'Charlie' still a sweet treat
They have become enduring icons - Willy Wonka, the Oompa-Loompas and the elusive Golden Ticket.

Ramblin' Rhodes
How would you like a job where you play basketball with Carlos Santana, chat backstage with Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson, golf with Tracy Lawrence and B.J. Thomas and play poker with members of the band Kansas?

Applause calendar

'Barber' not intimidating, performers say

Dance troupe will tell story of Cinderella in ballet form
Cinderella will trade in her glass slippers for ballet shoes this weekend when the Augusta Dance Theater presents its rendition of the famous fairy tale.

Fair excitement

Laughing at Shakespeare
James Worth, artistic director of the Augusta Theatre Company, has given the community a gift in his exquisite production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Bon Air Ballroom.

'Charlie' still a sweet treat

Applause calendar
Upcoming events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Week of activities will celebrate children

Harvey Danger defies one-hit expectations
When Seattle band Harvey Danger's punk-infused, buzz-saw pop confection Flagpole Sitta climbed the charts in 1998, few expected the band to ever attain much more than one-hit-wonder status.

Dance troupe will tell story of Cinderella in ballet form

'Barber' not intimidating, performers say
The Augusta Opera's production of The Barber of Seville may provide surprises for audiences familiar with Rossini's comedic classic.

Harvey Danger defies one-hit expectations

Artist enjoys mathematical side of his work
Herman Kunis gives his mobile a light flick, watching as the shapes follow their individual orbits. With a father's pride, he watches as his dynamic sculpture rotates, shifting and changing the symmetry.

Artist enjoys mathematical side of his work

Week of activities will celebrate children
Parades, fun and games are all part of Children's Week, which begins with a ceremony at 10 a.m. today at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta.

Laughing at Shakespeare

Fair excitement
With a focus on family fun, the Columbia County Fair, now in its 35th year, continues to offer a variety of events and midway thrills.

Braves notebook

Mets top Braves for second time

Braves notebook

Ashby, Braves lose to Rockies

Southern states give more freely

Nation's savings rate at all-time low
WASHINGTON -- Americans saw their incomes grow in August and spent all of it and more, which drove down the nation's savings rate to the lowest point on record. Despite the strong jump in consumer spending, analysts were still betting the Federal Reserve will leave interest rates unchanged next week.

Curtain falls on Regency 8
The silver screens at Regency Exchange 8 faded to black Thursday as the last remaining movie house in south Augusta rolled the ending credits for the last time.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fell sharply Friday, led by a slumping technology sector, after an earnings warning by Apple Computer revived anxiety about corporate earnings.

Nation's savings rate at all-time low

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks shot higher Thursday, buoyed by rebounds in technology and blue chip issues as Wall Street regained its footing amid uncertainty about corporate profits.

Video Update Inc. hits stock-price low

Video Update Inc. hits stock-price low
Video Update Inc., the St. Paul, Minn.-based video-rental chain that recently closed one Augusta store and relocated another, hit a 52-week stock-price low this week.

Dump Dorsey

College games on TV

Georgia notebook

Gamecocks sitting pretty

Clemson notebook

ACC notebook

Dump Dorsey

SEC notebook

South Carolina notebook

Tracking area athletes

Clemson rises into top ten

College on the radio

South Carolina and Georgia notebook

Teams scrapping traditional offenses

Clemson notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Tech unhappy with slow start

Truth or jest?

Notes fear tactics

On clean hands

Study critical of nurses draws fire

Nation Grandma knew is gone

Satellite dishes can't be prohibited

Observe, don't kill, farm animals

Ex-governor the wrong Senate pick

Money down the drain

Let's remember nation's POW-MIAs

What candidate will do as sheriff

Disgusted with baby-killer moms

Backs Webster's sheriff endorsement

Why is Wessinger killing unsolved?

Growing like weeds
Weeds can be a year-round problem in the lawn.

Doing something new
First Baptist Church prepares to celebrate completion of $3 million expansion and renovation

Garden created to educate
Perennials from Past Generations is the theme for a new perennial garden under the train trestle at Riverwalk Augusta.

Leaders are in need of God's help
Church members are often asked to serve on the official boards of their congregations around this time of year.

Faith Digest
Between 700 and 1,000 candidates will be baptized at the end of the 74th annual convocation for the United House of Prayer, 1269 Wrightsboro Road, at noon Sunday.

Speaker inspires others
Martin Luther King Jr. dubbed Otis Moss Jr. ``the silver-tongue orator.''

Church is opposed to liquor license
A crowd of some 100 Curtis Baptist supporters went home happy Monday after stopping a proposed downtown restaurant's liquor license - at least for now.

Abortion foes are still battling
Proponents defend it as a woman's right. Opponents call it unnatural, unholy. It divides families and churches. It defines political candidates, but it - abortion - just won't go away.

Four share lead at German Masters

Maggert first-round leader

Burke County 34, Josey 8

Prep schedule

Greenbrier tops Hephzibah

Prep Top Games

Ga. prep notebook

Blackville gives North rude welcome

War Horses, Tigers meet in key game

Barnwell 40, Allendale 12

Powerhouses pay a price

Coleman's return seals Irish victory

Prep on the air

Screven holds on for win

Commerce 16, Lincoln County 15

Cambridge 34, Wardlaw 12

N. Augusta tops S. Aiken

S.C. prep notebook

Washington County 14, Laney 12

Tigers hold off Effingham 21-18

Silver Bluff tops Jasper County

Lynx goalie may land NHL-AHL contract

Southern states give more freely
Where do you find the most generous people in the United States?

Commission urged to launch search
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce wants the city to go out into the world and bring back the best city administrator it can find to replace Randy Oliver.

Leaders are in need of God's help

Abortion foes are still battling

Garden created to educate

Growing like weeds

Doing something new

Faith Digest

Speaker inspires others

Church is opposed to liquor license

Three get probation in molestation cases

Parolee faces sexual assault charge
GROVETOWN - A man who police say has a prior conviction on child molestation charges has again been charged with sexual assault - this time of an 11-year-old Grovetown girl.

Captured machines in limbo
The hundreds of video poker and video slot machines seized by law enforcement officers in Hart and Franklin counties Wednesday are being kept under guard in Lavonia as authorities wonder whether they'll be able to keep them.

Chief answers questions

Southern states give more freely
Where do you find the most generous people in the United States?

Across the area

Radiation potential increases

Approval of drug elicits hope, fear

Park boardwalk improves access

Capital supports fire chief

SRS changes raise concerns
Effective Sunday, some of Savannah River Site's most high-profile missions will be under new management.

Across the area

Welfare funds go to work

Three get probation in molestation cases
Three men accused of child molestation in unrelated cases received probation sentences Friday.

Police warn women of purse snatchers

Columbine threat earns suspension
AIKEN - The mention of the word ``Columbine'' got a freshman suspended at South Aiken High School this week, school officials said Friday.

The look of love

Sassafras festival goes full tilt
GLOVERVILLE - The first of two sassafras festivals got under way in Horse Creek Valley on Friday with a gala carnival and lots of rides and treats for the whole family.

Captured machines in limbo

Shelter's dogs get fosterers

Commission urged to launch search

Senator runs late on ticket payment
A state senator who made headlines this year when state officials said he tried to fix a speeding ticket is late paying a $100 ticket he received in August.

Chief answers questions
WASHINGTON - When Ronnie Few departed for the nation's capital, he left Augusta with an abundance of questions but few answers.

Homicide suspected in death
The death of a man found beside a burning car in southern Burke County early Friday is being treated as a homicide by state and local investigators.

Park boardwalk improves access
Beth Schussler can't wait to lead children across the new wooden boardwalk that snakes into the watery heart of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.

James Brown buys downtown building
James Brown finally got his name attached to an Augusta landmark.

University team wins gene-mapping grant
The University of Georgia's investment in big science paid off this week.

Radiation potential increases
The potential dose of radiation a resident could receive from Savannah River Site rose slightly in 1999, according to an annual report written by the site.

Watergate guard led quiet life
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Watergate security guard who toppled a president by just doing his job will be buried today in a simple, quiet graveside service.

Contest winner gets private show
It's the only way to experience a concert. A quaint venue. A room filled with only people you've invited.

Columbine threat earns suspension

Art institute plans relocation

Senator runs late on ticket payment

Young urges city to solve problems

Sassafras festival goes full tilt

Contest winner gets private show

James Brown buys downtown building

Hodges tour will promote teacher raises
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges will be in North Augusta on Tuesday - one of the stops on a state tour to tout his plan to raise teacher pay to national levels.

Watergate guard led quiet life

Art institute plans relocation
The women huddled around the easel, studying each cascading brush stroke and curve of color in the painting.

University team wins gene-mapping grant

Young urges city to solve problems
Augusta Mayor Bob Young is urging the city commission to work together and try to solve all the problems - not just the racial ones - troubling this city.

State aims at parental education
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges took the first step Thursday to get parents involved in their child's schoolwork when he signed legislation ordering districts to develop lengthy plans that promote participation.

Shelter's dogs get fosterers
Juanita Wilson knows it's going to be tough: She's still not sure she can send the mixed-bred collie back to the Richmond County Animal Shelter.

Investigation troubles parents

Police warn women of purse snatchers
Augusta area women who shop at night should be wary of drive-by purse snatchers in parking lots, police say.

Democrats rally for candidates
AIKEN - A small but enthusiastic cluster of Democrats got together Thursday night at the Aiken County Council Chambers to cheer their candidates on.

State aims at parental education

Investigation troubles parents
Ronald and Pat Duncan are still waiting. And they're beginning to wonder.

Across the area
Nine middle-schoolers were taken to University and Medical College of Georgia hospitals Friday morning after their bus collided with a pickup on Walton Way.

Approval of drug elicits hope, fear
Physicians and those on both sides of the abortion debate in Augusta said the approval of the abortion pill Thursday was a milestone event in the controversial practice.

The look of love
James Simmons of south Augusta shares an affectionate moment with Kingy, his white shepherd, Friday in the McDonald's parking lot in the Kmart shopping center on Gordon Highway.

State activists create water bill
Georgians have a right to timely enforcement of environmental laws governing clean water, according to a proposed ``Water Bill of Rights'' drafted by dozens of state environmental groups.

City seeks administrator
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce wants the city to go out into the world and bring back the best city administrator it can find to replace Randy Oliver.

Across the area
A man whose body was found in a wooded area died of asphyxiation after apparently hanging himself, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said Thursday.

Southern states give more freely

Welfare funds go to work
ATLANTA - The state is pouring $145 million in leftover federal welfare funds into an effort to get more Georgians off public assistance and into the work force.

State activists create water bill

SRS changes raise concerns

Capital supports fire chief
WASHINGTON - Washington officials are making one thing clear about their possible future fire chief: They're more concerned about what he can do for them than what some accuse him of doing in Augusta.

Father of Chargers player shot to death

Panthers look to pile on to Dallas' defense

Mrs. Odessa Brooker
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Odessa Tilley Brooker, 91, of Pickrum Street, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Robert Todd III
GREENVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lee Todd III, of Stovall Road, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Jerry Orr
AIKEN - Mr. Jerry Claud Orr, 54, of Shaws Crest Drive, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000.

Mrs. Roberta Stauff
AIKEN - Mrs. Roberta Wright Stauff, 59, of Beaver Creek Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ruth Auburn
AIKEN - Mrs. Ruth L. Dietrich Auburn, 88, of Wise Creek Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Dorothy Agee
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Dorothy N. Agee, 69, of Old Edgefield Road, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Benjamin McNair
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Benjamin McNair, 90, of Little Briar Creek Church Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mrs. Ruth Trollinger
AIKEN - Mrs. Ruth Miller Trollinger, 77, of Wise Hollow Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Tunney Randall
NORRISTOWN, Ga. - Mr. Tunney Randall, 66, of Sumners Beach Road, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Leroy Glover
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Leroy Glover, 90, of Talisman Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Anne Maria Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Mrs. Eva Reeves
NEW YORK - Mrs. Eva Kate Reeves, 92, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000.

Mrs. Agnes Snyder
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Agnes Snyder, 98, of Barton Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at National Health Care, North Augusta.

Mr. Hubert Skinner
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Hubert Perry Skinner, 69, of Brentwood Drive, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Katie Griffin
Mrs. Katie L. Griffin, 92, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Curlis Brookins
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Curlis Brookins, 72, of Jenkins Street, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Frances Kelly
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Frances Brown Kelly, 71, of Gold Hill Trailer Park, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, in Columbia.

Mrs. Leona Bishop
WALTERBORO, S.C. - Mrs. Leona Geiger Bishop, 94, of Warren Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Colleton Medical Center.

Mrs. Theresa Marshall
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Mrs. Theresa Peck Marshall, 34, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Hubert Newton
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Hubert Lee Newton, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Frank Wills
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Frank Wills, 52, of Five Notch Spur, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Thomas Sweet
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Sweet, 53, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Munung Kil
Mr. Munung Kil, 68, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. George Coone Sr.
BELVEDERE - Mr. George N. Coone Sr., 80, of Audubon Circle, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Sam Hay Jr.
MARTIN, S.C. - Mr. Sam Hay Jr., 53, of Roberts Lane, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Robert Carver
Mr. Robert C. ``Boomerang'' Carver, 57, of April Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Pernell Flowers
Mrs. Pernell Flowers, 68, of Ramsey Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Jane Eldridge
HIGHLANDS, N.C. - Mrs. Jane Boone Eldridge, 53, of Cullasaja Club, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Jonnie Chew
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Jonnie McLean Chew, 69, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. Eugene Hart
THOMSON - Mr. Eugene Jim Hart, 72, of Story Randall Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Martha Tucker
HEPHZIBAH - Ms. Martha Lee Harris Tucker, 48, of Wendell Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Willie D'Antignac
Mrs. Willie Lena Walker D'Antignac, 82, of Kindling Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Lillie Wilkerson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Ms. Lillie Mae Wilkerson, 90, of Herndon Road, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. John Wylie Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. John Henry Wylie Sr., 63, of Moss Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000.

Mr. Clarence Davis
DEARING - Mr. Clarence Davis, 70, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charlie Pope
RAYLE, Ga. - Mr. Charlie Pope, 86, of Callaway Road, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson
OPA LOCKA, Fla. - Mrs. Rebecca Johnson died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000.

Mr. Dexter Stewart
Mr. Dexter R. Stewart, 54, of Hardwick Road, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Sarah Ward
ALEXANDER, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah C. Ward, of Harrison Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000.

Mr. Louie Battle
Mr. Louie Battle, 53, of Cornell Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Rita Hanawalt
Mrs. Rita B. Hanawalt, 67, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Jimmy Thornton
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. James Walker ``Jimmy'' Thornton, 63, of Danburg Road, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Estelle Thompson
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mrs. Estelle Jones Thompson, of Albert Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Piedmont Medical Center.

Mrs. Annie Morris
Mrs. Annie Lessie Morris, of Cape Town Court, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Avrom Warren
MELDRIM, Ga. - Mr. Avrom Alvin Warren, 80, of Withlacoochee Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mr. Richard McDade
Mr. Richard Raymond McDade, 62, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Willie Gross
Mr. Willie Albert Gross, 80, of 15th Street, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Johnnie Williams Jr.
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. Johnnie W. Williams Jr., 52, of Springfield Church Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Ms. Mary Wood
MILLEN, Ga. - Ms. Mary Lee Anderson Wood, 92, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Emanuel County Hospital, Swainsboro.

Mr. Hubert Newton

Mrs. Roberta Stauff

Mr. Dexter Stewart

Mrs. Eva Reeves

Mr. Richard McDade

Mr. Robert Todd III

Mrs. Katie Griffin

Ms. Mary Wood

Mrs. Annie Morris

Mrs. Jane Eldridge

Mrs. Frances Kelly

Ms. Martha Tucker

Mrs. Agnes Snyder

Mr. Hubert Skinner

Mr. Avrom Warren

Mr. Robert Carver

Mr. Leroy Glover

Mr. Eugene Hart

Mr. Charlie Pope

Mr. Benjamin McNair

Mr. Frank Wills

Mr. Louie Battle

Mr. Jerry Orr

Mr. Sam Hay Jr.

Mrs. Jonnie Chew

Mr. Jimmy Thornton

Mrs. Rita Hanawalt

Mrs. Odessa Brooker

Mr. Tunney Randall

Mr. Curlis Brookins

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson

Mrs. Pernell Flowers

Mrs. Sarah Ward

Mrs. Dorothy Agee

Mrs. Leona Bishop

Mr. Thomas Sweet

Mr. John Wylie Sr.

Mr. Willie Gross

Mrs. Julia Brinson

Ms. Lillie Wilkerson

Mrs. Ruth Auburn

Mr. Clarence Davis

Mrs. Theresa Marshall

Mr. George Coone Sr.

Mr. Munung Kil

Russian champion upset by U.S. wrestler

Sanchez proud to have competed

Jones: 2 gold medals down, 3 to go

Postcard from Sydney

Wrestling: Douglas out of competition

High jump dashes heptathlon competitor's hopes

Jones: Bronze medal in long jump

Mistake cost Capel olympic medal

Norway tops U.S. for soccer gold medal

Dream team in denial

U.S. wrestler advances to medal round

Postcard

Boxing: Taylor out of medal contention

Don't eat the 'mite

Who will be left to defend the Boy Scouts?
Den 4. Wolf, Bear, and Lion. Pack 70. Webelo. Troop 95. Order of the Arrow, Eagle, God and Country.

Ex-governor the wrong Senate pick
When we go to the polls Nov. 7 to elect a president, we will also be asked to elect someone to finish the term of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga. R.M. Griffin, Martinez

Observe, don't kill, farm animals
As the election looms, a candidate's position on laws governing the treatment of animals has become a weighty issue for many voters. Frank Lewis, Augusta

Disgusted with baby-killer moms
Regarding The Chronicle's Sept. 12 report on the Fairfax woman who buried her child: Holli Bradberry, Augusta

Nation Grandma knew is gone
I love my grandchildren who are very dear to me. I would like them to know the America I grew up in. Sad to say, it's not there. Tina Ray, Grovetown

Money down the drain
Bookkeeping and accounting procedures aren't getting any better at the U.S. Department of Education. Earlier this year DOE couldn't account to Congress how it spent a whopping $500 million - some analysts say it was more like $700 million.

Satellite dishes can't be prohibited
Many homeowners are unaware of the restrictions that residents have to deal with in reference to satellite dish installation. Not knowing that there were code restrictions written in our Liberty Hills regulations, some homeowners installed small satellite dishes when cablevision was not available. David Brandyberry, Grovetown

What candidate will do as sheriff
You'd want Leon Garvin as sheriff of Richmond County if: Donald Richard, Hephzibah

Truth or jest?
``It's just like a bad relationship with a woman. You might be leaving her, but she might not be through with you.''

Why is Wessinger killing unsolved?
On Nov. 22, 1997, a 47-year-old Aiken County woman named Janice Mixon Wessinger went for a 9 a.m. jog. Later in the day it was discovered that Ms. Wessinger had not returned home, and a search by friends of the family ensued. The multiple-stab-wound-covered body of Ms. Wessinger was found the next morning in a wooded area less than a mile from her home. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem

Let's remember nation's POW-MIAs
Last Sept. 15 our country celebrated National Prisoner of War-Missing in Action Day. John E. Rhoades, Augusta

Northland Cable failing its mission
Northland Cable Co., like all public franchises, has a responsibility to its customers. In Aiken it is falling down on the job. I'm not talking about frequent outages, or signal strength that varies dramatically. It's the programming, or the lack thereof. Chris Lydle, Aiken

On clean hands
Regarding The Chronicle's Sept. 21 editorial: Bill Fry, Augusta

Open medical registry
Wouldn't you like to know if your doctor or dentist has been repeatedly disciplined for practicing bad medicine or losing malpractice judgments? Of course you would.

Study critical of nurses draws fire
Luckily for me I don't believe anything I read in the newspaper. Some people believe everything they read, which is unfortunate because journalists will write anything that will sell newspapers. Shannon Hayes, Martinez

Notes fear tactics
The Democratic Party's use of fear and division as a political device to gain votes is an indicator that the United States is quite possibly in a post-Christian Era. Recently fear tactics concerning drug costs for older Americans (Vice President Al Gore comparing costs of mother-in-law with the family dog's) even turned out to be deceptive. Dividing Americans through class envy and promoting a government redistribution of wealth smacks of communism and socialism, both oppressive to the human spirit. Gary Fuller, 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 Co. and the natural gas marketers did not work together effectively to educate consumers and resolve problems that have since occurred. Ellen Parker, Augusta

Gates' victory dance
Is Bill Gates dancing in the streets? He should be.

A classy manager
In the early 1990s when the Atlanta Braves went from ``last to first'' to become a major league powerhouse, the rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers was at a white heat level.

A 'new philanthropy'
"$80 million donated to Smithsonian'', "Ga. libraries get $7 million from Gates''

Backs Webster's sheriff endorsement
Regarding Larry Hardy's Sept. 16 letter on Richmond County Sheriff Charlie Webster's endorsement of Ronnie Strength to succeed him: Allen Kelly, Hephzibah

Who will be left to defend the Boy Scouts?
Den 4. Wolf, Bear, and Lion. Pack 70. Webelo. Troop 95. Order of the Arrow, Eagle, God and Country.

Enforcement left out of bill
I always love when our state representatives come up with these wonderful ideas, but conveniently leave out exactly how these ideas are going to be enforced. Georgia Sen. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, is correct in focusing on a problem of teen-agers driving. However, exactly how are the teens going to acquire these drivers-ed required hours. Michele D. Gaston

Stewart wins pole for Sunday's race

Overtime

Overtime

Fishing tournament news

Schooling lake fish grow scarce

Competition drive fuel-cell work
HAGA-MACHI, Japan - Honda Motor Co.'s new experimental car doesn't have the roar of a gasoline engine - or the polluting exhaust. Instead, it purrs with the soft whir of a fan, and only water vapor escapes the tailpipe.

Scientists discover 'smart slime'
It may be some time before we see the slime mold Phsarum Polycephalum answering questions on ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'' but scientists have found that this simple, amoeba-like cell - without a brain, legs or eyes - is smart enough to find its way through a maze.

Competition drive fuel-cell work