Braves clinch N.L. East title

Braves notebook

Millwood's slump continues

Four new drive-ins planned

UPN affiliate returns to air after repairs

Campaign attracts travelers
South Carolina officials said an independent research firm's study shows the state's tourism campaign has generated more than $58 million in revenue.

Apparel store comes to Evans
A new women's clothing boutique soon will open in the area recently designated as the Evans Town Center.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Campaign attracts travelers

Four new drive-ins planned
Walking through a muddy lot off Washington Road, businessman Rick McMurtrey said Tuesday he plans to open four Sonic Drive-In restaurant franchises in the Augusta area within the next 18 months.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stock prices fell Wednesday, failing to rebound as investors concerned about third-quarter results once again punished the shares of poor performers.

UPN affiliate returns to air after repairs
After being off-line for more than a week, the network that carries Star Trek: Voyager made repairs Wednesday to its local transmitter so it could continue beaming its signal into homes across the Augusta-Aiken area.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fell sharply Tuesday after an earnings warning from Eastman Kodak triggered yet another round of selling by investors already nervous about third-quarter results.

Clemson and Ga. Tech notebook

Tech pass defense needs work

Georgia and South Carolina notebook

Georgia and South Carolina notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

Clemson QB is Heisman hopeful

Bulldogs reflect on loss

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

Arkansas trip brings uncertainty

Clemson notebook

Likes paper, especially Rick Dorsey

Christians won't give up the fight

Columbia Countians treated badly

Jesus knew he'd be controversial

Defeat `slick-tongued' ex-governor

Let scullers decide

Schmoozing pays off

Sisler's religious beliefs aren't facts

Just say `no' to stormwater fee

Install `Athens' rule

Where are city's highway funds being used?

Columbia County storm drainage solution proposed

Christian letter babbles stupidity

Unconvinced of sales tax value

Warns that Rincon is a speed trap

Johnson good pick for school board

Wants anti-Semitic letters barred

HUD out of line with gun buyback

Candidate can't cut taxes, class size

Let kids enjoy their football game

Amnesty member rips executions

Savoring Sydney
While the world watched American swimmers race away from the Sydney Summer Olympics with 33 medals, most members of the Greater Augusta Swimming senior group could be found at home in front of their televisions.

Simple sandwiches
Many readers have made the same plea for help. Their burning concern? What to do with those boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the freezer.

Marinade helps make the meal
Some recipes are redolent with the flavors of a season. Diane Robillard's Chicken Delicious, the fourth finalist in our Southern Living Cooking School Show recipe contest, not only gives you another answer to the "what to do with chicken" question but also delivers the flavors of autumn on a plate as well.

In the know
QUALITY TIME: The fifth annual National Eat Dinner Together Week, Sunday through Oct. 7, celebrates the American family's commitment to dinnertime and encourages families to extend

Vote for your favorite recipe
Today the Augusta Chronicle presents the third and fourth finalists in our Southern Living Cooking School Show recipe contest.

Small portions
As you're glued to the tube for the Summer Olympics in Sydney, get a taste of the delightful eats Down Under, as well.

Results of recipe voting
Today the Augusta Chronicle presents the third and fourth finalists in our Southern Living Cooking School Show recipe contest.

Capsules
Discarded needles in parks and other public places pose a potential risk for children, doctors warned last week.

Duval back, Love trying to get going

Fields happy being amateur again

Howell receives Fred Haskins award

S.C. prep notebook

Georgia prep notebook

ECHL adopts new systems

Restaurant manager foils robbery
A late-night armed robbery attempt at an Augusta restaurant was foiled by a manager who put up a fight.

Capsules

Small portions

In the know

Vote for your favorite recipe

Marinade helps make the meal

Savoring Sydney

Simple sandwiches

Lenders' sincerity in doubt
Sheila Nelson had read and heard a lot about Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. and its commitment to rebuilding the Laney Walker neighborhood.

Augustan readies to resign post
The city of Greenville, S.C., has signed on the dotted line, and Augusta City Administrator Randy Oliver has his pen in hand.

Cement slaying trial gets gag order

Across the area
Police arrested a south Augusta man and charged him with the killing of a neighbor's black Labrador retriever Monday, a police investigator said.

Church burn data irks group

Manager fights off robber
Thomas Kyle O'Steen thought it was a joke when he felt a gun pressed to the back of his head and heard a voice he recognized as a former employee he had gone out of his way to take home a week before demanding money.

Across the area

Arena authority seeks larger scoreboard
Call it scoreboard envy. The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority has determined the civic center scoreboard used for Augusta Stallions arena2football games is too small, and it wants a bigger one.

Shortage of teachers persists

Board may reduce fee for utility
Columbia County officials may cut back the billing increments and offer a discount for private pond owners under the stormwater utility.

Arkansas trip brings uncertainty

Shortage of teachers persists
AIKEN - "Help wanted'' signs soon might be plastered on every window of Aiken County's education headquarters on Brookhaven Drive.

Arena authority seeks larger scoreboard

Chief stresses need for house numbers
AIKEN - For less than $4, Pete Frommer says some city residents could save their lives.

Authority wants fixed-rate bond
It may be as exciting as watching paint dry, the bond consultant said, but the numbers that the Columbia County Development Authority is considering refinancing may catch the attention of taxpayers.

Athens telemarketer faces fraud charges

Watergate figure dies in Augusta

Board may reduce fee for utility

Augustans back Few in capital
Ronnie Few might have left behind his job as Augusta's fire chief, but his local supporters want to ensure his move goes well.s

Restaurant manager foils robbery

No sign of easing restrictions

Augustan readies to resign post

Authority considers loan plans

No sign of easing restrictions
Local officials are waiting for a signal to end months of watering restrictions, but that's not expected to happen in the near future, state officials said.

Few addresses allegations

SRS showcases history of site
Residents got a chance Tuesday to discover the cultural and historic secrets buried beneath Savannah River Site.

Residents support shelter
After a slow start, interest in a foster home program at the Richmond County Animal Shelter finally has started to pick up.

Church burn data irks group
ATLANTA - A new report from a federal law-enforcement task force undercounted the number of church burnings last year and gave a false sense that several groups are active in church rebuilding efforts, a watchdog group charged Wednesday.

Athens telemarketer faces fraud charges
ATHENS, Ga. - When more than a dozen people from throughout the country called an Athens telemarketing company in response to a mail offer for a low-rate credit card, they had no idea the information they gave out over the phone would be used by an employee to defraud them.

Freshmen hail from out of state
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia officials on a perennial hunt to diversify the student body have uncovered a telling new statistic: At least half the members of this year's freshman class were born or lived outside Georgia during their lives.

Sickle cell day helps educate
Thomas Burton has become an expert on sickle cell anemia.

Expert witness rejected
Failing to follow the rules could cost the mother of an Augusta man killed by sheriff's deputies a chance to present testimony from an expert.

Lenders' sincerity in doubt

Field experience
AIKEN - Bryant Fulmer's jaw dropped when he learned that chewing gum is a byproduct of swine.

Across the area

Cement slaying trial gets gag order
DANIELSVILLE - A Superior Court judge has issued a gag order in the highly publicized case of a Madison County woman charged with killing her boyfriend and encasing his body in cement.

Manager fights off robber

Creation gets day to attest
AIKEN - Glenn Wilson finally heard the answer he wanted after two years and 16 tries - local administrators will listen to his ideas about how the world began and consider teaching them in school.

Authority considers loan plans
It may be as exciting as watching paint dry, the bond consultant said, but the numbers that the Columbia County Development Authority is considering refinancing may catch the attention of taxpayers.

Education bill tops concerns
Local voters say their children will become unhealthy because the Georgia education reform bill eliminated the physical education requirement in schools.

Watergate figure dies in Augusta
Frank Wills had as much to do with bringing down America's 37th president as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did.

Field experience

Delta offers low fare to Atlanta
Delta Air Lines is quietly promoting an $89 round-trip ticket from Augusta Regional Airport to Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Freshmen hail from out of state

Sickle cell day helps educate

Education bill tops concerns

Nuclear-weapons bill faces deadline
Local lawmakers and federal officials scrambled Tuesday to revive near-dead legislation that would compensate sick workers at nuclear-weapons installations such as Savannah River Site.

Three accept plea deals
Three men who took part in a drive-by shooting that narrowly missed wounding several adults and an infant pleaded guilty Tuesday and received prison sentences.

Nuclear-weapons bill faces deadline

Care home has history of charges

Care home has history of charges
AIKEN -- Disturbing allegations of elderly abuse and neglect against the Ranson Community Care Home surfaced as early as 1989 when state officials received complaints about how the Ranson family was treating its residents.

Creation gets day to attest

Across the area
A Columbia County middle school pupil will remain on suspension until he faces a tribunal for taking a 6-inch pocketknife to school.

Few addresses allegations
WASHINGTON - Augusta officials painted their former fire chief as an honest man persecuted by biased media before Washington City Council members, who had questions Wednesday about ongoing investigations and possible legal action against him in Georgia.

Augustans back Few in capital

Smits retires

Kerney finds comfort level

Panthers Smith out with aching knee

Mr. Macciyah Chisolm
AIKEN - Mr. Macciyah Chisolm, 21, of Williamsburg Street, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000.

Mr. David Leaphart
MONETTA, S.C. - Mr. David Alphonzo ``Dana'' Leaphart, 28, of Abney Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, in Batesburg-Leesville.

Mrs. Julia Brinson
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Julia Brinson, 74, of Fulcher Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Carter Brown
Mr. Carter Lyndell Brown, 33, of Broad Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Carter Brown
Mr. Carter Lyndell Brown, 33, of Broad Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Marie Washington
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Marie Harden Washington, 72, of Butler Street, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.

Mrs. Inez Utley
Mrs. Inez Farr Utley, 76, of Yates Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Anna Menger
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Anna Cater Menger, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Brenda Jackson
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Brenda Hodges Jackson, 55, of Roberson Bridge Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Henry Whisenhunt Jr.
Mr. Henry L. Whisenhunt Jr. died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Frances Garthright
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Frances Loper Garthright, 80, of East Garthright Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Phyllis Alton
ANKENY, Iowa - Mrs. Phyllis C. Alton, 78, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, in Madrid.

Mr. Willie Owens Sr.
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Willie Lawton Owens Sr., 63, of Daisy Lane, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000.

Mr. E. Seaborn Proctor
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. E. Seaborn ``Seab'' Proctor, 80, of Lewis Church Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Barnes
CHICAGO - Mrs. Mary A. Barnes, 78, of South Shore Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Payne
WEAVERVILLE, N.C. - Mrs. Mary Lou Payne, 63, of Salem Road and Webley Street, Belvedere, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000.

Mr. Lucius Brown
AIKEN - Mr. Lucius Henry Brown, 84, of Redd Street Northwest, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Leon Ruth
AIKEN - Mr. Leon Ruth, 76, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Marie Washington
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Marie Harden Washington, 72, of Butler Street, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.

Mrs. Sarah Norris
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah Palmer Norris, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Alice Lanterman
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Alice Brantley Lanterman, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home.

Mr. Judson Zeigler Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Judson E. Zeigler Sr., 67, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Miss Ruth Marlowe
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Miss Ruth G. Marlowe, 90, of Kite Road, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Emanuel County Hospital.

Mr. Stephen Janoulis
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Mr. Stephen Heard Janoulis, 49, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000.

Mrs. Dolores Snellgrove
Mrs. Dolores DeLong Snellgrove, 89, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Mittie Jones
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Mittie Jones, 93, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at St. Vincent Hospital.

Mrs. Annie McCary
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Annie Pearl Adams McCary, 70, of Larkin Rice Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000.

Mrs. Ethel Fallaw
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Ethel Dickert Fallaw, 77, of Farm View Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mrs. Elaine Lawhead
AIKEN - Mrs. Elaine Bartholic Lawhead, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Brenda Jackson

Mr. David Leaphart

Mrs. Phyllis Alton

Mrs. Elaine Lawhead

Mrs. Dolores Snellgrove

Mrs. Alice Lanterman

Mrs. Anna Menger

Mrs. Inez Utley

Mrs. Mary Payne

Mrs. Julia Brinson

Mr. Willie Owens Sr.

Miss Ruth Marlowe

Mrs. Annie McCary

Mrs. Mary Barnes

Mr. Macciyah Chisolm

Mr. Carter Brown

Mrs. Marie Washington

Mrs. Frances Garthright

Mrs. Marie Washington

Mrs. Mittie Jones

Mrs. Sarah Norris

This baseball team will be remembered

Wrestler: age is not a factor

U.S. runners qualify for 200 meters final

Postcard from Sydney

Weightlifters put Savannah in world spotlight

Wrestler hopes to surprise competitors

Boxing: Taylor advances

U.S. wins softball gold

Postcard from Sydney

Augusta coach is judge at olympics

U.S. softball's confidence pays off

Christian letter babbles stupidity
It is just such false babbling as contained in Milton Gresham's Sept. 11 letter that could cause a sensible American to, as he says, spit the word Christian. B.C. Taylor, Wrens

Columbia Countians treated badly
I have lived in Columbia County for 27 years and have never seen residents treated so badly. The Board of Education has stopped courtesy stops, endangering children's lives. The children have to walk on busy roads or in secluded areas to get on the bus or to get home. Rules apply to some and not to others. Charles D. Johnson Jr., Augusta

Schmoozing pays off
Nothing influences presidential candidates' poll numbers quite like an appearance on Oprah. Al Gore's post-convention lead over rival George W. Bush went through the roof after the Democrat nominee schmoozed with Oprah.

Another wasteful hike
Studies show that only about 2 percent of Americans actually work for minimum wage, and they are mostly teens or young adults working part-time - not people trying to raise a family.

Wants anti-Semitic letters barred
R. Parker's Sept. 10 letter shows him to be an anti-Semite. It is also obvious that this man is a failure in his own professional and private life and fears those who have made education, family and hard work a priority. M. Ray, Martinez

Likes paper, especially Rick Dorsey
My wife and I moved to the Martinez area in 1999. We have lived in numerous towns, cities and states during our 54 years. Jacob T. Ley, Martinez

Install `Athens' rule
One of the biggest problems at Augusta's city hall is elected officials' meddling in the city's day-to-day operations.

Let kids enjoy their football game
What in the world is wrong with those uptight adults who go to a high school football game and expect peace and quiet? Please. Jackie Cobbs, Aiken

S.C. senator a Clintonesque liberal
The response state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, gave to the Sept. 13 letter written by Lucille Brewer was arrogant and laughable. In this response he danced around the truth as skillfully as the Clintons do. Sen. Moore's voting record is public information, and Mrs. Brewer was 100 percent accurate: Victor T. Wright, Graniteville

Candidate can't cut taxes, class size
Regarding Clinton Chambers' Sept. 2 letter in support of Brad Owens, I'm not surprised. Ralph Rohrer, Augusta

Let scullers decide
According to The Chronicle's man in Sydney, executive editor Dennis Sodomka, a poor outcome at the 2000 Olympics for U.S. scullers has renewed talk about moving the National Sculling Center out of Augusta.

Johnson good pick for school board
I am supporting Burles Johnson in south Augusta's District 8 Richmond County Board of Education race. Mr. Johnson is highly qualified for this position. As an owner of his own business, Mr. Johnson knows the importance of operating and budgetary controls. Perdita Merrill, Augusta

Christians won't give up the fight
In response to Milton Gresham's Sept. 9 letter stating the ``U.S. is now a non-Christian nation,'' I say, look again, Mr. Gresham. We may have lost a battle, but we have not lost the war. Diane E. Johnson, Augusta

Partial-birth abortion ban urged
Recently I read the eyewitness report of an experienced registered nurse who watched a partial-birth abortion. I would like to share her words with your readers: Caye Andrews, Evans

HUD out of line with gun buyback
Where was the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People when Augusta had its gun-buyback program? This was racial profiling at its worst, and it was by our own federal government. John Cartwright, Augusta

Warns that Rincon is a speed trap
I am writing as a warning to those who visit Savannah and Tybee Island. M. Sweat, Augusta

Fiscal restraint needed
Augusta-Richmond County commissioners will either exercise fiscal discipline or they won't.

Is Garden City the 'garbage city'?
Like a lot of Aiken County residents, I live near the Georgia-South Carolina border and frequently come into Augusta to dine and make purchases. On Sept. 15, upon entering via the Gordon Highway bridge, something caught my eye. Jim Free, Graniteville

Where are city's highway funds being used?
Augusta seems to be receiving the short end of the stick in highway funds from the state of Georgia. We are not receiving new roads, paving and, especially, grass cutting that I have observed in other parts of the state. Bob Entwistle, Martinez

Jesus knew he'd be controversial
Letter-writer Michael Ledo and others who take Bible verses or any other writing out of context need to keep reading, if their intent is truly understanding. James B. Wertz, Hephzibah

Amnesty member rips executions
As a member of the local Amnesty International chapter, I am saddened at your cartoon, and all the letters calling for the execution of Alexander Williams. Rebecca Batten, Augusta

Restrict big development in Evans
According to an article in the Sept. 14 Chronicle, Wyatt Development Co., Inc., has acquired an option to purchase 30.6 acres next to the Evans Diner. Brian Newsome, Evans

Anti-Semitism on rise in U.S.
It has taken me a few days to decide whether I should even bother answering R. Parker's Sept. 10 letter. Micki LaVine, Augusta

Storm water tax unfair to writer
I am one of the Columbia County residents being charged an additional utility fee for storm water drainage. Or I should say, I'm one of the few being charged. Nate Portinga, Evans

Just say `no' to stormwater fee
The Evans Government Complex held a special public meeting on Columbia County's stormwater utility tax Sept. 11. Pat Roach, Martinez

Defeat `slick-tongued' ex-governor
Once again the ugly work of dirty politics has raised its ugly head. Georgia's slack-jawed governor appointed a Democrat to fill a Republican seat in the U.S. Senate. He is a Democrat who I wouldn't trust behind my back. Robert Calloway, Augusta

Unconvinced of sales tax value
I have read with amusement your editorials urging citizens to vote for the local option sales tax, and finally praising those who voted to continue the tax as ``smart.''John Ballard, Augusta

Columbia County storm drainage solution proposed
The Columbia County ``runoff'' dilemma has been going on for the past 10 years without one iota of corrective action. As I recall, the Columbia County Conservative Political Action Committee and the Taxpayers Association registered their concerns back in 1991. These organizations even went so far as to identify the problem source to be the local builders and developers. ... Willis Clifton, Martinez

Sisler's religious beliefs aren't facts
David Sisler's columns would have more credence if he would acknowledge his opinions and religious beliefs as such rather than presenting them as ``fact,'' regarding such topics as abortion, public prayer, etc. J.B.Locke, Aiken

NASCAR drivers in denial

NASCAR extends next year's season

Overtime

Better tracking urged in AIDS battle
WASHINGTON - The government should do a better job of tracking the spread of AIDS and battling the complacency that allows the deadly disease to spread, a new report said Wednesday.

Pharmasoft develops unique web interface
UPPSALA, Sweden -- Leading pharmaceutical software company Pharmasoft, Inc., has signed an agreement with UMC, which is a collaborating center of the World Health Organization, WHO.

Pharmasoft develops unique web interface