Commuter jets may bring better service
Small jets, known as "regional" or "commuter" jets, may be the ticket to better air service in Augusta and other small markets.

Burke works to bring jobs
Things are tough these days for Jerry Long, executive director of the Burke County Development Authority.

Knowledge only part of power
Francis Bacon coined the phrase; King Solomon suggested it and Samuel Johnson tried to steal it.

Hospital positions for future health
Damon Cline sat down with Dennis B. Skelley, president and chief executive officer of Walton Rehabilitation Hospital to talk about the institution and the business of health care.

U.N. a bargain for global peace
Bashing the United Nations is fashionable in the United States, almost as fashionable as Japan-bashing or China-bashing. Unfortunately, this is mistaken. Any patriotic American should be very much pro-U.N. Never mind the squabbles that inevitably arise when 200 parties sit together, the U.N. and the U.N. system of associated agencies are a good deal, even for the United States.

Skelley keeps Walton on track
The ``bottom line'' hangs like a cloud over most business executives, and it makes no exceptions for Dennis Skelley.

Fairer skies
Quaint, pretty, unique: Those are words many frequent fliers use to describe Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Plant poised for growth
One month, workers at the Ruetgers Organic plant in South Augusta may be handling raw materials that will be used to treat a terminal illness.

More business people take flight
Josh Pinson used to hate going out of town on business because it always meant long hours on the road.

Muns ready to make its move
It's getting a little crowded around the offices of Muns Welding & Mechanical. The Augusta-based contractor outgrew its 5,700 square-foot facility near Gordon Highway some time ago thanks in part to the 20 percent annual growth rate it's experienced during the past few years.

Research pay range for raise
What if your pay is lower than it should be and you deserve a raise?

Avoiding big task can be good
I can always tell when my wife has a big report or an unpleasant project to complete at work. She cleans the house.

Author probes consumer mystique
It's hard to be a prophet in the country of retail. By Paco Underhill's reckoning, there are no new markets left to tap. If retail wants to survive, it has to wring every last penny it can out of the customers it already has.

Jobless rate high in rural areas
By all standards, Georgia's economy is booming. Practically everyone who wants a job has one, and the unemployment rate across the state is an average 3.3 percent, the lowest since the early 1970s, according to officials.

Biz briefs: Macon company looking to relocate Shoney's
A Macon company operating the Shoney's restaurant chain in Augusta closed the 20-year-old Washington Road location in late June to search for newer real estate.

Jackets roll past Bats

Jackets get late victory

Braves blast Phillies

Teams make late trades

GreenJackets notebook: Hancock follows stint on DL with 3 quality outings

Braves bolster pitching

Jackets Trivia

Braves notebook: Perez faces suspension after brawl

Odd-man out next problem for Cox

Superstition helps Boggs chase 3,000-hit milestone

Braves back on top

Braves make changes

Task sheds new light on SEC

Knowledge only part of power

U.N. a bargain for global peace

Muns ready to make its move

Thrift habit crucial for young adults

Author probes consumer mystique

Skelley keeps Walton on track

More business people take flight

Diversification often crucial for investors

Hospital positions for future health

Thrift now out of fashion
Kyle and Mary Howell have never experienced a financial emergency. But they take comfort in the fact they are prepared if one should arise.

Avoiding big task can be good

Thrift habit crucial for young adults
Dawn Hatfield's fun-loving lifestyle left little room for savings. She was young, out on her own for the first time and earning $6-an-hour as a customer service representative for the Castleberry/Snow's Brands' food plant in Augusta. Whatever she couldn't afford went on her credit cards.

Fairer skies

Business briefs
Cracker Barrel has expanded ... PostNet Postal to open second store

Thrift now out of fashion

Diversification often crucial for investors
NEW YORK -- The stock market has hit record highs, inflation remains under control and interest rates are low, so who needs to bother with asset allocation?

Business briefs

Burke works to bring jobs

Commuter jets may bring better service

Plant poised for growth

Research pay range for raise

Jobless rate high in rural areas

Biz briefs: Macon company looking to relocate Shoney's

A look at the 20th Century: 1958
The year was dominated by the race for outer space -- and punctuated with intermittent squabbles over nuclear arms testing.

A look at the 20th Century: 1959
As the world prepared for a new year -- and a new decade -- at the close of 1959, the influence of a turbulent era was still close at hand.

Century saw mass of paid female labor
``Woman President of Bank Does Housework In Her Own Home!'' the headline screamed.

This day in history: August 2
1972: Augusta attorney Bobby G. Beazley, a candidate for Richmond County's district attorney, filed a million-dollar slander lawsuit against incumbent R. William Barton. A day earlier, Mr. Barton had publicly alleged his opponent was involved in illegal drug activity.

Home still has appeal to workers
BALTIMORE -- Born in 1909, Maurice Rovner lived over his hardware store, selling the nails that patched northwest Baltimore's row houses. Even on his one day off customers came knocking -- because they knew where to find him. Would he sell them some mousetraps, three for a dime?

Cubans have lost intimidation factor

So. Augusta gets water shaft

Raps Ga. Games' 10K confusion

Flag boycott will fail

Time for a face lift

Defends search for Kennedy plane

`Playing politics'

Commends work of service people

Compares school safety in two counties

Hits favoritism of media coverage

Notes importance of school teachers

SAFE guarantees security

Dreaming about Carmel
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. -- Sure, the neighborhood looks calm enough at first glance: the rocky coast, the green hills, the gnarled cypresses, the happy couples murmuring in Italian, German and French, all those cute little storefronts. It has been more than a decade now since Clint Eastwood finished his two-year term as mayor, and it's quite easy to view this little corner of Earth as the very model of affluence and placidity. Yet in its genteel way, Carmel roils and seethes.

When are you too old to drive?
AIKEN -- William Conerly drove Army tanks in World War II. He ran big rigs for 35 years. Today, Mr. Conerly struggles over whether to drive to the nearest convenience store.

In the know
Fans of Ben Stiller, star of There's Something About Mary, get 6 1/2 hours of fun as FX airs a marathon of the now defunct The Ben Stiller Show.

Aura of yesteryear clings to old house
WRIGHTSBORO, Ga. -- On stormy nights, the comforting clamor of raindrops against a sloped tin roof brings back fond childhood memories for Regena Hall.

Groups offer drivers tips, alternatives
Aiken resident Lucille Smith tells an interesting story about an elderly neighbor who insisted on driving despite a habit of getting lost. The neighbor, in her late 70s, would wait until 3 p.m. to do grocery shopping, so in the winter she wouldn't get home until after dark.

On my summer vacation ...
Marjorie Seaman Sydney Highberger and Jo Steel visited the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey.

Russians blamed 'witch' for nightmares
The nightmares began shortly after Sergei Gretsov met Tanya Tarasova, a beautiful but secretive young woman who lived on the far edge of their forgotten village of Terekhovo in southwestern Russia.

Readers mind their P's and Q's
Dear Carson: My wife and I enjoy your weekly column and regret that more people don't

Life of Ray Scott chronicled in book

Augusta unbeaten in season

Chandler seeks a connection

Flutie first, for now

Cowboys adjusting to life with Deion Sanders and Lett

Martin hard to replace

Packers' Brooks may be considering retirement

Broncos' well-dressed lineman happy to be alive

Task sheds new light on SEC
We all know how the Southeastern Conference rates when it comes to athletics. But have you ever wondered how it comes out with more mundane matters?

Russians blamed 'witch' for nightmares

Aura of yesteryear clings to old house

Readers mind their P's and Q's

On my summer vacation ...

Groups offer drivers tips, alternatives

When are you too old to drive?

In the know

Dreaming about Carmel

Group prepares for count

Drowning prompts increased patrol of river area

Bridge to cause delays

Temperatures set record
Record-breaking heat made Augusta the hottest city in Georgia on Sunday, sending people to area hospitals as the temperature reached a scorching 107 degrees.

Most-needed projects completed first

Across the area
2 women stabbed in parking lot fight ... Augusta man charged in shooting ... Man sought in restaurant attack

Good surfacing crucial to safety on playgrounds
Remember going to the playground in the summer when you were a child? The feeling of freedom and accomplishment that came with swinging higher than ever, going faster on the merry-go-round, or mustering the courage to slide down the spiral slide for the first time.

This week in South Carolina
The Aiken International Club has canceled its August meeting. The club's next meeting will take place in September. For information, call 641-6875.

Across the area

Miss Augusta plans literary programs for Georgia schools
April Brooks, newly crowned as Miss Augusta 2000, didn't grow up sitting in front of the television hoping she'd become Miss America one day.

This week in South Carolina

Drowning called preventable
The drowning of a Harlem man on Thurmond Lake this weekend, the third on the lake this summer, might have been prevented if he and his family had been swimming in a lifeguard-supervised area, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources official said Sunday.

Suspect's escape fueled fears in communities

Bridge to cause delays
Drivers wanting to get somewhere quickly Tuesday using West Martintown Road should make plans for a detour while a subcontractor works on a bridge linking portions of North Augusta's Greeneway recreational trail.

Horse group may protest development

Special tag fees aid pond
MILLEN, Ga. -- Jon Ambrose doesn't mind the incessant hum of fat mosquitoes that fly in lazy circles beneath the hot midday sun.

Home still has appeal to workers

Home front: Minister called to battle AIDS
Eric Taylor admits most people see them as outcasts of society. And as a preacher, he knows they probably aren't the most typical group a church might choose to support. But for the Oakey Grove Baptist Church pastor, those who suffer from AIDS are not only his friends, they are part of his life's mission.

A look at the 20th Century: 1958

Norwood pushing HMO bill
WASHINGTON -- Five years into his health care reform crusade, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is pushing for a full-blown debate on the issue that has made the Augusta dentist as welcome as a root canal among House Republican leaders.

Gas market continues to change

Paper says lobbyist advised Hodges aide
COLUMBIA -- Lobbyist Dwight Drake e-mailed the governor's chief of staff and suggested a strategy to prepare for the video gambling showdown in the Legislature, The (Columbia) State reported in its Sunday edition.

Gas market continues to change
ATLANTA -- Last fall, 19 companies were certified to market natural gas in Georgia, but many are not the same 19 selling gas today.

Norwood pushing HMO bill

Harlem man drowns at Thurmond Lake

Rising pay may make difference
ATLANTA -- The state offers top scholars extra money if they agree to go into teaching, but the program has far more cash than takers.

Pets crowd animal shelter

Suspect's escape fueled fears in communities
SANTA CLAUS, Ga. -- In December 1997, much of southeastern Georgia was in a state of shock and disbelief. An entire family had been brutalized, allegedly by a man who had just barely hit his 20s.

Aid offered on picking gas provider

Century saw mass of paid female labor

Crowning achievement

Temperatures set record

Teen-ager arrested in home invasions
A homeless teen-ager wanted by police in Tennessee was arrested Sunday in connection with two home invasions that occurred minutes apart in Augusta, authorities said.

Harlem man drowns at Thurmond Lake
What began as a family recreational swim Saturday evening at Thurmond Lake ended in tragedy with the drowning of a 29-year-old Harlem man.

A look at the 20th Century: 1959

Horse group may protest development
AIKEN -- Aiken Steeplechase Association is asking members to show up in force at a public hearing next week to protest development of property near theirs.

Group prepares for count
Augustans will be inundated with Census 2000 logos, jingles and pomp starting this fall.

Miss Augusta plans literary programs for Georgia schools

Home front: Minister called to battle AIDS

Flipping out
Astin Pollard, 10, flips through the air while waiting for the entertainment to begin Saturday afternoon during the Aiken Parks and Recreation Department's July Fest at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center.

Flipping out

Crowning achievement
Miss Augusta 2000 April Elaine Brooks (right), 20, tells Andrea Bailey, Miss Augusta 1998, how excited she is Saturday to win the Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant at Augusta State University.

Across the area

Across the area
Apartment blazeputs 1 in hospital ... Churches warned of break-ins ... Augusta man shot downtown

Paper says lobbyist advised Hodges aide

Teen-ager arrested in home invasions

Pets crowd animal shelter
There are many sad stories at Richmond County Animal Control. But the saddest is this: Last year, 10,620 neglected, abused, sick, injured, vicious or unwanted dogs and cats were put to death there.

Most-needed projects completed first
Richmond County school officials say they hope the grand opening of two schools this month will show taxpayers they are using a $115 million bond wisely.

Drowning called preventable

Good surfacing crucial to safety on playgrounds

Board vows improvement
The Richmond County Animal Control Advisory Board hasn't made a lot of progress since it was reactivated last year amid public outrage about the deaths of more than 10,000 animals in the county's outdated gas chamber.

Judge has doubts on magistrate reforms
AIKEN -- A plan to increase the jurisdiction of South Carolina's magistrate courts would mean more work for an already overburdened court staff in Aiken County, Chief Magistrate Max Meek says.

Aid offered on picking gas provider
ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgians facing a deadline in less than two weeks for picking a natural-gas company have a new tool and lots of advice to help them make their selection.

Judge has doubts on magistrate reforms

Drowning prompts increased patrol of river area
The area surrounding the railroad trestle that claimed the life of an Evans man last week has been an ongoing problem for Rivershyre subdivision, residents say.

Canada will have you speaking in tongues

This day in history: August 2

Mr. Fred Davis
MIAMI -- Mr. Fred Davis, 61, of 2230 N.W. 82nd St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Ventura Medical Center.

Mr. Walter Cato
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Walter David Cato, 82, died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Durham, N.C.

Mr. Willie Wheeler
LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Mr. Willie Albert Wheeler, 57, of 396 Park Place, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Beatrice Moore
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Mrs. Beatrice West Moore, 76, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital.

Mrs. Eva Jones
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Eva Belle Cox Jones, 90, of 2414 Thomson Highway, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Willie Gross
LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mr. Willie ``Bill'' A. Gross, 86, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Denase Rivers
Mrs. Denase Rivers, 59, of 3021 Bramblewood Trail, entered into rest Saturday, July 31, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Peoples funeral Home. She was a member of Good Ho

Mr. R.H. Templeton
BLYTHE -- Mr. R.H. ``Buster'' Templeton, 89, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Larry Mays Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Larry Mays Sr., 80, of 1200 Talisman Drive, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Bobby Graham Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Bobby L. Graham Jr., 11, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Tony Williams
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Tony Hershel Williams, infant son of Michelle Williams, of 296 Hazard Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Melvin Berry
Mr. Melvin ``Q Ball'' Berry, 65, of 1950 Second Ave., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Juanita Jones
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Juanita Jones, 76, of 410 S. Main St., died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jerry Stephens
Mr. Jerry J. Stephens, 50, of 2428 Belgrade Court, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Nettie Gambrell
PIEDMONT, S.C. -- Ms. Nettie Ellenburg Gambrell, 92, of 1211 White Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999.

Mr. Harry Johnson
Mr. Harry Johnson, 61, of 738 Demerit St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Rozzie Dixon Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Rozzie Lee Dixon Jr., 46, of 700 Second St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Jefferson County.

Mr. Robert Sharp
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Robert M. Sharp, 64, of 383 Telfair Pond Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Aburn Steptoe
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Aburn ``Bill'' Steptoe, 67, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor.

Mrs. Thelma Walden
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Thelma Locke Walden, 97, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.

Mr. R.H. Templeton
BLYTHE -- Mr. R.H. ``Buster'' Templeton, 89, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Ralph Cliatt Jr.
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Ralph ``Chuck'' Cliatt Jr., 57, of 160 Summerfield Circle, died Friday, July 30, 1999.

Mrs. Ethel Ashe
Mrs. Ethel Ashe, 94, of 1606 Pendleton Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Marie Primo
Mrs. Marie Green Primo, 84, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Emmer Williams
Mrs. Emmer Beal Williams, of 136 McElmurray Drive, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Charles Taylor
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mr. Charles Ficken Taylor, 82, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999.

Ms. Nellie Soles
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Nellie Mary Underwood Soles, 87, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Alvin Williamson Sr.
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mr. Alvin Williamson Sr., of 1203 Old Kinfield Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Ralph Pate
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Ralph Eugene ``Gene'' Pate, 69, of 304 Hillview Drive, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Odell Chiles
PHILADELPHIA -- Mr. Odell Chiles, of 1120 W. Nevada St., died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Alpha Peebles
THOMSON -- Mr. Alpha F. Peebles, 65, of 454 Hill St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Hiawassee.

Mr. Frank Ponton
WINDSOR -- Mr. Frank Talbott Ponton Jr. died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Charleston.

Mr. James King
AIKEN -- Mr. James William King, 87, of 3517 Trolley Line Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Roosevelt Moore
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Mr. Roosevelt ``Pee Wee'' Moore, 53, of 79 Herrington Drive, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Prince George Hospital.

Mr. Sanford Hadden
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Sandford P. ``Sam'' Hadden, 61, of 521 Calhoun St., died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr.
Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr., 76, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Tony Williams

Mr. Odell Chiles

Mr. Ralph Cliatt Jr.

Mrs. Ethel Ashe

Mr. Fred Davis

Mrs. Denase Rivers

Mrs. Marie Primo

Mr. James King

Mrs. Beatrice Moore

Mr. Larry Mays Sr.

Mrs. Juanita Jones

Mr. Aburn Steptoe

Mr. R.H. Templeton

Mr. Robert Sharp

Mr. Sanford Hadden

Mr. R.H. Templeton

Mrs. Thelma Walden

Bobby Graham Jr.

Mr. Roosevelt Moore

Mr. Harry Johnson

Mr. Jerry Stephens

Mr. Rozzie Dixon Jr.

Mr. Willie Gross

Mr. Charles Taylor

Ms. Nellie Soles

Mr. Frank Ponton

Mrs. Emmer Williams

Mrs. Eva Jones

Ms. Nettie Gambrell

Mr. Alpha Peebles

Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr.

Mr. Walter Cato

U.S. to face Cuba in finals

How Strom Thurmond saved his political life
FOR EACH OF the past 13 years, a U.S. senator has sponsored a resolution to designate a week in the early fall as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. Black colleges, the senator said, most recently in 1998, ``have provided thousands of economically disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to obtain a college education ... These institutions have a long and distinguished history of providing the training necessary for participation in a rapidly changing society.'' So who is this ardent supporter of black colleges? Paul Wellstone? Ted Kennedy? Well, actually, it's Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.

Notes importance of school teachers
With all the teacher bashing going on in the news these days, I would like to take a moment to recognize ``a teacher who still cares.'' With teachers being underpaid and having to deal with far more discipline problems than they should, I must admit that some, not all, teachers are overwhelmed and are just going through the motions. Vince Louis, Hephzibah

Raps Ga. Games' 10K confusion
... I, along with many others, participated in the Georgia Games 10K in-line skate event at Fort Gordon. ... The disorganization and incompetence displayed by the organizers of this event was appalling. After the majority of us had skated close to 6 miles (10K), we were told that we had been sent the wrong way and would have to complete the entire race again. Kim Smock, North Augusta

Lauds S.C. takeover of school district
I was distressed to read George Jefferson's comments to his children in light of the state's takeover of the Allendale County School District. He would rather they make ``Cs, Ds and Fs'' to make a point (a stupid one, I might add), than to reap the benefits of an improved school system. K. Carter, Aiken

Hits favoritism of media coverage
Re Floyd Brown's July 24 letter about the Kennedy family: Margaret H. Twilley, Thomson

Finds complaints bad `horse sense'
This letter is in response to Cott Campbell's July 18 guest column, ``Don't hurt Aiken's horse training reputation.'' Barbara B. Crenshaw, Augusta

Defends candidate's stand on flag
I must respond to the July 27 letter written by Robert A. Daniels concerning (the race for S.C. House District 81) and GOP candidate Kathryn Kling's statementabout the NAACP decision to boycott South Carolina because the state government continues to display the Confederate flag on the dome of the capitol. Robert Baynham, Clarks Hill

So. Augusta gets water shaft
Why do south Augustans sometimes feel like the city's unwanted stepchild? Incidents like what happened Wednesday is one reason.

Compares school safety in two counties
I am a resident of Richmond County, but I have six precious grandchildren in the Columbia County school system. Dinah Frank, Augusta

Defends search for Kennedy plane
The search for and the retrieval of John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Lauren Bessette was the humane thing to do; it was the smart thing to do; it was the (politically correct) thing to do; it was the cost-effective thing to do; and it was the right thing to do! Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Disputes defense of VA layoffs
Re the July 22 Chronicle guest column, ``Defending VA layoffs, budget cuts'': Don Blessing, Evans

Likes Columbia Co. coliseum idea
Recently I have had and have overheard several conversations about the possibility of Columbia County building a state-of-the-art coliseum to draw major events, artists, conventions, etc. I believe this would be a boon to our area and bring in a lot of dollars to the county. Build it next to a major highway with easy access and a low congestion area. Don Turner, Grovetown

Flag boycott will fail
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's call for a boycott of South Carolina until the Confederate battle flag is pulled down from the state capitol dome may succeed to the extent of costing the state tens of millions of dollars in tourist and convention business, but it's still not likely to accomplish its objective -- and may actually make matters worse. It certainly will for the black working class affected by the boycott.

Chides leadersfor wrong focus
Ripley, believe it or not: Our elected and appointed government officials are treating themselves to horrendous and hefty retirements, huge salaries and pay increases. Floyd Brown, Sr., Augusta

A caveat to S.C. law
The South Carolina law passed last year to keep drunken drivers off the road seems to be working remarkably well.

Slams `hypocrisy' of School Board
... I was pleased to read the July 11 guest column by the National Teacher of the Year, AndyBaumgartner, who pointed out the hypocrisy of the Richmond County Board of Education's decision to reduce the number of classroom teachers Marge Swartzwelder, Augusta

`Playing politics'
Bill and Hillary Clinton hit new heights of sanctimonious hypocrisy last week in response to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's ``listening tour'' of Arkansas hosted by popular GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Time for a face lift
Who's the most zealous enforcer of federal clean water laws? The federal government, of course.

Commends work of service people
I am responding to the sarcastic aI am responding to the sarcastic and judgmental attitude of Floyd Brown (July 24 letter) Jim Galin, Augusta

Pleads for child's Gracewood `home'
I'm writing you because my daughter has lived at Gracewood State School and Hospital for 44 years. It's the only home she knows. She will not even sleep one night here in my home. She doesn't consider this her home. She is profoundly retarded, almost blind and has never been able to speak. ... Evelyn Stoppelbein, Augusta

How Strom Thurmond saved his political life
FOR EACH OF the past 13 years, a U.S. senator has sponsored a resolution to designate a week in the early fall as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. Black colleges, the senator said, most recently in 1998, ``have provided thousands of economically disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to obtain a college education ... These institutions have a long and distinguished history of providing the training necessary for participation in a rapidly changing society.'' So who is this ardent supporter of black colleges? Paul Wellstone? Ted Kennedy? Well, actually, it's Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.

Acts to stem America's violence
My 9-year-old son has been begging me to buy him a video game set. All his friends have one. All his cousins have one. He's a good kid ... and does well in school. He might just deserve a $130 toy. But he's not getting one. Ever. Why? Audrey Smith, North Augusta

SAFE guarantees security
U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the long overdue Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act is closer than ever.

Woods given slight edge in duel with Duval

College notebook: Notable bits and quips from SEC Media Days

Davies leads Du Maurier Classic

Sampras advances

After a month of talking, teams ready to wheel and deal

Georgia's pitchers strong in World Series win

Compton on pole for Sunday's race

Favorite postcards from sports fans

Overtime: Louisiana shut out by Columbia Co.

Hunters to get a bonus

Earnhardt's gas man cleaning up his act

Overtime: Hensley wins in U.S. Open karate tourney

Sampras dominates Agassi

Local buzz: Avery signs his pro deal

U.S. falls to Mexico in Confederations Cup

Great players missing from Regions Cup

Geiberger wins GHO with record score

Georgia launches primitive-weapons deer season

Skateboard in tow, Carruth seeking breakout year

LA is heading to the mountains
LOS ANGELES -- Forces deep in the Earth's crust are moving downtown Los Angeles toward the San Gabriel Mountains, possibly making the region in between more susceptible to earthquakes, according to a study published Sunday.

Mall offers eye surgery
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Squeamish shoppers beware: They're slicing eyeballs at the Fair Oaks Mall. No, they're not filming a schlock horror movie. It's just business as usual at the Visual Freedom Center, believed to be the first eye surgery center to open in a shopping mall.

Patch could offer alternative to traumatic surgery
WASHINGTON -- George Huffman had a time bomb in his abdomen: A weak bulging spot on the largest blood vessel in his body that, if it broke, would cause almost instantly fatal internal bleeding.

Official says radioactive waste should be moved
WASHINGTON -- A huge pile of uranium mill tailings near the Colorado River in Utah is a ``radioactive time bomb'' that must be moved to protect drinking water for Nevada, Arizona and Southern California, a water official told lawmakers Friday.

Chinese officials try to hack U.S. Web sites
NEW YORK -- Web sites in the United States and elsewhere devoted to the Falun Gong meditation group are coming under heavy electronic attack, managers of the sites said Friday, and at least one ``hacking'' attempt appears to trace back to a Chinese national police bureau in Beijing.

Asteroid photos sent
PASADENA, Calif. -- A NASA spacecraft that made the closest flyby ever of an asteroid has sent mission controllers infrared images of the asteroid, though it failed to capture close-up pictures.

Child gamers will go ape over new 'Tarzan' title
Parents are always looking for that special game -- one they can enjoy and still feel good about letting the kids play.

Cardiologists puzzled by underuse of lifesaving medicines
So maybe they really should put statin drugs in the water supply as some heart doctors only half-jokingly suggest.

Ask the Computer Guy: Personal Computing Q&A
Q: In Norfolk, Va., I used a regular Internet service provider and downloaded RealPlayer. When I moved here I signed up for America Online, and now my RealPlayer doesn't work.

Spacecraft hits moon
WASHINGTON -- Lunar Prospector's violent collision with the moon on Saturday left no visible cloud of dust, but researchers still hope to find traces of water in a vapor plume possibly created by the impact.

Computer software security flaws could affect millions
SEATTLE -- Flaws in the Microsoft Office software suite could be used by pranksters or cybercrooks through e-mail or rogue Web sites to retrieve, alter or erase data in computers used by millions of people.

Britain to launch a space probe to investigate Mars
LONDON -- Britain wants to send a space probe to Mars in 2003 to investigate whether there is life on the red planet, the government said Sunday.

Ask the Computer Guy: Personal Computing Q&A

Britain to launch a space probe to investigate Mars

Spacecraft hits moon

Computer software security flaws could affect millions

Patch could offer alternative to traumatic surgery

Child gamers will go ape over new 'Tarzan' title

Official says radioactive waste should be moved

Asteroid photos sent

Chinese officials try to hack U.S. Web sites

Mall offers eye surgery

LA is heading to the mountains

Cardiologists puzzled by underuse of lifesaving medicines