Hampton vs. Clemens in Game 2

Yankees feel like spoilers

Torre, Valentine prepare for Game 1

Fans, city psyched for subway showdown

Yankee fan took no chances on shot

Yankees top Mets in extra innings

Workplace relics thrive in fridge

Quick tips

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.

Pocket change
A new survey finds many individuals with a net worth between $1 million and $4 million do not feel wealthy, merely ``comfortable.''

Quick tips
You might not have much control over the price of gasoline at the pump, but there are simple steps you can take to improve your gas mileage and save money.

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

On the move
Linda Walker has joined Rhodes Financial Services Inc. as a mortgage loan officer. Ms. Walker has 20 years of mortgage experience in the Augusta area.

Business calendar
Events in and around Augusta this week

Machine mixes quantity, quality
Bridgestone/Firestone's new mixer will add greater quantity to what company officials call an already quality-oriented production process.

Aiken plant meets recall challenge

Business briefs
Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co., CPA'S has been accepted as a member of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisers, a nationwide association of CPA firms that provides specialized merger and acquisition advisory services.

Pub readies for kickoff

Aiken plant meets recall challenge
In December, Bridgestone/Firestone South Carolina accepted a challenge: produce 25,000 tires a day by the end of 2000.

Plant owner calls town `perfect'

Business briefs

Pocket change

Business briefs

Business calendar

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.

On the move

Machine mixes quantity, quality

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.

Bulldogs ready for Wildcats

Gamecocks wear down Vandy

CSRA classic kicks off

Morris Brons tops Tigers for CSRA Classic win

Georgia tech notebook

Georgia rallies for win

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia notebook

Clemson continues win streak

South Carolina notebook

Covenants vs. satellite dishes

Supports Barnes for School Board

Likes Easler in Edgefield sheriff's race

Where are Buchanan, Nader?

Dispelling some misperceptions of the American Civil Liberties Union

Black leaders sell out community

Tighten ethics statute

Abolish taxes; impose user fees

Publish photos of domestic batterers

Poor frequent lottery players

Vote for McDaniel, school board

Prison sex scandal

Big spending GOP

Augusta government a mess

Coaches are important to education

Drug plan hoaxes

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

Children off limits if they're not invited
Dear Carson: I am to wed soon, and the only children I am inviting to the wedding and reception are my niece and my fiance's niece and nephew. When the responses to invitations came back to my mother, a distant cousin of the groom's indicated on his R.S.V.P. that he would attend with family... -Adults Only, Please

In the know
Tonight's edition of Restore America, a 30-minute series on the Home and Garden Television network, will feature a segment on Joye Cottage in Aiken.

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.

Home of antiques will be on tour
The Walton Way residence of Mary Gail and Bob Nesbit is filled with treasured family heirlooms and antiques.  View the photo gallery

Package deals lure tourists
TRENTO, Italy - Now that high-tech, high-risk snow sports can't seem to go much higher, European skiers are quietly aching to get back to the basics. And back to nature.

Captain's exploits confounded his enemies
As he lay dying aboard his battered little ship off the coast of Panama in 1596, England's legendary sea captain Sir Francis Drake made a startling vow - to return from the dead to defend his country's honor in time of peril.

Wrap it up
In every closet, there is one thing that is special - luxurious even - that one thing that makes you feel like a million dollars. This year, fashion experts say that thing should be a wrap.  View the photo gallery

Let it snow
VAIL, Colo. - Ross Davis and his partners in a popular bar-restaurant are praying that the law of averages will give them good snow, and early.

Writers' groups provide inspiration, support
There's nothing like peer pressure to ensure performance.

Former librarian finishes historical work on academy
They are old and familiar names in Augusta - and throughout Georgia: George Walton, John Forsyth, Edward Telfair, Abraham Baldwin, William Glascock, Robert Walton Sr.

Arts calendar
Here is a list of art-related events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Americans poised to reclaim cup

A reversal in fortunes

Augustans advance to next stage

Blackville 34, Hunter 8

Batesburg 54, Mid-Carolina 9

Silver Bluff 34, Allendale-Fairfax 12

Jackets' playoff hopes likely over

Week's best in prep football

Edmund Burke 55, Twiggs 0

Hornets overpower Thoroughbreds

Mt. De Sales 13, Aug. Christian 0

Screven posts win

Strom Thurmond 41, White Knoll 21

Evans tops Jonesboro

Georgia prep notebook

Harlem eyes playoffs after victory

Laney tops Jefferson County

ECHL notebook

Stingrays bite Lynx for 4-1 win

Workplace relics thrive in fridge
One of the long-running jokes from the old Homicide: Life on the Street TV show was the recurring theft of lunches from the police department's office refrigerator.

Memorial service held for slain teen-ager
Memorial services for Tabatha Bosdell brought little comfort for the slain teen-ager's family Saturday. As about 80 friends and relatives gathered to remember the feisty 17-year-old, the victim's mother, Sheryl Bosdell, couldn't contain her rage for the man linked to the slaying of her first-born child. Full story

Arts calendar

Writers' groups provide inspiration, support

Jewish author to tell her story

Wrap it up

In the know

Let it snow

Package deals lure tourists

Chapel means a lot to family

Captain's exploits confounded his enemies

Home of antiques will be on tour

Children off limits if they're not invited

Former librarian finishes historical work on academy

Faith digest

Evans campus gains new tool for surveillance

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.

Delta clears air on rumors

Across the area

Sweet stuff
Can there be too much of a good thing? Matthew Rainey, 11, (from left) Joshua Rainey, 4, and Malcolm Coleman, 11, stuff themselves with sweet potato pie Saturday at the ninth annual Sweet Potato Festival in Langley at Jacksonville Community Park.

Family remembers slain teen
Memorial services for Tabatha Bosdell brought little comfort for the slain teen-ager's family Saturday.

Business limitation decried

Festival adds spice to city
It looked dangerous. Elsie Berrios was never afraid, though.

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.

Tow trouble leads to wreck

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.

Family remembers slain teen

Opponents for House square off
He doesn't have a slogan because ``they come back to haunt you.'' He has pounded the pavement with slim results on Saturdays. And he is associated with a party that's not getting much mention.

Family endures slayings

Opponents for House square off

Boy saves family in house fire

League will expand dramatically

Sweet stuff

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.

Lottery looms over South Carolina ballot

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.

Suspect's brother arrested

Health care for indigent sees promise of state aid
Help for the uninsured and poor in Augusta could come from a variety of sources, from federal programs to potential state initiatives that could expand Medicaid coverage and increase incentives for businesses to offer workers health care.

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.

Across the area
BARNWELL - Barnwell police filed criminal charges Saturday against one of the four suspects in the double homicide at a Sonic Drive-In last week.

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.

Lottery looms over South Carolina ballot
It might be the biggest question on the ballot in South Carolina this fall.

Teacher's life dream earns honor

Health care for indigent sees promise of state aid

Across the area

Lottery proposal creates questions

Injuries to toddler yield 7-year jail term

Memorial service held for slain teen-ager

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

Residents take out the trash

Change of venue gets OK

Officers earn places in history

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.

Green Party draws support

Parents OK education renovation

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.

Children learn fire safety at yearly county event
After watching more than 250 gallons of water fall from a helicopter onto a field a few hundred feet away from her, 7-year-old Katherine Lammers could only stare and clap in amazement.

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.

Evans campus gains new tool for surveillance
When law enforcement officers respond to a school in an emergency, they don't always know what they'll face.

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

Tow trouble leads to wreck
Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies try to reconstruct the scene of a two-vehicle accident Saturday on Washington Road near Pollards Corner.

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

Mental appraisal planned

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.

Victim showed leadership

Lottery proposal creates questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about the upcoming vote on a South Carolina lottery. Information was compiled from state and local election commissions, No Lottery 2000, South Carolina Education Lottery Coalition, National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, South Carolina Board of Economic Advisers, South Carolina Policy Council, Palmetto Family Council, South Carolina Education Lottery Operating Plan, National Gambling Impact Study Commission, Bipartisan Lottery Opposition Committee and The Associated Press:

Residents take out the trash
Officials join volunteers to help clean Toole Hill area as part of a series of residential cleanups

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.

NFL this week

Mr. Don Labounty
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Don Labounty, 58, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Pauline Henderson
Mrs. Pauline Henderson, of Hillis Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

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. Shirley Parker
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Shirley Parker, 74, of Garrett Road, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at her residence.

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

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

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. Gregory Smith
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Gregory D. Smith, 41, of Idlewood Road, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

Mr. Herbert Stephens Sr.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mr. Herbert ``Steve'' Carlton Stephens Sr., 75, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000.

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

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. Jessie Dyches
Mrs. Jessie ``Bootsie'' Dyches, 74, died Friday, Oct. 20, 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. Charlie Sapp
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Charlie H. Sapp, of Brown Road, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Otis Winfrey Sr.
Mr. Otis ``Boot'' Winfrey Sr., of Osage Court, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 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.

Mr. Mickey Lewis
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Mickey W. Lewis, 49, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Eunice Price
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Eunice Gray Price, 72, of Calhoun Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Edna Oliver
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Edna Sullivan Oliver, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000.

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 Rich
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. James ``Jimmy'' Rich, 73, of Mustang Road, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Gary Roberson
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Gary ``Rob'' Roberson, 67, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. John Dickerson
Mr. John Dickerson, 58, of Floyd Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at his residence.

Rev. Howard Hickey Sr.
AIKEN - The Rev. Howard McKay Hickey Sr., 84, of Fairfield Street, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at Cumberland Village.

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

Mr. William Wyse
Mr. William Wyse, of Porter Street, died Wednesday, Oct., 18, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.

Mr. Joseph Randazzo Sr.
LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. - Mr. Joseph Randazzo Sr., 79, of Church Street, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at his residence.

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

Hannah Pearl Moody
NORTH AUGUSTA - Hannah Pearl Moody, 1, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, Cincinnati.

Mr. Philip Dow
Mr. Philip Dow, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Willa Banks
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mrs. Willa Daniel Alexander Banks, 60, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Statesboro.

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

Mrs. Betty Harmon
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Betty Harmon, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at her residence.

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

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

Mr. Jack Bridges
Mr. Jack Lavon Bridges, 67, of Fernwood Circle, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lucille Andrews

Mrs. Juanita King

Mrs. Ruby Kitchens

Hannah Pearl Moody

Mrs. Thelma Boulineau

Mrs. Jessie Dyches

Mrs. Pauline Henderson

Mr. James Rich

Mr. James Morgan

Mr. A.J. Still Jr.

Mrs. Jessie Ingram

Mr. Charles Miller

Mr. Paul Patterson

Rev. Howard Hickey Sr.

Mrs. Mable Peebles

Mrs. Willa Banks

Mrs. Betty Harmon

Mr. Otis Winfrey Sr.

Mrs. Lucille McDonald

Mr. Jack Bridges

Mr. Willie Mitchell

Mrs. Lucille Andrews

Mr. Johnny Asberry Sr.

Mr. Herbert Stephens Sr.

Mrs. Bessie Hall

Mr. Mickey Lewis

Mr. Carl Ayers Jr.

Mr. Gary Roberson

Joshua Brewer

Mrs. Edna Oliver

Mr. Calvin Finch

Mr. Charlie Sapp

Mr. Don Labounty

Mrs. Shirley Parker

Mr. John Dickerson

Mr. William Wyse

Mr. Joseph Randazzo Sr.

Kent: Gang of Six is ruining Augusta government
LIKE A VAMPIRE that keeps reappearing, the unholy alliance of commissioners Lee Beard, Willie Mays, Marion Williams, Henry Brigham, Richard Colclough and the addled Andy Cheek have again sunk their fangs into the flesh of Augusta's government. They have sucked away more of its lifeblood.

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.''

Ex-governor too partisan for post
I have some beach-front property in Arizona for sale to anyone who believes that liberal Democrat Zell Miller will serve as a non-partisan U.S. senator. Robert L. Richards, Augusta

Backs educator for school board
I urge voters of District 1 to elect Marion E. Barnes to the Richmond County Board of Education on Nov. 7. Mr. Barnes is a retired educator with over 35 years of experience. ... He is a consultant for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is currently a member of the Tribunal Panel for the Richmond County Board of Education. Gloria B. Lewis, Augusta

Covenants vs. satellite dishes
I read David Brandyberry's Sept. 30 letter, ``Satellite dishes can't be prohibited,'' with interest. I agree in part that homeowners shouldn't run out and immediately start purchasing these dishes. Jay Jennings, Martinez

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.''

Supports Barnes for School Board
II wish everyone would vote for Marion E. Barnes for Richmond County School Board in District 1. Mr. Barnes is one of the county's most respected retired school administrators. He served successfully for over 35 years in the Richmond County Public School system where he gained experiences on all grade levels. Audrey M. Thomas, Augusta

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

Dispelling some misperceptions of the American Civil Liberties Union
In his Sept. 10 letter on the American Civil Liberties Union, its history and purpose, Hoyt Goodson made several excellent points ... Charles E. Varner, 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

Big spending GOP
Congress is scheduled to adjourn this week, but there's still so much appropriations

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

Kent: Gang of Six is ruining Augusta government
LIKE A VAMPIRE that keeps reappearing, the unholy alliance of commissioners Lee Beard, Willie Mays, Marion Williams, Henry Brigham, Richard Colclough and the addled Andy Cheek have again sunk their fangs into the flesh of Augusta's government. They have sucked away more of its lifeblood.

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

Coaches are important to education
Regarding Vernon Johnson's Oct. 8 letter: He wrote, ``We are confronted with the ridiculous sight of football coaches rewarded with ... perks including titles such as `coach.''' He said to improve education, we should ``throw balls out of the schools.'' Ann Leonard Ribock, 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.

Vote for McDaniel, school board
Mildred T. McDaniel is an advocate for children. She is highly qualified for the at-large District 9 Board of Education seat. I strongly urge the people in that district to vote for her. Solomon Varnado, Hephzibah

Inadequate planning for Columbia County at issue in upcoming election
This ``rain tax'' issue for Columbia County is the direct result of improper and inadequate planning going back 15 or more years. The county commissioners responsible for oversight have failed miserably to adequately provide for rainwater runoff even though it has been an obvious problem for the past 10 years. Keith L. Dykes, Martinez

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.

Abolish taxes; impose user fees
Election time is nearly here. I think we should hire some public servants who know how to subtract, not just add and multiply. Billy B. Jones, Graniteville

Where are Buchanan, Nader?
We are biased toward the two major parties in this country. George Bush and Al Gore are the only candidates we hear about. We never hear about Pat Buchanan or Ralph Nader. John O'Keefe, 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

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.

Augusta government a mess
Augusta residents are witnessing a meltdown of their city government.

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

Mayfield captures Rockingham pole

Sound off letter

Labonte going about business of winning title

Greenbrier volleyball team in playoffs

Overtime

Hunt gives opportunity to disabled

Muzzleloading guns gain popularity

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors party

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.

Experts divided on technology's effects
Within the next 50 years, technologists will be able to build tiny robots small enough to navigate the body's circulatory system.

Experts divided on technology's effects