Freedom Fest has special meaning this year
As families file into the annual Freedom Fest at Fort Gordon this weekend, organizers would like them to think about more than the entertainment and patriotic activities planned.

Barney's appeal childishly easy to understand
''Hello. This is Barney,'' said the voice on the telephone. He was perky and cheerful as only a 6-foot-tall, purple Tyrannosaurus Rex can be at keeping a 9 a.m. appointment for an interview.

Ramblin' Rhodes
It's a big weekend for Georgia music, with celebrations in Macon and Atlanta, including a Georgia Public Television appearance by Allison Jones of Augusta.

Bigger Arts in the Heart to have Hispanic flavor

Club calendar
Here is a listing of clubs in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Exhibits

Events calendar
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Listing of exhibits

Creative variety marks juried art show
An intriguing mix of styles, subjects and mediums, the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Juried Art Show, on display at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, offers an air-conditioned alternative that those attending the open-air downtown festival might overlook.

Creative variety marks juried art show

Schedule of events
Artrs in the Heart listing of events

Hunting for art

Justice to prevail
Richard Justice might be considered a local theater icon. For more than 20 years, he has graced Augusta stages, performing and directing with the Augusta Players, the Augusta Ballet and the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, among others.

Club calendar

Hunting for art
Often considered as art appealing only to the hunting or fishing enthusiast, sporting art has found itself unfairly categorized as something less than legitimate.

Barney's appeal childishly easy to understand

Exhibits
Here's a listing of all of your local art exhibits.

Ramblin' Rhodes

Soulful melodies enrich 'Twilight'
As front man for the Afghan Whigs, Greg Dulli served up raunchy rock with a certain sweet soulfulness. But he was always making rock records. At their core, the Whigs' songs were guitar, bass and drums. No amount of emotive vocal acrobatics could cover the fact that their sound was as much Sex Pistols as it was Sex Machine.

Justice to prevail

Bigger Arts in the Heart to have Hispanic flavor
In the past year, Latin culture has exploded. The fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, Hispanics are influencing music and dance, television and movies.

Soulful melodies enrich 'Twilight'

Listing of exhibits
Arts in the Heart of Augusta Fine Art and Crafts Exhibitors

Bigger Arts in the Heart to have Hispanic flavor

Bigger Arts in the Heart to have Hispanic flavor
In the past year, Latin culture has exploded. The fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, Hispanics are influencing music and dance, television and movies.

Events calendar

Braves blank Marlins

Braves notebook

Braves dig way out of early hole

Braves notebook

Doughnuts are serious business

Gift nets almost $20 million
Wall Street has been good to the Medical College of Georgia during the past decade.

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Blue chip stocks fell on profit-taking Wednesday while high-tech issues drifted higher amid investors' concerns about third-quarter corporate earnings.

Larger companies pay more

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Blue chips fell sharply Thursday on profit-taking and concerns about the drop in the euro currency, but technology stocks moved higher for a second straight session on upbeat speculation about corporate earnings.

Inflated gas costs forecast
ATLANTA - Georgians may get hotter reading their gas bills this winter than from standing in front of their furnaces as experts predict charges could rise 50 percent to 60 percent over last year's costs.

Business briefs

Gift nets almost $20 million

Larger companies pay more
The average worker in the Augusta-Aiken area earns $15.02 per hour, according to a Department of Labor wage survey released Wednesday.

Inflated gas costs forecast

I Dumped Dorsey

I Dumped Dorsey

Clemson has slow starts

Georgia Tech and Georgia notebook

I Dumped Dorsey

Clemson notebook

Goal posts new game souveniers

Georgia notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

South Carolina notebook

Tigers riding high

Tech solves quarterback problem

Kearns proves doubters wrong

Georgia Southern notebook

I Dumped Dorsey

ACC notebook

South Carolina notebook

SEC notebook

IU to pay Knight over $1 million

Bidding to keep Oliver

Death sticks kill son

Pet adoption policy explained

Behavior problems must be addressed

First lady and the spy

Firefighters' food shopping defended

Privacy hypocrisy

Wants ban on Ledo-type letters

Lord's Prayer belongs in school

Fox News airs slanted comments

Name judicial center for late senator

Postal Service seeks no monopoly

Legislator's critic eats his words

He'll take Jesus over president any day

Where's Lieberman?

In the know
FOOD GROUPIES: Americans are dining out more. Restaurant sales between 1994 and 1998 jumped from $217 billion to $247 billion. For some, fine dining is entertainment, and the stars of the show are high-p

Chef's surprise
Chefs in Augusta's restaurants may be serving plates of fine cuisine, but once they get home they may be just as likely to dig into the chocolate or unwrap a fast-food snack as anyone else.

Army worms are on offensive again
Army worms are back.

Cool front may heat up bass fishing

Fishing tournament news

N. Augustan repeats as champion

PGA Tour in Pa. minus big names

Aubrey, Briggs lead Pennsylvania Classic

Old friends meet again

Carolina Notebook

You make the call

Washington-Wilkes' Daccus Turman

Prep games on the air

Coaches praise opponents

Lynx notebook

Doughnuts are serious business
A national news magazine is trying to get a chuckle at Fort Gordon's expense.

S.C. exit exam scores improve slightly
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's sophomores improved only slightly on their high school exit exams this year, inching up just a percentage point on their math and reading scores. The results, released Wednesday by the South Carolina Education Department, also show that 10th-grade writing scores were the only salvation for the state. On that portion of the three-part test, students did 4 points better than the year before. Of the 39,860 sophomores who took the test this spring, 26,518 passed it on their first try. That's a success rate of 66.5 percent - up from 63.6 percent in 1999. But it also means 33.5 percent must take at least part of the exam over again.Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Chef's surprise

In the know

Army worms are on offensive again

Civic leaders join military ranks
Leaders of Augusta's civic organizations were dressed to kill Tuesday.

S.C. exit exam scores improve slightly

Langley changes proposed
BURNETTOWN - During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, a sculler from Norway trained on Langley Pond. He took home the gold.

Pageant will crown Ms. Senior Augusta
Eight contestants will vie for the title of Ms. Senior Augusta on Saturday.

Developers eye site in Evans

Across the area
A junior at T.W. Josey High School was caught with a pistol in his shorts during lunchtime Thursday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. Nathaniel Robert Thomas, 17, who lives on Fayetteville Drive, told police he was planning to sell the .22-caliber Jennings semiautomatic to a classmate.

GOP rally to include McCain
Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain plans to attend a Republican election-season kickoff next week in Columbia County.

Suspect in robbery surrenders to police
More than three weeks after the botched robbery of two disabled men in the Harrisburg area, Ron Allen Jadallah turned himself in to Richmond County authorities Wednesday.

New search for airport's leader begins

County employee charged with theft
Police arrested a Richmond County Tag Office employee Thursday and charged her with stealing from the tag office, a Richmond County Sheriff's Department official said.

Child deaths mobilized legislature

Traffic snarls school campuses
When Lakeside Middle and High schools were designed in the 1980s, George McDavid knew Blue Ridge Drive one day would create a traffic nightmare for Columbia County.

Man finds trees at root of holes

Doughnuts are serious business
A national news magazine is trying to get a chuckle at Fort Gordon's expense.

Park plays a part in renewal
AIKEN - Just three months ago, the 14-acre tract behind Schofield Middle School was an overgrown mass of brush and weeds.

Plan shifts charges for gas to winter

Across the area
A 27-year-old Dearing man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck early Wednesday after his car veered off Georgia Highway 10 in McDuffie County.

Sidney set to shine
SYDNEY - The Olympics Millennium Games opened with a splashy tribute to Australia's long history and diverse culture tonight in Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

Aiken shuts down elderly home
AIKEN - After years of suspicions, state officials pulled a surprise visit at Ranson's Community Care Home and discovered conditions that one official described as ``sickening.''

Students' exit exam scores rise
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's sophomores improved only slightly on the high school exit exam this year, inching up a percentage point on their math and reading scores.

Sidney set to shine

Pageant will crown Ms. Senior Augusta

Suspect in robbery surrenders to police

Across the area

Aiken man to spend life in jail
AIKEN - A man who stabbed an Aiken County woman with a meat thermometer while robbing her in a bank parking lot was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole.

Students' exit exam scores rise

GOP rally to include McCain

Reporter endures Army life for a day

Aiken man to spend life in jail

Local Democrats inaugurate office

New treatment fights cold in test
It's a commonly confused cliche: Is it feed a cold, starve a fever or feed a fever, starve a cold? Soon, it may not matter for some.

Fans complain about football cheers
AIKEN - When Hornets fans swarm the bleachers tonight at home in Haygood Stadium, they'll find new seating arrangements to separate the team's most enthusiastic fans from those who think cheers should be subdued.

School probes enrollment drop

School settles lawsuit
A federal lawsuit filed by a former supervisor who protested that bid rigging was going on at Gracewood State School and Hospital has been settled out of court.

Disease sets back facility
A new case of distemper at the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter sets the facility back, again, from the quarantine-free status officials were working toward.

Plan shifts charges for gas to winter
ATLANTA - Residential natural-gas customers in Georgia could see their summer bills drop slightly if the Public Service Commission approves a proposal presented Thursday.

Civic leaders join military ranks

New search for airport's leader begins
On Wednesday, the subcommittee searching for a new director for Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field thought it had narrowed its search to three candidates.

Farmers must repay city's attorney costs
The dairy farmers unsuccessful in federal lawsuits against Augusta should pay some of the city's expenses in defending allegations that treated sewage sludge poisoned crops and cows, according to recent court documents.

Leaders OK pay reforms
In an effort to cut down on the amount of overtime paid to Richmond County school officers, board members approved changes Thursday to the Public Safety Department.

Man finds trees at root of holes
ATHENS, Ga. - Bulldozers scoop buried trees this week from a hole in the back yard of Anthony Pittman's home in southeastern Clarke County.

Leaders OK pay reforms

Aiken shuts down elderly home

Park plays a part in renewal

Fans complain about football cheers

Traffic snarls school campuses

Langley changes proposed

Child deaths mobilized legislature
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Gov. Roy Barnes on Thursday named a prosecutor with extensive experience in child-abuse cases to head a newly created independent office that will oversee the state's child-protection agency.

County employee charged with theft

Thornhill signs with Bulldogs

Church burglar sentenced
AIKEN - The Gloverville construction worker who was responsible for a series of church burglaries that plagued Aiken County last year and led area pastors to tighten security was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison.

Contract proposal in works

School probes enrollment drop
Augusta State University's president said the state's tightened reins on admission requirements may be strangling enrollment at the local school.

Board moves to study expansion
The Augusta Aviation Commission on Thursday took several steps toward its declared goal of increasing air service to Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Residents raise key questions at county meeting

Farmers must repay city's attorney costs

Doughnuts are serious business

School settles lawsuit

Developers eye site in Evans
A company that develops major commercial properties - including Wal-Marts - has signed an option on a tract in the Evans Town Center area.

Board moves to study expansion

Across the area

New treatment fights cold in test

Reporter endures Army life for a day
I never perceived myself to be soldier material.

Thornton in good spirits

Contract proposal in works
Stand up and be counted. That's what commissioners in support of keeping City Administrator Randy Oliver in Augusta are saying it's time to do.

Residents raise key questions at county meeting
Days after more than 200 people turned out for a public meeting on Columbia County's stormwater utility, officials are considering making some changes.

Thornhill signs with Bulldogs
Greenbrier's Chad Thornhill made it official Wednesday night. He's going to join his brother Marc and play college baseball at the University of Georgia.

Local Democrats inaugurate office
Kicking off the busiest months of the election season, the party that dominates Augusta politics opened its 2000 campaign headquarters Wednesday.

Atlanta finds life hard without Smith

Beuerlein trying to shake injury-prone label

Mrs. Eva Gilmore
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Eva Mae Murray Gilmore, 86, of Butts Street, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Old Capitol Inn Nursing Home, Louisville.

Mrs. Alma Young
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Alma Carter Young, 94, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Bay Breeze Nursing Home, Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Mrs. Ruth McAlister
NORWOOD, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth Ludermilk McAlister, 86, of Church Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Gibson Alternative Living Center.

Mr. Albert Grant Sr.
HARLEM - Mr. Albert ``Uncle Sapp'' Grant, 53, of Kangaroo Court, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jeffrey Bentz
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Mr. Jeffrey R. Bentz, 46, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000.

Mrs. Juanita Van Es
Mrs. Juanita ``Nita'' Belle Van Es, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000.

Mr. Willie Russell
HARRISON, Ga. - Mr. Willie Russell, 78, of Oak Street, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Dublin.

Mr. William Hamilton
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. William C. ``Billy'' Hamilton, 64, of Thomson Highway, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Goodwin
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. James H. Goodwin, 81, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Johnson
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Mary L. Johnson, of Lake Michigan Drive, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Earnest Kitchens
CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. - Mr. Earnest Lamar Kitchens, 74, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, in Tallahassee.

Mrs. Helen Smalls
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Helen Smalls, 76, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, in Charleston.

Mr. Charles Chisholm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mr. Charles Lynwood Chisholm, 58, of Wylene Street, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Mr. Ernest Franklin
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Ernest Franklin, of Pine Hill Road, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Augusta.

Mr. Epherm Germany
HARLEM - Mr. Epherm Germany, 66, of Robert Moore Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Glenn Ashley
Mr. Glenn E. Ashley, 51, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Collie Tyler Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Collie A. Tyler Sr., 80, of Pipeline Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Frances Fox
Mrs. Frances Anna Fox, 85, of Evans, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. L.C. Cullars
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. L.C. Cullars, 79, of Pope Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Peebles
Mrs. Mary Ellen ``Pat'' Peebles, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.

Dr. Duncan Smith
Dr. Duncan M. Smith, of Woodbridge Circle, Evans, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lucille Price
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille R. Price, 72, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Latanya Finnie
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Latanya Finnie, 44, of Zenith Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Floyd Smith Jr.
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Floyd Smith Jr., of Woodlake Road, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Dallas Hunt
ROWLAND, N.C. - Mr. Dallas Hunt, 83, of U.S. Highway 301 South, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at Beverly Health Care, Lumberton.

Mrs. Claudia Johnson
Mrs. Claudia W. Johnson, of Ramsey Street, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center. Mrs. Johnson was 103.

Mrs. Juddie Elliott
DAVISBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Juddie Marie Osborne Elliott, 57, of Duckroost Road, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Roosevelt Sexton
Mr. Roosevelt ``Deek'' Sexton, of Byron Place, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Irene Jenkins
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Irene Jenkins, 83, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Macon Northside Hospital, Macon.

Mr. Leon Mack II
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mr. Leon Dee Mack II, 20, of Driftwood Drive, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at Carolina Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Rouse
Mrs. Mary Ella Rouse, 90, of Shadowood Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Wayne Lowe
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. Wayne ``Moon'' Lowe, 60, of Louise Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Gerald Ash Sr.
Mr. Gerald Brinson Ash Sr., 47, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Hattie Lott
MIAMI - Mrs. Hattie Lott, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Oree Michaels
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Oree G. Michaels, 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mr. Robert Branch
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Robert Branch, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Central Carolina Rehabilitation, Columbia.

Ms. Graffie Wilson
SPARTA, Ga. - Ms. Graffie M. Wilson, 58, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. John Motes
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. John Wilbur Motes, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Alton Jackson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Alton E. ``Pee Wee'' Jackson, 59, of Mitzi Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mr. G. Terrell Lee
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. G. Terrell Lee, 64, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Ann McElhannon
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Ann Poole McElhannon, 69, of Cherokee Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Billy Barber
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Billy E. Barber, 58, of Eloise Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mrs. Lois Sanders
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Mrs. Lois Jones Sanders, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000.

Miss Lois Lunceford
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Miss Lois Lunceford, 98, of Hospital Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care Center.

Mr. Bruce Reed
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Bruce F. Reed, 34, of Wendell Street, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Harry Hall Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Harry Hall Sr., 76, of Elko Street, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital, Barnwell.

Mrs. Doris Clark
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Doris Gregory Simons Clark, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, in Aiken.

Miss Lois Lunceford

Mrs. Helen Smalls

Mr. Albert Grant Sr.

Mrs. Doris Clark

Mrs. Frances Fox

Mrs. Oree Michaels

Mr. Ernest Franklin

Mrs. Juddie Elliott

Mrs. Mary Johnson

Mr. Gerald Ash Sr.

Mr. Harry Hall Sr.

Mrs. Irene Jenkins

Mr. Billy Barber

Mrs. Eva Gilmore

Mr. Roosevelt Sexton

Mrs. Ruth McAlister

Mrs. Ann McElhannon

Mrs. Hattie Lott

Mr. L.C. Cullars

Mrs. Mary Rouse

Mr. James Goodwin

Mr. Earnest Kitchens

Mr. Wayne Lowe

Mr. Charles Chisholm

Mrs. Mary Peebles

Mrs. Lucille Price

Mrs. Lois Sanders

Mr. Glenn Ashley

Mr. Robert Branch

Mrs. Alma Young

Dr. Duncan Smith

Ms. Graffie Wilson

Mrs. Juanita Van Es

Mr. Willie Russell

Mr. Epherm Germany

Mr. Dallas Hunt

Mr. Floyd Smith Jr.

Mr. Collie Tyler Sr.

Chapin displays rare perspective

Postcard from Sydney

Olympic wedding

Boxers have high expectations

Olympic Preview: Daily Highlights

Olympics overview

Anticipation mounts in Sidney

Heads-Lane confident

Leathers: Fate still undecided

Haworth has medal hopes

Swimmers steal show in Sidney

Stories of Olympics past

Young lifter slated for gold

Weightlifter takes Olympics in stride

Postcard from Sydney

Martin awaits decision

Draw kind to boxers

Thornton in good spirits

Lifter believes this is her time

Athletes, network avoid conflict

Games provide good stories

Olympic wedding precedes events

AGL sponsors Conservancy membership drive
AS VOTERS compare the candidates for public office this election season, it is interesting to note that environmental concerns now transcend all pa

Listen to the painful cries of unborn children
AS A FATHER, I have learned to listen carefully to the cry of my child. Is she mad, scared, confused or hurt?

AGL sponsors Conservancy membership drive
AS VOTERS compare the candidates for public office this election season, it is interesting to note that environmental concerns now transcend all pa

Postal Service seeks no monopoly
The Chronicle's Aug. 20 editorial argued that the Postal Service should not have a monopoly position in electronic communications. Alvin R. Jackson, Augusta

Aiken Co. challengers
Two Aiken County Council members - Chairman Ronnie Young, a Republican, and Lawana McKenzie, a Democrat, are being challenged in November.

He'll take Jesus over president any day
I would like to set the record straight regarding ``Jesus `cult leader,' preached hate'' (letter, Michael Ledo, Sept. 4). Gabrielle Eno, Aiken

Firefighters' food shopping defended
This letter is on behalf of the firefighters in Augusta. I'm tired of reading a letter to the editor or ``Rant and Rave'' where a person is whiny or complaining about going to a grocery store and seeing a fire truck parked out front. Janet Bell, Augusta

Shopping for firehouse meals needed
In response to the ``Rants and Raves'' in the Sept. 4 edition: Cheryl Brischke, Evans

Death sticks kill son
My only child died Sept. 5. He was a good son, husband, father and grandfather. Mrs. Garnet E. Brickey, Martinez

Wants ban on Ledo-type letters
I'm sure there are many Christians out there - all more literate and erudite than I, who will be setting Mr. Ledo (letter, Sept. 4) straight about his Bible ``facts.'' Harold F. Truchsess, Martinez

Burglars rejoice over gun buybacks
Augusta's concerned citizens have shown their pride and intelligence by supporting the government-sponsored gun buyback program. Now our fair city is even safer - for criminals. Burglars rejoice, 300 homes are now firearm free. Will Border, Augusta

First lady and the spy
Keeping convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in prison is getting to be as difficult as keeping a rat in a hole.

Gore presidency to be Carter redux
Be sure to consider what follows before you vote in November. The last Democrat in office before Bill Clinton was Jimmy Carter. Vernon Blanchard, Appling

Bidding to keep Oliver
We hope we're wrong, but the potential Augusta Commission majority (Jerry Brigham, Bill Kuhlke, Steve Shephard, Andy Cheek, Ulmer Bridges and possibly Henry Brigham) that's emerging to try to boost city Administrator Randy Oliver's salary enough to keep him on the job appears to be a day late and a dollar short.

Fox News airs slanted comments
Now I have seen everything. While watching the Fox News Network (also known as ``We Slant, You Decide''), I saw two Republicans blaming all the big forest fires out west on the Clinton-Gore administration. James Connell, Augusta

RATS to that
Quite a few Americans couldn't care less about the latest Al Gore whine over the word RATS that appeared in a George W. Bush commercial this week.

Listen to the painful cries of unborn children
AS A FATHER, I have learned to listen carefully to the cry of my child. Is she mad, scared, confused or hurt?

Behavior problems must be addressed
After reading about the Burke County School District being sued over the expulsion of a student, I want to address this subject. Dianne Wilson, Augusta

Where's Lieberman?
Democrats and their partisans have been crowing that with the nomination of Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., an orthodox Jew, as vice president, they've ``stolen God back from the Republicans'' (in fairness, back from Republicans like the Revs. Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and pro-life Christians.)

Legislator's critic eats his words
My company was decimated by the loss of security jobs when the video poker industry met its demise last July. Not only did we lose $700,000 in revenue, I had to lay off 30 of my 40 officers. Jim Vause, Augusta

Privacy hypocrisy
There's another instance this week of the federal government not practicing what it preaches. In a study of 65 government Web sites, the General Accounting Office found that only a minuscule 3 percent are fully compliant with the Federal Trade Commission's privacy standards.

Name judicial center for late senator
It is with great honor and a warm heart that I recommend to my fellow residents of Richmond County that we forever memorialize the life and stature of our native son, the late University System of Georgia regent and state Sen. Thomas F. Allgood Sr., D-Augusta, by dedicating our soon to be constructed Judicial Center after this most beloved man. Joseph R. Neal Jr., Augusta

Pet adoption policy explained
The Columbia County Humane Society unfortunately does not have a shelter. All our animals are in foster homes, and stay as long as it takes to find them a good home. Donna Evans, Martinez

Scripture proves Jesus not a hater
I didn't know if I should laugh, cry or be angry at the ignorance of Michael Ledo's letter of Sept. 4, proclaiming Jesus as a cult leader and hate monger. It was evident that he took little time in researching the Scriptures or he would have known there was more to those particular verses than what he quoted. Bonnie Cox, North Augusta

Lord's Prayer belongs in school
I would like to comment along with others on the pros and cons about reciting The Lord's Prayer in schools and other places. Mrs. John R. Boulware, Aiken

Fishing tournament news

Prep notebook

NASCAR makes safety changes

Thoughts vanish at race time

Overtime

Overtime

Labonte not worried about points

Physicists tantalized by near discovery
GENEVA - Scientists who think they have come tantalizingly close to discovering a long-sought subatomic particle decided Thursday to press ahead for another month rather than immediately leave the field - and a probable Nobel prize - to their main American rival.

Astronauts installing fresh batteries in space station
SPACE CENTER, Houston - Space shuttle Atlantis' crew finished several home-improvement projects aboard the international space station early Wednesday, snapping new batteries into place and hauling gear into the growing outpost.

Taxis come with Internet service
NEW YORK - OK, Internet junkies. Where do you Yahoo!? Do you do it at your home? At work? How about in back of a purple cab?

Taxis come with Internet service

Astronauts installing fresh batteries in space station

Physicists tantalized by near discovery