St. Louis ready for playoffs

Playoff teams all have chance

Braves give away game 1

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Students have a lot to learn

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Technology issues fell sharply Tuesday after the Federal Reserve decided against raising interest rates but expressed concern about inflation.

Card logo prompts concerns
Bryan Quinsey is Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's executive director - the top gun as far as recruiting new industry.

Market growth predicted
Wall Street analysts are always bullish on the market's long-term performance. But Tuesday, John Connallon of Salomon Smith Barney said even the short-term outlook is good.

Women's boutique comes to Evans
A new women's clothing boutique will open soon in the area recently designated as Evans Town Center.

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

Company buys fuel franchise
An independent oil distributor announced Tuesday it has purchased a fleet fuel business from a company that just six months earlier acquired it from Boardman Petroleum Inc.

Card logo prompts concerns

Business briefs

Business briefs

Market growth predicted

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.

Bulldogs need win in Tennessee

Georgia Southern notebook

Gamecocks need win

Georgia and South Carolina notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

New judge needed

Literacy is no mark of character

Democrats are party of deceit

Sunset stormwater fee

Expects Clinton to pardon Pollard

North Augusta leadership praised

Likes candidate's dedication

Not impressed by S.C. state senator

Who's the dunce?

McDaniel would be a good trustee

Two mayoral faces

Writer wants wrongs righted

The U.S. is not a Christian country

Oil shortage blame question

City plays `dirty' with complainant

Abortion a bitter pill

Why soak only the homeowners?

Vote for Minchew

Fox is the best network for news network for news

Morality-deprived schools fail kids

Oil reserve dip perils U.S. security

Chides Columbia Co. developers

Deep-dish delight
This is a wonderful week in Augusta for food lovers: We can get great recipes and entertaining tips at the Southern Living Cooking School show Thursday, and we can dine on traditional Greek dishes at Greek Festival 2000 this weekend.

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

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

Cookbooks have big helpings of Southern tradition
For Dana Van Gieson, being Southern means swinging in her Grandmother Beannie's porch swing, climbing a crooked tree where each branch had a name, listening to the rain fall on the tin roof of her grandmother's old house, sitting in the rocking chair shelling peas and eating boiled peanuts.

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?

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.

Hole-in-one streak

Duval's next hurdle: Tiger

Tiltgen ready for season

Lynx notebook

Lynx newcomer weighing options

Training camp diary

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

Gov. Hodges to boost teacher salaries
NORTH AUGUSTA - Gov. Jim Hodges today promised to pay teachers the equivalent of the national average by the year 2006. ``We've asked our teachers to do more so it's only fair to pay them more,'' he 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.

Men sentenced for growing marijuana
The four men who had admitted taking part in running an elaborate marijuana-growing operation received prison sentences Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Augusta. Ronald William Hall, 50, who took responsibility Tuesday for being the force behind the operation and the one who drew the other men into the operation was sentenced to serve 84 months in prison.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Getting in the ring

Deep-dish delight

Inspiration helps keep dieter on track

In the know

In the know

Locals cheer on favorites

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.

Liquor license denied

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.

Estate plan hits snags

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

Locals cheer on favorites
Who won Tuesday's debate depends on whom you ask.

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

Convict: Cash craving led to crime
It wasn't a taste for marijuana or any addiction that led Ronald William Hall to set up an elaborate growing operation and enlist his son and two other men to help, Mr. Hall told the judge Tuesday.

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.

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.

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

Two face trial in shooting

Recruiting fortifies marching band

Sheriff delays report

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.

Across the area

Doctors urge breast cancer test
It might seem strange to hear Marilyn Bowles say she is fortunate when she has watched her hair come out in handfuls and she still is facing radiation therapy.

Candidates to field questions

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.

Report recommends demolition
After a year of discussion and revision, the Army Corps of Engineers still wants Congress to remove New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

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

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.

Board seeks change in tax law
Columbia County commissioners hope to use local option sales tax dollars for flood control and prevention.

Convict: Cash craving led to crime

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

Estate plan hits snags
AIKEN - A plan to turn the sagging Rose Hill estate into a posh retreat for people older than 60 is almost certain to run into problems with Aiken's Historic Preservation Commission.

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

Candidates to field questions
WARRENVILLE - It might not have the hype of the presidential debates, but a Candidate's Forum set for Thursday is the only public meeting scheduled between Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers and challenger Martin Posey.

Program for AIDS endorsed

Two face trial in shooting
Two men accused of committing a drive-by shooting that left one man dead and one wounded were indicted Tuesday.

Across the area

Across the area
A man suspected of invading the home of two handicapped men was indicted Tuesday with two of his relatives.

Showers boost yield of pecans

Attorney arrested for attempted rape
AIKEN - An Aiken attorney might be defending himself after his arrest for the alleged attempted rape of a former client during a car ride in July.

Possible Wal-Mart dismays residents

Board OKs use of search company
Hoping to speed the hiring of a new city administrator, the Augusta Commission consented Tuesday to use an executive search company to find Randy Oliver's replacement.

State courts reverse judge's decisions

Hodges lays out plan

Sheriff delays report
Richmond County Sheriff Charlie Webster said Tuesday he still is not ready to release an internal affairs report concerning $800 in cash that vanished off a dead Navy Seaman last year.

Doctors urge breast cancer test

Merriwether voters attend forum

AIDS epidemic changes race

Funding by board attacked

Gov. Hodges to boost teacher salaries

New panel to debate bond issue

JROTC works toward banner performance
Despite her light-hearted smiley-face shades, Midland Valley High School freshman Casey Patterson remains stone-faced while marching with the school's Naval Junior ROTC squad as they work on their flag presentation.

Gift request gets rebuke

Board seeks change in tax law

Board OKs use of search company

JROTC works toward banner performance

Hodges lays out plan
NORTH AUGUSTA - Gov. Jim Hodges' plan to raise teacher pay to the U.S. average by 2006 played to mixed reviews Tuesday at Paul Knox Middle School.

Report recommends demolition

Liquor license denied
Curtis Baptist Church Pastor Mark Harris made believers out of an Augusta Commission majority Tuesday afternoon.

AIDS epidemic changes race
ATLANTA - In the two decades since AIDS was first identified, the majority of newly infected people has shifted from white men to Hispanics and blacks.

Phone Poll

Hawks hungry for victory

Coming to Internet: NFL broadcasts

Falcons have long way to go

Mrs. Joanne Hampson
Mrs. Joanne B. Hampson, 63, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.

Mr. William Stephens
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. William Benjamin Stephens, 58, of Sweetwater Community, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Liberty Regional Hospital, Hinesville, Ga.

Mr. Tommy Edwards
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Mr. Tommy Edwards, 47, of Hancock Street, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Caldonia Hospital.

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

Mrs. Pauline Poole
MATTHEWS, Ga. - Mrs. Pauline Hillis Poole, 77, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Keysville Nursing Home, Keysville.

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

Mrs. Joann Boatright
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Joann Johnson Boatright, 71, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

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.

Mrs. Roxie Calloway
AIKEN - Mrs. Roxie Dellinger Calloway, 73, of Heathwood Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. James Johnson
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Mr. James Johnson, 88, of Whitethorne Avenue, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Alfonso Dawson
ATLANTA - Mr. Alfonso Dawson died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000.

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

Mr. Marshall Ganus
Mr. Marshall F. Ganus, 84, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Blair Shouse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mrs. Libby Hagins
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Libby Braswell Hagins, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Lillie Gordon
JAMAICA, N.Y. - Mrs. Lillie Bell Gordon, 75, of 116th Avenue, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Parkway Hospital, Forest Hills.

Mr. James Hicks
ALBANY, Ga. - Mr. James W. ``Jim'' Hicks, 68, of Christopher Cove Road, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ruth Hall
LANGLEY - Mrs. Ruth Chalker Hall, 78, of Pecan Street, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Frederick Flynn
BELVEDERE - Mr. Frederick L. Flynn, 80, of Hampton Circle, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Henry Branham Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Henry Kinzey Branham Sr., 69, of Branham Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at his residence.

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.

Mr. Wendel Crutchfield
STAPLETON, Ga. - Mr. Wendel Crutchfield, 53, of Deerwood Circle, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Trudy Jenkins
KITE, Ga. - Mrs. Trudy S. Jenkins, 89, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Emanuel County Hospital, Swainsboro.

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

Kirby Williams
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Kirby Christopher Williams, infant son of Michael and Gwendolyn Sanders Williams, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

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

Mrs. Loulie Dunn
Mrs. Loulie P. Dunn, 96, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.

Mrs. Mattie Williams
AIKEN - Mrs. Mattie R. Williams, 59, of Newberry Street Northeast, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Ellen Walker
AIKEN - Mrs. Ellen Walker, 80, of Edgefield Avenue, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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. Evelyn Smith
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Evelyn Pearson Smith, 82, of Old Waynesboro Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Seigler
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Seigler, 77, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Kelly Kizer

Mrs. Sarah Pearson

Mrs. Mary Seigler

Mrs. Dora Bruer

Mrs. Joanne Hampson

Mr. James Hicks

Mr. Tommy Edwards

Mrs. Trudy Jenkins

Mrs. Betty Craig

Mrs. Mattie Williams

Mrs. Lucille Reddick

Mr. Marshall Ganus

Mr. Lester Jarvey

Mrs. Ellen Walker

Mr. James Johnson

Mrs. Rita Shmerling

Kirby Williams

Mr. Hyland Bunn

Mrs. Ruth Hall

Ms. Victoria Jones

Mrs. Dorothy Tavizon

Mr. Eugene Ross

Mr. Willie Evans

Mrs. Joann Boatright

Mr. William Stephens

Mrs. Loulie Dunn

Mr. Hoyt Shead

Mrs. Libby Hagins

Mr. H.L. Cox

Mr. Alfonso Dawson

Mrs. Lillie Gordon

Mr. Paul McMahon

Mr. Gary Yost

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

Literacy is no mark of character
I applaud the editorial, ``Literacy is the key,'' that was in the Sept. 8 Chronicle. Sadly, however, although literacy may provide the carriage, it is the human elements of character that determine the direction that this power takes. Joseph E. Cook, Martinez

New judge needed
Help may be on the way for the Augusta Judicial Circuit's seven busy judges.

City plays `dirty' with complainant
Some weeks ago my neighbor complained of a drainage problem to Augusta officials. Rainwater washing down C&S Drive was taking some of his lawn with it. The city apparently felt some responsibility, and sent a few tons of dirt in the man's direction. C. Beasley. Augusta

Fox is the best network for news network for news
Everyone should watch Fox News, especially from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., if you want to find out the real truth concerning this election. A. Bugg, Hephzibah

Morality-deprived schools fail kids
Administrators and legislators cannot change what is fundamentally wrong with the public school system. The problem is not, necessarily, a church-state, racial or political issue. It is a morality-deprived social issue, and our children are victims of our own apathy. Lynn Gilmore, Martinez

Vote for Minchew
As a Westside parent, I concur with Mrs. Newhall's Sept. 22 endorsement letter of Helen Minchew for the District 10 school board seat. Penny Strader, Augusta

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

Two mayoral faces
In the aftermath of the infamous trip to Washington by Augusta Commissioners Willie Mays, Lee Beard and Marion Williams to defend former Fire Chief Ronnie Few as the victim of a white racist conspiracy, the fallout continues.

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.''

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

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

The U.S. is not a Christian country
Ignorance is anti-Semitic. For letter writer R. Parker's information, if heshe can process it, no money or position in the world will ever give me the opportunity to know my grandparents, uncles, aunts or cousins who were all taken to the gas chambers. Edie Rubin, 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

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

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

Abortion a bitter pill
The Food and Drug Administration has taken America down the slippery slope by approving the first drug in history that was created for the sole purpose of ending human life.

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

Expects Clinton to pardon Pollard
Recently Jonathan Pollard's wife was interviewed in Canada and poured forth her ``Woe is me'' tale about her husband being in jail. Richard Wilson, Aiken

Writer wants wrongs righted
The first wrong I want to mention is the fund-raiser done by Al Gore. It bothers me that we have a top official sitting in the White House who says, ``I sure as hell don't recall'' being told that a 1996 Buddhist temple event was a Democratic fund-raiser. To top this off, Attorney General Janet Reno would not launch an investigation into this wrongdoing. Shirley J. Johnson, Millen

Not impressed by S.C. state senator
I have always voted for South Carolina state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater as I always respected his judgment. In the upcoming election I will vote against him. Dave Hill, Aiken S.C.

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

McDaniel would be a good trustee
Mildred McDaniel, a candidate for Augusta's Board of Education at-large District 9 seat, and an educator for more than 33 years, believes in working positively and constructively with the other trustees, parents and students. Helen S. Godbee, Augusta

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

Overtime

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.

Countdown begins for 100th launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA clocks began counting down early Tuesday for the 100th space shuttle flight, a space station construction mission.

Doctors urge breast cancer test
It might seem strange to hear Marilyn Bowles say she is fortunate when she has watched her hair come out in handfuls and she still is facing radiation therapy.

Xtreme style

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

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

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 advice: Others' catty comments should just be ignored

Mental health problems underestimated