Pitcher slowed by stiff back

Millwood not out of woods in salary talks

Mazeroski works with infielders, downplays Hall of Fame

Sosa shows up week late, ready to go

Chen first to pitch for Braves

Millwood not out of woods for salary talks

Ebert seeks consistency

Braves notebook

Savor life's ephemeral moments

Pocket change

More people file tax returns online
Floyd Dixon is one of thousands of taxpayers who will use a computer program to help him figure out what the government owes him this year.

Business briefs
The Grapevine Cafe will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday at 4 p.m. The cafe, which specializes in hot breakfasts and lunches, homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and coffee drinks, is on the first floor of the Lamar Building.

On the move
David Darby, president of Kuhlke Construction & Associates, has been elected chairman of the board at Golden Harvest Food bank.

Quick tips: Washer buy takes planning

Quick tips: Washer buy takes planning
People are often in a hurry when they shop for a new washing machine because their old one has decided to stop working. However, a washing machine is a major purchase that calls for some advance planning. Consider these tips:

More people file tax returns online

Pocket change
Whatever the federal government may think about it, Microsoft is the best company for people with disabilities to work, according to one magazine. In the third annual rating by WE, the lifestyle magazine

Jackets' road struggles continue

Jurkunas leads Tigers over N.C. State

SEC among nation's best

Ole Miss surprises No. 24 Vanderbilt

Future is unclear for Tigers' Porter

College basketball notes

Gamecocks hammer Dogs

Jags repeat as division champs

Top 25 roundup: Stanford records 12th straight win

LSU gets by Mississippi State

Coach questions teams dedication

Chides media for missing Keyes story

Corps plots budget hike!

Slams S.C governor over flag issue

Supports candidate 'with integrity'

Muses about S.C. crossover votes

Opposes removal of flag of heritage

Blasts proposed education reform
Sadly, the morale of teachers across the state is at an all-time low. Every day articles in newspapers cast teachers in a negative light because of the reportedshortcomings of Georgia's education system. My fear is that parents and other taxpayers read these articles and conclude that we are uneducated, lazy and unconcerned individuals who don't care about the success of our students.Lisa Duncan, Evans

Says British oppose EU 'superstate'

Suggests a new cigarette warning

Seeks answers on water issues

Creation theories offer comfort, hope
"In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth." So begins the most famous creation story ever told, read and memorized by millions of people around the world.

'10th Kingdom' makes time for fantasy
LONDON -- On a sound stage west of London, John Larroquette is battling a troll.

Spanish flair
BEECH ISLAND -- Lyle and Shirley Ann Olson's rambling ranch house has a decided Spanish flavor that makes it more like houses found on the streets of Laredo than on the rural roads of Beech Island.

Big times in the Big Easy
NEW ORLEANS -- No, Bourbon Street is not named for the booze consumed there.

In the know
In next week's Your Life section we'll introduce the candidates who were selected for our Weight Loss 2000 project. And we'll provide details about how you can participate even if you weren't selected.

The more spouses at dinner the merrier
Dear Carson: I work for a home-building company, and we are having an appreciation dinner for realty agents who sold our homes in 1999. We have a limited budget, so we did not state on the invitations that the Realtors could invite a date for the meal.

Parade is only part of Mardi Gras fun
NEW ORLEANS -- Mardi Gras, the planet's biggest party, is definitely better late than never.

Match play notebook

Summerhays leads senior event

Webb angry with caddie

A golf hero returns home, for a DWI jail term

Clarke soars to stunning victory over Woods

Tiger takes expected place in final

Webb wins third straight Australian Ladies Masters

Lady Hornets begin AAAA play today

High school scores

Josey wins; Hephzibah eliminated

Blackhawks break Blues' win streak

Canes win in OT

Lynx ledger

Penguins' Jagr still hospitalized

Dumont scores game winner for Lynx

Lynx fall to Bulls

Senators double Rangers

Is McSorley's swing proof of goonism?

Jersey numbers can be significant

Blackhawks break Blues' win streak

Blues hoping to emulate Rams

Lightning edge past Predators

Savor life's ephemeral moments
Sometimes, it seems, there are few joys in middle age.

Hephzibah loses in quarterfinals
GRAY, Ga. -- For the past several seasons, Hephzibah's girls have made Jones County High School their home away from home during the Class AAAA sectionals. On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Rebels finally wore out their welcome. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Rural hospital bill clears state Senate
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate passed a bill Friday that would authorize grants of up to $700,000 to rural hospitals facing potential closure. While rural health advocates cheered the unanimous vote, they are worried that, like similar legislation approved last year, the bill has no funding mechanism. ``It's terrible to have an outstanding bill out there as a teaser with no funding,'' said Jimmy Lewis, CEO for Hometown Health LLC, which lobbies for a number of rural hospitals. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Residents revisit Confederate battle
AIKEN -- Pvts. Jesse Morris and Lewis Deadman never had a proper burial. No one had time to give them one. There was a battle to fight, and if the Confederates didn't win this one, Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick would destroy Aiken and the Graniteville mills and cut off the railroad clear to Augusta. Pvts. Morris and Deadman would die in 1865 -- casualties of the Battle of Aiken -- making sure that didn't happen. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Children do battle in field of science
Heather Hunnicutt, 14, of Southeast Bulloch Middle School, was sure she had a winner with her bottle rocket. ``I made my rocket with a 1-liter bottle for the body and a 2-liter bottle top for the parachute,'' she said Saturday. ``The wings are made of Plexiglas, and I taped string to the parachute with duct tape.'' Heather was one of many pupils from 18 middle schools all over Georgia who participated in the annual Science Olympiad at Augusta State University. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

USC pounds Georgia
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jamel Bradley matched his career high with 19 points to lead South Carolina to an 82-66 victory over Georgia Saturday. The Gamecocks (12-15, 4-10 Southeastern Conference) led by as many as 26 in the first half and held a 44-25 lead at halftime. But the Bulldogs (10-17, 3-11) trimmed that to eight points with 12 minutes to play with a 17-6 run to open the second half. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

The more spouses at dinner the merrier

Big times in the Big Easy

Creation theories offer comfort, hope

Spanish flair

Parade is only part of Mardi Gras fun

'10th Kingdom' makes time for fantasy

Across the area: Police seek 2 men in weekend shooting

Children do battle in field of science
Heather Hunnicutt, 14, of Southeast Bulloch Middle School, was sure she had a winner with her bottle rocket. ``I made my rocket with a 1-liter bottle for the body and a 2-liter bottle top for the parachute,'' she said Saturday. ``The wings are made of Plexiglas, and I taped string to the parachute with duct tape.'' Heather was one of many pupils from 18 middle schools all over Georgia who participated in the annual Science Olympiad at Augusta State University. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

DNR defends state park
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Toye Hill is quick to acknowledge that his native county lacks the interstate highways and rail lines that attract jobs and new industry.

Contest centers on heritage

Mothers get help at center

Area blacks remember battles against ignorance

Rural hospital bill clears state Senate

DNR defends state park

Rural hospital bill clears state Senate

Residents revisit Confederate battle

Children do battle in field of science

Georgia's drug laws debated

McCormick school referendum fails

Children do battle in field of science

Residents revisit Confederate battle

Bible class scheduled for debate
ATLANTA -- With much of the controversy surrounding Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill now behind the General Assembly, Georgia lawmakers are about to move into a related issue fraught with emotion: whether to teach the Bible in public schools.

Zoning dispute divides community
Clarice Wise's family owns about 600 acres in Edgefield County that will be divided by new zoning laws she opposes.

Two parties tussle over Georgia debt
ATLANTA -- State Sen. Tom Price calls it his ``wrong-way thermometer,'' the visual aid he has dragged to the well of the Senate several times since the 2000 session of the General Assembly opened last month.

Mothers get help at center
When her family found her on the streets of New York, Liz had nearly reached her goal of killing herself with crack.

Man learns what counts
AIKEN -- More than 65 years after it happened, Elmer Hammonds remembers watching white children climb onto their school bus while he trudged along the side of the road.

Rural hospital bill clears state Senate
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate passed a bill Friday that would authorize grants of up to $700,000 to rural hospitals facing potential closure. While rural health advocates cheered the unanimous vote, they are worried that, like similar legislation approved last year, the bill has no funding mechanism. ``It's terrible to have an outstanding bill out there as a teaser with no funding,'' said Jimmy Lewis, CEO for Hometown Health LLC, which lobbies for a number of rural hospitals. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

New unit targets domestic violence
Think of it as homicide prevention, Richmond County State Court Solicitor Sheryl Jolly said of a domestic violence unit she is forming.

Coach questions teams dedication

Evans Town Center unites health services
Next to the extended-care facility, two doors down from the dentist's office, down the street from the ambulance bay, across the road from the pharmacy and near the University Hospital campus, a physicians' group is moving into a new two-story brick building.

Zoning dispute divides community

Headgates plan calls for change
Ellis Bell doesn't mind more people hanging around the headgates of the Augusta Canal.

Sunday treat

Shooting at apartments endangers children
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking for a man they say opened fire Sunday on an Augusta apartment complex, sending children scrambling for cover.

USC pounds Georgia

Across the area: Police seek 2 men in weekend shooting
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men involved in a weekend shooting that injured a Trenton man.

Across the area: Authorities capture escaped prisoner

Hephzibah loses in quarterfinals

Bible class scheduled for debate

District seat race draws five hopefuls

McCormick school referendum fails
McCORMICK, S.C. - Albert Bell had his mind made up 20 years ago but on Saturday he put it to paper.

Contest centers on heritage
With 1 minute and 54 seconds left on the clock, the score was tied at 40. Seventh-grader William McDuffie wiped his brow, looked up at the judge and helped his team to a first-place finish.

Cleanup precedes new community center

Area blacks remember battles against ignorance
AIKEN -- When Barbara Page Morgan came South in 1945 for her great-grandmother's funeral, she was a child, taken with a peaceful place and tranquil pace unlike her home in New York.

Sunday treat
Chase Williams didn't let a little rainy weather outside spoil his Sunday afternoon. He went inside to enjoy some ice cream with his mom, Charlotte, at the Pink Dipper in North Augusta. Chase's favorite flavor is the blue, red and yellow colored vanilla ice cream known as ``Superman.''

New unit targets domestic violence

District seat race draws five hopefuls
For the first time in a decade, voters in North Augusta's District 83 have a two-party race to see who will speak for them in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Residents revisit Confederate battle
AIKEN -- Pvts. Jesse Morris and Lewis Deadman never had a proper burial. No one had time to give them one.

Augusta conference focuses on violence
Hundreds of health and public services professionals will gather today at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta to discuss violence.

Georgia's drug laws debated
If quadriplegic Louis Covar lived in California, he might be a free man today instead of being locked in a south Georgia prison cell.

Evans Town Center unites health services

Cleanup precedes new community center
Earl and Norma Griffin decided several months ago to be willing to go knee-deep in trash if that's what it took to help their community.

Headgates plan calls for change

Across the area: Authorities capture escaped prisoner
A prisoner who escaped from a work site in Screven County while a guard was using the restroom was captured by authorities Saturday.

Two parties tussle over Georgia debt

Man learns what counts

Pacers handle Warriors

Carter scores 51 in Raptors win

Francis, Odom get hype, Brand's got game

Milwaukee looking for answers

Mavericks squeak by Nugs

Van Horn erupts in win

Mrs. Willie Tarver
PULASKI, Ga. -- Mrs. Willie Mae Tarver, 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mrs. Roberta Mallard
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Roberta Rosier Mallard, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home.

Mr. John Logue
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. John Wallace Logue, 78, of Harling Road, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

Mr. James Gallagher
Mr. James Joseph ``J.J.'' Gallagher, 68, of Augusta, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

Mr. Mike Betsworth
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Mike Betsworth, 51, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Patricia McDonald
Mrs. Patricia Ann ``Pat'' McDonald, 48, of Walton Way, Augusta, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Lois Norman
DOVER, Ga. -- Mrs. Lois Cail Norman, 86, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Ross Memorial Health Care Center, Kennesaw.

Mr. John Priester
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. John Jacob ``Jay'' Priester, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.

Mrs. Claire Macon
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Claire Macon, 54, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Ottis Braddy
CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- Mr. Ottis B. Braddy, 83, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Polk Medical Center.

Mr. Jimmy Nash
AIKEN -- Mr. Jimmy Nelson Nash, 55, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Irene Turner
Mrs. Irene Powell Turner, 88, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Helen Jolley
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Hudson Jolley, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Oconee Regional Medical Center, Milledgeville.

Mr. William Beiers Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. William Kenneth Beiers Sr., 72, of Amanda Court, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Alex Findlay
Mr. Alex Baxter Findlay, 72, of Martinez, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center.

Mr. Edsel Burch
CADWELL, Ga. -- Mr. Edsel Mallery Burch, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

Mr. Billy Warren
Mr. Billy John Warren, of Belair Road, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Roy Smith Sr.
COVINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Roy Thomas ``R.T.'' Smith Sr., died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000. He was 103 years old.

Mrs. Lorene Hendrix
Mrs. Lorene B. Hendrix, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. George Childers Jr.
Mr. George A. Childers Jr., 68, of Southgate Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Cason
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. James A. ``Jim'' Cason, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation of Statesboro.

Mrs. Joyce Wood
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Joyce Vera Crooms Wood, 54, of Central Avenue, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

Mrs. Anne Boliver
Mrs. Anne I. Boliver, 74, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Southeast Georgia Regional Hospital, Brunswick.

Mr. Marlin Kriss
AIKEN -- Mr. Marlin G. Kriss, 65, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Sarah O'Neal
GROVETOWN -- Sarah Jean O'Neal, 12, of Wilkens Road, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Brown
Mr. Robert Brown, of Deans Bridge Road, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby Barrett
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Inez Barrett, 92, of Meeks Road, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home, Swainsboro.

Mrs. Ruby Schwalls
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Lee Schwalls, 80, of Georgia Highway 80 East, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Clyde Ellison Sr.
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Clyde Ellison Sr., 88, of Newsom Street, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Greene Point Health Care.

Mr. Wiley Floyd
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Wiley Harold Floyd, 82, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Azalealand Nursing Home.

Mr. Lewis Bostic
Mr. Lewis ``L.J.'' Bostic, 56, of 12th Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Dr. Mary Fortune
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Dr. Mary Evelyne Fortune, 84, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home.

Mrs. Carlie Mosley
Mrs. Carlie Chaffin Mosley, 86, of East Court, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. H. Lenwood Cushman
AIKEN -- Mr. H. Lenwood Cushman, 79, of Brandy Road, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Clinton Brown
Mr. Clinton B. Brown, of Grand Boulevard, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Gertrude Campbell
ABBEVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Gertrude ``Jeanette'' Tiller Campbell, 65, of Morse Avenue, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Robert Callaway
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Robert ``Bobby'' Eugene Callaway, 79, of Sunset Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Odell Balkcum
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Mr. Odell Balkcum, 74, of Hunt Avenue, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Albert Kendrick
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Albert ``Fats'' Kendrick died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Clinton Brown

Mr. Wiley Floyd

Mrs. Roberta Mallard

Mrs. Carlie Mosley

Mr. Clyde Ellison Sr.

Mr. Mike Betsworth

Mr. Albert Kendrick

Mr. Edsel Burch

Mr. Lewis Bostic

Mrs. Lorene Hendrix

Mr. John Priester

Mr. Robert Callaway

Mr. Odell Balkcum

Mr. Billy Warren

Mrs. Anne Boliver

Mr. Jimmy Nash

Mr. Ottis Braddy

Mr. H. Lenwood Cushman

Mr. Robert Brown

Mr. Marlin Kriss

Mr. Alex Findlay

Mr. Roy Smith Sr.

Sarah O'Neal

Mrs. Ruby Schwalls

Mrs. Gertrude Campbell

Mr. John Logue

Mrs. Ruby Barrett

Mrs. Joyce Wood

Mrs. Irene Turner

Mr. George Childers Jr.

Mrs. Willie Tarver

Mrs. Claire Macon

Kent: Ga. weak on ethics; Board's best and worst
SINCE THE DEMOCRATS have controlled the executive and legislative branches of Georgia government for a century, the fact that its General Assembly has the weakest ethics laws in the country lies squarely at the feet of that party's leadership.

Says British oppose EU 'superstate'
I don't think Lowell Greenbaum (letter, Feb. 11) appreciates the situation in Europe at present. A large proportion of the European Union population objects to the formation of a superstate. In Britain over a third want out of the EU and about 70 percent oppose compromising sovereignty by further integration into such a superstate, but we do have a Socialist government intent on exactly this. Sean Shaw, Augusta

Corps plots budget hike!
Imagine this. While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District seeks to cut its budget by decommissioning the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, making permanent the temporary shoreline devastation caused by last month's river drawdown, Corps of Engineers military officials in Washington ``have launched a behind-the-scenes campaign to boost the agency's $4 billion civil works budget by more than 50 percent'' over the next five years, reports The Washington Post.

Repeal 'Security' caps
Conventional wisdom holds that nothing significant will get done in Washington this year because of partisan jockeying brought on by election-year politicking.

Hits Barnes' plan to reform education
Hats off to The Chronicle! In this day of modern technology and electronics, it is the good old-fashioned newspaper that keeps the public informed on the real issues that will affect their children's education. Not one television station has covered the in-depth issue of Gov. Roy Barnes ``A+'' (or should I say ``D-'') Education Reform Bill. (They must not have children in the public school system!) If this bill is passed, all Gov. Barnes will be doing for the educational system in Columbia County is lining the pockets of the private educational system and causing Georgia test scores to drop below South Carolina's! Cherie Portinga, Evans

Expresses disgust over fading mural
Thousand of vehicles drive through the intersection of 13th and Broad streets every day. Most would agree that this is the main entrance to downtown Augusta's arts and business district. Maurie L. Reardon, Martinez

Sees no surprise in Bauer's McCain endorsement
Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer's recent endorsement of Sen. John McCain for president did not come as a surprise. After all, Sen. McCain did say that the pro-life groups were just money-making organizations. Woodrow Lovett, Sardis

Bashes idea of 'disposable' children
Letter writer Don Hostetler states that in choosing between an ``unwanted'' child and an abortion, those who support the goals of Planned Parenthood reluctantly support abortion. So it is better to kill a child than have the child be ``unwanted''? Is being ``unwanted'' a crime punishable by death? Charleen Luther, Augusta

Chides media for missing Keyes story
The power of the pen is not always written in black and white; at least it seems that way when a black conservative candidate goes against the grain of the mainstream liberal media. Stephen Boan, Aiken

Suggests a new cigarette warning
Re the Associated Press article on the Feb. 22 front page titled ``Nicotine fights brain ailments, survey says.'' John M. Reynolds, Augusta

Questions need for hate-crime law
I confess I am perplexed concerning this proposed Georgia hate-crime legislation. Would someone enlighten me as to the difference between a hate crime and a love crime? Charlene Scharite, Augusta

Lincoln Co. disgrace
Lincoln County taxpayers should be grateful that they're only being hit up for $100,000 after a former Danish inmate of the county jail successfully sued the local government for violating his rights under the U.S. Constitution. He should have been awarded a lot more, but it was at least enough to make a point.

Slams S.C governor over flag issue
On Feb. 14, South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges asked the legislature to vote to remove the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse. It's a tragedy that Gov. Hodges places the value of the almighty dollar above 139 years of Southern heritage by yielding to the pressures of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People boycott to remove our flag. History proves that slavery began and ended in the North under the ``Star Spangled Banner'' instead of the Confederate flag. On that basis, if justice be served, then the U.S. flag should be removed before the Confederate flag. A.R. Fox, Belvedere

Muses about S.C. crossover votes
I don't understand why Democrats were voting in the Republican primary. Are South Carolina's Republican Party leaders so lame as to think that Democrats voting for John McCain now will do so in November if he is nominated? John Hopkins, North Augusta

It still needs work
It was an old-fashioned, no-holds-barred brawl last Thursday within Georgia Senate chambers in Atlanta. The subject: The governor's retooled education reform bill, H.R. 1187 -- dubbed by some critics as ``the governor's education micromanagement act.''

Supports candidate 'with integrity'
Vice President Al Gore has recently been exposed as lying about Bill Bradley's voting record, about Mr. Gore's own previous record on abortion, about his role in the Buddhist temple fundraising scandal, about his pandering to tobacco interests and about a whole host of lies and exaggerations regarding his own past accomplishments. John Sweat, Evans

The Fed vs. the stock market
Plentiful jobs, stock market gains and rising incomes have Americans spending money like it's going out of style. That was certainly reflected in the fourth quarter of last year when the U.S. economy, powered by consumer buying, surged ahead at a whopping 6.9 percent annual rate, the strongest pace in more than three years.

Opposes removal of flag of heritage
I am writing to oppose the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse dome and the alteration of the other Southern state flags now under scrutiny by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Confederate flag is the symbol of a shared heritage of which very little still can be remembered. Susan Jurgensen, Aiken

Red China at it again
The Communist Chinese regime is not only brutal, it's none too smart, either. Maybe that explains why it is brutal.

Says Confederate flag should be furled
At Appomattox, Gen. Robert E. Lee furled his battle flag and made an honorable surrender. Gen. Ulysses Grant was honorable in his terms, and generous. He and his men saluted the men under Gen. Lee. Murphy W. Cooke, Sandersville

Blasts proposed education reform
Sadly, the morale of teachers across the state is at an all-time low. Every day articles in newspapers cast teachers in a negative light because of the reportedshortcomings of Georgia's education system. My fear is that parents and other taxpayers read these articles and conclude that we are uneducated, lazy and unconcerned individuals who don't care about the success of our students. Lisa Duncan, Evans

Seeks answers on water issues
OK, Augusta commissioners, it is not election year. You are in office; we put you there. Now we want to see you in action. South Augusta needs representation that will better our community. What are you doing right now to avoid a water crisis this season? Why isn't the Tobacco Road water project going to be finished as promised? George J. Reckentine, Augusta

Kent: Ga. weak on ethics; Board's best and worst
SINCE THE DEMOCRATS have controlled the executive and legislative branches of Georgia government for a century, the fact that its General Assembly has the weakest ethics laws in the country lies squarely at the feet of that party's leadership.

Slams media bias against kickboxing
Sports are promoted through the media and advertisements, which is something that athletes who kickbox have been denied for a long time. Kickboxing gets less coverage than other sports and is certainly less acknowledged by the media. Kickboxers are being discriminated against by both newspapers and television stations alike. J. Pickett, North Augusta

Jury out on track advantage

Carruth's finances accounted for

Martin cruises to another win

Fords lead way in Rockingham

De La Hoya KOs Coley in seventh

Overtime: Bad weather leads to Pacers' loss

Drought ends for Houston

USA boxers to compete in Americas qualifyers

Falcons meet needs with free agency

Labonte wins at Rockingham

The Web goes wireless
NEW YORK -- With nearly 125 million Americans using the Internet and 85 million using mobile phones, it stands to reason that at least a few of them might like to do both at the same time on the same gadget.

'Y2K the Sequel' could appear Monday
NEW YORK -- Leap year's extra day arrives Tuesday, carrying the possibility of Y2K-like glitches. But given the calm that greeted the new millennium, few computer consultants are worried this time.

Some Internet connections make computers vulnerable
NEW YORK -- Two weeks after he got a fast Internet connection in his home, Carey Bunks noticed he wasn't the only one using his computer.

Calculators give wrong answers
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Students using state-issued calculators during crucial achievement tests got incorrect answers when math problems were entered too quickly.

American Cancer Society launches ad campaign
ATLANTA -- The American Cancer Society has launched an aggressive $12 million ad campaign in an effort to convince the public it does more than drum up donations for research.

Robots used to study radiation leak
NEW YORK -- Remote control robots began probing faulty steam generators at the Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant Saturday to determine the cause and extent of a radiation leak earlier this month, Consolidated Edison officials said.

New finding regarding 'dark matter'
STANFORD, Calif. -- A group of physicists said their Stanford University experiment to detect so-called ``dark matter'' particles that hold the universe together could contradict earlier findings by an Italian team.

Governors scramble to tap states into new economy
WASHINGTON -- The nation's governors are investing billions of dollars in technology this year, from registering cars online to providing seed money for Internet startups, in a concerted and sometimes frantic effort to tap into the new economy.

Calculators give wrong answers

Robots used to study radiation leak

The Web goes wireless

Some Internet connections make computers vulnerable

'Y2K the Sequel' could appear Monday

American Cancer Society launches ad campaign