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.

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

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.

Family-friendly skies

Religious evolution

'Sound of Music' never fades away

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.

Schedule of events
Boshears Memorial Fly-In 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.

Guitarists pick classical harmony

There will be plenty of thrills under big top

Intimate Shakespeare

Family-friendly skies

Ramblin' Rhodes: Group won't attend party

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.

Musical meandering makes Caedmon's Call forgettable

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

Singer loves a good laugh

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.

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.

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

Schedule of events

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

Musical challenges keep violinist in tune

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.

Braves notebook

Braves focus on championship

Questions prove lack of sense

Local jobless rate drops

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
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.

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

Business briefs

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.

Business bureau chief leaves

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.

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

SEC Notebook

Carolina encounters another streak

Clemson notebook

Georgia notebook

Georgia notebook

Clemson notebook

ACC notebook

South Carolina notebook

Dump Dorsey T-shirts on order

Gamecocks of a different color

Clemson is set for first test

Dump Dorsey

Georgia's Olympians

Padgett a good school board pick

Zell Miller loses his vote

Hits uniform policy

Registered nurses vital to care

Bush should blame GOP Congress

Why S.C. should reject lottery

Crime non-partisan; respects no race

Jesus critic misunderstands Bible

Natural gas deregulation badly done

Administrator would need a free hand

Hickman Park deteriorating quickly

Retail giant bullies sauce purveyor

What some colleges teach

Clyburn's lament

Minchew backed for school post

Epilepsy can be truly debilitating

Say no to wage hike

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?

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.

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.

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.

Leonard, 3 others share Texas lead

Atchison realizes Regions Cup goal

Safeway crucial for Solheim Cup team

Strom Thurmond remains winless

A passing fancy

Augusta Christian 34, Memorial Day 0

Newton slips past Westside

Hornets out to avenge '99 loss

Midland Valley scores first win

Newton wins with late TD

Late field goal beats Cross Creek

Carolina notebook

Silver Bluff defeats Hanahan

Screven County celebrates upset

Thomson runs past Josey 56-0

Ballard leads Morgan to victory over ARC

Weather forces postponements

Greenbrier's Will Caywood

On the air

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.

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.

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.

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

Playfulness is part of God's work, too

Gardener with a gift

Faith digest

Mullis: Follow pesticide directions

Sound of the Shofar

Young Life leader ready to spread God's Word

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.

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.

Correction

County's schools value new nurses

Election puts spark in Mattingly

Shelter's dogs need foster homes

Dump Dorsey T-shirts on order

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.

Teachers eligible for 'refund'

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Police arrest teen after bomb threat

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

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.

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.

Fishing rodeo postponed

Dam owners receive warnings

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

Suit is latest snag in onion industry

Town seeks removal of Bath Mill debris

Aspiring teachers seek aid

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

Changes come slowly to road

Questions prove lack of sense

SRS radar pinpoints where storms will hit

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

Flash flood warnings issued

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

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.

County braces for floods after Helene

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

McCain stumps for Bush

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.

Cousins pull man to safety

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.

Across the area

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

Counselor faces assault charge

Walk aids cancer research

EPD is moving to area

Across the area

Officials seize all records

Tape-delayed TV Olympics are a snoozer

Spare parts

Fever results wrong

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.

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.

United Ways in area continue Scout aid

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.

Judge grants Womack bond

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.

Daredevil attempts motorcycle leap

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

Augusta State aims at local recruiting

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Warning issued to dam owners

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.

Preacher sues Aiken clerk candidate

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

Redskins lineman arrested

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Walter Wise
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Walter J. Wise, 65, of Briar Patch Lane, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at University 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. Annie Baker
GLENWOOD, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Bell Baker, 93, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Wheeler County Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. John Blount
Mr. John Blount, of Katherine Street, 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. Dorothy Perch
NEW YORK - Mrs. Dorothy L. Stephens Perch died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Mrs. Gloria Hayes
LANGLEY - Mrs. Gloria Jean Davenport Hayes, 47, of Pelzer Street, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Leslie Holik

Mr. Thomas Gordon Sr.

Mrs. Pauline Page

Mrs. Mary Moultrie

Mrs. Leola Blacklock

Mrs. Margaret Lang

Mrs. Rozena Guerrero

Mrs. Esther Price

Mr. Archie Lovett

Mr. Walter Wise

Ms. Geneva Smith

Mr. Robert Lynce Jr.

Mr. Willie Cuyler

Mrs. Vernell Cordell

Mr. Nicholas Sack

Mrs. Glenda Trujillo

Mr. Bernold Lewis

Ms. Pennie Blackmon

Mr. Ben Bell

Mr. James DeLoach

Mr. Pierre Sturgis

Miss Mary McNally

Mrs. Annie Baker

Mr. James Reeves

Mr. Anthony Starks Sr.

Mrs. Mattie Lou Carter

Mr. John Blount

Mr. Daniel Johnson

Mr. Monnie Whitfield

Mr. J.B. Quarles Jr.

Mrs. Gloria Hayes

Mrs. Dorothy Moody

Mr. Michael Holloway

Super Friday puts the squeeze on U.S. visitors

Georgia weightlifter wins bronze medal

Postcard from Sidney

Augusta rowers place fourth

O'Brien loses in doubles match

Games shift lanes

Tape-delayed TV Olympics are a snoozer

U.S. boxers advance

Chaplin to be future contender

Postcards from Sydney

Heads-Lane finishes 7th

Bondi Beach puts a new twist on Olympic spirit

Augusta rowers disappointed

U.S. softball loses again

Kowal wins silver

Noriega finds Olympics thrilling, and is focused on win

Track and field begins tonight

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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:

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Mayfield takes 3rd pole of year

Lakeside topples rival Greenbrier

Fishing tournament news

Schools are everywhere

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
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.

Teen gets six-month jail term for hacking