Braves notebook

Offense explodes on Expos

Maddux blanks Expos

Braves notebook

Cleanliness is the key to success

Workers show concern over 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.

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

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.

Standing behind their work

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

Pocket change

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.

A memorable day

Gamecocks in Top 25

Gamecocks rally for win in final minutes

Clemson exploits holes in Virginia's defense

S.C. notebook

Bulldogs blank Mexico State

Wants para-pros back in classroom

Forget Clinton; he's not running

Fox News Network fair, not slanted

Hands off oil reserve

`Media account' merited?

Gore can't clear Clinton's shadow

Crime facilitators won't compromise

Was it worth $52 million?

Columbia Co. `rain tax' fix was in

Pet Control veterinarian responds to Animal Control critics

Survey ignores deaths from `legalized murder'

Give Animal Control vet a chance

Augusta Parks chief answers critics

Barbecue sauce politics

Letter's hate, bigotry frightens tolerance advocate

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

South Carolina reclaims cup

Leonard pulls ahead with two-shot lead in Texas Open

Leonard wins first Texas Open

Georgia, S.C. tied in Regions Cup play

Week's best in prep football

Laney remains undefeated

Midland Valley gets first win

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.

Personal touches brighten home

In the know

Book takes controversial look at lost continent

Guests can pay own way

Play brings `Music' to audience's ears

Beware the Olympic sneeze

Aiken native remembered for her character

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.

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

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.

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.''

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.

A memorable day

Parents get ugly on fields

Experts push master plan for airport

Across the area

Parents question son's death

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

House sitting

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.

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.

Event captures wild blue yonder

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.

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.

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

Wounded suspect in `satisfactory' condition

Water needs loom for Aiken County

Officials consider flood fix

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

Branch colleges prosper

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.

Genes get credit for longevity

Black voters see numbers rise

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

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.

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

Across the area

Women rally for guns

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.

Area counties increase gun permits

JAKES boosts safe hunting

Play brings 'Music' to audience's ears

Officials seek to finalize plan for dam

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

Lineman accepts blame

Hopes gone in blink of eye

Falcons see chance to fly

Falcons notebook

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

Mr. Marion Herman
Mr. Marion J. Herman, 86, 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. Henry Luchie
AIKEN - Mr Henry Luchie, 55, of Wyman Street, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. E.T. Pendrey
Mr. E.T. ``Gene'' Pendrey, 64, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Mr. Henry Luchie

Mrs. Margaret Bolton

Mrs. Kimberly Rogier

Mr. Kacy Freeman

Mr. James Reeves

Mrs. Mary Vinson

Mrs. Josephine Sudduth

Mr. James Shields Sr.

Mrs. Rita Youmans

Marquan Minnick

Mr. John Jackson Jr.

Mrs. Esther Peavy

Miss Margaret Tancredi

Mrs. Mary Arrington

Connie Miller

Mr. Thomas Smith Jr.

Mr. Clarence Scott Jr.

Mrs. Frances Hom

Mr. J. Garnett Newton Sr.

Mr. Nathan Brown Sr.

Mr. Bobby Chanclor

Mrs. Etta Benton

Mr. Luther Hicks Sr.

Mr. James Musselwhite Sr.

Mrs. Willie Powell

Mrs. Dorothea Porter

Ms. Fannie Mack,

Mrs. Mary Vinson

Ms. Angela Hyman

Mrs. Mattie Chapman

Mr. E.T. Pendrey

Mrs. Mattie Brown

Mr. Hugh Mitchem

Ms. Vallie Warthen,

Volleyball team makes medal move

Strong dollar good for Americans

Bondi beach beckons

Leeper's competition ends early

One down, four to go

Little problems appear in Sydney

Women's hoopsters keep on winning

Postcard from Sydney

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

Coach says program is doing well

Postcard from Sydney

Gainesville basketball player has eyes on Gold

American rowers disappointed

U.S. boxers regain momentum

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

`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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Shortage of stamps delays hunt

Stewart sweeps Dover

Sound off letters

Fewer big bas found in lake

Overtime

Kenseth wins tuneup at Dover

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.

NASA's troubled spaceship may never fly

GOP leaders seek drug aid