Selig testifies as Rocker hearing opens

GreenJackets name manager, pitching coach

Trade is baseball's latest blockbuster

Junior comes home in one of Reds' biggest trades

Rocker testifies at suspension hearing

Ties are language of romance

Battery plant to generate 120 new jobs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- An Italian company with American offices in Connecticut and Michigan is planning a $30 million battery manufacturing plant in Burke County that would generate about 120 new jobs.

Zaxby's plans new building for Walton Way site
Zaxby's plans to demolish its Walton Way restaurant this summer and replace it with a larger store.

Chamber shows off its success
ATLANTA -- Although the logo of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce prominently features a golf ball atop a tee, there's a lot more to the Augusta area than the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

Business briefs: Cisco edges giant GE in stock value

Business briefs: Cisco edges giant GE in stock value
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Internet equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. briefly pushed past General Electric Co. on Wednesday to become the world's second most valuable company, further highlighting the Web's growing influence on the economy.

Correction
A headline in Wednesday's Business section of The Augusta Chronicle was incorrect. Michelle Driggers, owner of All About Flowers, has received an offer to sell her business, but not from the national Gerald Stevens chain.

Chamber shows off its success

Battery plant to generate 120 new jobs

Correction

Business briefs: Nasdaq continues its closing highs
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index soared to another closing high Thursday, and blue-chip stocks once again lagged behind.

Business briefs: Nasdaq continues its closing highs

Barkley reinstated by NCAA

Lady Bulldogs rout Gamecocks

USC Aiken splits games at Spartanburg

Louisville hands Orangemen second straight loss

Vols top Bulldogs to notch 20th win

Lady Jaguars in hunt for tournament berth

Jackets roll past Cavaliers

Gators confident there will be no letdown vs. Vols

Muns makes return to court at Reinhardt College

All streaks come to an end

Why elect lawmakers?

Fears for our children's future

Cyber-terrorists strike

Defends director of animal shelter

Cites a `revolution' in McDuffie Co.

Cites racism; calls for mutual respect

Hits 'pity parties' of minorities

Bobby Jones funding

Lock & Dam solution?

Questions acts of father, grandmothers

Seeks funds to control tobacco

Suggests changing locks' mission

Slams racist groups of all colors

Makes sacrifices to enrich children

P.C. hypocrisy

Don't panic on Austria

Urges writer to tackle national topics

'Godspell' role excites young actor
It's not easy playing Jesus. That's what Clint Morris has learned rehearsing for his role in Godspell.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Dollywood a dream park for young fans
Opryland theme park in Nashville, Tenn., may be just a wonderful memory (it was leveled for a shopping mall), but Dollywood -- on the other side of Tennessee in Pigeon Forge -- is thriving.

Old is new again
Think you've seen the last of grunge? Of jeans so ripped up and dirty they hardly hang on a body? Think again. Grunge is back and will be for some time during the next millennium.

D'Angelo returns with a sensuous groove
It's been five years since D'Angelo shocked the music world with his slinky ode to old-school soul, Brown Sugar. His enigmatic vocals, combined with rumbling instrumentals that were part hip hop and part Stax-era soul, effectively merged the music of two generations into something startling and new.

Christian music gets Celtic twist
Rebellion in the music industry is not limited to punk bands and rock 'n' roll stars. Christian folk favorite Michael Card, long known for spurning contemporary notions of canned Christian music, strides farther from the crowd with his latest album, Starkindler: A Celtic Conversation Across Time.

New take on patio doors
After 18 years, four kids and seven grandchildren, the Blessings' home is getting a new look. But it has Don and Joy Blessing feeling a little cramped.

Monster Mash
Like the automotive personification of its namesake, the World Wrestling Federation Stone Cold 3:16 monster truck is a menacing presence, even when quiet and still. Its silent snarl seems to telegraph ``I like to kill cars'' -- an activity for which it is singularly qualified.

Augusta Symphony will face challenge playing for Platters
This year, the Augusta Symphony's Valentine Pops at the Bell will feature a group of singers who set teen-age hearts throbbing -- in the 1950s.

Capsules
When it comes to helping children weather adolescence, parents may play a more important role than they think. A five-year study of 1,725 children found that although peer and school influences increase during adolescence, parental influence does not decline, said sociologist Sung Joon Jang of Ohio State University.

Vaudeville goes high-tech
The three performers who comprise Lazer Vaudeville have taken the traditional idea of what vaudeville is and turned it on its ear.

Gardening good way to nurture a family
The hectic lifestyles of today's families leave little time for togetherness. However, gardening offers a perfect opportunity for a family to share and learn together.

Warmer weather stimulates Thurmond fishermen

Pak looks for results after scorecard debacle

Change is Woods' lucky charm

Blinders on, Love tries to keep Tiger out of sight

Gow, two others break par in Australian Masters

Woods on familiar ground at Torrey Pines

Hawks' Zissette is at 501 wins and counting

Hephzibah boys escape from long shadow

500 wins doesn't faze Zissette

Jefferson Co. senior finds God, game

Boys, girls region tourneys continue tonight

High school scores

Lynx ledger

Lynx battle back to win in OT

Lynx ledger

Pettersen awaits chance to perform at next level

ABC scores in first NHL telecast

Ties are language of romance
Time for a Valentine's Day quiz. The following is provided by the Neckwear Association of America. See how you do.

Gardening good way to nurture a family

Old is new again

Vaudeville goes high-tech

Capsules

Augusta Symphony will face challenge playing for Platters

Christian music gets Celtic twist

Monster Mash

Ramblin' Rhodes: Dollywood a dream park for young fans

GOP offers package to reform state schools

Career driven
Specialist Mitchel Lunsford with the South Carolina Army National Guard (right) shows Jefferson Elementary School kindergarteners the inside of a Humvee military vehicle. The school in Clearwater is celebrating career awareness month.

Changes in county government sought
ATLANTA -- Local legislators promised Thursday to bring discussions of changing Columbia County's government back into Columbia County.

Warming up

Battery plant to generate 120 new jobs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- An Italian company with American offices in Connecticut and Michigan is planning a $30 million battery manufacturing plant in Burke County that would generate about 120 new jobs.

Deputies' skits have anti-crime themes

House OKs education reform bill
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes won a legislative victory Thursday with the overwhelming passage in the House of his education reform proposal with the addition of no amendments.

Study of river in-depth
ATHENS, Ga. -- More than a dozen University of Georgia researchers are beginning the second phase of a long-term, multimillion-dollar research project aimed at understanding a system that might be even more complex than the Wall Street financial markets -- the Georgia coastal zone.

Study of river in-depth

Attorney critical of school's admissions policy
ATHENS, Ga. - Speaking to a group of college Republicans in Athens on Wednesday, the Atlanta attorney suing the University of Georgia over its race preference said the odor of affirmative action is getting ``stronger and stronger'' on college campuses.

Attorney critical of school's admissions policy

Firm: 162 plaintiffs should be dropped
Most residents suing a former wood treating company should be dismissed from the lawsuit because there is no evidence their properties were contaminated by toxic chemicals, a company lawyer argued Thursday.

Battery plant to generate 120 new jobs

Witnesses describe trauma
AIKEN -- It was a horrifying first day on the job for Wanda Gamache in 1996.

Counties cooperate on 'flim-flam' incidents

Warming up
Shirley Massey enjoys Thursday's weather while walking in River View Park in North Augusta with her dog Molly. Today's temperatures are expected to reach the mid-70s.

Correction
The two skaters on the front page of Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle were misidentified in the caption. The skaters were Maya Usova and her partner Evgeny Platov in the couple's opening performance of the 2000 winter tour of Champions on Ice on Wednesday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Senate approves measure against animal cruelty
ATLANTA -- Spurred by a number of highly publicized incidents of animal cruelty throughout the state in recent months, the Georgia Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill that would make felonies of more serious cases of animal abuse.

Firm: 162 plaintiffs should be dropped

Parts supplier may to come to Aiken
AIKEN - A Mansfield, Ohio, auto parts supplier is expected to announce today that it will bring 100 new jobs to Aiken.

Medic badge can represent best in field

Davidson pupil wins county bee
The eight-letter word made Amber Smith nervously toy with the zipper of her burgundy jacket.

Client still struggling after scandal

Classmates recall girl who died in house fire
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- The bulletin board in Tracy Mills' classroom is full of pictures of babies, laughing children and fashion models cut out of magazines.

Gore will hold local medical roundtable

Across the area: Roadways closed for repair work
Repair work will keep part of Pleasant Home Road closed today and will shut down three ramps at the Interstate 20/Bobby Jones Expressway interchange all weekend.

Career driven

Gore will hold local medical roundtable
Tipper Gore's visit to Augusta today is less about campaigning and more about finding a successful health care model.

Senate may spare EPD from override

Plan might save lock and dam

Credits to cut stormwater fee

Program to benefit students

New drama based on Marines

Lawyers will attempt to humanize Hill

Across the area: Roadways closed for repair work

Program to benefit students
A School to Work Partnership grant will help area counties identify gaps in developing an effective work force.

New drama based on Marines
An extra dose of drama is coming to Parris Island, S.C., this spring.

Credits to cut stormwater fee
The Columbia County Board of Education's share of a stormwater disposal fee will be $2,500 a month, county officials said Wednesday.

Senate approves bill on hate crimes

Ex-clerk settles harassment suit
A former Grovetown city court clerk has settled her sexual harassment suit against the city and agreed to pay partial restitution for nearly $5,000 missing from city coffers.

Parts supplier may to come to Aiken

Former clerk to pay $3,800 in settlement
A former Grovetown city court clerk has settled her sexual harassment suit against the city and agreed to pay partial restitution for nearly $5,000 missing from city coffers.

Classmates recall girl who died in house fire

GOP offers package to reform state schools
ATLANTA -- When the Georgia House votes today on Gov. Roy Barnes' sweeping education-reform bill, Republicans want to give their colleagues a choice by introducing a version of their own.

Plan might save lock and dam
Several private companies are evaluating the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam as a potential source of hydropower revenues that could prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from closing the 63-year-old structure.

Senate may spare EPD from override
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate appears headed toward removing a section from a bill that would allow the General Assembly to override all regulations put forth by the state's Environmental Protection Division.

14-year-old sentenced for weapon
AIKEN -- A 14-year-old special education pupil from Kennedy Middle School who brought a starter pistol to school will spend more than a year in a juvenile center in Columbia, Second Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan said Wednesday.

Senate approves bill on hate crimes
ATLANTA -- Judges could sentence felons convicted of crimes motivated by bias to as much as five additional years in prison under a bill passed narrowly by the Georgia Senate on Wednesday.

Witnesses describe trauma

10-year-old saves family before dying in house fire
NEWINGTON, Ga. -- A 10-year-old Screven County girl counted the lives of her family more dear than her own early Tuesday morning, saving them from their burning home and losing her life in the process.

Senate approves measure against animal cruelty

Ice show skates into Augusta
Skating their 27th performance in less than a month, it would be easy to assume that the cast of international skaters on the FTD Champions on Ice tour would be too weary to leap another leap or spin another spin.

Radio Cab helps police catch alleged assailant
A knock on the front door began an afternoon of terror for a 12-year-old Richmond County girl Wednesday.

MTV 'Road Rules' fans get chance to meet stars
Local fans of MTV's Road Rules have been issued a challenge that might just land them on the popular show.

Board yet to set date for hearing

Lawyers will attempt to humanize Hill
AIKEN -- Whether jurors spare David Mark Hill from the death penalty for killing three Department of Social Services workers could depend largely on how much they sympathize with the details of his life leading up to the 1996 murders.

MTV 'Road Rules' fans get chance to meet stars

Counties cooperate on 'flim-flam' incidents
They've possibly posed as electricians, ministers, Bible salesmen and Social Security clerks in hopes of getting victims to let their guards down.

Children's services scrutinized

Across the area: Employee disarms would-be robber
An attempted armed robber let down his guard near his victim for a moment Tuesday and found himself staring down the barrel of his own gun.

Ice show skates into Augusta

Children's services scrutinized
More than a decade ago, Julia Rankin Bloodworth watched a series of newspaper articles on child deaths spark an outcry, a task force and reform in child protective services.

Two seek tough man monikers

Senate may spare EPD from override
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate appears headed toward removing a section from a bill that would allow the General Assembly to override all regulations put forth by the state's Environmental Protection Division.

Senate may spare EPD from override

Board yet to set date for hearing
A Richmond County teacher recently acquitted of sexually assaulting a student will have a hearing before the Richmond County School Board to determine if he has a job.

Across the area: Employee disarms would-be robber

County mystified by cotton broker
STATESBORO, Ga. -- David Harry Prosser spent most of his life in Bulloch County. He was a hometown boy in Brooklet, a town of 1,000 people.

House OKs education reform bill

Client still struggling after scandal
After two years of court hearings, a legislative bailout and hard financial times, most clients of former cotton broker David Prosser have recovered their losses.

Medic badge can represent best in field
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Soupy mud seeped through Sgt. William Bryant's camouflaged pants. Yellow smoke wafted into his face. Barbed wire snagged suspenders holding his canteens and other gear.

Deputies' skits have anti-crime themes
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Their badges were replaced by gang colors for a morning.

Rodman on his best behavior in return

Wesley charged with two misdemeanors in fatal Phills crash

High-scoring Hawks run past Rockets

Rodman's return spoiled by Sonics

Jamison pulls out of dunk contest, rookie game

Carruth's lawyers say money no motive in shooting

Marino, Dolphins void contract

Marino, Dolphins void contract

Warrants issued in Lewis case

Autopsy says blood clot killed Thomas

Mr. Ernest Hey
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Ernest Leslie Hey, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Sussie Dickerson
LINCOLNTON - Mrs. Sussie D. Dickerson, 77, of Anthony Street, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Wilkes Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Wallace Rosborough
Mr. Wallace N. Rosborough, 63, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Dr. Hubert Anthony
Dr. Hubert F. Anthony Jr., 68, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Margie Cross
Mrs. Margie Hadden Cross, 73, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Gwendolyn Bacon
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mrs. Gwendolyn H. Bacon died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000.

Mrs. Dora Smith
Mrs. Dora Joyner Smith, 86, of Santa Rosa Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Blair House.

Mr. Lyria Edwards
Mr. Lyria Edwards, 78, of Rachel Street, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Arthur Ritter
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Arthur Robert Ritter, 47, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro.

Mrs. Gussie Thomas
NEW YORK -- Mrs. Gussie Johnson Thomas, 89, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Harlem Hospital.

Mr. Robert Spangler
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Robert Kenneth Spangler, 76, of Windy Circle, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Doreatha Williams
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Doreatha Brown Williams, 55, of Denny Road, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Bille Adams
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Bille Jean Adams, 61, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Terry Davenport
Mr. Terry ``Ted'' Davenport, 80, of Chesterfield Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Charlton Paul Sr.
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Charlton S. Paul Sr., 60, of River Road, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Robert Brassell
NORWICH, Conn. -- Mr. Robert P. Brassell, 65, of Plumtree Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Gretchen Guy
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Gretchen R. Guy, 77, of Old Edgefield Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Henrietta Bryan
PHILOMATH, Ga. -- Mrs. Henrietta Wheless Bryan, 83, of Crawfordville Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Otis Williams
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Otis ``Slick'' Williams, 55, of Boiling Springs Road, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in Fruitland, Md.

Mr. Harvey Austin Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Harvey Ray Austin Jr., of Orr Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Michael Key
AIKEN -- Mr. Michael Key, 39, of Horry Street Northwest, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Marlene Moore
Mrs. Marlene ``Molly'' Moore, 63 of Shalimar Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Daisy O'Hara
DEKALB, Ga. - Mrs. Daisy Hanson Crawford O'Hara, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at DeKalb Medical Center.

Mrs. Bernice Nunnally
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Bernice Davis Nunnally, 73, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mr. Judson Hood
DEARING -- Mr. Judson Hood, 56, of Old Whiteoak Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Leslie Thompson
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Leslie Edmond Thompson, 70, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Lester Anderson
TUCKER, Ga. -- Mr. Lester L. Anderson, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000.

Mrs. Patricia Pund
Mrs. Patricia Pund, 71, of Evans, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. William Thompson
AIKEN -- Mr. William H. ``Pete'' Thompson, 70, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Jayantilal Desai
Mr. Jayantilal Desai, 64, of Martinez, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Johnny Brown Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Johnny Lee Brown Jr., 17, of Bussey Avenue, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mildred Kendrick
JEWEL, Ga. -- Mrs. Mildred Darnell Lewis Kendrick died Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at the residence.

Mrs. Susan Whitehead
NORCROSS, Ga. -- Mrs. Susan Cassandra Sease Whitehead, 93, of Castle Way, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000.

Mrs. Edwina Howard
Mrs. K. Edwina Howard, of Bowers Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. George Sawyer
SAVANNAH -- Mr. George Sawyer, 75, of West 40th Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Candler Hospital.

Rev. Tommy Blackwell
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- The Rev. Tommy Lee Blackwell, of Elberton Highway, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Marie Allen
Mrs. Marie Sheppard Allen, 82, of Danville Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Select Specialty Hospital.

Mr. Mitchell Argoc
PELION, S.C. -- Mr. Mitchell Lee Argoc, 83, of Main Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital, Barnwell.

Mrs. Marina Hurst
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Marina Hurst, of Brooks Street, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Anne Maria Nursing Home.

Mrs. Desalee Chavis
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Desalee Mizzell Chavis, 76, of Honeysuckle Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center, Hampton.

Mr. Lawrence Mallard
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Lawrence E. Mallard, 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Herbert Wall
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Herbert Cecil Wall, 62, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

Ms. Ida Stephens
Ms. Ida Stephens, 92, of Third Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Homer Burns
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Homer Burns, 55, of Hopkins Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mrs. Allene McClendon
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Mrs. Allene D. McClendon, 89, died Thursday, Feb 2, 2000, at Winter Garden Health Center.

Mr. Robert Loyd Jr.
Mr. Robert Loyd Jr., of Laney Walker Boulevard, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie Lou Hardy
Mrs. Mattie Lou Hardy, 96, of Davis Road, Martinez, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Monroe County Hospital, Forsyth.

Mr. Jesse Hill
Mr. Jesse Lee Hill, of Hardwick Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie Dorsey
Mrs. Mattie Bell Dorsey, 65, of Dublin Drive, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ellen Sapp
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ellen Jenkins Sapp, 95, of Briarwood Apartments, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Harold Aaronson, 70,
Mr. Harold ``Chubby'' Aaronson, 70, who worked his way from newspaper carrier to production manager for The Augusta Chronicle, died Wednesday.

Mr. Joe Prestridge
Mr. Joe Ray Prestridge, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Nelie Garnto
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Nelie Elizabeth Garnto, 77, of Ferguson Avenue, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000.

Mrs. Lucille Gillis
Mrs. Lucille D. Gillis, of Tate Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William McCary Jr.
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- Mr. William I. McCary Jr., 57, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in Ash Grove Nursing Center.

Mr. Marion Shannon
Mr. Marion Earl Shannon, of Tripoli Court, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Marion Abner
WARD, S.C. -- Mr. Marion Floyd Abner Sr., 38, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Vernell Garnett
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Vernell Burns Garnett, 75, of Baker Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Julian Woodward
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Julian ``Quincy'' Woodward, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Mary Dempsey
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Mary H. Dempsey, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000.

Mr. Jesse Hill

Mr. Judson Hood

Mr. Charlton Paul Sr.

Mr. Lawrence Mallard

Mrs. Bille Adams

Mrs. Dora Smith

Rev. Tommy Blackwell

Mr. Robert Brassell

Ms. Gretchen Guy

Mrs. Gussie Thomas

Mr. Leslie Thompson

Mr. Marion Abner

Mr. Terry Davenport

Mrs. Gwendolyn Bacon

Mrs. Lucille Gillis

Mr. Lester Anderson

Mrs. Mattie Dorsey

Mr. Lyria Edwards

Mr. Otis Williams

Mrs. Nelie Garnto

Mr. Julian Woodward

Ms. Mary Dempsey

Mr. Mitchell Argoc

Mrs. Marie Allen

Mrs. Allene McClendon

Mrs. Susan Whitehead

Mr. George Sawyer

Mr. William McCary Jr.

Mr. Jayantilal Desai

Mrs. Vernell Garnett

Mrs. Marlene Moore

Mrs. Edwina Howard

Mr. Robert Loyd Jr.

Mr. Arthur Ritter

Mr. Marion Shannon

Mr. Robert Spangler

Ms. Ida Stephens

Mrs. Bernice Nunnally

Mrs. Mildred Kendrick

Mrs. Ellen Sapp

Mr. Wallace Rosborough

Mr. Michael Key

Mr. Harvey Austin Jr.

Mrs. Marina Hurst

Mrs. Margie Cross

Mr. Ernest Hey

Mr. Johnny Brown Jr.

Dr. Hubert Anthony

Mrs. Mattie Lou Hardy

McCain, Lott feud over Pentagon's 'pork-spending'
Supporters of John McCain, left, should demand he stop attacking Trent Lott, and begin collaborating with the Senate majority leader in expediting weapons systems the Pentagon does, most certainly, `want and need.'

Suggests changing locks' mission
Re the Lock and Dam controversy: Ray H. Tudor, Augusta

Don't panic on Austria
The newest European media demon is Austria's provincial governor Joerg Haider. His populist, right-wing Freedom Party is participating in a coalition government headed by highly-respected Wolfgang Schuessel of the People's Party.

Hits 'pity parties' of minorities
Please help me understand why Jesse Jackson is not held accountable when he refers to New York City as ``Hymietown'' orwhen the leaders of the Nation of Islam use a public platform to spout hate and ugly epithets toward other segments of our society. Bettie B. Hannon, Augusta

Cyber-terrorists strike
You just never know where and when trouble will come. The widely hyped Y2K problem never materialized, but now we have the kind of computer chaos that Y2K was expected to create -- including a huge drop in the stock market.

Defends director of animal shelter
I don't know very much about the working conditions of the Richmond County Animal Shelter -- but I do know Director Jim Larmer. I have known him since 1979 -- over 20 years. Barbara Roach, Augusta

Lock & Dam solution?
Area residents who want to save the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam in the wake of last month's drawdown of the river should be heartened that private companies are looking at the project as a potential for hydroelectric power.<

Why elect lawmakers?
As expected, Georgia's House Education Committee, on a 15-9 party line vote, approved Gov. Roy Barnes' confusing, retooled 151-page education reform bill Tuesday.

Urges writer to tackle national topics
I think it's great that veteran editor Phil Kent has been elevated to be a political columnist (the long term goal of most print journalists), and that he'll still continue to serve as the paper's senior editorial writer specializing in local and statewide Georgia and South Carolina issues. Kathleen Haro, Aiken

Hits churches' stance on flag issue
It looks like most everyone is against the battle flag above the South Carolina Statehouse -- even a lot of the churches are turning their backs on men who fought for what they thought was right (and God and country were a large part of their upbringing). James Minor, Aiken

Questions acts of father, grandmothers
Before the little Cuban boy Elian Gonzales is sent back to Cuba, there are some questions that need to be asked and answered. How often did Elian's father see him and how much time did he spend with him one-on-one? How much money did his father give the mother each week for child support? M. Cartledge, Augusta

Makes sacrifices to enrich children
I read with great interest the letter from a Martinez woman who wondered if our libraries might stay open longer to accommodate a working mother's schedule. She is concerned that her children may be missing out on enriching activities that take place during the day. Vicky Sloan, Harlem

Cites a `revolution' in McDuffie Co.
Since July of 1999 the citizens of McDuffie County have been fighting a revolution much like the one that began in July of 1776. We have ``taxation without representation!'' We have those in power here who have forgotten their sole responsibility is to listen and heed the wishes of those who electedthem to office. Hundreds of our citizens went to Planning and Commission meetings to cry out in one voice their opposition to rezoning from residential/agricul-tural to heavy/light industrial of over 400 acres of McDuffie County. The cries fell on deaf ears. Sharon T. (Terry) Rhoades, Thomson

Seeks funds to control tobacco
For years, people have smoked. For years, tobacco use has been an accepted behavior in our society. And for years, the misinformation about tobacco use has led to the deaths of millions of Georgians. It's time to change. Bob Hudson, Augusta

Cites racism; calls for mutual respect
As I read the Feb. 1 letter by Paul and Anne Cook, I feel compelled to reply concerning the issue of racial division in our society. Although I've lived a mere 38 years, here are some things my siblings as well as I were taught: Always address your seniors as ``Sir, Mr., Mrs. or Ma'am'' because everyone is a human being and deserves proper respect. Alan D. Horner, Hephzibah

Fears for our children's future
I question the frame of mind of parents. Have we taken the time to look at the school system or are we reacting to what the system is producing? Are we so caught up in the media campaign of crime that we overlook how the children are being programmed? A. Brown, Augusta

Bobby Jones funding
Will this be the year the long-planned extension of Bobby Jones Expressway into Aiken County will finally begin to come to fruition?

Slams racist groups of all colors
At least five of my ancestors served the Confederate States of America during the War of Northern Aggression. Four of them died in action, two brothers on the same day at Malvern Hill. My great-great-Grandfather, by the grace of God, made it back home to raise a family on the family farm in south Georgia; otherwise, I would not be here to write this letter. Lonnie Burkett, Langley

McCain, Lott feud over Pentagon's 'pork-spending'
Supporters of John McCain, left, should demand he stop attacking Trent Lott, and begin collaborating with the Senate majority leader in expediting weapons systems the Pentagon does, most certainly, `want and need.'

P.C. hypocrisy
The politically correct morality police are beating up on GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush for giving a speech at South Carolina's Bob Jones University, a Christian fundamentalist institution that frowns on interracial dating.

Foreman's daughter latest to throw hat in boxing ring

Evans man enjoys Daytona

Chevy drivers seek practice time

Rocker testifies at suspension hearing

Penn State-Southern Cal to meet in Kickoff Classic

Trade is baseball's latest blockbuster

Martin recoups in time for Shootout

Junior comes home in one of Reds' biggest trades

GreenJackets name manager, pitching coach

Heritage Bowl suspends 2000 game

Overtime: Hudson wins first bout in trials

Two seek tough man monikers

Serena Williams powers into quarters

Overtime: FSU will open title defense against BYU

Major League Soccer sports new look

Selig testifies as Rocker hearing opens

Research promising for diabetes treatment
Local researchers are intrigued by the recent discovery of a technique through which genes can be tricked into storing large amounts of proteins such as insulin and later prompted by a pill to release their cache. The research marks another step toward genetic treatment of conditions such as diabetes.

Web attacks bring down popular Web sites
WASHINGTON -- Internet vandals today continued an unprecedented campaign of electronic assaults against the biggest names in cyberspace, disrupting access for consumers to the some of the Web's most popular sites.

AP and RealNetworks Inc. launch streaming news service
NEW ORLEANS -- The Associated Press and RealNetworks Inc. are launching a real-time audio and video news service for member Web sites called AP Streaming News.

Cyberattack did not require great sophistication
WASHINGTON -- This week's computer attacks on Internet sites are the largest in memory but are not particularly sophisticated and easily could have been launched by one 15-year-old boy, a senior FBI official said Wednesday.

FBI plans massive search
FBI officials said Wednesday they are launching the largest-ever computer crimes investigation to catch the perpetrators of a series of cyberattacks that have temporarily crippled some of the world's most popular Web sites.

FDA approves drug for women with painful bowel disorder
WASHINGTON -- Millions of women who suffer irritable bowel syndrome won a new treatment Wednesday that promises some relief for their diarrhea and pain.

Amazon.com subsidiary subject of FTC probe and two lawsuits
SEATTLE -- Two lawsuits have accused an Amazon.com subsidiary of using software to track Internet users to relay customers' personal data to the online retail giant.

FDA backs off rule allowing morning sickness supplements
WASHINGTON -- Under fire from birth defects experts, the government is backing off a new regulation that would have let dietary supplements treat morning sickness without proof the products are safe for unborn babies.

Countdown begins for shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After replacing a critical space shuttle part, NASA began another launch countdown for Endeavour's long-delayed mission to map Earth.

Japan suffers another setback when satellite fails
TOKYO -- Japan's struggling space program suffered another setback today when a $107 million observation satellite failed to attain its proper orbit and may have burned up in the atmosphere.

Laws, penalties targeting cyberattacks
WASHINGTON -- Whoever is behind the attacks on Internet sites this week could face serious penalties, even if they live abroad. Federal law makes it a crime to transmit a code, program or command that damages a computer in interstate or foreign commerce, said Marc Zwillinger, deputy chief of the Justice Department's computer crime section.

Sleep-deprived brain can call in reinforcements
When you're sleep-deprived and struggling to stay awake, your brain might be working harder than you think.

Buildup finishes SRS unit
Savannah River Site faces a lengthy shutdown of a plant crucial in the treatment of some radioactive liquid waste at the federal nuclear-weapons site.

Hospital may soon start using radiation 'knife'
For now it sits quiet in a darkened room, its radioactive core hidden behind heavy, thick doors. But in two months, the first patients at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics will be ushered in to the Leksell Gamma Knife for brain surgery without opening up the head.

European lab finds 'compelling' evidence closer to Big Bang
GENEVA -- A series of atom-smashing experiments has for the first time produced ``compelling'' evidence that the smallest particles floated freely a split second after the creation of the universe, scientists announced today.

FDA backs off rule allowing morning sickness supplements

Hospital may soon start using radiation 'knife'

Buildup finishes SRS unit

AP and RealNetworks Inc. launch streaming news service

Laws, penalties targeting cyberattacks

FDA approves drug for women with painful bowel disorder

European lab finds 'compelling' evidence closer to Big Bang

Research promising for diabetes treatment

Cyberattack did not require great sophistication

Amazon.com subsidiary subject of FTC probe and two lawsuits

FBI plans massive search

Web attacks bring down popular Web sites

Countdown begins for shuttle launch