MLB roundup: Sosa continues hot streak by hitting No. 53

Faith key to Smoltz success

Versatile Mulholland providing big boost for Braves

Braves extend winning streak

Another Clemente thriving

Braves notebook: Maddux will miss one start

Confrontation with umpires possible Sept. 2

Braves extend winning streak

Gonzalez, Alley Cats top Jackets

Johnson fastest in history to get to 300 strikeouts

Postcard collection completed

Additional business news
Stocks reach record as confidence rises...Campbell Soup to change label...Bank investigation urged...Bankers offer sermon to ease fears...

Comcast shifting strategy

Fed raises interest rates one-quarter point
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve today raised interest rates by a quarter point in an effort to cool the economy by making it more expensive for Americans to borrow.

Forged in steel
A crowd gathered at Augusta Technical Institute on Thursday afternoon for the dedication of a sculpture donated by Macuch Steel Products Inc. The 9-by-9 steel structure is part of a series designed to promote education in steel fabrication. Augusta Tech is the first technical school to receive such a sculpture.

Export seminar coming to Augusta

Additional business news
Dow falls after week of record highs...Rite-Aid plans material changes...MetLife to buy General American...Toys R Us chief resigns...Tarses quits ABC programming

Search narrowed for a new executive director
The CSRA Regional Development Center announced Wednesday it has narrowed its search for a new executive director to three finalists.

Comcast shifting strategy
Jones Intercable laid off 20 office workers Thursday as part of a restructuring plan by Comcast Corp., the company's new owner.

Fed raises interest rates one-quarter point

New plant will create jobs
John Deere is the world's leading producer of agricultural equipment, but in Columbia County the plant is best known for producing jobs.

Economy slows in second quarter

Economy slows in second quarter
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy grew at a substantially slower annual rate of 1.8 percent in the second quarter, reflecting the drag from a bloated trade deficit.

Additional business news

Forged in steel

Augusta to get a new Italian restaurant
A new Italian restaurant is scheduled to open on Washington Road before the end of the year, a Carrabba's Italian Grill spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Additional business news

Export seminar coming to Augusta
Exporting may be one option to consider in an increasingly global marketplace, said Jackie Moore, a consultant with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center.

Area unemployment down in July

Area unemployment down in July
A demand for construction workers, particularly plumbers, caused the Augusta area unemployment rate in July to decline to 5.6 percent, the Georgia Labor Department reported Thursday.

Augusta to get a new Italian restaurant

John Deere to build new plant

John Deere to build new plant
Ask Columbia County leaders what their favorite color is and they'll likely say green -- John Deere Green. It's the color of money here.

New plant will create jobs

Search narrowed for a new executive director

Education lagging in Georgia
For 30 years, Georgia has seen itself as the capital of the new South, where economic growth and racial harmony would overcome the image of the region being poor and backward.

Columbia's dress code

Hysteria over Barnwell

Cites S.C. `Causes of Secession'

Supports animal control workers

Slams video poker industry critics

Hart's comeuppance

Asks `Whose Bible will be taught?'

Disgraceful ruling!

Defends dragging of `infested' dog

Urges an end to aggressive driving

Hits columnist's defense of evolution

Ponders socialism, spanking and guns

Blasts recent dress code opinions

The Hillary rumor

Augusta fight fans not answering bell
Longtime Augustans may remember professional wrestling, tennis matches, boxing events and basketball tournaments held at Bell Auditorium through the years.

A garden's water works
North Augusta resident Robert Boyd never enjoyed yardwork. Cutting the grass was the extent of his lawn-maintenance regimen, and that was a chore, to say the least.

In the know
In a study of more than 1,300 TV programs, researchers found that 56 percent of the shows contained sexual content and that they averaged more than three scenes with sex per hour.

Girl is back in the waiting game
ATLANTA -- A look of great concentration passed across Ashley Webb's chubby face as she reached out and touched the face of an angel. Her small hand moved and covered the face of another angel.

Styx may flow into Bell Auditorium in October
Theatrical rockers Styx, best known for the ballads Babe and Lady and conceptual albums including Paradise Theater andKilroy Was Here, are considering performing in October at Bell Auditorium.

Screens add privacy without shutting out the world around you
I finally finished what I hope will be the last privacy screen in my garden. It went up like a snap -- with a few tools, but not a lot of skill. The screen resembles a regular wooden fence, except it's much smaller, with wider gaps between the slats. And it's built from the top down, instead of from the ground up.

Capsules
The use of helicopters to transport patients from rural hospitals to urban medical centers where they can get specialized care is being challenged by some insurance carriers that don't like paying the added expense and question the value of air transport.

Fall crops should be planted soon
It's time to start your plans for an autumn vegetable garden. Gardening can be more enjoyable in the fall, when the weather is more pleasant than in the summer.

Rambiln' Rhodes: Bluegrass legends come together for TNN special
Bluegrass legends will make music and talk about life on the road in a TNN special airing this weekend. Mac Wiseman is the host of Grass Roots to Bluegrass, which airs at 9 p.m. Saturday. The special was taped Jan. 25-26 in Nashville, Tenn.

Volunteers to restore Imperial's glow
Expanding Saturday's volunteer cleanup of the Imperial Theatre to include the public is an appropriate gesture, according to the historic theater's new executive director -- even if it wasn't the original intention.

Fall flicks
Another remake of 1960's Where the Boys Are would be an appropriate entry to what's shaping up as a testosterone-heavy fall movie season.

Rambiln' Rhodes: Bluegrass legends come together for TNN special
Rambiln' Rhodes

Striped bass, hybrid fishing heating up

Tournament information

Eagles want better ending

Four cities granted arena football franchises

Anthony Young - North Augusta

Scott hopes to realize potential soon

NFL roundup: Galloway willing to sit out entire season

High School games this weekend

Blue Devils fall to Barnwell

Coaches' contracts

Outspoken coach absorbs spotlight

Jamal Jones - Evans

Vanderbilt hoping aesthetic changes lead to victory

Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets very rarely are poll-mates

Wake's Caldwell growing tired of same old question

Marcus Simpkins - Aiken

Offensive line must fill holes for Bulldogs

Today's college coaches juggle numerous duties

Family anticipates matchup

Marvin Stone - Josey

High schools open season today

Preseason high school football poll

Bowl Championship Series undergoes changes

Matt LeZotte - Westside

Two Clemson wide receivers looking to rejuvenate careers

New school opens with JV games

QB race heats up at Clemson

Expectations of Grant are high

High School football roundup

Brown will play big role for Tech

College notes: Bowden will go with young QB if needed

Bowden aims to get Tigers back to winning form

Carlos Rogers - Butler

Ex-Gamecock Hambrick enrolls at Savannah St.

Despite key losses, Bulldogs' offensive line looks to be solid

Improvements could go unnoticed

Ben Troup - Butler

Brian Williams - Williston-Elko

Michael Hicks - Greenbrier

Countdown to Minnesota set to begin

Holtz call USC job most difficult

Marcus Jones - Silver Bluff

Antwaun Hillary - Strom Thurmond

S.C. teams gear up for excitement

Isaac West - Butler

Tech coach has yet to name starters

Middle Georgia features state's first female kicker

Adam Thornton - Washington-Wilkes

Rondel Calhoun - McCormick

Football notes: Jackets thinking big time

It's like old times in south

Jamaal Johnson - North Augusta

Great expectations

Browns' new field is now a sod mess

Jackets in need of big plays from speediest receiver

Similar teams meet up tonight

Marcus Ramsey - Lincoln County

Panthers look to avoid last-minute curse

Marvin Stone - Josey

Confidence runs high at Aquinas

Maturity to be key for new-look Bears

Rebuilding old power

Lakeside has look of winner

Swainsboro will count on defense

Welsh returns spark to Thomson

Tall, fast receivers have Lions looking up

Silver Bluff hopes road not as unkind

Cupboard not empty for chiefs

Rebels just hoping their luck changes

Barnwell will face new era

Coach knows road long for Hephzibah

Wolfpack will count on Hicks

Washington-Wilkes has one goal: Win

Warriors not setting sights low

It's like old times in south

Harlem's building for future

Richmond likes taste of success

Butler's thinking playoffs

S.C. teams gear up for excitement

Panthers look to avoid last-minute curse

Patriots' ranks full of youth

Spartans hope potential realized

Knights smaller, hungrier

Postcard collection completed
Vacation is what you take when you can't take what you've been taking any longer.

Capsules

Screens add privacy without shutting out the world around you

Girl is back in the waiting game

Styx may flow into Bell Auditorium in October

Fall crops should be planted soon

Augusta fight fans not answering bell

In the know

A garden's water works

Rambiln' Rhodes: Bluegrass legends come together for TNN special

Rambiln' Rhodes: Bluegrass legends come together for TNN special

Fall flicks

Volunteers to restore Imperial's glow

Crop damage
Conservation tillage, which leaves plant residue on the ground, holds moisture and slows erosion.

Ceremony marks partnership

Hospital seeks to double price of indigent care

Men survive trying ordeal at sea

Ceremony marks partnership
ATHENS, Ga. -- Leslie Marbury stood tall among the dignitaries at a Wednesday ceremony marking a new partnership between the Peace Corps and the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Contractors seek more money

Historic district debates ordinance

Education lagging in Georgia

Area briefs: Department takes 5 days to fix leak

Thurmond tells war stories during surgery

Moral opposition
BEECH ISLAND -- Like most grassroots movements, it's starting small, but organizers were not unhappy Thursday with their first meeting to drum up votes against video poker.

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Owners protest builder
For sale: One upscale Columbia County neighborhood. Brick and stucco homes throughout. Make offer. ``Every house out here has its price,'' said Jennifer McKinzie, who's lived in Hardy Pointe subdivision for more than a year. ``We can leave those signs up as long as possible.''

S.C. governor wants to end nuclear dumping

Guard shot in head in attempted store robbery
A security officer was shot in the head late Wednesday night during a robbery attempt at Bryant's Discount Beverage Center in North Augusta.

DNR budget plan targets environment

Former officers indicted in thefts at area university

Man changes mind again, pleads guilty

Locals get shot at movie

Officer pleads guilty to fraternizing

Barnes halts pay cut for board director

Augusta man sentence to life

Moral opposition

Expansion of John Deere plant expected

Boy honored as a 911 hero
Spencer Lindsay was all smiles Thursday as Sheriff Clay Whittle officially dubbed him Columbia County's newest, and youngest, honorary junior deputy.

Crop damage

Alternatives sought to juvenile centers
ATLANTA -- Georgia's Board of Juvenile Justice on Thursday put the stamp of the department's new commissioner on its budget request for next year, asking for more money to explore alternatives to locking up every child who runs afoul of the law.

Plan for safe holiday driving

Defense to question father today
AIKEN -- Four-year-old Brittany Tindal and three other children were crushed by a school bus the girl's grandmother ran into while driving drunk in 1996. It was a senseless tragedy that could have been prevented if someone who saw the alcohol abuse had taken action to protect the children, authorities and family members agree.

Governor challenges students

Schrenko pleads for state funds
ATLANTA - State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko said Wednesday lawmakers are naive to think school violence will just disappear and should grant the $27 million she's requesting in new state spending.

Contractors seek more money
ATHENS, Ga. -- Budget cuts, delays and complaints from animal-rights activists have contributed to the bumpy, 20-year history of the planning and construction of the new $19 million Animal Health Research Center at the University of Georgia.

Defense to question father today

Area briefs: Department takes 5 days to fix leak
Cameron Drive residents telephoned the Augusta Utilities Department about a stream of water flowing down their street, but it took city crews five days to fix the problem.

Boy honored as a 911 hero

Officer pleads guilty to fraternizing
A senior noncommissioned officer plead guilty Wednesday to having sexual relationships with three female subordinates on Fort Gordon over the past two years.

Across the area: HUD denounces cut in funding

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Hammond Hill Elementary School first-grader Ravohn Robinson is sheltered under the right arm of her teacher Sarah Johnson as they return to the school after being evacuated when construction crews burst a gas pipe in the parking lot.

Martin must return to court

S.C. Lawmakers to discuss observing King holiday

Johnson asked to resign
ATLANTA -- The top two Democrats in state office -- Gov. Roy Barnes and Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor -- Thursday called on a fellow Democrat, suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson of Savannah, to resign rather than leave her district unrepresented when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

Area watering limits

Candidates seek support

Suspect confesses to crime

Family files suit against Swissair

Across the area: HUD denounces cut in funding
WASHINGTON -- A report Thursday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development denounced a proposed $1.6 billion cut that would cost Georgia $40 million, including $2.06 million in Augusta.

Beck rallies voters

Historic district debates ordinance
Members of the Bethlehem historic district agreed Thursday that what's good for the Summerville historic district may not be good for them.

Hospital seeks to double price of indigent care
University Hospital will once again try to make caring for the uninsured an issue in local politics as it seeks to nearly double the amount it is paid for certified indigent care.

Beck rallies voters
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Video poker will continue to be a hot topic in the South Carolina Legislature unless voters ban the gaming machines in the November special referendum. North Augusta Republican Scott Beck, District 83, told a group of nearly 30 constituents at a town meeting Thursday night that it would take a large majority of votes against the industry to send a message to the state courts that there is no place in South Carolina for video gambling.

HUD denounces cut in funding
WASHINGTON -- A report Thursday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development denounced a proposed $1.6 billion cut that would cost Georgia $40 million, including $2.06 million in Augusta.

Adultery leads to jail time
A jury handed down a sentence of four years in prison and a dishonorable discharge Thursday to a Fort Gordon noncommissioned officer who pleaded guilty to fraternizing and adultery.

John Deere to build new plant
Ask Columbia County leaders what their favorite color is and they'll likely say green -- John Deere Green. It's the color of money here.

Locals get shot at movie
Some coastal Georgia residents may soon get an opportunity to take directions from Robert Redford. Mr. Redford has selected Jekyll Island and Savannah as locations for filming portions of The Legend of Bagger Vance, a movie set in the Depression with golf as its theme.

Suspect confesses to crime
SAVANNAH -- An accused killer, whose case led the state's highest court to protect reporters from testimony in most instances, confessed during his Savannah trial and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Family files suit against Swissair
The husband of an Augusta woman who died Sept. 2 when a Swissair jet crashed off the coast of Nova Scotia, filed a lawsuit seeking up to $475 million in damages.

Man killed in shootout with security officer
Erik Voldness was looking forward to having his dad take him shopping for a new Hot Wheels to celebrate his third birthday.

Martin must return to court
Fired and rehired city employee Tony Martin -- an Augusta commissioner's son who pleaded guilty to stealing city property -- is headed back to court next month.

Official's son gets job back after theft
The Augusta Personnel Board overturned Wednesday the firing of city employee Tony Martin, son of Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy, over objections of City Administrator Randy Oliver.

Barnes halts pay cut for board director
ATLANTA -- The first meeting Thursday of a newly sworn-in state board overseeing distribution of tobacco-settlement money to farmers was dominated by controversy over what to pay its part-time executive director.

HUD denounces cut in funding

Former officers indicted in thefts at area university
Three former Augusta State University police officers were indicted by a grand jury this week on charges they stole university property while working there.

Official's son gets city job back after theft
The Augusta Personnel Board overturned Wednesday the firing of city employee Tony Martin, son of Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy, over objections of City Administrator Randy Oliver.

Defense says father shares blame
AIKEN -- The man suing the state Department of Social Services for the death of his child was portrayed Thursday as a father who rarely visited his daughter and endangered her life through his own decisions.

Candidates seek support
GOP presidential hopefuls are expected to converge on Aiken this fall, seeking support in one of South Carolina's heaviest Republican counties.

S.C. Lawmakers to discuss observing King holiday
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina House members will take up legislation next year to observe a holiday for the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Official's son gets job back after theft

Area watering limits
Richmond County: Odd-even restrictions on outdoor watering are in effect for the entire county.

Official's son gets city job back after theft

S.C. governor wants to end nuclear dumping
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As governor, David Beasley did not want to tax video gambling because it might make the state dependent on what he saw as an evil industry. However, Beasley's critics say he created a monster by instead linking $1.4 billion in education funding to accepting the nation's nuclear waste.

Defense says father shares blame

Governor challenges students
Gov. Roy Barnes put out a challenge Wednesday for the Lakeside High School senior class of 2000 -- to produce more governor's scholars than the class of 1999.

Alternatives sought to juvenile centers

Plan for safe holiday driving
Speeders, drunken drivers and those not feeling the need to buckle up over Labor Day weekend beware. Law enforcement agents in South Carolina and Georgia will be plentiful and have "zero tolerance'' for traffic law violators during the Sept. 4-6 holiday weekend.

Spencer Lindsay's 911 call

Men survive trying ordeal at sea
COLUMBIA -- Chris Marthers and David Ferguson have been through a lot together as best friends, but nothing compares to their ordeal this week on a diving trip off Murrells Inlet.

Adultery leads to jail time

Augusta man sentence to life
A young Augusta man who participated in a fatal armed robbery last fall received a sentence of life in prison Wednesday.

Man killed in shootout with security officer

Thurmond tells war stories during surgery
AIKEN -- While surgeons worked to repair his prostate early Wednesday, an alert Strom Thurmond told war stories to the anesthesiologist by his side.

John Deere to build new plant

Man changes mind again, pleads guilty
A jury was seated and witnesses were rounded up before an Augusta man changed his mind once again and decided Wednesday to plead guilty to a murder charge.

Spencer Lindsay's 911 call
Spencer Lindsey: My mommy is just kneeling down on the floor and I .. could you come and help? Dispatcher: Something's wrong with your mommy? Spencer: Yes.

Expansion of John Deere plant expected
Columbia County officials are expected to announce the expansion of the John Deere plant this morning.

Schrenko pleads for state funds

DNR budget plan targets environment
ATLANTA -- Faced with a pressing array of growth-related concerns from air pollution to stormwater runoff, the Georgia Board of Natural Resources Wednesday adopted a budget request for next year that would add 60 people to the state's Environmental Protection Division.

Mr. James Flanders
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. James Pierce Flanders, 75, of 105 Hall St., died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Robert Brooks Jr.
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Brooks Jr., 86, of 456 Bell St., died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Veterans Administration Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. Kelvin Stokes
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Kelvin Stuart Stokes, 42, of 4118 Pinnacle Pines Court, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center, Fort Gordon.

Mrs. Elsie Sullivan
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Elsie Dianne Dwells Sullivan, 67, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Northside Hospital.

Mrs. Eloise Williams
Mrs. Eloise Williams, 80, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999.

Mr. Richard Brinson Sr.
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Richard Brinson Sr., 51, of 2256 Nails Creek Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Mattie Waldroup
Mr. Mattie Williamson Waldroup, 84, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willis Loyd
Louisville, Ga. -- Mr. Willis Loyd, of 1195 Handy St., died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at Old Capital Inn. He was 104.

Mr. Willie Fourroux Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Willie Eugene Fourroux Sr., 67, of Centerwood Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Mosley
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Ann Faulkner Mosley, 47, of 18 Foljambi Lane, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Alma Drane
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mrs. Alma Louise Owens Drane, 94, of Taylor Care Center, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Allen Ashba Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Allen Douglas Ashba Sr., 57, of Thorn Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta.

Miss LeeAnn Lakes
GLOVERVILLE, S.C. -- Miss LeeAnn Lakes, 32, of 250 Myrtle St., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. James Flanders
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. James Pierce Flanders, 75, of 105 Hall St., died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. James Reid
THOMSON -- Mr. James Rex Reid, 63, of 2220 Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Emma Ashberry
AIKEN -- Ms. Emma Ashberry, of 830 Laurens St., died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Home.

Rev. E.W. Washington Jr.
The Rev. E.W. Washington Jr., of 1134 Camille St., died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Maggie Dunaway
HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Maggie Dye Newsome Dunaway, 89, of 4064 Gilbert Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Beverly Health Care, Jonesboro.

Mr. Robert Kirk
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert Carlton Kirk, 67, of 269 Brewster Way, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Adolph Pinamonti
WHEELING, W.Va. -- Mr. Adolph Pinamonti, 84, of Betty Zane Road, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at Wheeling Hospital.

Mr. J.W. Dear
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mr. J.W. ``Bill'' Dear, 74, of 6100 Amity Place, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Waller
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Zelma Brantley Waller, 89, of 7665 Highway 24 W., died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Christine Powell
HARLEM -- Mrs. Christine Powell, 76, of 6408 Harlem-Grovetown Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. James Reid
THOMSON -- Mr. James Rex Reid, 63, of 2220 Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James McCullough
Mr. James David McCullough, 94, of 4275 Owens Road, Evans, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Johnnie Lackey
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Johnnie Frank Lackey, 69, of 6017 Garrard Ave., died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Ms. Dinah Williams
Ms. Dinah V. Williams, 89, of 1417 Augusta Ave., died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Bussey
Mr. Joseph Bussey, of 5229 N. Tubman Road, Appling, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital .

Mr. Walter Clark Sr.
Mr. Walter Lee Clark Sr., of 2331 Shadowood Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Helen Sparks
Mrs. Helen Sims Sparks, 79, of 4409 Summerlin Drive, Evans, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Moore
CLEARWATER -- Mrs. Mary Ellen Smith Moore, 66, of 212 Deerwood Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Medical University of South Carolina Hospital.

Mr. Wallace Scott
WINDSOR -- Mr. Wallace Scott, 68, of 643 State Park Road, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Velma Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Velma Crumpton Johnson, of 514 North 54th St., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital.

Mr. Thomas Dillard
Mr. Thomas Ruffin Dillard, 80, of 415 Connemara Trail, Evans, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Lucille Taylor
Ms. Lucille Beatrice Taylor, of 3662 Alene Circle, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Alvin Howard
Mr. Alvin Howard Sr., 57, of 2103 Kelly St., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999.

Mr. Herbert Zaun
Mr. Herbert Zaun, 92, of 3007 Lonsdale Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Fred Hobbs Sr.
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Mr. Fred Gilbert Hobbs Sr., 79, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999.

Mr. Lonnie Lanier
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mr. Lonnie Lanier, 34, of 305 Hemlock Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999.

Mrs. Daisy Walker
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mrs. Daisy Wright Walker, 68, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999.

Mr. Robert Brooks Jr.

Mrs. Velma Johnson

Mrs. Elsie Sullivan

Mr. Walter Clark Sr.

Mr. Fred Hobbs Sr.

Mr. J.W. Dear

Mr. Thomas Dillard

Ms. Dinah Williams

Mr. Lonnie Lanier

Mr. Mattie Waldroup

Miss LeeAnn Lakes

Mr. James McCullough

Mrs. Mary Mosley

Mrs. Alma Drane

Rev. E.W. Washington Jr.

Mr. James Flanders

Mr. James Flanders

Mrs. Christine Powell

Ms. Emma Ashberry

Mrs. Mary Moore

Mr. Wallace Scott

Ms. Lucille Taylor

Mrs. Daisy Walker

Mr. Joseph Bussey

Mrs. Helen Sparks

Mr. Herbert Zaun

Mr. Willis Loyd

Mrs. Mary Waller

Mr. Allen Ashba Sr.

Mr. James Reid

Mr. Richard Brinson Sr.

Mr. Willie Fourroux Sr.

Mrs. Maggie Dunaway

Mr. Kelvin Stokes

Mr. Adolph Pinamonti

Mr. Johnnie Lackey

Defends dragging of `infested' dog
Re Joyce A. Carter's Aug. 19 letter: Mark Bailey, Hephzibah

Raps students' `baggy pants uniforms'
Recently, several persons have argued that school dress codes inhibit students' ability to ``express themselves'' through their clothing. Audrey Smith, North Augusta

Slams video poker industry critics
Due to government interference and media hype over the video poker industry, the video poker operators have had to cut back employees. David W. Nowakowski, Waynesboro

Defends Chamber chief's character
Re Connie Gabriel Beale's Aug. 22 letter against Lisa McElmurray Thomas: Pamela Z. Barclay, North Augusta

Suggests filtering out telemarketers
Gregory J. Topliff hit the nail on the head in his letter to The Chronicle about the constant harassing by those telemarketers. Our telephone numbers are usually picked at random by telemarketing computers and ``looped'' back around so as to be able to call your phone number over and over. Frank Murphy, Aiken

Calls school dress code `prejudiced'
We the ``grungepunk people'' (as referred to by Evans High School) feel we have been subjected to prejudice. Scott Wells, Evans

Hysteria over Barnwell
Isn't it interesting the vast majority of people who live in Barnwell County, and have the most experience with the low-level nuclear waste site there, are not fearful of it? They see the Chem-Nuclear Systems-run operation as an asset. It pays taxes, provides school funds and creates jobs.

Ponders socialism, spanking and guns
...Re the letters by Dr. William Reed and Davis Cheek concerning how advanced socialism is today: J. F. Rodgers, Clearwater

Cites S.C. `Causes of Secession'
What is the ``historical truth'' about why the South fought the Civil War? One certainly won't find it in the Aug. 20 letter written by Roy Williams. Barry Speth, Augusta

Supports animal control workers
So the Richmond County Animal shelter is filthy. Joseph C. Bongard, Augusta

Blasts recent dress code opinions
I would like to respond to the recent letters concerning the dress code changes in the Columbia County school system. S. Peck, Appling

Hart's comeuppance
House Republicans are to be applauded for getting a veteran Pentagon security investigator his job back after he was ousted for... doing his job.

Hits columnist's defense of evolution
It is always interesting when the pot calls the kettle black. Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman managed to do just that in a recent column when she pilloried creationists by saying they have evolved as political life forms. Michael Welsh, Evans

Columbia's dress code
The Columbia County School Board made the right decision last Tuesday by voting 4-1 for a stricter dress code. What is surprising is that there was so much controversy over the proposal -- which should be a no-brainer.

Asks `Whose Bible will be taught?'
Re the Aug. 11 editorial, ``Keep the Bible course'': M. Walters, Hephzibah

Disgraceful ruling!
The Augusta-Richmond County Personnel Board's appalling 6-3 ruling, reinstating a petty thief to a supervisory role over the people who turned him in, violates every canon of good government and common sense!

19 states tax losers
Where do federal tax dollars come from? Obviously, from U.S. taxpayers who'll send a whopping $1.7 trillion to Washington this year.

Urges an end to aggressive driving
Your Aug. 21 article on ``Augusta roads designated as trouble spot'' should have stated, unequivocally, that the problem does lie with aggressive drivers. Susan Pitts, Augusta

The Hillary rumor
Now that the Big Media is forcing political candidates to respond to unfounded rumors -- a clear break with past news policy that required a credible allegation to be made first -- it'll be interesting to see if New York U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Clinton will be asked to respond to rumor-mongering that for years has been circulating about her in Washington and Arkansas.

Fight week: What to expect

Holyfield to attend local fights

Network to air fights

Racing at Bristol: Always loud, fast, full of excitement

Vernon Forrest's fight record

Work paying off for local golfer

Marketing NASCAR has evolved considerably

Forrest overlooked by bigger names

Ricky Rudd faces uncertainty

Young boxer hopes to start over

Augusta is a "sleeper" of a city

Fight week: What to expect

Young boxer hopes to start over

Holyfield to attend local fights

North Carolina officials keep eye on storms
Even before Tropical Storm Dennis grew into a hurricane as it churned through the Atlantic, emergency officials from North Carolina and other Southeastern states conferred with federal officials to discuss a potential response should Dennis threaten the East Coast.

Walking reduces heart attack risk
You don't have to get all sweaty to avoid heart disease -- brisk walking is just fine. Either three hours of brisk walking per week or half that time spent working up a sweat at jogging, aerobic dance or other vigorous exercise reduced the risk of heart disease 35 percent to 40 percent in a study of 72,488 women.

New fossils boost understanding of primate evolution
WASHINGTON -- A baboon-sized ape that lived in East Africa about 15 million years ago may have been among the first primates to leave the treetops and live on the ground, a key step in the evolutionary path that theoretically led eventually to humans.

Augusta will be named a polluted-air city
Efforts to overturn new federal air quality standards might delay -- but won't stop -- Augusta's pending designation as a city with polluted air, Georgia's environmental chief predicted Thursday.

Atoms used in gravity study
In a legendary experiment, Galileo dropped stones from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to show that objects of different sizes fall at the same rate under Earth's gravity. More than 400 years later, researchers say they got the same result by dropping atoms.

The end is near for Mir
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- They endured a fire and crash, breakdowns and blackouts, sweltering heat and noxious fumes.

Nation's bankers offer sermon to quell Year 2000 fears
WASHINGTON -- The nation's bankers have gotten into the sermon-writing business. It's not fire and brimstone they're offering, but a way to cool passions arising from fears of a Year 2000 catastrophe. They're preaching that the world won't come to an end, that in fact life will go on normally after the millennial date change.

Alkaline battery enters history museum
WASHINGTON -- An early model of the small alkaline battery, which made practical countless devices from portable cassette players to handheld computers, went into the National Museum of American History on Wednesday alongside the work of pioneers Benjamin Franklin and Thomas A. Edison.

CDC: TB cases decline for sixth straight year
ATLANTA -- The number of new tuberculosis cases in the United States dropped 8 percent last year, marking the sixth straight year of decline, the government said Thursday.

Mozart music may not make you smarter
A Mozart sonata may lift the soul, but it won't make listeners any smarter, according to two studies that challenge previous research and popular belief about the effect of music on intelligence.

SRS plan for project supported
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Savannah River Site scientists said Thursday that they remain committed to a proposed $1.9 billion ``melt-and-dilute'' plant, despite recent setbacks to the program.

SRS exercise prepares workers
The green ooze spraying Wednesday from pipes outside Savannah River Site's ``H-Canyon'' was obviously fake. But to hundreds of site workers, it might as well have been radioactive plutonium.

Improved Web language in the works
Consortium wants feedback on the use of XHTML, a language that extends Web site capabilities

Three tropical storms active in the Atlantic
MIAMI -- The 1999 hurricane season was in full swing Tuesday, with three tropical storms swirling in the Atlantic Ocean.

The end is near for Mir

SRS plan for project supported

Nation's bankers offer sermon to quell Year 2000 fears

Walking reduces heart attack risk

SRS exercise prepares workers

North Carolina officials keep eye on storms

Atoms used in gravity study

Alkaline battery enters history museum

Mozart music may not make you smarter

Augusta will be named a polluted-air city

New fossils boost understanding of primate evolution