Braves tied for top spot

Jackets' magic number down to '3'

Braves notebook: Galarraga appeals 3-game suspension

Braves suffer second straight loss

Jackets win in extra innings

Braves notebook: Jones' streak is over Jones

Fashion is a trend of its own

Wachovia cuts 1,800 positions

Area employers increase staffs
Nearly a quarter of Augusta businesses expect to boost their employment rolls during the fourth quarter, an employment survey released Monday said.

Area employers increase staffs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks moved higher Monday, a possible sign that investors are more confident about the direction of stock prices.

Business briefs

Wachovia cuts 1,800 positions
Restructuring will reduce expenses by $100 million; 10 could lose jobs in areaFrom Staff and Wire ReportsWachovia Corp. announced Monday it plans to cut about 1,800 jobs - about 8 percent of its work force.

Clemson plagued by injuries

Weather postpones season opener

Carolina faces hurdle as favorite

Eagles' matchup draws interest

WRDW gets no awards from him

Worries about airplane towing an ad

Traffic at Lakeside schools perilous

Chronicle bellyaching is hypocritical

Raceway too loud?

Quoting the Bible proves nothing

Cartoonist right on target for life

Cancer center welcome

Clinton had experience for the job

Tale of two lotteries

Williams should pay with his life

Lieberman's faith is no obstacle

Wetlands project will save money

If they admit crime, forget the time

Veterans' angel

S.C. unsafe buses

Age old questions
Q: My husband lifts heavy packages at his job. How can he avoid back injury? - B.N., Grovetown

In the know
'FREAKS' REDUX: Mourned by loyal fans after its brief run on NBC last season, Freaks and Geeks is coming to Fox Family Channel starting today from 8 to 10 p.m., and airing Tuesdays thereafter at 9 p.m.

Avoiding the freshman 15
Erin Muller and Dolly Singh are both freshmen at Augusta State University. Like many new college students, both girls work meals and snacks around their jobs and class schedules.

Support group is helping mother lose weight
Besides support and encouragement from family and friends, Sabrina Sanchez said having an outside support system is essential to changing unhealthy habits.

Gause wins Senior tourney

Woods dominates to the end

Quinney's birdie wins U.S. Amateur

Fashion is a trend of its own
My brain is hard-wired on the late 1960s and early 1970s. Those were my formative years.

Tree causes airport controversy
A Summerville couple is up in the air about the city trimming a tree in the approach zone of a runway at Daniel Field, but airport Manager Buster Boshears said it's the law. Durelle and Pat Green who live next door to the towering twin oak on Ross Snellings property at Highland and Raymond avenues, said they want airport officials to elevate or change the flight path instead of trimming the tree. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Body still not identified
An autopsy performed Sunday on the badly decomposed body of a woman found in a pine thicket the day before failed to positively identify her, the Aiken County Coroner said. But several people in the neighborhood where her remains were discovered think they know who she was. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Water fee to prevent flood damage
Veronica Hutto is happy to pay Columbia County's new stormwater utility fee. The Waylon Drive resident will fork over an additional $1.75 each month, but says it is a small price to pay for the work it will accomplish.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Shelter quarantine extended
The quarantine in Richmond County's Animal Shelter will not end today. Instead, it will extend into the first full week of September after officials discovered more cases of respiratory disease in four dogs at the closed shelter.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Horsing community loses Cassatt
It could be in the middle of the woods during a fox hunt. It could be on the horse track or at a social event. Whatever the setting, something inevitably would prompt Sandy Cassatt to tell one of his trademark stories. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Support group is helping mother lose weight

Age old questions

Avoiding the freshman 15

In the know

Missing resident identified
AIKEN - A body found in a wooded area Saturday has been identified as that of Connie Quattlebaum, 33, who has been missing since July 10.

Residents give stormwater tax mixed response

Harlem Middle fights bat pack

Across the area

United Way kicks off fund-raiser

Growth leads to more work
Jim Leiper has an easy way to deal with Columbia County's population explosion: aspirin.

Horsing community loses Cassatt

More buybacks may be held
More than 300 Augustans did their part Saturday to curb the violence that injures or kills about 600 people weekly in the United States.

Shop's license escapes probation

Veterans honor area volunteer
Irma ``Lorie'' Williams is the type of person who seems to always wear her heart on her sleeve and a smile on her face.

Welfare program expands
ATLANTA - With the time limit for Georgia's most challenging welfare recipients to stay on public assistance just four months away, Gov. Roy Barnes on Monday unveiled a plan to go statewide with a welfare-to-work program that is showing results in Augusta.

Harlem Middle fights bat pack
Forget the belfry. In Harlem, bats seem to prefer the middle school.

Animal shelter quarantine extended

Chamber group lists area needs
Community leaders from throughout the Augusta-Aiken area will make an all-day lobbying trip to Atlanta on Tuesday to fight for everything from highway funding to continued autonomy for Medical College of Georgia.

ANIC develops plan for medical board
With a new director - make that president - in place and about $7.5 million in the bank, the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s board of directors finally is putting together the pieces of what it hopes will be a finely tuned economic engine.

Across the area
An early morning residential fire Sunday damaged most of a North Augusta home, leaving its occupants temporarily homeless.

Vick's reel won't star Jackets

Autopsy fails to identify body
AIKEN - An autopsy performed Sunday on the badly decomposed body of a woman found in a pine thicket the day before failed to positively identify her, the Aiken County coroner said.

Autopsy fails to identify body

Group hopes to open historic site

Officers seek man in abuse

Water fee to prevent flood damage

Edgefield fights stray animals

Shelter quarantine extended

Group hopes to open historic site
It was the site of an invention that changed a nation and home to a Revolutionary War hero. George Washington slept there.

Tree causes airport controversy

Across the area

Animal shelter quarantine extended
The quarantine in Richmond County's Animal Shelter will not end today. Instead, it will extend into the first full week of September after officials discovered more cases of respiratory disease in four dogs at the closed shelter.

Missing resident identified

Residents give stormwater tax mixed response
Veronica Hutto is happy to pay Columbia County's new stormwater utility fee. The Waylon Drive resident will fork over an additional $1.75 each month, but says it is a small price to pay for the work it will accomplish.

Facility posts animals on Internet

Edgefield fights stray animals
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - County Administrator Wayne Adams has asked the county's litter control officer to patrol the streets, picking up stray animals instead of trash.

Cassatt, horse trainer, dies
It could be in the middle of the woods during a fox hunt. It could be on the horse track or at a social event. Whatever the setting, something inevitably would prompt Alexander Cassatt to tell one of his trademark stories.

Facility posts animals on Internet
Columbia County's animal shelter is venturing into cyberspace. The county's Web designer - Red Door Design - has added a Pets of the Week page to the county's site.

Agency ready for its kickoff
Jo Maypole has attended her share of United Way kickoff celebrations, but this one will be a little different for her.

United Way kicks off fund-raiser
As officials kicked off their annual fund-raising campaign Monday at Bell Auditorium, the United Way of the CSRA made it clear it was after more than just $4.1 million during the next few months.

Veterans honor area volunteer

Airport tree trimming sparks residents' ire
A Summerville couple is up in the air about the city trimming a tree in the approach zone of a runway at Daniel Field, but airport Manager Buster Boshears said it's the law.

Chamber group lists area needs

Across the area
An organizational meeting for anyone interested in services for disabled adults in Columbia County will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at Warren C. Gibbs Memorial Library on Belair Road.

More buybacks may be held

Council hears SRS feedback
New technology could help or hinder efforts to treat radioactive waste at Savannah River Site, some residents told a committee of scientists Monday.

Growth leads to more work

Officers seek man in abuse
Police are seeking a Hephzibah man suspected of helping his neighbor beat a stray dog with a baseball bat. The dying dog's throat was cut to end his suffering.

Agency ready for its kickoff

Airport tree trimming sparks residents' ire

Body still not identified

Shop's license escapes probation
Commissioners didn't want to look, but they did anyway. A panel of Augusta commissioners insisted they weren't interested in seeing items confiscated last month from Lucy's Love Shop - a lingerie and novelty store on Washington Road.

Atlanta signs three players off waivers

Falcons trim roster

Mr. Bonifacio Yniguez
GROVETOWN - Mr. Bonifacio T. Yniguez, 88, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Emmitt Sconyers Sr.
BRISTOW, Okla. - Mr. Emmitt Harold Sconyers Sr., 71, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at Hillcrest Medical Center.

Mr. Charles Sheppard
SWAINSBORO, Ga - Mr. Charles A. Sheppard, 25, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Paul Trawick
TENILLE, Ga. - Mr. Paul Trawick, 94, of Lincoln Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home.

Mr. Alford Russell
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Alford Earl ``Al'' Russell died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Morris Roof
AIKEN - Mr. Morris Lee Roof, 77, of Gyles Street, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Frederick Athearn Sr.
Mr. Frederick W. Athearn Sr., 59, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Estelle Maloney
Mrs. Estelle Maloney, 95, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Carolan Vickers
LULING, La. - Mrs. Carolan Salley Vickers died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000.

Mrs. Betty Rowe
Mrs. Betty Lou ``Mama'' Rowe, 61, of Starnes Street, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Gary Spence
Mr. Gary Jedon Spence, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Margaret Fuller
EVANS - Mrs. Margaret White Fuller, 79, of Owens Road, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Henry Sumner Sr.
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Henry Lee Sumner Sr., 87, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. Frederick Athearn Sr.
Mr. Frederick W. Athearn Sr., 59, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Alta Gander
Mrs. Alta Betty Gander, 92, of Eastside Court, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Pennie Swan
Mrs. Pennie Swan, 50, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Virginia Furlong
SAVANNAH - Mrs. Virginia Braddy Furlong, 66, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Memorial Medical Health University Hospital.

Mrs. Ruth Shaw
NEW ELLENTON - Mrs. Ruth Honea Shaw, 79, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Carriage Hills Plantation, Aiken.

Mr. Johnny Holmes Sr.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mr. Johnny L. Holmes Sr., 47, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at Brow and General Hospice Center.

Mrs. Alta Gander
Mrs. Alta Betty Gander, 92, of Eastside Court, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Sheila Price
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Sheila Chalker Price, 41, of 13th Place, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000.

Mrs. Eloree Blume
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Eloree Still Blume, 91, of Highway 278, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. James Turner
AIKEN - Mr. James Turner, 55, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000.

Mr. Raphael DiFilippo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mr. Raphael Dominick DiFilippo, 84, of Hunters Lake Circle, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken.

Mrs. Mable Bussey
Mrs. Mable Bussey, of Milledgeville Road, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Blair House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Ruth Wildfeuer
Mrs. Ruth Terman Wildfeuer, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Lillie Barnes
WAGENER - Mrs. Lillie Mae Barnes, 84, of Triangle Drive, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Blanche Hardy
Mrs. Blanche Hardy, 71, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Alexander Cassatt Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Alexander Johnston ``Sandy'' Cassatt Jr., 67, of Farmer Road, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Charles Moore Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. Charles Michael ``Mike'' Moore Sr., 49, of Stagecoach Road, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Connie Quattlebaum
AIKEN - Ms. Connie Johnson Quattlebaum, 33, of Bent Arrow Road, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, in Eureka.

Mr. Billy Jackson
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Billy Jackson, 56, of Jackson Williams Road, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Lewis
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. James R. Lewis, 63, of Lewis Road, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Bobbie Sue Butler
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Bobbie Sue Butler, 68, of South Street, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Sheila Price

Mrs. Estelle Maloney

Mr. Morris Roof

Mrs. Alta Gander

Mr. James Turner

Mr. Bonifacio Yniguez

Mr. Emmitt Sconyers Sr.

Mrs. Mable Bussey

Mrs. Ruth Wildfeuer

Mr. Charles Sheppard

Mr. Charles Moore Sr.

Mrs. Bobbie Sue Butler

Mr. Frederick Athearn Sr.

Mrs. Pennie Swan

Mr. Alexander Cassatt Jr.

Mr. Frederick Athearn Sr.

Mrs. Margaret Fuller

Mr. Paul Trawick

Mrs. Eloree Blume

Mrs. Ruth Shaw

Ms. Connie Quattlebaum

Mr. Johnny Holmes Sr.

Mrs. Alta Gander

Mrs. Carolan Vickers

Mr. Gary Spence

Mrs. Lillie Barnes

Mr. Raphael DiFilippo

Mrs. Virginia Furlong

Mr. Alford Russell

Teen pregnancy, birth and abortion rates down
THE DROP IN the teen birth rate is good news for teens, families and the community. Yet there appears to be some confusion around why this has happened.

New Georgia regent
Gov. Roy Barnes has made an interesting choice in replacing the late Thomas Allgood on the University System of Georgia Board of Regents with Augusta businessman and philanthropist Tim Shelnut.

Williams should pay with his life
I wish to express my feelings regarding the stay of execution given to Alexander Williams. I am an Augusta native and was 14 years old when Aleta Bunch was murdered.Mike Fowler, Augusta

Tale of two lotteries
Disagreements over lottery proposals usually center on the moral aspect. One side, often supported by church groups, believes state-sponsored gambling is morally wrong, if not sinful, because it preys on the most financially vulnerable among us.

Lieberman's faith is no obstacle
Regarding Marie Jordan's letter about having an Orthodox Jew as a vice president: I am wondering if she is aware of the religious beliefs of past leaders. Laurie Easterlin, Augusta

Wetlands project will save money
There was an excellent article on Augusta's constructed wetlands on the front page of the Aug. 20 Chronicle. People who are aware of this type of engineering specialty know that ZEL Engineers conceived and designed this system, but credit must also go to the Augusta commissioners. Joe Tankersley, Augusta

Teen pregnancy, birth and abortion rates down
THE DROP IN the teen birth rate is good news for teens, families and the community. Yet there appears to be some confusion around why this has happened.

Chronicle bellyaching is hypocritical
By the authority invested in me by memory, fair play, objectivity and just plain horse sense, I hereby change The Chronicle's motto to, ``The Nation's Oldest Hypocrite.'' By your drooling, you are defined.Fr. Lewis P. Bohler Jr., Augusta

Veterans' angel
``I believe you can always find some way to help. I can always give to them because they gave so much (to us.)''

Raceway too loud?
Residents who live near the recently opened Silver Eagle Raceway are displeased by the noise levels at the track.

S.C. unsafe buses
South Carolina is the only state in the nation that owns its own fleet of school buses. Everywhere else buses are bought and owned by local school systems.

Worries about airplane towing an ad
While Daniel Field has recently been shown to be dangerous to people in its immediate vicinity, there is another aspect that so far has not harmed anyone. However, it does have that potential. Anne Berlin, Augusta

Clinton had experience for the job
Regarding the Aug. 21 letter from H. Golabchi of Martinez: She was responding to my letter, published on Aug. 16, in which I charged Texas Gov. George W. Bush lacked the experience to be president. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

WRDW gets no awards from him
Once again the brilliance of the ``award winning team'' of WRDW has come to the forefront. On the the final night of a $50,000-plus college championship match, WRDW's award winners take it upon themselves to decide it was not important enough to carry, and that a minor league baseball game was far more interesting... Kenneth Mangel, Augusta

Rapture letter on Lieberman ignorant
In response to Marie Jordan's Aug. 22 letter to the editor, I have this question: Did anyone else notice there are still ignorant people out there? Kathleen Stuhler, Augusta

Traffic at Lakeside schools perilous
I'd like to know who did the research for Columbia County school system's new schedule? Christine A. Robinson, Martinez

Quoting the Bible proves nothing
Please accept my compliments for publishing a letter Aug. 16 (``Some Christians just don't get it'') that is well written, makes sense and does not quote or misquote a passage out of the Bible. H.D. Smith, North Augusta

Cancer center welcome
In about the time it takes the average person to read the editorials on this page, more than one woman will die of breast cancer in this country. Breast cancer kills a woman every 11 minutes.

If they admit crime, forget the time
I met Aleta Bunch's mother a year after 16-year-old Aleta was brutally raped and murdered, and she was still suffering terribly. The bleeding hearts who seek to keep killers alive in prison (where taxpayers pay to feed and clothe them) need to see and feel the pain of the victims.B. Essex, North Augusta

Cartoonist right on target for life
Allow me an opportunity to praise editorial cartoonist Rick McKee for his position on human life.G. Kenneth Adams

U.S. Open gets slow, wet start

Jaguars rebuild after injuries

Wallace eyes Series Championship

Confidence key for Pacers

Overtime: Wild Indy race won by Lazier

MP3.com makes case in court
NEW YORK (AP) - The chief executive of MP3.com portrayed himself as a friend of the music industry as a trial began Monday to decide if his company willfully violated copyright law by allowing users to store music on the Internet.

Scientists work to save wildlife
All things considered, it's tough to be a turtle. And it's getting even tougher in urbanized areas.   View the photo gallery

Xtreme style
Matt Carlson, 18, a recent graduate of North Augusta High School.

Learning the ropes
Ask any high school student who's battled crowded hallways this week and they'll tell you it takes time to get back into the swing of things.

Freshmen cheat sheet
The Xtreme Teen Board came up with a cheat sheet for those of you entering high school this year.

Xtreme advice
''I have a friend who's a boy who is also gay. He's constantly hitting on my boyfriend and my brother. What should I do?'' - 18-year-old Hephzibah girl

Learning the ropes

Scientists work to save wildlife