Songs of praise
The women of the Sisters in the Spirit tour are breaking down the boundaries of gospel music.

Mini Theatre is keeping vision of its founder alive
The wood-paneled hallway at the Augusta Mini Theatre on Eighth Street serves as a museum of sorts.

Event calendar
Here is a listing of local events and attractions.

'Barber' singers cut fine figures in comic opera

Mini Theatre is keeping vision of its founder alive

Guitarist should stick to pick

Applause calendar

Ramblin' Rhodes

Ramblin' Rhodes
The Lewis Family's old song - Won't It Be a Happy Time? - comes to mind in thinking about a dinner honoring America's ``First Family of Bluegrass Gospel'' music.

'Barber' singers cut fine figures in comic opera
Witty, lively and delightful best describe the Augusta Opera's 34th season opener, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) at the Imperial Theatre.

Songs of praise

Slim Goodbody wants kids to feel happy
It's rare for a performer to be featured in consecutive years in the Augusta Symphony's Publix Family Series concerts.

Guitarist should stick to pick
It's 1973, and I have the dial turned up to a Spinal Tap 11-level on my tinny fold-up Fisher stereo system, the better to leave my ears ringing as guitar guru Robin Trower evokes the spirit of Jimi Hendrix with his first solo album, Twice Removed From Yesterday.

From Hercules to Hardy

From Hercules to Hardy
Festivals this weekend celebrate a foreign culture and an area celebrity.

Club calendar

Applause calendar
Here is a listing of events and shows in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Event calendar

Club calendar
Here is a listing of local clubs and their events.

James Brown feels good about local show

James Brown feels good about local show
There are soul singers and rhythm and blues artists and funk musicians - and then there is James Brown.

Slim Goodbody wants kids to feel happy

Play mirrors life for mom, daughter

Play mirrors life for mom, daughter
See if you can keep up with this: In Moon Over Buffalo, Angie and Julie Fitzgerald, a mother and daughter from Aiken who act for pleasure, play Charlotte and Roz Hay, a mother and daughter whose greatest pleasure is acting.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Braves have faith in Glavine

Braves drop game 2

Sleep gives little rest to weary

Tires from Aiken draw complaints
COLUMBIA - Federal investigators have received complaints about a tire brand that is manufactured at the Firestone plant in Aiken.

Mining company confirms sale
It could be a matter of weeks, or it could be a good bit longer before Hecla Mining Co. sells its Kentucky-Tennessee Clay Co. subsidiary. But a company executive confirms a sale will happen.

Recall scrutiny at quarter mark
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted Thursday that the investigation into approximately 47 million Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness tires is one-fourth complete.

Mining company confirms sale

Company plans no changes
The company set to acquire Cumulus Media Inc.'s cluster of Augusta stations said it plans no personnel or format changes when the deal closes in the fourth quarter.

Business briefs

Panelists clash in radio debate

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks closed mostly lower Thursday, ending the market's brief respite from a monthlong selloff.

Panelists clash in radio debate
A panel discussion of local radio representatives turned into a heated philosophical debate Thursday with this week's announcement of station ownership changes serving as background.

Retired BBB president dies
Less than a week after retiring as president of the Augusta Better Business Bureau, Jere L. Bennett died Wednesday from a heart attack at University Hospital. He was 66.

Recall scrutiny at quarter mark

Fiamm opens area factory
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - The ceremonial ribbon was snipped in Waynesboro on Thursday, as Fiamm Technologies officially opened its $30 million battery factory in Burke County.

Tires from Aiken draw complaints

Factory escapes Owens Corning woe

Retired BBB president dies

Prayon VIPs visit new home
With American and Belgian flags flying in the background, executives for Prayon Inc. posed for photos Wednesday in front of their newly acquired phosphate plant in Augusta.

Company plans no changes

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Blue chips led Wall Street higher Wednesday, lifting the Nasdaq composite index to its first positive finish this week despite a continuing slide in technology stocks.

Prayon VIPs visit new home

Business briefs

Factory escapes Owens Corning woe
Apparently, there will be no local ripples from the bankruptcy protection filing made Thursday by Owens Corning, which is a 49 percent owner of Aiken-based Advanced Glassfiber Yarn LLC.

Carter: Tennessee like any other game

Clemson notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

Bulldogs' ground game picks up

ACC notebook

Clemson striving for perfection

Tearing down tradition

SEC notebook

South Carolina notebook

College football TV schedule

Georgia and South Carolina notebook

Dump Dorsey

College football radio schedule

Georgia Tech notebook

Pay up, Exxon

Reader looks ahead 25 years

Replace Coverdell with Mattingly

Free exercise of religion guaranteed

S.C. bipartisanship

TV news exec admits error

Librarians help kids find porno

Minchew her pick for school board

Election still even

Backs Dobey for Edgefield sheriff

MOX a bad plan for health, safety

Jurors' wrong target

License inconsistencies

Supports former fire chief Few

Finds partial birth abortion appalling

`Non-profit' plays curious politics

Election of Gore would be ungodly

Garden for the soul
The botanical garden in the back yard of Russell and Claudia Shearer's Canebrake Court home is the result of much work and little planning.

Capsules
Tell someone they have the intelligence of a slime mold and you will actually be giving them a compliment.

Mysterious tree has a long history in America
A woman came into my office a few weeks ago to see if I could identify an unusual fruit she had picked from a tree by the roadside.

Pick the right shoe for the job
You can cheat on your workout and you can cheat on your diet. But if you value sports and fitness, you can't afford to cheat on your feet.

In the know
Speaking of a seal of approval, George magazine says that the National Rifle Association, seeking to counter support for gun control, has begun offering new members who send in a $25 sign-up fee a silver bullet engraved with NRA president Charlton Heston's autograph.

Teams get boost in Solheim Cup

Begay returns to defends title

Carolina notebook

Playing the numbers game

Georgia notebook

North Augusta's Reggie Merriweather

Game schedule

On the radio

Breaking it down

Albert gives 100 percent

Diary: Excitement builds

Lynx notebook

Rookie makes good first impression

Lynx notebook

Diary: First cuts approaching

Size a concern for Lynx brass

Sleep gives little rest to weary
I hate to admit this, but sometimes I have a tendency to nod off.

One person killed in five-vehicle wreck
A five-vehicle wreck on Bobby Jones Expressway killed a Hephzibah man and injured three other people Wednesday morning. Glenn Miles, 54, was killed instantly when he was thrown from his pickup truck when it crossed the median and collided with an oncoming car after being struck from behind by another car, said Richmond County Deputy Assistant Coroner Mark Brown. Shannon Bentley, 25, another driver involved in the wreck, was in stable condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital late Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Woman may face more charges
Two days after a Georgia appeals court ordered a woman's release from jail because a judge had violated her rights, her attorney learned of a new warrant for her arrest. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Mysterious tree has a long history in America

Garden for the soul

Capsules

Pick the right shoe for the job

In the know

Fire job divides panel 2-2

Across the area

Council weighs zoning petition
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - A circuit judge could decide whether a petition with more than 2,000 signatures should warrant a referendum on zoning.

Residents question rezoning request
Jeff Meyer and the residents of Hardy Pointe subdivision have been burned before.

Across the area
The prosecutor's main witness against an Augusta lawyer convicted of murder, a witness who testified he would continue to forge checks when he got out of prison, pleaded guilty to forgery Thursday.

Aiken rethinks road's safety
AIKEN - When Highland Park golf course opened for play in 1912, it was one of Aiken's placid places, and the winding road accommodated carriages, horseless and otherwise, with simple grace and charm.

Across the area

Gator granted solace
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Haven Barnhill doesn't mind getting close enough to a 200-pound alligator to feel its breath against his face.

Rail planners foresee high costs
ATLANTA - Proposed commuter rail lines linking Atlanta with Athens and Macon are going to cost a lot more than previously thought, but they also are likely to have a lot more riders, several rail consultants said Thursday.

Children flown to aid
Zooming his toy airplane through the air while sitting on his living room couch, 4-year-old Andrew Rogers of Evans turned to his mom and laughed.

Seeking 10 undecided voters
Are you undecided? If you're a registered voter who has yet to decide on a candidate in the Nov. 7 presidential election, The Augusta Chronicle wants your input. The Chronicle is seeking 10 undecided voters to watch the Oct. 11 debate between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Grand jury indicts 2nd time
Two days after a Georgia appellate court ordered a woman's release from jail because a judge had violated her rights, her attorney learned of a new warrant for her arrest.

Half of pupils admit smoking

Woman may face more charges

Man boycotts over barbecue ban
ATHENS, Ga. - For two weeks, Maurice's Barbecue Sauce has been off the shelves of some Georgia stores because of its owner's views on slavery and his support of the Confederate battle flag.

Voter drive comes to Augusta

Hospital sees new job cuts
A final round of layoffs and job reassignments should be enough for St. Joseph Hospital to get on its feet, officials said Wednesday.

Statutory rapist requests leniency

Dead birds help monitor illness
SAVANNAH - A dead bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush to the Chatham County Health Department.

Grand jury indicts 2nd time

Group funds Morehouse students
The Rev. Otis Moss Jr. challenged his audience to guard the future of the black community by nurturing children and carefully choosing leadership.

Children flown to aid

Across the area
FAIRFAX - A judge has issued a gag order in the case of Carolyn Jones, the Fairfax woman charged with burying her baby alive last month, authorities said Wednesday.

State may scrutinize teen traffic death
Underage drinking at a Beech Island keg party likely contributed to the weekend traffic death of a Aiken teen, authorities said Thursday.

Weapon gets teen arrested
A student at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School was arrested after allegedly bringing a broken steak knife to school this week and threatening to stab another student with it, school officials said Wednesday.

Fire job divides panel 2-2
Katrice Bryant was the first public information officer for Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

Voter drive comes to Augusta
It was motivation enough for 51 students to sing gospel selections at 6 a.m. in a chilly parking lot Wednesday.

Educators swap ideas

Penny tax could replace utility fee
It's the light bulb that never turned on: During three years of intense discussion of stormwater problems in Columbia County, officials never thought about changing state law.

Booklet called a good idea
When thousands of people fleeing Hurricane Floyd flowed into the city last year, the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau was flooded with calls and questions.

Poll results
The Augusta Chronicle readers voted on who they thought did better in Tuesday's debate:

Educators swap ideas
ATLANTA - Teachers from across the state convened Thursday in Atlanta, shopping for new ways to better engage pupils in classroom learning.

Statutory rapist requests leniency
Getting 10 years' probation for two statutory rape convictions was too much for a soon-to-be discharged soldier Wednesday.

Poll questions anger GOP
ATLANTA - Republicans complained Thursday that surveys conducted by the Georgia Democratic Party are intended to smear GOP candidates.

One dies, one charged in collision
A five-vehicle wreck on Bobby Jones Expressway killed a Hephzibah man and injured four other people Wednesday morning.

Audit finds finances in order
An audit of Augusta-Richmond County government's financial statements showed that although the city's finances are in order, the city's finance department is troubled and steadily deteriorating.

One person killed in five-vehicle wreck

Penny tax could replace utility fee

Council weighs zoning petition

Poll questions anger GOP

Inquiry fails to find missing cash

Man boycotts over barbecue ban

Group funds Morehouse students

Weapon gets teen arrested

Rail planners foresee high costs

Dead birds help monitor illness

One dies, one charged in collision

Residents question rezoning request

Poll results

Audit finds finances in order

Inquiry fails to find missing cash
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department's yearlong investigation into $800 missing from a wreck victim did not turn up enough hard evidence to press charges against a deputy, or anyone else, the district attorney's office has ruled.

Aiken rethinks road's safety

State may scrutinize teen traffic death

Half of pupils admit smoking
More than half of Georgia's middle school pupils have smoked or chewed tobacco products, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday.

Carruth attorneys attack witness

Rookies getting chance to shine

Mr. Theodore Hicks
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Theodore T. Hicks, of Coleman Lane, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, in Burke County.

Miss Lizzie Echols
Miss Lizzie Maude Echols, 99, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.

Mr. Jack Barber
Mr. Jack Barber, 74, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Marguerite Brown
AIKEN - Mrs. Marguerite Thomas Brown, 78, of Whiskey Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at her residence.

Miss Louise Drayton
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Miss Louise Drayton, 54, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Rodney Grandy Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Rodney Leon Grandy Jr., retired Exxon Corp. executive, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at his residence. Mr. Grandy, of Magnolia Lake Road, was 68.

Mrs. Catherine Lacy
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Catherine Fortson Lacy, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000.

Mrs. Blanche Tutt
Mrs. Blanche Tutt, 97, of Hernlen Street, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Melba Jones
Mrs. Melba Waller Jones, 62, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Harold House
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. Harold B. House, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Diane Burke
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Diane Sherrod Burke, 49, of Georgian Avenue, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Eileen Bartos
Mrs. Eileen L. ``Micki'' Bartos, 69, of Waccamaw Drive, Martinez, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Eugene Dukes Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Eugene Dukes Sr., 69, of Burton's Ferry Highway, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Hampton Regional Hospital.

Ms. Deborah Finkle
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Ms. Deborah Lynn Finkle, 43, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Marie Heggs
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Marie S. Heggs, 91, of Washington Manor, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000.

Mr. Charles Wilcher Sr.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charles Wright Wilcher Sr., 75, died Wednesday, Oct.4, 2000.

Mr. Daniel Opalewski Sr.
CLEARWATER - Mr. Daniel M. Opalewski Sr., 73, of Center Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Bailey Jr.
CLEARWATER - Mr. Charles ``Charlie'' Bailey Jr., 79, of Belvedere Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Diane Burke
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Diane Sherrod Burke, 49, of Georgian Avenue, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Hooper
GROVETOWN - Mr. James Isome Hooper, 86, of Annie Laurie Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas Williams Sr.
Mr. Thomas Q. Williams Sr., of Old Savannah Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Jeanette McNorrill
Mrs. Sara Jeanette Crawford McNorrill, 79, of Wheeler Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Leon Lewis
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Mr. Leon W. Lewis, 93, of Mount Olivet Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Metter Nursing Home, Metter.

Mrs. Violet Allen
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Violet Peeples Allen, 93, of Church Road, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Wilcher Sr.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charles Wright Wilcher Sr., 75, died Wednesday, Oct.4, 2000.

Mrs. Margret Harrison
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Margret C. Harrison, 52, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Louis Morrell Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Louis Morrell Sr., 56, of Bell Road, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.

Mrs. Eloise Thurman
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Eloise Farrar Thurman, 84, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, in Conyers.

Mr. John Barnes Sr.
Mr. John T. ``Redd'' Barnes Sr., 74, of London Boulevard, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Nell Kirkland
BAMBERG, S.C. - Mrs. Nell M. Kirkland, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Harter Nursing Center, Fairfax.

Mrs. Floy Lanier
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Mrs. Floy Daughtry Lanier, 95, of Second Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Bay View Nursing Center.

Mr. Clarence Rickerson
RIVERVIEW, Fla. - Mr. Clarence Herlon Rickerson, 53, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Hermann Hospital, Houston.

Mr. Keith Phillips
AIKEN - Mr. Keith Riley Phillips, 34, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000.

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

Dr. Donald Milligan
GOLDEN, Colo. - Dr. Donald Milligan, 74, of Berthoud Way, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Lutheran Hospital, Denver.

Mr. Glenn Miles
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Glenn Miles, 54, of Liberty Church Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000.

Mrs. Iona Arnold
JACKSON - Mrs. Iona Catherine Shaw Arnold, 84, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Dessie Robinson
Mrs. Dessie B. Robinson, of Gracewood Road, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Alfred Duggan
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Alfred Duggan, 71, of Hines Street, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home, Wrightsville.

Mrs. Fannie Kendrick
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Fannie Louise Kendrick, of Whittier Place, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Salem Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Christopher Houston
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Mr. Christopher Pernell Houston, 29, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Freddie Williams
Miss Freddie Mae Williams, 47, of Nellieville Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Queenie Ware
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Queenie Victoria ``Vic'' Bennett Ware, 68, of Ashmore-Barden Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000.

Mr. Dennis Washington
SAVANNAH - Mr. Dennis Washington, 90, of Fell Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Old Capital Inn, Louisville.

Mr. Rodney Grandy Jr.

Mr. Christopher Houston

Miss Lizzie Echols

Mr. John Barnes Sr.

Mr. Clarence Rickerson

Miss Louise Drayton

Mrs. Fannie Kendrick

Miss Freddie Williams

Mr. Alfred Duggan

Mrs. Jeanette McNorrill

Mrs. Diane Burke

Mrs. Catherine Lacy

Mrs. Marguerite Brown

Mr. Dennis Washington

Mr. Charles Bailey Jr.

Mr. James Hooper

Mr. Charles Wilcher Sr.

Mrs. Iona Arnold

Mr. Keith Phillips

Mr. Thomas Williams Sr.

Mr. Jack Barber

Dr. Donald Milligan

Mrs. Dessie Robinson

Mrs. Margret Harrison

Mrs. Diane Burke

Mr. Eugene Dukes Sr.

Mrs. Blanche Tutt

Ms. Rita Shmerling

Mrs. Nell Kirkland

Mrs. Melba Jones

Ms. Deborah Finkle

Mr. Louis Morrell Sr.

Mrs. Floy Lanier

Mrs. Eileen Bartos

Mrs. Marie Heggs

`Non-profit' plays curious politics
The Chronicle reported Sept. 25 that Blue CrossBlue Shield of Sought Carolina has contributed $25,000 dollars to the pro-lottery campaign. J.R.Cook, Augusta

Kent: 'Get Wise' - reject PSC candidate Jim Boyd
GEORGIA'S Public Service Commission is an important five-member utility-regulating panel that affects the lives and pocketbooks of every resident. Yet it is upsetting that, over the years, many Georgians haven't taken the time to study the candidates running for this admittedly-obscure panel.

Some of his best friends are Jews
Regarding Micki LaVine's Oct. 3 Chronicle letter: She should buy the book written recently by Rabbi Daniel Lapin, titled America's Real War. Virgil H. Huston Sr., Aiken

Pay up, Exxon
Let stand - that's the decision the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Monday to a disappointed Exxon Mobil Corp., which had appealed a lower court's $5 billion punitive penalty in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill.

Replace Coverdell with Mattingly
I voted twice for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., and now support former U.S. Sen. Mack Mattingly who is running for this seat. Linda Cook, Augusta

Election still even
Who won the Super Bowl of presidential debates Tuesday?

License inconsistencies
First, let's acknowledge that the vote on a controversial liquor, beer and wine license is an example of one that didn't fall along racial lines. Augusta commissioners Lee Beard, Henry Brigham, Bill Kuhlke and Steve Shepard voted to approve the license, which was opposed by the Curtis Baptist Church.

Reader looks ahead 25 years
Looking into the crystal ball, here's what I see for 2025: Jim Fleming, Evans

Librarians help kids find porno
Yesterday I was listening to Focus on the Family and was horrified to hear that libraries are to give unrestricted access to the Internet to everyone including children. Alison Walker, North Augusta

Commissioners convict their city
Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays was shown on the news telling Washington, D.C., officials that the city he represents is racist and is still living with Civil War attitudes. E. Herin, Augusta

Schrenko's driver ed poster boy?
Georgia residents are making the wrong decision by not backing state School Superintendent Linda Schrenko's initiative for mandatory driver education training in high school. Steve Grinstead, Martinez

Social Security `lock box' is empty
In his debate with George Bush, Vice President Al Gore stressed his intention to put the Social Security surplus in a ``lock box.'' Does the American public understand that the ``lock box'' is empty? Michael B. Hagler, Augusta

Supports former fire chief Few
Any African American can see this conpsiracy against former fire chief Ronnie Few. I believe if the Georgia Bureau of Investigation really wanted to rid the departments of corruptions, many city leaders would be under investigation. Edith B. Spann, Augusta

Free exercise of religion guaranteed
In response to B.C. Taylor's Sept. 27 letter on Christianity, where he stated: ``Does the U.S. Constitution say, `Congress shall not prohibit the free exercise of religion?' No, it does not. It does say, `Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...''' John Bryan, Wrens

Backs Dobey for Edgefield sheriff
With the November election approaching, as an Edgefield resident, I feel the people in the county should know what a valuable candidate they have running for sheriff. Janet Travis, Edgefield

Minchew her pick for school board
I urge residents of Richmond County to vote for Helen Minchew for the at-large District 10 Board of Education seat. Eileen Watson, Augusta

MOX a bad plan for health, safety
Nix MOX. Sept. 28 was the 3rd anniversary of International Nix MOX Day (MOX is the industry name for a proposed plutonium fuel, a blend of plutonium and uranium, or mixed oxides that would be made at the Savannah River Site). Julia R. Crowley, Augusta

Election of Gore would be ungodly
The highways of history are strewn with the wreckage of nations that have turned away from God. Judging by what's happening in America, our nation could very well be headed toward destruction. President Bill Clinton has done much to destroy the values that have made America strong. Mondella Weathersbee, North Augusta

Commissioner and his ilk are what's wrong with politics
Do you want to know what is wrong with politics today? There are too many politicians like Augusta Commissioner Lee Beard, that's what. David Chiera Jr., Augusta

Jurors' wrong target
The special grand jury's report taking the Augusta Commission to task on indigent care funding has us wondering if the jurors know what they're talking about.

S.C. bipartisanship
Georgia isn't the only state wading hip-deep into education reform - so is South Carolina. But whereas the Peach State is torn by partisan differences, the Palmetto State is getting off to an encouraging bipartisan start, unusual for an election year.

TV news exec admits error
Regarding Greg Blackmon's Oct. 1 Chronicle letter: I'm the executive producer at Channel 26 and want to thank Mr. Blackmon for pointing out the error we made calling the Grovetown shooting involving a Columbia County deputy a murder. Shelley Lynch, Augusta

Finds partial birth abortion appalling
I've read all kinds of terrible stories over the years, but none so horrible as partial birth abortions. How can any human being do this to a child? Bettielee Clark, Augusta

Jones to return to Winston Cup Series

Soft walls in use for UAW/GM 500

Cross Creek captures title

Williams advances in Tokyo

Overtime

Overtime

Edge becomes pro guide

Cold front threatens hot fishing

Nomadic planets discovered
WASHINGTON -- Eighteen planet-sized gas balls, wandering free and unattached to any star, have been found in a star field some 1,200 light years from Earth.

China plans lunar landing
BEIJING - China's budding space program plans to explore the moon for commercially useful resources and hopes one day to take part in an international expedition to Mars, members of the secretive program said Wednesday.

Nomadic planets discovered

China plans lunar landing