Bandages common on fingers

Fed raises key interest rate for a fourth time

Weather fuels wood sales
Firewood is a hot commodity in metro Augusta these days.

Earnings up for Aiken bank
Aiken-based Security Federal Corp., the holding company for Security Federal Bank, reported third-quarter earnings of $498,000, a 4 percent increase from the same period the previous year.

Business briefs

Fed raises key interest rate for a fourth time
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate today by a quarter-point -- the fourth increase since June -- in an effort to slow the red-hot economy and keep inflation from becoming a problem.

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks bounded higher Thursday as investors decided those companies are growing quickly enough to dodge the threat of rising interest rates. Old-fashioned blue-chip shares were changed little.

Business briefs: Stocks end mixed after Fed rate rise
NEW YORK -- Stocks struggled to a mixed finish Wednesday after the Federal Reserve's widely expected interest rate increase did little to calm turbulent U.S. financial markets.

Business briefs: Stocks end mixed after Fed rate rise

Weather fuels wood sales

Duke not fooled by Carolina slump

Jaguars closing in on first place

Big East realigns basketball

Albany State women roll past Paine

Cremins unsure of his future

Tigers roar by Jackets

Madsen punishes opponents

Jaguars avenge overtime defeat

Defense is difference for Paine men

SEC notes: Postseason hopes fade for Dogs, Gamecocks

Duke needs OT to top Carolina

UCLA's Rush apologizes

Lady Pacers complete sweep of rival

Late free throws lift Okla. State

Rivalry deserves Round 3

South Carolina suffers another tough setback

Bulldogs fall to No. 24 Commodores

Toughen right-to-work

Says replace flood gates with concrete

Questions NAACP motives in flag flap

Avers there was no need for slavery

Opines on flag, democracy, opinions

Complains about government, crime

Aiken's corporate coup

Two N.H. shockers

Raps church for stance on S.C. flag

Notes remarks open p.c. floodgates

Slams push for `deviant lifestyle'

Says Elian belongs with his father

Encourages honest S.C. troopers

Joan Tower

Champions glide into Augusta
Getting the kind of attention once reserved for rock bands and movie stars, the Champions on Ice tour glides into the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Wednesday for a single performance.

History lessons
LOS ANGELES -- Clip after clip in It's Black Entertainment reminds us of the joyful depth of black contributions to movies, music and dance, but the celebration is bittersweet.

Play takes cast back in time
For the cast of the Augusta State University production of All My Sons, preparing the play for an audience meant more than memorizing lines.

Band knows how to conduct itself
Midway through the Augusta Concert Band's eighth season, the group will table its traditional performance for a session of musical chairs.

Fake flowers get realistic look
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some flowers are so obviously fake you don't have to get close to know they are artificial. Others are so realistic, they invite an inquisitive touch.

Singer wants Augustans to know folk music lives
Like a guitar-picking evangelist, Jack Williams wants to spread the good word -- folk is back.

Augusta musicians to showcase talents
Local talent will be in the spotlight as the Augusta Jazz Project presents the Masters of Swing in the second of a three-part, big-band series at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Imperial Theatre.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Lewis Family always on the go
The Lewis Family will give a rare local performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Morgan County High School in Madison, Ga.

In the know
American Movie Classics is offering Goin' Elvis, a 12-hour festival of six Elvis Presley films beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The line-up includes G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun in Acapulco, Roustabout and Paradise, Hawaiian Style.

Pruning crucial to muscadine growth
Q: My muscadines haven't produced fruit the past couple of years. They also are a tangled mess, since I haven't pruned them in several years. What do I need to do?

Capsules
If you're still looking for a good reason to watch your diet and exercise, how about seven extra years of life?

Gardeners following their own design plans
It's amazing what gardeners show me. I recently sorted through hundreds of color slides. They've been swaying in stacks, waiting to be categorized for fast reference as I prepare for lectures around the South. Each slide revisited gardens, seasons, hopes, memories and lessons learned.

Cold weather easy on plants
While roads closed, school stopped and power flickered off and on last week, gardeners could be confident that their dormant yards and gardens were out of danger.

Lake level up; warmer temperatures key to fish bites

Fishing Hall of Fame honors ex-baseball star Ted Williams

The streak continues at 'Puddle' Beach

Pebble Beach more than just a sentimental journey for Nicklaus

Woods nears Hogan's 1948 mark

Lady War Eagles vying for top spot

Broken VCRs credited for Capitals surge

Cabana's comedy show lifts Lynx

Carolina slashes ticket prices

Dallas edges Thrashers

Rangers double up Thrashers

Attorney General says Vermont failed in hazing investigation

Predators down Islanders

Forsberg to miss All-Star game

Dumont's availability remains in question

Bandages common on fingers
First, let me thank all those kind people such as Sarah Catoe of Graniteville who passed along remedies for the cracked, dry fingers that folks like me suffer this time of year.

Barnes lashes critics of his education reform plan
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes used his State of the State address today to launch a new attack against critics of his education reform plan, especially those battling his proposal to abolish tenure for new teachers. In a hard-hitting speech to the Legislature, he told lawmakers they have but two choices: to stand with him or to stand with ``the special interests that want to protect the worst teachers...'' Absent from the speech was Georgia's Teacher of the Year, Amy Denty, a middle school teacher in Jesup. She apparently was at the middle of a tug of war between the Democratic chief executive and the Republican state school superintendent, Linda Schrenko, who opposes portions of Barnes' plan. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

Prosecutors could press for murder conviction
ATLANTA -- An attorney for Ray Lewis said today the Baltimore Ravens' All-Pro linebacker wasn't even aware that two men had been stabbed when he and an entourage left a post-Super Bowl party in a limousine. Ed Garland described Lewis as ``a horrified bystander'' but insisted Lewis didn't know about the stabbings until he heard news reports hours later. Lewis, 24, is charged with two counts of murder in the slayings early Monday outside a lounge in Atlanta's Buckhead entertainment district. He is being held in jail until a bond hearing, which Garland said is now scheduled for Feb. 14. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

Reward offered for information about woman's death
AIKEN -- The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, in cooperation with the Aiken County Sheriff's office, offered a $5,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of Tiffaney Wilson. In a press conference, Foundation Director Kim Petersen and Sheriff Howard Sellers announced the reward and asked for the public's help in the case. ``It is our goal to bring loved ones back to their homes and to secure the arrest and conviction of criminals responsible,'' Ms. Petersen said. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

King holiday passes first House hurdle
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Legislature is a step closer to creating an official state holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A House subcommittee Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal that packages King Day with Confederate Memorial Day. The bill has languished in the Republican-controlled House since it passed the Democrat-controlled Senate last year. The full House Judiciary Committee will take it up next week. Approval comes at a time when tensions are high about the Confederate flag that flies atop the Statehouse dome. Nearly 50,000 people rallied there on King Day last month for the flag's removal and for recognition of the King holiday. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

Greenspan wins fourth term as Fed chairman
WASHINGTON -- A day after boosting borrowing costs for millions of Americans, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan won Senate confirmation today for a fourth term as head of the nation's central bank. The Senate voted 89-4 to approve the nomination of Greenspan, 73, for a four-year term that will run into 2004. A small group of liberal senators who opposed the nomination argued Wednesday that the Fed is too secretive and Greenspan has been overly worried about inflation and insensitive to the impact higher interest rates have on American families. But Greenspan was praised by supporters as a key architect of the current 107-month long economic expansion, which this month broke the record previously held by the 1960s expansion as the nation's longest period without a recession.

NTSB: Plane was 'nose-down' as it crashed
PORT HUENEME, Calif. -- Moments before it crashed, Alaska Airlines Flight 261 started ``tumbling, spinning, nose-down'' as it hurtled in a violent plunge toward the Pacific Ocean, a federal investigator said Wednesday. There were no signs of fire or smoke when the jetliner hit the water in one piece, killing all 88 people aboard, witnesses told the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB member John Hammerschmidt provided the witness accounts after the second day of investigation by the agency, which is trying to determine the cause of the crash. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

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In the know

Pruning crucial to muscadine growth

Singer wants Augustans to know folk music lives

Play takes cast back in time

Band knows how to conduct itself

Gardeners following their own design plans

Cold weather easy on plants

History lessons

Champions glide into Augusta

Augusta musicians to showcase talents

Fake flowers get realistic look

Ramblin' Rhodes: Lewis Family always on the go

Rivalry deserves Round 3

Outside art
Garrett Hanson, 22, uses his shoes to prop up his sketch pad while he contemplates a scene he was trying to draw of the Augusta State University campus as an assignment for his drawing class.

Hospital billing clerk accused in thefts, fraud

Suspect killed in collision
Suspect killed in collision Man who allegedly stabbed his estranged wife dies after possibly fleeing scene, crashing with truck

Barnes criticizes teacher tenure

'Security czar' says SRS leaks no secrets
No nuclear secrets were contained on surplus Savannah River Site computers sold to an off-site contractor, the U.S. Department of Energy's ``security czar'' said Wednesday.

Outside art

Reward money posted in teen mother's slaying
AIKEN -- Short on clues in Tiffaney Wilson's mysterious death, Aiken County sheriff's officers offered $6,000 in reward mon-ey Wednesday to anyone who pro-vides information helping them solve the case.

Aparment complex condemned by city
The city has deemed the Hale Street Apartments unsafe for human occupancy and advised the residents they must move within 30 days if the owners do not repair and clean the place.

Joan Tower, civic leader, dies at age 72
AIKEN -- Joan Tower, one of Aiken's most vivid figures and a driving force behind preserving its landmarks, died Tuesday after a long illness. She was 72.

Field work

Across the area: Ramp connecting I-20 to road closes
The Department of Transportation has closed down an access ramp that directly connected the westbound exit ramp off Interstate 20 at Washington Road to Stevens Creek Road.

Playing cool
Jennifer Derrick treats Austin, 3 (left), and Frances, 2, a fun day outside Thursday at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center in Aiken.

Shadow program teaches students
AIKEN -- When Brian Vasser agreed to shadow a city employee Wednesday, he had no idea he would end up rappelling from a 75-foot tower. Before he knew it, the South Aiken High School junior was strapped into a harness and lowered five stories by members of the city's Special Operations Rescue Team.

Greenspan wins fourth term as Fed chairman

Reading with Rachel
South Carolina first lady Rachel Hodges reads the book, How are You Peeling? to second-grade pupils at North Augusta Elementary School on Wednesday.

King holiday passes first House hurdle

Inmates' tryst prompts probe

Hospital billing clerk accused in thefts, fraud
A Columbia County woman has been indicted on more than 100 theft charges involving money stolen from University Hospital Prompt Care Services.

Drawdown reveals sewage sources

Escaped emu eludes pursuers
Emu 2, Columbia County Animal Control 0. And by Thursday evening, the emu still had the upper hand.

Leslie gets life sentence plus twenty years

Husband, wife charged in theft of $1 million
JEFFERSON, Ga. -- A Jackson County couple was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday in connection with the theft of an estimated $1 million.

Across the area: Ramp connecting I-20 to road closes

Under control

Reward offered for information about woman's death

Convicted killer faces third trial
Twenty-one years after William Kenny Stephens gunned down a Richmond County sheriff's investigator, he was back in court Thursday for a final pretrial hearing before his third trial, set for Feb. 28.

Reading with Rachel

Beverly Enterprises settles fraud case
AIKEN -- The nation's largest nursing home chain has agreed to sell 10 long-term care facilities, including Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Aiken.

Inmates' tryst prompts probe
GROVETOWN -- Grovetown's police chief is investigating a May incident in which two prisoners might have had sex while on a work detail.

Shadow program teaches students

Drawdown reveals sewage sources
SewagepermitscheckedDrawdown allows for locating potential pollution sources; EPD checking to ensure procedure followedDrawdown reveals sewage sources

Teachers being investigated

Leslie gets life sentence plus twenty years
Lori Hastings' family and friends expressed no malice toward the man sentenced Wednesday to spend the rest of his life behind bars for her murder.

Aiken man won't return to U.N. duty

Photographs to be reviewed
A judge ruled Wednesday a child psychologist accused of taking pornographic photographs of children has no right to sit down with his attorneys to review some 37,000 photographs seized from his home.

Field work
Dennis Rattie removes plywood Thursday from the outfield fence at Lake Olmstead Stadium, home of the GreenJackets. The fence will be replaced in time for the 2000 season.

Mistrial declared in shaken-baby case
A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the trial of an Augusta man accused of critically injuring his month-old baby.

Barnes criticizes teacher tenure
ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes devoted his entire State of the State address Thursday to the topic of teacher tenure, stunning education groups with the importance he is placing on a single part of his sweeping school reform proposal.

Senate moves ethics bill to new committee
ATLANTA -- In a move hailed by its sponsor as a victory for open government, the Georgia Senate overwhelmingly agreed Wednesday to send a Republican-backed ethics bill that had been languishing in one committee to another panel more likely to consider it.

Teachers being investigated
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Two North Augusta High School teachers are on administrative leave while school officials conduct an internal investigation into possible policy violations.

Under control
Daniel Williams, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, hoses down a few remaining hot spots in an unoccupied house on Union Church Lane in Aiken on Thursday. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Inspector David Turno said crews had the fire under control in less than 20 minutes.

Across the area: Hill jury selection near completion
YORK -- The judge in the death penalty trial of David Mark Hill expects to complete the jury selection process today and have opening statements in an Aiken courtroom Monday.

Joan Tower, civic leader, dies at age 72

Two of student's fingers severed in class accident
A Harlem High School student severed portions of two fingers Thursday while using a table saw during a wood-working project.

Prosecutors could press for murder conviction

Correction
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about SRS computers should have identified Mel Minitor as a store manager for XS Computers.

Convicted killer faces third trial

Playing cool

NTSB: Plane was 'nose-down' as it crashed

Beverly Enterprises settles fraud case

Dogs' class affected by uncertainty

Across the area: Hill jury selection near completion

Correction

Killing of horse probed

'Security czar' says SRS leaks no secrets

Aiken man won't return to U.N. duty
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Former Aiken police officer Fisher Strom won't board a plane this morning to Kosovo, choosing instead to end his one-year mission to help restore order in the wartorn land.

Suspect killed in collision

Killing of horse probed
AIKEN - The death of an Aiken prize-winning horse is so suspicious that it has caught the eye of sheriff's deputies, who are conducting a criminal investigation.

Photographs to be reviewed

Reward money posted in teen mother's slaying

Barnes lashes critics of his education reform plan

Finley scores 32, leads Dallas to win

Cavs' Kemp takes foul calls personally

Ewing lifts Knicks past Trail Blazers

Hawks give Nets 11th straight loss

Misdemeanor charges filed in Phills death

Webber scores 39 in Kings win

Malone could skip All-Star game

Shula won't return to Bucs

Medical examiner: wounds were 'well directed'

Titans hope Pro Bowl eases pain of loss

Attorney says Lewis was not aware of stabbings

Warner caps whirlwind week at Pro Bowl

WWF head to launch pro football league

Dr. Robert Baggott Jr.
OPELIKA, Ala. -- Dr. Robert Taylor Baggott Jr., died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. DeRae Thomas
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. DeRae S. Thomas, 71, of Carpentersville Road, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Geraldine Smith
Mrs. Geraldine L. Smith, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Eula Bing
Mrs. Eula M. Bing, of Barnes Street, died Wednesday, February 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Joshua Westall
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Joshua Doyle Westall, 15, of Gray Fox Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. John Blease Sr.
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. John Wainwright ``Wain'' Blease Sr., 51, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Johnson
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Willie James Johnson, 49, of Saddlehorn Run, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Adona Blitch
CLERMONT, Ga. -- Mrs. Adona Knox Blitch, 77, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville.

Mr. Lester Wilson
ATLANTA -- Mr. Lester Wilson, 37, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000.

Mr. Jessie Bush
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Jessie Bush, 58, of Tillman Road, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Maxine Anderson
GARLAND, Texas -- Mrs. Maxine A. Anderson, 77, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000.

Mrs. Vileena Carter
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Vileena Carter, 86, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, N.D.

Ms. Nashia Ivey
METAIRIE, La. -- Ms. Nashia Lashandia Ivey, 23, of Caswell Lane, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, in New Orleans.

Mrs. Jewell Carter
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Jewell Willing Carter, of White Ash Street, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Ron Harding
THOMSON -- Mr. Ron K. Harding, 43, of Central Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Tommy Collins Jr.
MONETTA, S.C. -- Mr. Tommy Collins Jr., 88, of South Carolina Highway 39, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Bush
PHILADELPHIA -- Mr. James Devoe Bush, 69, of First Street, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Cullum
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Clark Cullum, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Edgefield County Health Care Center.

Mr. Henry Swain
Mr. Henry W. ``Hank'' Swain, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Nathaniel Culpepper Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Nathaniel Culpepper Sr., 82, of Hunter Street, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Terry
Mr. Willie Lee Terry, 63, of Stevens Creek Road, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at West Lake Manor Health Care Center.

Mr. Soloman Daniels
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Soloman Daniels, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at St. Luke Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.

Mrs. Margaret Williams
AIKEN -- Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth McCarty Williams, 74, of Piper Road, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Ms. Venice Dickson
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Venice ``Ray'' Dickson, 66, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Roger Walton
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Roger K. Walton, 52, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000.

Mrs. Roberta Evans
DEARING -- Mrs. Roberta Ramsey Evans, 81, of Larkin Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000.

Ms. Annie Salter
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Ms. Annie Ruth Salter, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000.

Mrs. Martha Gorrell
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Martha Virginia Gorrell, 71, of Sudlow Lake Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Donald Kelly
Mr. Donald Allan Kelly, 78, of Kissingbower Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Seabom Hardy
DETROIT -- Seabom DeShawn Hardy, 16, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, in Detroit.

Mrs. Jean Kelly
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Jean S. Kelly, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Lysbeth Horton
SANDERSVILLE, Ga -- Mrs. Lysbeth Eason Horton, 78, of Georgia Highway 88, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Pearl Cordy
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mrs. Pearl Cordy, 88, of Wrightsville-Riddleville Road, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000.

Mr. Sidney Jones, Jr.
Mr. Sidney Jones, 52, of Picket Avenue, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Auby Womack
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Auby Lester Womack, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mrs. Nell Griffith
AIKEN -- Mrs. Nell Pitts Griffith, of Cooper Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Edward Richardson Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Edward Richardson Jr., 25, of Marshall Church Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Dr. George Jones
BATH -- Dr. George Jones, of Bryan Drive, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lorraine Stone
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lorraine Brown Stone, 68, of Beacon Street, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Donald Kelly
Mr. Donald Allan Kelly, 78, of Kissingbower Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Inez Miller
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Ms. Inez Smith Miller, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Sylview Health Care Center.

Mr. James Kelly
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. James Henry ``Jack'' Kelly, 51, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Covert Kid Hospital.

Mr. Wyman Jones
AIKEN -- Mr. Wyman Jones, 89, of Williston Road, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Jane Sanders-McCorkle
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Jane Ann Sanders-McCorkle, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, in Covington, La.

Mrs. Lucille Terwilliger
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lucille George Terwilliger, 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. Woodrow McLane
Mr. Woodrow McLane, 83, of Thomas Lane, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Calvin Tubman
Mr. Calvin Tubman, 81, of First Avenue, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Council Dandridge
Mr. Council Dandridge, of Rachel Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Virginia Allen
TALBOTT, Tenn. -- Mrs. Virginia W. Allen, 90, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Col. Homer E. Shields
Col. Homer E. Shields, tournament director of the Masters Golf Tournament from 1965 to 1971, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000. He was 84.

Mr. Jaime Villegas
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Jaime Villegas, 89, of Georgia Highway 15, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Chester Phillips
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Chester M. Phillips, 86, of Berzelia Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000.

Mrs. Rossana Ware
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Rossana Mims Ware, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at Richmond Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Mae Tipton
ERWIN, Tenn. -- Mrs. Mae Lewis Tipton, 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, in Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Michelle Melisi-Smith
AIKEN -- Mrs. Michelle Anne Melisi-Smith, 33, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Leona Arthur
Mrs. Leona Arthur, of Spice of Life Personal Care Home, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Carlton Moore
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Mr. Carlton Moore, 29, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.

Mr. Wesley Arnett
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Wesley Arnett, 79, died Thursday Jan. 27, 2000.

Rev. William Jacobs
The Rev. William Edward Jacobs, 87, of Clark Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Jennings Health Care.

Mr. Gary Hilburn
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Gary Todd Hilburn, 35, of Georgia Highway 242, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Carrie Butler
Ms. Carrie Louise Butler, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Minnie Harmon
AIKEN -- Mrs. Minnie Collier Harmon, 80, of Dupont Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Thelma Prather
Ms. Thelma Mayson Prather, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Tommy Perkins
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Tommy Wayne Perkins, 55, of Saxon Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Thelma Rogers
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Thelma Rogers, 87, of Railroad Street, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Mary Powell
Ms. Mary Martha Powell, of Gay Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000.

Mrs. Louise Anderson
Mrs. Louise N. Anderson, of Hull Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Addie Powell
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs Addie Powell, 90, of Route 2, Johnston, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000.

Mrs. Lillie Parton
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillie Mae Walker Parton, 94, of Chamberlain Ferry Road, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000.

Mrs. Ruth Carter
AIKEN -- Mrs. Ruth Carter, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Nell Griffith

Rev. William Jacobs

Mr. James Bush

Ms. Nashia Ivey

Mr. Tommy Perkins

Mrs. Chester Phillips

Mr. Wyman Jones

Mrs. Michelle Melisi-Smith

Ms. Annie Salter

Mr. Edward Richardson Jr.

Mr. John Blease Sr.

Dr. George Jones

Mrs. Martha Gorrell

Mr. Tommy Collins Jr.

Ms. Inez Miller

Mrs. Adona Blitch

Mr. Nathaniel Culpepper Sr.

Mr. James Kelly

Mr. Willie Johnson

Mrs. Louise Anderson

Mr. Donald Kelly

Mr. Jessie Bush

Mr. Gary Hilburn

Mrs. Addie Powell

Mrs. Leona Arthur

Ms. Mary Powell

Mrs. Jane Sanders-McCorkle

Mr. Donald Kelly

Mrs. Thelma Prather

Seabom Hardy

Mrs. Vileena Carter

Mrs. Rossana Ware

Mr. Council Dandridge

Mr. Wesley Arnett

Dr. Robert Baggott Jr.

Joshua Westall

Mrs. Minnie Harmon

Mr. Woodrow McLane

Ms. Carrie Butler

Mrs. Maxine Anderson

Mrs. Margaret Williams

Mr. Willie Terry

Mrs. Jean Kelly

Mrs. Eula Bing

Mrs. Mae Tipton

Mr. Roger Walton

Mrs. Ruth Carter

Mrs. Roberta Evans

Mrs. Thelma Rogers

Mrs. Lysbeth Horton

Mr. Ron Harding

Edmonson: Education `reform' is politics as usual
GEORGIA GOV. Roy Barnes' educational legislation is a power grab.

Cooper: Kentucky teacher urges state to go slow
GEORGIA IS currently discussing reforming its system of education. We took that route 10 years ago in Kentucky. Although it is always commendable to try to improve the lives of our citizens, a good understanding of what one has and what one will end up with is necessary to make good decisions.

Avers there was no need for slavery
In response to Harold Salley's comments about the ``complexities'' of the slave trade, I say there was nothing complex about it. It was all about money. Watson Clark, Augusta

Edmonson: Education `reform' is politics as usual
GEORGIA GOV. Roy Barnes' educational legislation is a power grab.

Says Elian belongs with his father
Re the Jan. 27 letter by John Hopkins: K. Jeter, Augusta

'Cities of excellence'
The city of Thomson has good reason to be puffed up with pride. Along with Savannah and eight other cities, it has recently been chosen as one of Georgia's most livable and best-managed communities by the Georgia Municipal Association.

Two N.H. shockers
In the nation's first presidential primaries in New Hampshire, rank-and-file of both parties, helped by a strong turnout of independents, mounted a revolt against their party establishments.

Joan Tower
The city of Aiken is saddened today at the passing of Joan Tower at the age of 72 -- a wonderfully elegant lady and civic leader who, say those who knew and loved her, represented the ``true character'' of her adopted city.

Complains about government, crime
We do not have any representation from Augusta Commission members like Lee Beard, who is supposed to represent Harrisburg. I think the only time he drives through Harrisburg is when nature calls. If you do not advertise on his radio station he will not return a phone call. ... I have been trying to get in touch with him for six months, with no luck. Stephen Bayazes, Augusta

SRS security woes
Savannah River Site security has made an appalling mess on two counts.

Slams push for `deviant lifestyle'
Re the letter by C. Lamas ``Slams remarks as `Christian arrogance','' it looks like he feels he has the right to his opinion about homosexuals, but doesn't grant that same right to Christians. W. Parker, Augusta

Aiken's corporate coup
It's hard to exaggerate the coup the city of Aiken scored by recruiting Westinghouse Government Services to locate its corporate offices there.

Cooper: Kentucky teacher urges state to go slow
GEORGIA IS currently discussing reforming its system of education. We took that route 10 years ago in Kentucky. Although it is always commendable to try to improve the lives of our citizens, a good understanding of what one has and what one will end up with is necessary to make good decisions.

Opines on flag, democracy, opinions
... The Confederate flag should be a source of pride for every man, woman, and child who can relate to the will of a people who opposed their own government in pursuit of a greater good. South Carolinians can be proud that theirs is a state that has exemplified half the strength of our nation, the self-serving independent state. Regretfully, history leaves this flag tainted more by its defense of slavery, intolerance and ignorance than by its defense for the rights of the state. ... R. Scott Belford, Augusta

Notes remarks open p.c. floodgates
Re demands that the Atlanta Braves change their name: Bill Trammell, Augusta

Blasts `misleading' campaign appeal
I recently opened my mailbox to find an official-looking letter from the General Assembly ofSouth Carolina. Inside, on General Assembly letterhead, I found a plea for support of Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz., in the upcoming Republican primary signed by four state representatives. David A. Towles, Beech Island

Toughen right-to-work
Even though South Carolina has one of the toughest right-to-work laws in the nation, militant union agitation has reared its ugly head.

Raps church for stance on S.C. flag
It can't be true. No way! Charles Morgan, Abbeville

Wants students kept in school longer
Re the Jan. 28 news article concerning Columbia County schools re-opening earlier in the 200l-2002 school year: Ellen Casella, Evans

Questions NAACP motives in flag flap
According to the breathless reports by the adoring national media, 46,000 people showed up in Columbia on Martin Luther King Day to protest the Confederate flag. Apparently, none of these media sources are interested in finding out how this massive movement of people to Columbia was financed, but I wonder who paid for the transportation, meals and lodging for all of these protesters? Using the conservative figure of $20 per person, that comes to $920,000. Toby Mims, Belvedere

Says replace flood gates with concrete
Someone has said that we should not blame the Army Corps of Engineers for its decision to deauthorize the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam and they are right. The Corps has communicated the lack of mission for this property since 1979. We Augustans have played the ``leave the problem alone and it will go away'' game, and now it has come home to roost. The city can't afford it, and the state seems unwilling to pay for operating the lock and dam system. I doubt federal officials will support further funding if we are not willing to take ownership of something we say is so important to our city. Andy Cheek, Augusta

Encourages honest S.C. troopers
Ex-South Carolina Highway Patrolman Edward J. Fallen Jr., during his armed robbery of a convenience store, deceived for a short period of time his family and the citizens of South Carolina. Gerald A. Lee, Evans

Dogs' class affected by uncertainty

Tech signs 22, loses linebacker

GSU signees fill holes in defense, QB slots

Tigers recruit players with speed, size

Respert sits out signing day after sexual battery charge

SEC could change schedule format

Players' attitudes boost Gamecocks

Panthers strive to pin down title

Tigers recruit players with speed, size

Dogs' class disappoints

Tech signs 22, loses linebacker

Signees breathe sighs of relief

S.C. State attracts local signees

GSU signees fill holes in defense, QB slots

Jeter agrees to $10 million, one-year deal

Respert sits out signing day after sexual battery charge

Augusta State needs to get over the hump in Peach Belt

New NCAA rules for athletes entering college

SFX buys sports agents' business

Players' attitudes boost Gamecocks

Pacers have new baseball look

Smokin Joe's daughter to make pro debut

Long trip, tough road for U.S. Davis Cup team

Eligible Ford workers to get home computers, Internet access
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is offering personal computers to its 350,000 employees worldwide for their home use.

Pupils see space litter at school
ATHENS, Ga. -- Invaders from outer space, wrapped in silver and hard plastic, have infiltrated Barnett Shoals Elementary School.

WHO report: teen-agers practicing unhealthy habits
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Half the 15-year-olds in Wales drink beer every week. Ninety percent of teens in Northern Ireland say they exercise daily -- but even more eat potato chips.

AOL sued over alleged problems with latest software
WASHINGTON -- Lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit against America Online Inc. on behalf of 8 million of its customers, claiming the latest version of its software cripples existing Internet accounts with rival companies.

Kodak to make prints from digital camera images
NEW YORK -- Eastman Kodak Corp., facing a growing Internet threat to its lucrative film business, plans a new service to encourage users of digital cameras to go to stores to process prints rather than doing it at home.

US investigating banned hormone in beef export
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials said today they are conducting a criminal investigation into the shipment of American beef to Switzerland last year that contained the illegal hormone known as DES.

Government says prairie dog merits listing as threatened
WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department decided today the black-tailed prairie dog merits protection as a threatened species but said it is too busy dealing with higher-priority plants and wildlife to take steps to preserve the rodent that has long been a pest to ranchers.

Diet may play role in groundhog's sleeping habits
DENVER -- Why are Punxsutawney Phil and his kin predicting the length of winter instead of hibernating on Groundhog Day?

Researchers use DNA chips to identify cancer types
Scientists say they can more precisely diagnose cancers with a new technology that uses computers to rapidly monitor the activity of thousands of genes in cancer cells.

Virus testing helps doctors pick most effective drugs for treatment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Doctors say they can improve the chance of successfully treating AIDS by measuring how each patient's virus stands up to the drugs intended to kill HIV.

Pill may replace insulin injections
WASHINGTON -- A technique that allows insulin hormone to be stored in cells and then released as needed by a pill eventually may offer a treatment for diabetes that does not require daily injections, researchers say.

Mayo study says fraternal twins at higher risk for breast cancer
MINNEAPOLIS --Fraternal twin sisters face more than twice the risk of developing breast cancer after menopause than women who aren't twins, a Mayo Clinic researcher reported.

Eligible Ford workers to get home computers, Internet access

Pill may replace insulin injections

Kodak to make prints from digital camera images

AOL sued over alleged problems with latest software

Mayo study says fraternal twins at higher risk for breast cancer

Virus testing helps doctors pick most effective drugs for treatment

Pupils see space litter at school

Government says prairie dog merits listing as threatened

Researchers use DNA chips to identify cancer types