Athlete will no longer take supplement

McGwire reaches milestone

Columbia County claims Dixie crown

Strawberry ready to move forward

Jackets keep league lead

Braves notebook: big fine painful for Cox

Braves Notebook: Braves lose lock on postseason spot

Avery's season over

Braves rescue series finale

Minnesota postcards coming in

Commercial clients slow in gas switch

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.

Red hot IPO?

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...

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.

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.

Government services go online

Officials near hotel tax solution

Additional business news

Pan Am notebook: Teammates consider suing disqualified goalie

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.

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

Net stocks drag index down

Uniform sales speeding up

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.

Additional business news

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.

Avondale workers receive promotions

Dow Chemical and Union Carbide to merge

Productivity slows, wage pressures jump in second quarter

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...

New programs come to colleges

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.

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

Aiken stop justified

Urges display of Ten Commandments

SRS upgrade -- finally

Wants ideals preached to be practiced

Looks at the budget-cut numbers

Honors fallen firefighter, family

Commends firefighter

The tawdry Clintons

Notes non-affiliation in Dist. 81 race

Ruminates on review board dispute

Blasts Rosemary English's 'racism'

Hits publication of gunman's `plan'

Going for oil

Backs 'anti-establishment' candidate

Ordinance to be costly?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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'

Freshmen to vie for key roles at USC

Former local standouts to face off on national TV

Anderson still not in camp

Did it have to come to this?

New quarterback faces pressure

Dwight looking for bigger role

Hanspard has golden opportunity

Dogs' offensive line may start freshmen

Robinson focuses on future

More than a football player

Calloway to miss several weeks

Running backs together again

NFL wants back in LA

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

Some schools to get new leaders

In the know

After-school programs can fill fast

Fashion forward

New headmaster plans technology upgrades

In the know

Some schools to get new leaders

Money not top priority for Summer Jam

Guide to Aiken County Schools

By special request

County schools will see some new faces

Fun is only a day's drive away

Space-aged effects create interesting sound

Plant sickness calls for detective work

Schools want to begin year on right path

Bus routes information

Worth of uniforms questioned

Aiken schools consider security for new year

Private schools guide

Guide to Richmond County schools

Preparation can relieve pupil anxiety

Schools want to begin year on right path

School officials urge early start on children's immunizations

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

Up to code

After-school programs can fill fast

Guide to Aiken County Schools

School year to bring lots of changes

Fashion forward

County schools will see some new faces

Aiken schools consider security for new year

Guide to Columbia County schools

Guide to Columbia County schools

Preparation can relieve pupil anxiety

Uniform sales speeding up

Wildflowers can be used without looking too wild

Bus routes information

Performing arts season promises variety, excitement

Guide to Aiken County Schools

Some schools to get new leaders

New headmaster plans technology upgrades

Private schools guide

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated

School officials urge early start on children's immunizations

School year to bring lots of changes

New principals will greet Aiken students

Guide to Richmond County schools

By special request

New principals will greet Aiken students

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated

Tennessee man wins big prize

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.

Big jackpots boost lottery

Board names executive director finalists

Bible class approval challenged

Counties seek solution to strays

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.

Amick Farms hires firm to extinguish 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.

Inmate again seeks death for his crime

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.

Officials inspect silo fire

Beloved monarch honored

Missing girl found unharmed

Area briefs: Brothers killed in auto accident

Harlem bans outdoor watering

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.

Martinez Fire Department getting busier

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.

Candidate has enough signatures

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

Area child care center to pay asbestos fine

Ready for class

Road safety in Aiken County declines

Museum will receive $50,000 grant

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.

Program open year-round

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.

Up to code

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.

Gospel journey

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.

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.

Schools utilize inmates

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.

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.

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.

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

Residents volunteer to help animal shelter

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Worth of uniforms questioned

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Mr. Clarence Rentz
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mr. Clarence Rentz, 87, of 754 Brown-Mobley Road, died Friday, July 30, 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.

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

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

Mr. Matthew Scott Sr.
Mr. Matthew Scott Sr., 67, of 1336 Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Abram Rutland

Mr. William Corley

Ms. Maxie Allen

Mrs. Thelma Thigpen

Mr. Clarence Rentz

Mr. James Wood

Mr. Gary Brown

Mrs. Ida Jones

Mrs. Rena Griffin

Mrs. Mary Joyner

Mrs. Fannie Thomas

Mrs. Ruth Murphy

Mrs. Jessie Schwartz

Mrs. Elaine Godfrey

Mr. Richard Rushton

Mr. Dexter Poss Sr.

Mrs. Estelle Howington

Mr. Clifton Kirkland

Ms. Gloria Perkins

Mrs. Mary Curry

Ms. Evelyn Jenkins

Mr. Charlie Lunceford

Mr. Robert Logan

Mr. Eulie Bush

Mrs. Mary Tully

Ms. Ruth Chalker

Mr. Alvin Smith

Mr. Ernest Tyner

Ms. Ora Mae Doores

Ms. Nancy Williams

Mr. Alpha Peebles

Mr. James Newsome II

Ms. Theresa Barwick

Mr. Ellihue Patterson

Mr. Wilbur Wright

Cuban high jumper denies drug use

Athlete stripped of medal

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Unconventional golfer breaking records

NBA roundup: Hardaway to Suns

Drivers, fans await race

Hardaway moving to Phoenix

Overtime: Men's soccer team ranked No. 20

Wilson's impact is being felt

SEC all-stars travel abroad

Strategy plays a key role in race

Surprised Green takes third qualifying spot for Brickyard

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Mind-Gym exercises the old gray matter

Scientists find direct evidence of early oxygen-producing organisms

New cable channel will show how to Do It Yourself

Pediatricians: children should watch less TV

Employing the environment

Age doesn't deter sex life of older Americans