Mets drop another game

Yanks lose to Devil Rays

Braves clinch NL East title

Phillies top Mets 3-2

Braves notebook

Braves mop up Expos

Braves notes: Ligtenburg pitching pain free

Traveling not what it used to be

SEC cracks down on misleading fund companies

Social Security to send yearly statements
Workers wondering how much of their retirement will be funded by Social Security will find out soon enough.

Business briefs: Aiken firm gets safety award

Complaining can be harrowing

SEC cracks down on misleading fund companies
NEW YORK -- Competition among the thousands of mutual funds available to investors has led some fund managers to use less than scrupulous methods to gain attention.

Social Security to send yearly statements

On the move

On the move
Lee Herndon, of Augusta Lighting and Design Center, has been promoted to manager of systems, procedures and training.

Complaining can be harrowing
David and Joanie Hahn hired a local handyman to do some work around their Grovetown home this summer.

Business briefs: Aiken firm gets safety award
Aiken Mill Service Inc. of Aiken has recently received an award for Safety in the Workplace from the Ohio Casualty Group. Aiken Mill Service Inc. is a plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor. Safety awards are presented to businesses that maintain a minimal or accident-free record for one year or more.

Dogs jolted by death of line coach

Ohio State holds off Cincinnati

Maryland sets their sights on Tech

Georgia escapes with win over Central Florida

Alabama upsets Arkansas

Florida St. tops North Carolina

Numbers don't add up right for Gamecocks

Georgia Southern gets into a winning routine

Army 41, Ball St. 21

South Carolina now Ooooh and 4

S.C. notebook: Pinkney sits out game

A look at the 20th Century: 1974
Some say 1974 was the year Americans stopped trusting government. That spring and summer Americans learned their president, Richard M. Nixon, was a co-conspirator in a dirty-tricks campaign of political espionage during his 1972 re-election campaign.

A look at the 20th Century: 1975
With the fall of Saigon, the emergence of a new American president, and political advances by minorities and women, 1975 was marked by historic beginnings and endings.

Are You Susceptible to the Y2K Bug?
Trouble buying into the Y2K scare mentality, huh? You and lots of others: A recent GallupUSA Today poll found that, since last December, the number of polled Americans suffering the Y2K willies had dropped dramatically, by two-thirds: Now only 11 percent expect the millennium bug to cause ``major problems.''

Clarifies facts in Donna Martin case

Commission to cooperate?

Urges 'no' vote on video poker

Hails city department's cleanup effort

Advises students to pray silently

Backs 'trusted public servant' in Dist. 81 race

Tells terrorists Americans offer break

Kent: Chavous rears head; ex-congressman honored

Sees video poker as bad for S.C.

Questions effectiveness of dress code

Stop video poker poison

Urges parents to back dress codes

Hits governor's property rights curbs

Detecting liars

Before Disney World, Sea World, there was Gatorland
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jason Justynski straddles an 8-foot alligator in a hot sand pit surrounded by camera-wielding tourists. His chin balancing against the top of the reptile's toothy, wide-open mouth, he thrusts his arms outward in a "Look ma, no hands'' pose.

Lounge suit reflects British formality
Dear Carson: Several weeks ago a reader asked about an invitation that read, "Dress: lounge suit," asking what that meant in ladies' attire. I understand her confusion. This term is used on invitations in England and many other overseas countries.

Questions about creature still unanswered
For years, the people of Canada's Queen Charlotte Islands had told tales of a giant sea creature that supposedly inhabited the frigid waters off Naden Harbor.

In the know
NBC's Saturday Night Live marks its 25th season of comedy, satire and music with a party featuring former cast members, hosts and musical performers. (Never mind that the party is a year early -- SNL debuted in 1975.)

On their summer vacation ...
Readers were kind enough to take The Chronicle on vacation again this summer. Here are some of the best snapshots we received from people traveling across America. Next week, watch for adventures abroad.

Reflections of enduring love
NORTH AUGUSTA -- T.O. and Zonelle Boykin's home is a compendium of their shared life.

Brother helps sister attain fishing respect

Westside wins in double OT

A look back at prep football, week 5

A look back at prep football

Traveling not what it used to be
I am not the world's worst traveler, but I could probably get a seat on the advisory board. This became apparent last week when work required my attendance at a business meeting two time zones away.

Reflections of enduring love

Questions about creature still unanswered

In the know

Lounge suit reflects British formality

On their summer vacation ...

Before Disney World, Sea World, there was Gatorland

Child support payment growing
ATLANTA -- Georgia's child-support collection officers are bringing in more than $1 million a day, a symbolic milestone officials attribute to new enforcement tools now at their disposal in an era of welfare reform.

Airing everything out
Augustans Karen Hoover and her husband, Steve, deplete the air from the World Championship Wrestling hot air balloon Sunday at the Boshears Memorial Fly-In at Daniel Field.

Poll managers learning rules

A look at the 20th Century: 1974

911 system set to start by year's end

This week in South Carolina
A look at events scheduled for this week.

Benefit concert tops goal

Education has champ in teacher
It's been nearly six months since he was named National Teacher of the Year and three months since he began flying across the country, spreading his philosophy on education.

Eagles need a challenge

Home party idea grows into children's charity
Lisa Brantley never thought her annual Christmas party to benefit a local charity would turn into a fledgling organization.

Jailers search for contraband
Staying one step ahead of jail inmates often means challenging very resourceful people. ``If these guys put this much energy into doing good things, there's no telling what they could do,'' Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Gene Johnson said as he held a little brown bag of four loosely rolled cigarettes and a steel wool pad.

Aiken men capture burglary suspect
AIKEN -- Three Aiken men chased down a burglary suspect after an injured woman ran to their door, screaming that she had stumbled upon the suspect in her home and was nearly choked to death during a home invasion.

Across the area

Poll managers learning rules
AIKEN -- True or false? It is permissible for a husband and a wife to vote together in the same voting booth. A printed sticker will suffice for a write-in vote.

Police find escapee; capture attempt fails

Across the area
State hall of fame inducts opera star ... Officers seek escaped inmate ... Explosion rocks pastor's house

Jailers search for contraband

Across the area

Becoming a sharpshooter

Benefit concert tops goal
Singing a cappella, members of an Atlanta-based gospel choir filled Augusta's Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday with their poignant plea for more humanity.

Pilots' stunts entertain crowd
Gary Ward fell to his knees and gave the pavement beneath him a kiss. A cheering crowd of captivated onlookers chuckled at the 58-year-old pilot's antics and welcomed him back to earth.

911 system set to start by year's end
AIKEN -- Aiken County's new $1 million emergency communications system is nearing the finish line. The center will break the tape just in time to go live before New Year's Day rolls around to threaten the antiquated radio system that is not year-2000 compliant.

OMI progress satisfies officials
On the outside, there will be new shrubbery and fresh paint. Inside are minds with broad experience -- and a $6 million incentive to succeed.

Home party idea grows into children's charity

Becoming a sharpshooter
AIKEN - It took exactly 365 days, but Kevin Wilson Jr. finally worked up the courage to fire his first shotgun.

OMI progress satisfies officials

Police find escapee; capture attempt fails
AIKEN -- Sheriff's officers Sunday found the man who es-caped from the Aiken County De-tention Center, but the escapee eluded them again.

Airing everything out

Education has champ in teacher

Tasty treats

Aiken men capture burglary suspect

Tasty treats
Faith Riedeman of Augusta (right) dishes out ribs and chicken for Nancy Alers of Evans on Saturday at the Applebee's booth as part of the 14th Taste of Augusta at Riverwalk Augusta.

Pilots' stunts entertain crowd

Technicians for hire
Scores of applicants line up for interviews Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond Civic Center, where International Flavors and Fragrances had hired a team to handle hundreds of expected applications for job openings they had announced.

Across the area
Community Center holds fund-raiser ...Publisher to speak in Washington ... Westinghouse donates to charity

Uncollected water bills cost city millions
The biggest leak in the Augusta water system may be in the billing office. Swamped in a rising tide of uncollected bills, utilities officials have stood by as the system's bad debt has grown to $2.6 million since the consolidation of the former City of Augusta and Richmond County governments in 1996.

This week in South Carolina

Are You Susceptible to the Y2K Bug?

Uncollected water bills cost city millions

Falcons run over by Rams

Redskins hand Jets their third loss

Bills blank Eagles

Seifert gets first Panthers win

Seahawks top Steelers

A look at the NFL, week 3

Hanspard accepts role

NFL roundup: Super Bowl teams fall to 0-3

Mr. Roy Story
Mr. Roy F. Story, 80, of 2404 Wymberly Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Jennings Healthcare.

Mrs. Roxanne Davis
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Roxanne Strom Davis, 38, of 104 Hight Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999.

Mr. Edward Betzold
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Edward Graham Betzold, 71, of 2316 Pinetree Nursery Road, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Mae Teague
LAURENS, S.C. -- Mrs. Mae Edna Wheeler ``Pete'' Teague, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at National Health Care Nursing Center.

Mr. John Deason
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John C. Deason, 81, of 1809 Courtney Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at University Hospital.

Chileah Cohen
AIKEN -- Chileah Melissiah Cohen, infant daughter of Leroy Cohen and Ernestine Gaines, of 1139 Washington Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Eddie Kilpatrick
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Eddie Kilpatrick, 50, of 1169 Sandy Lane, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ellen Owens
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Ellen Skinner Owens, 69, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mrs. Mary Massengale
Mrs. Mary E. Massengale, 81, of 1903 Rock Springs Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Barbara Tankersley
DEARING -- Mrs. Barbara Reynolds Tankersley, 63, of 1420 Lokey Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Joneisha Herrington
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Joneisha Herrington, infant daughter of John and Katrina Harrington, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Army Community Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Gilby
Mrs. Mary A. Gilby, 96, of 2359 Monto St., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Magnolia Hill Nursing Home.

Mrs. Flossie Brant
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Flossie Denny Brant, 71, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999.

Mr. Grover Jones
Mr. Grover Cleveland Jones, 54, of 1141 Sharpes Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Frances Phillips
Mrs. Frances Rogers Phillips, 82, of 2323 Washington Road, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Kentwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Aquilla Crocker
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Aquilla R. Crocker, 71, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999.

Mr. Eugene Gorden
Mr. Eugene Gorden, of 3021 Thomas Lane, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Jessie Reames
WHITE ROCK, S.C. -- Mrs. Jessie Haltiwanger Wise Reames, 92, of Lowman Home, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia.

Mrs. Martha Glover
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Martha Glover, of 123 S.E. Diggs St., died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. Samuel Fortson III
FLAT ROCK, N.C. -- Mr. Samuel Anthony Fortson III, 60, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, S.C.

Mr. Ira Whitt
AIKEN -- Mr. Ira Dean Whitt, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Allie Stone
BURNETTOWN -- Mrs. Allie Mae Huff Stone, 86, of 236 Carline Road, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Grover Jones

Mr. Aquilla Crocker

Mr. John Deason

Mrs. Roxanne Davis

Joneisha Herrington

Mrs. Allie Stone

Mr. Samuel Fortson III

Mr. Ira Whitt

Mrs. Ellen Owens

Mrs. Mary Gilby

Mr. Roy Story

Mrs. Frances Phillips

Mrs. Martha Glover

Mrs. Mary Massengale

Mrs. Barbara Tankersley

Mrs. Jessie Reames

Chileah Cohen

Mrs. Flossie Brant

Mrs. Mae Teague

Mr. Eddie Kilpatrick

Mr. Eugene Gorden

Kathy Starrett: Atlanta tragedy highlights dangers of day-trading, need for new rules
THERE'S A NEW national focus on stock day-trading since unsuccessful wheeler-dealer Mark O. Barton recently murdered nine people at two Atlanta day-trading firms. Ironically, his rampage came nine days before a seven-month study on day-trading by the North American Securities Administrators Association was released.

Backs 'trusted public servant' in Dist. 81 race
Please allow us to give a personal endorsement for Skipper Perry in his bid for election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in District 81. Doris and Henderson Johnson, Aiken

Hits governor's property rights curbs
It is unlike The Chronicle, and Sept. 13 is a sad day indeed, when The Chronicle writes, ``Thus, some curbs on property rights can be justified.'' The U.S. Constitu-tion does not agree with The Chronicle, and neither does any thinking American who cherishes his freedom. Bill Dekle, Millen

Tells terrorists Americans offer break
Attention Osama bin Laden and all other terrorists: Things must really be boring around the campfires at night now. We here in America invite you to stand down. Take a cruise. Relax for a while. Johnny Hensley, Augusta

Kathy Starrett: Atlanta tragedy highlights dangers of day-trading, need for new rules
THERE'S A NEW national focus on stock day-trading since unsuccessful wheeler-dealer Mark O. Barton recently murdered nine people at two Atlanta day-trading firms. Ironically, his rampage came nine days before a seven-month study on day-trading by the North American Securities Administrators Association was released.

Urges voiding of Panama Canal treaty
We are scheduled to turn over our Panama Canal to the government of Panama on Dec. 31! This was accomplished by an unlawful treaty signed during the Carter administration in 1977. The treaty is unlawful as the two governments signed different treaties! Billy B. Jones, Graniteville

Urges parents to back dress codes
Most of the letters written to your paper regarding school uniforms and dress codes have been fairly hostile to the new rules regarding what the students can or cannot wear. I am surprised at the number of parents who resent the new codes. Gene Rickaby, Augusta

Support libraries
It's heartening to see the Columbia County Library Board of Trustees pushing hard in public hearings for a new library. With the new courthouse annex and jail expansion project having been taken care of, the next capital improvement projects shouldcertainly include a new library.

Stop video poker poison
With a little over a month to go before South Carolinians vote on the video poker referendum, the battle has been joined between pro- and anti-gambling groups. The outcome Nov. 2 will set the course for the Palmetto State heading into the new millennium.

Urges 'no' vote on video poker
To all the good people of South Carolina who aren't yet committed to vote on Nov. 2, I urge you to get registered and vote. Voting is a right; video poker is not and should never be allowed again in our state. Larry Milner, Aiken

Commission to cooperate?
The Augusta Commission's approval of Commissioner Stephen Shepard's proposal to be pro-active in dealing with the newly impaneled civil grand jury is highly laudatory.

Questions effectiveness of dress code
I'm a senior at Westside High School and would like to share a few things that confuse me about my school and some other Richmond County schools. Miranda Story, Augusta

Kent: Chavous rears head; ex-congressman honored
A new call to arms ``We must be certain we do not return to the scandals and mistakes of the past.'' With those ringing words, then-candidate J.B. Powell inaugurated his fight tounseat incumbent Commissioner Hobson Chavous in a 1994 primary.

Clarifies facts in Donna Martin case
Donna Martin met with me on July 9 in my office regarding the May 14 incident and her employment. She was fully cooperative. At that time she was placed on voluntary administrative leave with pay in accordance with the Fair Dismissal Act of Georgia as it relates to certified employees, pending evaluation. Charles G. Larke, Augusta

Praises GreenJacket's championship
Congratulations to the Augusta GreenJackets for winning the 1999 Salley League baseball championship! Susan Barock, Augusta

Supports 'people person' in Dist. 4 Commission race
I would like to express my opinion about a certain individual who is a great candidate for the Richmond County Commission District 4 seat. His name is Brian Green, and he is a great people person. He is a mentor at Augusta Youth Detention Center and believes in working with youths by giving them guidance and helping them make the right decisions. Ray Baker, Hephzibah

Hails city department's cleanup effort
After having the opportunity to live in the historical Bethlehem area and working with various departments of the city to get Augusta cleaned up, I would like to commend the Augusta Richmond County Code and Enforcement Department on doing a fantastic job. Mattie Mitchell, Augusta

Advises students to pray silently
Contrary to what some people may think, God has not and cannot be taken from the public schools. Faber Hance, North Augusta

Detecting liars
A new ``human science'' is developing to help law-enforcement officials detect when suspects or witnesses are lying.

Sees video poker as bad for S.C.
In her Sept. 12 letter, Martha Lee of Beech Island made some good points regarding video poker and addiction. However, I hope voters will consider other aspects of video poker that I believe are detrimental to the state of South Carolina and its citizens. Nucia Reimers, North Augusta

Warns against approval of video poker
I recently stopped to get gas at a station near I-20 in Aiken County and was appalled at the early morning players at the video poker machines. Becky Robbins, Aiken

A great comeback, a great victory for America

10-speed bicycle leads to bagging of perfect 10 buck

Europe thwarts a U.S. comeback

Local buzz: HBO to televise Forrest title defense

Martin breaks drought with Dover victory

Americans rally for Ryder Cup win

Jarrett got better in a hurry

Overtime: U.S. women blank Brazil in exhibition

Lynx can focus on game

Olympic mascots named Powder, Copper and Coal

Atwood wins crash-filled Dover race

Kudzu menaces Southern landowners
RALEIGH, N.C. -- In the past century, a creepy, crawly vine nicknamed the ``Green Menace'' has swallowed up telephone poles and fences, choked forests and cloaked roadsides and fields in shimmering green.

Patients look to Internet for advice
It was only in the reflection of a computer screen that Vickie Smith of Augusta could finally face her disease. That screen also became her portal to others who suffer from multiple sclerosis.

Mites threaten U.S. honeybees
SALOME, Ariz. -- You can't see them at first, or even hear them. The boxes give them away. In a dirt lot alongside a field of alfalfa seed plants, hundreds of pine containers are stacked on pallets. Inside, 800 colonies of honeybees are resting after a hard season in the fields.

Italian government 'arrests' cloned bull
ROME -- Poor Galileo. Just a youngster and he's under arrest -- locked in a stall and accused of being a freak. The young bovine's crime? He's a clone.

Drug prevents flu spread in families
SAN FRANCISCO -- An inhaled prescription drug being introduced next month is nearly 80 percent effective in keeping family members from getting the flu bug when a relative brings it home, according to a new study.

Preservationists: Orphan films detail history
COLUMBIA -- One of the things Dan Streible loves about old newsreels is the surprises. The University of South Carolina film professor's favorite is a 1928 20th Century Fox Movietone newsreel of a building dedication at Fox's Hollywood studio. After a couple of speeches, including probably the first recorded words of silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix, a man introduced as Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky steps to the microphone.

Invasive plant wipes out native wildflowers
WASHINGTON -- Plant specialist Joan Feely once delighted in the variety of native wildflowers as she walked along the C&O Canal in suburban Montgomery County, Md.

Procedure may prolong fertility
NEW YORK -- An experimental ovarian tissue transplant that may eventually allow women to turn back their biological clocks and have children past menopause is raising ethical questions with some experts.

UN tests emergency power supplies against computer bug
GENEVA -- Anxious to avoid any disruption Jan. 1, the U.N. European headquarters tested its standby electricity supplies Saturday to check systems for the millennium bug.

Shuttle Columbia lands in Calif. for overhaul
PALMDALE, Calif. -- Space shuttle Columbia, the oldest orbiter in the four-ship fleet, landed here Saturday for a long-overdue tuneup. Columbia, which was bolted to the top of a modified Boeing 747, landed at a U.S. Air Force plant at 10:19 a.m., said Lynne Van Trieste, spokeswoman for Boeing.

Ballast water targeted in war against invasive marine species
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Huge cranes tower over a ship to unload its cargo from Asia onto awaiting trucks. And from a hole in the stern, water spouts into the Pacific.

Procedure may prolong fertility

Kudzu menaces Southern landowners

Preservationists: Orphan films detail history

Drug prevents flu spread in families

Patients look to Internet for advice

UN tests emergency power supplies against computer bug

Ballast water targeted in war against invasive marine species

Invasive plant wipes out native wildflowers

Italian government 'arrests' cloned bull