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.

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.

Singer loves a good laugh

Ramblin' Rhodes: Group won't attend party

Schedule of events
Boshears Memorial Fly-In schedule of events

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.

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 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.

Schedule of events

Guitarists pick classical harmony

Intimate Shakespeare

Musical challenges keep violinist in tune

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.

There will be plenty of thrills under big top

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

Family-friendly skies

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.

'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.

Family-friendly skies

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

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
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.

Braves focus on championship

Braves notebook

Questions prove lack of sense

Business bureau chief leaves

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.

Local jobless rate drops

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
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

South Carolina notebook

Clemson notebook

Clemson notebook

Georgia notebook

Georgia notebook

ACC notebook

Carolina encounters another streak

Dump Dorsey T-shirts on order

Gamecocks of a different color

Clemson is set for first test

Dump Dorsey

Bush should blame GOP Congress

Registered nurses vital to care

Jesus critic misunderstands Bible

What some colleges teach

Retail giant bullies sauce purveyor

Clyburn's lament

Hits uniform policy

Why S.C. should reject lottery

Administrator would need a free hand

Crime non-partisan; respects no race

Say no to wage hike

Hickman Park deteriorating quickly

Padgett a good school board pick

Natural gas deregulation badly done

Georgia's Olympians

Epilepsy can be truly debilitating

Zell Miller loses his vote

Minchew backed for school post

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.

Atchison realizes Regions Cup goal

Leonard, 3 others share Texas lead

Safeway crucial for Solheim Cup team

A passing fancy

Ballard leads Morgan to victory over ARC

Late field goal beats Cross Creek

Strom Thurmond remains winless

Hornets out to avenge '99 loss

Weather forces postponements

Carolina notebook

Thomson runs past Josey 56-0

Newton slips past Westside

Screven County celebrates upset

Midland Valley scores first win

Augusta Christian 34, Memorial Day 0

Greenbrier's Will Caywood

Newton wins with late TD

Silver Bluff defeats Hanahan

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.

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.

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

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

Playfulness is part of God's work, too

Faith digest

Sound of the Shofar

Mullis: Follow pesticide directions

Young Life leader ready to spread God's Word

Gardener with a gift

Dam owners receive warnings

Town seeks removal of Bath Mill debris

Across the area

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.

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.

County braces for floods after Helene

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.

EPD is moving to area

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Aspiring teachers seek 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.

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.

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.

Fishing rodeo postponed

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

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

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.

Dump Dorsey T-shirts on order

Preacher sues Aiken clerk candidate

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

Police arrest teen after bomb threat

Spare parts

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.

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.

Flash flood warnings issued

Suit is latest snag in onion industry

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

Warning issued to dam owners

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

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.

Correction

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.

Judge grants Womack bond

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

Election puts spark in Mattingly

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

Daredevil attempts motorcycle leap

Counselor faces assault charge

United Ways in area continue Scout aid

Officials seize all records

McCain stumps for Bush

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.

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.

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

Augusta State aims at local recruiting

County's schools value new nurses

Cousins pull man to safety

Across the area

Teachers eligible for 'refund'

Tape-delayed TV Olympics are a snoozer

Questions prove lack of sense

Fever results wrong

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.

Shelter's dogs need foster homes

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.

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.

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.

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

SRS radar pinpoints where storms will hit

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.

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

Redskins lineman arrested

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Glenda Trujillo
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Glenda Brisson Trujillo, 58, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Fairview Park 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. Ralph Mock Sr.
FLORENCE, Ala. - Mr. Ralph Thomas Mock Sr., 68, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. William Hodge
FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mr. William C. ``Billy'' Hodge, 82, of Confederate Highway, 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.

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

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

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

Mr. John Blount

Miss Mary McNally

Mr. Archie Lovett

Mrs. Glenda Trujillo

Mr. Anthony Starks Sr.

Mrs. Margaret Lang

Mr. Leslie Holik

Ms. Pennie Blackmon

Mr. Michael Holloway

Mrs. Mattie Lou Carter

Mrs. Mary Moultrie

Mr. Daniel Johnson

Mrs. Rozena Guerrero

Mr. J.B. Quarles Jr.

Mrs. Annie Baker

Mrs. Dorothy Moody

Mr. Pierre Sturgis

Mr. Nicholas Sack

Mrs. Gloria Hayes

Mr. Thomas Gordon Sr.

Mr. James Reeves

Mr. Willie Cuyler

Mr. James DeLoach

Mrs. Pauline Page

Mr. Robert Lynce Jr.

Mrs. Leola Blacklock

Mr. Walter Wise

Mrs. Esther Price

Mr. Bernold Lewis

Ms. Geneva Smith

Mr. Ben Bell

Mrs. Vernell Cordell

Mr. Monnie Whitfield

Postcard from Sidney

Postcards from Sydney

U.S. boxers advance

Georgia weightlifter wins bronze medal

U.S. softball loses again

Kowal wins silver

Chaplin to be future contender

Track and field begins tonight

Tape-delayed TV Olympics are a snoozer

Heads-Lane finishes 7th

Bondi Beach puts a new twist on Olympic spirit

Augusta rowers disappointed

Augusta rowers place fourth

O'Brien loses in doubles match

Noriega finds Olympics thrilling, and is focused on win

Super Friday puts the squeeze on U.S. visitors

Games shift lanes

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schools are everywhere

Fishing tournament news

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