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.

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

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.

Hunting for art

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

Club calendar

Events calendar
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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.

Ramblin' Rhodes

Creative variety marks juried art show

Justice to prevail

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.

Soulful melodies enrich 'Twilight'

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.

Bigger Arts in the Heart to have Hispanic flavor

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

Events calendar

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.

Barney's appeal childishly easy to understand

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.

Exhibits

Schedule of events
Artrs in the Heart listing of events

Listing of exhibits

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.

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.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Braves dig way out of early hole

Diamondbacks top Braves

Doughnuts are serious business

Consumer prices fall in August
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices fell in August, posting their first decline in 14 years as a sharp drop in energy costs swamped higher prices for clothes, prescription drugs and other items.

Gas survey
Here is a list of area unleaded gasoline prices.

Business briefs

Tennessee AG investigating resale of recalled Firestone tires
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee attorney general's office is investigating reports that some used tire dealers are selling recalled Firestone tires - tires which are then being traded in for free, new replacements under BridgestoneFirestone's recall program.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Investors' continuing nervousness about corporate profits pushed blue chips and technology stocks to their lowest levels in more than a month Friday.

Tennessee AG investigating resale of recalled Firestone tires

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.

Man makes living getting bitten
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - David McDonald's job consists of driving around to designated spots, standing outside for 60 seconds and counting how many mosquitoes land on his body.

Gas survey

Gift nets almost $20 million

Business briefs

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

Man makes living getting bitten

Consumer prices fall in August

I Dumped Dorsey

Georgia Southern notebook

SEC notebook

I Dumped Dorsey

Georgia notebook

Goal posts new game souveniers

ACC and SEC preview

South Carolina notebook

Tigers ready for Demon Deacons

Bulldogs rout Cougars

Tech solves quarterback problem

ACC and SEC preview

Georgia Southern notebook

Tigers riding high

Clemson and Ga. Tech notebook

ACC notebook

Bidding to keep Oliver

Renew sales tax; it improves city

How to curb oil price rises

First lady and the spy

Cartoon did not insult Westside High

Postal Service seeks no monopoly

Legislator's critic eats his words

ASU enrollment dilemma

ACLU ducks fights to help vets

Name judicial center for late senator

Area churches present musical performances
Musical interludes will be presented this week at two Augusta-area churches.

Rich past, simple architecture mark area churches
Tiny Evans Presbyterian Church stands on a tranquil, shady oasis near the crossroads of North Belair and Columbia roads, unperturbed by the urban sprawl that threatens to engulf it.

Faith digest
A combination health fair, festival and voter-registration event for residents of Augusta ZIP code 30906 will be held adjacent to Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church, 2454 Golden Camp Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

God's not thwarted by human weakness
We have to search carefully in the story of Samson to discover the part that tells us what God is about.

Prayer walks precede student vigils at schools
Prayer walks at schools in Richmond and Columbia counties and a youth rally at Vineyard Church of Augusta on Tuesday will precede the annual student-led See You at the Pole prayer vigil on Wednesday.

Army worms are on offensive again
Army worms are back.

Fishing tournament news

Cool front may heat up bass fishing

Morgan shares first-round lead

N. Augustan repeats as champion

Aubrey, Briggs lead Pennsylvania Classic

You make the call

Harlem, Oglethorpe finish in 20-20 knot

Old friends meet again

Carolina Notebook

Prep games on the air

Silver Bluff over Swansea

Screven County 55, Liberty County 7

Blackville scores overtime victory

Aiken over Laurens

Caywood leads Greenbrier

Evans explodes past Fayette

Willis' field goal in OT lifts Hawks

Washington-Wilkes' Daccus Turman

Hephzibah defense throttles Josey

Westside runs past Glenn Hills

Barnwell routs Midland Valley

Burke defense, Brown top Lakeside

Lynx notebook

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

Faith digest

Prayer walks precede student vigils at schools

Army worms are on offensive again

Area churches present musical performances

God's not thwarted by human weakness

Suspect in robbery surrenders to police

Familiar face takes reins
ISt. Joseph Hospital might be stealing a line from the British rock band The Who: ``Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.''

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

Sauce sales spark debate
NORTH AUGUSTA - While Sam's Club and Wal-Mart continued Friday to defend a decision to take Maurice Bessinger's famous barbecue sauce off their shelves, North Augustan Tony Carr drove to Columbia and picked up 15 cases of the ``Carolina Gold'' to sell on the Internet.

Farmers must repay city's attorney costs

Suspended officer gets reinstated
JOHNSTON, S.C. - A suspended Johnston police officer was reinstated Friday after being cleared of allegations that he planted evidence and lied in court.

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

Shooting suspects denied bail
Two men charged with a drive-by shooting on Central Avenue earlier this week were denied bail Friday.

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.

School system questions stormwater fee

License for home revoked
AIKEN - The state license for an elderly care home shut down by officials Thursday has been revoked, and the owners have been fined $10,000, an official said Friday.

Military honors soldiers

Man finds trees at root of holes

Across the area

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.

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.

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.

School system questions stormwater fee
Columbia County's school system has nearly 3 million square feet of impervious surface in Martinez and Evans.

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.

Military honors soldiers
Some of those who returned home from war gathered Friday to remember those who still have not.

Park plays a part in renewal

Army assures retirees on health care
Fort Gordon officials assuaged retirees' concerns about health care when they held a town hall meeting on the post Friday evening.

Utility billing on hold
Less than a week after meeting for five hours with angry residents, Columbia County commissioners announced Friday they will delay mailing out the bills for the county's stormwater utility.

Familiar face takes reins

Court to hear recycling plant dispute
ATLANTA - A long-standing dispute over plans to build a mega-recycling plant in South Georgia's Wheeler County probably will be heard by the state Supreme Court later this year, lawyers on both sides of the case said this week.

Court to hear recycling plant dispute

County employee charged with theft

Suspended officer gets reinstated

Doughnuts are serious business

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.''

Commission will hear conflict of interest debate
A subcontractor who made $23,200 worth of federally subsidized repairs to the home of the city housing director's mother will not be paid until conflict of interest concerns are aired publicly at a commission meeting.

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.

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.

Industry to fight fees law

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.

Aiken shuts down elderly home

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.

Sidney set to shine

City will negotiate with administrator
Augusta Commissioners banded together Friday to try to keep City Administrator Randy Oliver from leaving Augusta for a similar position in Greenville, S.C.

Across the area

Plan shifts charges for gas to winter

License for home revoked

Pageant will crown Ms. Senior Augusta

Commission will hear conflict of interest debate

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.

City will negotiate with administrator

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.

Sauce sales spark debate

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.

Crafts fair continues

Leaders OK pay reforms

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.

Industry to fight fees law
ATLANTA - The Georgia Cemetery Association is trying to win in court what it lost in the General Assembly: unrestricted ability to set fees and determine refunds.

Crafts fair continues
The Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival continues today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and concludes Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. in downtown Augusta. The event features seven stages of fine-arts performances, with featured artists from the Hispanic community, ethnic food and arts and crafts. Admission costs $3.

Across the area
A fifth-grader at Meadowbrook Elementary School was arrested Friday on a charge of taking a knife to school. The pupil, 11, apparently found the blade - which was attached to brass knuckles - in his father's drawer, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

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.

Traffic snarls school campuses

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.

School settles lawsuit

Fans complain about football cheers

Board moves to study expansion

Child deaths mobilized legislature

New search for airport's leader begins

Beuerlein trying to shake injury-prone label

Redskins Conway could miss game

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

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

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

Mrs. Marion Malane
Mrs. Marion Faye Goodwin Malane, 81, of Evans, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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.

Mrs. Mildred Fulcher
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Hill Fulcher, 94, of East Eighth Street, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Xara Terrell
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Xara deBeaugrine Terrell, 100, of East Main Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Mr. Philip Flickinger
Mr. Philip N. Flickinger, 79, of Mike Padgett Highway, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Hugh Fleming Sr.
ATLANTA - Mr. Hugh Armstrong Fleming Sr., of Parkside Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Piedmont Hospital.

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

Mr. Anthony Wadley
Mr. Anthony Wadley, 61, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Emma Bearden
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Emma J. Cutchin Bearden, 71, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000.

Mr. Willie Samuels Sr.
WAGENER - Mr. Willie ``Ike'' Samuels Sr., 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

Mrs. Frettie Royal
GIRARD, Ga. - Mrs. Frettie Royal, 89, of Oglethorpe Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Earlie Oakman
AIKEN - Mrs. Earlie B. Oakman, 80, of Community Drive, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

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

Mr. Nathan Strom
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Nathan Strom, 47, of Rosa Hill Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Irene Long
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Irene Bohler Long, 82, of Long Road, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Care, Leah.

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. Mahlena Jordan
EATONTON, Ga. - Mrs. Mahlena Padgett Jordan, 82, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Nina Drake
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Nina J. Drake, 87, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Emanuel County Nursing Home.

Mr. E.T. Jones
Mr. E.T. Jones, 63, of Evans, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Carver
Mrs. Robert C. ``Boomerang'' Carver, 57, of April Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mrs. Hattie Lott

Mr. Willie Samuels Sr.

Mrs. Eva Gilmore

Mrs. Irene Long

Mr. Charles Chisholm

Mrs. Mildred Fulcher

Mrs. Ruth McAlister

Mrs. Mahlena Jordan

Mr. E.T. Jones

Mrs. Doris Clark

Mr. Philip Flickinger

Mr. Hugh Fleming Sr.

Mr. Gerald Ash Sr.

Mr. Earnest Kitchens

Mr. Collie Tyler Sr.

Mrs. Oree Michaels

Mr. Willie Russell

Mr. L.C. Cullars

Ms. Graffie Wilson

Mrs. Ann McElhannon

Mr. Anthony Wadley

Mr. Nathan Strom

Mr. Robert Carver

Mrs. Frettie Royal

Mrs. Marion Malane

Mr. Albert Grant Sr.

Mrs. Mary Rouse

Mr. Dallas Hunt

Mrs. Juddie Elliott

Mr. Epherm Germany

Mrs. Irene Jenkins

Lifter believes this is her time

Games provide good stories

Olympic wedding

Olympic wedding precedes events

Draw kind to boxers

Postcard from Sydney

Young lifter slated for gold

Aussies not so different

Chapin displays rare perspective

Anticipation mounts in Sidney

Swimmers steal show in Sidney

Athletes, network avoid conflict

Olympic Preview: Daily Highlights

Ceremonies worthy of gold

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?

Clinton still drives writer ballistic
Since the country is in the midst of deciding who will be the next president, I have regarded the current president as irrelevant. I had no intention of paying him much attention, much less reacting to what the goofy guy says or does.Frank Murphy, Aiken

Sisler: Many worship a god no one knows
MORE THAN 1,000 religious and spiritual leaders from all the major faiths were at the United Nations in recent days, participating in the Millennium World Peace Summit. Leaders were invited from Hinduism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Judaism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and Confucianism.

ACLU ducks fights to help vets
Perhaps the American Civil Liberties Union protects the freedom of the press; however, I wish to take exception to the remainder of Hoyt Goodson's Sept. 10 letter. I hope that he read the letter just underneath his by R. Parker. That bears more of the truth. Russ Mobley, Thomson

Renew sales tax; it improves city
The Augusta Commission recently completed a most difficult task - putting the 1-cent Special Local Option Sales Tax before the voters on Sept. 19. Tyrone J. Butler, Augusta

Clinton still drives writer ballistic
Since the country is in the midst of deciding who will be the next president, I have regarded the current president as irrelevant. I had no intention of paying him much attention, much less reacting to what the goofy guy says or does. Frank Murphy, Aiken

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

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.

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

Consolidate Bush and Daniel fields
Maybe it's time to combine Bush Field and Daniel Field operations. In doing so, we will build and strengthen our air services at one central location. We may even create the window of opportunity for the proposed new and expanded terminal at Augusta Regional Airport. David L. Moretz, Augusta

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

How to curb oil price rises
Oil prices keep reaching new heights, fueling concerns that the global economy will head into a recession as the cost of manufacturing and delivering goods rises.

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

Sisler: Many worship a god no one knows
MORE THAN 1,000 religious and spiritual leaders from all the major faiths were at the United Nations in recent days, participating in the Millennium World Peace Summit. Leaders were invited from Hinduism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Judaism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and Confucianism.

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.

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

Webster wrong to endorse successor
If retiring Richmond County Sheriff Charles Webster were any caliber leader, he would not have endorsed any one candidate running to succeed him, as he employs both qualified men seeking his office. He would also allow everyone the privilege to exercise their constitutional right to voice their support, even if it were for Leon Garvin, without retaliation. Larry Hardy, Augusta

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?

Cartoon did not insult Westside High
This letter is in response to the folks who have written to complain about Rick McKee's Aug. 25 editorial cartoon. People spend entirely too much time looking for reasons to be offended, than for reasons to understand what they see and read. M. Zielinski, Martinez

New scandals ignored
While major media outlets were busy dwelling on such important stories as whether a Republican Party TV ad that flashed ``RATS'' acro

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.

ASU enrollment dilemma
Changing state regulations governing university admissions have left Augusta State University with fewer students. This is not a small problem for the small school, whose mission is to fill the educational needs of students from the Augusta area.

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

Thoughts vanish at race time

Overtime

Stewart's edge might be restricted

Fishing tournament news

Overtime

Prep notebook

Outdoors calendar

Mayo exhibition in Augusta

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.

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?

Apple releases test of new OS X
PARIS - Apple Computer Chief Steve Jobs on Wednesday released a long-awaited public test version of OS X - an ambitious upgrade of the Macintosh operating system.

Apple releases test of new OS X

Physicists tantalized by near discovery

Taxis come with Internet service

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