Crawdads' House is happy with decision

Braves notebook: Solid defense leads to wins

Braves on final west coast swing

Surrige skipping school for playoffs

GreenJackets drop series opener

Williams finally a regular

Braves work extra hard for win over Giants

Catfish Hunter dead at age 53

You have to hand it to phones

Inflation jumps in August
WASHINGTON -- Inflation at the wholesale level leaped 0.5 percent in August, reflecting sharply higher energy and food prices.

Inflation jumps in August

Industrial parks given priority

Additional business news

Industrial parks given priority
If you have a car lot with no cars, then you don't have much to sell.

Georgia will increase reliance on small businesses
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes told a group of 1,000 entrepreneurs Thursday that under his leadership the state will increase its reliance on small businesses and those owned by members of ethnic minorities.

Department store chain considering store for Augusta
Mansour's, a family-owned department store, confirmed Friday that it may open a store in the Augusta area.

Local HQ closing will cost 80 jobs
Home improvement retailer Hechinger Co. announced Thursday that it will close its Home Quarters store on Bobby Jones Expressway. The closure will result in more than 80 permanent layoffs, a Georgia Labor Department spokesman said.

Two radio stations to be sold

Additional business news
Dow closes up after late rally...Delta tops in bumpings...Workers may get NAFTA benefits...Reebok announces layoffs.

Department store chain considering store for Augusta

Augusta Tech introduces new courses
Local manufacturers say there's plenty of people out there willing to work in their factories and plants, but not all of them have what it takes to do the job.

Additional business news
Oil companies settleIndian royalties suit...Grain insurance deadline set...Grocery chain acquisition OK'd...AOL changes top management...'Chronicle' expands stocks listings

Hasbro to acquire Pokemon makers
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Hasbro, Inc., the world's second-largest toy maker, is buying Wizards of the Coast Inc., a retailer and games company with a product line including Pokemon trading cards and the best-selling Magic: The Gathering game.

Two radio stations to be sold
Two more local radio stations may be sold to a nationwide radio group.

Local HQ closing will cost 80 jobs

City upgrading all routes
Late at night, when traffic slows and the hot sun goes away, a crew of construction workers has been widening Interstate 520 -- the multilane expressway that lets cars zip around the Augusta area. It is one of many projects designed to improve area infrastructure -- the underpinning of cities that is so crucial to development, economic experts say. Good roads, rail and air service are some of the key criteria of companies looking to locate here.

Hasbro to acquire Pokemon makers

Georgia will increase reliance on small businesses

City upgrading all routes

Augusta Tech introduces new courses

Additional business news

Lineman hopes to protect his QB

Suddenly Seymour

Clemson offense not yet explosive

College football notes

Robinson will be tough to remove from starting role

O'Leary not interested in pecking order

How perfect must Georgia Tech be?

College football today

Gamecocks' defense gets first real test

Yellow Jackets pin upset hopes on Hamilton

College football today

Benedict and S.C. State renew rivalry

Hamilton determined to exact revenge at FSU

Things fell into place for Smith at Clemson

Georgia small college roundup

Georgia not frightened of Holtz

Uga V to pass bark to his son

Skip Holtz feeling better after two nights in hospital

Family firm a pioneer
Augusta has several black-owned funeral homes. Nearly all trace their lineage to one that is still thriving. Dent's Undertaking Establishment, located at 930 D'Antignac St., was the first black-owned funeral home in Georgia, co-proprietor Thomasina Ketch said. Ms. Ketch and her sister, Juliette Burton, now operate the home, which was founded in 1888 by their grandparents, John and Julia Dent.

A look at the 20th Century: 1970
Vietnam War protesters demonstrating for peace were killed. The streets of Augusta burned at the hands of rioters. And the spirit of the 1960s faded with the fatal drug overdoses of rock 'n' roll legends Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

Wrong Waco probe

Chides deputy at Josey-Butler game

Reflects on Allendale 'seizure'

Expresses outrage over prison sentence

Dismisses myths about 'Y2K Bug'

Boring duo

Ramblin' Rhodes
Children's attendance at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon has risen steadily since its opening three years ago, which explains why a major expansion is aimed at educating children.

Prancing horses have doubles
Will the real Lipizzaner Stallions please stand up. Two groups of the famous prancing Austrian horses are set to perform in the Augusta area in October.

Fall renewal
As dictated by Mother Nature, spring signals a time of growth, development and rebirth.

Serenity gaden
NORTH AUGUSTA -- When her husband mowed over a freshly planted bed of daylilies, Lynn Thompson knew it was time to take over care of the yard.

Speaker knows it pays to persevere
Football meant a college education and a way out of a migrant worker's life for Willie E. Gary.

Brainy comic doesn't want scripted life
Most comedians don't highlight academic achievements on their artist biographies. But Paul Gilmartin, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, lists the feat prominently on his press materials.

Gardening doesn't have to be difficult
A theory came to me this summer, and its conclusion helps me feel more comfortable about those of

Tomato season comes to an end
How did your tomato crop do this year? Mine is still hanging in there, although it's not in the best of shape.

Rosh Hashana is a time to reflect, serve God better
As we approach the 2000 presidential election, I recall one of the most famous quotes of President John F. Kennedy: ``Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country.'' This quote expresses a major Rosh Hashana theme. On Rosh Hashana we ask ourselves not only ``what God can do for us but what can we do for God.''

Praying at the poles
The new school year opened under a shadow -- call it Columbine. Fears still linger in the aftermath of the mass shooting in April at the Colorado high school.

Rain should help improve fishing

Tournament information

Strom Thurmond wins over Saluda

Aquinas defeats Hancock Central

A Young star is born

Lady Wolfpack fall to Dublin

Condition limits Aquinas star

Blackville-Hilda -- 27 Allendale-Fairfax -- 14

Thomson tops Burke County

Josey clobbers Westside, 42-7

Lakeside blank S. Aiken, 37-0

Last second heroics give Silver Bluff win

High schools taking turn at border war

Hephzibah puts it all together to rout Harlem

Silver Bluff's perfect mark will be tested

Statesboro hands Greenbrier its first setback

The coach's call: Josey High School

N. Augusta rallies past Butler

Lincoln downs McCormick for coach Campbell's 317th

You have to hand it to phones
With everyone talking about the millennium and looking back over the past century, comparisons and disagreements are sure to arise. Like naming, for example, the best invention of our time.

Gardening doesn't have to be difficult

Prancing horses have doubles

Speaker knows it pays to persevere

Tomato season comes to an end

Praying at the poles

Fall renewal

Ramblin' Rhodes

Serenity gaden

Rosh Hashana is a time to reflect, serve God better

Group wants early alcohol vote on alcohol sales
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Supporters of Sunday alcohol sales in Greenville County want the issue decided next month instead of Nov. 2, when it would be on the same ballot with video gambling.

A swingin' bash

Board approves sending Barnes budget
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Education on Thursday approved sending Gov. Roy Barnes a $5.5 billion budget proposal that would give local schools systems millions for safety equipment and allow the state to develop an end-of-the-course test in every grade.

Board OKs identification badges
In a matter of weeks, Columbia County middle and high school students should have something to add to their school wardrobe -- photo identification badges.

Board approves sending Barnes budget

Eager fans await ticket sales
Rob Bunch spent Thursday glued to his radio and telephone. On Friday, he decided to do it the hard way.

9/9/99 causes no problems
All those nines added up to zero. A potential glitch from computers reading the date 9/9/99 passed Thursday with no reports of any problems from major utilities, governments or health care providers.

Across the area: Harlem ex-student faces knife charge
Residents receive tax bills ...E. coli sickens three children ... Alcohol cited in fatal car crash ... Bus defacing under investigation

University looks for computer executive

Family fun
Katrina Dunne, a marketing assistant at Medical College of Georgia, creates prize bags for today's ninth annual Children's Medical Center Carnival, held in conjunction with Happy Hearts Family Fun Day.

Some disagree with schools' punishments

Road workers consider safety a problem
At 3:16 p.m., on cue, the cars melt away as if by magic. The street in front of Augusta Christian Schools is clear again, traffic is flowing smoothly, motorists go about their day. Baston Road hardly looks like a street with a congestion problem.

9/9/99 causes no problems

Beating the brush
Firefighters hose down hot spots from a brush fire Friday on Interstate 20 at mile marker No. 8.

DSS ends arrest suit with cash
AIKEN -- The South Carolina Department of Social Services has settled a lawsuit by an Aiken County man who was falsely arrested on a charge of failing to pay a DSS fee.

Ride '99 sitedraws couple from Camden
Honey-dos and got-to-dos don't give Billy Prather much time for what he wants to do. But this weekend is the exception.

Crider unsure of plant's future

Official: Crider mulls move to South Carolina
Crider Inc.'s chicken-processing plant, once the largest employer in Lincoln County, could reopen in South Carolina, according to one county official.

Democrats helped by HOPE's success
ATLANTA - Zell Miller successfully bet the governor's race in 1990 on his lottery and HOPE college scholarships, but the political payoff for Georgia Democrats apparently didn't end there.

Island to open after pesticide cleanup done

Martin's resignation ends controversy

Board OKs identification badges

Social club to debut safe haven

Eager fans await ticket sales

Across the area: Harlem ex-student faces knife charge

Family fun

Some disagree with schools' punishments
Parents said Friday they have no problem with children being dressed neatly, but some disagree with the way the Richmond County school board wants to punish students who disobey the dress code.

Crafting festival pleasing

Bubble-licious

Social club to debut safe haven
The 1960s offered no safe haven for six black A.R. Johnson High School students.

Community groups stand against video poker
AIKEN -- The Nov. 2 referendum on the future of video poker will be like Custer's Last Stand for the people of South Carolina, state Sen. Greg Ryberg said Thursday.

A swingin' bash
Decked from hair-ribbons to toes in Gamecock regalia, 5-year-old Tyler Sanders bounced on her father's shoulders with her pompon flailing for a single purpose -- to cheer a team on to victory.

DSS ends arrest suit with cash
AIKEN -- The South Carolina Department of Social Services has settled a lawsuit by an Aiken County man who was falsely arrested on a charge of failing to pay a DSS fee.

GM papers to be used in lawsuit
ATLANTA -- The widow of an Atlanta man who died in a fiery 1997 wreck has won the right to use potentially damaging, decades-old General Motors Corp. documents in her wrongful death suit against the company.

Crafting festival pleasing
AIKEN -- Thousands of people rustled through downtown Aiken on Friday, eyeing and buying crafts from around the area at the 23rd annual Aiken's Makin' Arts and Crafts Show.

Taliaferro County gets OK for school
ATLANTA - Two decades after losing its high school, tiny, rural Taliaferro County may finally get its teens back.

Federal funds could help construction effort

Staying in line
Evelyn Alexander could hardly resist her second-grader's plea Thursday not to wear ``those ugly clothes'' to school. The Goshen Elementary School pupil wanted to wear something other than khaki or navy bottoms with a white or light-blue shirt.

Bird's the word
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens zoo officials are holding a public contest to name an injured male eagle that has just arrived from Alaska.

Washing away hate
Swastikas, vulgarities and racist slurs were found scrawled over six Columbia County school buses and two school buildings at three different schools Thursday morning.

Legality of after-schoolfunding is in question
ATLANTA -- The state Board of Education is asking Attorney General Thurbert Baker to determine if it's legal for church-based after-school programs to get grant money.

Judge denies reduced sentence for teen killer
APPLING -- Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet denied a motion Thursday for 17-year-old Jonathan Dunagan to serve part of his 10-year sentence at home on probation.

A look at the 20th Century: 1970

Crider unsure of plant's future
Crider Inc. officials still don't know whether they will rebuild a Lincoln County chicken processing plant destroyed by a fire last month.

Road workers consider safety a problem

Area briefs: Annual Aiken fest kicks off today
The 23rd annual Aiken's Makin' festival is expected to draw 25,000 to 30,000 people to downtown Aiken today and Saturday for a two-day fair jam-packed with shopping, food and fun.

Beating the brush

One of Georgia's last drive-in theaters maintains 1950s pastime
JESUP, Ga. -- Far down the trailer-dotted road, past miles of red dirt and pine trees, a sweet secret resides in the heart of the country: the Jesup Drive-In is playing tonight.

Democrats helped by HOPE's success

$100,000 donated to complete black monument
SAVANNAH -- For eight years, Abigail Jordan has worked to make a monument to Savannah's black community a reality.

Legality of after-schoolfunding is in question

Island to open after pesticide cleanup done
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Efforts to clean up a deadly pesticide are on schedule for a deserted island near Savannah to reopen next month in time for students to resume field trips where they study the environment.

Ride '99 sitedraws couple from Camden

University looks for computer executive
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is looking for one good geek. Like many schools across the country, the flagship university wants a top computer executive to manage its mushrooming information resources.

Community groups stand against video poker

Martin's resignation ends controversy
A draft city ordinance to require immediate dismissal of any city employee who commits theft of city property will be considered by a committee Monday, Mayor Bob Young said Friday.

Family firm a pioneer

Community groups stand against video poker

GM papers to be used in lawsuit

Taliaferro County gets OK for school

Area briefs: Annual Aiken fest kicks off today

Group wants early alcohol vote on alcohol sales

DSS ends arrest suit with cash
AIKEN -- The South Carolina Department of Social Services has settled a lawsuit by an Aiken County man who was falsely arrested on a charge of failing to pay a DSS fee.

Judge denies reduced sentence for teen killer

Bubble-licious
Ryan Thomas, 5, of Aiken, lets his curiosity get the best of him Thursday as he tastes one of the bubbles he has just blown. Ryan was staying occupied while waiting for his parents to pick him up at the Millbrook Day Care Center in Aiken.

S.C. election race heats up

S.C. election race heats up
AIKEN -- The fireworks in the race for the South Carolina House District 81 seat began this week with contention over a letter written by Republican candidate Robert S. ``Skipper'' Perry to district voters.

DSS ends arrest suit with cash

Community groups stand against video poker
AIKEN -- The Nov. 2 referendum on the future of video poker will be like Custer's Last Stand for the people of South Carolina, state Sen. Greg Ryberg said Thursday.

DSS ends arrest suit with cash

Federal funds could help construction effort
Federal dollars could keep construction of rural highways from Augusta on track, even though environmental concerns have recently slowed the projects, road officials said Thursday.

Staying in line

University enrollment reaches record
ATHENS, Ga. -- Although it's not official just yet, University of Georgia numbers show enrollment at a record 30,612 students, leaving classrooms with standing room only.

DSS ends arrest suit with cash

Washing away hate

I dumped dorsey

Tuggle, Brooking best of Falcons' blend

A man with a plan, Reid tries to resurrect Eagles

Falcons still looking for respect

Falcons still looking for respect

Moss has Falcons' attention

Graziani number two after Kanell stumbles

Ms. Ruth Peters
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Ruth Peters, 68, of The Ledges, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at West Lake Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Wayne Jones
LANGLEY -- Mr. Wayne Jones, 57, of 155 Pelzer St., died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Lee Maris
Mr. Lee Harris, 66, of 1628 12th St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Ruby Wilson
FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Mr. Ruby Franklin Wilson, 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. George Price Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. George Price Sr., 69, of 252 Williams Lane, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Julia Story
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Julia Mae Blanchard Story, 68, of 1131 Evergreen Ave., died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at Providence Health Care.

Mrs. Deloris Gaines
Mrs. Deloris Gaines, 57, of 1006 Merry St., died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ida Farmer
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ida Mae Farmer, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Solomon Lazenby Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Solomon Lazenby Sr., 74, of 253 Dunns St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. John Chapman
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Hall Chapman, 66, of 55 Rapid Run Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Alton Mock Sr.
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Mr. Alton Bowie Mock Sr., 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at Tampa General Hospital.

Mr. Harvey Jackson
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Harvey Jackson, 63, of 4646 Williams Road, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Roland Hughes
Mr. Roland L. Hughes, 77, of 2910 Richmond Hill Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Lucille Hudson
MACON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lucille Watkins Hudson, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999.

Mrs. Margarite Blasingame
Mrs. Margarite Y. Blasingame, 85, of 3309 Threadneedle Court, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Walter Thomas
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Walter Lawrence Thomas, of 1219 Idlewood-Munnerlyn Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999.

Mr. Earl Tate
AIKEN -- Mr. Earl R. Tate, 78, of 1505 Pine Log Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Miss Latrina Sherman
HEPHZIBAH -- Miss Latrina Ann Sherman, 29, of 3569 Morgan Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Ms. Sharon McCallum
Ms. Sharon K. McCallum, 42, of 422 First St., died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Callahan
AIKEN -- Mr. William A. Callahan, 81, of 3335 Wise Creek Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Gladys Jansen
Mrs. Gladys Maddox Jansen, 89, of 403 Normandy Place, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Marie McCarty
Mrs. Marie All McCarty, 52, of 1872 Engle Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Lee Maris
Mr. Lee Maris, 66, of 1628 12th St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Hildegard Boeck
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Mrs. Hildegard W. Boeck, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999.

Mr. Bonnie Landers
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Bonnie Lee Landers, 67, of 1006 Fairview Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Ward
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. John Gilbert Ward, 56, of 118 Brentwood Drive, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Betty Virgin
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mrs. Betty Fleming Virgin, 88, of Beaverdam Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Bonnie Lee Landers
Entered into rest September 9, 1999, Mr. Bonnie Lee Landers, husband of Mrs. Pat Walker Landers, 1006 Fairview Road, North Augusta, S.C.

Mr. Russell Gilbert Sr.
EWING, N.J. -- Mr. Russell Gilbert Sr., 56, of Ewing Township, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, in Melbourne, Australia.

Mrs. Sarah McIntyre
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Sarah K. McIntyre, 90, of 129 Norwood Road, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999.

Mrs. Dovey Adams
AIKEN -- Mrs. Dovey Wooten Adams, 75, of 315 Pine Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. John Thomas
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. John F. ``Jeff'' Thomas, 61, of 307 Red Hill Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Harry Goats
Mr. Harry B. Goats, 77, of 1702 Forest Creek Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Larry Beard
Mr. Larry F. Beard, 59, of 2122 Reedale Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, in Washington.

Mrs. Diana Abreu
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Diana Rosa Batule Abreu, 69, of 932 Grimm Ave., died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Lee Maris

Mrs. Gladys Jansen

Mrs. Sarah McIntyre

Mrs. Ida Farmer

Ms. Ruth Peters

Mr. William Callahan

Mr. Roland Hughes

Mrs. Julia Story

Mrs. Diana Abreu

Mr. Russell Gilbert Sr.

Miss Latrina Sherman

Mrs. Marie McCarty

Mr. Lee Maris

Mr. John Ward

Mrs. Lucille Hudson

Mr. Walter Thomas

Mr. Wayne Jones

Mrs. Margarite Blasingame

Mrs. Hildegard Boeck

Mrs. Dovey Adams

Mr. Bonnie Lee Landers

Mr. Harvey Jackson

Mr. George Price Sr.

Mr. Harry Goats

Mr. Ruby Wilson

Mr. John Chapman

Mr. Alton Mock Sr.

Mr. Earl Tate

Mrs. Betty Virgin

Mrs. Deloris Gaines

Mr. Solomon Lazenby Sr.

David Sisler: Words are poor substitute for acts of faith
THE FOLKS who print the Sunday paper would get to bed earlier on Saturday night, if they printed only the sections I read. There is just too much in there for me to handle at 7 a.m. on Sunday as I prepare and consume my habitual B.C. (before church) Breakfast.

Learning from Diana's death
Two years after Princess Diana and her lover were killed in a tragic car accident, French authorities have finally rendered a verdict on what caused it. Fans of the princesses' fairy tale life are not at all happy with it.

Blasts 'inconvenience' of new Gate 2
If the sole purpose of the new Gate 2 at Fort Gordon Is only to relieve traffic congestion for the Army, why wasn't it built at government expense? Taxpayer money, both state and federal, has been expended on this gate, which operates only Monday through Friday between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. This is not a fair return on our investment. Walter L. Rose, Grovetown

Reflects on Allendale 'seizure'
Re the seizure of the Allendale schools by the South Carolina Board of Education: Daniel New, Augusta

Chides deputy at Josey-Butler game
I am writing to inform people of the actions done by a Richmond County Sheriff's Department officer on Sept. 3 at the Butler-Josey game. Stacey Wilson, Augusta

Boring duo
Former basketball star and New Jersey U.S. senator Bill Bradley has officially kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The laconic politico, campaigning as the ``un-Clinton,'' hopes to upset Clinton vice presidential crony Al Gore.

Hits Aiken incumbent over taxes
As part of her campaign to hold onto her Aiken City Council seat, Karen Papouchado promises to ``hold the line on taxes and fees.'' I doubt her sincerity. Just a few months ago she voted to increase two existing taxes and to add a new tax. Sidney Earnest, Aiken

Wrong Waco probe
Republican John Danforth is a highly respected 20-year veteran of the Senate who retired in 1995. He's a fine choice to head up an independent probe into the FBI's actions -- and especially its lies -- about events that led to the tragic deaths of at least 80 cultistsand children at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993.

Give to United Way
Enthusiasm marked the kickoff campaigns this month of the Augusta-based United Way of the CSRA and its Aiken County counterpart. Both have set goals higher than last year's.

The Regency dilemma
The conundrum posed by paying Windward Consultants $100,000 to develop a plan to deal with Regency Mall could have been avoided if the city had a hard rule not to mix advisers with potential buyers.

David Sisler: Words are poor substitute for acts of faith
THE FOLKS who print the Sunday paper would get to bed earlier on Saturday night, if they printed only the sections I read. There is just too much in there for me to handle at 7 a.m. on Sunday as I prepare and consume my habitual B.C. (before church) Breakfast.

Dismisses myths about 'Y2K Bug'
9/9/99 was a myth associated with the "Y2K Bug.'' Despite what was printed in last Sunday's article ``Potential Year 2000 glitches grip world consciousness,'' the ninth day of the ninth month of 1999 has virtually zero chance of causing a problem with computers or software. Tim Moses, Augusta

Raps Larke for personnel actions
I would like the educators and administrators of Richmond County to know what kind of man they are working for. Dr. Charles Larke, who is the superintendent for Richmond County schools, is a liar and a Judas type of a person. He says one thing and yet does another. Angela Simpkins, Augusta

Expresses outrage over prison sentence
I hope citizens of this community are as outraged as myself and my friends about the recent killer's prison sentence of ten years for killing a man with a frying pan. The killer admits a crack habit led to the wrongful death and now is worried about her children. Stan Brosz, Aiken

Blasts trio for discrimination suits
I was shocked to read that Aimee Bogrow, Lindsay Donaldson, and Molly Ann Beckenhauer recently filed lawsuits against the University of Georgia, charging reverse discrimination because they were not admitted to the school. E. Maner, Augusta

Likes challenger in Aiken Council race
In the July 22 Chronicle, Aiken City Councilwoman Karen Papouchado listed as an issue offocus for her re-election "... adding no new taxes or fees and holding those that already exist at their present level.'' William C. Jackson III, Aiken

Martin, Pioline advance

Donlavey, Wood Brothers receive Ford's highest honor

Serena Williams dethrones Davenport, Venus falls to Hingis

Overtime: Rabedeaux to succeed Don Haskins

Philips Arena set to open for NHL expansion team

Legendary golfer turns 70

Overtime: SportsJam '99 to be held at Riverview Park

Thrashers downplay expectations for first exhibition game

Pioline reaches U.S. Open semifinals

E. coli breakout may be largest in N.Y. state history
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Nearly 500 people have been sickened and one child died in the largest E. coli outbreak in state history -- and possibly one of the worst nationally -- health officials said Thursday.

Super-cooled atoms create chilly gas
WASHINGTON -- Researchers cooled fundamental particles to near absolute zero and created something called Fermi degenerate gas, a state of matter in which atoms act like waves instead of individual particles.

SRS radiation doses not fatal
Test results indicate that four Savannah River Site workers inhaled plutonium during a Sept. 1 incident.

Companies battle for vitamin sales on the Web
WASHINGTON -- Three flamboyant offline retailers are vying to be electronic kingpin in Washington, the global capital of Internet vitamin sales.

Andreessen out as technology chief at AOL
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- America Online Inc. announced a shakeup today in its management ranks, replacing Marc Andreessen, its visionary technology chief, with Sun Microsystems executive William J. Raduchel.

Companies make a killing in soap business
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Popular antibacterial hand soaps provide extra protection against nasty germs like staph, E. coli and salmonella, but they aren't new, they don't sterilize hands and they aren't approved by the FDA.

Richardson, Hodges pledge SRS cleanup
U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges signed a pledge Friday to help each other clean up Savannah River Site.

Japanese companies fined in vitamin price-fixing case
WASHINGTON -- Three Japanese companies are the latest to face criminal fines for plotting to raise and fix the prices of vitamins used in nearly every American home.

Foreign countries fail to disclose Y2K air readiness
WASHINGTON -- Nearly one-third of the foreign countries asked to divulge their airport and airline readiness for the Year 2000 computer problem are more than two months late in doing so, U.S. officials said today.

NTSB renews call for anti-collision systems on cargo planes
WASHINGTON -- Two recent incidents show the importance of adding collision-avoidance systems to cargo airplanes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Scholars debunk much-publicized 'Bible code'
NEW YORK -- An international team of statisticians is debunking the controversial ``Bible code,'' which claims the Old Testament has hidden references to 20th century events that can be revealed by a computer.

Companies make a killing in soap business

Super-cooled atoms create chilly gas

Andreessen out as technology chief at AOL

Richardson, Hodges pledge SRS cleanup

E. coli breakout may be largest in N.Y. state history

Japanese companies fined in vitamin price-fixing case

Companies battle for vitamin sales on the Web

Foreign countries fail to disclose Y2K air readiness

SRS radiation doses not fatal

NTSB renews call for anti-collision systems on cargo planes