Glavine baffles Arizona

Jackets play at home due to rain

Braves notebook

Jackets lose opener to RedStixx

Braves win two in a row

GreenJackets get pitching help

Braves notebook

BellSouth redesigns phone bill

Cumulus may sell stations

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Tech stocks tumbled for a second straight session Wednesday as analysts cut their ratings on several high-profile companies.

Jones Creek course sold

Best companies for working moms

Best companies for working moms
NEW YORK - Fannie Mae offers paid time off for volunteer work. The Benjamin Group/BSMG pays its employees to surf.

Jones Creek course sold
A Connecticut-based developer and manager of upscale golf courses has purchased Jones Creek Golf Club for $5.5 million. Fairways International Clubs LLC bought the 194-acre, semi-public course from Delaware, Md.-based Capitol Golf Group/Blackacre LP in a deal that closed Aug. 15.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A poor outlook for technology and pharmaceutical stocks prompted heavy selling in those sectors Tuesday, the only notable activity in an otherwise lackluster session.

BellSouth redesigns phone bill
BellSouth has redesigned its decade-old residential phone bill, making it larger and easier to read. Customers with multiple services - such as local phone, wireless and Internet - began receiving the new 8-inch by 10-inch bill this week as part of a months-long trial period.

Cumulus may sell stations
Cumulus Media Inc. confirmed Tuesday the company's cluster of Augusta radio stations might be sold to Clear Channel Communications Inc. in a deal involving station swaps and cash.

Business briefs

I Dumped Dorsey: week 2

South Carolina notebook

Georgia notebook

I Dumped Dorsey: week 2

Georgia and South Carolina notebook

Clemson prepares for Missouri game

Church strives for spiritual tolerance

Why Potter books are bad for kids

Hands off Boy Scouts

Miller blamed for stay of execution

Sorry, but hate taints Dixie flag

Drivers must learn to share the road

Repair bridge now

First Steps is socialist programming

Let killer live; he may be innocent

Correction

Boot appeal hazardous

Context gives true meaning to parable

Race track noise ruining residents

Helping Reds wage war

Supermarket loyalty programs have short memories
Dear Martin: My supermarket has a ''loyalty'' program that sends rewards (such as coupons) to participants every three months based on their spending at that store.

Small portions
Hold the bowl! Just eating the cereal in your bowl and throwing away the milk isn't a smart nutrition move.

Blash from the past
It's amazing how the smell or taste can bring back a flood of memories.

In the know
The comic strip Blondie celebrates its 70th anniversary this week. The first Blondie strip appeared on Sept. 8, 1930.

Capsules
Cooling off Lowering the body's temperature a couple of degrees soon after a stroke appears to improve survival and reduce the risk of brain damage, a new study has found.

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers cost comparisons on goods at area stores. This week: batteries. Prices below were checked Thursday.

A success story of different stripes

Lanford no longer coaching

Tiger after a rare Triple Crown

Barnes visits local elementary school
Richmond County's T. Harry Garrett Elementary school was one of three schools in the state highlighted Wednesday for successfully reducing its student-teacher ratio in lower grades.

S.A.L. Playoffs remain in Augusta
The South Atlantic League Southern Division playoffs between the Augusta GreenJackets and the Columbus ReddStixx will resume Thursday, September 7 at lake Olmstead Stadium. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Foley remains free on bond
A Columbia County Superior Court judge allowed a Westside High School teacher facing drug charges to remain free no bond. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Lumpkin given until Thursday
Former Augusta lawyer and convicted murderer William Lumpkin has until Thursday to try to persuade a federal judge to change his mind about an appeal.Full story

Absent attorneys stall double homicide trial
As the fifth anniversary of a double homicide approaches, the arraignment of two of the suspects stalled again Wednesday.

Bond denied for standoff suspect
An Aiken County magistrate denied bond for Joe Daniel Floyd early Thursday morning, hours after he was arrested for assault and battery with intent to kill for shooting at a pharmaceutical delivery man.Full story

Supermarket loyalty programs have short memories

In the know

Blash from the past

Small portions

Counties support green space plan

Aiken's bus fleet gets OK

Soldier is assaulted in home

S.A.L. Playoffs remain in Augusta

State regulates body piercing

Foley remains free on bond

Barnes praises schools

State looks to growers for a plan

Across the area
Columbia County Sheriff's investigators are looking for this man in connection with a rash of thefts from soft drink machines during the past month. This photo was taken at a McDuffie County motel.

Sex shop votes fail passage
The Augusta Commission's decision about the fate of a local sex shop proved anti-climatic Tuesday.Two options - one to revoke the business license of Lucy's Love Shop, the other to put the store's owner on probation - failed to garner enough votes to pass, landing the issue back where it started.

Farming uncertainty grows

Sex shop votes fail passage

Officers engage in standoff in Aiken

Columbia County closes shelter

Merger causes dispute

Columbia County closes shelter
Just hours after Richmond County's Animal Shelter partially reopened Tuesday, Columbia County shut its facility's doors after an adopted puppy died from an intestinal disease.

Credit card scam hits Georgia mail
When Mary Toole went through her mail Tuesday, she came across a letter from what she thought was another credit card company soliciting new customers.

Death penalty to be sought in case
District Attorney Danny Craig said he plans to seek the death penalty against three men charged in the 1998 slayings of an Evans couple.

Merger causes dispute
WARRENVILLE - The merger of Warrenville Water and Sewer and Valley Public Service Authority has resulted in a controversy over more than $70,000 in cash assets and two small pieces of property.

Schools might cut out red meat
AIKEN - Where's the beef? might be a question asked during lunch at many school cafeterias this year, because the federal government won't buy the meat because of new rules on processors.

City explores new wages policy
If money talks, county commissioners are concerned that government salaries make them sound cheap. More important, some Augusta commissioners are worried that county wage policies discourage in-house candidates from applying for promotions.

Counties support green space plan
A public hearing held to discuss viable green space projects in Richmond County brought many of the city's painful ghosts to the table Tuesday night.

Credit card scam hits Georgia mail

Westside teacher loses paid leave after arrest
A Westside High School teacher facing drug charges in Columbia County was placed on administrative leave without pay Tuesday. Deborah Lynn Foley, 45, of Martinez, had been on administrative leave with pay after her arrest during a drug raid at her Oak Brook Drive home Aug. 18.

Pawn shop killing trial opens

Across the area
Six Richmond County school buses were pulled from routes Tuesday as officials waited to see whether they are part of the 46,000 buses nationwide that could have faulty brakes.

Chipper shows signs of ending slump

Edgefield approves incentives
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County Council unanimously approved an incentive package Tuesday to lure a cab manufacturing company that will bring with it a $6 million investment.

Augusta struggles for flights

Pawn shop slaying case opens

Westside teacher loses paid leave after arrest

Judge allows teacher to stay out on bond

Barnes visits local elementary school

Judge allows teacher to stay out on bond
A high school home economics teacher facing drug charges will remain on bond - but with several conditions, a judge decided Wednesday.

Aiken's bus fleet gets OK
COLUMBIA - Within hours after Gov. Jim Hodges grounded all South Carolina school buses that are subject to a national safety recall, pending a brake inspection, all but four were ready to go back on the road.

November reopening set for hospice unit

Farming uncertainty grows
When Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about life on the prairie in the late 1800s, a bushel of wheat sold for a dollar. Today, a bushel of wheat goes for about two dollars.

Absent attorneys stall double homicide trial

Judge denies bond for standoff suspect
AIKEN - An Aiken County magistrate denied bond for Joe Daniel Floyd on Wednesday, only hours after police forced him out of his home with tear gas.

Death penalty to be sought in case

Lumpkin given until Thursday

Across the area

Pawn shop killing trial opens
AIKEN - Opening statements begin this morning in the murder trial of James Vang, one of four youths charged in the 1997 slaying of an Aiken pawn shop owner.

Augusta struggles for flights
David Dorminey, the marketing director for Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, spent most of last week in Orlando and Miami, introducing himself and his airport to executives at Air Tran Airways and Spirit Airlines.

Commission rescinds suspension
City Parks and Recreation Director Tom Beck won an appeal before Augusta Commissioners Tuesday and avoided a weeklong suspension handed to him nearly three weeks ago after an investigation into his department's hiring practices.

State looks to growers for a plan
ATLANTA - Public awareness should be the linchpin of any plan to revive Georgia's moribund farm economy, a member of a newly formed state committee made up mostly of farmers said Wednesday.

France honors WWI veteran
In 1918, Pfc. Donald Cooper, serial No. 2655034, left the Army's Camp Gordon for France as one of more than 2 million U.S. soldiers to serve overseas during ``the Great War.''

France honors WWI veteran

Soldier is assaulted in home
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is keeping mum about a young Fort Gordon soldier found viciously attacked in her home Tuesday. Maj. Ken Autry, head of the Criminal Investigations Division, would confirm only that the department is investigating an assault at 3310 Oakridge Drive - located off Jackson Road near Daniel Field.

Edgefield approves incentives

Officers engage in standoff in Aiken
AIKEN - Aiken police were in a standoff late Tuesday with a man who allegedly shot at a pharmaceutical delivery man. The standoff led police to evacuate surrounding homes, block off a major thoroughfare and call in all available officers. Negotiators were attempting to talk the man out of the home at 11 p.m., but he remained holed up at 1212 Hampton Ave., said Capt. Tom Galardi with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Pawn shop slaying case opens
AIKEN - Prosecutors opened their case Wednesday against murder suspect James Vang, showing jurors graphic crime scene photos of pawn shop owner Carlton Ennis lying dead in his Aiken store.

State regulates body piercing
AIKEN - When Damian Blevins moved to Aiken from California six weeks ago, his mother paid him $180 to remove a barbell ornament that ran through his upper ear halfway to the lobe.

Officials continue river search for missing woman
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County police will continue to check the North Oconee River but have abandoned any extensive search for a woman who might have been thrown into the river from the East Broad Street bridge late Monday night, officials said Tuesday.

Absences delay homicide case

November reopening set for hospice unit
The stained-glass window marking the entrance to the Hospice Unit is dark at St. Joseph Hospital, but officials are hopeful of making it glow again in a few months.

Across the area

Barnes praises schools
T. Harry Garrett Elementary School in Richmond County was one of three schools in the state recognized Wednesday for successfully reducing its student-teacher ratio in lower grades.

City explores new wages policy

Commission rescinds suspension

Bond denied for standoff suspect

Absences delay homicide case
As the fifth anniversary of a double homicide approaches, the arraignment of two of the suspects stalled again Wednesday.

I Dumped Dorsey: week 2

Houston' to announce nickname

Falcons prepare for 49ers

Mrs. Margie Mize
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mrs. Margie McEver Mize, 96, of Hamfork Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Irma Ferguson
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Irma Ferguson Ray Edwards, 91, of Broad Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Neva McNair
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Neva Johnson McNair, 97, of Brentwood Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Luther McKie
Mr. Luther T. ``Tommy'' McKie, 49, of Columbia Road, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Cooper
COLUMBIA - Mr. James D. Cooper, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Pamplico.

Mrs. Diane Yoder
Mrs. Diane L. Yoder, of Cable Way, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Paul Perdue Sr.
Mr. Paul Kirby Perdue Sr., 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Danny Davis Jr.
JACKSON - Mr. Danny Lee Davis Jr., 36, of Main Street, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Neal
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Frances Stapleton Neal, 86, of Mabel Lane, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Beryl Norris
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Beryl Fielden Norris, 64, of Burton Street, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000.

Mrs. Ernesteen Whitener
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mrs. Ernesteen Mitchell Whitener, 65, of Jones Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Harrell
THOMSON - Mr. John Wesley Harrell, 66, of Cleveland Street, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Luther McKie
Mr. Luther T. ``Tommy'' McKie, 49, of Columbia Road, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mattie Brinson
Mrs. Mattie Hicks Brinson, of Royal Street, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000.

Mrs. Mattie Ford
Mrs. Mattie S. Ford, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Olden Hall Sr.
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Mr. Olden ``Sandy'' Hall Sr., 83, of Shancey Lane, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Parkview Manor Nursing Home, Atlanta.

Mrs. Annie Thomas
Mrs. Annie B. Thomas, 98, of Raleigh Drive, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Larry Thompson
Mr. Larry R. Thompson, 55, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Jennie Edwards
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Mrs. Jennie Edwards, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City.

Mr. Donald Harrison
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Donald Ervin Harrison, 66, of North Hulin Avenue, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mr. Roger Bates
Mr. Roger T. Bates, of Perry Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Louise Usry
AVERA, Ga. - Mrs. Louise Rivers Usry, 88, of Long Branch Road, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Beverly Health Care, Augusta.

Mr. Moses Germany
LOS ANGELES - Mr. Moses Germany, 67, died Tuesday, August 29, 2000, at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Charles Pope
HARLEM - Mr. Charles Fred Pope, 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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, Augusta.

Mr. Lemuel Brooks Jr.
THOMSON - Mr. Lemuel Reese ``Byrd'' Brooks Jr., 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mildred Bodie
TRENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mildred Murrell Bodie, 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Edgefield Health Care Center, Edgefield.

Mrs. Jennie Edwards

Mrs. Beryl Norris

Mr. John Harrell

Mr. Donald Harrison

Mr. Moses Germany

Mrs. Diane Yoder

Mrs. Mattie Brinson

Mrs. Neva McNair

Mr. Roger Bates

Mr. Danny Davis Jr.

Mrs. Louise Usry

Mr. Lemuel Brooks Jr.

Mr. Adrian Storey Sr.

Mr. Paul Perdue Sr.

Mrs. Mary Neal

Mrs. Margie Mize

Mr. Larry Thompson

Mrs. Irma Ferguson

Mr. Olden Hall Sr.

Mr. James Cooper

Mrs. Ernesteen Whitener

Mr. Luther McKie

Zell's first TV ad - wrong again
THERE WAS ZELL Miller staring out from the television, piously intoning: ``I pledge you this, as your senator I will serve no single party.''

Helping Reds wage war
The Clinton administration continues to host Communist Chinese military delegations everywhere from nuclear sites to sensitive seminars. Never mind that last year's bipartisan Cox report warned of ``an ongoing, systematic effort'' by the Chinese to steal our military secrets.

Church strives for spiritual tolerance
Larry Kirkland, the author of an Aug. 22 letter questioning the credentials of the Unitarian Universalist church, obviously knows something about Unitarian Universalists - for example, the history of the early Unitarian church and the fact that the Unitarian Universalist church is heavily engaged in social action. Wendy Bollinger Bollag, Martinez

Drivers must learn to share the road
I am writing to respond in part to Clint Smith's Aug. 12 letter. Mr. Smith wrote that South Carolina isn't a safe place to drive, or words to that effect. Edward E. Clark, Bath

Why Potter books are bad for kids
I will agree with Seth Benson's Aug. 26 letter that some Bible stories are not suitable for young children. But neither are the Harry Potter books. Jack Mort, Belvedere

Zell's first TV ad - wrong again
THERE WAS ZELL Miller staring out from the television, piously intoning: ``I pledge you this, as your senator I will serve no single party.''

Boot appeal hazardous
Firefighters are well-meaning when they stand at local intersections and extend large boots to drivers. It's called a ``boot block,'' and it's kind of like a road block, but it's all in the name of raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Context gives true meaning to parable
I would like to thank Michael Ledo for his letter Sept. 4, ``Jesus, `Cult leader' preached `hate'.'' People like him make me go to the Word of God. Marty Lick, Martinez

Hands off Boy Scouts
President Bill Clinton and the man who hopes to succeed him, Vice President Al Gore, no doubt wish their overzealous appointees in the U.S. Department of the Interior had kept their mouths shut - at least until after Election Day. Some Interior bureaucrats thought the exclusion of homosexuals by the Boy Scouts of America, even though upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, ran counter to a recent presidential executive order.

Correction
IIn Wednesday's letter from Jack Mort, ``Why Potter books are bad for kids,'' a quote sourced to The London Times was in error. The quote, attributed to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowlings, was actually from the satirical publication, The Onion.

The Bible, Jesus tell it like it is
Regarding Seth Benson's Aug. 26 letter, ``X-Rated Bible stories not for children'': I have not read any of the Harry Potter books, so I will leave an argument on its content to others.Don Dickerson, Martinez

Sorry, but hate taints Dixie flag
Recent letters have appeared in The Chronicle both defending and attacking the Confederate battle flag, the former being the most prevalent. A. Norton, Athens

Let killer live; he may be innocent
Regarding Alexander Williams paying his full debt to Aleta Bunch: One, death is too easy an out if he did this. It may even be what he wants. I would prefer he suffer for the rest of his life, in prison, being examined, medicated and studied, living in the harshest conditions of maximum security, with no possibility of parole.Theresa C. Von Plinsky, Augusta

Repair bridge now
Drivers are no doubt heartened to read there's not ``much of a danger'' as they drive across the Little River Bridge that spans Thurmond Lake.

Miller blamed for stay of execution
Regarding the stay of execution for Alexander Williams, a convicted and admitted rapist and murderer: It might well be noted that Zell Miller's legacy of a liberal Supreme Court lives on well after his governorship. Donald L. Davis, Evans

Race track noise ruining residents
Homes are the greatest investment made by people. For many, it is the only investment they can make for their old-age retirement and security. Attacks on the value of our homes is considered attacks on our lives, peace and prosperity. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown

Selling out Old Glory
The U.S. Navy is short of sailors. Two U.S. Army divisions aren't fully ready for combat. The U.S. Air Force lacks parts and pilots. These are reasons enough to say that President Bill Clinton has been a sorry steward over our armed forces.

Don't prosecute tragic teen driver
I find it sad that a 17-year-old, Sara Lucas, can write a meaningful letter (Aug. 23), and be more understanding than our judicial system. Ella-Mae Burke, Evans

Reform DOT selection
The Department of Transportation board oversees myriad multimillion dollar projects across Georgia. Unfortunately, the agency has been hit by scandal. DOT board member Max Goldin quit amid allegations he used his position for personal gain, and his replacement raises questions about the selection process and how it should be reformed.

First Steps is socialist programming
It's true there are good people with good intentions who have different opinions. Andy Windham, Wagener

Northwestern hires Princeton coach

Overtime

Davenport kayos Serena Williams

NASCAR notebook

IOC cracks down on drug

Venus' streak intact

Overtime

Personnel shakeups continue

Drivers demand changes at track

Some prefer simpler computers
DALLAS - Greg Goodwin understands the fascination car buffs have with such classics as the 1957 Chevy, although he realizes they aren't for everyone.

Countdown begins for Friday launch of Atlantis
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA began the countdown Tuesday for the launch of space shuttle Atlantis, which will be heading back to the international space station with a new crew and fresh load of supplies.

Some prefer simpler computers

Countdown begins for Friday launch of Atlantis