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
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'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.

To its shame, Augusta snubs musical legend

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.

Applause calendar

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

Concert will have royal atmosphere

Club calender

Real troupers

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.

Squirrel lives on nutty music

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

Artists taking to streets to paint local landmarks

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

'Bountiful' awakens homing instinct

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

Clemens: I'm sorry

Yankees feel like spoilers

Torre, Valentine prepare for Game 1

Benjamin Franklin had a point

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.

Business briefs

Market Monitor

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.

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.

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

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.

Pub readies for kickoff

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.

Plant owner calls town `perfect'

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.

Manufacturer will cut jobs

Business briefs

Area players in college games

Bulldogs ready for Wildcats

Georgia notebook

College on the radio

Halfway to the Heisman

Football picks

College games on TV

CSRA classic kicks off

ACC notebook

South Carolina notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

SEC notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Drug plan hoaxes

Bible discussion gag violates First Amendment rights

Tighten ethics statute

North Augustan backs penny tax

Likes Easler in Edgefield sheriff's race

City hall racism

Poor frequent lottery players

Babies a greater concern than pets

Prison sex scandal

Church's crusade counter productive

Black leaders sell out community

Legislator's foe deplores fluff piece

Publish photos of domestic batterers

Back to remedial journalism class

Is Augusta breaking flood plain law?

Tax and troglodytes

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

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.

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.

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

Augustans advance to next stage

A reversal in fortunes

Campbell does the Haka

Prep schedule

Laney tops Jefferson County

Mt. De Sales 13, Aug. Christian 0

Georgia notebook

High school games on the air

Safety in numbers

Batesburg 54, Mid-Carolina 9

Hornets overpower Thoroughbreds

Screven posts win

Jackets' playoff hopes likely over

Silver Bluff 34, Allendale-Fairfax 12

Blackville 34, Hunter 8

Knights control destiny

Top prep games

Lions on prowl for perfect season

Strom Thurmond 41, White Knoll 21

Edmund Burke 55, Twiggs 0

Rookies stand tall for Lynx

Benjamin Franklin had a point
Deer are amazing creatures.

Jewish author to tell her story

Faith digest

Chapel means a lot to family

Edible garden

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.

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.

Boy saves family in house fire

Green Party draws support

Change of venue gets OK

Parents OK education renovation

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.

Across the area

2 die in Sonic shooting

Suspect's brother arrested

Officers earn places in history

Teacher's life dream earns honor

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.

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

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.

Group airs concern over MOX

Family endures slayings

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

House passes education bill

Comedian campaigns for group

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

Fire chief nears OK for Washington job

Delta clears air on rumors

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.

Business limitation decried

Mental appraisal planned

League will expand dramatically

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Across the area

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.

Injuries to toddler yield 7-year jail term

Victim showed leadership

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lillian Duffie
Mrs. Lillian Duffie, died Thursday, October 19, 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. James Beard Sr.
OLAR, S.C. - Mr. James Larry Beard Sr., 59, 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. Frank Wise
HARLEM - Mr. Frank M. Wise, 74, of Fairview Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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. 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.

Asha Seegars

Miss Tabitha Bosdell

Mr. Clifford Hammond

Mrs. May Daley

Mr. George Mattox

Mr. Thomas Alexander

Mr. Lamar Godbee

Mr. James Broomfield Sr.

Mrs. Willie West

Mr. Paul Patterson

Ms. Thelma Reid

Mr. Carl Ayers Jr.

Mr. Willie Williams

Mrs. Mable Peebles

Mr. James Beard Sr.

Mrs. Bessie Hall

Ms. Annie Sheppard

Mrs. Jessie Ingram

Mr. Jerome Chenault

Mr. Johnny Asberry Sr.

Mr. Calvin Finch

Mrs. Juanita King

Mrs. Lillian Duffie

Mr. John Fowler Jr.

Mrs. Vallie Brown

Mr. James Morgan

Mr. Stokes Wooten Jr.

Mrs. Ruby Kitchens

Mr. Lee Smith

Mrs. Evelyn Vaughn

Mr. Larry Gadson

Mr. William Youngblood

Robrika Anderson

Mrs. Lucille McDonald

Mr. Ernest All

Mrs. Thelma Boulineau

Mr. Benton Lord

Mrs. Lucille Andrews

Mrs. Mattie Williams

Joshua Brewer

Mr. Frank Wise

Mr. A.J. Still Jr.

Mr. Charles Miller

Mr. Royce Edgar Sr.

Mrs. Carrie Simpson

Mr. Willie Mitchell

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.''

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.''

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

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

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

Overtime

Mayfield captures Rockingham pole

Jaguars' Keller stepping down

Overtime

Evans wins state opener

More boats needed for PVA tourney

Hybrids school late in Keg Creek

Fishing tournament news

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