Baseball notebook

Braves exit playoffs early

Cards going strong even after the game

Braves notebook

Millwood to start game 3

Home ruled from seat of justice

Weekly gas survey

Business calendar
This is a listing of business-related events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Sabbatical possible with planning
If you've ever dreamed of taking a block of time off to travel, volunteer, study or just plain rest, a ``mini-retirement'' might be for you. More and more people are finding creative ways to take midcareer sabbaticals in their 30s, 40s or 50s in exchange for working a little bit longer in their later years. Consider these tips:

Reinventing the wheel

Business briefs
The Department of Energy's Savannah River Operations Office (SR) has received the FY2000 Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunity Best Practices award from the Federal Personnel Management Institute. The award is presented annually by FPMI to a single federal organization that has demonstrated innovation and creativity in providing internal human resources, EEO and related services.

Pocket change
Finding the best long-distance phone plan can be a daunting task. There are hundreds of competing plans to choose from, and their particulars seem to change on a weekly basis.

US Airways holds fare sale

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

Reinventing the wheel
TAIPEI, Taiwan - For decades, cheap labor and reliable factories made Taiwan one of the world's best places to churn out sneakers, bicycles and, most recently, computers. But now, business is heading elsewhere, and Taiwanese are getting worried.

Pocket change

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

Sabbatical possible with planning

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.

Business briefs

Business calendar

Clemson's defense rises to occasion

Georgia Tech notebook

Clemson notebook

USC notebook

Ga. Southern scores early in win

Clemson notebook

Georgia ends Tennessee jinx

Gamecocks' dream season continues

Georgia Southern notebook

Dogs offense must perform

Support for safer Washington Road

To improve education, ax the coach

Backs problem solver for school board

Putting down dogs shocks writer

Urges S.C. to vote down lottery

Lovely adoptees

A broken tax system

Zero good sense

Murder victim's friend rips police

U.S. troops, arms slashed 40 percent

Limited refineries hike oil prices

Wants NAACP to be disbanded

Vice president unworthy to be president

Minimum wage hike editorial insults

Uniforms no solution to problems

Gore's short stories

Fate intervened in hanging of innocent man
Young Will Purvis proclaimed his innocence all along. In court he swore he was nowhere near the Mississippi farm owned by the man he was accused of murdering the year before.

'Rescue' - a different kind of love story
In his new novel, The Rescue, best-selling North Carolina author Nicholas Sparks writes about love and being out of love.

Novel's character became real to author
Terry Kay is in love. The object of the Athens, Ga., author's affection is a mysterious beauty with an innate ability to connect and communicate. Her name is Lottie, and she lives in the pages of Mr. Kay's new novel, Taking Lottie Home.

Couple restore character of home
Steve and Cindy Balentine were renting a cottage in the historic district of Johnston, S.C., when they decided to look for a larger home.

Arts calendar
here is a list of art-related events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

The guy behind Guy
The punter hangs poised, on tiptoe, back curved and hands spread for balance as one foot aims at the sky, setting the trajectory of the football.

Woman should pay for services
Dear Carson: I have an awkward situation that evolved from my acquaintance with the mother of one of my daughter's friends.

Junkyard yields an ecologist
Author Janisse Ray has much in common with author Harry Crews.

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.

In the know
BEST RECIPE: Diane Robillard's recipe for Chicken Delicious was the winner of The Augusta Chronicle's Southern Living Cooking School Show recipe contest. Mrs. Robillard's baked, marinated chicken dish received 78 votes.

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

Americans on verge of Solheim washout

Europe lead U.S.

Spalding 28, Glascock 21

Silver Bluff 42, Wade Hampton 0

Washington Co. enjoys payback

Aquinas 17, Pike County 14

East Coweta 21, Evans 6

Bulloch Academy wins big

Best in prep football

Buford 21, Lincoln County 6

Wildcats tame Thoroughbreds

Midland Valley 35, Dreher 14

Saluda 48, Mid-Carolina 6

Augusta Christian stays unbeaten

Airport soars to victory

Wagener 14, Blackville 35

Sampson mighty in for Screven

Glenn Hills scores first win

Ware Shoals 7, Monetta 6

Rebels upset Brookland

Statesboro 42, Lakeside 3

Ga. prep notebook

Aiken 20, Orangeburg 17

Lynx open with rookie goalies

Lynx notebook

Rangers top Thrashers

Lynx open with rookie goalies

Lynx notebook

Diary: First start will test nerves

Diary: Players get adjusted

Home ruled from seat of justice
Forty years ago today, they buried my grandfather.

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 should pay for services

'Rescue' - a different kind of love story

Fate intervened in hanging of innocent man

Junkyard yields an ecologist

Novel's character became real to author

Network gives youth pastors some focus

Couple restore character of home

Faith digest

In the know

Arts calendar

The guy behind Guy

Flag flap shadows election
AIKEN - Politicking at the Pelion Peanut Party in September, veteran Sen. Nikki Setzler - a Democrat in a district that has gone Republican during his 22-year tenure - asked one longtime supporter if he could count on his vote this time.

Making tracks

Clouds can't derail festival

Pupils may move to schools nearer home

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.

Across the area
Candidates for sheriff, chief judge and state representative will field questions Monday from voters at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Homicide cases remain open
During this year's hottest stretch of summer, two women were slain in the metro Augusta area, approximately a month apart.

Blaze is challenge for crews

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.

House saved by drivers

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.

Scalpers will win big in matchup

Making tracks
The Augusta Chronicle, the state Department of Transportation and city traffic engineers want to keep Augustans informed about when and where roadwork is scheduled to occur. An updated list of area road projects for the week appears Sundays in The Chronicle.

Correction

Party raid starts teens on dash through woods
What began as an all-night party for more than 200 teen-agers in the woods behind an Evans home Friday turned into an all-morning chase the next day.

Woman files suit against city over firing

Local man mauled by Rottweiler

Fatality follows statistics

Officers seek robbery suspect

Plan aids nuclear workers

Greek event draws record crowd

Teen chosen for expedition

Officials find slain teen's car

Are you undecided?

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

High flying captivates audience

Officials find slain teen's car
AIKEN - Whoever killed a West Columbia teen-ager found dead two days ago apparently torched his car before dumping the body.

Homicide cases remain open

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.

Greek event draws record crowd
Ten thousand pieces of pastry might not have been enough this year.

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.

Children left alone at risk
Diane Swain shares a problem with hundreds of parents in the area: What to do with her 12-year-old after school.

High flying captivates audience
WINDSOR - Marcus Kim is an old pro at stealing the show - and the skies - away from older radio-control pilots. But the thrill of it only gets sweeter.

Goldberg parcel up for grabs
A small salvage yard associated with the former Goldberg Brothers property off Gordon Highway will be auctioned this week.

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.

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.

OneGeorgia Authority ready to go to work

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.

Officers seek robbery suspect
A woman whose underground cab business became a purse-snatching scam was being sought by Richmond County sheriff's deputies late Saturday.

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 left alone at risk

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.

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.

Fans party Hardy in Harlem's streets
HARLEM - In much the same way that Elvis Presley fans have Graceland, Oliver Hardy's followers had the downtown streets of Harlem on Saturday.

Across the area

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.

Flag flap shadows election

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.

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.

Across the area

Hawks looking for rebound

Falcons must improve offense

Defense seeks to suppress tape

Mr. Harold Fulcher
LEXINGTON, S.C. - Mr. Harold C. Fulcher, 76, of Woodbay Court, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center.

Mr. Eugene Cliett
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Sidney Eugene ``Gene'' Cliett, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

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

Mr. John Walsh
was a veteran of World War II. He also had retired as administrative assistant to the superintendent at Georgia Regional Hospital. He was a 1993 inductee into the Sports Hall of Fa

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

Mr. Lenwood Moody
AIKEN - Mr. Lenwood O. Moody, 43, of Williston Road, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

Mr. Willie Kitchens
Mr. Willie Pete Kitchens, 72, of Poteet Street, died Friday, Oct. 6, 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.

Mr. Hubert Estes
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Hubert Cooper Estes, 87, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. William Sims Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. William Leonard Sims Sr., 79, of Watson Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Dawn Moody
Mrs. Dawn Wade Moody, 47, of Martinez, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000.

Perry Clanton Jr.
STATESBORO, Ga. - Perry Michael Clanton Jr., 16, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000.

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

Mr. William Blount Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. William Blount Jr., 74, of Brentwood Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

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

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

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

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.

Mr. Charles Kitts
Mr. Charles E. Kitts, of Glenn Hills Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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. Eddie Herrion
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mr. Eddie Herrion, a retired mechanic, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at his residence. Mr. Herrion, of Martin Luther King Street, was 102.

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

Mrs. Deweese Roof
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Deweese Mobley Roof, 82, of Sunset Drive, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mr. Hubert Estes

Mrs. Bessie Simmons

Mrs. Mary Boyd

Mr. Milton Walker Sr.

Mr. Eugene Cliett

Perry Clanton Jr.

Mr. Harry Evans

Mr. Eddie Herrion

Mr. Robin Simpson

Mr. Willie Kitchens

Mrs. Queenie Ware

Mrs. Deweese Roof

Mr. Lenwood Moody

Mr. John Thomas

Mr. Robert Brown

Ms. Deloris Haynes

Mrs. Bernice Garner

Mrs. Marie McNair

Mrs. Idella Gibbons

Mr. Charles Kitts

Aiken sheriff won't protect little guys
Regarding The Chronicle's Aug. 26 story about the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the Aiken County Sheriff's Department:George B. Bell, Windsor

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.''

Kent: Gore's whoppers, Georgia poll surprises
FALLOUT CONTINUES over Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's misstatements, lies and gaffes during his first debate with Republican George W. Bush.

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

Urges S.C. to vote down lottery
South Carolina voters will be asked next month to decide if there is to be a lottery in their state. This is a moral issue on which all citizens should express their opinion. A.M. Goggans, New Ellenton

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

To improve education, ax the coach
There has been much talk this election season about education. This is always a safe subject, much like motherhood and the flag. Who isn't in favor of those things? Vernon H. Johnson, Mesena

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

Murder victim's friend rips police
I write this letter to follow-up on a point that was made about a young black woman and her unborn daughter murdered in front of her home June 1. Jerryling Griffin, Augusta

A broken tax system
One costly mistake after another has now resulted in Augusta-Richmond County's property tax bills being at least three weeks late, probably forcing city government and the school system to borrow money to meet expenses. It's a financial nightmare that hinges on one fact: Augusta's computerized tax system is dysfunctional.

Putting down dogs shocks writer
I was shocked to see on Channel 6 News that dogs were taken from the woman's home who was trying to help while the shelter was under quarantine. According to the report, the dogs were taken to the shelter and almost immediately euthanized. Alicia Phillips, Augusta

Gore's short stories
It's a sad commentary when our vice president can't be let out in public by his campaign staff without them worrying about what truth-stretching story he'll spin this time.

Democrats make workers wealthy
Regarding John Gallagher's Oct. 3 Chronicle letter. Mr. Gallagher deceives himself when he writes Democrats have deserted workers and that their claims for economic well-being is deceitful. Let's look at the record: Lowell Greenbaum, Ph.D., 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

Limited refineries hike oil prices
In a recent Reuters interview Saudi Arabia's former oil minister Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, in describing the world oil problem, said, ``The stone age came to an end, not for a lack of stones, and the oil age will end, but not for a lack of oil.'' Sam Booher, Martinez

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

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.

Kent: Gore's whoppers, Georgia poll surprises
FALLOUT CONTINUES over Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's misstatements, lies and gaffes during his first debate with Republican George W. Bush.

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.

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.

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

Vice president unworthy to be president
Before voting in the presidential election, Americans need to know who Vice President Al Gore is. He is the No. 2 man in the most corrupt administration in this nation's history. John T. Petrozello. Martinez

Lovely adoptees
I am disgusted with women who kill their babies. My granddaughter has adopted two boys, one of which she had to go to Russia to get. The other she adopted here. They are both lovely children. Mrs. Bobbie Melton, Augusta

Aiken sheriff won't protect little guys
Regarding The Chronicle's Aug. 26 story about the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the Aiken County Sheriff's Department: George B. Bell, Windsor

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

Support for safer Washington Road
This note is in response to the Oct. 2 letter by Peggy McCorkle. We would like to thank her for alerting us to the Department of Transportation's plan to put a concrete median down the middle of Washington Road. J. Hart, 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

Rookies' spotlight fades

Overtime

Overtime

Tire shortage could play havoc

Children share joy of fishing

Outdoors calendar

Hunters enjoy public hunt

1 in 5 will get flu this winter
If you're not on the A list for getting a flu shot this fall - and most of us aren't - better hope for a late and weak flu season.

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.

1 in 5 will get flu this winter

Ozone hole stretches over city for first time