Rose's lawyer surprised by Selig statement

Quick offseason ends for World Series champions

Diamondacks release Garcia, prepare to sign Ward

Spotlight stays on Rocker as camp begins

Tampering decision won't come untill next week

Benitez signs four-year deal with Mets

At age 41, Hershiser looks to future

Big Cat returns with a hot bat

Mets looking for a fifth pitcher

Beware computer isolation

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.

Interest rate fears hurt averages
NEW YORK -- Stocks plunged Friday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down nearly 300 points, as investors ignored a positive report on inflation and instead focused on the growing certainty of higher interest rates.

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.

Duke patrons say good-bye
William Walker, a local chiropractor, has been sitting at the white formica horseshoe-shaped counter at Duke Restaurant every morning for the past 10 years, starting each weekday there before going to his Central Avenue office.

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.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- Newsprint prices are going up, and the Justice Department is looking into possible antitrust violations within the industry.

Plan stresses biomedicine

Program to train workers
Officials with the Georgia Department of Labor say they hope a local pilot program will become a permanent part of welfare reform statewide.

Charter files for Chapter 11

Duke patrons say good-bye

Farm products store will open next week
Farm products retailer Quality Farm & Country will open its newest store in the former Bi-Lo shopping center at 3449 Peach Orchard Road.

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.

Duke puts restaurant up for sale

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

Program to train workers

Economy will overcome layoffs

Business briefs: Nasdaq reaches record at closing

No. 15 Temple wins showdown against Dayton

Jaguars set for tough challenge on homecoming

Cremins bows out gracefully

Cremins resigns as Tech coach

Cremins' record

Knights bounce back, roll past Rockingham

Wildcats struggling from arc

Note death of Charles Schulz

Misses writer's outdoor columns
I wonder if we have forgottenthere are a lot of people who look forward to the Sunday outdoor page column that now-retired Bill Babb was writing for all those years. That is the first thing I turn to on Sundays, and I'm starving for it now.Jack Flynn Jr., Martinez

Endorse `true reformer' for president

Eldridge: No. 1!

New Clinton e-mail scandal

Asks who would best face Congress?

'No sir,' for now?

A goofy conspiracy

Supports Reform Party candidate
The sound and the fury between rival Republican hopefuls George W. Bush and John McCain obscures the fact that both aremoderate centrists. If conservatives want a real choice in November, they should support Patrick Buchanan of the Reform Party.Keith L. Todd, Abbeville

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

Laments death of cartoonist Schulz

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

Hits both sides in flag controversy

Urges voters to back G.W. Bush

Support 'Hendrick bill'

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.

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.

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).

Augustan has keen interest in Grammys
One Grammy Award nomination holds special interest for the Rev. Stan Pylant of First Baptist Church of Augusta.

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.

Ring of truth
Gorgeous George South never fights with critics who say wrestling is a fake -- he just invites them into the ring with him.

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

Practice what you preach
Dr. Gene Norris is a Presbyterian minister who serves as a hospital chaplain and family therapist.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Faith digest
The Rev. James Merritt, 47-year-old pastor of an 11,000-member church in Snellville, Ga., is a candidate for next president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press reports.

Lake waters need to warm upto turn on crappies

King holds edge at Hawaiian Ladies Open

Chalmers, Tway share lead; Woods five back

Gustafson leads Hawaiian Ladies Open

Dent, Hobday share first-round lead at GTE Seniors

Casper's son pleads guilty to robbery charges

Woods shoots 68 at Nissan

Lady Spartans win round one

Derrick passes 4,000

South Aiken's girls top Aiken

Harlem player rebounds from knee injury

GISA Class AA Tournament results

South Carolina prep basketball scores

Glenn Hills wins despite inexperience

Yellow Jackets survive lapse to stay in contention

Westminster advances to quarterfinals

Lineup tinkering kept to a minimum

Devils' netminder is among elite company

Thrashers call up goalie Langkow, send down Fankhouser

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.

Cremins to retire
ATLANTA -- Bobby Cremins will retire after the season, having coached Georgia Tech to national prominence and then presided over its collapse the last four seasons. The 52-year-old coach has been at Georgia Tech since 1981, taking the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four in 1990. But Georgia Tech has not played in the NCAA tournament since 1996. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Duke's closes its doors
William Walker, a local chiropractor, has been sitting at the white formica horseshoe-shaped counter at Duke Restaurant every morning for the past 10 years, starting each week day there before going to his Central Avenue office. The diner was part of his morning routine -- two hot cakes, sausage, fried eggs and coffee -- a ritual that ended Friday when the restaurant closed.Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

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

Illness left flutist breathless with worry

Garden council president resigns

Ring of truth

Augustan has keen interest in Grammys

Rock making loud return to club in Aiken

Faith digest

Blowfish guitarist jams solo

Ramblin' Rhodes: Comedian's friends admired his courage

Performing Arts Center considered for county funding

Easier to maintain than revive

Rocking around the clock

Old trees need surgery

Navy Band to bring celebration to Bell

Mayor wants more public input

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.

Budget shortfall to curtail study at SRS

Lawmaker accused of trying to fix ticket

GOP race too close to call

Questions and answers about the primary

Senators offer 30 changes to education reform

Candidates' wives canvas state

Child's play

Judge imprisons quadriplegic man

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

Annex will give county new distinction

Cremins to retire

Zoning plan draws crowd

Charity chooses director

Mental health conference moves to Georgia

Documentary tells story of Sisters of Mercy nuns

Study: Savannah River No. 8 on pollution list

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.

Education bill's revisions rejected

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

Charity chooses director
A familiar face will lead Augusta's United Way. Jo Endres Maypole, a former board chairwoman for the United Way of the CSRA, will take over April 1 as the organization's president and chief professional officer.

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.

New managed care program gets mixed reactions

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.

Town searches for details on private school

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.

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.

Across the area: Video scoreboards approved for center

Sponsors short for air show

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

Child's play
Benjamin Colberg, son of Columbia County Senior Forester John Colberg, plays with the gold shovels after county officials planted a magnolia tree as part of the Century Tree program during the ground-breaking for the courthouse annex.

Ports agree to fund study on striped bass
SAVANNAH -- The Georgia Ports Authority has agreed to fund a striped bass study critical to moving forward the proposed harbor deepening project.

Duke's closes its doors

GOP race too close to call
AIKEN -- Elections officials expect a record turnout for today's Republican presidential primary, based on bushels of absentee ballots around the state.

Across the area

Study: Savannah River No. 8 on pollution list
The Savannah River, which absorbs treated sewage from dozens of municipalities and industries, is the nation's eighth most-polluted waterway, according to a national environmental group.

Group will help video poker workers find jobs

Police expect more arrests in drug busts
Narcotics officers say they're expecting this week's Wrightsboro Road drug bust -- the county's biggest cocaine confiscation of the year -- to snowball with further arrests in the coming months.

Police expect more arrests in drug busts

Education bill's revisions rejected
ATLANTA -- Only one amendment passed the Senate Education Committee on Friday, but it has removed much of the remaining opposition to Gov. Roy Barnes' education-reform bill.

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

Group will help video poker workers find jobs
AIKEN -- A task force of public and business leaders is gearing up to help video poker workers find new jobs when that industry grinds to a halt at the end of June.

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.

Annex will give county new distinction
In fall 2001, as the ribbon is cut to open the courthouse annex, Columbia County will achieve a rare distinction. ``On that particular day, we will have the oldest courthouse in Georgia and the newest courthouse in Georgia,'' commission Chairman Pat Farr said.

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.

New managed care program gets mixed reactions
Keeping the ability to see state employees, teachers and their families under a new managed care program could prove a boon or a burden to Augusta hospitals, depending on whom you ask.

Student: Charges are racial

Student: Charges are racial
AIKEN -- A student athlete charged with having sex with two underage classmates says his arrest is racially motivated. Quentin Corey Holston, 17, also said Friday that he didn't know it was unlawful to have consensual sex with 15-year-olds.

Across the area
The Georgia Department of Transportation will close three ramps at the Interstate 20-Bobby Jones Expressway interchange this weekend for joint repair work on the bridges.

Ports agree to fund study on striped bass

NBA roundup: Kukoc sparkles in Sixers debut

Kukoc saw writing of deal on the floor

Cavs rout Nuggets; Pacers defeat Bucks

Nets beat struggling Heat

Carruth complains baby's grandparents prolonging child-support case

Marino keeping future plans quiet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Jackie Veal
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Jackie Joe Veal, 68, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Carl Vinson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Dublin.

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

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

Mrs. Nelie Boss
SOUTHPORT, N.C. -- Mrs. Nelie Chandler Boss, 88, of Park Avenue, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Waldo Morgan Jr.
COLUMBIA -- Mr. Waldo Morgan Jr., of King Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000.

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

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

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

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

Mr. James May Sr.
COLUMBIA -- Mr. James Rodney May Sr., 74, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at his residence.

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.

Mr. Marvin Gibbons
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Marvin ``Uncle Bay'' Gibbons, 36, of Wiggins Street, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Annie Hill
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Bell Hill, 101, of Pine Lane, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000.

Mrs. Eddie Smith
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Eddie Mae Lane Smith, 82, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Greenville Hospital.

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

Mrs. Mildred Newman
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mildred McKenney Newman, 86, of Shady Oak Lane, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.

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

Mrs. Emma Williams
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Emma Williams died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000.

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

Mr. Woodrow McLane
Mr. Woodrow W. McLane, 82, of Thomas Lane, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. John Jenkins
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. John ``Ed'' Jenkins, 79, of Hatchers Mill Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 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. Mary Wilson
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Yarbough Wilson, 97, of Pilcher Drive, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Louise Horton
FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Mrs. Louise Moses Horton, 80, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Allendale.

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

Mr. C. Marvin Turner
Edgefield, S.C. -- Mr. C. Marvin Turner, 91, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. William Zeigler
HILTONIA, Ga. -- Mr. William Zeigler, 58, of Brinson Street, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Frances Harmon
Ms. Frances Gayle Harmon, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. R. Stan Glisson
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. R. Stan Glisson, 58, of Howlandville Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Othar Porter
CARLTON, Ga. -- Mr. Othar Porter, 62, of McCannon Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000.

Mr. Herbert Yaun Sr.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Herbert S. Yaun Sr., 75, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000.

Ms. Mary Bascomb
Ms. Mary Bascomb, 88, of Florida Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Salem Nursing Home.

Mr. R. Stan Glisson
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. R. Stan Glisson, 58, of Howlandville Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Levi Mathis
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Levi Mathis, 54, of Walker Street, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Willie Knox
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Willie Mae Knox, of South Elbert 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Mr. James May Sr.

Mr. William Cashin Sr.

Mr. Waldo Morgan Jr.

Dr. Benjamin Gordon Sr.

Mr. Isaac Laughrun

Mrs. Addie Colbert

Mr. C. Marvin Turner

Mr. Phillip Sabb

Mrs. Corrie Derrick

Mr. Jack Smith

Mrs. Marion Usry Oetjen

Mr. Dempsey Weaver

Mrs. Mary Wilson

Mrs. Mary J. Hudson

Mrs. Marion Oetjen

Mrs. Alvenia Williams

Mrs. Marion Oetjen

Mr. Othar Porter

Mrs. Mildred Newman

Mr. Willie Whitfield

Mrs. Eloise Grant

Mrs. Erminie Theologos

Mr. R. Stan Glisson

Mr. Andrew Bornn

Mrs. Ada Snipes

Mrs. Audrey Downs

Mrs. Eddie Smith

Mr. Alexander Perry

Mr. William Zeigler

Mr. Willie Adams Sr.

Mrs. Louise Horton

Mrs. Dorothy Marchbanks

Mrs. Emma Williams

Mrs. Ruby Boyd

Ms. Mary Bascomb

Mrs. Virginia Perkins

Mrs. Louise Gulledge

Emma Donahue

Mr. Jackie Veal

Mrs. Mattie G. McCormack

Mrs. Nelie Boss

Mr. Wallace Brinson

Mr. Floyd Pierce

Mr. Henry Ingram Jr.

Mr. Marion Timmerman

Mr. John Jenkins

Mrs. Annie Hill

Mr. Woodrow McLane

Ms. Frances Harmon

Mr. Levi Mathis

Chenoa Ortiz

Mr. R. Stan Glisson

Mrs. Mary Frances Cooper

Mr. Marvin Gibbons

Mrs. Marie Davis

Mr. Herbert Yaun Sr.

Mrs. Mattie McCormack

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.

Sisler: Chastity -- not 'safe' sex -- makes perfect sense
Last week was ``National Something Or Another Week.'' Next week will be ``National Something Else Or Another Week.'' It seems there is always a week to celebrate each week. If we could take an extra day off from work it would be a real cause for celebration, but I don't suppose that is the point.

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

Laments death of cartoonist Schulz
Good grief! A part of our lives is gone. Rats! Seth Benson, Millen

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

Slams editorial supporting Haider
The Feb. 11 Chronicle editorial on Austria puts it in the apologist camp for neo-Nazism. The Chronicle uses the usual excuses of neo-Nazis that Joerg Haider, who has assumed the mantle of Adolph Hitler in Austria (where he was born), is really not such a bad guy. After all, The Chronicle trumpets, while Mr. Haider agreed with some of Hitler's policies, he chose the good policies not the bad ones. Which ones were good? Hitler's racist policies on minorities and Jews? Hitler's slave labor camps or the concentration camps? Hitler's decisions to exterminate the handicapped and the elderly? Lowell Greenbaum, 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

Misses writer's outdoor columns
I wonder if we have forgottenthere are a lot of people who look forward to the Sunday outdoor page column that now-retired Bill Babb was writing for all those years. That is the first thing I turn to on Sundays, and I'm starving for it now. Jack Flynn Jr., Martinez

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

Hits both sides in flag controversy
The problem with the issue over the Confederate flag in South Carolina is very simple. We both, white and black, need to have respect for each side of the argument. Yes, the flag is a symbol of my heritage and, no, I would not like to see it stashed away in some back corner of a museum. It belongs on public display where we who cherish it can appreciate it. Mat Riddle, North Augusta

New Clinton e-mail scandal
How long can the so-called ``mainstream media,'' which often ignores or excuses Clinton-Gore administration scandals, continue to take a pass on reports (so far only in the ``conservative press'') of a huge White House cover-up?

Explains Gibbs Library filing system for children's section
The Columbia County Library community sincerely regrets the difficulties Tracy Williams experienced recently in finding children's books at Gibbs Library in Evans (letter, Feb. 13). We welcome and appreciate her constructive criticism and suggestions for an improved filing system. We especially applaud her outstanding efforts to support her youngsters' advanced reading programs. Dr. Jeff Hardin, Evans

'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.

Supports Reform Party candidate
The sound and the fury between rival Republican hopefuls George W. Bush and John McCain obscures the fact that both aremoderate centrists. If conservatives want a real choice in November, they should support Patrick Buchanan of the Reform Party. Keith L. Todd, Abbeville

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.

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

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

Seeks addition to hate crime bill
The hate crime bill that passed the Georgia Senate and is before the House should be passed with the following provision: Any time the perpetrator is of a different race than the victim, the crime should be prosecuted as a hate crime (unless they are married or related). The reason for this is whites are attacked by blacks at 50 times the rate that blacks are attacked by whites, yet no blacks are ever prosecuted for a hate crime. These statistics come from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Gene Morris, Martinez

Note death of Charles Schulz
I was very touched by Rick McKee's editorial cartoon on Feb.15 of Charlie Brown and Lucy. It says it all. Thanks, Charles Schulz, for your many years of entertainment. You will be missed. Maryann Fikes, Martinez

Support 'Hendrick bill'
State Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, has cleared an important hurdle -- approval by a key Senate committee -- in pushing legislation to let district attorneys prosecute, as adults, teen-agers charged with aggravated battery.

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

Elliot, Rudd cruise to victory

Overtime: Boxing card set for tonight at Fort Gordon

Luge controversy mars second day of competition at Winter Goodwill Games

Bodine survives 13-vehicle crash

Overtime: Jaguars rout Newberry for sixth victory

Daytona notebook

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

Southern migration of hockey helps restore young figure skaters' dreams

Earnhardt Jr. leads rookie pack

Marcis' long run appears to be finished

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

Earnhardt picks a winner, stays on top in IROC

Buckshot Jones returns to Busch Series

Lewis says he's innocent of murder charges

Doctors warn allergy sufferers to prepare for pollen
Even though she is the patient, 6-year-old Deanna Kelly is the only one in the exam room without the sniffles. Her doctor, pediatric allergist/immunologist Dennis Ownby at Medical College of Georgia, is fighting a cold. Her mother, Beverly, is stuffed up from allergies.

UN environmental team says cyanide levels decreasing in Danube
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Cyanide levels have diminished in the Serbian part of the Danube River to the point that only one recent sample showed concentrations of the poison above acceptable drinking levels, U.N. environmental officials said Friday.

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.

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.

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.

SRS begins anniversary celebration
AIKEN -- Reunions, exhibits and a critically praised musical will help mark the 50th anniversary of Savannah River Site during a yearlong celebration, community leaders announced Friday.

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.

NASA decides to try for more radar mapping
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After saving enough fuel aboard space shuttle Endeavour for nine days of Earth-mapping, NASA decided Friday to eke out nine more hours.

Tribe demands meteorite at center of new planetarium
NEW YORK -- A group of American Indians says a 16-ton meteorite that will be the main attraction at the Museum of Natural History's new planetarium is a holy tribal object and should be returned to Oregon.

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.

Astronauts save enough fuel for full mapping

SRS begins anniversary celebration

UN environmental team says cyanide levels decreasing in Danube

House panel says anthrax vaccination program should be suspended

Doctors warn allergy sufferers to prepare for pollen

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