Trail yields its tales

Queens of Stone Age not throwbacks

Ramblin Rhodes: Singer makes Majic in all kinds of music
Lynn Houston must be magical: the Augusta entertainer has been able to disappear and reappear in many musical styles, including country, folk, rhythm and blues and beach music.

'Arsenic' remains lethally amusing

Leap of faith

'Arsenic' remains lethally amusing
There's something about the Brewster family of 1941 Brooklyn, that venerable old clan of mad murderers who kill with only the best of intentions.

Southern comfort
As a spotlight shone on a statue of a bird in flight, the first plaintive piano figures of Free Bird, the band's signature song, rang out across Fort Gordon's well-packed Barton Field Sunday night.

Leap of faith
The Army's Golden Knights parachute team will demonstrate precision jumping Saturday at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

Southern comfort

Trail yields its tales
Some guys stumble into a midlife crisis and cope by buying an old muscle car.

Edgefield rockers are joyfully loud

Queens of Stone Age not throwbacks
The Queens of the Stone Age would like you to label them. They are almost daring you, poking you in the chest and taunting. They want you to try to slap a descriptive on them.

Ramblin Rhodes: Singer makes Majic in all kinds of music

Edgefield rockers are joyfully loud
Edgefield, S.C., power trio Biting Midge has a simple agenda - play music that makes people happy.

Singer finally finds listeners
For more than a year, singer/songwriter Steven Jackson has been quietly making a name for himself in Augusta. With an eclectic style that draws from folk, country, punk and rockabilly, Mr. Jackson's emotive, grit-and-gravel baritone and high-energy guitar playing have been embraced by local audiences.

Singer finally finds listeners

Braves get first look at new park

Glaser pitches no-hitter for Jax

Braves notebook

Jackets post second shutout in row

Braves lose series opener

Furcal spurs on Braves

Jones signs record extension

Convention makes dud of politics

Low-cost gas finds new city

Low-cost gas finds new city
Columbus, Ga., claimed the title of ``cheapest gas in Georgia'' this month, a spot historically held by Augusta.

Business briefs

Individuals' donations aid bank County in 1998
Area food and food service companies such as Murray Biscuit Co., Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. and Tenneco Packaging are also regulars at Golden Harvest's main distribution facility on Commerce Drive.

Individuals' donations aid bank County in 1998

Community gifts stock food bank
Mike Firmin started a charity in 1982 that has turned into a multifaceted business.

Cycle icon rides across town

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fell Friday in another session of cooled trading ahead of next week's Federal Reserve meeting.

New channel won't raise bills
Comcast Corp. said Friday that carrying Turner South will not result in a rate increase for Augusta cable viewers.

New channel won't raise bills

Cable to head South
Augusta's largest cable TV provider, Comcast Corp., will begin carrying the Turner South channel starting today, a Comcast spokesman announced Thursday.

Community gifts stock food bank

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks rose modestly Thursday as oil producers and brokerages powered the Dow, while semiconductors and fiber optics makers charged the Nasdaq.

Cycle icon rides across town
Vic's Harley-Davidson is ready to pull up the kickstand and rumble into Columbia County.

Cable to head South

Wildcats seek third straight bowl bid

Weinke looking forward to season

Tigers' offense is a tough study

Gators look to regain edge in SEC

USC lineman leaves team

Senator excuses Clinton immorality

Sink sales tax; it's too regressive

Democrats and crime

Long live the Confederate flag

Watery 'thank you'

Takes offense at 'illiterate' statement

Regent choice is critical to MCG

Gore's coming out party

Urges bicycle critic be curbed

Doctor has patients' total support

'Illusion of inclusion'

U.S. justice system is corroding

A great ASU birthday

Murder is worse than a safe abortion

A 'heads-up' for airport commission

Let veterans enjoy their video poker

Simplify buying school supplies

Where has all the good music gone?

Walking with God helps us die unto sin
As an idealistic youth, I thought I could die unto sin altogether so that it was no longer I who lived, but Christ who lived in me.

Russian church canonizes czar and his family
MOSCOW - Ending a decades-long debate, the Russian Orthodox Church on Monday canonized Russia's last czar, Nicholas II, saying the haughty, cruel ruler died as a martyr to faith when he was executed 82 years ago.

Hash for cash
Ads say the sale opens at noon, but regulars know Johnston (S.C.) Pentecostal Holiness Church will be out of barbecue chicken at $5 a plate before then.

Faith digest
Moms in Touch is seeking mothers to become part of teams that pray for individual schools in Richmond and Columbia counties.

St. John to get new, one-of-a-kind organ
St. John United Methodist Church on Greene Street has a new organ on the way - with delivery expected the fall of 2003.

Tomatoes need six hours in sun
I get calls this time of year from homeowners concerned about spots that appear on tree leaves. These folks are afraid that their trees are going to die if they don't do something.

Imagination turns obstacle into dream
Jimmy and Debbie Morris know all about frustration and hard labor.

Rock band will lead youth rally
Sam Barnhart preaches with a guitar. The musician said he has learned more about ministry touring with Christian rock band Bleach than he has sitting in ministerial-arts classes.

Patient Woods in command

PGA notebook

PGA notebook: Langham off to solid start

Woods atop PGA leaderboard

Convention makes dud of politics
Now that both big political parties have had their TV shot, I've got to tell you - if they make politics any more boring, the voter turnout in November will hit a record low.

Rock band will lead youth rally

Imagination turns obstacle into dream

Russian church canonizes czar and his family

Walking with God helps us die unto sin

Hash for cash

St. John to get new, one-of-a-kind organ

Faith digest

Tomatoes need six hours in sun

Jamboree kicks off season
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Aiken County Jamboree tonight at North Augusta High may look more like regular-season matchups than preseason warmups.

Pay glitch hits MCG Health
A couple of glitches in the payroll system skewed direct deposits for hundreds of employees at MCG Health Inc. on Friday.

Former city employee pleads guilty to theft
Homer L. Moore, 63, pleaded guilty to a theft charge in Richmond County Superior Court. He received a three-year probation sentence and an order to repay the county an amount to be determined later.

Toddler dies after falling in family's pool
AIKEN - An Aiken toddler died Thursday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, two days after the girl was found floating in her family's backyard pool in Gem Lakes subdivision, authorities said.

OMI touts sewage plant savings

Water conservation plan will continue in county
After some debate, Columbia County's Water and Sewer Services Committee agreed Thursday night to continue the county's water conservation plan.

High school tests student group concept
ATHENS, Ga. - Clarke Central High School faculty are hoping ninth-graders will receive more individual attention and make the transition from middle school with relative ease this fall with the help of a new ``academy'' program.

Students improve ACT score
COLUMBIA - Many Aiken County seniors who took the ACT college entrance exam out-tested their state peers and came close to surpassing national scores.

State purchases PACT trial exams
COLUMBIA - The state Department of Education has contracted with a New Hampshire company to help teachers plan for a test that could have significant weight for school districts in the future.

City suspends parks director
Parks and Recreation Director Tom Beck has been suspended for five days without pay after an inquiry into the department's hiring practices conducted last month.

Storm leaves damage in its wake
Pea-size hail, ripping winds, lightning bolts and what may have been tornadoes were all part of Augusta's share of a storm system stretching from North Carolina to Macon on Friday.

State's Congressmen offer delegates thanks

Augusta aims for airlines

State's Congressmen offer delegates thanks
LOS ANGELES - U.S. Sen. Max Cleland and U.S. Rep. John Lewis thanked Georgia delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday for their show of support when the two addressed the convention the night before.

Pupils, teachers reunite
Richmond and Columbia county pupils had a typical day of nervous anticipation and excitement about starting a new school year Friday.

Across the area
COLUMBIA - An Aiken County man who received a 15-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to fondling his girlfriend's daughter will get a new trial because of a technicality.

Students improve ACT score

Some flood victims will see cash relief
At least 30 Augustans are on a draft list to receive emergency relief money as a result of flash floods June 20.

County charges residents runoff fee
Gena Thomas got an unexpected and unwelcome statement in the mail Friday.

Advanced battalion hones its field skills
The armed soldiers carefully turned as ''Hector Gonzalez'' appeared from among the trees in Fort Gordon's training area.

Philippine-American wins Miss Augusta
A self described ''Navy brat,'' Goldei Mary Baysa has lived in many countries and learned respect for many cultures.

Water conservation plan will continue in county

Two face murder charges after drive-by

Quarantine disallows new animals

High school tests student group concept

Across the area

Philippine-American wins Miss Augusta

Two face charges in shooting
A name-calling contest in the Harrisburg section of Broad Street around midnight Wednesday apparently triggered a drive-by shooting that injured two men, one of them critically, a Richmond County Sheriff's Department sergeant said.

GOP decision divides county

Law will help Red Cross meet disasters
AIKEN - Thanks to a new law in South Carolina, state employees willing to help in emergency situations may obtain the required skills and time away from work to offer their services.

New schedule creates traffic snarl
Before 7 a.m., Columbia County school Superintendent Tommy Price arrived at the Lakeside schools to monitor any traffic congestion that might occur because of new start times.

OMI touts sewage plant savings
Private contractors hired a year ago to operate the city's troubled Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant told city commissioners Thursday they have kept the plant compliant - and saved money, too.

GOP decision divides county
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - The Oconee County Republican Party Executive Committee will meet this weekend to discuss its future after the commission chairman candidate it nominated was rejected by state Republican leaders Tuesday.

Dumping plan approved
Augusta's request for permits to dump sewage sludge on 558 acres of Jefferson County farmland was approved this week, despite objections from more than 250 people who protested during a public hearing in June.

Teachers say reading plan needs new test
ATLANTA - A $13 million reading program created in response to Georgia's low vocabulary and reading comprehension scores on a standardized test hasn't resulted in consistent improvements in pupil test performance.

Quarantine disallows new animals
It's not a pretty death. Distemper first attacks a dog's respiratory system - causing a cough, runny eyes, runny nose and fever.

Manager refuses job in Colleton
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams turned down the job Colleton County Council offered him Thursday.

Web class enrollment extended
The state Board of Regents has extended the registration period to sign up for college courses taught over the Internet after just 29 students signed up through Monday's deadline.

State purchases PACT trial exams

Rally charges up Georgia Democrats
LOS ANGELES - Georgia Democratic leaders sent the state's delegation to the party's national convention home Thursday as if they were a wave of troops ready to go into battle for Al Gore.

Augusta aims for airlines
Colorado Springs did it. So did Savannah.

Board will rule on execution
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole will hear from Alexander Williams' attorney Tuesday and decide whether a stay of his execution should be granted.

Across the area
Bond was denied Friday for three men facing rape charges, including one who has unrelated child molestation charges pending trial.

Jamboree kicks off season

Cemetery offers genealogy help
Crumbling designs and faded epitaphs on century-old grave markers speak volumes to local genealogist and researcher Carrie Adamson.

Web class enrollment extended

Buffalo Soldiers share tale
AIKEN - Just one year after a local unit of Buffalo Soldiers was formed by Aiken Public Safety Officers Lt. Donald Butler and Cpl. Sonny Ford, the two re-enactors of the legendary horse soldiers have told the troopers' story in five states.

Some flood victims will see cash relief

Storm leaves damage in its wake

Rally charges up Georgia Democrats

Two face murder charges after drive-by
Two North Augusta men have been charged with murder in a drive-by shooting on Broad Street this week that apparently began with a name-calling contest.

Law will help Red Cross meet disasters

Manager refuses job in Colleton

Arena leagues wary of XFL

Two face charges in shooting

Advanced battalion hones its field skills

Cemetery offers genealogy help

City suspends parks director

New schedule creates traffic snarl

Expulsion prompts lawsuit

Pay glitch hits MCG Health

Across the area

Pupils, teachers reunite

Expulsion prompts lawsuit
The mother of a 16-year-old Burke County High School student is suing the school district for expelling her son after an incident she says is related to his being a special education student.

Falcons offense sputters in loss

Mrs. Bertha Bynum
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Bertha Goodwine Bynum, 77, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital, Barnwell.

Mr. Arthur Holliday
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Arthur R. Holliday, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Minnie Jackson
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Minnie M. Jackson, 92, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Jeremiah Ryle
Jeremiah Everette Ryle, infant son of Jack and Shannon Ryle, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Claudine Daniels
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Claudine Daniels, 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Meadow Brook Health Center.

Mr. Pierce Luke Sr.
Mr. Pierce Luke Sr., 81, of Rosemont Road, Appling, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Freddie Mitchell
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Freddie Mitchell, 87, of Bromitch Lane, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Willie Mae Young
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Willie Mae Young, 84, of Hilltop Court, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.

Mrs. Iris Hall
UNION POINT, Ga - Mrs. Iris Yettieve Windsor Hall, 83, of Georgia Highway 77, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

Mrs. Dorothy Freeman
Mrs. Dorothy Hardy Freeman, 95, of Evans, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Facility.

Mr. Marvin Bain
Mr. Marvin G. ``Billy'' Bain, 74, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Caroline Rogers
Mrs. Caroline F. Rogers, 67, of Martinez, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Claudia Gaines
Mrs. Claudia Mae Gaines, 65, of Maple Street, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Clarence Boyd
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Clarence Boyd, of Yellowtown Road, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mr. Clarence Boyd
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Clarence Boyd, of Yellowtown Road, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mrs. Edith Williamson
Mrs. Edith Marie Williamson, 75, of Biltmore Place, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruth Wittels
ATLANTA - Mrs. Ruth W. Wittels, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000.

Mrs. Rhonda Goins
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Rhonda Lesley Goins, 41, of Stoney Brook Road, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ethel Gordon
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ethel M. Gordon, of Magnolia Acres, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Sylvester Williams
Mr. Sylvester Williams, 21, of Dugas Street, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Oakman
AIKEN - Mr. John Oakman, 47, of Outing Club Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Miss Joyce Blair
Miss Joyce Blair, of Rosier Road, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Hightower Morgan
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Hightower Morgan, 90, of North Main Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000.

Mr. T Madden
Mr. T Madden, 55, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lucille Woodward
BELVEDERE - Mrs. Lucille Questelle Woodward, 80, of Jesse Dee Street, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Leola Mincey
Mrs. Leola Oglesby Mincey, of Walnut Street, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. James Quarles
AIKEN - Mr. James Andre ``Boy'' Quarles, 61, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Carrie Ray
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Carrie Elsie Graham Ray, 65, of Moxley Road, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Jannett Hicklin
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Jannett Delores Hicklin, 55, of Forest Circle, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000.

Mr. Julius Gonder
BARTOW, Ga. - Mr. Julius Gonder, 105, of Brookins Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Old Capita Inn Nursing Home, Louisville.

Mr. Willie Oliver
Mr. Willie Lee Oliver, 75, of Japonica Avenue, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at University Hospital.

Miss Frances Webb
NORTH AUGUSTA - Miss Frances L. Webb, 85, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Dorothy Freeman
Mrs. Dorothy Hardy Freeman, 95, of Evans, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Facility.

Mrs. Virginia Blakeley
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Virginia Janette Hillman Blakeley, 65, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Welford Goldston
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Welford Turner Goldston, 77, of Rawls Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000.

Mrs. Cozette Floyd
HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Cozette M. Floyd, 64, of Broad Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Sarah Howie
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Sarah Grovene Howie, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Frances Merritt
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mrs. Frances Kelly Merritt, 74, of Rhodes Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Addie Self
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Addie Lee Cartledge Self, 91, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Mary Brigham
Mrs. Mary Brigham, 46, of Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Alma Powell
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Alma Storey Powell, 80, of Route 6, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

Mrs. Elma Soles
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mrs. Elma Soles, 94, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home, Scott.

Ashley Bunker
AIKEN - Ashley Meredith Bunker, 2, of Moultrie Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Bessie Davis
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Bessie Davis, 95, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000.

Mrs. Bertha Atkinson
Mrs. Bertha Holderle Atkinson, retired registered nurse, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Facility. Mrs. Atkinson, of West Wheeler Parkway, was 100.

Mrs. Louise Hinton
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Mrs. Louise Hinton, 81, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000.

Mrs. Willie Hunt
Mrs. Willie Jo Hunt, 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.

Mr. Wilbur Brannen
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mr. Wilbur Arnold Brannen, 70, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Thelma Fulmer
AIKEN - Mrs. Thelma Hattie Allen Fulmer, 89, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Willie Scott
SICKLERVILLE, N.J. - Mrs. Willie Mae Scott died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000.

Mr. Junius Ridgdill
NUNEZ, Ga. - Mr. Junius Benjamin Ridgdill, 74, of Georgia Highway 297, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000.

Mr. R.F. Tippie
Mr. R.F. Tippie, 81, of 15th Street, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mr. Marvin Bain

Mrs. Dorothy Freeman

Mr. Clarence Boyd

Mr. R.F. Tippie

Mrs. Alma Powell

Miss Joyce Blair

Mrs. Willie Hunt

Jeremiah Ryle

Mrs. Sarah Howie

Mrs. Willie Scott

Mrs. Elma Soles

Mrs. Bessie Davis

Mrs. Claudine Daniels

Mrs. Edith Williamson

Mrs. Bertha Bynum

Mr. Clarence Boyd

Ashley Bunker

Mrs. Carrie Ray

Mr. Welford Goldston

Mrs. Ethel Gordon

Mr. Arthur Holliday

Mrs. Rhonda Goins

Mr. Sylvester Williams

Ms. Mary Brigham

Mrs. Thelma Fulmer

Mrs. Frances Merritt

Mrs. Claudia Gaines

Mrs. Willie Mae Young

Mrs. Dorothy Freeman

Mrs. Cozette Floyd

Mr. Willie Oliver

Mrs. Addie Self

Mrs. Jannett Hicklin

Mr. Hightower Morgan

Mr. Junius Ridgdill

Mr. Julius Gonder

Mrs. Lucille Woodward

Mr. Pierce Luke Sr.

Mrs. Minnie Jackson

Mr. T Madden

Miss Frances Webb

Mr. Wilbur Brannen

Mrs. Ruth Wittels

The certainty found in the words of truth
THE TIPS OF her fingers are twisted with arthritis, her knuckles are enlarged so that she cannot remove her rings. I commented on one particular ring and she said, "I have worn some of these for sixty years.''

Delegates wonder if Gore can be sold to American voters
LOS ANGELES - ``Wasn't it a great speech?'' Robert Kennedy asked about Joe Lieberman's vice presidential acceptance speech as he flashed the famous grin that was also the trademark of his assassinated father. I readily agreed, but Wall Street Journal editorial writer John Fund raised another question: ``Yes, but can he ultimately make the sale to the American voter?''

Long live the Confederate flag
Aug. 9 was the anniversary of the beginning of the siege of Atlanta. The first of Union Gen. William T. Sherman's shells that fell on the city killed a little girl and her puppy.Rick Bernardi, North Augusta

Gore's coming out party
After 16 years in Congress and eight years as vice president, Al Gore still felt it necessary to introduce himself to the American people in his Thursday night speech accepting the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Urges bicycle critic be curbed
I am an advocate for free speech, but please don't let the nation hear the ramblings of Clint Smith on the matter of bicyclists. I am ashamed at the level of ignorance and disdain for others that Mr. Smith has displayed in his comments about sharing the road with cyclists.John D. Hermann, Clarks Hill

'Illusion of inclusion'
Democrats, with some justification, chided Republicans for their convention in Philadelphia, which featured a wide diversity of ethnic speakers and entertainers on stage while admiring delegates were comprised largely of middle-aged white guys.

The certainty found in the words of truth
THE TIPS OF her fingers are twisted with arthritis, her knuckles are enlarged so that she cannot remove her rings. I commented on one particular ring and she said, "I have worn some of these for sixty years.''

Delegates wonder if Gore can be sold to American voters
LOS ANGELES - ``Wasn't it a great speech?'' Robert Kennedy asked about Joe Lieberman's vice presidential acceptance speech as he flashed the famous grin that was also the trademark of his assassinated father. I readily agreed, but Wall Street Journal editorial writer John Fund raised another question: ``Yes, but can he ultimately make the sale to the American voter?''

A great ASU birthday
Augusta State University celebrated its 75th birthday in a big way Tuesday, dedicating the new science center. When faculty and students moved into the $19.4 million state-of-the-art facility earlier this summer, they felt like they were going from the dark ages to an age of enlightenment.

Simplify buying school supplies
After living in Orange Park, Fla., for the past seven years, I experienced something that the county school system did there that might help the school boards of Richmond and Columbia counties. Bernice MacDonald, Martinez

Sink sales tax; it's too regressive
After South Carolina's sales tax holiday for school supplies, many proclaimed what a great idea it was. Instead of paying the seven percent sales tax in Augusta, many Georgians did their school shopping on Aiken's side of the river.Victor Reilly, Aiken

Let veterans enjoy their video poker
How come all of a sudden poker machines are bad for everyone? They have been here for a long time. Now, since South Carolina banned them, they are supposed to be bad for Georgia.Ricky Smith, North Augusta

Democrats and crime
One of the signal achievements of the Clinton-Gore administration has been to shake off Democrats' well-earned reputation, starting in the anti-Vietnam War era of the 1960s, for being soft on crime.

Murder is worse than a safe abortion
Regarding John T. Petrozello's Aug. 13 letter and all who agree with him: Charles Lowe, Harlem

Doctor has patients' total support
I would like to comment on the recent charges brought against Dr. Edmund Byne Jr.Wanda Murfee, Hephzibah

U.S. justice system is corroding
Our justice system gets more corroded every day. It is frightening to think what the final outcome of all this will be. B. Waters, Hephzibah

Takes offense at 'illiterate' statement
We in the genealogy world read with great interest the Aug. 14 Chronicle news story about the history of Columbia County. The "lack of a book published on Columbia County history'' is true and is sorely needed.Dianne M. Poteat, Lincolnton

Where has all the good music gone?
Regarding the Aug. 1 letter from Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hargrove: I also like good music and miss the beautiful music we used to enjoy on radio. We had a good music station in Aiken (WNEZ) that played lovely music all day, and it was a joy to hear.Frankie Clark, North Augusta

Hike teacher wages
Even as schools opened this week, both the Columbia and Richmond County school systems were still scrambling to fill teacher positions - 17 in the former and 39 in the latter.

Senator excuses Clinton immorality
I must disagree with Rabbi Jordan Parr's Aug. 15. column. Some Jews are not ecstatic about the ``great moral stature'' of Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Lieberman is certainly not a role model for Judaism. In fact, as a Jew, I am disappointed in Lieberman. Lynne Howell, Evans

Regent choice is critical to MCG
As past president of both the Medical College of Georgia Foundation and the Alumni Association of the School of Medicine of the Medical College of Georgia, I endorse your recent editorial concerning the need for a strong, energetic University Systems regent to replace the late Tom Allgood Sr.Dr. Dan Hanks Jr.

Bike club leader distraught by views
The viewpoint of Clint Smith in the Aug. 12 Chronicle concerns me greatly. I assume Mr. Smith has had a bad experience with bicyclists. But as a past president of two local bike clubs, I can assure him that the majority of cyclists are safe, law-abiding citizens. Mark Albertin, Augusta

Watery 'thank you'
Last January I wrote a letter to the editor pointing out that our Augusta commissioners need to get off their rear ends and approve a measure to ensure an adequate water supply in south Augusta.George J. Reckentine, Hephzibah

A welcome switch
A centerpiece of Steve Shepard's 1997 campaign for an Augusta Commission seat centered on his plan to ease railroad congestion through the city by installing automatic switches, thereby eliminating the need for trains to stop to manually switch rails.

A 'heads-up' for airport commission
The Augusta Airport Commission should remember we do have two airlines flying out of Bush Field.Dick Frank, Augusta

Jamboree kicks off season

Overtime: Swoopes adds league MVP to collection

'Little E' sets mark, wins pole

Teen soccer player handed lifetime ban

Prep teams play in Jamboree

Nascar notebook

Augustan likes Classic chances

Fishing tournament news

Web class enrollment extended
The state Board of Regents has extended the registration period to sign up for college courses taught over the Internet after just 29 students signed up through Monday's deadline.

Bill to create African AIDS fund
WASHINGTON (AP) - A week before he makes what will likely be his last presidential trip to Africa, President Clinton plans to sign a bill establishing a trust fund to care for African AIDS victims, Clinton administration officials said Friday.

Soldiers contract tick disease
Seven soldiers at Fort Gordon have contracted the tick-borne illness Rocky Mountain spotted fever, with four cases confirmed in the past week, officials said.

Negotiators cite progress in talks
WASHINGTON (AP) - Having stepped back from their threat to break off contract talks, negotiators for 87,000 striking Verizon Communications telephone workers expressed optimism Friday that a revised company proposal could end a two-week strike.

Web class enrollment extended

Bill to create African AIDS fund

Negotiators cite progress in talks

Soldiers contract tick disease