Mets glad to see Cardinals

Cerulean, WellPoint to merge
Shareholders of Cerulean Companies Inc., the parent of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, approved Cerulean's $500 million merger with WellPoint Health Networks Inc. just days after WellPoint settled a class-action lawsuit filed in Augusta.

Morris, PGA Tour in suit over scores
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Morris Communications Corp. sued the PGA Tour on Wednesday over the right to sell round-by-round golf tournament scores live on the Internet to other media.

Agency will sponsor fair
The government agency that assisted once-fledgling businesses such as Nike, Federal Express and Ben & Jerry's will be in Augusta today offering help to area small businesses.

Agency will sponsor fair

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Newspaper publishers, already confronting slower growth in advertising revenues, are bracing for another increase in newsprint prices in the spring.

Cerulean, WellPoint to merge

Farm tax repeal on ballot
When July rolled around this year and Lee Anderson still had no hay to harvest, he knew this summer's drought would be a tough one.

Morris, PGA Tour in suit over scores

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fell sharply Tuesday as investors girded themselves for third-quarter earnings reports.

Farm tax repeal on ballot

Business briefs

Clemson notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Bulldogs must stay focused

Clemson fans help team

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia notebook

Allegation made against O'Leary

Big game ahead for Ga. Southern

Candidate, party are mixed up

Stop nation's moral decline; vote for George W. Bush

Finance follies

Dad gets support

Suffered retaliation

States case for Connell's re-election

Rocker headed to Hall of Fame?

Fibber vs. stumbler?

Termination of new animal control director called for

Water problems are statewide

Hodges' tough sell

Exxon sets record straight

Will corrupt S.C. get tough on DUI?

Paid to worry

Decentralization works

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are lower or higher than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores.

Stine language
NEW YORK - When R.L. Stine sits down in his plush, black desk chair to write, next to a model skeleton sporting sunglasses and beneath shelves packed with his best-selling books, he has just one thing on his mind - terrifying millions of young children.

Love these tenders
Readers and friends often comment that my children must love having a mom who develops recipes. They do love the ''idea'' of it.

Capsules
A new study of television violence has found that when it comes to family viewing, some commercials aired during baseball playoffs strike out.

Parental servitude shouldn't be allowed
Q: I recently heard you speak in Wisconsin and realized that I have not made the transition from servantship to leadership with my two girls, who are 6 and 4. Long past the time I should have taken control of my relationships with them, they still call many of the shots.

In the know
HEADS-UP: Ever since 1984, when soccer passed baseball as the most popular team sport in this country, a growing number of young soccer players have suffered mild to severe head trauma, neck injuries, damage to the cervical spine, headache, neck pain, dizziness, irritability and insomnia, says the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association.

Golf Club to open 2001

Presidents Cup weakens field

Glenn Hills enjoys win

Lynx notebook

Augusta veteran to return

Diary

Diary: Intensity level rises

Teen receives life sentence
An Augusta teen-ager, jailed since he was 14 years old, admitted Wednesday to two counts murder and received a life sentence in prison.

Airport committee holds meeting
The sooner Augusta Regional Airport can finish developing a master plan for future economic growth, the sooner it can offer property instead of promises to air-related industries.

Guilty plea in double homicide trial
A 16-year-old who took part in a double homicide on an Augusta street will spend a lifetime behind bars.

Animal control shelter reopens
State inspectors opened the adoption area of the Richmond County Animal Shelter Tuesday afternoon - ending 11 weeks of quarantine.

Love these tenders

Stine language

Parental servitude shouldn't be allowed

In the know

Capsules

Legislators get tour

Air Tran school passes over city

South Carolina may lose funding
COLUMBIA - If South Carolina can't stop teen-agers from smoking, millions of federal dollars owed to the state for tobacco prevention could go up in flames.

Disaster left mark on county
Ten years ago today, 29-year-old Shirley Nelson and her 23-year-old sister Malinda awoke to the sound of thunder.

Across the area
Augusta emergency officials needed about 90 minutes to clean a small chemical spill at a local plant Tuesday afternoon.

Candidates forum set for tonight
Seventeen candidates competing for five seats on the Richmond County school board will get a chance today to tell people why they should be elected.

Across the area

Teen-ager gets life in prison
An Augusta teen-ager who admitted his guilt in a double homicide was sentenced Wednesday to a lifetime behind prison bars.

Undersea explorer touts projects
Undersea explorer Robert Ballard's current expedition is of biblical proportion.

Ambulance service faces lack of funds
Rural/Metro Ambulance is asking for $625,000 a year or it might not be able to continue as the county's ambulance provider after its contract expires in June.

Agency lacks care inspectors
AIKEN - South Carolina employs 21 inspectors to monitor 1,516 health care facilities, a heavy caseload that often leaves families with the responsibility for catching elderly abuse and neglect.

Admissions policies still too lax

Teen-ager gets life in prison

SRS workers begin charity campaign
Marcia Delmore had a good reason to encourage her fellow Savannah River Site employees to contribute to the site's Combined Federal Campaign: her niece.

Guilty plea in double homicide trial

Council sets rule for trips
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Georgia's Ethics In Government Act does not allow elected officials to take their families on all-expenses-paid trips sponsored by lobbyists, the State Ethics Commission declared Wednesday.

Three killed in wreck
Jefferson High School was in mourning Tuesday after students learned that a standout basketball player was among three men killed in a Monday morning car wreck.

Authorities seek attacker
A woman was sexually assaulted in Richmond Gardens subdivision at noon Tuesday, and Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking for her attacker.

Authorities seek attacker

Vigil honors victims of abuse
AIKEN - Georgia Marie Rich was going to her boyfriend's house to break up with him for the last time when he shot her in the heart, then turned the gun on himself.

Police stop giving away gun locks
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has halted the distribution of free gun locks in response to reports from two law enforcement agencies that the devices can spring open.

County increases pay for teachers
Columbia County teachers who receive national certification will be rewarded with a one-time 5 percent pay increase.

Candidates forum set for tonight

Correction

Police: Attacks on girls similar

Agency lacks care inspectors

Teen receives life sentence

Undersea explorer touts projects

Lottery foes roll into city
AIKEN - The No Lottery 2000 bus rolled into Aiken on Tuesday on a tour of the state, driven by a simple philosophy: Every vote counts.

Artist pays tribute to fields
AIKEN - Trish Arnold's favorite childhood memory of her family's Dunbarton farm is the freedom she felt standing in the middle of its vast fields.

County names finalists
Five teachers have been chosen as finalists for Richmond County's Teacher of the Year.

Inspectors lift ban on local shelter
State inspectors opened the adoption area of the Richmond County Animal Shelter on Tues-day afternoon - ending 11 weeks of quarantine.

Research group reaps dividends
The state's multimillion-dollar investment in high-tech science is beginning to pay off, Georgia Research Alliance President Michael Cassidy told a University of Georgia audience Tuesday.

Panel begins move
ATLANTA - Cities and towns vying to lure state government offices away from Atlanta will have to sell themselves, not only to the affected agencies and workers, but also to the state's bean counters, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor said Tuesday.

South Carolina may lose funding

Teen faces murder trial
Trial began Monday for an Augusta teen who was 14 years old when accused of taking part in a double homicide.

Ambulance service faces lack of funds

Air Tran school passes over city
The sooner Augusta Regional Airport can finish developing a master plan for future economic growth, the sooner it can offer property instead of promises to air-related industries.

Airport committee holds meeting

Research group reaps dividends

County increases pay for teachers

Resident says deputy attacked him

Lottery foes roll into city

Correction
Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly listed the address of a party raided Friday night by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. The correct address was 4885 Hardy McManus Road.

Police: Attacks on girls similar
She was offered a shot at a modeling career. Instead, an 18-year-old woman in south Augusta nearly became another metro Augusta homicide.

Disaster left mark on county

Artist pays tribute to fields

Across the area
DOUGLAS - The University System of Georgia will begin regular review of all academic programs under a schedule approved Wednesday by the Board of Regents.

Legislators get tour
He couldn't take Augusta to Atlanta, so state Rep. Jack Connell did the next best thing: He brought the House Appropriations Committee to Augusta for a close-up look at the progress that has been made and the promise that future endeavors hold.

Admissions policies still too lax
ATLANTA - Georgia's public colleges have become more selective about the students they let in, but they should become pickier still, according to an analysis by the University System of Georgia released Wednesday.

Artist saves Halloween mural
After all these years, local airbrush artist Ken Rayburn Jr. was surprised his creepy creation survived.

Resident says deputy attacked him
AIKEN - An 84-year-old Aiken County man is suing a sheriff's deputy for excessive force and assault and battery, claiming the officer was out of control when he attacked the man in 1999 while searching for the man's son.

Across the area

Vigil honors victims of abuse

Police stop giving away gun locks

SRS workers begin charity campaign

Teen faces murder trial

Council sets rule for trips

Falcons sign Pilgrim

Falcons' to slow down Faulk

Mr. Handy Huntley
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Handy Huntley, 80, of Handy Street, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Catherine Adkins
LITTLE RIVER, S.C. - Mrs. Catherine S. Adkins, of North Horseshoe Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach.

Mr. Frank Riddle
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Mr. Frank Pernell ``Buster Boy'' Riddle, 38, of West Street, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Kent and Queen Anna's Hospital.

Mr. Charles Burckhalter
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Charles Edward Burckhalter, 69, of Cathy Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Thomas Syms
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Frank Syms, 87, of River Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Hazel McBurney
Mrs. Hazel McBurney, 91, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Robert Law Sr.
Mr. Robert Augustus Law Sr., 54, of Collier Road, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Elsa Fox
AIKEN - Mrs. Elsa Ayliffe Runyan Fox, 75, of Moultrie Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lillian Mitchum
BELVEDERE - Mrs. Lillian Mitchum, 93, of Belair Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Authur Burton
EAST POINT, Ga. - Mr. Authur James Burton, 59, of Connaly Drive, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Weebie Keuper
PERRY, Ga. - Mrs. Weebie Keuper, 79, of Moreland Avenue, died Tuesday. Oct. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Lee Herndon
Mr. Lee Martin Herndon, 73, of Elizabeth Drive, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lillie Taylor
CUSSETA, Ga. - Mrs. Lillie Ansley Taylor, 92, of Smith Trailer Park, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital, Columbus.

Mr. Grady Mobley Sr.
Mr. Grady John Mobley Sr., 84, of Powell Road, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Lenzie Wright Sr.
BATH - Mr. Lenzie Wright Sr., 75, of Rice Bottom Road, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lilla Wright
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lilla W. Wright, 74, of Cypress Street, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000.

Mrs. Eunice King
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Eunice Campbell King, 71, of Jessie James Pond Road, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Paul Carpenter
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. Paul Monroe Carpenter, 85, of West Wise Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Joyce Howard
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mrs. Joyce Johnson Howard, 67, of Witcher Street, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital, Greensboro.

Mrs. Lula Goodson
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Lula Mae Berry Goodson, 58, of Geter Street, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Morgan Jones
AIKEN - Morgan Cade Jones, infant son of Robert Jr. and Laura O'Bryan Jones, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, in Augusta.

Mr. Freddie McCrary
Mr. Freddie McCrary, of Friars Lane, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Albert Mims Jr.
MARTIN, S.C. - Mr. Albert Hazel Mims Jr., 70, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lula Goodson
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Lula Mae Berry Goodson, 58, of Geter Street, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Inez Jones
Mrs. Inez Turner Jones, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000.

Mr. Andrew Rutland Sr.
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mr. Andrew Griffin Rutland Sr., 82, of Edisto Avenue, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. John Lewis
NEW YORK - Mr. John Edward Lewis, 61, of Brooklyn, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Willie McNorrill
Mr. Willie L. McNorrill, 66, of Willow Street, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Blair House Nursing Home.

Mr. Harold Echols Jr.
RAYLE, Ga. - Mr. Harold Metz Echols Jr., 70, of Lexington Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Dovia Davis Sr.
Mr. Dovia ``Bud'' Davis Sr., 71, of Augusta Avenue, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Martin
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Mary Joann Martin, 61, of James Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Neal Beard
BANNER ELK, N.C. - Mrs. Neal Williams Beard, 89, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Cannon Memorial Hospital, Linville.

Mr. William Davis Jr.
Mr. William J. Davis Jr., 59, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

David Gourley
David Allen Gourley, infant son of Curtis L. and Brenda McGinnis Gourley, Martinez, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Pvt. Joseph Cleveland
HEPHZIBAH - Pvt. Joseph Cleveland, 20, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000.

Mr. John Hoffman
BAMBERG, S.C. - Mr. John L. Hoffman, 88, of New Bridge Street, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Carol Cope
AIKEN - Mrs. Carol Chisholm Cope, 79, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1000, at her residence.

Mr. Alton Voudren
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. Alton Lawrance Voudren, 74, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000.

Mrs. Lorine Burdette
DALLAS, Ga. - Mrs. Lorine Burns Burdette, 47, of Presidential Drive, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Minnie Henderson
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Minnie Lou Henderson, 82, of Stone and Patrick Road, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, in Savannah.

Mr. Sam Collins
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Sam A. Collins, 75, of Currytown Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Joyce Howard

Mrs. Lilla Wright

Morgan Jones

Mrs. Minnie Henderson

Mr. Robert Law Sr.

Mr. Grady Mobley Sr.

Mrs. Lorine Burdette

Mr. John Hoffman

Mr. Lenzie Wright Sr.

Mr. Frank Riddle

Mrs. Mary Martin

Mr. Charles Burckhalter

Mrs. Hazel McBurney

Mr. Alton Voudren

Mrs. Lula Goodson

Mr. Sam Collins

Mrs. Inez Jones

Mr. Albert Mims Jr.

Mr. Paul Carpenter

Mrs. Lillie Taylor

Pvt. Joseph Cleveland

Mr. Willie McNorrill

David Gourley

Mr. William Davis Jr.

Mrs. Elsa Fox

Mrs. Lula Goodson

Mr. Dovia Davis Sr.

Mr. Andrew Rutland Sr.

Mr. Lee Herndon

Mrs. Weebie Keuper

Mrs. Catherine Adkins

Mrs. Neal Beard

Kent: The editorial Al Gore doesn't want you to read
POLLS INDICATE that Al Gore would lose his home state of Tennessee to Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush if the presidential election occurred today.

Gore put politics over principle in Gulf War vote
AL GORE'S new campaign ad is running across the country now and says he is ``fighting for us.'' But the true story of his Gulf War vote in January 1991 says he is usually fighting for Al. Here is the inside story of what happened.

Blasts 'America's criminal class'
Can you believe it? Our politicians are calling for campaign finance reform. This is simply more diversion. Lies and deceptions are politicians' stock-in-trade. At election time, they tell the gullible electorate what they want to hear. After being elected, they vote the direction the special interest groups want. Andy Windham, Wagener

Fibber vs. stumbler?
As the two presidential candidates head toward their second debate tonight, here's what we've learned about the first debate. Al Gore won on debate points; George W. Bush won on popularity points.

Gore put politics over principle in Gulf War vote
AL GORE'S new campaign ad is running across the country now and says he is ``fighting for us.'' But the true story of his Gulf War vote in January 1991 says he is usually fighting for Al. Here is the inside story of what happened.

Suffered retaliation
I agree with Steve Simpson's Oct. 7 letter. As a Christian clergywoman, for years I have spoken out against abuses by both the black Baptist clergy and leadership for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Rev. L. Dowell, Augusta

Rocker headed to Hall of Fame?
``Rocker has the last laugh.'' On Sept. 27 that was the headline on some of the New York newspapers. Now the sports reporters and pundits, including Rick Dorsey, should bury their heads in the sand. Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Termination of new animal control director called for
What a shock and disappointment it was to read the comments and opinions of Dr. Bonnie Bragdon, the new director of Richmond County Animal Control. The article was headlined, ``We shouldn't be in the business of adoption.'' It stated she does not want to be charged with doing adoptions, and she has no problem with a hunter shooting his dog in the head, if it won't hunt - ``one less dog for me to deal with.'' Elaine van der Linden, Belvedere

States case for Connell's re-election
I urge Georgia House District 115 voters to re-elect Jack Connell on Nov. 7. Rep. Connell has been instrumental in making Augusta a better place to live for over 30 years, and we cannot afford to lose such a powerful voice in our state capitol. Mary Davis, Augusta

Stop nation's moral decline; vote for George W. Bush
There is a growing feeling among good people of almost all points of view that our country is in rapid decline morally and in civility. This decline can be seen most clearly in the filth, corruption, lies and arrogance of the ClintonGore administration. Ralph W. Buchanan Sr., North Augusta

Company backs thought control
Wal-Mart has endorsed thought control. In a recent e-mail I received from Wal-Mart in response to a complaint I lodged against them for removing Maurice Bessinger's Bar-B-Q Sauce from their shelves, they stated that they had removed the product because, in their opinion, Mr. Bessinger's personal beliefs did not reflect Wal-Mart's beliefs. J. David Cansler, Aiken

Hodges' tough sell
Gov. Jim Hodges stepped up his campaign to persuade South Carolina voters to OK the lottery referendum Nov. 7. He has a big task. A Clemson University poll shows support for the lottery at less than 40 percent.

Finance follies
Augusta-Richmond County's Finance Department is a mess, and a recent audit of it should concern taxpayers who are funding the mess.

Kent: The editorial Al Gore doesn't want you to read
POLLS INDICATE that Al Gore would lose his home state of Tennessee to Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush if the presidential election occurred today.

Will corrupt S.C. get tough on DUI?
I am grateful to Congress for establishing a nationwide 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration standard. Once South Carolina complies, driving in that state is likely to be much less dangerous. Richard Arnold, Augusta

President has his legacy: RU-486
At last the much-searched for Clinton Legacy has arrived. The culmination of his administration reared it's ugly head in the form of a very controversial pill, RU-486 (the abortion pill). Stephen Johnston, Martinez

Paid to worry
Here we go again. Dr. Bonnie Bragdon has cast yet another dark cloud over Richmond County Animal Control. She is quoted in a recent interview as saying it's fine to shoot your animal in the head. She even goes one step further saying, ``It's one less dog I have to worry about.'' J. Graham, Augusta

Decentralization works
When Georgia's Division of Professional Licensing moved its 142 employees from Atlanta to Macon a year ago, it was understood to be an experiment in decentralizing state government - a reform that the capital city had kept on the back burner for years.

Exxon sets record straight
We at ExxonMobil appreciate concern expressed in the Oct. 4 editorial regarding people and businesses affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. However, your editorial contained a number of errors. Tom Cirigliano, Irving, Texas

Dad gets support
I agree wholeheartedly with Charles D. Johnson Jr. (letter, Sept. 28). The decision makers refuse to personally come and view the hazardous area that Mr. Johnson's daughter is subjected to. As an example, his daughter must walk 810 of a mile to the actual bus stop. To transverse this dirt road she is subject to two dogs which run loose. The dirt road is approximately five feet from a very active railroad line. David G. Edmiston Sr., Grovetown

Water problems are statewide
A lot of attention has been placed on Atlanta's water quality problems. What people don't always realize, however, is that water problems persist statewide. Maggie Kelly, Public Interest Research Group, Atlanta

Mixing it up over sauce controversy
Winn Dixie should change the name of its company to ``Losing Dixie,'' because it didn't win Dixie with the cowardly act of removing Maurice's barbecue sauce from shelves. This is just another attempt of many over the past 135 years to erase any and all traces of our Southern heritage. Richard L. Herron, North Augusta

Candidate, party are mixed up
How can politicians or political parties promise to get children health insurance and better education, when they approve of murdering babies? Roger P. Sanderson, Augusta

Centurion out; Jags play Lander

Talladega: cheater's paradise

Overtime

ASU falls to Lander

Drivers are athletes

Overtime

Greenbrier makes it look easy

Tourney on Thurmond Lake

Angler's choice qualifiers

Parents will be notified of pill use
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's parental notification law must be followed, even if teen-agers are seeking abortions with the RU-486 pill, Attorney General Charlie Condon said Tuesday.

Pills may increase risk of breast cancer
CHICAGO - Birth control pills may raise the already heightened risk of breast cancer faced by women with a strong family history of the disease, a study suggests.

Pills may increase risk of breast cancer

Parents will be notified of pill use