Braves win close game

Braves notebook: Jordan may need surgery

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

Gonzalez, Alley Cats top Jackets

Braves win close game

Another Clemente thriving

Faith key to Smoltz success

Johnson fastest in history to get to 300 strikeouts

Confrontation with umpires possible Sept. 2

Braves notebook: Jordan may need surgery

Owners warn umpires against pending strike

GreenJackets lose second straight

Versatile Mulholland providing big boost for Braves

Postcard collection completed

Personal income edges up; spending rises faster

Nasdaq may offer after-hours trading
NEW YORK -- With more investors now able to trade stocks after the close of traditional exchanges, Nasdaq is considering whether to use those after-hours deals when compiling each day's ``official'' closing stock prices, a move that would have a huge impact throughout the financial services industry.

Economy slows in second quarter

Area unemployment down in July

Personal income edges up; spending rises faster
WASHINGTON -- Americans' income crept up in July, while consumer spending rose faster but not at the frenzied pace of earlier this year.

Additional business news

Consumers act against credit card industry

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

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.

Area bank celebrates its 10th anniversary
Metro Augusta's largest community bank, Georgia Bank & Trust Co., celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.

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.

Additional business news
FCC gives approval to SkyTel takeover...First Union fires 6 over e-mail...Agency recalls trays, toys...

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

New plant will create jobs

John Deere to build new plant

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.

Nasdaq may offer after-hours trading

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.

Comcast shifting strategy

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.

Area bank celebrates its 10th anniversary

Consumers act against credit card industry
CHICAGO -- Savvy consumers like Barbara Hoffman helped bring Wall Street's wrath down on the credit-card industry this week.

Forged in steel

A look at the 20th century: 1966
The Vietnam War dragged on in 1966, gradually escalating until nearly 400,000 American troops were bogged down in a seemingly endless conflict.

Urges an end to aggressive driving

Disgraceful ruling!

Columbia's dress code

Food safety no issue

Hits empty lives of Internet 'addicts'

Supports animal control workers

Cites S.C. `Causes of Secession'

Sour note on 'Mozart Effect'

Says stations ignore dilemma for blind

Hart's comeuppance

Praises the Promise Keepers group

Ponders socialism, spanking and guns

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.

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.

Group provides meals, services to children
Daniel LaDow has a heart for young people. Years in youth ministry convinced him that churches are in a great position to reach children and teen-agers, but many don't or can't. Rural and inner-city congregations often lack the time and training to secure grants or other resources for those they serve, he said.

Faith digest
Charlie Speight, Georgia Promise Keepers adviser, will hold a workshop from 8 a.m. to noon today for men interested in starting men's ministries.

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.

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.

God will not forsake his children
Cemeteries seem to have coined and cornered the use of the term ``perpetual care'' these days. However, to me, it means more than the promise of a clean grave site and dignity in burial. God's care is constant.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Inspiring lifetime
Alvin Oakley knew after his third visit that Macedonia Baptist Church was home. The young minister, pastor of Corinth Baptist Church in the McBean Community, joined the Wrightsboro Road congregation four years ago and became a ``son of the house'' -- a minister who is a member of another church.

Striped bass, hybrid fishing heating up

Tournament information

Similar teams meet up tonight

Saluda -- 42 McCormick -- 7

Holtz call USC job most difficult

Marvin Stone - Josey

Marvin Stone - Josey

Blue Devils fall to Barnwell

Offensive line must fill holes for Bulldogs

New school opens with JV games

Countdown to Minnesota set to begin

Isaac West - Butler

It's like old times in south

Coaches' contracts

Falcons lose in stadium debut

Jamal Jones - Evans

Jamaal Johnson - North Augusta

Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets very rarely are poll-mates

Anthony Young - North Augusta

Panthers look to avoid last-minute curse

Antwaun Hillary - Strom Thurmond

Football notes: Jackets thinking big time

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

Marcus Simpkins - Aiken

Michael Hicks - Greenbrier

Marcus Ramsey - Lincoln County

Middle Georgia features state's first female kicker

LA groups scramble expansion deadline nears

Bowl Championship Series undergoes changes

Senior all business on the field

College notes: Former walk-on now a starter

Younger Holtz's style a bit more mellow

Outspoken coach absorbs spotlight

This coach doesn't need to yell

Browns' new field is now a sod mess

Marcus Jones - Silver Bluff

Adam Thornton - Washington-Wilkes

Today's college coaches juggle numerous duties

Jackets in need of big plays from speediest receiver

Ex-Gamecock Hambrick enrolls at Savannah St.

Great expectations

Improvements could go unnoticed

Preseason high school football poll

Brian Williams - Williston-Elko

Bowden aims to get Tigers back to winning form

North Augusta tops Strom Thurmond

Ben Troup - Butler

Hornets open season with blowout

Matt LeZotte - Westside

Area football briefs: Tigers stage "dress rehearsal"

Expectations of Grant are high

Speed, defense help Blackville-Hilda edge Bamberg

Brown will play big role for Tech

Patriots sign Terry Allen

Eagles want better ending

Heat look to keep perfect record

Rondel Calhoun - McCormick

Tight ends could make an impact

Family anticipates matchup

Carlos Rogers - Butler

Tech coach has yet to name starters

Preseason bowl games will end in 2002

S.C. teams gear up for excitement

Welsh returns spark to Thomson

Knights smaller, hungrier

Richmond likes taste of success

Swainsboro will count on defense

Cupboard not empty for chiefs

Warriors not setting sights low

Spartans hope potential realized

Rebuilding old power

Rebels just hoping their luck changes

Butler's thinking playoffs

Harlem's building for future

Maturity to be key for new-look Bears

Panthers look to avoid last-minute curse

S.C. teams gear up for excitement

Tall, fast receivers have Lions looking up

Lakeside has look of winner

Patriots' ranks full of youth

Barnwell will face new era

Coach knows road long for Hephzibah

Wolfpack will count on Hicks

Silver Bluff hopes road not as unkind

Confidence runs high at Aquinas

It's like old times in south

Washington-Wilkes has one goal: Win

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

Volunteers to restore Imperial's glow

Fall crops should be planted soon

Inspiring lifetime

A garden's water works

Screens add privacy without shutting out the world around you

Rambiln' Rhodes: Bluegrass legends come together for TNN special

Augusta fight fans not answering bell

God will not forsake his children

Fall flicks

Group provides meals, services to children

Faith digest

Styx may flow into Bell Auditorium in October

HUD denounces cut in funding

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.

Richmond county enrollment decreases
For the second year in a row, student enrollment at Richmond County schools has decreased. The decrease bucks the state trend, which says Georgia school enrollment is among the fasted growing in the nation.

Former officers indicted in thefts at area university

Across the area: HUD denounces cut in funding

Historic district debates ordinance

Richmond county enrollment decreases

Defense says father shares blame

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.

Columbia County schools growing slowly

Boy awaits donor in battle with cancer

A look at the 20th century: 1966

Columbia County schools growing slowly
With the 1999-2000 school year underway, Columbia County is seeing its slowest growth for student enrollment in 15 years.

Boy honored as a 911 hero

Beck rallies voters

Alternatives sought to juvenile centers

Drivers threaten sickout
ATHENS, Ga. -- Clarke County School District bus drivers claim they're working more hours than their salary schedules dictate, and some are threatening to call in sick over the next few weeks to show their frustration with longer routes and fewer drivers.

Adultery leads to jail time

Woman returns to help workers excavate cemetery
When Martha Jones was 12 years old, she'd spend her recess time with her dad.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Woman returns to help workers excavate cemetery

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.

Man killed in shootout with security officer

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.

John Deere to build new plant

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.

S.C. Lawmakers to discuss observing King holiday

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.

Moral opposition

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.

Black officials support convicted senator
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes' call for suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, D-Savannah, to resign left political leaders of both parties buzzing Friday.

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.

Former Aquinas teacher denies fraud charges
The former Aquinas High School teacher accused of bilking students and charities out of more than $200,000 pleaded not guilty Friday.

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.

Blood donors save lives
AIKEN -- A syringe pricked Christine Huizar's arm, and crimson oozed into the plastic pouch dangling below her chair. And in less than 10 minutes, the 24-year-old biology major saved someone's life.

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.

Killer gets 20 years on reduced charges
A man scheduled to stand trial again this week on murder charges dating back to December 1991 pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and received a 20-year prison sentence Friday.

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

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.

Glynn County wins federal grant for park

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.

Black officials support convicted senator

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.

Students aid Turkish residents from afar

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.

Killer gets 20 years on reduced charges

Jury deadlocked after 7-hour deliberation

Richmond county enrollment decreases

Spencer Lindsay's 911 call

Leaders support boycott
COLUMBIA -- The Association of State Democratic Party Chairs has canceled a meeting planned for Charleston, saying it will support the NAACP's proposed boycott of South Carolina until the state removes the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse.

Hospital seeks to double price of indigent care

Area briefs: Builder, residents settle differences
A lawyer representing residents of Hardy Pointe subdivision mailed a letter to a builder Friday confirming his intention to use to use only stucco and bricks for exterior construction, said subdivision resident Jennifer McKinzie. The builder's acceptance of the letter puts the agreement into effect.

Barnes halts pay cut for board director

Jury deadlocked after 7-hour deliberation
AIKEN -- An Aiken County jury is showing signs of struggle over who to blame for a 4-year-old's death in a 1996 drunken driving accident.

Family files suit against Swissair

Boy awaits donor in battle with cancer
Ho Young Jeon bounds through the living room with a banshee yell and races to a pile of toys. ``I've got a secret weapon,'' he proclaims, then whips out a green plastic gun and sputters out gunfire noises. But the gun can't save him. It will take the bone marrow of a stranger.

Locals get shot at movie

Blood donors save lives

Ceremony marks partnership

Area briefs: Builder, residents settle differences

Area watering limits

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.

Suspect confesses to crime

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.

Former Aquinas teacher denies fraud charges

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.

Drivers threaten sickout

Smaller work force reduces jobless rate
COLUMBIA -- Summertime school layoffs helped South Carolina's jobless rate decrease to 3.4 percent in July.

Glynn County wins federal grant for park
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A proposed animal theme park owned by TV host Jim Fowler has crossed a major hurdle this week when it won government funding for water and sewage service.

Richmond county enrollment decreases
For the second year in a row, student enrollment at Richmond County schools has decreased. The decrease bucks the state trend, which says Georgia school enrollment is among the fasted growing in the nation.

Students aid Turkish residents from afar
ATHENS, Ga. -- Bayran Yuksel, a doctoral student in genetics at the University of Georgia, was eating breakfast last week when he saw a CNN report on the earthquake in his home country of Turkey.

Martin must return to court

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

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

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

Miss Betty McLean
Miss Betty A. McLean, 84, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

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

Mr. John Street
BONEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Alfred Street, 92, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

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

Gabriel Marvin Moss
AIKEN -- Gabriel Marvin Moss, infant son of Ronn and Henrietta Holmes Moss, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.

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.

Mr. Dexter Wooden
Mr. Dexter WoodenNORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Dexter Wooden, 25, of 1553 Edgefield Road, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999.

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

Mrs. Zenovious Stripling
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mrs. Zenovious Stripling, of 7219 Richardson Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Methodist Hospital.

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

Mr. Marshall Murvin
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Marshall Murvin, 73, of 902 Walnut St., died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

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

Mrs. Maxie Kersey
THOMSON -- Mrs. Maxie C. Kersey, 85, of 3198 Mount Pleasant Road, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Jerry Dill
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Jerry M. Dill, of 113 Ford Ave., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Rebecca Oliveri
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Rebecca Mullins Oliveri, 43, of 31 James Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Agnes Lankster
Mrs. Agnes Wren Lankster, 78, of 2146 Eastside Court, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Walter Anderson
Mr. Walter Hammond Anderson, of 2225 Silverdale Road, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Norman Archibald II
BELVEDERE -- Mr. Norman Gilchrist ``Stormin' Norman'' Archibald II, 55, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999.

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

Mr. Jessie L. Gartrell
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Jessie L. Gartrell, 69, of 105 W. Pine St., died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999.

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

Mrs. Virginia Ruffin
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Virginia Ruffin, 48, of 1116 Quaker Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Burke 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. Willie Hilson
CINCINNATI -- Mr. Willie Lee Hilson, 49, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999.

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.

Mr. Joe Milam
AIKEN -- Mr. Joe Heller Milam, 79, of 179 Nautilus St., died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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. Edward Kimble
Mr. Edward Kimble, 52, of 1303 Cabana Court, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Bubber Hicks
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Bubber Verlyn Hicks, 58, of 1095 Arrington Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Mr. Clifford Glover
Mr. Clifford Glover, 86, of 1512 Picquet Ave., died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Ralph Ostrihon Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Ralph George Ostrihon Sr., 59, of 263 McBean Church Road, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Eddie Chandler
AIKEN -- Mr. Eddie Chandler, 65, of 324 Main Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Beverly Health Care Center.

Mr. Frank Hite
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Benjamin Frank Hite, 88, of 324 S. Main St., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Mozelle Smoak
OLAR, S.C. -- Mrs. Mozelle Gilliam Smoak, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, in Columbia.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Lever
Mr. Robert E. ``Bobby'' Lever, 61, of 3305 W. Cliff Court, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Elsie Sullivan

Mr. Edward Kimble

Miss Betty McLean

Mr. Fred Hobbs Sr.

Mr. Robert Lever

Mr. Robert Brooks Jr.

Mr. Eddie Chandler

Mr. Allen Ashba Sr.

Mr. John Street

Ms. Emma Ashberry

Mr. Dexter Wooden

Mrs. Helen Sparks

Ms. Lucille Taylor

Mr. Thomas Dillard

Mrs. Mozelle Smoak

Mr. Herbert Zaun

Mr. Clifford Glover

Rev. E.W. Washington Jr.

Mrs. Rebecca Oliveri

Mr. Richard Brinson Sr.

Mrs. Maxie Kersey

Mr. Joseph Bussey

Mr. Walter Anderson

Mrs. Mary Mosley

Mrs. Agnes Lankster

Mr. Willis Loyd

Mr. Wallace Scott

Mr. Lonnie Lanier

Mr. James Flanders

Mrs. Zenovious Stripling

Mr. Marshall Murvin

Mr. Jessie L. Gartrell

Mr. Willie Hilson

Mr. Joe Milam

Mr. Bubber Hicks

Gabriel Marvin Moss

Mrs. Elsie Sullivan

Mrs. Maggie Dunaway

Unchecked rumors give God a `black eye'
THIS STORY reminds me of an old saying: ``Your friends do not need to be convinced, and your enemies will not believe you, no matter what you say.''

Raps columnist's support of evolution
As chairman of the ``Answers in Genesis'' local couple of recent articles in your paper. EllenGoodman's mockery of those who believe in creation betrays her own bias. Evolution is not based on fact. Jane H. Dennis, Augusta

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

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

Praises the Promise Keepers group
I recently had the opportunity to attend my very first Promise Keepers conference in Charlotte, N.C., and what a blessing it was to see so many men of different races and denominations come together under one roof and show their love for not only God but also for each other. Wendell Johnson, Martinez

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

Says stations ignore dilemma for blind
I am writing about a problem that we who are blind or vision impaired have and I feel certain the sighted would understand. This concerns the TV weather warnings that are shown on our screens from time to time. They are usually preceded by bells or chimes, etc. and shown on the bottom of our screens. Jack Eckert, Augusta

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

Chides writer for report on ex-principal
I am responding to the Aug. 18 article by staff writer Chasiti Kirkland. If I had been assigned towrite that article, I feel I would have gone about it differently. Cathy Cunningham, Jackson

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

Food safety no issue
We've heard no public outcry that unprofessional handling by Georgia's food-service workers are endangering the health and safety of consumers. Nor have we heard a public clamor to force waiters, cooks and food managers to undergo special training.

Hits empty lives of Internet 'addicts'
I read the Aug. 23 article concerning Internet addiction and felt compelled to respond. John D. Magruder, Aiken

Sour note on 'Mozart Effect'
The notion that listening to Mozart music makes kids smarter seemed like it was based less on sound research than it was on a great promotional ploy to sell more classical CDs.

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

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.

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.

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!

Blasts biased representation of South
The notion that listening to Mozart music makes kids smarter seemed like it was based less on sound research than it was on a great promotional ploy to sell more classical CDs. Joseph Jackson, Augusta

Debate of Mozart Effect
The notion that listening to Mozart music makes kids smarter seemed like it was based less on sound research than it was on a great promotional ploy to sell more classical compact discs. But not to then-Gov. Zell Miller. He bought the so-called Mozart Effect 100 percent in his last year as governor and that resulted in Georgia joining two other states, South Dakota and Tennessee, in handing out classical CDs and tapes to mothers of every newborn in every hospital.

Unchecked rumors give God a `black eye'
THIS STORY reminds me of an old saying: ``Your friends do not need to be convinced, and your enemies will not believe you, no matter what you say.''

Forrest wins by KO

Network to air fights

Forrest overlooked by bigger names

Boxing authority suspends four judges

Work paying off for local golfer

Boxing notes

Augusta is a "sleeper" of a city

Ziglar wins a quick KO

Vernon Forrest's fight record

King takes lead in Palmetto Am

Forrest wins by KO

Kenseth cuts into Earnhardt's Busch lead

Boxing notes

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

Overtime: Hatfield named Georgia tennis pro of year

Bristol notes: Benson a fan of the Speedway

11 players included in 3-way deal

Atlanta Thrashers Exhibition Schedule

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.

Scientists puzzled by eagle deaths
ATHENS, Ga. -- Scientists are no closer to finding the cause of a mysterious malady that is killing bald eagles and waterfowl in several Southern states, despite a recent conference to discuss the problem.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gene study suggests: Eat less, live longer
WASHINGTON -- Genes that play a key role in aging tend to stay vigorous in response to a low-calorie diet, says a study that may help explain why animals that eat less often live longer.

Scientists: Polygraphs make us all suspects
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- The intent is to catch spies. But the effect of polygraph tests at Energy Department weapons labs will be to scare off new researchers and demoralize those who remain, scientists there say.

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.

Gulf War illness still a mystery
WASHINGTON -- A presidential panel looking into Gulf War illnesses said Friday that it can't pinpoint causes of the ailments and recommended further studies into whether there are genetic reasons for why some troops got sick when others did not.

Prosthetic-maker uses Barbie body part to help amputees
DURHAM -- Criticized by feminists in years past for her unrealistic anatomy, Barbie's body parts are just right for a Duke University Medical Center worker who makes prosthetics for amputees.

Studies focus on ribosomes
New and more effective antibiotics could be the end result of two studies by scientists who have made progress in deciphering the structure of ribosomes -- complex particles that make the proteins needed for cell functions and structure.

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.

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

Gene study suggests: Eat less, live longer

Gulf War illness still a mystery

Scientists: Polygraphs make us all suspects

New fossils boost understanding of primate evolution

Scientists puzzled by eagle deaths

SRS plan for project supported

Studies focus on ribosomes

North Carolina officials keep eye on storms

Atoms used in gravity study

Prosthetic-maker uses Barbie body part to help amputees

Augusta will be named a polluted-air city

Nation's bankers offer sermon to quell Year 2000 fears