Braves notebook

Baseball notebook

Braves exit playoffs early

Cards going strong even after the game

Millwood to start game 3

Home ruled from seat of justice

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:

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

Sabbatical possible with planning

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
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.

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

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.

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 calendar

Business briefs

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

Weekly gas survey

Pocket change

US Airways holds fare sale

Clemson's defense rises to occasion

Clemson notebook

Clemson notebook

Gamecocks' dream season continues

Ga. Southern scores early in win

Georgia ends Tennessee jinx

Georgia Southern notebook

Dogs offense must perform

USC notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Minimum wage hike editorial insults

To improve education, ax the coach

Gore's short stories

Vice president unworthy to be president

Wants NAACP to be disbanded

Limited refineries hike oil prices

Backs problem solver for school board

Lovely adoptees

Support for safer Washington Road

Murder victim's friend rips police

Urges S.C. to vote down lottery

U.S. troops, arms slashed 40 percent

Putting down dogs shocks writer

Uniforms no solution to problems

Zero good sense

A broken tax system

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Europe lead U.S.

Americans on verge of Solheim washout

Glenn Hills scores first win

Washington Co. enjoys payback

Wagener 14, Blackville 35

Ware Shoals 7, Monetta 6

Sampson mighty in for Screven

Midland Valley 35, Dreher 14

Augusta Christian stays unbeaten

Spalding 28, Glascock 21

Best in prep football

Rebels upset Brookland

Statesboro 42, Lakeside 3

Aquinas 17, Pike County 14

Wildcats tame Thoroughbreds

Silver Bluff 42, Wade Hampton 0

Saluda 48, Mid-Carolina 6

East Coweta 21, Evans 6

Bulloch Academy wins big

Airport soars to victory

Buford 21, Lincoln County 6

Aiken 20, Orangeburg 17

Ga. prep notebook

Lynx open with rookie goalies

Lynx notebook

Lynx notebook

Lynx open with rookie goalies

Diary: Players get adjusted

Rangers top Thrashers

Diary: First start will test nerves

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

The guy behind Guy

Faith digest

Couple restore character of home

Fate intervened in hanging of innocent man

Junkyard yields an ecologist

Arts calendar

In the know

Novel's character became real to author

Network gives youth pastors some focus

'Rescue' - a different kind of love story

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.

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.

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.

Blaze is challenge for crews

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.

Scalpers will win big in matchup

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.

Pupils may move to schools nearer home

Clouds can't derail festival

Correction

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.

Woman files suit against city over firing

OneGeorgia Authority ready to go to work

Fatality follows statistics

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.

Plan aids nuclear workers

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.

Teen chosen for expedition

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.

Are you undecided?

Across the area

High flying captivates audience

Children left alone at risk

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.

Making tracks

House saved by drivers

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.

Homicide cases remain open

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.

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.

Officials find slain teen's car

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Across the area

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.

Local man mauled by Rottweiler

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

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.

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.

Greek event draws record crowd

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.

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.

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

Hawks looking for rebound

Falcons must improve offense

Defense seeks to suppress tape

Mrs. Minnie Doyle
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Minnie Lee Doyle, of Winter Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Doctors 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. 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. Willie Kitchens
Mr. Willie Pete Kitchens, 72, of Poteet Street, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Mrs. Deweese Roof

Mr. Eugene Cliett

Perry Clanton Jr.

Mr. Charles Kitts

Mr. Eddie Herrion

Mr. Milton Walker Sr.

Mr. John Thomas

Mrs. Bernice Garner

Mr. Lenwood Moody

Mr. Robin Simpson

Mr. Hubert Estes

Mrs. Mary Boyd

Mr. Willie Kitchens

Mrs. Marie McNair

Mrs. Queenie Ware

Ms. Deloris Haynes

Mrs. Idella Gibbons

Mr. Harry Evans

Mr. Robert Brown

Mrs. Bessie Simmons

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.''

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Tire shortage could play havoc

Rookies' spotlight fades

Overtime

Overtime

Outdoors calendar

Children share joy of fishing

Hunters enjoy public hunt

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
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

1 in 5 will get flu this winter