Violence in our school is down

Gear and stuff for back-to-school

Make sure your child gets a healthy start

Reading List

Why rush kindergarten?

Personalizing your Locker

Back-to-school recipes

Cool curricula coming to colleges

Homework tips for kids

Back-to-school -- a checklist for parents

School safety facts

Taking a close look at playground safety

Tips for beating the back-to-school butterflies

School is a mix of emotions for many

Packing lunches can be a challenge

What to wear to school

National School Lunch Program

Internet, computers affect learning

The Care Club is trying to stop violence before it starts

Books: References for every desk

Gear and stuff for back-to-school
Backpacks are frontrunners with schoolkids.

What to wear to school
The kids usually like to wear something brand new on the first day of school. But while shopping, don't forget the cooler weather later on. Some picks to pick:

Tips for beating the back-to-school butterflies
While some children will be bolting out the door with excitement about the first day of school, others may be anxious -- even if they've only been away for the summer.

School safety facts
Weapons: Between 1991 and 1997, the number of kids who carried a weapon to school fell by 28 percent - the number of those who carried a gun dropped by 25 percent. Between 1996 and 1998, expulsions for carrying guns to school dropped by a third.

Backpack strategies
BOSTON -- Is your child turning into a beast of burden, asks Karen Jacobs, occupational therapy professor at Boston University's Sargent College.

Packing lunches can be a challenge
Packing your kid's school lunch can take about as much preparation as a shuttle launch -- unless you don't mind if it ends up in the trash can or in another student's stomach.

The Care Club is trying to stop violence before it starts
LENOIR CITY, Tenn. -- A teacher and coach for 25 years, Dave Moore carefully unfolds a small white paper from his wallet to reveal a single handwritten word:

Back-to-school recipes
Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffles

Make sure your child gets a healthy start
Before a child starts the school year, it's important for him or her to have a complete physical examination and be updated on vaccinations.

Homework tips for kids
The new school year is approaching. Summer reading lists that students dutifully

School is a mix of emotions for many
Going back to school is exhilarating, challenging and stressful and frightening. From kindergarten to graduate school, it's filled with mixed emotions and experiences for both students and their parents.

Reading List
Feeling a little bit rusty after a whole summer of playing? Pick up a book and start to get back into the swing of things for school. Here is reading list from the Reading is Fundamental campaign, www.rif.org, for children of different ages.

National School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program, created by Congress about 50 years ago, provides cash reimbursements to schools to provide nutritious meals to children.

Taking a close look at playground safety
Take a critical look at the playground where your child goes to school, advises the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Cool curricula coming to colleges
Classes aren't always a slog. More than a few colleges and universities are attracting students by offering courses with new trendy slants.

Helping your children with their homework
Be sure your child has a place to study -- someplace that has enough light and

Books: References for every desk
Computers or no, you just can't get through school without books:

Violence in our school is down
Even though overall school violence is down, a surge of bloody shootings in schools has caused communities across the nation to question how safe our schools are.

Back-to-school -- a checklist for parents
As your child ventures off for his or her first day of school, there are a few things that you want to be certain of. Following is a list of ideas from the National Association for the Education of Young Children for you to go over with you child.

Internet, computers affect learning
WASHINGTON -- Computers have changed the way students learn to write, observed Rosemary Winslow, associate professor of English at the Catholic University of America. And she thinks the results are mixed.

Personalizing your Locker
A person's school locker is their own little space away from home. If you take it for the grey metal box that it is, it's pretty boring. But if you personalize it, you can make it something all your own.

Raising a self-rising kid
WASHINGTON -- One of the first lessons schoolchildren need to master is the art of getting up on time.

Why rush kindergarten?
WASHINGTON -- Devi Knaster knows her letters, can count to 10, and is no longer too shy to speak to adults or play with other children. Plus, she's developed the social skills her mother felt she needed for the first year of more than a decade of school.

Braves notes

Braves make quick work of Astros

Jackets score early in win

Glavine tallies 200th win

Milestone gets more prestigious

Braves notebook: Glavine goes for No. 200 today

Pitching duo provides stability

Don't fret over loss of memory

Just add customers
For about $300,000, father-and-son fast-food owners Ralph and Robert Black bought a used Checkers building and had it moved to Augusta on two flatbed trucks.

Business briefs
Taylor Toyota has achieved top performance status and earned the silver level distinction in the 1999 Dealer Performance Challenge/Toyota Quality Dealer Certification Program from the Southeast Toyota Distributors Inc. for continuous commitment toward maintaining its facility, operating the dealership in best practices and with high regard for customer satisfaction.

Pocket change
AUTOMATIC MOWER: If George Jetson had a lawn, he'd use a Robomow to cut it. The new robotic mower will cut a lawn the size of a tennis court automatically, without the owner having to lift a finger.

On the move
Krista S. Wight has joined the firm Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP as a supervisor in the audit department.

Pocket change

On the move

Just add customers

SEC notebook: Donnan knows underdog feeling

Holtz football clinic attracts women

Every flag has a place

Mom applauds advent of midwives

Washington undercuts safe meats

Attorney defends Judge Cooper

Don't champion bad sportsmanship

Letter writer misunderstands Bible

Keep judicial center on list

New primary system?

Teen Catholic defends the church

Time for independence

Agrees Satanism is in kid books

Water shortage sure to worsen

Some 'brave' MIAs were defectors

Jerusalem's status

Takes the `grand' out of grand slam

Governors' education focus too narrow

Lack of competition hurts airport

Sky diving gives writer a thrill
People view my jump in one of two ways: Some say it was the bravest thing I've ever done, while others say it was the stupidest. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle, so to speak.  View the photo gallery

Arts Calendar
The Arts Calendar is a list of performance series and events in Augusta and Aiken.

Not every occasion is OK for children
Dear Carson: My husband and I are having a semiformal anniversary party. Most of our friends have small children, whom they bring to all parties.

Wet & Wild
ON THE SNAKE RIVER, Ore. - A white wall of water smashes against the 40-foot jetboat as it zigzags across the mighty Snake River, sending it careening toward a rock the size of a bus.

Restoring the spirit
Bryan and Rhonda Matthews have found an earthly refuge, which keeps them mindful of their spiritual purpose.

Infamous outlaw brings tourist dollars to town
KEARNEY, Mo. - Towns where a notorious criminal once lived usually don't want to be remembered for the connection. Residents generally don't like thousands of people making pilgrimages to the birthplace of a brutal killer.

Float Time
Jumping out of a fully functioning airplane may sound a little irrational to some, but each year U.S. sky divers perform more than 3 million jumps - by choice.

Fate of Confederate raider shrouded in mystery
Near the end of the Civil War, gangs of "border outlaws" roamed the rugged backcountry of the divided nation's heartland, robbing, burning and killing all who got in their way.

T-shirt contest
Old concert T-shirts are hot sellers in vintage clothing stores in New York and Los Angeles. That trend, and the upcoming Lynyrd Skynyrd-Pat Travers concert at Fort Gordon's Barton Field on Aug. 13, got us wondering who has resisted the urge to throw out those faded, shrunken remnants of their glory days? To find out, we're conducting a concert T-shirt contest.

Howell trails by 5 at Deere Classic

Don't fret over loss of memory
There I was. Staring at the telephone receiver in my hand and trying to remember my office phone number - a number I probably call six times a day, and volunteer to others twice that much.

Augusta holds gun buyback
Richmond County Sheriff's deputies collected 114 firearms Saturday as part of Augusta's first gun buyback program. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Aid to help people cool off
AIKEN - Georgia and South Carolina are getting $6 million in federal assistance to help the elderly, poor and disabled cool their homes this summer. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Fate of Confederate raider shrouded in mystery

Infamous outlaw brings tourist dollars to town

Restoring the spirit

Wet & Wild

Float Time

Not every occasion is OK for children

Arts Calendar

Sky diving gives writer a thrill

Tax break expected to draw shoppers

Georgians set sights on Senate seat
PHILADELPHIA - Mack Mattingly brought his newborn U.S. Senate campaign north of the Mason-Dixon line Sunday.

Communities foster homes

Across the area
A pony found injured in McBean late Friday lived through the night at the Richmond County Animal Shelter but died Saturday morning.

Optimistic delegates shove off
ATLANTA - It's like a trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., would be for a baseball fan.

Newborn found dead in cabinet
Investigators from the Richmond County Sheriff's Department and coroner's office are trying to find out why a newborn baby girl was wrapped in towels and stuffed into a cabinet below a bathroom sink.

Across the area

Anderson set for comeback

Aiken teaches speeders a lesson
AIKEN - If there's such a thing as a good place to get a speeding ticket, it just might be within the city limits of Aiken.

Residents turn in 114 guns
Richmond County Sheriff's deputies collected 114 firearms Saturday as part of Augusta's first gun buyback program.

Remains discovered in pickup

County changes policies

Potter molds history into clay

Consultant seeks MCG alternative

Aid to help people cool off

Making tracks

Delegate departs holding hope

Attendance concerns Stallions

Potter molds history into clay
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Stephen Ferrell turns his potter's wheel and pats a wet clump of clay with love and tenderness, almost like a baby's bottom.

Analysts debate future of prices

City revamps bus shelters
Millions of cumulative hours have been spent waiting at them. Rock groups have devoted entire songs to them. And 85 of Augusta's are being revamped this summer.

Potter molds history into clay

Education system draws many to county
Amy Bryan has a relatively easy job. When callers ask the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce about living in the county, she has some hard facts to back up her glowing report.

Consultant seeks MCG alternative
A year ago, concerned about the tremendous demands of his job and potential problems with his multiple sclerosis, Medical College of Georgia President Francis J. Tedesco told University System of Georgia Chancellor Stephen Portch he might take early retirement if available.

Activities abound for GOP delegates
ATLANTA - Even political junkies might need some respite from the endless networking and speeches of this week's Republican National Convention.

Georgians set sights on Senate seat

Aiken teaches speeders a lesson

Optimistic delegates shove off

Augusta holds gun buyback

Analysts debate future of prices
ATLANTA - A growing number of experts are beginning to say that the promises of Georgia's natural gas deregulation - many suppliers to chose from, lower prices and improved service - may never fully materialize.

Residents turn in 114 guns

Aid to help people cool off
AIKEN - Georgia and South Carolina are getting $6 million in federal assistance to help the elderly, poor and disabled cool their homes this summer.

Decaying houses beset neighborhook

City revamps bus shelters

Activities abound for GOP delegates

Potter molds history into clay
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Stephen Ferrell turns his potter's wheel and pats a wet clump of clay with love and tenderness, almost like a baby's bottom.

Stallions look to repeat Carolina defeat

Communities foster homes
When Kim and Bill Jackson moved to Keswick Village in the Stratford subdivision in November, they traded their old house for a new lifestyle: one in a fully developed neighborhood that includes front porches, sidewalks, a park, and a nearby clubhouse, pool and tennis courts.

Milestone gets more prestigious

Tax break expected to draw shoppers
South Carolina's upcoming ``sales tax holiday'' on back-to-school items is creating a retail bonanza that will rival the day after Thanksgiving, retailers say.

Remains discovered in pickup
AIKEN - Firefighters made a gruesome discovery Sunday after extinguishing a burning truck in a densely wooded area near the intersection of South Carolina Highway 19 and Croft Mill Road.

County changes policies
In the coming school year, violations of Columbia County school system's code of conduct could carry different punishments depending on the age of the offender.

Across the area
Firefighters made a gruesome discovery Sunday after extinguishing a burning truck in a densely wooded area near the intersection of South Carolina Highway 19 and Croft Mill Road.

Decaying houses beset neighborhook
Like crumbling tombstones in a neglected graveyard, a row of condemned houses haunts the end of Eighth Street closest to Laney-Walker Boulevard.  View the photo gallery

Community honors educator's dedication
Kingsley Riley's life has been about children - teaching them in her classroom and advocating for them as a Richmond County Board of Education member.

Delegate departs holding hope
CLEARWATER - Susan Swanson is on her way to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, and she says she's traveling with high hopes.

County's litigation bill rises
Columbia County's legal tab may eclipse $300,000 for the first time in recent years.

Across the area

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.

County's litigation bill rises

Community honors educator's dedication

Falcons win preseason match

Hanspard ready for season

Falcons capitalize on Colts mistakes

Mrs. Mary Robinson
BRONX, N.Y. - Mrs. Mary Robinson, 84, of East 170th Street, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Georgia Kenney
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Mrs. Georgia P. Kenney, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Center.

Mr. Thomas Cook
AIKEN - Mr. Thomas C. Cook, 77, of Pinecrest Avenue, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Leroy Tiller
Mr. Leroy Tiller, 49, of Augusta, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Sophie Bennett
LANGLEY - Mrs. Sophie M. Bennett, 81, of Huber Clay Road, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Kathryn Lemon
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Kathryn Craven Lemon, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at Laurel Crest Retirement Home.

Mr. Kenneth Kitchens
THOMSON - Mr. Kenneth T. Kitchens, 31, of Washington Road, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. James Sandifer
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. James B. Sandifer, 71, died Saturday, July 29, 2000.

Mr. William Couch
MADISON, Ga. - Mr. William Frank Couch, 90, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at Madison Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. William Calhoun
Mr. William Cozart Calhoun, 81, of Augusta, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Lester Clendaniel
Mr. Lester E. Clendaniel, 60, of Augusta, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Linda Hurst
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Linda Prickett Hurst, 57, of Edgefield Road, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ellner Young
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Ellner Young, 89, of Young Street, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at South Point Hospital, Cleveland.

Mrs. Elizabeth Clark
MARIETTA, Ga. - Mrs. Elizabeth L. Hopkins Clark, 80, of Whitlock Avenue, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at Kennestone Hospital.

Mr. Rayford Johnson
Mr. Rayford B. Johnson, 70, of Watkins Street, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Paul Trautman
BELVEDERE - Mr. Paul Mark Trautman, 46, died Sunday, July 30, 2000.

Mr. Marion Feagin
GLOVERVILLE - Mr. Marion Harvey Feagin, 75, of Oak Street, died Thursday, July 28, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Lillie Moody
Mrs. Lille Mae ``Janie'' Moody, of Heckle Street, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Robinson
BRONX, N.Y. - Mrs. Mary Robinson, 84, of East 170th Street, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. John Brown
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. John Henry Brown, 40, of Aiken, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Sarah Ringo
BATH - Mrs. Sarah Diane Kirby Ringo, 48, of Turner Street, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Reeder Stevenson
AIKEN - Mr. Reeder Clark Stevenson, 63, of Richardson Lane, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mattie Thackston
Mrs. Mattie B. Thackston, 88, of Mesena Lane, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Sheila Minkoff
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mrs. Sheila R. Goldberg Minkoff, 81, died Friday, July 28, 2000.

Mr. Reeder Stevenson
AIKEN - Mr. Reeder Clark Stevenson, 63, of Richardson Lane, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Marjorie McNab
Mrs. Marjorie E. McNab, of Augusta, died Saturday, July 29, 2000 at her residence.

Mr. Conrad Wilson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Conrad ``Lucky'' Wilson, died Saturday July 29, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mr. Albert Black
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Albert Boyd Black, 75, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Virginia Watson
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Ms. Virginia Shearouse Watson, 83, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at National Health Care Center.

Mrs. Sarah Ringo

Mrs. Mary Robinson

Mrs. Mary Robinson

Mr. Reeder Stevenson

Mr. Albert Black

Mrs. Sophie Bennett

Mr. Leroy Tiller

Mr. James Sandifer

Mr. Paul Trautman

Mr. Kenneth Kitchens

Mr. Rayford Johnson

Mrs. Marjorie McNab

Mrs. Kathryn Lemon

Mr. Thomas Cook

Mr. Conrad Wilson

Mr. Reeder Stevenson

Mrs. Georgia Kenney

Mrs. Lillie Moody

Mr. Marion Feagin

Mrs. Linda Hurst

Mrs. Mattie Thackston

Mr. William Couch

Kent: The Zell factor; Coverdell's final strategy
THE APPOINTMENT by Gov. Roy Barnes of his predecessor and fellow Democrat to succeed the late Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., continues to get tongu

Agrees Satanism is in kid books
I congratulate N. Passalaqua for her July 15 letter about the Harry Potter books. I feel the same way she does: Potter author J.K. Rowling is doing nothing but promoting Satanism. T. Williams, Evans

Kent: The Zell factor; Coverdell's final strategy
THE APPOINTMENT by Gov. Roy Barnes of his predecessor and fellow Democrat to succeed the late Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., continues to get tongu

Every flag has a place
The Heritage Preservation Association may think it is clever to post Confederate flags near the intersection of Georgia Highway 88 and U.S. Highway 1, but the group's reasoning just doesn't fly.

Mom applauds advent of midwives
I was pleasantly surprised when I read The Chronicle's July 22 article on midwives in the Augusta area. This health care option is long overdue in the Central Savannah River Area, and I applaud Dr. Lawrence Devoe for seeing and meeting this need. Amanda Hammond, North Augusta

Letter writer misunderstands Bible
I am responding to Hoyt Goodson's July 20 letter regarding ``The inferiority of women.'' Mr. Goodson has made yet another feeble attempt at making Southern Baptists look like insensitive, condescending lords over the women in their lives. Michael E. Pitcher, Evans

Some 'brave' MIAs were defectors
In 1967-68 I was assigned, after recovering from an injury in Vietnam, to a company in Camp Zama, Japan. As the first sergeant, my duties were to oversee soldiers who were treated for their wounds in the hospital and released to me for rehabilitation/reconditioning to include psychology work-ups and mental evaluations to determine if they could return to Vietnam to complete their tour of duty. Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

State underwriting abortion services
I have recently become aware of a situation that deserves attention. A Georgia citizen who seeks to have state assistance to pay for reproductive sterilization can go through a local health department for assistance. Marlene Lane, Martinez

Takes the `grand' out of grand slam
Bobby Jones, by all accounts, was perhaps the most polite competitor in all of sport. In his later years, however, there was one thing, of which I have read, that would not fail to arouse his ire. This would occur when someone would misuse the term ``grand slam.''Ross Snellings, Augusta

Water shortage sure to worsen
People who whine and gripe because they can't water their lawns as often as they wish have a rude awakening coming. Daniel R. Graham, Martinez

Why won't Pat lock 'n' load?
The biggest problem for political parties that aren't Democrat or Republican is to get enough national media exposure to command the attention of the voting public.

Teen Catholic defends the church
Regarding W. Stanley Hall's July 25 letter, I am a 16-year-old Roman Catholic. I have been going to Catholic schools all my life. I was educated at Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta and now attend Aquinas High School. I am aware of the overpopulation problem, but I believe blaming one person's religious practices is not going to solve the problem. Anna Pendleton, Augusta

Time for independence
State Rep.-elect Sue Burmeister buried her opponent to win her District 114 House seat in the Georgia General Assembly. She has no challenger in the general election, so she has the position locked up.

Jerusalem's status
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has every right to ask that part of the holy city of Jerusalem - the Arab eastern section - be th

Don't champion bad sportsmanship
Re Rick Dorsey's July 22 column: Sandra Cole, Augusta

New primary system?
The Republican Party is boldly moving to make the presidential primary system more interesting, relevant, voter-friendly and fairer.

Washington undercuts safe meats
Thank you for your July 23 editorial, ``Don't cut meat standards.'' Washington must be made aware that the consuming public does not want long-established meat inspection laws to be bent to the commercial advantage of the big meat industry. Tom Roberts, North Augusta

Investigate cruel world of dog fights
On July 13 and 14, WJBF, Channel 6, aired a special report on the ``Secret World of Dog Fighting.'' Billy McCalley, Augusta

Attorney defends Judge Cooper
The July 19 ``Aiken's Judge Ito?'' editorial was well written and hit the bull's eye. However, the bull's eye was hung on the wrong person.James B. Huff, North Augusta

Keep judicial center on list
The time is now for the Augusta Commission to decide the projects to be paid for by renewing the local special option sales tax. The matter will be placed in front of voters in a special Sept. 19 referendum, but only if commissioners come to agreement on prioritizing the projects - and soon.

Lack of competition hurts airport
On July 20, letter writer K. Jeter raised concerns about spending money on an expansion project at Bush Field before leaders can figure out why an airline ticket out of Augusta can be sometimes hundreds of dollars more than the same ticket purchased at Atlanta's international airport.Nick Reece, Augusta

Libraries can ban porn
South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon sounds the right note when he urges public libraries to screen out pornographic Web sites on their Internet computers, though we don't think it's his job as the state's top cop to enforce such screening.

Governors' education focus too narrow
I read with interest the July 21 article, ``Barnes targets out-of-field teaching.'' The governor pinpointed critical concerns of all professional educators; but his focus is much too narrow.Andy Baumgartner, Augusta

Area players get exposure at tournament

Overtime: U.S. women fall to Norway

Overtime: Diallo enjoys last laugh in all-star game

Paddle key to fishing success

Local dam needs traffic

Buckarama event this week

Uranium miners not warned
COVE, Ariz. (AP) - Inside the stifling cinderblock house of Dorothy Joe, nothing moves but waves of grief.

Pennsylvania company recalling beef
WASHINGTON (AP) - Moyer Packing Co. of Souderton, Pa., is recalling some 346,700 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, the Agriculture Department said Saturday.

SIDS prevention linked to flat-heads
CHICAGO -- Traci Fries never dreamed that by helping to keep her baby safe from crib death she was contributing to a separate and growing medical problem.

Kazakstan destroys last nuclear test facility
POLYGON NUCLEAR TEST SITE, Kazakstan (AP) - An international team of scientists destroyed the last of Kazakstan's nuclear test facilities Saturday, scratching the Central Asian nation from the list of nuclear-capable countries.

Uranium miners not warned

SIDS prevention linked to flat-heads

Kazakstan destroys last nuclear test facility