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

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

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.

Fall frenzy

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

Wine-tasting need not be stuffy affair

Gorilla goes ape over eight-tracks

Echoes of the past

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.

Augustan produces his own music

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.

Musician has two angelic sides

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.

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.

Magical Moments

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.

Jackets edge past Shorebirds

Cardinals crush Braves

Braves top Cardinals

Braves notes

Augusta stretches advantage

Race likely will go to wire

Augusta stretches advantage

Comparing donkeys to elephants

Partnership purchases First Union building
The Augusta Riverfront Limited Partnership will purchase the First Union building, the group's general partner, President Paul S. Simon, confirmed Friday. The sale is expected to close within two months.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks were little changed Friday as traders searched in vain for guidance.

Business briefs

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.

Attorneys general rehash recall dispute

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.

Tires stack up for recycling

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

Building attracts purchaser

Business briefs

Partnership purchases First Union building

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.

Can it get any worse?

Carter out to complete 'unfinished business'

SEC teams at a glance

Win would silence talk of 'streak'

SEC forges football tradition

Eagles again marked for success

Sprague's stats belie importance

Seminoles change landscape in ACC

Optimism reigns at Clemson

Tech looks to replacements

Hatcher returns to Valdosta St.

1980 champs to reunite

'Terminite' transforms on field

College quarterbacks ready for season

Title chase led by familiar frontrunners

Yellow Jackets must be more defensive

Eagles touting Peterson for Heisman

Bulldogs suffer setbacks

Prayerful surrender

Deputies should be ticketed, too

Islam doesn't respect other religions

Educate public, doctors on autism

Had enough yet?

Separating opinions from facts

Hey, there's good music in Aiken

Fund DNA sampling

S.C. shortfall worries

Holocaust was worse than slavery

Columbia Co. finds new tax spigot

Switch to injection

All in the family

X-rated Bible stories not for children

Columbia County historian explains

The naked truth

Gore's tax cut is best for families

Moore challenger is best candidate

Faith digest
The Rev. Dan King will be installed at 4 p.m. Sunday as permanent minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way Extension.

Church not a tool of consumers
Not long ago, Jim, a pastor, entered a supermarket and ran into Jan Matheny, a woman who only the Sunday before had visited with her husband and three children in the church that Jim serves. After exchanging pleasantries, Jim told her how much the church appreciated her visit and how he hoped they would return. Jan replied, ``We enjoyed the service, but right now we're just shopping for the church that meets our needs.'

Christian counseling center faces funding cutoff
John Hill opened a Christian mental health center in North Augusta in 1992, and two weeks later his schedule was full - and it has stayed that way ever since.

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.

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.

From Russia with love
Except for Vasja, her cat, her prized linen draperies, a little clothing and a couple of photographs, Vera Korniyenko's old life is gone.

Woods ties course record

Woods ahead by one stroke

Midland Valley Senior Invitational

Lincoln County in need of receivers

Top national and state players

Private school debate continues

Greenbrier looks to rebound

Dream 16: Rick Stokes

South Aiken hopes to reverse fortunes

Thompson builds on experience

Josey must turn to young talent

Silver Bluff defeats ARC

War Horses will look to playmakers

Laney's glory days

Consistency key for Musketeers

Devils set to remedy tough loss

Butler looks to regain success

Evans ready for new competition

Dream 16: Shane Yates

Dream 16: Nick Figgs

Dream 16: Fred Dunn

Dream 16: Kamario Garvin

Tigers should be in title hunt

N. Augusta slips by Rebels

Silver Bluff cements reputation

Rebels seek spot in finals

Hephzibah has reason to believe

Razorbacks take game to new level

Friday's prep schedule

Dream 16: Brian Staley

Aiken counting on its experience

Dream 16: Brandon Andrews

Winning seasons build confidence

Lions' Brown has point to prove

S.C. football games

School fever for football gets fired up

Veterans drive Tigers' squad

Mustangs will rely on underclassmen

Prep football capsules

Experience should benefit Bears

South Aiken snaps losing streak

Football season is here again

Dream 16: Dominique Brown

South Aiken anxious to start

Dream 16: Marcus Lawrence

Dream 16: Daniel Creech

Laney tops Butler

Hawks need newcomers to step up

Augusta Christian wins

New regions bring uncertainty

Harlem falls to Greene-Taliaferro

Dream 16: Clayton Dyson

Dream 16: Brian Johnson

Blackville-Hilda opens with one-sided victory

Dream 16: Keith Johnson

Westside features new look

Lakeside needs to fill offensive line

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

Faith digest

With care, shade trees add right touch to home

Christian counseling center faces funding cutoff

Church not a tool of consumers

Correction
A news brief in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that Mitchell McKinney, a suspect in an armed robbery, is 29 years old.

Claxton student wounded

Local firefighters help battle Texas blazes

Football season is here again

Stray dog slaying prompts charges
Police arrested and jailed an Augusta man Friday who said he beat a stray dog with a baseball bat. The dying dog's throat was later cut to put him out of his misery.

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.

Chase through city ends in two arrests

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.

Chairmen of county apologize

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.

Fort's first female brigadier general says goodbye
Fort Gordon bade farewell Friday to the highest-ranking female officer in its history.

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.

Schrenko: Plans gives classes funds
ATLANTA - The state school superintendent said her proposed budget puts money in the classrooms, even though critics charge the proposal lacks realistic priorities.

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.

Hospital plans cancer facility

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.

Across the area

Home invasion scars victims

Flood relief money from state fund arrives

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.

Broker will fill Allgood regent spot

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.

Claxton student wounded
CLAXTON, Ga. - Many students at Claxton High School showed up looking their best Thursday - it was school picture day.

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.

Inspectors: Airport outdated
Augusta Regional Airport officials Friday released the inspection reports on the airport's passenger terminal, its gates and the administrative offices.

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.

Dispatch violation punished
Two Richmond County dispatchers who fielded calls about a brutal attack on a sheriff's deputy by a stopped motorist have been reprimanded for violating procedure.

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.

Two 911 dispatchers reprimanded
Two Richmond County dispatchers who fielded calls about a brutal attack on a sheriff's deputy by a stopped motorist have been reprimanded for violating procedure.

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.

Local firefighters help battle Texas blazes
Imagine fighting the worst outbreak of fires you've ever seen for 14 hours a day in 102 degree heat - and all the while you're thousands of miles from 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

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.

State adds Buchanan to presidential ballot

Fort Gordon troops head south for six-nation war-game training

Dispatch violation punished

Arrest shocks teacher's friends

Schrenko: Plans gives classes funds

Man on camera sought

Vandals deface casino

Attorneys general rehash recall dispute

Across the area

Group needs help for park

Drug test proposal draws ire

Stray dog slaying prompts charges

Group needs help for park
The vision of children playing safely in a beautiful park is coming closer to reality in the Barrow County town of Statham.

Fort's first female brigadier general says goodbye

Fort Gordon troops head south for six-nation war-game training
For the next month, some Fort Gordon soldiers will help South American nations learn to fight alongside one another.

Inspectors: Airport outdated

Inquiry into crash continues
Flight investigators are trying to determine if cargo weight or balance was a factor in the failed takeoff that killed two prominent Augustans and an accomplished pilot earlier this month.

Correction

Schools shift starting times to ease traffic
Columbia County middle and high school pupils will begin and end their school day at different times starting Monday.

Schools shift starting times to ease traffic

Vandals deface casino
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is asking the public to help them catch suspected gang members who vandalized Julian B. Smith Casino for a second time this month.

Board commends retiring official

HIV-positive woman sentenced
An HIV-positive woman who pleaded guilty to reckless conduct Friday for having sex before telling her partner of her infected status was sentenced to five years in prison.

Lawsuit dismissed by judge

Drug test proposal draws ire
An Upstate senator wants teachers randomly tested for drugs, but his intention might cause contention when the Legislature reconvenes.

Inquiry into crash continues

Flood relief money from state fund arrives
A check handed to city officials Friday morning brought local flood victims one step closer to having emergency relief money in hand.

Broker will fill Allgood regent spot
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes is filling the vacancy on the Board of Regents created by Tom Allgood's death with Augusta brokerage owner Tim Shelnut, a high school dropout who now sits on the board of trustees of two Augusta colleges.

Lawsuit dismissed by judge
AIKEN - A judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, saying there is no proof that officers conspired to arrest a man who complained about the agency.

City job hopefuls screened

Attorney requests reduction

Across the area
After receiving an anonymous tip about a possible bootlegger in the area, Burke County deputies discovered a 100-gallon cooker, 400 gallons of corn and sugar, and 2 1/2 gallons of moonshine whiskey in eastern Burke County early Friday.

WNBA Comets one victory from title

NFC West preview

Falcons banking on new additions

Falcons notes: Team nearly ready to make cuts

Falcons finish exhibition season with win

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

Mr. Fred Morgan
MACON - Mr. Fred Joseph Morgan, 92, of Lokchapee Drive, died Friday, Aug, 25, 2000.

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

Amber Stephens
LANGLEY - Amber Rose Stephens, infant daughter of Gillis and Sarah Douglas Stephens, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Ollie Bolen
LUFKIN, Texas - Mrs. Ollie Mae Dyches Bolen, 79, of Hubbard Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000.

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

Mr. Donald Armstrong
RENTZ, Ga. - Mr. Donald Armstrong, 33, of Anderson Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000.

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. Thomas Hannah Sr.
BROCKTON, Mass. - Mr. Thomas Lee Hannah Sr., 44, of Ledgmara Road, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000.

Mr. Donovan Hall Sr.
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Donovan Judson ``Donnie'' Hall Sr., 62, of Fred Evans Road, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Bertha Chapman
THOMSON - Mrs. Bertha Chapman, 81, of Corbin Street, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, in Graniteville.

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

Mr. Edward Dunwoody Sr.
GROVETOWN - Mr. Edward Holcomb Dunwoody Sr., 85, of Bluegrass Trail, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Elmer Matlock
NEW ELLENTON - Mr. Elmer D. Matlock, 88, of April Avenue, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Maggie Smith
Mrs. Maggie Ann Smith, 88, of Martinez, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000.

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

Sister Mary McDonald
Sister Mary James McDonald, longtime Aquinas High School teacher and principal, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Nazareth Living Center, St. Louis. Sister McDonald was 83.

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

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

Mr. Woodrow Jones
Mr. Woodrow Jones, 57, of Dublin Drive, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Mary Nichols
Mrs. Mary West Nichols, 85, of Hereford Farm Road, Evans, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at Westminster Tower Health Care Center, Rock Hill, S.C.

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.

Mr. Leroy Mobley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Leroy Mobley, 68, of Atomic Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Malik Harris
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Malik Deontrez Harris, infant son of Lamont McCollough and Anetta Harris, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

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

Mrs. Ona Dowd
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mrs. Ona Marie Dowd, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000.

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

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

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

Rev. Harold Sheppard
PORTAL, Ga. - The Rev. Harold Harrison Sheppard, 83, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Reggie Lee
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mr. Reggie A. Lee, 64, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Samuel Barber Jr.
HARLEM - Mr. Samuel Lewis Barber Jr., 69, of South Hicks Street, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Emmett Rouse Sr.
Mr. Emmett Rouse Sr., of Tate Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ona Dowd

Mr. Donald Armstrong

Mr. Aubrey Dent

Mrs. Ruby Murphy

Malik Harris

Mrs. Helen Smith

Mr. John Benton

Mrs. Candis Patterson

Mrs. Patsy Tipton

Mr. Charlie Watson Sr.

Mr. Woodrow Jones

Mrs. Mary Nichols

Mrs. Ollie Bolen

Mr. Reggie Lee

Mr. Samuel Barber Jr.

Mrs. Maggie Smith

Miss Peggy Brittian

Mrs. Ruby Murphy

Mrs. Amanda Smith

Mrs. Martha McMullen

Mrs. Betty Gates

Mr. B. Frank Gunnels Jr.

Rev. Harold Sheppard

Mrs. Nina Higgins

Mr. Leroy Mobley

Mrs. Ethel McCoy

Mr. Fred Morgan

Mrs. Ethel Franks

Mr. Edward Dunwoody Sr.

Mr. Donovan Hall Sr.

Mr. Emmett Rouse Sr.

Amber Stephens

Mrs. Mattie Moss

Mrs. Bertha Chapman

Mrs. Evelyn DuRocher

Mr. Thomas Hannah Sr.

Mr. Wayne Baker

Mr. Elmer Matlock

Mr. David Watkins

Mr. Arthur Whitfield

Mr. Forest Smith Jr.

Sisler: Lessons in life taught in the news
IN THE NEWS this week were three stories about life and death, which are all-too-familiar commentaries about, well, life and death.

Separating opinions from facts
I just finished reading The Chronicle's ``Opinion'' page and the opinion section of another area paper for Aug. 19. Stephen V. Geddes, Aiken

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.

All in the family
Oh, that Woody Allen. First he marries the adopted daughter of his longtime girlfriend, Mia Farrow, after having an affair with the girl for years while he acted as a stepfather to her. Now, he and his young wife have adopted their second daughter.

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

X-rated Bible stories not for children
I have read all the letters to the editor concerning the anti-Christian aspects of the Harry Potter books. The Aug. 20 letter by Arvilla Virgil, entitled, ``Read the Bible, not Potter books,'' was just too much. Seth Benson, Millen

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

The Christian mission is to fight sin
Regarding Clyde Howell's Aug. 16 letter, headlined ``Some Christians just don't get it'': Paul G. Perry, Appling

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

Gore's tax cut is best for families
Almost 12 percent, or 3.7 million, of America's older adults live in poverty. Robert Lee Zeglarski, Aiken

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

Urges public execution for Williams
I have a sick feeling after reading about the monster who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl in 1986. It sickens me to realize that Alexander Williams may get to sit back in his cell and live off the taxpayers for the rest of his life. Roger Nelms

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.

Sisler: Lessons in life taught in the news
IN THE NEWS this week were three stories about life and death, which are all-too-familiar commentaries about, well, life and death.

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

Fund DNA sampling
Gun control critics point out gun laws make no sense if they're not funded. That's true about everything else as well - for example, South Carolina's 1994 law requiring state officials to collect DNA samples from convicted sex criminals in order to contribute to a national databank to catch repeat offenders.

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

The naked truth
Maybe Americans aren't the morally depraved, sex-starved misanthropes that others perceive us to be - and sometimes we perceive ourselves to be.

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

S.C. shortfall worries
The Federal Reserve Board didn't raise interest rates again this month because, said Chairman Alan Greenspan, previous interest rate hikes had slowed the economy enough for now.

Holocaust was worse than slavery
Howard Blanchard's July 29 letter says, ``I can't understand why white people are surprised that black people have the same feeling toward the Confederate flag that Jews have toward the Nazi flag.'' James Isdell, 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.

Bristol notes

Overtime: Lakers sign former Hawk bad boy Rider

Forrest gets shot at championship

Goracing.com qualifying laps

Olympic rookies bring enthusiasm

USOC to decide between wrestlers next week

Extreme fighting hits Augusta Saturday

ASU prepared for soccer season

Hephzibah slips past Lakeside

Fishing report: Schooling fish luring crowds of fishermen

Tournament news

German companies face private web tax
FRANKFURT, Germany -- In Germany, personal Web surfing on company time could end up costing your employer lots more than lost productivity.

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
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.

German companies face private web tax

E-mail Eavesdropping