Braves notebook: big fine painful for Cox

Braves notebook: players greeted with bad news

Wilson's green is golden

Umpires file unfair labor practice charge

Strawberry ready to move forward

Columbia County team eliminated

Braves hammered in series opener

Avery's season over

Nurse gets glimpse of paradise

New programs come to colleges

GOP OKs `marriage penalty' tax cut
WASHINGTON -- Republicans neared agreement Tuesday night on a plan to cut personal income tax rates and provide relief from the marriage penalty as they sculpted a $792 billion measure expected to trigger a veto showdown with the White House.

Additional business news
Drop in blue chips deflates stock rally...Ford, UAW may face showdown...Work-related deaths decline...Orders to factories increase...BellSouth tops in customer poll...

Penny shortage rattling Augusta registers
A penny saved is another penny the U.S. Mint must replace to meet the growing demand for the country's smallest coin.

Claims of deception scrutinized

Claims of deception scrutinized
The Georgia Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to investigate allegations of ``slamming'' against natural gas marketer United Gas Management.

Uniform sales speeding up

Delta to extend sale to city

Uniform sales speeding up
School uniforms -- mandatory for most public elementary and middle school pupils in Richmond County -- are selling at a brisk rate, local retailers say.

Net stocks drag index down

Paper currency going digital

Commercial clients slow in gas switch

Additional business news
Session ends mixed; Internet stocks fall...Company denies Yahoo! merger...Apparel company to cut jobs...Dolls recalled for choking hazard...Record economic expansion likely...

GOP OKs `marriage penalty' tax cut

Commercial clients slow in gas switch
ATLANTA -- Commercial natural-gas customers are slower picking a new provider than residential users, according to recent Atlanta Gas Light Co. numbers.

Dow Chemical and Union Carbide to merge

Net stocks drag index down
NEW YORK -- The big selloff in Internet stocks that began quietly during the spring is suddenly accelerating, decimating the phenomenal gains achieved this year by many high-profile online companies.

Additional business news

Paper currency going digital
In the future, author Richard Rahn says, paper money and coins will be obsolete.

Dow Chemical and Union Carbide to merge
DETROIT -- The Dow Chemical Co. is buying Union Carbide Corp. for $9.3 billion in stock, creating the world's second-largest chemical company behind DuPont.

Delta to extend sale to city
Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday it would extend its fall fare sale to flights out of Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

New programs come to colleges
Both Augusta Technical Institute and Aiken Technical College will offer hotel/motel management programs this fall.

ATM surcharges turn off consumers
CHICAGO -- Consumers are finally rejecting the idea that they should pay for the convenience of getting their own money.

Penny shortage rattling Augusta registers

Additional business news

Umoh plays her part

Beloved monarch honored
LONDON -- On her 99th birthday, the Queen Mother Elizabeth was greeted Wednesday by thousands of well-wishers honoring a beloved figure whose popularity remains undiminished by time or the scandals of the younger royal generation.

Savannah River dams hid area of black culture
Joe Isom was 107 when he was interviewed shortly before his death in 1981.

Museum recalls 'lost princess'
NEW ORLEANS -- The short and tragic life of Varina Anne ``Winnie'' Davis, the youngest daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, is displayed in Louisiana's oldest museum, on the very stage where she mourned the death of her father more than a century ago.

Backs 'anti-establishment' candidate

Ban floating casinos

A momentous decision

SRS upgrade -- finally

Going for oil

Looks at the budget-cut numbers

Honors fallen firefighter, family

Commends firefighter

Kill the death tax

Notes non-affiliation in Dist. 81 race

Blasts Rosemary English's 'racism'

Wants ideals preached to be practiced

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated
Unless parents opt out of the Richmond County school-uniform policy, all elementary and middle school students in Richmond County will be required to wear navy or khaki bottoms -- pants (no jeans), skirts or shorts. Several schools have opted for white shirts only. Here is a list schools that will allow additional colors in tops or bottoms:

After-school programs can fill fast
The test of an after-school program was $1: a bill found on the school playground, and returned to its owner after lessons in honesty and compassion.

Guide to Aiken County Schools
This guide provides news, phone numbers and people to contact in the Aiken County school district.

Fashion forward
Utility, utility, utility. Cargo pants with tons of pockets, zippers and Velcro; hooded fleece sweat shirts and track pants with racing stripes are almost as important in this year's back-to-school shopping as notebooks and No. 2 pencils.

In the know
As a Rhodes scholar, Olympic champion, professional basketball star and three-term Democratic senator from New Jersey, Bill Bradley has spent much of his life performing on the world's biggest stages. Now as his prepares for a run at the presidency, a Biography at 8 p.m. on A&E takes an in-depth look at the man who could be king.

Private schools guide
This guide provides news, phone numbers and people to contact at private schools in Georgia and South Carolina.

Some schools to get new leaders
Six elementary schools and two middle schools in Richmond County will have new principals this fall.

Aiken schools consider security for new year
AIKEN -- Expectations for the new school year in Aiken County are as high as the flagpole that towers above the district office.

Guide to Columbia County schools
This guide provides news, phone numbers and people to contact in the Columbia County school district.

Twilight breakfast
Chicken noodle soup for breakfast, chocolate cake for lunch and pancakes for dinner. Sounds like some crazy new diet? It's actually the order of meals occasionally requested by my children during the long, hot days of summer.

School year to bring lots of changes
Several major changes are in store this year in Richmond County public schools. The biggest change for elementary and middle school students is the mandatory uniform requirement, passed this summer.

New headmaster plans technology upgrades
Some pupils returning to private schools in the Augusta-Aiken area this fall will see a new face in the principal's office.

County schools will see some new faces
While Columbia County's school system has a new leader at the helm, several county schools will also have new leadership when the academic year begins.

Schools want to begin year on right path
New rules, school times and buildings will greet Columbia County students when they return to school Aug. 23.

Horror movie nauseates some viewers
WASHINGTON -- Some movies make you erupt with giggles. Others make your eyes moist. But The Blair Witch Project, a new documentary-style horror flick filmed with a shaky hand-held camera, is making viewers stomach-quivering, skin-crawling, bathroom-dashing sick.

Preparation can relieve pupil anxiety
Like many parents, Jody Huff realizes that preparing her daughter Katherine for the first day of kindergarten means more than buying pencils and new shoes -- it also means combating the anxieties inherent in a child's initial foray into the world.

By special request
Julie Weatherbee attributes her third-grader's honor roll status to teachers she has hand-picked at Blythe Elementary School.

Up to code
Sagging, baggy pants that drag the ground -- out. Skirts way above the knee -- out. T-shirts tucked -- in. Those are just a few of the changes to the Columbia County schools dress code to be considered Tuesday by the county board of education.

New principals will greet Aiken students
AIKEN -- The start of a new year always brings nervous anticipation for schoolchildren. But this year, the tables are turned.

Guide to Aiken County Schools
This guide provides news, phone numbers and people to contact in the Aiken County school district.

Guide to Richmond County schools
This guide provides news, phone numbers and people to contact in the Richmond County school district.

Some schools to get new leaders
Six elementary schools and two middle schools in Richmond County will have new principals this fall.

School officials urge early start on children's immunizations
Getting kids ready for school means more than buying new clothes and notebooks -- it means getting their shots and getting them early.

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated
Unless parents opt out of the Richmond County school-uniform policy, all elementary and middle school students in Richmond County will be required to wear navy or khaki bottoms -- pants (no jeans), skirts or shorts. Several schools have opted for white shirts only. Here is a list schools that will allow additional colors in tops or bottoms:

Price Check
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Every Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked on Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Uniform sales speeding up
School uniforms -- mandatory for most public elementary and middle school pupils in Richmond County -- are selling at a brisk rate, local retailers say.

Worth of uniforms questioned
Pretty is as pretty does, not as pretty looks. That's the view of some school-watchers who see uniforms as merely a Band-Aid solution -- and not a particularly good one -- to behavior problems in schools.

Bus routes information
Bus-route information is too lengthy to be printed in this back-to-school edition. For information on bus routes, call your school system's transportation department.

Falcons coach expresses feelings

Anderson still not in camp

Jessie Tuggle takes half-a-day off

NFL wants back in LA

More than a football player

New quarterback faces pressure

Recruiting casualties prevalent

Freshmen to vie for key roles at USC

Sanders out for preseason

Hanspard has golden opportunity

Nurse gets glimpse of paradise
Seth Benson finds another story good for a medical town such as ours:

Worth of uniforms questioned

Guide to Aiken County Schools

Guide to Aiken County Schools

Guide to Richmond County schools

Uniform sales speeding up

By special request

School officials urge early start on children's immunizations

Fashion forward

In the know

County schools will see some new faces

Twilight breakfast

Up to code

Preparation can relieve pupil anxiety

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated

Bus routes information

Price Check

After-school programs can fill fast

Some schools to get new leaders

Private schools guide

Aiken schools consider security for new year

New headmaster plans technology upgrades

Schools want to begin year on right path

New principals will greet Aiken students

Guide to Columbia County schools

School year to bring lots of changes

Some schools to get new leaders

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated

Horror movie nauseates some viewers

Residents volunteer to help animal shelter
Richmond County Animal Control will get help in its efforts to find homes to adopt some of the homeless animals that end up there.

Amick Farms hires firm to extinguish fires

Up to code
Sagging, baggy pants that drag the ground -- out. Skirts way above the knee -- out. T-shirts tucked -- in. Those are just a few of the changes to the Columbia County schools dress code to be considered Tuesday by the county board of education.

Teachers face certification loss for debts
ATLANTA -- With the new school year about to start, 220 men and women certified as teachers in Georgia are finding out they may not be back in the classroom this fall because they're behind in repaying their student loans.

City OKs home-size ordinance

Ohio students walk to protest abortions
A small band of Ohio college students will wind up the Southern leg of a cross-country walk against abortion when they leave Augusta at 3 p.m. today.

Funding flexibility requested
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are pushing for changes in the legislation creating a regional transportation authority that would increase flexibility in the allocation of highway funding, a high-ranking transportation official said Wednesday.

A new domain
Since opening in April, the Georgia Visitors Center on Interstate 20 has welcomed 40 percent more people to the Peach State than the smaller visitors center that operated on the site for 28 years.

Funding flexibility requested

Farm workers still in hospital after silo blast
Three of the eight Amick Farms employees hospitalized after a silo explosion in Monetta remained in critical condition Tuesday, but hospital and company officials said all are stable and expected to make a full recovery.

Council allows raises

Deer hunting bill up for debate
AIKEN -- Doug Busbee grew up dogging deer. Now the 33-year-old body shop owner is determined to do what he can to salvage a piece of Southern heritage that is slowly dying. The Wagener resident is one of 35 South Carolinians appointed to an ad hoc committee charged with striking a compromise on deer hunting regulations among dog hunters, still hunters and landowners.

Officials promote care center
The idea of Georgia Medical Centre at Augusta won unanimous support from a committee looking into the future of Medical College of Georgia and a potential regional health care system.

Pair seeks damages of husband's father for wife's accident
AIKEN -- An Aiken County couple has filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the husband's father, claiming an accident at his home caused disabling injuries to the wife and ruined their relationship.

Tennessee man wins big prize
ATLANTA -- Georgians had visions of riches dancing in their heads a little prematurely: The man who bought the winning $116 million Big Game lottery ticket turned out to be from Tennessee.

Attorney: Treachery motivated slaying
Someone had to pay for Arthur Lee Bailey's treachery, and three men settled on Mr. Bailey's friend left behind at a party, a prosecutor told the jury Tuesday.

Counties seek solution to strays
Ruth Tracy-Blackburn has been trying for years to get McDuffie County commissioners to hire an animal control officer to deal with the county's vicious and diseased stray animals.

Area briefs: Police capture man accused in robbery
Police have captured an Aiken man accused of robbing an Augusta convenience store Monday.

Worth of uniforms questioned

City OKs home-size ordinance
Augusta Mayor Bob Young signed the ordinance Tuesday he calls ``the people's ordinance'' and the city's legal experts call ``unconstitutional.''

Inmate again seeks death for his crime

Sweet preparations
Paige O'Donnell decorates a cake in preparation for today's opening of the Food Lion supermarket on Old Petersburg Road in Martinez.

Board names executive director finalists

Clerk offered new position
Vera Butler, fired last month after nine years as clerk of Richmond County Civil and Magistrates Court, still has a job in Augusta government.

Farm workers still in hospital after silo blast

Council allows raises
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Edgefield County sheriff's dispatchers and jailers often must do the same jobs, but they are paid at different salary scales, both of which are too low to hire and keep good employees, Sheriff Billy Parker said Tuesday.

A new domain

Local welfare rolls halved

Program open year-round
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Forty-nine children and adults showed up for Betty Edwards' open-gym basketball Tuesday night, and 21 women attended Wendy Thrailkill's aerobics class in the first session of Johnston's year-round recreation program.

Ohio students walk to protest abortions

Area briefs: Brothers killed in auto accident
Two juveniles were killed in a collision between a car and a truck Wednesday morning on Georgia Highway 56 in Burke County, police said.

Pair seeks damages of husband's father for wife's accident

Board names executive director finalists
Two finalists were named Wednesday for executive director of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia, with a vote coming in two weeks.

Attorney: Treachery motivated slaying

Big jackpots boost lottery
The news coming out of the Georgia Lottery last month would have been a shocker in most other states.

Sweet preparations

Worth of uniforms questioned
Pretty is as pretty does, not as pretty looks. That's the view of some school-watchers who see uniforms as merely a Band-Aid solution -- and not a particularly good one -- to behavior problems in schools.

Clerk offered new position

Inmate again seeks death for his crime
Georgia death row inmate Ernest Morrison has changed his mind once again, reverting to the position that he wants to be executed for an Augusta murder.

Museum recalls 'lost princess'

Residents volunteer to help animal shelter

Area briefs: Police capture man accused in robbery

Big jackpots boost lottery

Local welfare rolls halved
The number of welfare cases in Richmond County has dropped 47 percent since 1994 -- the year nationwide rates were at an all-time high. Roz Mayerat is one of the faces behind those statistics.

Ready for class

Parents air concerns
Parents of Richmond County students questioned school officials on several topics Tuesday during a back-to-school meeting.

Counties seek solution to strays

Program open year-round

Teachers face certification loss for debts

Beloved monarch honored

Parents air concerns

Up to code

Deer hunting bill up for debate

Tennessee man wins big prize

Savannah River dams hid area of black culture

Area briefs: Brothers killed in auto accident

Finishing touches
Alpha Construction Co. finishes work Tuesday on a bridge for the Greeneway Trail in North Augusta. Officials closed two lanes of Martintown Road to allow the crew to work.

Ready for class
J.E.T. Middle School eighth-grade drama teacher Pascha Chrisley decorates a bulletin board, getting her classroom ready for the opening day of classes.

Amick Farms hires firm to extinguish fires
MONETTA, S.C. -- After taking the first up-close look at the Amick Farms silo that exploded Monday, company and safety officials summoned a contractor Wednesday to use carbon dioxide to extinguish lingering internal fires.

Finishing touches

Mr. Dexter Poss Sr.
THOMSON, Ga. -- Mr. Dexter Cicero Poss Sr., 69, of 1663 Whiteoak Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Curry
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary M. Curry, 74, of 875 Lincoln Ave., died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Ms. Theresa Barwick
Ms. Theresa ``Terry'' Barwick died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Lloyd Coates
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Lloyd Coates, 50, of 347 Long Cane Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. Robert Kennamer
BAXLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Robert N. Kennamer, 73, of 614 Second St., died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Edith Gwin
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Edith O'Neal Blandenburg Gwin, 83, of 1400 Observatory Ave., died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Beverly Manor.

Mr. Wilbur Wright
ROME, Ga. -- Mr. Wilbur Kilpatrick Wright, 88, of 5 Heights Drive, died Monday, July 26, 1999.

Mr. Tomas Sola
Mr. Tomas G. Sola, 71, of Martinez, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Otis Bing
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Otis Orenthal Bing, 23, of Barton Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Gertrude Brown
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Gertrude Edwards Brown, 85, of Neeses Highway, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Healing Springs Assisted Living.

Mr. Jack Widener
Mr. Jack L. Widener, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, in Duluth.

Mr. Willie Starke Jr.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Mr. Willie Leonard Starke Jr., 84, of 1501 Bangle Drive, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Johnson Willis Hospital.

Mr. Abram Rutland
AIKEN -- Mr. Abram J. Rutland, 96, of 213 Laurens St., died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Miss Amanda Glover
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Miss Amanda Glover, 81, of 617 Burnside Ave., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at her residence.

Dr. Jack Lindley
Dr. Jack B. Lindley, 72, of 407 Chatham Court, Augusta, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Denase Rivers
Mrs. Denase McAlpin Rivers, 59, of 3021 Bramblewood Trail, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Nancy Williams
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Ms. Nancy Williams, 24, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Ms. Annie Morris
Ms. Annie J. Morris, 92, of 732 Hopkin St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorcas Shumpert
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Dorcas Gleaton Shumpert, 71, of 185 Jon Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Annie B. Price
BATH -- Mrs. Annie B. Price, 71, of 514 Keystone Court, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ruth Murphy
TULSA, Okla. -- Mrs. Ruth Porter Murphy, 93, of 924 S. 87 E. Ave., died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ernestine Melancon
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Mrs. Ernestine Milligan Melancon, 39, of 2121 Burwick Ave., Apt. 705, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Ernest Tyner
COLUMBIA -- Mr. Ernest C. Tyner, 84, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999.

Mr. William Smith
Mr. William Smith, 56, of 3736 Pinnacle Place, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Gary Brown
HARLEM -- Mr. Gary Houston Brown, 29, of 1545 Powell Church Rd., died Saturday, July 31, 1999, in Columbia County.

Mrs. Ida Jones
VERA BEACH, Fla. -- Mrs. Ida Mae Reese Jones died Thursday, July 29, 1999.

Mr. Chesley Stephens
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Chesley H. ``Steve'' Stephens, 65, of 401 Newmantown Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon.

Mr. Ellihue Patterson
COLUMBIA -- Mr. Ellihue ``Ling'' Patterson, 82, of 1410 Woodrow St., died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Providence Hospital.

Mr. Robert Schwartz
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert Schwartz, 79, of 125 Grace Circle, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Clifton Kirkland
Mr. Clifton Bradley Kirkland, 42, of 2163 Shelby Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Forrest Lake Health Care, Martinez.

Dr. Wayne V. Greenberg
PITTSBURGH -- Dr. Wayne V. Greenberg, 70, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at St. Frances Medical Center.

Mr. Charlie Lunceford
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Charlie Hawes Lunceford, 97, of 108 Alexander St., died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mr. James Wood
ABBEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. James ``Jimmy'' Verlin Wood, 63, of Route 1 Box 285, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Ernest Davis Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Ernest E. Davis Sr., 82, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Joyner
SLANDTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Ann Joyner, 48, of Ashton Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999.

Mr. James Newsome II
HIGH ROLLS, N.M. -- Mr. James ``Chick'' Chesley Newsome II, 38, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, in Arizona.

Mr. Richard Rushton
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Richard Lee Rushton, 93, of Route 2, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999.

Mr. Eulie Bush
Mr. Eulie Brinson ``Brent'' Bush, 92, of 1307 Augusta Ave., died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Elaine Godfrey
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- Mrs. Elaine Proctor Godfrey, 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

Mrs. Gertie Shepard
JACKSON -- Mrs. Gertie Mae Rankhorn Shepard, 81, of 176 Plantation Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Magnolia Hill of Augusta.

Mrs. Rena Griffin
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Rena Elizabeth Griffin, 88, of 223 Warren St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Ruth Chalker
Ms. Ruth Priest Chalker, 83, of 112 Curry St., died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Matthew Scott Sr.
Mr. Matthew Scott Sr., 67, of 1336 Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Elaine Godfrey

Miss Amanda Glover

Mr. Ernest Davis Sr.

Mr. Gary Brown

Mr. James Wood

Mr. Ellihue Patterson

Mr. Charlie Lunceford

Mrs. Ruth Murphy

Mrs. Dorcas Shumpert

Mr. James Newsome II

Mr. Abram Rutland

Ms. Nancy Williams

Mrs. Mary Joyner

Mr. Ernest Tyner

Mr. Clifton Kirkland

Ms. Ruth Chalker

Mr. Tomas Sola

Mr. Wilbur Wright

Mr. Lloyd Coates

Mr. Eulie Bush

Mr. William Smith

Mr. Willie Starke Jr.

Mr. Richard Rushton

Mrs. Denase Rivers

Mr. Alpha Peebles

Ms. Annie Morris

Mrs. Ida Jones

Mrs. Gertrude Brown

Mrs. Rena Griffin

Mr. Otis Bing

Mr. Dexter Poss Sr.

Mrs. Ernestine Melancon

Mrs. Mary Curry

Mrs. Annie B. Price

Mrs. Edith Gwin

Ms. Theresa Barwick

Athlete stripped of medal

American boxers perform well

A momentous decision
With the nation on the cusp of the 2000 election campaigns, a federal judge this week upheld the right of free political expression for advocacy groups. The decision will likely have long-range effects on the nation's political process.

Looks at the budget-cut numbers
I am sick and tired of President Clinton's continual lying about the Republican tax cut proposal. He says that a $792 billion cut implemented over a 10-year period is too large and will destroy Social Security and Medicare, and seriously undermine the educational system and defensive readiness of our country. Let's take a look at the numbers.

SRS upgrade -- finally
Just five months ago, after the shocking news broke over the Communist Chinese theft of vital U.S. Department of Energy nuclear secrets, DOE spokesman Jim Giusti blithely declared the scandal wouldn't cause security to increase at the Savannah River Site.

Honors fallen firefighter, family
As I write this letter, I havejust witnessed the burial of adear friend, Roy Mitchell. Roy was a battalion chief for the Martinez Fire Department. Our Columbia County firefighters provided tremendous support to the Mitchell family during their time of grief. The Richmond County Firefighters also provided support during the funeral procession.

Blasts Rosemary English's 'racism'
This letter is in response to an July 15 article reporting on the Aiken County School Board's regular meeting. The article stated that board member Rosemary English refused to vote for Mrs. Janice Nashatker's appointment to the position of assistant principal at South Aiken High School because she was not black, even though no minorities had applied for the job. If the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and their state president, James Gallman, are so opposed to racism, why have they not called for Mrs. English's resignation? A former employee of the Aiken County School District, it is thought by many that Mr. Gallman attempted to pressure district leaders into hiring and promoting blacks.

Finds an Antichrist in the numbers
After reading a letter in The Chronicle of someone believing Bill Clinton to be an Antichrist, my wife confessed to me that she also believes he is. Tom Shirey, McCormick

Supports 'right-thinking' candidate
This letter is to explain why I support one of the three candidates in the Republican primary race for South Carolina's District 81 House seat. Will Tinney, Aiken

Ban floating casinos
As though the gambling industry hasn't dug its hooks deep enough into South Carolina with its invidious video poker casinos, it now seeks to induce even more heavy-duty wagering in coastal states with ``floating casinos.''

Going for oil
Did we read that cable TV mogul and part-time environmentalist Ted Turner is permitting oil drilling on his New Mexico ranch property? Twenty years ago, Jane Fonda would have picketed the project!

Lakeside's achievement
When the numbers were counted this year, Columbia County's Lakeside High School ranked at the top of the list (along with Brookwood High School in Lawrenceville) with 12 Georgia ``governor's scholars.'' Greenbrier High, another Columbia County school, also ranked high by garnering seven Governor's Scholarships, each worth $1,575 per year in addition to what the students receive from the HOPE program.

Commends firefighter
I attended the funeral of Columbia County firefighter Roy Mitchell. I knew him for his humor and dedication as a firefighter. I am sure those I saw along the route from Wesley United Methodist Church to Westover Memorial Park on his final ride aboard Engine No. 1 never knew him but the respect shown was truly amazing. People of all ages and all races stopped their cars to show their respect for someone who would save their life if needed.

Kill the death tax
In one of the greatest congressional reforms since the Reagan tax cuts or the revolutionary 1995 welfare overhaul, the U.S. House of Representatives the other day actually voted -- 223 to 198 -- to abolish an onerous tax!

Notes non-affiliation in Dist. 81 race
I would like to respond to a July 31 letter. Apparently, the writer is somewhat confused. For the record, I am running under neither the Republican or Democratic banner. Instead, I seek the S.C. District 81 House of Representatives seat as a petition candidate.

Hits Civic Center parking fee hike
``We make money the old fashion way. We earn it.'' Kenneth F. Kleinbub, Aiken

Backs 'anti-establishment' candidate
When Rebekah Sutherland entered the race for Aiken County House Seat 81 she was told, ``When (Sen. Greg) Ryberg realizes you mean business (about cutting taxes, etc.), he'll come after you.'' Sure enough, the Spoiled Brat of the North has plunked down a $1,000 contribution to opponent Skipper Perry's campaign.

Slams managers of Ga. Games event
I would like to set the record straight in regard to the article posted in the paper under the heading ``Skaters wrongly directed.'' ... R. H. ``Brillo'' Nalley, Aiken

Backs D.A. in Caitlyn Cawthon case
This is in response to Berry Doyle Sr. and others who have written decrying the fact that Augusta District Attorney Danny Craig is considering retrying Jason Kennedy, accused murderer of 19-month-old Caitlyn Cawthon. The following are some of the undisputed facts (on the cause of death), agreed to by both doctors testifying for the defense and the three testifying for the prosecution, presented in this case:Jerry and Peggy Pruitt, North Augusta

Wants ideals preached to be practiced
On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches in American his-tory: ``I Have A Dream.''

Major League Soccer sacks commissioner

SEC all-stars travel abroad

Hardaway moving to Phoenix

Drivers, fans await race

Businessman bribed Olympic official

Strategy plays a key role in race

Return delivery

Wilson's impact is being felt

Golfers draw impressive ratings

Stronger sunscreens may increase exposure, cancer risk
WASHINGTON -- People using stronger sunscreens don't feel the effects of sunburn as quickly and spend more time outside, which increases their risk of skin cancer, according to a study that finds even the best prevention isn't foolproof.

800 at SRS to take polygraphs
To improve security at Savannah River Site, some employees will be required to take lie-detector tests and many will lose access to top-secret information, site officials said Tuesday.

Mind-Gym exercises the old gray matter
If you write notes as memory aids and find yourself forgetting where you put the notes, maybe it's time for Mind-Gym, a program from Simon & Schuster Interactive that might help strengthen that muscle between your ears.

Two men charged with selling stolen goods
JACKSON, Mich. -- Two Michigan men have been charged with committing old-fashioned shoplifting with a high-tech twist -- fencing thousands of dollars in stolen goods through the Internet auction site eBay.

Power companies give Y2K assurances
If there was a central message during a meeting Tuesday on the potential year 2000 computer problem, it was this: Don't worry. And don't call.

New test for lung cancer
WASHINGTON -- Patients with suspicious chest X-rays are getting a new test to help determine if they need a biopsy for lung cancer: The government approved a drug Wednesday that can literally light up cancerous cells.

Scientists find direct evidence of early oxygen-producing organisms
The earliest direct evidence of organisms pumping oxygen into Earth's ancient atmosphere has been found in the fossilized remnants of bacterial slime, according to research that also gives scientists a new tool in the hunt for life on Mars.

Officer: Putting off F-22 plans a bad idea
WASHINGTON -- A delay in construction of the Air Force's new-generation F-22 stealth fighter, which many in Congress seek, could kill the $65 billion project and upset aircraft modernization plans of the Navy and Marine Corps, the Air Force's top officer said Tuesday.

Age doesn't deter sex life of older Americans
WASHINGTON -- Sex isn't just for the young. It's also for the young at heart, according to a survey that finds many older Americans continue to have active sex lives and find their partners attractive as they age.

Drought disaster -- government pledges help for desperate farmers
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Terry Dunn's sweet corn crop is a total loss, his hay crop half its usual yield. His field corn is not worth harvesting. The chickens' eggs are smaller than usual.

US and Israel to invest defense project
WASHINGTON -- The United States and Israel have agreed to spend an additional $46.6 million to continue development of a one-of-a-kind laser weapon for use against short-range projectiles like the Katyusha rockets that Hezbollah forces fire into northern Israel from southern Lebanon.

Pediatricians: children should watch less TV
CHICAGO -- Children under 2 shouldn't watch television at all, not even ``Barney'' or ``Sesame Street,'' the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.

Electricity industry says it's prepared for Y2K computer problems
WASHINGTON -- The electric utility industry told the government Tuesday it is prepared to deal with any Y2K computer problems, but federal officials reacted cautiously -- and promised spot checks of power plants in the months to come.

Two men charged with selling stolen goods

Stronger sunscreens may increase exposure, cancer risk

Mind-Gym exercises the old gray matter

Age doesn't deter sex life of older Americans

Electricity industry says it's prepared for Y2K computer problems

Power companies give Y2K assurances

Pediatricians: children should watch less TV

800 at SRS to take polygraphs

Scientists find direct evidence of early oxygen-producing organisms

Drought disaster -- government pledges help for desperate farmers

Officer: Putting off F-22 plans a bad idea