Eyes on Ligtenberg as Rocker suspended for spring

Bandages common on fingers

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

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- If movies require a suspension of disbelief, that may explain why investors are buying rumors that Seagram Co. Ltd. has put its struggling Universal Studios on the block.

McDuffie County tops in pulling in retail revenue
Area's rural residents head to Augusta, Thomson for most of their shopping, survey says

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

Business briefs

Board searches for new chamber leader
The Augusta-Metro Chamber of Commerce is conducting a nation-wide search to hire an executive director for Columbia County's chamber.

Weather fuels wood sales

McDuffie County tops in pulling in retail revenue

Duke needs OT to top Carolina

Aiken Tech puts perfect record on line

Jaguars closing in on first place

SEC notes: Postseason hopes fade for Dogs, Gamecocks

Cremins target of criticism

Madsen punishes opponents

Albany State women roll past Paine

Cremins unsure of his future

Big East realigns basketball

Defense is difference for Paine men

Sees the problem 'and it is us'

Opines on flag, democracy, opinions

Says prayer solution to S.C. flag flap

Raps church for stance on S.C. flag

Blames poor schools on lazy students

Aiken's corporate coup

Democrats' S.C. dilemma

Says replace flood gates with concrete

Comments on flag, slavery heritage

Joan Tower

Questions NAACP motives in flag flap

Slams push for `deviant lifestyle'

Calls bad image of flag 'propaganda'

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

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.

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?

Church's numbers dwindle
Episcopal Bishop Henry I. Louttit of Savannah challenged his church to double its membership to 30,000 by 2005.

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.

Faith digest
Dr. Robert W. Turner Jr. will be honored for his 25 years as pastor at Good Samaritan Baptist Church, 1505 Sunset Ave., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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.

Services reaffirm our faith in God
The time finally came for Jesus to conclude his earthly ministry in order to give people -- then and now -- the chance to be set free from the bondage to sin, suffering and death.

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.

A new outlook
Every passing day makes New Year's Eve 2000 more urgent for the Rev. Bertha Tanzymore.

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.

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.

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.

Abuse victims find support
Four women traveling to a meeting in the spring of 1997 found they had something else in common -- all had suffered some form of abuse.

Fishing Hall of Fame honors ex-baseball star Ted Williams

Lake level up; warmer temperatures key to fish bites

Three-way tie at Pebble Beach

The streak continues at 'Puddle' Beach

Another rainy tourney leads to many suggestions

PGA announces Ryder Cup money plan

Pebble Beach more than just a sentimental journey for Nicklaus

South Carolina prep basketball games

Georgia prep baskteball games

Lady War Eagles vying for top spot

Lady Wildcats beat Josey

Attorney General says Vermont failed in hazing investigation

Forsberg to miss All-Star game

Lynx lose to Everblades

Us vs. Them format rekindles All-Star interest

HDTV could open those eyes that tune out hockey

Rangers double up Thrashers

Lynx ledger

Cabana's comedy show lifts Lynx

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.

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

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.

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

Jackson wants open doors on flag debate
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The top Republican leaders in the House say they are willing to move the Confederate flag from the top of the Statehouse, if it can be placed at the Confederate soldiers monument in front of the building. But House Speaker David Wilkins and Speaker Pro Tem Terry Haskins, both from Greenville, said the NAACP would have to end a tourism boycott of the state first. Full Story -- The Augusta Chroncile

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

Searchers find pieces of plane on ocean floor
PORT HUENEME, Calif. -- Searchers found the tail of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 and recovered the flight data recorder Thursday, two pieces key to determining why the jetliner plummeted into the ocean. The discoveries were made by an underwater robot exploring the ocean floor where the wreckage came to rest after the MD-83 crashed Monday, killing all 88 aboard. Full Story -- The Augusta Chroncile

Bush booed at affirmative action hearing
MIAMI -- Gov. Jeb Bush was booed and jeered as he entered a public hearing Thursday on his plan to end affirmative action in state university admissions and contracts. Officials estimated 5,000 people filed into a Miami theater throughout the eight-hour event, the vast majority of them demanding that Bush drop his plan to end government set-aside programs for minorities and women. Full Story -- The Augusta Chroncile

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

Wall Street update
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose in early trading today after a government report showed the U.S. economy surged into the new year pushing unemployment to a 30-year low. At midmorning on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 61.43 to 11,074.87. Broader stock indicators were also higher. Surging into record territory, The Nasdaq composite index was up 52.94 to 4,263.51. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 7.49 to 1,432.46.

Bauer drops out of Republican race
WASHINGTON -- Gary Bauer, who steered GOP debates toward conservative issues but barely registered with voters, dropped out of the Republican presidential race today. He said he left feeling ``good about how I've moved the debate.'' Stung by his last-place finish in the New Hampshire GOP primary, Bauer became the sixth Republican to quit. He declined to endorse any remaining candidates. He said he would not support either front-runner George W. Bush or John McCain or their conservative rivals unless they joined his efforts to outlaw abortion and halt U.S. trade with China -- the two main issues upon which he campaigned.

A new outlook

Services reaffirm our faith in God

Band knows how to conduct itself

Ramblin' Rhodes: Lewis Family always on the go

A new outlook

Faith digest

Singer wants Augustans to know folk music lives

Champions glide into Augusta

Play takes cast back in time

Augusta musicians to showcase talents

Abuse victims find support

Gardeners following their own design plans

Church's numbers dwindle

Pruning crucial to muscadine growth

Fake flowers get realistic look

Cold weather easy on plants

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.

Playing cool

Across the area: Hill jury selection near completion

Outside art

Governor supports numbers

Greenspan wins fourth term as Fed chairman

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.

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

Plan would raise residents' utility bills
Augusta will need $236 million in water and sewer improvements in the coming decade, and residents will be forced to help pay for the projects through higher utility rates.

Wall Street update

Escaped Emu eludes capture on 2nd day

Presidential hopes

Presidential hopes
AIKEN - The greatest threat to the United States will not come from foreign nations, presidential hopeful Alan Keyes told a standing-room-only crowd of supporters at a stopover at University of South Carolina Aiken on Friday afternoon.

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.

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

Hospital billing clerk accused in thefts, fraud

Killing of horse probed

Teachers being investigated

Field work

Competency hearing set for today DSS shooting suspect

Beverly Enterprises settles fraud case

Bush booed at affirmative action hearing

Jackson wants open doors on flag debate

Competency hearing set for today DSS shooting suspect
AIKEN -- Whether David Mark Hill, charged with killing three Department of Social Services workers in 1996, is competent to stand trial will be for a judge to decide this weekend.

Panel gives extension to Animal Control chief
Augusta Animal Control Director Jim Larmer got a 30-day stay Friday from the board that recommended in December that he be fired if he didn't do a better job.

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.

Instinct leads to arrest of suspected killer
AIKEN -- An Aiken police officer's suspicious instinct has led to the arrest of a North Carolina man on charges he bludgeoned an elderly man to death in Pender County, N.C., and then drove to Aiken in the man's car.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Prosecutors could press for murder conviction

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

Barnes criticizes teacher tenure

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.

Under control

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.

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

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.

Barnes lashes critics of his education reform plan

Governor supports numbers
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gov. Jim Hodges on Friday stood by revenue projections for a state lottery he said would pay for free tuition at technical colleges and scholarships for college students and put millions of dollars of new technology in public schools.

Convicted killer faces third trial

Augusta inmate will face extradition
A Richmond County jail inmate who was arrested in connection with a 15th Street Kroger shoplifting will soon be trekking 650 miles to face murder charges in the beating death of an Indianapolis woman last year.

Dogs' class affected by uncertainty

Board reconsiders Lynx ad agreement
A committee of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority wants the full board to reconsider its advertising agreement with the Augusta Lynx professional hockey team.

Instinct leads to arrest of suspected killer

Escaped Emu eludes capture on 2nd day
After two days on the lam, Zachary the emu was still at large Friday. ``I expect he's probably exhausted and sitting down somewhere,'' said Zachary's owner, Helen Bhardwaj, who spent Friday looking for the bird along Belair Road. ``I'm going to try and go over tomorrow to look again.''

Across the area

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.

King holiday passes first House hurdle

Searchers find pieces of plane on ocean floor

Antique show holds myriad opportunities
AIKEN -- Sarah Carper stumbled upon an inaugural antique show while traveling in Aiken on Friday and pulled out her purse.

Bauer drops out of Republican race

Lawmaker weakens on tobacco bill
ATLANTA -- Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker is reworking a bill governing the sale and use of tobacco after an outcry from anti-tobacco groups and municipal associations that it would prevent local governments from banning smoking in most public places.

Board reconsiders Lynx ad agreement

Crumbling complex

Antique show holds myriad opportunities

Crumbling complex
Fines and citations from the fire department may be added to the list of problems plaguing Hale Street Apartments.

Correction

Cost of drawdown climbs to thousands
Replacing public property destroyed during the Jan. 16 drawdown of the Savannah River will cost $136,314, according to Augusta officials who want the Army Corps of Engineers to pay the tab.

Augusta inmate will face extradition

Big Game winner says he won't quit job
Joe Williams has more than 23 million reasons to quit his job as a driver for an Augusta trucking company.

Big Game winner says he won't quit job

Plan would raise residents' utility bills

Across the area
APPLING -- An Augusta man is in Columbia County's jail after trying to pay his tax bill with a bag of change and threatening a tax clerk who refused his payment.

Malone could skip All-Star game

Ewing lifts Knicks past Trail Blazers

Finley scores 32, leads Dallas to win

Rodman signed with Dallas Mavericks

Shula won't return to Bucs

Attorney says Lewis was not aware of stabbings

Attorneys say charges were based on word of one witness

Pro Bowl a long time coming for Beuerlein

Owners may scrap Arena Football League 2000 season

Belichick hires five assistants

Titans hope Pro Bowl eases pain of loss

Judge grants injunction in trademark infringement case

WWF head to launch pro football league

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

Ms. Carrie Roberts
NEW YORK -- Ms. Carrie Lee Roberts, 61, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Kingbrook Jewish Medical Center.

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

Mr. James Clark
RIDGEVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. James Alexander Clark, 84, of Snipes Lane, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000.

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

Mr. Charlie Wiggins
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Charlie Willie Wiggins, 52, of Carver Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Ilene McCoy
NEW YORK -- Mrs. Ilene Pierce McCoy, of East 108th Street, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Calvary Hospital.

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

Mrs. Myra Harris
CLIMAX, N.C. -- Mrs. Myra Cox Harris, 91, 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. Miriam Chapman
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Miriam Goff Chapman, 56, of Duncan Road, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Mary Powell
Ms. Mary Martha Powell, of Gay Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000.

Mr. Cullen Prosser
Mr. Cullen L. Prosser, 75, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000.

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

Ms. Catherine Dunbar
Ms. Catherine ``Kitty'' Dunbar, 61, of Shark Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. John Stephens
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. John H. ``Buster'' Stephens, 83, of Academy Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

Mrs. Emily Smalley
FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Mrs. Emily Smalley, 82, of Woodridge Boulevard, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Mercy South Hospital.

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

Mrs. Claudia Grier
THOMSON -- Mrs. Claudia Grier, 73, of Lincoln Drive, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

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

Mr. Charlie Smith
Mr. Charlie Smith, 55, of Stevens Creek Road, Augusta, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mrs. Annie Mickens
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Annie Arnette ``Pearl'' Gomillion Mickens, 75, of Sycamore Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Betty Lamar
Mrs. Betty Olofson Lamar, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mrs. Vera Hooks
AIKEN -- Mrs. Vera Foster Hooks, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

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

Mr. General Snipes
AIKEN -- Mr. General M. Pete Snipes, 68, of Edgefield Highway, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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. Gerald Foreman
Mr. Gerald Matison Foreman, 80, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Tommy Perkins
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Tommy Wayne Perkins, 55, of Saxon Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Carrie Hicks
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie Moye Hicks, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.

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

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

Mr. Phillip Rossignol Sr.
OHATCHEE, Ala. -- Mr. Phillip Rigial Rossignol Sr., 85, of Hoot Owl Hollow Road, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Regional Medical Center, Anniston.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Casey Sherrod Jr.
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Mr. Casey Sherrod Jr., 50, of Carver Terrace, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Celia Dixon
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Celia Dixon, 85, of East Brown Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in Sandersville.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. James Clark

Mr. Jessie Bush

Mr. James Kelly

Mr. Roger Walton

Mr. Charlie Wiggins

Mrs. Roberta Evans

Mrs. Miriam Chapman

Mrs. Lysbeth Horton

Mrs. Emily Smalley

Mr. Willie Terry

Mrs. Rossana Ware

Mr. Donald Kelly

Mrs. Annie Mickens

Mrs. Maxine Anderson

Mr. Tommy Perkins

Mr. Woodrow McLane

Mr. Tommy Collins Jr.

Mr. Edward Richardson Jr.

Mr. Calvin Tubman

Dr. George Jones

Mrs. Louise Anderson

Mr. John Blease Sr.

Ms. Mary Powell

Dr. Robert Baggott Jr.

Mr. General Snipes

Mrs. Leona Arthur

Mrs. Claudia Grier

Mr. Tommy Perkins

Mr. Gerald Foreman

Mr. Nathaniel Culpepper Sr.

Mr. Cullen Prosser

Mrs. Jane Sanders-McCorkle

Mr. Roger Walton

Mrs. Martha Gorrell

Mr. John Stephens

Mrs. Thelma Prather

Mrs. Adona Blitch

Mrs. Nell Griffith

Ms. Carrie Roberts

Mrs. Vileena Carter

Mrs. Vera Hooks

Mr. Charlie Smith

Mrs. Celia Dixon

Mrs. Myra Harris

Joshua Westall

Ms. Catherine Dunbar

Mrs. Addie Powell

Mrs. Betty Lamar

Seabom Hardy

Mr. Phillip Rossignol Sr.

Mrs. Eula Bing

Mrs. Carrie Hicks

Mr. Wesley Arnett

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.

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

Sisler: There was plenty to praise at Super Bowl XXXIV
DURING SUPER BOWL XXXIV there were two really good commercials and two great celebrity interviews. Oh, and a good game, too.

Sees the problem 'and it is us'
With all the talk of Littleton, Colo., and all the school violence over the past two-plus years ... I felt compelled to write. Ward Bebe Lang, Grovetown

Hits defense of DFACS caseworkers
Lee Bultman's guest column of Jan. 21, ``Blame the system, not the DFACS caseworkers'' was a disgusting and ``not-very-artful'' attempt to deflect public scrutiny, oversight and prosecution of criminally negligent Department of Family and Children Services bureaucrats who have abused the public trust and caused the death and mistreatment of children in Georgia. Charles R. Erber, Fort Gordon

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

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

Blames poor schools on lazy students
Gov. Roy Barnes wants to fire teachers in schools where pupils do poorly and pay bonuses to teachers where students do well. Who in their right mind is going toaccept a position at a poorly achieving school knowing that if the kids don't do their homework or come to school they will be terminated? Do you think our best teachers will stay in education under these conditions? Certainly this is a disincentive to young people who might choose a career in education. W. Dewey Kitchens, DMD, Grovetown

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

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

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

Comments on flag, slavery heritage
This is in response to the comments of South Carolina Sen. Arthur Ravenel, R-Charleston, about the Confederate flag and his derogatory remark about a ``National Association for Retarded People.''... Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

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

Calls bad image of flag 'propaganda'
Some have requested the Confederate flag be removed because of its projected image and how it is perceived by a minority. The paramount issue is truth and not the projected image the flag has received from misinformation and slander. Donald R. Sturkie, Ridge Spring

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

Sisler: There was plenty to praise at Super Bowl XXXIV
DURING SUPER BOWL XXXIV there were two really good commercials and two great celebrity interviews. Oh, and a good game, too.

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

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.

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.

Says prayer solution to S.C. flag flap
With the ongoing struggle over the Confederate flag at the Statehouse in Columbia we must pray that our hearts and souls be realigned and not the flag. James K. Ellis, Jackson, S.C.

Democrats' S.C. dilemma
The South Carolina Democratic Party will hold a March presidential primary/caucus on a Thursday night (March 9) that will be dominated by party activists. No more than 50,000 people will probably participate (there isn't even a plan for absentee ballots), so what's to stop most Democrat-leaning or independent voters from participating in the state's Feb. 19 Republican primary? It is an open primary -- and any registered voter can participate.

Pass good animal bill
Georgia's animal lovers should be pleased at what's going on in the state Legislature. For the first time in years, lawmakers are poised to toughen animal cruelty laws.

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.

SFX buys sports agents' business

Panthers strive to pin down title

Dogs' class affected by uncertainty

Texas Tech buys out of Auburn game, Wyoming fills spot

Jeter agrees to $10 million, one-year deal

Defending champions get the nod as favorite

Overtime: Braves sign Assenmacher to minors deal

Smokin Joe's daughter to make pro debut

Greene wins Millrose 60 with world's best time this year

Augusta State needs to get over the hump in Peach Belt

Bolton: Violation delays season debut

SEC could change schedule format

Pacers have new baseball look

U.S. splits with Zimbabwe as captain McEnroe watches

Justice launches antitrust probe of eBay
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is investigating whether eBay Inc., the world's largest online auction site, violated federal antitrust laws in its actions toward smaller Internet rivals.

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.

Internet opens door to attacks
NEW YORK -- The Internet gives computer users access to information from around the world. But it also opens the door to attacks from hackers around the world.

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.

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.

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.

Congress mulling bill to permanently extend new Internet tax ban
WASHINGTON -- New state or local taxes that single out the Internet would be permanently banned under bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday in Congress, but the bill would not settle the difficult question of how existing sales taxes should apply to e-commerce.

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.

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.

Canadian company helping Smith & Wesson develop `smart' gun
TORONTO -- A Canadian company has developed the technology for a handgun that requires fingerprint identification before it can be fired.

Internet opens door to attacks

Canadian company helping Smith & Wesson develop `smart' gun

Congress mulling bill to permanently extend new Internet tax ban

Kodak to make prints from digital camera images

Justice launches antitrust probe of eBay

Eligible Ford workers to get home computers, Internet access

Government says prairie dog merits listing as threatened

Pill may replace insulin injections

Mayo study says fraternal twins at higher risk for breast cancer