Reds sign outfielder, avoid arbitration

'Rolls-Royce for Volkswagen price'

Manager faces many questions

Sure sign of spring

Cubs slugger taken to hospital with flu-like symptoms

Passion's guardian reveals all

Business briefs: E-Z-GO raises money for club
E-Z-GO Textron, the world's leading golf car manufacturer, has raised more than $96,000 for the Augusta Boys & Girls Club at E-Z-GO's Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic, an annual event featuring a golf tournament and live and silent auctions.

Quick tips: Cost of insurance can vary
The price people pay for homeowners' insurance can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on the insurer they choose and the discounts they're eligible to receive. The Insurance Information Institute recommends taking these steps to bring the cost down.

Organizations show interest in business aid
Three organizations -- two governmental, one private -- say they are interested in running the city-owned small-business incubator if the current operator backs out.

Pocket change
About 30 percent of all hotel stays are business-related, according to data compiled by the American Hotel and Motel Association in Washington.

On the move
Charles Boyett has been promoted to vice president of Southern Mortgage's Hephzibah branch on Tobacco road.

Parts plant unveils

Treasury gambles with dollar coin
The U.S. Treasury is tinkering with your money. It wants you to use gold-colored coins instead of $1 bills, and in a few months it is going to give you new $5 and $10 notes.

Condos proposed near Augusta National
Developers want to erect a 10-story condominium building across the street from the Augusta National Golf Club, documents filed with the Augusta planning department show.

Organizations show interest in business aid

Condos proposed near Augusta National

Parts plant unveils
AIKEN - With no frills or fancies and before a sparse crowd, Project X was officially named Friday, ending months of speculation that a foreign car parts company would come to Aiken.

Business briefs: E-Z-GO raises money for club

Business briefs
SAN FRANCISCO -- Windows 2000, Microsoft's new corporate operating system debuting next week, can give businesses greater computing power to help them cope with the challenges of the new Internet economy. But whether businesses will buy it is uncertain.

Quick tips: Cost of insurance can vary

Pocket change

Treasury gambles with dollar coin

Georgia State edges Campbell

Bama gets by Vandy

Lady Pacers post homecoming victory

Is it time for ACC to send SOS?

Duke hammers Georgia Tech

Paine set for homecoming game

Notre Dame upsets UConn

College basketball notes: Wildcats guard to transfer

ASU women fall to N. Florida

Changing of the guard on hardwood

Layne leads Georgia to win

Vols need OT to top Gators

Clemson routs Florida State

Paine get homecoming win

UNC blows out Wake Forest

Jaguars move above .500 mark

Addresses McCain on abortion issue

Retooled bill moves ahead

Praises EMA action during storm

Raps 'state-pushed' drugs for kids

S.C. magistrate reform

Gives view on McCain rally, booze

Wants `symbol of tyranny' removed

Forbes' contribution

Veto threatens N-waste bill

Blasts attitude of library workers

Prays nation will be healed, forgiven

Resents bad treatment of teachers

Complains of truncated sportscast

Image on wall resembles face of Jesus, visitors to house say
ALAMO, Ga. -- Crowds continue to flock to a rural residence near this town, where a shadowy image on an exterior wall is said to resemble the face of Christ.

Anger is our worst adversary
`Not him, Lord; that's impossible. He could never become a Christian!''

Snake Doctrine
Brian Moore has some lively scripture teaching aids that he carries in a pillowcase and feeds mice once a week.

Mediterranean escape
CAMPO NELL'ELBA, Italy -- After 10 days of visiting the museums and monuments of mainland Italy, my husband and I were thrilled to be basking in the sun on comfortable lounge chairs on a vast expanse of sandy beach.

Gimme attitude bad form
Dear Carson: I married into a large family with many in-laws, nieces and nephews. My husband and I have no children, so we try to do as much as we can for those who do.

Reliving the memories
After being diagnosed with colon cancer, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz announced he was retiring in January. His final original Peanuts cartoon appears in today's comics section of The Augusta Chronicle.

Faith digest
Chip Brim of Branson, Mo., who gave up coaching baseball in 1998 to train champs for Christ, will speak at 7:30 tonight and at 10 a.m. Sunday at Greater Works Ministries, 607 Shartom Drive.

A home filled with diplomacy
AIKEN -- On Sumter Street, tucked behind a brick wall that's low enough to pique the interest of a passer-by but high enough to discourage an intruder, is a little-known gem.

Goodbye, 'Peanuts'
Some people might say Jane Jackson is a little obsessed, but she doesn't see it that way. In 30 years she has collected almost 3,500 pieces of Peanuts paraphernalia -- most of which are of Snoopy. An entire room of her Eureka, S.C., home is dedicated exclusively to Charles Schulz's little black and white beagle.

In the know
IWant to send a Valentine that's more personal than a store-bought Hallmark? Here are instructions for making an origami heart.

The devil's gone through many incarnations
He was known by many names: Lucifer, Beelzebub, Belian, Masteme, the Evil One, the Accuser, the Prince of Darkness and the Lord of Lies.

Christian broadcasters want to see FCC curbe
An attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to rein in religious broadcasters in December ended in a storm of protest -- and the commission quickly reversed its 3-2 decision by a 4-1 vote in January.

Davies shoots 67 hours after eye surgery

Patience pays off for Woods

Mickelson in position to end streak

Tiger gets ready for prime time

Wadkins shoots 65, one back in ACE Group Classic

The making of a golf pro

Tiger comes to life

Lady Spartans top Lady Bulldogs

South Carolina prep basketball scores

Georgia prep basketball game scores

Dublin boys give Statesboro scare

Brentwood girls take region title

Lady Spartans surprise coach with run

Lady Spartans a step closer to title

Baldwin girls stop Hephzibah

Georgia prep basketball game scores

Lady Spartans top Lady Bulldogs

NHL's participation in Olympics hits snag

Schedule favors Lynx in race for postseason

Lynx win again in OT

Lynx pick up road win

Passion's guardian reveals all
Cupid was late. The reporter checked his watch again and stretched in the waiting room of the greeting card company.

Augusta suffers low blood supply
In an effort to replenish low blood supplies in Augusta, Saturn of Augusta and Shepeard Community Blood Center will team up Saturday for National Donor Day. This nationwide event will promote the donation of whole blood, bone marrow, cord blood, organs and tissue. Donor recruiter Amy Pearson said Augusta is in desperate need of blood.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Bradley-Gore tangle gets nastier
LOS ANGELES -- Bracing for more questions about his past anti-abortion record, Vice President Al Gore conceded his position has shifted over the years and accused Bill Bradley of trying to use the issue to drive a wedge between Democrats. Gore read from notecards what amounted to his most extensive public explanation to date of his anti-choice positions as a congressman from Tennessee. It was a pre-emptive strike against Bradley, who was heading to Seattle today to hammer some more at questions of whether abortion rights is a core value for Gore. Today, Gore was receiving an endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay and lesbian rights group, representing 350,000 members. Both Bradley and Gore courted the endorsement.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Tipper Gore visits area
Tipper Gore stood amidst the Williams family Friday and posed smiling for a picture. ``It's all about keeping families together,'' she told John Williams, 35, a self-employed painting contractor in Augusta who can't afford health insurance for his family of five. That was the message Vice President Al Gore's wife took away from Beulah Grove Community Center after a short round-table discussion on how the center, its primary care clinic and outreach programs are improving the community. It is a story Mrs. Gore planned to repeat as she campaigned to elect her husband president. -- The Augusta Chronicle

Snake Doctrine

Image on wall resembles face of Jesus, visitors to house say

Christian broadcasters want to see FCC curbe

In the know

Faith digest

The devil's gone through many incarnations

Anger is our worst adversary

Gimme attitude bad form

Mediterranean escape

Reliving the memories

Goodbye, 'Peanuts'

A home filled with diplomacy

Child safety seat check helps promote awareness
There are about 70 different models of child car seats on the market, and hundreds of models of cars with more than 20 types of seat belt systems.

Budget stresses welfare
ATLANTA -- Welfare recipients having a tough time getting off government assistance would benefit most from changes to Gov. Roy Barnes' midyear budget request approved Friday by the House Appropriations Committee.

Man gets 10-year sentence for assault
Robert Coy Ybabes walked away from kidnapping and robbery charges in 1998 when the victim refused to prosecute. Last spring, she said, he attacked her again.

Bradley-Gore tangle gets nastier

Educator recognized at banquet
AIKEN -- She rarely recognizes her own accomplishments, but the education establishment regularly does.

Getting the word out

Man facing charges has extensive arrest record
Before Carlton Atkins Jones was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges, including aggravated child molestation and armed robbery, pardons and parole officials were preparing to charge him with his seventh parole violation since 1994, according to a spokeswoman.

Paine celebrates homecoming

Wife takes stand in Hill case
AIKEN -- After suffering years from her husband's depressing moods, withdrawal from the family and multiple suicide attempts, Jacqueline Hill called her husband and asked for a divorce.

Educator recognized at banquet

Vital history

Gas prices increases hit firms, consumers

Schrenko, teachers blast bill
Georgia school Superintendent Linda Schrenko said Saturday she will vigorously campaign against legislators who back the education reform bill in its current state.

Hopeful's wife visits health clinic

Blood center requests donations
In an effort to replenish low blood supplies in Augusta, Saturn of Augusta and Shepeard Community Blood Center will team up today for National Donor Day.

Across the area: Water pressure tests to continue

Vital history
Brenda Felix didn't realize she was about to walk into history recently as she shopped at a clothing store on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

Man gets 10-year sentence for assault

Campaigns coming
AIKEN -- Aiken area voters will have more than one chance to see presidential hopefuls in person during the last week before South Carolina's crucial Republican primary.

Neighbors' chase leads to 4 arrests

Getting the word out
AIKEN -- On the threshold of the all-important South Carolina GOP primary, considered the gateway to Super Tuesday, only Texas Gov. George W. Bush, U.S. Sen. John McCain and former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes remain in the race for their party's nomination for president.

Budget stresses welfare

Augusta suffers low blood supply

Campaigns coming

Paine celebrates homecoming
For Annette Wilcox-Pounds, Paine College's homecoming parade Saturday was more than watching floats roll down the street.

Man facing charges has extensive arrest record

Schools keep pace with technology
In a fourth-grade classroom at Grovetown Elementary School, a group of pupils does its classwork on laptop computers.

Mill may electrify canal site

Hopeful's wife visits health clinic
Tipper Gore stood amid the Williams family Friday and posed smiling for a picture. ``It's all about keeping families together,'' she told John Williams, 35, a self-employed painting contractor in Augusta who can't afford health insurance for his family of five.

Project aims at downtown tourism

Hospital harmony

Across the area

Artistic spotlight hits Augusta
Artists of Augusta: steady your easels and tune your instruments -- Georgia's artistic bigwigs are about to take notice.

Veteran gets late accolades

Mill may electrify canal site
The Augusta Canal Authority plans to establish a new visitors center, hydropower exhibits and tour boat docking facilities at Enterprise Mill within two years.

Child safety seat check helps promote awareness

Mixed heritage blurs loyalties
AIKEN -- The cars made a circle around the Brooks house in Aiken, dome lights on, making it clear there were robed and hooded Klansmen inside.

Tipper Gore visits area

Teen-age gunmen get stern sentences
A teen-ager and his two younger cohorts who shot a pawn shop manager during an armed robbery, allegedly on the orders of their gang leader, will spend most of their adulthood behind bars.

Wife takes stand in Hill case

Project aims at downtown tourism
Some artists work in paint and canvas, some in clay or marble. Very few, however, work in the exotic medium of the giant golf ball.

Neighbors' chase leads to 4 arrests
Thanks to the concern of several neighbors, Grovetown police say they ended what they believe was a several-months-long burglary ring.

Federal funds sought for paving
ATLANTA -- The bad news is the Georgia Department of Transportation can't help Columbia County pay for 20 miles of paving dirt roads. That means the county must ante up another $2 million to pave them, bringing the estimated total to about $6 million from county coffers.

Teen-age gunmen get stern sentences

Gas prices increases hit firms, consumers
The highest gas prices in South Carolina in a decade are putting the pinch on business and state agencies' fuel budgets, with things likely to worsen.

Hospital harmony
Musician Mark Maxwell performs a lullaby during the ``CareFair for Women'' festivities at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. The Saturday morning fair marked the opening day of the Clyde A. Burgamy Medical Center for Women. Festivities included activities for children and health screenings and information booths for adults. The walls of the facility features murals painted by artist Richard Worth.

Aiken basketball players arrested

Aiken basketball players arrested
AIKEN -- Two star basketball players for South Aiken High School were arrested Friday and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Veteran gets late accolades
It took half a century, but Kenneth W. Wood Jr. finally received the Purple Heart medal he earned in the Korean War.

Tax chief called on to resign
COLUMBIA -- Republican Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler has demanded the resignation of the state Revenue Department director appointed by Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges after reports of flaws in the state's calculations of car taxes.

Fish kills blamed on drawdown
A fish kill near the wastewater discharge of an east Augusta chemical plant could be linked to changes in flow patterns caused by the Jan. 16 drawdown of the Savannah River, according to company officials.

Across the area: Water pressure tests to continue
Richmond County firefighters will continue testing water pressure in Augusta's fire hydrants next week.

Doctors testify to mental state
AIKEN -- Jurors deciding the life-or-death fate of David Mark Hill heard the soft-spoken plea of the killer's father Saturday as he told the panel he would like his son to live.

Federal funds sought for paving

Across the area
in car accidentA sick infant on her way home from a doctor's office was killed in a one-car crash in Burke County on Friday, apparently after her grandmother became distracted and lost control of the vehicle, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Carter leads coming-out party for the next generation

Malone skips All-Star media day

Knights remain unbeaten

Rice's salary make his return to 49ers questionable

Carruth offers alibi for day girlfriend murdered

Grand jury indictes NFL star Ray Lewis

Mrs. Pawnee Ouzts
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Pawnee Altman Ouzts, 80, of Jones Street, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Jessie Young Jr.
FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Mr. Jessie Young Jr., 50, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Mattie Hardy
Mrs. Mattie Lou Hardy, 96, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Monroe County Hospital, Forsythe.

Mr. James Taylor
AIKEN -- Mr. James Taylor III, of Whitney Drive, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Johnnie Nunnally
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Johnnie Taylor Nunnally, 83, died Saturday, Feb., 12, 2000, at Tara Nursing Home, Thunderbolt.

Mrs. Lou Powell
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Lou Price Powell, 90, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Marion Kitchings Sr.
Mr. Marion O. Kitchings Sr., of McCauley Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. William Morgan
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William P. ``Bill'' Morgan, 83, of West Arlington Heights, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Jerry Mitchell
NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Mr. Jerry E. ``Jimmy'' Mitchell, 66, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Johnnie Sherlock
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Johnnie K. Sherlock, 83, of Blanche Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Darryl Oglesby
Mr. Darryl A. Oglesby, of D'Antignac Street, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. James Holmes
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. James Obie Holmes Sr., 82, of Lee Street, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Tanner
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Robert H. Tanner, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Sarah May
LEXSY, Ga. -- Mrs. Sarah Jewell Youmans May, 96, of Nunez-Lexsy Road, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000.

Mr. John Herndon
LANGLEY -- Mr. John D. Herndon, 63, of Abby Lane, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Joseph Cliett
HARLEM -- Mr. Joseph Cliett, 68, of Lonergan-Hulme Road, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. William Hynes
Mr. William HynesKENNER, La. -- Mr. William J. Hynes, 82, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Dorothy Bowie
Mrs. Dorothy L. Bowie, 78, of Lumpkin Road, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lucy Pate
Mrs. Lucy Ray Pate, 73, of Montcrief Avenue, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000.

Mr. Wilson Walker
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Wilson Walker, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000.

Mrs. Linda Taylor
PLANO, Texas -- Mrs. Linda Prince Taylor, 56, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Jayantilal Desai
Mr. Jayantilal Desai, 64, of Martinez, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Willie Jackson
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Willie M. Rhodes Jackson, 65, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Providence Health Care.

Mr. Henry Weeks
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Gray Weeks, 78, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Marjorie Connell
Mrs. Marjorie Usry Connell, 77, of Heckle Street, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Jenning's Health Care.

Mrs. Lillie Grablowsky
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Mrs. Lillie Rogol Grablowsky, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Evelyn Smith
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Evelyn Matthews Smith, 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Evelyn Smith
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Evelyn Matthews Smith, 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Guy Boulineau
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Guy Boulineau, 79, of Campground Road, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Guy Boulineu
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Guy Boulineau, 79, of Campground Road, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Wylina Morris
REX, Ga. -- Mrs. Wylina C. Morris, 90, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, in Atlanta.

Mr. Redmond Overton Jr.
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Redmond Roy Overton Jr., 93, of West Street, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Richard Crawford
Mr. Richard Crawford, 69, of East Taylor Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Billy Sanders
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Billy Dean Sanders, 66, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. George Brown
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. George Brown, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000.

Mr. Larry Turner
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Larry ``Charlie'' Turner, of Williams Street, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Anthony Consolie
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Anthony Consolie, 68, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mr. Guy Boulineu

Mrs. Lillie Grablowsky

Mr. Richard Crawford

Mr. Guy Boulineau

Mrs. Johnnie Nunnally

Mr. John Herndon

Mr. Marion Kitchings Sr.

Mr. Johnnie Sherlock

Mrs. Sarah May

Mrs. Lou Powell

Mr. Robert Tanner

Mr. Darryl Oglesby

Mr. Redmond Overton Jr.

Mrs. Linda Taylor

Mrs. Pawnee Ouzts

Mrs. Marjorie Connell

Mr. Wilson Walker

Mrs. Evelyn Smith

Mrs. Wylina Morris

Mr. Jayantilal Desai

Mrs. Dorothy Bowie

Mr. Billy Sanders

Mr. Anthony Consolie

Mrs. Evelyn Smith

Mrs. Willie Jackson

Mr. Henry Weeks

Mrs. Mattie Hardy

Kent: Two flawed bills; search for a candidate
LT. GOV. MARK TAYLOR and Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Augusta, last week pushed through potentially unconstitutional ``hate crimes'' legislation on a 30-23 vote, largely along party lines. (Area Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, failed to vote and Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, voted no.)

Declares North violated Constitution
In 1860 and 1861 the Southern states made a determination that it was expedient for them to exercise their constitutional privilege of withdrawing from the Union. ... It was done in an honorable and legal manner by men of calm and alert minds who were generally well-versed in the field of government and politics. Their decision was based on current conditions and relevant information of that time.\rDonald R. Sturkie, Ridge Spring

Sisler: Who will mourn for the murdered babies?
THOUSANDS OF fans said goodbye to Georgia's favorite gorilla, remembering Willie B., who died Feb. 2, as a ``treasured and noble friend whose life in captivity freed the minds of humans.'' So said the Associated Press.

Complains of truncated sportscast
Once again, as they have in the past, WRDW-Channel 12 has refused to carry the completion of a sporting event when it might interfere with local revenue-producing programming, with no regard for the viewer, specifically the CBS broadcast on Feb. 7 of the final round of the Pebble Beach golf tournament. Steve Eubanks, Augusta

Why hire Augusta lobbyist?
Why is the Augusta Commission wasting its time and taxpayers' money by moving ahead to hire someone to lobby the General Assembly on the city's behalf?

Addresses McCain on abortion issue
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was asked what he would do if his 15-year-old daughter informed him that she was pregnant. With all of his years of political experience he responded with a very ``wishy-washy'' answer that gave voters reason to doubt that he was ready to defend the rights of the unborn. Noreen Coughlan, Augusta

Hits demise of personal responsibility
As you probably know, Burger King is recalling a kid's meal toy. They are not recalling just a few toys, they are recalling countless millions of them. The reason they are recalling them is because several idiots in this country give them to babies. Donny Gray, Augusta

Retooled bill moves ahead
It appears many Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives: 1) believe the revised education bill H.B. 1187 -- even though it transfers more power to the state -- is best for Georgia and 2) feel Gov. Roy Barnes will remain such a dominant chief executive that they may have to go along on a lot of legislation to get along.

Prays nation will be healed, forgiven
I have always known, but am more conscious now, that there are so many more non-Christians. After reading E. Maner's Jan. 19 letter, I am still appalled at people who are proud of other people's sins, their sins in public places and the pulling of our country down the drain. Bragging on sin -- what a crock. Gloria N. Craft, Wrens

Ponders Elian Gonzalez's dilemma
Re the Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez: Champak C. Patel, Martinez

Raps 'state-pushed' drugs for kids
Has anyone else noticed the ``drug-free'' signs around certain schools in America? The signs are most certainly misleading in that the zones are not drug free -- unless you disregard the behavioral drugs being solicited by the state, parents, and educators. John J. Dillon, Evans

Wants `symbol of tyranny' removed
I read with great interest Margaret O'Shea's very moving Jan. 30 article regarding Harold Salley's thoughts on his family's Southern heritage. With all of the controversy surrounding the symbolism of the Confederate flag in Georgia and South Carolina, I had to pause and consider the following: Jerry Scott, Augusta

Declares North violated Constitution
In 1860 and 1861 the Southern states made a determination that it was expedient for them to exercise their constitutional privilege of withdrawing from the Union. ... It was done in an honorable and legal manner by men of calm and alert minds who were generally well-versed in the field of government and politics. Their decision was based on current conditions and relevant information of that time. Donald R. Sturkie, Ridge Spring

Forbes' contribution
The dropout of publisher Steve Forbes from the GOP presidential primary proves that neither money nor issues can get you the nomination.

Defends pitcher's freedom of speech
I am responding to the Dec. 23 article, ``Rocker's big mouth lands him in big trouble.'' Havingreflected on this issue for several weeks, I think it is time to revisit the incident. Tom Boone, Aiken

Praises EMA action during storm
On behalf of the residents and staff of Waverly Gardens and Countryside Estates, I wish tocommend the efforts and responsible action put into place by the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency. Thanks to this organization, our staff arrived safely to their workplaces during the Jan. 24 storm that took all of us by surprise. Mary Georgia Mohr, Pooler

Kent: Two flawed bills; search for a candidate
LT. GOV. MARK TAYLOR and Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Augusta, last week pushed through potentially unconstitutional ``hate crimes'' legislation on a 30-23 vote, largely along party lines. (Area Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, failed to vote and Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, voted no.)

Sisler: Who will mourn for the murdered babies?
THOUSANDS OF fans said goodbye to Georgia's favorite gorilla, remembering Willie B., who died Feb. 2, as a ``treasured and noble friend whose life in captivity freed the minds of humans.'' So said the Associated Press.

Blasts attitude of library workers
If a library in apublic elementary school can keep its books in alphabetical order with the 400-500 students there, why can't a public library do the same? Tracy Williams, Evans

S.C. magistrate reform
A bill to reform South Carolina's magistrate system has been approved by a House-Senate conference committee and seems headed for the governor's desk.

Wants an end to the Cuban embargo
Re Coco Rubio's Feb. 7 letter: Will Martinez, Martinez

Veto threatens N-waste bill
Proponents for a safer nuclear power industry should be cheered by the U.S. Senate's bipartisan vote Thursday to start shipping commercial nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain, Nev., in 2007. It's also heartening that all four of our two-state senators backed the measure.

Resents bad treatment of teachers
It will be quite interesting to see the reaction to the huge teacher shortage which will occur over the next few years. One half of South Carolina's teachers will be retiring in the next four years. College students are wisely choosing other fields where they can make a decent salary. Susan Beattie, North Augusta

Hits columnist on Rocker issue
Rick Dorsey, The Chronicle sports columnist, professes to ``live and labor'' by the FirstAmendment right to free speech. How can he then believe that ``free speech is not universally free?'' The logically-inconsistent Mr. Dorsey, who evidently believes that the right to free speech should be granted selectively and without due process of law, condones the punishment of John Rocker by the baseball commissioner. Joe Wiggins, North Augusta

Gives view on McCain rally, booze
I am a junior at Presbyterian College and read Phil Kent's column on the Feb. 1 John McCain rally. Jean-Marie Smith, Evans

Advocates strong teachers' union for Georgia
I must agree with cartoonist Rick McKee; Speaker Tom Murphy's refusal to allow Mr. Andy Baumgartner to speak to the Georgia House was an abuse of power. Citizens of Georgia are not afraid of free speech whether uttered by a baseball pitcher or the National Teacher of the Year. Claire H. Shannon, Augusta

Speeds pick up for Dash event

Daytona notes

Jarrett gets off to a quick start

Daytona 500 Qualifying Begins Saturday

English team dominates

Overtime: Martinez woman bowls 300 game

NFL free agent roundup

Kwan third in short program

Overtime: Jaguars hand Armstrong Atlantic first defeat

Slow Chevrolets raise concerns in Daytona

Falcons sign key free agents

Area sports roundup

Bud Shootout a perfect kickoff

Williams advances to semifinals

Mattel, Intel develop high-tech toys together
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Up on the second floor of an old warehouse building on a quiet corner in the trendiest part of town, Intel engineers build toys while Mattel designers play with computers.

Researchers see possible way to prevent E. coli deaths
Researchers say they have moved a step closer to developing what could be the first drug to save the lives of victims of an especially dangerous strain of E. coli.

More problems found in third day of aircraft inspections
LOS ANGELES -- Another airline under orders to look for signs of the tail wing problem that may have caused the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 replaced jackscrews on two jets Saturday, bringing the number of aircraft with similar problems to at least 10.

Experts trace one computer used in attacks
WASHINGTON -- Experts investigating attacks against major commercial Web sites this week confirmed Friday that a desktop computer used by vandals as a weapon has been traced to a California university.

SRS budget proposal draws criticism
Savannah River Site's proposed $1.6 billion budget already has its critics.

Endeavour lifts off to map the world
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour and a crew of six roared into orbit Friday on a long-delayed mission to create the finest map of Earth ever produced.

Y2K patent holders teaming up to collect licensing fees
NEW YORK -- Two software developers who hold patents covering fixes for the Year 2000 computer bug are teaming up to try to collect licensing fees from the nation's largest companies.

Microsoft prepares to roll out Windows 2000
SAN FRANCISCO -- Windows 2000, Microsoft's new corporate operating system, will debut next week with all the glitz and the glamour that accompanied the introduction of Windows 98 two years ago.

Good mouse can keep users from spinning their wheels
If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, you've learned that the most important parts of the system are the ones that connect to you directly.

Stroke occurrences increase
Not fishing saved the Rev. Alonza B. Fulmer's life. ``I don't know why I didn't go fishing that morning,'' said the Rev. Fulmer, who will turn 73 today. Instead, he was home preparing to sit and read his Bible when a massive stroke hit him. Luckily, his wife recognized there was a problem and called their daughter, who called in emergency personnel and the Rev. Fulmer made it to the hospital in time to get a clot-busting drug. But his case is still too rare, Augusta doctors said.

FTC fields holiday e-commerce complaints
Debra Epps eventually got the popular and difficult-to-find toy she ordered from toysrus.com, but when the e-retailer notified her Dec. 22 that she would not be getting it before Christmas it sent her spinning.

Commercialization of biotech crops slows
WASHINGTON -- The companies that genetically engineer crops are bringing fewer new varieties to market amid a slumping farm economy and growing public resistance to biotech food.

Researchers see possible way to prevent E. coli deaths

Endeavour lifts off to map the world

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