A quarter went a long way for Corey Spencer

Walker beats the Braves

Jackets lefty learns from loss

Stottlemyre back sooner than expected

Braves notebook: Lopez's absence is proving costly

Braves win in extra innings

Braves notebook: Rocker happy to leave Denver

Catfish Hunter condition improves

Jackets lefty learns from loss

Around MLB: McGwire hits 48th home run to retake lead

"Future" uniforms spark thoughts of other possibilities

Century mark less attractive

Tiremaker expands in S.C.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Michelin North America said Wednesday it will spend $400 million to expand operations in four South Carolina counties, hiring up to 400 people in the next five years.

Additional business news
Dow Jones slumps below 11,000 mark...Trane recalls electric heaters...Delta, pilots work on pay scale...Customers sue insurance firms...Second analyst sues Dean Witter...

Unexpected layoff at Knology

Course built on park site
Harold Rhodes built a retiree's dream: a personal, six-hole golf course in south Richmond County. Unfortunately, he constructed a portion of it on property he doesn't own -- property that happens to be the future site of the county's newest industrial park.

Food Lion buys Northern grocer
SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Food Lion is buying New England-based Hannaford Bros. Co. and its 152 stores as the grocery industry further consolidates in a fight for survival with discounters like Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Additional business news
Dow recovers some from earlier drop...Area economic forecast good...Alcoa wraps up Reynolds deal...Amazon.com pushes popular gifts...Barnes, legislators likely to aid rail...

Railway funding weighed

Course built on park site

Additional business news

Investments for Forward Together coming from public sources
Nearly half the money contributed to the first Forward Together economic development campaign will be from public sources, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce president confirmed Thursday.

Forward together 2000
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it will embark on a second five-year economic development campaign.

Haagen-Dazs and Nestle's Drumstick to combine
MINNEAPOLIS -- The makers of Haagen-Dazs frozen desserts and Drumstick ice cream bars are combining their U.S. ice cream operations in a new joint venture designed to increase sales.

Railway funding weighed
ATLANTA -- The Athens-to-Atlanta commuter rail line is expected to move from concept toward reality today when the state Transportation Board votes on a 2001 budget request.

Plans remain to build casino in central Georgia
The Kialegee tribe of American Indians said Thursday that they will press ahead with its plans to build a gambling casino in central Georgia despite any opposition to it from the governor.

Forward together 2000

Haagen-Dazs and Nestle's Drumstick to combine

Investments for Forward Together coming from public sources

Plans remain to build casino in central Georgia

Additional business news

Unexpected layoff at Knology
Companywide layoffs have resulted in the elimination of three jobs at Knology's Augusta office.

Food Lion buys Northern grocer

Century's growth takes its toll
Lester Brown, global watchdog, can cite enough looming catastrophes to spoil anyone's day: Water tables are falling, temperatures are rising, rain forests are shrinking.

Augusta won bid for soldiers
When Congress approved President Woodrow Wilson's declaration of war against Germany on April 6, 1917, the United States had an Army of only 200,000 men.

Says armed guards won't stop violence

Urges spaying, neutering of pets

Too easy on molester

Celebrates Southern 'symbol of honor'

Asks respect for original course design

Celestine B. Sibley

Wants gambling moved to upscale areas

Supports S.C. video poker industry

Disparages student dress code

Clean air study needed

Opposes homosexuals in Scouting

Finds photo of dragged dog inhumane

Beware in Aiken Co.

Blasts new dress code for students

Etta May's humor tacky
After living in Los Angeles for 12 years, Arkansan Etta May has almost adjusted to the glamour and hustle of Tinseltown, but she prefers the more laid-back South.

Bands play the Web
The Earl Brewer Quartet has never inked the elusive major-label contract. There are no world tours in the Augusta guitar-popsters' future and no store

British rockers will invade fort
Alternative rockers Bush, fresh from an appearance at Woodstock '99, will headline the 95 Rock (WCHZ-FM 95.1) birthday bash Sept. 24, celebrating the active rock station's first year on the airwaves.

'Dearly Departed' cast not morbid
Hallelujah! Brothers and sisters, let us celebrate the coming of Bottrell and Jones' Dearly Departed to the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre.

Ornamental 'weed' has many uses
Elderberry (Sambucus) is one of our most overlooked ornamental "weeds" -- it's so easy, so beautiful and so useful, we'd have to be crazy not to use it.

Dry beauties
Brown has become the dominant color in many yards this summer, and according to weather forecasters, the summer of 2000 may be just as dry.

Songwriter adjusts after life as rich Non Blonde
On the strength of 1993's hit single What's Up? 4-Non Blonde's debut album sold more than 6 million copies, enabling songwriter Linda Perry to start a record label, finance a feature film, support up-and-coming San Francisco artists and take care of her family.

Tolkien's trilogy slated for the cinema
What's very long, has big hairy feet and takes two years to get to a cinema? And do you really want a Gandalf to go with your fries?

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country star sampled honky-tonk life early
Louisiana-born Eddy Raven received much of his early musical education in Georgia nightclubs when he was too young to be in them legally.

In the know
The fourth installment of Brave New World, an eight-part news series on Nightline in Primetime, takes a look at the subject of cloning humans in a report by correspondent Robert Krulwich, who seems to have the ability to make just about any topic interesting.

The healing touch
Barth Kaigler of Martinez had pain in his hip and a tightness through his back and shoulders that kept him off the golf course. A couple of methods of treatment helped somewhat, but it wasn't until he met Carrie Vizzari, that he felt relief. Ms. Vizzari is a certified massage therapist.

Tips ease landscape burdens
Do you ever feel enslaved to your landscape? Here are some ideas to help ease your landscaping burden:

Many tournaments in area

Popular white bass on upswing in Thurmond Lake

Carolina line still trying to find a groove

Falcons try to pick up where they left off

Diminutive receivers share the spotlight

Football today: Clemson's season looks bleak

Spikes looks to rebuild

New coach hopes to revive program

NFL roundup: Bengals' latest effort to sign Smith fails

Florida can survive offseason losses

Falcons leave Furman, but will they be back?

Claybrooks looks to break through

Robinson wants to focus on football

Holtz to team: No class, no play

Falcons leave Furman, but will they be back?

Auburn anxious to forget about turbulent off-season

NFL roundup: Deion uncertain of return date

Young linebackers will have to play early

Century mark less attractive
We can never tell what is in store for us.

Tips ease landscape burdens

British rockers will invade fort

Ornamental 'weed' has many uses

In the know

'Dearly Departed' cast not morbid

The healing touch

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country star sampled honky-tonk life early

Tolkien's trilogy slated for the cinema

Bands play the Web

Songwriter adjusts after life as rich Non Blonde

Etta May's humor tacky

Tolkien's trilogy slated for the cinema

State seeks remedy to food stamp errors
ATLANTA -- Spurred by reports that Georgia is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on food stamps for families who are not eligible, the state Board of Human Resources voted Wednesday to spend $1.9 million to hire 130 temporary food-stamp eligibility workers and supervisors.<

New uniform policy creating confusion

Governor's office top spender on membership dues

Teacher of the Year rallies
As Andy Baumgartner held up a poster of a beefy model with his own face superimposed, Columbia County teachers gathered at a systemwide meeting Thursday cheered him on.

O'Mailia candle proceeds to fund charities

Area children head back to school

Service program starting

Officials want to beautify city

Area watering limits

Internet tax questioned

First day jitters

Area children head back to school
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Leia Watson had no trouble waking her three boys at 6 a.m. to get ready for the first day of school at North Augusta Elementary on Thursday.

Two NCOs face misconduct charges

Area watering limits
Residents in south Augusta continue to be plagued by discolored water coming from their pipes, said Assistant Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier.

University drops male student preference
ATHENS, Ga. -- If it's a woman's world at the University of Georgia, it's about to get more so. President Michael Adams said he has dropped a male preference in the school's admissions formula in the wake of a new lawsuit from a woman who says her application was rejected because she is white and female.

Bigger billboards on the way
ATLANTA -- Mega-billboards are on the way to a highway near you. The Georgia Transportation Board decided Thursday to drop a restriction limiting the height of billboards along state roads and interstate highways to 70 feet.

Aerial dance troupe takes off at university

Volunteers help relieve pressure on social services
It was 3 a.m. when police found the 3-year-old playing alone at a Burger King playground. While his mother slept, the child had crept out the front door of the family's mobile home. But instead of returning him home, authorities placed the boy in temporary foster care.

Service program starting
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia graduate students now can incorporate overseas service with academics to gain experience in the field of agriculture through a partnership between the Peace Corps and the University of Georgia.

Georgia's student growth expected to lead the nation
ATLANTA - The second baby boom is bringing the nation's schools a fourth consecutive year of record enrollment, and fast-growing Georgia is expected to lead the way into the next century.

Uniforms given away to students

Officials want to beautify city
The bloom is off the Garden City. "It's ugly,'' said Barry Smith, director of the Augusta Trees and Landscape Department. ``But I want to do something about it.''

Veteran mayor retiring

First day jitters
Freshman jitters caused Jamie Stewart to show up for her first class at Paine College an hour early Thursday.

Youth scheduled for manslaughter hearing

Manufacturer to build facility near Aiken
AIKEN -- Arnco, an Ohio company that manufactures cable installation products, is making plans to build a facility at Sage Mill Industrial Park in Graniteville.

Augusta won bid for soldiers

Georgia's student growth expected to lead the nation

Fire destroys processing plant
Lincoln County residents who were evacuated after a fire broke out at a chicken processing plant returned to their homes today.

Fire destroys chicken processing plant
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- About 400 Lincolnton residents remained evacuated late Thursday after a fire that destroyed the county's biggest employer flared back up, prompting fears the blaze could reach dangerous chemicals stored at the chicken processing plant.

Schools prepare to reopen
AIKEN -- Teachers scurrying to make last-minute lesson plans and maintenance crews cleaning the halls had a common goal at North Aiken Elementary School on Wednesday -- preparing the new building for the first day of school.

Area briefs: Judge says killer must appeal case
A Georgia death row inmate who killed an Augusta woman cannot waive all appeals and get an execution date, a judge has ruled.

Investigation of Chinese smuggling operation slow

Tests reveal no waste near football stadium

Airman pleads guilty to refusing vaccine

Fire destroys chicken processing plant

Area briefs: Man shot, beaten in late-night fight

University drops male student preference

Schools prepare to reopen

Bigger billboards on the way

New attractions crowd entertainment market

Area briefs: Judge says killer must appeal case

State seeks remedy to food stamp errors

Internet tax questioned
AIKEN -- Video poker took its lumps and the Confederate battle flag got an impassioned endorsement Thursday at the legislative forum that Aiken's Chamber of Commerce holds each summer.

August could be hottest month on record

O'Mailia candle proceeds to fund charities
NORTH AUGUSTA -- With every step Tim McNeill took through the dense woods just outside Riverview Park, panic grew. Suddenly, he had a premonition that he would be the one to find the miss-ing little boy.

Fire destroys processing plant

Holding hope
Tim McNeill was a volunteer who found the body of slaying victim Keenan O'Mailia, 6, in April in North Augusta. Mr. McNeill has started an organization called Candle of Hope, which is selling candles and asking people to put them in their windows to show support for the children in the community.

Manufacturer to build facility near Aiken

Uniforms given away to students
Karlyn Lotherly had a plan when a south Augusta women asked her advice about what to do with school uniforms that her daughter outgrew.

Volunteers help relieve pressure on social services

Tests reveal no waste near football stadium
ATHENS, Ga. -- Safety tests this week at a possible toxic waste site near the University of Georgia football stadium detected no radiation or harmful chemicals -- nothing that would harm anyone walking in the area.

New mental health center director

Two NCOs face misconduct charges
Two senior noncommissioned officers are facing general court-martial over a series of alleged improper relationships with female trainees at Fort Gordon.

Holding hope

Area briefs: Man shot, beaten in late-night fight
A Hephzibah man was in fair condition Wednesday after being beaten and shot during a fight late Tuesday, police said.

City hopes construction can improve reputation

New mental health center director
F. Campbell Peery will become the new executive director of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia after the center's board voted to offer him the position Thursday night.

Norwood visits city to argue for his bipartisan HMO bill

League targeting hockey cities
League targeting hockey cities

Investigation of Chinese smuggling operation slow
SAVANNAH -- The investigation into the raid Aug. 12, of a cargo ship in Savannah that found 132 illegal Chinese immigrants on board will likely lead to the arrest of the captain and at least one crew member, the Immigration and Naturalization Service said.

Airman pleads guilty to refusing vaccine
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A naval technician has pleaded guilty to two counts of disobeying orders for refusing to receive the vaccine that fights anthrax.

Norwood visits city to argue for his bipartisan HMO bill
Once accused of being a foot soldier for Republican leaders, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is bucking his party's leadership to press a bipartisan health care reform bill.

Governor's office top spender on membership dues
ATLANTA -- When Gov. Roy Barnes' office asked state agencies to report how much money they were doling out for association dues, it didn't have to look far to find the biggest spender.

Hoteliers upset by fort plans

Youth scheduled for manslaughter hearing
AIKEN -- A year after an Aiken girl was killed by a 12-year-old neighbor showing off a .22-caliber rifle, the youth faces a court hearing on a juvenile petition for involuntary manslaughter.

City hopes construction can improve reputation
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Garden City Mayor Dean Kicklighter remembers the snub. Three years ago, cab drivers were encouraged to take interstates 95 and 16 rather than traveling through Garden City because the area was unsightly. With the construction of two parks in Garden City, Kicklighter hopes he'll never have to hear comments like that again.

Cities seek air studies
Augusta is joining forces with Macon and Columbus in seeking a special appropriation for air pollution studies in cities facing nonattainment status under the revised Clean Air Act.

Officials: City can't pass on football
Arena football and the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center could be a perfect match, coliseum officials say.

August could be hottest month on record
August is shaping up to be one of the hottest months in 51 years. "It looks like going back to 1948, if it stays above that 95.9, it'll be a new monthly record,'' said Milt Brown, associate director of the Southeastern Regional Climate Center.<

Hoteliers upset by fort plans
Savannah's hospitality industry doesn't like Army putting 75-room guest house inside Army airfield

New attractions crowd entertainment market
After more than a decade as the only show in town, the Augusta GreenJackets are suddenly finding the market for entertainment and advertising dollars a bit more crowded.

Century's growth takes its toll

Aerial dance troupe takes off at university
ATHENS, Ga. -- As chant music fills the studio, five dance students assume masks of concentration, grabbing hold of trapeze bars, spinning in circles and tracing the floor with pointed toes like sleepy ballerinas.

Officials: City can't pass on football

New uniform policy creating confusion
New policies have created new frustrations for Richmond County parents registering -- and dressing -- their children for school.

League targeting hockey cities

Veteran mayor retiring
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Longtime Statesboro Mayor David ``Hal'' Averitt says he will not seek re-election this November.

Cities seek air studies

Mr. Raymond Sheppard
Mr. Raymond Sheppard, 68, of 202 Cummings Road, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.

Mr. Ralph Newman
HARLEM, Ga. -- Mr. Ralph S. Newman, of 1138 Newman Road, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999 at Columbia Augusta Medical Centers.

Mrs. Toni Davis
Mrs. Toni B. Davis, of 1730 Sibley Road, Apt. 8-A, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Lockhart
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Margaret B. Lockhart, 55, of 174 Campbell Circle, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Isaac Andrews
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Isaac ``Ike'' Andrews, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at the Washington County Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Lunceford
CORWITH, Iowa -- Mrs. Dorothy ``Dot'' Lunceford, 63, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at her daughter's residence.

Mrs. Nannie Ware
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Nannie Ellison Ware, 82, of 647 South 57th St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Mercy Hospital.

Mrs. Carrie Brown
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie L. Brown, 92, of 306 W. Walker St., died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Walter Mays
RAYLE, Ga. -- Mr. Walter L. Mays, 71, of 950 Philomath Road, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Robert McAlhaney Jr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Robert Lee ``Bob''McAlhaney Jr., of Woodland Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. James Little
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James M. Little, 61, of 1822 Bolin Road, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Arthur Howe
AIKEN -- Mr. Arthur Maurice Howe, 62, of 23 Roslyn Circle, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Eva Mae Hazel
ELKO, S.C. -- Mrs. Eva Mae Brown Hazel, 73, of 15 Church St., died Saturday, August 14, 1999, at her residence.

Alexander Croston
Alexander D. Croston, infant son of Scott and Lynette Croston, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Lankford
Mrs. Mary I. Lankford, 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Amelia Beck
EVANS -- Ms. Amelia Ann Beck, 48, of 8115 Sir Gallahad Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Williams
Mr. Joseph Williams, 75, of 8 Taylor St., died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Michael Johnson
Mr. Michael A. Johnson, 33, of 2044 Goldenrod St., died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lizzie Givens
Mrs. Lizzie Lue Givens, 82, of 1024 Phillips St., died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Lankford
Mrs. Mary I. Lankford, 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Earl DeLong
Mr. Earl Lee DeLong, 71, of Appling, Ga., died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Preston Brown Jr.
SALLEY, S.C. -- Mr. Preston Brown Jr., 37, 0f 363 Veterans Road, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Anthony Askew
WAYNESBORO -- Mr. Anthony L. Askew, 31, of 565 Home Track Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, in Augusta.

Mr. James Fowler Sr.
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. James Fowler Sr., 87, of 2035 Culver Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Geneva Cunningham
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Geneva Cunningham, of 3426 Pine Hill Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. James Brock Jr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. James Marvin Brock Jr., 22, of 1020 Fairway Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. J.T. Story
Mr. J.T. Story, 78, of 1043 Red Bird Road, died Monday, August 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Rallie Mells
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Rallie Mells, 74, of 306 Larry Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. David Summers
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. David Summers, 90, of 1612 Jones Bridge Road, died Thursday, August 12, 1999, at Meadowbrook Health Care.

Dr. Joel Smith
MACON, Ga. -- Dr. Joel Sherlon Smith, 46, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Jean Owens
Mrs. Jean Frances Owens, 74, of 820 Stevens Creek Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at WestLake Manor Health Care Center.

Mrs. Leola Thomas
THOMSON -- Mrs. Leola Sturgis Thomas, 76, of 325 Scott Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.

Ms. Tina Gilliam
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Tina Ann Gilliam, 42, of 203 Jackson Ave., died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Herman Kammer Sr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Herman Christopher Kammer Sr., 92, of South Clark St., died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at Lowman Home, White Rock, S.C.

Mrs. Voncile Cook
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Voncile ``Bonnie'' Franklin Cook, 59, of 172 Del Rio Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. John Chorich
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. John Chorich, 52, of 55 Arabian Court, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Fannie Walker
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Fannie L. Walker, of 116 Ashton Village, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Ms. Susie Howard
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Ms. Susie Howard, 51, of 819 Arber Hill Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at DeKalb Medical Center, Decatur.

Fighting the fire
Firefighters from three counties worked through the night and into Thursday morning to battle a blaze that destroyed Criders Inc., a poultry processing plant off Double Branches Road in Lincolnton. Later on Thursday, firefighters spent most of the day removing hazardous chemicals from the smoldering debris.

Mrs. Eula Hicks
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mrs. Eula Brown Hicks, 98, of 1226 Plummersville Road, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Judy Martin
BATH -- Mrs. Judy Lynn Cook Martin, 40, of 27 Bay St., died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Toni Davis

Mrs. Mary Lankford

Ms. Susie Howard

Mr. Joseph Williams

Mr. Raymond Sheppard

Mrs. Jean Owens

Mr. Walter Mays

Mr. David Summers

Mr. John Chorich

Mr. Michael Johnson

Mr. J.T. Story

Mr. James Fowler Sr.

Mrs. Mary Lankford

Mrs. Dorothy Lunceford

Mr. Arthur Howe

Mr. Earl DeLong

Mr. Robert McAlhaney Jr.

Mrs. Margaret Lockhart

Mrs. Fannie Walker

Mr. James Little

Mrs. Voncile Cook

Mr. James Brock Jr.

Mrs. Nannie Ware

Mrs. Judy Martin

Ms. Tina Gilliam

Fighting the fire

Mr. Anthony Askew

Mrs. Lizzie Givens

Mrs. Eula Hicks

Mr. Isaac Andrews

Too easy on molester
Law-enforcement only has the manpower and resources to actively hunt down the most imminently dangerous criminals, so it is understandable why there are 50,000 fugitives at large in Georgia who won't be apprehended unless they're arrested on other charges or are detained in a chance encounter with police -- a traffic ticket, for instance.

Disparages student dress code
I am a sophomore at Harlem High School. I would like to state my disappointment with the Columbia County School Board. Elizabeth L. Barron, Harlem

Notes `Dream' admired but ignored
On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history: ``I Have A Dream.'' In that speech Dr. King declared that ``I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.'' Even today Dr. King is admired and considered an instrumental part of the civil rights movement. Ryan H. Beaty, Evans

Urges spaying, neutering of pets
This is in response to Elaine van der Linden's Aug. 15 letter. I suggest Ms. van der Linden get her animals fixed and quit blaming everyone in government for the problem. Dave Caddell, Augusta

Says armed guards won't stop violence
I graduated from Evans High School in 1985, only 14 years ago. I can say without hesitation that being shot at school was not a worry for myself or my classmates. Lynn Prescott Tyner, Evans

Supports S.C. video poker industry
As of late I have been hearing a lot of negative criticism of the video poker industry as a whole. I have been working in the video poker industry since I graduated from high school. I have seen many persons come in just to sit down and relax after a hard day at work. Most of the people that I know work in or around the video poker industry. Carlton Anderson, Beech Island

Panel law improved
The Augusta Commission this week wisely decided to clear up the legal confusion surrounding the local government's 30-plus boards, agencies and authorities. Commissioners directed City Attorney Jim Wall to rewrite the appointment aspect of the ordinance.

Celestine B. Sibley
The Atlanta and Georgia that Celestine B. Sibley wrote about in her initial Atlanta Journal-Constitution columns in 1944 were obviously far different places from the thriving and growing city and state that she covered in her heyday as a political and court reporter, as well as an opinion writer, in the 1960s and '70s.

Blasts new dress code for students
The school dress code is a subject as touchy as any out there in that dress in America is considered a private thing -- something that individuals are allowed to choose to express their feeling and personality. ... Megan Richards, Martinez

Wants gambling moved to upscale areas
Most, if not all, responsible citizens in our country believe that no one should be gambling with the ``rent and food money.'' Taken to a little higher level, most of us really believe gambling of any sort should only be done with ``discretionary income,'' that is, money you have left over after you have paid the rent, food bill, clothing expenses, savings for your kids' schooling, etc., etc. Carl White, Aiken

Finds photo of dragged dog inhumane
Recently there was front-page picture of a dog being dragged by the neck into the animal shelter. That was the most inhumane thing I have seen for some time in your paper. Joyce A. Carter, Graniteville

Asks respect for original course design
I found David Westin's recent article on changes at Forrest Hills Golf Club interesting and informative. The past changes at Forrest Hills can be divided into two broad categories. Ross S. Snellings, Augusta

Defends success of welfare reform
This letter is in response to Ellen Goodman's Aug. 10 column on welfare reform. Geraldine A. Stockham, Evans

Celebrates Southern 'symbol of honor'
Removing every single symbol of the Confederate States of America won't satisfy South Carolina flag opponents, but neither will it change historical truths. There is nothing ``evil'' or ``odious'' about any Confederate flag. Roy Williams, North Augusta

Flush toilet law away
It's time to get the federal government out of our bathrooms. Ever since a 1992 law took effect that requires new toilets to use less water, many members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., have been hearing from angry constituents that the new toilets must be repeatedly flushed to get everything down, and even then they often clog up anyway.

Clean air study needed
Is one monitoring station, at Bayvale Elementary School in south Augusta, enough to accurately gauge if our community's air quality will reach the lower ozone levels set by the revised Clean Air Act?

Opposes homosexuals in Scouting
I would like to make some comments about the young man who appeared Aug. 4 on ``Good Morning America.'' I could not believe this show would reduce itself to air this! The young man stated that he was removed from the Boy Scouts of America due to the fact that he is a homosexual. Marty Lick, Martinez

Lauds change, inclusion at Gracewood
I wish to respond to the Gracewood State School plea for the children. I think it's important to advocate for individuals in our community with mental, physical, emotional and developmental disabilities. In doing so, we should keep in mind that there will always be change. Bernie Bradley, Waynesboro

Beware in Aiken Co.
Traffic violation crackdowns can be looked at from two perspectives.

River racing a family affair

Overtime: Armstrong cashing in on victory

Locals bow out of tourney

Martin has reason to like August in Michigan

Timberwolves sign William Avery

Sports reporter has the ride of his life

Overtime: Reese called greatest Dodgerof them all

Racers get tickets, too

Racing facts

Owner now controls nine tracks

Track & field rocked by Ottey's positive test

MaliVai Washington among 16 wild card entries for U.S. Open

Recycling plans in danger
The lack of a shipping container for plutonium endangers a proposed Savannah River Site plant that would recycle the radioactive metal, a federal board has ruled.

Monumental measurements
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Monument is a bit taller than previously thought.

New species of rabbit discovered in Laos and Vietnam
Biologists have discovered a previously unknown species of rabbit in the remote, forested mountains between Laos and Vietnam.

Y2K bug may arrive early
Signs of the Year 2000 computer bug will increasingly show up at companies after Oct. 1, and likely will continue surfacing for months, according to a newly released report from the consulting firm the Gartner Group.

Swiss executive to plead guilty in vitamin price-fixing plot
WASHINGTON -- A former Swiss pharmaceutical company executive agreed Thursday to plead guilty and serve six months in jail for his role in a worldwide case of vitamin price-fixing, the Justice Department announced.

Study: Toilet plunger-like device is better than CPR
A French study suggests that a gadget that looks something like a toilet plunger is better than CPR at saving heart attack victims.

Official praises SRS plan
The U.S. Department of Energy's ``security czar'' gave high marks to Savannah River Site on Wednesday, but said security still must be tightened at SRS and all other Energy Department sites.

Study: No virus threat from animal organ transplants found
WASHINGTON -- The most rigorous study ever on the safety of transplanting animal parts into humans found no evidence that people caught a worrisome pig virus. The reassuring finding could spur experiments using pigs and other animals as organ donors.

Study: 2.7 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C
At least 2.7 million Americans carry the hepatitis C virus, making it the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, a study found.

Military evacuates Johnston Island in advance of hurricane
JOHNSTON ISLAND -- The U.S. Army evacuated the last of 1,100 military and civilian personnel Tuesday as a weakening Hurricane Dora neared this central Pacific island where a chemical weapons incinerator is located.

Get a grip
WASHINGTON -- It's one of baseball's most embarrassing moments: You had a great swing -- but the bat flew out of your hands.

New printers help make shutterbugs darkroom artists
Not too many years ago, shutterbugs used to spend hours in the darkroom mixing dektol and fixer, adjusting the enlarger and watching images slowly materialize from blank pieces of paper. What fun!

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