain says more money should be used for reducing the national debt. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Wall street update
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell today amid more signs the economy may be growing at an inflationary pace that will force the Federal Reserve to boost interest rates again to slow it down. At midday on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 117.89 at 10,910.13. The Dow has been grinding back and forth in recent days, amid worries about rising rates. Broader stock indicators were also posting sizable losses today. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 19.13 at 1,379.43, and the Nasdaq composite index was down 69.66 at 3,969.90. -- The Augusta Chronicle

Engine problem could delay shuttle
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A problem with an engine that propelled space shuttle Discovery into orbit last month could end up delaying Endeavour's upcoming launch. Endeavour is scheduled to lift off Monday on a mission to map the Earth's terrain using radar. NASA plans to start the countdown later today, while continuing to analyze the engine problem. NASA test director Doug Lyons today said a metal seal in a high-pressure turbopump was worn away more than usual during Discovery's liftoff to the Hubble Space Telescope on Dec. 19. A groove was caused by the turbine blades, he said. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Economy grows in fourth quarter
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5.8 percent annual rate during the final three months of 1999, chalking up a year of remarkable prosperity as the nation heads into its longest economic expansion in history. For all of 1999, the nation's gross domestic product -- the total output of goods and services -- increased by 4 percent, turning in three straight years in which growth was 4 percent or higher, the Commerce Department said today. Strength came from hardy consumer spending. In 1998, the economy grew by 4.3 percent. The fourth-quarter rate was stronger than the 5.1 percent rate many analysts were forecasting. It marked the strongest growth since a 5.9 percent rate posted in the final three months of 1998. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

`Mikado' performance begins stiffly but loosens up

Albums recapture sounds of Clash and Jam

Dead trees enliven landscape

Hanging baskets can be saved

'Nightingale' suited for young audience

Exhibit highlights two artists

Students dance for a purpose

Winning soul

Rock changed American landscape

Faith digest

Jubilee tradition offers a fresh start

Musical collaboration honors church's anniversary

Growing seedlings from scratch

Bluegrass musician joins cast of Opry

Comedian's humor never gritty

Westinghouse to base operations in Aiken

Westinghouse to base operations in Aiken
AIKEN - Ambrose Schwallie answered with confidence Friday the get-rich-quick question South Carolina's governor has drilled him on since Labor Day.

Residents not told of list change
AIKEN -- Nearly six years ago, Gum Swamp Road, a dirt stretch near Beech Island, was on an Aiken County priority list to be paved.

Chamber awards top honors

Across the area
Aiken police are looking for two armed robbery suspects traveling in a stolen pick-up. Christopher Lee Green, 20, and Christopher Sims, 20, are wanted on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime, according to Inspector David Turno with Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Charter to close Augusta facility

Paint maker faces another pollution fine

Teacher testifies at trial

Across the area: Student arrested after knife found
A Butler High School student was arrested at school Thursday after a search of his clothes turned up a pocketknife. Charles Sylvester McBeth, 17, was stopped at about 8:45 a.m. by a Richmond County Board of Education safety officer because of the heavy smell of marijuana on his clothes, said Lt. Jack Francisco of the sheriff's department.

ABC to air Aiken man's story

County hauls junk cars from property
The line of trucks and cars coming to tow away 12 vehicles from his next-door neighbor's abandoned property was a welcome sight to Philip Tuten on Friday morning.

County schools may start earlier

Wall street update

Across the area

Change would OK state money for religious charities

Miss America will assist area's homeless veterans

Cutting loose
Contestants wait their turn Thursday afternoon to participate in the Augusta Futurity at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Here we go again

Chamber awards top honors
AIKEN -- When the Aiken Chamber of Commerce asked for nominations for its Man of the Year, developer Ronny Bolton immediately thought of his friend Joe Babb.

Across the area: Student arrested after knife found

Officers' response defended
During the 911 call his girlfriend made only hours before he would be killed by a deputy Dec. 30, Scott Mauro made his intentions clear.

Cutting loose

Evans sophomore has high hopes
Jamail Larkins will be aiming a lot higher than a driver's license for his 16th birthday Sunday.

Recruiters lobby everyone when it comes to players

Residents encounter phony police officer
Things aren't always what they seem, and, in Augusta, that goes for men in uniforms flashing badges.

Shelters preparing for storm

Convicted killer files for re-trial
AIKEN -- A convicted killer who shot a North Augusta convenience store clerk in 1995 wants a new trial because his attorney called him ``stupid'' and the solicitor's office didn't abide by a plea agreement for a 20-year jail sentence.

Bush: Speech shows need for big tax cut

Winter weather returns with snow, ice

Teacher acquitted in sexual assault trial

Economy grows in fourth quarter

Residents encounter phony police officer

Veto rules extended to agency

County schools may start earlier
Columbia County schools could get an early start for the 2001-2002 school year. This year classes began Aug. 23, but the calendar for the 2000-2001 school year has the first day of classes set for five days earlier -- Aug. 18.

Man faces charges in felony hit-and-run
A construction worker charged with felony hit-and-run likely will be the only arrest in the death of 53-year-old Sam Bonner, police said Thursday.

Residents not told of list change

Hospital to pay for cost-cutting changes
Remaking the lobby into registration central, contracting for laundry services and buying new equipment had University Hospital's board pulling out the checkbook Thursday.

Change would OK state money for religious charities
ATLANTA -- House Republicans unveiled a proposed Georgia constitutional amendment Thursday to allow state money to be spent on faith-based charities serving the needy.

County has 6th traffic death in two weeks
AIKEN -- A man was killed early Thursday when he lost control of his sports utility vehicle on a curve.

Shelters preparing for storm
As a biting chill and unpredictable winter weather threatened, Augusta's homeless shelters prepared Thursday night to protect the indigent from the storm.

Charter to close Augusta facility
Charter still wants its patients to get help somewhere -- just not here.

ABC to air Aiken man's story
What happened when an Aiken County man tried to voice support for a union at the Tenneco Packaging plant in Beech Island last July?

Officers' response defended

Agencies prepare despite delay
Think of it as the big storm that almost didn't happen. After spending Thursdayplanning for 2 to 4 inches of snow, local officials got a breather Friday morning as a large band of ice and snow broke apart just before it hit the Augusta area.

S.C. road conditions information

Agencies prepare despite delay

Snow causes panic, some say
Earlier this week, Bob Putz stopped at a grocery store to pick up a few items for his wife. He couldn't help but chuckle at what he saw around him.

Engine problem could delay shuttle

Snow causes panic, some say

Veto rules extended to agency
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed legislation Thursday that would allow the General Assembly to override regulations put forth by the state's Environmental Protection Division.

County hauls junk cars from property

Paint maker faces another pollution fine
SAVANNAH -- Frustrations over equipment failures have led to a proposed consent order against Kemira Pigments Inc. for releasing too much titanium dioxide dust into the air.

S.C. road conditions information
South Carolina Department of Public Safety has set up a toll-free number for motorists to call for an update on road conditions during hazardous weather.

Here we go again
Get ready for round two. It's time to battle snow and ice again. The National Weather Service forecast calls for snow today, snow and freezing rain Saturday and rain Sunday, during which temperatures should not climb out of the 30s.

Miss America will assist area's homeless veterans
Homeless veterans across the country are getting some much-needed attention from Miss America.

Teacher testifies at trial
It simply never happened, Hephzibah High School teacher Alphonza Griffin testified Thursday about the allegation he sexually assaulted a student last year.

Teacher acquitted in sexual assault trial
Hephzibah High School teacher Alphonza Griffin and his attorney shed tears of relief Friday when a jury acquitted him of sexually assaulting a student.

Lone lookout remains in closed trailer park
ATHENS, Ga. -- Henry Fleming stood next to a small heater in his old trailer Thursday in the Seminole Village mobile home park and made himself at home -- as though the trailer park had never been condemned.

Hawks top Knicks in OT

Kings beat Bulls

Boston tops Phoenix

Bucks try to keep Karl calm as he returns to former team

Mason, Bishop fight after tangling on incomplete pass in two-minute drill

Super Bowl fans tough out low temperatures

Frontiere enjoys role of Rams owner

Rams' tackle an uncommon mixture of size, grace

Green announces retirement

QB followed winding road

How the teams stack up

Vermeil wins NFL Coach of the Year

Five Rams left from L.A., 20 Titans left from Houston

Patriots hire Belichick as coach

Big brother always there for guidance

Times have changed since Rams won last NFL title

Turner says she won't be nervous during Super Bowl pregame

Adams finally arrives

Census Bureau scores ad coup

Sanders out, Vincent in for Pro Bowl

Super Bowl notebook

Titans punter has added knuckleball pooch kick to his repertoire

Timmerman likes the odds

Salary cap up $5 million for next year

Mr. James Moss
THOMSON -- Mr. James W. ``Dick'' Moss, 57, of Twin Oaks Road, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Margaret Sanders
HARLEM -- Mrs. Margaret Shank Sanders, 76, of Leitner Mill Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000.

Ms. Rose Still
AIKEN -- Ms. Rose Shealy Still, 68, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Margie Talbert
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Margie Dorn Talbert, 83, of Teresa Avenue, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Paul Miller
Mr. Paul Miller, 78, of Jonathan Circle, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Inez Crawford
Mrs. Inez M. Crawford, 40, of Evans, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Edna Knight
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Edna Helen Todd Knight, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Effingham Nursing Home, Springfield.

Mrs. Ruby Spivey
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Ruby Jumelle Wren Spivey, 74, of Wilson Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Ervin Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie James Ervin Sr., of Cantebury Circle, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Bradley Sanders
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- Mr. Bradley Lavern Hughsie Sanders, 31, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind.

Mr. Sol Simpkins
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Sol Simpkins, 71, of Nelms Street, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Willie Sims
Mrs. Willie Lee Sims, of Evans to Locks Road, Martinez, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Everine Jones
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Everine Jones, 83, of Salenist Street, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Lena Woods
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Lena Rexrode Woods, 80, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Michael Keenan
Michael Keenan, 16, of Monte Sano Avenue, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000.

Mr. Franklin Ryan
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Franklin D. Ryan Sr., 64, of West 17th Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000.

Dr. Thomas Kelly
JASPER, Ala. -- Dr. Thomas Glenn Kelly, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000.

Mrs. Rubye Melton
Mrs. Rubye O. Melton, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. William Knowles
Mr. William Anthony ``Tony'' Knowles, 51, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Carl Littlejohn
AIKEN -- Mr. Carl Woodley Littlejohn, 75, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Louise Fields
Mrs. Louise B. Fields, 67, of 12th Avenue, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Robert Wilbanks
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Robert Frank Wilbanks, 71, of Bignon Street, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Turner Jr.
Mr. Robert Eugene Turner Jr., of Richmond Hill Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Leila Barnes
Mrs. Leila G. ``Nuke'' Barnes, 71, of Alder Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Iris Abbott
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Iris Edenfield Abbott, 88, of Oak Street, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Hospital, Thomson.

Ms. Dorothy Lewis
Ms. Dorothy Holloway Lewis, 43, of London Boulevard, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Ed Flournoy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Ed Willie Flournoy, 73, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Baptist Hospital.

Mrs. Cora Styles
Mrs. Cora B. Styles, of Dublin Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Arthur Dunbar Sr.
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- Mr. Arthur Lembert Dunbar Sr., 73, of Capricorn Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Annie Swancy
DENTON, Texas -- Mrs. Annie Lee Swancy, 98, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000.

Mr. Christopher Chastain
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Christopher ``Brian'' Chastain, 18, of Turkey Trail Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Shand's Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.

Mrs. Eva Tate
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mrs. Eva Tate, 77, of 21st Avenue South, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Bayfront Medical Center.

Mr. Robert Stafford
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Lee Stafford, 56, of Lovett Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas Wilson
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Thomas H. Wilson Sr., 53, of Parkwood Terrace, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, in Screven County Hospital, Sylvania, Ga.

Mrs. Annette Kitchens
LIVE OAK, Fla. -- Mrs. Annette Holton Kitchens, 70, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, in Crawfordville, Fla.

Mrs. Claudie Copeland
NUNEZ, Ga. -- Mrs. Claudie Bell Copeland, 75, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Mr. Erik Hall
AIKEN -- Mr. Erik George Hall, 24, of Governor's Lane, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Nina Brooks
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Nina Brooks, 87, of Orkney Lane, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Grady Hospital.

Mrs. Ida White
Mrs. Ida Ruth ``Mert'' White, 75, of Lot Avenue, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Willie Gilchrist Jr.
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Willie Gilchrist Jr., 67, of Moragne Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Annabelle Griffin
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Annabelle Griffin, 79, of Oakford Street, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at St. Agnes Hospital.

Mr. Carl Johnson
Mr. Carl A. Johnson, of Mitchell Street, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Sid Lee Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Sid Lee Jr., 46, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ann Baxter
Mrs. Ann Lamb Baxter died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Vinnie Blackburn
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Vinnie Morris Blackburn, 83, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Mary Hatfield
MIDLAND, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Poole Hatfield, 58, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Columbus Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Willie Owens
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Willie Joe Owens, 79, of Harden Lane, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, Charleston.

Mr. Samuel Bonner
Mr. Samuel ``Sam'' Bonner, 53, of Dade Street, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000.

Mrs. Leola Gregory
Mrs. Leola Morgan Gregory, 60, of Lumpkin Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Sanders

Mrs. Cora Styles

Mrs. Annie Swancy

Mrs. Edna Knight

Mrs. Ann Baxter

Mr. Franklin Ryan

Mrs. Leola Gregory

Mr. Carl Johnson

Mr. William Knowles

Mrs. Margie Talbert

Mrs. Vinnie Blackburn

Mrs. Annette Kitchens

Mrs. Inez Crawford

Mr. Erik Hall

Mrs. Claudie Copeland

Mrs. Iris Abbott

Mrs. Mary Hatfield

Mr. Willie Ervin Sr.

Michael Keenan

Mrs. Lena Woods

Mrs. Annabelle Griffin

Mrs. Ruby Spivey

Ms. Rose Still

Mr. Sid Lee Jr.

Mrs. Ida White

Mr. Thomas Wilson

Mr. Robert Turner Jr.

Mr. Willie Owens

Mr. Ed Flournoy

Mr. Robert Stafford

Mr. Samuel Bonner

Mrs. Eva Tate

Mrs. Everine Jones

Mr. Bradley Sanders

Mr. Willie Gilchrist Jr.

Mrs. Willie Sims

Mr. Robert Wilbanks

Dr. Thomas Kelly

Mr. James Moss

Mrs. Leila Barnes

Mr. Paul Miller

Sisler: Snow reminds us of the wonders around us
YOU REMEMBER how it was Monday morning. While driving to work a few of those raindrops were really heavy, and you thought, ``Boy, if it gets a little colder, we could be in for something.'' The folks above the Mason-Dixon Line (the historical dividing line between the North and the South) may not have noticed such a small accumulation, but it was big news here.

Young: Multi-state project should be federally funded
WHAT IS TO be done with our New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam? The question is tearing at our community. Here's a sample from my mail:

Bad week for a child-killer
It has been a bad week for child-killer Louis Bennie Phipps. He was preparing to be released last Monday after serving less than half of his 15-year term for the brutal beating death of 22-month-old Brian Williamson. Instead he finds himself transferred from a minimum security prison in Augusta to a higher security lockup in Sparta. His chances for parole shattered, he'll likely serve his entire sentence.

Seeks peace in battle over flags
I want to express my concern about Jesse Jackson and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People attacking the South Carolina and Georgia Confederate flags. A. Boyer, Augusta

Sisler: Snow reminds us of the wonders around us
YOU REMEMBER how it was Monday morning. While driving to work a few of those raindrops were really heavy, and you thought, ``Boy, if it gets a little colder, we could be in for something.'' The folks above the Mason-Dixon Line (the historical dividing line between the North and the South) may not have noticed such a small accumulation, but it was big news here.

Praise stands of veteran editor
On behalf of many veterans of foreign wars, I want to extend my thanks to The Chronicle and columnist Phil Kent for your unwavering support of our men and women in the military. Regardless of what changes are made at The Chronicle Mr. Kent will remain our champion and our ``editor.'' J.H. Strickland, Evans

Says pitcher got what he deserved
I think we are all tired of hearing about the John Rocker situation, but there are a few things some people may have overlooked. Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but does that rule only apply to sports figures who ``slip up,'' or the average ``Joe''? It seems to me that if anyone else voiced their opinion of other ethnic groups outside of their own they would be blasted for doing so. Heather Menard, Waynesboro

Suggests adoption as a choice option
Re: the Jan. 21 letter ``Cites anniversary of `Roe' decision'' J. Hart, Augusta

Lauds shoot-from-the-hip editor
I have been trying to come up with a couple of pleasant comments to say about The Chronicle's longtime senior editorial writer Phil Kent and, well, I can't. But I can think of a bunch of nice things about him. Frank Murphy, Aiken

Argues semantics in abortion debate
Re: Jan. 22 article, ``Abortion protesters march at local clinic'' Paul Baldo Balducci, Augusta

Slams remarks as 'Christian arrogance'
Once again Christian arrogance rules the day. Christopher Redmond pulled out his Bible (letter, Jan. 23) and showed us how homosexuality is wrong. Why is it that nobody pulled out a Bible during the Crusades or the Inquisition and pointed out one of the venerated Ten Commandments: ``Thou shalt not kill''? And as for taking God completely out of the picture so we can see that homosexuality ``does nothing to perpetuate the species.'' Last time I checked, watching baseball, reading the Bible, and writing letters to the editor didn't either. I'll bet Mr. Redmond would be pretty upset if someone of another religion questioned his rights to do those things. I personally find homosexuality uninteresting. Yet I have no issue against those who practice it.C. Llamas, Martinez

Homeless foul-up
Augusta's homeless problem is serious, so it was disheartening to learn that local agencies missed out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal money because they didn't know the application rules.

Opposes citizenship for young Elian
I am writing in regard to Elian Gonzalez. I am very concerned about this child thinking he is going to become a U.S. citizen by some act of Congress. I am an adoptive parent of two international adoptees. I have had to jump through many hoops to receive citizenship for my children, one of which is still pending Immigration and Naturalization Service approval. Debbie Bury, Evans

Backs decommissioning lock and dam
Now that the hysteria has somewhat diminished, it is time for the public to pay greater attention to the comments made on theriver drawdown. The ecological advantages, which have been ignored in the economic calculations, have positive values that outweigh the assumed costs of eliminating the dam. In making these calculations we should consider: Judy Gordon, Ph.D., Evans

Teacher in the lion's den
Augusta's Andy Baumgartner, Georgia's and the nation's top teacher in 1999, gave an earful when he addressed the state Senate Wednesday.

Fears local drinking water endangered
I find it very disturbing that you could only give page 7A on Jan. 22 to the data on the gasoline additive MTBE and nothing to follow it up locally about our status. Every citizen in the United States should be up in arms about this threat to our drinking water supplies and the fact that our government and big business are only studying this continued spread and threat to our health. Jack Hobbs, Augusta

Supports teaching respect in schools
I agree wholeheartedly with South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges' stance on teaching manners and respect in the schools. That is one of the biggest problems with the children, youth and society in general today. There is lack of respect, lack of integrity, low or no morals, and virtually no accountability or responsibility for one's actions. Daniel K. Rickabaugh, P.E., North Augusta

A fairer S.C. plan
South Carolina is the only state where members of the Employment Security Commission are elected by the General Assembly. In other states, governors appoint members to such agencies.

Blasts columnist's Rocker criticism
I'm another subscriber who won't be reading Rick Dorsey's jive anymore. Tell (him) not to be so jealous of John Rocker and get a job he's more suited for. John T. Downard, Martinez

Seeks visionary leaders in river flap
I have been amazed at the hoopla about lowering the river level by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. No one wants to be responsible for the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam and to keep it repaired. Yet, look at what happened when the river was drained. Mayor Bob Young must be nearsighted not to have seen the 200-foot mud flats on the South Carolina side of the river. Also, where does he think all those large boats at the Augusta docks are going without an outlet below the locks? The owners need to trade them for canoes. Curtis D. Choplin, North Augusta

Protests school I.D. badge penalty
I am a concerned parent who has a child attending Tubman Middle school. My problem is with the rules and regulations of the schools' administration and Richmond County Board of Education. Darla Long, Augusta

Sees no honor in 'emblem of slavery'
There have been many letters in support of continuing to fly the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina and the modified version on the Georgia flag. In many of those letters, we often hear references to ``honor,'' ``pride'' and ``heritage.'' T. Walton, Grovetown

Young: Multi-state project should be federally funded
WHAT IS TO be done with our New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam? The question is tearing at our community. Here's a sample from my mail:

Praises `Greatest Generation' books
have recently finished reading Tom Brokaw's two books, The Greatest Generation and The Greatest Generation Speaks. Theywere written about the Great Depression and World War II generation, what took place during those dreadful years and how Americans survived. As a veteran of World War II, it brought back many memories of that time of my life because they were written so true and honest. I know many have read these books, and for those who have not, they are a ``must'' if you enjoy reading. Roger L. Reid, Thomson

Pay off U.S. debt!
Partisan political rhetoric, especially during an election year, can obscure what's really going on in government. Regardless of what party you belong to or who you plan to vote for, you should be encouraged at the fiscal direction in which the government is moving.

Being honest with recruiters is critical

Recruiters lobby everyone when it comes to players

Selling a big key at small schools

Gamecocks' loss is another's gain

Recruiting prospects are chosen early

Three area players announce intentions

Kafelnikov happy to see Agassi, not Sampras

Overtime: Tyson-Francis, soccer match have city abuzz

Overtime: Hawks pair commits to Liberty U.

Non-Division I teams are forced to dig deep

Dealing with the pressure, pain can be overwhelming

Davenport downs Hingis in title match

Tyson and Manchester United on the same day

Engine problem could delay Endeavour's flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A problem with an engine that propelled space shuttle Discovery into orbit last month could end up delaying Endeavour's upcoming launch.

Internet gambling on the rise as Super Bowl nears
NEW YORK -- Football fans wagering on Sunday's Super Bowl over the Internet will have plenty of company: Online gambling is on the rise despite questions about its legality in the United States.

Amazon.com announces 150 layoffs
SEATTLE -- Amazon.com, the biggest and one of the most celebrated retailers on the Internet even though it has yet to make any money, is laying off 150 people in its first-ever cutback.

Disney's Go.com to quit the portal race
SEATTLE -- Go.com, the Internet subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co., will no longer try to compete with America Online Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and other all-purpose ``portal'' sites on the World Wide Web.

Scientists report initial results of Glenn shuttle mission
WASHINGTON -- Science -- not joyriding or publicity -- was what prompted NASA to send John Glenn back to space, the agency steadfastly insisted during 1998's high-profile shuttle voyage.

NASA renews effort to find missing Mars Lander
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA sent command signals toward Mars on Wednesday to try to learn if a faint signal picked up by a radio dish at Stanford University came from the missing Mars Polar Lander.

Scientists surprised at how John Glenn handled rigors of space
BETHESDA, Md. -- John Glenn's 77-year-old body handled the rigors of space every bit as well as astronauts roughly half his age, NASA scientists said Friday in disclosing some of the lessons they learned from Glenn's historic mission.

Report: Teen smoking down
ATLANTA -- Smoking among high schoolers dropped in 1999 for the first time since the government began keeping track at the start of the decade. But nearly one in 10 children are already smoking cigarettes in middle school.

Engine problem could delay Endeavour's flight

Scientists report initial results of Glenn shuttle mission

Scientists surprised at how John Glenn handled rigors of space

NASA renews effort to find missing Mars Lander

Internet gambling on the rise as Super Bowl nears

Disney's Go.com to quit the portal race