Braves down Astros, 5-3

Disney won't sell Angels

Strike a possibility

Braves notebook

Augusta thrashes Red Stixx

Baseball plays hit parade

Oliver has little to laugh about

Giants shut down Braves

Braves down Astros, 5-3

Jackets top Sand Gnats

AL pitchers suspended

Jackets prepare for stretch run

Nickel calls spark price war
Americans are being offered the lowest long-distance rates in history as phone companies jockey for customers whom they can sell other services such as local and wireless calling.

Deadline nears for filing taxes
The post office likely won't be swamped with taxpayers filing federal returns this week. The Internal Revenue Service is not expecting a surge of activity at its offices.

Deadline nears for filing taxes

Nickel calls spark price war

Security Federal says net income is up
Aiken-based Security Federal Corp., parent company of Security Federal Bank, reported a 4.4 percent increase in second-quarter earnings Friday.

Security Federal says net income is up

Lawsuit against State Farm Insurance Co.

Additional business news

Additional business news
Dow closes down as interest rates soar...Jolly Green Giant returns...Most HMOs lost money in 1998...American, pilots still disagree...Agency considers GM recall...Merck drug wins federal OK...Amazon, Times settle over list...

Lawsuit against State Farm Insurance Co.
When Peggy Frey picked up her newly repaired Ford Mustang from the body shop recommended by her insurance company, she found the hood didn't fit and the headlights were loose.

This day in history: Aug. 10
1994: Superior Court Judge John H. Ruffin of Augusta was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

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

Early educators left legacy
The older one gets, the more the mind has a tendency to pause and reflect back to the innocence of childhood school days. These days of long ago are cherished around Grovetown and other parts of Columbia County.

Lowcountry students help repair slave cabins
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One of the slave cabins at McLeod Plantation looks surprisingly new. But the story of its recent repair involves more than replacing its asphalt shingle roof with red cedar shingles, more than rehanging its door and shutters, more than repainting its clapboard siding.

Urges expansion of gun ownership

Norwood bill advances

Sen. Jerry Springer?

Likes `experienced' Dist. 81 candidate

Faults judo referee at Ga. Games

Wants voters to decide S.C. flag issue

Laments lack of help for the blind

Notes quality of expressway work

Backs Kling in Dist. 81 race

Bus safety concern

Absurd Scout ruling

Defends Norwood's vote against bill

Turns off public TV after rhumba

Hits press 'silence' on KLA atrocities

TNN reaches out to pro-wrestling fans
NEW YORK -- What does pickin' and grinnin' have in common with bone-jarring wrestling? We're about to find out.

Fans celebrate Hitchcock
NEW YORK -- On Aug. 13, make that Friday the 13th, Alfred Hitchcock would have turned 100 years old. His portly shadow has never loomed larger.

In the know
WWF STOCK: In response to World Wrestling Federation's announcement of a public stock offering, The Augusta Chronicle conducted a poll Sunday to see which of the two WWF superstars would be more popular with potential investors: Dwayne ``The Rock'' Johnson or Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Tech newcomers continue to prep

It's Miller's time all over again

USC, Georgia have lot to do in short span

O'Leary teaches crash course

Kight may see action tonight

NFL round up: Anderson to meet with Falcons

Carter on collision course for Falcons

Clemson to start full workouts

Talk of settlement spoils Alabama's day

Competition drives senior

Former Bulldog gets another chance

In the know

Fans celebrate Hitchcock

TNN reaches out to pro-wrestling fans

School starts
Summer vacation has ended early for students in many Georgia and South Carolina counties. Today, students in McDuffie County return to class, joining students in Lincoln and Edgefield counties who started Monday and McCormick County students who went back Friday.

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.

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

Officials seek early retirement
In an effort to cure a $22.5 million deficit, Medical College of Georgia officials will ask today for an early retirement package that could save the school and hospital more than $9 million a year.

Defense lawyers question possibility of impropriety
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Two pretrial issues remain, but attorneys expect Garry Deyon Johnson's death penalty trial to begin Aug. 23 as scheduled.

Committee votes to rebuild Laney-Walker district's housing
Residents of Augusta's Laney-Walker Historic District must support an effort to rebuild their neighborhood if it is to succeed, a federal official warned local leaders Monday.

Linder builds war chest for 2000
ATLANTA -- U.S. Rep. John Linder is building a huge campaign war chest this year even though no Democrat has stepped forward thus far to challenge the four-term incumbent in 2000.

States refuse to take over old dam

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.

Opening statements begin in slaying trial

Program supports victims

Smoldering silo thwarts probe
A week after an explosion rocked a grain silo at Amick Farms in Saluda County, the silo still smolders, preventing investigators from searching for a cause.

Committee votes to rebuild Laney-Walker district's housing

Expected hopefuls in race
AIKEN -- There were no surprises Monday when candidates had their last opportunity to file for three Aiken City Council seats.

Robbery suspect drowns
A 41-year-old Thomson man drowned in Thurmond Lake early Monday while attempting to elude deputies.

Area briefs: Ex-superintendent says he won't sue
Former Columbia County schools Superintendent Tom Dohrmann said Monday he feels vindicated by a ruling from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and that he doesn't plan to sue the schools system.

Man to stand trial in three shootings

Aiken council rejects housing plan
AIKEN -- In a decision greeted by thunderous applause from an adamant crowd, Aiken City Council on Monday unanimously rejected a plan for housing near the field where spring and fall steeplechases are run.

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.

Site finds man listed on bracelet
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As a young woman, Barbara Fiebelkorn thought often about the man whose name was engraved on a POW bracelet she wore. She imagined possible horrors but mostly held out hope.

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.

Close call
Loretta Amerson of Graniteville describes how she avoided the full impact of a five-car accident at the junction of South Carolina highways 119 and 19 on Monday afternoon. Thomas Crow, a corrections officer from Trenton Correctional Institution, was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers after a five-car accident at about 2:30 p.m.

This day in history: Aug. 9

Expected hopefuls in race

Committee to support Laney-Walker revitalization project
Despite discontent from some Augusta commissioners about a private corporation overseeing millions of dollars in revitalization funds for blighted areas of the city, the administrative services committee voted to support the project Monday and directed City Manager Randy Oliver to develop a funding proposal.

Smoldering silo thwarts probe

Doorman adds historical flair to new hotel
SAVANNAH -- George Howard is a doorman. He has been one for most of his life.

Harlem restores watering

Downs faces pretrial hearing

Robbery suspect drowns

States refuse to take over old dam
Georgia and South Carolina have joined the growing list of governments that don't care to own the aging New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Early educators left legacy

Incident means jail for jailer

Richmond County hires EMA chief

Mall of Georgia banks on tourist appeal

Hotel tax agreement reached

Wild West shows thrilled city

Local school systems offer guarantee

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.

Area briefs: Ex-superintendent says he won't sue

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.

Officials seek early retirement

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.

This day in history: Aug. 10

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.

School starts

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.

Counselor helped during crisis

Parents stock up for school

Armed officer vote likely this week

Home Front: Music lover runs radio station

Churches unite against video poker

Harlem restores watering
Water restrictions eased somewhat for Harlem residents Monday. A outdoor watering ban issued last week was lifted, returning residents to odd-even watering days, city officials said.

Schrenko gives guarantee
ATLANTA -- Trying to dispel the notion that they're sending universities ill-prepared students, state Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko announced Monday that 49 local systems will guarantee the quality of their college-prep graduates.

Linder builds war chest for 2000

Opening statements begin in slaying trial
As soon as Bernon Raborn pulled into the Scottish Inn parking lot, he was marked as a victim, a witness testified Monday.

Committee to support Laney-Walker revitalization project

Counselor helped during crisis
ATHENS, Ga. -- When T. David Fletcher assumed a job as a student ombudsman at the University of Georgia in 1967, appendectomies were among the scariest situations that students faced.

Close call

Schrenko gives guarantee

Defense lawyers question possibility of impropriety

Hotel tax agreement reached
Columbia County Commission and the Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau have compromised on a contract for the next two years.

Doorman adds historical flair to new hotel

Site finds man listed on bracelet

Aiken council rejects housing plan

Richmond County hires EMA chief
After four months of searching, Augusta named David Dlugolensky as director of the Richmond County Emergency Management Agency.

Local school systems offer guarantee
ATLANTA -- Trying to dispel the notion that they're sending universities ill-prepared students, state Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko announced Monday that 49 local systems will guarantee the quality of their college-prep graduates.

Lowcountry students help repair slave cabins

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

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

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

Mrs. Agnes Shelton
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Agnes Moats Shelton, 86, of 226 Broad St., died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Hazel Haskell
Mrs. Hazel Faye Haskell, 61, of 3619 Nassau Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 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. Oscar Butler
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Robert Oscar Butler, 90, of 1574 South Carolina Highway 121 N., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Nancy B. Curtis
Mrs. Nancy B. Curtis, homemaker, of 1358 Dewitt St., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at her residence. She was 108.

Mr. Bennie Burch Sr.
Mr. Bennie W. Burch Sr., 68, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Wilbur Williford
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Wilbur K. Williford, 43, if 2052 Georgia Highway 102 W., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Louell Anderson
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Louell R. Anderson, 83, of 4751 Wrightsboro Road, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

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

Mr. Douglas Grady
ROCKAWAY BEACH, N.Y. -- Mr. Douglas R. Grady, 72, of 323 Beach 88th St., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999.

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

Mrs. Louise Williams
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise P. Williams, 91, of 217 North Racetrack St., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at Metter Nursing Home.

Mr. Willer Mercer
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Waders Mercer, 70, of 330 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999.

Steven Campbell
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Steven Campbell, infant son of Willie and Geneva Campbell, of 2072 Lakeview Drive, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Tito Segar
Mr. Tito Q. Segar, 19, of 1750 Essie McIntyre Blvd., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. James Smith

Mrs. Ellen Wingard

Mr. Tito Segar

Mrs. Louise Williams

Mr. George Morris

Mr. Willer Mercer

Mrs. Terrie Coxville

Steven Campbell

Mr. Aubrey Scott

Mr. Bennie Burch Sr.

Mrs. Louise Bargainnier

Mr. Douglas Grady

Rev. Ronnie Robertson

Mrs. Agnes Shelton

Mr. Rem Remsen

Mrs. Hazel Haskell

Mrs. Nancy B. Curtis

Mr. Cyril Moyer Jr.

More than just a number
WHEN I APPLIED to college four years ago, the first thing I wrote down was my nine-digit Social Security number. When I graduated this May, it was the last thing I wrote down before receiving my diploma. During my senior year it was a crucial bit of information that I could repeat in a split second on the regular occasion that a bartender doubted my baby-faced 21 years.

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

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

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

More than just a number
WHEN I APPLIED to college four years ago, the first thing I wrote down was my nine-digit Social Security number. When I graduated this May, it was the last thing I wrote down before receiving my diploma. During my senior year it was a crucial bit of information that I could repeat in a split second on the regular occasion that a bartender doubted my baby-faced 21 years.

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

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.

Norwood bill advances
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and his bipartisan allies -- which includes every physician or dentist in Congress -- appear closer than ever to passing a significant managed care reform bill.

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

Dohrmann vindicated
Dr. Tom Dohrmann, who quit as Columbia County's school superintendent rather than fight allegations from Board of Education members Ray Hicks and Debbi Brooks, has received vindication.

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

Bus safety concern
A recent Georgia State Patrol inspection of school buses in area counties reminds us of state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko's incessant warnings that the General Assembly, while funding education at record levels in key areas, has foolishly cut transportation monies for local districts in recent years.

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

Likes `experienced' Dist. 81 candidate
I have been watching the South Carolina House District 81 race and seen several letters supporting Skipper Perry because he is the only qualified candidate! Robin Loftin, Aiken

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.

Notes quality of expressway work
It has been quite some time now that work began on improving the Bobby Jones Expressway. I do not recall any letters concerning this project, either pro or con. I would like to be the first to comment, and offer a very well deserved ``'Atta Boy!'' to Knox-Rivers and their construction team. Jim Rice, Martinez

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.

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

Backs `conspiracy theorist' in race
After reading Will Tinney's letter concerning the candidates running for District 81, I am moreconfident than ever about my choice for the job. Mr. Tinney states that the main reason he won't vote for Rebekah Sutherland is that she is a ``conspiracy theorist'' who gives the socialists too much credit. Dr. William James Reid III, Aiken

Wants voters to decide S.C. flag issue
It is as wrong for whites to show discrimination against blacks as for blacks to do the same against whites. But why is it that if a white has an opinion that differs from some blacks it's ``discrimination?'' Roger P. Nelms, Aiken

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

Texan stands tall at Pine Ridge

Report says bands decision to be reversed

Nations bid for 2006 World Cup

Burrell, Eschmeyer sign with Nets

Pernice wins Buick Open

Overtime: Dalis coxes junior boat to silver medal

Jarrett is the driver to beat

Medinah braces for championship

Wright signed by Hawks

Overtime: Hingis wins easily over V. Williams

Stevenson begins tuneup for U.S. Open

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

State Board of Education to consider new science standards
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The State Board of Education is expected to vote this week on whether evolution should be left off a list of topics on statewide assessment tests in science for high school students.

Stamp purchases now available online
WASHINGTON -- No need to leave home to buy stamps any more. The Postal Service on Monday launched PC Postage, a stamp that can be printed through personal computers.

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.

HHS resumes lobbying over transplant policy
WASHINGTON -- Armed with a supportive report by an independent scientific panel, the Clinton administration is asking Congress to allow its policy on organ transplantation to take effect.

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.

Regulators allege abuses by day-trader firms, say most traders losing
WASHINGTON -- Securities day traders, most of them heading for losses, are being misled by host firms that promise them quick riches and make improper loans to keep them trading, state regulators contended Monday.

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.

Stale air may have sickened crew, but doctor says it was `no big deal'
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Stale air inside NASA's new space station may have sickened astronauts on the last supply run, but the doctor on board says the headaches, nausea and dry, itchy eyes were ``no big deal.''

Wired for wisdom
Scenario No. 1: You're a college freshman. Your term paper for English 101 is due tomorrow. It's raining. The computer lab nearest your dorm is halfway across campus, and it closes at midnight. You check your watch. It's 9:03 p.m. You head out into the rain and pray you can get the thing written in time.

Your Style
THE FACTS: Bryna Casey, 16, junior at Wardlaw Academy in Edgefield County, S.C.

Changes ahead for graduates -- and new seniors

Wired for wisdom

The big screen
BOWFINGER: Steve Martin plays down-on-his-luck movie producer Bobby Bowfinger, who, in a desperate attempt to snag Hollywood's hottest star, Kit Ramsey (played by Eddie Murphy) for his next film, begins stalking him and filming his everyday life.

Bad situation could get worse for young mother
''I dropped out of school, got married and had a baby. Now my husband's strung out on drugs, but he says he'll change -- like he always has. I want to know if I should go back to him.'' -- 18-year-old Hephzibah girl

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Changes ahead for graduates -- and new seniors
It was only 9:30 a.m., but the sun glared down as intensely as noon that Saturday morning as I stepped out of my ca

Bad situation could get worse for young mother

Lilith Fair trip a wonderful way to cap off summer

The big screen

Lilith Fair trip a wonderful way to cap off summer
So what if I didn't get tickets in time for Rockfest? And who cares if I had no possible way to get to Woodstock? I got to go to the concert event of the year -- Lilith Fair.

Regulators allege abuses by day-trader firms, say most traders losing

State Board of Education to consider new science standards

HHS resumes lobbying over transplant policy

Bad camera angles makes Bugs' new game difficult

Stamp purchases now available online

High technology comes to the library

Online publishers judging books by different covers

Last total eclipse of millennium is coming