Lack of skilled laborers predicted
According to Georgia Department of Labor wage statistics, the average auto body shop technician earns more money than the average hotel manager, paralegal and advertising sales agent.

Brauer: Program shows cooperation is key
Do you remember the children's game, paper, rock and scissors? Two children face each other. On the count of three they either show an open palm (paper), or the index and middle finger extended (scissors), or a fist (rock).

DOT post suits former senator
Morris News Service staff writer Dave Williams sat down recently in Atlanta with Tom Coleman, the new commissioner of Georgia's Department of Transportation, to talk about his goals for the department.

Telemarketers reach out to consumers
Home from college for the summer, James Jones sits in a chair in the FutureCall lobby. Wearing blue jeans and an orange T-shirt, he hunches over a blank employment application and fills it out.

Nongolfers choose homes on links
They are called ``golfing communities,'' but their residents don't exactly spend a lot of time on the links.

Workers in good position for raises
A robust economy and record-low unemployment rates are putting workers in one of the strongest bargaining positions with their bosses in years. Some haggling may be required, but this is the best time to ask.

Hokrein: Augusta should invest in its best
Augusta should invest in its best It wasn't tea taxes or tyrannical rule that kicked off the American Revolution. The first shots came from pens.

Telemarketers face tougher regulations
In the information age, privacy may become a thing of the past. By tracking your buying habits and calling patterns, corporate america can know far more than your name, address and phone number, Tele-Monitor Co. owner Bob Pastorini says. Computer data bases filled with sensitive information give strangers a window to your life.

Briefcase
With unemployment at near-record lows, companies scouring the labor pool to meet staffing needs are finding that fewer recruits make the grade when it comes to basic skills in math, writing or reading, a study shows.

Augusta attracts telemarketing firms
Many companies have considered locating call centers in Augusta. Most tend to locate in cities with populations of 100,000 or less and in buildings on bus routes.

Augusta's expansion draws companies
Powerserve International recently won the coveted e-Millennium Award at the Comdex trade show in Chicago. But when U.S. Operations President Victor Wolters took home his award, he did not return to California's Silicon Valley. He came home to Augusta.

Evans salsa maker looks to recapture sales he once had
Tripp Nanney knows what it feels like to fall off a horse and get back in the saddle again. He was once riding the success of a salsa company that had nearly $8 million in annual sales. When it had reached its peek, Jesse Foods Inc. was the sixth largest out of 400 salsa producers in the United States. But that was about six years ago, and a lot has happened since then.

New downtown retailers seek neighbors
New restaurants and retail shops continue to open downtown in an attempt by local organizations and business owners to rejuvenate the area.

Author updates history of Coca-Cola
The definitive history of America's drink has been revised and updated in a second edition, and the result is delicious and refreshing.

Warren HR lifts GreenJackets

Braves notes: Relievers called up

Maddux hammered in Braves loss

Rodriguez leads Jackets to win

Glavine, Braves pound Mets

Minor league notebook: Trade leave hole in rotation

Braves notebook: Starters' struggles continue

Braves split series

Numbers game does not add up

On the move
Sun-Trust Bank, Augusta announced the following staff changes, effective July 10:

Pocket change

Augusta's expansion draws companies

Telemarketers face tougher regulations

Author updates history of Coca-Cola

Augusta attracts telemarketing firms

Nongolfers choose homes on links

Workers in good position for raises

Evans salsa maker looks to recapture sales he once had

Telemarketers reach out to consumers

DOT post suits former senator

Briefcase

Hokrein: Augusta should invest in its best

No strings attached
CAPTION:Sprint is the first company to offer a wireless connection to the Internet with its PCS phone. The gadget provides a wireless connection to the Web, and consumers can use it to link to sites, keep track of a schedule and access e-mail.

Lack of skilled laborers predicted

New downtown retailers seek neighbors

Brauer: Program shows cooperation is key

No strings attached

On the move

Pocket change
Did your office say farewell to a co-worker this week? Chances are you did, considering the rapid turnover hitting workplaces these days. Number crunchers at the Bureau of National Affairs Inc. in Washington found employee turnover is at its highest rate in nearly 20 years.

ACC notebook: Tar Heels expect Curry to be leader

SEC notebook: UNC vacancy could affect SEC

Renaming Hartsfield

The Miranda irony

Doc's article irks nurse anesthetists

Making history in Edgefield

Let's make MSAs available to all

Is it rumor or scare tactic at SRS?

Fryer ballot ban has a bad stench

Woman preacher has what it takes

Fly Ga. state flag proudly at airport

Has Congress read?

Clinton will burn in hell over this

Untrustworthy first lady

Praise Augusta's best-ever mayor

Listen to Interfaith Alliance

Election winner thanks voters

Aiken horses around

Fears lump of scum will win election

Politeness never goes out of style

Beul always honest, hard-working

No fair shake for Waco plaintiffs

Blames DOT for road accidents

Scenic San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco, never a slouch when it comes to selling history or producing theatrics, is on a roll. Aided by buckets of Internet money, a post-quake redevelopment campaign after the 1989 Loma Prieta temblor, and a spiffy new baseball stadium, San Franciscans have thoroughly reinvented their Embarcadero and the area south of Market Street - SoMa, in the local language.

Sea-monster myths survive throughout history
Legends about sea monsters have been passed down by generations of fishermen and sailors.

Tipping can be a matter of choice
Dear Carson: Six of us (three couples) recently went out to dinner. We ordered three bottles of wine at $30 a bottle.

Home filled with history
Martha Barnes likes things with stories behind them - and that includes not only the furniture and decorations in her home but also the house itself.

In the know
COMIC FACE LIFT: The cast of Rex Morgan, M.D. looks a little different these days. King Features, the company that sells the comic strip, has announced that Tony DiPreta, the artist who drew Dr. Morgan, his wife, June Gale, and other characters for 15 years has retired. The new artist is Graham Nolan.

'Wizard of Oz' remains 'wonderful'
Lions and tigers and years - oh my! Still going strong, the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been a favorite long enough for the book to celebrate its 100th birthday this year, and readers point to the compelling fantasy it creates as the reason. The book has been seen as an allegory for socialism, capitalism, populism and a host of other -isms, but author L. Frank Baum's own words belie any high-falutin' interpretation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Begay wins GHO for second straight victory

Howell finishes 7-under at Hartford

Numbers game does not add up
I've had a new cell-phone for a couple of months now.

Events celebrate independence
Here are some Fourth of July activities scheduled for the area. Critters Corner Petting Zoo: The Critters Corner Petting Zoo will let children get up close and personal with a variety of animals. The zoo will be at Riverwalk Augusta at Eighth Street starting at noon today through Tuesday. Free. Riverwalk music: Music on the River presents MoodIndigo, a performance by Kari Gaffney, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. today at Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street bulkhead. MoodIndigo alters a variety of rhythm and blues and adult contemporary tunes. The free concert is part of the Riverfront Fourth Celebration. Monday and Tuesday events -- Augusta Chronicle

Sea-monster myths survive throughout history

Tipping can be a matter of choice

Scenic San Francisco

'Wizard of Oz' remains 'wonderful'

Home filled with history

Investors see growth potential in area

Events celebrate independence
Here are some Fourth of July activities scheduled for the area.

Augusta celebrates Independence Day
Here are some Fourth of July activities scheduled for the area:

Policy jeopardizes Alleluia graduates
Since his college career began, Abe Newton can't recall one day when he felt academically ill-prepared.

League mourns flag's demise
AIKEN - It's a dark cloud that has no silver lining, says Michael Hill, president of the League of the South. Though the Confederate battle flag has been removed from the dome of the South Carolina Capitol, he finds his silver lining in the mobilization of flag supporters throughout the South.

Across the area

Service group saves 100-year-old house
For 15 years, Martha Ballard has watched the home she grew up in fall apart. The house on Augusta Avenue is more than a hundred years old, and her family has lived there for more than 56 years.

Across the area
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man and a woman who are suspected in the robbery of the Ashley Motel at 4872 Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta on Tuesday.

City council OKs raise for mayor

Storage units yield drug bust
More than 40 self-storage facilities and thousands of rental units are scattered in the greater Augusta area. Most contain furniture, cars, boats, trunks, tools, Christmas decorations and attic over-spill safely tucked away behind padlocks.

Program gives classes culture
Before last year, the only life 18-year-old Linyi Wei knew was in mainland China. Augusta was an unknown that was an unfathomable distance away.

Georgia's standard becomes target
ATLANTA - State Rep. Kathy Ashe has been flying the old Georgia flag in front of her home since 1993, when then-Gov. Zell Miller launched an ill-fated bid to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the current state flag.

Team makes a clean getaway

Removal of banner attracts all kinds
COLUMBIA - It was as if the Confederate flag that was removed from the Capitol dome had been reproduced hundreds of times.

Making tracks
The Augusta Chronicle, the state Department of Transportation and city traffic engineers want to keep Augustans informed about when and where road work is scheduled to occur. An updated list of area road projects for the week appears Sundays in the Chronicle.

Zoning request returns
A 200-bed halfway house that wasn't welcome at two different sites in Augusta because residents didn't want state prisoners on work-release programs near their homes is being proposed for another site.

Church grows into new home
The march was only a mile and a half, but the journey was much longer for the Good Shepherd Baptist Church congregation.

Team makes a clean getaway
AIKEN - When they aren't cleaning carpets or air-conditioning ducts, Servpro cleaners Heather Brastad and Tony Matthews are sometimes called on to venture into one of life's darkest places - between the police tape and the funeral ribbon.

Dangerous roadsides give false security

Machine seizure enforced
After 14 years and a late night game of political tug of war, Saturday found video poker outlawed in South Carolina and electronic game parlors deserted, except for the occasional police car patrolling empty parking lots.

Policy jeopardizes Alleluia graduates

Events celebrate independence

SRS fights fires before they start
Just days ago, lightning sparked a forest fire that burned more than 34 acres of Savannah River Site.

Events celebrate independence

Embattled flag falls from dome
COLUMBIA - The last Confederate flag to fly over a Southern capitol was lowered at noon Saturday in an emotional ceremony laced with tension.

SRS fights fires before they start

Mason brings spark to Stallions' offense

Removal of banner attracts all kinds

Augusta celebrates Independence Day

Machine seizure enforced

County works to keep local-option tax

Georgia's standard becomes target

Expansion tests schools
When Wayne and Debbie Moore moved to the Augusta area two years ago from Cincinnati, they told their real estate agent that schools would be a deciding factor in where they lived.

Embattled flag falls from dome

County works to keep local-option tax
In two weeks, $70 million will be on the ballots of Columbia County voters.

Service group saves 100-year-old house

Across the area
State officials are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in an abandoned home off Walton Way on Saturday morning.

Expansion tests schools

City council OKs raise for mayor
AIKEN - While comparing Aiken with other cities in the state, City Manager Roger LeDuc discovered something surprising.

Dangerous roadsides give false security
Todd Edwards' friends used to kid him about his ``office on wheels.''

Church grows into new home

League mourns flag's demise

Across the area

Program gives classes culture

Investors see growth potential in area
There's little there now - a couple of gas stations on either side of the interstate.

Mrs. Laura Coleman
NEPTUNE, N.J. - Mrs. Laura Brown Coleman of Neptune, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Jersey Shore Medical Center.

Mrs. Mamie Hardman
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Mamie Lorine Key Hardman, 76, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken.

Mr. Timothy Badie
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Timothy R. Badie, of Joe Waters Road, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. L.M. Hill
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. L.M. Hill, 81, of Anderson Street, died Thursday, June 29, 2000.

Mr. Rodney Krepps Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Rodney Stephen ``Butch'' Krepps Sr., 53, of Stephens Road, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Fannie Profet
Mrs. Fannie H. Profet, 81, of Taylor Street, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Anna Holmes
Mrs. Anna J. Sherfield Holmes, 70, of Augusta, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Rob Emery
Mr. Rob Willie Emery, of Sprucewood Drive, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at his residence.

Miss Doris Nunn
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Miss Doris Ellen Nunn, 74, of Stoney Ridge Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Laura Coleman
NEPTUNE, N.J. - Mrs. Laura Brown Coleman of Neptune, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Jersey Shore Medical Center.

Mrs. Lois Davis
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Lois A. Davis, 78, of Mary Ann Street, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. John Moore
Mr. John P. Moore, 72, of Augusta, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Evelyn Walters
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Evelyn May Walters, 74, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken.

Mr. Wallace Holden Sr.
Mr. Wallace Raymond Holden Sr., 75, of Augusta, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Jean Kemp
Mrs. Jean Marie Kemp, 52, of Martinez, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Barbara Thompson
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Mrs. Barbara Joyce Belschner Morgan Thompson, 66, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Allen Kelly
Mr. Allen Francis Kelly, 69, of Augusta, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Charlie Stanley Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charlie L. ``Bud'' Stanley Jr., 79, of Academy Drive, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Susan Rowland
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Susan Kay Pearman Rowland, 48, of Perkins Road, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, in Lexington, S.C..

Ms. Betty Murphy
Ms. Betty Ann Johnston Murphy, 69, of Augusta, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Viola Shay
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Viola McManus Shay, 91, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Magnolia Manor.

Mrs. Carolyn Newman
DEARING, Ga. - Mrs. Carolyn Ann Gay Newman, 55, of Dearing Acres, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Alwyn Moody
HAZLEHURST, Ga. - Mr. Alwyn O. Moody, 89, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Sunbridge Health Care.

Mr. Levi Lanham
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Mr. Levi Lanham, 80, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Greenville Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Rowe
Mrs. Louise Sullivan Rowe, 87, of Augusta, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Earl McGuire
AIKEN - Mr. Earl Talmadge McGuire, 86, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing Home.

Mr. Larry Rice
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Larry Ethrige Rice, 71, of Merdith Circle, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.

Mrs. Betty Phillips
JACKSON - Mrs. Betty Browder Phillips, 81, of Fifth Street, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Eden Gardens of Aiken.

Mr. Owen Scarborough
HELENA, Ga. - Mr. Owen James Scarborough, 78, died Saturday, July 1, 2000.

Mr. Carl McElroy
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Carl Edward McElroy, 55, of Church Street, died Friday, June 30, 2000.

Mr. Larry Rice
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Larry Ethrige Rice, 71, of Merdith Circle, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.

Mr. Steve Miller
Mr. Steve Richard Miller, 66, of Silverdale Road, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. George Carpenter
ARARAT, Va. - Mr. George Eldredge Carpenter, 36, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. George Carpenter

Mr. Alwyn Moody

Mrs. Louise Rowe

Mr. John Moore

Mrs. Laura Coleman

Mrs. Susan Rowland

Mrs. Mamie Hardman

Mr. Steve Miller

Mr. Rodney Krepps Sr.

Mr. L.M. Hill

Mrs. Jean Kemp

Mr. Wallace Holden Sr.

Mr. Earl McGuire

Mrs. Anna Holmes

Miss Doris Nunn

Mr. Charlie Stanley Jr.

Mrs. Viola Shay

Mr. Rob Emery

Mrs. Evelyn Walters

Mr. Owen Scarborough

Ms. Betty Murphy

Mrs. Barbara Thompson

Mrs. Laura Coleman

Mr. Allen Kelly

Mr. Larry Rice

Mrs. Carolyn Newman

Ethics focus - and conflict-of-interest story
WHEN ARRIVING AT the office last Wednesday morning, several colleagues were chortling over a front-page Chronicle headline: ``State honors Augusta for its ethical resolve.''

Kent rapped; Burmeister defended
Re Politics As Usual by Phil Kent, Sunday June 18, ``Races heating up'': Marge Swartzwelder, Augusta

Let's make MSAs available to all
(Editor's note: The authors are Kay Heine, a single mom and dance instructor from Wisconsin; Kristina Anderson Wright, a single mom and business valuator from Virginia; and Rebecca Turner, a businesswoman, wife and mother from Virginia.)

Politeness never goes out of style
In an undergraduate economics class I learned Gresham's Law: Bad money can and does drive out good money. Russ Holloman, Ph.D., Evans

Fears lump of scum will win election
When Bill Clinton was about to be elected president for the first time I had many conversations with my co-workers. I tried to talk some logic into them. James R. Waid, Leah

Fly Ga. state flag proudly at airport
I recently took a flight from Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field and was quite offended that there was not a Georgia state flag flying at the airport. Dr. Arnold M. Huskins, Columbia

How could you give KKK an ad?
Re Last Sunday's front page story on the Ku Klux Klan: I have never been as disgusted and sick as I was Sunday when I saw the free publicity you gave the KKK.

Is it rumor or scare tactic at SRS?
Savannah River Site is at it again. This time, not with a buy-out or layoffs, but with a new tactic. What's this? Some sources at the plant have a nasty ``well-informed'' rumor that many will be asked to take a cut in pay. Everett Fernandez, Augusta

Clinton will burn in hell over this
My heart was broken last night. I heard a news report that another attempt to outlaw partial birth abortions was being supported by a majority in Congress with President Clinton threatening his third veto if it is passed. Wendell B. Hall, North Augusta

Blames DOT for road accidents
Recently The Chronicle ran an article about automobile accidents in Augusta and provided their reasons. I think it missed the biggest reason of all - our totally incompetent Georgia Department of Transportation. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

The Miranda irony
The nation's law-enforcement community accepted last week's U.S. Supreme Court 7-2 ruling upholding the Miranda warning as strictly ho-hum.

Beul always honest, hard-working
I've read the attacks on Ron Beul in the paper. I've known Mr. Beul since he moved here to work at Plant Vogtle. Mr. Beul has always been an honest, hard-working individual. Phil Patterson, Martinez

Doc's article irks nurse anesthetists
Re Dr. Mark Stewart's June 16 letter, ``Hits plan to end nurse supervision'': George E. Maule, Augusta

Listen to Interfaith Alliance
The media are stressing the role that religion plays in the political process. Sad to say, a great deal of this attention is focused on the religious right. Kathleen Ohanneson, Evans

Not impressed with firefighters
Re ``Lightning blamed for area blazes,'' The Chronicle, June 23: Mark Mulich, Martinez

No fair shake for Waco plaintiffs
The Chronicle's June 20 news story under the heading, ``Waco Siege Trial,'' stated, ``The jury of four women and three men, which includes one alternate, will act as an advisory panel to U.S. District Judge Walter Smith, who must decide whether the federal government shares responsibility for the deaths of more than 80 Davidians.'' Andy Windham, Wagener

Fryer ballot ban has a bad stench
Will you please tell the people of Augusta the real story about Woodrow Fryer and William McCracken? Robert P. McConnell Jr., Hephzibah

Jackson's comments outrageous
That does it. When the Rev. Jesse Jackson compared Gov. George W. Bush with Pontius Pilate it showed that the ridiculous reverend thinks that Gary Graham is, to him, like Jesus Christ. Don Touchton, Martinez

Praise Augusta's best-ever mayor
Mayor Bob Young is, without a doubt, the best mayor that Augusta has ever had. Marsh and Faber Hance, North Augusta

Has Congress read?
I wonder if the Congress has a copy of the First Amendment - ratified in 1791 - which plainly states that ... ``Congress shall make no law... prohibiting the free exercise thereof...''? Jim Prestwood, Augusta

Woman preacher has what it takes
There is a minister in Aiken who has deeply touched the hearts, minds and souls of many people, and not only in this country. This minister happens to be a woman. Melba Fair, Aiken

Election winner thanks voters
My sincere thanks go out to all who took the time to vote in the June 27 run-off for Edgefield County's District 5 Council seat. The response was fantastic. Joel Hudson, North Augusta

Ethics focus - and conflict-of-interest story
WHEN ARRIVING AT the office last Wednesday morning, several colleagues were chortling over a front-page Chronicle headline: ``State honors Augusta for its ethical resolve.''

Untrustworthy first lady
New York U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Clinton is apparently as skillful as her husba

Making history in Edgefield
One of the purposes of South Carolina's National Heritage Corridor - in addition to attracting tourists - is to highlight the state's history. Well, last week the Heritage Corridor made some history of its own as its Region II center was dedicated in Edgefield.

Aiken horses around
Want a good news story? Here's one that just came out of Aiken and it ends happily for everybody - including horses.

What kids are watching
Many parents aren't keeping an eye on what their kids are watching on television or on the Internet. A recent survey shows children are spending more than four hours a day looking at a video or TV screen, an amount of time that ought to concern parents.

Renaming Hartsfield
Atlanta officials believe they have struck on a great, new way to raise extra money for Hartsfield Airport, one of the world's busiest: Let a corporate sponsor buy the rights to rename it.

Burton wins Pepsi 400

Veteran derails NASCAR youth

Trippi closes strong, takes Grade II race

Hamm, U.S. to face Brazil for Gold Cup

Capriati meets Davenport

Parrott moving to new crew

Legislation could provide money for parks

Group works to improve duck hunting

DotComGuy still in house after six months
DALLAS -- DotComGuy has passed the halfway mark without losing it.

German company in talks with Sprint
BERLIN (AP) - Deutsche Telekom and Sprint Corp. are discussing a stock-swap merger along the lines of the 1998 deal that created DaimlerChrysler, a newspaper reported Saturday.

E-signatures face concern, curiousity
Even in the digital age, marking an X on a dotted line can pass for a signature.

E-signatures face concern, curiousity

German company in talks with Sprint

DotComGuy still in house after six months