Cline: Ethnic eateries would add spice
Two things I look forward to each September: Filipino food and Irish whiskey cake. Both of which I find in the global village section of the annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.

Companies vie for high-profile pitchmen
Golf-ball makers continued to compete for champions last month.

Book examines trends in speculation
''They have dreamed their dream, and awaking have found nothing in their hands.'' - Alexander Pope, on the South Sea Bubble of the mid-19th century.

Brannen: Warning signs can help transition
Losing a job is near the top of the list of devastating events, as are death and divorce. For many people, their job partially defines who they are and provides a sense of personal worth.

Cover story: Conspicuous consumption
Harold and Winkie Johnston are exactly the kind of customers the restaurant industry loves. The two are enjoying their golden years by dining at nice places.

Hungry for more
Our insatiable appetite for eating out fuels changes in the restaurant industry. Read about the booming food industry in the online version of The Augusta Business Chronicle or pick up a copy in The Augusta Chronicle on Monday.

Augusta appeal is growing
Many people live in the Augusta area because their employers transferred them here.

Marketing method teaches consumers
Lanette Delaney lowered the arm of the sewing machine's presser foot and guided the calico fabric past the feed dog, stitching together the quilted design that will soon be made into a sweatshirt jacket.

Briefcase
Europe makes Net workEuropeans are getting more plugged into the Net, according to a study by Nielsen/NetRatings.

Kiosks push sellers into the retail world
Sylvia Parker didn't look for an expensive brick-and-mortar store when she needed a place to sell cheap plastic containers.

Consolidation gives power to group
Staff Writer Frank Witsil sat down with Cumulus Media's local general manager Gary Pizzati to discuss the radio business and its future.

Moore: Food industry evolves with tastes
Technology has helped shape the restaurant business into a $1 billion a day industry.

Firms putting faith to work
Most businesses advertise the information consumers need to know.

Radio station manager stalks success
In two years, Gary Pizzati has turned a struggling cluster of radio stations owned by Cumulus Media Inc. into a revenue powerhouse. But in doing so, he also has made his share of enemies.

Braves-Cards at a glance

Mets-Giants at a glance

Braves lose season finale

Braves notebook

Braves succeed despite controversy, key injuries

Braves notebook

Moniker mix-ups avoidable

On the move
Phillip Kent Jr. has joined Knology as a special markets account representative. Knology, which has headquarters in West Point, Ga., is the leading provider of bundled communications in the Southeast.

Moore: Food industry evolves with tastes

Brannen: Warning signs can help transition

Area banks branch out
Brick and mortar seems to be in vogue again with area banks. About half of metro Augusta's banking institutions are developing, or are planning to develop, new branch offices through this year and early 2001.

Cover story: Conspicuous consumption

Marketing method teaches consumers

Hungry for more

Pocket change

On the move

Consolidation gives power to group

Companies vie for high-profile pitchmen

Business calendar

Radio station manager stalks success

Pocket change
Women with graduate degrees from business schools say a lack of female role models discourages many other women from pursuing MBAs.

Firms putting faith to work

Business calendar
Business classes and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Kiosks push sellers into the retail world

Area banks branch out

Briefcase

Book examines trends in speculation

Augusta appeal is growing

South Carolina notebook

Bulldogs return to form

Tech tops N.C. State

Important games approaching

Georgia Tech notebook

Clemson notebook

Eagles trounce VMI

Gamecocks handed first loss

Clemson tops Duke

Georgia notebook

Why pay fee if he's unprotected?

Bill encourages savings

Clinton-Gore team is a risky scheme

Boosts Barnes for school board

'There's a major life lesson here ...'

Area becoming a concrete jungle?

Distorting reality

Lying Clintons held in contempt

What's next? Dirty air utility?

Raps veto

Music Hall of Fame too risque for kids

Is it a stormwater tax or fee?

Claims her point misunderstood

Aiken's $4 lifesaver

City charter needed

Oust disruptive kids from classroom

Religious understanding, respect urged

Character, not color

Fetus death charge confuses reader

ACLU ignores monuments to ancient deities

Note reasons for Lake Thurmond

It's self-defense

Vote out Columbia Co. Commission

Scientists still captivated by early humans
Say ''Neanderthal'' and images of grunting, stoop-shouldered cavemen clad in bearskin loincloths and brandishing clubs come to mind.

Fall TV season begins this week
It's official: The fall TV season begins this week. Here's what's new Sunday and Monday nights.

Captive Audience
FOLSOM, Calif. - ''STOP: No visitors beyond this point.'' - So warns the sign overlooking the hand-hewn gray granite walls, vaulted gate and peaked Gothic guard tower of Folsom State Prison.

Mother of bride deserves preference
Dear Carson: When a daughter is being married, who has the right to priority seating in church, the mother or the stepmother?

Home reflects a blending of lifestyles
Above, the patio of the Maypole home overlooks a unique fountain. Rustic wooden furniture helps give the patio, which is visible through large windows in the kitchen and adjoining breakfast area, right, a down-home feeling.

Arts calendar
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Usual suspects, usual shows
Andre Braugher can make you believe in a medical miracle. Braugher, who won an Emmy for ``Homicide: Life on the Street,'' brings his usual charisma, compassion and determination to his role of Dr. Ben Gideon.

Acapulco strives to recover as tourist mecca
ACAPULCO, Mexico - This balmy bay has seen it all. It was during a vacation in Acapulco in the 1960s that novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez came up with the idea for 100 Years of Solitude. It was here that Bill Clinton brought a young woman named Hillary for their honeymoon in 1975.

Maggert takes two-stroke lead

Duval a winner again

Week's best in prep football

'New Faces of 2000' opens at civic center

Revamed Lynx open camp

Thrashes draw with Blues

Moniker mix-ups avoidable
There's an old story that goes like this: It seems a guy was invited to a friend's home for dinner. There he noticed his buddy preceded every request to his wife by endearing terms, calling her ``honey,'' ``my love,'' ``darling,'' ``sweetheart,'' ``pumpkin,'' etc.

One dies when Jeep flips
AIKEN - A South Aiken High School senior was killed after he flipped his jeep in an early morning accident Sunday, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

2 men face charges in murder case
A gruesome discovery by firefighters in southern Burke County led to two arrests Saturday in the county's first homicide in more than a year.

Acapulco strives to recover as tourist mecca

Scientists still captivated by early humans

Captive Audience

Home reflects a blending of lifestyles

Mother of bride deserves preference

Usual suspects, usual shows

Arts calendar

Across the area

Meetings still open in prayer
It's become old hat for Doug Batchelor: Every two weeks, Columbia County's attorney scribbles a prayer on a yellow legal pad and reads it to open the county commission meeting.

Across the area
Cable television provider Comcast said programming might be interrupted briefly this week because of ``sunspots'' - a phenomenon occurring twice a year when the sun passes through the orbital plane of satellites that relay transmissions.

Anti-abortionists rally

One dies when Jeep flips

Charter's purchase examined
Some local mental health officials are questioning a recent move by a mental health group to acquire the former Charter Behavioral Health Systems hospital in Augusta.

Area might get another judge

Support an issue for race
AIKEN - How to collect child support from deadbeat parents is a hot topic in the race for Aiken County clerk of court.

Town's first festival gets mixed reviews
GLOVERVILLE - The comparisons were inevitable. After splitting from the original Midland Valley/Horse Creek Valley Sassafras Festival, organizers of the first Horse Creek Sassafras Festival in Gloverville knew Valley residents might measure their event by the one held for the past five years in Burnettown.

Quality education on list of concerns
Forty years ago when Marjorie Barbee started her teaching career, there was a camaraderie among teachers, parents, pupils and the community.

Humane society opens shelter

Area might get another judge
The Augusta Judicial Circuit is in the No. 2 spot for an additional judgeship. The circuit, composed of Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties, has been selected by the Judicial Council of Georgia for an eighth judgeship for the Superior Court bench.

Police arrest two cousins in homicide

Education plans key in upcoming election
ATLANTA - Legislative candidates from both major parties are working overtime this fall to convince Georgia voters they have the best solution to the No. 1 issue in poll after poll: public education.

County tax bills will be delayed

2 men face charges in murder case

Police arrest two cousins in homicide
A gruesome discovery by firefighters in southern Burke County led to two arrests Saturday in the county's first homicide in more than a year.

Town's first festival gets mixed reviews

Humane society opens shelter
What Augusta criminals used to call jail, dogs and cats now call home.

Bike medic rides to rescue

County discusses need for sidewalks
The roads that pass many Columbia County schools are not the friendliest to pedestrians. But some schools could get additional sidewalks if the Columbia County Commission hires a consultant to study the idea.

Across the area

Voter influx encourages GOP
ATLANTA - Like sports teams at the beginning of the season, Georgia Republicans and Democrats are putting their most optimistic spins on how they will fare in this year's General Assembly elections.

Divers search pond for possible weapon

Voter influx encourages GOP

Meetings still open in prayer

Bulldogs return to form

Debate will be tonight

Support an issue for race

County discusses need for sidewalks

Quality education on list of concerns

Divers search pond for possible weapon
Josh GelinasStaff WriterA search for clues in the death of a Burke County man continued Sunday as investigators searched a murky waterway for a possible weapon.

Charter's purchase examined

Debate will be tonight
Jerry Bass wants people in Edgefield County's fastest-growing community to head to the polls informed.

Education plans key in upcoming election

Anti-abortionists rally
AIKEN - Only three days after the FDA approved the use of the abortion pill in the United States, anti-abortionist prayed Sunday for an end to what they consider killings.

County tax bills will be delayed
Richmond County property tax bills will be at least three weeks late this year - possibly later - because of ongoing computer problems in the assessor's office.

Bike medic rides to rescue
With sizzling heat and smothering humidity, Augusta summers can be draining. They're also attracting thousands of out-of-towners to the city thanks to a growing list of large-scale outdoor events.

Across the area
AIKEN - A South Aiken High School senior was killed after he flipped his jeep in an early morning accident Sunday, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.

Event fosters fun for children
For Torrance Seabrook, it was business as usual Saturday. The 5-year-old played ball, hung out on the swings and ran around May Park with her friends.

Eagles rout Falcons

Falcons notebook

Panthers lose in OT

Falcons' special teams are tops

Mr. Henry May Sr.
OCONEE, Ga. - Mr. Henry L. ``Pep'' May Sr., 64, of Kaolin Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. George Willis
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mr. George Mackie Willis, 72, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.

Ms. Betty Garnett
Ms. Betty Jean Myles Garnett, of Barton Chapel Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Kenneth Jenkins
BLYTHE - Mr. Kenneth Mark Jenkins, 44, of Community House Road, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at his residence.

Abby Bowen
LIBERTY, S.C. - Abby Lauren Bowen, infant daughter of Tony and Karen Bowen, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000.

Mr. Brent Caneega
MACON - Mr. Brent Allen Caneega, 28, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000.

Mr. Jerry McElveen
Mr. Jerry L. McElveen, 57, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Tavizon
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Dorothy Bradham Tavizon, 74, of Georgia Highway 25 North, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lonnie VanDyke
his father, Lonnie VanDyke, Troy; his mother, Dora Lee Stevens Smith, Piketon; two brothers, Phillip VanDyke, Waverly, and Mark VanDyke, Piketon; a sister, Rhonda Wells, Vancouver, Wash.; and his paternal grandmother, Edna VanDyke, Waverly.

Miss Julia Clark
Miss Julia Vernon Clark, 89, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 3000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Pitman
FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mrs. Margaret Goodman Pitman, 74, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Loretta Kent
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Loretta Davis Kent, 88, of East Main Street, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Callie Harris
LANGLEY - Mrs. Callie Lucas Goodwin Harris, 88, of Tutt Street, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Marion Page
Mr. Marion Nathaniel Page, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000.

Mrs. Johnsie King
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Mrs. Johnsie Dennis King, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000.

Mr. Leon Thompson
AVERA, Ga. - Mr. Leon Thompson, 84, of Edgehill Road, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Nellie Wise
Mrs. Nellie R. Wise, 71, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. James Anderson
SWAINSBORO, Ga . - Mr. James Owen Anderson, 63, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mrs. Emma Peck
OCONEE, Ga. - Mrs. Emma Tompkins Peck, 84, of North Brown Street, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Carolyn Red
NEWTON, N.C. - Mrs. Carolyn Miller Red, 82, of Leonard Avenue, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Abernethy Center.

Mrs. Frances Craig
Mrs. Frances Elizabeth ``Betty'' Byrd Craig, 75, of Stewart Avenue, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Joyce Sumner
Mrs. Joyce Sumner, 70, of Windsor Spring Road, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at University Hospital.

John Peacock
AIKEN - John Ryan Peacock, 17, of Loganberry Court, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000.

Mr. Stan Flowers
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Stan K. Flowers, 57, of Scarborough Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Abby Bowen

Mr. Leon Thompson

Mr. Jerry McElveen

Mrs. Dorothy Tavizon

Mrs. Frances Craig

Mr. George Willis

Mr. James Anderson

Mr. Brent Caneega

Ms. Betty Garnett

Mr. Kenneth Jenkins

Mr. Lonnie VanDyke

Mrs. Carolyn Red

Miss Julia Clark

Mrs. Callie Harris

Mrs. Margaret Pitman

Mr. Marion Page

Mrs. Emma Peck

John Peacock

Mrs. Nellie Wise

Mr. Hubert Skinner

U.S. wins women's basketball gold

Postcard from Sydney

Locals enjoy Aussie hospitality

U.S. wrestler takes silver medal in controversial match

Postcards from Sydney

Sydney Harbour provides smooth sailing for competitors

Sydney anything but subdued

Kent: South and west Augusta coalition, RIP
BLYTHE BUSINESSMAN J.B. Powell took office as a commissioner in 1995 and, later that November, Ulmer Bridges was elected commissioner from our community's other south Augusta district. While looking out for their district concerns - and trying to promote Regency Mall as a governmental center since it is closer to their constituents than downtown - they nevertheless managed to agree with their west Augusta Commission counterparts on basic principles of governance.

Claims legislator is big abortion backer
I read state Sen. Tommy Moore's, D-Clearwater, rebuttal Sept 21. I was puzzled since he admitted Lucille Brewer's claims in her letter of Sept 13. Roy Blackwell, Clarks Hill

Says 'Chronicle' biased for Bush
If you believe Republicans, you would think all the media are liberal. As for The Chronicle, it is extremely conservative; not only that, the editors must have graduated from TassIzvestia School of Journalism. They just know how not to mention anything negative to their guy "Dubya'' Bush.Giri S. Venkatraman, Evans

What's next? Dirty air utility?
After examining Columbia County's new stormwater utility, I conclude the county engineers will convince our commissioners that we need a ``dirty air utility.'' Martin Balkema, Martinez

One Augustan betrayed the Torah
"The above minimum example of the case law contained in the Torah calls for the death penalty to be enacted when men fighting accidentally cause a woman to miscarry.'' Rabbi Alexander Greenbaum, Augusta

New inflation threat
Americans are acutely aware that soaring oil prices pose a threat to the nation's prosperity. The issue has even become front-and-center in the presidential campaign.

Fetus death charge confuses reader
I have just read an item in the ``Across the area'' section of the Sept. 18 Chronicle that leaves me puzzled. Maybe someone else sees a confusing pattern, both in the item and in society. Amy D. Thomas, Augusta

Area becoming a concrete jungle?
Most Augusta and Martinez residents probably don't know what the state Department of Transportation has planned for Davis Road. Peggy McCorkle, Martinez

Aiken's $4 lifesaver
``For $4 you could save your life.''

Compensate workers
Optimism that workers who became sick as a result of having worked at federally-owned nuclear weapons complexes, such as the Savannah River Site, would get some government relief is fading.

Character, not color
Some prominent black leaders in our community have circled the wagons around former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few, who is awaiting confirmation as fire chief for Washington, D.C., and whose confirmation may be denied if an indictment is made by the Augusta District Attorney's Office.

Raps veto
Well, the president did it again - vetoed a tax reduction. However, I wish to thank and congratulate U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., for voting to cut the tax. Out of the 157 who voted to keep the tax almost all were Democrats except for one independent and one Republican.Richard Lathan, Augusta

'There's a major life lesson here ...'
I just finished reading The Augusta Chronicle's Sept. 25 Associated Press article concerning the vulnerability of care-givers of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Andy Chandler, Augusta

Boosts Barnes for school board
The voters of District 1 have a wonderful opportunity to elect Marion E. Barnes to the Richmond County Board of Education. Mr. Barnes was my principal when I was a classroom teacher and an assistant principal at T.W. Josey High School. Elizabeth L. Chamblin, Augusta

Commission meeting was fruitless
Columbia countians who did not attend the Sept. 11 meeting on storm water runoff are just as well off as those of us who did get in. People were turned away. There weren't enough chairs. The meeting was run by trail boss Commissioner Frank Spears. Donald L. McLeod, Grovetown

Music Hall of Fame too risque for kids
On a recent business trip to Macon I checked out the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. There were only a few people attending that Thursday morning - seniors, some school children and me. Lee Wheatley, Evans

Note reasons for Lake Thurmond
Concerning Larry Newman's Sept. 5 letter about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Thurmond Lake was built for two purposes: Mark Hall Jr., North Augusta

Claims her point misunderstood
Kathleen Struhler and Lauri Easterlin missed the point entirely in my Aug. 22 letter. Marie Jordan, Williston

Vote out Columbia Co. Commission
Perhaps our Columbia County commissioners have forgotten about the Otis Hensley situation and how we switched from an all-Democratic to an all-Republican commission. Have they not also forgotten the power of the vote? Earl Sleeth, Martinez

Clinton-Gore team is a risky scheme
President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore have used terms like ``risky schemes'' and other phrases to criticize Republican proposals to fix Social Security, tax cuts, etc. Let's look at their risky schemes. John R. Pardue, Augusta

It's self-defense
I was surprised to hear the Channel 26 news team refer to the shooting by Deputy Tim Powell in Columbia County as a murder. Come on. Gary Lee Cooper was a career criminal and Deputy Powell is a decorated police officer.Greg Blackmon, Appling

Schools now asked to diet fatties
With a recent newscast comes further evidence of the deep entrenchment of our citizenry in the liberal philosophy that guides us to rely on the government for our own well-being. When a government survey revealed the growing obesity of our children, parents promptly requested our schools solve the problem.Helen Bolen, North Augusta

Lying Clintons held in contempt
Contrary to the Sept. 20 letter by Carl Champlin that the ``GOP has cried wolf once too often,'' I say Americans have been worn down by this unethical scandal-ridden administration. Floyd Brown, Evans

Distorting reality
Some people and ideas don't fit on the liberal-conservative continuum: O.J. Simpson, Marcel Marceau, the Edsel, the Yankees, backing up your computer files. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

Religious understanding, respect urged
In the world there are many religions and faiths, with many having groups and subgroups within them. There are many places of worship - churches, mosques, etc. Religion is a sensitive matter and faith is personal. Champak C. Patel, Martinez

Bill encourages savings
Americans are well aware Social Security doesn't begin to cover the real costs of retirement and that to maintain their standard of living after their working years are over, they need new incentives to save and accumulate assets during their wage-earning years.

Kent: South and west Augusta coalition, RIP
BLYTHE BUSINESSMAN J.B. Powell took office as a commissioner in 1995 and, later that November, Ulmer Bridges was elected commissioner from our community's other south Augusta district. While looking out for their district concerns - and trying to promote Regency Mall as a governmental center since it is closer to their constituents than downtown - they nevertheless managed to agree with their west Augusta Commission counterparts on basic principles of governance.

Honor student rips attendance plan
Regarding the Columbia County School Board's two new policies to encourage high school attendance: As a student at Evans High School, I strongly oppose both revisions. They are ridiculous and unnecessary. Anna Harris, Martinez

ACLU ignores monuments to ancient deities
Despite Hoyt Goodson's Sept. 10 praise of the American Civil Liberties Union for protecting our nation from any single religion's clutches, I can't help suspecting bias in the lawsuit challenging Augusta's Superior Court seal. Frank Hutto, Augusta

Why pay fee if he's unprotected?
I echo Thomas A. Heffernan's concerns about Columbia County's stormwater utility fees (letter, Sept. 8). E.G. Yrizarry, Grovetown

Is it a stormwater tax or fee?
The Chronicle's Sept. 16 article concerning the Columbia County school system's belief that it shouldn't have to pay the new stormwater fee is a perfect example of how the county government has failed to properly inform residents on this issue. Jim Murrah, Grovetown

Oust disruptive kids from classroom
I am a father of four normal children and am sick and tired of children with problems holding the classrooms hostage with bad behavior and disruptions of the learning experience. Robert Klein, Harlem

City charter needed
With Randy Oliver leaving for greener pastures next month, Augusta commissioners are in the market for a new city administrator. Certainly, as the Metro Chamber suggests, there should be a nationwide hunt to ensure the best person possible is hired.

Overtime

Foyt wins ASA pole

Stewart wins from pole

Sound off

Sound off letters

Overtime

Road into wetlands opens soon

Schools debate Napster ban
ATLANTA (AP) - As Napster's battle for survival resumes in a federal court, colleges and universities nationwide are issuing verdicts of their own on whether students will have access to the Internet music-swapping service.

Stadium-goers will preview wireless gadget
SAN FRANCISCO - Scoring tickets to a big game is a major coup - it sure beats watching on TV or listening in on the radio.

High schoolers have online options
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - For high school senior Sarah Dicke, getting to psychology class means walking up the stairs of her home, sitting down at her parents' computer and dialing up the Internet.

High schoolers have online options

Stadium-goers will preview wireless gadget

Schools debate Napster ban