Tigers, Gonzalez negotiating record-breaking contract

Braves sign Bonilla to minor league contract

'January' symptoms are obvious

Fiber keeps company healthy
AIKEN -- It's sort of strange referring to Advanced Glassfiber Yarns as a ``start-up'' company when last year it cleared $255 million in sales and employed 1,600 around the globe.

Basic principles still apply to investing

Fiber keeps company healthy

Broker casts venture on Net

Pocket change

Business briefs

Pocket change
Younger people are actively investing in their future. A new study by the Investment Company Institute and the Employee Benefit Research Institute found many 401(k) participants are approaching retirement age with substantial funds.

Web alters stock market
The information age is on us, and investors are reaping the benefits, not only in the form of skyrocketing technology stocks but also with increased accessibility to the corporate records of publicly traded stocks.

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

Markets shift to cater to new clients
Imagine a world where stock trades are free. Sounds like an investor's fantasyland, doesn't it? But it could be just one of many realities in the future.

Markets shift to cater to new clients

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.

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.

Basic principles still apply to investing
There is no doubt investing has become more democratic. With personal computers and the Internet, retail investors have access to the same real-time stock quotes, news and research the professionals use.

Broker casts venture on Net
As a young boy, Barry Wheeler spent the fall collecting pecans. One by one, he says, he gathered the small nuts until, after a few weeks, he had bags bursting with them. Then, just before Christmas, he'd sell them to the grocery store -- earning a tidy sum.

Web alters stock market

Penn clobbers Columbia

Kentucky squeaks by Miami

Princeton beats Cornell

Porter leads Auburn to victory

UNC handles Tech

Florida wins battle of ranked teams

Bulldogs ready for Wildcats

South Carolina officials upset about debris throwing

Terps cruise by Seminoles

Hofstra 80, Northeastern 59

Suggests adoption as a choice option

Bad week for a child-killer

Frivolous Taylor suit

Supports teaching respect in schools

Seeks peace in battle over flags

Blasts columnist's Rocker criticism

Hits inaccurate statistical reports

State of the Union: Ho-hum

Blasts Clinton's record on war

Note leader's 'slavemaster' attire

Praises `Greatest Generation' books

Chides Gore, Clinton over flag issue

Opposes citizenship for young Elian

Praises Washington slimeballs cartoon

Notes John Rocker 'blinded by thorns'

Argues semantics in abortion debate

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.

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

Loving gestures needn't be advertised
Dear Carson: My husband's mother passed away a year ago in November. She left four children, ages 28 to 33. When we were all together at Christmas we visited her grave.

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.

Media explored reports of eerie airships
Robert Lowen was walking his dog when he saw a strange light moving across the night sky.

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.

In the know
Not interested in watching the Super Bowl? Here are a couple of alternatives: NBC offers The Beautician and the Beast. Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton star in this 1997 romantic comedy that can be described as The Nanny meets The Sound of Music. It airs at 9 on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

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!''

Family designs a woodsy look into new home
The true beauty of Jan and Wendell Duncan's new home is its good bone structure. The massive , rough-hewn Douglas fir beams from the waterways of Quebecprovide a strong visual impact. The beams are the foundation of the home's interior design, evoking the feel of a hunting lodge, with wide-open spaces, a warm hearth, an open kitchen and view to match.

New comic offers a skewed view
As a cartoonist and a satirist, Wiley Miller's job is to apply that nudge to the ribs, pointing out the elephant in the parlor that everyone else has been ignoring.

Super show
While the annual clashing of gridiron greats may not be everybody's cup of tea, Super Bowl XXXIV organizers are going out of their way to make sure there is something in tonight's program to appeal to all tastes. With such a wide variety of performers and the help of the entertainment wizards at Disney, the pregame and halftime shows could well overshadow the game itself.

Dunk Island: A quiet escape from noisy modern civilization
DUNK ISLAND, Australia -- It's of little surprise that this little rain-forest island rising out of the Coral Sea near the Great Barrier Reef, with snorkel-friendly coral beaches and exquisite sunsets, inspired Confessions of a Beachcomber.

Wildlife Retreat
MONTAUK, N.Y. -- Barely three weeks after the winter solstice, a week after New Year's Day, the sun worshippers are hitting the beach again.

Rapp, Cox add to collections

futuriy cut

Roller wins $50,000 Amateur Any Age

Weather could push finals to 2 p.m. Sunday

Durant edges Rapp for Classic Non-Pro win

Two Koreans share lead in Malaysian golf

Gary Player's only skin wins Senior Skins Game

Lickliter takes lead in Phoenix

At every tournament, Woods creeps closer to history

Kang wins Malaysian Women's Open title

Dane takes second-round lead

South Carolina prep basketball scores

North Augusta girls top Aiken, but boys beaten

Lions top Pinewood; girls lose

ARC tops Thomson in key contests

Georgia prep basketball scores

Area high school scores

Hephzibah teams clinch titles

Late goal puts Senators over Rangers

Lightning top Thrashers

Grrrowl rolls past Augusta

Pee Dee skates by Augusta

'January' symptoms are obvious
Far be it for me to burden others with my ailments. But, if pressed, I will concede this -- I'm sick of January.

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

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

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

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

In the know

Winning soul

Faith digest

New comic offers a skewed view

Family designs a woodsy look into new home

Wildlife Retreat

Musical collaboration honors church's anniversary

Media explored reports of eerie airships

Jubilee tradition offers a fresh start

Dunk Island: A quiet escape from noisy modern civilization

Loving gestures needn't be advertised

Super show

Agencies stand by for storm
Emergency crews across the region spent the past few days preparing for a dangerous weekend ice storm.

Proposal pays back educators

Compromise not easily reached on flag
AIKEN -- South Carolina lawmakers are under intense pressure to remove Confederate flags from the Statehouse, but they are finding in an election year that it's not as simple as it sounds.

Area events to celebrate Black history
This week marks the beginning of Black History Month. Throughout the country, communities will celebrate black achievements and look at the struggles blacks have faced in the nation.

The Savannah's saga
Bob Baurle confesses a lifelong addiction to New Savannah Bluff and its ever-changing vistas of the Savannah River.

Police keep abreast of local gangs
To the average passer-by, certain graffiti in Augusta could appear to be little more than incoherent letters, shapes or statements.

Officers' response defended

Banner traced to one man
COLUMBIA -- On an April day in 1956, avowed segregationist John D. Long -- who would later defend the Ku Klux Klan on the Senate floor -- asked his colleagues in the all-white body to hang a Confederate battle flag in the chamber.

Sheriff calls request a 'mistake'

Reaching the stars

Banner traced to one man

Across the area

Agencies prepare despite delay

Bush: Speech shows need for big tax cut

Engine problem could delay shuttle

Miss America will assist area's homeless veterans

Tensions rise over education
ATLANTA -- As the public debate over Gov. Roy Barnes' education-reform package wears on, the combatants are growing a little testy, and the pressure on them is increasing.

Snow causes panic, some say

Tensions rise over education

County hauls junk cars from property

The Savannah's saga

S.C. road conditions information

Teacher acquitted in sexual assault trial

Wall street update

Compromise not easily reached on flag

Reaching the stars
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Collectors of soap opera memorabilia can pick up a script signed by Jacklyn Zeman -- Bobbie on General Hospital -- at Our Lady of Peace School in North Augusta. If they're lucky, fans of John Travolta can choose an autographed copy of Propeller One-Way Night Coach, a children's book written by the actor.

Westinghouse to base operations in Aiken

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.

Proposal pays back educators
AIKEN -- Rarely do Republicans and Democrats agree -- unless they're talking about education.

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

Augustans volunteer at Super Bowl
Thirty Augusta area residents are going to the Super Bowl, and they don't have to pay a dime for tickets.

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.

Winter weather returns with snow, ice

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.

Sheriff calls request a 'mistake'
A convicted child killer got help from high places in a near-successful bid for early parole, and a request from the sheriff secured him a spot at an Augusta minimum-security facility instead of a state prison.

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.

Family shows commitment to Southern ideals
This installment of All Things Southern looks at an Aiken County family that has lived 10 generations in the same place and has found, living amid pieces of the past, it is impossible to forget or compromise on issues such as the Confederate flag.

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.

Police keep abreast of local gangs

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.

Family shows commitment to Southern ideals

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

Agencies stand by for storm

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.

Augustans volunteer at Super Bowl

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

A weak week for soundbytes

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.

Residents encounter phony police officer

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.

Area events to celebrate Black history

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.

Economy grows in fourth quarter

Across the area: Speed, slippery road cause wreck
A woman was killed Saturday when her car exploded in a three-car accident at the intersection of Old Louisville and Wylie roads.

Across the area: Speed, slippery road cause wreck

Blazers whip up on Spurs

Hawks top Knicks in OT

Heard fired as coach in Jordan's first major move

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

Boston tops Phoenix

Magic dominate Hawks

Wolves get by Jazz

Kings beat Bulls

Frontiere enjoys role of Rams owner

Super Bowl notebook

Timmerman likes the odds

Super Bowl fans tough out low temperatures

Titans punter has added knuckleball pooch kick to his repertoire

Warner no stranger to success

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

Super Bowl notebook

How the teams stack up

Vermeil returns to big game

Times have changed since Rams won last NFL title

Time for the improbable matchup

A weak week for soundbytes

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

Adams finally arrives

Weather ices Super Bowl practices

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

Mrs. Patricia Singley
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Patricia Ann ``Patsy'' Singley, 63, of Kilpatrick Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 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.

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

Mrs. Sarah Tutt
Mrs. Sarah Bennings Tutt, of Blount Avenue, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mrs. Charlie Anderson
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Charlie Mae Anderson, of Tobacco Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Grace Price
Mrs. Grace J. Price, 95, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Tyra Trotty
Ms. Tyra LaWanda Trotty, 27, of Morgan Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. James Hendley
Mr. James V. Hendley, 70, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Humphrey
Mr. Joseph HumphreyMr. Joseph Ambry Humphrey, 71, of Martinez, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at University Hospital.

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.

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

Mr. Vernon Ogletree
Mr. Vernon Allen Ogletree Sr., 72, of Wilkinson Circle, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Villie Bennett
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Villie M. Bennett, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

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

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

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

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.

Mrs. Helen Bilton
Mrs. Helen McCormick Bilton, 70, of Norfolk Street, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lorene Brown
LEXINGTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Lorene R. Brown, 75, of Persimmon Road, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Margaret Fulmer
WAGENER -- Mrs. Margaret Higgingbottom Fulmer, 73, of Wagener Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Robert Turner
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Robert G. Turner, 83, of Woodville Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Jack Smith
AIKEN -- Mr. Jack A. Smith, 79, of Pine Log Road, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Carly Adkins
Carly Mary Virginia Adkins, infant daughter of Sam and Tabatha Adkins, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Odette Daniels
ALEXANDER, Ga. -- Mrs. Odette Godbee Daniels, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

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. Luther Reid
Mr. Luther Thomas Reid, 77, of Idlewilde Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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. Maurice Holmes
Mr. Maurice J. Holmes, 46, of Dianne Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

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. Emmie Young
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Emmie Young, 92, of W.A. Reel Drive, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Edgefield County Health Care Center.

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Lola Fairey
Lola Grace Fairey, infant daughter of Richard and Kimberly Fairey, Martinez, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999 at University Hospital.

Mr. D. Wellsman Johnson, 77, retired bank president
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Mr. D. Wellsman Johnson, retired chairman and president of Bankers Trust of South Carolina, died Friday at his residence.

Mrs. Eva Hall
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Eva F. Hall, 82, of Rita Avenue, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lena Woods

Mrs. Annette Kitchens

Mr. Robert Wilbanks

Mr. Jack Smith

Mrs. Eva Tate

Mr. Robert Turner

Mr. Willie Gilchrist Jr.

Mr. Vernon Ogletree

Mrs. Eva Hall

Mrs. Emmie Young

Mrs. Willie Sims

Mrs. Helen Bilton

Mr. Robert Stafford

Mrs. Sarah Tutt

Carly Adkins

Mr. James Hendley

Dr. Thomas Kelly

Mr. Maurice Holmes

Mrs. Ruby Spivey

Mrs. Margaret Fulmer

Michael Keenan

Mrs. Charlie Anderson

Mrs. Annie Swancy

Mr. Joseph Humphrey

Mr. Bradley Sanders

Ms. Tyra Trotty

Mrs. Margie Talbert

Ms. Lola Fairey

Mr. Willie Owens

Mr. Paul Miller

Mr. Franklin Ryan

Mr. Thomas Wilson

Mrs. Edna Knight

Mr. Luther Reid

Mrs. Grace Price

Mrs. Odette Daniels

Mrs. Mary Hatfield

Kent: Walker's money machine; GOP infighting
PRESIDENTIAL candidates John McCain and Bill Bradley talk about how big money and special interest contributions are ruining our national political system and shutting out the average taxpayer and voter. The same thing could be said at the state level. They should come here and look at one extraordinary example: the incredible war chest being amassed by a state officeholder -- Sen. Charles Walker, D-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.

Looks for street numbers, finds trash
There seems to be a growing number of complaints about the general appearance of the city. Property owners, at very little cost, could eliminate much of the criticism. This would involve property owners properly displaying street numbers. James E. Clark, 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

Praises Washington slimeballs cartoon
The recent letter complaining of the editorial cartoon about the Washington slimeballs was just too much. Were they around when The Washington Post cartoonist assaulted President Richard Nixon on an almost daily basis for months? Walter M. Kotwicki, Aiken

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.

Rips Corps for damage from drawdown
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had no right whatsoever to do a drawdown without knowing the damage it would do. For example, think about a swimming pool that you purchase from a store and put up yourself, knowing that you need a wedge surrounding the pool. If you took the liner, after filling the pool with water, and pulled it off the edge and submerged it underwater, it would cause a washout under the pool and the pool would collapse. Chuck Strickland, 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.

Wants Confederate flag removed
If Confederate flag supporters really believe it is a historical symbol of their heritage, they should be the ones trying to get it put in a museum. Any flag that flies over a state capitol should be a flag that represents those whom the state governs. If these people are so proud of their heritage, why can't they face the truth about it? That flag represents the ideology that whites are superior and should be treated as such. F. M. Baskett, Augusta

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

Kent: Walker's money machine; GOP infighting
PRESIDENTIAL candidates John McCain and Bill Bradley talk about how big money and special interest contributions are ruining our national political system and shutting out the average taxpayer and voter. The same thing could be said at the state level. They should come here and look at one extraordinary example: the incredible war chest being amassed by a state officeholder -- Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta.

Note leader's 'slavemaster' attire
Imagine our surprise at finding the new National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter president Alexander Smith's photo in the Jan. 16 Sunday paper dressed as an Egyptian pharaoh. Why would he dress up as a slavemaster and march in a parade that commemorates a man who fought for racial equality? Evidently Mr. Smith has never read his Bible, in particular Genesis chapters 37-50 and Exodus chapter 1. Marsha & Thomas Blackstone, North Augusta

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.

Opposes pump-back at Russell Dam
Want to hear the grandest lie so far in the 21st century? That's easy -- ``We are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and we are here to help you.'' Tom Reed, McCormick

Hits inaccurate statistical reports
Recent news media reports of statistical information have baffled me. The Associated Press recently claimed that 46,000 people attended the anti-battle flag gathering in Columbia while the Columbia chief of police recorded only 10,000 in actual attendance. Chris Dabrowski, North Augusta

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

Chides Gore, Clinton over flag issue
Well, it looks like Al Gore and Bill Clinton are riding to the rescue again. Since they have solved all the problems of the country and have nothing else to do they are going to stick their noses into South Carolina's business and set all us evil people in our rightful places. David C. Moncus, Waynesboro

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

Blasts Clinton's record on war
I would like to inform Richard Renew (letter, Dec. 19) that at least Gov. George W. Bush did not protest the Vietnam War in the United States and Russia as did the president of the United States, who did not serve in any armed forces. History will prove that the only way he got elected the first time is that Ross Perot was told to get back in the race to split and draw voters away from the Republican Party. O. Rogers, Augusta

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

Notes John Rocker 'blinded by thorns'
As much as we would like it, a perfect world doesn't exist. Ronnie Johnson, Swainsboro

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

State of the Union: Ho-hum
Every year President Clinton's State of the Union speech gets wordier and longer. Thank heaven Thursday night was his last. He dragged on for an hour and a half. What could a lame-duck president have to say that would take up that much of America's time?

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

Frivolous Taylor suit
During the heat of the 1998 Georgia lieutenant governor's campaign, Democrat Mark Taylor filed a $1 million libel suit against Republican Mitch Skandalakis over a hard-hitting ad implying that Taylor had not stopped using cocaine when he said he did.

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

Look at the options
One by one, the three legislators comprising Columbia County's delegation to the Georgia General Assembly have either knocked down or turned aside various misstatements and half-truths regarding their idea for a chief executive officer/chairman, elected countywide, to preside over the present five-member County Commission (or perhaps seven commissioners).

Recruiting can win the war

Overtime: Tyson-Francis, soccer match have city abuzz

Being honest with recruiters is critical

What do the 'gurus' know?

Overtime: Buhl dashes past Cheever in Indy 200

S.C. pointer top shooting dog; The Pilgrim is Derby champion

Davenport downs Hingis in title match

Latecomer finally found sports

Kafelnikov happy to see Agassi, not Sampras

Outdoor editor calls it quits

Tyson and Manchester United on the same day

Three area players announce intentions

Dealing with the pressure, pain can be overwhelming

Gamecocks' loss is another's gain

Tyson gets win in England

Cobi Jones' goal downs Chile

Another way to attack AIDS found
WASHINGTON -- Scientists at drug giant Merck & Co. have opened a long-awaited target in the hunt for new ways to attack the AIDS virus. It will take years of additional work to create a usable medication from the finding, experts cautioned.

Activists target EPD veto bill
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes will introduce his green-space preservation plan early this week, to the delight of environmental activists across Georgia.

Ancient Middle East stones originated in South America
WASHINGTON -- New tests on some of the world's best-known emeralds show that ancient miners took the stones from deposits supposedly discovered only in this century and that some gems thought to be from ancient Middle East mines actually originated in South America.

Negotiators reach agreement on genetically engineered food rules
MONTREAL -- U.N. talks here finally produced rules governing trade in genetically engineered products Saturday, nearly a year after previous talks collapsed in the face of international discord.

Government: Exposure sickened nuclear arms workers
WASHINGTON -- Reversing a position held for decades, the government has concluded for the first time that many workers who built America's nuclear weapons likely became ill because of exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals, officials said Saturday.

Study: Clot-busting pill no better than aspirin for heart attacks
LONDON -- A new drug many hoped would be a powerful alternative to aspirin for preventing heart attacks turns out to be no better than the old standby.

Ancient Middle East stones originated in South America

Study: Clot-busting pill no better than aspirin for heart attacks

Another way to attack AIDS found

Negotiators reach agreement on genetically engineered food rules

Activists target EPD veto bill

Government: Exposure sickened nuclear arms workers