Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Maddux blanks Expos

Offense explodes on Expos

Cleanliness is the key to success

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Pocket change

Workers show concern over recall

Standing behind their work

Houses can be pest-free without chemical treatments

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

Gamecocks rally for win in final minutes

S.C. notebook

A memorable day

Bulldogs blank Mexico State

Clemson exploits holes in Virginia's defense

Gamecocks in Top 25

Columbia Co. `rain tax' fix was in

Fox News Network fair, not slanted

Hands off oil reserve

Pet Control veterinarian responds to Animal Control critics

Survey ignores deaths from `legalized murder'

Was it worth $52 million?

Letter's hate, bigotry frightens tolerance advocate

Crime facilitators won't compromise

Gore can't clear Clinton's shadow

Barbecue sauce politics

`Media account' merited?

Augusta Parks chief answers critics

Wants para-pros back in classroom

Forget Clinton; he's not running

Give Animal Control vet a chance

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

Leonard wins first Texas Open

Georgia, S.C. tied in Regions Cup play

Leonard pulls ahead with two-shot lead in Texas Open

South Carolina reclaims cup

Laney remains undefeated

Midland Valley gets first win

Week's best in prep football

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.

Aiken native remembered for her character

Beware the Olympic sneeze

Guests can pay own way

In the know

Book takes controversial look at lost continent

Play brings `Music' to audience's ears

Personal touches brighten home

Officials suspect arson in Sunday house fire
Officials say they believe a fire that destroyed the interior of an Augusta home Sunday was set intentionally.

Across the area

Women rally for guns

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.

Play brings 'Music' to audience's ears
It was a 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.

Black voters see numbers rise

House sitting
Lionel D. Sevier waits for a customer as he sells homemade birdhouses at the South Augusta Flea Market. He says he has been building birdhouses for 30 years. ``It gives me something to do'', he said. ``I don't want to sit around getting old.''

Water needs loom for Aiken County

Officials consider flood fix

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.

Experts push master plan for airport

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.

Area counties increase gun permits
For more than 20 years, Mike Askew has never left home without it.

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

Branch colleges prosper
Jonathan White marvels at the grab bag of instructors that he's had during his college career.

Play brings 'Music' to audience's ears

House sitting

Parents question son's death

Parents get ugly on fields

JAKES boosts safe hunting

Event captures wild blue yonder

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

A memorable day

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.

Across the area

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.

Officials seek to finalize plan for dam
Three area governments and a South Carolina utility are in the final stages of an agreement under which the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam could be transferred to local ownership - and eventually repaired.

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.

Parents question son's death
A week after her son's death, Marilyn Cooper is haunted by the last conversation she had with him.

Wounded suspect in `satisfactory' condition

Across the area
BARNWELL - Schools in Barnwell County are closed today and Tuesday after heavy downpours Friday left Barnwell Elementary School flooded, officials said.

Genes get credit for longevity

Genes get credit for longevity
Elizabeth Tuttle sits in a chair next to an antique stand with shelves covered by pairs of small glass and porcelain shoes.

Branch colleges prosper

Women rally for guns
RED BANK, S.C. - She was only 2 when it happened, and Dianne Sawyer does not remember the night her father chased her mother into the yard and killed her with a baseball bat.

Officials seek to finalize plan for dam

Area counties increase gun permits

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.

Falcons see chance to fly

Falcons notebook

Hopes gone in blink of eye

Lineman accepts blame

Mrs. Rita Youmans
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Rita Nichols Youmans, 84, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Bethany Home for Ladies, Vidalia.

Mrs. Mattie Chapman
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Perkins Chapman, 79, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Anne Purnell
ROYERSFORD, Pa. - Mrs. Anne Warth Purnell, 69, of Foxcroft Circle, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Paoli Memorial Hospital, Paoli.

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

Mr. Hugh Mitchem
MANTACHIE, Miss. - Mr. Hugh Mason Mitchem, 65, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo.

Mr. Marion Herman
Mr. Marion J. Herman, 86, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at his residence.

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 Shields Sr.
Mr. James F. ``Dink'' Shields Sr., 73, of Augusta, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

Mrs. Mattie Brown
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie L. Brown, 91, of Sterling Street, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Luther Hicks Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Luther W. Hicks Sr., 65, of Washington Circle, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Henry Luchie
AIKEN - Mr Henry Luchie, 55, of Wyman Street, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Kimberly Rogier
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Kimberly Rogier, 36, of Lake Murray Drive, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at her residence.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Josephine Sudduth
JACKSON - Mrs. Josephine Hughes Sudduth, 75, of Thomas Street, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Bobby Chanclor
GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. Bobby Everett Chanclor, 67, of Springs Road, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at McDuffie CountyRegional Medical Center, Thomson.

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

Mr. Henry Heffernan
Mr. Henry Joseph Heffernan, 93, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. James Musselwhite Sr.
WINDSOR - Mr. James Millard Musselwhite Sr. died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Home, Aiken.

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

Mrs. Margaret Bolton
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Doyle Bolton, 62, of Plantation Road, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Statesboro.

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.

Mrs. Frances Hom
Mrs. Frances Joe Hom, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothea Porter
AIKEN - Mrs. Dorothea Kenner Porter, 84, of Cumberland Hills, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000.

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

Mrs. Etta Benton
KITE, Ga. - Mrs. Etta Reynolds Benton, 67, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Mr. Nathan Brown Sr.
Mr. Nathan Baskin Brown Sr., 76, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Connie Miller
MODOC, S.C. - Connie Lynne Miller, infant daughter of P.L. and Olyvia A. Miller, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

Mr. E.T. Pendrey
Mr. E.T. ``Gene'' Pendrey, 64, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 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 Jackson Jr.
THOMSON - Mr. John D. Jackson Jr., 35, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

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

Mr. Henry Luchie

Mrs. Rita Youmans

Connie Miller

Mrs. Willie Powell

Mrs. Mary Vinson

Ms. Fannie Mack,

Mr. Hugh Mitchem

Mr. James Reeves

Mrs. Esther Peavy

Marquan Minnick

Mrs. Mary Vinson

Mr. Clarence Scott Jr.

Ms. Angela Hyman

Mrs. Kimberly Rogier

Mrs. Mattie Brown

Mrs. Mary Arrington

Mrs. Josephine Sudduth

Mr. J. Garnett Newton Sr.

Mr. E.T. Pendrey

Mr. Bobby Chanclor

Mr. Thomas Smith Jr.

Mrs. Frances Hom

Mrs. Etta Benton

Mr. Nathan Brown Sr.

Mr. James Shields Sr.

Mrs. Margaret Bolton

Ms. Vallie Warthen,

Mr. James Musselwhite Sr.

Mr. Kacy Freeman

Mrs. Dorothea Porter

Mr. John Jackson Jr.

Mrs. Mattie Chapman

Miss Margaret Tancredi

Mr. Luther Hicks Sr.

Strong dollar good for Americans

Coach says program is doing well

U.S. boxers regain momentum

Postcard from Sydney

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

Volleyball team makes medal move

Little problems appear in Sydney

Women's hoopsters keep on winning

One down, four to go

Bondi beach beckons

Gainesville basketball player has eyes on Gold

Leeper's competition ends early

Postcard from Sydney

American rowers disappointed

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.

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

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.

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

Bennett deserves salute
The Augusta Better Business Bureau, which serves and protects consumers in our two-state area, grew from childhood to adulthood under the 14-year tenure of retiring President Jere L. Bennett. Before assuming the presidency, though, Bennett had gained experience as a member of the BBB board of directors.

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

Wal-Mart caves to political pressure
Regarding recent events at local Wal-Mart and Sam's stores, namely the removal of Maurice Bessinger's products from store shelves.Lee Shackelford, Augusta

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

Bias hurts non-uniformed students
We teach our son not to discriminate. We also tell him that some people single out people by the color of there skin, by what they look like, and by what people are wearing.Julie Weathersbee, Hephzibah

Barbecue sauce politics
Food Lion is joining Wal-Mart and Sam's Club in urging its 118 supermarkets in South Carolina to remove Maurice Bessinger's popular mustard-based barbecue sauces from their shopping aisles. Other food market outlets may follow their lead to baste the barbecue sauce maker with a taste of economic boycott.

Response to Jesus critic draws praise
Thank you so very much Erin Greenway for your Sept. 13 response to Michael Ledo's Sept. 4 letter. I am 50 years old and also a Christian and I was appalled by his letter. But I sat back and did nothing. Chris L. Whitley, North Augusta

Block infanticide trend
You'd think that one point pro-choice and pro-life activists could agree on is that once an infant is outside the womb, it achieves full personhood status and is entitled to the same legal protections and right to life as any other living human.

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

Clinton's Vietnam trip 'delicious'
Few initiatives of the Clinton-Gore administration over the past eight years have been as exciting to me as the president's projected junket to Vietnam. But I am sorry that he will not experience some of the things that made my two trips so memorable. Tom Sutherland, Augusta

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

Kent's coverage delights readers
We thoroughly enjoyed the recent coverage columnist Phil Kent did for The Chronicle at the Republican convention in Philadelphia and the Democratic convention in Los Angeles. Faber Hance, Marsha S. Adams, North Augusta

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

Fox News Network fair, not slanted
Regarding James Connell's Sept. 14 letter criticizing the Fox News Network for allowing guests to state their opinions that the widespread Western forest fires may be caused by Clinton-Gore administration policies. Dale W. Hemman, Evans

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

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.

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

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.

Wants para-pros back in classroom
My heart goes out to all our teachers. For the most part, they are being taken for granted. After all that they do for the community in general and our kids in particular, we should at least give them the support that they need and deserve.Rev. Roscoe F. Perry, Martinez

Augusta Parks chief answers critics
Regarding Barbara Wise's Sept. 11 letter: Here is information to clarify questions and concerns about the operation of Hickman Park. Tom Beck Jr., Augusta

`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.

Shortage of stamps delays hunt

Kenseth wins tuneup at Dover

Stewart sweeps Dover

Sound off letters

Overtime

Fewer big bas found in lake

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.

GOP leaders seek drug aid
WASHINGTON (AP) - The two top Republicans in Congress, challenging President Clinton on a campaign issue that favors Democrats, are seeking immediate prescription drug help for low-income Medicare recipients, with additional funds to aid all senior citizens in the future.

Teen hacker get six months
MIAMI (AP) - A teen-age hacker sentenced to six months at a juvenile detention center for invading NASA and Pentagon computers now regrets what he did.

GOP leaders seek drug aid

NASA's troubled spaceship may never fly