'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?

Artist enjoys mathematical side of his work

Fair excitement

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.

'Barber' not intimidating, performers say

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.

Laughing at Shakespeare

'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.

Applause calendar

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.

Dance troupe will tell story of Cinderella in ballet form

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.

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.

Mets top Braves for second time

Ashby, Braves lose to Rockies

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

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.

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.

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., 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.

Video Update Inc. hits stock-price low

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.

Nation's savings rate at all-time low

Dump Dorsey

Teams scrapping traditional offenses

Gamecocks sitting pretty

Georgia notebook

Clemson notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

South Carolina and Georgia notebook

SEC notebook

Clemson rises into top ten

College on the radio

South Carolina notebook

ACC notebook

Tech unhappy with slow start

College games on TV

Dump Dorsey

Clemson notebook

Tracking area athletes

Notes fear tactics

Truth or jest?

Disgusted with baby-killer moms

Study critical of nurses draws fire

Why is Wessinger killing unsolved?

Satellite dishes can't be prohibited

What candidate will do as sheriff

Observe, don't kill, farm animals

Backs Webster's sheriff endorsement

Ex-governor the wrong Senate pick

On clean hands

Money down the drain

Let's remember nation's POW-MIAs

Nation Grandma knew is gone

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

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.

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.

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

Maggert first-round leader

Four share lead at German Masters

Blackville gives North rude welcome

Greenbrier tops Hephzibah

Washington County 14, Laney 12

N. Augusta tops S. Aiken

Prep on the air

Ga. prep notebook

Silver Bluff tops Jasper County

Coleman's return seals Irish victory

Prep Top Games

S.C. prep notebook

Commerce 16, Lincoln County 15

War Horses, Tigers meet in key game

Tigers hold off Effingham 21-18

Powerhouses pay a price

Screven holds on for win

Burke County 34, Josey 8

Barnwell 40, Allendale 12

Cambridge 34, Wardlaw 12

Prep schedule

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.

Garden created to educate

Abortion foes are still battling

Speaker inspires others

Church is opposed to liquor license

Doing something new

Leaders are in need of God's help

Faith Digest

Growing like weeds

The look of love

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

Approval of drug elicits hope, fear

Police warn women of purse snatchers

Across the area

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

Captured machines in limbo

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.

Watergate guard led quiet life

SRS changes raise concerns

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.

Radiation potential increases

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.

Columbine threat earns suspension

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

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.

Contest winner gets private show

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Sassafras festival goes full tilt

Shelter's dogs get fosterers

Senator runs late on ticket payment

Art institute plans relocation

Young urges city to solve problems

James Brown buys downtown building

Three get probation in molestation cases

Welfare funds go to work

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.

Park boardwalk improves access

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

Capital supports fire chief

University team wins gene-mapping grant

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.

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.

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

Investigation troubles parents

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

Commission urged to launch search

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Southern states give more freely

Chief answers questions

State activists create water bill

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.

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.

Panthers look to pile on to Dallas' defense

Father of Chargers player shot to death

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Mr. Thomas Sweet

Mr. Hubert Newton

Mr. Charlie Pope

Mr. Robert Carver

Mrs. Frances Kelly

Mrs. Ruth Auburn

Mrs. Sarah Ward

Mrs. Jonnie Chew

Mr. Tunney Randall

Mr. Jimmy Thornton

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson

Mrs. Eva Reeves

Mr. George Coone Sr.

Mrs. Odessa Brooker

Mr. John Wylie Sr.

Mr. Robert Todd III

Mr. Dexter Stewart

Ms. Mary Wood

Mrs. Julia Brinson

Mrs. Jane Eldridge

Mr. Frank Wills

Mr. Munung Kil

Mrs. Roberta Stauff

Mrs. Pernell Flowers

Mr. Jerry Orr

Ms. Martha Tucker

Mr. Richard McDade

Mr. Benjamin McNair

Mrs. Dorothy Agee

Mr. Louie Battle

Mrs. Agnes Snyder

Mr. Curlis Brookins

Mr. Avrom Warren

Mrs. Rita Hanawalt

Mrs. Katie Griffin

Mr. Willie Gross

Mrs. Leona Bishop

Ms. Lillie Wilkerson

Mr. Leroy Glover

Mr. Clarence Davis

Mr. Eugene Hart

Mrs. Annie Morris

Mrs. Theresa Marshall

Mr. Hubert Skinner

Mr. Sam Hay Jr.

Don't eat the 'mite

Jones: Bronze medal in long jump

Boxing: Taylor out of medal contention

Russian champion upset by U.S. wrestler

High jump dashes heptathlon competitor's hopes

Sanchez proud to have competed

Dream team in denial

Mistake cost Capel olympic medal

Norway tops U.S. for soccer gold medal

Jones: 2 gold medals down, 3 to go

Postcard from Sydney

Wrestling: Douglas out of competition

Postcard

U.S. wrestler advances to medal round

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.''

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

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.

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

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.

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

Overtime

Overtime

Stewart wins pole for Sunday's race

Fishing tournament news

Schooling lake fish grow scarce

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
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.

Competition drive fuel-cell work