Braves notebook

Galarraga rejoins team after tests

Jones, Braves close to $90 million deal

Loss to Reds ends road trip

Rodriguez leads Jackets to win

Warren perfect in Jackets win

Braves hold on to edge Reds

Company expands into phones
Augusta computer consulting company IntelliSystems has entered the telephone business.

Fund-raising options to be explored
North Augustans will soon witness a change on their side of the Savannah River. With the completion of the $55 million River Front project, residents will be able to enjoy metropolitan attractions without the nuisances of big-city living.

Firestone will recall bad tires
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said Wednesday it would recall millions of tires that might be related to hundreds of automobile accidents, including more than 40 fatalities.

SUV drivers line up early for dealer replacements
A Firestone dealer replaced the tires on Susan Perkins' 1994 Ford Explorer on Wednesday at no charge, just hours after Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced a nationwide tire recall.

Property owner posts growth
Chicago company that purchased Augusta venture reports increases in funds, revenuesFrom Staff ReportsEquity Residential Properties Trust, the Chicago company that acquired Augusta-based Merry Land & Investment Co. in 1998, reported second-quarter results Tuesday.

Fund-raising options to be explored

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A selloff in shares of big drug companies dragged down blue-chip stocks Wednesday.

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Blue chip stocks rose Tuesday amid growing optimism that interest rates will remain stable.

Property owner posts growth

Firestone will recall bad tires

Business briefs

Hibachi has American style
Hibachi Bar & Grill is opening today at the former Widow Brown's location in the Evans Towne Centre.

Developer clears site for shops
A local developer has begun work on a 50,000-square-foot retail and office complex at the corner of River Watch Parkway and Fury's Ferry Road.

SUV drivers line up early for dealer replacements

Ga. Tech's Brown grew into role

Asthma doesn't slow Key

Revere takes center stage

Clemson eighth in SI's poll

Teen birth rates drop

GOP Convention was a masquerade

Where's decent city government?

Gun buyback program is bogus

Way to forgiveness found in Word

Librarian cites school media policy

Country singer gave heart to Lord

Bobby Jones' 'slam' year corrected

Pro-active for diversity

Columnist's intolerance is offensive

Heinous crime changes lives forever

In the know
Forget Survivor or Big Brother or The 1900 House. If you want a real test of your ability to cope with extreme conditions and deprivation, take the advice of media critic Donald F. Roberts: Get rid of all but one television.

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. This week: school supplies. Prices below were checked Friday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Capsules
Richard DuBois, chief of internal medicine at Atlanta Medical Center, will speak at the health and wellness seminar Your Health - Your Choice from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel, One 10th St. Dr. DuBois, who is board certified in internal medicine, will discuss everyday steps people of all ages can take to prevent cancer and heart attacks.

Join the club
Too busy to cook? Making sandwich suppers part of your weekly menu will help you get dinner on the table. But I'm not talking about bologna and cheese.

Fun sandwich recipes
Reader Evelyn Price makes a zippy vegetable spread that she serves on finger sandwiches at parties, and she recommends the spread during the summer between slices of your favorite bread.

Internet fan site wins attention of NBC sitcom
Henry Hanks' Web site is getting all kinds of notice from the people who produce one of his favorite shows, Just Shoot Me, an NBC sitcom about the quirky staff at a trendy fashion magazine.

Flavored vinegars add zing to recipes
There was a time - and not all that long ago - when most American kitchens had just one bottle of vinegar. It wasn't red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar or tarragon vinegar or raspberry vinegar. It might have been cider vinegar. It certainly wasn't balsamic vinegar.

Tiger's presence dominates Buick Open

Two clear options for honor

Internet fan site wins attention of NBC sitcom

Capsules

In the know

Flavored vinegars add zing to recipes

Join the club

In the know

Loved ones remember pilot's humor
Stephen Ray Patterson was called a hero for saving lives even while he faced death by those who gathered to remember him Tuesday.

Aiken delegate backs Buchanan

Resident takes credit for finding
NORTH AUGUSTA - The North Augusta resident who claims to have found the resting place of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship was thrilled that the vessel was raised from the ocean floor Tuesday morning and is headed to a museum in Charleston, S.C.

Women begin their quest for crown
Many little girls dream of having a rhinestone-studded tiara placed on their heads and walking down the runway as the newly crowned Miss America.

Police aim to reduce collisions

Doctor fined for misdeeds
A North Augusta doctor has been reprimanded by the state Board of Medical Examiners for having sexual relations with a patient and wrongfully prescribing drugs.

Officers' overtime in question
Richmond County school officials have paid $333,985 in overtime to 30 public safety officers from July 1999 through June.

Hundreds remember Allgoods
Gov. Roy Barnes and three former Georgia governors came Wednesday to bury former state Sen. Thomas F. Allgood Sr. and his wife, Thelma Louise ``T'' Ray Allgood.

Soldiers' needs met by agency
Army Community Service celebrated its 35th anniversary in July. ACS, which has 105 centers, has numerous programs to assist soldiers and their families.

Leaders help plan for growth
Business representatives and community advocates have begun sharing their separate and collective vision of Augusta's future.

Banquet prompts inquiry

Across the area
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency gave Augusta a big payback Wednesday, reimbursing the government for expenditures during Hurricane Floyd evacuations last year.

Los Alamos worker tells SRS of wildfire
May's raging wildfire in New Mexico was the worst-case scenario for a natural disaster at Los Alamos National Laboratory, an emergency planner said Tuesday.

Aiken delegate backs Buchanan
AIKEN - When Will Tinney got to Long Beach on Wednesday, he found a Reform Party embroiled in conflict and split between two factions: supporters of former television commentator Pat Buchanan vs. founder Ross Perot's side, which is determined to keep the party's nomination out Mr. Buchanan's hands.

System could add 4 minutes
ATLANTA - Tornadoes in Georgia are short and deadly events, but new developments at Georgia Institute of Technology are expected to increase the amount of time residents have to take cover.

Toddler case ends in mistrial
AIKEN - A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the homi-cide by child abuse case against Michael James Smith after his former girlfriend mistakenly told the jury about alleged spousal abuse.

Trial opens in toddler's killing
AIKEN - A 15-month-old girl is brutally beaten to death, and there are only two people in the house with her. Who's to blame?

Edgefield pupils return to class
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Lynn Stewart took the day off from her job Wednesday to answer phones at Merriwether Elementary School, where her only child spent his first day of kindergarten.

Board to adopt policy
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Hoping to quell gossip buzzing in this close-knit town, the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners has announced plans for a new policy on roadwork that will not violate the Georgia Constitution.

City's employees see health cost rise

Across the area

Police aim to reduce collisions
AIKEN - When Aiken County schoolchildren head to class Monday, police will be nearby, writing warnings and tickets to inattentive drivers.

Shelter hit with animal influx

Shelter hit with animal influx
Linda Fulmer still feels the knot in her stomach every time she has to kill a cat or dog in Columbia County's animal shelter.

Toddler case ends in mistrial

Official vows poker crackdown
The video poker industry will have to find another route into Georgia.

Leaders help plan for growth

Resident takes credit for finding

City's employees see health cost rise
The price of health insurance for North Augusta city employees is going up, with some employees paying up to 20 percent more than before.

Banquet prompts inquiry
The Richmond County special grand jury is investigating the Augusta Fire Department's media awards bank records, Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Danny Craig said.

Burned out family gets support
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - While sitting on her neighbor's swing after supper one hot June evening, Nora Korrek remembers hearing a faint buzzing sound.

Officers do three jobs

Candidates post race finances

Council reviews low bid

Officers' overtime in question

Los Alamos worker tells SRS of wildfire

Sales tax to be put on ballot
AIKEN - Without objection or even further discussion, Aiken County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to put the 1 cent local option sales tax on the ballot in the November general election.

Loved ones remember pilot's humor

Volunteer doesn't mind the heat
Fighting fires has been a hobby for Leonard Gore since he was 24 years old. What began as a boyish adventure developed into 32 years of dedication to the North Augusta fire department.

Woman, flower shop grew together

Across the area
James Brown's former security chief was indicted Tuesday, accused of stealing $75,000 from the singer and setting fire to the singer's office in an attempt to hide the theft.

Martial artist takes over mentor's teaching duties

City's staff shows ire at surveillance

Volunteer doesn't mind the heat

Official vows poker crackdown

Farmers to share settlement

Railway supporters seek greater funding

Sales tax to be put on ballot

University faces rash of ID theft

System could add 4 minutes

Women begin their quest for crown

Second survey approved

Doctor fined for misdeeds

Trial opens in toddler's killing

Martial artist takes over mentor's teaching duties
When Frank Beall took over the North Augusta martial-arts program six months ago, he knew he had some big shoes to fill.

Across the area

Hundreds remember Allgoods

Community says goodbye to teen
AIKEN - Charlie and Judy Carpenter buried their little girl Tuesday with her favorite stuffed animals, without knowing who killed her or why.

Officers do three jobs
If something's on fire in North Augusta, Tyrone Tripp might be there. If someone needs a police officer in North Augusta, Tyrone Tripp might be there. If someone falls ill in North Augusta, Tyrone Tripp might be there.

Second survey approved
Columbia County parents will get a second survey on whether they want future school years to begin earlier.

Woman, flower shop grew together
Some people would argue that a rose is just a rose, but Jeanette Bush would disagree.

Council reviews low bid
AIKEN - An Aiken construction firm has submitted the low base bid for a new terminal at the municipal airport, and the city council is expected to decide Monday whether to accept it.

Candidates post race finances
With three months left to campaign, Democratic candidate for Richmond County sheriff Ronnie Strength has received almost 12 times more in campaign contributions than his Republican opponent Leon Garvin.

Ads aim to curb drivers' dirty habits

Sea turtle nesting stabilizes
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - It's shaping up to be an average year for loggerhead sea turtle nesting on Georgia beaches, state wildlife biologists said Monday.

City's staff shows ire at surveillance
Welcome to Friendship City. Better watch what you say.

Farmers to share settlement
ATLANTA - Up to $13 million of Georgia's share of the national tobacco settlement would be used to compensate tobacco farmers under a proposal approved Tuesday by the Georgia Tobacco Community Development Board.

University faces rash of ID theft
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia police are investigating a series of apparently related ``identity thefts,'' with university faculty and students as victims.

Board to adopt policy

Railway supporters seek greater funding
ATLANTA - Georgia passenger-rail enthusiasts are seeking a record infusion of state dollars during the next budget cycle to keep on track plans to begin operating commuter lines connecting Atlanta with Athens and Macon by 2004.

Accountability director ready for challenges
He was helping his youngest daughter settle in for her first year of college when he learned the governor had tapped him to head the state's Office of Education Accountability, responsible for monitoring academic performance in all of Georgia's schools.

Ads aim to curb drivers' dirty habits
AIKEN - The red pickup eased into traffic beneath South Boundary's canopy of oaks, ordinary enough until it rolled into view of a waiting camera.

More to Parker than boxing

Undrafted rookie impressing coaches

Lewis to start for Panthers

Mr. James Weatherly Sr.
Mr. James Calvin ``Jim'' Weatherly Sr., 86, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Pearlie Sousa
Mrs. Pearlie Mae Sousa, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mr. James Weatherly Sr.
Mr. James Calvin ``Jim'' Weatherly Sr., 86, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Louise Prickett
Mrs. Louise DeLaigle Prickett, 69, of Kennedy Drive, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.

Mr. Jack Hooks
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jack Hooks, 71, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Frederick Ealick Sr.
Mr. Frederick John Ealick Sr., 83, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Robbie Moore
MOUNT RAINIER, Md. - Mrs. Robbie Lue Moore, of Queens Chapel Road, died Thursday. Aug. 3, 2000.

Mrs. Lois Swint
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Lois Ladell Swint, 88, of Brentwood Terrace, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Benny Valentine
CAMPOBELLO, S.C. - Mr. Benny Marian ``JoJo'' Valentine, 60, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg.

Mrs. Etherine Williams
AIKEN - Mrs. Etherine ``Gick'' Williams, 66, of Carver Terrace, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Minnie Craig
BELVEDERE - Mrs. Minnie Thurmond Craig, 94, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Martha Franks Retirement Center, Laurens.

Ms. Hermie Wright
FREEPORT LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - Ms. Hermie Wright, 54, of Porterfield Place, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mr. Rufus Scott
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Rufus Scott, 66, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, in Washington County Regional Hospital, Sandersville.

Mr. Willie Jones Jr.
BARTOW, Ga. - Mr. Willie Jake Jones Jr., 82, of Jackson Road, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Mr. Charles Hogan
Mr. Charles M. ``Chuck'' Hogan, of Martinez, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Floyd
AIKEN - Mr. Willie L. ``Boe'' Floyd, 63, of Independent Boulevard, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at Beverly Health Care Facility.

Mrs. Frances Rich
BELVEDERE - Mrs. Frances Bingham Rich, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Berger
Mr. Robert Berger, 86, of Hickman Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Frederick Ealick Sr.
Mr. Frederick John Ealick Sr., 83, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. William Trogdon
NEW ELLENTON - Mr. William C. ``Bill'' Trogdon, 84, died Monday. Aug. 7, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Ethel James
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Ethel Lou Harrison James, 78, of Falcon Street, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Orangeburg Regional Hospital, Orangeburg.

Mr. Reginald Veal
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Reginald Conrul Veal, 68, of Ferncrest Drive, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Alma Prescott
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Alma Hammond Prescott, 85, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mr. Charles Perkins
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Charles E. Perkins, 78, of Herndon Road, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Select Specialty Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Marguerite Dekle
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Marguerite Brannen Dekle, 87, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Leo Dusablon
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Leo Girard Dusablon, 57, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000.

Mr. Jerry Gable
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mr. Jerry Douglas Gable, 47, of Cedar Hill Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, in Troy.

Mr. Bobby Jenkins
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Bobby Loren Jenkins, 63, of Linton Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Curtis Phillips
DEARING - Mr. Curtis E. Phillips, 43, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, in Fitzgerald.

Mrs. Elsie Fegan
Mrs. Elsie Lewis Fegan, 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Donald Ward
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Donald R. Ward, 68, of Plantation Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Earnest Moody
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Earnest Lee Moody, 96, of North East Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Green Point Health Care Center.

Mr. Donald Ward

Mrs. Minnie Craig

Mr. James Weatherly Sr.

Mr. William Trogdon

Mr. Charles Perkins

Mr. Earnest Moody

Mr. Jack Hooks

Mrs. Alma Prescott

Mr. Willie Floyd

Mr. Leo Dusablon

Mrs. Louise Prickett

Mr. Reginald Veal

Ms. Hermie Wright

Mr. Frederick Ealick Sr.

Mrs. Marguerite Dekle

Mr. Charles Hogan

Mrs. Elsie Fegan

Mrs. Frances Rich

Mrs. Robbie Moore

Mr. Jerry Gable

Mr. Robert Berger

'Moderate' veep charade; honor Allgoods
REMEMBER WHEN Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore said there'd be no ``games'' with regard to his vice presidential pick, and there'd be no leaks until the official announcement?

Librarian cites school media policy
In reference to T. Williams' July 31 letter, I am the librarian she wrote about concerning the Harry Potter books. Ms. Williams not only misquoted me, but also left out some important facts. Dena Payne, Evans

Where's decent city government?
Here are some comments about the way Augusta government is running: Ronald G. Swank, Blythe

Way to forgiveness found in Word
I agree with Barbara Mohler's July 28 letter that Christians don't condemn people. But I would like to differ with her implication that God condemns. In 1 Timothy 2:4, ``Who will have all men to be saved ...,'' God does not want anyone to be condemned. James Wertz, Hephzibah

Gun buyback program is bogus
I have some thoughts about the gun buy-back program. Does anyone think this type of program has any use in stopping crime? Will Borders, Augusta

Brady Act flops
The American Medical Association has contended for several years that the nation's ''gun culture'' is one of America's worst health hazards.

Don't ignore animal cruelty
I agree with Billy McCalley's July 31 letter. If the television stations know where the cruelty to animals is located and the people involved, then they should do something about it. Sandy A. Tankersley, Appling

GOP Convention was a masquerade
After the funeral this week in Philadelphia, we are left with grief and condolences for those founding conservative Republican members left behind, unwanted and homeless. Joshua H. Bolin, Augusta

Pro-active for diversity
When minority- and women-owned businesses succeed, America succeeds. As a nation that supports upward mobility and a strong middle class, America must remember to include these businesses in this era of prosperity.

Bobby Jones' 'slam' year corrected
Regarding Ross Snelling's July 30 letter, he implied in his letter that Bobby Jones won the four major championships within the same year by winning the Masters, British Open, U.S. Open, and PGA championships, thus completing the Grand Slam. Bob Line, Martinez

Chamber irks Columbia countian
Regarding the article, ``Communities foster homes'' in the July 31 Chronicle, I was appalled by the comments that Andy Kingery, president of the Chamber of Commerce, made concerning, who lives in Columbia County. Jan Olive, Augusta

Ban classic children's tales, too?
Harry Potter books the work of Satan? People certainly are eager to invent trouble. Nicole Baugh, Augusta

A productive nation
The most telling economic statistic in this ``energizer bunny'' economy isn't low inflation, interest or jobless rates or even, for that matter, a rising stock market.

Country singer gave heart to Lord
This is in response to the article written by Don Rhodes in the July 8 ``Applause'' section, regarding the rich, talented women performers in country music. Tonya Cowart, Augusta

'Moderate' veep charade; honor Allgoods
REMEMBER WHEN Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore said there'd be no ``games'' with regard to his vice presidential pick, and there'd be no leaks until the official announcement?

The Hunley miracle
The H.L. Hunley saga reminds us that there is a lot more history to the War Between the States than just the Confederate battle flag.

Rather drive than be cooked alive
That's it. No more ASA flights on my itinerary. Laura Beveridge, Augusta

Keystone fire chiefs
The Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs and the Augusta Fire Department are making themselves look like keystone cops as they frantically try to explain why no one is in charge of paying the bills for the association's recent spring conference in Augusta.

Heinous crime changes lives forever
I've lived in Aiken since 1951 and have seen many changes take place in this town since then - some for the better and some for the worse. Frank Murphy, Aiken

Teen birth rates drop
The good news is that the teen-age birth rate has dropped to its lowest point in 60 years. That's since World War II, so the nation ought to be heartened with that trend.

Columnist's intolerance is offensive
David Sisler's Aug. 5 column, ``The Bible is offensive, thank God,'' demonstrates the lack of reasonableness that makes it hard for many deeply spiritual Americans to be taken seriously by the more casually religious or secular segments of our society. J. William Nelson III, Augusta

Schepens ready for trials

Sale could mean more wins

Women opening doors in NASCAR

Overtime: Injury forces Agassi to pull out of tourney

More to Parker than boxing

Boxers hope for olympic status

Lower projections for 'mad cow' disease
Scientists have reduced their estimate of how many British people might develop a deadly brain disorder linked to mad cow disease.

Polluted site gets overhaul
CLEARWATER - Clearwater Finishing Plant, on U.S. Highway 1 in Aiken, was a cesspool and a liability for anyone who dared to touch it.

FDA approves corticosteroid inhalant
WASHINGTON - An inhalant drug that can be used by asthmatic children as young as 1 year was approved Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

MRIs can help plan babies' surgery
If a baby needs surgery immediately after birth, doctors can plan for it by using MRIs to produce detailed 3-D images that let them look inside the womb, according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Tornado technology adds to warning time
ATLANTA - Tornadoes in Georgia are short and deadly events, but new developments at Georgia Institute of Technology are expected to increase the amount of time residents have to take cover.

Tornado technology adds to warning time

Polluted site gets overhaul

MRIs can help plan babies' surgery

FDA approves corticosteroid inhalant