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.

Guitarist should stick to pick

James Brown feels good about local show

Ramblin' Rhodes

Applause calendar

'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.

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.

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.

Event calendar

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.

'Barber' singers cut fine figures in comic opera

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.

Slim Goodbody wants kids to feel happy

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

Play mirrors life for mom, daughter

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.

Songs of praise

Mini Theatre is keeping vision of its founder alive

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.

Retired BBB president dies

Panelists clash in radio debate

Business briefs

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.

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.

Business briefs

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.

Mining company confirms sale

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.

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

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.

Recall scrutiny at quarter mark

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.

Factory escapes Owens Corning woe

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

Tires from Aiken draw complaints

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.

Dump Dorsey

Clemson notebook

Bulldogs' ground game picks up

Tearing down tradition

Georgia and South Carolina notebook

College football TV schedule

Georgia Southern notebook

ACC notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Carter: Tennessee like any other game

South Carolina notebook

College football radio schedule

SEC notebook

Clemson striving for perfection

S.C. bipartisanship

Librarians help kids find porno

Backs Dobey for Edgefield sheriff

Pay up, Exxon

`Non-profit' plays curious politics

Supports former fire chief Few

License inconsistencies

Finds partial birth abortion appalling

Replace Coverdell with Mattingly

Reader looks ahead 25 years

Election of Gore would be ungodly

Jurors' wrong target

TV news exec admits error

MOX a bad plan for health, safety

Minchew her pick for school board

Free exercise of religion guaranteed

Election still even

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.

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.

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.

Begay returns to defends title

Teams get boost in Solheim Cup

On the radio

Game schedule

Breaking it down

Georgia notebook

Albert gives 100 percent

Playing the numbers game

Carolina notebook

North Augusta's Reggie Merriweather

Lynx notebook

Diary: Excitement builds

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.

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

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

Mysterious tree has a long history in America

Pick the right shoe for the job

Capsules

In the know

Garden for the soul

Poll questions anger GOP

Children flown to aid

Dead birds help monitor illness

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.

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.

Penny tax could replace utility fee

Across the area

Half of pupils admit smoking

State may scrutinize teen traffic death

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Council weighs zoning petition

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.

Voter drive comes to Augusta

Woman may face more charges

One person killed in five-vehicle wreck

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

Grand jury indicts 2nd time

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Rail planners foresee high costs

Across the area

Fire job divides panel 2-2

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.

Man boycotts over barbecue ban

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 dies, one charged in collision

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.

Poll results

Weapon gets teen arrested

Group funds Morehouse students

Inquiry fails to find missing cash

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.

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

Residents question rezoning request

Aiken rethinks road's safety

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.

Audit finds finances in order

Educators swap ideas

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.

Rookies getting chance to shine

Carruth attorneys attack witness

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Iona Arnold
JACKSON - Mrs. Iona Catherine Shaw Arnold, 84, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia 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. Dessie Robinson
Mrs. Dessie B. Robinson, of Gracewood Road, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at her residence.

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

Miss Freddie Williams
Miss Freddie Mae Williams, 47, of Nellieville 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. James Hooper
GROVETOWN - Mr. James Isome Hooper, 86, of Annie Laurie Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at his 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. Queenie Ware
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Queenie Victoria ``Vic'' Bennett Ware, 68, of Ashmore-Barden Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Mrs. Jeanette McNorrill

Mr. Clarence Rickerson

Mrs. Margret Harrison

Mrs. Iona Arnold

Mrs. Floy Lanier

Mr. John Barnes Sr.

Mrs. Diane Burke

Miss Louise Drayton

Mrs. Diane Burke

Mr. Jack Barber

Mrs. Melba Jones

Mr. Christopher Houston

Mr. Charles Wilcher Sr.

Mrs. Dessie Robinson

Mr. Alfred Duggan

Ms. Deborah Finkle

Mr. James Hooper

Mrs. Nell Kirkland

Mrs. Eileen Bartos

Mrs. Marguerite Brown

Ms. Rita Shmerling

Mrs. Blanche Tutt

Miss Freddie Williams

Mrs. Catherine Lacy

Mr. Louis Morrell Sr.

Mr. Rodney Grandy Jr.

Mr. Charles Bailey Jr.

Mr. Thomas Williams Sr.

Miss Lizzie Echols

Dr. Donald Milligan

Mr. Keith Phillips

Mrs. Marie Heggs

Mr. Dennis Washington

Mr. Eugene Dukes Sr.

Mrs. Fannie Kendrick

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

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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

`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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Overtime

Williams advances in Tokyo

Cross Creek captures title

Soft walls in use for UAW/GM 500

Overtime

Jones to return to Winston Cup Series

Edge becomes pro guide

Cold front threatens hot fishing

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
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

Nomadic planets discovered