Braves lose fourth straight

Braves tied for top spot

Braves notebook

Jackets' magic number down to '3'

Braves notebook: Galarraga appeals 3-game suspension

Fashion is a trend of its own

Energy company struggles

Business briefs

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

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.

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.

Area employers increase staffs

Wachovia cuts 1,800 positions

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

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.

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.

MCG merger rumors put to rest

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

Clemson plagued by injuries

Seven Bulldogs suspended

Eagles' matchup draws interest

Clemson prepares for Citadel

Mack healthy, ready to play

Carolina faces hurdle as favorite

Tech preps defense for Knights game

Lieberman's faith is no obstacle

Great words

Wetlands project will save money

S.C. unsafe buses

Associated Press subverts freedom

Clinton had experience for the job

Chronicle bellyaching is hypocritical

Cartoonist right on target for life

Public school systems insane

Williams should pay with his life

Amusing ourselves?

Veterans' angel

Tale of two lotteries

Good people do good things

'Worth' dragon lives

UU minister defends his church

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Woods ready for some time off

Jones Creek back to original course

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

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

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

Freezer pleaser

In the know

Recipe contest

Age old questions

Small portions

Avoiding the freshman 15

Support group is helping mother lose weight

In the know

Facility posts animals on Internet

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.

Terminal plan dies on 5-5 vote

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.

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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.

Group hopes to open historic site

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Shop's license escapes probation

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.

Amoco employees remain in hospital

Airport tree trimming sparks residents' ire

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

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.

Animal shelter quarantine extended

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.

Tree causes airport controversy

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.

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.

Edgefield fights stray animals

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.

Water fee to prevent flood damage

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.

Officers seek man in abuse

Georgia defense focuses on Eagles' Peterson

Shelter quarantine extended

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.

United Way kicks off fund-raiser

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.

Larmer barred from shelter

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.

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SAT average by state for 1990 and 2000

Dispute over zoning ends in compromise

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.

Vick's reel won't star Jackets

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.

Across the area

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.

State's SAT scores rank worst in nation

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.

Tougher air controls not likely

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.

City denies racetrack request

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.

States aim to snuff out litter of cigarette butts

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

Across the area

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.

Atlanta signs three players off waivers

Anderson recovering from knee injury

Dr. Matthew Howard,
pediatrician, volunteer

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

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

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. John Woodward Sr.
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. John C. Woodward Sr., 68, of Whaley Pond Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at University 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. Charles Moore Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. Charles Michael ``Mike'' Moore Sr., 49, of Stagecoach Road, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Annie Gray
OCALA, Fla. - Mrs. Annie M. Evans Gray, 102, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Virginia Furlong

Mr. Douglas Carr Jr.

Mr. James Abney

Mr. Frederick Athearn Sr.

Mrs. Annie Gray

Mrs. Sheila Price

Ms. Kathleen Davis

Mr. Gary Spence

Sarah Cheeks

Mrs. Lillie Barnes

Mr. Joseph Perry Sr.

Mr. Raphael DiFilippo

Mrs. Mable Bussey

Mr. Alexander Cassatt Jr.

Dr. Matthew Howard,

Mr. Charles Moore Sr.

Mr. James Turner

Mrs. Alta Gander

Mr. Raphael DiFilippo

Ms. Connie Quattlebaum

Mrs. Ivry Louard

Mrs. Bobbie Sue Butler

Mrs. Carolan Vickers

Mr. Emmitt Sconyers Sr.

Mr. John Woodward Sr.

Mrs. Alline Robbins

Mr. Charles Sheppard

Miss Pennie Swan

Mrs. Carolan Vickers

Mrs. Viola Dean

Mr. Ruben Hunter

Mr. Bonifacio Yniguez

Mr. Johnny Holmes Sr.

Mr. James Turner

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

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

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

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

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

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.)''

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

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.

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."

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.

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

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

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

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

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

'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.

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

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

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

Jaguars rebuild after injuries

Overtime

U.S. Open gets slow, wet start

Serena stands; Kuerten falls

Confidence key for Pacers

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.

Learning the ropes

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

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

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.

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