Dale Hokrein: 'If only' wishing offered more
I see two types of people when I prairie dog above my cubicle: those who appear neat and those who seem, well, less neat.

Dalton Brannen: Show future worth to company
If you as an employee believe you deserve a raise and know how much to ask for, then how do you ask for it? You must first develop a written proposal consisting of three parts: why you deserve a raise; how much you want; and what are your future work goals.

Business briefs
Contrary to politically correct sentiments of the 1990s, money still matters -- a lot.

Groups offer networking
Here's a line straight out of Business 101: People tend to do business with people they know.

Government's purpose heart of debate
What are we to do with the federal budget surpluses that are projected to accumulate over the next few years? Shall we use them to shore up the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, to further pay down

Experts: Shop around for lawyer
Need a lawyer? If you own a business, just about every expert says, you do. But finding a good one, they say, requires homework. It may not be enough to just let your fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages, they add.

Augusta Business Chronicle
Read about the challenges faced by the Kaolin industry, find out how an old hotel is being renovated or learn how to get a raise in the September issue of the Augusta Business Chronicle. Read the online version here or get a print edition inside The Augusta Chronicle on Monday.

County's plans hinge on lake
Though it has been there all along, Lincoln County officials have virtually ignored Thurmond Lake. Now they plan to use it as bait to lure vacationers and conventioners -- a catch they hope will land jobs and infuse the local economy with tourism dollars.

Success a 10-commandment program
An attorney specializing in business law, her advice typically comes into play after the writing's on the wall, the bills are coming due and the wolves (in IRS business suits) are at the door. If small-business people use her book as she intends them to, her customer base could shrink dramatically.

Kaolin industry depending on technology to cut costs
Price pressure in the kaolin industry is forcing Georgia's producers to work smarter, faster and, most of all, cheaper.

Company enjoys market niche
Staff Writer Damon Cline sat down with R.W. Allen, president of R.W. Allen & Associates Inc., to discuss business issues in the construction industry.

Riches of the Earth
You'll find it in everything from toilets to toothpaste. It makes magazine paper glossy and cosmetics creamy. It can also be found in the soles of your shoes, the tires on your car and the fiberglass insulation in your house.

Attitude keeps Allen on site
After more than 25 years in the building trade, Rick Allen still loves the smell of construction. He loves the noxious exhaust of diesel engines, the limey fragrance of freshly poured concrete and even the ozone stench of an electric arc welder.

City involved in hotel restoration
Sandy White's footsteps crunch through pigeon droppings and fallen plaster, as she moves through the 101-year old Fitzpatrick Hotel on the square in downtown Washington.

Briefcase
Travel costs expected to increase next year ... Proprietary information can be lost with workers ... Do homework before bidding on auction sites

Augusta Pirates star to start in Pittsburgh

Braves notebook: Team set to break steals record

Newspaper writer gets dream job in Braves pen

Maddux brilliant in win

Hancock placed on DL

Late error sinks Braves

Braves notes: Seanez encouraged by doctor's report

No GreenJackets named to all-star list

Augusta Business Chronicle

Business Highlights

Company enjoys market niche

Success a 10-commandment program

Attitude keeps Allen on site

Coke forecast causes stock to slump

Groups offer networking

Note worthy

City involved in hotel restoration

States force HMOs to pay on time

Business Highlights
The states allegedly defrauded by money manager Martin Frankel stand to recover less than 40 cents on the dollar unless investigators locate a hidden supply of cash.

IMF begins investigation into Russia's use of loans

Dalton Brannen: Show future worth to company

Experts: Shop around for lawyer

Government's purpose heart of debate

Riches of the Earth

Dale Hokrein: 'If only' wishing offered more

Business briefs

Kaolin industry depending on technology to cut costs

Note worthy
Investing in a good attitude may not reap immediate rewards, but there are definite long-term dividends that come from courtesy, experts say.

County's plans hinge on lake

States force HMOs to pay on time
After several months of phone calls and letters trying to collect thousands of dollars from Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey, Dr. Anthony Musarra was fed up.

IMF begins investigation into Russia's use of loans
MOSCOW -- The International Monetary Fund began a new probe Monday into whether the Russian central bank misused IMF loans, officials said.

Coke forecast causes stock to slump
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola Co. stock fell almost 4 percent as the soft drink giant announced that third-quarter earnings will fall short of expectations because struggling economies overseas have impeded sales.

Losses prove challenge for Holtz

Skip Holtz hospitalized with stomach problem

New defensive style requires time to adjust

Carolina optimistic after loss

College football today

No. 1 Florida State tough Tech hurdle

Defeat brings on insomnia

College football polls

Dogs' receivers past the ? stage

Top 25 stars
LOS ANGELES -- A list of the 25 most significant stars and star pairings of the century, chosen by Associated Press entertainment writers and editors for their contributions to the art and lore of the American motion picture:

Movies defined century
HOLLYWOOD -- You might say motion pictures got started with a sneeze. Audiences chorused ``God bless you'' when they saw Thomas Edison's grainy, black-and-white film of employee Fred Ott sneezing.

Urges U.S. to re-examine drug policy

Thinks parents should choose clothes

Notra Trulock: patriot

Jabs embarrassing "drivel" about S.C.

Hits Columbia Co. school dress code

Free U.S. workers!

Raps commissioners over water

Back McCaffrey Plan

Debunks Gould's NOMA solution

Hits liberals' use of "gun obsession"

"Later" targets older audience with news and chat
NEW YORK -- From Tonight to Late Night. From Today to Later Today. Anyone else sense a pattern over at NBC?

Up in smoke
They're sweet. They're cheap. They're small, and, worst of all, they're trendy. Bidis, tiny flavored cigarettes from India, are luring a new generation of young smokers to tobacco and raising alarm among public health officials and anti-smoking groups.

Take precautions during peak flu season
Dear Readers: This time of year is typically characterized by colorful leaves and cooling temperatures, but it is also the time to protect yourself against influenza, or the "flu."

In the know
The Oprah Winfrey Show kicks off its fourteenth consecutive season today with guest Kevin Costner, who stars as a baseball player in the new movie For Love of the Game. Mr. Costner shares baseball tips and shows some of his best moves with help from White Sox catcher Brook Fordyce. Mr. Costner also discusses dating after divorce and reveals that he only had three dates in high school. Oprah is on at 4 p.m. on WRDW-TV (Channel 12).

"Later" targets older audience with news and chat

Take precautions during peak flu season

In the know

Up in smoke

Holiday events

Work is a calling for some

Sides push poker vote registration

Area briefs: Water main breakcuts off homes
A break on the main water line beneath Augusta's Camelia Road left two houses in the area without water for a short time Monday and prompted authorities to close the road to traffic.

Area briefs: Water main breakcuts off homes

Learning the basics
Darrell Foster catches the football as his son Matthew, 9, plays defense.

Home front: Coach invented sport signs

Certification helps teacher build on skills

Parent fights dress code

Certification helps teacher build on skills
At a time when governors, parents and school administrators are demanding more accountability from educators, at least one Augusta professor has proof that she knows what she is teaching.

Interim leader heads United Way campaign

Town hall renovation nears end
BURNETTOWN -- The first major renovation of Burnettown Town Hall since it was built more than a decade ago should be completed by the end of this week.

Bush: Flag issue is up to South Carolinians
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. -- Saying outsiders should ``butt out,'' Texas Gov. George W. Bush was dismissive Monday of NAACP efforts to force down the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome through a national tourism boycott.

Trade fueled by demand
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- They call it the Golden Mountain. In the streets of southern Chinese cities, it has become a code between those trying to get to America and those who might help.

Movies defined century

Augusta's Sweetheart

Inmate finds talent on canvas

Work is a calling for some
We've come to that other bookend of summer. Labor Day, established for political organizing, has become the last blast of the season.

Labor Day fun

Pregnancy hard on soldiers
When little Joshua was only 9 months old, his mother moved away and left him behind for a year. Life can be tough when your mom is a soldier.

Town hall renovation nears end

Coming Tuesday
What once was phat is tight and what was cool is sweet. Or is it tight, too? Confused? We've got your guide to slang. In Xtreme

Coming Tuesday

Aiken prepares for festival

SAT scores lowest for students planning to study education

Bush: Flag issue is up to South Carolinians

Learning continues in dorms
COLUMBIA -- University of South Carolina's light-green, straight-edged Bates House dormitory may not be a marvel of modern engineering, but it is on the cutting edge of engineering education.

Top 25 stars

Trout appear in river

Augusta's Sweetheart
Amber Blakey, 3, hands roses to Augusta State University junior Andrea Lee Bailey (center) as Amber's grandmother Linda Kitchens looks on Monday at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field. Miss Bailey, a former Miss Augusta and reigning Miss Northwest Georgia, was named Miss National Sweetheart during a pageant this weekend in Hoopeston, Ill.

Across the area

Parent fights dress code
In baggy camouflaged pants and an untucked shirt, and with multicolored hair, Breonne DeDecker says she feels like the poster child for how not to dress in Columbia County schools.

SAT scores lowest for students planning to study education
ATLANTA -- Georgia seniors planning to study math, languages and physical sciences scored among the highest on the college-entrance SAT this year, as usual.

Holiday events
The Labor Day weekend winds down today with a couple of activities in the area.

Across the area
Apartment fire displaces residents ... School board wants better image ... Trip touts passenger train plan ...

Trout appear in river
Are trout hiding among the glimmering Savannah River rapids? It depends on who you ask.

Inmate finds talent on canvas
AIKEN -- County Administrator Bill Shepherd was visiting the jail recently to talk to inmates about library books when a man approached him.

Aiken prepares for festival
AIKEN -- What started out as an event to show off the handiwork of Aiken residents has become one of the largest juried craft shows in the Southeast.

Home front: Coach invented sport signs
Deaf since he was 18 months, finding an outlet for his athletic talent had been difficult for Larry Gethers.

Labor Day fun
Dorothy Brown of Augusta had the right idea. Shielding herself from scorching mid-afternoon sun with a patio-style umbrella, Mrs. Brown tried to keep cool Monday while catching a performance by North Augusta country singer Selisa Cox at Un-Labor Day Rest Fest '99 at North Augusta's Riverview Park.

Sides push poker vote registration
AIKEN -- South Carolinians with strong feelings about video poker have until Oct. 2 to be sure they're registered to vote on it.

Trade fueled by demand

Annex design settled

Interim leader heads United Way campaign
Leading the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area in its annual fund-raising campaign is a task with which Charles H. Bellmann is well-acquainted.

Annex design settled
The plans for the Columbia County Courthouse Annex are now in the hands of the project architect, and local officials say they hope to be ready to accept bids within 60 days.

Green among nine players waived by Falcons

Christian, Hanspard form a potent backfield

For Robert Edwards, the road to recovery is long and hard

Cowboys' Sanders works out in pads

Bates set to begin pro career

Ms. Dorothy Fronek
Ms. Dorothy Maddox Fronek, 83, of 3740 Belair Road, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Ellen Smith
RAYLE, Ga. -- Ms. Ellen Berry Smith, 56, of 6419 Lexington Road, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Juanita Smith
Mrs. Juanita Yonce Smith, 87, of Forest Lake Health Care, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Clarence Fraser
AIKEN -- Mr. Clarence A. Fraser, 72, of 1002 Neilson St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Clark
WRENS, Ga. -- Staff Sgt. Christopher Logue Clark, 38, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, in Livingston, Texas.

Mr. Robert McKettrick
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Robert Lee ``Leedy'' McKettrick, 67, of 2 Sand Pit Road, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Ed Johnson
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. Ed Johnson, 83, of Hancock Street, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Frances Lokey
AMERICUS, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances A. Lokey, 86, of 2001 S. Lee St., died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999.

Mr. Everette Booth
LYONS, Ga. -- Mr. Everette M. Booth, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Morse
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. James W. Morse, 74, of Route 5, Butler Road, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Dot Rich
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Dot McGee Rich, 51, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ruby Love
SOPERTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Garrett Love, 74, of Route 2, Metter, and Route 2, Soperton, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Ven Core Hospital, Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Mrs. Hattie Moncrief
SILOAM, Ga. -- Mrs. Hattie Thea Atkinson Moncrief, 95, of 4461 Georgia Highway 15 S., died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Josephine Barron
Mrs. Josephine Ernestien Barron, 70, of 2244 Broad St., died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Alexander McTeer
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Alexander Sanders McTeer, 83, of 466 S. Gray St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Bobby Strength
HARLEM -- Mr. Bobby Joe Strength, 69, of 624 Fairview Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Lillie Brooks
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillie Mae Brooks, 93, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

James McGahee
DEARING -- James Brandon McGahee, 16, of 5297 Kelly Road, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Tamara Samalot-Rowell
AIKEN -- Mrs. Tamara ``Lilly'' Samalot-Rowell, 46, of 265 DuPont Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. James Hair
THOMSON -- Mr. James Harmon Hair, 76, of 715 Pineview Drive, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Union Amos
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Union ``Bubba'' Amos, 93, of 516 Railroad Ave., died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

Mr. Roy Holmes Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Roy Holmes Sr., of 504 Elko St., died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Juanita Smith

Mr. Clarence Fraser

Ms. Dorothy Fronek

Mrs. Tamara Samalot-Rowell

Mr. Ed Johnson

Mrs. Ruby Love

Mr. Everette Booth

Mr. Alexander McTeer

Mr. Robert McKettrick

James McGahee

Mrs. Josephine Barron

Mrs. Hattie Moncrief

Mr. Union Amos

Mrs. Dot Rich

Mr. James Morse

Staff Sgt. Christopher Clark

Ms. Ellen Smith

Mr. Roy Holmes Sr.

Mrs. Frances Lokey

Mr. James Hair

Michael Thurmond: Building a world-class work force in Georgia
WHEN TOUTING Georgia's unprecedented economic growth, we often give credit to elected officials and the captains of industry. Although progressive public and business leadership is essential, the unsung heroes are the men and women who work hard every day to provide the goods and services that we all need and desire. Recognition and celebration of their efforts on Labor Day 1999 is most appropriate.

Raps commissioners over water
South Augusta is drying up. The west has all the water, but because the south is drying up the politicians think the west should dry up too. Joseph C. Bongard, Augusta

Michael Thurmond: Building a world-class work force in Georgia
WHEN TOUTING Georgia's unprecedented economic growth, we often give credit to elected officials and the captains of industry. Although progressive public and business leadership is essential, the unsung heroes are the men and women who work hard every day to provide the goods and services that we all need and desire. Recognition and celebration of their efforts on Labor Day 1999 is most appropriate.

Hits Columbia Co. school dress code
In response to your editorial supporting the dress code enacted by the Columbia County School Board, I suggest you put your money where your mouth is. Doug DeDecker, Evans

Urges U.S. to re-examine drug policy
Is now the time to legalize drugs? Al Kotras, Augusta

Back McCaffrey Plan
A Peruvian news service, with close ties to the Peruvian military, reports that U.S. anti-drug czar Barry McCaffrey is quietly lobbying Latin American leaders to organize a military intervention force to pacify Colombia.

Free U.S. workers!
American workers have a lot to celebrate today. By every measure they're the best and most productive wage earners in the world.

Hits liberals' use of "gun obsession"
Are guns the problem in our society or are our own actions to blame? Is a so-called ``gun advocate'' also pro-gun violence? Lately, the argument against personal ownership has focused on the issue of obsession. Vince Colwell, Martinez

Thinks parents should choose clothes
The New Hope Community Center is collecting school uniforms for the needy. God bless them. They gave out over 140 uniforms the other day with 200still in line needing the uniforms. T. Spivey, Augusta

Debunks Gould's NOMA solution
Letter writer Connie Lyngby recently offered the Stephen Jay Gould solution to disputes between Christianity and evolutionary naturalism. John Reed, Evans

Jabs embarrassing "drivel" about S.C.
Regarding the Sept. 1 letter from Melvin Sapp: L.G. Stemper, Augusta

Wonders where nation's "spirit" went
I wonder if anyone has noticed some things that are missing in our country. There was a time when a young person had an opportunity to excel in life, equal to everyone else. Someone with hope and a desire to press forward could become a Ben Franklin or a Thomas Edison. Where has the spirit of America gone? Bill White, Jr., Edgefield

Notra Trulock: patriot
Notra Trulock is an intellectually honest patriot who resigned in disgust the other day as head of intelligence for the U.S. Energy Department.

Wants Aiken incumbent's re-election
Awhile back I agreed to support Aiken City Councilwoman Karen Papouchado in her next election bid if one should occur. John Granaghan, Aiken

Serena joins sister in Open quarters

Rhodes will be Thrashers' last line of defense

Rigid schedule enforced for Thrashers' workouts

Rain cost Jarrett 45 points

Augusta National tops Wright's most-missed golf venue list

Williams escapes trouble in rain-plagued match

Overtime: Pfeiffer stops Augusta State in Jag Classic

Burton wins rain-shortened race

Thrashers to hire Bob Mason as goalie consultant

Researcher: Chips and French fries make up one-third of teens' veggies
NEW ORLEANS -- Kids aren't fat just because they're couch potatoes, but because they stuff themselves with mountains of potatoes cooked the least healthy way, a researcher says.

Study: Will to live fluctuates
LONDON -- The will to live in dying cancer patients fluctuates enormously, research led by a psychiatrist in Canada suggests. The research team also concluded that as death gets closer, physical distress replaces mental anxiety as the main factor weakening the wish to go on living.

Toxic chemical control treaty resumes
GENEVA -- Measures to control 12 toxic chemicals known as ``the dirty dozen'' are at the top of the agenda as negotiators gather Monday for talks on the first global treaty to limit or ban the substances.

Study: Mom's blues could hurt child's development

Addicted smokers willing to pay increased cigarette prices
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Jonah Lowder walked out of the convenience store with the pained expression of a man spurned. In a way he was. A clerk rejected the 22-year-old Winthrop University student's expired drivers license as proof of his age as he tried to buy a $2.69 pack of cigarettes.

Mosquito encephalitis outbreak in New York kills one
NEW YORK -- An outbreak of St. Louis encephalitis, a viral infection transmitted by mosquitos, has been blamed for at least one death here and could be responsible for several illnesses over the last two weeks.

Nerve transplant shows promise
WASHINGTON -- When John Cotten got prostate cancer at age 47, he wanted his cancerous prostate removed -- fast.

E. coli traced to county fair kills child, sickens 26 others
ALBANY, N.Y. -- An outbreak of E. coli bacteria at a county fair is believed to have killed a 3-year-old girl and sickened at least 23 other children and three adults in northern New York.

Slang influenced by friends, movies
Like fashion and music, teen slang comes and goes -- what was once ``phat'' is now ``tight'' or ``sweet.''

Adults stumped by slang challenge
Here are results from the ``Xtreme Teen Slang Challenge.'' We asked some adults -- including a doctor, coach and policeman -- to decipher a list of '90s slang using the word in a sentence. Here are some of the results, followed by the real thing:

Your style
THE FACTS: Amanda Herring (left), 14, a sophomore at Greenbrier High School, and Tiffany Folger, 15, a sophomore at Evans High School.

Adults stumped by slang challenge

Slang influenced by friends, movies

Your style

Study: Will to live fluctuates

Mosquito encephalitis outbreak in New York kills one

Addicted smokers willing to pay increased cigarette prices

Toxic chemical control treaty resumes

Researcher: Chips and French fries make up one-third of teens' veggies

Study: Mom's blues could hurt child's development