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.

Intimate Shakespeare

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.

Schedule of events

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.

Musical meandering makes Caedmon's Call forgettable

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.

There will be plenty of thrills under big top

Musical challenges keep violinist in tune

Religious evolution

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

Family-friendly skies

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.

'Sound of Music' never fades away

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.

Schedule of events
Boshears Memorial Fly-In schedule of events

Singer loves a good laugh

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.

Family-friendly skies

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: Group won't attend party

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

Guitarists pick classical harmony

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

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.

Braves notebook

Braves focus on championship

Questions prove lack of sense

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks staged a notable recovery Friday after being dragged down most of the day because of a profit warning by chip maker Intel Corp.

Business bureau chief leaves

Local jobless rate drops

Business briefs

Groups win $157,000 in tourism grants
Tourism grants paid for by the hotel/motel tax will be awarded to 13 local organizations early next year.

Business briefs

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.

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

Groups win $157,000 in tourism grants

Local jobless rate drops
Augusta-Aiken's unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in August, down slightly from 5.1 percent in July, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

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.

Georgia notebook

SEC Notebook

Clemson is set for first test

Georgia notebook

Dump Dorsey T-shirts on order

Carolina encounters another streak

Gamecocks of a different color

Clemson notebook

ACC notebook

South Carolina notebook

Dump Dorsey

Clemson notebook

Why S.C. should reject lottery

What some colleges teach

Minchew backed for school post

Crime non-partisan; respects no race

Retail giant bullies sauce purveyor

Natural gas deregulation badly done

Hits uniform policy

Georgia's Olympians

Clyburn's lament

Say no to wage hike

Bush should blame GOP Congress

Registered nurses vital to care

Padgett a good school board pick

Administrator would need a free hand

Jesus critic misunderstands Bible

Zell Miller loses his vote

Epilepsy can be truly debilitating

Hickman Park deteriorating quickly

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

Faith digest
Chaplin Harold Ritchey will preach at Gracewood State School and Hospital chapel at 10 a.m. Sunday. Dinner on the grounds will follow at 11:30 a.m. and a re-ception at 3 p.m.

Sound of the Shofar
When Jordan Parr was in rabbinical school, he drafted his wife, Cynthia, to sound the shofar at the start of Rosh Hashana - a job women rarely do.

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.

Playfulness is part of God's work, too
The woman's eyes danced and her face beamed with a radiant smile as she sat in the fast-food restaurant playing with her 6-month-old child.

Young Life leader ready to spread God's Word
Michael Edwards keeps a snapshot of his predecessor on his desk in the Young Life office on Walton Way.

Leonard, 3 others share Texas lead

Safeway crucial for Solheim Cup team

Atchison realizes Regions Cup goal

On the air

Augusta Christian 34, Memorial Day 0

Newton wins with late TD

Carolina notebook

A passing fancy

Screven County celebrates upset

Midland Valley scores first win

Strom Thurmond remains winless

Weather forces postponements

Thomson runs past Josey 56-0

Greenbrier's Will Caywood

Hornets out to avenge '99 loss

Silver Bluff defeats Hanahan

Ballard leads Morgan to victory over ARC

Newton slips past Westside

Late field goal beats Cross Creek

Lynx, NHL's Canucks end ties

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

Highschool game postponed
Tonight's game between Aiken High and Lexington High was postponed because of the heavy rain expected later today.

Warning issued to dam owners
AIKEN - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a warning Friday to owners of dams to monitor their structures over the next several days because of the heavy rains expected from Tropical Storm Helene.

Flash flood warnings issued
Flash flood warnings for the Augusta area that extend until midnight tonight have residents of flood prone areas and city officials preparing for the worst.

Fishing rodeo postponed
The first Mayor's Kids Fishing Rodeo scheduled for Saturday has been postponed.

Sound of the Shofar

Playfulness is part of God's work, too

Young Life leader ready to spread God's Word

Gardener with a gift

Faith digest

Mullis: Follow pesticide directions

Dump Dorsey T-shirts on order

United Ways in area continue Scout aid

Dam owners receive warnings
AIKEN - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a warning Friday to owners of dams to monitor their structures during the next several days because of the heavy rains expected from Tropical Storm Helene.

Election puts spark in Mattingly
He had no intention of ever getting back into politics.

Across the area

Correction

Changes come slowly to road
Theresa McKeon prays every day on her way to work. She prays that the traffic behind her on Washington Road will see her blinker as she makes that left turn into Evans Towne Centre Shopping Centre.

Preacher sues Aiken clerk candidate
AIKEN - An Aiken bondsman and Republican candidate for county clerk of court is a defendant in a lawsuit that claims he cheated a preacher who was trying to get bailed out of jail on assault charges.

Election puts spark in Mattingly

Cousins pull man to safety
AIKEN - Two Aiken residents fought flames and billowing smoke to rescue a sleeping man from his house late Friday.

Dam owners receive warnings

Man shoots trespasser
AIKEN - An elderly Aiken man will not be charged after shooting a suspected burglar who was trying to get into his Sumter Street home late Friday, police said.

Police arrest teen after bomb threat

Town seeks removal of Bath Mill debris
BATH - Nobody knows what lies under the stacks of debris and useless lumber surrounding the ruins of Bath Mill just across Railroad Street in this small Horse Creek Valley community.

County braces for floods after Helene
Flash flood warnings for the Augusta area Friday night and early this morning had residents of flood-prone areas and city officials preparing for the worst.

Counselor faces assault charge

Judge grants Womack bond
A Richmond County employee suspected of stealing as much as $200,000 through her job was granted bond Friday.

Spare parts
Dale Huey of Garlick Helicopters, a Hamilton, Mont., firm that refurbishes helicopters for commercial use, loaded two dozen helicopters that had been in storage at Fort Gordon onto train cars in Augusta on Friday.

Aspiring teachers seek aid
ATLANTA - State education officials are cheering news this week of a huge increase in applications for lottery-funded teacher scholarships, up 142 percent so far this year over all of last year.

County's schools value new nurses

Officials seize all records

Across the area

Police arrest teen after bomb threat
Police arrested a Hephzibah High School student Friday in connection with a bomb threat school officials discovered Wednesday afternoon but did not report to the sheriff's department until the next morning.

Tape-delayed TV Olympics are a snoozer

Aspiring teachers seek aid

Fever results wrong

SRS radar pinpoints where storms will hit

Shelter's dogs need foster homes

Correction
A story and a calendar listing in Friday's Applause! section of The Augusta Chronicle gave incorrect times for The Augusta Theatre Company's matinee stagings

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.

Spare parts

Walk aids cancer research

Across the area
A man was arrested early Friday morning in a Medical College of Georgia parking lot and charged with felony possession of marijuana on a school campus with intent to distribute, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Department jail records.

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.

McCain stumps for Bush
Former presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain brought his Straight Talk Express to Columbia County on Friday night with a message of support for Texas Gov. George Bush and one of rebuke for President Clinton.

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

Judge denies bond for teen in rape case
An Augusta teen-ager accused of attacking and robbing a 73-year-old neighbor must await possible indictment and trial behind bars.

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.

Suit is latest snag in onion industry
Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin has ordered Georgia farmers not to plant certain types of onion seeds if they expect to sell under the Vidalia name.

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.

Cousins pull man to safety

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

Teachers eligible for 'refund'

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.

Daredevil attempts motorcycle leap

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

Augusta State aims at local recruiting

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

Preacher sues Aiken clerk candidate

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

County braces for floods after Helene

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.

Changes come slowly to road

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.

Judge grants Womack bond

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

Warning issued to dam owners

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.

EPD is moving to area

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.

Suit is latest snag in onion industry

Questions prove lack of sense

Flash flood warnings issued

SRS radar pinpoints where storms will hit
Savannah River Site has upgraded its abilities to respond to dangerous weather after a violent thunderstorm swept through the federal nuclear-weapons site last month.

McCain stumps for Bush

Town seeks removal of Bath Mill debris

Fishing rodeo postponed

Redskins lineman arrested

Mr. Nicholas Sack
Mr. Nicholas F. Sack died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

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

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

Mrs. Mattie Lou Carter
THOMSON - Mrs. Mattie Lou Carter, 54, of Clary Alley, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. J.B. Quarles Jr.
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mr. J.B. Quarles Jr., 63, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Abbeville.

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. Margaret Lang
Mrs. Margaret N. Lang, of Greene Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000.

Mr. James Reeves
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. James Conley ``Jimmy'' Reeves, 69, of Brentwood Drive, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Dorothy Perch
NEW YORK - Mrs. Dorothy L. Stephens Perch died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.

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

Mrs. Dorothy Moody
Mrs. Dorothy Bryant Moody, 72, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Mrs. Glenda Trujillo
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Glenda Brisson Trujillo, 58, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

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

Mr. Steed Simons
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Steed Lyle Simons, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

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

Mrs. Mary Moultrie
LEXINGTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Eugenia Moultrie, 86, of South Church Street, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Mrs. Vernell Cordell
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Vernell Wilson Cordell, 72, of Breezy Hill Drive, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at her residence.

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

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

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

Mr. Daniel Johnson
WINDSOR - Mr. Daniel H. ``Dan'' Johnson, 71, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Gloria Hayes
LANGLEY - Mrs. Gloria Jean Davenport Hayes, 47, of Pelzer Street, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 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.

Mr. Michael Holloway
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Michael Holloway, 51, of Harrison Street, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Miss Mary McNally
NORTH AUGUSTA - Miss Mary Lisa McNally, 24, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Atlanta.

Mr. James DeLoach
Mr. James Alford DeLoach, 79, of Martinez, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Ms. Pennie Blackmon
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Ms. Pennie Jane Blackmon, 49, of Lumber Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

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

Mr. Ralph Mock Sr.
FLORENCE, Ala. - Mr. Ralph Thomas Mock Sr., 68, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000.

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

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

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

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.

Mr. Paul Jones
VIDETTE, Ga. - Mr. Paul A. Jones, of Windsor Street, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Annie Baker

Mrs. Pauline Page

Mr. Anthony Starks Sr.

Mr. Michael Holloway

Mr. Pierre Sturgis

Mr. J.B. Quarles Jr.

Mr. Robert Lynce Jr.

Mrs. Margaret Lang

Mr. Walter Wise

Mrs. Mary Moultrie

Mr. Archie Lovett

Mr. James DeLoach

Mr. Monnie Whitfield

Miss Mary McNally

Mrs. Vernell Cordell

Mr. Daniel Johnson

Ms. Geneva Smith

Mrs. Dorothy Moody

Mrs. Leola Blacklock

Mr. Nicholas Sack

Mr. Bernold Lewis

Mrs. Mattie Lou Carter

Mr. Ben Bell

Mr. James Reeves

Mr. Willie Cuyler

Ms. Pennie Blackmon

Mr. Thomas Gordon Sr.

Mrs. Esther Price

Mr. Leslie Holik

Mr. John Blount

Mrs. Gloria Hayes

Mrs. Glenda Trujillo

Mrs. Rozena Guerrero

Augusta rowers place fourth

Augusta rowers disappointed

U.S. boxers advance

Postcard from Sidney

U.S. softball loses again

O'Brien loses in doubles match

Games shift lanes

Heads-Lane finishes 7th

Kowal wins silver

Chaplin to be future contender

Bondi Beach puts a new twist on Olympic spirit

Georgia weightlifter wins bronze medal

Noriega finds Olympics thrilling, and is focused on win

Postcards from Sydney

Track and field begins tonight

Tape-delayed TV Olympics are a snoozer

Super Friday puts the squeeze on U.S. visitors

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

Natural gas deregulation badly done
Natural gas deregulation has been poorly planned and executed. From the outset, the Georgia Public Service Commission, Atlanta Gas Light and the natural gas marketers did not work together effectively to educate consumers and resolve problems that have since occurred. Ellen Parker, Augusta

Bush should blame GOP Congress
One theme in George Bush's acceptance speech was that the Clinton-Gore administration had failed to take the lead in solving problems in several important areas. He has reiterated that theme in his campaign speeches. Andy C. Reese, 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

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.

Zell Miller loses his vote
Here's why I cannot vote for Zell Miller to be Georgia's U.S. senator: Mr. Miller is a storyteller. How many remember his broken pledge not to seek a second gubernatorial term if elected? Thomas C. Beusse, Augusta

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

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

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

Why S.C. should reject lottery
I hope South Carolina voters will give careful consideration to the lottery referendum in the Nov. 7 election. Many believe this could be the most important decision we will ever make. This is true because elected officials are chosen for terms of two, four, or six years, but the lottery would be forever. Raymond Campbell, New Ellenton

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

Sisler: 'Almost' contains potential for tragedy
ON OCT. 21, 1995, I was privileged to dance with the first of three October brides. On that day, in Samara, Russia, Olga Klochneva became the wife of Vladimir Kuznetsov. The next Saturday evening, Oct. 28, the bride was my ``Russian daughter,'' Elena Borisenka. She became the wife of Sergei Groodson. Fast forward to Evans, Ga., on Oct. 3, 1998, as I walked down the aisle with Jennifer Daryln Sisler on my arm, her brown eyes staring straight ahead, seeing only George Eastman, whose wife she was to become that night.

Crime non-partisan; respects no race
With all due respect to Otis Smith and the racial concerns he raised in his Sept. 17 letter concerning the Richmond County Sheriff's race, he misses the point. James Alexander, Augusta

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

Hickman Park deteriorating quickly
``Hear, hear'' to Barbara Wise's Sept. 11 letter. My family has also watched with dismay the deterioration of Hickman Park. Gwen Corinth, Augusta

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.

What some colleges teach
Now that 14 million American students are back in college, what are they learning? Academia, especially liberal arts, are hotbeds of leftism in most higher learning institutions and they teach some mighty strange courses. Here is a sample just published by the Young America's Foundation:

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

Clyburn's lament
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is railing against the GOP-led U.S. Senate for not confirming President Clinton's African-American nominees to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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.

Schools flunk again
And you thought Georgia students' SAT scores, the second lowest in the nation, were appalling. Richmond County student scores on another statewide test tell an even more embarrassing story: Students here score much lower in reading, writing and math than their counterparts statewide.

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

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

Lakeside topples rival Greenbrier

Overtime

Overtime

Mayfield takes 3rd pole of year

Fishing tournament news

Schools are everywhere

Teen gets six-month jail term for hacking
MIAMI - A teen-ager who broke into a Pentagon computer system that monitors threats from nuclear weapons was sentenced to six months in jail, becoming the first juvenile to be locked up for a hacking conviction.

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.

Teen gets six-month jail term for hacking