Jackets major league starter not decisive

Braves notebook: Smoltz tries out a knuckleball

Jordan may sit out rest of season

Millwood delivers victory for Braves

Maddux loses 2nd straight

Mets top Phillies 8-6

Sosa: 61 and counting

McGwire hits 57th, 58th homers

Sosa hits 60th homer

Jackets defy odds to capture title

Postcard challenge wraps up

Major e-commerce companies pool auction sites

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.

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

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.

Many Smile workers join new owner

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.

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

Bond information pops up slowly online

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.

High yen may affect luxury goods' prices

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

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.

On the move

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?

Pine straw sales can make a bundle

Business news

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

Georgia Southern blown away by Oregon State

Florida topples Tennessee

Irish continue slide with anemic running game

Young Tech players get chance to shine

Georgia Tech overpowers Central Florida

Mistake-prone Gators survive

LSU takes painful loss in first SEC game

Nothing changes for Gamecocks

Louisiana Tech sqeeks past Alabama 29-28

Auburn 41, LSU 7

Florida St. boots N. Carolina

Ohio St. stomps Ohio

Gamecocks need to learn a few things

East Carolina runs over USC 21-3

Pen State tops Miami

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.

Chicago Seven trial was a circus
CHICAGO -- Defense attorneys were thrown in jail. One defendant was chained and gagged while others pranced through the courthouse in judicial robes, praising sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg bellowed ``Hare Krishna'' from the witness stand.

Urges religious instruction for kids

Supports 'new blood' in Grovetown

Real campaign reforms

Offers thoughts on school dress codes

Recalls 1921 climb of 'human spider'

Bad S.C. poll advice

Hits phasing out of teaching assistants

Dislikes display of Confederate flag

Take refund pledge!

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

Backs Richmond's school uniforms

Stay, Pat, stay!

Compares dresscode protester to circus clown

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Josey, Statesboro to play key game

Campbell only 29 wins from top

A look back at prep football

Burke Co. trounces Spartans

LeZotte powers Westside to first victory of season

Ridge Spring-Monetta tops Whitmire 39-26

Georgia Top Ten high school teams

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.

Experts seek meaning behind handprints

On my summer vacation ...

Marriage of a child, stepchild acceptable

Fall TV season begins

A home of meticulous design

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

Minority health agency reorganizing
ATLANTA -- When Gov. Roy Barnes and Georgia lawmakers formed the state Department of Community Health this year, much of the publicity was on creation of an Office of Women's Health in the new department.

Epilepsy education sought for schools

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.''

Deputies endure pepper spray training

City NAACP celebrates anniversary

Family land may become Superfund site

Taking over the flock
The Rev. David Hunter Sr. (left) receives congratulations from the Rev. Ronald B. Warren after the Rev. Hunter's installation Sunday as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 825 Greene St., in downtown Augusta.

Bauble browsing

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.

Taking over the flock

Home front: Parent honored in fight against homelessness
Ron Kellogg's legs pumped up and down on his bike, dodging cars on Bobby Jones Expressway and Washington Road. His only thought was Michael and keeping him out of the Salvation Army homeless shelter.

Wagon weather

Georgia forests listed among tainted lands
WASHINGTON -- Look closely at the Environmental Protection Agency's list of pollution-impaired waterways in Georgia and you'll find about 100 miles in federal forests and wilderness areas -- those supposedly pristine sanctuaries set aside to preserve the natural world.

Minority health agency reorganizing

Wagon weather
Chuck Culpepper pulls his daughter Hannah, 3, in a wagon Sunday afternoon along North Augusta's Greeneway at Riverview Park.

Jury selection in murder trial to begin
Two years after a Richmond County Board of Education public safety officer was gunned down, the trial of the young man accused of killing him starts today.

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

City NAACP celebrates anniversary
NEW ELLENTON -- Aiken's NAACP branch celebrated its 81st anniversary Sunday with a call to members to continue standing up for the oppressed.

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.

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.

Mayor refuses contractor's offer to fund trip

Home front: Parent honored in fight against homelessness

Lagging sales among effects of Lincolnton plant fire

Authority will seek more land

Jurors convict Pineda

Across the area

Jury sentences man to life for slayings
MACON -- A jury has sentenced a 26-year-old Hinesville man to life in prison for killing six people in one of Georgia's worst mass murders.

Jury selection in murder trial to begin

Aiken voter registration on increase
AIKEN -- Voter registration is increasing in Aiken County and throughout South Carolina, topping registration for 1998 statewide elections, as voters prepare to cast ballots in a controversial video-poker referendum.

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.

Family land may become Superfund site
WILLISTON, S.C. -- David Dortch has fond childhood memories of helping his father farm the sandy soil on their Barnwell County land.

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

Bauble browsing
Jana Dunaway and her son Jesse, 11, and daughter Emily, 7, look over stained and blown glassware Sunday afternoon at The Greater Augusta Arts Council's Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival at Riverwalk Augusta.

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.

Across the area
City commissioner rests leg in bed ... Firefighters contain brush blaze ... State puts counties on fire alert

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

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.

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

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.

County pins hope for jobs on park

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

Augusta resident killed in shooting

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.

Residents recall storm's terror

A look at the 20th Century: 1973

POW-MIA Recognition Day

Across the area

City agencies overwhelmed by evacuees

This week in South Carolina

Cultures converge at festival

Authority will seek more land
The Augusta Canal Authority has expanded the amount of private undeveloped land it hopes to acquire between River Watch Parkway and Interstate 20.

Georgia forests listed among tainted lands

Officials debate poultry-process factory's future

Chicago Seven trial was a circus

Deputies endure pepper spray training
Michael Humphreys may as well have set his head on fire. A brand new Richmond County sheriff's officer, Deputy Humphreys went through one of the most difficult aspects of police training last week: pepper spray training.

Internationa Football league is finished

Panthers fall to Jaguars

Graziani to call plays against Cowboys

Dolphins top Cardinals 19-16

Redskins topple Giants

Patriots stun Colts

Graziani's confidence increasing

Lions maul Packers

Raiders beat Vikings 22-17

Falcons, Cowboys trying to regain respect

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

Mr. Joseph Michael Petty Sr.
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Joseph Michael Petty Sr., 74, of 604 Woodyard Road, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

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

Mr. Robert Winn Jr.
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Robert E. ``Bobby'' Winn Jr., 63, of 1263 Holloway Road, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Athens Regional Hospital.

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

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.

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

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

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

Mrs. Mary Wilson
Mrs. Mary Grace Wilson, 73, of 2085 Heckle St., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mrs. Anne Sisson
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Anne Floyd Sisson, 67, of 319 N. Elijah Clark Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Mr. Dickey Shurling

Mrs. Anne Sisson

Mr. Edward Toelle

Ms. Wilhelmina Hughes

Mr. Herbert Dutton

Mrs. Mary Wilson

Mrs. Mary Reese

Mr. Felest Pontoo

Mr. Joseph Michael Petty Sr.

Mrs. Annabel Good

Mrs. Ethel Small

Mr. Ralph Brantley

Mr. James Lee Sr.

Mr. Frank Lucero

Ms. Charlotte Hester

Mr. Willie Tukes Sr.

Mrs. Jessie Oglesby

Mr. Allen Rogers

Mrs. Beatrice Quarles

Mrs. Janie Wigfall

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.

Backs Richmond's school uniforms
I am in support of School Superintendent Charles Larke and (the requirement for student uniforms) in the Richmond County School system. Loraine Williams, 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.

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

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.

Bad S.C. poll advice
The Aiken County Election Commission is to be commended for voting unanimously not to comply with what appears to be an ill-advised recommendation by the director of the state Election Commission, James Hendrix.

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.

Dislikes display of Confederate flag
Re ``Salley man backs Confederate flag'' (news article, Sept. 12): I guess I'm just confused. But why would anyone want to re-enact a war that they lost. William Sanders, Augusta

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.

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

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

Job recruitment coup
Hurricane Floyd last week blew attention away from some very good economic news -- namely Baltimore-based SITEL Corp.'s announcement that it's opening a call center in Augusta by Nov. 15 that will need up to 300 employees and by next spring possibly 300 more.

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

Take refund pledge!
Last spring this newspaper took a strong stand on behalf of two taxpayers who were swindled by a majority on the Augusta Commission and their attorney Jim Wall.

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

Urges religious instruction for kids
After observing the home, church and school for over 50 years, I believe the home is first; the church is second; the school is third. ... Claudia Coursey, North Augusta

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

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

Offers thoughts on school dress codes
Several random observations: If Richmond and Columbia counties need poster boys for their dress codes, I have two: Columbine High School's Dylan Kleebold and Eric Harris. No hip-hop, baggy pants for them, no sir. Dave Stewart, Grovetown

Golf Capsules

Thrashers rip Devils 6-1

Nemechek dedicates win to brother

Thrashers forward receives more than 100 stitches in face

The Country Club is rich in golf history

Thrashers lose arena opener to Rangers

Firey Crenshaw oversees America's Ryder Cup

'Great Hunters' features world-class trophy rooms

Davenport wins as U.S. team clinches Fed Cup title

Women's State Am tees up at West Lake

Stewart had plenty of gas, not much motor

Overtime: Benjamin, Latham tops in Ramble

Overtime: Youth hockey league slated at Ice Forum

Georgia sets new trail for birdwatchers

Trinidad's win surprises De La Hoya

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.

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?

ISP and ASP explained
Q: On the radio you talked about ASP -- didn't you mean ISP?

Farmers losing seed varieties worldwide
WASHINGTON -- With thousands of plant species nearing extinction, the world's farmers are losing valuable crop alternatives. In the United States, more than 80 percent of seed varieties sold a century ago no longer are available, according to a report released Saturday.

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.

Official: No tests done on plutonium exposure
PADUCAH, Ky. -- A recommendation 14 years ago that workers at a uranium processing plant be studied for exposure to highly radioactive plutonium was apparently never followed, a U.S. Department of Energy spokesman says.

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.

There's more to Internet than the Web
Web this. Web that. Sometimes you'd think the World Wide Web had swallowed up the entire Internet.

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.

Study offers hope for severe multiple sclerosis patients
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Neurologists at the Mayo Clinic say a new type of treatment for multiple sclerosis could offer hope for people whose severe attacks don't respond to traditional methods.

New role found for tribal healers in fighting AIDS in Africa
LUSAKA, Zambia -- African traditional healers -- though sometimes blamed for spreading AIDS through unsanitary practices or prescribing a sex-with-virgins cure -- are gaining new prominence in the medical community as a weapon against the disease.

ISP and ASP explained

There's more to Internet than the Web

High-tech recruits found on the Web

Official: No tests done on plutonium exposure

Software company helps others teach online

Cable competition heating up

Study offers hope for severe multiple sclerosis patients

Jones to soup up Internet access

New role found for tribal healers in fighting AIDS in Africa

French government investigates Microsoft

Farmers losing seed varieties worldwide