Braves Notebook: Braves lose lock on postseason spot

Athlete will no longer take supplement

Jackets keep league lead

Avery's season over

Braves rescue series finale

Columbia County claims Dixie crown

Braves notebook: big fine painful for Cox

McGwire reaches milestone

Strawberry ready to move forward

Minnesota postcards coming in

Red hot IPO?
NEW YORK -- After a year of extraordinary publicity for the upstart computer operating system known as Linux, investors finally get to vote on whether the touted program is a Microsoft killer, an over-hyped technology, or something in between.

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.

Dow Chemical and Union Carbide to merge

New programs come to colleges

Net stocks drag index down

Additional business news

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...

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.

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.

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

Officials near hotel tax solution

Commercial clients slow in gas switch

Avondale workers receive promotions

Uniform sales speeding up

Additional business news
Stocks gain on eve of jobless report...Pooh pianos recalled for part...Heat drives consumers to stores...Muslims to boycott Burger King...

Additional business news

Pan Am notebook: Teammates consider suing disqualified goalie

Productivity slows, wage pressures jump in second quarter

Government services go online

Red hot IPO?

Government services go online
ATLANTA -- Soon people all over Georgia may be able to get their car tags while in their pajamas, renew a driver's license while sipping a nightcap, and research property records while their neighbors sleep.

Officials near hotel tax solution
Columbia County and the Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau are still wrangling over how to divide funding from the county's hotel/motel taxes.

Productivity slows, wage pressures jump in second quarter
WASHINGTON -- American workers' productivity slowed significantly in the spring while a key gauge of wage pressures jumped sharply, the Labor Department reported today.

Avondale workers receive promotions
Administrative consolidation at Avondale Mills has resulted in promotions for three local executives.

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.

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.

A momentous decision

The tawdry Clintons

Ordinance to be costly?

Looks at the budget-cut numbers

Wants ideals preached to be practiced

Commends firefighter

Urges display of Ten Commandments

Notes non-affiliation in Dist. 81 race

Aiken stop justified

Blasts Rosemary English's 'racism'

Ruminates on review board dispute

Going for oil

Hits publication of gunman's `plan'

Backs 'anti-establishment' candidate

Honors fallen firefighter, family

SRS upgrade -- finally

Teen's Web site has some strong words for fans of country music
One of the more interesting country music sites to pop up on the World Wide Web is Yee Haw: The Official I Hate Country Page, created by a guy identified only as ``Jake'' in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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.

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.

Fun is only a day's drive away
The dog days of summer have set in, and, accordingly, Augusta's activity calendar has slowed to the pace of a worn-out basset hound lumbering across the porch.

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

Money not top priority for Summer Jam
Eddie Carswell laughs at the notion that he's the Perry Ferrell or Sarah McLachlan of the contemporary Christian music world.

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

Performing arts season promises variety, excitement
Some interesting shows and events are lined up at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and Bell Auditorium -- but the 1999-2000 season will be pretty exciting if they all pan out.

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

Wildflowers can be used without looking too wild
Want to get away with using wildflowers in your urban garden?

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.

Plant sickness calls for detective work
Plants in the landscape cannot tell you what is wrong with them, but they will let you know when they are sick.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Space-aged effects create interesting sound
Like their spacey, sci-fi-obsessed contemporaries Man or Astroman, the members of Powerman 5000 sport cryptic monikers such as Spider One, Al 3, Adam 12 and M 33.

Schooling fish 'explosion'

New quarterback faces pressure

Former local standouts to face off on national TV

Hanspard has golden opportunity

Did it have to come to this?

NFL wants back in LA

Robinson focuses on future

Freshmen to vie for key roles at USC

Dwight looking for bigger role

Anderson still not in camp

More than a football player

Calloway to miss several weeks

Dogs' offensive line may start freshmen

Running backs together again

Minnesota postcards coming in
All I had to do was mention I needed some vacation postcards from Minnesota, and the mailbox was quickly full.

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated

Guide to Aiken County Schools

Worth of uniforms questioned

Fashion forward

By special request

In the know

Guide to Columbia County schools

Money not top priority for Summer Jam

Guide to Aiken County Schools

By special request

School year to bring lots of changes

Fun is only a day's drive away

County schools will see some new faces

Plant sickness calls for detective work

Aiken schools consider security for new year

Bus routes information

Uniform sales speeding up

Aiken schools consider security for new year

School officials urge early start on children's immunizations

New headmaster plans technology upgrades

In the know

Guide to Aiken County Schools

School officials urge early start on children's immunizations

Guide to Richmond County schools

Guide to Richmond County schools

Schools want to begin year on right path

Fashion forward

Teen's Web site has some strong words for fans of country music

Up to code

After-school programs can fill fast

Some schools to get new leaders

School year to bring lots of changes

Schools want to begin year on right path

Preparation can relieve pupil anxiety

Some schools to get new leaders

Guide to Columbia County schools

Preparation can relieve pupil anxiety

New principals will greet Aiken students

Bus routes information

Wildflowers can be used without looking too wild

After-school programs can fill fast

Performing arts season promises variety, excitement

Private schools guide

Space-aged effects create interesting sound

New headmaster plans technology upgrades

Some schools to get new leaders

New principals will greet Aiken students

Private schools guide

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated

County schools will see some new faces

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated

Up to code

Counties seek solution to strays

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.

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

Museum will receive $50,000 grant

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.

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.

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.

Big jackpots boost lottery

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.

Schools utilize inmates

Area child care center to pay asbestos fine

Program open year-round

Officials inspect silo fire

Area briefs: Brothers killed in auto accident

Road safety in Aiken County declines

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.

Missing girl found unharmed

Residents volunteer to help animal shelter

Harlem bans outdoor watering

Ready for class

Martinez Fire Department getting busier

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.

Candidate has enough signatures

Gospel journey

Area briefs: Swainsboro man drowns in river
A Swainsboro, Ga., man drowned Thursday when his truck slipped into the Ogeechee River in Midville, authorities said.

Bible class approval challenged

Gospel journey
BEECH ISLAND -- Armed with demo tapes and a couple dozen original gospel songs -- just in case producers and promoters are there -- a community youth choir of teens from all over Aiken County is redefining the term ``joyful noise'' in Chicago.

Beloved monarch honored

Officials inspect silo fire
MONETTA -- It will take sev-eral weeks to determine what caused an explosion that ripped the roof off a concrete silo and injured 10 Amick Farms workers.

Tennessee man wins big prize

Candidate has enough signatures
AIKEN -- With more than 300 signatures more than the required 1,026, Scott Singer has taken the first step to getting on the ballot as a petition candidate for the South Carolina Legislature.

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.

Museum will receive $50,000 grant
A $50,000 tourism grant through the Convention and Visitors Bureau will make up for lagging income in gifts, admissions and memberships to the Augusta-Richmond County Museum, director Scott Loehr told trustees Thursday.

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.

Bible class approval challenged
ATLANTA -- A battle of almost biblical proportions may be brewing in the Bible belt.

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.

Martinez Fire Department getting busier
With almost half its firefighters now certified emergency medical technicians, the Martinez Fire Department is becoming busier responding to medical emergencies in Columbia County.

Worth of uniforms questioned

Area child care center to pay asbestos fine
The owners of an Augusta child care business will pay $3,000 in fines involving violations of state laws governing disposal of asbestos, a carcinogen often found in older buildings.

Funding flexibility requested

Schools utilize inmates
Richmond County school officials say hiring state prisoners for maintenance duties saves thousands of dollars each year.

Inmate again seeks death for his crime

Harlem bans outdoor watering
The town of Harlem instituted a total outdoor watering ban Thursday in response to the dry weather -- and possibly a ruptured water main.

Amick Farms hires firm to extinguish fires

Road safety in Aiken County declines
AIKEN -- Sue Townsend won't be surprised if the state constructs an accident reconstruction substation in Aiken County sometime soon.

Board names executive director finalists

Missing girl found unharmed
MERRIWETHER, S.C. -- It was probably classic curiosity that led 4-year-old Temple Weidman to wander from her rural Edgefield County home at lunchtime Thursday.

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.

Students seek voice over fees
ATHENS, Ga. -- Hoping to function like junior lawmakers and lobbyists, some student leaders at the University of Georgia want full say in how more than $800,000 in student activity fees is spent at the school each year.

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.

Ms. Elizabeth Chambers
Ms. Elizabeth Chambers, 62, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia, Hospital.

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

Mr. Abram Rutland
AIKEN -- Mr. Abram J. Rutland, 96, of 213 Laurens St., died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 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.

Mr. William Corley
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Mr. William Hardin Corley, 52, died Saturday, July 31, 1999.

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

Ms. Margaret Gardener
Ms. Margaret ``Gardenhire'' Gardener, of 2740 Blount Ave., died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Rena Griffin
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Rena Elizabeth Griffin, 88, of 223 Warren St., 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. Elaine Godfrey
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- Mrs. Elaine Proctor Godfrey, 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

Mrs. Freddie Mae Coleman
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Freddie Mae Edwards Coleman, 70, of Route 1 Andrew Coleman Road, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. James Roundtree Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. James Roundtree Jr., 22, of 1174 Rosier Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mr. Alvin Smith
GOUGH, Ga. -- Mr. Alvin Smith, 62, of 2881 Drone Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Mary Tully
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Virginia Tully, 80, of 316 Landing Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Ora Mae Doores
Ms. Ora Mae Kenner Doores, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Ms. Maxie Allen
STILLMORE, Ga. -- Ms. Maxie Allen, 50, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Mrs. Juanita Wallace
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Juanita Wallace, 72, of Hunter Run Apt. 215, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Thelma Thigpen
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Thelma Thigpen, 72, of Rout 2 Box 285-C, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Georgia Baptist Hospital, Atlanta.

Mr. Robert Logan
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Lee Logan, 54, of 10200 U.S. Highway 1 S., died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Clarence Rentz
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mr. Clarence Rentz, 87, of 754 Brown-Mobley Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Estelle Howington
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Estelle Hooks Howington, 84, of 822 E. McCarty St., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Gloria Perkins
Ms. Gloria A. Key Perkins, 47, of 407 Artmus St., died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Washington Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Essie Wicker
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Essie Wicker, 65, of 202 Martin Luther King St., died Saturday, July 31, 1999, in Omaha, Neb.

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

Mrs. Jessie Schwartz
READING, Penn. -- Mrs. Jessie Lee Schwartz, 76, of 125 N. 10th St., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Reading Hospital.

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. Willie Lewis
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Lewis, of 439 Corker Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. Willie Norman Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Norman Sr., 74, of 133 Blackmon Farm Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Lake Crossing Health Care Center.

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

Ms. Evelyn Jenkins
AIKEN -- Ms. Evelyn Jenkins, 57, of 1201 Gray Mare Hollow, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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. Sylvester Odom
Mr. Sylvester ``Buster'' Odom, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Fannie Thomas
BATH -- Mrs. Fannie M. Griffin Thomas, 83, of 262 Duncan Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Mavis Barron
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mavis Cook Barron, 85, of 405 N. Main St., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Johnson County Nursing Home.

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

Mr. Daniel Simpson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Daniel Warren Simpson, 82, of No. 8 Woodlawn Court, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

Mr. Abram Rutland

Mr. Robert Logan

Ms. Evelyn Jenkins

Mrs. Rena Griffin

Mr. Alvin Smith

Mrs. Elaine Godfrey

Mrs. Estelle Howington

Mr. Dexter Poss Sr.

Ms. Gloria Perkins

Mr. Clifton Kirkland

Mrs. Mary Tully

Mrs. Mary Curry

Ms. Ora Mae Doores

Mr. Charlie Lunceford

Mrs. Mary Joyner

Mr. Eulie Bush

Mrs. Thelma Thigpen

Mr. Wilbur Wright

Ms. Maxie Allen

Ms. Ruth Chalker

Mr. William Corley

Mr. Ernest Tyner

Mrs. Fannie Thomas

Ms. Nancy Williams

Mr. Clarence Rentz

Mr. James Newsome II

Mrs. Jessie Schwartz

Mrs. Ruth Murphy

Mr. Richard Rushton

Mr. Ellihue Patterson

Mr. Alpha Peebles

Ms. Theresa Barwick

Mrs. Ida Jones

Mr. Gary Brown

Mr. James Wood

Cuban high jumper denies drug use

Athlete stripped of medal

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.

Chides governor's military record
Gov. George W. Bush, R-Tex., who wants to be president, says heis a compassionate conservative. Well, of course he is. I will bet he has been one since he graduated from Yale University in 1968. That was a real bad year in Vietnam. Richard Renew, Martinez

Hits commissioner over water woes
If you live in Augusta-Richmond County Commission District 4, don't vote for Richard Colclough. A vote for an incum-bent is a vote to stay on water restrictions. Michael W. Wilkins, Augusta

The tawdry Clintons
Just when the nation thought it would be focusing on Al Gore, George W. Bush and a host of other 2000 presidential candidates, Americans are again reminded that it has a dysfunctional ``first family'' that says it wants ``privacy'' yet insists on still talking about their sex lives.

Ordinance to be costly?
While we sympathize with Mayor Bob Young and five Augusta commissioners who provided the votes for passage of a controversial home-size ordinance, we think that, in this case, City Attorney Jim Wall and dissenting Commission member (and attorney) Steve Shepard may be right.

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.

Offers insight on aging and driving
The answer to the question posed in the article, ``When are you too old to drive?'' (Aug. 1), varies from person to person, as people tend to age in different ways at various rates. Karen Monaco, Augusta

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.

Hits publication of gunman's `plan'
Have we as a civilization lost completely our yardstick for decency? Susan Schepens, Augusta

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.

Urges display of Ten Commandments
Displaying the Ten Commandments on the walls of our schools is very appropriate and brings things into proper perspective. The violence in our schools has a direct link to the lack of instruction in the biblical law of God. Rev. Anthony Stephens, Waynesboro

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!

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.''

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.

Aiken stop justified
The Aiken County Sheriff's Department was looking for a 37-year-old hardened felony suspect. The people stopped in their car were 11, 18 and 19 years of age.

Ruminates on review board dispute
I just completed my time as chair of the Augusta-Richmond County Human Relations Commission ... (and) would like to address some issues from my service related to the Sheriff's Civilian Review Board proposal. I am sad to say people still do not search out information about things. They are satisfied with a 30-second blip or editorial com-ment. This puts all the responsibility on the media or the poll of the moment when it should be on an informed citizenry. James C. Murray, Jr., Augusta

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.

Overtime: Men's soccer team ranked No. 20

Hardaway moving to Phoenix

Wilson's impact is being felt

NBA roundup: Hardaway to Suns

SEC all-stars travel abroad

Drivers, fans await race

Surprised Green takes third qualifying spot for Brickyard

Strategy plays a key role in race

Unconventional golfer breaking records

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.

Nuclear powers urged to reverse growing dangers
UNITED NATIONS -- The nuclear powers, especially the United States, must take the lead to reverse the growing nuclear dangers that threaten international stability in the 21st century, a panel of nuclear experts said in a report Wednesday.

New cable channel will show how to Do It Yourself
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Inspired to start a garden or remodel your kitchen? Home & Garden Television's latest venture promises to tell you how -- on the air and on the Web.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Employing the environment
Savannah River Site workers once relied on toxic solvents to clean machinery at the nuclear weapons complex.

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.

Narcolepsy gene found
BOSTON -- Scientists believe they have discovered a genetic flaw deep within the brain that causes narcolepsy, the bizarre disorder that makes people fall asleep without warning.

Employing the environment

Narcolepsy gene found

New cable channel will show how to Do It Yourself

Scientists find direct evidence of early oxygen-producing organisms

Mind-Gym exercises the old gray matter

Age doesn't deter sex life of older Americans

Pediatricians: children should watch less TV