Braves extend talent search

Eyes on Ligtenberg as Rocker suspended for spring

Mariners seek investigation of threat against Griffey

Sosa puts his worth in the range of $160 million

Dominican fams unique

Prospect ready for next step

Fashion changes over time

Business briefs: Plant is injury-free for a year
Employees at BP Amoco's Augusta polymers plant recently surpassed one year without recording an Occupational Safety and Health Administration injury.

Business briefs

Education often comes with job
Continuing education is a hobby for some. They see going back to school as a matter of picking up another language or learning how to dance the tango.

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.

Pocket change
Female mentors might provide a comfortable work environment, but male mentors might be better in leading the way to the top of the corporate ladder. Professors at Penn State's Great Valley campus concluded in a recent study that women are better role models and provide better psychological support than men when they act as mentors, but that male mentors are more effective in getting their proteges' careers to advance.

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.

On the move
Jean M. Moats has joined Bank of America's Merchant Services Division as senior account executive.

Business briefs: Plant is injury-free for a year

McDuffie County tops in pulling in retail revenue

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

On the move

Education often comes with job

Pocket change

Duke hammers Virginia

Spartans embarrass Huskies

Women's basketball roundup

Cremins target of criticism

Kentucky trips up USC

Aiken Tech puts perfect record on line

Tigers must contain Heels' big men

Auburn blasts Arkansas

No. 1 Cincinnati handles UAB

Gators run away from Dawgs

Jackets roll past Rattlers

USC-Aiken edges UNC-Pembroke

They're both right!

Questions severity of Rocker penalty

Raps Clinton for hitting S.C. flag

Blames poor schools on lazy students

Slams Ga. religious charities bill

Says prayer solution to S.C. flag flap

Prioritize hydrant checks

Praises arrest of 'special' student

Seeks more public access to river

Resents S.C. prepayment plan

FCC pulls back, for now

Calls bad image of flag 'propaganda'

Who's truthful?

Sees the problem 'and it is us'

Comments on flag, slavery heritage

Democrats' S.C. dilemma

Sees lock and dam as useless

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

Arts notebook: Augusta is a garden of strong, blooming musical talent
A city's perception of itself may stem from any number of things. It might be an industry, like the symbiotic relationship Los Angeles shares with the movie business. Sometimes it's a local attraction or geographical formation, such as Denver's proximity to the Rocky Mountains. Sometimes history feeds a community's identity, as in Boston and Philadelphia.

On the outside
Art need not be limited to galleries and museums. Long a mainstay in urban areas, works of public art have often become visual icons closely associated with their cities. Scattered throughout communities, pieces of statuary and sculpture are proffered to the public for appraisal. Unlike the war memorials and historical markers, so common in the Augusta area, these pieces are not placed as concrete reminders of past events, but rather as works to be appreciated for their aesthetic value.

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.

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.

Family slowly came to accept apparitions
Shortly after she and her family moved into the old house near Eastman, Ga., Betty Kight saw a "thin, stoop-shouldered old woman" in the flower bed outside her kitchen window.

A home of artful expression
Bill and Evelyn Browne were looking for their seventh home in nine years. They wanted to keep it simple.

Ingratitude should not be further rewarded
Dear Carson: Over the years we have given gifts and checks to young people in our extended family for weddings, graduations, births and holidays. We seldom get verbal thanks and rarely receive a written note.

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

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.

Park, Parsons share top spot

Singh soars, Woods falters at Pebble

PGA announces Ryder Cup money plan

Three-way tie at Pebble Beach

Record number of Regions Cup events

Another rainy tourney leads to many suggestions

Fleisher leads after second round

Thomson wins in overtime

Spartans build some momentum

Derrick scores 47 in rout

Cross Creek upsets Laney

Lady Hornets upset Lexington in OT

Georgia prep baskteball games

Area high school scores

Lady Wildcats beat Josey

South Carolina prep basketball games

Coach fighting cancer behind the bench

NHL authorizes Bettman to seal Olympics deal

Lynx suffer heartbreaking loss

All-Star notebook: Sundin promises special move will bite Cujo

HDTV could open those eyes that tune out hockey

No hype, just hockey for Toronto's All-Star game

Lynx hire new assistant coach

Pavel and Valeri make a Bure, Bure potent combo

ECHL notebook

Us vs. Them format rekindles All-Star interest

Lynx ledger

Lynx lose to Everblades

Messier wants what's best for Canucks

Fashion changes over time
I'll admit it. Women have dressed me most of my life.

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.

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

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

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.

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

On the outside

A home of artful expression

Family slowly came to accept apparitions

Church's numbers dwindle

Ingratitude should not be further rewarded

Abuse victims find support

Arts notebook: Augusta is a garden of strong, blooming musical talent

Faith digest

Services reaffirm our faith in God

A new outlook

A new outlook

Sign shows where the money goes
How does a government get voters to vote themselves a tax? Simple. With plenty of ``Your 1-Cent Sales Tax at Work'' signs.

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.

Local boxer seeks another chance

Judge: Hill OK for trial
AIKEN -- David Mark Hill is hoping for a compassionate jury that will understand he was depressed when he gunned down three Department of Social Services workers in 1996, a psychiatrist testified Saturday.

Proposed changes spark debate

Answers sought to end fights
When Kelly Briele's 7-year-old son was jumped by three boys at his Richmond County elementary school, she took him to the hospital, filed charges against the boys and placed her son in a private school.

Awards honor best in local advertising

Escaped Emu eludes capture on 2nd day

Answers sought to end fights

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.

Board reconsiders Lynx ad agreement

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.

Across the area: Animal Control ends large bird's flight
Zachary the emu's stint of freedom finally came to an end Saturday.

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.

Corps to hold meetings on shoreline policies
Area residents will have three opportunities this week to comment on the often-controversial shoreline management plan used by the Army Corps of Engineers to govern development along Thurmond Lake.

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

Governor supports numbers

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.

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.''

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.

Big Game winner says he won't quit job

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.

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.

Antique show holds myriad opportunities

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.

Awards honor best in local advertising
The Augusta Advertising Federation honored the best in local advertising at its annual American Advertising Awards banquet Saturday.

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.

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.

Bauer drops out of Republican race

Miss America attends benefit for veterans
Heather Renee French, Miss America 2000, is not all about swimsuits and talent competitions. The 25-year-old beauty queen came to Augusta on Saturday to raise awareness and speak on an issue very close to her: homeless veterans.

Bush booed at affirmative action hearing

Proposed changes spark debate
To those who bothered to respond, it sounds like a good plan -- but they're still cautious about the details.

Competency hearing set for today DSS shooting suspect

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.

Wall Street update

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.

Crumbling complex

Across the area

Across the area: Animal Control ends large bird's flight

Instinct leads to arrest of suspected killer

Sign shows where the money goes

Jackson wants open doors on flag debate

Augusta inmate will face extradition

King of the prom
As the sweet sounds of jazz drifted through the air, hundreds of senior citizens could be found dancing the night away at the ninth annual Seniors Prom.

Hornets outlast Wizards

Jazz escapes rewriting club futility record

Rodman signed with Dallas Mavericks

Rider leads Hawks past Cavs

Raptors top Bucks

There's been no stopping Lakers' Green since 1986

Judge grants injunction in trademark infringement case

Attorneys say charges were based on word of one witness

Owners may scrap Arena Football League 2000 season

Belichick hires five assistants

Pro Bowl a long time coming for Beuerlein

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

Mrs. Miriam Chapman
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Miriam Goff Chapman, 56, of Duncan Road, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. William Dudley
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. William David ``Bill'' Dudley, 78, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.

Mrs. Margueriette Griffith
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Margueriette Griffith, 92, of Walnut Lane, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Dr. Henry Chou
AIKEN -- Dr. Henry Chou, 57, of Huntsman Drive, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Frank Lewis
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Frank Lewis, 73, of U.S. Highway 378, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000.

Mrs. Mae Boone
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mae Burke Boone, 97, of South Gray Street, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Bethany Nursing Center.

Mrs. Mary Ann Weber
Mrs. Mary Ann Nixon Weber, 71, of Parliament Road, Martinez, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Don Morris
JACKSON -- Mr. Don Carl Morris, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

Mrs. Myra Harris
CLIMAX, N.C. -- Mrs. Myra Cox Harris, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000.

Mr. Jerry Cowart
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Jerry Cowart, 52, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Bob Pope
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Bob Kenneth Pope, 62, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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

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.

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

Mrs. Elsie Flanders
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Elsie Eva Stapleton Flanders, 83, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at her residence.

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.

Mr. Pearlie Waters
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Pearlie F. ``Tink'' Waters, 76, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

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

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

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

Mr. Bobby Scott
AIKEN -- Mr. Bobby J. Scott, 59, of Three Notch Road, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Dr. Josephine Norton
MANCHESTER BY-THE-SEA, Mass. -- Dr. Josephine Hopkins Norton, 98, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000.

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

Mrs. Minnie Parker
Mrs. Minnie C. Parker, of Broad Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Miriam Chapman
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Miriam Goff Chapman, 56, of Duncan Road, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

Mrs. Eleanor Fisher
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Eleanor Marshall Fisher, 96, of Brentwood Drive, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Brentwood Terrace Health Care.

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

Mr. Barth Daniel
Mr. Barth D. Daniel, of Martinez, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at his residence.

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

Ms. Miriam Evans
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Miriam Scott Evans, 84, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Sophie Reese
THOMSON -- Mrs. Sophie Lyons Reese, 76, of Ware Street, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

Mrs. Edwina Grant
Mrs. Edwina O. Grant, of Chaucer Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Doctors 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.

Mr. Marvin Clements
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Marvin David Clements, 71, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

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

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

Mrs. Velia Phelps
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Velia Gracie Green Phelps, 76, of River Road, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Betty Lamar

Mrs. Velia Phelps

Mrs. Sophie Reese

Mrs. Margueriette Griffith

Mrs. Claudia Grier

Mr. Cullen Prosser

Mr. Gerald Foreman

Mrs. Celia Dixon

Mr. Marvin Clements

Mr. Tommy Perkins

Mr. Frank Lewis

Mr. Roger Walton

Mr. Charlie Wiggins

Mrs. Miriam Chapman

Mrs. Myra Harris

Mr. John Stephens

Mr. James Clark

Mr. Don Morris

Mrs. Annie Mickens

Mr. Bobby Scott

Mr. William Dudley

Mrs. Edwina Grant

Mr. Pearlie Waters

Mr. Bob Pope

Mrs. Elsie Flanders

Mrs. Mary Ann Weber

Mrs. Vera Hooks

Ms. Miriam Evans

Mr. Phillip Rossignol Sr.

Mrs. Minnie Parker

Mrs. Carrie Hicks

Mr. Jerry Cowart

Mr. Charlie Smith

Dr. Henry Chou

Ms. Carrie Roberts

Mrs. Eleanor Fisher

Mrs. Miriam Chapman

Mr. Calvin Tubman

Mr. General Snipes

Ms. Catherine Dunbar

Mrs. Emily Smalley

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.

Kent: McCain's pizza and beer; Roy hits a bump
SEN. JOHN McCAIN, R-Ariz., wasted no time after beating Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the New Hampshire Republican primary getting to the Palmetto State, site of a pivotal Feb. 19 GOP slugfest. The senator flew in from his victory press conference in New Hampshire to a long-planned Feb. 1 ``Midnight McCain Rally'' at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (which quickly evolved into a campus-style party that dragged on past 2 a.m.).

Sees lock and dam as useless
My problem is with the people complaining about the lowering of the river in Augusta. The lock and dam has been a useless piece of equipment ever since shipping ended on the Savannah River. Why would you pay so much money to fix something not in use? I don't pay taxes to protect other people's houseboats. Michael Grant, Martinez

Resents S.C. prepayment plan
Re two year payments for South Carolina auto tags: J. DeVine, Martinez

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

Prioritize hydrant checks
It was reassuring last week to see Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department personnel out testing fire hydrant water pressure in some areas, particularly in wake of the December River Creek Apartments blaze that burned many families out of their homes.

Holds Corps responsible for dam
Augusta Mayor Bob Young brought out some interesting facts in his guest column. He asked to do the math, and it seems the Corps of Engineers deferred maintenance on the dam to the tune of $6.8 million dollars. However, I would venture a guess that the Corps was able to write-off these costs through depreciation of assets during this same period of time, which would enhance the overall costs of operation. Bill Getha, Evans

FCC pulls back, for now
Federal Communications Commission rulings don't usually draw much attention outside of the media/telecommunications industry. But an FCC decision late last year -- and only recently reversed -- caused great distress in the religious community.

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.

Kent: McCain's pizza and beer; Roy hits a bump
SEN. JOHN McCAIN, R-Ariz., wasted no time after beating Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the New Hampshire Republican primary getting to the Palmetto State, site of a pivotal Feb. 19 GOP slugfest. The senator flew in from his victory press conference in New Hampshire to a long-planned Feb. 1 ``Midnight McCain Rally'' at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (which quickly evolved into a campus-style party that dragged on past 2 a.m.).

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

They're both right!
From USA Today:

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.

Slams Ga. religious charities bill
If the Georgia Constitution is amended to allow state money to be used to subsidize religiouscharities, House Republicans will have won a dangerous ideological victory. Minority Leader Bob Irvin, R-Atlanta, is quoted as saying that, although faith-based groups receiving such money cannot proselytize, they are superior to government charities in that they ``instill values in people as well as giving them food and clothing.'' Celeste Ray, Augusta

Defends flag as symbol of heritage
Re the Rev. Thomas Shepherd's Jan. 25 letter: Donald W. Turner, Grovetown

Seeks more public access to river
We are fortunate in Georgia and South Carolina to have much of our ocean beachfront open to everyone for swimming, walking, sailing, fishing and basking in the sun. On the other hand, people in Richmond County have limited access to the banks of the Savannah River. We do have a blessing in the public park along the levee between the Morris Museum and St. Paul's Church, a distance of about four city blocks. Anne Berlin, Augusta

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

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

Raps Clinton for hitting S.C. flag
I see President Clinton has put in his two cents worth about South Carolina's famous flag. I believe he should keep his nose out of this one. He's not a Southerner, all he is doing is looking for votes (for Al Gore) in the next election. Sandy A. Tankersley, Appling

Walker: respect home rule
Where does Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Augusta, stand on the issues of smoking and home rule?

Who's truthful?
Prominent Augusta attorney, former state senator and current University Board of Regents member Thomas F. Allgood Sr. has told our reporter he did not ask Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett to write a letter to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles saying he didn't object to baby-killer Louis Bennie Phipps being released from prison after serving less than half his 15-year sentence.

Supports Al Gore for U.S. president
Republicans and Democrats would like to see this country continue its economic growth. So we must ask ourselves: Should we change political parties in the White House in the middle of the most prosperous time in our history? Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro

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.

Backs rights of riverfront residents
Get real, residents of Augusta and North Augusta! The only thing we all really want is to have a beautiful, healthy Savannah River flowing through our area. We are all concerned about the environmental impact as well as the economic impact. We really need to stop throwing stones. Carol H. Terry, North Augusta

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.

Insists war fought for homes, families
Thomas Shepherd filled his Jan. 25 letter with vitriol toward Southern and Northern soldiers, but his main thrust was, of course, against the Confederacy. For me to try to tell Mr. Shepherd of my great-great uncles will be useless, as he has closed his mind and his heart. Still, I must try.

Praises arrest of 'special' student
Kudos to the Columbia Middle School administrator(s) with the courage and acumen to secure the arrest of a special education student who attacked another student and paraprofessional there recently! Dr. Craig Spinks, Augusta

Questions severity of Rocker penalty
It amazes me that in Super Bowl XXXIV, 13 players on the field have been arrested for a total of 20 crimes, including drug use, assault, drunken driving, and negligent homicide. ... The players weren't just arrested -- they were actually convicted of these crimes. Yet, they were allowed to play in America's biggest sporting event. Diane Chiera, 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

Good weather cooperates with action in Shootout

Local boxer seeks another chance

World Cup champs hope to keep 'riding the wave'

Pro Bowl showcases young NFL Stars

Texas Tech buys out of Auburn game, Wyoming fills spot

Overtime: Braves sign Assenmacher to minors deal

Prep football: Rivalries to remain intact

Bolton: Violation delays season debut

Overtime: USC-Aiken gets second win

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

Prada moves to finals, AmericaOne eliminated

Bud Shootout kicks off season

U.S. splits with Zimbabwe as captain McEnroe watches

Defending champions get the nod as favorite

Gordon's team making fresh start

Possibility of e-commerce raises spirits of wine sellers
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Ron Junge can spot the amateur connoisseurs the minute they set foot into his fine wine stores.

President seeks new Medicaid coverage
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton proposed helping states eliminate the barriers poor women face in fighting breast or cervical cancer, saying Saturday he wants them to have access to the ``medical miracles of our time.''

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.

Drought still threatens crops
The first month of 2000 brought much-needed moisture to a parched Palmetto State, but the nearly two-year drought is far from over, meteorologists say.

Expert says biological attack on U.S. inevitable
SAN DIEGO -- Terrorists will likely attack the United States with the small pox or anthrax viruses within the next five to 10 years, says an expert who warns the country is unprepared.

Fund-raising champion Bush lags online
WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush, whose presidential campaign is shattering fund-raising records, is dead last when it comes to donations over the Internet. GOP rival John McCain and Democrats Al Gore and Bill Bradley have gathered significantly more money on the Web.

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.

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.

Advances aid SRS cleanup
Tom Heenan has a name for the milestones he sets for the cleanup of Savannah River Site. Mr. Heenan, a U.S. Department of Energy assistant manager at SRS, calls them ``BHAGs'' -- short for ``big, hairy, audacious goals.''

Buying furniture online is catching on
WASHINGTON -- Kick a tire, buy the car. Click a mouse, score a sofa?

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.

Canadian company helping Smith & Wesson develop `smart' gun

Possibility of e-commerce raises spirits of wine sellers

Buying furniture online is catching on

Advances aid SRS cleanup

Internet opens door to attacks

President seeks new Medicaid coverage

Congress mulling bill to permanently extend new Internet tax ban

Fund-raising champion Bush lags online

Expert says biological attack on U.S. inevitable

Drought still threatens crops

Justice launches antitrust probe of eBay