Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese dead at 81

Smoltz adjusts delivery

Braves tie for first after loss

Braves notebook: Glavine revamps his goals

Braves pound Dodgers

Jackets, Piedmont battle for ERA title

Jackets Trivia

Braves notebook: Boone enjoying hot start to month

Jackets blanked by Bats

Braves pound Dodgers

Exploring the power of the mind

TBS pulls plug on Women's Network

Plastic bottles pushing sales
One vending machine says ``Coke,'' the other says ``Pepsi.'' But both were probably made by Dixie-Narco Inc., the country's leading vending-machine manufacturer, located in Williston, S.C.

Business briefs: Center moves; dealer honored
Aiken Pregnancy Care Center has moved to its new location at 424 Hayne Ave., Aiken. The center is open Monday Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. For information call 649-9890.

Internet sales worry Georgia policy makers

Casino plans put on hold

Casino plans put on hold
SPARTA, Ga. -- A thumbs down from the governor could kill an American Indian tribe's proposal to build a casino in Georgia, the tribe's administrator said.

On the move
Vanamey Fleming, of Network Data Services Inc., has been promoted to regional manager for educational sales in Georgia.

Internet sales worry Georgia policy makers
ATLANTA -- Georgia policy makers worry increased sales via the Internet will shortchange local retailers, property taxpayers and government services, but they don't know what to do about it.

TBS pulls plug on Women's Network
NEW YORK -- Facing high costs and stiff competition, Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System has suspended development of a new cable network aimed at women.

On the move

Customers sue auto dealer

Enhanced S&P 500 minimizes fund risk
NEW YORK -- Many investors not only want solid profits, they want them with a minimum of risk.

Dow index rises 185 points

Customers sue auto dealer
DETROIT -- Auto dealer Mel Farr thought he'd found a way to offer cars to people with bad credit, and protect his profits -- a high-tech dashboard gizmo that prevents cars from starting if the customer is delinquent on payments.

Enhanced S&P 500 minimizes fund risk

Dow index rises 185 points
NEW YORK -- Stocks soared Friday as a new government report suggested inflation remains in check, raising hopes that the Federal Reserve need not be aggressive in raising interest rates to cool off the economy.

Business briefs: Center moves; dealer honored

Additional business news
Price rise modest despite gas increase...Boral to build clay-paver plant...California orders Kia recall...Board of Trade halts session...

Plastic bottles pushing sales

Additional business news

A look at the 20th Century: 1963
In the first month of 1963, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace delivered his now-famous inaugural speech in which he pledged ``segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.'' But his promise would not hold. By year's end, the civil rights movement would make significant strides.

A look at the 20th century: 1962
The Cold War nearly turned hot and Augusta welcomed home a favorite-son governor-elect in 1962.

This day in history: Aug 15
1962: Former Augusta Mayor and Richmond County councilman James Woodall died of a heart attack at age 65. Mr. Woodall, the founder and operator of Augusta Building Supply Co., had already declared as a candidate in the 1963 mayoral elections.

Raps editorial cartoon with questions

Cites heart-moving effort in Bethlehem

Blasts delay of new animal shelter

Pivotal GOP House primary

Seeks political common sense, courage

Dreams of ways to help homeless

Bible issue festers

Backs experience in District 81 race

Notes `consequences' of eugenics

Biotech for Augusta

Offers polygraph test questions

Calls `shameful practice' by the police `robbery'

Compassionate conservative

Faith digest
Sharon Baptist Church, 6262 Cobbham Road, Appling, will join a new league Sunday -- the bicentennial club.

Plains-spoken
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The only reason a traveler would want to cross the Kansas Avenue Bridge, then take Sardou Avenue east over the railroad tracks, is to get to Porubsky's, a small grocery with a tavern next door.

Introspective study leads us to right path
Polls conducted by newspapers and other media have revealed in recent years an increasing cynicism on the part of Americans toward the political process in general and elected officia

A cut above
The maintenance of their lawns is as much a part of their daily routine as getting out of bed and taking a shower. Day after day, they work to perfect their grass -- weeding, mowing and watering to ensure its beauty. To most Americans, it seems a little obsessive, but to the almighty lawn warrior it's a way of life.

Call hostess before visiting
Dear Carson: I own a beach house with my siblings and have the use of it for four months a year. Much of my enjoyment comes from sharing it with friends and family.

On my summer vacation ...
Kathy Chalker (left) and Amanda Norman, both of Warrenton, Ga., at Buckingham Palace in July.

Museum shows appreciation for hometown star
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- Say what you will about the Lucy-Desi Museum, but one thing is undeniable: There are few other gift shops where you can buy a Vitameatavegamin Christmas tree ornament.

Speaker hopes to set success path for young people
Maj. Gen. Irene Trowell-Harris' life has the stuff movie scripts are made of.

In the know
StephenKing's 1995 miniseries, The Langoliers, should keep you guessing. There's no pilot. No crew. Just 10 passengers stranded in the unfriendly skies on a red-eye flight bound for Boston. The cast includes Patricia Wettig, Bronson Pinchot, Dean Stockwell and David Morse. Part I is at 9 p.m. It concludes Monday (ABC, WJBF-TV, Channel 6).

'Miami Circle' may be archaeological site
In 1998, construction workers in downtown Miami unearthed a mysterious, Stonehengelike circle of rocks that might have been built by a long-vanished race of Indians more than 2,000 years ago.

A shoulder to lean on
Travis Cain, 18, has already done what few Americans will ever do -- he made a 13,000-foot climb this summer.

Celtic Twilight awash in green
Does the Celtic Tiger have culture by the tail? The evidence is clear that Ireland is having more than an economic boom. From Broadway to best-selling books, to concert halls, dance recitals and rock rallies, green is busting out all over.

Lineman an attacker on the field

Twisters no shows, put Heat in dilemma

SEC teams get ready for season

Lincoln County, Evans set for football jamboree

Defender looks to dominate

Lions lose Russell to injury -- again

College football roundup

Running back shows varied styles

Falcons end talks with Stone Mountain

Sanders won't return to Lions

QB's job is to imitate

Robinson welcomed back to Auburn football team

Exploring the power of the mind
Ever wonder about those psychic hot lines? I mean, if they were really psychics, they'd call you, right? You'd be sitting there, just about ready to pick up the phone and dial, when it would ring.

'Miami Circle' may be archaeological site

Museum shows appreciation for hometown star

Celtic Twilight awash in green

In the know

Speaker hopes to set success path for young people

Call hostess before visiting

A shoulder to lean on

On my summer vacation ...

A cut above

Plains-spoken

Faith digest

Introspective study leads us to right path

Educators key on safety

Area briefs: Record temperatures in Augusta
Temperature ties 1980 record high ... Reward offered in robbery ... Nature park needs volunteers

A look at the 20th century: 1962

Security measures facing test
Area school officials have added all the security measures their budgets will allow to make sure schools are safe this fall.

Security measures facing test

District 81 vote set for Tuesday

Alien smugglers profit from trading illegals
SAVANNAH -- It's hard to imagine for Americans, but in some ways, the Prince Nicolas was considered a palace by the 132 Chinese immigrants who wound up in Savannah this week.

Violence costs firms billions

Inspection finds lock in need of repairs
Despite a three-year, $1.5 million renovation, the New Savannah Bluff Lock continues to malfunction and will require $150,000 in immediate repairs, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Savannah's elections not strongly contested

Area contributions favor Bush
WASHINGTON -- In the race for presidential dollars, Republican front-runner George W. Bush is leading not only throughout the country, but also in the Augusta-Aiken area.

Crime numbers fall in Aiken

Savannah's elections not strongly contested
SAVANNAH -- In fewer than four months, Savannah residents will choose who will lead the city into the 21st century. But you'd never know that from the local campaign atmosphere.

A look at the 20th Century: 1963

Rangers patrol, protect state waters
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Cpl. Wade Law balanced precariously on the bow of the patrol boat rocked by waves that were kicked up by rising winds and the churning wake of a shrimp trawler dragging its massive nets.

Area briefs: Record temperatures in Augusta

Restaurant faces fight over house

Alien smugglers profit from trading illegals

Inspection finds lock in need of repairs

Owner cancels bar plan

NAACP leader rallies area chapter
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The black community of North Augusta has its own Confederate flag to contend against -- an all-white city council elected at large.

Restaurant faces fight over house
AIKEN -- A New Ellenton collector of antique glass spent Saturday collecting something else at Aiken Mall -- signatures on a petition to preserve an old house on property where Ryan's Steakhouse plans to build a new restaurant.

Pro-union worker sent to mental hospital
AIKEN -- A local union organizer confined to a mental hospital for two weeks said he believes it was his company's way of ``getting me out of the plant.''

Violence costs firms billions
Earlier this year a transient wandered into the offices of Advanced Chiropractic Center in Augusta.

Across the area

Bible battle alters curriculum

Cotton boom unraveling for farmers

Cotton boom unraveling for farmers
ALBANY, Ga. -- Cotton, a boom crop that has made millions for Georgia farmers since the early 1990s thanks to the eradication of the boll weevil, has gone bust.

Hospital screens students

Area fair stresses exercise
The message to teen-agers entering another school year was simple: A healthy body makes a healthy mind.

Harlem targets at-risk students

Supply giveaway prepares pupils
Jason Crum has already set goals for his school year. ``I'm looking forward to having better grades than last year in science and math ... study harder, pay attention and take notes,'' said Jason, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Lucy C. Laney High School.

Educators key on safety
When a first-grader at a Richmond County elementary school kept urinating on his classmates in the restroom, his teacher pulled him aside and tried to reprimand him.

Local security companies see growth in industry, customers
Dave Applegate's phone was ringing with calls from Atlanta the day after Mark Barton's killing rampage, including office shootings at Atlanta brokerages, on July 29 left 12 dead.

Harlem targets at-risk students
It's never easy to learn a new technique after years of doing things a certain way. But some area schools are doing just that. Teachers at Harlem High School in Columbia County and Bungalow Road Elementary School in Richmond County have spent the past week training for school reform models they will be implementing this year to improve student learning.

Crime numbers fall in Aiken
AIKEN -- Crime is down in the city of Aiken. So are traffic accidents, residential fires and juvenile delinquency.

Area contributions favor Bush

Across the area
University to admit woman who sued ... Workers injured in plant fire ... Mailman rescues two from blaze ...

Pro-union worker sent to mental hospital

Bible battle alters curriculum
ATLANTA -- More than just new faces greeted Thomson High School's approximately 1,150 students when they started school Tuesday.

Juvenile burglar sentenced

Minister fighting gaming
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The campaign against video gambling shouldn't be fought only by churches if it is to be successful, an anti-gambling crusader says.

Area hospital may consider reusing medical equipment
There is little debate about reusing medical equipment in Augusta, but at least one large hospital is studying the possibility.

District 81 vote set for Tuesday
AIKEN -- Republicans go to the polls Tuesday to select a candidate for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 81 seat. The winner of the primary will carry the GOP banner in the Oct. 5 special election called to fill the vacancy created by the death of three-term incumbent Rudy Mason.

Look Ma, no hands
Chris Edenfield of Beech Island drops from the rope over Hollow Creek in Jackson on Friday. The spot off South Carolina Highway 125 is a popular place to cool off on a hot summer day.

Area fair stresses exercise

SRS health inspections continue
ATLANTA -- A health program for Savannah River Site construction workers has found four cases of serious work-related illnesses, its manager said Friday.

Rangers patrol, protect state waters

Juvenile burglar sentenced
Seventeen-year-old Brandon Amerson is headed for boot camp for 90 days for watching his friends burglarize three Columbia County homes earlier this year.

SRS health inspections continue

Owner cancels bar plan
Some south Richmond County residents say they will not stand silently by and allow the building of a proposed sports bar on Tobacco Road.

Area hospital may consider reusing medical equipment

Local security companies see growth in industry, customers

This week in South Carolina
Registration for fall classes at Aiken Technical College begins. General registration hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Fall classes begin Thursday. For more information, call the Admissions and Records Office at 593-9231, Ext. 1247.

Supply giveaway prepares pupils

Minister fighting gaming

Hospital screens students
His face a mask of placid resignation, the 5-year-old Burke County boy sat immobile, studying the Army nurse as she prepared two syringes of vaccine.

This week in South Carolina

NAACP leader rallies area chapter

Center helping victims
WAYCROSS, Ga. - South Georgia victims of sex crimes can find solace and 24-hour support at a small one-story house in Waycross.

Mr. Richard Laz
Mr. Richard E. ``Dick'' Laz, 54, of 858 Brookfield Court, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Louis Prunty
Mr. Louis C. Prunty, 77, of 2431 Sumac Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Harry Webb
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Harry C. ``Skip'' Webb, 62, of 900 Woodland Drive, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. William Timmerman
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. William R. ``Bill'' Timmerman, 79, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999.

Mr. Charlie Myles Sr.
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. -- Mr. Charlie Myles Sr., 84, of 356 Cobblestone Road, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Carriage Hill Nursing Home, Aiken.

Mr. Kiflom Hodgu
AZMARA, Eritrea, Africa -- Mr. Kiflom Hodgu, 58, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999.

Mr. James Brown
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. James Brown, 52, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at Veteran's Affairs Hospital, Miami.

Mr. William Smith
ROCKFORD, Mich. -- Mr. William L. ``Bobby'' Smith, of 4474 Venus Drive N.E., died Friday, Aug, 13, 1999, at Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids.

Mr. Willie Tennison
BATH -- Mr. Willie Clyde Tennison, 76, of 120 Eden Drive, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Jule West Jr.
ATLANTA -- Mr. Jule West Jr., 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Carrie Lundy
Mrs. Carrie LundySANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie Hicks Lundy, 92, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Heritage Inn.

Mr. James Martin
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. James C. Martin, 82, of 306 S. Main St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

Dr. Eva Fairhurst
PARRISH, Fla. -- Mrs. Eva M. Fairhurst died Monday, July 26, 1999, at her residence. She was 63.

Mrs. Melba Spence
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Melba L. Spence, 66, of 350 Martin Luther King Blvd. Ext., died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at the residence.

Mrs. Mildred Carroll
DECATUR, Ga. -- Mrs. Mildred Carroll, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999.

Mrs. Thelma Gibson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Thelma Pace Gibson, 71, of 217 Church St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Glenda Hobbs
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Glenda Dale Royal Hobbs, 50, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Mary Kuehn
AIKEN -- Ms. Mary Ann Kuehn, 86, of 1349 Moultrie Drive, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Georgia Hooks
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Georgia Bell Hooks, 65, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, in Atlanta.

Mr. Sam Phillips
THOMSON -- Mr. Sam Mitchell Phillips, 83, of 507 Violet St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Myrtis Thomas
Mrs. Myrtis Ivey Thomas, 81, of 2101 Providence Drive, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Westlake Manor Health Care.

Mr. Joe Chapman
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Joe W. Chapman, 79, of 216 West Terrace St., died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ella Meadows
Mrs. Ella Frances ``Peggy'' Meadows, of 1985 Higdon St., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Eleanor Timpson
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Eleanor Dunovant Timpson, 88, of 317 Wigfall St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999 at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Lou Barnes
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Betty Lou Campbell Barnes, 66, of 121 Lynn St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. William Berry
EVANS -- Mr. William McDowell Berry, 89, of 4275 Owens Road, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Idella Walton
Mrs. Idella Walton, of 2420 Golden Camp Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Julian Scott
Mr. Julian E. ``Gene'' Scott, 69, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. William Smith
ROCKFORD, Mich. -- Mr. William L. ``Bobby'' Smith, of 4474 Venus Drive N.E., died Friday, Aug, 13, 1999, at Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids.

Ms. Lizzie Miller
SALUDA, S.C. -- Ms. Lizzie Black Miller, 94, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Branch
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Inabinet Branch, 82, of 1385 Silver Bluff Road, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Norma Day
AIKEN -- Mrs. Norma Alexander Day, 78, of 8 Rosemary Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Josh Clark
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Josh Clark, 86, of 27 Sandrock Road, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at McCormick Health Care Center.

Mr. William Smith

Mrs. Eleanor Timpson

Ms. Lizzie Miller

Mrs. Georgia Hooks

Mrs. Norma Day

Mr. Charlie Myles Sr.

Ms. Mary Kuehn

Mrs. Idella Walton

Mr. Jule West Jr.

Mr. Josh Clark

Mr. Sam Phillips

Mrs. Ella Meadows

Mr. James Brown

Mr. Harry Webb

Mr. William Smith

Mrs. Carrie Lundy

Mr. William Berry

Mrs. Mary Branch

Mrs. Melba Spence

Mrs. Myrtis Thomas

Mrs. Thelma Gibson

Mrs. Mildred Carroll

Mrs. Glenda Hobbs

Mr. Julian Scott

Mr. William Timmerman

Dr. Eva Fairhurst

Atlanta mayor imitates demagogue of past
STEP BACK from the supercharged language of the debate over the city of Atlanta's affirmative discrimination program. Tune out Mayor Bill Campbell's absurd talk of a Ku Klux Klan of the new millennium or ``a fight to the death.''

The power of confession and forgiveness
The woman identified herself as a 23-year-old college graduate, single, and, for the last seven years, a believer in Jesus Christ. Her e-mail is from ``Hotmail,'' one of those great inventions called ``an anonymous provider,'' so I do not know where she lives. And since I am going to call her ``Darcey,'' a name different from the one with which she signed her letter to me, her identity is protected.

Cites examples of socialism in Aiken
I agree with Dr. William Reid's Aug. 10 letter. The United States is falling under socialist doctrine and control.

Bible issue festers
Are some atheists and liberals so blind they cannot even recognize that the Bible stands as one of the world's greatest works of literature?

Seeks political common sense, courage
Much of the news these days is about the dispute in Congress about what to do with the projected surplus. Should it be given back to the taxpayers as a refund, or used to expand government giveaway programs? Some even complain that the proposed tax relief is going to the wrong people, because it is going to the ones who paid it in the first place and not to those who already pay very little tax. In any case our representatives on both sides have not distinguished themselves and neither have our senators. This is on top of the debacle they went through with the impeachment process.

Protest reduced resources for PTSD
We are writing on behalf of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Wives Club. Bonnie Jacobs and Emmi W. Wilson, Augusta

Gore v. Bradley
Former hoop star and U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J. -- who seems to be the first presidential candidate in history endorsed by the NBA -- raises an interesting question regarding his primary battle with Vice President Al Gore.

Notes `consequences' of eugenics
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, determined that one of the major goals of her birth control movement would be the elimination of live births of those deemed inferior. Implicit in this decision was the idea that physical, mental and social evils are hereditary and that the cure for these evils is ``proper breeding on a scientific basis.'' Penney C. Goodman, Augusta

Raps editorial cartoon with questions
Rick McKee's Aug. 8 cartoon asked, ``Which book can't be studied in Georgia public schools?'' Then it showed pictures of The Communist Manifesto, Mein Kampf and the Holy Bible?

Atlanta mayor imitates demagogue of past
STEP BACK from the supercharged language of the debate over the city of Atlanta's affirmative discrimination program. Tune out Mayor Bill Campbell's absurd talk of a Ku Klux Klan of the new millennium or ``a fight to the death.''

Opposes censored words, informers
When I read the testimony of Darrell Scott, father of two victims of the Columbine High School shooting, I was deeply touched. In part, it read:

Offers version of 10 Commandments
Over the past week The Chronicle has published several articles that reflect the interest of different groups in having some additional interaction between our religious heritages and our public actions. Gene England, Aiken

Pivotal GOP House primary
The three candidates competing in Tuesday's Republican primary to fill the South Carolina District 81 House seat held by the late Rudy Mason are in essential agreement on many major issues. They say they oppose video gambling, a lottery and abortion; they favor tax cuts, local control, better education and keeping the Confederate battle flag flying atop the statehouse.

Calls `shameful practice' by the police `robbery'
Let me get this straight. Because one gram of methamphetamine is found in someone's house, the police get to take his truck and all the cash in the house and keep it for the Sheriff's Department? And the police are actually bragging about it in the newspaper? Daniel W. Brown, Augusta

Backs experience in District 81 race
As an elected representative moves from the local level to the state level, experience becomes significantly more important. The needs of the citizens must first be understood, then addressed and met. Experience and ability to meet these needs comes from having done it many times.

Blasts delay of new animal shelter
I was disgusted and depressed to see your picture of the man dragging the poor dog by the neck in the filthy Richmond County Animal Shelter! I would like for someone to explain why plans to build a new shelter for the animals have been postponed. Did somebody divert the money for the poor, defenseless animals to one of their self-serving ``causes''? This needs to be investigated! Elaine van der Linden, Belvedere

Supports 'trained scientist' in Dist. 81
I do not believe that Kathryn Kling (Wade) is really concerned about the Savannah River Site employees nor about its future. Her platform states, ``At the state level, work can be done to make sure South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control is in line and not requiring regulations that could adversely impact SRS.''

Dreams of ways to help homeless
With the upcoming Y2K, has anyone given any thought to the homeless? In a perfect world, it wouldn't be an issue, but in this city, and others, it is. What if we could find housing for the motivated homeless? What if the people needing a break and those who demonstrated they want a second chance to return to society were given a chance? Trayce Miles, Evans

Right sales tax ruling
The Georgia Court of Appeals has thrown local option sales tax programs into chaos in many parts of the state.

Cites heart-moving effort in Bethlehem
I have had the opportunity to share in many heart-moving events in the city of Augusta. Some fed many hungry children, others made children happy for Christmas; some provided academic support, others offered health care and saw that senior citizens get a brown bag of food. All of these humanitarian efforts have given hope to thousands. Rev. Larry Fryer, Augusta

The power of confession and forgiveness
The woman identified herself as a 23-year-old college graduate, single, and, for the last seven years, a believer in Jesus Christ. Her e-mail is from ``Hotmail,'' one of those great inventions called ``an anonymous provider,'' so I do not know where she lives. And since I am going to call her ``Darcey,'' a name different from the one with which she signed her letter to me, her identity is protected.

Sees flag as divisive symbol of slavery
Arguments over the Confederate flag usually come down to the role of slavery as a cause of the Civil War. Consider the Act of Secession, and the Act of War, separately. There can be little question that the South seceded as a direct consequence of the election of Abraham Lincoln as president. Victor Reilly, Aiken

Offers polygraph test questions
Polygraph examinations for minimum wage security guards? Gee, what a terrific idea -- assuming they are asked the following questions: Dave Stewart, Grovetown

Compassionate conservative
Gov. Roy Barnes could have sent word that he supports the fight to keep Gracewood State School and Hospital open, but instead he actually came to Augusta to visit the facility and reassure concerned families of his backing. He even talked it up with some of the patients. This helped show he really meant what he said.

Biotech for Augusta
An alarm bell is sounding that must be heeded by Augusta's business, civic and political leadership -- Augusta's Medical College of Georgia is facing a financial shortfall and downsizing.

Overtime: Local teen competes in Hawaii

'Augusta Five' westward-bound

Teen-age boxer wins first legitimate bout

Haas climbs into lead in PGA Championship

Preparing for the Glen

Caddy for Daddy

Kendall shoots course-record 65

Despite a late charge, Alcivar suffers defeat

Kenny Irwin, out of a ride, ponders the future

Krajicek no problem for Sampras

Overtime: Campbell sits in top 10 for today's finals

Early waterfowl hunters: beware alligators

Steffi Graf quits tennis

A Woods, Weir showdown today

Schroder makes Regions Cup return after three-year break

Local buzz: Chavous family reunites at Mile High Stadium

18 women crowned champs

Sampras dumps Agassi

Carpenter returns to Regions Cup

SRS health inspections continue
ATLANTA -- A health program for Savannah River Site construction workers has found four cases of serious work-related illnesses, its manager said Friday.

SRS project gets suspended, revived
In December, U.S. Department of Energy officials announced that a $1.9 billion plant to dispose of spent nuclear reactor fuel would be built at Savannah River Site.

Oregon utility pitches plan to turn closed nuclear plant into state park
RAINIER, Ore. -- The ill-fated nuclear reactor that many locals believe inspired the oozing, green-glowing plant on ``The Simpsons'' is now inspiration for an offbeat plan: turning the reactor grounds into Oregon's newest state park.

Report: Only three states cleared for Y2K troubles
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Only Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota have completely tested their computer systems and are ready to face the new year without fear of potentially dangerous Year 2000 glitches, according to a federal report released Saturday.

Tiny cameras can be hidden anywhere
CHICAGO -- Forget ``Candid Camera'' -- you might be on ``voyeurcam'' right now, or even on ``bathroomcam.''

Ask the computer guy
Q: I've heard you talk about a memory leak. What's that?

Plutonium-powered spacecraft to zoom by Earth
PASADENA, Calif. -- A two-story, $3.4 billion spacecraft carrying a load of deadly plutonium will zoom within 725 miles of Earth this week to gain momentum for the final leg of its meandering, seven-year voyage to Saturn.

Cryptographers raise alarm
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Experts in computer encryption say a new computer design, if built, could crack the kind of secret keys that now protect the bulk of electronic commerce.

Free internet access offered by Alta Vista
Joining a crowded market of companies offering ``free'' computer products or services, Internet search engine AltaVista on Thursday became the largest U.S. company yet to offer Net access to consumers willing to look at targeted ads.

Scientists use 'super iron' to create super batteries
WASHINGTON -- A new generation of batteries that could run that pink bunny ragged may be on the horizon: They last 50 percent longer than today's batteries, thanks to a ``super-iron'' component that promises to be easy and affordable to manufacture.

CDC says enhanced efforts needed to eliminate tuberculosis
ATLANTA -- In an effort to stamp out the last remnants of tuberculosis in the United States, federal health officials on Thursday unveiled a plan that calls for new methods of treating and preventing the sometimes deadly disease.

Researcher builds inexpensive, aspirin-size Internet computer
WASHINGTON -- The latest from the cyberworld: an aspirin-size computer that, embedded in household appliances, could let people on the road or at the office use the Internet to cool their homes, heat coffee and tape TV shows.

CDC says enhanced efforts needed to eliminate tuberculosis

Free internet access offered by Alta Vista

Plutonium-powered spacecraft to zoom by Earth

Scientists use 'super iron' to create super batteries

SRS health inspections continue

Cryptographers raise alarm

SRS project gets suspended, revived

Ask the computer guy

Report: Only three states cleared for Y2K troubles

Tiny cameras can be hidden anywhere

Researcher builds inexpensive, aspirin-size Internet computer

Oregon utility pitches plan to turn closed nuclear plant into state park