Make sure your child gets a healthy start

National School Lunch Program

Violence in our school is down

Reading List

Gear and stuff for back-to-school

Personalizing your Locker

Why rush kindergarten?

Books: References for every desk

Taking a close look at playground safety

The Care Club is trying to stop violence before it starts

Internet, computers affect learning

Homework tips for kids

School safety facts

Tips for beating the back-to-school butterflies

What to wear to school

Back-to-school recipes

School is a mix of emotions for many

Packing lunches can be a challenge

Back-to-school -- a checklist for parents

Cool curricula coming to colleges

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Back-to-school recipes
Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffles

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

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.

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.

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

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

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:

Milestone gets more prestigious

Jaguars sign seven for baseball

Braves notes

Surhoff dealt to Atlanta

Jackets top RiverDogs

Glavine tallies 200th win

Industry celebrates beer intake

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks rebounded Monday from last week's wave of selling as buyers returned for blue-chip technology issues at bargain prices.

Area unemployment rate shows increase

Area unemployment rate shows increase
The Augusta area's jobless rate climbed slightly in June to 5.2 percent, up nearly a full point from May, when it was 4.3 percent. But Georgia Department of Labor officials said that still was lower than last year.

Yellow Jackets get first look at freshmen

Dogs benched for phone fraud

Washington undercuts safe meats

New primary system?

Finds partial birth abortion upsetting

Agrees Satanism is in kid books

Jerusalem's status

Teen Catholic defends the church

Wife should have been appointed

Water shortage sure to worsen

Mom applauds advent of midwives

Hopes Johnson defeats Walker

Nancy Coverdell for U.S. Senate?

Time for independence

Dog days of summer
Zeke Griffis loves morning walks along the Augusta Canal. Not only do they provide the puppy with an outlet for his endless energy and curiosity, he also gets to spend time with one of his favorite people - his owner.

Dieter hits a wall in effort to drop pounds
Since last month, Weight Loss 2000 participant Sabrina Sanchez has lost one pound, hitting a plateau at 176.

Age old question
Q: What are some tasty ways to add soy to my diet? - H.A., Harlem

In the know
SPIKED SANDALS: It's a sweltering summer day and you have a golf match lined up. You have Bermuda shorts, a short-sleeved shirt and a shade visor to help beat the heat. But what about those shoes?

Howell set for season

Harlem's midnight madness

Industry celebrates beer intake
I didn't know this. Maybe you didn't either. Try to name the Georgia industry that generates $454 million in state and local taxes, the same industry that contributes $917 in federal taxes.

Michael Clark wins John Deere Classic; Howell takes third place
SILVIS, Ill. -- Michael Clark, a rookie on the PGA Tour, beat Kirk Triplett on the fourth playoff hole Monday to win the rain-delayed John Deere Classic. -- The Augusta Chronicle

Age old question

In the know

Dieter hits a wall in effort to drop pounds

Dog days of summer

Aiken teaches speeders a lesson

Lack of oxygen killed infant
The newborn girl found dead in a cabinet under a bathroom sink in a south Augusta residence Saturday was born alive but died from a lack of oxygen, a Richmond County coroner said Monday.

Correction
An article in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said the tritium extraction facility at Savannah River Site will remove tritium from special rods designed to create the gas when the rods are irradiated in a nuclear reactor.

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

Potter molds history into clay

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

Regency Mall has an empty feeling
Mrs. Lee is the owner of King's Jewelry, one of five stores operating in the nearly empty mall. Montgomery Ward is the only anchor. J.B. White, now Dillard's, moved to Augusta Mall in January 1998.

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.

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.

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.

City revamps bus shelters

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.

Correction

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.

Dude ranch corrals Germans

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.

Fire leaves family in need of home
HEPHZIBAH - The members of a Burke County family are trying to rebuild their lives after a fire destroyed their mobile home.

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.

Officials approve SRS plant
Assistant Energy Secretary Carolyn Huntoon announced Monday that the federal nuclear-weapons site will be the location of a ``melt-and-dilute plant.'' The facility will dispose of 31.6 tons of spent nuclear-reactor fuel.

County considers vote on tax
AIKEN - Voters in Aiken County are likely to be given another chance to levy a 1 cent sales tax on themselves in the November general election.

State requests aid for flooding study
State transportation commissioners have asked the federal government to get involved in a local interchange project to fix flooding problems on Interstate 20 and prevent future flooding problems caused by new construction.

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.

Breast cancer study targets black women
Corine Landers thought the pain in her back and her side was probably arthritis. Then she remembered the lump she had felt in her breast.

Georgians set sights on Senate seat

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.

HOPE scholarships increase enrollment

Officials approve SRS plant

Stallions counting on rings of experience in playoffs

Across the area

Sheriff's office settles lawsuit

State requests aid for flooding study

Lack of oxygen killed infant

Schrenko will not run for Senate

Breast cancer study targets black women

Animal insurance raises questions
Health insurance for pets can be an owner's safety net for a longtime companion. But some say it is too expensive for the benefits.

Remains discovered in pickup

GOP event seeks to broaden appeal
PHILADELPHIA - When Democrat Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, he vowed to appoint a Cabinet that would ``look like America.''

HOPE scholarships increase enrollment
ATLANTA - HOPE scholarships haven't sent enrollment soaring in University System of Georgia schools, but have caused steady gains, according to statistics released by the system.

Schrenko will not run for Senate
PHILADELPHIA - Republican state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko announced Monday that she won't enter Georgia's U.S. Senate race and instead will support former ValuJet President Lewis Jordan for the seat.

Animal insurance raises questions

Man admits guilt in killings
AIKEN - A Lexington County man pleaded guilty Monday to participating in two robbery-motivated slayings in Aiken and Orangeburg counties, including the killing of a Salley man during a home invasion in April 1998.

Across the area
A man robbed the manager of Wendy's restaurant on Wrightsboro Road early Monday and escaped on foot with an unknown amount of money, a Richmond County sheriff's investigator said.

Paramedic receives suspension from board
Burke County commissioners suspended a veteran paramedic-firefighter for five days Monday instead of firing her as her boss had asked them to.

Potter molds history into clay

Hospital hires new executive
University Hospital has hired a new chief operating officer.

Milestone gets more prestigious

County considers vote on tax

Communities foster homes

Man admits guilt in killings

Stallions look to repeat Carolina defeat

Regency Mall has an empty feeling

Across the area

Michael Clark wins John Deere Classic; Howell takes third place

County's litigation bill rises

Sheriff's office settles lawsuit
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has settled a lawsuit with a man who claimed a deputy used excessive force during a criminal domestic violence arrest in 1995.

Community honors educator's dedication

Dude ranch corrals Germans
MADISON, Ga. - What in this Morgan County town would entice hundreds of Germans to trade in their lederhosen for chaps?

Falcons capitalize on Colts mistakes

Falcons prepare for trip to Japan

Mrs. Doris Ledger
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Doris Ann Ledger, 73, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

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

Mr. Ronald Yon
SALLEY - Mr. Ronald Allen ``Ronnie'' Yon, 45, of Hollow Creek Road, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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.

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

Mrs. Daisy Harvley
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mrs. Daisy Mae Hollingsworth Harvley, 82, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Rufus Pearson
THOMSON - Mr. Rufus Willie Pearson, 75, of Third Street, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

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.

Alice Gartrell
THOMSON - Mrs. Alice Gartrell, 92, of Poplar Street, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Lizzie Blassingame
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Lizzie L. Blassingame, 50, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. John McManus
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. John Atkins McManus, 72, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, in Augusta.

Mrs. Edith Brown
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Edith O'Berry Brown died Friday, July 28, 2000.

Mr. Willard Roundtree Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. T. Willard Roundtree Sr., 84, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mr. Roosevelt Hay
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Roosevelt ``Bob'' Hay died Friday, July 28, 2000, at Blair House Health Care Nursing Center, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Bertha Bailey
LILBURN, Ga. - Mrs. Bertha Brown Bailey died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at Lilburn Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Karthel Young
SALLEY - Mr. Karthel Walter Young, 77, of Sawyer-Young Road, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Gene McMillan Jr.
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Gene A. McMillan Jr., 49, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, Charleston.

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

Black board members draw blame
First we had the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ... attack the South Carolina state flag or, as a matter of fact, anything having to do with the South. Suzanne N. Reeves, Waynesboro

Mrs. Mary Rickerson
Mrs. Mary D. ``Moody'' Rickerson, 75, of Appling, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Dickie Brookshire
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Mr. Dickie Moretz Brookshire, 51, died Sunday, July 30, 2000.

Mr. James Carpenter
MOBILE, Ala. - Mr. James Carpenter, 42, of Clubhouse Road, died Friday, July 28, 2000.

Mrs. Lillie Moody

Black board members draw blame

Mr. Gene McMillan Jr.

Mr. Paul Trautman

Mrs. Linda Hurst

Mr. John McManus

Mr. Rayford Johnson

Mr. Karthel Young

Mr. James Carpenter

Mrs. Daisy Harvley

Mr. Roosevelt Hay

Mr. Thomas Cook

Mrs. Mattie Thackston

Mrs. Bertha Bailey

Mrs. Mary Robinson

Mrs. Lizzie Blassingame

Mr. William Couch

Alice Gartrell

Mr. Reeder Stevenson

Mr. Dickie Brookshire

Mrs. Lillie Moody

Kent: Mattingly makes his move; `Shadow politics'
PHILADELPHIA - Pageantry, parties and protests are highlighting the Republican National Convention, where 2,000 heirs to the party of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan ar

New TV violence foes
A press conference took place in Washington last week that should have grabbed the entertainment industry's attention. True, the conference didn't produce anything that hadn't been said before.

Video poker creeps south
Business owners are bringing video gambling machines to Georgia from South Carolina. After the machines became illegal in the Palmetto State, they began showing up in Richmond County, and now in Columbia County.

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

Wife should have been appointed
If Gov. Roy Barnes was a gentleman, he would have appointed Nancy Coverdell to fulfill the unexpired term of her late husband Sen. Paul Coverdell. Penny Ballas, Augusta

William Calhoun
Augusta is a better place today because William Calhoun was born and lived his life here. His death Friday at age 81 will be deeply felt by our community.

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

Hopes Johnson defeats Walker
The re-election of state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, does not have to be inevitable. Carroll Norton, Augusta

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

Video poker creeps south
Business owners are bringing video gambling machines to Georgia from South Carolina. After the machines became illegal in the Palmetto State, they began showing up in Richmond County, and now in Columbia County.

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

New TV violence foes
A press conference took place in Washington last week that should have grabbed the entertainment industry's attention. True, the conference didn't produce anything that hadn't been said before.

Nancy Coverdell for U.S. Senate?
No one could admire the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., more than I do. He always responded to my letters, and whenever I had an appointment to meet him, he always showed up. I am sure that many times he broke away from more important things to do so. Alex Cawthon, Thomson

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

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

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

Bob Jones music station lauded
Regarding The Chronicle July 23 feature article, ``On the radio trail'': The article by Alisa DeMao was very informative for those traveling this summer in our area Raymond & Loyce Hargrove, North 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.

Why high court bans school prayers
A.H. Rau, in The Augusta Chronicle, June 29, seems to be worried about the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling against prayers invoked by a person at the beginning of a (public school) sporting event, was ruled a ``no-no''. Carl S. Champlin, Aiken

Finds partial birth abortion upsetting
I am upset with the U.S. Supreme Curt ruling on legalizing partial birth abortions, or abortions period, unless medically necessary. An abortion is a killing of another breathing human being who can't stand up for itself. Tina Cloer, Augusta

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

Kent: Mattingly makes his move; `Shadow politics'
PHILADELPHIA - Pageantry, parties and protests are highlighting the Republican National Convention, where 2,000 heirs to the party of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan ar

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

Overtime: U.S. women fall to Norway

Overtime: Tigers' Shyatt loses second assistant coach

Counties go online
It used to be a 15-mile trip from his Washington Road office to the Columbia County Courthouse in Appling.

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.

Xtreme calendar
Chill out to new movies being released on video: Aaliyah and Jet Li do some street fighting and romancing in Romeo Must Die, and romance blossoms unexpectedly in Whatever It Takes, starring James Franco and Marla Sokoloff.

Poll results
Here are the results from a recent Xtreme reader poll. We asked the question:

Viewers should make a run for `Chicken Run'

Xtreme movies

Advice line
``I'm going to high school next year, and some of my old best friends are starting to act too grown up and are getting way too involved with boys. I want to end our friendship. What should I do?''- 13-year-old Aiken girl

The Storytellers
Stop, look and listen is something you probably heard a lot in elementary school.

Advice line

Xtreme movies
Professor Charles Xavier (Mr. Stewart) and his team of mutants, the X-Men, want to use their powers to help humanity while Magneto (Mr. McKellen) wants mutants to use their powers to control humanity.

Xtreme calendar

Viewers should make a run for `Chicken Run'
A spunky, plucky chicken named Ginger (Ms. Sawalha) is tired of being locked up on the chicken farm belonging to Mrs. Tweedy (Ms. Richardson), so she decides to band together with all of the other chickens and escape. They get caught every time, though. With the arrival of Rocky (Mr. Gibson), a supposed flying rooster, Ginger and the rest of the chickens think they have found their way out, but trouble abounds.

Your style
THE FACTS: Jason Webb, 19, a recent graduate of North Augusta High School.

SIDS prevention linked to flat-heads

Counties go online