Position-by-position matchups

Braves notebook: Braves prepare for Hernandez

Series for the decade

Jackets open 2000 season at Hickory

Payrolls for every MLB team

Yankees vs. Braves? That's tricky for Mets fans

House that Ruth built always memorable

Few favor Braves to win series

Where to watch the games

Changes in attitudes, addresses for Yanks and Braves

Turner Field keeps Braves' history alive

Braves admit this isn't their best team

Rivera lets his pitching do the talking

Poll results: Rose should be reinstated

Augustan still roots for Yankees

Braves notebook: Glavine to start Game 1

Yankees match Braves' pitchers arm for arm

Attitude sets Rocker apart from other closers

Late innings will decide games

Former Braves' exploits rank among best

In mini-Series, Braves won 2-1

Changes come with new decade

Executives told to 'liberate' talent
Micromanagement is a mistake made far too often by today's executives, a retired military leader said Thursday.

Executives told to 'liberate' talent

Augusta housing acquired

Bill gives mergers approval
WASHINGTON -- A lengthy political struggle may be ending over legislation that would make it easier for banks, stock brokerages and insurance companies to combine and sell one another's products.

Upscale coffee shop planned

Bonds aimed to entice company

Meat diet is fattening market prices
CHICAGO -- The high-protein diet craze that has people pigging out on steak, chops and even bacon may be plumping up meat prices on the wholesale market.

Additional business news
New Alltel location is opening today...Monsanto reports earnings drop...Coke announces low net income

Upscale coffee shop planned
One of downtown's most popular lunch spots will be closed for a week as it undergoes a change in management. Paul's Place -- the casual dining restaurant tucked behind the pillars of the Lamar Building at 723 Broad St. -- will be transformed into an upscale coffee shop in coming weeks.

Nasdaq considers a third delay of after-hours stock quotes

Bank reports fourth profitable quarter
People's Community Capital Corp. reported its fourth consecutive profitable quarter Friday.

Additional business news

Business briefs
Dow closes week with 172-point gain ... Merry Land files purchase plan ... Party City sold to franchisee

Nasdaq considers a third delay of after-hours stock quotes
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq Stock Market said Thursday it is considering again delaying plans to extend the operation of its stock quote ticker to accommodate after-hours traders.

Bill gives mergers approval

Augusta housing acquired
A nonprofit Florida company plans to spend $500,000 to $600,000 next month to refurbish four local apartment complexes.

Meat diet is fattening market prices

Bonds aimed to entice company
The Economic Development Authority of Richmond County took the first step Thursday to help a local golf cart accessories manufacturer get up to $3 million in tax-free bonds.

Gamecockes yet to hold futility record

I dumped Dorsey: Week 8

Longtime rivalry returns to Tuscaloosa after 69 years

Alabama's Alexander faces tough Vols defense

CSRA classic the only game in town

USC looking for win against Vandy

S.C. State falls in Overtime

SEC notebook: Holtz won't accept excuses

Arnaud has had it tough since freshman game against Kentucky

Plot twists abound for Clemson, FSU

College football notes and schedules

ACC Notebook: Expect much offense when Duke-N.C. State meet

Gamecockes yet to hold futility record

Terry Bowden will miss Bowden Bowl

Warrick's case delayed again

Warrick avoids jail and will face Clemson

Family ties are everywhere in Bowden Bowl

Georgia prepares for UK invasion

Georgia Southern looking to get back on track after first conference loss

'Too Tall' Jones kicks off CSRA kickoff weekend

Tech defense must step up

Bowden to enter Elite coaching company

Bomber crewmen reunited
KENNER, La. - They thought it would be their last mission over Europe, having dropped bombs over German munitions plants, transportation hubs and oil fields in 32 previous sorties.

A look at the 20th century: 1982
Augustans inaugurated their first black mayor. Strom Thurmond voted for a civil rights bill for the first time ever. The decades-old AT&T monopoly was divested. Augusta hit a record low temperature of 1 degree.

Saint campaign clears hurdle
NEW ORLEANS - Katharine Drexel, a millionaire heiress who renounced Philadelphia society to become a Catholic nun working among impoverished blacks and Indians and who later used her fortune to found Xavier University, has cleared the last major hurdle in the process the Catholic church employs to identify saints.

Dismisses 'military bashing by press'

Failed program lives

The other IOC scandal

Satirizes Richmond's dress code

Blasts boycott over Confederate flag

Likes 'community servant' in Dist. 6

Backs Dist. 2 candidate of 'integrity'

Appalling Klebold suit

Lauds 'gentleman' in District 2 race

Group sends their ministry overseas with textbooks
Marilyn Blanchard is one of a kind. The Aiken resident is acquiring used books and Bibles for distribution through Operation Mobilization Literature, an international ministry which shipped 6 million books from its Waynesboro, Ga., headquarters last year.

Time to plant bulbs for spring
Spring flowering bulbs can make a wonderful addition to any landscape.

Choir to perform some rowdy songs
J. Porter Stokes promises that his first concert as director of the Augusta Choral Society will be a crowd-pleaser.

Prancing horses will help finance therapy for kids
Horses will dance today through Sunday to benefit a program for children with special needs.

Singing their praise
Tenor Jeffrey Hackley was 5 when he sang with his first gospel choir in Washington, D.C. Gospel music is part of him now, but it's no private affair. It's contagious.

Kids make responsive audience
One of the major rewards of being an actor with Storyland Theatre is the audience response.

Faith digest
Fall festival West Acres Baptist Church in Evans celebrates the fall season with a festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to benefit Waverly Holmes of Evans, an assisted-living home at 550 Gibbs Road.

Ramblin' Rhodes: The Opry is an exciting place to be
The Grand Ole Opry, after 74 years, remains a circus, a revival and a concert all rolled into one. It's like a circus in that there is always something to watch on center stage.

Classic chrysanthemums bring a multicolored palette to gardens, homes
Chrysanthemums are a sure sign that cooler days are coming. The shorter days and cooler temperatures that cause leaves to turn also prompt mums to bloom and greet the season with an explosion of eye-popping color.

Plant problems can be solved with care
After 20 years of listening to the woes of well-meaning folks with plant problems, it may be time to start a hit list of those plants for which I get the most desperate calls.

A fair amount of nostalgia
The sounds of the 1950s highlight entertainment tonight at the Aiken Jaycees County Fair.

Husbands should pay due honor to wives
The Word of God is such a practical book: it tells us how to deal with everyday issues in life.

Play depicts pivotal ruling
"To support 60 (Negro) students with a high school education and to deny 200 Negroes elementary school education is immoral,'' Joseph Ganahl argues before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1899. Maj. Ganahl represented the Richmond County Board of Education against 150 black petitioners who fought for reopening of Ware High School, Augusta's only public black high school, which closed in 1897.

Fishing tournament information

Fishing can get red hot during cooler weather

Laney rallies to upset Josey

Aiken squeaks by cross-town rivals

Blue Devils coud secure crown tonight

Prep football's healing hands

Screven defeats Southeast Bulloch

Big games in South Carolina

Midland Valley eyes region title

Batesburg gets past Gilbert

Blackville-Hilda -- 46, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler -- 6

Red Devils rout Monticello

Bulloch Academy rolls over Eagles Landing

Butler faces test against Demon team

No. 1 Eagles rout Knights

Big games in Georgia

Silver Bluff wraps up title

Knights need to upset Eagles

Midland Valley hammers Eau Claire

S.C. high school polls

Hephzibah romps over Northeast

Georgia high school polls

North Augusta edged by Irmo

Thomson salvages playoff hopes

Friendly rivalry marches on

No. 8 Tigers still unbeaten

Camden downs Strom Thurmond

Edmund Burke -- 28, Briarwood -- 22

Ruddick comfortable in Augusta

Lynx let game slip away

Lynx ledger: Lynx face Louisiana tonight

Lynx ledger

Changes come with new decade
One of the good things about all this millennium hubbub is that it means we can finally put the 1990s behind us.

Prancing horses will help finance therapy for kids

Time to plant bulbs for spring

Classic chrysanthemums bring a multicolored palette to gardens, homes

Singing their praise

Kids make responsive audience

Play depicts pivotal ruling

A fair amount of nostalgia

Plant problems can be solved with care

Faith digest

Choir to perform some rowdy songs

Husbands should pay due honor to wives

Group sends their ministry overseas with textbooks

Across the area
The 11th District Georgia PTA will host the PTA Family Fun Tech Day today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gateway Country, 263 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway -- in the Augusta Exchange shopping center.

Schools plan to cut out aides

Woman dies in house fire

Candidate Bush comes to Aiken
AIKEN -- Presidential hopeful George W. Bush says he aims to take his own brand of compassionate conservatism to Washington.

Man gets two life sentences for murder

Holiday computer prices rise
A stampede of buyers, coupled with aftershocks from a September earthquake in Taiwan, is rocking the holiday computer market.

City wants to bury federal sludge claim
Claims that sewage sludge used as fertilizer was actually hazardous waste emerged too late to be considered in two pending federal lawsuits, a lawyer representing the city of Augusta argued Thursday.

Soldiers share their tales of war
For 11 months, Lloyd M. ``Pete'' Bucher lived on meals of turnips and endured beatings that left bruises that took months to heal. Still, he kept his mind focused on keeping the sailors he commanded alive.

Ex-candidate to appeal ruling in libel lawsuit

Across the area: Pineda sentenced to four life terms
Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet formally imposed four consecutive life sentences on Narciso Pineda Sr. on Thursday morning in Columbia County Superior Court.

Scrambling for Braves tickets
Sometimes success has to be its own reward. Because oddly enough, it's not encouraging a wave of excitement among Atlanta Braves fans in Augusta, who seem to be approaching this year's World Series with muted enthusiasm.

Rivera lets his pitching do the talking

Deputy arrested by GBI

Senator selected for panel

DOE hears views on shipments
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Utility officials and industry regulators from across the Southeast urged the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday to move ahead as soon as possible with plans to build a permanent storage site for high-level nuclear waste beneath the Nevada desert.

Child psychologist facing molestation charges will remain in jail

Across the area: Pineda sentenced to four life terms

Candidate Bush comes to Aiken
AIKEN -- Presidential hopeful George W. Bush says he aims to take his own brand of compassionate conservatism to Washington.

Barnes targets top teachers

Festival highlights cultures
Leavelle-McCampbell Middle School pupils Carrie Wildener (left) and Julie Huffman pay careful attention as different countries are represented Thursday during the Multi-Cultural Festival at the school.

Contract issues snag rail plans
ATLANTA -- The first train hasn't been ordered for Georgia's passenger train system, and three state agencies are already debating who gets to drive it.

Ex-candidate to appeal ruling in libel lawsuit
AIKEN -- Former political candidate Tom Anderson has filed notice that he plans to appeal a circuit judge's ruling that he wasn't libeled by a 1997 editorial in The Augusta Chronicle.

Festival highlights cultures

Play depicts pivotal ruling
"To support 60 (Negro) students with a high school education and to deny 200 Negroes elementary school education is immoral,'' Joseph Ganahl argues before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1899. Maj. Ganahl represented the Richmond County Board of Education against 150 black petitioners who fought for reopening of Ware High School, Augusta's only public black high school, which closed in 1897.

Ground water safety in question
Roy Barnes is ready to rumble with the U.S. Department of Energy. In a Sept. 30 letter to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson obtained by The Augusta Chronicle, the Georgia governor demanded more than $2.5 million in federal money to be used to monitor the effects of Savannah River Site on the state's environment.

Candidate Bush comes to Aiken

State will evaluate business tax breaks
ATLANTA -- Georgia may be fishing with the wrong bait when it uses certain tax breaks to lure executives to build factories here and create jobs.

Saint campaign clears hurdle

Deer season opens today

City wants to bury federal sludge claim

Child psychologist facing molestation charges will remain in jail
A Martinez child psychologist facing more than 100 counts of child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor will remain in jail despite an attempt Friday to get a Richmond County judge to reconsider a denied bail request.

Candidate Bush comes to Aiken

Deer season opens today
Kevin Ray looks forward to deer season much like Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz anticipates the World Series.

Support for Bush is rising

Support for Bush is rising
AIKEN -- A female president? No chance now.

Braves admit this isn't their best team

Aiken County inmate wins awards for art

Contract issues snag rail plans

Play depicts pivotal ruling

State will evaluate business tax breaks

DOE hears views on shipments

Ground water safety in question

Soldiers share their tales of war

Across the area

Barnes targets top teachers
MACON -- Gov. Roy Barnes said Thursday he will ask the General Assembly to fund a major expansion of the state's national teacher certification program in hopes of adding 1,000 top educators to the rolls in the next four years.

Schools plan to cut out aides
Richmond County parents say teaching assistants are a vital part of their children's education, but school officials say they would rather have more certified teachers, smaller class sizes and no teaching assistants.

Bomber crewmen reunited

Man gets two life sentences for murder
The Augusta man so sure he could get away with murder if no one could find William ``Al'' Hamilton's body will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Holiday computer prices rise

Mother gets 20-year sentence for cruelty
Jamie R. Nipper will have 20 years to think about her third son, a baby never expected to walk on his own or recover from brain damage.

Woman dies in house fire
BATH -- An Aiken County woman killed in an early morning house fire Friday died from smoke inhalation, Coroner Sue Townsend said.

Deputy arrested by GBI
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- A former high-ranking Coffee County Sheriff's Department officer has been charged with manufacturing marijuana along with five other men in neighboring Irwin County.

Aiken County inmate wins awards for art
AIKEN -- An inmate who likes to sketch religious artwork in his free time at the Aiken County Detention Center struck gold after entering the art show at the Aiken Jaycees County Fair.

More grads qualify for HOPE aid
ATLANTA -- The number of Georgia high school graduates eligible for HOPE scholarships climbed 3.9 percent this year, according to a report released by the state's Student Finance Commission.

More grads qualify for HOPE aid

Senator selected for panel
The addition of State Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, to the Senate Appropriations Committee could mean more state dollars coming into the Augusta area.

Scrambling for Braves tickets

No. 1 pick, not Super Bowl, might await Parcells

Marino misses practice again

Falcons need to stop 'The Bus'

Marino still ailing, Huard likely to start

Oxendine is getting on-the-job training

Walsh still believes in the 49ers' dynasty

Packers, Thomas still adjusting to each other

I dumped Dorsey: Week 8

Road win puts Chiefs near AFC West top

Falcons notebook: Best of '98 struggling in '99

Young not yet decided on future

Mr. Frank Heath
THOMSON -- Mr. Frank Leon ``Hoss'' Heath, 98, of Wrens Road, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Southern Oaks Health Care Center.

Mrs. Ethel Mobley
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Ethel Mobley, 68, of Old River Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Bulloch County Hospital.

Mr. Jasper Quiller
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Jasper W. ``Jack'' Quiller, 77, of Bradleyville Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Walter Weis
Mr. Walter F. Weis, 86, of Croix Court, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. George Drinkard
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. George Pierce Drinkard, 92, of Sharon Road, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Wilkes Health Care Center.

Mrs. Bertha Trumble
VAUCLUSE, S.C. -- Mrs. Bertha Vonadore Trumble, 75, of Green Street, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Hattie Ector
RAYLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Hattie Mae Ector, 78, of Linesville Road, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mattie Gilchrist
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Mattie M. Gilchrist, 59, of Walker Road, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mr. John Neal Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. John. H. ``Johnny'' Neal Jr., 36, of Neal Street, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Ms. Patricia Allen
Mrs. Patricia Ann Allen, of Roosevelt Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. John Sturgis
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. John Henry Sturgis, 79, of New Hope Church Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999.

Clarence Whitehead Jr.
Mr. Clarence Whitehead Jr., 72, of Spruce Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Mr. William Donovan
Mr. William Alan Donovan, 64, of Hillside Court, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Alvin Simmons Sr.
Mr. Alvin Johnnie Simmons Sr., of Brookshire Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Chauncey Daley Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dr. Chauncey R. Daley Jr., 81, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999.

Mr. Jessie Davis
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mr. Jessie Davis, 75, of Bergen St., died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Shirley Sanders
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Shirley Sanders, 52, of Center Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Walter Weis
Mr. Walter F. Weis, 86, of Croix Court, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Miss Shani Rouse
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Miss Shani Latone Rouse, 22, of Promise Lane Road, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999.

Mr. Jasper Quiller
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Jasper W. ``Jack'' Quiller, 77, of Bradleyville Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Annie Knight
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Mae Knight, 78, of Live Oak Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Anna Guin
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Anna Ruth Guin, 73, of Hendry Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Wade Lord
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Wade Lord, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Claude Coxwell
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Claude Martin Coxwell died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mr. Wilson Hall
ATLANTA -- Mr. Wilson Hall, 78, of Newton Avenue, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999.

Mr. John Lord
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. John Turnell Lord, 98, of Washington Highway, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Greene Point Nursing Home.

Mr. Bobby McFee
AIKEN -- Mr. Bobby R. McFee, 65, of Park Avenue, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Cofer
GRESHAMVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Kathryn Johnson Cofer, 93, of Copeland Road, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Greene Point Health Care Center.

Mr. Woodrow Boyne
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Woodrow A. Boyne, 87, of Wactor Street, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Silver Springs Health Care.

Mr. Robert Sievers Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert Sievers Sr., 58, of Derby Road, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Paul Skelley
Mr. Paul Michael Skelley, 56, of Pine Log Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mabel Skeen
Mrs. Mable Skeen, 75, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at West Lake Manor.

Mr. Eddie Bates
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Eddie Lee Bates, 41, of Lenox Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Cullum Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Gladys Brantley
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Gladys Purser Brantley, 85, of Georgia Highway 24, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.

Mrs. Anna Mickens
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Anna H. Mickens, 96, of Idlewood Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Eddie Bates
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Eddie Lee Bates, 41, of Lenox Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Cullum Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Susie Jenkins
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Susie Jenkins, 91, of Buckhead Road, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Jerry Ross
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. Jerry David Ross, 59, of Shoreline Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Mary Thomas
HEPHZIBAH -- Ms. Mary Lee Thomas, 78, of Crest Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Westlake Manor Health Care Center.

Mr. Patricio Limon
Mr. Patricio ``Pat'' Limon, 68, of Oak Brook Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Paul Powell
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mr. Paul G. Powell, 53, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Mrs. Mable Anderson
Mrs. Mable Anderson, of Fitten Street, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Maria Dixon
Mrs. Maria Bennett Dixon, 73, of Deans Bridge Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Jennings Manor Nursing Home.

Ms. Della Williams
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Ms. Della Mae Williams, 52, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999.

Mrs. Bertha Trumble

Mr. Eddie Bates

Mr. Wade Lord

Mr. William Donovan

Mrs. Gladys Brantley

Mr. Walter Weis

Mr. Paul Powell

Mr. Frank Heath

Mrs. Mable Anderson

Mrs. Ethel Mobley

Mrs. Susie Jenkins

Mr. Alvin Simmons Sr.

Mr. Jerry Ross

Dr. Chauncey Daley Jr.

Mrs. Mattie Gilchrist

Mr. Wilson Hall

Mrs. Maria Dixon

Mrs. Hattie Ector

Ms. Mary Thomas

Mr. Walter Weis

Mr. Patricio Limon

Mrs. Anna Guin

Mrs. Shirley Sanders

Mr. John Neal Jr.

Clarence Whitehead Jr.

Mrs. Annie Knight

Ms. Patricia Allen

Mrs. Mary Cofer

Mr. Jasper Quiller

Mr. Paul Skelley

Mr. Claude Coxwell

Mr. Jessie Davis

Mrs. Anna Mickens

Mr. Bobby McFee

Mrs. Mabel Skeen

Ms. Della Williams

Mr. John Sturgis

Mr. George Drinkard

Mr. Jasper Quiller

Sisler: 'Tolerance' should not mean endorsement
EVERY WEEK during the school year a local elementary school posts a ``character word'' on its outside message board. This week's word is ``tolerance.'' I wonder if all four main definitions are being, well, tolerated.

Aiken Co. jail woe?
A ruling by Circuit Court Judge Marc Westbrook could prove to be very expensive for Aiken County taxpayers if it stands as a precedent. Westbrook ordered the county jail to pay for medical treatment for a burglary suspect who got banged up when several Good Samaritans apprehended him.

Failed program lives
The easiest thing for a politician to do is come up with ``good causes'' on which to spend taxpayers' money. President Clinton has a host of them as he meets with GOP congressional leaders to thrash out budget priorities -- and, in fairness, Republicans have a few new spending plans of their own.

Comments on Grovetown election
Re the Oct. 17 editorial on Grovetown: I'm not sure where you researched your information or ifmayoral candidate George James truly has quoted it. Stacey Moore, Grovetown

Sisler: 'Tolerance' should not mean endorsement
EVERY WEEK during the school year a local elementary school posts a ``character word'' on its outside message board. This week's word is ``tolerance.'' I wonder if all four main definitions are being, well, tolerated.

Wants 'example of honesty' in Dist. 2
I am proud to say that District 2 Augusta Commission candidate Freddie Handy is my friend. He and I have known each other forquite some time, but we became friends a little over two years ago. Brad Owens, Augusta

Likes 'community servant' in Dist. 6
I am writing to voice my support for the only active community servant running in Augusta's6th Commission District, Andy Cheek. L.J. Olive, Augusta

Appalling Klebold suit
The litigation explosion has hit the Columbine High School tragedy in Littleton, Colo. At least 18 lawsuits have been filed as a result of the tragic April 20 blood bath caused by two deranged teens who killed 12 students, a teacher and injured 23 others before turning their guns on themselves.

Finds earring cartoon 'disturbing'
I rarely find Rick McKee's editorial cartoons very funny, but the one in the Oct. 16 issue concerning the earring ban in Richmond County schools was quite disturbing. It is one thing to attack adults and their opinions in the editorials, but this cartoon was a direct attack on young people. Erika Pracht, North Augusta

The other IOC scandal
The International Olympic Committee's corruption in Olympic site selection has largely obscured another scandal dogging the Olympic movement -- athletes' use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Notes loss of Cathedral Quartet singer
On Oct. 15 the world of Southern gospel music lost a ``star'' and heaven gained one. You won't findhis name in the paper, nor will it be on the world news tonight, but rest assured, this was a great man. Elaine Ray Cushman, Evans

Urges obedience to uniform policy
It has been over three months since I started reading about the student uniform policy for Richmond County schools. Recently the Parent Action Committee expressed its disapproval of the disciplinary actions for students who violate the dress policy. Marjorie G. Barbee, Hephzibah

Supports brother in District race
My goal was to stay out of the race between my brother, Andy Cheek, and Hobson Chavous. Unfortunately, Mr. Chavous has made that difficult by his practice of using people from west Augusta and Columbia County to go door to door for him in the 6th District. It appears that Mr. Chavous doesn't have time for the people. Robert Cheek, Augusta

Blasts boycott over Confederate flag
Re Bill House's Oct. 10 letter stating that the Confederate flag should come down from the South Carolina Statehouse and be put away: John O. Ghann, Augusta

Backs Dist. 2 candidate of 'integrity'
I'd like to render my support to a man who is a great example tohis community: District 2 Augusta Commission candidate the Rev. Marion Williams. B.R. Brooker Sr., Augusta

Dismisses 'military bashing by press'
There is no question war is a terrible enterprise. I do feel sorry that civilians get caught up in the middle of the action and suffer accordingly. But casualties are going to happen. Frank D. Harrisson, Augusta

Clinton's new 'demon'
No sooner had Robert Ray been sworn in as Whitewater independent counsel to succeed the battle-scarred Kenneth Starr than the White House character assassins started in on Ray.

Satirizes Richmond's dress code
Our esteemed leaders on the Richmond County School Board feel they have solved the crime problem in our schools by implementing a dress code. M. Prichard, Augusta

Defends Confederacy and the flag
The Confederate flag perpetuates the memory of those who, true to the instincts of their birth, faithful in the teachings of their fathers and constant love for the state, died in the performance of their duty. Rick Bernardi, North Augusta

Lauds 'gentleman' in District 2 race
Congratulations to the Rev. Marion Williams for deciding to become involved in our government by running for the District 2 Augusta Commission seat. I have known him for a number of years as he has pastored the Friendship Baptist Church next to my home. William A. Brown, III, Augusta

Overtime: Taylor moves to second stage of PGA qualifying

Martin wins pole; Jarrett happy with third

Strange to captain Ryder Cup team at The Belfry

Overtime: Educators hit problems in athletics

Westminster head for state semifinals

Wallace still looking for 50th victory and more

Thelan fills two important positions

Golf notes: Woods not satisfied with lead

Overtime: U.S. women begin soccer tour today

Martin wins pole; Jarrett happy with third

Jordan's 23 restaurant opens in Chapel Hill

Tyson vs. Norris: a couple of aging heavyweights

Frozen mammoth airlift milestone in paleontology, scientists say
PARIS -- The pungent smell of elephant dung pierced the Siberian cold as scientists scraped away the last layers of frozen tundra that had entrapped a woolly mammoth for 20,000 years.

Customers linked to ad network
Morris Communications Corp., publisher of The Augusta Chronicle, went online today with a new service that provides access to the largest network of classified advertising in the nation.

Vaccine worries grow as memory of disease dims
WASHINGTON -- A lot of today's new parents weren't around when polio was so dreaded that children were kept from the movies or the beach during the summer because of fears the paralyzing virus would sweep through a crowd.

Study says zinc cuts cancer risk
WASHINGTON -- Researchers looking for connections between prostate cancer and outside influences found no statistical link with vasectomies, a study says. But men seemed to lower their risk of the disease significantly by taking certain vitamins.

Holiday computer prices rise
A stampede of buyers, coupled with aftershocks from a September earthquake in Taiwan, is rocking the holiday computer market.

Scientists: Fossils may be oldest dinosaur
WASHINGTON -- Jawbones of two animals from before the Jurassic period may be the oldest dinosaur fossils ever discovered and could focus new light on an era when mammals, dinosaurs and reptiles were in a frenzy of evolutionary change.

Bookstore fights Amazon.com's questions about sex
MINNEAPOLIS -- The owners of a feminist bookstore involved in a trademark infringement dispute with Amazon.com want the company barred from asking about their sexual orientation.

Spotty Y2K readiness found among smaller chemical companies
WASHINGTON -- A check of small and medium-size chemical industry firms found that only a small number are prepared for the Y2K computer glitch, according to a Texas A&M University survey.

Gore urges FCC to examine broadcasters obligations
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Al Gore is urging federal regulators to examine how broadcasters can pay back the public for getting valuable digital television channels from the government for free.

Scientists developing test for mad cow disease
WASHINGTON -- Scientists are developing a blood test they hope can be used to detect mad cow disease and similar brain illnesses in animals and humans.

Workers in Japan's nuclear accident unaware of dangers
WASHINGTON -- Lacking the training given at U.S. nuclear facilities, three workers who caused Japan's worst nuclear accident were described Friday as blue collar employees with little scientific background or understanding of the potential dangers they faced.

Vaccine worries grow as memory of disease dims

Customers linked to ad network

Gore urges FCC to examine broadcasters obligations

Study says zinc cuts cancer risk

Scientists developing test for mad cow disease

Holiday computer prices rise

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