Braves return to training camp

Spotlight stays on Rocker as camp begins

Tampering decision won't come untill next week

Quick offseason ends for World Series champions

Benitez signs four-year deal with Mets

Sanders an early arrival for Reds

Rose's lawyer surprised by Selig statement

Beware computer isolation

Business briefs: Nasdaq reaches record at closing

Diversity program targets productivity
Diversity and productivity will be increasingly intertwined as corporations head into the 21st century, and an upcoming workshop aims to ease melding of these two concepts.

Business briefs: Dow takes dive; Nasdaq inches up

Duke puts restaurant up for sale
David Duke will lock the doors to his family's 44-year-old Duke Restaurant today.

Charter files for Chapter 11

Charter files for Chapter 11
Charter Behavioral Health Systems has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization less than a month after the company announced its Augusta facility would be one of 33 closing in an effort to ensure profitability.

Mill's part owner plans to sell

Plan stresses biomedicine
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that its second five-year economic development campaign will have a new focus: biomedical technology.

Diversity program targets productivity

Business briefs: Nasdaq reaches record at closing
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index surged past 4,500 for the first time Thursday. The index rose 121.22 to 4,548.87, surpassing its record close of 4,485.63, reached last Thursday.

Economy will overcome layoffs
ATLANTA - The elimination of roughly 5,000 jobs at three of Georgia's largest employers isn't likely to prevent the state from enjoying yet another year of prosperity, in the estimation of one noted economist.

Mill's part owner plans to sell
The divestiture of Thomson Corp.'s U.S. newspaper business will include the sale of its only newspaper mill, Augusta Newsprint.

Plan stresses biomedicine

Duke puts restaurant up for sale

Economy will overcome layoffs

Business briefs: Dow takes dive; Nasdaq inches up
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mixed in volatile trading Wednesday as the Dow Jones industrial average fell 156.68 to close at 10,561.41. The Nasdaq composite index rose 6.88, to 4,427.65.

South Florida takes division lead with win

Auburn downs Vandy; breaks Nashville losing streak

Wildcats struggling from arc

March madness picture begins to focus

No. 15 Temple wins showdown against Dayton

Gamecocks edge Miss. St.; end skid

Francis Marion trounces Augusta State

Penn freshman making a name in Ivy League

A goofy conspiracy

Eldridge: No. 1!

Hits Bush's 'negative campaign
Are we going to let that old saying, ``The good guys always finish last'' come true? I certainly hope not! Gov. George W. Bush's negative campaign against Sen. John McCain is reprehensible and he should be vilified for such actions. My family and friends have been truly upset over the ads on television and radio, which run about every 10 minutes or so. According to Gov. Bush's statements to the press on various news stations, (i.e., CNN, FOX, CNBC) he wants Sen. McCain to stop running his negative ads against him, but when asked if he would stop running his ads after Sen. McCain stops his, Gov. Bush stated a resounding, ``No.''L.B. Burdette, Aiken

Costly confusion

Asks who would best face Congress?

Unseemly tirade from Schrenko

Support McCain in GOP primary
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has honored this country, his fellow prisoners of war and God in such a way that most people would only believe his story was dreamed up for a Hollywood movie. But Sen. McCain is real. His life experiences have superbly prepared him to be the leader -- not just president -- of the American people.Albert M. Jones, Twin City

Questions quality of McCain decisions

Urges voters to back G.W. Bush

Backs experience, accomplishment

Endorse `true reformer' for president

Hears 'jackboots' in Rocker affair

'No sir,' for now?

Performing Arts Center considered for county funding
Like the heroine in a slasher movie, just when the proposed Augusta Performing Arts Center is dead, it comes back for another round. It seems the center, which would include a 2,000-seat multipurpose theater, has wiggled its way onto the list of projects under consideration for county funds.

Easier to maintain than revive
Spring cleaning the home is just around the corner. While you're at it, don't forget the foliage plants you've stuck in a dark part of the room or in a corner of the patio to avoid cold damage.

Illness left flutist breathless with worry
In every life there is a pivotal moment when someone or something changes one's path. For Eugenia Zukerman, it was the day she heard the elegant trill of a flute.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Comedian's friends admired his courage
In June of 1986 I turned around at a commercial break during the Music City News awards show in the Grand Ole Opry House to see actor Jim Varney taking a seat behind me.

In the know
When Americans stocked up on essentials to carry them through the uncertainties of the Y2K changeover, many people apparently included peanut butter.

Old trees need surgery
The cool canopy of greenery in downtown Augusta and Summerville is in need of some major tree surgery.

Blowfish guitarist jams solo
For most of us, spring cleaning means some trash bags by the curb and dirt under our fingernails. For Mark Bryan, guitarist with Hootie and the Blowfish, it meant making an album.

Rocking around the clock
When the Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical Smokey Joe's Cafe -- The Songs of Leiber and Stoller opens Wednesday at Bell Auditorium, fans of the traditional musical be warned: this ain't Annie.

Navy Band to bring celebration to Bell
The United States Navy Band is celebrating its 75th birthday -- and it's bringing the party to Augusta. The Navy Band, accompanied by the Sea Chanters Navy Chorus, will present a program of music ranging from pop to patriotic at 7:30 tonight at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

Rock making loud return to club in Aiken
After months of Young Life meetings and singing in rounds, the Fermata Club in Aiken is once again a rock 'n' roll venue.

Fitness Course anything but basic
LOS ANGELES -- Some of their fathers may have considered going to Canada to avoid it. Or going AWOL to end it. We're talking Army-style basic training here.

Garden council president resigns
After three dedicated and productive years, Peggy Glover, former president of The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, passed the gavel.

In the know
TV TONIGHT: Good golly! Leon, who played one of the Temptations for an NBC special, has the title role in Little Richard, a biopic directed by Robert Townsend. It airs at 9 on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

Endorsements help erase stigma
When actor Michael J. Fox walks away from his hit TV series to concentrate on fighting Parkinson's disease, people in Augusta who share the condition hope he will walk with them as well.

Lake waters need to warm upto turn on crappies

Boone Valley Classic to switch to match play

Casper's son pleads guilty to robbery charges

Woods shoots 68 at Nissan

Gustafson leads Hawaiian Ladies Open

Moses, Hornets climbing toward postseason berth

Glenn Hills wins despite inexperience

Westminster advances to quarterfinals

Underclassmen lead run to finals

Yellow Jackets survive lapse to stay in contention

Harlem player rebounds from knee injury

Lineup tinkering kept to a minimum

Beware computer isolation
A recent Stanford University study warns of looming dangers as more people become engrossed in the Internet and spend less time socializing with fellow humans.

Mayor wants more public input
During a state of the city speech to Leadership Augusta on Thursday, Augusta Mayor Bob Young said he will push for more public input to help set priorities for upgrading the city's inadequate water and sewer systems as well as deciding how to pay for it. The mayor also said he has asked the city's water consultants to discuss the issues of privatizing the systems. Mr. Young recounted his efforts to bring jobs to Augusta. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Canal set for spring draining
First it was the Savannah River. Soon it'll be the Augusta Canal. The man-made waterway will be drained dry for up to two months this spring to enable contractors to scoop out hundreds of tons of silt and aquatic weeds. But unlike the Jan. 16 drawdown of the river -- during which shorelines collapsed and picnic shelters and other property were destroyed -- the canal draining is expected to be quite peaceful. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Man's identity remains unknown
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department's is asking the public's help to identify the slain man found behind the Golden Harvest Food Bank on Feb. 6. The Richmond County Sheriff's Department released a pre-autopsy picture of the unidentified man Wednesday in the hope that someone who knew him might step forward. ``We've got someone who's missing and it's dragged on long enough,'' said Sgt. Wayne Bunton.Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Performing Arts Center considered for county funding

Fitness Course anything but basic

Illness left flutist breathless with worry

Garden council president resigns

Rocking around the clock

Blowfish guitarist jams solo

Navy Band to bring celebration to Bell

Easier to maintain than revive

Rock making loud return to club in Aiken

Ramblin' Rhodes: Comedian's friends admired his courage

In the know

Old trees need surgery

Endorsements help erase stigma

Sponsors short for air show

Documentary tells story of Sisters of Mercy nuns
SAVANNAH -- Bruce Habersham isn't Irish or Catholic.

Beaufort residents greet Texas hopeful

Simulator opens students' eyes to DUI
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-area high school students are learning firsthand this week about the perils of being drunk behind the wheel.

Documentary tells story of Sisters of Mercy nuns

Statesboro therapist indicted in fraud case
SAVANNAH -- Statesboro physical therapist Donald Ernest Streetman worked hard at his job -- often logging 20 hours in a single day, sometimes more than 24 hours a day.

Lawmaker accused of trying to fix ticket

Correction
A story in Wednesday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle should have said the public office won by banker Pat Cunning was a seat on the Aiken City Council.

Man's identity remains unknown

Judge OKs verdict in Healthmaster case
A federal judge used the Constitution, prior cases, the facts and even Shakespeare to kill an attempt to set aside a recent jury verdict in the case of a whistle-blower and a former Augusta home-health care corporation.

Group organizes to save lock and dam
Property owners affected by the recent drawdown of the Savannah River are forming a nonprofit group to monitor economic and environmental issues and lobby for preservation of the river's downtown pool.

Officials set to arm campuses
Columbia County school officials have set March 15 as the target date to have safety officers armed.

Mayor wants more public input

Unidentified body remains a mystery
Richmond County Sheriff's Department is asking the public to help identify the slain man found behind Golden Harvest Food Bank on Feb. 6.

Senators offer 30 changes to education reform

Official wants ethics panel to rule on trips
State Rep. Robin Williams has asked the executive director of the state ethics commission to rule on what is reasonable for lobbyists to spend on a lawmaker attending a trade group's convention.

New proposal expected to save money

SRS shows engineering at work
On most days, the mission of Savannah River Site engineers is to research and implement new devices and methods to make the federal nuclear-weapons site go.

Adoption top issue for Mrs. McCain

Across the area: Police arrest teens on weapon charges
In unrelated incidents, three teen-agers at three schools were arrested on felony charges Wednesday after Richmond County school officials discovered a steak knife, a box cutter and a razor.

Sponsors short for air show
With less than 1' months until Skyfest 2000, the Augusta Aviation Commission discussed Thursday the possibility that it might come up short on its projected sponsorship goal.

Adoption top issue for Mrs. McCain
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- If her husband, John McCain, becomes president, Cindy McCain would make child adoption her cause as first lady, she said on a Wednesday campaign stop.

Judge imprisons quadriplegic man
Louis E. Covar has been in a wheelchair for 35 years, unable to do more than raise his shoulders. On Thursday, he began a seven-year prison sentence.

Lawmaker accused of trying to fix ticket
ATLANTA -- A memo on Georgia Department of Public Safety stationery accuses state Sen. Joey Brush of trying to fix a speeding ticket by threatening to derail the department's requests in his committee.

Town searches for details on private school
AIKEN - Clyde Smith didn't know what to make of the rumors that have flooded the tiny town of Monetta.

Zoning plan draws crowd
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Before the Edgefield County Council and a standing-room-only crowd, Bernadette Hudson fanned a petition Thursday signed by thousands of residents who want zoning put to an advisory vote.

Judge imprisons quadriplegic man

Zoning plan draws crowd

Mental health conference moves to Georgia

Festival bricks

Across the area: Video scoreboards approved for center

Officials set to arm campuses

Budget shortfall to curtail study at SRS

State considers weather waivers

State Senate passes child protection act
ATLANTA -- Responding to months of reports criticizing Georgia's child protection agency, the Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would allow doctors to take temporary protective custody of children they believe are being seriously abused.

SRS shows engineering at work

Questions and answers about the primary

Candidates' wives canvas state

Town searches for details on private school

Official wants ethics panel to rule on trips

Budget shortfall to curtail study at SRS
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Budget shortfalls will nearly halt an effort to determine Savannah River Site's effects on the health of its workers and the public, federal officials said Thursday.

Beaufort residents greet Texas hopeful
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush made a quick swing through Beaufort County on Wednesday looking to capture the hearts of undecided voters who are still ``kicking tires.''

Bill in Senate named for Augusta teacher
ATLANTA -- A Georgia Senate committee has approved legislation named in honor of Linda Gail Hendrick, an Augusta middle-school teacher brutally stabbed last fall by one of her special-education.

New proposal expected to save money
ATLANTA -- A nonprofit affiliate of Medical College of Georgia and Emory University School of Medicine will offer managed-care coverage to state, school system and University System employees, the state Department of Community Health announced Wednesday.

Canal set for spring draining

Robbery suspect confesses to crime spree
Federal agents lucked out Monday when they arrested a man suspected in several bank robberies in the Savannah area. He reportedly confessed to 14 more from throughout the country.

McCain snubs area event

McCain snubs area event
AIKEN -- When an Oklahoma newspaper called June Cannon's house this week to ask about ``A-Eye-ken,'' the former president of the county's Republican Party was a little taken aback.

Correction

Hopefuls in Aiken for rally
AIKEN -- The crowd, by a lopsided majority Wednesday night, belonged to George W. Bush at the Aiken County Presidential Rally. But if their cheers were an indication of their affection, their hearts belonged to the long-shot candidate, Alan Keyes.

Judge OKs verdict in Healthmaster case

Interest grows in local races
Qualifying for July's primary elections is two months away, but the political buzz already has started.

Simulator opens students' eyes to DUI

Cleanup plan calls for draining of canal
First it was the Savannah River. Soon it'll be the Augusta Canal.

Across the area: Police arrest teens on weapon charges

Committee rejects plan to require courtesy titles
COLUMBIA - A House Education Committee rejected a bill on Wednesday that would require pupils to address teachers by courtesy titles.

Cleanup plan calls for draining of canal

Festival bricks
Paul Clayton, city maintenance technician in Aiken, shuffles bricks to find the right fit before placing them for a festival area on Newberry Street. Wednesday's chore, part of a project that began a month ago, should wrap up in six weeks.

Committee rejects plan to require courtesy titles

Questions and answers about the primary
If history repeats itself, South Carolina voters will decide the Republican nominee for president Saturday and open a ``gateway to the South'' for one of three remaining hopefuls trying to win the GOP nomination. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the primary:

Hopefuls in Aiken for rally

Across the area: Video scoreboards approved for center
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority approved funding Thursday for two new scoreboards with video screens to be installed in the civic center before the Augusta Stallions' arenafootball2 league home opener April 21.

Senators offer 30 changes to education reform
ATLANTA -- The chairman of the Senate Education Committee is offering an amendment he says will ease local school districts' costs of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform program.

Historic walk proposed for Laney-Walker
Former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre announced plans Thursday to promote an African-American Historical Walk on Laney-Walker Boulevard between Twiggs and 13th streets. The display would consist of mounted plaques on both sides of the street commemorating black Augustans.

State Senate passes child protection act

Mental health conference moves to Georgia
For the first time since its inauguration 21 years ago, the annual Cross Cultural Conference for Mental Health and Human Services will be held in Georgia, not South Carolina.

County weighs private buses
The Richmond County School Board has budgeted $7.1 million this year for its transportation budget, not including $210,590 earmarked for field trips, ball games and pupils' extracurricular activities.

Early water restrictions sought
Water restrictions might start early this year to prevent the sort of shortages residents have endured the past two summers, Augusta Mayor Bob Young said Thursday.

Early water restrictions sought

Candidates' wives canvas state
COLUMBIA -- Ah, if only second-graders could vote.

State considers weather waivers
AIKEN -- South Carolina's General Assembly might soon decide whether to waive three school days because of inclement weather that forced class cancellations.

Cavs rout Nuggets; Pacers defeat Bucks

Kukoc goes to Philly in 3-team trade

Kukoc saw writing of deal on the floor

Shaq builds confidence at line brick by brick

Sparks hire former Celtic as assistant coach

Dennis to David: Put 'em up

Mr. Roland Barden Sr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Roland Oliver Barden Sr., 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Ms. Willie Knox
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Willie Mae Knox, of South Elbert Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Eloise Grant
AIKEN -- Mrs. Eloise Moore Grant, 69, of Belmont Street, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Addie Colbert
Mrs. Addie Jackson Colbert, of Busbia Avenue, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Joe J. Anderson
Mr. Joe J. Anderson, of Hawthorne Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Wallace Brinson
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Wallace Brinson, 65, of Bell Lane, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000.

Mr. William Gilbert
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mr. William Henry Gilbert, 75, of News Bridge Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin.

Mrs. Erminie Theologos
HEAD:Mrs. Erminie Theologos,homemaker, dies at 103

Mrs. Louise Gulledge
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise Waters Gulledge, 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Sunbridge Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Andrew Bornn
AIKEN -- Mr. Andrew H. Bornn, 79, of South Boundary, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Gladys Davis
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Gladys Davis, 80, of Norwood Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Chenoa Ortiz
Chenoa Carmen Ortiz, 3 months, infant daughter of Hector and Natasha Ortiz, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Myree Gregory
Mrs. Myree Ward Gregory, 89, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Georgia Strom
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Georgia Mae Patten Strom, 82, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Edgefield City Health Care Center.

Mrs. Corrie Derrick
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Corrie Smith Derrick, 95, of Georgia Avenue, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Frank Hooper Jr.
Mr. Frank Henry Hooper Jr., 81, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Willie Adams Sr.
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Adams Sr., of Thornbriar Drive, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Vencor Hospital, Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Mr. Kenneth Murray Jr.
Mr. Kenneth Edward Murray Jr., 58, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie G. McCormack
Mrs. Mattie G. McCormack, 87, of Owens Road, Evans, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Brandon Wilde.

Mr. William Cashin Sr.
Mr. William Anthony Cashin Sr., 98, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000.

Mrs. Ada Snipes
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Ada Doris Day Snipes, 62, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Lexington County Medical Center, Lexington.

Mr. Andrew Martin Sr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Andrew Millard Martin Sr., 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Larry Dixon
Mr. Larry Donnell Dixon Sr., 37, of Essie McIntyre Boulevard, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Cleburn Stokes
AIKEN -- Mr. Cleburn Stokes, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Jordan
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Ann Jordan, 84, of Georgia Highway 242, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000.

Mr. William Porter
Mr. William Thomas Porter, 50, of Whisperwood Drive, Martinez, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Floyd Pierce
ROCKY FORD, Ga. -- Mr. Floyd Holmes Pierce, 85, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Screven County Hospital, Sylvania.

Mrs. Mary Pate
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Mrs. Mary Ann Barclay Pate, 66, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Marion Timmerman
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Marion L. ``Goat'' Timmerman, 73, of Circle Street, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Hattie Mayson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Hattie Louise H. Mayson, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at National Health Care.

Rev. Tommie Butler
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The Rev. Tommie Butler, 55, of Maplewood Drive, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000.

Mrs. Elizabeth Mims
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Elizabeth Turner Mims, of Clearmont Drive, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Dorothy Marchbanks
Mrs. Dorothy Marchbanks, 92, of Wrightsboro Road, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000.

Mr. William Lamar
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. William Leonard ``Len'' Lamar, 41, of East Sheraton Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Phillip Sabb
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Phillip Sabb, 61, of Barton Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary O'Barr
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Clark O'Barr, 81, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Mary J. Hudson
Mrs. Mary J. Hudson, 73, of 10th Street, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Ralph Gill
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Ralph B. Gill, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter, Ga.

Mrs. Virginia Perkins
Mrs. Virginia Brooks Perkins, 71, of Saxon Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Cashin Sr.
Mr. William Anthony Cashin Sr., 98, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000.

Mr. Alexander Perry
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Alexander Perry, 51, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Robert Yarbough
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Yarbough, 56, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000.

Mrs. Ruby Boyd
Mrs. Ruby Boyd, of Eighth Avenue, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Hattie Riner
BLITCHTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Hattie Bell Riner, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Mary Frances Cooper
BLYTHE -- Mrs. Mary Frances Cooper died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Badger Myrick
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Badger Calhoun Myrick, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Marion Usry Oetjen
Mrs. Marion ``Boots'' Usry Oetjen, 81, of Kissingbower Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Jack Smith
RIDDLEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. C. Jack Smith, 77, of Davis Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Mary Amphlett
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mrs. Mary M. Amphlett, 84, of Wilkinson Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Isaac Laughrun
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -- Mr. Isaac Laughrun, 81, of Debbie Circle, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Medical Center, Mountain Home.

Mrs. Floy Cofer
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Floy Williams Cofer, 95, of Ashley Avenue, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Willis Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Dempsey Weaver
Mr. Dempsey Marvin Weaver, 91, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Alvenia Williams
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Mrs. Alvenia L. Scarboro Williams, 49, of Lake Victoria Drive, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at St. Mary's Medical Center.

Emma Donahue
Emma Sue Donahue, 2 months, infant daughter of Christopher and Erin Donahue, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Alzora Thomas
Mrs. Alzora C. Thomas, of Grand Boulevard, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Jennie Hensley
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Jennie Brock Hensley, 86, of Hilliard Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Greene Point Health Care.

Mr. Willie Whitfield
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Marion Whitfield, 63, of Old Waynesboro Road, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at Beverly Manor Hospice Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Marie Davis
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Mrs. Marie Davis, 92, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Jersey City Medical Center.

Dr. Benjamin Gordon Sr.
BALTIMORE -- Dr. Benjamin G. Gordon Sr., 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000.

Mr. Henry Ingram Jr.
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Ingram Jr., 98, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Allen Jr.
Mr. Willie Allen Jr., 87, of Starnes Street, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Audrey Downs
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Audrey Sheppard Downs, 71, of Warren Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Rudy Moseley
Mr. Rudy Moseley, 65, of Goshen Lake Drive South, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at his residence.

Dr. Benjamin Gordon Sr.

Mr. Henry Ingram Jr.

Mrs. Ruby Boyd

Mr. William Gilbert

Mrs. Eloise Grant

Mrs. Mary Pate

Mr. Alexander Perry

Mr. Badger Myrick

Mr. Dempsey Weaver

Mrs. Georgia Strom

Mrs. Ada Snipes

Mr. Robert Yarbough

Mrs. Erminie Theologos

Mrs. Floy Cofer

Mr. Phillip Sabb

Mr. Ralph Gill

Mr. Jack Smith

Mr. Rudy Moseley

Emma Donahue

Mrs. Elizabeth Mims

Mr. Wallace Brinson

Mr. Frank Hooper Jr.

Mr. William Cashin Sr.

Mrs. Mary Amphlett

Mr. Floyd Pierce

Mr. William Porter

Mr. Willie Whitfield

Mrs. Hattie Mayson

Mr. Andrew Bornn

Mr. William Cashin Sr.

Mrs. Addie Colbert

Mrs. Hattie Riner

Mrs. Audrey Downs

Mr. William Lamar

Mr. Willie Adams Sr.

Mr. Marion Timmerman

Mrs. Dorothy Marchbanks

Mrs. Louise Gulledge

Mrs. Virginia Perkins

Chenoa Ortiz

Mrs. Mattie G. McCormack

Mrs. Mary Frances Cooper

Mrs. Mary J. Hudson

Mrs. Corrie Derrick

Mrs. Alvenia Williams

Mr. Isaac Laughrun

Mrs. Marie Davis

Mrs. Marion Usry Oetjen

Kent: Candidate sees clear path to the Reform Party nomination
The following are excerpts of a Tuesday interview by Chronicle columnist Phil Kent with Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan in Columbia, S.C.

Costly confusion
Stark discrepancies have arisen between Gov. Roy Barnes and state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko concerning the cost impact of the governor's education reform bill that just passed the Georgia House and is now before the Senate.

Eldridge: No. 1!
Who is South Carolina's most outstanding public school superintendent? This year, according to the state School Board Association, it is Aiken County's Dr. Linda Eldridge.

Defends motive of Planned Parenthood
A recent letter questioned the motive of Planned Parenthood. The group's motive is as implied in the name, ``planned parenthood,'' or more properly ``every child a wanted child'' since many unplanned children are very much wanted. However, I suspect that all unwanted children are also unplanned and that these unplanned children are much more likely to be abused and abandoned and to live in poverty. Don Hostetler, North Augusta

Hears 'jackboots' in Rocker affair
So, Komrade Bud Selig, the kommissar of baseball, is giving Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker over to the ``thought police'' for ``brain-washing.'' Please keep us informed as to which gulag he will be assigned. William Collier, Augusta

Backs experience, accomplishment
I am writing this letter in support of Gov. George W. Bush for president. He has a tremendous record of accomplishment from the state of Texas. He lowered taxes, restored local control of schools, and cut the growth of state spending working in a bipartisan fashion to achieve results. Ronny B. Bolton, Aiken

Questions quality of McCain decisions
I spent a tour in Korea and one in Vietnam. Luckily, I was not a prisoner of war, but I was wounded. I did not request a second tour in either theater. John McCain's choosing to extend his POW status, regardless of the reason, was in my book a bad decision at best. H. Piper, Augusta

Urges voters to back G.W. Bush
I am supporting Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president because he is an outstanding, successful and conservative governor. His principles are limited government, local control, individual responsibility and strong family values. I know this because I know his family and the values that they have shared with Americans for generations. H.A. ``Mac'' McClearen, Aiken

Supports 'honest and honorable man'
When deciding for whom to vote in the upcoming South Carolina primary and general election, do your own research. Do not rely on the television commercials for your information on the candidates, especially the ``negative'' ads. Erika Pracht, North Augusta

Slams McCain stands on issues
The debate in South Carolina on Feb. 15 made Texas Gov. George W. Bush sound more like a Republican running for president. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., sounded more like what I've heard for the last seven years: ``Republicans want to give a big tax break to the rich.'' Now, ``Gov. Bush will give a big tax break to the rich.'' So what? Vernon Blanchard, Appling

Hits governor's assault on teachers
The governor of the great state of Georgia appears to be doing everything in his power to unionize its teachers. To eliminate due process from the dismissal procedure cries for redress. Perry O'Rourk, Martinez

Support McCain in GOP primary
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has honored this country, his fellow prisoners of war and God in such a way that most people would only believe his story was dreamed up for a Hollywood movie. But Sen. McCain is real. His life experiences have superbly prepared him to be the leader -- not just president -- of the American people. Albert M. Jones, Twin City

Endorses G.W. Bush for president
I believe the South Carolina Republican primary will elect the next president of the United States. I strongly feel that person should be Gov. George W. Bush. Rick Osbon, Aiken

Endorse `true reformer' for president
South Carolinians have an incredible opportunity to shape the future of national politics. Saturday we can vote for either Sen. John McCain, Ambassador Alan Keyes, or Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the Republican presidential primary. I am casting my vote for Gov. Bush and I hope you will join me in that decision. Jerry Powell, North Augusta

A goofy conspiracy
For the past few weeks one would think South Carolina is the center of the universe. In fact, for George W. Bush, John McCain and the media that follow them around like puppies, it has been.

Hits Bush's 'negative campaign
Are we going to let that old saying, ``The good guys always finish last'' come true? I certainly hope not! Gov. George W. Bush's negative campaign against Sen. John McCain is reprehensible and he should be vilified for such actions. My family and friends have been truly upset over the ads on television and radio, which run about every 10 minutes or so. According to Gov. Bush's statements to the press on various news stations, (i.e., CNN, FOX, CNBC) he wants Sen. McCain to stop running his negative ads against him, but when asked if he would stop running his ads after Sen. McCain stops his, Gov. Bush stated a resounding, ``No.'' L.B. Burdette, Aiken

Bio-med plan on way
It's heartening to see Augusta's two Democrat state senators, Majority Leader Charles Walker and Don Cheeks working effectively together to bring about a statewide authority to boost medical research in Georgia and, more particularly, in Augusta.

Asks who would best face Congress?
As we go through the several permutations as to who will be the next president, there is one aspect of the next election that seems to be ignored: Who will control the Congress in 2001? L.R. Lightfoot, Aiken

Kent: Candidate sees clear path to the Reform Party nomination
The following are excerpts of a Tuesday interview by Chronicle columnist Phil Kent with Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan in Columbia, S.C.

Hits vote-splitter and 'one-worlders'
The late Ray Owens, a politician from Leah, once told me, ``To be elected, you must tell the people what they want to hear.'' In my observations, between hunting and fishing trips, it appears that Sen. John McCain was put on the political scene to split the conservative vote and get a Democrat elected -- shades of the draft-dodger. James R. Waid, Leah

Laments loss of skilled doctor, friend
The loss of Dr. Thomas W. Blanchard wasn't just a loss to the medical community. Besides hisfamily, countless numbers of friends, including all of his patients, are saddened beyond measure. Mimi Hallman, Augusta

'No sir,' for now?
South Carolina's House Education Committee has said ``no, sir'' to Gov. Jim Hodges' proposal to require students to address public school teachers and administrators by courtesy titles -- Mr., Mrs., Ms., ma'am, sir.

Lauds Gamma Knife introduction
In response to the Dec. 26 letter from Susan Hollowell Gilbreath concerning her family's difficult journey finding relief for her brother's battle with cancer, I am pleased to announce that, in April 2000, the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics will be one of 38 health care centers in the country to have a Gamma Knife - a neurosurgical device that offers an alternative to invasive brain surgery that requires no incision. Mark Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Augusta

Unseemly tirade from Schrenko
While we agreed with some of her objections to H.R. 1187 -- the governor's education reform legislation -- Linda Schrenko let aggravation with Gov. Roy Barnes and fellow Republicans who voted for a retooled bill boil over into a temper tantrum at a Columbia Middle School forum.

Coley says Golden Boy doesn't put his fists where his mouth is

Earnhardt Jr. leads rookie pack

Elliot, Rudd cruise to victory

Overtime: O'Leary Jackets open against Hokies in Blacksburg

Under green: Winston Cup racing at full throttle into the future

NASCAR in midst of growth spurt

Marcis chases record

Marcis' long run appears to be finished

Correction

Confederate flag's shadow touching S.C.'s sports world

New Gordon crew chief tries to make fast turnaround

Lewis says he's innocent of murder charges

Record-holding boxer got start in Augusta

Overtime: Jaguars rout Newberry for sixth victory

NASCAR president still leads despite cancer

Earnhardt thinks his streak is racing to an end

Drivers exchange words,shoves

Astronauts save enough fuel for full mapping
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts got good news today: By scrimping here and there, they've saved enough fuel to complete their 3-D mapping of the Earth.

House panel says anthrax vaccination program should be suspended
WASHINGTON -- The program to inoculate all 2.4 million American military personnel against anthrax as protection against biological warfare is based on ``a paucity of science'' and should be suspended, a House panel says in a report sharply critical of the Defense Department.

Jobs formalizes his leadership of Apple, unveils Internet strategy
SAN FRANCISCO -- Capping his remarkable two-year leadership of Apple Computer Inc., chief executive Steve Jobs dropped ``interim'' from his title on Wednesday and unveiled new Internet services and the next generation of his company's operating system.

Online broadcasts criticized
WASHINGTON -- TV shows aired over the World Wide Web could one day offer a programming option to rival cable or satellite -- but that prospect also raises thorny licensing issues that have copyright holders fighting to protect their interests.

Heart disease disparities puzzle researchers
Black women in the Augusta area die of heart disease at nearly twice the rate of other women in the country, according to a unique, county-by-county study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NASA: Shuttle fuel savings almost there
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts are close to saving enough fuel to complete their 3-D mapping of the Earth, NASA said Wednesday.

SRS shows engineering at work
On most days, the mission of Savannah River Site engineers is to research and implement new devices and methods to make the federal nuclear-weapons site go.

Gates debuts Windows 2000
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft Corp. today launched Windows 2000, a new operating system for business computers, as the company tries to maintain its dominance in the worldwide software market.

Close-ups show Eros to cratered, boulder strewn, slightly yellow
WASHINGTON -- Eros, the first asteroid to be orbited by a man-made satellite, is very old, heavily cratered, strewn with large boulders and slightly yellow in color, according to new images from a science spacecraft.

Public backlash grows against DoubleClick's privacy practices
NEW YORK -- Michigan law enforcers threatened Thursday to sue the online advertising firm DoubleClick Inc. for violating consumers' privacy, adding to a growing list of protests against the company and sending its stock into a tailspin.

Hackers' invasion prompts FBI action
WASHINGTON -- The nation's top law enforcement officials Wednesday described ``fast-developing leads'' finding the electronic vandals who shut down major Internet sites last week.

Heart disease disparities puzzle researchers

SRS shows engineering at work

Hackers' invasion prompts FBI action

Astronauts save enough fuel for full mapping

Jobs formalizes his leadership of Apple, unveils Internet strategy

Close-ups show Eros to cratered, boulder strewn, slightly yellow

Online broadcasts criticized

House panel says anthrax vaccination program should be suspended