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

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.

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

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.

Braves notebook

Braves-Cards at a glance

Mets-Giants at a glance

Playoff teams all have chance

Braves lose season finale

St. Louis ready for playoffs

Braves notebook

Students have a lot to learn

Firms putting faith to work

Consolidation gives power to group

Book examines trends in speculation

Augusta appeal is growing

Radio station manager stalks success

Companies vie for high-profile pitchmen

Kiosks push sellers into the retail world

Briefcase

Brannen: Warning signs can help transition

Moore: Food industry evolves with tastes

Business briefs

Cover story: Conspicuous consumption

Area faces job cutback
Unless a major new employer comes to town, job growth in the Augusta-Aiken area likely will slow down next year along with growth in the rest of the country, a regional economist for First Union Corp. said Monday.

Hungry for more

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stock prices were mixed Monday as investors worried about corporate profits and the moderating economy once again unloaded technology issues.

Marketing method teaches consumers

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

Important games approaching

Gamecocks need win

North Augusta leadership praised

Clinton-Gore team is a risky scheme

What's next? Dirty air utility?

Oil reserve dip perils U.S. security

Why pay fee if he's unprotected?

Democrats are party of deceit

Who's the dunce?

Music Hall of Fame too risque for kids

Area becoming a concrete jungle?

Chides Columbia Co. developers

Distorting reality

Claims her point misunderstood

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

Why soak only the homeowners?

Sunset stormwater fee

Oil shortage blame question

Likes candidate's dedication

Bill encourages savings

Boosts Barnes for school board

City charter needed

Getting in the ring
Linda De La Paz likes to try new workouts and activities to keep from getting bored with her exercise regimen.

Inspiration helps keep dieter on track
A new trainer has given LaSaundria Walker a new outlook on exercise.

In the know
DESSERT DECISIONS: According to a survey by the makers of Comstock and Wilderness fruit pie filling and dessert toppings, nearly half - 47.2 percent - of men and women said ice cream is their favorite dessert.

Duval a winner again

Duval's next hurdle: Tiger

Lynx notebook

Thrashes draw with Blues

Lynx newcomer weighing options

Revamed Lynx open camp

Students have a lot to learn
They're cracking down on campus.

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

Grand jury criticizes county commissioners
The Richmond County Special Grand Jury has issued a report criticizing county commissioners for the way they spend taxpayer dollars on indigent care at University Hospital.

Inspiration helps keep dieter on track

Getting in the ring

In the know

Showers boost yield of pecans
A pecan network runs across the Southern states, and Francis Tracy stays tapped in.

Bike medic rides to rescue

Students have a lot to learn
They're cracking down on campus.

Across the area
WAYNESBORO - Divers recovered the gun investigators suspect was used to kill Theodore Hicks, 29, whose body was found Friday behind a burning home in a secluded area of Burke County, Sheriff Greg Coursey said.

State courts reverse judge's decisions
Finding that his actions had violated the rights of two people in unrelated cases Monday, the state's Court of Appeals and Supreme Court reversed the chief judge of the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Voter influx encourages GOP

Across the area

Humane society opens shelter

Recruiting fortifies marching band

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.

Phone Poll

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.

Recruiting fortifies marching band
ATHENS, Ga. - As the former top high school tuba player in Maryland, Phillip Walters has heard his share of jokes about tubby musicians and foul-sounding musical notes.

Feds cite backlog in SRS weapons tests
Among numerous problems plaguing the nation's nuclear-weapons stockpile is a backlog of tests to be performed at Savannah River Site, according to federal auditors

Funding by board attacked

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.

Merriwether voters attend forum
MERRIWETHER, S.C. - Edgefield County's first political forum turned out Monday to be more of a discussion than a debate.

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

Meetings still open in prayer

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.

Across the area

Showers boost yield of pecans

Anti-abortionists rally

Program for AIDS endorsed

Feds cite backlog in SRS weapons tests

Possible Wal-Mart dismays residents

Program for AIDS endorsed
ATLANTA - Even though nearly all American teen-agers have received some instruction about preventing AIDS, more should be done through programs that reach them in small groups outside of school, a new federal report says.

State courts reverse judge's decisions

Gift request gets rebuke
SAVANNAH - Chatham County employees were asking fleet customers to play Santa Claus for their holiday party - until Tax Commissioner Danny Powers pulled the plug on the idea.

Gift request gets rebuke

New panel to debate bond issue

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.

Merriwether voters attend forum

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

Phone Poll
Who do you think did better in tonight's debate: Republican candidate George W. Bush or Democrat Al Gore?

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.

New panel to debate bond issue
MCCORMICK, S.C. - The school facilities referendum that twice backfired here is not dead yet.

County discusses need for sidewalks

Debate will be tonight

Funding by board attacked
A special grand jury report issued Monday afternoon derides the Augusta Commission for being uninformed about funding for the city's indigent care program at University Hospital.

One dies when Jeep flips

Possible Wal-Mart dismays residents
Before rumors of a Wal-Mart coming to the Evans Town Center are confirmed, area residents are joining forces to oppose it.

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.

Divers search pond for possible weapon

Hawks hungry for victory

Falcons notebook

Eagles rout Falcons

Falcons have long way to go

Panthers lose in OT

Mrs. Kelly Kizer
BAMBERG, S.C. - Mrs. Kelly Thompson Kizer, 39, of River Birch Road, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Sarah Pearson
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah W. Hunt Pearson, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Hyland Bunn
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Hyland Clifford Bunn, 73, of Georgia Highway 17 East, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

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

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

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

Mr. H.L. Cox
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. H.L. Cox, 77, of Lake Avenue, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at University 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.

Mr. Robert Cooney
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Robert Lawrence Cooney, 84, of Glenwood Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Lester Jarvey
Mr. Lester R. Jarvey, 65, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. Willie Evans
ATLANTA - Mr. Willie Joe ``Snook'' Evans, 73, of South Gordon Street, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000.

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

Mrs. Lucille Reddick
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Cullen Reddick, 76, of Brentwood Drive, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Rita Shmerling
Mrs. S. Rita Shmerling, 80, of Evans, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

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. James Hicks
ALBANY, Ga. - Mr. James W. ``Jim'' Hicks, 68, of Christopher Cove Road, died Monday, Oct. 2, 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.

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

Mr. Eugene Ross
LAS VEGAS - Mr. Eugene ``Gene'' R. Ross, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at The Meadows Home.

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

Mrs. Josephine Smith
WAGENER - Mrs. Josephine Hall Smith, 77, of Festival Trail Road, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Ms. Victoria Jones
BRUNSON, S.C. - Ms. Victoria Adams Jones, 30, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Hoyt Shead
AIKEN - Mr. Hoyt Shead, 54, of Wire Road, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Paul McMahon
PALM CITY, Fla. - Mr. Paul H. McMahon, 67, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Martin Memorial Medical Center, Stuart.

Mr. Gary Yost
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Gary Eugene Yost, 54, of Toby Creek Road, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000.

Mrs. Dora Bruer
Mrs. Dora Taylor Bruer, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Jennings Healthcare Center.

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

Mr. Paul McMahon

Mrs. Callie Harris

Mr. Hyland Bunn

Mr. Marion Page

Mrs. Dora Bruer

John Peacock

Mrs. Lucille Reddick

Mr. H.L. Cox

Abby Bowen

Mrs. Carolyn Red

Ms. Victoria Jones

Mr. Kenneth Jenkins

Mr. Willie Evans

Mr. Brent Caneega

Mrs. Sarah Pearson

Mr. George Willis

Mrs. Rita Shmerling

Mrs. Dorothy Tavizon

Mr. Eugene Ross

Mrs. Margaret Pitman

Mr. Gary Yost

Mr. Lester Jarvey

Mr. Hoyt Shead

Mrs. Betty Craig

Miss Julia Clark

Mrs. Dorothy Tavizon

Mrs. Frances Craig

Mrs. Kelly Kizer

Mr. Leon Thompson

Mr. James Hicks

Sydney anything but subdued

Locals enjoy Aussie hospitality

Postcard from Sydney

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

Sunset stormwater fee
President Bill Clinton says Americans should not ``let the perfect be the enemy of the good.''

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.

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.

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

Oil reserve dip perils U.S. security
Al Gore asked Bill Clinton to dip into our oil reserves and take several million barrels. Like Mr. Clinton, Gore is pursuing short-term political gain at the cost of long-term damage to our national security. Roger P. Nelms, Aiken

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

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.

Sydney gets the gold
International Olympic Committee head Juan Antonio Samaranch got it right when he pronounced the Sydney games ``the best games ever.''

Oil shortage blame question
Some time back the Clinton-Gore administration announced it expected a heating oil shortage this winter. They now tell us that heating oil supplies are extremely low in the tank farms of oil suppliers in the northeast U.S. The next step was the plan to release oil from the strategic reserve in November at a rate that only increases oil availability by about 5.5 percent of daily usage for one month. Gene England, Aiken

Likes candidate's dedication
I support Richmond County school board candidate Brad Owens. Mr. Owens and I work together and have become good friends. I want the people of his district to know that they couldn't find a more dedicated person to serve them. Ray Cotten, Appling

'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

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

North Augusta leadership praised
I am glad to see someone with a vision concerning the use of the Savannah River. It seems only North Augusta and the five industries that use the river know it's a valuable regional asset. Ronald G. Swank, Blythe

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

Columbia Co. tax unfair
Re the Columbia County stormwater tax: Linda S. Strohman, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who's the dunce?
The New York Times Magazine recently ran an article about how the comedy culture, aided and abetted by leftist punditry, has stereotyped presidential candidates Al Gore as ``stiff and boring'' and George W. Bush as ``dumb as a dunce.''

Democrats are party of deceit
The party of deceit is out to misinform, distort, and spin its way to the White House again. Having been raised a Democrat, I am ashamed at what has happened to the party of my immigrant grandparents. John E. Gallagher, Augusta

Chides Columbia Co. developers
I have read with interest letters and editorials about the predictable arrival of the stormwater utility fees. Many builders and developers used to ignore the fact that excess runoff water from their developments would cause an increased flood problem. Well, now, the homeowners are saddled with the repair bill. S.G. von Schweinitz, Appling

Why soak only the homeowners?
Why not water homeowners, builders and developers from the same bucket? The policy Columbia County now has in place soaks only the homeowners for storm water runoff that starts with developers and builders. Ralph Montigny Jr., Grovetown

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

Overtime

Overtime

Stewart wins from pole

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
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.

Mental health problems underestimated
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- While most Americans believe mental health problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression and anxiety disorder can be diagnosed in children, most significantly underestimate their prevalence in children.

Xtreme style

The higher cost of learning
Five dollars here, five dollars there. ... it may not seem like much, but some high school students feel like they're being nickeled and dimed to death.

Xtreme style
THE FACTS: Frank J. Maddox III, 14, a freshman at Laney High School.

Xtreme advice: Others' catty comments should just be ignored

Xtreme advice: Others' catty comments should just be ignored
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: ''It seems like every time I wear something to school, other girls have something to say about it. Even the smallest thing, like the spot on my shirt. Should I confront them or ignore it?''14-year-old North Augusta girl

Mental health problems underestimated

Schools debate Napster ban

High schoolers have online options