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

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.

Squirrel lives on nutty music

To its shame, Augusta snubs musical legend

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.

Applause calendar

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

Concert will have royal atmosphere

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

Diffie's prescription

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.

Fair game

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

'Bountiful' awakens homing instinct

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

Club calender

'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.

Real troupers

Artists taking to streets to paint local landmarks

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

Yankees feel like spoilers

Clemens: I'm sorry

Torre, Valentine prepare for Game 1

Benjamin Franklin had a point

Plant owner calls town `perfect'

Market Monitor

Business briefs
Stocks close higher; tech stocks rallyNEW YORK - Stock prices rose for a second straight day Friday as bargain-hunting investors extended a broad rally in technology stocks.

Business briefs

Plant owner calls town `perfect'
It has been nearly five years since this eastern Aiken County town had a business story this big.

Manufacturer will cut jobs

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.

Augusta-Aiken sees rise in job growth
State records 2.1 percent increase over previous year, led by advances in publishingFrom Staff ReportsThe overall job-growth rate in the Augusta-Aiken area is up 2.1 percent since September of last year, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

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.

Pub readies for kickoff
Pam Kinder quit her job as a real estate agent last Friday. On Monday she starts a new career: sports bar owner.

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.

Business briefs

Pub readies for kickoff

Halfway to the Heisman

Georgia notebook

Football picks

South Carolina notebook

Area players in college games

Georgia Tech notebook

SEC notebook

ACC notebook

Bulldogs ready for Wildcats

College on the radio

CSRA classic kicks off

Georgia Southern notebook

College games on TV

Black leaders sell out community

Tax and troglodytes

Drug plan hoaxes

Babies a greater concern than pets

Likes Easler in Edgefield sheriff's race

Legislator's foe deplores fluff piece

Publish photos of domestic batterers

North Augustan backs penny tax

Church's crusade counter productive

Bible discussion gag violates First Amendment rights

City hall racism

Poor frequent lottery players

Tighten ethics statute

Back to remedial journalism class

Is Augusta breaking flood plain law?

Prison sex scandal

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

Chapel means a lot to family
Clark's Chapel is a family affair.  View the photo gallery

Jewish author to tell her story
Suruba Wechsler was surprised when an Atlanta synagogue insisted that her children convert before enrolling in Hebrew school - she was Catholic but had raised them as Jews.

Faith digest
People looking for a good scare can find it at Augusta-area judgment houses, alternatives to Halloween haunted houses, starting this weekend.

It takes work to revitalize a church
As church neighbors awakened on a recent Saturday, they were greeted by the sounds of chain-saws, Weedeaters and clippers.

Campbell does the Haka

Augustans advance to next stage

A reversal in fortunes

Top prep games

Strom Thurmond 41, White Knoll 21

Laney tops Jefferson County

High school games on the air

Lions on prowl for perfect season

Knights control destiny

Mt. De Sales 13, Aug. Christian 0

Safety in numbers

Screven posts win

Jackets' playoff hopes likely over

Blackville 34, Hunter 8

Batesburg 54, Mid-Carolina 9

Georgia notebook

Edmund Burke 55, Twiggs 0

Prep schedule

Hornets overpower Thoroughbreds

Silver Bluff 34, Allendale-Fairfax 12

Rookies stand tall for Lynx

Benjamin Franklin had a point
Deer are amazing creatures.

Edible garden

Faith digest

Jewish author to tell her story

Chapel means a lot to family

Suspect's brother arrested
HINESVILLE, Ga. - A brother of indicted Liberty County Tax Commissioner Carolyn Brown is been accused of kicking in the screen door of the district attorney who is prosecuting her.

Family endures slayings

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.

Mental appraisal planned

Man gets probation on guilty drug plea
Seven years after officers caught Willie Walter Elam with at least an ounce of cocaine, Mr. Elam finally pleaded guilty.

Victim showed leadership

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

Green Party draws support

Change of venue gets OK

Parents OK education renovation

Delta clears air on rumors
Sometimes rumors are true, and sometimes they are false. In the case of Augusta Regional Airport, it's a little bit of both.

Group airs concern over MOX

Across the area

Change of venue gets OK
AIKEN - Jurors from outside Aiken County will sit in judgment of slaying suspect Arthur Hastings Wise once his death penalty trial begins Jan. 22, a judge ordered Friday.

Business limitation decried
Downtown property owners warn that local government officials are treading on shaky ground by placing limits on restaurants, considered the most crucial type of business in downtown Augusta.

Suspect's brother arrested

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

Parents OK education renovation
ATLANTA - Parents support education overhauls sweeping through the country's public schools, according to a national study released this month, but some said it's too soon for Georgia parents to fully evaluate the state's reforms.

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.

Teacher's life dream earns honor

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.

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

Business limitation decried

2 die in Sonic shooting

League will expand dramatically

Officers earn places in history

Delta clears air on rumors

Victim showed leadership
BARNWELL, S.C. - While Barnwell police remained tight-lipped in the investigation of Wednesday's double homicide at a Sonic Drive-In, court records show one of four suspects was an employee at the fast-food restaurant as recently as two months ago.

Family endures slayings
For the second time in eight years, a man began a prison sentence Friday for killing a member of the McAllister family.

Green Party draws support
They have an office, a campaign director and more than 100 e-mail addresses of people very much interested in Ralph Nader, the Green Party and political reform.

Injuries to toddler yield 7-year jail term
An Augusta man accused of burning, biting and bruising a toddler pleaded guilty Friday and received a seven-year prison sentence.

Mental appraisal planned
The court-appointed defense attorney for Reinaldo J. Rivera is exploring his client's ability to tell right from wrong.

Teacher's life dream earns honor
From the time she was a little girl, Joyce Cheek wanted to be a teacher.

Across the area
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has announced an intensified effort to attack the problem of illegal signs on public rights of way.

Officers earn places in history
Standing in the middle of the Signal Corps Museum, Maj. Gen. John P. "Pat" Cavanaugh took his place in Signal Corps history Friday.

Boy saves family in house fire
A 16-year-old Augusta boy and three other people escaped a burning house Thursday night after the youth heard a smoke alarm and alerted the others.

House passes education bill

Boy saves family in house fire

Fire chief nears OK for Washington job

Across the area

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.

Injuries to toddler yield 7-year jail term

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.

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

Comedian campaigns for group

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

Saints look to break losing streak

Mr. Carl Ayers Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Carl Ayers Jr., 47, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Mable Peebles
AIKEN - Mrs. Mable Palmer Peebles, 87, of Kismet Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Willie Mitchell
COLQUITT, Ga. - Mr. Willie Mitchell, 89, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at his residence.

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

Joshua Brewer
BARNWELL, S.C. - Joshua David Brewer, 17, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000.

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

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

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

Mr. A.J. Still Jr.
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Albert S. ``A.J.'' Still, 18, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000.

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

Mrs. Ruby Kitchens
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Kitchens, 61, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Lucille Andrews
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Lucille Weigand Andrews, 93, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, in Fort Myers, Fla.

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

Mrs. Beulah Ballew
CAMPOBELLO, S.C. - Mrs. Beulah Martin Ballew, 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

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

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

Mrs. Jessie Ingram
ATLANTA - Mrs. Jessie Ingram, 79, of Pharri Court, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Nurse Care of Buckhead.

Mr. Paul Patterson
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - Mr. Paul W. Patterson, 73, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

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

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

Mrs. Irma New
HARRISON, Ga. - Mrs. Irma Lawrence New, 88, of Church Street, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Heritage Inn of Sandersville, Sandersville.

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

Mrs. Lucille McDonald
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Clark McDonald, 84, of Beall Springs Road, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mr. Julius Hadden Sr.
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Oliver Julius Hadden Sr., 73, of Edgar Street, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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.

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

Mrs. Thelma Boulineau
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Thelma Boulineau, 58, of Camp Ground Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Zelma Blair
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - Mrs. Zelma Moore Blair, 51, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, in Augusta.

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

Mr. Johnny Asberry Sr.
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Johnny Frank ``Honey'' Asberry, 64, of Phillips Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Juanita King
CLAYTON, Ga. - Mrs. Juanita Gordon King, 79, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, in LaFayette.

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

Mr. Charles Miller
AIKEN - Mr. Charles H. Miller, 71, of Pine Log Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Hall
KITE, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie Alice Williams Hall, 89, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Emanuel County Nursing Home.

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

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

Mr. James Morgan
THOMSON - Mr. James M. Morgan, 83, of Beechwood Drive, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Calvin Finch
PORTAL, Ga. - Mr. Calvin C. Finch, 81, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Sunbridge Rehabilitation Center, Statesboro.

Mr. A.J. Still Jr.

Mr. Lee Smith

Ms. Annie Sheppard

Mrs. Jessie Ingram

Mr. Frank Wise

Mr. Johnny Asberry Sr.

Mr. Larry Gadson

Mrs. Juanita King

Mrs. Thelma Boulineau

Mr. Willie Mitchell

Mr. Ernest All

Mrs. Lucille McDonald

Mrs. Lillian Duffie

Mrs. Lucille Andrews

Mr. Stokes Wooten Jr.

Joshua Brewer

Robrika Anderson

Mrs. Evelyn Vaughn

Mr. Clifford Hammond

Mr. John Fowler Jr.

Mrs. Vallie Brown

Mr. James Broomfield Sr.

Asha Seegars

Mr. Paul Patterson

Mrs. Mattie Williams

Mr. Carl Ayers Jr.

Miss Tabitha Bosdell

Mrs. Bessie Hall

Ms. Thelma Reid

Mr. Calvin Finch

Mr. George Mattox

Mrs. Ruby Kitchens

Mr. Willie Williams

Mr. Charles Miller

Mr. James Beard Sr.

Mrs. Mable Peebles

Mr. Lamar Godbee

Mr. Thomas Alexander

Mr. Benton Lord

Mr. William Youngblood

Mr. Jerome Chenault

Mrs. Carrie Simpson

Mr. Royce Edgar Sr.

Mrs. Willie West

Mrs. May Daley

Mr. James Morgan

Sisler: Al Gore meant what he said, didn't he?
THE CHURCH where I am a member has a weekly ritual which includes the youngest worshipers in their special part of the service. Each Sunday morning a shoe box, wrapped with the lid separate from the bottom, is passed out. The lucky youngster is told to put something in it that is special to himself or herself, and to remember ``nothing dead, nothing alive, nothing that has ever been alive, nothing slimy, corroded, or gross'' can be put into the box. The following Sunday that object becomes the center of ``the children's sermon.''

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.

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

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

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

Prison sex scandal
First there were allegations of sex and rape in South Carolina's correctional facilities. Then there were reports of drug dealing. And now hearings by a state Senate panel brings charges of a cover-up by high prison officials.

Poor frequent lottery players
Regarding state-operated lotteries, findings from the National Gambling Impact Study Commission are worthy of consideration. Raymond Campbell, New Ellenton

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

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

Tighten ethics statute
The Georgia Ethics Commission says state Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, was wrong to include his family on trips paid for by lobbyists, as he did three times in recent years on junkets to Florida conferences. One trip, paid for by the Medical Association of Georgia, came to $3,300 - more than five times the expense incurred by any other lawmaker for that event.

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

Likes Easler in Edgefield sheriff's race
I have known Marvin Easler for years. He has been chief deputy for 20 years and I feel he should be given the opportunity to serve Edgefield County as sheriff. J.E. McDaniel, North Augusta

Sisler: Al Gore meant what he said, didn't he?
THE CHURCH where I am a member has a weekly ritual which includes the youngest worshipers in their special part of the service. Each Sunday morning a shoe box, wrapped with the lid separate from the bottom, is passed out. The lucky youngster is told to put something in it that is special to himself or herself, and to remember ``nothing dead, nothing alive, nothing that has ever been alive, nothing slimy, corroded, or gross'' can be put into the box. The following Sunday that object becomes the center of ``the children's sermon.''

Publish photos of domestic batterers
There is a way to diminish the incidences of domestic violence in The Chronicle's geographical circulation area. The way is to publish the pictures of those who use violence in the home, in the same way that you do for driving-under-the-influence offenders. Gene Bruker, 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

Restore historic golf course
Every now and then someone comes up with a truly magnificent idea. Such is the case with Sonny Pittman's suggestion that Augusta State University should restore Forrest Hills Golf Course to its original Donald Ross design. Otto Vogel, Martinez

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

Augusta Commission caves in to the loud and the few
On Oct. 17 Augusta moved a little closer to insignificance. It was agonizing to watch in disbelief as six commissioners (Jerry Brigham, Ulmer Bridges, Andy Cheek, Richard Colclough, Willie Mays and Marion Williams) drove a stake into the heart of revitalization for downtown Augusta and the city in general. Julian W. Osbon, 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

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.

Drug plan hoaxes
Prescription drug costs are a centerpiece of this campaign season - not only in the presidential race, but in Georgia's U.S. Senate race as well.

Black leaders sell out community
It's a shame how so-called African-American leaders sell out their community for such minuscule gains. Silas Hawkins Jr., 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

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

Evans wins state opener

Overtime

Mayfield captures Rockingham pole

Overtime

Jaguars' Keller stepping down

Fishing tournament news

Hybrids school late in Keg Creek

More boats needed for PVA tourney

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.

White House to soften filtering bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is pressing Congress to soften an initative that would require schools and libraries to use filtering software to keep children from seeing objectionable Internet sites. It suggests that such decisions be left to local authorities.

Astronauts head into space station

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