Ramblin' Rhodes: Opry turns 75 with big party
This weekend is significant in the history of country music as the Grand Ole Opry celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Museum's fund-raiser to be artfully deceptive
Great art and bad taste are scheduled to collide at the Morris Museum of Art tonight when Young at Art, the museum's young adult (21-45) supporters group, holds its fifth annual fund-raiser.

Living History Park staging Revolution
For nine years, the Olde Towne Preservation Association has sponsored A Day to Remember, a re-creation of the area's Revolutionary past. It will be held Saturday and Sunday at Living History Park off Spring Grove Avenue.

Getting 'Fair Lady' to the stage not easy

Adaskin Trio classically schooled
The Adaskin String Trio opens the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society season with a concert at 8 tonight at Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

Wait over for swing, jazz fans

'Mama Partridge' a cool chick
For almost 40 years, singer and actress Shirley Jones has represented the American ideal of apple pie goodness.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Opry turns 75 with big party

Wait over for swing, jazz fans
In the true `the show must go on' spirit, Sophisticated Swing will present a candlelight benefit concert for the Columbia County Arts Council on Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Pavillion.

Living History Park staging Revolution

Getting 'Fair Lady' to the stage not easy
A young woman, stricken by poverty and unschooled in the ways of the world, is taken in and taught the tricks of high society, leaving her life of squalor behind and perhaps falling in love.

Museum's fund-raiser to be artfully deceptive

'Mama Partridge' a cool chick

Injured Bordick out of lineup

Prepare for Friday the 13th

Business briefs

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission wants to examine the records of pharmaceutical companies to find whether they keep lower-cost generic drugs off the market.

Correction
Because of incorrect information provided to The Augusta Chronicle, an article in Wednesday's editions gave the wrong time for an A.G. Edwards & Sons/Goldman Sachs seminar at West Lake Country Club. The seminar took place Thursday.

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.

Morris, PGA Tour in suit over scores

Membership drive successful
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday its annual membership drive has raised $192,626 - almost 80 percent of its $250,000 goal.

Correction

Theater announces the end
Come Sunday, if you want to see a movie for a dollar, go rent Smokey and the Bandit. Augusta's last ``dollar theater'' has announced it will close after 25 years.

Membership drive successful

Investors OK airline deal
Shareholders of US Airways on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the carrier's $4.3 billion merger with United Airlines.

Business briefs

Cerulean, WellPoint to merge

State Farm might raise rates

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

Investors OK airline deal

Aiken debates renovation
Members of the Aiken Corp.'s board of directors took stock of the past year and brainstormed about the future this week - a future that might include some notable additions to downtown.

Theater announces the end

State Farm might raise rates
State Farm Insurance has filed with the South Carolina Department of Insurance for its first home coverage increases in five years because of a string of destructive storms within the past few years.

Georgia notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia notebook

Tripping up Appalachian State

Clemson fans help team

Georgia Southern notebook

Clemson notebook

South Carolina notebook

SEC notebook

College games on television

Tech offense improving

ACC notebook

Clemson notebook

Dump Dorsey

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

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

Hodges' tough sell

Termination of new animal control director called for

Caskets canceled

Dad gets support

America is facing a weighty issue

Decentralization works

Suffered retaliation

County's planning is boon to developers

States case for Connell's re-election

Will corrupt S.C. get tough on DUI?

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.

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

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.

Stop insects before they enter the house
Fall is when insects may enter homes and buildings from the surrounding landscape, looking for a nice place to spend winter.

Winter wonder-lawn
Lawns require less maintenance in fall and winter, but a little extra grooming now can ensure your lawn will be lush and green for the cooler months.

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.

Presidents Cup weakens field

Americans lose to Aussies

Prep games on the air

Glenn Hills' Ricky Dunn

Games this week

S.C. prep notebook

Ga. prep notebook

Countdown to kickoff

The man with the plan

MacPherson happy in Augusta

Lynx notebook

Southwest division teams

Morrow returns to game

Northeast division teams

Lynx ledger

Southeast division teams

Northwest division teams

Diary: Intensity level rises

Diary: It is time to drop puck

Lynx: position by position

Lynx notebook

Prepare for Friday the 13th
I usually pay little attention to days like Friday the 13th.

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.

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.

Arrest made in rape, assault case
Authorities have arrested a man and charged him with the rape Tuesday of a South Augusta teen-ager. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

Winter wonder-lawn

Stop insects before they enter the house

Parental servitude shouldn't be allowed

Capsules

Stine language

Board asks for resignations

Disaster left mark on county

Research group reaps dividends

Hopefuls don't come from area
As county officials narrow their search for a new fire chief, records indicate that none of the seven candidates vying for the top spot in Richmond County's fire department is from here.

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.

Airport hopes to see funds
A five-year capital improvement program is in place, a master plan for future economic growth is on the way, and, for the first time in years, Augusta Regional Airport applied for discretionary funds.

School board, Schrenko clash

School board, Schrenko clash
ATLANTA - Questions about accounting and management during Thursday's meeting of the Georgia Board of Education led to accusations of political motives by some board members and Superintendent of Schools Linda Schrenko.

Victim's father seeks answers
AIKEN - Robert Cook pleaded Thursday with college students at the University of South Carolina Aiken to come forward if they have any information in his son's killing.

South Carolina may lose funding

Police stop giving away gun locks

17 charged in drug ring conspiracy
Seventeen men implicated in a sweeping cocaine conspiracy appeared in Augusta and Atlanta magistrate courts Thursday, where they were formally charged with taking part in a drug ring spanning from the state capital to the Garden City.

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.

Hopefuls don't come from area

Test scores, supplies take stage at forum

Shepeard's kicks off fund drive

Across the area

Contractor's owner to run plant

Resident says deputy attacked him

School to watch computer use

Council sets rule for trips

Companies to bid for site project

Artist pays tribute to fields

Arrest made in rape, assault case

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.

Suspect in attack arrested
Friendly and sedate, Reinaldo J. Rivera seemed the perfect neighbor when he moved with his family to Sudlow Ridge Road a month ago.

Board asks for resignations
Richmond County school board members voted Thursday to ask for the resignation of the director and assistant director of the public safety department.

School to watch computer use
ATHENS, Ga. - No one knows how much of the University of Georgia's computer capacity is being eaten up by people using Napster and similar Web sites that allow users to exchange music recordings over the Internet.

Performers get ready to wail
Ella Overton pressed and curled James Brown's silky mane early Thursday as she has for more than 40 years.

Contractor's owner to run plant
The parent company of Savannah River Site's top contractor has won new business from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Airport hopes to see funds

Companies to bid for site project
Two Savannah River Site subcontractors are among companies interested in bidding for a contract to replace a failed $489 million plant at the site.

17 charged in drug ring conspiracy

Shepeard's kicks off fund drive
AIKEN - Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center kicked off a $100,000 fund drive Thursday for a new blood donation center.

Performers get ready to wail

Panel votes to borrow $15 million
Richmond County school board members voted Thursday to allow school officials to borrow $15 million to make up for a shortage caused by late tax bills.

Suspect in attack arrested

Candidates forum set for tonight

Teen-ager gets life in prison

Police: Attacks on girls similar

Teen receives life sentence

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.

Legislators get tour

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.

Guilty plea in double homicide trial

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Test scores, supplies take stage at forum
Raising test scores and finding money for classroom materials were among the promises from Richmond County Board of Education candidates Thursday night.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta-Richmond County motorcycle deputy was treated for minor injuries and bruises Thursday after an unidentified motorist caused him to crash into a curb on Milledge Road.

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.

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

Falcons' to slow down Faulk

Falcons Salaam returns

Mrs. Eloise Sweat
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Eloise Orr Sweat, 84, died Wednesday. Oct. 11, 2000.

Mrs. Lucille Bishop
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Turner Bishop, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Union County Hospital, Blairsville.

Mr. Louis Manning Jr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Louis Manning Jr., 71, of Chess Loop, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at Veterans Hospital, Miami.

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

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

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

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

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. Furman Muns
GIRARD, Ga. - Mr. Furman Muns, 76, of Claxton Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Charlie Hayden
Mr. Charlie E. Hayden, 74, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. Clarence Allen
WARTHEN, Ga. - Mr. Clarence Allen, 97, of Georgia Highway 15 North, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Carol Cope
AIKEN - Mrs. Carol Chisholm Cope, 79, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Esther Huff
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Esther O'Banion Huff, 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Trident Hospital, Charleston.

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

Mrs. Mildred Peeples
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Mildred Anne Coleman Peeples, 76, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Ruthie Jukes
THOMSON - Mrs. Ruthie Mae Gartrell ``Honey'' Jukes, 59, of Carver Street, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Alberta Grant
Mrs. Alberta C. Grant, of Kinglet Court, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Willie Merritt
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Willie Lewis ``Rainey'' Merritt, 75, of Thompson Town Road, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital.

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

Mr. Percial Walker Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Percial Walker Jr., of Georgia Highway 80 West, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mr. Kelly Ross
ELKO, S.C. - Mr. Kelly Ross, 96, of Church Street, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital, Barnwell.

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

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

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.

Mrs. Betty Pierce
POOLER, Ga. - Mrs. Betty Frances Mock Pierce, 69, of West Whatley Street, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000.

Mr. Larry Barnes
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Larry Leroy Barnes, 51, of Geter Street, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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.

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

Mr. George Kennedy
Mr. George Cary Kennedy, 74, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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. Marie Collier
FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y. - Mrs. Marie Seymore ``Missy'' Collier, 87, of Dix Avenue, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Franklin Nursing Home, Flushing.

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

Mrs. Mary Battle-Stokes
THOMSON - Mrs. Mary L. Battle-Stokes, 78, of Whitehead Street, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at McDuffie County Medical Center.

Ms. Minnie Manigo
Ms. Minnie Manigo, 81, of 10th Street, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Bessie Heggs
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie Heggs, 88, of Georgia Highway 171, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Willie Harris
Mrs. Willie Pearl Harris, 61, of Camille Street, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at her residence.

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

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

Mrs. Catherine Hall
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Catherine Bennett Hall, 61, of First Street, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Sam Collins

Morgan Jones

Mrs. Lilla Wright

Mr. Louis Manning Jr.

Mrs. Lula Goodson

Mrs. Ruthie Jukes

Mrs. Mary Martin

Mr. Charlie Hayden

Mr. Lenzie Wright Sr.

Mr. Furman Muns

Mrs. Lillie Taylor

Mrs. Betty Pierce

Mrs. Catherine Adkins

Mrs. Alberta Grant

Mrs. Esther Huff

Mr. Clarence Allen

David Gourley

Mr. Kelly Ross

Pvt. Joseph Cleveland

Ms. Minnie Manigo

Mr. Paul Carpenter

Mr. Sam Collins

Mrs. Inez Jones

Mrs. Marie Collier

Mrs. Lorine Burdette

Mrs. Lucille Bishop

Mr. Albert Mims Jr.

Mrs. Mary Battle-Stokes

Mrs. Weebie Keuper

Mr. George Kennedy

Mr. Willie Merritt

Pvt. Joseph Cleveland

Mrs. Bessie Heggs

Mrs. Catherine Hall

Mrs. Carol Cope

Water charges
Regarding Ken Jones' Oct. 9 letter, ``Can I bill neighbors for runoff?'': I'd say that depends on how ``used'' the water is. Coming from a septic tank, the water is very used and you should be able to charge them a lot.Frank Hutto, Martinez

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.

Defends Ronnie Few
I have known former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few since 1978, when I went to work for the East Point Fire Department. I have since gone on to a different fire department as did Chief Few. While we did not remain close over the years, we did keep in touch.Capt. Al Terry, Atlanta Fire Department

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

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.

Caskets canceled
Augusta suffered yet another insult from the fallout of Delta Air Lines switching from MD-88 jets to smaller 50-seat jets and 66-seat turbo prop planes. Last month the companies abruptly stopped shipping caskets in and out of Augusta Regional Airport. Funeral directors now have to drive to Columbia, S.C., to pick up or ship their cargo.

Lieberman can't change Al Gore
I have never been polled and I don't know anyone else who has been, either locally or nationally. Mary L. Blitchington, North Augusta

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

County's planning is boon to developers
Why didn't Columbia County, when it planned the one-mile, downtown radius for development, rezone it to Planned Urban Development (PUD)? Nancy Passalacqua, Evans

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

America is facing a weighty issue
Obesity among Americans shot up almost 6 percent from 1998 to 1999, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Oct. 5 Journal of the American Medical Association. Allen Causey, Augusta

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.

Teen fears Gore will take his guns
The Second Amendment to the Constitution, one of our inalienable rights, is being slowly compromised by the Clinton-Gore administration. If Al Gore wins the presidential election, I fear he will start a trend that will make owning a gun something that we can only tell our grandchildren about. Isaac McAdams, Augusta

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

Defends Ronnie Few
I have known former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few since 1978, when I went to work for the East Point Fire Department. I have since gone on to a different fire department as did Chief Few. While we did not remain close over the years, we did keep in touch. Capt. Al Terry, Atlanta Fire Department

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

Water charges
Regarding Ken Jones' Oct. 9 letter, ``Can I bill neighbors for runoff?'': I'd say that depends on how ``used'' the water is. Coming from a septic tank, the water is very used and you should be able to charge them a lot. Frank Hutto, Martinez

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

Why teens smoke
No one should be shocked at the just-released survey showing 55 percent of Georgia's 2,000 middle school students have tried a cigarette or that 20 percent of them had a smoke or chaw at least once in the past 30 days. That includes Richmond County 8th graders.

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

No Smackdown clash
The stereotypes didn't show up Tuesday night at the second nationally televised presidential debate. Viewers looking for a Smackdown clash between ``Meanie'' and ``Dummy'' had to be disappointed. It was more love-in than wrestling match.

Opposes fetal stem cell research
To those who watched actorentertainer Michael J. Fox, and others, request Congress provide federal funding for stem cell research, which would include fetal stem cell research, I would like to say that I strongly disagree. J. Bartlett, 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.

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

Overtime

Drivers are athletes

Lady Knights advance to state

Talladega: cheater's paradise

ASU falls to Lander

Overtime

Tourney on Thurmond Lake

More boats needed for PVA event

Fishing tournament news

Angler's Choice opens today

Angler's choice qualifiers

Discovery makes the 100th shuttle flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After nearly a week of delays, Discovery and a crew of seven sailed into orbit on the 100th space shuttle flight and gave chase to the international space station.

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.

Parents will be notified of pill use

Discovery makes the 100th shuttle flight