Mets looking for a fifth pitcher

S.C. preseason top players

Rivera, Johnson and Stevens lose in arbitration

Georgia preseason top players

Private school previews

Georgia baseball previews

S.C. baseball previews

Area teams loaded with pitchers

So far, so good for Ligtenberg

Braves notebook: Bonilla is ready to be a role player

Big Cat returns with a hot bat

Area baseball notebook

Jaguars outscore Limestone

Private school preseason top players

Diamondacks release Garcia, prepare to sign Ward

Ligtenberg impressive in spring training

At age 41, Hershiser looks to future

Can you name that president?

Duke patrons say good-bye

Hospital system will shut doors
Employees and doctors at Charter Behavioral Health Systems hospital in Augusta say they were warned that some of the company's facilities would be closed. They just never expected theirs to be among them.

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.

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

Pocket change

Program to train workers

Business briefs

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
Seafood of Harlem, formerly Inland Seafood, has changed its name. The fresh fish market at 159 Milledgeville Road, off Gordon Highway, is under the same management. Store hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

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.

On the move
Auto Color, an auto paint, body shop supplies and equipment company, has hired the following professionals:

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.

Pocket change
JOB JUMPING: It's the norm these days for people to think about switching jobs instead of staying with an employer for the long term. In fact, a poll of more than 2,500 college students and recent graduates showed that 78 percent said the

Hospital system will shut doors

Men's top 25 capsules

ACC roundup

Georgia's good effort falls short

Cremins' record

USC wins second straight

Cremins bows out gracefully

Lady Pacers fall victim to Columbus St.

Cremins resigns as Tech coach

Poor shooting dooms ASU

Knights bounce back, roll past Rockingham

LeMoyne-Owen sweeps past Paine College

Women's top 25

Sharp leads Auburn to win

Cremins graceful in resignation

Jaguars set for tough challenge on homecoming

The illegal alien lobby

Support 'Hendrick bill'

Hits both sides in flag controversy

New Clinton e-mail scandal

No more water promises!

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

Hits idea of the presidency as entertainment

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

Laments death of cartoonist Schulz

Sees abuse of special education laws
I applaud the Columbia County school administrators for having the courage to pursue the arrest of a special education student who attacked a student and a para-professional.Stephen McMillan, Grovetown

How much is too much?

Faults headline on Mickelson golf victory

Rebuts charges state funds drug use

Note death of Charles Schulz

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).

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

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.

Find your napkin in the goblet
Dear Carson: I went to a dinner dance recently and was seated at a round table for eight. The napkins were folded prettily and placed in the coffee cups. How were we to know which napkin belonged to whom?

Did a martyred Joan of Arc reappear?
Joan of Arc was 13 when she first heard voices commanding her to "go forth and do God's command."

Family's home life colorful
Debbe Rosenthal loves color -- the kind of vibrant hue that seems to jump off the walls.

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

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.

Heavy metal
When metal sculptor Daniel Foreman walked into an old, deserted handkerchief factory in downtown Augusta three years ago, he had no idea that he would end up spending thousands of hours there, slowly transforming the dark, two-story building into a hip nightclub. That club is Continuum, a new haven for fans of loud, industrial rock (and, on Thursdays, jazz).

The sound of music
It's early Tuesday, and every seat is occupied. The small rehearsal space at Aldersgate United Methodist Church is a veritable sea of children in khaki and green. Their youthful singing rings through the room and out into the empty halls. At the baton, Linda Bradberry, director of the Augusta Children's Chorale, silently encourages and instructs, communicating through a complex series of reassuring smiles and nods as her hands punctuate each beat, break and breath in the music.

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.

Webb in lead after three rounds

Fleisher holds five-stroke lead in GTE Classic

Orr and Price head Portuguese Golf

King wins Hawaiian Ladies Open

King holds edge at Hawaiian Ladies Open

Chalmers, Tway share lead; Woods five back

Sutherland leads Nissan logjam

Dent, Hobday share first-round lead at GTE Seniors

Lady Spartans win round one

GISA Class AA Tournament results

Barnwell stops Silver Bluff to grab Class AA top seed

Josey cruises to easy win

South Carolina prep basketball scores

Coach's reprimand fires up Hephzibah

Warren County boys advance

Curtis Baptist win in OT

Derrick passes 4,000

Victory Christian wins championship

South Aiken's girls top Aiken

Deerfield blows out Westminster

Florida sweeps Lynx

Canucks knock off Senators

Thrashers call up goalie Langkow, send down Fankhouser

Devils' netminder is among elite company

Can you name that president?
With South Carolina's presidential primary behind us and a Presidents Day holiday before us, what better time to play our annual game -- Name That President?

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

Primary suspense ended abruptly
COLUMBIA -- It was supposed to be a race too close to call, but before polls closed Saturday in South Carolina's crucial Republican primary, Texas Gov. George W. Bush was declared a decisive winner, based on exit polls. And without a single vote yet counted, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona was conceding South Carolina in North Charleston and was packing his bags for a 9 p.m. flight to Michigan, which has its GOP primary Tuesday. That state has 58 voting delegates to the Republican National Convention. South Carolina had just 37, although its voters have never failed to select the primary candidates who eventually became the party's presidential nominee. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Aiken polls see large turnout
At 6:59 p.m. Saturday, John Spears walked into Aiken County Municipal Auditorium to vote. With less than one minute to spare before the polls were scheduled to close, he had just made it.

Hyped primary a rout
COLUMBIA -- It was supposed to be a race too close to call, but before polls closed Saturday in South Carolina's crucial Republican primary, Texas Gov. George W. Bush was declared a decisive winner with a probable 3-1 victory, based on exit polls. And without a single vote yet counted, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona was conceding South Carolina in North Charleston and was packing his bags for a 9 p.m. flight to Michigan, which has its GOP primary Tuesday. That state has 58 voting delegates to the Republican National Convention. South Carolina has just 37, although its voters have never failed to select the primary candidates who eventually became the party's presidential nominee.Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

McCain confident despite loss
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- John McCain might have lost the skirmish that was the South Carolina presidential primary Saturday, but the Arizona senator remains confident that he will win the war for the Republican nomination. Conceding to Texas Gov. George W. Bush just an hour after the polls closed statewide at 7 p.m., Mr. McCain told supporters that ``we have just begin to fight.'' 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

McCain confident despite loss
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- John McCain might have lost the skirmish that was the South Carolina presidential primary Saturday, but the Arizona senator remains confident that he will win the war for the Republican nomination.

The sound of music

Heavy metal

Faith digest

Performing Arts Center considered for county funding

Ring of truth

Augustan has keen interest in Grammys

Did a martyred Joan of Arc reappear?

Family's home life colorful

In the know

Aiken polls see large turnout

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.

Student: Charges are racial

Two gunmen rob furniture store
Other than that they were wearing all black and wielding two pistols, little is known about the two men who broke into Rhodes Furniture store and robbed two employees Saturday.

McCain confident despite loss

Aiken polls see large turnout
At 6:59 p.m. Saturday, John Spears walked into Aiken County Municipal Auditorium to vote. With less than one minute to spare before the polls were scheduled to close, he had just made it. Mr. Spears, a seventh-grade middle school teacher in Aiken, said it was very important for him to come and vote in the Republican primary. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Charity chooses director

Korean War Veterans honored
BURNETTOWN -- Horse Creek and Midland Valley residents honored their combat-wounded veterans Saturday amid the plaintive sounds of bagpipes and flags whipping in the wind.

Duke's closes its doors

Primary suspense ended abruptly
COLUMBIA -- It was supposed to be a race too close to call, but before polls closed Saturday in South Carolina's crucial Republican primary, Texas Gov. George W. Bush was declared a decisive winner, based on exit polls.

Nightclub owner backs zoning plan
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- If businessman Allen Curry could pick up his nightclub and move it, he would have loaded it onto a truck months ago.

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.

Annex will give county new distinction

Leaving welfare proves difficult
Shedricka Holloway is not satisfied. She is a crew leader at Golden Corral -- the result of a promotion that she received after working there for only a month. Mrs. Holloway, deemed a success story by the state, gets a new income that will knock her off the welfare benefits eligibility list next month. Though officials are celebrating her and others who have left the welfare rolls, she has bigger things on her mind.

Primary suspense ended abruptly

Athletic family highlighted
For Keven Mack, bragging rights and civil rights were won during a high school basketball game in 1968.

Education bill's revisions rejected

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.

Across the area

Suspect sought in theft of historic log cabin
John Rhoads of Duluth, Ga., had a historic log cabin. At least, that was until he decided to have it moved just one month ago to Columbia County from Spartanburg, S.C.

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.

Principals go back to classrooms
Becky Barden begins each day at Lakeside High School as an assistant principal, but for three hours during the school day she is in class as a teacher.

Nightclub owner backs zoning plan

Tournament rules broken by director
Simply put, there was something fishy at last year's Operation Bass ``Red Man Trail'' fishing tournament at Thurmond Lake.

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.

Across the area: Families sought to house students
The Department of Nursing at Augusta State University is seeking host families for 20 Japanese nursing students and two teachers who will be in Augusta from March 23-31 for a nursing seminar.

Police expect more arrests in drug busts

JROTC drill teams put skills on display
Augusta State University's former soccer field became a military parade field Saturday as JROTC cadets showed off their skills in a preliminary drill team competition.

Athletic family highlighted

Man arrested in slaying
Janice Redfield says she doesn't know what happened between her brother and a woman found strangled to death in a downtown Augusta boardinghouse Saturday. She can say only one thing for certain.

Two gunmen rob furniture store

Suspect sought in theft of historic log cabin

Cremins graceful in resignation

Tournament rules broken by director

Cremins to retire

Limits likely to hold finance package back

New managed care program gets mixed reactions

Across the area: Families sought to house students

Group will help video poker workers find jobs

McCain confident despite loss

Study: Savannah River No. 8 on pollution list

Hyped primary a rout

Ports agree to fund study on striped bass

Grand Strand tradition keeps Elvis' spirit alive

Child's play

JROTC drill teams put skills on display

McCain confident despite loss

Leaving welfare proves difficult

McCain confident despite loss
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- John McCain might have lost the skirmish that was the South Carolina presidential primary Saturday, but the Arizona senator remains confident that he will win the war for the Republican nomination. Conceding to Texas Gov. George W. Bush just an hour after the polls closed statewide at 7 p.m., Mr. McCain told supporters that ``we have just begin to fight.'' Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Primary suspense ended abruptly

Grand Strand tradition keeps Elvis' spirit alive
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Even before he went to that great Graceland in the sky, the King was a legend along the Grand Strand.

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.

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.

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.

Man arrested in slaying

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.

GOP race too close to call

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.

Limits likely to hold finance package back
ATLANTA -- In a state where special interests already exercise a disproportionate influence over campaign financing, public interest groups are worried that the General Assembly may be about to increase contribution limits.

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.

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.

Nets beat struggling Heat

NBA roundup: Kukoc sparkles in Sixers debut

Jazz edge Pistons

Once a hated opponent, Starks now a Bull

Knicks blow out Pacers

Marbury returns to Target Center

Carruth complains baby's grandparents prolonging child-support case

Marino keeping future plans quiet

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.

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

Mr. David Lokey
THOMSON -- Mr. David Lokey, 66, of Jackson Street, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at McDuffie 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.

Mrs. Jane Ellis
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Jane Stembridge Ellis, 91, of Spring Valley Road, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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. Helen Williams
Mrs. Helen Marie Burger Williams, 70, of Martinez, 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. Irving Knox Sr.
APPLING - Mr. Irving G. Knox Sr., 83, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lewis Lott
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Lewis Comer Lott, 79, of Whaley Pond Road, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Beverly Healthcare, Augusta.

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

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

Mr. Johnny Thomas
DECATUR, Ga. -- Mr. Johnny Wayne Thomas, 36, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, in Augusta.

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

Mr. Ivery Best Sr.
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Ivery Best Sr., 81, of River Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Katherine Marks
Mrs. Katherine Norvell Marks, 73, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Becky Maddison
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mrs. Becky ``Kitty'' Maddison, 51, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, in Augusta.

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.

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

Mrs. Genera Johnson
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Genera V. Johnson, 78, of Plum Avenue, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Bulloch County Hospital.

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

Bailey Wiles
TRENTON, S.C. -- Bailey Robert Wiles, of Edgefield Highway, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

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

Mrs. Lois Surasky
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Mrs. Lois S. Surasky, 87, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Moses Cone Hospital.

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

Mrs. Margaret Clinger
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Margaret Morris Holliday Clinger, of Rawls Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.

Mr. Prince Wynn
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Mr. Prince Franklin Wynn, of Poinsettia Lane, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Montgomery County Hospice.

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

Edward Boykin
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Edward Jametrius Boykin, infant son of James Boykin Jr. and Rose White Boykin, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

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.

Mr. James May Sr.

Mr. Jackie Veal

Mr. Irving Knox Sr.

Mrs. Mary Wilson

Ms. Mary Bascomb

Mrs. Louise Horton

Mr. Marvin Gibbons

Mr. John Jenkins

Mrs. Nelie Boss

Mrs. Annie Hill

Mrs. Mattie McCormack

Mr. R. Stan Glisson

Mr. C. Marvin Turner

Mr. David Lokey

Mrs. Eddie Smith

Mrs. Katherine Marks

Mr. Woodrow McLane

Mr. Othar Porter

Ms. Frances Harmon

Mrs. Helen Williams

Mrs. Mildred Newman

Mrs. Jane Ellis

Mr. Waldo Morgan Jr.

Mrs. Becky Maddison

Mrs. Marion Oetjen

Mr. Prince Wynn

Mrs. Emma Williams

Mr. Othar Porter

Mrs. Marion Oetjen

Mrs. Lois Surasky

Mr. William Zeigler

Mr. Lewis Lott

Mr. Herbert Yaun Sr.

Mr. Johnny Thomas

Mr. R. Stan Glisson

Bailey Wiles

Mr. Levi Mathis

Edward Boykin

Mrs. Genera Johnson

Kent: Primary fallout; veto power; luring retirees
WHEN THIS IS READ, we will know the winner of South Carolina's Republican presidential primary. But whether candidate John McCain wins or comes in second, there's no question his candidacy has drawn more independents, Democrats (of varying stripes) and young people into asking for a Republican ballot.

Slams attack on Southern heritage
Re Jerry Scott's opprobrious Feb. 12 letter, ``Wants `symbol of tyranny' removed,'' which sullies many old and respected Southern families: Mike Lockwood, Augusta

Praises animal shelter director
I have known Richmond County Animal Control Director Jim Larmer for many years. I have the utmost respect for him and his position. I know he is doing his best to resolve any issues that he faces. Mike Remington, Hephzibah

The illegal alien lobby
Unchecked illegal immigration into the United States continues to create untold problems, not the least of which are unprecedented crowding, population shifts, social strains and the displacement of American workers.

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

Rebuts charges state funds drug use
In regard to the Feb. 13 letter, ``State funding children's drug use,'' I cannot begin to tell you how tired I am of people who have no experience with attention deficit disorder spouting off about how horrible it is to treat these children with drugs. Pam Stewart, Hephzibah

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 more water promises!
Two years ago Augusta-Richmond County was first hit with a serious summertime water shortage. Utility officials and most elected leaders, including then-Mayor Larry Sconyers, assured residents -- many of whose lawns and gardens had been ruined by the drought -- there wouldn't be a rerun in 1999. The worst of the problems would be fixed by then.

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

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

Kent: Primary fallout; veto power; luring retirees
WHEN THIS IS READ, we will know the winner of South Carolina's Republican presidential primary. But whether candidate John McCain wins or comes in second, there's no question his candidacy has drawn more independents, Democrats (of varying stripes) and young people into asking for a Republican ballot.

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

Hits idea of the presidency as entertainment
This is in reference to the Jan. 19 letter by E. Maner. The letter praised the entertainment qualities of President Bill Clinton. Larry Stewart, Aiken

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

Applauds exit of Reform's 'clown'
I couldn't agree more with Rick McKee's Feb. 12 editorial cartoon on Jesse Ventura. The so-called governor of Minnesota is truly a clown and a national political embarrassment. He calls the Reform Party a ``hopel Steve Grinstead, Martinez

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

Sees abuse of special education laws
I applaud the Columbia County school administrators for having the courage to pursue the arrest of a special education student who attacked a student and a para-professional. Stephen McMillan, Grovetown

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

How much is too much?
How much should Georgia legislators be allowed to accept when lobbyists pay their way to a convention?

Mourns loss of 'friend of community'
It is with sadness and a profound sense of loss that I acknowledge the passing of a friend and comrade, Robert ``Bob'' Oliver. I met Mr. Oliver during the turbulent years of the '60s. Right away I saw in him a passion for community service. He was the kind of person who would not run away from a fight, especially if it meant improving the plight of those who are so often forgotten in this community. Grady Abrams, 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.

Lauds Holliday's Georgia Tech choice
Re Houston County High School football prospect Hobie Holliday's comments concerning his committing to University of Alabama, then committing to Georgia Tech: Harvie Hogan, 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?

Faults headline on Mickelson golf victory
The Feb. 14 paper carried a headline about Phil Mickelson's win in the Buick Invitational golf tournament. But whose name was in the headline? Tiger Woods! Gayle Dyches, Martinez

Slams 'tax at work' sign in park
I am writing in response to the Feb. 6 article stating that people are more willing to give up the extra 1 percent tax if they see signs near what the money has gone to. I totally agree that these taxes go to good use and the signs are a good idea. That is not my concern. Jonathan S. Robertson, Augusta

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.

College football notes: Jackets' opener finalized

Southern migration of hockey helps restore young figure skaters' dreams

Buckshot Jones returns to Busch Series

Falcons sign free agent defensive end Brady Smith

Daytona notebook

Overtime: Female angler lands record lake sturgeon

Overtime: Boxing card set for tonight at Fort Gordon

Elliott seeks return to glory

Earnhardt picks a winner, stays on top in IROC

Luge controversy mars second day of competition at Winter Goodwill Games

Bodine survives 13-vehicle crash

U.S. lose on penalty kicks

Petty and Davis teams join Dodge NASCAR effort

CBS and 500 part ways

11th Cookin' for Kids moving to new location

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.

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.

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.

Thousands crowd new NYC planetarium for a look at the cosmos
NEW YORK -- Thousands of people flocked Saturday to the opening of The Museum of Natural History's new $210 million planetarium complex, praised for its daring architecture and use of technology to portray a realistic picture of the cosmos.

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.

Tournament rules broken by director
Simply put, there was something fishy at last year's Operation Bass ``Red Man Trail'' fishing tournament at Thurmond Lake.

High-tech companies targeted in visa scam
SAN ANTONIO -- Immigration authorities have dropped deportation proceedings against 23 Indian computer programmers arrested last month during a raid at an Air Force base.

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.

City to vote on Internet filters at library
HOLLAND, Mich. -- In a community known more for its tulips than its politics, the question of whether the local library should install Internet filters to shield children from pornography will share space on the ballot this week with the GOP presidential contenders.

Astronauts map more of the Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts mapped more of the world Saturday, while continuing to conserve fuel in orbit.

Tournament rules broken by director

City to vote on Internet filters at library

Doctors warn allergy sufferers to prepare for pollen

Thousands crowd new NYC planetarium for a look at the cosmos

SRS begins anniversary celebration

UN environmental team says cyanide levels decreasing in Danube