Crawdads' House is happy with decision

Braves on final west coast swing

GreenJackets take Game 2

Braves work extra hard for win over Giants

Braves notebook: Solid defense leads to wins

GreenJackets drop series opener

GreenJackets notebook: Gardner shuffles lineup for Game 2

Braves lose to Giants

Braves notebook

Pay close attention to nature

Debit cards have limitations
Q: I recently tried to reserve a rental car using my debit card, but I was turned down. How can this happen?

Mix changing in job market
Last month, two articles published on the same page told two different stories about the economy.

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.

Two radio stations to be sold

Industrial parks given priority

Inflation jumps in August

Business briefs: Palmetto named top employer
Palmetto Industries International has been recognized as the Employer of the Year by Kerr Business College.

Department store chain considering store for Augusta

Augusta area primed for growth
The Augusta-Aiken area has prospered, but not as much as other cities. And area residents can look for more of the same through the new year, economists say.

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

City upgrading all routes

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

Industrial parks given priority

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

Industrial parks given priority
If you have a car lot with no cars, then you don't have much to sell. Local leaders involved in economic development say it's the same with industrial parks.

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

Biz bits
Martha Calderwood recently joined Baird & Co. in the bookkeeping department.

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.

Area economy precarious
Here is next year's local economic forecast in a nutshell: more of the same, but a little less.

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.

Augusta area expecting slow growth
The Augusta-Aiken area has prospered, but not as much as other cities. And area residents can look for more of the same through the new year, economists say.

City upgrading all routes

Polluted air may keep businesses from Augusta
The faint, summer haze lingering on Augusta's horizon is nothing new. Yet the relatively new stigma of a city with polluted air is taking a toll on Augusta's image, according to those working to lure new industry.

Polluted air may keep businesses from Augusta

Augusta area expecting slow growth

Area economy precarious

Biz bits

Mix changing in job market

Additional business news

Uneasy health insurance gaps are avoidable
NEW YORK -- On any given day, tens of millions of Americans may be without health care coverage.

Uneasy health insurance gaps are avoidable

Wake Forest 34, Army 15

Things fell into place for Smith at Clemson

Clemson's offense overpowers Virginia

Bulldogs outmuscle Gamecocks

Georgia Southern walks over Wofford

Yellow Jackets pin upset hopes on Hamilton

No. 21 Alabama 37, Houston 10

Uga V to pass bark to his son

How perfect must Georgia Tech be?

Georgia Tech notes: Georgians, Floridians play on opposite sides

Georgia not frightened of Holtz

Georgia notes: Ex-Laney star shines for Bulldogs

Dorsey: Yellow Jackets try to maintain their focus

SC State outlasts tough Benedict

College football today

Florida romps over Central Florida 58-27

East Carolina 27, Duke 9

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.

A look at the 20th century: 1971
A tumultuous struggle ensued throughout 1971 to get Richmond County schools integrated, the free press scored in the Pentagon Papers case, the country's most notorious killer was sentenced to die and a golf legend who put Augusta on the sports map died at age 85.

Bush too soft on immigration

Key Aiken vote Tuesday

Chides deputy at Josey-Butler game

Scathes candidate Green for mobility

Cites lessons to be learned from Waco

Compares evolution, geocentric flaps

Phil Kent: Cheek the man to beat; don't ruin the BBQ

Rebuts anti-evolution theory arguments

Praises wealthy who share riches

Seeks less whining, more activism

Urges support for S.C. video poker

S.C. tax revamp needed

Reflects on Allendale 'seizure'

Rehearsing the role
Roy Cornelius Smith knows all about the starving artist syndrome -- he has lived it.

Did miner kill, cannibalize companions?
Had they not been so greedy, perhaps the small band of prospectors working a claim on the western slopes of the Rockies would have been sensible and left when the first snow fell that winter of 1874.

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.

Book highlights best shows, movies of week
Inside Sunday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle you'll find our new television guide, TV Week.

Augusta arts tenure was fulfilling experience
By the time you read this, I'll be packing boxes, cleaning floors and making the refrigerator fit for human use.

What I did on my summer vacation ...
Leonard and Marian Collins of Barnwell, S.C., visited Boston this summer. Here they are standing at the spot where Paul Revere started his historic ride.

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.''

In the know
ABC, NBC, and CBS use movies to lure prime-time viewers away from the Emmy Awards on Fox.

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.

Seasons stay same in business
Dear Carson: I hope you'll address the topic of business attire for women in more formal office settings, particularly in the summer.

House of many memories
Atop a hill, under dangling Spanish moss, Katharine Colgan looked at her old family home, Kathwood Plantation.

Bass lurk around lake 'grass'

Josey clobbers Westside, 42-7

Statesboro hands Greenbrier its first setback

Hephzibah puts it all together to rout Harlem

Lincoln downs McCormick for coach Campbell's 317th

Aquinas defeats Hancock Central

Last second heroics give Silver Bluff win

Strom Thurmond wins over Saluda

N. Augusta rallies past Butler

Evans tops Alexander

Lakeside blank S. Aiken, 37-0

Prep football week in review

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

Thomson tops Burke County

Pay close attention to nature
My grandfather was not a learned man. A horseman and farmer, he did not have the benefit of a college education. In fact, his public school experience was said to be minimal. But he knew the answers to other mysteries.

Praying at the poles

Rosh Hashana is a time to reflect, serve God better

In the know

Book highlights best shows, movies of week

Augusta arts tenure was fulfilling experience

Rehearsing the role

Did miner kill, cannibalize companions?

Speaker knows it pays to persevere

House of many memories

Seasons stay same in business

One life saved

Coming Monday
Coming MondayChanges in television coverage do not end with TV Week. We also are expanding listings and adding a second TV page.In Television

A look at the 20th century: 1971

Family fun

Concert sells out too quick for some
Not willing to risk busy signals and computer glitches, more than 500 people waited in line Saturday for the chance to buy Elton John tickets at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center box office.

Board OKs identification badges

More financial coverage fits readers' needs

Island to open after pesticide cleanup done

Concert sells out too quick for some

Legality of after-schoolfunding is in question

Aiken's Makin' lures crowd
Hundreds of onlookers cheered when the Southland Express cloggers took the stage Saturday at the 23rd Annual Aiken's Makin' Arts and Crafts Show.

SRS seeks members for board

Flag stirs powerful emotions
AIKEN -- The Confederate flag is more than a scrap of fabric waving in the breeze above South Carolina's Capitol.

State grapples with flag debate

A swingin' bash

Flag stirs powerful emotions

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.

More financial coverage fits readers' needs
eople who work at The Augusta Chronicle like it when we can give readers what they have asked for. It makes life much more pleasant.

Farmers harvest peanut crop hit by drought, virus

Crafting festival pleasing

State officials look to aid rural Georgia

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.

SRS seeks members for board
Local residents who want to influence Savannah River Site operations now have their chance.

Ride '99 sitedraws couple from Camden

Across the area: City plays host to Harley riders
Tests: Gunman not on drugs ... State must pay company's debt ... Search under way for suspect

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.

State looks to simpler election code

More financial coverage fits readers' needs

State officials look to aid rural Georgia
SPARTA, Ga. -- People in Sparta will tell you Hancock County used to be a bustling place before the Civil War and that historic homes, cheap land and plentiful water are the assets that could restore prosperity. The one asset in short supply has been hope.

Official explains ticket shortage

Eager fans await ticket sales

Democrats helped by HOPE's success

MCG carnival brings smiles

Social club to debut safe haven

Week to promote buses

Beating the brush

More financial coverage fits readers' needs
eople who work at The Augusta Chronicle like it when we can give readers what they have asked for. It makes life much more pleasant.

Across the area: Harlem ex-student faces knife charge

Across the area: City plays host to Harley riders

Some disagree with schools' punishments

Campaign spotlights candidates

Road workers consider safety a problem

Aiken's Makin' lures crowd

Martin's resignation ends controversy

One life saved
Samuel Antonio Acevedo, 2, in the arms of his father, Sam, gets some attention at the MCG Children's Medical Center carnival Saturday.

University looks for computer executive

State grapples with flag debate
AIKEN -- When the NAACP called for an economic boycott of South Carolina until it lowers the Confederate flag from its Statehouse dome, a question in some minds was why it would stop at the state line.

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.

Campaign spotlights candidates
AIKEN -- With only one Aiken City Council member facing opposition in Tuesday's Republican primary, the spotlight is on the ``clean campaign'' between incumbent Karen Papouchado and challenger Don Sprawls for the District 3 seat.

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.

Panel can oversee government
All grand juries are not equal. While grand jury subpoenas delivered last week to Augusta commissioners may stir up images of a Whitewater-type investigation in the minds of local citizens, the Richmond County grand jury and the one convened by Judge Kenneth Starr have little in common, according to District Attorney Danny Craig.

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.

Week to promote buses
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but Richmond County residents can get a free ride Monday on the public bus.

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.

Official explains ticket shortage
I am not one to complain, but I just spent the last 15 hours in front of your box office, 25th in line and got nosebleed seats (section 223). I understand there was a great demand for these tickets, but we, the citizens of the CSRA, should have at least had a better choice.

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.

MCG carnival brings smiles
With a black bat painted on his forehead, 6-year-old Jacob Williams took his chances with the big pillowy green dice.

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.

State looks to simpler election code
ATLANTA -- In 1997, the tiny south Georgia city of Baconton became America's poster town for political apathy.

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

Salley man backs Confederate flag
SALLEY -- The strong, brown stems of a vine twining around the pole in his side yard tell a truth about Lourie A. Salley III.

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.

Fun fair encourages calling 911

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.

A look at the 20th Century: 1970

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.

Farmers harvest peanut crop hit by drought, virus
ALBANY, Ga. -- After a summer of drought, disease and some of the lowest commodity prices in years, weary Georgia farmers are harvesting their peanut crop.

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

Coming Monday

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.

Salley man backs Confederate flag

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.

Panel can oversee government

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

Fun fair encourages calling 911
A fierce lyricist for a day, 52-year-old Granny Rapper delivered rhymes Saturday touting the efficiency of Augusta's 911 Center staff.

Browns, Steelers renew NFL's fiercest rivalry

Tuggle, Brooking best of Falcons' blend

NFL game schedule

Ex-Bulldog will start at wide receiver

A man with a plan, Reid tries to resurrect Eagles

Underdog Falcons unfazed by predictions

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

Mrs. Bonnie Zeigler
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Bonnie Pierce Zeigler, 85, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at Jennings Healthcare Center, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Corinne Smith
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- Ms. Corinne O'Steen Smith, 89, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, in Coffee County.

Mrs. Mary Allen
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary M. ``Bitsy'' Allen, 75, of 102 Crepe Myrtle Court, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Regional Medical Center.

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. 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. 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.

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

Mrs. Ella Stokes
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Ella Mae Creech Stokes, 70, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999.

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

Mr. Henry Harrison
Mr. Henry Leon Harrison, 77, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Ms. Mary Clem
Ms. Mary Rahn Clem, 77, of 403 N. Belair Road, Evans, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Kathleen McClain
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mrs. Kathleen Ann McClain, formerly of Aiken, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Raymond Weber
Mr. Raymond Paul Weber, 62, of 4013 Prescott Drive, Martinez, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Hazel Youmans
AIKEN -- Mrs. Hazel W. Youmans, 77, of 1619 Joyner Pond Road, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Jean Kirkland
BRONX, N.Y. -- Mrs. Jean O. Kirkland, 43, of 2709 Webb Ave., died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. James Middleton
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mr. James L. Middleton, of 726 Woodacre Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Rutledge
Mrs. Margaret Clements Rutledge, 82, of 326 Boy Scout Road, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at Sunrise Assisted Living.

Mr. Raymond Weber
MARTINEZ -- Mr. Raymond Paul Weber, 62, of 4013 Prescott Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Theodore Dehmel
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Theodore Dehmel, 77, of 1200 Talisman Drive, died Saturday, Sept., 4, 1999, at Anne Maria Nursing Center.

Mrs. Mary Kernaghan
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary W. Kernaghan, 84, of 427 Columbia Road, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Evelyn Donald
Mrs. Evelyn Donald, 85, of 825 Spruce St., died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Julia Story

Mrs. Bonnie Zeigler

Mrs. Betty Virgin

Mrs. Dovey Adams

Mr. Theodore Dehmel

Mr. William Callahan

Mr. Harry Goats

Mr. John Ward

Mrs. Mary Allen

Mr. Walter Thomas

Mr. James Middleton

Mrs. Margaret Rutledge

Mrs. Marie McCarty

Mr. Raymond Weber

Mr. John Chapman

Ms. Corinne Smith

Mr. Harvey Jackson

Mrs. Kathleen McClain

Mr. Raymond Weber

Mrs. Evelyn Donald

Mr. Henry Harrison

Mrs. Jean Kirkland

Mrs. Mary Kernaghan

Mrs. Ella Stokes

Mrs. Ida Farmer

Mr. Roland Hughes

Mrs. Margarite Blasingame

Mrs. Lucille Hudson

Mr. Russell Gilbert Sr.

Mr. Lee Maris

Mrs. Deloris Gaines

Mr. Earl Tate

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.

Urges support for S.C. video poker
I believe it is possible for some people to become addicted to playing video poker machines. They may neglect their families for their own selfish desires. Martha Lee, Beech Island

'Chides' Gore's omission from Internet articles
I read with great interest the two Sept. 1 articles about the beginning of the Internet. Both articles went through the process of the first computer and the men who developed the concept of the Internet back in 1969. Donny Gray, Augusta

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

The evils of day trading
It is good news to see there will be a Sept. 16 U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on day trading, a ruinous practice that more Americans became aware of after a frustrated, debt-ridden day trader named Mark O. Barton murdered nine people at two Atlanta trading firms.

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.

Sees science and spirituality all one
Connie Lyngby of Grovetown (letter, Sept. 3) made a very important point in The Chronicle. If you are one who thinks deep enough to ponder truth in spirituality and truth in science then you understand how all is one and one is all. Thomas Hudson, Martinez

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.

Praises wealthy who share riches
I have read many wacky articles, but the Sept. 4 guest column by Dr. Andrew Bernstein relative to Bill Gates is the most idiotic I have ever read. C.A. Dabney, Augusta

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

Bush too soft on immigration
GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes is rightfully scoring points against frontrunner George W. Bush on the illegal immigration issue.

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.

Phil Kent: Cheek the man to beat; don't ruin the BBQ
THE SPRAWLING Augusta-Richmond County Commission's 6th District goes from Blythe over to the Tobacco Road area by Fort Gordon and then winds through Gracewood and eventually over to Mount Vernon. Its commissioner, J.B. Powell, has been playing coy as to whether or not he'll run.

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

Seeks less whining, more activism
It's time for the crying about school uniform and dress codes to stop. People who have a problem with the uniform policy in Richmond County and the dress code in Columbia County need to just get over it. The boards of education in these counties are only following the indications they get from the voters. Russell A. Wilder, Evans

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

Scathes candidate Green for mobility
Enough is enough. Just when you thought you heard the last of Brian Green, he surfaces again. James Lett, Hephzibah

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

Compares evolution, geocentric flaps
Some regard the theory of evolution as being against the Bible, and give arguments, claiming scientific basis, to show that the theory is wrong. This controversy about evolution versus creationism resembles the conflict that took place 400 years ago about the structure of the universe. William G. Collins, Aiken, SC

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

Cites lessons to be learned from Waco
The Waco fiasco taught five lessons we should have learned shortly after kindergarten: Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Key Aiken vote Tuesday
District 3, comprising much of Aiken's west side, is the only City Council seat being contested in Tuesday's election; even so, voters there ought to take notice. It could be a lollapalooza.

S.C. tax revamp needed
Not many South Carolina taxpayers have heard of the nine-member Local Government Funding System Steering Committee, but they will soon hear about its work. The panel, which includes state officials and legislators, met for the first time last week. Its Herculean assignment: revamp the state's tax structure.

Rebuts anti-evolution theory arguments
I would like to respond to Jane Dennis' recent letter concerning evolution. The points she made attempting to refute evolution are either wrong or misleading: J.A. Brown, Augusta

Serena Williams dethrones Davenport, Venus falls to Hingis

Philips Arena set to open for NHL expansion team

River Club could become new player in Regions Cup

Donlavey, Wood Brothers receive Ford's highest honor

Five inductees set for Augusta honor

Thrashers downplay expectations for first exhibition game

Bass lurk around lake 'grass'

Serena Williams wins U.S. Open

ECHL makes rules changes in effort to shorten games

Overtime: SportsJam '99 to be held at Riverview Park

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.

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

Second E. coli outbreak sickens more than 140
PETERSBURG, Ill. -- More than 140 people were sickened with a potentially deadly strain of E. coli after partying in a cow pasture last weekend, and state health officials were scrambling to reach more than 1,800 others who were there.

Leg pain may indicate serious problem
WASHINGTON -- Do your lower legs hurt after you walk a few blocks? Are they sometimes numb, tingly or cold?

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.

Public service ads to explain v-chip technology
WASHINGTON -- With at least half of all new television sets equipped with v-chips, new public service announcements starring Kermit the Frog are trying to get over one of the biggest challenges of the technology: Parents don't know how to use the v-chips.

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.

Tiny MRI produces sharper image
WASHINGTON -- The government has approved sale of a tiny MRI probe that doctors can thread into a patient's throat to provide extra-clear images from inside the body instead of the standard outside-the-body MRI.

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.

Musical treasures unearthed
NEW YORK -- Alex Miller, head of the recently revived Buddha Records, views his new gig as a five-day extension of his weekend.

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.

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.

Second E. coli outbreak sickens more than 140

Richardson, Hodges pledge SRS cleanup

Andreessen out as technology chief at AOL

Musical treasures unearthed

Public service ads to explain v-chip technology

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

Leg pain may indicate serious problem

Super-cooled atoms create chilly gas

SRS radiation doses not fatal

NTSB renews call for anti-collision systems on cargo planes