Authors say success achieved on hands-on level
Here is the first thing you need to know about this book going in: Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman speak for the Gallup Poll People. So get out your calculators and get ready to crunch.

Clientele has broadened
The telephone at Eddie Peace Tattoo Studio rings constantly, but nobody hears it with four tattoo needles and an air conditioner running simultaneously.

Firms turn to focus groups
Oh, to be a fly on the wall. To be able to hear what others say about us when inhibitions are low and emotions are high.

Businessman shares his views
Frank Lawrence, owner of Bobby Jones Ford and one of the newest arenafootball2 franchises, sat down with Staff Writer Frank Witsil in his office to talk about his plans for his new team and changes in the car business.

Briefcase
When it comes to business travel, women and men have surprisingly different views. A new survey by New York University's Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Travel Administration and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts found that 90 percent of the 403 women surveyed ranked responsive service as the most important factor when selecting a hotel for a business trip. Location, was second, with 71 percent, followed by affordable rates, with 62 percent.

Making their marks
Don Inman remembers the early days of tattooing in Augusta: Soldiers and roughnecks lined up in barrooms to get a girlfriend's name or perhaps a rose inked on an arm.

Car dealer touts football
Frank Lawrence has spent the past eight years of his life selling cars and trucks to Augustans. Now he's going to try to sell them arena football.

Tattoo removal can be painful, expensive
Many people take pride in their tattoos. But they aren't the people who come to the office of John Ratz, a dermatologist and tattoo-removal expert at the Medical College of Georgia.

Shoppers finding discounts on key chains
PHILADELPHIA -- If a new trend in shopper discount cards continues, wallets could get thinner while key chains get fatter. Retailers from supermarkets such as Malvern, Pa.-based Acme Markets Inc. to San Diego's PETCO Animal Supplies Inc., have shrunk their frequent-shopper discount cards this year to tags that fit on a key chain.

Park may bring economic help
Area counties may be joining resources to build a large-scale regional industrial park off Interstate 20 in Camak.

Business briefs
Vera & Company moves to a larger facility ... Fort Gordon computer upgrade completed ... Steel service center offered at Augusta plant

Employees branded with logo apparel
Golf shirts. Twill skirts. Denim tops and khaki pants. What these apparel items could have in common -- other than their repeat appearance in corporate circles each Friday -- is your company's logo.

Brauer: Endowments carry tax benefits
I like endowments. They work like this: people denote money into a common pool. The common pool is safely invested in a broad mixture of safe stocks and bonds. Each year, the dividends and interests earned are used for various programs and projects while the principal fund remains untouched and grows with further contributions to the endowment.

Jingles: Catchy part of culture
If Abraham Lincoln had made the Gettysburg Address rhyme and set it to music, we might all be able to remember it today. Need proof? Try to recite the famous tome. Can't do it, can you?

Amusement is serious business
The amusement business is no funhouse when it comes to hiring, says Jim Drew, president of the Augusta-based portable amusement park company, Drew Exposition. ``I don't think the quality of workers is as good as it used to be,'' Mr. Drew said recently from his office on Walton Way.

Hokrein: Courting minorities good for majority
There's a definite Latin beat in the U.S. economy. But you wouldn't know it from television. The networks have taken a beating this fall season because few new shows, critics say, cast minorities -- especially blacks and Hispanics -- in lead character roles.

Banks drop auto-leasing
Thinking of financing a vehicle lease through your bank? Better give 'em a call before you hit the dealerships.

Homers blast Blue Jays past Indians

Reds face Mets in wild-card playoff

Wild pitch give Mets a second chance

Cubs top Cardinals

Braves blanked by Marlins

Playoffs: AL schedule finalized

Brewers crush Reds

Yankees rest, lose to Tampa Bay

Braves fillet Marlins

Postseason tickets on sale

Astros win NL Central title

Braves notes: Simon likely won't be on playoff roster

Mets control own destiny for playoffs

Fall brings best times of the year

Employees branded with logo apparel

Poor search for rainbow in economy

BellSouth seeks long-distance
If BellSouth could sit on Santa's lap this Christmas, it would ask to be in the long-distance telephone business by early next year.

Business briefs

Clientele has broadened

Late trading unlikely to alter mutual fund pricing

Jingles: Catchy part of culture

BellSouth seeks long-distance

Hokrein: Courting minorities good for majority

ARMs should not be kept at arm's length

Web revving up car shopping
Jim McClung is a new kind of car salesman. He's traded in a life of long hours helping customers who aren't quite sure what they want for a new job that lets him sit back and answer calls and e-mails from car buyers who simply don't want to haggle.

Briefcase

Coming Monday
Business Frank Lawrence has gone from owning an auto dealership to owning Augusta's arenafootball2 team.

Pacific Rim stocks buffer recent fall

Poor search for rainbow in economy
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Like it or not, Andrea Cooper is doing her bit to fuel the economic boom. She is 3 months old and heading to a day-care program so her mother can replace welfare payments with a $6.75-an-hour hospital paycheck.

Shoppers finding discounts on key chains

ARMs should not be kept at arm's length
NEW YORK -- With mortgage rates on the rise, ARMs are no longer getting a cold shoulder.

Businessman shares his views

Amusement is serious business

Coming Monday

Car dealer touts football

Americans drawn to automobiles
Rachel Franklin can't explain why Americans love their cars, but she's found a way to turn that sentiment into real money -- she owns Sno-Cap, a 1960s drive-in hamburger joint in North Augusta.

Firms turn to focus groups

Authors say success achieved on hands-on level

Pacific Rim stocks buffer recent fall
There's no getting around the fact that the third quarter was a loser for stocks, but a sample portfolio for small investors put together by The Associated Press found a small hedge in a once-unlikely place: Pacific Rim stocks.

Park may bring economic help

Late trading unlikely to alter mutual fund pricing
NEW YORK -- While the proliferation of after-hours stock trading sessions isn't expected to change the way most mutual fund companies determine the closing prices for their funds each day, the new sessions will almost certainly change the way that information is distributed.

Brauer: Endowments carry tax benefits

Making their marks

Banks drop auto-leasing

Web revving up car shopping

S. Carolina falls to Ole Miss

Citadel hands S.C. State second loss in row

East Carolina beats Army

Gamecocks' defense evaporates

College roundup: Dropped balls, missed kicks, and there goes a perfect season

Tigers top Tar Heels

Holtz's wife to have surgery next week

Alabama ends Florida's win streak

Eagles crush Keydets

Bulldogs win another close one

Kentucky upsets Arkansas

Florida St. crushes Duke

No. 16 Mississippi St. 42, Vanderbilt 14

Photos of the Century
Georgians and South Carolinians survived hurricanes, challenged traditions, celebrated the victories of Masters Tournament champions and moved away from the segregated days of Jim Crow this century.

A look at the 20th Century: 1976
In 1976, amid the ``me'' decade, mainstream Americans grew tired of controversy and directed their attention to themselves.

A look at the 20th Century: 1977
Film and music fans said goodbye in 1977 to stars who once shinned and hello to a new entertainment arena under construction in downtown Augusta.

Praises mayor and grand jury

Praises 'steward' of Aiken County

Ax Ga. fingerprint law

Spirited S.C. House race

OK ethics ordinance

Ventura's hate talk

Satirizes `discovery' about blue jeans

Supports requiring student uniforms

Calls symbols `Confederate-American'

Cites positives of dress policies

Phil Kent: Video poker fight is nasty; a Y2K snafu

Hits critic of Golf Hall of Fame

Suggests use of military in disasters

Country concepts
Maxine and Racie Leverett have been fine-tuning their home on Stone Mill Drive for years, trying to make it a country showplace in the middle of suburban Martinez.

Business has own rules of etiquette
Dear Carson: I said ``amen'' when I read your column that included a letter from an executive on guidelines for office dress and behavior.

On their summer vacation...
The Chronicle traveled the globe this summer, thanks to readers who took the newspaper along for our annual vacation photo contest. Here are some of the most interesting entries from abroad.

In the know
Their faces are clown-white and the napes of their necks considered the most seductive part of them and they've always held an aura of mystery for the West.

Did Lincoln, wife foresee assassination?
Many people have read that Abraham Lincoln "saw" his own death months before John Wilkes Booth's bullet ended his life at Ford's Theater on the night of April 14, 1865.

Tropical paradise
TAVEUNI, Fiji -- When the new millennium comes, it will come first to Fiji. The 180th meridian cuts through this group of islands in the South Pacific, so -- theoretically -- when it's 1999 on one side, it will be 2000 on the other.<

Insects feasting on hydrilla in Georgia's Lake Seminole

Kuster ready to make up for lost time

Atlantans welcome back NHL

Afternoon nap restores energy level

Thrashers overpowered by Devils

Fall brings best times of the year
I'm ready for fall. I am tired of summer with its water restrictions, hand-searing steering wheels and meaningless Braves victories. I'm ready for fall.

Business has own rules of etiquette

In the know

Country concepts

On their summer vacation...

Did Lincoln, wife foresee assassination?

Tropical paradise

Festival celebrates Hardy's life
It was unlike anything Oliver Hardy biographer Simon Louvish had ever seen. ``Look at this,'' said the London resident, smiling and shaking his head as he stood in the downtown streets of Harlem on Saturday. ``All these people. This is my first time to ever come to this festival. I didn't expect anything like this at all in such a small city. I love it.''

I-20 accident leaves one dead

Fall into Aiken

Chronicle' names new metro editor, deputy
Two veteran editors at The Augusta Chronicle have been promoted to top newsroom positions at the paper.

I-20 accident leaves one dead
An accident on Interstate 20 at the Georgia-South Carolina state line killed one person Sunday and sent three to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Evictions often unpredictable for deputies
Lying in the corner among the filth and piles of garbage was a little girl's poem, marked incomplete by a fourth-grade teacher.

United Way chief eager to get started

Fall into Aiken
AIKEN -- Many admitted it was sinfully decadent, but that didn't deter them from temptation Saturday at St. Mary Help of Christians' popular Chocolate Festival.

Program shows sports are for all

How to trace family records
Blacks face unique problems in searching for information about their ancestors, but extensive records are available in some cases. Here's where to go for help:

Businesses capitalize on millennium stockpiling
The Y2K bug has been one long headache for computer technicians and government officials, but for merchants and vendors, it means dollar signs.

Letters explain slavery views
Antebellum Gov. and Congressman James Henry Hammond, who owned nearly 1,000 slaves at Redcliffe plantation near Silver Bluff, S.C., explained his pro-slavery views in a states-rights speech to the U.S. Senate on March 4, 1858:

Officials offer advice to avoid Y2K scams

Barnes employs backers

Child to undergo bone marrow transfer
Nauseated by his first bout with radiation, 6-year-old Ho Young Jeon of Augusta should be nonetheless in good shape for a bone marrow transplant to combat his leukemia, doctors said.

Letters explain slavery views

Building in Athens just the beginning

Y2K worries extend beyond just computers

Families discover roots

How to trace family records

Across the area: Chlorine container blast burns man

Y2K worries extend beyond just computers
With any luck, it will be the biggest letdown in history. After all the fuss, all the planning, stocking up and worrying -- in a best-case scenario, anyone preparing for the effects of the ``millennium bug'' will get very little bang for their buck.<

Anti-abortion rally held
Nancy Garner waved a four-foot cedar cross at passing motorists on Washington Road, hoping for a reaction. ``Most of the time, if they do anything, they'll honk and smile, or hold up a Bible or a victory sign,'' the Augusta woman said. ``But once in a while, there's a dissenter.''

Barnes employs backers
ATLANTA -- When Roy Barnes needed somebody with political muscle to raise big money in Savannah for his gubernatorial campaign last year, one of the people he turned to was former state Sen. Tom Coleman.

Officials offer advice to avoid Y2K scams
As part of your bank's Y2K update, the bank employee on the phone needs you to confirm your account number.

Don't wait for Y2K bug to bite
The time to exterminate is now. Don't wait until the last minute to stamp out the millennium bug on your home computer.

Fund-raiser honors Alzheimer's victims
Tears filled Melody Collins' eyes as she looked at the collage of photos memorializing her mother, Ruth Hamby.

Businesses capitalize on millennium stockpiling

Families discover roots
AIKEN -- He raped some and flogged others -- and even shared a slave mistress with his son, his letters reveal -- but James Henry Hammond did a kindness for the hundreds of humans he owned: He listed their names and market prices along with horses, mules and other plantation property, enabling them to be remembered by their descendants.

Aiken supporters are urged to vote
AIKEN -- The race for the late Rudy Mason's seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives has kept its hometown flavor with both candidates running a folksy door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor campaign.

Fly-In shows aeronautic art

Across the area: Charleston focus of art program
Charleston in Augusta will be the Artrageous Sunday program from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. The program will include traditional Gullah tales, teaching of the Charleston dance and a sweetgrass basket-maker at work.

Program shows sports are for all
Matt Miklas is something of a closet showoff. The 11-year-old didn't boast openly when he and his teammates took the state championships in wheelchair basketball this year.

Festival celebrates Hardy's life

Home front: Salon owner gives back to community

How the Y2K bug works
How does this Y2K thing work? Why can't we just tell the computers it's 1900? For calculating things such as insurance applications or loan and credit card payments, you don't want the computer to think it's 1900.

Don't wait for Y2K bug to bite

Enrollment down in electives

A look at the 20th Century: 1977

Dorsey: Collapse imminent

Evictions often unpredictable for deputies

Enrollment down in electives
For the first time in 12 years, Lakeside High School in Columbia County began a school year without a horticulture program.

Photos of the Century

United Way chief eager to get started
AIKEN -- Michael Williamson is thrilled he'll be in charge of the largest organization helping to make the community where he was born and raised a better place.

Child to undergo bone marrow transfer

Fly-In shows aeronautic art
WINDSOR -- The eyes of navigators holding radio transmitters turned upward Sunday as their hand-crafted airplanes whizzed across the blue sky above an air strip near Windsor.

A look at the 20th Century: 1976

Across the area: Chlorine container blast burns man
A Richmond County man was being evaluated Sunday night at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after suffering chemical burns from a chlorine container that accidentally exploded, authorities said.

Home front: Salon owner gives back to community
Curly auburn hair clippings surround her feet. And as if it were a conductor's baton, Pam Wilkins waves a black blow dryer over a client's hair, sending a stream of air that causes the pink paper hearts decorating her mirror to flutter.

Bears maul Saints

Falcons' lineup strugges

NFL roundup: A look at week 4

Falcons remain winless

Giants defeat Eagles with field goal

Falcons remain winless

Falcons notes

Patriots top Browns

Vikings top Buccaneers

Mr. Walter Mitchell
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Walter H. Mitchell, 59, of 613 Powerhouse Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Rose Lipsitz
Mrs. Rose Lipsitz, 97, of 3213 Montpelier Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Ms. Thelma Ross
METTER, Ga. -- Ms. Thelma Ross, 73, of 35 Lucky St., died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Mrs. Emma Mitchell
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Emma Lue Mitchell, 78, of 4280 White Plains Road, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Mr. William Carter Sr.
ALTUS, Okla. -- Mr. William Pepsi Carter Sr., 72, of 1411 North Hudson St., died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Nathan Bedgood
GRACEWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. Nathan Emil Bedgood, 34, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Brenda Deaton
HARLEM -- Mrs. Brenda Suzzette Smith Deaton, 37, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Tywaine Carroll Jr.
AIKEN -- Tywaine Maurice Carroll Jr., infant son of Tywaine Maurice Carroll Sr. and Tammy Windless, both of Aiken, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mattie Ford
Mrs. Mattie Lou Youngblood Ford, 71, of 2408 Yates Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Abraham Pinkney
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Abraham D. Pinkney, 62, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Kings County Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Veal
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Mae Veal, 88, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mrs. Georgie Bryant
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Georgie B. Bryant, 60, of 158 Breezy Hill Road, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. James Waller
THOMSON -- Mr. James M. ``Bo'' Waller, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Clarence Flanagan
Mr. Clarence E. Flanagan, 74, of 1006 Eustis Drive, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Patrick Mitchell
MCRAE, Ga. -- Mr. Patrick Wise Mitchell, 64, of 1113 First Ave., died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Rachel Evans
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Rachel Blakey Evans, 20, of 700 Pinnicle Place, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999.

Mrs. Willie Meriweather
Mrs. Willie Mae Freeman Meriweather, 90, of 3649 Rome Way, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Barbara Krueger
Mrs. Barbara Ann Krueger, 66, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. S.M. Kitchens
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mr. S.M. ``Pop'' Kitchens, 75, of 433 S. Jay St., died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Edward Willis
AIKEN -- Mr. Edward L. ``Eddie'' Willis, 52, of 47 Ward Circle, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Emma Mitchell
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Emma Lue Mitchell, 78, of 4280 White Plains Road, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Miss Mary Ross
Miss Mary Corrie Ross, 76, of 3901 Old Waynesboro Road, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Bessie Freeman
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Bessie Rooker Freeman, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Ms. Josephine Gillin
Ms. Josephine Donnelly Gillin, 62, of 1408 Flowing Wells Road, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999.

Ms. Janice Redd
BURNETTOWN -- Ms. Janice Brantley Redd, 40, of 137 Victory Lane, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Riverside Nursing Center, Milledgeville, Ga.

Mrs. Laura Grubbs
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Laura Still Grubbs, 81, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999.

Mrs. Elizabeth Hendricks
KINSTON, N.C. -- Mrs. Elizabeth L. ``Betty'' Hendricks, 72, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Eddie Mathis
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. Eddie ``Frank'' Mathis, 59, of 1454 Augusta Road, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Purvis Hughes
AIKEN -- Mr. Purvis Preston Hughes, 68, OF 409 Heathwood Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Pitsinger
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Fail Pitsinger, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999.

Chardonay Jones
Chardonay Marie Jones, infant daughter of Anita Jean Jones and Harvey Simpson, both of Augusta, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at the residence.

Mrs. Elizabeth Pilling
Mrs. Elizabeth Goeser Pilling, 79, of 248 Edwards Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Mary Jeremias
NEWBERRY, Ga. -- Ms. Mary Ruth Palmer Jeremias, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999.

Mrs. Reba Stevens
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Reba R. Stevens, 82, of 310 Mary Ann St., died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. John Hankerson
Mr. John Hankerson, 81, of 2408 Golden Camp Road, died Friday, October 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Barbara Krueger
Mrs. Barbara Ann Krueger, 66, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Janell Brassell
Mrs. Janell U. Brassell, 64, of Augusta, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, in Grovetown.

Mr. James Millwood
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. James Lee Millwood, 64, of 699 North Usry St., died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Millwood

Chardonay Jones

Mr. Clarence Flanagan

Mr. John Hankerson

Mrs. Annie Veal

Ms. Josephine Gillin

Mrs. Rachel Evans

Mrs. Mattie Ford

Mrs. Bessie Freeman

Miss Mary Ross

Mrs. Janell Brassell

Mr. Purvis Hughes

Mr. James Waller

Mrs. Elizabeth Hendricks

Mrs. Emma Mitchell

Mr. Nathan Bedgood

Mrs. Reba Stevens

Mr. Walter Mitchell

Mr. Patrick Mitchell

Mr. S.M. Kitchens

Mrs. Laura Grubbs

Mrs. Willie Meriweather

Mrs. Georgie Bryant

Ms. Thelma Ross

Ms. Janice Redd

Ms. Mary Jeremias

Tywaine Carroll Jr.

Mrs. Mary Pitsinger

Mrs. Barbara Krueger

Mrs. Emma Mitchell

Mr. Edward Willis

Mr. Abraham Pinkney

Ventura's hate talk
Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, the Reform Party's highest elected official, is a fierce foe of Pat Buchanan's possible bid for that party's presidential nomination.

Argues against school dress policy
Public school boards and administrators do not have the authority to dictate what color of clothing students can wear. Selisa Mincy-McTeer, Augusta

Supports requiring student uniforms
While I have long finished preparing kids for school, I can remember when my children came home and asked why they didn't have the latest fashions (fads) to wear. Duane R. Christenson, Augusta

Ax Ga. fingerprint law
State Rep. Mitchell Kaye, R-Marietta, hopes to achieve through the courts what he has so far failed to achieve in the Legislature: to repeal Georgia's 1996 law requiring drivers to be fingerprinted when they get or renew their licenses.

Phil Kent: Video poker fight is nasty; a Y2K snafu
Two statewide leaders of the Nov. 2 effort to ban video poker happen to be from around this neck of the South Carolina woods: Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, and Rep. Roland Smith, R-Langley.

Hits 'Chronicle' editorials on uniforms
I found it very interesting that The Chronicle gushed over the ``high'' percentage'' of parental approval for school uniforms, relying only on the fact that a majority of surveys returned supported the concept. Alicia Colohan, Augusta

OK ethics ordinance
The reaction of some Augusta commissioners to Mayor Bob Young's proposed ethics ordinance is distressing, especially Jerry Brigham's whiny sarcasm that the ``overblown'' proposal suggests commissioners are not ``straight.''

Backs `motivational' Dist. 4 candidate
As Brian Green's military instructor at Laney High School I was always impressed with his many leadership qualities, keensense of responsibility and maturity beyond his years while serving as a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadet officer. Ronald C. Carrne, USA (Ret)North Augusta

Decries loss of religious underpinnings
I picked up the paper to find out how our neighbors in Charleston and Savannah had fared in the recent storm only to find that while I was praying with my teen-ager at church, other teens were being gunned down as they prayed. Paul S. Suich, Ph.D., Augusta

Calls symbols `Confederate-American'
In response to the Sept. 20 letter by William Sanders and the Sept. 23 letter by Robert A. Daniels, I would like to say that it seems as though I have been ``preaching to the choir.'' Walker B. McWee, Augusta

Cites positives of dress policies
I would like to commend Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke and his staff for instituting the uniform dress code policy. The positive results outweigh the negatives. Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Points to `waste' in school system
My son is an eighth grade student at Davidson Fine Arts School. As of Sept. 24, Davidson had only received 30 copies of the new social studies textbook for the eighth grade. Jeff Thomason, Augusta

SRS & our health
When decades of Savannah River Site information was declassified in the early 1990s it revealed that during the Cold War the federal government made national security -- i.e., nuclear weapons' material production -- a higher priority than public safety.

Blasts city over unpaid water bills
After I read the Sept. 26 news article, ``Unpaid bills cost city millions,'' I had to shake my head at the Water Department. The listof ``Top 20 offenders'' truly surprised me. David W Nowakowski, Waynesboro

UGA takes a wrong turn
No other University System college uses race as an admissions criteria (and some have a higher percentage of minority students than Georgia). Why is the Board of Regents allowing Adams to challenge Judge B. Evant Edenfield?UGA takes a wrong turn

Suggests use of military in disasters
My husband asked me to consider writing you regarding the use of the military here in the United States to help North Carolina and any other areas dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. Theresa J. Von Plinsky, Augusta

Spirited S.C. House race
The contest to succeed the late Rudy Mason for the District 81 South Carolina House seat has, especially for a special election, turned into a surprisingly spirited contest between Republican Robert S. ``Skipper'' Perry and independent Scott Singer.

Satirizes `discovery' about blue jeans
We can all rest easy now. Our crime problem has been solved. It's not violence on TV or videos, the easy ways to get a gun, the way a person might have been brought up, overcrowded class rooms or anything else that might come into the picture. Drugs certainly have nothing to do with anything. Gene Porter, Hephzibah

Hits critic of Golf Hall of Fame
I was disappointed and dismayed to read retired Chronicle cartoonist Clyde Wells' essay (or was it a factual report?) on the demise of downtown Augusta and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame(in a local tabloid). Will Weston, Augusta

Praises mayor and grand jury
Mayor Bob Young did the right thing by turning down the offer byOperations Management International to pay for his trip to Puerto Rico. If the trip to Puerto Rico will help him be a better mayor then the taxpayers should pay for the trip. Leo Vazquez, Augusta

Warns video poker `storm' hovers
... For those caught in its path, the future of video poker is a storm that hovers. Many citizens of South Carolina never felt the forces of Hurricane Hugo that so destroyed the lives of others, nor the recent scare of Hurricane Floyd.

Praises 'steward' of Aiken County
All citizens of South Carolina House District 81 need to give careful thought and consideration as to whom our representative will be after Tuesday's election. Thaddeus D. Baker, Aiken

Toms breezes to title

Opalewski is Mr. Clark Hill

Aquatic weed poses threat to Louisiana's economy

Georgia wins Regions Cup

Gordon wins with new crew chief

Track a hurdle for Jarrett

Golf roundup: Toms leads Buick by three shots

Overtime: Rusedski wins over Haas in Grand Slam

King mackerel legal at 24 inches

Tyson might take another bite

Border states tie Regions Cup

IOC official sees no need to punish Atlanta for bid

Overtime: Bakke bowls 300 No. 9 at Masters Lanes

Japan launches full-scale investigation into nuclear disaster
TOKAIMURA, Japan -- The government launched a full-scale investigation Sunday into the cause of Japan's worst nuclear disaster, while more questions arose about safety measures used at the site.

Apple's iBook inspires rainbow of laptops
NEW YORK -- Emboldened by the initial success of Apple's new iBook portable computer, stodgier computer makers like IBM and Dell are splashing up their laptops to attract buyers whose taste for color extends well beyond basic black.

Mars probe mishap shows metric system still tripping up Americans
LOS ANGELES -- How does the United States measure up to the rest of the world in accepting the metric system? Look no farther than the doomed Mars Climate Orbiter, say proponents of meters, grams and liters.

Missile interceptor passes crucial test
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A prototype national missile defense system passed a critical test on Saturday, intercepting and destroying an unarmed missile on a 16,000-mph collision course over the Pacific.

Environment taking Floyd's floods better than expected
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dangerous bacteria and chemicals flushed into North Carolina waterways by Hurricane Floyd's disastrous flood haven't caused widespread health problems, but long-term environmental damage remains to be seen, state officials say.

Gateway to push Spanish-language efforts
Gateway Inc.'s decision to provide Spanish-language PCs and sales help elicited light applause from observers who noted the effort represents a rare recognition of an underserved buying community. Others decried the lack of Spanish-language Internet service.

Desert no longer safe haven from pollen
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Terri Cast slumps in the chair of her doctor's office, nine dots the color of roses blossoming across her arm. ``I itch. I itch!'' she complains, jutting a finger at one spreading splotch, demanding to know what it is.

U.S., Russia sign nuclear safeguard accord
MOSCOW -- American experts will conduct millennium-bug tests on some of Russia's strategic facilities, including nuclear reactors at power plants, U.S. officials said Saturday.

Pet ferret helps solve high-tech problem
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The U.S. Space Command has millions of dollars worth of all the latest computers and other electronic gear, and plenty of highly trained employees.

Desert no longer safe haven from pollen

Missile interceptor passes crucial test

Japan launches full-scale investigation into nuclear disaster

Mars probe mishap shows metric system still tripping up Americans

Gateway to push Spanish-language efforts

U.S., Russia sign nuclear safeguard accord

Apple's iBook inspires rainbow of laptops