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

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.

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.

'Barber' singers cut fine figures in comic opera

Mini Theatre is keeping vision of its founder alive

Guitarist should stick to pick

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

Ramblin' Rhodes

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.

'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.

Applause calendar

From Hercules to Hardy

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

Club calendar

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.

Event calendar

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.

James Brown feels good about local show

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

Slim Goodbody wants kids to feel happy

Play mirrors life for mom, daughter

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

Braves drop game 2

Braves notebook

Baseball notebook

Millwood to start game 3

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs

Mining company confirms sale

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.

Panelists clash in radio debate

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.

US Airways holds fare 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.

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.

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.

Factory escapes Owens Corning woe

Weekly gas survey

Recall scrutiny at quarter mark

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

SEC notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

Georgia and South Carolina notebook

Carter: Tennessee like any other game

ACC notebook

Dogs offense must perform

Dump Dorsey

Clemson notebook

College football TV schedule

Tearing down tradition

College football radio schedule

Jurors' wrong target

Uniforms no solution to problems

Supports former fire chief Few

Minimum wage hike editorial insults

U.S. troops, arms slashed 40 percent

Backs Dobey for Edgefield sheriff

Election of Gore would be ungodly

Minchew her pick for school board

Replace Coverdell with Mattingly

TV news exec admits error

Zero good sense

Free exercise of religion guaranteed

Wants NAACP to be disbanded

S.C. bipartisanship

`Non-profit' plays curious politics

Backs problem solver for school board

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.

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?

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.

Europe lead U.S.

Teams get boost in Solheim Cup

Buford 21, Lincoln County 6

Silver Bluff 42, Wade Hampton 0

Augusta Christian stays unbeaten

Carolina notebook

Wildcats tame Thoroughbreds

Game schedule

Aquinas 17, Pike County 14

Breaking it down

Spalding 28, Glascock 21

On the radio

Sampson mighty in for Screven

North Augusta's Reggie Merriweather

Ware Shoals 7, Monetta 6

Glenn Hills scores first win

Aiken 20, Orangeburg 17

Georgia notebook

Midland Valley 35, Dreher 14

Washington Co. enjoys payback

Wagener 14, Blackville 35

Rebels upset Brookland

Playing the numbers game

Statesboro 42, Lakeside 3

Airport soars to victory

East Coweta 21, Evans 6

Saluda 48, Mid-Carolina 6

Size a concern for Lynx brass

Lynx notebook

Diary: Players get adjusted

Diary: Excitement builds

Lynx notebook

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

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.

Network gives youth pastors some focus

Faith digest

Garden for the soul

Mysterious tree has a long history in America

Woman may face more charges

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.

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.

Fatality follows statistics

Poll questions anger GOP

Teen chosen for expedition

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.

Are you undecided?

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.

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.

Across the area

Across the area

Fire job divides panel 2-2

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.

Plan aids nuclear workers

House saved by drivers

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.

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.

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.

Woman files suit against city over firing

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

Correction

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.

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

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.

Local man mauled by Rottweiler

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.

Clouds can't derail festival

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.

Audit finds finances in order

Aiken rethinks road's safety

Pupils may move to schools nearer home

OneGeorgia Authority ready to go to work

Scalpers will win big in matchup

Residents question rezoning request

Blaze is challenge for crews

Educators swap ideas

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.

State may scrutinize teen traffic death

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.

Grand jury indicts 2nd time

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

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.

Children flown to aid

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Defense seeks to suppress tape

Rookies getting chance to shine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Marie Heggs

Miss Freddie Williams

Mrs. Fannie Kendrick

Mr. Harry Evans

Mrs. Bernice Garner

Mr. John Thomas

Mrs. Iona Arnold

Mr. Milton Walker Sr.

Mr. Louis Morrell Sr.

Mrs. Idella Gibbons

Mrs. Mary Boyd

Mr. James Hooper

Mr. Robert Brown

Mrs. Queenie Ware

Mr. Thomas Williams Sr.

Mrs. Diane Burke

Mr. Charles Wilcher Sr.

Mr. Dennis Washington

Mrs. Floy Lanier

Mrs. Catherine Lacy

Mrs. Melba Jones

Mrs. Dessie Robinson

Mrs. Marie McNair

Mr. Christopher Houston

Mr. Robin Simpson

Ms. Deloris Haynes

Mrs. Bessie Simmons

Mr. Jack Barber

Mr. Eugene Dukes Sr.

Mr. Alfred Duggan

Dr. Donald Milligan

Mr. Keith Phillips

Mr. John Barnes Sr.

Mrs. Jeanette McNorrill

Mr. Charles Bailey Jr.

Miss Lizzie Echols

Miss Louise Drayton

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.''

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

`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

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

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

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

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

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.''

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Overtime

Overtime

Cross Creek captures title

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.

Nomadic planets discovered

Ozone hole stretches over city for first time