Jackets' Oliver has little to laugh about these days

Jackets prepare for stretch run

Braves notebook

Giants shut down Braves

GreenJackets lose to Sand Gnats

Jackets tonight

Perez drops appeal

Jackets trivia

Jackets top Sand Gnats

Baseball plays hit parade

California honors Padres' Gwynn

Southern travelers hit Florida

Period for gas switch in last days
Natural gas deregulation in Georgia right now resembles a party. It's late in the evening, and the old monopoly provider, Atlanta Gas Light Co., is playing the role of the polite host trying to get the last 400,000 stragglers out the door.<

Period for gas switch in last days

On the move
Mary Anne Coussons has been named executive director of the Watson-Brown Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation.

Natural gas costs increase
Lower prices through increased competition was one selling point that state officials used for natural gas deregulation.

Business briefs: Business honor nominees sought
The Small Business Council of the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 1999 Small Business Person of the Year.

Big funds -- too big, or just right?
NEW YORK -- The Fidelity Magellan fund has become the first mutual fund to reach $100 billion in assets, but for investors, the milestone is more than just another record high and round number -- it offers them an opportunity to reflect on big funds and whether it's smart to be in them.

Big funds -- too big, or just right?

Natural gas costs increase

This day in history: Aug. 9
1997: The Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater opened at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery at Riverwalk Augusta.

A look at the 20th Century: 1961
At age 43, John F. Kennedy became the youngest president of the United States and the first Roman Catholic ever to hold that office.

Wild West shows thrilled city
One of the big hits currently on Broadway is the revival of the musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Bernadette Peters as the legendary Western figure Annie Oakley.

This day in history: Aug. 8
1960: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $5,316,147 contract for the construction of Hartwell Dam to Minneapolis firm Johnson, Drake and Piper Inc.

Defends Norwood's vote against bill

Urges expansion of gun ownership

Sen. Jerry Springer?

Tells 'rest of the story' of slavery

Backs leash law and stiff fines

Wants better news coverage for Heat

Hits press 'silence' on KLA atrocities

Blasts editorials on visa cap, PBS

Faults judo referee at Ga. Games

Hands off Taiwan!

Backs Kling in Dist. 81 race

Absurd Scout ruling

Supports 'search for the truth' in case

Pan Am athletes excel, but beware the cigars

Praises 'Neighbors' article on quilts

Laments lack of help for the blind

DA deserves new office

Turns off public TV after rhumba

Shower request is rude, tacky
Dear Carson: We have quite a situation with my sister-in-law, who is expecting her first baby.

In the know
It's a collision of two of the biggest pop culture phenomena of the 1090s: stock market mania and wrestlemania. On Tuesday, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc. announced it will have a public offering of stock.

Surprise: Norman nominated for hall of fame
HALL CALL -- Augusta native and international opera star Jessye Norman is a 1999 nominee to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Ms. Norman, who lives in New York, is nominated in the Mary Tallent Pioneer Award category.

Mountains provide escape
BAR HARBOR, Maine -- Large granite stones that define the edges of the historic carriage roads at Acadia National Park are sometimes referred to by locals as ``Mr. Rockefeller's teeth.''

Washington monument
James Woodall moved from Atlanta to Washington, Ga., three years ago, seeking a quieter, simpler life. But when he bought and renovated a downtown retail building, he hitched a ride on a time machine that would blast him back 184 years.

Gentling a Wild Spirit
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- They recognize the wild streak in each other, the boy and the horse in the round pen where both are being gentled.

Explorers still search for phantom islands
For more than four centuries, men of adventure have been drawn to South America in search of legendary lands and lost kingdoms.

Falcons notebook

USC, Georgia have lot to do in short span

College notebook: Holtz has USC faithful on edge with bowl hints

It's Miller's time all over again

Carter on collision course for Falcons

Kight may see action tonight

Falcons, Chargers have a lot in common

Tech newcomers continue to prep

LT reflects on life at induction

Talk of settlement spoils Alabama's day

Kelly's greatest challenge

College football notes

Southern travelers hit Florida
Can you guess what the most popular vacation spot is for Southerners? The answer is Florida, with Orlando, Panama City and, specifically Disney World being the favorite destinations.

Washington monument

Surprise: Norman nominated for hall of fame

In the know

Gentling a Wild Spirit

Mountains provide escape

Shower request is rude, tacky

Across the area
Augusta motorist killed in accident ... Aiken considers lenient terms ... Restaurant damaged by fire

A look at the 20th Century: 1961

Downs faces pretrial hearing
The man whom investigators say confessed to the 1991 rape and murder of an Augusta boy after his arrest this spring on charges of raping and killing an 8-year-old North Augusta boy is scheduled Tuesday for his first pretrial hearing in Richmond County Superior Court.

Parents stock up for school

System will link agencies

This day in history: Aug. 9

Deputies seek out trouble
Around midnight, small children walk barefoot around the apartment complexes, some carrying their siblings who are still in diapers. Crack addicts stroll down the streets, admittedly high.

Downs faces pretrial hearing

Armed officer vote likely this week
If Columbia County Board of Education members approve this week, local schools could have armed safety officers available on local campuses for quick response to emergencies.

Churches unite against video poker
COLUMBIA -- From pulpits in the tiniest chapels to mega-churches, a broad coalition of the state's major denominations has launched a grass-roots campaign to ban video gambling in the Nov. 2 referendum.

Mall of Georgia banks on tourist appeal
BUFORD, Ga. -- Walk into the Mall of Georgia's main entrance, designed to look like Atlanta's famous Fox Theatre, make a right and you'll think that you've traveled to Savannah's Forsyth Square.

Incident means jail for jailer

Candidates address car tax, poker

Mall of Georgia banks on tourist appeal

Zoning request opposed
AIKEN -- Nearly 300 people have signed petitions opposing development of a 33-acre tract of land on the edge of Aiken's horse district.

Home Front: Music lover runs radio station

Doctor leaves his practice for 'higher calling'
Soon it will all disappear -- his 26-year career in medicine, his home and most of his possessions. But in its place, Dr. John C. Markham III of Augusta will have a new life and in four years will have a new title: the Rev. John Markham.

Armed officer vote likely this week

Wild West shows thrilled city

Across the area
Hot weather melts century-old record ... Fire destroys Graniteville home ... Police, fire plan blood drive

Man to stand trial in three shootings
A man accused of gunning down three people in 1995, leaving two of the victims with permanent injuries, is scheduled to stand trial today.

Incident means jail for jailer
A Lincoln County sheriff's jailer fought the law during the weekend and lost, landing himself in the Richmond County jail.

Riverside principal to join central office

Dogs to search area schools

Filling up on fried tomatoes

Deputies seek out trouble

Yellow water upsets residents

Man to stand trial in three shootings

Program supports victims

Churches unite against video poker

Zoning request opposed

Doctor leaves his practice for 'higher calling'

This week in South Carolina

Groups find school alternatives

Across the area

Filling up on fried tomatoes
James ``Smitty'' Smith removes freshly fried green tomatoes from a kettle at the Fried Green Tomato Festival at the Country Ranch in Beech Island .

Groups find school alternatives
ATLANTA -- Anthony Crisafulli of Athens never has taught a public school classroom full of children, but he's hoping to start a charter school for teens behind in subjects such as math and science.

Candidates address car tax, poker
AIKEN -- The race for the South Carolina House of Representatives seat held by the late Rudy Mason for nearly three terms has developed into a contest among three Republicans, all of whom call themselves conservative, and one independent who finds fault with both parties.

Recruiting gone well
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- It's been five years since Carrie Gibbs held a piece of chalk or scribbled a math equation on the blackboard. Five years since she graded a test or kept a pupil after school for flying paper airplanes.

This week in South Carolina
The Fort Gordon Band performs at 7 p.m. at the Hopelands Gardens lakeside Performing Arts Stage in the park's Summer Concert Series. Picnic suppers are welcome at the free concerts, but alcohol is prohibited. In the event of rain, series performances may be held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center Gym 2 or rescheduled. For details, call 642-7648.

Recruiting gone well

System will link agencies
A $670,000 computer system linking Augusta agencies serving the homeless will help the organizations solve an elusive problem -- counting their clients.

Yellow water upsets residents
Some south Richmond County residents are angry and concerned that they've had bright-yellow, iron-tainted water flowing from their faucets for the past two weeks.

Dogs to search area schools
Bruno stretched his neck and pointed his nose outward, his slim body falling in line behind his nose -- his detector -- trailing a scent like an army of fire ants trekking up and into their red-hill home.

Riverside principal to join central office
Riverside Middle School Principal Charles Nagle will be moving to Columbia County's central office as its newest associate superintendent.

Home Front: Music lover runs radio station
Cloistered in an 11-by-15-foot sound studio on Augusta State University's campus, Alan Cooke stops mid-sentence when his digital watch goes off. He checks his notes, selects a compact disc and gets ready to hit the airwaves.

Parents stock up for school
Each year, parents make the trek to stores for their children's school supplies -- notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, soap, tissue and in some cases, even tennis balls.

Program supports victims
When Calvin ``Eddie'' Rouse's wallet and credit cards were unearthed more than 17 years after his death in his killer's back yard, Sheila Stahl was already on the phone with his family.

This day in history: Aug. 8

Zachary Gross
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Zachary Ozell Gross, 11, of 327 Trout St., died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Lessie Rhodes,
Mrs. Lessie Lee Powell Rhodes, of 1653 Kentucky Ave., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at Beverly Manor. She was 101.

Mrs. Eugenia Burns
Mrs. Eugenia Odom Burns died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Aubrey Scott
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Aubrey Eugene Scott, 92, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Joseph Newman Sr.
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Joseph E. Newman Sr., 82, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Cyril Moyer Jr.
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Cyril Adron Moyer Jr., 65, of 505 Mims Ave., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, in Denmark.

Mr. Clarence Dunn
Mr. Clarence E. Dunn, 86, of 4116 Columbia Road, Martinez, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at Magnolia Hill Nursing Home, Augusta.

Mr. James Smith
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. James Smith, 72, of Foster Circle, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Willis Sr.
Mr. Charles C. Willis Sr., 65, of 1745 Goshen Road, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Ellen Wingard
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ellen M. Wingard, 74, of 601 Stanton Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at Brandon Wilde, Evans.

Mr. Eddie Moye
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Eddie Lee Moye died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Louise Bargainnier
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise Smith Bargainnier, 89, of 246 W. Calhoun St., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Jack Rhoads
COLUMBIA -- Mr. Jack Charles Rhoads, 46, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999.

Mrs. Terrie Coxville
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Terrie P. Coxville, 37, of 4754 Steephollow Road, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at her residence.

Ricardo Gross
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Ricardo Santze Gross, 17, of 327 Trout St., died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Rem Remsen
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Rem Remsen, 81, of 3744 Lovelace Road, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mildred Jenkins
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Mildred Sibert Jenkins, 66, of Cedar Hill Road, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999.

Mrs. Carrie Henderson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie Mae ``Ma Carrie'' Henderson died Friday, July 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Eldora Smalley
HARLEM -- Mrs. Eldora Dill Smalley, 88, of 931 Louisville Road, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Edgar Houston
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Edgar Houston, 37, of 319 Stapleton Highway, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mr. Frank Wheeler
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Frank C. Wheeler, 69, of 1032 Wheeler Road, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, in Burke County.

Phillip Crouch
Phillip Avery Crouch, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Kerry Crouch Jr., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Mr. William Dent Sr.
Mr. William L. Dent Sr., the first black bailiff appointed to a Richmond County court, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999. He was 93.

Mr. George Burt
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Mr. George Dennis Burt, 76, of 576 N. Oakley, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital.

Mrs. Gladys Eubanks
Mrs. Gladys Daniels Eubanks, 70, of 2802 King St., died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Walker
GOUGH, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph ``Bus'' Walker, 99, of Sandy Creek Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. George Morris
LANGLEY -- Mr. George N. Morris, 61, of 20 Robinson St., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, in Leesville.

Mr. Joseph Simpson
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph Eugene Simpson, 63, of 316 W. Twin Lane, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Garmon Barnett
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Garmon A. Barnett, 84, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999.

Rev. Ronnie Robertson
LINDEN, N.C. -- The Rev. Ronnie Clayton Robertson, 62, of 6930 Moray St., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Smith

Mrs. Gladys Eubanks

Mrs. Ellen Wingard

Mrs. Terrie Coxville

Mr. George Morris

Mr. Garmon Barnett

Mr. Cyril Moyer Jr.

Mr. Aubrey Scott

Mr. Jack Rhoads

Mrs. Eugenia Burns

Zachary Gross

Mrs. Eldora Smalley

Rev. Ronnie Robertson

Mr. Eddie Moye

Mr. Rem Remsen

Mr. Edgar Houston

Mrs. Louise Bargainnier

Mr. George Burt

Mrs. Carrie Henderson

Mr. Charles Willis Sr.

U.S. women preserve Pan Am medals run

Savannah weightlifter bring home the gold

Proactivity of Richmond County School Board
(EditorÕs note: The author, Jeff Annis, is a former member of the Richmond County School Board.)

Putting the fix in Georgia public education
WOODROW WILSON was once asked why he left the presidency of Princeton University to seek the U.S. presidency. ``I couldn't stand the politics,'' he explained.

Backs leash law and stiff fines
I am a pet owner and see lots of dogs running wild. My dogs get their shots every year, and when they are sick they go to the vet. When we go away, I pay for them to be cared for. Mary Reese, Thomson

Supports 'search for the truth' in case
Re the July 22 letter by Berry G. Doyle Sr. in which he says it would be an injustice to try Jason Kennedy for a fourth time: Ron Cawthon, Evans

Hands off Taiwan!
Visit Communist China, then visit Free China. The latter is located on the island of Taiwan, where anti-Communist forces fled from the mainland in 1949 after being ousted by the Reds.

Defends Norwood's vote against bill
In a recent letter, a gentleman from Hephzibah has taken U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., to task over his vote on HB 2122,which was defeated on June 18. However, the gentleman may be forgiven for his misunderstanding of events surrounding this tortured bill. Phillip A. Williams, Augusta

Putting the fix in Georgia public education
WOODROW WILSON was once asked why he left the presidency of Princeton University to seek the U.S. presidency. ``I couldn't stand the politics,'' he explained.

Turns off public TV after rhumba
In the past, I have been a fan of public television and radio. Even through the current criticism of it, I have been inclined to side with PBS against the politicians. Betty Timmerman, North Augusta

Praises 'Neighbors' article on quilts
Being interested in handiwork of any kind since kindergarten, it pleased me to read the nice July 28 article in ``Neighbors'' regarding Louise Hollingsworth. Ms. Hollingsworth is to be commended for her dedication in contributing quilts to the Ronald McDonald House. Ellinor E. Reid, Aiken

Hits press 'silence' on KLA atrocities
Thankfully, the useless and destructive bombing of Yugoslavia is over! The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization now face the daunting task of maintaining the peace in the region and pouring in tens of billions of dollars to rebuild what they have destroyed. Al Kotras, Augusta

Hits critic of 'common sense' stand
Re the July 27 letter by Robert A. Daniels concerning the stand of a South Carolina politician for common sense in protesting the Confederate flag: Paul McLaughlin, Augusta

Urges expansion of gun ownership
More and more buildings have signs on them forbidding concealed firearms. If every workplace is a gun-free zone, it will be a safer place, right? A would-be killer knows the people inside are not armed. If there is an armed guard, all the killer has to do, particularly if the guard is familiar to him, is catch him off guard and kill him. Then the killer is free to shoot the inhabitants of the building like, as they used to say, ``shooting fish in a barrel.'' Robert Roushar Jr., North Augusta

Rebuts column critical of liberal Jews
Syndicated columnist Mona Charen's latest potshot at liberal New York Jews and Israelis (July 29) is so far off base that one has to wonder why she makes up these facts to justify another attack on Jews and Israelis. Larry Waxman, Martinez

Probe Clinton judges
The revelation by The Washington Times that the eight federal judges appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. District Court in Washington meet privately every month in closed-door sessions dynamites the very foundation of judicial ethics and impartiality in this country.

Tells 'rest of the story' of slavery
I read with interest the July 28 article entitled ``Colonial Williamsburg says slavery program important.'' The program called ``Enslaving Virginia'' was also given coverage on the July 29 Today Show. Since they've brought it up, I hope they will eventually tell the whole story. Glenn Dedmondt, Johnston

Absurd Scout ruling
In a decision so incredulous it would be laughable but for its import, New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled that a boys' organization, which for generations has been a guardian and teacher of mainstream America's moral values, must abandon its biblically-grounded stance on homosexuality and admit gays as members.

Wants better news coverage for Heat
The Augusta Heat is unbeaten at 4-0. So why didn't they rate a place on the first page of last Sunday's sports section? A four-liner continued on the back page would be better than nothing. Even Rick Dorsey, who has something to say about everybody, can't even get up the energy to make a comment, and that is rare. Robert E. Owens, Martinez

Backs Kling in Dist. 81 race
So the ``powers that be'' in the Republican Party in Aiken have spoken and endorsed Skipper Perry. Surprise! Surprise! Arnetta Dunbar, Aiken

DA deserves new office
In 1993 the chairman of the County Commission's citizens' committee for space allocation met with new Augusta District Attorney Danny Craig after surveying the one-time bordello at 551 Greene Street serving as the DA'stemporary office. Craig recalls then-chairman Bill Kuhlke emphasizing that a new administration building for the DA and his staff ``is the most pressing need'' and that action would occur ``within 18 months.''

Sen. Jerry Springer?
This week's ``You Can't Be Serious'' award goes to Ohio Democrats who are taking a look at nominating violence-inciting TV host Jerry Springer next year to run against GOP incumbent Mike DeWine for the state's U.S. Senate seat.

Faults judo referee at Ga. Games
Some members of my team and I played in the July 24 Georgia Games judo event. We traveled from Shaw Air Force Base at Sumter, S.C. William D. Sherwin Jr., Sumter

Proactivity of Richmond County School Board
(Editors note: The author, Jeff Annis, is a former member of the Richmond County School Board.)

Blasts editorials on visa cap, PBS
What is your intent? ... Do you wish to plunge your readers into ignorance by calling for the end of H-1b visas based on shoddy and self-serving evidence? Do you want to proclaim your sad state of hate by calling for the end of Public Broadcast Service subsidies because of ``leftist'' programs like Frontline? R. Scott Belford, Augusta

Thinks cartoon undermines women
This year contains so many great moments for American women: Elizabeth Dole as the first viable female presidential candidate; Hillary Rodham Clinton as the first first lady to make a political career of her own; the American Women's Soccer Team raising the standard for women's sports and sports coverage; Eileen Collins commanding her own space shuttle mission. Laura Noggle, Augusta

Laments lack of help for the blind
I was glad to read the July 29 article in the ``Neighbors'' section regarding Harold Mays and the Veteran's Administration Hospital. His despair and frustration on going blind are felt by all of us at one time or the other. Mr. Mays was lucky. Jack Eckert, Augusta

Brickyard 400 notes

Jarrett gets flag at Brickyard

Report says bands decision to be reversed

Pernice wins Buick Open

Texan stands tall at Pine Ridge

Jarrett is the driver to beat

Trenton man to cast for $1 million

Seebold to defend River Race

Wright signed by Hawks

Overtime: Curry's leadership skills pay off

Augusta's Taylor leads Hooters Tour Classic

Overtime: Hingis wins easily over V. Williams

Downloadable-music sales expected to surge
Online shoppers are dreaming about the day when they'll be able to easily purchase any song by downloading and then copying it onto a compact disc. No postage. No waiting. No going to the record store. It's instant listening gratification.

Online publishers judging books by different covers
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Budding novelist George Vercessi felt he had written a spine-tingling thriller about a devious first lady who plots against the president. So, hoping for his big break, he sent the manuscript to numerous publishers.

Last total eclipse of millennium is coming
LAND'S END, England -- At 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, the small island of Bryher in the Scilly Isles off southwestern England will go dark as the moon slides across the sun.

Eyes may unlock future
Someday, experts say, your eye may unlock an array of things. The pattern of your iris may replace the password to your computer, the personal identification number to your bank account, even the key to your front door.

Online business was a bright idea
Meet Steven Rothschild, one of the ``Web natives'' leading the great e-tailing charge of 1999. The online commerce light bulb went on for a second time inside his head when the 40-year-old entrepreneur's wife asked him to replace a burned-out bulb in their dog pen.

High technology comes to the library
Until recently, the 98-year-old Rockefeller University library in New York loaned books on the honor system.

Bad camera angles makes Bugs' new game difficult
Bugs Bunny, that irrepressible cartoon rabbit who has been driving Elmer Fudd crazy since the dawn of time, is back in a new game that should appeal to most gamers -- as long as the gamer is under 10.

Ask the computer guy
Q: I have a Pentium 166 desktop computer, and I want to add a Diamond Viper 770 AGP video card to it. Is that new card too advanced for this tired old chip?

Last total eclipse of millennium is coming

Downloadable-music sales expected to surge

Bad camera angles makes Bugs' new game difficult

Online business was a bright idea

Ask the computer guy

Eyes may unlock future

Online publishers judging books by different covers

High technology comes to the library