Ripken's back surgery a success

Photos from Turner Field

Second umpire suspended

Braves notebook: Lombard joins team

Braves add spice to September

Braves win in 'depressing' dome

A season of gains and losses for Ripken

Valentine: 'The team has been addressed'

Mets notebook: Henderson gaffe quells Mets' rally

Braves notebook: Braves wary of expos

Braves sweep Mets

Mask your crime with clowning

The whole 200 yards
Terry Garnett of Johnson Concrete Finishing puts the finishing touches Friday on 200 yards of freshly poured concrete at the future Ivan Allen Co. sales office and showroom on River Watch Parkway.

Additional business news
Rite-Aid announces additional job cuts...Home sales decline for August...MCI Worldcom making Sprint bid

Young entreprenuer

Report: MCI WorldCom, Sprint have discussed merging
NEW YORK -- MCI WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp. have been discussing a merger that would combine the nation's second- and third-largest long-distance carriers, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

OPEC reaffirms oil output cuts

Additional business news

Additional business news
Dow plunges again as investors worry . . . Unemployment down in Augusta . . . Average mortgage rates decrease . . . Income up for health businesses

Golf shop changing ownership
Nevada Bob's golf shop in Augusta is closed as its bankrupt holding company undergoes acquisition and merging with two other companies.

More funds are sought for golf hall
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame is seeking an additional $10 million in tax dollars and $4.5 million from the Atlanta-based Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the organization's chairman confirmed Thursday.

Home sales down in August, higher for year
WASHINGTON -- Rising mortgage rates dampened Americans' demand for existing homes and pushed sales down in August, but sales still are headed toward another record year.

IMF finds world economy on the mend
WASHINGTON -- The global economy, staggered for nearly two years by a spreading financial crisis, appears to be ``on the mend,'' with growth this year and next likely to exceed earlier expectations, the International Monetary Fund said today.

Home sales down in August, higher for year

More funds are sought for golf hall

Reports: Southeast economy booming

Reports: Southeast economy booming
ATLANTA -- Two recent reports from the Federal Reserve Bank show robust overall economic activity in the Southeast, while manufacturing in the region declined.

The whole 200 yards

Ritz chain to break ground
Developers at Reynolds Plantation residential community 60 miles west of Augusta will break ground today on a 250-room Ritz-Carlton Lodge.

Additional business news

Young entreprenuer
For many reasons, Jeremy McGee is thankful for the Internet, but most recently it has allowed him to do business into the late hours of night.

Golf shop changing ownership

OPEC reaffirms oil output cuts
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC members will continue their deep cuts in oil output until at least next March, the group said today.

IMF finds world economy on the mend

ABC getting $2 million for 30-second Super Bowl ads
NEW YORK -- Despite low ratings, the Super Bowl is getting big bucks from advertisers.

Holtz, unlike Sherrill, has not made quick impact

Bowden pulled out all his tricks

Fresh out of high school

Gamecocks record similar to Miss St. before Sherrill

Mississippi State going for 4-0, Holtz trying to avoid 0-4

Torbush: Seminoles come at you in waves

SEC notebook

ACC notebook

Georgia Southern offense potent; defense is a problem

Badgers kick returner ready for homecoming

Georgia wary of Central Florida

Hokies QB hot in return

ACC, SEC football games this weekend

Game reunites opposing coaches

College today

Farmers harvest uncertainty
NEWTON, Kan. -- The family still keeps the rough-hewn table that Christopher Johnson made 100 years ago. It stands in the kitchen of the house he built on an 80-acre homestead on the Kansas prairie.

More vigilance needed

Urges parental support for schools

Responds to 'attacks' on candidacy

Editor's Note:

Agrees with grand jury about funds

Praises example of 'character'

Resents not getting 'officer' discount

Clinton's FALN lies

Aiken alien gets a break

Soften tax impact

Hits article on 'dead-beat dad'

Blasts critic of 'freakish' dress

Ponders Kennedy deaths, morals, pork

Slams gas prices in South Carolina

Likes new format for TV magazine

Hybrids take care, practice
Ever wonder about those three-in-one plants you see advertised? The plants are cool, but there may be a catch -- some are expertly grafted; others are just different rooted cuttings crammed into one little pot.

Air show is sure to make some noise
Summerville residents may find their windows rattling a bit this weekend when the Boshears Memorial Fly-In comes to town.

Mat monsters
Is Augusta ready for some World Wrestling Federation attitude? It doesn't matter if it's ready or not, as WWF fan favorite The Rock would say. The WWF will stage a house show at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

God is a constant in life
I've been thinking lately about the important things in life. It may be that I am getting to that age where looking back is more fun than looking forward, but I am amazed at how the values we place upon things change as we get older.

Veteran operatic actor can assume look of character
When looking at a fellow actor's photographs of himself in costume, Anthony Laciura noticed something.

Distorted picture
Stigmata, a ``religious'' horror story, grossed some $19 million when it opened a couple of weeks ago, making it that week's top draw.

Composting won't kill all bacteria
Q: I am building a compost pile. Will pathogens that were present on diseased vegetable plants be destroyed through composting?

Pair took different paths to hall
Georgians James Travis Tritt and Jessie Mae Norman grew up influenced by music, but different tastes and environments led them to far different musical careers.

Bush will lead bash
The ground around Bell Auditorium should be shaking tonight when a number of bands -- including alternative rockers Bush -- take the stage for 95 Rock's Birthday Bash.

Faith digest
Dr. Kevin Leman, internationally known author and Christian psychologist, will give a parenting seminar at First Baptist Church of Augusta at 6:45 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Couple enjoy the international flavor of their ministry
Jim Scoggin likes to say God gave him a special gift -- the English language.

Planting a memory
Vendie Hooks III grew up loving trees. ``My grandparents planted a dogwood in their back yard the year I was born. I sort of identified with it and would watch it grow. I always knew it was my tree,'' he said.

Fishing tournament information

High winds make lake dangerous

Midland Valley rolls over Dreher

Josey's speed wears on opponents

Mahoney's 52-yard kick lifts Jackets past Bruins

Players live up to billing with exploits

Dublin strikes quick, downs Burke County

Strom Thurmond rolls, 35-0

Big games in S.C.

Jones scores twice in Silver Bluff win

Jefferson trounced again

Wright, Smalley spark Lincoln to win

Northside romps over Hephzibah

Blackville-Hilda -- 39, North -- 6

Humphreys leads Lakeside to easy win

Mask your crime with clowning
Say you've broken the law. You're guilty and you know it. The nice policeman walking toward you probably knows it, too. What do you do?

Air show is sure to make some noise

Faith digest

Distorted picture

Pair took different paths to hall

God is a constant in life

Planting a memory

Hybrids take care, practice

Veteran operatic actor can assume look of character

Composting won't kill all bacteria

Couple enjoy the international flavor of their ministry

Bush will lead bash

Mat monsters

Judge orders videotaping of ill witness' testimony
An eyewitness to a school officer's shooting death is gravely ill, but his testimony should be presented to a jury by videotaped deposition next week, a judge ordered Thursday.

City order to prevent fire access

Plan to expand coverage eligibility
ATLANTA -- An ambitious proposal approved by Georgia's new Board of Community Health on Friday would expand the state's health-care programs for children, pregnant women, welfare recipients and AIDS and tuberculosis patients as part of a $3.4 billion budget request.

Education important to Hodges
Technical training pushed

Rabies detected in pets
Another case of rabies, this time in North Augusta, left five people taking shots and officials urging the public to vaccinate pets and avoid handling wild animals.

Ex-lawman receives house arrest

Baylor deflects credit

Many drivers pay to heed to left-turn sign

Redford sightings rumored
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Cloudy weather earlier this week made William and Linda Bradberry's vacation a little dreary.

Redford sightings rumored

City to give away locks for firearms

Volunteers aid Aiken agency

Landfill fire spews toxic smoke
THOMSON -- Residents were warned Thursday to avoid toxic smoke from a worsening underground fire at a defunct industrial landfill while experts from as far away as New Jersey were brought in to help control the blaze.

State allows more to qualify for health care

Overflow of inmates plagues county jails
ATLANTA -- A backlog of inmates awaiting trial in Georgia continues to clog county jails, with dozens still over capacity despite a push to move convicted felons into state prisons.

Grant proposal to aid hospitals

Music to their ears

Education important to Hodges

Library at high school lacks books
A book shortage at Cross Creek High School has prompted public safety officers of the Richmond County Board of Education to seek donations.

SRS safety program successful
Savannah River Site construction workers haven't hammered many fingers lately. The site's 1,075 construction workers have completed more than 2.5 million hours of work without a serious injury. The last work absence because of an on-the-job injury was June 22, 1998.

Political hopefuls will get no more time
SAVANNAH - City council has decided not to give prospective candidates more time to sign up for local races, despite the fact that last week's Hurricane evacuation meant residents spent much of the qualifying period out of town.

Ex-lawman receives house arrest
AIKEN -- The former police chief of New Ellenton was sentenced to six months of house arrest Friday in the 1997 accidental shooting death of a man during a deer hunt close to Ehrhardt.

Collision injures two

Volunteers aid Aiken agency
For six months, Elizabeth Roberson has relied on family and friends to carry her out of her house whenever she wanted to leave. Her feeble legs couldn't take her down the stairs.

Judge reviews pleas to avoid Hill jury
AIKEN -- Excuses were varied -- and numerous -- Thursday as potential jurors gave reasons why they didn't want to serve in the murder trial of David Mark Hill.

Monitors surround trash fire
THOMSON -- Some residents near a burning industrial landfill have reported nausea and headaches from the fumes, but environmental regulators say air monitors show no hazardous chemicals at the property line.

Plant fire
A worker at Gotham Bronze looks over a filter system at the plant in Verenes Industrial Park early Thursday morning after it caught fire at 7 a.m. By 7:30 a.m. the fire had been put out by the Aiken Public Safety and Central Fire Department.

Judge orders videotaping of ill witness' testimony

Collision injures two
Two people were injured Thursday when an 18-wheeler and a Jeep collided on South Carolina Highway 28 about two miles from the Savannah River in McCormick County.

Quick work averts possible disaster

City order to prevent fire access
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- If Camden County officials obey a mandate from Kingsland not to use city roads or fire hydrants to respond to fire emergencies, county officials predicted houses would burn and people's lives would be endangered.

Democratic support not for Singer
AIKEN -- The latest shot in the race to fill the unexpired term of the late Rudy Mason has been fired by the Aiken County Democratic Party.

Coming Sunday
The Chronicle is a well-traveled newspaper, and we have the vacation photos of readers and their papers to prove it.

Across the area
Shooting victim to face theft counts ... Shooting victim to face theft counts ... Fire strikes second clothes dryer

Democratic support not for Singer

Hale House in need of expensive repair
Termites have settled into the wooden structure, and there are many places where holes can be poked into the walls with just the touch of a finger.

Coming Sunday

Music to their ears
Professional opera singer Kirk Walker describes the sole reason behind his one-man outreach show.

State allows more to qualify for health care
The income ceiling for pregnant women and infants to qualify for Medicaid, the state and federal health-care program for the poor, would be raised from 200 percent to 235 percent of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is $16,700 for a family of four.

Harlem pastor pushes self-improvement programs
The Rev. Melvin Adams is doing what he can to make Harlem residents more valuable to county employers.

Many drivers pay to heed to left-turn sign
Bumper cars are fun only at the fair. As development on Walton Way Extension has spread -- and spread and spread -- driving on the road has become a stop-and-go ride that all too often turns into bumps and crashes. And motorists as well as city officials are taking notice.

Two-vehicle crash
A van flipped on its side Friday afternoon after a woman driving a white Dodge Stratus sedan ran into it as the Stratus left Kmart on Washington Road.

Tree destroys Savannah landmark
SAVANNAH -- Another Savannah landmark is in shambles. Not the Pulaski Monument. And not the Waving Girl, although this bovine figure greets travelers, too.

Diggers found guilty

Grant proposal to aid hospitals
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes is hoping to prop up 46 Georgia public hospitals that treat the poor with a $100 million, one-time infusion of grants, and two Augusta hospitals would be among the state's biggest beneficiaries.

Plant fire

Judge reviews pleas to avoid Hill jury

Josey's speed wears on opponents

Farmers harvest uncertainty

Braves add spice to September

Area briefs: Hospital to expand cardiac rehabilitation

Landfill fire spews toxic smoke

Advocates plan work
COLUMBIA -- The state's slickest and most highly organized pro-poker organization, the Vote Yes Committee, formally launched a campaign Thursday to get people to do that in November.

Political hopefuls will get no more time

Area briefs: Hospital to expand cardiac rehabilitation
University Hospital's system administration is moving out and its cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation is expanding.

Harlem pastor pushes self-improvement programs

Storm posed evacuation concerns
Jimmy and Julie Pender said they thought something was wrong with their Carnival Cruise ship before they even left for sea.

Tree destroys Savannah landmark

Quick work averts possible disaster
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Quick work by a Department of Transportation crew Thursday prevented a traffic nightmare along Interstate 20, emergency officials said.

Across the area

City to give away locks for firearms
Augusta joined six U.S. cities Thursday that are launching a free gun lock giveaway this week.

Plan to expand coverage eligibility

Man gets life in prison after self-defense setup
An Augusta man who planted a butcher knife in a dead man's hand to try to make a homicide look like self-defense should spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Thursday.

SRS safety program successful

Diggers found guilty
Jury says men who dug woman's grave wantonly displaced the remains of a man previously buried there

Two-vehicle crash

Advocates plan work

Hale House in need of expensive repair

Overflow of inmates plagues county jails

Graziani understood being benched

McNair 'doing great' after back surgery

Hanspard ready to take on workload in Atlanta

NFL scores big on TV

Carter confident team will rebound

Washington's new look

Mr. John Foushee
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Mr. John Ernest Foushee, of 217 Temple Ave., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Kimmell McTier
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Kimmell Paul McTier, 78, of 1469 Bob Arrington Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Myrtle Whisenhunt
Mrs. Myrtle Ruth Whisenhunt, of Augusta, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999.

Mr. Charlie Bynes Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Charlie Bynes Jr., 49, of 320 Palmer Row, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Lewis Tucker
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Lewis Tucker, 54, of 3304 Ansley Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mr. Hubert O'Connor
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Mr. Hubert Jeffrey O'Connor, 66, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Jane Matthews
THOMSON -- Mrs. Jane Matthews, 79, of 831 Jackson St., died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Krista Stanley
AIKEN -- Mrs. Krista Louise Stanley, 41, of 1069 Croft Ave., died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999.

Mrs. Mable Pinkney
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mable Pinkney, 95, of 466 S. Gray St., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mrs. Mamie Kelly
Mrs. Mamie B. Kelly, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Meggin Neagus
AIKEN -- Meggin Cheryl Marie Neagus, infant daughter of Charles N. Neagus and Angela Marie Mays Neagus, 212 Limerick Drive, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Annice Smitherman
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Annice Jeannene Smitherman, 68, of 214 W. Woodlawn Ave., died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Irene Devoe
GLEN COVE, N.Y. -- Ms. Irene Louise Devoe, 82, of 8 Butler St., died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington.

Mr. Clarence Ewing
AIKEN -- Mr. Clarence E. Ewing, 71, of 1001 Cherokee Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Inez Mitchell
Mrs. Inez Mitchell, 96, of 2635 Royal St., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Max Keck
BATH -- Mr. Max E. Keck, 61, of 165 Easy St., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Leckie Johnson
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Leckie Muns Johnson, 89, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Lewis Tucker
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Lewis Tucker, 54, of 3304 Ansley Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mrs. Josie Walker
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Jose Bell Walker, 73, of 330 S. Masonic St., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Marvin Collins
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Marvin Collins, 39, of 5449 Macon Highway, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Kimry Stokes
Mr. Kimry K. Stokes, 70, of 1020 Woodsedge Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at his residence.

DeAngello Broadwater
MODOC, S.C. -- DeAngello Ramon Broadwater, 4, of 345 Cold Springs Road, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Summer
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. James Harold Summer, 96, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Julia Terry
Mrs. Julia J. Terry, 92, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Forest Lake Healthcare Center.

Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Lamar Smith, 16, of 3551 Mike Padgett Highway, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.

Mrs. Elizabeth Sapp
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Sapp, of 426 Ward St., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Bertha Middleton
EARLY BRANCH, S.C. -- Mrs. Bertha ``Betty'' Ann Middleton, 58, of Boles Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999.

Rev. Elijah Payne
MEANSVILLE, Ga. -- The Rev. Elijah Thomas Payne, 79, of 2059 Ga. Highway 19 S., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.

Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Lamar Smith, 16, of 3551 Mike Padgett Highway, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.

Mr. William McKinney
SPRUCE PINE, N.C. -- Mr. William ``Dan'' McKinney, 81, of Church of God Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.

Mrs. Rosella Foreman
AIKEN -- Mrs. Rosella Braxton Foreman, 76, of 1122 Williston Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Evvie Staley
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Evvie Argoe Staley, 94, of Dicks Street, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Silver Springs Healthcare.

Mr. Elmer Collins
METTER, Ga. -- Mr. Elmer B. Collins, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Candler Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Leola Avery
Mrs. Leola J. Avery, 90, of 2113 Shirley Ave., died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Maureen Martin
THOMSON -- Mrs. Maureen Chance Martin, 87, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Maynard Buffington
THOMSON -- Mr. Maynard Buffington, 65, of Howell Young Road, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Ms. Leola White
Ms. Leola White, 67, of 2021 Scott Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Lester Martin
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Lester M. Martin, 28, of 1154 McManus Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, in Burke County.

Mrs. Annie Sims
RICHMOND, Calif. -- Mrs. Annie Theo Cofer Sims died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999.

Mrs. Louise Brown
Mrs. Louise Brown, 48, of 2454 Madrid Drive, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Julian Scurry
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Julian R. ``Jute'' Scurry, 82, of 604 N. Jefferson St., died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Betty Mathis
JESUP, Ga. -- Mrs. Betty Faglier Mathis, 68, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at the Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center, Brunswick.

Mr. Mark Anderson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Mark Sean Anderson, 31, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.

Mrs. Florence Walsh
Mrs. Florence J. Walsh, 74, of 4275 Owens Road, Evans, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Annie Brock
TROY, S.C. -- Mrs. Annie Mae Collins Brock, 97, of Route 1, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Abbeville Hospital.

Mr. William Patton III
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. William Eldren ``Pat'' Patton III, 56, of 4101 Bostic Mill Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.

Mr. David Parker
AIKEN -- Mr. David Eugene Parker, 51, of 103 DuPont Drive N.W., died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Maynard Buffington

Mr. Marvin Collins

Mrs. Evvie Staley

Mrs. Inez Mitchell

Mrs. Mamie Kelly

Mr. Charlie Bynes Jr.

Ms. Irene Devoe

Mrs. Jane Matthews

Mr. Max Keck

Mr. John Foushee

Mrs. Leola Avery

Mr. Lewis Tucker

Mrs. Rosella Foreman

Jeffrey Smith

Mrs. Louise Brown

Mrs. Mable Pinkney

Mrs. Bertha Middleton

Mr. Kimry Stokes

Mrs. Annie Sims

Mr. Mark Anderson

Mr. Kimmell McTier

Mrs. Leckie Johnson

Mrs. Josie Walker

Mr. David Parker

Mrs. Myrtle Whisenhunt

DeAngello Broadwater

Mrs. Krista Stanley

Rev. Elijah Payne

Mr. William Patton III

Mrs. Annice Smitherman

Mrs. Julia Terry

Mrs. Maureen Martin

Meggin Neagus

Mrs. Florence Walsh

Mrs. Elizabeth Sapp

Mr. Lester Martin

Mr. James Summer

Mr. Hubert O'Connor

Ms. Leola White

Donald Porter: Defends use of inmates for work at C.T. Walker Elementary School
SINCE THE publication of the Sept. 22 front-page article ``Inmates work near children at school'' by Chronicle reporter Faith Johnson, many concerned parents have called the school board. Frankly, if I were a parent reading the article without knowing the facts, I would be upset too. I would like to outline a number of truths that Ms. Johnson never let get in the way of her sensationalized story.

Sisler: A 'child of God' is not a child prodigy
IF YOU READ that definition of prodigy and see no image of yourself, welcome to the club. Obviously, there are far more of us who marvel at the accomplishments of the child prodigies, than there are prodigies. That, however, does not lessen the inadequacies we may feel around such individuals, even those we know only through history books.

Sisler: A 'child of God' is not a child prodigy
IF YOU READ that definition of prodigy and see no image of yourself, welcome to the club. Obviously, there are far more of us who marvel at the accomplishments of the child prodigies, than there are prodigies. That, however, does not lessen the inadequacies we may feel around such individuals, even those we know only through history books.

Hits article on 'dead-beat dad'
I read, with interest, your story about the dead-beat dad artist incarcerated in the Aiken County Jail. Maybe he met my children's father there, another dead-beat dad. Diane Lyons, North Augusta

Claims letter quoted out of context
... I recently received a letter to all voters in District 81 from Scott F. Singer, petition candidate for House District 81. He said he wanted to clear up ``some misrepresentations of fact and misleading statements'' in a letter his opponent, Skipper Perry, had written earlier.Gene England, Aiken

Urges parental support for schools
It seems to me that parents would want to do whatever it takes to stop trouble in our schools. If the schools and police can't do it alone, then as parents we need to stand behind the schools and help out. Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island

Donald Porter: Defends use of inmates for work at C.T. Walker Elementary School
SINCE THE publication of the Sept. 22 front-page article ``Inmates work near children at school'' by Chronicle reporter Faith Johnson, many concerned parents have called the school board. Frankly, if I were a parent reading the article without knowing the facts, I would be upset too. I would like to outline a number of truths that Ms. Johnson never let get in the way of her sensationalized story.

Agrees with grand jury about funds
Your Sept. 21 editorial, "Grand jury: fine job,'' left me a little puzzled. After commending the grand jury on its recent actions, you then cited your exception that the jury should not have declared that there's a misappropriation of funds. You go on later to say that the Commission often, though not always, hands out grants more for political reasons than good government reasons.Freddie Childress, Augusta

Slams gas prices in South Carolina
It appears that no one cares about the way gas prices are unbalanced between Georgia and South Carolina. No one has voiced an opinion in the paper. H.W. Barber, Beech Island

Resents not getting 'officer' discount
I am writing in reference to some of our local restaurants' view of officers of the law. Sgt. Horace Thomas, Augusta

Likes new format for TV magazine
I like the new ``TV Week'' better than the old format. I do wish you had kept the column for Charter Communications in the daily listing sections. Russell Williams, Harlem

Clinton's FALN lies
In what is being spun as his ``most complete explanation'' yet of why he offered clemency to 16 Puerto Rican terrorists, President Clinton vehemently denies politics played any role.

Ponders Kennedy deaths, morals, pork
A bit of this and that: I've waited awhile so that my remarks would not be too bitter. James V. Parker, North Augusta

Good anti-theft law
It took guts for Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy to make the motion to approve Commissioner Bill Kuhlke's proposed ordinance to make stealing from the Augusta government a mandatory firing offense.

Blasts critic of 'freakish' dress
I am writing to reply to the Sept. 19 letter by Bob Scheirer. He was apparently implying that he thought Breonne DeDecker's apparel was silly and freakish and that even a 5-year-old child could recognize this. Elizabeth Holoubek, Martinez

More vigilance needed
"Never say never'' is the lesson to be learned regarding Richmond County inmates seen Tuesday working in close proximity to C.T. Walker Magnet Elementary School students.

Blasts price-gouging during hurricane
I would like to commend Mayor Bob Young for his stand against the price-gouging that recently took place. I encourage all public officials in the Central Savannah River Area to do the same as this is a tremendous injustice to our area and the people who live here, not to mention the evacuees. Bill Mitchell, North Augusta

Responds to 'attacks' on candidacy
After much consideration and unwarranted personal attacks, I am compelled to address the issue of my Augusta Commission candidacy. First, the legal issue: A candidate must live within the district where he or she intends to run for one year as of election day. I've already met that requirement.Brian Green, Augusta

Praises example of 'character'
Hurricane Floyd certainly brought a great deal of disruption and damage to the East Coast, but the storm brought out the big hearts and strong character of the citizens of the Central Savannah River Area.Bill Lesshafft, Augusta

Editor's Note:
In the course of gathering information for another story, Ms. Johnson observed the inmates working around the C.T. Walker fence. This appeared to be in contradiction to earlier statements from Richmond County school officials that inmates do not work where children are present.

Aiken alien gets a break
The illegal alien who pleaded guilty to burglary in Aiken this week is getting off with an awfully light sentence: An Immigration and Naturalization Service hearing to deport him back to Mexico.

Soften tax impact
Regrettably, the GOP-led Congress' 10-year, $792 billion tax-cut bill is dead with President Clinton's veto. But there's still important tidying up of the tax code that, in the name of fairness and evenhandedness, can't be left undone.

Good thing they weren't paid

Overtime: Golf team finishes fifth

NBA to launch its own channel

Titleholders look for a new home

Overtime: Rodman eyes Milwaukee as a possible

Europe rolls to big lead in the Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup notebook

Coble coasts to victory

Wallace gets another pole

Harlem rolls past Hancock Central

Gore announces organ donation initiatives
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration announced a series of initiatives aimed at increasing organ donation, including a $13 million grant to educate people.

Arlington, Wyo., is the REAL Windy City
ARLINGTON, Wyo. -- Chicago has a lot of nerve calling itself the Windy City when there are places like Arlington on the map.

Tired teen-agers need more sleep
WASHINGTON -- Your teen-ager insists she cannot fall asleep until after midnight. Every morning means yelling to wake her up in time to be at school by 7:15 a.m. She loves history class, but it is first period and many days she snoozes through it.

Amway logs on as Quixtar online
ADA, Mich. -- The soaps, cosmetics, vitamins and friendly neighborhood sales force that made Amway Corp. into a billion-dollar success story are now just a few computer keystrokes away.

Senate panel says Americans should be ready for local problems
WASHINGTON -- The world won't end on Jan. 1 with a Y2K-related computer crash, but Americans should be ready for short-term disruptions ranging from higher gas prices to local power outages, a Senate panel said Wednesday.

Investigation seeks cause of Mars probe loss
LOS ANGELES -- Mission controllers gave up hope Friday of ever finding the Mars Climate Orbiter and were trying to determine what caused the $125 million NASA spacecraft to disappear.

Blood supply is tightening, but not in crisis
WASHINGTON -- The availability of blood for transfusions is tightening as fewer Americans give blood, and it's unclear how much it could worsen because of a new ban on donations by frequent travelers to Britain, says a congressional study.

County uses Floyd to test Y2K preparedness
Aiken County had its warmup for the Y2K computer bug this month, and it wasn't the hyped 9/9/99 date.

Tracking the wind
At any given moment, Rob Addis knows which way the wind blows. His knowledge might prove invaluable if anything noxious escapes a Savannah River Site smokestack.

As the millennium nears, some tips for avoiding Y2K scams
NEW YORK -- There's something a little scary about the year 2000, and it has nothing to do with the remote possibility of elevators malfunctioning, planes disappearing off radar screens or banks losing track of customers' life savings.

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County uses Floyd to test Y2K preparedness

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As the millennium nears, some tips for avoiding Y2K scams

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Gore announces organ donation initiatives

Tracking the wind