Indians fire manager Mike Hargrove

Braves notes: Chipper to keep swinging

Smoltz not looking for move to bullpen

Mets bounce back

Rex Sox rough up Yanks

Down 2-0, Boston doesn't flinch

Braves win pitching duel

Governed by a notion of laws

Inflation spike, Greenspan worries hit markets
WASHINGTON -- The biggest jump in wholesale prices in nine years and new worries by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan about the sky-high stock market sent shock waves through U.S. and global markets on Friday.

Additional business news

Family may renovate former store in city

Lease downpayment not needed
Q: I plan on leasing a car and the dealer is encouraging me to put more money down to lower my monthly payments. Is this a good idea?

Family may renovate former store in city
The family responsible for the rebirth of Enterprise Mill is now turning its attention to the former JB White building on Broad Street.

New Year's Eve a night on the job for thousands
LOS ANGELES -- Forget partying like it's 1999 -- these people will be treating New Year's Eve like a Monday morning. While others celebrate the arrival of 2000, tens of thousands will be slaving away at work, doing everything from guarding computers and nuclear plants to publishing newspapers and making pizzas.

Soldier of fortune
Lee Muns, president of Muns Welding and Mechanical, Inc., is shown inside the company's new 15,000 square foot facility in Beach Island. Mr. Muns, a 1998 finalist for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce small business person of the year award, has seen his company grow 20 percent annually since he started the business in 1989. On Friday, the company officially opened its new building.

Business keeping low key

Vanguard Group to provide after-tax figures
NEW YORK -- Vanguard Group's decision to provide after-tax performance figures for many of its funds may be a bit self-serving. But it's also a long overdue step that will likely have far-reaching implications throughout the industry.

Vanguard Group to provide after-tax figures

Business keeping low key
Some of the noisiest products in home improvement stores are built by one of Augusta's quietest corporate residents.

Business briefs: Local Pak Mail Center opens

Pocket change

Market for airplanes takes flight

Lease downpayment not needed

Program will help businesses

Income growth by state

Ford reorganizes business units along brand, regional lines

Program will help businesses
AIKEN -- A program designed three years ago to help small businesses get off their feet is finally ready to take off.

Soldier of fortune

Additional business news
Natural gas futures bounce back Friday...Chryslers recalled for brake tube...Paxson working toward family Web...Asian workers sue Boeing...Jury awards pilots $3.59 million...Nursing homes file for bankruptcy

New Year's Eve a night on the job for thousands

Ford reorganizes business units along brand, regional lines
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. announced a wide-ranging management shuffle Friday aimed at giving more power to lower-level executives and making the world's second-largest automaker more nimble.

Business briefs: Local Pak Mail Center opens
Pak Mailer Centers of America Inc. has opened a Pak Mail Center in Augusta. The Center is owned and operated by Jose and Lynnette Rodriguez and is located in the Richmond Plaza Shopping Center, 3435 Wrightsboro Road.

Market for airplanes takes flight
ATLANTA -- A healthy economy, expanding trade and airline rigidity are continuing to keep sales stratospheric for the major manufacturers of business planes.

On the move
Dee Pezel, Project manager in economic development for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, has accepted a position as an economic development representative for the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia Power Company in Atlanta.

Pocket change
Employees need to be reminded regularly of the value they bring to the workplace. Some suggestions for building recognition into the everyday work environment:

Income growth by state

Auburn not likely to pull off upset

Tech runs past Duke

Alabama holds off Mississippi

Bulldogs rally for win

Vandy poses tough test for Dogs

Clemson must contain Terps attack

Tech players know teams are gunning for them

Turnovers haunt Gamecocks

Area college game notes

Duke expects mistake-free Tech offense

Local brothers meet on the gridiron

Johnson held out, Palmer could start against Auburn

Improving Weinke gets first look at Demon Deacons

Clemson tops Maryland

School closing athletes-only tutoring classes

Heisman hype continues for Hamilton

Donnan thinks Bulldogs ready to bounce back

Eagles lose to Mountaineers

New quarterback didn't help Carolina

Expo aimed at helping parents with their children
Next month, Augustans will be able to get advice about rearing children of all ages, from toddlers to teens.

Booth home will be auctioned
BEL AIR, Md. -- The 152-year-old Gothic-style house at the end of a tree-shaded cul-de-sac is infamous as the home of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. It is also famous as the birthplace of Shakespearean theater in the United States.

A look at the 20th Century: 1980
U.S. hostages in Iran, serial killers, soaring inflation and man-made and natural disasters pegged 1980 as a year when few Americans -- except Ronald Reagan fans -- had reasons to smile.

A look at the 20th century: 1981
It was the year of Ronald Reagan, and the president began it on an optimistic note: ``With the idealism and fair play which are the core of our system and our strengths,'' he said during his Jan. 20, 1981, inauguration speech, ``we can have a strong and prosperous America at peace with itself and the world.''

Defends Buchanan against criticism

Kent: Handy is vulnerable; raising the ethics bar

Supports resigned school system nutrition chief

Video poker will die!

Protests sentence in Williams case

Hits decision on children with AIDS

Sees problem in budget, not inmates

Thinks we 'hide' news from readers

Resents newspaper's political choices

Blames Reagan, Bush for U.S. debt

Court gambit backfires

Mulls over District 6 race, other topics

Says Elton John concert a lesson for Authority

Scolds those who drive in rain without lights

Workshop makes final decisions easier
Hospital visiting hours ended and Charlotte Getson told her mother goodbye. That evening in 1987 was the last time she spoke with her.

Survey finds some hostility to Christianity in symbol
ATHENS, Ga. -- Part of the country's ATHENS, Ga. -- Part of the country's culture war unfolds each day out on the road. Somewhere out there in bumper-to-bumper traffic, during lane changes and intersection delays, the battle of the fish continues.culture war unfolds each day out on the road.

We're digging up 'The Addams Family' for Halloween
Halloween is just two weeks from today. To help set a spooky mood, The Augusta Chronicle is holding a costume contest. We're inviting people to dress up as members of the Addams Family -- the creepy, kooky clan that starred in the 1960s TV show.

Well-suited
A new job can present many challenges, including what to wear each morning. Brandy Walton has been facing the daily dilemma since she accepted a receptionist position at Roof Management Services Inc. four months ago.

Just for teens
Tre Griffin may look like he's rapping, but what he's really doing is fishing. He writes music and rhymes to reach other young people for Christ. The 9-year-old performs in churches, the projects and youth groups like the Light Club on Warren Road, one of several church-based weekend spots in the Augusta area that draw a mostly teen-age crowd.

A big Sydney welcome
SYDNEY, Australia -- Before the gunfire rang out, the harbor lay pretty as a picture on a Sunday afternoon, boat sails snapping in the wind, ferries chugging under the tall harbor bridge and looping around the great white opera house. A few children lingered at the Double Bay wharf, scanning the watery horizon. Then ``bang, bang, bang.'' The staccato sound carried far and fast across the water. I'd just arrived in Australia a few hours earlier and had spent the drive from the airport hearing a grumpy cabbie complain about rising crime. Of course Sydney, a commercial powerhouse and home to 3.7 million of Australia's 18 million people, has its share of graffiti-marred blocks, racial anxieties and other big-city troubles. But the sound of gunfire I heard was not one of them.

Charming as a Southern belle
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Shirley McIntosh always wanted to be like her grandmother -- Southern, genteel -- a petite woman adorned in gloves, a string of pearls and a Cinderella dress.

Trials of life require strength and faith
When you find yourself ``in the wilderness of life,'' you always have several choices. Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. You can always choose not to be miserable.

Bulloch Academy trips up Augusta Christian

Houston County shuts out Evans

Aiken pounds Irmo

Rogers, Welch, West lead Butler in rout of Baldwin

Westside rolls over Glenn Hills

Silver Foxes lose without Johnson

Josey remains undefeated

Lincoln County's 108-game region winning streak is over

Aquinas -- 29, Cross Creek -- 21

Jefferson County clobbered by Putnam County

Jones sparkles; Bulldogs win

Streaking Midland Valley shutsout Lugoff-Elgin

Greene-Taliaferro -- 31, Hancock Central -- 12

Burke County blows out Greenbrier

Prep football recap

Bennett's FG lifts Athens Academy over Lincoln

Thornwell wins in a shootout

Name on a banner comes as surprise

Lynx Ledger: Saturday's game

Rookie goalie focused on NHL

Lynx get first win of season

Governed by a notion of laws
There are the laws of man, the laws of God, the laws of physics and the laws of nature -- all rules that govern our lives. But there are other laws, too, that are less defined.

Well-suited

Charming as a Southern belle

Trials of life require strength and faith

A big Sydney welcome

Just for teens

Survey finds some hostility to Christianity in symbol

Workshop makes final decisions easier

We're digging up 'The Addams Family' for Halloween

Pumpkin picking
After an exhausting time pumpkin hunting, John Schwenker of Aiken gets help from his daughter Anne, 1, and his son Parker, 4, while looking for a pumpkin Friday in Aiken.

Hospitals consider management services

Officers referee football fans
Despite being an avid Glenn Hills High School football fan, Charles Alston leaves some Friday night games without knowing the final score.

Booth home will be auctioned

Across the area: Animal shelter to hold open house

Poker foes shift focus to state lawmakers

Computer helps track homeless
Icy nights will catch fewer of Augusta's homeless outside this winter. And more of the city's indigent will get the health care they need.

Augusta Youth Center unveils new facility

Governor wants tobacco money to be used to hire more nursing staff
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Gov. Roy Barnes said Friday he wants to put some of the money Georgia will get from the tobacco lawsuit settlement into providing schools with nurses or staff trained in doing things like dispensing medication to children.

McIntyre fired by group

Activists oppose MOX plant

University monitors water quality

Officers referee football fans

This week in South Carolina

McIntyre fired by group
Former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre has been fired as special projects coordinator for the CSRA Business League, effective Nov. 11, the league's chairman said Friday.

County school buses still run late

Elections prompt meeting
AIKEN -- Aiken County Republicans gather today to discuss the party's course of action leading to crucial local and statewide elections in 2000 and 2002.

Drug store project worries residents
SAVANNAH -- When Eckerd Corp. wanted to build one of the company's drug stores recently on Victory Drive at Skidaway Road, the Largo, Fla.-based retail chain did what it had to do to nail down a choice location.

Creature comfort

Aiken County GOP picks Nix to be chairman
AIKEN -- In a victory for the local GOP establishment, David Nix was elected chairman of the Aiken County Republican Party by a wide margin Saturday. Arthur Shealy, who announced his candidacy late Friday, was able to garner only 55 votes to Mr. Nix's 120.

A look at the 20th Century: 1980

Jury won't know facts of case
AIKEN -- A jury from outside Aiken County might guarantee David Mark Hill a panel with no knowledge of the case. But one death penalty expert says bringing in a jury to hold trial may be prejudicial to the defendant.

Area school kids beneficiaries of `Wild About Turkey' package

Events make learning fun
Only the most dazzling of women can get away with wearing a headdress made of fish scales and pearls. But that's what the eight Panamanian dancers came all the way to Augusta to do -- dazzle.

Across the area: Woman dies after wreck on highway

Development looms for Washington Road properties
Darrin Wright's family has been part of the Washington Road landscape for 19 years, but a pending face lift is going to push the family out.

New turbines at dam more efficient

New turbines at dam more efficient
Beneath the dim glare of frosted lamps inside 50-year-old wire fixtures, Phinizy Davis is like a spelunker charting a hidden cave.

Hospitals consider management services
Three struggling South Carolina hospitals like a management proposal from MCG Health Inc. but will delay a decision for another month to hear other offers.

Volunteers better home for project
Herman Anderson stood outside his 13th Street home and smiled. ``I think it's 100 percent better,'' he said. ``It was about to fall down.''

Augusta family welcomes triplets
Obioma Ekechukwa always wanted his children to grow up having their own rooms, so he built a five-bedroom house in Augusta.

Candidates argue issues in District 4
Three candidates in Augusta Commission District 4 want to unseat incumbent Commissioner Richard Colclough.

Poker foes shift focus to state lawmakers
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The heavy-duty no-vote machine that was trying to mow down video poker in Aiken County is shifting gears after a state Supreme Court decision calling off the Nov. 2 referendum.

Activists oppose MOX plant
ST. CLAIR, Ga. -- Nuclear activists spoke out again Saturday about a proposed plutonium-processing plant at Savannah River Site.

Augusta Youth Center unveils new facility
It's come a long way from where it began -- tutorial sessions held in a two-bedroom Sunset Homes apartment in 1986.

Area school kids beneficiaries of `Wild About Turkey' package
AIKEN -- Check out the smiling faces of the children in the photo accompanying this story and what do you see? Perhaps a future president, outstanding environmental educator, wildlife agency director, biology teacher. Who can say?

Swamp will get another access road
A new road behind Augusta's Messerly Wastewater Plant will restore public access to portions of the 1,500-acre Phinizy Swamp Wildlife Management Area cut off by Bobby Jones Expressway.

Across the area: Woman dies after wreck on highway
An 87-year-old Aiken County woman died at Aiken Regional Medical Centers on Saturday afternoon as a result of a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 1 (Columbia Highway) about six miles north of Aiken.

Officials provide TB tests
SAVANNAH -- Health officials are offering free tuberculosis screenings since discovering that a man carrying the disease was evacuated to Perry on a school bus during Hurricane Floyd.

This week in South Carolina
Aiken County Historical Museum will accept quilt entries for exhibit in a juried show through Oct. 26. For entry information, contact the museum at 642-2017 or Carolina Pine Quilters Guild at 641-1778.

University monitors water quality
SAVANNAH -- Bobbing around in light chop at channel marker 34, Savannah State University Professor Joe Richardson and marine biology student Mary Richards did something Thursday that only they have done.

County school buses still run late
Eight weeks into the school year, Columbia County still is grappling with how to get buses to schools on time.

Officials provide TB tests

Creature comfort
Jenna Schweihofer cuddles one of the kittens available for adoption at the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter on Saturday afternoon.

Governor wants tobacco money to be used to hire more nursing staff

Jury won't know facts of case

Development looms for Washington Road properties

Pumpkin picking

A look at the 20th century: 1981

Expo aimed at helping parents with their children

Heisman hype continues for Hamilton

Drug store project worries residents

Augusta family welcomes triplets

Volunteers better home for project

Computer helps track homeless

Elections prompt meeting

Events make learning fun

Ailing doctor gets South Pole rescue
CANFIELD, Ohio -- The doctor rescued at the South Pole so she can be treated for a lump in her breast had jumped at the chance for adventure in one of the most remote spots on Earth.

Aiken County GOP picks Nix to be chairman

Across the area: Animal shelter to hold open house
There will be an open house today at the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter at 4164 Mack Lane off Tobacco Road.

Candidates argue issues in District 4

Colts rally for win over Jets

Lions top Vikings

Rams rout Falcons

Passing puts Eagles over Bears

Steelers get easy victory over Bengals

Dolphins beat Patriots in finals seconds

Center exemplifies Rams resurgence

Injured Falcons face undefeated Rams

Titans top Saints

As concussions mount, so apparently do the risks

Mrs. Annie Lane
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Mae Pound Lane died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at her residence. She was 103.

Mr. Pete Johnson
GARFIELD, Ga. -- Mr. Pete Johnson, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at his residence in Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Martin
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Kelley Martin, 69, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Dora Jones
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Dora Gwendolyn Jones, 68, of Malcom Road, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Leroy Patterson Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Leroy Patterson Sr., 68, of North Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Janie Karel
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Janie Lee Nunn Karel, 86, of Lexington Road, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Clarke Curtis
THOMSON -- Mr. Clarke Curtis, 49, of Star Hinson Road, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Oletta Yarbrough
BLYTHE, Ga. -- Mrs. Oletta ``Butch'' Yarbrough, 79, of Georgia Highway 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Mr. Lee Herrin
GREER, S.C. -- Mr. Nolen Lee Herrin, 69, of Rockcrest Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at Greenville Memorial Medical Center.

Mrs. Dorothy McAlhany
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Mrs. Dorothy Bates McAlhany, of Sharon Circle, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at Lexington County Medical Center, Lexington.

Mr. Jack Scott Jr.
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. W.J. ``Jack'' Scott Jr., 75, of Goshen Street, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Jesse Wallace
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Jesse Wallace, 82, of Moragne Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

Mr. William Crumpton
AIKEN -- Mr. William Harvey Crumpton, 64, of Fulmer Road, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Geraldine Greene
AIKEN -- Mrs. Geraldine Bean Greene, 84, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Wilmer Meeks
DEXTER, Ga. -- Mr. Wilmer Glynn Meeks, 61, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mr. George Holden
Mr. George Allen Holden, 80, of Second Avenue, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Sallie Wright
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Sallie Mae Wright, 66, of Curry Circle, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Martin Payton
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Martin ``Buddy'' Payton, 48, of Poplar Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at Providence Hospital.

Mr. Albert Cole
Mr. Albert Leroy Cole, 85, of Savoy Street, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Fran Gibson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Gertrude ``Fran'' Gibson died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Barbara Cason
Mrs. Barbara Ann Cason, 60, of Edgar Street, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Shannon
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mrs. Louise Hammonds Shannon, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at Long Island College Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Hightower
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie D. Hightower died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home. She was 101.

Ms. Mary Avisata
Ms. Mary P. Avisata, 80, of Patriots Way, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Hattie Gilliam
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Hattie Gilliam died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at Smith Nursing Home.

Mrs. Daisy Bland
Mrs. Daisy Lee Bland, of Taylor Street, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Harvey Bledsoe
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Harvey Edsel Bledsoe, 68, of Herndon Dairy Road, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999.

Mr. Ovid Keen
BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. -- Mr. Ovid Judson Keen, 74, of Wallace Circle, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at Memorial Health.

Mrs. Lillie Brock
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillie Terrell Brock, 85, of U.S. Highway 1, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Genevieve Duvall
Mrs. Genevieve Rice Duvall, 73, of Conifer Square, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Miss Junell Carmichael
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Miss Junell Carmichael, 59, of Goodland Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Norman Johnson
Mr. Norman Johnson, 58, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

Mrs. Nettie Wiggins
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Nettie Thompson Wiggins, 90, of North Main Street, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Daisy Bland

Mrs. Mary Martin

Mr. Albert Cole

Mr. Clarke Curtis

Mr. Norman Johnson

Mrs. Nettie Wiggins

Mrs. Geraldine Greene

Mrs. Janie Karel

Mr. William Crumpton

Mr. Leroy Patterson Sr.

Miss Junell Carmichael

Mrs. Dorothy McAlhany

Mr. George Holden

Mr. Martin Payton

Mrs. Dora Jones

Mrs. Louise Shannon

Mrs. Fran Gibson

Mrs. Oletta Yarbrough

Mr. Lee Herrin

Mrs. Hattie Gilliam

Ms. Mary Avisata

Mrs. Lillie Brock

Mr. Ovid Keen

Mrs. Annie Lane

Sisler: Jesse was 'right' -- Jesus is for all the weak
ONE OF THE disadvantages of writing a weekly column is a lag time which can be as long as ten days. When a major event happens, a great deal has already been written by the time Saturday rolls around. On the other hand, one of the advantages of writing a weekly column is a lag time which can be as long as ten days. That gives the writer time to do research, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, and hopefully keep from embarrassing himself.

Reform in Grovetown?
The longtime reign of Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau could end Nov. 2 if reform mayoral candidate George James continues hitting key issues during his neighborhood-to-neighborhood campaign. Continued city growth has led James to call for upgrading infrastructure and services to the people. He faults the incumbent, particularly, for being fixated on building a new $1.9 million city hall.

Defends Buchanan against criticism
Dr. Lowell Greenbaum's recent letter attacking Pat Buchanan is typical of those who may possess a good formal education, but are totally ignorant of what actually has gone on and is still going on concerning ruthless dictatorships. Bill Heaton, Augusta

Slams school-uniform complainers
Enough is enough. Every day someone is complaining in this section of the paper about school uniforms. Get a life people! Let reality set in. David Kriegel, Evans

Thinks we 'hide' news from readers
Why do articles that rate being ``front page news'' end up buried deep inside the paper? It's amazing that The Chronicle deep-sixes information it doesn't want readers to see -- much like the housewife sweeps dirt under the rug. Hila S. Long, Augusta

Supports resigned school system nutrition chief
The resignation of Donna Martin was not ``welcomed'' by a great many people in Augusta. I have worked as a consultant to the Richmond County School Nutrition Program and one would be hard pressed to not notice the obvious passion Ms. Martin has had for her work in school nutrition. Johnny Thomas Jr., Martinez

Scolds those who drive in rain without lights
It is unbelievable how many people drive in the rain without their car lights on. They know how to turn on the wipers, why not the lights? A. E. Waters, Hephzibah

Likes 'fighter' in District 6 race
I have lived in south Augusta all of my life. Over the past several years, I have had to spend thesummers watching my grass and my landscaping slowly die while I'm on some type of water restrictions. I'm sick of it. K.E. Buck, Augusta

Video poker will die!
For most of this decade South Carolina's anti-gambling proponents lost one battle after another in the state Supreme Court. Now they finally won one, and won big. In fact, barring some unexpected development, it looks like they won the war.

Advocates school uniforms
School uniforms, like aspirin, are not a cure, but merely a treatment for a symptom. Parents, whether you agree with the use of uniforms or not, they have helped with the discipline problems at area schools (especially elementary schools). Ask a teacher. They will tell you what they have told me: uniforms help. Heather Jenia, Augusta

Sisler: Jesse was 'right' -- Jesus is for all the weak
ONE OF THE disadvantages of writing a weekly column is a lag time which can be as long as ten days. When a major event happens, a great deal has already been written by the time Saturday rolls around. On the other hand, one of the advantages of writing a weekly column is a lag time which can be as long as ten days. That gives the writer time to do research, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, and hopefully keep from embarrassing himself.

Aiken jury nonsense
Until the era of mass transportation earlier this century, trial juries had to be picked from the counties or villages in which the crime occurred. It was too impractical in terms of geography, travel and time to import jurors from a neighboring community.

Says Elton John concert a lesson for Authority
Who says Augusta doesn't rock? I hope the Coliseum Authority took notes Oct. 9 at the Elton John concert. Bring in some good entertainment and we will come! The concert was awesome! Gail Johnson, Martinez

A new Columbine assault
The latest example of the absurd impact separation of church-and-state zealots have had in keeping even a hint of our nation's Judeo-Christian tradition out of public schools involves the wall tiles at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. That's where two deranged teen-agers massacred 12 students and a teacher last spring, before turning their guns on themselves.

Sees problem in budget, not inmates
I was dumbfounded when I read Richmond County school system's public information director Donald B. Porter's Sept. 25 guest column concerning The Chronicle reporter's coverage of nonviolent inmates doing yardwork at C. T. Walker Elementary School. Margaret Ann Mobley, Augusta

Ga. technology czar
The name Jim Flowers is unknown in the Augusta area, but he'll become known around Georgia soon enough. Businessman Flowers not only is the golfing partner and old school chum of Harlan Barnes -- who happens to be Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' son -- he's the leader of the governor's plan to consolidate purchasing power for state government technology.

Protests sentence in Williams case
What kind of a society do we live in when a person can kill a police officer by shooting him, admit to doing it and still be allowed to live? I fully believe in the death penalty and in a case such as the one involving Bryan Williams, I could personally strap him in the electric chair, look him in the eyes and pull the switch, and not think twice about it. Cindy Anderson, Augusta

Kent: Handy is vulnerable; raising the ethics bar
Commission District 2 has some of the poorest and most drug-infested neighborhoods in Augusta, which is why the Rev. Marion Williams is doing some serious sermonizing. The Augusta native and veteran railroad worker says he ``feels called'' to challenge Commissioner Freddie Handy, who Williams says ``has had seven years to help people, yet hasn't done much. He hasn't even paved that many roads.''

Blames Reagan, Bush for U.S. debt
In regard to Mark Gelbart's recent letter: ``Slams field of presidential candidates.'' Norma Groom, Martinez

Cites reasons to oppose gun control
As I witness the latest inane debate for gun control, two facts come to mind: Ever since Cain picked up a rock and slew Abel, men have always fashioned weapons to kill. Dr. William James Reid III, Aiken

Court gambit backfires
South Carolina gambling foes are exultant at the state Supreme Court ruling that bans video poker machines as of July 1 (please read our lead editorial). But real accolades should go to House Speaker Pro Tem Terry Haskins, R-Greenville.

Urges keeping teaching assistants
I have two elementary school children at Goshen Elementary School and until recently have been very pleased with the quality of education they have received over the last six years. Patti Lillis, Augusta

Expresses thanks for returned ring
Every once in a while in this age of negative sensational news reporting something special happens that should not go unrecognized. Dawn Gavigan, Martinez

Mulls over District 6 race, other topics
I would like to comment about a few issues currently in the news: ''Run, Andy, Run.'' Phil Kent's Oct. 10 column is right on the mark. I have known Andy Cheek for over 20 years and can-not think of a more qualified Commission representative for the people of Augusta in District 6. W. Danny Dunaway, North Augusta

Hits decision on children with AIDS
I am an eighth grader at Lakeside Middle School, and ... I'm writing to you to express my extreme displeasure about a decision the United States Supreme Court made on Oct. 4. Shallon Williamson, Martinez

Resents newspaper's political choices
I am appalled at the way The Chronicle prints one-sided articles during election time. So far, The Chronicle has concentrated only on the Hobson Chavous and Andy Cheek Commission race. Ronnie Masters, Augusta

As expected, Szabo leads regatta

Tiger's hope to duplicate success on the court

Overtime: Belvedere man bowls 879 series

Area buzz: Lady Jags golf teamplans get jump start

Venus shines in Switzerland

Motorsports notes: Changes abound in 1999

Ray takes pole for IRL finale

Hunters urged to check tree stands before climbs

Overtime: It's Hingis vs. Venus in Switzerland

Furyk wins in Vegas

Rios, Swede end youngsters hopes of reaching final

Friends, family recall Wilt's humor, curiosity

David Graham takes a three-stroke lead after the first round

Nemechek's rough ride takes third pole of season

Jarrett takes another step toward title

Augusta's Kerr will complete college game at Henderson State

Furyk leads Las Vegas

Area school kids beneficiaries of `Wild About Turkey' package

Strait captures 15th ARCA race

JY-15 champ Mollicone sails to lead

Clock strikes witching hour for Midnight Madness

Rios makes it back to back wins

Primary cause of rabies is bats
A man woke up in a motel room in the middle of the night to find a bat clinging to his left shoulder.

Pain control for the dying raises legal issues
WASHINGTON -- The man was dying of lung cancer. For a while, morphine controlled his severe chest pain. But eventually, inevitably, the cancer began literally suffocating him. His panic grew as his breathing labored.

Biology professor moonlights as composer
CONWAY, S.C. -- By day he is Silvard P. Kool, Ph.D., a Boston College biology professor with a passion for mollusks.

Diarrhea vaccine pulled from market
WASHINGTON -- Just a year after the government approved it, the world's only vaccine against the leading cause of childhood diarrhea was pulled off the market Friday because of fears it may increase infants' risk of a dangerous bowel obstruction.

Apple backs off retroactive price increase
NEW YORK -- Bowing to a surge of complaints, Apple Computer backed off Friday from a decision to retroactively raise prices on some computers that customers already had ordered and paid for.

Stratton installs heated sidewalks
STRATTON, Vt. -- If only it snowed on the mountain and never on village sidewalks. The Stratton Mountain ski resort hasn't quite arranged that, but it has worked out the next best thing: snowmaking on the mountain and heated sidewalks to melt whatever nature dumps in the wrong places.

Everything in Ludlow upended by earthquake
LUDLOW, Calif. -- David Rockwell stood in the middle of his kitchen on Saturday staring at the broken memories on the floor. Photographs, china, ceramic birds, all damaged or destroyed when a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck this remote desert town.

Thousands report quake stories to seismology Website
LOS ANGELES -- In case of earthquake: duck, cover and log on. Within a few hours of Saturday's magnitude-7.0 quake in the Southern California desert, more than 10,000 people ventured into cyberspace to register their experiences on a new Website (www-socal.wr.usgs.gov) run by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Bay area expects big quake
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Earthquake experts delivered a warning to the San Francisco Bay area Thursday: There's a 70 percent chance a big one will hit in the next 30 years, and the region needs to get ready.

Bay area expects big quake

Thousands report quake stories to seismology Website

Stratton installs heated sidewalks

Diarrhea vaccine pulled from market

Everything in Ludlow upended by earthquake

Apple backs off retroactive price increase

Primary cause of rabies is bats

Pain control for the dying raises legal issues

Biology professor moonlights as composer