'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.

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.

Club calendar

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

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

Play mirrors life for mom, daughter

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

From Hercules to Hardy

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

Event calendar

Ramblin' Rhodes

James Brown feels good about local show

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.

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.

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

Songs of praise

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

'Barber' singers cut fine figures in comic opera

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.

Mini Theatre is keeping vision of its founder alive

Applause calendar

Guitarist should stick to pick

Braves drop game 2

Braves notebook

Millwood to start game 3

Baseball notebook

Sleep gives little rest to weary

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

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fell sharply Friday as profit worries again rattled technology shares and an unexpected drop in unemployment rekindled fears of inflation.

Retired BBB president dies

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.

Business briefs

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.

US Airways holds fare sale

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.

Weekly gas survey

Weekly gas survey
Here is a list of unleaded gasoline prices from six area gas stations.

Panelists clash in radio debate

Factory escapes Owens Corning woe

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.

Mining company confirms sale

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

US Airways holds fare sale
If you had no travel plans this winter, US Airways is giving you reason to make some.

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

Georgia Southern notebook

Dump Dorsey

Dogs offense must perform

Georgia Tech notebook

ACC notebook

College football radio schedule

Clemson notebook

SEC notebook

College football TV schedule

Carter: Tennessee like any other game

Tearing down tradition

Georgia and South Carolina notebook

Replace Coverdell with Mattingly

Minchew her pick for school board

Jurors' wrong target

Free exercise of religion guaranteed

`Non-profit' plays curious politics

Uniforms no solution to problems

Supports former fire chief Few

Backs problem solver for school board

Backs Dobey for Edgefield sheriff

Wants NAACP to be disbanded

Election of Gore would be ungodly

U.S. troops, arms slashed 40 percent

S.C. bipartisanship

Zero good sense

Minimum wage hike editorial insults

TV news exec admits error

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.

Faith digest
More than 100 arts and crafts vendors from across the Southeast will show their handmade items during the 27th annual Fair on the Square on Winthrope Avenue in Millen, Ga., at 9 today.

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.

Network gives youth pastors some focus
And where do Augusta area youth pastors hang out when students are away?

Teams get boost in Solheim Cup

Europe lead U.S.

Midland Valley 35, Dreher 14

Glenn Hills scores first win

Wagener 14, Blackville 35

North Augusta's Reggie Merriweather

Augusta Christian stays unbeaten

On the radio

Ware Shoals 7, Monetta 6

Game schedule

Airport soars to victory

Carolina notebook

East Coweta 21, Evans 6

Breaking it down

Wildcats tame Thoroughbreds

Aquinas 17, Pike County 14

Sampson mighty in for Screven

Silver Bluff 42, Wade Hampton 0

Washington Co. enjoys payback

Aiken 20, Orangeburg 17

Spalding 28, Glascock 21

Buford 21, Lincoln County 6

Statesboro 42, Lakeside 3

Georgia notebook

Playing the numbers game

Rebels upset Brookland

Saluda 48, Mid-Carolina 6

Lynx notebook

Diary: Excitement builds

Lynx notebook

Size a concern for Lynx brass

Diary: Players get adjusted

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

Aiken bus driver discovers body
AIKEN - An Aiken County school bus driver discovered the body of an 18-year-old male Friday morning lying on Horseshoe Bend Road near South Carolina Highway 19, and it appears he was shot, authorities said.

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

Network gives youth pastors some focus

Garden for the soul

Faith digest

Mysterious tree has a long history in America

Across the area
An Augusta woman charged with reckless abandonment - leaving her newborn daughter, who died - entered a not-guilty plea Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Correction
An article in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about a State Law Enforcement Division investigation into a teen's traffic death should have identified the victim of telephone threats as Thomas Ellis of Jackson. Also, the article should have said that the threats were made by people who believed Mr. Ellis had possession of a keg of beer or knew who had possession of the keg.

Fatality follows statistics

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.

Scalpers will win big in matchup
ATHENS, Ga. - Today's Geor-gia-Tennessee football game has fans scrambling for seats as ticket prices soar, hotel rooms get scarce and Athens restaurants prepare for what could be their biggest night of the year.

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.

Blaze is challenge for crews
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Firefighters battled an early morning fire at a local protein plant Friday, but the plant was back in operation later in the day.

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

Clouds can't derail festival

Blaze is challenge for crews

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.

House saved by drivers

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

Pupils may move to schools nearer home

Plan aids nuclear workers
Lawmakers have reached a complicated compromise on legislation that would compensate people sickened from work at nuclear-weapons installations such as Savannah River Site.

Woman files suit against city over firing

Scalpers will win big in matchup

Plan aids nuclear workers

Are you undecided?

Woman files suit against city over firing
A former Augusta Regional Airport employee is suing the city, claiming she was fired because she added her voice to a chorus of sexual harassment complaints against airport management.

Educators swap ideas

Teen chosen for expedition
At 13, Timothy Trout will get an adventure other children his age only dream about.

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.

Pupils may move to schools nearer home
Pupils who travel excessive distances to school or attend classes in portable buildings could get a chance to change schools under legislation approved in Georgia's Education Reform Act.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Local man mauled by Rottweiler
A day after his battle with a 150-pound Rottweiler, Robert Peel was bitten, bruised and missing part of a thumb but feeling lucky.

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.

Fatality follows statistics
AIKEN - Statisticians would say John Ryan Peacock's Jeep ride down a winding county road last weekend was deadly from the start.

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

Clouds can't derail festival
BURNETTOWN - The sixth annual Horse Creek/Midland Valley Sassafras Festival entered its second day Friday afternoon under threatening skies but with the enthusiasm of its participants intact.

Rail planners foresee high costs

House saved by drivers
Thanks to the actions of several passers-by on North Belair Road and a quick response by volunteer firefighters, an Evans family had its home saved from fire Friday.

Woman may face more charges

Correction

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.

Teen chosen for expedition

Children flown to aid

Local man mauled by Rottweiler

Across the area

Audit finds finances in order

Grand jury indicts 2nd time

State may scrutinize teen traffic death

Aiken rethinks road's safety

Fire job divides panel 2-2

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

Poll questions anger GOP

OneGeorgia Authority ready to go to work

Sheriff offered to give up
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Coffee County Sheriff Carlton Evans knew he was the target of a state and federal investigation in May, but the U.S. attorney's office in Macon turned down his offer to surrender voluntarily if he was indicted.

OneGeorgia Authority ready to go to work
ATLANTA - The state's newest weapon for bringing prosperity to rural Georgia is now officially in business and ready to employ $1.6 billion during the next 25 years for economic development in the poorest counties.

Man's body found in Aiken
AIKEN - The body of a man found on a dirt driveway early Friday morning was that of a West Columbia teen-ager, apparently killed sometime during the night.

Residents question rezoning request

Across the area

Rookies getting chance to shine

Defense seeks to suppress tape

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

Mr. John Thomas
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. John H. Thomas, 70, of Bush Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

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

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

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. 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. Bessie Simmons
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie Simmons, 69, of Cooper Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Smith Medical Nursing Center.

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. Christopher Houston
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Mr. Christopher Pernell Houston, 29, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 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. Alfred Duggan
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Alfred Duggan, 71, of Hines Street, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home, Wrightsville.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Robin Simpson
Mr. Robin Long Simpson, 86, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Robert Brown
FREEPORT, Fla. - Mr. Robert Earl Brown, 34, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000.

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

Mrs. Minnie Doyle
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Minnie Lee Doyle, of Winter Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Idella Gibbons
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Idella Gibbons, 84, of East Buchanana Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Jennings Healthcare Center, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Marie McNair
ANDERSON, S.C. - Mrs. Marie Burton McNair, 97, of Hampton Street, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Ellenburg Nursing Center.

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

Mrs. Jessie Bonner
CHICAGO - Mrs. Jessie Mae Bonner, 88, of South Abereden Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at St. James Hospital.

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

Mrs. Catherine Lacy
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Catherine Fortson Lacy, 76, 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.

Mrs. Mary Boyd
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mary M. Boyd, 66, of Georgia Highway 17, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Bernice Garner
ATLANTA - Mrs. Bernice Welch Garner, 89, of Maison Place, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Milton Walker Sr.
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Milton E. Walker Sr., 65, of Chamberlain Ferry Road, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Deloris Haynes
Ms. Deloris Haynes, 46, of Sycamore Drive, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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.

Mr. Tommy Edwards
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Mr. Tommy Edwards, 48, of Hancock Street, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Caldonia Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. Harry Evans
Mr. Harry T. Evans, 78, of Springwood Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. Dennis Washington

Mrs. Melba Jones

Mr. Thomas Williams Sr.

Ms. Deloris Haynes

Mr. Alfred Duggan

Mr. Milton Walker Sr.

Mrs. Bessie Simmons

Mr. John Thomas

Mrs. Iona Arnold

Mr. Robert Brown

Mrs. Jeanette McNorrill

Mrs. Idella Gibbons

Mr. Christopher Houston

Mrs. Queenie Ware

Mrs. Dessie Robinson

Mrs. Marie McNair

Miss Louise Drayton

Mr. Eugene Dukes Sr.

Mr. John Barnes Sr.

Mrs. Marie Heggs

Mr. Charles Bailey Jr.

Dr. Donald Milligan

Miss Lizzie Echols

Miss Freddie Williams

Mr. Keith Phillips

Mr. Louis Morrell Sr.

Mr. Jack Barber

Mrs. Floy Lanier

Mrs. Catherine Lacy

Mrs. Fannie Kendrick

Mrs. Diane Burke

Mr. Robin Simpson

Mrs. Mary Boyd

Mrs. Bernice Garner

Mr. Harry Evans

Mr. James Hooper

Mr. Charles Wilcher Sr.

Sisler: Wrong audience listening to marital advice
IT HAD BEEN a knock-down, drag-out week. The woman said, ``My husband wants to take me to the best restaurant in town tonight. As an apology, I guess.''

Serbia's butcher falls
The Roman emperor Claudian is reputed to have said, ``He who strikes terror into others is himself in continued fear.'' So it is with longtime Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic, who is now feeling the fear that he once instilled in so many throughout his wars and purges.

`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

The grown-ups have landed
Americans watching the vice presidential debates Thursday night couldn't help but wonder whether Dick Cheney and Joseph Lieberman should be at the top of their tickets, instead of George W. Bush and Al Gore. The VP debaters conducted themselves like adults, with dignity and mutual respect, which only heightened the impression that the earlier presidential debate was more like a middle school cafeteria food fight than a serious discussion between two grown people seeking the nation's highest office.

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

Backs problem solver for school board
I recommend Bob Gardner be elected Richmond County's 10th District School Board representative. Mr. Gardner is well established in Augusta. His children were educated in our public schools and his grandchildren are currently enrolled. Renee Bell, Augusta

Restaurants treat teens unfairly
As the doors open into a restaurant, the judgmental looks have already begun. We place our name on a 20-minute list, and behind us, a respectable group of adults also put their name on the same list. Ryan Armstrong, Augusta

Sisler: Wrong audience listening to marital advice
IT HAD BEEN a knock-down, drag-out week. The woman said, ``My husband wants to take me to the best restaurant in town tonight. As an apology, I guess.''

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

Supports Brad Owens for school seat
I support Brad Owens for the Richmond County Board of Education. Mr. Owens supports opening a vocational magnet school, which would help meet the demand for skilled labor here in our community andor prepare students for higher technical training. Walter Williams, 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

Uniforms no solution to problems
As a working parent, I look to teachers and educators to help teach my children right from wrong. Teachers have our children more often than do we working parents. Carla Tate, Blythe

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

Wants NAACP to be disbanded
Regarding the serious problem that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has created between blacks and whites: Steve Simpson, Martinez

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

Minimum wage hike editorial insults
The Chronicle's Sept. 27 editorial, ``Another wasteful hike,'' was an insult to every individual who has ever worked a 40-plus-hours week at minimum or just above minimum wages and counted change at the end of the week to put food in their mouth, or gone without health care, just so they wouldn't be in the position of having to accept food stamps, Medicaid, etc. Andrea Zeh, North Augusta

U.S. troops, arms slashed 40 percent
During this campaign we've been hearing a lot of rhetoric from the Clinton administration concerning the state of our military forces, and specifically how they have not been reduced in readiness or strength. Donald Thorstad, Augusta

Church concern for safety doubted
It's a sad day when special interest groups can sway Augusta's elected commissioners on their moral and emotional decisions. Dan Perry, 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

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.

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

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.

Zero good sense
This newspaper has always supported ``zero tolerance'' for weapons, as well as drugs, in public schools. Also in sports, there should be zero tolerance for performance-enhancing drugs.

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

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

Overtime

Cross Creek captures title

Overtime

Tire shortage could play havoc

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.

Ozone hole stretches over city for first time
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica stretched over a Chilean city when it ballooned to a record size last month, the first time it has reached a population center, scientists said Thursday.

Ozone hole stretches over city for first time

Nomadic planets discovered