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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Braves-Cards at a glance

Braves notebook

Braves succeed despite controversy, key injuries

Mets-Giants at a glance

Braves lose season finale

Braves notebook

Moniker mix-ups avoidable

Brannen: Warning signs can help transition

Briefcase

Hungry for more

Area banks branch out

Companies vie for high-profile pitchmen

On the move

Radio station manager stalks success

Consolidation gives power to group

Firms putting faith to work

Business calendar

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

Pocket change

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.

Augusta appeal is growing

Kiosks push sellers into the retail world

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.

Moore: Food industry evolves with tastes

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

Book examines trends in speculation

Marketing method teaches consumers

Cover story: Conspicuous consumption

Eagles trounce VMI

Georgia Tech notebook

Bulldogs return to form

Clemson notebook

South Carolina notebook

Gamecocks handed first loss

Tech tops N.C. State

Important games approaching

Clemson tops Duke

Georgia notebook

Distorting reality

It's self-defense

What's next? Dirty air utility?

Boosts Barnes for school board

Why pay fee if he's unprotected?

City charter needed

Clinton-Gore team is a risky scheme

Raps veto

Music Hall of Fame too risque for kids

Note reasons for Lake Thurmond

Bill encourages savings

Is it a stormwater tax or fee?

Character, not color

Vote out Columbia Co. Commission

Religious understanding, respect urged

Area becoming a concrete jungle?

Fetus death charge confuses reader

Aiken's $4 lifesaver

Lying Clintons held in contempt

Oust disruptive kids from classroom

ACLU ignores monuments to ancient deities

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

Claims her point misunderstood

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.

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.

Arts calendar
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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.

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.

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?

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.

Maggert takes two-stroke lead

Duval a winner again

Week's best in prep football

'New Faces of 2000' opens at civic center

Thrashes draw with Blues

Revamed Lynx open camp

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.

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.

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

Scientists still captivated by early humans

Home reflects a blending of lifestyles

Arts calendar

Acapulco strives to recover as tourist mecca

Captive Audience

Usual suspects, usual shows

Mother of bride deserves preference

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.

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.

One dies when Jeep flips

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.

Education plans key in upcoming election

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.

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.

Town's first festival gets mixed reviews

Police arrest two cousins in homicide

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.

County tax bills will be delayed

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.

Quality education on list of concerns

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.

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.

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.

Humane society opens shelter

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

Bike medic rides to rescue

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.

Anti-abortionists rally

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.

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.

Voter influx encourages GOP

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.

Bulldogs return to form

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.

Support an issue for race

Divers search pond for possible weapon

Across the area

Meetings still open in prayer

Area might get another judge

Debate will be tonight

2 men face charges in murder case

County discusses need for sidewalks

Charter's purchase examined

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.

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.

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

Across the area

Falcons' special teams are tops

Eagles rout Falcons

Falcons notebook

Panthers lose in OT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Hubert Skinner

John Peacock

Mr. Marion Page

Mrs. Margaret Pitman

Mr. Jerry McElveen

Mr. James Anderson

Mrs. Nellie Wise

Mrs. Frances Craig

Mrs. Callie Harris

Mr. Leon Thompson

Mrs. Emma Peck

Mrs. Dorothy Tavizon

Mr. Lonnie VanDyke

Mr. George Willis

Ms. Betty Garnett

Mr. Brent Caneega

Miss Julia Clark

Mr. Kenneth Jenkins

Mrs. Carolyn Red

Abby Bowen

Postcards from Sydney

Sydney Harbour provides smooth sailing for competitors

U.S. wrestler takes silver medal in controversial match

Locals enjoy Aussie hospitality

Postcard from Sydney

U.S. wins women's basketball gold

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

'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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Overtime

Sound off

Sound off letters

Stewart wins from pole

Foyt wins ASA pole

Overtime

Road into wetlands opens soon

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.

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.

High schoolers have online options

Stadium-goers will preview wireless gadget

Schools debate Napster ban