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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Braves notes: Chipper the lone certainty

Braves split series

Braves notes: Relievers called up

Braves fall behind poor pitching

Glavine, Braves pound Mets

Warren HR lifts GreenJackets

Augusta attracts telemarketing firms

Lack of skilled laborers predicted

Evans salsa maker looks to recapture sales he once had

Boy Scouts, city strike deal
After months of on-and-off negotiations, the local Boy Scouts of America chapter has agreed to sell a small - but strategically located - parcel of land to county officials trying to develop an industrial park in south Richmond County.

Brauer: Program shows cooperation is key

Telemarketers reach out to consumers

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Blue-chip stocks sprinted higher Monday in a quiet, shortened session ahead of the Independence Day holiday.

Author updates history of Coca-Cola

Hokrein: Augusta should invest in its best

New downtown retailers seek neighbors

Nongolfers choose homes on links

Workers in good position for raises

Briefcase

DOT post suits former senator

Telemarketers face tougher regulations

Augusta's expansion draws companies

Boy Scouts, city strike deal

Business briefs

Private security guards under trained

Listen to Interfaith Alliance

Is it rumor or scare tactic at SRS?

Donate blood and save a life

Fears lump of scum will win election

Blames DOT for road accidents

Has Congress read?

Proclaim support for Burmeister

Aiken horses around

Why we celebrate

No fair shake for Waco plaintiffs

Lawmaker finds nature trail money

Beul always honest, hard-working

No money for needed sidewalk

Untrustworthy first lady

Black attacks on whites ignored

Vote Burmeister

Election winner thanks voters

Let's make MSAs available to all

July 4th festivities
Here's a list of Fourth of July activities scheduled for today:

Weight loss continues
There are no buts about it - Sabrina Sanchez is on her way toward her goal weight of 150 pounds.

Begay wins GHO for second straight victory

Howell finishes 7-under at Hartford

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

July 4th festivities

Weight loss continues

Group celebrates historic ties

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

Augusta celebrates Independence Day

Reform Party rallies behind Buchanan
AIKEN - Members of the Aiken County Reform Party are gearing up for the first national primary of the party built by Ross Perot.

Augusta celebrates Independence Day

Police investigate man's death
A man who had been shot in the leg was found dead in a house on Pendleton Road in Summerville on Monday evening.

City council OKs raise for mayor

OPEN HOUSE BOX
Open House

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.

Correction
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about wildfires at nuclear weapons sites should have said the U.S. Park Service started a prescribed burn that became a wildfire in Los Alamos, N.M.

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

Authority buys insurance policy
No one is saying the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. will misspend its $10 million state grant package.

Coverdell advocates air school

Suburbs dodge pollution stigma
Columbia County could escape being lumped with Augusta as a nonattainment zone under the Clean Air Act, according to recommendations by Gov. Roy Barnes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Woman provokes standoff

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

Church grows into new home

Group celebrates historic ties
On July 4, 1776, legend has it that King George III of England wrote in his diary, ``nothing unusual happened today.''

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

Festivities light way to Fourth
AIKEN - The children who live along Kershaw Street couldn't be spotted Monday at their usual hideaways.

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.

Coverdell advocates air school
U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., has put his support behind a plan to build an airframe and power plant maintenance school and repair facility at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

County works to keep local-option tax

Law fosters equality for school athletics
It started as a joke. Rebecca Croft teased her friend, a member of Westside High school's wrestling team, that she was going to try out for the team.

Gaming venues checked

Fort expands celebration
Chareece ''Shay'' Smith eagerly delivered spunky vocals and firm deliberate steps. Performing with the Fort Gordon Dynamic Dancers, the 17-year-old New York native brought the July 3rd celebration watchers the same talent on Thursday that she gave an Apollo audience in her home town two years ago.

Fort expands celebration

Gaming venues checked
AIKEN - The first day of illegal video poker apparently has turned out - so far - to be the only day state and local law enforcement officers found machines in operation past the 12:01 a.m. Saturday legal deadline.

Festivities light way to Fourth

Across the area
A man accused of approaching girls on an Aiken street and making obscene comments was arrested during the weekend on a rarely- used criminal charge.

Police investigate man's death

Woman provokes standoff
AIKEN - A 60-year-old Aiken woman accused of trying to kill her husband and then locking herself in a bedroom remained in a mental health facility Monday.

Authority buys insurance policy

Restriction, competition adds to blood shortage
SAVANNAH - It's summer. You're on vacation. Giving blood isn't on your shortened to-do list.

Reform Party rallies behind Buchanan

Events celebrate independence

Dangerous roadsides give false security

Correction

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

Across the area

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.

Halfway house wins approval

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

Halfway house wins approval
With only one objector present, the Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission gave the go-ahead Monday for a 200-bed halfway house for state prisoners.

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.

Investors see growth potential in area

Expansion tests schools

Across the area

Service group saves 100-year-old house

Suburbs dodge pollution stigma

Law fosters equality for school athletics

OPEN HOUSE BOX

Restriction, competition adds to blood shortage

Hawks' pick has tall order

Mrs. Lillie Reece
BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lillie Mae Burnett Reece, 89, of Owltown Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Raymond Stone Jr.
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Raymond Calvin Stone Jr., 47, of Pine Log Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Addie Davis
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Addie Ruth Davis, 88, of Harmon Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

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

Mr. Troy Hathcox
Mr. Troy Lee Hathcox, 96, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mrs. Marilynn Stilp
AIKEN - Mrs. Marilynn K. Stilp, 66, of Ridgecrest Avenue, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

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

Mrs. Estelle Canady
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Estelle Allmond Canady, 90, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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. Julia Gardner
ELKO, S.C. - Mrs. Julia Robinson Gardner, 95, of Railroad Avenue, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care Center, Williston.

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

Mrs. Essie Martin
AIKEN - Mrs. Essie Alwarden Martin, 92, of Morgan Street, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Baltimore.

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

Mrs. Mary Miller
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Naomi Duffie Miller, 97, of Hollywood School Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

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

Mrs. Rosalie Courtney
MONTMORENCI, S.C. - Mrs. Rosalie Redmond Courtney, 91, of Old Barnwell Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Hoke Reeves Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Hoke S. Reeves Jr., 64, of Charlie Jones Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

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

Mr. Franklin Philpott Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Franklin P. Philpott Jr., 73, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. L.M. Hill
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. L.M. Hill, 89, of Anderson Street, died Thursday, June 29, 2000.

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

Mrs. Ruth Hamilton
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth Mallard Hamilton, 90, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Southern Manor.

Mr. James Marshall
AIKEN - Mr. James Marshall, 73, of Washington Circle, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Bobby Flenniken
Mr. Bobby Flenniken, 71, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Allen
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Betty Head Allen, 57, of Blackstone Camp Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Ward
ARLINGTON, Va. - Mr. James Luther ``Poochie'' Ward, 43, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Nicole Day
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Nicole Day, 25, of Dogwood Drive, died Saturday, July 1, 2000.

Mrs. Beatrice Usher
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Beatrice Ruth Usher, 75, of Sylvania Place Drive, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Alwyn Moody

Mrs. Evelyn Walters

Mr. L.M. Hill

Mrs. Ruth Hamilton

Mrs. Nicole Day

Mr. James Ward

Mr. Rodney Krepps Sr.

Mr. James Marshall

Mrs. Marilynn Stilp

Mr. Franklin Philpott Jr.

Mrs. Viola Shay

Mr. Troy Hathcox

Mrs. Betty Allen

Mrs. Beatrice Usher

Mr. Owen Scarborough

Mrs. Estelle Canady

Mr. George Carpenter

Mr. Bobby Flenniken

Mrs. Julia Gardner

Mrs. Laura Coleman

Mrs. Lillie Reece

Miss Doris Nunn

Mrs. Addie Davis

Mrs. Mamie Hardman

Mrs. Louise Rowe

'Patriot' controversy
Actor/producer Mel Gibson has run afoul of political correctness with his rousing Fourth of July epic, The Patriot. Some reviewers are incensed at the Revolutionary War film's lack of historical accuracy - yet many of the same reviewers raved about conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone's rewriting of history in his movies, JFK and Nixon. Go figure.

No money for needed sidewalk
I just spoke with Columbia County Commissioner Frank Spears and was disappointed to learn there is no money for a desperately needed sidewalk on the elementary school side of Blue Ridge Drive. Mary Edith Guye, Martinez

Black attacks on whites ignored
It's high time to report atrocities on the other side of the ledger. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

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

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.)

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

Why we celebrate
The Fourth of July marks the most important non-religious holiday of the year in this great country. It forms our secular character as a nation because it is born of our most fundamental beliefs regarding sovereignty, liberty and freedom.

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

Proclaim support for Burmeister
With the July 18 primary election quickly approaching, I am writing to proclaim my support for Republican candidate, Sue Burmeister, for the District 114 State House. Jacquelyn H. Cloud, Augusta

Hapeville school in the '50s recalled
Back in the early 1950s in Hapeville, Ga., we had the freedom of prayer at all our high school football games. Being a cheerleader, I attended every game for two seasons. Sondra Weaver Gillespie, Augusta

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.

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

Lawmaker finds nature trail money
I am a parent of a student at Martinez Elementary School. Earlier this year, the school wanted to build a nature trail which the students could use to expand their knowledge of the environment. Unfortunately, the school did not have the money and neither did the parents. Linda Leger Landry, 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

Mexico's bold step
At a last-minute election rally, National Action Party presidential candidate Vincente Fox shouted to the throng: ``Don't stop now, Mexico!'' Mexican voters responded in Sunday's election by electing the former governor of Guanajuato state - thereby shattering the 71-year grip by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

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

Donate blood and save a life
On June 15 my sisters and I donated blood for an upcoming surgery our father is going to have. I'm ashamed to say that this was my first time donating. Not only was it painless, but it only took about 15 minutes.Terri Jackson, 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

Private security guards under trained
Re June 3 article, ``Communities buy police patrols'': There is a vast amount of difference between South Carolina and Georgia private security. Jim Vause, Augusta (Editor's note: The author is president of Liberty Security.)

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

State rep a 'Babe Ruth' legislator
My hat is off to state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez. I took the advice of some local activists and checked Rep. Harbin's record. He has voted for every tax cut during his time in office. So I checked more and found that taxes were cut by nearly $2 billion statewide. Joseph A. Wood, Martinez

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

Animals are better than that
To all those letter writers who express their opinions - I wholeheartedly agree with them about the criminals being scum. I do not agree with them, however, when they use the term ``animal'' to describe them. Animals don't do things like that.Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah

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.

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

Vote Burmeister
I'm voting for Sue Burmeister for Georgia state representative of District 114 on July 18 and urge my friends to do the same. I've known her for 15 years and have found her to be an extremely approachable, action-oriented person with strong traditional family values. Vote for Sue and your opinions will be heard in Atlanta. Jeanne Stroebel, Augusta

Overtime: School district says Jazz pick uncooperative

Veteran derails NASCAR youth

Trippi closes strong, takes Grade II race

Five American women reach quarterfinals

Capriati meets Davenport

Petty won't race at New England

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

Doctors take aim at Lung cancer
INDIANAPOLIS -- When doctors diagnosed Billy Stamm with lung cancer, there was more bad news to come. Not only was surgery out of the question, the odds weren't good that he would respond to conventional radiation therapy.

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

Your style
THE FACTS: Shuntae McKenzie, 14, a rising freshman at Glenn Hills High School.

Xtreme events
In honor of Independence Day, Xtreme is focusing on events teens can do to celebrate the last month or so of freedom before the school bells (and alarm clocks) start ringing.

Reactions may temper interracial relationship
``There's this girl I really like and I think she might like me, too. The only thing is, we're different races. I've never dated outside my race. Should I pursue a relationship with her or just leave her alone?'' - 17-year-old North Augusta boy

Your style

`Me, Myself and Irene' good for a few laughs
Charlie/Hank (Mr. Carrey) is a part of the so-called best police department in the country, the Rhode Island State Police. After going through many problems, he creates multiple personalities to handle stress (bad-boy Hank being one of them). His doctor prescribes medicine to help with the disorder, but he often forgets to take it.

NBC's `Freaks and Geeks' worth a second look, run

NBC's `Freaks and Geeks' worth a second look, run
Freaks and Geeks, the TV show about a group of 1980s high school students trying to find their niche - not to mention themselves - was recently canceled because of low ratings. However, the show will be back for one last hurrah Saturday, when three unseen episodes air consecutively on WAGT-TV (Channel 26), starting at 8 p.m.

Reactions may temper interracial relationship

Xtreme events

DotComGuy still in house after six months

Doctors take aim at Lung cancer