Ramblin' Rhodes: Grandfather of Soul
The news that country legend Kitty Wells is retiring from the road this year came to mind Oct. 12 while watching 67-year-old James Brown trying to perform his heart out the way he did in his 20s and 30s.

Diffie's prescription

Fair game
It's possible that .38 Special front man Donnie Van Zant might have never become a musician.

Club calender

Applause calendar
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'Bountiful' awakens homing instinct

To its shame, Augusta snubs musical legend
This was supposed to be a review of the James Brown concert Oct. 12 at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. I had envisioned heady prose about an appreciative house, full to the rafters, riding on the wave of the famous Brown funk.

Artists taking to streets to paint local landmarks

Concert will have royal atmosphere

Concert will have royal atmosphere
Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Augusta Choral Society will open its season in regal fashion.

Fair game

'Bountiful' awakens homing instinct
In a small, two-bedroom apartment in Houston, a drama quietly plays out. There is no gnashing of teeth or rending of garments, just Carrie Watts, a sad woman in the twilight of life who wants to go home, home to the small Texas town of Bountiful.

Club calender
Here is a listing of all of your local clubs and their event calenders.

To its shame, Augusta snubs musical legend

Squirrel lives on nutty music
Unfairly lumped in with the multitude of bands that left the ill-conceived swing revival gasping for breath under their terrible weight, Squirrel Nut Zippers survived the jumping and jiving melee by sticking to their uniquesound.

Applause calendar

Diffie's prescription
For almost a decade, Joe Diffie has enjoyed a successful career at the corner of Country and Pop.

Real troupers

Real troupers
Everybody knows the drill. Join the Army. See the world. Learn a trade. Sing and dance.

Squirrel lives on nutty music

Artists taking to streets to paint local landmarks
The Greater Augusta Arts Council is organizing a little field trip.

Opinion on World Series?

Jackets will open season on the road

Clemens: I'm sorry

City prepares for Subway Series

Benjamin Franklin had a point

BP Amoco plant negotiates sale

Business briefs
SEATTLE - First-quarter net income at Microsoft Corp. rose 7 percent, although the bulk of the software giant's profit increase came from the company's investments, not its products.

Pizza place gets new joint

Business briefs

Manufacturer will cut jobs
Ingersoll-Rand plans 4,000 layoffs, 51 closings; local Club Car, Thermo King will not see changesFrom Staff and Wire ReportsIndustrial equipment manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand Co. plans to lay off about 4,000 employees, or about 8 percent of its work force, and close 51 facilities by the end of 2001.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - America's trade deficit declined to $29.4 billion, the lowest level in six months, as U.S. exports hit an all-time high, bolstered by strong overseas sales of autos, computer products and farm goods, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

Market Monitor
With the recent drop in the stock market, investors are starting to get a little weak-kneed. Area financial advisers and stock brokers, however, caution against getting out of the market too soon, saying the recent dips are normal, even healthy.

Judge will rule on PGA lawsuit

Firestone will keep area jobs
The Bridgestone/Firestone plant in Aiken County has escaped - for now, at least - the layoffs and work stoppages announced Tuesday by the company.

Judge will rule on PGA lawsuit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A judge said he will decide today whether Morris Communications Corp. can sell real-time golf scores from upcoming PGA Tour events while the company's antitrust lawsuit against the Tour is pending.

Pizza place gets new joint
Owners of food and beverage establishments on Broad Street have their fingers crossed, hoping customers find the changes they have in store palatable.

Firestone will keep area jobs

Market Monitor

BP Amoco plant negotiates sale
The bidding for an Augusta chemical plant has closed, and a new owner should be named in early 2001.

Manufacturer will cut jobs

Business briefs

College games on TV

ACC notebook

College on the radio

Georgia Tech notebook

Tigers fail to move up in polls

Georgia Southern notebook

Georgia notebook

Football picks

Georgia Southern notebook

SEC notebook

South Carolina notebook

Halfway to the Heisman

South Carolina Gamecocks

Area players in college games

Clemson notebook

Stop Wal-Mart in Columbia Co.

Regency could become outlet mall, housing for seniors

Tax and troglodytes

Babies a greater concern than pets

Webster's pick wrong man for job

North Augustan backs penny tax

Is Augusta breaking flood plain law?

Legislator's foe deplores fluff piece

Commission folds

Morality takes top priority

Calls abortion murder

The turnout will decide

Church's anti-liquor stand explained

Gore lies, while Bush is honest

Church's crusade counter productive

Back to remedial journalism class

City hall racism

Bible discussion gag violates First Amendment rights

Investigator turns back allegations

Edible garden
Herbs have been grown for thousands of years for their culinary, medicinal and decorative purposes.

Not just for girls anymore
David Jones is man enough that a plastic baggie doesn't scare him. Not even when it's on his head while he's sitting under the hair dryer in the middle of a styling salon.

Campbell does the Haka

Top prep games

Prep schedule

Safety in numbers

Lions on prowl for perfect season

Safety in numbers

Hornets have edge in rivalry

Georgia notebook

High school games on the air

Knights control destiny

Lynx notebook

Rookies stand tall for Lynx

Benjamin Franklin had a point
Deer are amazing creatures.

Two killed at Barnwell restaurant
BARNWELL, S.C. - A robbery attempt at the Sonic Drive-In in Barnwell has left two dead and another wounded.

Two killed at Barnwell restaurant
BARNWELL, S.C. - Two employees have been killed and a third worker injured in an apparent robbery at a drive-in restaurant.Full story

Mrs. Rivera asks for compassion
During the past 15 months, the wife of Reinaldo J. Rivera had no idea what her husband was up to, she said in a statement released Wednesday.

Man charged with murder
JACKSON, S.C. - An Aiken County man was charged with murder today in the shooting death of his estranged girlfriend and her companion the night before, authorities said.

Rivera DNA not linked to Carpenter
AIKEN - Lab results released today show no DNA match linking murder suspect Reinaldo J. Rivera to the Aug. 4 killing of Jessica Carpenter, leaving Aiken police with an open investigation.

Edible garden

Not just for girls anymore

Missing woman's parents seek answers
They heard Reinaldo J. Rivera had stopped talking, but Darrell and Irma Merchant made the drive to Augusta anyway.

Wife's letter expresses sorrow
During the past 15 months, Tammy Rivera says she had no idea what her husband was up to.

Across the area

Panel upholds dismissal

Across the area
WASHINGTON - The judiciary committee of the Washington City Council will vote at 1 p.m. today on whether to recommend former Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few to head fire operations in the nation's capital.

Clergy learn change to help crime victims

Opinion on World Series?
For Atlanta Braves fans, it's a nightmare come true: the New York Yankees and New York Mets are playing in the World Series.

Mrs. Rivera asks for compassion

DNA fails to link suspect

Views on Wal-Mart construction vary
It's a love-hate relationship.

Panel upholds dismissal
The Richmond County Personnel Board on Wednesday upheld the firing of a firefighter who was arrested last year after allegedly threatening to harm top fire administration officials.

Musicians have blast with tuba
Evans High School tuba player Sumir Patel said he was hooked after he ``tested positive'' in middle school.

Rivera arrested in '95 in solicitation
Reinaldo J. Rivera was on the prowl long before he came to the Augusta area, Texas authorities said.

City size stays at 186,000
It's not official yet, but indications are that Augusta-Richmond County has maintained its status as the second-largest city in Georgia.

Aiken unaffected by boycott
AIKEN - Tourism leaders and hotel owners say the NAACP's boycott of the state had little affect in Aiken but more impact in tourist centers.

Fire chief nears OK for Washington job
Former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few moved one step closer Thursday to securing a permanent position in Washington as chief of its Department of Fire and Ambulance Services.

Police records show earlier Rivera reports

Group airs concern over MOX
A controversial, multimillion-dollar project slated for Savannah River Site faces a new challenge.

Rivera DNA not linked to Carpenter

Across the area
Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said Thursday that the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old Lincolnton resident Tuesday was probably an accident.

Across the area

House passes education bill
A bill aimed at denting the teacher shortage in South Carolina and other states has cleared a major hurdle in the U.S. House, but it might not go much further.

Teen raises cancer awareness
At 17, Brandy McClain is doing everything she can to emphasize the importance of early detection when it comes to breast cancer.

Comedian campaigns for group
Augustans gathered Thursday for a mix of good humor, praise and athleticism - a combination sealed with barbecue and coleslaw.

Raises planned at MCG
Facing national shortages in nurses and pharmacists, and with unexpectedly better revenues, some employees at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics will be seeing raises.

2 die in Sonic shooting

Hate mail piles up for church, mayor
Public controversy over a downtown alcohol license might have ended with a 6-4 vote at Tuesday's commission meeting, but few parties are walking away unscathed.

Missing woman's parents seek answers

Officers defend actions
Maj. Ken Autry says despite the public doubts and accusations to the contrary, local law enforcement didn't bungle the investigation into Sgt. Marni Glista's killing.

Few vote slated for Thursday
AIKEN - South Carolina officials have heard complaints about its Division of Motor Vehicles, and improvements in customer service have arrived.

Ex-boyfriend charged with murder
JACKSON - An Aiken County man was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of his estranged girlfriend, authorities said.

DNA fails to link suspect
AIKEN - Jessica Carpenter's slaying remains unsolved.

30-year sentence given sex offender
AIKEN - A Beech Island man on parole for raping a toddler in Florida pleaded guilty Wednesday to the repeated sexual assault of his friends' 8-year-old son.

Two killed at Barnwell restaurant

Ex-boyfriend charged with murder

Few vote slated for Thursday

Funeral home owner charged

Fire chief nears OK for Washington job

Officers defend actions

Comedian campaigns for group

Man charged with murder

Wife's letter expresses sorrow

House passes education bill

Hate mail piles up for church, mayor

Correction

Teen raises cancer awareness

Group airs concern over MOX

DOT board begins ethics reform
ATLANTA - Georgia's transportation chief could not take part in negotiations involving the sale of property to the department by a state Transportation Board member under a policy being considered by a board committee.

Aiken unaffected by boycott

Funeral home owner charged
SALUDA, S.C. - A funeral home owner has been charged with swindling Saluda County seniors who had hoped their relatives would not be burdened with burial costs.

DOT board begins ethics reform

Correction
A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said slaying victim Jessica Carpenter was a senior at Aiken High School.

2 die in Sonic shooting
BARNWELL, S.C. - Flags at Barnwell High School flew at half-staff Thursday after word spread that two former students were killed and one was injured in an apparent robbery at a fast-food restaurant.

City law counsel changes
Jim Wall's seven-year stint as legal counsel for the local government ended Tuesday night with an Augusta Commission majority, but it didn't end quietly.

Activists urge labels for foods
SAVANNAH - Conventional wisdom dictates that you don't want to know how sausage is made. But consumers might not be able to stay in the dark much longer about such grim matters.

Clergy learn change to help crime victims
SAVANNAH - A message to clergy on preaching: Don't.

City law counsel changes

Opinion on World Series?

Police records show earlier Rivera reports
One month after Tabitha Leigh Bosdell turned up missing, Aiken officers had Reinaldo J. Rivera in their grasp on suspicion of stalking women in a local parking lot.

Saints look to break losing streak

Carruth defense files motion

Mr. John Fowler Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. John Thomas Fowler Jr., 68, of Erskine Land, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Evelyn Vaughn
AIKEN - Mrs. Evelyn Lyell Vaughn, 78, of Rosemary Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Frank Wise
HARLEM - Mr. Frank M. Wise, 74, of Fairview Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Sylvia Becker
Mrs. Sylvia W. Becker, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at her residence.

Miss Tabitha Bosdell
Miss Tabitha Leigh Bosdell, 17, died in June.

Mr. Elliott Rouse Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Elliott Rouse Sr., 84, of Bradleyville Road, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at National Health Care and Rehabilitation.

Robrika Anderson
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Robrika Anderson, 14, of Danburg Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000.

Mr. Kennie Eberhart Sr.
Mr. Kennie L. Eberhart Sr., 35, of Demaret Street, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Augusta Bell
Mrs. Augusta Phillips Bell, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Gladys Dobbins
Ms. Gladys Dobbins, 91, of Williams Drive, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Lillian Duffie
Mrs. Lillian Duffie, died Thursday, October 19, 2000 at University Hospital.

Mr. Tim Kendrick Jr.
Mr. Tim Kendrick Jr., 58, of Dublin Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. George Mattox
STEPHENS, Ga. - Mr. George Edward Mattox, 56, of Sunset Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Clifford Culver
Mr. Clifford Algie Culver, 88, of Evans, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Facility.

Mr. Royce Edgar Sr.
Mr. Royce A. Edgar Sr., 79, of Winston Way, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Anne Bass
Mrs. Anne M. Bass, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. James Beard Sr.
OLAR, S.C. - Mr. James Larry Beard Sr., 59, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000.

Mr. Raymond Grimes Jr.
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - Mr. Raymond D. Grimes Jr., 64, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at East Pasco Medical Center.

Mr. Benton Lord
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Benton Paul Lord, 77, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Gertrude Dooley
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Gertrude Norman Dooley, 86, of Hospital Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care.

Mrs. Mattie Williams
Mrs. Mattie Williams, of Fury's Ferry Road, Martinez, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. William Wetherington Sr.
BELVEDERE - Mr. William B. Wetherington Sr., 80, of Ashley Circle, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Hammond House Assisted Living.

Mr. Lamar Godbee
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lamar Godbee, 60, of Zeigler Circle, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Wilson
Mr. James Wilson, of Cummings Road, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at Magnolia Hill of Augusta.

Mr. Clifford Hammond
AIKEN - Mr. Clifford Hammond, 66, of Hillview Circle, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Miss Tabitha Bosdell
Miss Tabitha Leigh Bosdell, 17, died in June.

Mr. Stokes Wooten Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Stokes Wooten Jr., 75, of Whitehall Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000.

Mrs. Justine Edwards
NEW YORK - Mrs. Justine Council Edwards, 59, of St. Nicholas Avenue, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at St. Luke Hospital.

Mrs. Vallie Brown
MACON - Mrs. Vallie Mae Brown, 82, of Williams Street, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Coliseum Medical Center.

Mr. Troy Blood
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Troy Madison Blood, 29, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, in Simpsonville.

Mr. Jerome Chenault
Mr. Jerome Chenault, 39, of Cornell Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Robert Pugh Sr.
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Robert Lee Pugh Sr., 72, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

Mrs. Willie West
Mrs. Willie R. West, 70, of Henry Circle, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Hazel Willis
Ms. Hazel Jackson Willis, 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Ernest All
FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mr. Ernest Ray All, 79, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Allendale.

Mrs. Patricia Pixley
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Patricia Darden Pixley, 62, of Pine Lane, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Willie Williams
ATHENS, Ga. - Mr. Willie G. Williams, 75, of Rockspring Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000.

Mrs. Wilhiemena Buckmon
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Wilhiemena Buckmon, 81, of Hercules Street, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.

Mr. Thomas Alexander
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga - Mr. Thomas Vonzelle Alexander, 26, of Liberty Street, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jack Barton Sr.
GILBERT, S.C. - Mr. Jack P. Barton Sr., 78, of Lewie Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000.

Mr. William Youngblood
Mr. William L. Youngblood, 70, of Martinez, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Burton Jr.
Mr. James W. Burton Jr., 43, of Battle Row, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Larry Gadson
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Larry Gadson, 56, of Moore Street, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.

Mrs. Louetta Kersey
NORRISTOWN, Ga - Mrs. Louetta Kersey, 70, of Arthur-Hutcheson Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mr. Lee Smith
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Lee Van Smith, 46, of Concord Church Road, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, Charleston.

Mrs. Ruth Hill
Mrs. Ruth E. Hill, of Hardwick Road, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. May Daley
Mrs. May Furse Daley, 95, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Annie Sheppard
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Ms. Annie Sheppard, 64, of Savannah Highway, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at her residence.

Asha Seegars
Asha Sariah Seegars, 7, of Winter Street, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Carrie Simpson
Mrs. Carrie Simpson, of Blackstone Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Ms. Thelma Reid
Ms. Thelma Banks Reid, 63, of Lenox Road, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. James Broomfield Sr.
JACKSON - Mr. James T. Broomfield Sr., 73, of Hidden Springs Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Walker
Mr. James ``Pokie'' Walker, 44, of Moore Avenue, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Gertrude Dooley

Mr. James Broomfield Sr.

Mrs. Evelyn Vaughn

Mr. Clifford Hammond

Mrs. Patricia Pixley

Mr. Benton Lord

Ms. Hazel Willis

Ms. Annie Sheppard

Miss Tabitha Bosdell

Mr. Ernest All

Mr. Tim Kendrick Jr.

Mr. Lamar Godbee

Mr. Jack Barton Sr.

Robrika Anderson

Mr. James Burton Jr.

Mr. James Beard Sr.

Ms. Thelma Reid

Asha Seegars

Mrs. Ruth Hill

Mr. Lee Smith

Mr. Clifford Culver

Mr. Willie Williams

Mrs. Justine Edwards

Mr. Stokes Wooten Jr.

Mr. Kennie Eberhart Sr.

Mr. George Mattox

Mrs. Sylvia Becker

Mrs. Vallie Brown

Mrs. Wilhiemena Buckmon

Miss Tabitha Bosdell

Mrs. Louetta Kersey

Mr. Frank Wise

Mr. Elliott Rouse Sr.

Mr. Royce Edgar Sr.

Mr. Larry Gadson

Mrs. Carrie Simpson

Mrs. Lillian Duffie

Mr. Jerome Chenault

Mr. William Wetherington Sr.

Mr. John Fowler Jr.

Mrs. Augusta Bell

Mrs. Willie West

Mr. Robert Pugh Sr.

Mrs. May Daley

Mrs. Mattie Williams

Mr. Thomas Alexander

Mr. James Wilson

Mr. William Youngblood

Kent: Senate race update; 'unforgettable candidate'
ZELL MILLER has more money and more statewide name recognition than Republican Mack Mattingly, but will the former Georgia governor make it over the 50 percent mark on Nov. 7 to fill the U.S. Senate term of the late Paul Coverdell, R-Ga.?

Searches for Richmond's signs
I have traveled all over this great state of Georgia, from Helen up north to Douglas down south, from Columbus through Atlanta to Savannah. Everywhere I go there are clearly defined county lines by road signs telling you whether you are leaving or going into county property, except Richmond County. Everywhere in Richmond County there are barely visible signs saying ``Welcome to the Garden City, Augusta.'' Ray Zabetta, Evans

Back to remedial journalism class
An Oct. 11 ``Across the Area'' piece,``Shooting sends man to hospital'' described a shooting on a south Augusta roadway. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

City hall racism
Like so many things that happen at City Hall, it all came down to race on Tuesday, when six commissioners voted to end the long-time successful relationship with attorney Jim Wall, and create an in-house legal department.

Gore lies, while Bush is honest
It's time the media stopped tiptoeing around the issue of Vice President Al Gore's dishonesty. The majority of reports have avoided using the word ``lie,'' preferring to use the words ``embellishment'' or ``exaggeration'' to describe Mr. Gore's dishonesty. John Brandberg, Martinez

Richmond County deserves better public servants
Augusta residents deserve better. Why we elect officials to represent us who aren't capable of managing their own finances, let alone the finances of a county the size of Richmond, boggles the mind. Ken Holmes, Augusta

Regency could become outlet mall, housing for seniors
I recently returned from a trip to Florida and while traveling on Interstate 95, I passed a large outlet mall in St. Augustine, Fla., and a smaller one near Brunswick. N. Huntington, Augusta

Bible discussion gag violates First Amendment rights
Who will protect the rights of our children in Richmond County Public Schools? Tobacco Road Elementary has apparently violated my daughter's First Amendment rights. Mrs. Annette Olsen, Augusta

Is Augusta breaking flood plain law?
Is the Augusta government violating federal laws again? The answer appears to be yes. M. Riggs, Augusta

Legislator's foe deplores fluff piece
The recent fluff piece on state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, showed voters his angry and arrogant side. It is no wonder that Mr. Walker's 1982 conviction for what we now call domestic violence was not mentioned in the article. By the time Mr. Walker went to court, Mrs. Walker had become his ex-wife. D.L. Johnson, Augusta

Yellow jackets have mean streak
Tommy Osgood is employed by Jones Roofing Co. While he was doing his job he noticed a swarm of yellow jackets attacking me as I was working in an azalea bed. Roy C. Patrick, Augusta

Babies a greater concern than pets
People who worry more about the lives of cats and dogs instead of babies that are being killed have their priorities skewed. Dogs and cats are animals that should be treated kindly, if possible, but should not be compared with the life of a child. Joe Molitor, Dearing

Kent: Senate race update; 'unforgettable candidate'
ZELL MILLER has more money and more statewide name recognition than Republican Mack Mattingly, but will the former Georgia governor make it over the 50 percent mark on Nov. 7 to fill the U.S. Senate term of the late Paul Coverdell, R-Ga.?

Vote for the best candidate, not party
When deciding on candidates, I always look to see if the individual is willing to cooperate with the party across the aisle in order to do what is best for all. ... Recently, two of our elected officials did just that. Scott Singer, Aiken

Investigator turns back allegations
I sympathize with what Jerryling Griffin said she was going through in her Oct. 8 letter regarding the death of her friend Shanta White and Ms. White's unborn baby. However, I'm a Richmond County violent crimes investigator and I must respond to the accusations Ms. Griffin made against the Sheriff's Department. Kenny Lynch, Augusta

North Augustan backs penny tax
When North Augusta and Aiken County voters go to the polls on Nov. 7 they will have an opportunity to say ``yes'' or ``no'' on a countywide one-cent capital project sales tax. Johnny L. Rowland, North Augusta

Vote character, compassion onto Richmond School Board
Burles A. Johnson II would make an excellent choice for the Richmond County School Board, District 8. Theresa C. Von Plinsky, Augusta

TV exec to support Crimestoppers
After a long absence, I have returned to Augusta. With much interest I read The Chronicle's Oct. 8 front page regarding unsolved crimes in the Augusta area. Bob Groothand, Martinez

Church's anti-liquor stand explained
Regarding Dan Perry's Oct. 7 letter on Curtis Baptist Church's opposition of a liquor license, his referral to the church's members as a special interest group is accurate in that protection of our members, especially our children, is of special interest to us.C.L. Neal, North Augusta

Accountability is election priority
Support Constitutional Amendment No. 1 on Nov. 7. It gives Georgia residents an opportunity to make elected officials accountable for criminal conduct. It says, commit a felony and you are out of office. No ifs, ands or buts. Mark Taylor, Atlanta

Start chain reaction of kindness
On Oct. 4 Darrel Scott, father of Rachel Joy Scott, spoke in Augusta at a fund raiser for the Care Pregnancy Center. Laura Therrian, Augusta

Church's crusade counter productive
What did Curtis Baptist Church's crusade against alcohol in downtown Augusta actually accomplish (news report, Oct. 18)? Mark Harris' followers lost their battle to keep alcohol from the Broad Street location, while thoroughly sabotaging Judy Tyler's business plans and poisoning the investment atmosphere in downtown. Peter Knox, Augusta

Stop Wal-Mart in Columbia Co.
I am a resident of Chimney Hill Circle and strongly object to the building of a Wal-Mart adjacent to the Chimney Hill subdivision. Jerry Elliott, Evans

Commission folds
A majority on the Augusta Commission showed itself to be anti-business on Tuesday when it voted to deny two liquor licenses.

Webster's pick wrong man for job
Hardly a day goes by that we do not read ``Rants & Raves'' in The Chronicle about residents being fed up with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. Misty Luda, Augusta

Tax and troglodytes
North Augusta's troglodyte forces of darkness and regression are spreading untruths about the 1-cent local option sales tax that Aiken County residents will vote on Nov. 7.

Morality takes top priority
Regarding Dr. Lowell Greenbaum's Oct. 8 Chronicleletter about our great economy, let me say this: It's a sad day when the people of the United States put the economy before the decay of our country. Marian Henry, Hephzibah

The turnout will decide
The general consensus among the pundit class is that Al Gore narrowly ``won'' the third and final presidential debate in St. Louis Tuesday night. As in the first showdown, the vice president was articulate, energetic and had a firm grasp of his populist, big-government-is-your-friend issues.

Calls abortion murder
Having thought a lot about abortion, I have concluded it is nothing less than murder. It is murder because the child who is being aborted has a soul. Dominic Sterett, Augusta

Overtime

Evans wins state opener

Greenbrier gets tough draw

Overtime

Stock car racing gets major coverage

Team lets Rudd drive for fun

Jaguars' Keller stepping down

Fishing tournament news

More boats needed for PVA tourney

Hybrids school late in Keg Creek

Astronauts head into space station
SPACE CENTER, Houston - After four straight days of construction work on the international space station's exterior, the crew of space shuttle Discovery went inside the outpost Thursday for a few final jobs.

Study finds possible new culprit in heart disease
Researchers have pinpointed an enzyme in the blood that could one day join high cholesterol as another strong predictor of heart disease.

Study finds possible new culprit in heart disease

Astronauts head into space station