Braves notebook

Crawdads' House is happy with decision

GreenJackets take Game 2

Braves work extra hard for win over Giants

Braves lose to Giants

Braves on final west coast swing

GreenJackets notebook: Gardner shuffles lineup for Game 2

Braves notebook: Solid defense leads to wins

GreenJackets drop series opener

Pay close attention to nature

Mix changing in job market

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.

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

Two radio stations to be sold

Augusta area expecting slow growth

Inflation jumps in August

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?

Department store chain considering store for Augusta

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Industrial parks given priority

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.

Additional business news

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.

City upgrading all routes

Uneasy health insurance gaps are avoidable

Polluted air may keep businesses from Augusta

Biz bits

Area economy precarious

City upgrading all routes

No. 21 Alabama 37, Houston 10

Yellow Jackets pin upset hopes on Hamilton

Georgia Tech notes: Georgians, Floridians play on opposite sides

College football today

Georgia not frightened of Holtz

Wake Forest 34, Army 15

Bulldogs outmuscle Gamecocks

Dorsey: Yellow Jackets try to maintain their focus

SC State outlasts tough Benedict

Georgia Southern walks over Wofford

Things fell into place for Smith at Clemson

Florida romps over Central Florida 58-27

How perfect must Georgia Tech be?

East Carolina 27, Duke 9

Uga V to pass bark to his son

Georgia notes: Ex-Laney star shines for Bulldogs

Clemson's offense overpowers Virginia

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.

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.

S.C. tax revamp needed

Cites lessons to be learned from Waco

Rebuts anti-evolution theory arguments

Compares evolution, geocentric flaps

Key Aiken vote Tuesday

Chides deputy at Josey-Butler game

Reflects on Allendale 'seizure'

Praises wealthy who share riches

Urges support for S.C. video poker

Seeks less whining, more activism

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

Bush too soft on immigration

Scathes candidate Green for mobility

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'

N. Augusta rallies past Butler

Hephzibah puts it all together to rout Harlem

Lincoln downs McCormick for coach Campbell's 317th

Lakeside blank S. Aiken, 37-0

Evans tops Alexander

Statesboro hands Greenbrier its first setback

Prep football week in review

Aquinas defeats Hancock Central

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

Strom Thurmond wins over Saluda

Josey clobbers Westside, 42-7

Last second heroics give Silver Bluff win

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.

Rosh Hashana is a time to reflect, serve God better

Rehearsing the role

Augusta arts tenure was fulfilling experience

In the know

Speaker knows it pays to persevere

Seasons stay same in business

Did miner kill, cannibalize companions?

Praying at the poles

Book highlights best shows, movies of week

House of many memories

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.

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

Concert sells out too quick for some

A look at the 20th Century: 1970

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.

University looks for computer executive

State looks to simpler election code

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.

State officials look to aid rural Georgia

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Salley man backs Confederate flag

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.

Island to open after pesticide cleanup done

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.

Aiken's Makin' lures crowd

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

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.

Road workers consider safety a problem

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

A swingin' bash

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

Beating the brush

Martin's resignation ends controversy

Social club to debut safe haven

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

Democrats helped by HOPE's success

Coming Monday

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.

Panel can oversee government

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.

Fun fair encourages calling 911

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

Campaign spotlights candidates

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.

State grapples with flag debate

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.

Flag stirs powerful emotions

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

A look at the 20th century: 1971

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.

SRS seeks members for board

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.

Some disagree with schools' punishments

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.

Legality of after-schoolfunding is in question

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.

Across the area: Harlem ex-student faces knife charge

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.

Ride '99 sitedraws couple from Camden

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.

Across the area: City plays host to Harley riders

MCG carnival brings smiles

Farmers harvest peanut crop hit by drought, virus

More financial coverage fits readers' needs

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.

Week to promote buses

Crafting festival pleasing

One life saved

Family fun

Official explains ticket shortage

Eager fans await ticket sales

More financial coverage fits readers' needs

Board OKs identification badges

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.

A man with a plan, Reid tries to resurrect Eagles

NFL game schedule

Browns, Steelers renew NFL's fiercest rivalry

Ex-Bulldog will start at wide receiver

Underdog Falcons unfazed by predictions

Tuggle, Brooking best of Falcons' blend

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Jean Kirkland
BRONX, N.Y. -- Mrs. Jean O. Kirkland, 43, of 2709 Webb Ave., died Monday, Sept. 6, 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. Henry Harrison
Mr. Henry Leon Harrison, 77, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Mr. William Callahan
AIKEN -- Mr. William A. Callahan, 81, of 3335 Wise Creek Lane, 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.

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

Mrs. Dovey Adams

Mrs. Julia Story

Mr. John Ward

Mrs. Marie McCarty

Mr. Walter Thomas

Mrs. Ella Stokes

Mrs. Margarite Blasingame

Mrs. Ida Farmer

Mr. Theodore Dehmel

Mr. Harry Goats

Mrs. Margaret Rutledge

Mr. Lee Maris

Mr. Raymond Weber

Mr. James Middleton

Ms. Corinne Smith

Mr. Russell Gilbert Sr.

Mr. Raymond Weber

Mr. William Callahan

Mrs. Mary Allen

Mrs. Betty Virgin

Mrs. Kathleen McClain

Mr. Harvey Jackson

Mr. Henry Harrison

Mr. John Chapman

Mrs. Bonnie Zeigler

Mrs. Deloris Gaines

Mrs. Evelyn Donald

Mrs. Lucille Hudson

Mrs. Mary Kernaghan

Mrs. Jean Kirkland

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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' 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.

Philips Arena set to open for NHL expansion team

Donlavey, Wood Brothers receive Ford's highest honor

Thrashers downplay expectations for first exhibition game

River Club could become new player in Regions Cup

Serena Williams dethrones Davenport, Venus falls to Hingis

Five inductees set for Augusta honor

Overtime: SportsJam '99 to be held at Riverview Park

Bass lurk around lake 'grass'

ECHL makes rules changes in effort to shorten games

Serena Williams wins U.S. Open

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Public service ads to explain v-chip technology

Leg pain may indicate serious problem

SRS radiation doses not fatal

NTSB renews call for anti-collision systems on cargo planes

Musical treasures unearthed

Richardson, Hodges pledge SRS cleanup

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

Second E. coli outbreak sickens more than 140

Super-cooled atoms create chilly gas

Andreessen out as technology chief at AOL