Maddux blanks Expos

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Cleanliness is the key to success

Houses can be pest-free without chemical treatments
Thanks to a growing awareness of environmental and health hazards, many home pest-control businesses are moving away from the routine, indiscriminate use of pesticides

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

Pocket change
LESS FOR MORE: Faced with rising labor and rent expenses, high-end restaurateurs in New York are finding that one way to increase profits is to shrink portion sizes, Crain's New York Business reports.

Local jobless rate drops

Workers show concern over recall
Q: What did you think when you heard about the recall?

Standing behind their work
A congressional investigation this week revealed tests performed by Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. may have shown there were problems with its recalled tires as early as 1996.

Houses can be pest-free without chemical treatments

Area workshops offer business planning tips
Tuesday: Small Business Tax Tips; Small Business School; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; University of Georgia Business Outreach Services/Small Business Development Center; 1054 Claussen Road; $30; call 737-1790.

Pocket change

On the move
Jennifer Rendell Bowen and Phinizy Davis have joined MAU Inc. as account executives in sales and marketing.

Workers show concern over recall

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.

Standing behind their work

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.

Georgia notebook

Bulldogs blank Mexico State

Clemson exploits holes in Virginia's defense

S.C. notebook

Dump Dorsey T-shirts on order

A memorable day

Clemson notebook

Gamecocks rally for win in final minutes

Carolina encounters another streak

Zell Miller loses his vote

Columbia Co. `rain tax' fix was in

Hands off oil reserve

Pet Control veterinarian responds to Animal Control critics

Hickman Park deteriorating quickly

What some colleges teach

Gore can't clear Clinton's shadow

Clyburn's lament

Forget Clinton; he's not running

Crime non-partisan; respects no race

Letter's hate, bigotry frightens tolerance advocate

Survey ignores deaths from `legalized murder'

Bush should blame GOP Congress

Was it worth $52 million?

Give Animal Control vet a chance

Natural gas deregulation badly done

Why S.C. should reject lottery

`Media account' merited?

Crime facilitators won't compromise

Guests can pay own way
Dear Carson: Our daughter is graduating from college and will be commissioned in the Air Force on the same day. She wants to invite several people from out of state, mostly family and friends.

Beware the Olympic sneeze
While a few lucky Americans are coming home from Sydney with the gold, quite a few more could return with a cold - or worse yet, the flu.

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.

Aiken native remembered for her character
Editor's note: Aiken was the first city in South Carolina to adopt the Character First program, a burgeoning movement to teach the value of good character.

Play brings `Music' to audience's ears
It was a dark and stormy night. But that didn't stop more than 500 theater lovers Friday from attending the opening of The Augusta Players production of The Sound of Music. Their reward was a nearly flawless evening of musical theater.

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.

Steam-driven
ELBE, Wash. - Whistle at Mount Rainier. Steam alongside Mineral Lake. Chug across spectacular bridges and through lush forests. Clickety-clack beside magnificent meadows.

Book takes controversial look at lost continent
``The Garden of Eden was not in Asia, but on a now-sunken continent in the Pacific Ocean.''

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.

In the know
CHILD PRODIGIES: Dick Clark Productions is seeking profoundly gifted children ages 10-12 to compete in an academic tournament for the TV show The Smartest Kid in America 2 on the Fox network.

Personal touches brighten home
Six blue-on-white china plates, a Valentine's gift from John Occhipinti to his wife, Shauna, hang in the dining room of their Springlakes home.

Georgia, S.C. tied in Regions Cup play

Leonard pulls ahead with two-shot lead in Texas Open

Atchison realizes Regions Cup goal

Midland Valley gets first win

Weather forces postponements

Laney remains undefeated

Newton slips past Westside

Augusta Christian 34, Memorial Day 0

Late field goal beats Cross Creek

Week's best in prep football

Newton wins with late TD

Screven County celebrates upset

Strom Thurmond remains winless

Thomson runs past Josey 56-0

Midland Valley scores first win

Ballard leads Morgan to victory over ARC

Silver Bluff defeats Hanahan

Ex-Lynx goalie has a shot with NHL's Edmonton

Cleanliness is the key to success
We all endure criticism. For example, my co-workers' latest effort at taunting is to make fun of my desk.

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.

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.

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.

In the know

Sound of the Shofar

Beware the Olympic sneeze

Faith digest

Book takes controversial look at lost continent

Play brings `Music' to audience's ears

Personal touches brighten home

Playfulness is part of God's work, too

Guests can pay own way

Young Life leader ready to spread God's Word

Aiken native remembered for her character

Experts push master plan for airport

Dump Dorsey T-shirts on order

Cousins pull man to safety

Across the area
Several businesses are teaming up to help victims of domestic violence.

Flash flood warnings issued

Officials consider flood fix
Since flash floods swept through parts of the city June 20, the homes on Dominion Court and Dominion Way in west Augusta's Commonwealth subdivision have been at the center of flood relief activities.

Officials consider flood fix

Experts push master plan for airport
It's tough trying to bring an airport into the 21st century, especially when that airport's layout plan dates back to the Nixon administration.

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.

Town seeks removal of Bath Mill debris

Fishing rodeo postponed

Black voters see numbers rise

Judge grants Womack bond

Across the area

Across the area

JAKES boosts safe hunting

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.

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.

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

Election puts spark in Mattingly

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.

McCain stumps for Bush

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

Spare parts

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.

Water needs loom for Aiken County
AIKEN - Aiken County's 22 water districts can pump close to 50 million gallons a day.

Water needs loom for Aiken County

Wounded suspect in `satisfactory' condition
AIKEN - A man shot while allegedly attempting to burglarize a Sumter Street home in Aiken is in satisfactory condition at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, a hospital spokeswoman said Saturday.

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.

A memorable day

JAKES boosts safe hunting
AIKEN - When the clouds parted Saturday, more than 250 children and their parents converged at the Savannah River Site Recreational Complex to enjoy a day in the sun and learn about wildlife conservation.

Event captures wild blue yonder

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.

Parents get ugly on fields

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.

Wounded suspect in `satisfactory' condition

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.

Black voters see numbers rise
As they sang We Shall Overcome, the solemn crowd revisited a turbulent era in American history Saturday afternoon, a time when civil rights activists staged sit-ins and were beaten and jailed fighting for a right more and more blacks now are taking advantage of.

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.

Warning issued to dam owners

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.

Preacher sues Aiken clerk candidate

Event captures wild blue yonder
Parker Howell twirled around his toy fighter plane in the air, mimicking the loops and dips of the show above him.

Police arrest teen after bomb threat

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.

Dam owners receive warnings

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

Suit is latest snag in onion industry

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 braces for floods after Helene

Parents get ugly on fields
AIKEN - Every time Pete Sampson ties his shoelaces before a baseball game, a blur of bad headlines about violence on the playing field is almost enough to make him unlace them.

Aspiring teachers seek aid

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.

Changes come slowly to road

SRS radar pinpoints where storms will hit

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.

Falcons see chance to fly

Mrs. Kimberly Rogier
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Kimberly Rogier, 36, of Lake Murray Drive, died Friday, Sept. 22, 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.

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

Mr. Kacy Freeman
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Kacy Lamont Freeman, 27, of U.S. Highway 220 East, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

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

Ms. Angela Hyman
WRENS, Ga. - Ms. Angela Smith Hyman, 33, of Baltimore Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at her residence.

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

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

Mr. Thomas Smith Jr.
SAVANNAH - Mr. Thomas C. Smith Jr., 70, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Azalealand Nursing Home.

Mr. Eli Quiller
Mr. Eli Jack Quiller, 72, of Barry Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Ms. Fannie Mack,
LOUISVILLE - Ms. Fannie Paschel Mack died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Old Capital Inn Nursing Home. She was 101.

Mr. J. Garnett Newton Sr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. J. Garnett Newton Sr., 87, of Newton Road South, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

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

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

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

Mrs. Mary Vinson
THOMSON - Mrs. Mary Ruth Vinson, 78, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000.

Mr. Marion Herman
Mr. Marion J. Herman, 86, died Friday, Sept. 22, 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. James Shields Sr.
Mr. James F. ``Dink'' Shields Sr., 73, of Augusta, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 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.

Miss Margaret Tancredi
Miss Margaret Tancredi, of Augusta, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Luther Hicks Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Luther W. Hicks Sr., 65, of Washington Circle, died Friday, Sept. 22, 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. Henry Luchie
AIKEN - Mr Henry Luchie, 55, of Wyman Street, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Ms. Vallie Warthen,
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Ms. Vallie Will Warthen, a housekeeper, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center. Ms. Warthen, of Jordan Mill Road, was 100.

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

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

Marquan Minnick
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Marquan Minnick, the infant son of Michael Harlin and Erica Minnick, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000.

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

Mr. Clarence Scott Jr.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Mr. Clarence F. Scott Jr., 77, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Willie Powell
MOBILE, Ala. - Mrs. Willie Carter Powell, 65, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000.

Mr. John Jackson Jr.
THOMSON - Mr. John D. Jackson Jr., 35, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

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 Wright
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Marie Wright, 78, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Arrington
Mrs. Mary Arrington, 84, of Augusta, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

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

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

Mrs. Esther Peavy
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Esther Beasley Peavy, 87, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Mary Vinson

Mr. James DeLoach

Mr. J.B. Quarles Jr.

Ms. Fannie Mack,

Mrs. Glenda Trujillo

Mr. James Reeves

Mr. Nicholas Sack

Mr. John Jackson Jr.

Mrs. Mattie Lou Carter

Mr. Luther Hicks Sr.

Mrs. Mary Moultrie

Marquan Minnick

Mr. Henry Luchie

Mr. Clarence Scott Jr.

Mr. Michael Holloway

Mrs. Esther Peavy

Mrs. Dorothy Moody

Mrs. Kimberly Rogier

Mr. Daniel Johnson

Mrs. Mary Arrington

Miss Mary McNally

Mr. J. Garnett Newton Sr.

Ms. Pennie Blackmon

Mr. Thomas Smith Jr.

Mrs. Margaret Lang

Ms. Vallie Warthen,

Mrs. Vernell Cordell

Miss Margaret Tancredi

Mrs. Gloria Hayes

Ms. Angela Hyman

Mr. Kacy Freeman

Mr. James Shields Sr.

Mrs. Willie Powell

Mr. James Reeves

Super Friday puts the squeeze on U.S. visitors

Track and field begins tonight

Georgia weightlifter wins bronze medal

U.S. boxers regain momentum

Chaplin to be future contender

Coach says program is doing well

Postcard from Sydney

Gainesville basketball player has eyes on Gold

Heads-Lane finishes 7th

American rowers disappointed

Postcard from Sidney

Gold medalist leads U.S. women's basketball team

O'Brien loses in doubles match

Little problems appear in Sydney

One down, four to go

Augusta rowers place fourth

Kent: Smoke turns to fire; Augusta wage dispute
THE SMOLDERING Augusta special grand jury probe into municipal corruption burst into flames last week. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided now-departed Fire Department Chief Ronnie Few's former offices and came away with reams of finance and purchase records.

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

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.

Letter's hate, bigotry frightens tolerance advocate
It was with extreme sadness and a frightening chill that I read R. Parker's letter of Sept. 10. The hatred and bigotry that permeated his words emphasize the fact that blind ignorance still controls the minds of some as we enter the 21st century. Meryl H. Alalof, Martinez

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

Survey ignores deaths from `legalized murder'
Having completed the Republican National Committee's 2000 Critical Issues Survey, legalized murder - abortion and partial birth abortion - was not among them. John Pruden, McCormick

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.

Hands off oil reserve
At least the presidential candidates are talking about something substantive: the price of heating oil and gasoline, which is a hot-button issue with voters.

Gore can't clear Clinton's shadow
While many viewed the Democratic National Convention as the ``last hurrah'' for President Clinton, this event set the stage for liberal Al Gore to introduce himself to the voters as ``his own man,'' finally out from the shadows of Mr. Clinton. However, try as he may, I will always think of liberal Bill Clinton when I see Al Gore. Pete Carpenter, Aiken

Crime facilitators won't compromise
The Chicago Tribune decries the lack of a ``gun safety'' measure. However, nobody has elucidated what good any of the cited measures would do. Michael Mitchell, Martinez

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

Give Animal Control vet a chance
In response to the two letters dated Sept. 8 slamming new Animal Control Director Dr. Bonnie Bragdon, I would like to say that we need to give her a chance. Dr. Bragdon is a very competent and compassionate veterinarian. Laura Steverson, Hephzibah

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

`Media account' merited?
The recent search by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents of the offices of departed Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few focused on, among several other items, records for a ``media awards'' account that may have been opened without proper county authorization.

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:

How Lieberman betrays the Torah
Joseph Lieberman, a man of faith? Trevor Johnson, 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.

Pet Control veterinarian responds to Animal Control critics
This is in response to Joe Nirenberg's and Amy Sullivent's letters. Dr. B.L. Bragdon, DVM, MS, Hephzibah

Kent: Smoke turns to fire; Augusta wage dispute
THE SMOLDERING Augusta special grand jury probe into municipal corruption burst into flames last week. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided now-departed Fire Department Chief Ronnie Few's former offices and came away with reams of finance and purchase records.

Was it worth $52 million?
The six-year long Whitewater investigation into President Clinton's and the first lady's business dealings in Arkansas during the late 1970s and early 1980s ended with a whimper this week.

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

Columbia Co. `rain tax' fix was in
Enough already with letters blaming low voter participation at hearings for the ``rain tax.'' That's a lie; what's worse, you know it. Dave Stewart, Grovetown

Forget Clinton; he's not running
Regarding H. Golabchi's Aug. 21 letter: She was responding to an Aug. 16 letter of mine in which I claimed (GOP presidential candidate) George W. Bush had a lack of experience. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

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

Kenseth wins tuneup at Dover

Mayfield takes 3rd pole of year

Fewer big bas found in lake

Overtime

Sound off letters

Shortage of stamps delays hunt

NASA's troubled spaceship may never fly
NASA has spent four years and about $1 billion developing a replacement for the space shuttle, with nothing to show for it but a half-built prototype sitting in a Palmdale, Calif., hangar.

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.

NASA's troubled spaceship may never fly

Teen gets six-month jail term for hacking