Yanks lose to Devil Rays

Braves mop up Expos

Mets drop another game

Phillies top Mets 3-2

Braves clinch NL East title

Braves notes: Ligtenburg pitching pain free

Braves notebook

Traveling not what it used to be

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.

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.

Social Security to send yearly statements

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

Complaining can be harrowing

SEC cracks down on misleading fund companies

On the move

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

Business briefs: Aiken firm gets safety award

South Carolina now Ooooh and 4

Ohio State holds off Cincinnati

Georgia Southern gets into a winning routine

Dogs jolted by death of line coach

Florida St. tops North Carolina

Alabama upsets Arkansas

S.C. notebook: Pinkney sits out game

Maryland sets their sights on Tech

Numbers don't add up right for Gamecocks

Georgia escapes with win over Central Florida

Army 41, Ball St. 21

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.''

Hails city department's cleanup effort

Detecting liars

Urges parents to back dress codes

Stop video poker poison

Advises students to pray silently

Backs 'trusted public servant' in Dist. 81 race

Hits governor's property rights curbs

Sees video poker as bad for S.C.

Tells terrorists Americans offer break

Kent: Chavous rears head; ex-congressman honored

Clarifies facts in Donna Martin case

Questions effectiveness of dress code

Urges 'no' vote on video poker

Commission to cooperate?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Questions about creature still unanswered

Reflections of enduring love

In the know

On their summer vacation ...

Lounge suit reflects British formality

Before Disney World, Sea World, there was Gatorland

911 system set to start by year's end

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.

Are You Susceptible to the Y2K Bug?

Police find escapee; capture attempt fails

Uncollected water bills cost city millions

Aiken men capture burglary suspect

Home party idea grows into children's charity

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

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

Eagles need a challenge

Becoming a sharpshooter

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.

Education has champ in teacher

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.

This week in South Carolina

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OMI progress satisfies officials

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.

Across the area

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

Tasty treats

A look at the 20th Century: 1974

Benefit concert tops goal

Poll managers learning rules

Airing everything out

Jailers search for contraband

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

Seifert gets first Panthers win

Bills blank Eagles

Hanspard accepts role

Falcons run over by Rams

Seahawks top Steelers

A look at the NFL, week 3

NFL roundup: Super Bowl teams fall to 0-3

Redskins hand Jets their third loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Martha Glover

Mrs. Allie Stone

Mrs. Roxanne Davis

Joneisha Herrington

Mrs. Mary Massengale

Mrs. Frances Phillips

Mrs. Barbara Tankersley

Mrs. Flossie Brant

Mr. Roy Story

Mr. Eddie Kilpatrick

Mr. Ira Whitt

Mrs. Ellen Owens

Mr. John Deason

Mr. Eugene Gorden

Mr. Grover Jones

Mr. Samuel Fortson III

Mrs. Mary Gilby

Mr. Aquilla Crocker

Mrs. Jessie Reames

Mrs. Mae Teague

Chileah Cohen

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A great comeback, a great victory for America

Europe thwarts a U.S. comeback

Local buzz: HBO to televise Forrest title defense

Atwood wins crash-filled Dover race

Lynx can focus on game

Martin breaks drought with Dover victory

Olympic mascots named Powder, Copper and Coal

Americans rally for Ryder Cup win

10-speed bicycle leads to bagging of perfect 10 buck

Jarrett got better in a hurry

Overtime: U.S. women blank Brazil in exhibition

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UN tests emergency power supplies against computer bug

Procedure may prolong fertility

Italian government 'arrests' cloned bull

Drug prevents flu spread in families

Invasive plant wipes out native wildflowers

Ballast water targeted in war against invasive marine species

Kudzu menaces Southern landowners

Preservationists: Orphan films detail history

Patients look to Internet for advice