Braves notebook

Cards going strong even after the game

Braves exit playoffs early

Cardinals savor sweep on day off

Schuerholz ponders Braves' future 100900 - The Augusta Chronicle

Mets move on

Home ruled from seat of justice

Business calendar

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
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.

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

Sabbatical possible with planning

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

Georgia student injured in celebration

Gamecocks' dream season continues

Clemson's defense rises to occasion

Clemson notebook

Holtz appreciates loyal following

USC notebook

Ga. Southern scores early in win

GSU preview

Georgia ends Tennessee jinx

Georgia preview

Clemson preview

Boyette: Determination led to win

A broken tax system

To improve education, ax the coach

Putting down dogs shocks writer

Execute Alexander Williams now

Gore's short stories

Wilson wrong for clerk of court

New word order

Can I bill neighbors for their runoff?

Limited refineries hike oil prices

Augusta State University scores low marks in good manners

Support for safer Washington Road

Gore scrapes, grovels for votes

Murder victim's friend rips police

Help for ill workers

Lovely adoptees

Urges S.C. to vote down lottery

Vice president unworthy to be president

GOP has superior plan to cut taxes

Pickle juice? Yuck

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

'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.

Europe captures Solheim

Toms defeats Weir in playoff

Americans on verge of Solheim washout

Bulloch Academy wins big

Best in prep football

Ga. prep notebook

Lynx open with rookie goalies

Fringe players get final shot

Diary: 'I played OK'

Lynx notebook

Lynx notebook

Blues hammer Ducks

Lynx open with rookie goalies

Rangers top Thrashers

Diary: First start will test nerves

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

Undecided voters wanted
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. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Domestic dispute ends in gunfire
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating a domestic dispute that ended in gunfire at an Aiken residence Sunday, Aiken County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Novel's character became real to author

In the know

Fate intervened in hanging of innocent man

Woman should pay for services

Arts calendar

The guy behind Guy

Couple restore character of home

'Rescue' - a different kind of love story

Junkyard yields an ecologist

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
Shoppers lined up outside the new Target for its grand opening Sunday morning, eagerly waiting for the doors to open, Manager Thurson Wang said.

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.

Across the area

Undecided voters wanted

Homicide cases remain open

Mobile home heart of debate

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

Jet changes will affect funeral cost
The changes in airline service at Augusta Regional Airport are affecting the way local funeral homes do business.

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.

Mobile home heart of debate
AIKEN - Bruce and Janis McGhee say they've been too busy building a business to think about building a house at the harness-racing track where the third leg of Aiken's Triple Crown is run every spring.

Leaders want link statewide
NEWNAN, Ga. - The sounds of hammers, drills and saws echo across the Summer Grove subdivision, where 2,500 houses are planned in what is billed as one of Georgia's best-wired communities. Inside one house, two electricians pull wires into walls strewn with colorful spaghetti that will link the three-story home to the municipal voice, data and video network.

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

Leaders want link statewide

Overcrowding hinders school

Flag flap shadows election

Officers seek robbery suspect

Making tracks

Greek event draws record crowd

Officials find slain teen's car

Overcrowding hinders school
There are signs throughout Har-lem Middle School that reveal the school's struggle with space.

Jet changes will affect funeral cost

Critics drive senator to succeed
Somewhere behind that country-mile-wide grin, behind the charm and the spin, beneath all the political victories and the accusations of impropriety, is the real Charles Walker, the one who is not supposed to be here.

Painted gourds garner praise

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

Teens learn Hebrew for Jewish holy days

Children left alone at risk

Undecided voters wanted
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.

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.

Teens learn Hebrew for Jewish holy days
Zack Albrecht, 14, has words of advice for teen-age Torah readers - they should practice twice as much as they think they should.

Domestic dispute ends in gunfire

Painted gourds garner praise
AIKEN - When her three children are off to school and her husband leaves for work, Terri Hudson's house gets very quiet.

Critics drive senator to succeed

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hawks looking for rebound

Falcons must improve offense

Falcons' tailspin continues

Mr. Joe Mixon
Mr. Joe Thomas Mixon, 37, of Martinez, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Willie Kitchens
Mr. Willie Pete Kitchens, 72, of Poteet Street, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at his residence.

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. Ray Matthews
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Lindsey Ray Matthews, 60, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

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

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

Mrs. Staretha Larke
JACKSON - Mrs. Staretha A. Larke, 77, of Broom Lane, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Mildred Holl
Mrs. Mildred Story Holl, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Somers Gunter
AIKEN - Mr. Somers Leroy Gunter, 74, of Pipeline Road, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Alicia Nichols
Mrs. Alicia Bortner Nichols, of Bransford Road, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Rosa Myles
BLYTHE - Mrs. Rosa Lee Scott Myles, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at West Lake Nursing Home, Augusta.

Mrs. Lucille Smith
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Lucille Thompson Smith, 87, of Dock Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing Center, Aiken.

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.

Ms. Dollie Haddon
Ms. Dollie Haddon, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Home.

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. Margaret Montgomery
Mrs. Margaret Mary Elizabeth O'Conner Montgomery, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. David Barnett
NEW ELLENTON - Mr. David Jackson Barnett, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000.

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

Mrs. Deweese Roof
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Deweese Mobley Roof, 82, of Sunset Drive, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Burke 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. George Umansky
Mr. George Umansky, 85, of Ramsgate Road, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Kathryn Hebert
THOMSON - Mrs. D. Kathryn Thigpen Hebert, 72, of Redbud Road, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Kathryn Hebert

Mrs. Margaret Montgomery

Mrs. Lucille Smith

Mr. Hubert Estes

Mrs. Mildred Holl

Mr. Lenwood Moody

Mr. Willie Kitchens

Mr. Eugene Cliett

Mrs. Rosa Myles

Mr. Eddie Herrion

Mr. Joe Mixon

Perry Clanton Jr.

Mr. George Umansky

Mr. David Barnett

Ms. Dollie Haddon

Mr. Charles Kitts

Mr. Somers Gunter

Mrs. Deweese Roof

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

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.

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

New word order
Words can be decisive instruments in turning the political tide in one direction or another. Take, for instance, the words ``spend'' and ``invest.''

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

Wilson wrong for clerk of court
I see in The Augusta Chronicle where Ed Wilson wants to improve the Aiken County Clerk of Court's office. What does he want to do? Employ Gestapo tactics? Liz Godard has been doing a good job. I haven't heard any complaints against her. Clyde Hooks, Belvedere

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

Pickle juice? Yuck
Forget Gatorade and other ``power drinks'' that fight dehydration and make athletes swift and durable on the field of competition. The Philadelphia Eagles has come up with something better (and cheaper): pickle juice.

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.

Help for ill workers
It's often said Congress does little of substance in an election year, but this year it appears something very substantive will get done which will affect scores of workers at the Savannah River Site and other Department of Energy-owned nuclear weapons complexes.

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

Superintendent fools no one
Who is Thomas A. Price, superintendent of Columbia County Schools, fooling anyway? Beverly Keeney, Grovetown

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

Gore scrapes, grovels for votes
The presidential race has tightened with indications that Vice President Al Gore is slightly ahead. It would be most unfortunate for the United States if he became president. Al Kotras, 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

Augusta State University scores low marks in good manners
I am not surprised that Augusta State University's enrollment is declining. I heard on the radio this morning that it was being attributed to unprepared students and several other things making ASU not responsible for the problem. I disagree. Kathy Britton, North Augusta

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

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

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.

Can I bill neighbors for their runoff?
I am a Columbia County resident who has a septic tank. Therefore I do not have water returning to the treatment plant in Columbia County. I know they are talking water runoff and if that is the case, charge everyone. I wonder if I can bill my neighbors for water that runs off their land to mine? Ken Jones, Evans

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.

Execute Alexander Williams now
Why do I work? I guess it's to provide Alexander Williams with a place to live, food, clothes and utilities for free - things most people have to work hard for. Glenda Johnson, Augusta

GOP has superior plan to cut taxes
Recent tax cut proposals by Democrat and Republican presidential candidates reveal vast differences between the parties, even though the final reductions are equivalent according to the news media. Elwyn Wingo, North Augusta

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

Rookies' spotlight fades

Overtime

Overtime

Labonte wins UAW-GM Quality 500

Hunters enjoy public hunt

Outdoors calendar

Children share joy of fishing

AOL expanding Web access
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- America Online Inc. may be the undisputed king of the hill when it comes to dial-up Internet service, but squealing modems won't be the way to connect for long.

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.

AOL expanding Web access

1 in 5 will get flu this winter