Lingerie slips into big business
Underwear is everywhere. During the past decade, lingerie has gone from being known as the ``unmentionables'' to being a multibillion-dollar, in-your-face industry thanks to the likes of powerhouse retailers such as Victoria's Secret and Frederick's of Hollywood.

Briefcase
Online advertising may continue to grow, but consumer-oriented dot-com companies are feeling Wall Street's pinch on their stock prices and are cutting marketing expenses drastically.

Evans native opens new restaurant
Joe Mullins' various companies occupy 40 percent of a six-story building in San Diego, and he hopes to build similar diggs on his family's home place in Evans.

Nuclear plant chief plays it cool
Business Editor Damon Cline sat down with Jeff Gasser, general manager of Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant, to discuss the facility, its role in the local economy and the state of affairs in the nuclear power industry.

Augusta caterer shares recipe for small business
Vera Stewart knows what it takes to make it in business, and now the caterer is sharing her recipe for success with others in a 10-hour business seminar.

Exposure boosts golf companies' stocks
Tiger Woods' victory at Valhalla last month was great for Nike. No one has won three majors in the same year since Ben Hogan in 1953, and the photos of Mr. Woods' swoosh-logo ball cap are worth more than any ad campaign.

Brauer: Holiday honor workers worldwide
The first Monday of September is Labor Day. Today, regrettably, it means scarcely more than a day off, the beginning of election season in earnest, and the end of summer.

Cover story: Selling a city
SAVANNAH - Middle-age guests in shorts and brightly colored golf shirts check in to the luxury resort as a self-playing grand piano sends soft notes into the air.

Cline: City may never be tourist spot
Why would anyone want to visit Augusta? No, really. I'm not being facetious; I'm just trying to figure out what it will take to make Augusta the tourist destination that many community leaders want it to become.

Brannen: Rules for termination interviews
Dismissing an employee is a most difficult and personal managerial task. It should be done for the right reasons and in the right way for moral, ethical and legal reasons.

Area arts groups lobby for home for performances
While tourism groups are extolling the virtues of a convention center, arts groups say that what the city really needs - and has for years - is a performing arts center.

Network puts faith in broadcasts
Still a bit groggy from his 6 a.m. start, 22-year-old Nathan Diaz cued up the next number, a contemporary piece about giving praise to God. He said a few words in Spanish and started the recording.

Book helpful as computer database
It will help, when looking over this book, if you don't think of it as a book. Rather, think of it as a genetic crossing of a textbook and an encyclopedia - or a computer database, which is one of its key subjects.

Logos prove valuable for recognition
Niren M. Vyas' children knew what McDonald's was before they knew how to read.

Manager touts Vogtle's reliability
Jeff Gasser at times seems incapable of talking about Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant without mentioning the words ``safe'' and ``reliable.''

Glaser still has his stuff for Jackets

GreenJackets flourish with stellar staff

Braves struggle during division race

Braves fall to Astros, keep division lead

Jackets want second SAL championship

GreenJackets flourish with stellar staff

Boulanger successful as 'teacher'

Boulanger successful as 'teacher'

Braves notebook

Ford sets batting record

Translation gets lost at doctors

Auto insurance could rise

Cover story: Selling a city

Lingerie slips into big business

Brannen: Rules for termination interviews

Augusta caterer shares recipe for small business

Briefcase

Auto insurance could rise
Beginning Jan. 1, some Georgia motorists might pay more for car insurance - the actual increase is difficult to estimate. New laws that take effect next year will raise the state's required minimum liability coverage.

Business briefs
ST. LOUIS -- With a strike averted and a tentative contract in hand, troubled tire maker Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and its workers said Monday they're ready to get down to the business of making good ties and replacing bad ones.

Cline: City may never be tourist spot

Area arts groups lobby for home for performances

Exposure boosts golf companies' stocks

Evans native opens new restaurant

Logos prove valuable for recognition

Network puts faith in broadcasts

Business briefs

Book helpful as computer database

Manager touts Vogtle's reliability

Nuclear plant chief plays it cool

Brauer: Holiday honor workers worldwide

Gamecocks face tough Bulldogs

Carolina's optimism premature

Georgia Southern notebook

S.C. and Georgia notebook

Gamecocks become a 'team'

Clemson notebook

On `Going postal'

Applauds student-led prayer

Condon stirs the pot

Cut regulation excess

U.N. out of U.S.

Don't fill PIO post

Cow milk not good for human health

Solution is to take the bus to school

Jesus preached hate, hurt, slavery

Why parents won't put kids on bus

The wrong incentive

A few kind words for Delta, ASA

Partial birth abortion is pro-death

Workers, take a bow

In the know
ROSIE'S ISLAND: You know it was killing Rosie O'Donnell. All summer long, the Survivor saga unfolded, and the queen of pop culture was on hiatus. Today the silence ends with a Surv

Age old question: Vinegar's health benefits have long been debated
Q: Does vinegar provide health benefits? - M.M., Belvedere

Manager keeps shedding pounds
Thanks to his willpower of steel, George Ball Jr. has lost 95 pounds.

Sabbatini wins Air Canada

Translation gets lost at doctors
With our region's overabundance of doctors, you'd think we'd understand them better.

Woman injured in home invasion
A home invasion Sunday night at a downtown Augusta apartment complex sent an elderly woman to the hospital. Elsie Laney, 92, was taken to University Hospital after an intruder attacked her at her Richmond Summit apartment on the 700 block of Broad Street. The man, described by authorities as thin and clean shaven, followed Ms. Laney up the elevator and into her floor apartment. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

Age old question: Vinegar's health benefits have long been debated

Manager keeps shedding pounds

Across the area
An Augusta woman walking home late Sunday was raped by a man who had been riding a bicycle.

Across the area

Union donates to fairgrounds

This week in South Carolina

RestFest offers one last respite

Woman survives invasion
A 92-year-old Augusta woman remained in good condition Monday at University Hospital after her home was invaded the night before.

Woman injured in home invasion

Across the area
DACULA - A CSX train bound for North Carolina from New Orleans derailed Sunday morning, spilling up to 200,000 gallons of hazardous chemicals, authorities said.

Rash of problems plagues boys home

Holiday closings
The following schedules have been announced for Labor Day weekend:

Mine deal prompts dispute
AIKEN - The family home-stead north of Aiken that Lorenz Woodward remembers had a natu-ral spring in the woods, verdant greenery and gentle slopes.

Officials relocate in state
MACON - In the same way as thousands of other commuters making the daily trek from suburban Kennesaw to downtown Atlanta, Shirley Camp used to get up early, allowing plenty of time for the inevitable traffic tie-ups that routinely snarl a region that has ballooned to nearly 3.9 million people.

Holiday travelers receive welcomed surprise at center

Woman injured in home invasion
A home invasion Sunday night at a downtown Augusta apartment complex sent an elderly woman to the hospital.

Parents seek services for disabled
Like other parents, a group of Columbia County parents have big dreams for their children who are all adults with developmental disabilities.

This week in South Carolina
Riverview Park will send this year's Labor Day off with a bang at Rest Fest 2000, from 3 to 10 p.m. Regional bands will perform from 3 to 7:30 p.m., including local crowd pleasers Cheyenne, Shiloh and Country Kickers. Headliner Rascal Flatts will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., with a grand finale fireworks display to wrap up the event. Admission to the festival is free.

Hispanic growth on rise

Southern states draw Bush's eye

Falcons feel like winners again

Carolina's optimism premature

This week in Georgia

Rash of problems plagues boys home
The recent arrest of a counselor at Winners Circle Group Home on charges of having sex with one of the troubled boys and buying him pornography is not the first alleged wrongdoing at the Aiken home.

Detective seeks to change lives

Union donates to fairgrounds
AIKEN - When the Aiken County Jaycees decided to enlarge the fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 1 outside Aiken, they called on members of Local 470 of the International Union of Operating Engineers to do the job.

Across the area

Woman injured in home invasion

Holiday travelers receive welcomed surprise at center
AIKEN - For Heath and Tina Wade, the welcome center on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River seemed as good a place as any to give their 2-year-old twins a break from car seats and to walk their bulldog pup.

Detective seeks to change lives
AIKEN - With four children and a consuming job as a police detective, it seems Keith Glover wouldn't have much extra time in his day.

Southern states draw Bush's eye
AUSTIN, Texas - George W. Bush's favorite room in the 144-year-old Texas governor's mansion is the library, but he hopes his political fortunes will surpass those of the three men depicted there.

Parents seek services for disabled

RestFest offers one last respite
Undeterred by the humidity or threat of rain Monday, several hundred residents made the most of the last holiday of summer by heading out to RestFest in North Augusta.

Hispanic growth on rise
At La Casa Latina, Enrique Mandonado sells the staples of any Hispanic food store. The shelves display rows of imported canned goods; bins hold dried chilies and fresh plantains.

Mine deal prompts dispute

This week in Georgia
Brunswick Indoor Recreation Group will hold National Family Bowling Day to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Children 12 and younger can bowl free on Labor Day. Donations for MDA will be accepted at all Brunswick family bowling and recreation centers.

Officials relocate in state

Lackluster offense hurts Panthers

Upbeat Falcons need improvements

Falcons kick off season with win

Falcons top 49ers

Falcons feel like winners again

Falcons notebook

Mr. William Simmons Jr.
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. William H. Simmons Jr., 83, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Edward Woodruff Sr.
GROVETOWN - Mr. Edward L. ``Eddie'' Woodruff Sr., 72, of Gibbs Road South, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Grady Ryals
LANGLEY - Mr. Grady Landrum Ryals, 41, of Pelzer Street, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Bill Inman
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Lloyd ``Bill'' Inman, 71, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Wiley Davis
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Wiley E. ``Dub'' Davis, 85, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Bobby Mathis
QUEENS VILLAGE, N.Y. - Mr. Bobby Lee Mathis, 51, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Thelma Lane
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Thelma Thigpen Lane, 94, of Highway 17 South, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Russell Britt
AIKEN - Russell J. Scott Britt, infant son of Linsey Michelle Britt, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000.

Mrs. Olivia Oliphant
AIKEN - Mrs. Olivia Oliphant, 94, of Sunday Drive, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mr. Joseph Brassell Sr.
Mr. Joseph R. Brassell Sr., 68, of Almon Drive, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Winton Teston
THOMSON - Mr. Winton ``Bo'' Teston, 73, of Dixie Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Edward Woodruff Sr.
GROVETOWN - Mr. Edward L. ``Eddie'' Woodruff Sr., 72, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mr. Donald Hammett Jr.
BATH - Mr. Donald Marion Hammett Jr., 20, of Hill Street, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Gladys Hardeman
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Gladys Durden Hardeman, 81, of Windsor Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Dogan
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Ethel Dogan, of West Boundary Street, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Virginia Chitty
HARLEM - Mrs. Virginia Hamilton Chitty, 58, of Louisville Street, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Beatrice Evans
Mrs. Beatrice G. Evans, 93, of Gibson Road, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Marjorie English
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Marjorie Polk English, 82, of Murrah Road, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Mildred Studdard
EATONTON, Ga. - Ms. Mildred Hunnicutt Studdard, 85, of Jenkins Court, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Macon Hospital, Macon.

Mrs. Annie Brassell
Mrs. Annie H. Brassell, 65, of Augusta, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Junior Hobbs
Mr. Junior R. ``Johnny'' Hobbs, of Hephzibah, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Irene Brooks
Mrs. Irene Coleman brooks, 100, of University Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Adrian Storey Sr.
LEAH, Ga. - Mr. Adrian Clary ``A.C.'' Storey Sr., 91, of Ridge Road, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Eleanor Covar
Mrs. Eleanor Boatwright Covar, 84, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Joseph Brassell Sr.
Mr. Joseph R. Brassell Sr., 68, of Almon Drive, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lucille Wright
Mrs. Lucille K. Wright, 70, of Rosier Road, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Frank Schillega
AIKEN - Mr. Frank Schillega, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Edward Woodruff Sr.

Mr. Donald Hammett Jr.

Mr. Bobby Mathis

Mr. William Simmons Jr.

Mr. Winton Teston

Ms. Mildred Studdard

Mr. Joseph Brassell Sr.

Mrs. Eleanor Covar

Mr. Edward Woodruff Sr.

Mr. Junior Hobbs

Mr. Frank Schillega

Mrs. Gladys Hardeman

Mrs. Irene Brooks

Mr. Joseph Brassell Sr.

Mrs. Olivia Oliphant

Mrs. Beatrice Evans

Mrs. Lucille Wright

Mrs. Annie Brassell

Mr. Bill Inman

Mr. Adrian Storey Sr.

Mrs. Virginia Chitty

Mrs. Mary Dogan

Mrs. Marjorie English

Russell Britt

Mr. Wiley Davis

Mrs. Thelma Lane

Higher taxes bail out developers
Columbia Countians: Did you get your letter? Your taxes just went up about $42 a year. If you got your notice, you now know that you are going to build retention ponds and other flood control projects to dampen criticism of the local builders who put up buildings in flood plain zones.Dan Graham, Martinez

Solution is to take the bus to school
I read with interest Christine Robinson's Aug. 28 letter concerning her experience with the traffic at the Lakeside School complex. Cliff Keesee, Martinez

Jesus preached hate, hurt, slavery
Regarding Clyde Howell's Aug. 16 letter, ``Some Christians just don't get it,'' he writes that Jesus never preached it was OK to hate or bring harm to others. Michael Ledo, Windsor

Clinton redefines the word, `ethical'
Well, the chief prevaricator is at it again. The one who is still searching for a legacy although one has found him (the blue dress), Mr. Shameless himself, is redefining another word. Tim Altmix, Evans

On `Going postal'
Wonder why the price of first-class stamps keep going up? One reason could be because of pointless, public relations studies that the U.S. Postal Service commissions to spruce up its image.

Why parents won't put kids on bus
I would like to address the issues made by Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price regarding the traffic nightmares. He states that there would not be a problem if more parents put their children on the school bus. Nancy Edenfield, Martinez

Applauds student-led prayer
Regarding student led prayer by Kimi Boozer as Batesburg-Leesville kicks off the season to a godly start, I'm not a football fan and couldn't tell you who's doing what to whom when they're doing whatever they're supposed to be doing. Danny Himsey, Aiken

School schedules prove disruptive
When Columbia County sent home notes to parent's, polling views on changing the school times, I was mildly worried. Now? I'm more than just mildly worried. I'm frantic. Melissa Sleeth, Martinez

Don't fill PIO post
One of the more curious controversies former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few generated was to hire a public information officer in 1997. Why did Few need an official PIO when his predecessors didn't?

A few kind words for Delta, ASA
We've had a bellyful lately about the airport commission, the airport itself, the airlines and individuals related to air travel to and from this city one way or another. Joseph W. Rubin, Augusta

Condon stirs the pot
South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon has held that a federal sex education program being taught in some school districts (not Aiken's) is breaks state law because it stresses condoms instead of abstinence.

Great judge was a great dad, too
As the ``married daughter who lives in Augusta'' of retiring State Court Judge George Fryhofer, I commend the writer on an apt synopsis of my father's career in the Aug. 7 Chronicle. Vera Lynn Fryhofer Dent, Augusta

Cow milk not good for human health
So, the milk industry has chosen the ``Survivors'' as poster children for their ``milk mustache'' ads. What these folks need to know is that consumption of milk is not very conducive to long-term survival. Allen Causey, Augusta

Corps creates `death trap' at lake
Concerning the article about the water level at Lake Thurmond. It sounds like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are patting themselves on the back because the level has only dropped to 325 feet and will probably not drop to less than 316 feet by the end of the year. Larry Newman, Aiken

Insists Islam respects other faiths
Regarding Roger L. Eden's Aug. 25 letter, ``Islam doesn't respect other religions.'' H. Hashimi, Augusta

Partial birth abortion is pro-death
I just have to thank The Chronicle for publishing the article, ``Liberal media `protects` public from distress,'' by George F. Will. Brian Regitko, Augusta

U.N. out of U.S.
This is to agree with the Aug. 23 letter to the editor of Mildred W. McNair. I would take her thinking one step further. I would like to see the United Nations out of the United States. When World War III breaks out, we won't have the time to get prepared as we did to fight World War II.Earl E. Bunch, Augusta

Cut regulation excess
The two-state leadership group that lobbied Atlanta last week heard the good word from David Word, assistant director of the state's Environmental Protection Division.

The wrong incentive
Columbia County officials are rightly alarmed at declining high school attendance rates.

Workers, take a bow
As the most productive nation in the world, Americans have plenty to celebrate this Labor Day.

Overtime

Labonte wins Southern 500

Sampras, Serena Williams advance

Overtime

Norman survives thriller at U.S. Open

Napa quake surprises seismologists
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even in earthquake-prone California, the sharp jolt that caused millions of dollars in damage in the Napa Valley caught residents and experts alike off guard.

Futuristic phone re-enters picture
NEW YORK - The picture phone is coming. Again. It's been decades since AT&T wowed the crowds at the 1964 World's Fair with the promise of a new telephone that would let people see one another when they made a call.

Xtreme calendar

Xtreme calendar
WEDNESDAY: Rapper Foxy Brown is 21.

Advice line
``I've got this girl who is a friend. We've been friends for about nine years. Now I'm really starting to like her. She and her boyfriend just broke up. Should I try to talk to her even though we've been friends for so long?'' - 17-year-old Augusta boy

Your style

Art doesn't imitate life

Advice line

Art doesn't imitate life
Teens flocked to the debut of the perky cheerleader flick Bring It On. The movie brought in $17.4 million Aug. 25-27, making it the top movie of the weekend.

Your style
THE FACTS:Lauren Josey, 15, a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School.

Napa quake surprises seismologists

Futuristic phone re-enters picture