There will be plenty of thrills under big top

Musical challenges keep violinist in tune
The Augusta Symphony opens its 46th season with a pair of alliterative concerts of Barber, Bach and Brahms, featuring renowned violin/violist Ida Kavafian.

Guitarists pick classical harmony
Chopin was right when he praised the sound of the common stringed instrument and the beauty it could produce, says Alan Knight of the Harris/Knight Duo.

Singer loves a good laugh

Singer loves a good laugh
For a professional musician, Georga Osborne doesn't take her music very seriously.

Schedule of events
Boshears Memorial Fly-In schedule of events

Family-friendly skies

There will be plenty of thrills under big top
One of the world's largest big tops went up Tuesday near the Columbia County Government Complex in Evans.

Musical meandering makes Caedmon's Call forgettable
On its third album, Christian folk-popsters Caedmon's Call throws everything but the kitchen sink into the musical mix, which is unfortunate because the kitchen sink probably would have been a more enjoyable listen.

Tuesdays are musical
Augusta's popular Tuesday Music Live lunchtime concert series begins its 13th season at noon Tuesday.

Family-friendly skies

Religious evolution
The Augusta Collegium Musicum will take a millennial journey in its season-opening concert.

Schedule of events

Guitarists pick classical harmony

Religious evolution

Intimate Shakespeare

'Sound of Music' never fades away
In the world of musical theater, there is The Sound of Music and then there is everything else.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Group won't attend party

Ramblin' Rhodes: Group won't attend party
The Thomas Murphy Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta was turned into a love shack Saturday night as family, friends and fans of the B-52's cheered and applauded the band's induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Musical challenges keep violinist in tune

Intimate Shakespeare
With no plot to get in the way of the story, Twelfth Night is William Shakespeare's comic equivalent of a modern soap opera.

Musical meandering makes Caedmon's Call forgettable

Family-friendly skies
Sinking back into his seat, Ed Johnson gazes out the large picture window at Augusta's Daniel Field. As a pilot and instructor with Augusta Aviation, it is a view he has taken in many times.

'Sound of Music' never fades away

Family-friendly skies
Sinking back into his seat, Ed Johnson gazes out the large picture window at Augusta's Daniel Field. As a pilot and instructor with Augusta Aviation, it is a view he has taken in many times.

Mets find cure for Ted-ache

Braves notebook

Braves focus on championship

Mets avoid sweep

Questions prove lack of sense

Business bureau chief leaves
After 14 years as president and chief executive officer of Augusta Better Business Bureau Inc., Jere L. Bennett will officially retire Monday.

Business briefs

Business bureau chief leaves

Business briefs

Morris Comm. enlists online service
Morris Communications Corp. has aligned with a Kansas-based information technology company that allows consumers to make fraud-free online purchases.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Persistent concerns about rising oil prices and their impact on corporate profits sent stocks tumbling Wednesday until a late round of bargain hunting pulled technology issues higher.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks closed mixed Thursday amid lingering gloom on Wall Street about corporate profits and higher oil prices. The uncertainty ended a two-day rally in the high-tech sector.

Keller Ladders closes facility in Swainsboro
Thursday was the last day of work for the 190 employees of Keller Ladders in Swainsboro.

Defense is Clemson's best offense

I Dumped Dorsey

Clemson notebook

Georgia notebook

Clemson is set for first test

Dump Dorsey

SEC Notebook

South Carolina notebook

Clemson notebook

Georgia notebook

ACC notebook

Gamecocks of a different color

Teams face short week of preparation

Comment on airport cops unjust

Early August too early for school

Hits uniform policy

Administrator would need a free hand

GOP has cried `wolf' once too often

Minchew backed for school post

Georgia's Olympians

Epilepsy can be truly debilitating

Jesus critic misunderstands Bible

Padgett a good school board pick

Cub den leader defends Boy Scouts

Why storm water fee was kept secret

Retail giant bullies sauce purveyor

Islam: Judeo-Christian Bible corrupt

Say no to wage hike

Registered nurses vital to care

His & Hers
Don't be surprised if your significant other starts stealing your eau de toilette - it doesn't matter whether you're a boy or a girl to some cologne manufacturers these days.

Mullis: Follow pesticide directions
Unlike the tops of ornamental plants, which go dormant and cease growth for the winter, roots continue to grow throughout the winter. Fall planting allows all the energy produced during the previous growing season to be directed to root growth because there is little demand from the top. So when spring arrives, a well-established root system will be prepared to provide the necessary water and nutrients for optimum growth.

Gardener with a gift
Have you ever met someone who just had the knack to make everything he touched grow?

Capsules
Anxious children One out of eight children ages 9 to 17 suffers from an anxiety disorder, but few are diagnosed and those who are are often under-treated.

Leonard, 3 others share Texas lead

ASU starts women's golf team

Safeway crucial for Solheim Cup team

On the air

A passing fancy

Greenbrier's Will Caywood

Hornets out to avenge '99 loss

Carolina notebook

Lynx, NHL's Canucks end ties

Dumont to return for second season

Questions prove lack of sense
The Olympic Games are under way in Sydney, and that naturally has put Australia in the public eye.

Authorities shut down boy's home
Authorities took custody of 10 residents of the Winner's Circle Group Home on Wednesday, shutting down the home for troubled boys after more allegations surfaced of sex between boys and a counselor.

GBI raids city offices
Armed with search warrants, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents swooped down on city offices Wednesday morning, gathering information about the fire department.

Former Mayor arrested on drug charges
A Former North Augusta Mayor was arrested Wednesday for drug possession and distribution charges.

Gardener with a gift

Capsules

Mullis: Follow pesticide directions

His & Hers

Across the area

Questions prove lack of sense

Fever results wrong

County's schools value new nurses
Only a month into the school year, some administrators in Columbia County elementary schools already are wondering how they ever lived without school nurses.

Officials seize all records

EPD is moving to area
The state agency responsible for air quality, industrial emissions and other environmental compliance matters will locate its newest district office in Augusta as early as next month.

Students hold annual prayer

Authorities shut down boy's home

Deputy's death stuns officers, family

Shelter's dogs need foster homes
It could have been the beginning of Bonnie Bragdon's worst nightmare: one of the dogs in the adoption area of the Richmond County Animal Shelter tested positive for distemper this week.

Center combines job services

Augusta State aims at local recruiting
Augusta State University's declining enrollment could be fixed by getting more area high school graduates to attend the college, the school's officials said Thursday.

Center combines job services
AIKEN - People who are out of work can do more than line up and sign up at what most call the ``unemployment office'' in Aiken.

Walk aids cancer research
As they line up today with thousands of others for a grueling three-day walk in Atlanta, some Augusta women already will have paid dearly to be there.

Deputy's death stuns officers, family
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Sheriff Billy Parker had the difficult duty Wednesday of telling his deputies that one of their own was dead after a man suspected of drunken driving crashed into his cruiser.

Republicans open new headquarters
After weeks of preparation, the Richmond County Republican Party officially opened its campaign headquarters Thursday night.

Former mayor arrested

Daredevil attempts motorcycle leap
The sky has never been the limit for Sky Lungston.

Questions prove lack of sense
The Olympic Games are under way in Sydney, and that naturally has put Australia in the public eye.

Tape-delayed TV Olympics are a snoozer

Former Mayor arrested on drug charges

Secret donor helps disabled resident

Teachers eligible for 'refund'

Police canines face danger nose to nose
Bruno sniffed his way down the luggage conveyor belt, stopping at each of the four black bags lined up like a multiple-choice test.

Augusta State aims at local recruiting

Barnes' wife backs day-care initiative

More sites violate law
A computer specialist who allegedly set up a site to download music using a server at Medical College of Georgia has been fired by the school. That kind of music technology has become an increasing headache for the recording industry and a concern for Georgia universities, officials said.

More sites violate law

Officials remove juveniles
Authorities took custody of 10 residents of Winner's Circle Group Home on Wednesday, shutting down the facility for troubled youths after allegations surfaced of sex between boys and a male counselor.

Apartments cater to disabled
Velinda Dorsey Singleton had trouble getting in and out of her last apartment.

Care home owners appeal facility's close
AIKEN - The owners of an elderly care home, whose license was revoked and whose business was locked down, have appealed the state's decision.

Counselor faces assault charge
An employee of Winner's Circle Group Home for troubled boys was charged Thursday with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old resident, authorities said.

Hairdresser sentenced in molestation

Walk aids cancer research

Officials remove juveniles

Agents confiscate fire records

County's schools value new nurses

EPD is moving to area

Shelter's dogs need foster homes

Hairdresser sentenced in molestation
SAVANNAH - A federal judge in Chicago sentenced former Savannah hairdresser Joel Moore to 41 months in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

Across the area

Students hold annual prayer
About 200 students clustered around two flagpoles at Lakeside High School on Wednesday to pray that God's mercy and grace would come to their campus and spread to Georgia and the United States.

Police canines face danger nose to nose

Barnes' wife backs day-care initiative
Georgia's first lady, Marie Barnes, delivered statistics that unnerved several of Augusta's educators Wednesday.

Fever results wrong
Further testing showed soldiers at Fort Gordon did not have the tick-borne disease Rocky Mountain spotted fever, an official said Thursday.

Across the area
CHARLESTON - For the second year in a row, Nationwide Insurance is seeking a homeowners rate increase in South Carolina.

Daredevil attempts motorcycle leap

Former mayor arrested
He was once the top policy maker in North Augusta politics. Now police are saying D. Kim Ledford has been dabbling in a darker arena.

Care home owners appeal facility's close

Officials prepare to prioritize spending
Tuesday's election was special for several reasons.

Counselor faces assault charge

Officials seize all records
If a scrap of fire department document remains behind, it won't be because the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lacked authorization to seize it.

United Ways in area continue Scout aid

Teachers eligible for 'refund'
No receipts, no refund.

Across the area
A former North Augusta mayor arrested on crack cocaine and marijuana charges remained jailed Thursday, with bond set at $100,000.

United Ways in area continue Scout aid
The United Way of the CSRA and the United Way of Aiken County have no plans to cut off funding of the Georgia-Carolina Boy Scout Council, despite rumors that are causing a flood of phone calls to the United Way offices.

GBI raids city offices

Mets find cure for Ted-ache

Secret donor helps disabled resident
SAVANNAH - To Darlene Dean, the 14 steps leading to her Tattnall Street apartment are a mountain.

Agents confiscate fire records
The probe of Augusta's government heated up Wednesday as Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents seized records concerning the city's fire department.

Third-down problems concern Reeves

Redskins lineman arrested

Mr. William Hodge
FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mr. William C. ``Billy'' Hodge, 82, of Confederate Highway, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Nora Johnson
HARRISON, Ohio - Mrs. Nora Renfroe Johnson, 93, of Farm Land Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000.

Mrs. Pauline Page
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Pauline ``Skeet'' Johnson Page, 86, of Gilmore Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Evelyn Winning
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Evelyn Theresa Winning, 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.

Mr. Archie Lovett
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Archie Lovett, 79, of McCombs Road, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Anita Anglin
Mrs. Anita Ann Anglin, 38, of Martinez, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Marie Williams
Mrs. Marie Williams, of Prep Street, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Gary Cooper Sr.
GROVETOWN - Mr. Gary Cooper Sr., 47, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Anthony Starks Sr.
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Anthony ``Toney'' Starks Sr., 60, of Church Road, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Neisha Jones
Mrs. Neisha K. McFarlin Jones, 32, of Birdie Drive, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Nivars Sarrach
Mrs. Nivars S. Sarrach, 93, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.

Mrs. Emmie Floyd
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mrs. Emmie Ruth Swint Floyd, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Statesboro.

Mrs. Lois Williams
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lois Dean Williams, 77, of East McCarty Street, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Southern Regional Medical Center, Riverdale.

Mr. Pierre Sturgis
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mr. Pierre Maurice ``P.M.'' Sturgis died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.

Mrs. Ruby Bynes
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Bynes died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Emanuel County Hospital, Swainsboro.

Mrs. Elizabeth Baltzegar
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Elizabeth L. Baltzegar, 80, of Vireo Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Leola Blacklock
INDIO, Calif. - Mrs. Leola Simmons Blacklock, 92, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000.

Mrs. Annie McMillan
THOMSON - Mrs. Annie Belle ``Shep'' McMillan, 86, of Cherry Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Leslie Holik
Mr. Leslie Harold Holik, 59, of Martinez, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Leonard Chisolm
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Leonard Lee Chisolm, 26, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Palmetto Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Rozena Guerrero
Mrs. Rozena M. Guerrero, 56, of Treadwell Court, Evans, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Esther Price
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Esther H. Price, 78, of Margaret Boulevard, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mrs. Katherine Bell
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Katherine Johns Bell, 89, of Lee Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Madarius Rhaney
Madarius Jatavis Rhaney, infant son of Madero J. Rhaney and Tolesa A. Ramsey, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Carolyn Varner
KENNESAW, Ga. - Mrs. Carolyn Varner, 65, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Kennestone Hospital, Marietta.

Mrs. Louise Martin
Mrs. Louise Martin, of Hopie Street, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Ben Bell
THOMSON - Mr. Ben Frank Bell, 77, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Paul Pago
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Mr. Paul J. Pago, 58, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Annie Baker
GLENWOOD, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Bell Baker, 93, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Wheeler County Hospital.

Mr. Francis Grice
Mr. Francis D. Grice, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.

Mr. Thomas Boston
GROVETOWN - Mr. Thomas W. ``Buck'' Boston, 68, of Wrightsboro Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Jurdy Cody
NEWARK, N.J. - Mr. Jurdy W. Cody, 64, of Quitman Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Irvin General Hospital.

Mr. John Blount
Mr. John Blount, of Katherine Street, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Eileen Akers
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Eileen Pressley Akers, 76, of Corley Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Bernold Lewis
PERKINS, Ga. - Mr. Bernold L. Lewis, 69, of Lester's District, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital, Millen.

Mrs. Gladys Hair
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Gladys Elkins Hair, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Tucker
Mr. Robert ``Jerry'' Tucker, 57, of Mike Padgett Highway, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Monnie Whitfield
Mr. Monnie L. Whitfield, 69, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Walter Wise
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Walter J. Wise, 65, of Briar Patch Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Thomas Roane
TIGER, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Van Buren ``Tom'' Roane, 69, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in Augusta.

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

Mr. Ronnie McKie
AIKEN - Mr. Ronnie McKie, 51, of Converse Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Saunders Hogues Sr.
Mr. Saunders P. Hogues Sr., 91, of Tybe Court, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Clifford Williams
Mr. Clifford Wayne Williams, 48, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Robert Lynce Jr.
Mr. Robert Carl ``Rob'' Lynce Jr., 40, of Evans, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000.

Mrs. Esther Price
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Esther H. Price, 78, of Margaret Boulevard, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mr. Willie Cuyler
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Willie Gene Cuyler, 74, of West Elder Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas Gordon Sr.
TAMPA, Fla. - Mr. Thomas Gordon Sr., 66, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Tampa Hospital.

Mrs. Mellie Keller
CAMERON, S.C. - Mrs. Mellie W. Keller, 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Pierre Sturgis
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mr. Pierre Maurice ``P.M.'' Sturgis died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.

Mr. Theron Tompkins Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Theron Wade Tompkins Jr., 22, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Frankie Smith
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Frankie M. Smith, 76, of Chinaberry Lane, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. David Dupeire Sr.
ROME, Ga. - Mr. David Carl Dupeire Sr., 52, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000.

Mr. Monnie Whitfield
Mr. Monnie L. Whitfield, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Deborah Brown
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mrs. Deborah Mealing Brown died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Geneva Smith
THOMSON - Ms. Geneva Smith, 65, of Morningside Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Emmie Floyd

Mrs. Esther Price

Madarius Rhaney

Mr. Ronnie McKie

Mrs. Louise Martin

Mrs. Deborah Brown

Mrs. Katherine Bell

Mrs. Neisha Jones

Mrs. Evelyn Winning

Mr. Monnie Whitfield

Mr. Robert Lynce Jr.

Mr. Clifford Williams

Mrs. Nivars Sarrach

Mr. Leonard Chisolm

Mrs. Esther Price

Mrs. Pauline Page

Mr. Robert Tucker

Mr. John Blount

Mrs. Eileen Akers

Mrs. Leola Blacklock

Mr. Walter Wise

Mr. Anthony Starks Sr.

Ms. Geneva Smith

Mr. Gary Cooper Sr.

Mrs. Carolyn Varner

Mrs. Annie Baker

Mrs. Elizabeth Baltzegar

Mr. Leslie Holik

Mr. Jurdy Cody

Mr. Monnie Whitfield

Mrs. Gladys Hair

Mr. Thomas Gordon Sr.

Mr. David Dupeire Sr.

Mr. Pierre Sturgis

Mrs. Anita Anglin

Mr. Willie Cuyler

Mrs. Mellie Keller

Mrs. Gaynell Clark

Mrs. Christine Daniel

Mr. Ben Bell

Mrs. Annie McMillan

Mr. Bernold Lewis

Mrs. Rozena Guerrero

Mr. Francis Grice

Mr. Archie Lovett

Sites draw U.S. spectators seeking the spirit of Sydney

I Dumped Dorsey

U.S. softball loses again

Postcards from Sydney

Payne enjoying life after the Games

Tape-delayed TV Olympics are a snoozer

Kowal wins silver

Games shift lanes

Noriega finds Olympics thrilling, and is focused on win

U.S. boxers advance

Weightlifters have ups and downs

Augusta rowers disappointed

China defeats U.S. in women's softball

Men's baseball team starting to look good

Bondi Beach puts a new twist on Olympic spirit

Augusta rowers miss chance for medals

Kent: Zell Miller didn't demonstrate independence
Tuesday was a sad day - a victory for dictatorship over democracy.

Kent: Zell Miller didn't demonstrate independence
Tuesday was a sad day - a victory for dictatorship over democracy.

Cub den leader defends Boy Scouts
I have been a leader of a Cub Scout den for the last three years and I serve with pride. In all this turmoil there is one thing that people seem to be overlooking, and that's this: The Boy Scouts of America is an organization based on Christian values. Cherie Lee Portinga, Evans

Epilepsy can be truly debilitating
I applaud the attention and information given to the disease of epilepsy in the Sept. 3 Chronicle. The support group started for children is a wonderful blessing and those involved should be commended for their labor of love. Rev. Jerry H. Miller, Harlem

Sydney vs. Atlanta
Sports fans are aware of the basically friendly rivalry in the Olympic medal chase between Australia and the United States. But there's a not-so-friendly rivalry brewing between Sydney, this year's Olympic host city, and Atlanta, the 1996 host.

Retail giant bullies sauce purveyor
Isn't it a dangerous trend when retail giants like Sam's Club tries to suppress someone's freedom of speech and expression by refusing to market Maurice's barbecue sauce because he displays the Confederate flag at his place of business? Donald Smith, Warrenville

Jesus critic misunderstands Bible
Regarding Michael Ledo's Sept. 4 letter stating that Jesus taught hate. Mr. Ledo should read the Bible in full before he makes such statements. Anyone can take Scripture out of context and use it (or misuse it) for their own cause. Even Satan knows the Scriptures and tries to cause people to stumble by taking it out of context. Michael Scott, Beech Island

Comment on airport cops unjust
Regarding the Sept. 12 article about Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field: William C. Farkas, Augusta

Early August too early for school
I am concerned for Columbia County students who will be starting school Aug. 9, 2001. I strongly feel that starting school then is too early. Sharon O'Rourke, Martinez

Forest fires blamed on Clinton-Gore
Regarding James Connell's Sept. 14 Augusta Chronicle letter: He said that two Republicans on Fox News Network blamed the Clinton-Gore administration for so many big forest fires this year. Al Ciarlone, Evans

Fight disease with soap
It's pretty disgusting when you think about it: In a recent study by microbiologists, only 36 percent of men compared with 84 percent of women washed their hands after using the toilets during Atlanta Braves home games at Turner Field. Those numbers are lower than a similar study made four years ago.

Sen. Tommy Moore rebuts critic
In response to the Sept. 13 letter from Lucille Brewer concerning my voting record. I urge your readers to consider the following: State Sen. Tommy Moore, Clearwater

Voters few, but smart
Augusta-Richmond County's special election turnout Tuesday was distressingly low - only 11,000 voters, or 13 percent of those registered. However, they were well informed on the two referenda and, we believe, made the right choices: renewing the 1-cent local option sales tax for the third time and turning down a property tax increase.

Say no to wage hike
When Teresa Smith was appointed three weeks ago by an Augusta Commission majority to be director of Augusta's public works department, she knew what the salary was. If she didn't like it, she should have turned the post down.

Administrator would need a free hand
Augusta commissioners might as well sit on their bank books if they plan to try to bribe Randy Oliver to stay here and not give him the authority he needs to make the required changes. Charles J. Scavullo Sr., Augusta

Gore's juggled figures
The biblical liar Ananias has a contemporary rival in Al Gore, whose penchant for falsehoods - ranging from saying he created the Internet to being the ``inspiration'' for Erich Segal's Love Story - is reaching new heights.

Hits uniform policy
If the kids are going to be left out of certain activities and opportunities because they opted out of wearing school uniforms, they should have stated, ``If you opt out, you're left out.'' Kaye Holland, Blythe

Georgia's Olympians
Georgians are taking a keen interest in the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, this month. Augustans take particular pride in the rowing teams, some of whom train in Augusta.

Minchew backed for school post
I support Helen Minchew for Richmond County Board of Education District 10 at-large seat. Rebecca Newhall, Augusta

GOP has cried `wolf' once too often
Regarding The Chronicle's Sept. 19 editorial, where you claimed the TV networks are biased in not disclosing problems about the ``Gore campaign,'' in particular, and about the ``Clinton administration,'' in general: Carl S. Champlin, Aiken

Registered nurses vital to care
In 1984 a popular commercial had a very determined woman asking, ``Where's the beef?'' She would then look in the bun and under the pickle until she found a very tiny meat patty. Again she would ask, ``Where's the beef?'' Lisa M. Jones, Augusta

Why storm water fee was kept secret
Thinking about moving to Columbia County? Think again. Do you people who live in the storm water runoff area wonder why it was kept such a secret - until after the July primary? J.K. Smith, Grovetown

Islam: Judeo-Christian Bible corrupt
I wish to add information to the discussion about Islam and religious intolerance. While Muslims sometimes leave Jews and Christians in peace per the Koran (Islamic Bible), they almost always express much intolerance by saying that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is corrupt. Charles A. Nash, North Augusta

Padgett a good school board pick
I have known and admired Jeff Padgett for more than 10 years. In that time, I have seen him go above and beyond his duties as client advocate at Gracewood State School and Hospital. Theresa Senior, Hephzibah

Formula 1 race much anticipated

Lakeside topples rival Greenbrier

Race cars too fast

Overtime

Overtime

Fishing tournament news

Schools are everywhere

Atlantis returns to Earth in pre-dawn darkness
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven swooped through the pre-dawn darkness and landed Wednesday, ending a successful mission to outfit the international space station.

Space station lacks decorations
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The astronauts who just returned from the international space station say it won't be a true home until the first occupants add their own personal touches.

Atlantis returns to Earth in pre-dawn darkness

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