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
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.

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

Getting 'Fair Lady' to the stage not easy

Museum's fund-raiser to be artfully deceptive

Wait over for swing, jazz fans

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.

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.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Opry turns 75 with big party

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

'Mama Partridge' a cool chick

Injured Bordick out of lineup

All calm with Ankiel

Prepare for Friday the 13th

Membership drive successful

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.

State Farm might raise rates

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.

Theater announces the end

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

Correction

Charity employs job plan

Business briefs

Weekly gas update
Here is a list of unleaded gasoline prices at area gas stations.

Investors OK airline deal

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks rebounded Friday from a selloff the day before as bargain-hunting investors helped push the Nasdaq composite index up more than 240 points, one of its best one-day performances ever.

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.

Charity employs job plan
To most, Goodwill Industries is a place to buy cheap clothes.

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.

Tax company moves to Evans
When Rhodes-Murphy's new 11,000-square-foot building opens in Evans Town Center, it will be a one-stop shop for a variety of financial services.

Tax company moves to Evans

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.

Weekly gas update

Business briefs

Clemson notebook

Bulldogs fans go too far

Tripping up Appalachian State

SEC notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

Georgia notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Tech offense improving

Dump Dorsey

Gamecocks may be most improved

ACC notebook

South Carolina notebook

College games on television

South Carolina notebook

Clemson notebook

Disapproves of state senator's failure

Fading Pokemon fad is dangerous

America is facing a weighty issue

Sad deaths

Clinton-Gore promotes fear, envy

Georgia amendments

Minchew a great school board pick

Candidate right for school board

County's planning is boon to developers

Johnson has record of involvement

Caskets canceled

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.

Seminar to focus on challenging passage
Dirty socks on the floor and burned toast for breakfast can vaporize romance - but they are the very things that allow love to grow, says Dr. Mitchell Pacwa.

Faith digest
The Rev. Johnnie Bussey, ``the little singing boy'' from Clarks Hill, S.C., who grew up to use gospel radio to minister to the weary, lonely and hurting in Augusta, will be honored for 29 years of caring at New Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 3237 Deans Bridge Road, at 6 tonight.

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.

Membership rose along with walls
The Lutheran Church by the Lake is one of the newest churches in McCormick County, S.C.

Calamity can often be a tool of grace
It was a cold December night when a fire broke out in the apartment building where our family lived.

Foxworthy shares 'gift God gave me'
He will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Greater CSRA Fellowship of Christian Athletes Home Team banquet at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road in Evans.

U.S. makes early exit at Dunhill

Americans lose to Aussies

Games this week

Glenn Hills' Ricky Dunn

Washington-Wilkes 49, Commerce 27

Allendale 32, Jasper County 0

Ga. prep notebook

Laney crushes Harlem

Evans 21, Henry County 0

Williston 40, Hunter 20

S.C. prep notebook

Prep games on the air

The man with the plan

Thomas Jefferson 26, Briarwood 6

Countdown to kickoff

Blackville 34, Denmark 0

Orangeburg 31, S. Aiken 7

Midland Valley 28, White Knoll 21

Thomson powers way to win

Barnwell 43, Wade Hampton 0

Greenbrier over Burke County

Samples has hand in four TDs

Silver Bluff 35, Bamberg 3

Lakeside 36, Josey 8

Lynx top Grrrowl

Morrow returns to game

Diary: It is time to drop puck

Lynx ledger

Northeast division teams

Lynx notebook

Lynx: position by position

Southwest division teams

Northwest division teams

Southeast division teams

MacPherson happy in Augusta

Lynx ledger

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

Community relieved in wake of Rivera arrest
AIKEN - Early Friday, Aiken County officers swarmed a run-down green house at 177 Bettis Academy Road in Graniteville. It was where Reinaldo Rivera - a man now charged in three murders - lived until a month ago.

Rivera charged in 3 deaths
The man charged with the rape and assault of a south Augusta woman has been charged in the deaths of three people in Richmond and Aiken counties.

Rivera charged with Glista murder
Richmond County authorities have connected the rape and assault of a south Augusta woman to last month's slaying of a Fort Gordon Army sergeant.

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

Calamity can often be a tool of grace

Membership rose along with walls

Faith digest

Seminar to focus on challenging passage

Stop insects before they enter the house

Winter wonder-lawn

Foxworthy shares 'gift God gave me'

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.

Aiken to crack down on litter
AIKEN - Litterbugs, beware! Police officers will be making cases for littering during Zero Tolerance for Litter Week, which begins today.

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.

Measures benefit military retirees
Bills passed Thursday night should provide ``powerful medicine'' to military retirees seeking better health care, U.S. Sen. Max Cleland said.

Community relieved in wake of Rivera arrest

Across the area
A new authority aimed at fostering biotechnology in Augusta and commercializing research at Medical College of Georgia finally has some board members.

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.

$17,500 buys old junkyard
How many dollars does it take to buy an abandoned junkyard?

Rivera charged in 3 deaths

Aircraft fly-in lands enthusiasts
AIKEN - The fourth annual Rotors Over Carolina, a celebration of rotorcraft, kicked off Friday at Aiken Municipal Airport with the one- and two-seat helicopters buzzing about the field as spectators got up-close views.

School safety director resigns

Slayings linked
It began with a survivor who was willing to talk. By Friday, it had festered into a horrifying revelation for the Augusta area as arrest warrants against a 37-year-old tire inspector painted a grisly picture of ruthless attacks, brutalized bodies and a predator in the area for at least a year.

Slayings linked

Community relieved in wake of arrest
AIKEN - Early Friday, Aiken County officers swarmed a run-down green house at 177 Bettis Academy Road in Graniteville. It was where Reinaldo Rivera - a man now charged in three murders - lived until a month ago.

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.

Aircraft fly-in lands enthusiasts

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.

Across the area

Fire chief aspirants reviewed
The top three candidates to fill Richmond County's vacant fire chief position work for departments larger than Augusta's and have an average of 28 years of experience.

$17,500 buys old junkyard

Community relieved in wake of arrest
AIKEN - Early Friday, Aiken County officers swarmed a run-down green house at 177 Bettis Academy Road in Graniteville. It was where Reinaldo Rivera - a man now charged in three murders - lived until a month ago.

Companies to bid for site project

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.

Financial issues top platforms
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - When Marvin Easler joined the sheriff's department more than 25 years ago, there were two patrol deputies per shift. When Adell Dobey became a deputy a decade later, the manpower still had not grown.

Rivera charged with Glista murder

Across the area

Fire chief aspirants reviewed

17 charged in drug ring conspiracy

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.

Test scores, supplies take stage at forum

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.

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.

Board asks for resignations

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.

Arrest made in rape, assault case

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.

School to watch computer use

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.

Contractor's owner to run plant

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.

Shepeard's kicks off fund drive

Aiken to crack down on litter

Hopefuls don't come from area

Suspect in attack arrested

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.

School safety director resigns
Richmond County Schools' public safety director resigned Friday per the request of school board members who voted Thursday to ask him and the assistant director to step down.

Performers get ready to wail

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.

Falcons Salaam returns

Mrs. Thelma Sheppard
Mrs. Thelma Lee Sheppard, 74, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Cecil Miller Sr.
HARBOUR ISLAND, S.C. - Mr. Cecil Francis Miller Sr., 77, of Sanddollar Court, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia 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.

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

Dr. William Gillikin
Dr. William V. ``Bill'' Gillikin, 74, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

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

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

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

Ms. Carol Omosigho
COLUMBIA - Ms. Carol Jean Omosigho, 43, of Busby Street, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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.

Mr. Charles Rollins
Mr. Charles Wesley ``Wes'' Rollins, 42, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

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.

Mr. James Ely Jr.
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. - Mr. James Leonard Ely Jr., 59, of Huckleberry Finn Road, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

Mr. Carnell Brown Jr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Carnell Brown Jr., 32, of Hampton Street Apartments, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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.

Mr. Ira Roberts
PERKINS, Ga. - Mr. Ira L. Roberts, 81, of Perkins-Greenfork Road, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

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

Rio Dobey
AIKEN - Rio Lamont Dobey, infant son of George Dobey and Crystal Cheatham, of Bent Arrow Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Ruth Scarboro
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth Lena Kniphfer Scarboro, 92, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

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

Mr. Billy Williams Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Billy Albert Williams Sr. died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Gladys Jackson
AIKEN - Mrs. Gladys Redd Jackson, 88, of Barnard Avenue, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

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

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

Mrs. Louise Taylor
GLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Louise Edenfield Taylor, 75, of Douglas Street, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Ben Barnes Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Ben W. Barnes Jr., 64, of Arrowhead Lake Road, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Ida Broomberg
Mrs. Ida Vidro Broomberg died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Jack Burley Jr.
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Jack Burley Jr., 82, of Andrew Chapel Road, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

Mr. Warren Hunter
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Warren Lee Hunter, 70, of Commerce Street, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Loren Ivey Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Loren Abbott Ivey Jr., 63, of East Pine Log Road, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Gladys Jackson

Mrs. Ruth Scarboro

Mr. Clarence Allen

Mrs. Bessie Heggs

Ms. Minnie Manigo

Mrs. Catherine Hall

Mrs. Betty Pierce

Mrs. Esther Huff

Dr. William Gillikin

Pvt. Joseph Cleveland

Mr. James Ely Jr.

Mrs. Thelma Sheppard

Mrs. Louise Taylor

Mr. George Kennedy

Mr. Furman Muns

Mrs. Mary Battle-Stokes

Mrs. Alberta Grant

Mrs. Lucille Bishop

Mrs. Carol Cope

Mrs. Marie Collier

Mr. Charles Rollins

Mr. Kelly Ross

Rio Dobey

Mr. Willie Merritt

Mr. Loren Ivey Jr.

Mr. Louis Manning Jr.

Mr. Billy Williams Sr.

Mr. Jack Burley Jr.

Mrs. Ida Broomberg

Mrs. Ruthie Jukes

Mr. Sam Collins

Mr. Charlie Hayden

Mr. Ben Barnes Jr.

Sisler: When moral foundations are abandoned
A SCHISM IS developing in the United Methodist Church in Northern California and Nevada. Because of a fundamental difference in the way biblical standards were being upheld (or torn down, depending upon which side of the debate you find yourself), five conservative pastors withdrew from the denomination. Most of the members of their congregations went with them to start new churches, leaving the buildings and property behind.

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

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

Johnson has record of involvement
Next month voters in Richmond County District 8 will go to the polls to elect a new school board member. In my opinion there is only one clear choice, and that is Burles Johnson. Donny Gray, Augusta

Minchew a great school board pick
There are three candidates for Richmond County's Board of Education District 10 seat, but for me there's only one clear choice: Helen Minchew. Marge Swartzwelder, Augusta

After 8 years, what's going on?
What in the world is going on? After eight years of the Clinton-Gore Administration, we learn that: Hubert Baker, Aiken

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

Fading Pokemon fad is dangerous
Fortunately, the Pokemon fad is beginning to fade. I know most of you think that it is a cute fad, but it isn't. Jacob Pride, Augusta

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

Georgia amendments
Today The Augusta Chronicle begins its series of endorsements for election year 2000. Whether you agree with us or not, we hope we provide you with fodder for thought to enable you to cast an informed ballot on Nov. 7.

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

Sad deaths
On Oct. 2 I was saddened to hear of the death of yet another teen-ager - another life taken away due to speeding or careless driving. When will we learn that the driving age needs to be changed? Will it be when we get that call? Carol Sweeney, Hephzibah

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

Sisler: When moral foundations are abandoned
A SCHISM IS developing in the United Methodist Church in Northern California and Nevada. Because of a fundamental difference in the way biblical standards were being upheld (or torn down, depending upon which side of the debate you find yourself), five conservative pastors withdrew from the denomination. Most of the members of their congregations went with them to start new churches, leaving the buildings and property behind.

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

Disapproves of state senator's failure
Regarding several issues brought up by state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, in his response to my earlier letter concerning the dysfunctional behavior of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in the treatment of the Boy Scouts... Will Tinney, Aiken

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.

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.

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.

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

Clinton-Gore promotes fear, envy
After watching the presidential debates it is clear how little the Clinton-Gore political machine thinks of the American citizen. George C. Keough, Evans

South Carolina amendments
AMENDMENT 1: This overturns the state's lottery ban and authorizes the state to conduct one f

Candidate right for school board
I have known Mildred McDaniel as a teacher of my son and as a parent to her own children. She is a devoted parent and teacher, as well as a dedicated church member. Q.E. Smith, Augusta

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

Overtime

Lady Knights advance to state

Overtime

Nemechek wins second straight

N. Augustans lead Angler's Choice

Angler's Choice opens today

More boats needed for PVA event

Fishing tournament news

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.

Discovery docks with space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery's astronauts overcame navigation equipment trouble and arrived at the international space station Friday for a week of demanding construction work.

Discovery docks with space station

Discovery makes the 100th shuttle flight