Galarraga's second half season worse than first

Braves hold off Mets rally

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Mets no match for Maddux

Braves bury Mets

Mets can't bridge psychological gap

Furcal's performance defies youth

Dog breeds cross new boundaries

Area bank plans eighth branch

Business briefs
Tech stocks rally

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A selloff in blue-chip and technology issues pushed stocks sharply lower Monday, sending the Dow Jones and Nasdaq down more than 100 points apiece.

County plans industrial park

Area bank plans eighth branch
Augusta-based Georgia Bank & Trust Co. announced it will build its eighth branch, in the Publix shopping center complex on Fury's Ferry Road.

Warehouse leases factory

Warehouse leases factory
A local warehouse company has leased the former Mattel Inc. toy factory in south Augusta, taking the last marketable industrial property from Richmond County economic developers.

Eatery teams KFC, A&W

Business plan helps minorities
ATLANTA - When Roy Barnes was learning the retail business, he met with his mentors every night at the kitchen for pointers.

County plans industrial park
The Columbia County Development Authority is mulling over a marriage proposal from a private developer that would provide a dowry of land for industrial development.

Eatery teams KFC, A&W
The colonel's chicken and a root beer float are now available under one roof in Evans.

North Augusta awards business owner
North Augusta's business community bestowed its top honor to a relative newcomer Monday.

Georgia Southern notebook

South Carolina and Georgia notebook

South Carolina and Georgia notebook

Gamecocks prepare for Mississippi

Clemson and Georgia Tech notebook

Clemson and Georgia Tech notebook

Bulldogs anxious for next game

Aiken County schools defended

Is readiness bad?

Exciting fringe campaigns ignored

Why stormwater fee makes him mad

Democrats are restoring slavery

Pet shots not always successful

America is not a Christian nation

Zell not a shoo-in

Islam wasn't tolerant in the '80s

Boost profs' salaries

Augusta stories wait to be told

Bias - and omission

Brad Owens is school board pick

Corps listening?

Understanding Scripture is important

Clinton cannot save anyone from sin

Former governor always a liberal

Gore-Lieberman ticket deplored

State's suit hurts Aiken workers

Tax decision day

Weighty decision
The frozen food sections of grocery stores are full of high-fat convenience foods, such as fish sticks, french fries and Hungry Man dinners.

In the know
Plaid is one of the trendy looks for fall. This stretch tartan strapless cocktail dress by Burns is $178. The Burns line is carried by Parisian and Nordstrom.

Maintaining focus helps dieter achieve some victories
Cathe Beebe is down another 3 pounds and 3 inches since our August follow-up.

Restaurant serves up song with supper
If you expect them to just haphazardly belt out Happy Birthday, you're in for a surprise.

Your style
THE FACTS: Brittany Maddox, 12, an eighth-grader at Tubman Middle School.

Dressing up fettuccine
Busy families and work schedules make entertaining often impossible. But reader Carol McElmurray of Martinez has come to the rescue with a quick, easy and elegant entree that rivals restaurant fare.

Small portions
Cooking show The Southern Living Cooking School Show will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Woods' worth: $54 million

First Tee golf course to open in April

Lynx strengthen defense

Dog breeds cross new boundaries
Almost everyone I know loves dogs, and even if they don't, they won't admit it.

Edgefield County Deputy killed in wreck
MONETTA, S.C. - An Edgefield County Sheriff's deputy was killed in a traffic accident Tuesday night while transporting a juvenile to Columbia, South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Jeff Daniels said.

N. Augusta man dead from gunshot wound
A North Augusta man is dead after a bar room argument over who would pay for the beer.

Police identify shooting victim
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Police have identified the man who was shot and killed at a popular North Augusta night spot Monday as Clifford Wayne Williams, 48, of Athens, Ga. North Augusta Public Safety spokesman Lt. Tim Pearson said police are still seeking the man who shot Mr. Williams in the chest with a revolver at around 8:30 p.m. at the Highlander Pub on Georgia Avenue. He is described as white and between 30 and 40 years old. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a blue T-shirt and blue jeans. Full story

Homeless Task Force to move location
The Augusta Task Force for the Homeless announced plans Tuesday to move its operation to a new location in November.

Braves take lead in Mets series
ATLANTA - Well, if it's September, the Atlanta Braves must be beating the New York Mets again.

Dressing up fettuccine

Small portions

Maintaining focus helps dieter achieve some victories

In the know

Restaurant serves up song with supper

Your style

Weighty decision

County plans facility for seniors
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Jim Griffith hopes Edgefield County's senior citizens won't have to rub elbows with criminals much longer.

Tax: Sales stays, property goes
Preliminary results from Tuesday's special election showed that roadwork and infrastructure improvements will be funded for the next five years, but the bulk of identified drainage work will have to wait awhile.

Shooting described in report

Alliance of airports approved

Developer addresses concerns
Columbia County's next industrial park became official Tuesday night.

Supporter explains benefits of lottery

Finance reform draws debate

Highway hazards worry counties

County plans facility for seniors

Panel finds cracks in flood plan

New test shows math skills below standard

Shoreline plan under scrutiny
The Army Corps of Engineers should impose fines, rather than revoke dock permits, for Thurmond Lake residents who violate shoreline use regulations, according to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood.

Man shot at tavern identified

Low voter turnout forecast

Braves take lead in Mets series

Highway hazards worry counties
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia senior Shannon Makaila had no reason to think a June trip down Georgia Highway 316 would be anything more than routine.

New test shows math skills below standard
A new state test that measures how well students understand course work, shows eighth-graders need help in math.

Georgia may give refunds
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Taxpayers throughout Georgia who accidentally overpaid their 1999 state income taxes should receive a collective $5 million in refunds in the coming months.

Homeless groups join under 1 roof

Dog breeds cross new boundaries
Almost everyone I know loves dogs, and even if they don't, they won't admit it.

Director's pay request prompts debate
Crunched for time amid pending special election poll results, Augusta commissioners came out of closed session Tuesday without rendering a decision concerning the salary of the city's new public works director.

Board advises airports to ally
An aviation committee will recommend today that the directors of Augusta Regional Airport and Daniel Field be required to find ways to improve the city's airport system.

Panel names shelter for retiring official
AIKEN - A major part of Aiken County Administrator Bill Shepherd's legacy to the county he has served for nearly nine years is a state-of-the-art animal shelter, Councilwoman Susan Giddings said.

Across the area
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is continuing its examination of a weekend shooting that killed a 47-year-old Grovetown man.

Across the area

Gordon dribbles on area
Gordon was DOA in Augusta.

Finance reform draws debate
AIKEN - The only shadow between South Carolinians and the sunshine is Gov. Jim Hodges' pen, an Upstate representative said.

Panel finds cracks in flood plan
After an investigation into the city's flood control and flood prevention ordinances, an Augusta grand jury called on local officials to review regulations surrounding development in flood-prone areas.

MCG committee gets staff input

Low voter turnout forecast
lLow voter turnout expected at a special election today could propel a sales tax extension and a new property tax into passage.

Investigation clears campus officers

Penalties can vary for traffic violators
Speeding is illegal all over Georgia and South Carolina, but where you speed can determine how much getting caught will cost.

Tax: Sales stays, property goes

Dispute leads to charges
AIKEN - An Aiken man involved in a domestic dispute with his family was arrested Monday after allegedly confronting his son at Schofield Middle School and then running through the building and locking himself in a bathroom, authorities said.

Census response lower than hoped
How well Augustans responded to the U.S. Census depends on whom you ask.

Mix-up in destination delays autopsy
NORTH AUGUSTA - An autopsy is scheduled this morning for a 22-year-old Georgia man who died shortly after a drug raid by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Alliance of airports approved
The Mayor's Joint Aviation Committee reported back to the Augusta Commission on Tuesday with a list of recommendations that airport officials say will help Augusta Regional Airport and Daniel Field work better together.

Doctor blamed in death

Panel names shelter for retiring official

Investigation clears campus officers
AIKEN - Campus police at the University of South Carolina Aiken followed policies and procedure when they handcuffed three basketball players, pointed a gun at one student athlete and made the three lay on the ground during a drug investigation last month, authorities said Monday.

Shooting described in report
The 47-year-old Grovetown man shot and killed Saturday by a Columbia County sheriff's deputy had barricaded himself inside his home before the confrontation oc curred, according to a sheriff's office report released Tuesday.

Man dies after pub shooting
NORTH AUGUSTA - An argument at a popular night spot resulted in gunfire Monday night, leaving one man dead.

Across the area
Richmond County Animal Control officers captured 17 stray dogs at a Black Road residence Tuesday.

Georgia may give refunds

MCG committee gets staff input
Wanted by Medical College of Georgia faculty and staff: vision and chief executive officer qualities.

Across the area

Doctor blamed in death
AIKEN - Two months after Aiken County settled a wrongful-death lawsuit over an inmate's death inside the county jail for more than $250,000, the executor of the victim's estate has filed a suit against a doctor for ``ignoring clear symptoms'' of pneumonia.

Dispute leads to charges

Mets can't bridge psychological gap

Furcal's performance defies youth

Deputy dies in traffic accident

Shoreline plan under scrutiny

Parole board frees arsonist after 9 years
An Augusta man convicted of arson in a 1991 homicide was paroled Monday, nine years after the crime.

Gordon dribbles on area

Man shot at tavern identified
Police identified the man shot and killed in a North Augusta bar Monday as Clifford Wayne Williams, 48, but were still looking for his killer Tuesday.

Homeless groups join under 1 roof
Leroy Newby is who many people picture when they think of the homeless.

Deputy dies in traffic accident
HEAD:Deputy dies in traffic accident; two others injured

Penalties can vary for traffic violators

Edgefield County Deputy killed in wreck

Dog breeds cross new boundaries

Supporter explains benefits of lottery
Aiken - If the proposed South Carolina lottery is approved by voters in November, it could mean that schools in poor counties could win advanced computer labs, a supporter of the lottery said Tuesday.

Mix-up in destination delays autopsy

Board moves to limit flood plain building
One of two city ordinances is on its way to becoming more restrictive with the approval of Augusta commissioners.

N. Augusta man dead from gunshot wound

Homeless Task Force to move location

Wife of slain NFL player held without bail

Mr. Harry Hunter
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Harry Hansel Hunter, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Rose Guiliana
Mrs. Rose F. Guiliana, 90, of Merrymont Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Gaynell Clark
LANGLEY - Mrs. Gaynell Clark, 78, of Pelzer Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Barbara Stegall
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Miss Barbara Ann Stegall, 56, of Pecky Lane, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Anthony Iseral
MARTIN, S.C. - Mr. Anthony Iseral, 32, of Smalls Lane, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.

Mrs. Evalyn Hadden
Mrs. Evalyn Woods ``Happy'' Hadden, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Alexis Lofton
NIXVILLE, S.C. - Alexis Ruth Lofton, infant daughter of Richard Lofton and Latoya Ruth, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Annie Ferguson
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Murphy Ferguson, 82, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Harper Nursing Center, Estill.

Mrs. Mattie Robinson
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Jenkins Robinson, 91, of Perry Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Wardlaw Davis
WINDSOR - Mr. Wardlaw Davis, 76, of Cedar Road, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Carl Spivey Sr.
Mr. Carl ``Tim'' Spivey Sr., 66, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at his residence.

Dr. James Blalock Sr.
AIKEN - Dr. James Calvin Blalock Sr., 68, of Troon Way, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Edna Logue
Mrs. Edna Akins Logue, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Windemere Nursing Home.

Ms. Marsha Smith
HEPHZIBAH - Ms. Marsha A. Smith, 47, of Hephzibah-McBean Road, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Joanne Autry
AIKEN - Mrs. Joanne Autry, 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at We Care Residential Center, New Ellenton.

Mr. Ronnie Newman
Mr. Ronnie Gerald Newman, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Eugene Hazer
Mr. Eugene W.F. Hazer, 59, of Martinez, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Nora Newcomb
NOGALES, Ariz. - Mrs. Nora Lee Hammack Newcomb, 80, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000.

Mr. Alvin Jackson Sr.
Mr. Alvin Jackson Sr., 81, of Parks Avenue, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Ronnie Newman
Mr. Ronnie Gerald Newman, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. James Hamilton Sr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. James Willie Hamilton Sr., 81, of Hospital Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. David Jenkins
NEWINGTON, Ga. - Mr. David Ellis Jenkins, 45, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Betty Dunham
ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. - Mrs. Betty Ruth Dunham, 65, of South Central Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Otis Boykin
SUMTER, S.C. - Mr. Otis E. Boykin, 65, of Marilyn Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Columbia.

Mrs. Alice Spires
Mrs. Alice Boyett Spires, 88, of Martinez, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Dora Sims
Mrs. Dora Dorn Sims, of Bryn Mawr Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Brewer Sr.
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Joseph P. Brewer Sr., 76, of Coastal Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Betty Smith
Mrs. Bettye O. Smith, 70, of Old Evans Road, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Randall Jennings
Mr. Randall G. Jennings, 60, died Sunday Sept. 17, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ethel Pardue
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Ethel ``Mae'' Jones Pardue, 84, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Baptist Hospital.

Mrs. Jessie Wiley
THOMSON - Mrs. Jessie Lee Wiley, 83, of Mobley Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Xavier Norman
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Xavier D. Norman, 20, of Murray-Jones Circle, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Virginia Lowe
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Virginia Ruth Lowe, 79, of Morgan Avenue, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000.

Mrs. Hazel Ricard
Mrs. Hazel Kirby Ricard, 61, of Evans, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Shirley Guay
Mrs. Shirley M. Guay, 71, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Will Davis
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mr. Will Davis, 74, of Pecan Circle, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Jessie Mathis
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Mrs. Jessie Lee Mathis, of Goodwin Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Albermarle Hospital.

Mr. Jasper Jamison
ISLANDTON, S.C. - Mr. Jasper Jamison, 82, of Ashton Road, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Colleton Regional Medical Center, Walterboro.

Mrs. Mattie Robinson
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Jenkins Robinson, 91, of Perry Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Rufus Taylor Sr.
Mr. Rufus Taylor Sr., of Branch Street, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Rufus Taylor Sr.
Mr. Rufus Taylor Sr., of Branch Street, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Joe Brown Jr.
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Joe Louis Brown Jr., 52, of Battle Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Pulaski Nursing Home, Pulaski.

Mr. Willis F. Usry
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Willis ``Dub'' Usry, 80, of Pine Grove Road, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Christine Daniels
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Christine A. Daniels, 61, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Oris Boykin
SUMTER, S.C. - Mr. Oris E. Boykin, 65, of Marilyn Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia.

Mr. Robert Spires
FULTON, Miss. - Mr. Robert Lewis Spires, 47, of Red Maple Lane, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Alvin Jackson Sr.

Alexis Lofton

Mr. James Hamilton Sr.

Mr. Xavier Norman

Mrs. Christine Daniels

Mrs. Mattie Robinson

Mrs. Rose Guiliana

Mr. Ronnie Newman

Mr. Joe Brown Jr.

Mr. Carl Spivey Sr.

Mr. Ronnie Newman

Mrs. Betty Dunham

Mr. Joseph Brewer Sr.

Mr. Willis F. Usry

Mrs. Nora Newcomb

Ms. Marsha Smith

Mr. Rufus Taylor Sr.

Mrs. Shirley Guay

Mrs. Dora Sims

Mrs. Edna Logue

Mrs. Hazel Ricard

Mr. Otis Boykin

Mr. Eugene Hazer

Mrs. Ethel Pardue

Mr. Anthony Iseral

Mrs. Mattie Robinson

Miss Barbara Stegall

Mrs. Gaynell Clark

Mr. Wardlaw Davis

Mr. David Jenkins

Mrs. Evalyn Hadden

Dr. James Blalock Sr.

Mr. Oris Boykin

Mr. Robert Spires

Mr. Rufus Taylor Sr.

Mr. Jasper Jamison

Mrs. Alice Spires

Mrs. Jessie Mathis

U.S. boxers remain undefeated

Postcard from Sydney

U.S. men's basketball team is no 'Dream Team'

Postcard from Sydney

Martin loses in first round of Olympic play

Milton big part of women's U.S. basketball

Weightlifter to shed pounds before lifting weights

Aussies a laid back bunch

Woman weightlifter dealing with Olympic pressure

U.S. boxers remain undefeated

U.S. men's basketball team is no 'Dream Team'

Woman weightlifter dealing with Olympic pressure

Weightlifter focused on Olympic medal

Augusta rowers advance

Weightlifter to shed pounds before lifting weights

Weightlifter focused on Olympic medal

Aiken County schools defended
Regarding the Sept. 11 letter by Davis Cheek concerning the Aiken County school superintendent's salary: There are a number of errors in Mr. Cheek's observations that need to be corrected. J. Brock Heron, Aiken

Exciting fringe campaigns ignored
I am increasingly dismayed at the overtly biased media coverage during this election year. While Democrats and Republicans are generally getting coverage through their sound-bites, public relation releases and staged events, the independent candidates are hardly seen as even a blip on the screen. Susan Leigh Giusto, Augusta

Distemper dogs must be put down
I just read the Sept. 8 letter from Joe Nirenberg and would like to make a point that I think he is missing. Al Denis, Augusta

Clinton cannot save anyone from sin
In Michael Ledo's Sept. 4 letter, he does not complete his scriptural examples. He quoted Luke 14:26 and Matt 10:34-35. In these parables, Jesus was not encouraging disobedience to parents or conflicts within the home. Judith P. Burns, Martinez

Former governor always a liberal
I have been wanting to write ever since the death of U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga. Kenneth Hewett, Harlem

State's suit hurts Aiken workers
South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon should be ashamed of himself. It also appears to me he's shooting himself in the foot. Johnny Hensley, Augusta

Democrats are restoring slavery
The Democratic Party is hard at work to re-establish slavery in this country. Their goal is to make government larger and larger and to keep telling us how we cannot make it without them. They are willing to provide us security if we are willing to give up our freedom. E.F. Purvis, Martinez

Understanding Scripture is important
As one converted in Christ, I would respond to the Michael Ledos of this world by saying ``Thank you for your input.'' Judy Perry, Augusta

Islam wasn't tolerant in the '80s
I have been following the letters about religious tolerance and would like to add to the discussion. Barry Doick, Hephzibah

Why stormwater fee makes him mad
As a longtime Columbia County resident, I am indeed mad about the new stormwater utility. I have been reading about it and knew it was coming. Leon Conner Jr., Martinez

Augusta stories wait to be told
I wish to acknowledge the positive note that Cynthia Inlow's Sept. 11 letter sounded: Augusta can and should market itself better by lobbying the film industry. Gracie Harison, Augusta

Tax decision day
The decisions on two tax referenda that Augusta voters make today will likely have a larger impact on their lives and pocketbooks than all the ballots they'll cast Nov. 7.

Gore-Lieberman ticket deplored
Here they go again. First we learn that (Democrat presidential candidate) Al Gore is a slum lord with poor families living in filthy conditions on his property in Tennessee. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Zell not a shoo-in
Democrat Zell Miller, appointed to be Georgia's U.S. senator after the death of Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., is not positioned to be the shoo-in on Nov. 7 that he'd like to think. This is borne out in an interesting statewide survey conducted by the respected Atlanta-based Ayres, McHenry and Associates polling firm.

Pet shots not always successful
This is in response to Glenda Edwards' Sept. 12 letter complaining about the money being spent for the new animal shelter. Judy Ivey, Augusta

Bias - and omission
Bias on the part of the national media continues, highlighted by criticism that The New York Times and three TV networks - ABC, CBS and NBC - took out their microscopes to scrutinize one-30th of a second in a GOP health ad. They also omit more serious stories - also an advantage to the Gore campaign. Consider:

Boost profs' salaries
Dr. Stephen Portch, chancellor of Georgia's university system, received deservedly wide coverage last week when he blamed a soft high school curriculum, coupled with ``a pervasive, anti-intellectual culture in this country,'' for the state's failing grades on SAT and other test scores.

Corps listening?
``Thanks to the willingness of so many residents to step forward, get involved and go to work, this shoreline plan will benefit from the best public input of any Corps project I've seen.''

America is not a Christian nation
In his Sept. 11 letter, Milton Gresham laments that we no longer live in a so-called ``Christian America.'' This may come as a surprise to many, but we have never lived in a Christian America. You see, the United States was founded with the notion of religious freedom as a guiding principal. Laura R. Withers, Perkins

Brad Owens is school board pick
As a concerned citizen and parent of Augusta-Richmond County students, I believe our children deserve the best education that our school system can provide. Steven A. Lemon, Augusta

Is readiness bad?
Defense Secretary William Cohen is ``gravely concerned'' at a report that U.S. Army paratroopers, on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, abused and beat civilians.

Daughter of Siphon tops Keeneland session

Overtime

Overtime

Crew packing up for landing
SPACE CENTER, Houston - Nearing the end of a jam-packed 12-day mission to outfit the expanding international space station, Atlantis' astronauts closed up their space shuttle Tuesday to return home.

Scientists want closer look at asteroids
LONDON (AP) - They may only strike every 100,000 years on average, but life-threatening asteroids could be heading Earth's way, and scientists said Monday they want a closer look.

Communication can help to clear the air
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM ``I have liked this guy for almost two years now, and I told one of my best friends that I really liked him. She's really good friends with him, and I asked her about it and she said that they were only friends. But now she's dating him, and I have no idea what I should do.'' - 17-year-old Aiken girl

Prayer at the pole
It started with three high school students and has grown to include millions.

Your style
THE FACTS: Brittany Maddox, 12, an eighth-grader at Tubman Middle School.

Communication can help to clear the air

Your style

Crew packing up for landing

Scientists want closer look at asteroids