Niekro won't compare himself to Aaron, Spahn and Mathews

Braves notebook: Javy returns to the clubhouse

Stottlemyre back sooner than expected

Braves notebook: Rocker happy to leave Denver

Braves win another extended game

Braves win in extra innings

Home run race lacks excitement

A quarter went a long way for Corey Spencer

Surridge delivers in victory

Century mark less attractive

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.

3 kaolin facilities get buyer
J.M. Huber Corp. announced Friday it plans to acquire ECC International's former kaolin plants in Wrens and Sandersville.

Course built on park site

Plans remain to build casino in central Georgia

Additional business news

Deadline to choose new gas provider has passed
ATLANTA - Now that all of its retail customers have been assigned to other providers, Atlanta Gas Light Co. promises not to dally as it goes after other business.

Deadline to choose new gas provider has passed

Chicago Exchange first to approve after-hours trading

3 kaolin facilities get buyer

Haagen-Dazs and Nestle's Drumstick to combine

Investments for Forward Together coming from public sources

Unexpected layoff at Knology

Additional business news
Dow ends week about 11,000 mark...Brazil's money hits 5-month low...Service workers get union right...Finns buy share of Powertel...Defective cleaner bottle recalled...

Chicago Exchange first to approve after-hours trading
CHICAGO -- Accelerating a move toward longer trading days, the Chicago Stock Exchange said Friday it will extend its trading hours into the late afternoon to snare an increasing number of investors who want to buy and sell outside traditional market times.

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...

Additional business news

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

Old America Stores closing nationwide

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.

Old America Stores closing nationwide
Two area home decor stores are in the process of closing after their parent company, Old America Stores, was unable to recover from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in August 1997.

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.

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.

Additional business news
Dow ends week about 11,000 mark...Brazil's money hits 5-month low...Service workers get union right...Finns buy share of Powertel...Defective cleaner bottle recalled...

This day in history: Aug. 21
1929: Construction was completed on a stretch of Federal Highway 1 connecting Columbia and Augusta.

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.

A look at the 20th century: 1965
Newspaper headlines screamed violence, death, hatred and fear in 1965 as some Americans fought in the Vietnam War and others fought for civil rights in the United States.

A look at the 20th century: 1964
Baby Boomers were graduating from high school in 1964, some of them to march fresh-faced into battle in Vietnam and come home in body bags.

Wants gambling moved to upscale areas

Opposes homosexuals in Scouting

Sees flag as a symbol of defeat

Clean air study needed

Supports S.C. video poker industry

Asks respect for original course design

Wants `historic' building preserved

Celebrates Southern 'symbol of honor'

Reds will control canal

Urges spaying, neutering of pets

Beware in Aiken Co.

Says farewell as Ft. Gordon tour ends

Blames men for high abortion rate

Celestine B. Sibley

Gambling crooks moving in

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

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.

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.

Moms' group exists to pray for schools
Debby Rosenbauer has always lived in Harlem, population about 2,200. But when daughter Rebekkah started school about 10 years ago, the world was suddenly filled with unknowns.

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.

Faith digest
Jack Robinson and soloist Frank Boggs gave a youth revival at Curtis Baptist Church 50 years ago. They will return for services at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

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.

Books of revelation
Jerry B. Jenkins doesn't appear to be a man who's ready to leave this world. He has just settled his family into a new home on a cul-de-sac in Black Forest, Colo. One of his sons plays baseball at an Indiana Bible college. He needs to pick out a church to attend.

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.

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

God has his plan, and we're part of it
The story of Joseph in Genesis does not mention God's name until Genesis 39:2, when we read the powerful words: ``The Lord was with Joseph.'' That sentence echoes through time, revealing the good news for all to hear: ``The Lord is also with you!''

'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.

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.

Many tournaments in area

Popular white bass on upswing in Thurmond Lake

Football today: Clemson buys out former coach

Tech counting on Campbell to complement White

Graziani on hot seat for Falcons

Claybrooks looks to break through

This could be Holtz's toughest task

Falcons leave Furman, but will they be back?

Hornets on board quickly

Football today: Clemson's season looks bleak

Small step lead to big steps at Maryland

Florida can survive offseason losses

Kentucky will still play wide open offense

Falcons leave Furman, but will they be back?

Jamboree excites fans for coming season

Falcons try to pick up where they left off

Running back corps a question mark for South Carolina

Young linebackers will have to play early

Bowden can't solve problems overnight

NFL roundup: Bengals' latest effort to sign Smith fails

More to being a coach than coaching

Diminutive receivers share the spotlight

New coach hopes to revive program

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

Bands play the Web

Faith digest

Books of revelation

Tips ease landscape burdens

Etta May's humor tacky

Ornamental 'weed' has many uses

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

British rockers will invade fort

God has his plan, and we're part of it

Moms' group exists to pray for schools

Songwriter adjusts after life as rich Non Blonde

'Dearly Departed' cast not morbid

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

Facility teaches defense
A rape is reported in the United States every five minutes, and volunteers with Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services at University Hospital are getting physical to beat those odds.

Campaign promotes charitable donations

Area briefs: Police seek man reported missing
Police investigators are asking for the public's help in locating an Augusta man missing since July 23.

Driving is dangerous in Augusta
You're nearly twice as likely to die in a car crash in Augusta than you are in Atlanta and most experts say its because of aggressive driving, according to statistics released by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

First-day enthusiasm
Students in Richmond County have traded in summer jobs, daily cruises inside the mall and sleeping late for ringing bells, yellow buses and homework. Richmond County opened its 60 schools Friday to an expected 36,086 students.

Volunteer panels review foster care cases
It was 3 a.m. when police found the 3-year-old playing alone at a Burger King playground.

Stop, look, listen
ATHENS, Ga. -- Every day, Andrea Greco perches on the curb of a South Lumpkin Street crosswalk, surveys traffic and then darts across the street to get to the University of Georgia.

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.

Inproving the view

Public forums set for senior citizens
AIKEN -- Aiken and 12 other areas that are home to large numbers of retirees will be sites of public forums for senior citizens over the next few weeks.

Local mill shaped many lives
Erline LaGrone was swaddled by Enterprise Mill from the time she was born into the hum of its machinery and first took a breath of air redolent of cotton. She lived in Mill Village, played and worshiped with Mill children and took her first job at the factory where her family worked and her parents had met. The mill put food on her table and money in her pocket.

Task force to help displaced workers
The Georgia Department of Labor is sending a special task force to Lincoln County to help workers displaced by this week's fire at Crider Inc.

Facility teaches defense

Candidate seeks pledge of positive campaign
AIKEN -- Aiken businessman Don Sprawls is asking city council incumbent Karen Papouchado to sign a pledge promising a clean campaign.

A look at the 20th century: 1965

Y2K coordinator finds personal incentive
Heyward Wells' job as Y2K Coordinator for Columbia-Augusta Medical Center took on new meaning in May.

Crider considers future after fire
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- The stream of cars flowing through the Crider Inc. driveway had slowed Friday. But nearly every car passing the company's burned-out building slowed for a look.

Officials want to beautify city

Thurmond OK after collapsing

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.

Tests reveal no waste near football stadium

Task force sent to aid victims of fire
The Georgia Department of Labor is sending a special task force to Lincoln County to help workers displaced by this week's fire at The Crider Corp.

Inproving the view
William Snow, of Aiken, puts a fresh coat of paint on one of the windows Friday at the old Aiken Post Office, now Lista's Studio of Photography.

City shuts down water well
The utilities department has shut down a newly added well -- the source of 1 million gallons of water -- after several days of discolored water flowing from the taps of south Richmond County residents.

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.''

Campaign promotes charitable donations
A new public-awareness campaign will encourage Augustans to leave donations to charities after death.

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.

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.

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

Boy's 911 call save mother's life
Standing outside in a T-shirt and his cartoon briefs, Spencer Lindsay doesn't look like the stereotypical hero, but police said the 5-year-old's quick thinking is the reason his mother is still alive.

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.

Thurmond OK after collapsing
COLUMBIA -- U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond was briefly hospitalized Friday after collapsing in home-state heat at a reception for a newly sworn federal magistrate.

First day jitters

USC-Aiken receives high marks
AIKEN - The University of South Carolina Aiken is ranked as the second-best regional liberal arts schools in the South in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report's guide to America's best colleges.

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.

University drops male student preference

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.

Area briefs: Judge says killer must appeal case

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.

Candidate seeks pledge of positive campaign

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.

A look at the 20th century: 1964

Youth scheduled for manslaughter hearing

Task force to help displaced workers

Stop, look, listen

Task force sent to aid victims of fire

Area briefs: Police seek man reported missing

This day in history: Aug. 21

Boy's 911 call save mother's life

Club calendar

Driving is dangerous in Augusta

First-day enthusiasm

Area children head back to school

Internet tax questioned

New mental health center director

Fire destroys chicken processing plant

Georgia's student growth expected to lead the nation

Bigger billboards on the way

Augusta won bid for soldiers

Y2K coordinator finds personal incentive

Holding hope

Crider considers future after fire

O'Mailia candle proceeds to fund charities

USC-Aiken receives high marks

Volunteers help relieve pressure on social services

Local mill shaped many lives

Manufacturer to build facility near Aiken

Volunteer panels review foster care cases

Area watering limits

Public forums set for senior citizens

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.

City shuts down water well

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

Hoteliers upset by fort plans

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Veteran mayor retiring

Mr. Michael Johnson
Mr. Michael A. Johnson, 33, of 2044 Goldenrod St., died Thursday, July 29, 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.

Mrs. Louise Trotter
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Louise Kirkland Trotter, 83, of Route 2, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Mrs. Elaine Mobley
Mrs. Elaine Brannen Mobley, of 3518 Mount Vernon Court, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Edith Delk
HILDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Edith Hartzog Delk, 79, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, in Barnwell.

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

Alexander Croston
Alexander D. Croston, infant son of Scott and Lynette Croston, 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. Henry Ivey
THOMSON -- Mr. Henry Ivey, 73, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ella Jackson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Ella Paschal Jackson, 86, of 110 West St., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Mr. Robert Ward
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. Robert James Ward, 79, of 2679 Andrews Chapel Road, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Theo Lawrence
Mr. Theo ``Wop'' Lawrence, of 1422 Wrightsboro Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mrs. Jessie Barton
Mrs. Jessie Dorr Barton, 96, of 2515 Walton Way, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 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. Fannie Walker
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Fannie L. Walker, of 116 Ashton Village, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

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

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

Mr. Johnny Overstreet
Mr. Johnny Overstreet, 39, of 715 Highland Ave., died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mr. Johnnie Price
Mr. Johnnie Price, of 3224 Amber Drive, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Elsie Beasley
JONESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Elsie M. Beasley, 76, of 8239 Queen Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at her residence.

Fighting the fire

Mrs. Judy Martin

Ms. Amelia Beck

Mr. Arthur Howe

Mr. Earl DeLong

Mr. Robert McAlhaney Jr.

Mr. Johnnie Price

Mr. John Chorich

Mr. Johnny Overstreet

Alexander Croston

Mr. James Brock Jr.

Mrs. Louise Trotter

Mr. Henry Ivey

Mrs. Eula Hicks

Mr. Earl DeLong

Mrs. Lizzie Givens

Mr. John Chorich

Mr. James Little

Mrs. Jessie Barton

Ms. Susie Howard

Mrs. Margaret Lockhart

Mrs. Fannie Walker

Mrs. Dorothy Lunceford

Mrs. Mary Lankford

Mr. Walter Mays

Mr. Anthony Askew

Mrs. Toni Davis

Mr. Theo Lawrence

Mr. Michael Johnson

Mr. James Fowler Sr.

Mrs. Elsie Beasley

The source of hope in the midst of violence
IT WAS THE only time I have attended a worship service that was rated PG-13. No one actually used that term, but at the top of the morning's printed order of worship a warning advised: ``Today's service will focus on recent tragic news events. Though the service is a service of hope and healing, some children may not know of the events or may be frightened by these events. Parents may choose to send their children to church school or nursery programs.''

Asserts shooters responsible for acts
This is in response to the Aug. 11 letter entitled, ``Blames shootings on `lies' of teachers'' by Faber Hance. Apparently, Mr. Hance believes teachers, of all people, are to blame for the acts of angry, violent, anti-social individuals. Terri Exum, Martinez

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?

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

Gambling crooks moving in
There are many good reasons why South Carolinians should vote to oust video poker payouts from their state in a November referendum. They include addicting many family breadwinners to the ``crack cocaine'' of gambling, encouraging political corruption, damaging economic development efforts to attract respectable business and industry, and sullying the state's ``beautiful places, smiling faces'' image.

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

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

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

Sees flag as a symbol of defeat
This is in response to Roger P. Nelms (letter, Aug. 10): Augustus E. Nelms, Augusta

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

Reds will control canal
The Clinton administration's ``denial'' that Communist China is moving to take control of the Panama Canal is, when you read between the lines, less than reassuring.

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.

Blames men for high abortion rate
Dr. Ralph W. Buchanan Sr. (letter, Aug. 18) says ``Abortion out-kills two world wars.'' He is complaining about the massive number of abortions. Carl Champlin, Aiken

Wants `historic' building preserved
The Aug. 8 editorial regarding the need for larger and better quarters for the district attorney's office made some good points in favor of finding a new location. Erick D. Montgomery, Augusta

Urges pet owners to be responsible
Many people like to blame someone else for their own faults. That's why I wasn't surprised but exasperated at the gall of the Belvedere resident who wants to use the ``conspiracy theory'' to throw off the real issue of the animal shelter overcrowding, and then wants those same ``conspirators'' to fork over money to fund the spaying or neutering of their animals. Get real! R.Satteson, North Augusta

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

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

Says farewell as Ft. Gordon tour ends
As my tour as Fort Gordon garrison commander comes to a close, I must extend my heartfelt appreciation to the many people in the greater Augusta community who have worked so hard to further the great relationship between Fort Gordon and the Central Savannah River Area. I have often stated that I have never seen a better partnership between a military installation and the surrounding community. Col. Thom E. Tuckey, USA, Fort Gordon

Overtime: Armstrong cashing in on victory

River racing a family affair

Irvan crashes again at Michigan Speedway

Martin has reason to like August in Michigan

Overtime: Lynx re-sign Kopec, add two scorers

Sports reporter has the ride of his life

Timberwolves sign William Avery

Competitive field at River Race

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.

Military predicts widespread Y2K failures
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. military report predicts widespread ``probable'' or ``likely'' failures in important power and water systems for many of the nation's cities because of the Year 2000 technology problem, a far more dire assessment than anything the White House has made.

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.

Airlines reduce plane noise
WASHINGTON -- The nation's major airlines are making steady progress toward flying quieter airplanes, with 86 percent of the fleet last year meeting new restrictions, according to a congressional report released Thursday.

Not a record, but still a hot July
WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a record month, but for the many folks who remember July as hot and dry -- you're right.

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.

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: 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.

Soccer may cause cognitive loss
BOSTON -- Adult soccer players appear to suffer a loss of some mental abilities over time, possibly from whacking the ball with their head, two researchers suggested Friday.

First Union offers discounted PCs to employees
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- First Union Corp. is encouraging its 70,000 employees to buy a Dell personal computer so they can work at home and become more familiar with the bank's online banking services.

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.

Not a record, but still a hot July

First Union offers discounted PCs to employees

Airlines reduce plane noise

Study: 2.7 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C

Military predicts widespread Y2K failures

Soccer may cause cognitive loss

Study: No virus threat from animal organ transplants found

Swiss executive to plead guilty in vitamin price-fixing plot