Six umps on union board sue dissidents for defamation

Umpire striving for new union have their day

Rangers trade Juan Gonzalez to Tigers in nine-player deal

Indians name Charlie Manuel as manager

Ellis to start season on injured list

Cummings welcomes new role

Neagle wants to stay with Reds

Baylor hired as Cubs manager

Braves face winter of discontent

Local athletes to appear on television often

Griffey asks for trade

Heat waive veteran Askins

Braves lost regardless of T-shirt

Factories face rising commodity prices

Facility finished for state
The $1 million renovation of a downtown office building is complete and its new tenant, the Georgia Department of Correction's Augusta probation office, is getting settled in.

Local residential values rise
The permit values of area residential construction increased in September by 9 percent compared with construction during the same month last year, a report released Monday said.

Company shedding protection

DaimlerChrysler AG to eliminate Plymouths

Business briefs: Dow average closes down 81.35 points

DaimlerChrysler AG to eliminate Plymouths
NEW YORK -- Plymouth cars and minivans are running out of gas.

Company shedding protection
Martin Color-Fi, the Edgefield, S.C.-based polyester maker that filed for bankruptcy last year, may emerge from debt protection early next year, company president Stephen A. Zagorski said.

Family will open men's store
A Columbia County tradition in men's clothing will continue when the ribbon is cut Friday at Barksdale's Men's Wear.

Factories face rising commodity prices
ATLANTA -- Improving overseas economies are leading to higher prices for raw materials and continued robust manufacturing activity in Georgia and across the country, according to a pair of reports released Monday.

Mickey Mouse in Asia
HONG KONG -- The deal Walt Disney Co. struck with Hong Kong to build a major Disney theme park relies on a nearly $3 billion, taxpayer-funded investment by the territory and just a $314 million infusion from Disney.

DaimlerChrysler reorganizes operations
DETROIT -- DaimlerChrysler AG is restructuring its North American operations to give executives more control over product development and help re-establish the former Chrysler Corp's more freewheeling, open culture.

Mickey Mouse in Asia

Local residential values rise

Business briefs: Stocks lose ground after early rally

Business briefs: Stocks lose ground after early rally
NEW YORK -- The stock market fell back from a big early rally and closed mixed Tuesday, unable to sustain its advance amid continuing concerns about interest rates.

Sweepstakes company files for bankruptcy
NEWARK, N.J. -- American Family Enterprises, which runs a sweepstakes plugged by Dick Clark and Ed McMahon, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday to help it settle dozens of lawsuits alleging deceptive advertising over its sweepstakes.

Business briefs: Dow average closes down 81.35 points
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 81.35 at 10,648.51 after gaining more than 400 points last week.

Facility finished for state

Schmitz only bright shot for slumping Tar Heels

Hamilton Wins Recognition for Hometown

Alexander back in the running toward record

Suspended Seminoles receiver signs with agent

Tech facing Virginia with a different agenda

Spurrier at ease as he reaches milestone

Defense steps up for offense

Clemson performs the quarterback shuffle

College notes: Marshall want more than Motor City

Florida State leads BCS standings

College notes: Virginia Tech defense faces another gunner

Kentucky's offensive line to face another stiff test

Valdosta State fires head football coach

Fulmer and Vols await Notre Dame

Survey: outlook hopeful
COLUMBIA, Md. -- As Americans stand at the threshold of the next century, they worry the globe will get warmer in the next 50 years, terrorists will probably attack with biological or chemical weapons and the world is likely to face a major energy crisis.

Grave hunters enjoy their work
Deep in the woods, Bill and Jean Blackard lead the way to the Ramsey family cemetery near a small creek in Columbia County.

Seeks leadership in addition to funds for libraries

Chides 'fair-weather' Braves fans

Protests tobacco ad in 'The Chronicle'

A new magnet school

Praises Augusta Theater Company

Praises news article on single dads

Calls for removal of Braves manager

Touts new small business incubator

Make time to vote!

Slams newsman's Pete Rose interview

Recommends auto pedal extenders

Urges celebration of Veterans Day

Blasts Water Works for late charges

Beautiful Topiary
Topiaries are among the hottest crafts in holiday decorating. The small tree-shaped centerpieces add elegance to any setting, yet they can be made at home with very little expense and time.

Culinary institute's gathering a love fest of food, friends
NEW YORK -- Chefs Jacques Pepin, Alain Sailhac and Andre Soltner are the ``Three Musketeers'' of the kitchen.

In the know
Dilbert, the animated Everyman, opens his second season tonight at 8:30 seeking the perfect birthday gift for his demanding mother, which requires a shopping excursion.

Intensely flavorful
Does your weekly trip to the grocery store leave you feeling ``produce challenged''? With items like broccoli raab, radicchio, white asparagus, chayote, baby bok choy and star fruit, who wouldn't be confused?

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?

S.C. player of the week

Georgia player of the week

Braves lost regardless of T-shirt
When I revealed last week my superstition that the Braves' World Series fate was linked to my assortment of lucky T-shirts, I struck a chord with many readers.

In the know

Beautiful Topiary

Intensely flavorful

In the know

Governor comes to town
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes told the leaders of his education reform commission Monday that his first priority next year will be the creation of a student-information system to track Georgia's 1.4 million schoolchildren.

VA studies elderly stumbles

Council seeks contract with company
AIKEN -- In a hurriedly called special meeting Tuesday night, Aiken County Council cleared the way for a manufacturer of cable installation products to locate in Graniteville.

Braves face winter of discontent

Stricter laws suggested for driving teens

Technicality disrupts vote

Few Columbia County residents go to polls
While voters in Grovetown turned out to show their approval for their current city officials, Tuesday's voting held one surprise upset in Harlem.

Survey: outlook hopeful

Grave hunters enjoy their work
Deep in the woods, Bill and Jean Blackard lead the way to the Ramsey family cemetery near a small creek in Columbia County.

Just walkin' in the rain

Indoor reading weather

Judge orders teen suspect back to school

Across the area: State court upholds murder conviction

Rainy race day
Susan Kosicki of Loretta, Pa., walks her quarter horse, ``Vic,'' across the parking lot Monday at North Augusta's Hippodrome. The National Barrel Horse Association's World Championships are under way at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Indoor reading weather
Eight-year-old Brittany Jackson takes time on a blustery, damp Tuesday to read The Emperor Penguin's New Clothes at Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta. The forecast calls for freezing low temperatures today and Thursday.

Few Columbia County residents go to polls

Technicality disrupts vote
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Neither of two Beaufort County school board candidates may have been elected Tuesday, no matter which one got the most votes.

EPD fines Army base $50,000

Commissioners consider policy for renaming roads
Ronald Reagan Drive may have to wait a little while. Columbia County commissioners will discuss a policy for renaming roads after people later this month. Until then, no name changes will be made.

Handy, Williams in runoff

Suspects sought in incident

Street party heralds start of 2000

Short ballots disappoint some voters

Suspect caught in N.Y.
AIKEN -- A New York man is awaiting extradition to South Carolina in the shooting death of an Aiken resident last month.

Price steers reform toward back burner

Teacher sentenced to prison
AIKEN -- A substitute teacher who killed her boyfriend in a drunken-driving accident last year will spend five years in prison and six months of house arrest after pleading guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter.

Municipal candidates on ballots
Today, residents of Columbia, Aiken and Saluda counties will go to the polls for municipal elections.

Teacher's job status uncertain

Rainy race day

Suspects sought in incident
PERRY -- A Salley man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident Monday, and sheriff's officials searched for two men in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo who were last seen talking to him.

Graffiti painted on home
GARDEN CITY, Ga. - Mayoral candidate Gwyn L. Hall Sr. went to church Saturday night and then stopped at Denny's to have a banana split. While he was there, his wife paged him to come home.

Graffiti painted on home

Across the area: Temperature might sink to season low
Thursday morning's temperatures are expected to be the lowest this season, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.

Grave hunters enjoy their work

Handy, Williams in runoff
District 2 Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy failed by the slimmest margin to garner enough votes Tuesday to avoid a runoff with political newcomer Marion F. Williams.

Teacher sentenced to prison

Incumbent councilmen win contest
In a light turnout, incumbents Robert F. Workman and Wayne Benson coasted to easy victory Tuesday in the four-way race for two seats on the Burnettown Town Council.

Only 3 districts will open polls

Former officer wants his job back
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Former Edgefield police officer Keith Barnes says he hopes he'll have his job back by the end of the week.

Grave hunters enjoy their work

Inspectors search for hazards

Across the area: State court upholds murder conviction
The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld an Augusta man's 1995 murder conviction and life sentence.

Governor tours city's future

Just walkin' in the rain
Just walkin' in the rainJEFF JANOWSKI/STAFF

Suspect caught in N.Y.

Incumbent councilmen win contest

Darien judge suspends city's mayoral elections

Across the area: Temperature might sink to season low

Former officer wants his job back

Street party heralds start of 2000
Augusta-Aiken organizers are planning to bring in the New Year with a bang at a Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Party that will include 10 hours of music, family activities and fireworks.

Council seeks contract with company

Stricter laws suggested for driving teens
ATLANTA -- The chairman of the Georgia Senate's Public Safety Committee is calling for lawmakers to consider toughening the laws governing teen-age drivers in the wake of several highly publicized crashes involving carloads of teens.

Attorneys use DNA evidence

VA studies elderly stumbles
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- About half the elderly patients in hospitals and nursing homes fall each year.

Official to finish contract
Charles Larke is considering a career in finance, sports or the stock market, but not until the next millennium.

Darien judge suspends city's mayoral elections
DARIEN, Ga. -- Voters across Georgia went to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections, but not in Darien.

Only 3 districts will open polls
Augusta voters go to the polls today to fill half the seats on the city commission.

Attorneys use DNA evidence
AIKEN -- Aiken County prosecutors are expected to use blood droplets today to tie a local man to the 1998 burglary, sexual assault and armed robbery of a 92-year-old Bath woman.

Governor comes to town

Short ballots disappoint some voters
AIKEN -- With billboards and yard signs still dotting the landscape, Aiken County election officials were not surprised when a handful of people showed up at the polls Tuesday to vote on video poker.

Judge orders teen suspect back to school
AIKEN -- A 16-year-old Windsor teen accused of stealing guns from neighborhood homes to fund a drug habit was ordered by a judge Monday to return to class at South Aiken High School.

EPD fines Army base $50,000
Fort Gordon will pay the Georgia Department of Natural Resources $50,000 in fines and take immediate steps to bring a hazardous waste repository near U.S. Highway 78/278 into compliance with state and federal laws.

Teacher's job status uncertain
The Hephzibah High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student will have to wait until his criminal case is over before finding out whether he will keep his teaching job.

Price steers reform toward back burner
Columbia County schools Superintendent Tommy Price wants to slow the school system's push toward an alternative schedule for its four high schools.

Inspectors search for hazards
Despite the fact that Doris Harris and her family were left homeless after a fire Valentine's Day, she doesn't own a fire extinguisher.

Governor tours city's future
Investing in higher education is one of the best ways to ensure continued economic growth, Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said Monday.

Rider will rejoin Hawks on Wednesday

Coleman blames media for publicity following arrest

Rider will miss season opener due to family medical emergency

Heat waive veteran Askins

Celtics to honor Red on 50th anniversary

Local athletes to appear on television often

Ellis to start season on injured list

Sprewell signs with Knicks

Holmgren wins in return to Green Bay

NFL notes: Aikman to have MRI

Chargers suspend, fine Leaf

Mistakes hand Rams first loss

Seifert admits to unrealistic expectations

Jaguars' defense simply will not rest

Tagliabue blames unusual season on injuries, retirements

Holmgren cooks up recipe to stop Favre

Falcons finally see light at end of long, dark tunnel

New low hits team that's seen many of them

Falcons upbeat for second half

Walter Payton dies at 45

Mrs. Helen Merolle
AIKEN -- Mrs. Helen Francese Merolle, 72, of Osbon Drive, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Anne Bennett
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Anne Leila Bennett, 91, of Thomson Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. O.C. Bramlett
COLBERT, Ga. -- Mr. O.C. Bramlett, 84, of Suddeth Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Jasper Hartley Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Jasper Ruben Hartley Sr., 97, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Beverly Healthcare in Aiken.

Mr. Bud Bradley
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Bud H. ``Jot'' Bradley, 82, of Forest Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mildred Harris
Mrs. Mildred ``Millie'' Harris, of Roys Lane, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Alice Watson
Mrs. Alice E. Watson, 75, of Richmond Hill Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Mae Steadman
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Mrs. Mae Timmerman Steadman died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999.

Miss Viola Partridge
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Miss Viola E. Partridge, 90, of Elm Street, died Monday, at Thomson Manor.

Mr. James Washington
AIKEN -- Mr. James Monroe Washington, 77, of Jehossee Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Imogene Smith
AIKEN -- Mrs. Imogene Carr ``Gene'' Smith, 80, of Augustus Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mrs. Edith Robinson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Edith Galloway Robinson, of East Boundary Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Robert Clemmons Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Robert Lee Clemmons Sr., 66, of Lakeview Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. William Fuller
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. William DeLoach Fuller, 71, of Pughkahn Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mr. Lloyd Copeland
Mr. Lloyd Copeland, 76, of Martinez, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Jean LaFavor
Mrs. Jean Irby LaFavor, of Forest Park Road died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. James Freeman Jr.
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. James C. ``J.C.'' Freeman Jr., 50, of McKinney Drive, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999.

Mrs. Sara Hudson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Sara Holland Hudson, 94, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.

Ms. Mildred Rawl
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ms. Mildred Rebecca ``Mickie'' Rawl, 78, of Leaphart Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center.

Mr. William Carr Jr.
JEWELL, Ga. -- Mr. William Pierce ``W.P.'' Carr Jr., 85, of Macon Highway, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Harmon Hawes
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Harmon Harold Hawes, 86, of Govan Highway, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Jeanne Black
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Jeanne Vopat Black, 76, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mr. Eddie Tompkins
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Eddie Herman Tompkins, 76, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999.

Mrs. Mattie Jo Dyches
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mattie Jo Dyches, 78, of Grove Street, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. John Brunson
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. John ``Jack'' Folk Brunson, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mr. Worth Dalton
Mr. Worth Davis Dalton, 73, of Berkmans Road, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Donnie Brown Jr.
WINDSOR -- Mr. Donnie Gerald Brown Jr., 41, of Windsor Road, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Louise Holley
LIVINGSTON, Texas -- Mrs. Louise Dyess Holley, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999.

Mr. Henry Adams Sr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Henry Ford Adams Sr., 77, of Old Whiskey Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Margie Patterson
HARLEM -- Mrs. Margie Lee Patterson, 72, of South Fairview Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Frank O'Connor
Mr. Frank Albert O'Connor, 79, of Rae's Creek Road, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Donald Jackson
ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- Mr. Donald Jackson, 64, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Orange.

Mr. Ronald Collins
Mr. Ronald Charles ``Ron'' Collins, 65, of Trout Street, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Adkinson
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Charles ``Big Willie'' Adkinson, 54, of Tarvers Grove Road, died Friday, Oc. 29, 1999.

Mrs. Cora Lyons
LAURENS, S.C. -- Mrs. Cora Lee Riddle Lyons, 89, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at National Health Care Center of Laurens.

Mrs. Leita Posey
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Leita Millar Posey, 85, of Pisgah Road, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Aaron Corley
TITUSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Aaron A. ``Red'' Corley, 59, of Georgia Highway 27, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Marymount Hospital, Garfield Heights, Ohio.

Mrs. Juanita New
AIKEN -- Mrs. Juanita Hubbard New, 60, of Sandy Springs Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Robin Libengood
Mrs. Robin Toney Libengood, 39, of Kaylon Court, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Lawton Riner
OCEAN GATE, N.J. -- Mr. Lawton ``Dwight'' Riner, 59, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at Community Medical Center, Toms River.

Mrs. Vivian Underwood
Mrs. Vivian Lowe Underwood, 74, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Samuel Ussery
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Samuel Eugene ``Sam'' Ussery, 53, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. James Dillashaw
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. James E. Dillashaw, 82, of Chestnut Ridge Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Miss Mary Johnson
SAVANNAH -- Miss Mary Chappelle Johnson, 91, of Laroche Avenue, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Chatham Nursing Home.

Mrs. Edna Travis
WOODBURY, Tenn. -- Mrs. Edna Faye Walker Travis, 67, of Seals Hollow Road, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Shirley Johnson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Shirley Price Johnson, 51, of Storm Branch Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy McKee
COINERS, Ga -- Mrs. Dorothy Hill McKee, 91, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Morningside of Coiners Assisted Living Center.

Mr. Henry Logan
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Henry R. ``Uncle Henry'' Logan, 92, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Bud Bradley

Mr. Eddie Tompkins

Mrs. Mae Steadman

Mr. Lawton Riner

Mr. John Brunson

Mrs. Edna Travis

Mrs. Dorothy McKee

Mr. Robert Clemmons Sr.

Ms. Mildred Rawl

Mrs. Louise Holley

Mr. Samuel Ussery

Mr. James Washington

Mr. Donnie Brown Jr.

Mrs. Margie Patterson

Mrs. Leita Posey

Mrs. Vivian Underwood

Mrs. Jean LaFavor

Mr. Jasper Hartley Sr.

Mrs. Sara Hudson

Mr. James Dillashaw

Mr. Harmon Hawes

Mrs. Robin Libengood

Mr. Lloyd Copeland

Mrs. Shirley Johnson

Mrs. Juanita New

Mr. James Freeman Jr.

Mr. Henry Logan

Mrs. Mattie Jo Dyches

Miss Mary Johnson

Mr. Donald Jackson

Mr. Frank O'Connor

Mr. William Carr Jr.

Mrs. Imogene Smith

Mr. Worth Dalton

Mrs. Alice Watson

Public debate needed before changes at MCG
RE THE OCT. 10 article, ``Doctors debate MCG Health Inc.'' and the Oct. 13 report that the Board of Regents of the University System must approve a master agreement with MCG Health Inc., to run hospitals and clinics by Jan. 1:

Recommends auto pedal extenders
For years my family has been concerned about my sitting so close to the steering wheel when I drive. Sharon Smith, Appling

Appraising Sears
Harrison Sears is Richmond County's fifth tax appraiser since the mid-1970s -- and he has been given an ultimatum: resign or be fired.

A new magnet school
It's heartening that teachers and staffers are being trained to implement a new magnet school to be housed at the Academy of Richmond County High School.

Public debate needed before changes at MCG
RE THE OCT. 10 article, ``Doctors debate MCG Health Inc.'' and the Oct. 13 report that the Board of Regents of the University System must approve a master agreement with MCG Health Inc., to run hospitals and clinics by Jan. 1:

Boosting immorality
Hold on to your pocketbooks, Georgia taxpayers. State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, after losing every court round in his bid to stop Atlanta's government from providing ``domestic partner'' benefits to city employees, is throwing in the towel.

Calls for removal of Braves manager
One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. With this in mind, the reign of Braves Manager Bobby Cox must come to an end. Bill Hamilton, Augusta

Helms takes a stand
Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., -- chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- takes his ambassadorial confirmation duties seriously.

Favors naming road after Reagan
In Columbia County there is some debate raging about changing the name of Washington WestDrive. There is more than one issue at hand.Rob Blandenburg, Martinez

Seeks leadership in addition to funds for libraries
Yes, funding is important to maintaining excellence in public libraries. But leadership is even more essential. Betty Timmerman, North Augusta

Urges celebration of Veterans Day
As the residents of Augusta remember our veterans on Nov. 11, the 160 members of the Augusta Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars hope you and your readers will find the following both interesting and timely: Lt. Col. H. Boyd Long III, Augusta

Praises Augusta Theater Company
I want to say how thrilled I am that Augusta has a first-rate repertory theater company.Cynthia Parr, Augusta

Make time to vote!
Our fingers are crossed that the voter turnout for Augusta's three Commission races -- one of the dullest ever, except for south Augusta's Andy Cheek-Hobson Chavous slugfest -- will beat expectations.

Protests tobacco ad in 'The Chronicle'
The cigarette ad on page 12C of the Oct. 28 Chronicle is a step in the wrong direction.Richard A. Arnold, Augusta

Walter Payton
Walter Payton, who died of cancer Monday at the too-young age of 45, wasn't the biggest or fastest running back in NFL history. The man known as ``Sweetness'' was simply the best.

Praises news article on single dads
Thank you so much. I enjoyed your article on single dads; I was beginning to think I was the only one in Augusta except for one of my friends. Dan Chapman, Hephzibah

Slams newsman's Pete Rose interview
In response to Jim Gray's NBC-TV interview of Pete Rose, this was the most tasteless excuse of an interview I have ever seen. B. Lord, Martinez

Blasts Water Works for late charges
I hope that you can listen to another Augusta Water Works story. I have been a resident of Augusta all of my life and have been paying water bills here for 43 years. Jack L. Cooper, Augusta

Says theater's design in bad taste
I know I'm not the only person in the Augusta area who groans in dismay at the design of the new Regal Cinema building in the Augusta Exchange Shopping Center. Richard Dillenbeck, Augusta

Chides 'fair-weather' Braves fans
Before everyone jumps on the ``let's bash the Atlanta Braves'' bandwagon, I want to say two words to you: Brooklyn and Boston.David A. Bartlett, Augusta

Touts new small business incubator
A diamond in the rough, a nurturing environment for future ``Bill Gates'' are some of the images that come to mind when I think of the newly-built, beautiful Augusta-Richmond County Small Business Incubator. Helen Blocker-Adams, Augusta

Overtime: Tech slates exhibition game tonight

Taylor, Johnson share 18th spot in Q-school play

South Aiken girls get by nemesis Irmo in tennis playoffs

Fixed fights tarnish boxing, Herald reports

Generations gather for races

Rainbow Warriors jumping to Jarrett's car

Player in town to hype project

Sampras struggles in victory

Stewart's hometown says goodbye

Riders must endure cold arena

Overtime: Taylor, Johnson share 18th spot in Q-school play

Stricklin out after shop closes

Many concerned with global warming
BONN, Germany -- Droughts, flooding, disease and environmental destruction likely will increase unless governments do more to cut carbon dioxide emissions often held responsible for global warming, officials at a U.N. climate conference warned Tuesday.

Technology again used in search
BOSTON -- The recovery of the EgyptAir Flight 990 will involve technologies and techniques similar to those used in the Swissair Flight 111 and the TWA Flight 800 disasters.

It's in your head: a brain chemical made you grab those fries
WASHINGTON -- Young people who crave high-fat foods -- juicy hamburgers and mounds of ice cream -- may be responding to hormones that kick in at the onset of puberty, new research suggests.

Military: Chinese cyber attacks could threaten Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In five years, China could be able to use computer viruses, hackers and other types of cyber warfare to break down Taiwan's defenses and prepare for an invasion, the Taiwanese military said Tuesday.

SRS examines future finances
Savannah River Site's proposed budget for fiscal year 2001 is about $109 million more than its budget for the current fiscal year, but the numbers are far from final, a site official said Monday.

FAA reports Y2K-ready readiness
WASHINGTON -- The nation's 565 federally regulated airports have met the government's Year 2000 safety and security requirements, the Federal Aviation Administration is reporting Tuesday.

Women with excess facial hair about to get some relief
NEW YORK -- They pluck, they bleach, they tweeze. They use hot wax, electric current and lasers. Some even shave daily. And still the hair comes back.

Protein apparently helps bypass patients
DALLAS -- Heart bypass patients who received a protein that promotes the growth of new blood vessels had less chest pain and better blood flow than those who underwent surgery alone, a study found.

EPD fines Army base $50,000
Fort Gordon will pay the Georgia Department of Natural Resources $50,000 in fines and take immediate steps to bring a hazardous waste repository near U.S. Highway 78/278 into compliance with state and federal laws.

Popular software secretly sends music preferences
WASHINGTON -- The company that produces a popular software program for listening to music on computers apologized to users Monday and promised not to use the software to secretly collect details about music preferences of its customers.

Lab tests show new drug therapy may counter transplant rejection
WASHINGTON -- Immune cells that spring into action to defend the body are weakened by a new combination of drugs used in laboratory tests on mice. Many of the cells commit a form of programed suicide.

Older women smokers more susceptible to lung cancer
CHICAGO -- Older women who smoke are more than twice as likely to get lung cancer as older men who light up, a study found.

Support system can help with new baby

The big screen
The story of teen-age Joan of Arc (Milla Jovovich), who believes God has chosen her to help drive the English from her native France. The movie also stars Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich.

Your style
Alston Carter and Daphnne Bonaparte, 17-year-old seniors at Harlem High School.

Hoping for HOPE

Your style

Hoping for HOPE
If you're a Georgia high schooler aspiring to go to college with the help of a HOPE scholarship, you should know it isn't as easy as watching the cash roll in.

Support system can help with new baby
``I just turned 18 years old, and I'm pregnant. My boyfriend told me he wants to help me take care of the baby. My parents and his parents know. He moved to Kansas and called me but hasn't sent me any money. My parents are telling me he doesn't care.'' -- Augusta girl

The big screen

SRS examines future finances

Popular software secretly sends music preferences

Protein apparently helps bypass patients

EPD fines Army base $50,000

Lab tests show new drug therapy may counter transplant rejection

Military: Chinese cyber attacks could threaten Taiwan

Technology again used in search

Women with excess facial hair about to get some relief

It's in your head: a brain chemical made you grab those fries