Braves notebook: Smoltz tries out a knuckleball

GreenJackets win SAL title

Braves win in last at-bat

Jackets defy odds to capture title

Gordon provides footnote for fans

Sosa hits 60th homer

Jackets major league starter not decisive

Maddux loses 2nd straight

GreenJackets notes: Santos has many good days in his future

Braves notebook: Chipper and Andrew post 20-20 seasons

Postcard challenge wraps up

Business news
Web surfers finally can forget about lengthy log-in names and passwords for secure sites. SmartPassky, a smart-card product, handles remembering.

Many Smile workers join new owner
Nearly all Smile Gas employees have been offered employment with Tosco Corp., the Connecticut-based company whose purchase of the home-grown convenience store chain is nearly complete.

Major e-commerce companies pool auction sites
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Microsoft, Dell Computer and nearly 100 other companies are banding together to challenge eBay Inc.'s dominance of the Internet auction industry by pooling their listings and bids.

High yen may affect luxury goods' prices

Retailers may sale utilities

Many Smile workers join new owner

Pine straw sales can make a bundle
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Ken Dasher remembers raking up pine straw like a barber sweeps up snipped hair off the floor. Just two decades ago, it was a worthless pile of shed needles to be disposed of.

Gouging of prices reported

Buffett makes high-tech investment
OMAHA, Neb. -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett may have a new outlook on technology stocks.

Dow and Nasdaq continue to top the stocks
NEW YORK -- If your favorite stocks lagged this past month while the Dow Jones industrials and the Nasdaq composite index soared to new records, you're not alone.

Bond information pops up slowly online
NEW YORK -- Investors seeking information about stocks on the Internet easily can gain access to thousands of sites at any given moment, including ones that let them trade around the clock.

High yen may affect luxury goods' prices
Q: I keep hearing that the dollar is weakening against the Japanese yen. What does this mean for me?

Additional business news
U.S. Chamber plans Augusta job fair...Atlanta Gas Light threatens cutoffs...CBS demands shorter shows...Disney angers Arabs on Jerusalem...

On the move

Business news

Major e-commerce companies pool auction sites

Bond information pops up slowly online

Housing starts rise 0.4 percent in August
WASHINGTON -- New construction of homes and apartments rose 0.4 percent in August, keeping a brisk pace despite rising mortgage rates.

Business briefs: Hearing aid businesses join forces; transport firm certified

Gouging of prices reported
So much for Southern hospitality. A few local hotel operators may have taken advantage of residents who evacuated their homes to escape the dangers of Hurricane Floyd this week by raising their rates, the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs reported Friday.

Pine straw sales can make a bundle

Dow and Nasdaq continue to top the stocks

On the move
Jo Anne Robinson of Augusta Technical Institute has been selected to serve as coordinator of the CSRA Tech Prep Consortium.

Business briefs: Hearing aid businesses join forces; transport firm certified
Bill and Dolores Kemple, owners of Hearing Aid Associates in Martinez, have announced their new affiliation with NU-EAR Electronics of San Diego. NU-EAR is a division of the world's largest hearing instrument manufacturer.

Retailers may sale utilities
ATLANTA -- Will Sears begin offering the power to go with the power saws it sells, and will Prudential promise a piece of the rock and the oil in it?

Eagles have little to lose playing Oregon State

Hamilton keeps an eye on Doug Flutie

Local schools in action this week

Ohio St. stomps Ohio

Holtz's snappy answers turn to questions early in season

Auburn 41, LSU 7

Georgia Tech overpowers Central Florida

Louisiana Tech sqeeks past Alabama 29-28

Game is measuring stick for Tech

East Carolina runs over USC 21-3

ACC games this week

Florida topples Tennessee

SEC games this week

Florida St. boots N. Carolina

Gamecocks need to learn a few things

Wolfpack dominates recent play against Seminoles

Pen State tops Miami

Honeymoon is over for Holtz

Georgia Southern blown away by Oregon State

A look at the 20th Century: 1972
The Watergate burglary, mud-slinging in the district attorney's election and a major Communist offensive in Southeast Asia set the political stage in Augusta and across the nation in 1972.

A look at the 20th Century: 1973
In the fall of 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew dodged federal investigators in a bribery scandal. An energy crisis strained Americans' pocketbooks -- and their patience. And a federal judge ordered an end to racial discrimination in the Augusta Police Department.

Recalls 1921 climb of 'human spider'

Compares dresscode protester to circus clown

'96 Olympics also sleazy

Phil Kent: Ga. secretary of state visits; Roy vs. Linda

Pass anti-theft statute!

Hits phasing out of teaching assistants

Slams federal control of education

Real campaign reforms

Sees dichotomy in 'zoning' issues

Stay, Pat, stay!

Supports 'new blood' in Grovetown

Backs work of Augusta Boxing Club

Faith Digest
Eating became a painful exercise for Craig Marsh after he developed stomach cancer about 10 years ago. The Assembly of God pastor from Auckland, New Zealand, could only eat every other day.

On my summer vacation ...
The Augusta Chronicle received more than 100 vacation photos and essays from our readers this summer. We're not accepting any more photos, but we'll continue to print select entries through October. Thanks to all who shared their trips with us.

God's law provides freedom
God hates confusion and chaos. In the beginning, out of the void and chaos, God fashioned orderliness. So it should be no surprise that God was not going to let his people decide individually what was right and what was wrong. God did not even allow Moses to decide the people's duty to him and to their neighbor.

Raleigh is a great place to live in -- and to visit
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Visitors to North Carolina's capital city tend to be more than casual vacationers looking for a place to cool their heels on their way east to the beach or west to the mountains.

A home of meticulous design
Elizabeth Ashley didn't want just any house. She wanted a house that was uniquely hers, built for and suited to her needs. Not a house cobbled together from random parts, but a home carefully designed so that it flowed and provided an elegant backdrop for her life.

Fall TV season begins
The network closed the ratings gap between it and first-place NBC last year and is hoping to further improve its standing with shows that appeal to younger viewers as well as its traditional older audience. CBS (WRDW-TV, Channel 12) is introducing six new series.

Motivational speaker's message to women is one of hope
Twelve-year-old Sandra Picklesimer's Southern accent remained long after her family's exodus from Appalachia to Detroit in 1951.

Experts seek meaning behind handprints
Some Ice Age artwork found in a cave in southwestern France is the subject of some disturbing speculation concerning our ancestors.

Marriage of a child, stepchild acceptable
Dear Carson: I'm dating a man who is the father of my daughter's close male friend. If we marry, is it OK for his son and my daughter to marry if they desire? I know it will be OK biologically because the children are not related. However, will it be acceptable socially? -- Potential Future Stepmom and Mom-in-law

Faith and evolution
Evolution imprecise, professor says

A look back at prep football

Jones scores three times in Silver Bluff's rout of Swansea

Augusta Christian falls, 28 -14

Williston-Elko gets back at rivals, blanks Hawks

Georgia Top Ten high school teams

Edmund Burke -- 49, Thomas Jefferson -- 0

Burke Co. trounces Spartans

Yellow Jackets can't stop Marlboro County

Campbell only 29 wins from top

Andrews, Tigers run past Knights

Ridge Spring-Monetta tops Whitmire 39-26

Thomson holds on to beat inspired Laney 21-20

LeZotte powers Westside to first victory of season

Newberry defense stifles Midland Valley late for 1-point win

Postcard challenge wraps up
We had another great summer for our vacation postcard project. Not only did you send a card from all 50 states, you did it before Labor Day.

Faith Digest

Marriage of a child, stepchild acceptable

Faith and evolution

Fall TV season begins

Raleigh is a great place to live in -- and to visit

Experts seek meaning behind handprints

Motivational speaker's message to women is one of hope

A home of meticulous design

On my summer vacation ...

God's law provides freedom

Residents recall storm's terror

Problems emerge in cloning studies, expert says
ATHENS, Ga. -- Cloned animals are posting high mortality rates:Duplicated calves are displaying cardiovascular problems and research released in May suggests the poster child of cloning technology, Dolly the sheep, is aging prematurely.

Equipment auction will be put on today
Old police cars, county bulldozers, lawn mowers and more will be sold to the highest bidder today.

City agencies overwhelmed by evacuees

Commission standards under fire
Calling for a ``citizens alert,'' outgoing Richmond County grand jurors slammed city leaders for what they perceived as wasting taxpayers' money and, in at least one aspect, inviting corruption.

Cultures converge at festival

Hodges apologizes for evacuation traffic problems
Still taking heat over Tuesday's nightmarish traffic snarls, Gov. Jim Hodges and other South Carolina officials heaped blame on their own heads and offered profuse apologies to Hurricane Floyd evacuees who sat for hours on gridlocked highways as they tried to escape the coast.

County pins hope for jobs on park

Shooting victims recalled by friend
As Bret Legg watched coverage of the Wedgwood Baptist Church shooting in Fort Worth, Texas, he saw his friend Kevin Galey on a stretcher.

Chavous qualifies for District 6 run
Former Richmond County Commission Chairman Hobson Chavous emerged from three years of political hibernation Friday to qualify for a run at the District 6 seat on Augusta Commission.

Free ride

Hearing for Hill opened
AIKEN -- A circuit judge ruled in favor of news media Friday, saying they can cover the competency hearing of David Mark Hill, charged in the shooting deaths of three social workers in 1996 at the North Augusta Department of Social Services.

Burglars hit during evacuation
SAVANNAH -- While Savannah residents were out of town waiting for the hurricane to pass by, burglars were hard at work, taking everything from computers to soft drinks.

Hospitals lobby for spending
ATLANTA -- Medical groups from across the country are putting pressure on congressional delegations to change a federal budget law they say is dealing a near lethal blow to rural and teaching hospitals.

Festive opening
Sara Ozturk, 5, (front left) and her sister Suzana, 7, wave to a friend Friday evening before the start of the Parade of Nations at Riverwalk Augusta to kick off the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.

Hearing for Hill opened

A look at the 20th Century: 1972

Chavous qualifies for District 6 run

Coming Sunday
Coming SundayAt last the summer reruns are over! Check out our guide to the new shows that networks are premiering next week.In Your Life

Grand jury report reaction is negative

The grand jury's report
The July term, 1999 Grand Jury, in conducting its business, voted to inquire into the operation of the Richmond County government as a whole. It was decided by the Grand Jury that the best approach to this investigation would be to interview the County Commissioners and City Administrator individually. Because the Commissioners and Administrator appeared with the County Attorney objecting to the Grand Jury's planned format for the interviews, the Commissioners and Administrator were subsequently subpoenaed to appear before the Grand Jury to be interviewed individually and under oath.

Hospitals lobby for spending

Festive opening

Problems emerge in cloning studies, expert says

Shooting victims recalled by friend

Jurors convict Pineda

Epilepsy education sought for schools

Officials debate poultry-process factory's future

Across the area

A look at the 20th Century: 1973

Equipment auction will be put on today

Augusta resident killed in shooting

Across the area
Judge denies bond in burglary case ... Fire damages apartment complex ... Statutory rapist gets seven years

Mayor refuses contractor's offer to fund trip

Metal detectors demonstrated
As parents looked on, Evans Middle School Principal Jeff Carney demonstrated how a hand-held metal detector works.

Jurors convict Pineda
A Columbia County jury Saturday convicted Narciso Pineda Sr. of murder after less than seven hours of deliberation. Mr. Pineda was found guilty of four counts of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, and four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, for the deaths of Mario Molina and Leonel Vazquez, both 42, Prisca Vazquez, 41, and her unborn child on Nov. 26.

Jury out in Pineda trial
After more than four hours of deliberation on Friday, a Columbia County jury remained undecided on the fate of Narciso Pineda. Mr. Pineda is charged with shooting and killing Mario Molina and Leonel Vazquez, both 42, and Prisca Rosales Vazquez, 41, and her unborn child outside their home at Mobile City Rentals in Grovetown last Thanksgiving Day.

County pins hope for jobs on park
LINCOLNTON -- Lincoln County Commission Chairman Tommy Drew needs an economic miracle.

Track expects to open
George Bryan made it official Friday: Racing will be returning to the Augusta Motor Speedway.

Officials debate poultry-process factory's future
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- A month after fire destroyed the plant he managed, Erik Smitt struggled to identify the piece of charred machinery.

Free ride
Sergio Gallardo, a junior at University of South Carolina Aiken, hangs on as Cheryle Ehmke, assistant manager of maintenance at Pacer Downs student housing, checks the parking lot of the complex for trash.

Lagging sales among effects of Lincolnton plant fire
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- On the outside, Lincoln County still looks the same. Patrons file into Dovie Reed's Home Cafe -- where Southern cooking is a tradition and the local Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Thursday -- to get one more piece of ``Sock It To Me'' cake. Kenneth Smalley still waits on customers one-by-one at Willingham Service Station.

Grand jury report reaction is negative
Augusta Mayor Bob Young calls the Richmond County Grand Jury report that blasts the city's hiring, purchasing, planning and free-spending policies ``unfair and unspecific.''

Residents recall storm's terror
McCLELLANVILLE, S.C. -- Three little words are all it took to nearly empty this tiny shrimping village last week as Hurricane Floyd spun toward the South Car-olina coastline: ``Worse than Hugo.''

State health plan has financial woes
ATLANTA -- The health plan that covers nearly 550,000 state employees and their dependents is facing a deficit and may have to raise premiums again next summer.

Cultures converge at festival
While she balanced one candle on her head, fire flickered and wax trickled from the two others Gilda Fomtimayor swirled around her head and body.

Jury out in Pineda trial

Hodges apologizes for evacuation traffic problems

Metal detectors demonstrated

POW-MIA Recognition Day

Track expects to open

This week in Georgia
A roundup of activities planned for the coming week.

Commission standards under fire

This week in South Carolina
A roundup of activities planned for the coming week.

This week in South Carolina

Mayor refuses contractor's offer to fund trip
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has backed away from his plan to accept a city contractor's offer to pay for a trip to Puerto Rico.

State health plan has financial woes

Across the area
School system gets weapons hotline... Rooster ruckus costs $4,500 ... Woman returns money to church

Burglars hit during evacuation

Augusta resident killed in shooting
After an ongoing dispute, an Augusta man was shot to death Friday night, and a Columbia County man was arrested on a charge of murder.

Across the area

POW-MIA Recognition Day
BURNETTOWN -- As tears rolled down Diane Moore's face, she released a handful of POW-MIA balloons Saturday in remembrance of the nation's unreturned heroes and her long lost father.

The grand jury's report

City agencies overwhelmed by evacuees
Augusta officials knew people were coming. They didn't know how many. Those numbers proved to be the largest challenge the city faced from Hurricane Floyd, which caused nary a bit of local damage but brought more than 2,800 evacuees to the city's hurricane shelters.

Epilepsy education sought for schools
The school year had just begun and already 6-year-old Madison Reynolds was acting up in class.

Lagging sales among effects of Lincolnton plant fire

Chandler practices, still listed as doubtful

Graziani's confidence increasing

Internationa Football league is finished

Coaches linked by hometown

Williams will start against 49ers

Mrs. Janie Wigfall
AIKEN -- Mrs. Janie Wigfall, 58, of 618 Richland Ave., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. Allen Rogers
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Allen Rogers, 73, of 815 Hillcrest Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Deborah Weinstein
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mrs. Deborah L. Weinstein, 48, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999.

Mrs. Doris Pack
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Doris L. Pack, 57, of 1807 Mountside Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Willie Tukes Sr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Lee ``Big Daddy'' Tukes Sr., died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999.

Mr. Dickey Shurling
Wrightsville, Ga. -- Mr. Dickey ''Dick'' S. Shurling, 84, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Nicholas Kuntz
AIKEN -- Nicholas Scott Kuntz, infant son of Joey Kuntz and Carrie Oerman, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Ralph Brantley
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Ralph Allen Brantley, 66, of 278 Edwards Ford Road, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Frankie Harris
MONETTA, S.C. -- Mr. Frankie D. Harris, 45, of 38 Harris St., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, in Ridge Spring.

Mr. Felest Pontoo
SALLEY -- Mr. Felest Pontoo, 58, of 22 Poplar St., died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Orangeburg Medical Center.

Mr. Gilbert Owens
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Gilbert Owens, 72, of 2423A Patrick Ave., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ethel Small
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Ms. Ethel Small, 74, of 3501 Taft St., died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Memorial Regional Hospital.

Mr. William White
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. William Howard White, 61, of Dendy Street, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Edward Toelle
Mr. Edward F. Toelle, 74, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Fannie Dukes
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Ms. Fannie Mae Upson Dukes, 79, of 1 W.A. Reel Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

Ms. Charlotte Hester
Ms. Charlotte Hester, 45, of 1615 Harvey Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Beatrice Hall
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Mrs. Beatrice Altha Long Hall, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. James Lee Sr.
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. James Winston Lee Sr., 77, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Patricia Harper
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Mrs. Patricia C. Harper, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, in Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Mrs. Beatrice Quarles
WINDSOR -- Mrs. Beatrice J. Quarles, 87, of 1287 Black Oak Drive, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Aline Kight
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Aline Denman Kight, of 502 East Ave., died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Home, Aiken.

Mr. Herbert Dutton
AIKEN -- Mr. Herbert J. Dutton, 95, of 338 McCormick St. N.W., died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Beverly Health Care Center.

Ms. Wilhelmina Hughes
Ms. Wilhelmina ``Billie'' Rush Hughes, 88, of 2400 Mohican Drive, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Frank Lucero
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Frank M. Lucero, 97, of 232 Ambassador Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Frank Lucero
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Frank M. Lucero, 97, of 232 Ambassador Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Rosa Glasker
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Rosa Ouida Glasker, of 1937 Rolling Wood Drive, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at DeKalb General Hospital.

Mrs. Dell Nelson
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Dell W. Nelson, 78, of 210 Russell St., died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Jessie Oglesby
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. -- Mrs. Jessie Jenkins Oglesby, 85, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore.

Mrs. Mary Reese
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Emma Reese, 80, of 5669 Big Creek Road, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Annabel Good
Mrs. Annabel Hughes Good, of 749 McClure Drive, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mary Sims
EAST POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Louise Pfeiffer Sims died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999.

Mr. Willie Tukes Sr.

Mrs. Rosa Glasker

Mr. Frank Lucero

Mr. Felest Pontoo

Mrs. Patricia Harper

Ms. Charlotte Hester

Mr. Ralph Brantley

Ms. Wilhelmina Hughes

Ms. Fannie Dukes

Mr. Allen Rogers

Mrs. Annabel Good

Mr. Edward Toelle

Mr. Gilbert Owens

Mrs. Jessie Oglesby

Mrs. Mary Reese

Mr. Herbert Dutton

Mrs. Ethel Small

Mrs. Janie Wigfall

Nicholas Kuntz

Mrs. Beatrice Quarles

Mrs. Beatrice Hall

Mrs. Mary Sims

Mr. Frankie Harris

Mrs. Deborah Weinstein

Mrs. Dell Nelson

Mr. James Lee Sr.

Mr. Dickey Shurling

David Sisler: How do we learn to let go of the stirring stick?
IN THE before-times when I was a magazine editor, Joyce was my last secretary. She had the most important trait a secretary can possess -- loyalty. Her loyalty was enhanced by a certain gullibility. When I went out the back door one afternoon to play golf with a friend, I told her I was going to check on some real estate.

Osbon and Temple:Augusta faces an opportunity in health care
AS WE APPROACH the new century, building our future on cheap labor, abundant land and the manufacturing model will not sustain Augusta for the long term. Much of the job base we have relied on rests on the shifting sands of government largesse, health care reform and environmental concerns. There must be another path.

Stay, Pat, stay!
It looks like conservative populist Pat Buchanan will abandon his Republican roots to join eccentric Texas billionaire Ross Perot's Reform Party. We strongly urge him not to.

Backs director in boxing club feud
It was with fascination and amazement that I learned that another high profile athlete had forgotten ``where he came from.'' John Brown, Lenexa, Kansas

Real campaign reforms
With the U.S. House passing a campaign reform measure last week, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is renewing his push for the Senate to OK a like bill he is sponsoring with Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis.

Supports 'new blood' in Grovetown
I was glad to hear that George James is running for mayor of Grovetown. I have known him for many years and am quite certain that he will make a good mayor. Mary Robinson, Grovetown

Sees dichotomy in 'zoning' issues
There are two main issues on the minds of Edgefield County residents. These issues divide the county in ways that disturb me. What disturbs me most is citizens protesting the zoning (which I am too) as an encroachment on our constitutional rights (which it is), and in the next breath trying to ``zone'' out video poker. Paul G. Hammond III, Edgefield

Defends commissioner in water crisis
As a taxpayer, president of the Pepperidge Neighborhood Association, personal friend of Commissioner Richard Colclough and hiswife, as well as Colclough's campaign manager, I need to respond to the recent letter by Michael W. Wilkins. Frances Kay Sizemore, Augusta

Osbon and Temple:Augusta faces an opportunity in health care
AS WE APPROACH the new century, building our future on cheap labor, abundant land and the manufacturing model will not sustain Augusta for the long term. Much of the job base we have relied on rests on the shifting sands of government largesse, health care reform and environmental concerns. There must be another path.

'96 Olympics also sleazy
When news broke about the sleazy, sometimes dishonest, actions Salt Lake City officials took to recruit the 2002 Winter Olympics, it was natural to assume Atlanta engaged in much the same sordid conduct to get the 1996 Summer Games.

Phil Kent: Ga. secretary of state visits; Roy vs. Linda
CATHY COX, Georgia's secretary of state, impressed the Augusta Kiwanis Club last Monday with her sunny disposition and a rundown of reforms. Among the highlights: She is moving her headquarters from Atlanta to Macon, thus saving taxpayers $200,000 annually on building rental costs. Cox is also requiring employees to enroll in a ``customer friendly'' class so they may better serve Georgians -- and not all are happy about her edict.

Pass anti-theft statute!
If ever there was a proposal put before the Augusta Commission that deserved prompt approval, it was Augusta Commissioner Bill Kuhlke's motion to make stealing from the city a mandatory firing offense.

Wants road-closing action rescinded
The recent Edgefield County Council meeting should be enough to scare everyone who was in attendance! Doug Evans, Trenton

David Sisler: How do we learn to let go of the stirring stick?
IN THE before-times when I was a magazine editor, Joyce was my last secretary. She had the most important trait a secretary can possess -- loyalty. Her loyalty was enhanced by a certain gullibility. When I went out the back door one afternoon to play golf with a friend, I told her I was going to check on some real estate.

Recalls 1921 climb of 'human spider'
Perhaps there are some in Augusta today who watched Bill Strother, the ``human spider,'' as he scaled the Lamar Building in 1921. Certainly all who lived here at the time would have heard of his dangerous climb. Jocelyn Cobb, Augusta

Praises the usefulness of algebra
I read with interest Bill Kirby's recent column addressed to his son upon his entry into kindergarten. Susan E. Craig, Augusta

Compares dresscode protester to circus clown
Re the Sept. 7 photo and story on the girl (Breonne DeDecker) circulating the petition to undo the new dress code: Bob Scheirer, Martinez

Backs work of Augusta Boxing Club
As a former member of the Augusta Boxing Club, I would like to thank the many friends and supporters of the club that have contributed to my current success as a professional boxer. My recent match did not end in success, however my decision to continue to pursue my dream of becoming world champion has not wavered. Brandon Mitchem, Henderson, Nev.

Hits phasing out of teaching assistants
This school year is already proving to be like no other. It's a year far more challenging than all of the years I have had as a Richmond County elementary school teacher because of the school system's efforts to phase out teaching assistants in certain grade-levels of elementary schools. I am with-out a teaching assistant this year. M. Melinda Starnes, Augusta

Blasts radio host's 'racist remarks'
The recent Border Bash was great except for the fact that local radio talk-show host AustinRhodes, in his opening comments, insulted the Hispanic Community. Mr. Rhodes said that someone had come up to him and said that they had heard that (Ricky Martin), who sings Livin' La Vida Loca, was performing. David Cansler, Aiken

Slams federal control of education
School is back in session, and once again we are looking, not with pride, but with consternation at the low achievement levels produced during the previous year. Helen Bolen, North Augusta

Georgia sets new trail for birdwatchers

Golf Capsules

Overtime: Catcher draws suspension in pitch tipoffs

Thrashers lose arena opener to Rangers

Overtime: Benjamin, Latham tops in Ramble

Documents show IOC's 'sleaze bag' reputation

Schrader jumps Petree ship for ride in Irvan car

'Great Hunters' features world-class trophy rooms

Women's State Am tees up at West Lake

NBA rules changes approved

High-tech recruits found on the Web
WASHINGTON -- How do start-up companies with few recruiting resources find smart, young, relatively cheap new workers, otherwise known as graduating college students?

Cable competition heating up
Nearly one year after Knology signed up its first 10 cable television customers in Augusta, the West Point, Ga.-based company is starting to take business away from Jones Intercable -- the area's largest cable provider.

Jones to soup up Internet access
The telecommunication business is hoping that speed sells. Cable television company Jones Intercable plans to offer high-speed Internet access to customers in certain local areas on Oct. 1. Area rival cable company Knology and local telephone company BellSouth already are offering the service.

Software company helps others teach online
Call this Internet tale the birth of Karaoke U., a school where everyone is a teacher. It started when educational software company Blackboard Inc. put its professional course-creation tools on the Web for free. The idea was to show teachers how they could enhance their classroom instruction with automatic quiz builders, electronic test grading, chat, calendars and discussion boards. Its founders hoped teachers would persuade their schools to buy Blackboard's $5,000-to-$100,000 software.

French government investigates Microsoft
PARIS -- The French Finance Ministry said Friday its antitrust, fraud, and market surveillance agencies are investigating complaints about the business practices of U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp.

Blueberries boost balance
WASHINGTON -- A secret of youth may be as close as a nearby farm or the supermarket shelves: blueberries. Elderly rats fed the human equivalent of at least half a cup of blueberries a day improved in balance, coordination and short-term memory, a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience said. A cup of blueberries is a normal serving.

Online shoppers are focused
When it comes to impulse buying, the Internet is nothing like the real world so far. In a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation, nearly 80 percent of shoppers said that, during the past year, they had purchased an item they hadn't planned on buying while browsing in a real store. But fewer than a third said they'd done the same thing online, indicating that e-shoppers are directed shoppers, going online to look for a specific item.

Doctors see more female circumcision patients
WASHINGTON -- Dr. Nawal Nour's clinic rings with different languages, as women from Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan flock to see the Boston gynecologist and obstetrician.

Greenspan, others warn of effects of Y2K panic
WASHINGTON -- Stockpiling and inventory hedging against Year 2000 computer failures could cause worse trouble than the Y2K glitch itself, the nation's top financial leaders warned Friday.

Cable competition heating up

Blueberries boost balance

Doctors see more female circumcision patients

Jones to soup up Internet access

High-tech recruits found on the Web

Software company helps others teach online

Greenspan, others warn of effects of Y2K panic

French government investigates Microsoft