Ramblin' Rhodes: Country duo take trip down memory lane
It has been 23 years since Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius were the reigning Country Music Association Duo of the Year.

Musician likes change of venue
The music scene in Athens, Ga., has always been a bit on the incestuous side.

Augustan produces his own music
Augusta music fans might not have heard of Derrick Monk, but they should have.

Fall frenzy

Magical Moments
Facing the small group of fellow aspiring magicians, the 14-year-old Evans High School student flipped through a blank coloring book.

Wine-tasting need not be stuffy affair

Musician has two angelic sides
On the cover of his sophomore solo release, iconoclastic hip-hop artist and sometimes Fugee Wyclef Jean, arms crossed at his waist, glares into the camera's unblinking eye - challenging an anonymous adversary to blink.

Echoes of the past

Gorilla goes ape over eight-tracks
Embracing the eight-track tape, a recording format so many have shunned, he is a miner of misplaced musical treasures, the keeper of the flame for the relics of a lost decade.

Magical Moments

Echoes of the past
Members of 1980s rock royalty are dusting off the spandex, reinvesting in hair-care products and hitting the road once again, bringing the big amp anthems back to Augusta Sunday, if only for an afternoon.

Augustan produces his own music

Wine-tasting need not be stuffy affair
If you forgo wine-tasting parties because your tuxedo or ball gown got lost at the cleaners, you might be in for a surprise: Wine-tastings can be as fun, relaxing and informal as a gathering at a sidewalk cafe.

Musician has two angelic sides

Fall frenzy
Welcome to the crowded fall. Over the next four months, a record number of films are scheduled for release, with more than 160 scheduled to hit screens between now and the end of the year.

Gorilla goes ape over eight-tracks

Braves top Rockies

Augusta stretches advantage

Race likely will go to wire

Augusta stretches advantage

Braves notebook: Mayne's first victory rekindles memories

Cardinals crush Braves

Comparing donkeys to elephants

Attorneys general rehash recall dispute

Building attracts purchaser

Attorneys general rehash recall dispute
About 40 state attorneys general held a follow-up conference call Thursday to discuss concerns about the Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tire recall. Many of the state law enforcement chiefs are upset that the process is unfair.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks closed modestly higher Wednesday as investors surveyed a new economic outlook that includes stable interest rates.

Tires stack up for recycling

Recruiters seek more state funds
ATLANTA - The state agency that recruited 92 companies and 15,000 jobs to Georgia won praise from Gov. Roy Barnes on Thursday, but what it wants is a bigger budget.

Tires concern consumers
Bridgestone/Firestone is struggling to replace 6.5 million tires and assure the public its products are safe, but safety groups and some customers - including a Beech Island woman - are concerned that tires not included in the recall also may have problems.

Tires concern consumers

Tires stack up for recycling
The 6.5 million tires being recalled by Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. will eventually find their way to recycling centers to be converted into everything from septic tank pellets to kiln fuel.

Building attracts purchaser
The 17-floor First Union building is under contract to be sold, a company brokering the deal said Thursday. Bank executives, however, declined to identify the buyer or offer a closing date.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A late buying spree Thursday helped push blue chip stocks to their highest levels since early spring.

Business briefs

Eagles touting Peterson for Heisman

1980 champs to reunite

Seminoles change landscape in ACC

Bulldogs suffer setbacks

Yellow Jackets must be more defensive

Win would silence talk of 'streak'

Carter out to complete 'unfinished business'

SEC teams at a glance

'Terminite' transforms on field

Optimism reigns at Clemson

Can it get any worse?

Vanderbilt poised for 2000 season

Title chase led by familiar frontrunners

SEC forges football tradition

Hatcher returns to Valdosta St.

Eagles again marked for success

Tech looks to replacements

Wake Forest has optimistic outlook

Don't prosecute tragic teen driver

Deputies should be ticketed, too

Hey, there's good music in Aiken

Correction

Craig's crusade

Moore challenger is best candidate

Garbage trucks strew most debris

Storm water utility fee called unfair

Educate public, doctors on autism

Don't let Atlanta raid the river

Islam doesn't respect other religions

Columbia County historian explains

Columbia Co. finds new tax spigot

Had enough yet?

No politics here

Switch to injection

Valuable comparison

Prayerful surrender

Age old questions: Separation for a time will end squabbles
Q: Our 5-year-old daughter and our next-door neighbor's 3-year-old daughter play together a good amount. The problem is

Backyard habitats give creatures safe havens
Hiram and Florence Whittle and John and Andrea Fisher have put out a sign welcoming wildlife into their yards. The signs recognize the properties as certified National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitats.

The pleather principle
Move over, leather. Fall promises to provide a plethora of pleather, a shorthand name for plastic leather that's sexy, supple and synthetic. Pleather can be made to be a dead-ringer for real leather, or to look as fake as singer Gwen Stefani's hair - and just as pink.

In the know
Unsung women of achievement get their due in the new Romance Classics cable network series Cool Women, debuting at 8 p.m. Friday. Those profiled include a breast surgeon, a NASA scientist and a pediatrician who brings medical care to uninsured children in Appalachia. The series is produced by Debbie Allen, an actress, director, dancer and rather cool woman herself.

Capsules
A compound that reduces the body's absorption of fat from food by 30 percent causes weight loss and a significantly lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 16 million Americans.

With care, shade trees add right touch to home
The glaring heat this summer may have you convinced that you need more shade in your landscape. This fall would be the perfect time to plant trees to create that shade.

Tiger looking for strong kick to end of the year

Woods ahead by one stroke

Dream 16: Brian Staley

South Aiken anxious to start

Friday's prep schedule

Laney's glory days

Winning seasons build confidence

Tigers should be in title hunt

Lakeside needs to fill offensive line

Dream 16: Rick Stokes

Mustangs will rely on underclassmen

Silver Bluff cements reputation

Dream 16: Daniel Creech

Hephzibah has reason to believe

Dream 16: Clayton Dyson

Experience should benefit Bears

Rebels seek spot in finals

Football season is here again

Lincoln County in need of receivers

Josey must turn to young talent

Top national and state players

Hawks need newcomers to step up

Butler looks to regain success

Blackville-Hilda opens with one-sided victory

Veterans drive Tigers' squad

South Aiken hopes to reverse fortunes

Devils set to remedy tough loss

Dream 16: Shane Yates

Razorbacks take game to new level

Thompson builds on experience

Dream 16: Keith Johnson

Prep football capsules

Westside features new look

Evans ready for new competition

Dream 16: Brian Johnson

Private school debate continues

Dream 16: Dominique Brown

Greenbrier looks to rebound

S.C. football games

War Horses will look to playmakers

Aiken counting on its experience

Dream 16: Kamario Garvin

Dream 16: Marcus Lawrence

New regions bring uncertainty

School fever for football gets fired up

Dream 16: Fred Dunn

Consistency key for Musketeers

Dream 16: Brandon Andrews

Lions' Brown has point to prove

Dream 16: Nick Figgs

Comparing donkeys to elephants
Democrats believe the (National Rifle Association) is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the (American Civil Liberties Union) is good, because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.

Teen allowed to go home
AIKEN -- Promising to make new friends and go straight, Robert Turner talked his way to freedom Thursday. Family Court Judge G. Larry Inabinet listened to the 15-year-old during a sentencing hearing and agreed to let him go home with his mother, Kathy Turner. The decision came four months after Robert caused hysteria by spreading rumors at Midland Valley High School that he would blow up the school and shoot classmates on anniversary of the Columbine massacre. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Capsules

The pleather principle

In the know

Age old questions: Separation for a time will end squabbles

With care, shade trees add right touch to home

Attorney requests reduction
ATHENS, Ga. - An attorney pressing for a reduction in criminal charges against a former University of Georgia student accused in a fatal automobile wreck says he's discussed ``various alternatives'' to the charges with the district attorney's office.

Georgia rest areas serve as safety model

Mayor's car gets lighting makeover

Officers respond to story
AIKEN - A day after several basketball players complained about harassment by campus police at the University of South Carolina Aiken, the officers got to tell their side of the story.

Officers respond to story

Grant brings technology to school
JOHNSTON, S.C. - The chalkboard Betty Sharrock used during her 20-year teaching career in Edgefield County is quickly becoming obsolete.

Board commends retiring official
AIKEN - Across the board, Aiken County Council members agree the county is on firm financial ground. Much of the credit for that fiscal stability goes to retiring County Administrator Bill Shepherd.

Across the area
A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the trial of an Augusta man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in 1999.

Georgia rest areas serve as safety model
South Carolina law enforcement officials headed to Georgia Thursday to learn what Peach State officials have done to make their interstate rest areas some of the safest.

Day care gets fine reprieve
Although the Richmond County Board of Health decided earlier this month to adopt a policy that would penalize day-care centers in violation of the state immunization law, one center will get another shot at redemption.

Hospital plans cancer facility

Police create profile of teen-ager's killer
AIKEN - Jessica Carpenter's killer is probably reading this. At least that's what police think.

Man on camera sought

Mayor's car gets lighting makeover
It's lights out for Mayor Bob Young. A blue light mounted to the windshield of Mr. Young's 2000 Crown Victoria will be swapped out today for an amber one. City officials were worried about a state law that puts restrictions on who can have blue lights in their cars.

City job hopefuls screened
City officials are in the final stretch of a nearly six-month selection process to fill Augusta's vacant director of public works position. The Augusta Commission and Mayor Bob Young on Wednesday interviewed three candidates who, in recent weeks, have been gleaned from a group of more than 20 qualified applicants.

Traffic derails school schedule
By the end of the week, Columbia County school officials hope to make a decision on altering the school schedule for some middle and high schools to help alleviate transportation problems.

Across the area
Local emergency management officials received a check Thursday for $105,000 from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency relief money for homeowners and renters hardest hit by flash floods June 20.

EPD orders fines for city sewage spill
Georgia's Environmental Protection Division wants the Augusta to pay fines totaling $25,000 for a May 10 sewage spill caused by a collapsed pipeline off Columbia Nitrogen Road.

Police create profile of teen-ager's killer

Island festival honors boycott
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. - Penn Center's popular Heritage Days Celebration has been canceled for the second time in two years and for the same reason as last time.

H&D Stables to take over Ford Conger Field
AIKEN - They always said the sale of Ford Conger Field, where Aiken's famed steeplechases are run each spring and fall, would be done the old-fashioned way, with a handshake between friends.

Group OKs rail request
ATLANTA - The Georgia Rail Passenger Authority on Wednesday approved a state budget request of $44.6 million, primarily to ratchet up work on two planned commuter rail lines linking Atlanta with Athens and Macon.

Officials veto plan for condo
AIKEN - Developer Peggy Penland described the hilltop condominiums she wants to build at Houndslake as ``peeking over the treetops'' at a scenic lake and links below.

Across the area

Across the area

Chairmen of county apologize

Officials veto plan for condo

Attorneys general rehash recall dispute

Man on camera sought
AIKEN - He's not a suspect in Jessica Carpenter's death, but Aiken police want to interview a young man pictured on a store video surveillance near the victim's home a few hours before the slaying.

Attorney requests reduction

State adds Buchanan to presidential ballot
ATLANTA - This year's statewide elections ballot gained one candidate Thursday and lost another. Secretary of State Cathy Cox announced that Pat Buchanan will be added to the Nov. 7 presidential ballot after his campaign submitted more than 40,000 valid petition signatures.

Schools seek methods to reduce classroom size
ATLANTA - The recent Georgia education reform law requires school administrators to create smaller classes by 2004, but principals across the state say they simply don't have the space - or the money - to make the mandate reality.

Chairmen of county apologize
Hoping to satisfy a local grand jury, Wilkes County's embattled commission heads have published an open letter apologizing for Commission Vice Chairman Marshall Sherrer's ``informal manner'' of purchasing a county bulldozer in 1995.

City job hopefuls screened

Chase through city ends in two arrests
A chase from Milledgeville Road through downtown Augusta on Thursday ended when the suspect's car hit a drainage culvert in east Augusta, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Department officers.

Board commends retiring official

Football season is here again

Attorneys general rehash recall dispute
About 40 state attorneys general held a follow-up conference call Thursday to discuss concerns about the Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tire recall. Many of the state law enforcement chiefs are upset that the process is unfair.

Day care gets fine reprieve

Arrest shocks teacher's friends
To many people, Deborah Foley is a kind, caring, Christian teacher and mother. But her arrest last week portrayed a side of the Westside High School teacher some say they find hard to believe.

H&D Stables to take over Ford Conger Field

Judge releases teen after remorseful plea
AIKEN - His dyed-black hair was grown out, and his dark clothes were replaced by khaki pants and a dress shirt. Robert Turner Jr. looked as if he were a new person Thursday during a sentencing hearing in Aiken County Family Court, where the 15-year-old promised to make better friends and go straight.

Home invasion scars victims
It was both an act of cruelty and an act of cowardice, according to Richmond County sheriff's investigators. And in many ways, the botched robbery of two disabled men on Watkins Street was the prototypical home invasion - a vicious criminal act that leaves victims feeling violated and vulnerable in their own homes.

Group OKs rail request

Traffic derails school schedule

Hospital plans cancer facility
University Health Care System's Board of Trustees has approved a proposal to create a Breast Health Center on the campus of University Hospital.

Arrest shocks teacher's friends

Home invasion scars victims

Island festival honors boycott

Schools seek methods to reduce classroom size

State adds Buchanan to presidential ballot

Grant brings technology to school

Chase through city ends in two arrests

Sludge charges rejected
SA pair of federal lawsuits claiming improperly treated sewage sludge poisoned crops and cattle on two dairy farms were dismissed Wednesday in favor of the city.

Falcons notes: Team nearly ready to make cuts

Falcons banking on new additions

Determination rescues wide receiver

NFC West preview

Wife of Fred Lane charged with his death

Falcons finish exhibition season with win

Mrs. Helen Smith
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Wood Smith, 79, of Fifth Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Martha McMullen
TROOPER, Pa. - Mrs. Martha Jane MacNeal McMullen, 73, of Sherry Lane, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Mercy Suburban Hospital, East Norristown.

Mr. Forest Smith Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Forest H. Smith Jr., 74, of Hillcrest Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Arthur Whitfield
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Arthur Whitfield, 55, of Old Waynesboro Road, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, in Augusta.

Mrs. Nina Higgins
HYATTSVILLE, Md. - Mrs. Nina W. Higgins, of Queen Chapel Road, died Sunday. Aug. 20, 2000, at Washington Adventis Hospital, Takoma Park.

Mr. Charlie Watson Sr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charlie Watson Sr., 79, of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Atlanta.

Mrs. Janet Flory
LAMBERTVILLE, Mich. - Mrs. Janet S. Pinkston Flory, 67, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at Flower Hospital, Sylvania, Ohio.

Mrs. Patsy Tipton
TRENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Patsy Ruth Tipton, 58, of Rolling Hills Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Collins
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Willie S. Collins, 67, of Pasture Lane, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Mitchell
AIKEN - Mr. Robert E. Mitchell, 78, of Crepe Myrtle Court, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Hitchcock House.

Mrs. Evelyn DuRocher
Mrs. Evelyn DuRocher, 73, of Russell Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

Mr. Robert Yarborough Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Robert Eugene ``Bob'' Yarborough Sr., 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. David Watkins
Mr. David W. Watkins, 43, of Verdery Street, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Alice Farmer
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Alice Ferguson Farmer, 81, of Flint Drive, died Tuesday, Aug., 22, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Peggy Brittian
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Miss Peggy Melinda Brittian, 31, of Sharon Road, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Roy Burke Jr.
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Roy Franklin Burke Jr., 48, of Eastview Circle, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. B. Frank Gunnels Jr.
CLEARWATER - Mr. B. Frank Gunnels Jr., 76, of Pineland Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Annie Womack
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Susie Womack, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mrs. Betty Gates
BLYTHE - Mrs. Betty Gates, 62, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Paul Wanninger Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Paul L. ``Louie'' Wanninger Jr., 73, of Shaddohil Place, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Wayne Baker
AIKEN - Mr. Wayne E. Baker, 70, of Saint Andrews Way, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Reba Sapp
Mrs. Reba Sapp, 88, of Walker Street, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ethel Franks
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Ethel Veal Franks, 87, of Hampton Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000.

Mrs. Eva Rabun
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Eva Robinson Rabun, 82, of East Avenue, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mattie Moss
Mrs. Mattie B. Moss, 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.

Mr. Calvin Blount
Mr. Noble Calvin Blount, 62, of Luckey Street, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Alphonso Parks
Mr. Alphonso L. Parks, 20, of Tuttle Street, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Ethel McCoy
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Ethel Pearl McCoy, 79, of Cotton Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Thomson Manor, Thomson.

Mrs. Candis Patterson
Mrs. Candis Patterson, 74, of Rollins Road, died Monday. Aug. 21, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Benton
TAMPA, Fla. - Mr. John Robert Benton, of West Humphreys Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mattie Charleston
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Charleston, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Aileen Boyer
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Aileen Tanner Boyer, 74, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, in Macon.

Mr. Aubrey Dent
LAURENS, S.C. - Mr. Aubrey L. Dent, 89, of Erskine Avenue, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ruby Murphy
Mrs. Ruby L. Murphy, 62, of Mura Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Charles Chavous
NEW YORK - Mr. Charles Lee Chavous, 68, of King Street, Brooklyn, died Friday. Aug. 18, 2000, at Brookdale Medical Center.

Mrs. Amanda Smith
Mrs. Amanda Smith, 86, of Kent Street, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Estelle Hampton
NEW YORK - Ms. Estelle Hampton, of Manhattan, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at Manhattan Presbyterian Hospital.

Mrs. Patricia Finch
AIKEN - Mrs. Patricia Stone Finch, 63, of Oriole Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Charles Johnson Jr.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Mr. Charles Putney Johnson Jr., 75, of Hillside Drive, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.

Mrs. Ethel McCoy

Mr. Wayne Baker

Mr. Roy Burke Jr.

Mr. Calvin Blount

Mrs. Nina Higgins

Ms. Estelle Hampton

Mrs. Ruby Murphy

Mrs. Mattie Moss

Mr. Charles Chavous

Mrs. Amanda Smith

Mrs. Alice Farmer

Mr. Forest Smith Jr.

Mrs. Betty Gates

Mrs. Evelyn DuRocher

Mr. B. Frank Gunnels Jr.

Mr. John Benton

Mrs. Eva Rabun

Mr. Aubrey Dent

Mr. Robert Mitchell

Mr. David Watkins

Mr. Arthur Whitfield

Miss Peggy Brittian

Mrs. Annie Womack

Mrs. Ethel Franks

Mr. Paul Wanninger Jr.

Mrs. Martha McMullen

Mrs. Helen Smith

Mr. Charlie Watson Sr.

Mrs. Patsy Tipton

Mrs. Candis Patterson

Mrs. Aileen Boyer

Moore challenger is best candidate
Recently I was privileged to attend a reception honoring Robert Gossett, the exciting conservative Republican candidate for South Carolina Senate District 25 seat. John R. Cook, McCormick

Switch to injection
The Georgia Supreme Court has made what seems to be a curious ruling in deciding to halt the planned execution of Alexander Williams, sentenced to die for brutally killing an Augusta girl in 1986.

Hey, there's good music in Aiken
Regarding Frankie Clark's Aug. 19 letter on music favorites:I want to inform this person and any others who still don't know about the radio station that I work for, WAJY JOY 102.7. It's also in Aiken and plays the ``Great Songs and Great Memories'' of the 1940s through the 1970s.Angie Merrill, Hephzibah

Craig's crusade
Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Danny Craig and the Richmond County Sheriff's

Islam doesn't respect other religions
Some of what Zameer Sheikh wrote about Islam in his Aug. 19 letter, ``Islam does respect other religions,'' isn't exactly true. He is right, however, when he says a lot of evil has and is being done under the aegis of religion.Roger L. Eden, Grovetown

No politics here
``I don't do things based on politics. I realize that politics will be hurled around my head. I just sit there and duck as it comes.''

Columbia County historian explains
Like Dianne Poteat (Aug. 19 letter) I, too, was upset at The Chronicle's Aug. 14 story on Columbia County history. Although the article was well written, and the information essentially accurate, I knew such hot-button words as ``illiterate'' and ``fact vs. legend'' would draw negative responses.Barbara Seaborn, Martinez

Christians unfairly rapped; do plenty
Clyde Howell's letter of Aug. 16 was an unjustified condemnation of Christians. The acts and words of the few do not represent the beliefs and actions of the majority. Harry A. Thomason, North Augusta

Correction
A letter written by Zameer Sheikh that appeared in Monday's paper contained a paragraph that was edited in such a way that its meaning was reversed.

Don't let Atlanta raid the river
Rob Pavey's Chronicle article on thirsty Atlanta's eyeing of the Savannah River as a drinking water source should be a wake-up call for residents of eastern Georgia and western South Carolina.Thomas H. Robertson, Augusta

Had enough yet?
Was CBS-TV's huge summer hit, Survivor, a one-shot wonder, or something more? In fairness, the series was interesting and well done - participants had to survive tropical elements on the Borneo island as well as a brutal exercise in Darwinian social politics.

Don't prosecute tragic teen driver
Can anyone tell me what good will come from charging a 15-year-old girl with two counts of vehicular homicide?Katie Lovett Thompson, Augusta

Prayerful surrender
Edgefield County's school district is one of the last in South Carolina to conform to the U.S. Supreme Court's ban on student-led prayers at football games.

Garbage trucks strew most debris
Regarding the large amounts of garbage that literally line our yards and streets: Sharron Deziel, Augusta

Columbia Co. finds new tax spigot
Is it a coincidence that following the recent Richmond County report of flooding where residents had bought land on a flood plain sanctioned by the county, we now have Columbia County administrators hustling to cover their backsides?Joseph E. Cook, Martinez

Give Congress credit for prosperity
To borrow a cliche from the late Ed Sullivan, ``We've just experienced a really big show'' - the unfolding of the many, many Al Gores, the mother of inventions, including the Internet. Tony R. Bledsoe, North Augusta

Educate public, doctors on autism
My grandson, who is almost 3, was recently diagnosed with autism. I was surprised to find that few people knew anything about the disorder, but shocked to learn that most doctors in the area had very limited knowledge regarding autism and most couldn't recognize the symptoms.Maurine Meleck, North Augusta

Storm water utility fee called unfair
Columbia County is about to assess a storm water utility service fee to homeowners in parts, but not all of the county. It seems farfetched to assess this fee on a segment of the county instead of all of it.Ann H. Sprinkle, Evans

Valuable comparison
Researcher Tom McClusky of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation has compiled a study heretofore unseen: the cost of all proposed spending programs by the two main presidential candidates.

Supports killing the death tax
Recently, by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, the House passed legislation to phase out the estate taxes. Our president says he'll veto the bill.J. Robert Richards, Augusta

Deputies should be ticketed, too
I know it's very difficult being in law-enforcement these days - the recent beating of a Richmond County deputy being a prime example. Law-enforcers are expected to intervene in almost every dispute under the sun and in their spare time patrol road and highways for traffic violators.David S. Jones, Augusta

U.S. roster lacks big-name pros

Overtime: Tech's Molder wins opener in Amateur

Extreme fighting hits Augusta Saturday

Racing Facts

Augusta to host tennis tournament

Hephzibah slips past Lakeside

Wallace is on the right track

Lady Patriots score victory

Pit stop mayhem

Fishing report: Schooling fish luring crowds of fishermen

Tournament news

E-mail Eavesdropping
NEW YORK (AP) - A widely used program that scrambles e-mail for confidentiality has a flaw that can make scrambled messages readable, the software maker said Thursday. Network Associates Inc. said a sophisticated attacker could exploit the flaw to gain access to e-mail messages that were encrypted using the company's PGP software.

Mother Nature aids SRS cleanup efforts
For years, engineers could not strip tritium from thousands of gallons of polluted ground water at Savannah River Site.

Boeing's Delta III rocket shines after back-to-back flops
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Boeing's newest Delta III rocket delivered a dummy satellite to orbit Wednesday, blasting away the stigma of back-to-back failures.

SIIA releases education report
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 -- The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today released the "2000 Report on the Effectiveness of Technology in Schools," a 135-page report highlighting the results of more than 300 recent surveys on education technology from professional journals, doctoral dissertations and other qualified sources.

E-mail Eavesdropping

Boeing's Delta III rocket shines after back-to-back flops

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