Braves lose fourth straight

Braves tied for top spot

Jackets' magic number down to '3'

Braves notebook

Braves notebook: Galarraga appeals 3-game suspension

Fashion is a trend of its own

Energy company struggles
ATLANTA - A natural gas supplier with a small share of Georgia's market asked a federal court in Texas on Tuesday for protection while it restructures, bringing to three the number of bankrupt companies since the state allowed competition within the industry.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Profit-taking left stock prices narrowly mixed Tuesday, with bank and pharmaceutical stocks declining and securities firms gaining ground.

MCG merger rumors put to rest
The chancellor of the University System of Georgia and the president of University of Georgia said Tuesday they do not intend to merge Medical College of Georgia into the university.

Area employers increase staffs

Owners will cater to tradition
For 24 years, Dan and Lillian Smoak have risen at 2 a.m. to begin preparing pastries, cookies and pies for Augustans. But on Thursday they will hand over their aprons.

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

Business briefs

MCG merger rumors put to rest

Wachovia cuts 1,800 positions

Energy company struggles

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.

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.

Carolina faces hurdle as favorite

Eagles' matchup draws interest

Clemson plagued by injuries

Mack healthy, ready to play

Tech preps defense for Knights game

Seven Bulldogs suspended

Clemson prepares for Citadel

Public school systems insane

S.C. unsafe buses

Wetlands project will save money

Chronicle bellyaching is hypocritical

Tale of two lotteries

Amusing ourselves?

Great words

Williams should pay with his life

Clinton had experience for the job

UU minister defends his church

Lieberman's faith is no obstacle

Good people do good things

Veterans' angel

'Worth' dragon lives

Cartoonist right on target for life

Associated Press subverts freedom

Small portions
Drinking four or more cups of green tea a day may help you stave off skin cancer. The brew contains antioxidants that are known to prevent skin cancer in mice and may prevent it in humans, a report summarizing recent research into green tea said.

Freezer pleaser
People often ask my mother if I get my love of cooking from her. Her response is usually a quick ''No.''

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores.

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.

Recipe contest
In conjunction with the Southern Living Cooking Show, the Chronicle is holding a recipe contest.

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.

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.

Quinney's birdie wins U.S. Amateur

Jones Creek back to original course

Woods ready for some time off

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

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

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

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

In the know

Freezer pleaser

Small portions

Support group is helping mother lose weight

Recipe contest

Avoiding the freshman 15

In the know

Age old questions

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.

City denies racetrack request
AIKEN - City planning commissioners refused Tuesday to recommend an ordinance that would have allowed the owners of McGhee's Mile Track to keep living there in a manufactured home until they could build a permanent one.

Missing resident identified

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Terminal plan dies on 5-5 vote

Slain officer moved to avoid city's danger
WOODBINE - A Camden County sheriff's deputy fatally shot during a traffic stop Monday had come to Georgia to get away from the dangers and problems of big-city life.

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.

States aim to snuff out litter of cigarette butts
Look at any busy intersection, along any highway or outside any public building, and there's usually clusters of cigarette butts scattered there.

Teen alleges sex with counselor
AIKEN - An employee of a home for troubled boys near New Ellenton has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old resident and providing him pornographic magazines, authorities said Tuesday.

Vick's reel won't star Jackets

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Terminal plan dies on 5-5 vote
A tense debate and a split vote killed Augusta Aviation Commission Chairman Ed Skinner's request to resume a $25 million airport terminal improvement project at Bush Field.

Tree causes airport controversy

Larmer barred from shelter
Former Animal control Director Jim Larmer has been barred from returning to Richmond County's shelter after allowing a quarantined dog to be adopted Saturday. Now ,Mr. Larmer is on ``vacation'' until he uses up stored time, Augusta Assistant Administrator Walter Hornsby said.

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.

Firefighters in short supply
Burke County Emergency Management Agency Chief Earl Porterfield says low pay and poor benefits have thinned the ranks of emergency personnel to the point there might not be enough people on some days to open all fire stations.

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.

Mother loses lawsuit to keep teen in school
A mother who sued the Burke County school system to keep her learning disabled son in school lost her battle Monday.

Tougher air controls not likely
ATLANTA - Georgia regulators aren't likely to impose stricter pollution controls in Augusta even if Richmond County's air quality runs afoul of federal requirements, a high-level state environmental official said Tuesday.

Across the area
Employees of two local video arcades were indicted Tuesday on charges of commercial gambling. A Richmond County grand jury issued an indictment against Patricia Marguetitti Heron, 38, of Belair Road, on a charge of operating and participating in the earnings of Pot of Gold Game Room.

Georgia defense focuses on Eagles' Peterson

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.

State's SAT scores rank worst in nation

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.

States aim to snuff out litter of cigarette butts

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.

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.

Amoco employees remain in hospital
One of two men burned in an industrial accident at BP Amoco Augusta Polymers on Friday was in critical condition Tuesday and the other was in stable condition, said a spokeswoman at Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.

Larmer barred from shelter

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.

Amoco employees remain in hospital

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.

United Way kicks off fund-raiser

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.

Facility posts animals on Internet

Airport tree trimming sparks residents' ire

Group hopes to open historic site

SRS under budget almost $25 million
The federal nuclear-weapons site is on track to save about $25 million from its $1.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2000. The financial year ends Sept. 30. But the savings will be short-lived, site officials said Tuesday.

Tougher air controls not likely

Animal shelter quarantine extended

Shop's license escapes probation

Across the area

Officers seek man in abuse

Dispute over zoning ends in compromise
BURNETTOWN - Burnettown's first zoning controversy ended in a compromise earlier this week when the town council made a zoning change on Mustang Drive that tried to please both sides. It is the first time the town council has been asked to settle a zoning problem since its Land Use Plan went into effect in 1997.

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.

State's SAT scores rank worst in nation
Educators and politicians throughout the Palmetto State announced with pride Tuesday South Carolina's double-digit increase on national SAT scores. What they didn't mention was that the state was dead last in the rankings, 51 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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.

Dispute over zoning ends in compromise

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.

Firefighters in short supply

Water fee to prevent flood damage

City denies racetrack request

Residents give stormwater tax mixed response

Edgefield fights stray animals

Shelter quarantine extended

Anderson recovering from knee injury

Atlanta signs three players off waivers

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

Mr. John Woodward Sr.
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. John C. Woodward Sr., 68, of Whaley Pond Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Chester Van Dyke Jr.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Chester Lee Van Dyke Jr., 81, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000.

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. Annie Gray
OCALA, Fla. - Mrs. Annie M. Evans Gray, 102, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000.

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

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

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.

Mrs. Ivry Louard
HARLEM - Mrs. Ivry L. Louard, of Bell Street, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Ms. Kathleen Davis
PETERSBURG, Va. - Ms. Kathleen B. Davis, 75, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000.

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

Dr. Matthew Howard,
pediatrician, volunteer

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

Mr. Joseph Perry Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Joseph T. Perry Sr., 91, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

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

Mr. Douglas Carr Jr.
Mr. Douglas Carr Jr., of Wymberly Drive, Martinez, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. James Abney
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. James ``Bo'' Abney, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

Mrs. Viola Dean
AIKEN - Mrs. Viola Johnson Dean, 84, of Marlboro Street, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Carriage Hill Plantation.

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

Sarah Cheeks
NORTH AUGUSTA - Sarah Elaine Cheeks, infant daughter of Gerald and Rhonda Belcher Cheeks, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Richard Hargrove Sr.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mr. Richard Scott Hargrove Sr., 70, of McPherson Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Alline Robbins
Mrs. Alline L. Robbins, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, in Smithfield, Va.

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

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

Mr. Ruben Hunter
Mr. Ruben ``Red'' Hunter, 72, of Wharton Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Gary Spence

Sarah Cheeks

Ms. Kathleen Davis

Mrs. Carolan Vickers

Mr. Johnny Holmes Sr.

Mrs. Lillie Barnes

Mr. Ruben Hunter

Mrs. Sheila Price

Mr. James Abney

Mr. James Turner

Mr. John Woodward Sr.

Mr. Alexander Cassatt Jr.

Mr. Joseph Perry Sr.

Ms. Connie Quattlebaum

Mrs. Viola Dean

Mrs. Bobbie Sue Butler

Dr. Matthew Howard,

Mr. Emmitt Sconyers Sr.

Mr. James Turner

Mrs. Ivry Louard

Mr. Raphael DiFilippo

Mr. Frederick Athearn Sr.

Mr. Douglas Carr Jr.

Mr. Raphael DiFilippo

Mrs. Mable Bussey

Mr. Charles Moore Sr.

Mr. Bonifacio Yniguez

Mrs. Alta Gander

Mrs. Annie Gray

Mrs. Alline Robbins

Miss Pennie Swan

Mr. Charles Sheppard

Mrs. Virginia Furlong

Mrs. Carolan Vickers

Sees `Boondocks' as racist, so toss it
Why do we continue to allow racist media to be a part of our lives? We are in the midst of a new age, the digital age - a time when sharing information brings us closer together; a world where we can overlook things like the color of skin and continue on our way to understanding basic human needs. Jeremy Reese, Augusta

Public school systems insane
Regarding ``School violence drill hones skills'' (Aug. 17 Augusta Chronicle): R.E. Sutherland, Aiken

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

Good people do good things
I am sick of dirty, rotten, pieces of scum being called good people. James R. Waid

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

Great words
History will remember our American presidents through the legacy of their words. Ben Easter, Evans

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

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

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.

UU minister defends his church
I read with frustration a recently published letter opposing one of the principled stands taken by our Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. The Rev. Dan King, Augusta

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

He's living in occupied territory
I read with interest the Aug. 19 letter concerning the Confederate flag and was pleased to realize that with education the true nature of the fight to save a symbol of states' rights will be kept alive. Henry Jones, Hephzibah

'Worth' dragon lives
Free enterprisers thought they slayed the ``comparable worth'' dragon in the 1970s, but it's back big time, as Al Gore seeks to court working women into the Democratic camp by November.

Gun buybacks bogus?
The gun buyback program in Richmond County is a success - or a farce - depending on which way you look at it.

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

Amusing ourselves?
We note South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlain actually lectured his own Methodist minister, (who had contributed to the umbrella anti-lottery organization) by piously opining "I don't think God is happy with this."

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

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.)''

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.

Associated Press subverts freedom
On Aug. 23, The Chronicle ran a letter to the editor and two Associated Press stories about which of the two presidential candidate would be best for the military. Tom Hunter, Augusta

U.S. Open gets slow, wet start

Jaguars rebuild after injuries

Overtime

Confidence key for Pacers

Serena stands; Kuerten falls

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.

Hole expected to increase in size
GENEVA - The hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic is expected to increase in size this year as early measurements show significant ozone depletion, the United Nations weather agency said Tuesday.

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

Learning the ropes

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

Hole expected to increase in size