Doing homework might help get that raise
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 might be required, but this is the best time to ask for a raise.

Briefcase
A Philadelphia-based sales consulting firm said one of the most consistent errors sales personnel make is talking too much about their product and not listening to potential customers.

Keebler breaks ground for warehouse
When Keebler Foods Co. started construction on its $11 million warehouse and distribution center in Augusta, it did so with a little ``Elven Magic.''

United Way leader looks toward future
Staff Writer Frank Witsil sat down recently with Jo Maypole, the new president of the United Way of the CSRA, in her office on Ellis Street to talk about her vision of the organization. She was named president in May.

Bookstores give consumers more than just books
Carol Saggus was a long way from her home in Lincolnton, Ga., but just as comfortable sitting in an overstuffed chair in a quiet corner of Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

United Way looks in new direction
Jo Maypole, the new president of the United Way of the CSRA, wants to lead the nonprofit organization to new heights. Three months into the job, she is talking about possibly changing how the chapter is structured.

Cover story: Living the good life for less
We've all heard Grandpa recall when a bottle of Coke cost a nickel.

Market booms for ultrasonic cleaning
Scott Levine went from selling Mercedes-Benz automobiles to cleaning blinds - but it wasn't as though he stepped down into some dusty, grimy occupation.

Cline: U.S. enters consumer golden age
I was not alive during the Great Depression. The double-digit inflation of the 1970s is a fuzzy elementary school memory.

Local woman creates market for memories
Kim Mock and her business partners scrapped their way up the ladder of success. The scrapbook business she launched out of her home just three years ago has turned into a franchise.

Brauer: GDP sums can mask inequalities
The U.S. economy is doing fine. Practically everyone who wants a job can have a job. Average wages are rising, even when adjusted for inflation, because employees are productive and in demand.

Grocers fuel convenience competition
Your future grocery list might have ``tank of gas'' written under ``carton of eggs'' and ``gallon of milk.''

Brannen: Use caution when firing workers
The most important decision managers make is hiring employees. The most disturbing is firing employees.

Golf stocks let you play with your money
Business and golf are two games or professions - depending on how you look at them - that go together, and some investors have found a way to combine both passions by investing in golf-related companies.

Augusta Business Chronicle
Believe it or not, your dollar stretches further today than ever before. Read about this and other stories online in the Augusta Business Chronicle or get a print edition inside The Augusta Chronicle on Monday.

Staff changes mean new faces in Aiken County schools

Edgefield County school calendar

Richmond County school calendar

McDuffie County school calendar

Bus routes

Aiken County school calendar

Columbia County schools get new faces

Richmond County undergoes changes

Education reforms sweep Richmond County

Starting times pushed back in Columbia County

Columbia County schools get new faces
Victor Lee has known Lakeside High School by reputation, and in the coming school year he'll get to know the school firsthand.

Edgefield County school calendar
Guide to Edgefield County Schools.

Richmond County school calendar
Guide to Richmond County schools 2000-2001.

Staff changes mean new faces in Aiken County schools
Seven Aiken County schools will have new faces at their principals' desks when school begins on Aug. 14, although only one administrator, Tim Yarborough of North Augusta, is a newcomer to the district.

Private schools guide
Guide to private schools 2000-2001.

Aiken County school calendar
Guide to Aiken County Schools 2000-2001.

Columbia County school calendar
Guide to Columbia County schools 2000-2001.

Starting times pushed back in Columbia County
When Columbia County students return to classes later this month, many will do so about 25 minutes later than in previous school years.

McDuffie County school calendar
McDuffie County Schools Guide 2000-2001.

Richmond County undergoes changes
Richmond County schools will have 13 new principals this year and nine new assistant principals.

Education reforms sweep Richmond County
Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill will bring changes this year to school districts throughout the state.

Bus routes
School systems could not provide detailed bus route information for this section. For information, please call the transportation department...

Braves top Cardinals

Surhoff's struggles at plate are unwanted surprise

Minor league notebook

Braves notebook: Injuries continue to plague Braves

GJax drop 3rd in row to Gnats

Sand Gnats take Friday's game

Cardinals shut out Braves

Parental adventures bring angst

Business briefs
Muns Welding and Mechanical Inc. has been nominated as a finalist to receive the Hardhat Award for safety performance by the Georgia Utility Contractors Association.

Briefcase

Pocket change

Cline: U.S. enters consumer golden age

Golf stocks let you play with your money

Grocers fuel convenience competition

Brauer: GDP sums can mask inequalities

What's in a name?
Retail grocery executives have spent the past two decades trying to erase the ``G'' word from the consumer lexicon.

Market booms for ultrasonic cleaning

Brannen: Use caution when firing workers

Cover story: Living the good life for less

United Way leader looks toward future

Doing homework might help get that raise

Augusta Business Chronicle

Bookstores give consumers more than just books

Pocket change
WEB RESTRICTIONS: It seems that the bigger a company is, the more concerned its managers are about employees surfing the Internet on the job.

United Way looks in new direction

On the move
NewSouth Communications Corp. has expanded its Augusta/Aiken office with the recent additions of Kristi Alexander and Jeff Biddle as account executives.

Keebler breaks ground for warehouse

Business briefs

What's in a name?

Local woman creates market for memories

Holtz: 2000 freshmen elligible

USC awaits newcomers

Donnan pleased with freshmen

SEC notebook: Bulldogs honing offensive line

New Joe leads the way for Tech

ACC notebook

On midwifery, and a great doctor

Bush will restore honesty, integrity

Byne a physician of respect, dignity

Evolutionists still have it wrong

New Bush Field terminal not needed

Moslems seek to rout Israel

More summer classes necessary

Ripping off Uncle Sam

Keenan's grandma willing to wait

Thomas and Tee Allgood

Digitize nation's library

Wilkes credible

Etheridge's sorry salvo

Local author's name omitted

Put nonprofits on tax list

Defining boundaries is not bigotry

Seconds points made by former teacher of year

Stop floods; vote down tax hike

Wabakimi offers unspoiled Canada
WABAKIMI PROVINCIAL PARK, Ontario - Standing by a small wooden cabin that is the Armstrong train station, hands jammed deep in pockets to ward off the dawn chill, we looked like a scene from a century earlier.

Early 'explorer's' misadventures became legend
Giacomo Beltrami came to America in the early 19th century thinking his purpose in life was to find the source of the Mississippi River.

Marital status can be matter of choice
Dear Carson: If a woman is married for a long time (20 years), her husband dies and she remarries, but the second marriage lasts less than a year, what is her proper marital status? Can she reclaim "widowed" or does she have to use "divorced"?

Junk e-mailings spur House action
Spam isn't just annoying - it's bad business. That's the position of activists who have helped push the cause to outlaw spam - a push that resulted in an overwhelming vote by the U.S. House of Representatives last month to muzzle spammers. The Unsolicited Electronic Mail Act, which passed 427-1, would require people who send unsolicited commercial e-mail to identify it as unsolicited, include a valid return address and honor requests from e-mail users to stop sending spam. Spammers that ignore the requests would face a fine.

Puerto Rico offers underground adventures
CAMUY, Puerto Rico - Jaime Figueroa dangles like a worm on a hook, suspended by rope 300 feet above Puerto Rico's Cathedral Cave and its mouthful of stalactite teeth.

In the know
MONUMENTAL IGNORANCE: Here's a quiz: Name the four presidents whose faces are carved on Mount Rushmore. According to a survey conducted for Unilever, only 25 percent of Americans asked that question could name all four correctly. Another 25 percent couldn't name even one. OK, time's up. The answer: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

A light touch
Shirley Cunningham is trying to bring the outdoors into her home.

Road trips make map of memories
Summer is when many people take to the open road, hitting their favorite beaches, visiting family or heading to the mountains to escape the heat.

Pull the plug on hucksters
Become Legally and Lawfully Tax Free! Make At Least $5,000 Every Week - Guaranteed! Get a university degree - without studying, without exams, without cracking a book. At least, that's what the e-mail messages promise.

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Marchman sinks 7th career win

Parental adventures bring angst
It's Sunday morning; do you know where your parents are? I don't.

Wabakimi offers unspoiled Canada

Junk e-mailings spur House action

A light touch

Marital status can be matter of choice

Road trips make map of memories

Early 'explorer's' misadventures became legend

Puerto Rico offers underground adventures

In the know

Pull the plug on hucksters

Grovetown heralds City Hall
Packed under two blue tents, Grovetown residents battled the heat to witness the laying of the new City Hall's cornerstone Sunday.

Thirsty city analyzes options

Friends mourn 17-year-old's death

Weary delegate readies for race

Record-setting lawyer retires as judge
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - It takes a few seconds for him to answer. He forms his right index finger and thumb into an L-shape and cradles his chin and lip in it, waiting.

Stallions lose possession, game

Web site puts spotlight on minorities
AIKEN - Locating goods and services by minority- and women-owned businesses has just gotten a little easier, although no one thinks it solves all the problems minority-owned businesses face.

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. An updated list of area road projects for the week appears Sundays in The Chronicle.

Across the area

Across the area
A Burke County family was left without a home Saturday after fire consumed their residence.

Flood's damages breach boundaries
Roy Patch has lived in his Farris Road home for nearly 49 years. The 78-year-old has known he was living in a 100-year flood plain for about the past decade.

Plane crash sheds light on concerns
With its sloping grade and lack of emergency options, Daniel Field airport's Runway 5 has never been a favorite takeoff point for local pilots.

Across the area
Investigators continued Sunday to interview anyone who had been in recent contact with an Aiken teen found slain in her home Friday, said Aiken Department of Public Safety Capt. Tom Galardi.

Deaths could speed changes in DUI law
Four months have passed since the car crash that took his wife and infant son, and three weeks since a State Court judge threw the book at the man responsible. Now, Thornton Keys is getting through each day as best he can.

University faces suit for firing
A former supervisor who tried to get to the bottom of a series of thefts at Augusta State University, a probe that reached into the Richmond County Marshal's Office, has filed suit against the school.

Weary delegate readies for race
North Augusta's alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention is coming home tired but ready to work to elect George W. Bush president.

Chambers falls apart in final game

Streets drive tax debate
AIKEN - Like a drought-stricken farmer, Rose Boulware looks to the sky, praying for rain.

Record-setting lawyer retires as judge

Aiken sting nets 17 arrests
AIKEN - Tired of a recent rise in the number of drug addicts doing business in the city, Pete Frommer decided it was time to play with their heads.

Stallions last gasp falls short

Friends mourn 17-year-old's death
AIKEN - A teen-ager found slain Friday in her Brentwood Place home died from internal bleeding and lack of oxygen, an autopsy showed.

Adjustments likely for Stallions

Airplane hits line with tire

Polls recall North Augustans
NORTH AUGUSTA - The year 2000 has turned out to be the year of elections for North Augusta.

Allgood legacies survive
The importance of the late Thomas F. Allgood Sr. can be seen in the difficulty friends and family members have in even describing his loss, particularly concerning education.

Airplane hits line with tire
A Cessna 152 under the control of a student pilot clipped a power line as it was landing Sunday morning directly over the site of Friday's crash that killed three people.

Police keep unsolved cases open
Juanita Clark still feels the pain as if it were yesterday. But it was four years ago. Four long years ago.

Record-setting lawyer retires as judge
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - It takes a few seconds for him to answer. He forms his right index finger and thumb into an L-shape and cradles his chin and lip in it, waiting.

Allgood legacies survive

Principals debate ID mandate
Columbia County school administrators agree that students will need photo identification badges this year, but they don't agree on whether students should be required to display them.

Thirsty city analyzes options
The Romans did it 2,000 years ago. New York City does it today. Could metro Atlanta be next?

GOP faces tough fight for Senate seat
ATLANTA - In an admittedly uphill fight to unseat new Georgia Sen. Zell Miller, Republicans aren't going to campaign against what he did during 24 years in statewide office, but they will target what he might do at the national level.

Officials reprioritize water woes
For many Augustans, the irony is not lost: The city sits on the banks of the mighty Savannah River yet doesn't have enough water to keep front lawns or faucets from drying up.

Record-setting lawyer retires as judge

Grovetown heralds City Hall

Stallions lose possession, game

Principals debate ID mandate

GOP faces tough fight for Senate seat

Flood's damages breach boundaries

Plane crash sheds light on concerns

University faces suit for firing

Streets drive tax debate

Polls recall North Augustans

Officials reprioritize water woes

Across the area

Making tracks

Web site puts spotlight on minorities

Deaths could speed changes in DUI law

Police keep unsolved cases open

Cowboys lengthen Japan losing streak

Mrs. Mary Walker
Mrs. Mary Young Walker, 87, of McDowell Street, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ja-Mya Williams
SYLVANIA, GA. - Ja-Mya I. Williams, infant daughter, of Joseph Williams and Lashunta Morris, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Frances Gross
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Frances Goodrich Gross, 58, of Canoochee Road, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Viola Carle
Mrs. Viola Carle, 81, of Dominion Court, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Stephen Patterson
Mr. Stephen R. Patterson, 53, of Evans, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mr. Otis Edenfield
Mr. Otis David Edenfield, 37, of Martinez, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, in Beaufort, S.C.

Mrs. Viola Carle
Mrs. Viola Carle, 81, of Dominion Court, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Winnie Jones
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Winnie Mae Jones, 81, of Old Petersburg Road, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Elizabeth Storey
Ms. Elizabeth Rice Storey, 90, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000.

Mrs. Juanita Hickson
Mrs. Juanita Holmes Hickson, of Dublin Drive, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. John Underwood
Mr. John David Underwood, 75, of Westfield Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Lizzie Thomas
Mrs. Lizzie Mae Thomas, 87, of Wallace Street, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Walter Annis
Mr. Walter Earl Annis, 85, of Martinez, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Natalie Kustich
Mrs. Natalie Kustich died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Jennings Health Care.

Mr. Alton Stephens
Mr. Alton ``Buddy'' Stephens, 65, of Mike Padgett Highway, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas Kelsey Sr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Kelsey Sr., 90, of Kelsey Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mrs. Catherine Karwisch
EATONTON, Ga. - Mrs. Catherine Powers Karwisch, of Rockville Springs Road, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000.

Mr. E. Burney Chappell Jr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. E. Burney Chappell Jr., 67, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at his residence.

Jessica Carpenter
AIKEN - Jessica Lynne Carpenter, 17, of Brentwood Place, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ann Peoples
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Ann V. Peoples, 55, of Columbia Road, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

Jessica Carpenter

Mrs. Winnie Jones

Mr. Alton Stephens

Mrs. Viola Carle

Mr. Otis Edenfield

Ms. Elizabeth Storey

Mrs. Ann Peoples

Mr. John Underwood

Mrs. Lizzie Thomas

Mr. Thomas Kelsey Sr.

Mrs. Juanita Hickson

Ja-Mya Williams

Mrs. Natalie Kustich

Mrs. Catherine Karwisch

Bush gets in some good lines; mayoral worries
PHILADELPHIA - As I prepare to leave the site of the 2000 Republican National Convention in the City of Brotherly Love, some observations:

On midwifery, and a great doctor
In response to a recent story about midwives, there certainly is a place for midwives in our society, especially when women don't have close access to a doctor or hospital. Betty Bucko, North Augusta

Stop floods; vote down tax hike
Augusta is about to ask its residents to vote to raise our property taxes to help pay for flood-control projects on area creeks. Please vote no. Make the city own up to the mess it got us into. Joe White, Augusta

Columbia County property taxes rise
Does anyone remember the threats by our Columbia County commissioners last month? They warned us if the 1-cent referendum did not pass, our taxes would be raised. David Arbuckle, Grovetown

Delta Air bus business a ripoff
Not many folks realize Delta Air Lines is also a bus company. A few weeks ago my wife flew into Atlanta from San Francisco and was waiting at the gate for her Delta-connected flight to Augusta. Michael V. Gregory, Aiken

Moslems seek to rout Israel
I found The Chronicle's July 31 editorial about the situation in Jerusalem to be naive at best and ignorant at worst. John Craig, McCormick

Ripping off Uncle Sam
Should the government continue to do business with companies that have been prosecuted, sued or convicted for defrauding the government?

New Bush Field terminal not needed
Why does the Augusta Aviation Authority want to spend $22 million to $49.5 million to replace a very adequate and attractive building? Nancy A. Lortscher, Grovetown

Bush will restore honesty, integrity
I am an active voter writing in support of George W. Bush's campaign for president of the United States. He will return respect and integrity to the highest office in the land. Chris Williams, Evans

Defining boundaries is not bigotry
We take issue with a statement in the July 1 paper by Matt Coles, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. In reference to the recent victory by the Boy Scouts of America to disallow leadership positions to avowed homosexuals, he predicted, ``People are going to turn to their local governments and say, `This is a pack of bigots.' '' Monte Steedley & Twyla Tuten, North Augusta

Bush gets in some good lines; mayoral worries
PHILADELPHIA - As I prepare to leave the site of the 2000 Republican National Convention in the City of Brotherly Love, some observations:

Music distribution must change
I support the 20 million users who make up the Napster music community. I realize that what Napster's users are doing, copying and distributing copyrighted music, probably violates current law. Jason Moak, Lexington

Seconds points made by former teacher of year
Re Andy Baumgartner July 30 letter: He certainly deserved to be honored as National Teacher of the Year. His letter contained very important points. But you should have published all of it. Peter Gray, Aiken

Local author's name omitted
Regarding the article in The Chronicle's July 28 ``Applause'' section, ``Book has Hollywood appeal'': Jenny F. Morris, Augusta

ABA goes partisan
A generation ago the American Bar Association was a respected, impartial professional organization for lawyers, but beginning in the 1960s and early '70s the ABA began a turn to the Left and showed a bias toward Democrats.

Szablewski, Reynolds did her wrong
I have been following the lawsuit that Elaine Matthews filed against Columbia County. Mary Robinson, Grovetown

Digitize nation's library
The Library of Congress - the nation's richest treasure of information for researchers, historians and biographers - is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

More summer classes necessary
By the time this letter is published school doors will be ready to open for another academic year ... There are several things that should be read, such as a dress code for Richmond County students. Robert Ingham, Hephzibah

Etheridge's sorry salvo
When Augusta-Richmond County Human Resources Director John Etheridge penned his barn-burning letter of resignation to administrator Randy Oliver, he may have burned his own bridge instead.

Thomas and Tee Allgood
The sudden and untimely deaths of Tom and Tee Allgood are a great loss to our community. They, along with pilot Steve Patterson, died when their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Daniel Field on Friday.

Byne a physician of respect, dignity
On July 24, The Chronicle published a moving letter by Diane E. Johnson in support of Dr. Edmund Byne. Cheri Stephenson's letter for Dr. Byne appearing July 25 was also clearly from her heart. McLowery Elrod, Evans

Wilkes credible
Regarding the 33 dogs destroyed at the Augusta Animal Control Center: Sally O'Connor, Augusta

Strength has strength of character
A couple of Sundays ago on the editorial page I read a letter that characterized Ronnie Strength as a ``good ol' boy,'' citing the fact that he worked under Sheriff Charles Webster's direction. This is plain, old political malarkey. B. Crook, Waynesboro

Put nonprofits on tax list
Although it's understandable that the Augusta Commission wants to fund meat-and-potatoes projects with the proposed 1-cent sales tax, it may be wise for the panel to re-examine some of the projects that it cut from the funding list last week.

Gun buy-back program is a farce
The city of Augusta continues to work diligently and creatively for our collective welfare. As an example, we were recently treated to a so-called gun buy-back as part of a program designed by President Clinton. Phillip A. Williams, Augusta

Keenan's grandma willing to wait
We've spent an excruciatingly long time waiting to face the monster who murdered our baby. It was Keenan's death that perpetuated a series of events leading to the capture of this monster so that he could not kill again. Merrie K. Miller, Oregon

Evolutionists still have it wrong
Regarding Diana Black's Aug. 2 letter, ``Evolution disproves Creationism'': Foyster Wilson, Harlem

NASCAR's big races fall flat

Overtime: Crawford declared ineligible

Women boxers coming to town

Patience pays off for Labonte

Venus Williams beats Seles

NASCAR notebook

Anglers search for larger fish

Thirsty city analyzes options
The Romans did it 2,000 years ago. New York City does it today. Could metro Atlanta be next?

Russia sends goods cargo ship to space station
MOSCOW -- An unmanned cargo ship carrying supplies for the international space station was launched Sunday evening aboard a Soyuz rocket, officials said.

Takeover sheds doubt on MOX project
In the motley collection of companies selected to design a controversial nuclear-fuel plant at Savannah River Site, Stone & Webster Inc. was one of the largest jewels.

Electronic soldiers
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- It is designed to make the 21st century U.S. soldier a more effective instrument of war, a veritable cyborg able to communicate with more speed and efficiency.

Forecaster lowers hurricane predictions
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Hurricane forecaster William Gray said Thursday the 2000 season will not be as bad as first predicted.

Takeover sheds doubt on MOX project

Forecaster lowers hurricane predictions

Russia sends goods cargo ship to space station

Thirsty city analyzes options