Event calender
Here is a listing of local activities.

Tenor bears soul when performing

Spooky stuff
Once upon a time, Halloween meant little more than going door to door mooching candy corn and chocolate bars, but times have changed.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Chronicling country has been a blast

Barrel racers ride hard

'Rumpelstiltskin' a treat for kids

Tenor bears soul when performing
From Caruso to the Three Tenors, the high male register seems to resonate when people talk about opera.

'Rumpelstiltskin' a treat for kids
While he enjoys playing before adult audiences, Jaime Burcham said there's nothing like playing a part for children. ``Kids are the best audiences,'' said the veteran actor, a regular in children's theater in Augusta and Atlanta and with the Augusta Ballet.

Church is ideal place for chamber concerts
Music is as much about mood and setting as it is about putting notes together in a pleasing order. A piece that might make an audience sleepy in a large concert hall can have new life breathed into it in a more intimate setting.

Barrel racers ride hard
While Augusta's reputation has never been that of a cow town, it certainly is no stranger to the sound of thundering hooves.

Club calender

Concert calender

Applause calendar
Here is a listing of events in the Augusta area.

Applause calendar

Concert calender
Here is a listing of upcoming concerts in the area.

Spooky stuff

Ramblin' Rhodes: Chronicling country has been a blast
My earliest memory of listening to music, other than at Methodist church services, was hearing the radio stations that my mother, Ella Sampert Rhodes, tuned into while ironing clothes for her five kids.

Church is ideal place for chamber concerts

It's all about the music, Bloodfest promoter says
If Halloween has a soundtrack, it might feature the hard and heavy bands slated to play Bloodfest VII, Augusta's annual evening of sonic assault.

It's all about the music, Bloodfest promoter says

Event calender

Club calender
Here is a listing of local clubs and events.

Yankees do it again

Yankees 3, Mets 2

Baseball notebook

Ad rights to animals disputed

Business briefs
NEW YORK - The growing belief that technology stocks are reaching a bottom turned the battered Nasdaq composite index around in a late-afternoon rally Thursday, but the overall market ended a volatile session mixed.

Realty plans to sever franchise ties
A Columbia County real estate brokerage is losing its national franchise affiliation.

Realty plans to sever franchise ties

Semolina restaurant closes
Augusta's Semolina International Pasta restaurant has closed, apparently a victim of the city's ultra-competitive restaurant industry.

Business briefs

County rezones for subdivision
An area of industrial land has been rezoned for a new upscale subdivision project, proving again that building bedrooms is Columbia County's primary business.

Broadband expands locally

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fell sharply Wednesday, pulling the Nasdaq composite index down 190 points.

Deal creates cookie monster
Cereal giant Kellogg Co. is buying the cookie and cracker maker Keebler Foods Co. for about $3.6 billion in a deal that would put the Keebler elves on the same roster as Tony the Tiger.r

Broadband expands locally
They might not be moving at the lightning-quick speed that their Internet connections allow, but broadband service providers in the metro Augusta area are reaching out to potential customers at a similar breakneck pace.

Georgia notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Network has tough choice on its hands

Peterson mainstay of offense

Georgia Tech notebook

Solving the SEC East

SEC notebook

South Carolina notebook

Georgia notebook

ACC notebook

Clemson notebook

Football contest

Clemson prepares for Ga. Tech game

College football games on the radio

Georgia Southern notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

College football on TV

Clemson notebook

Back Barnes for school board

Columbia County endorsements

Having standards for community still is acceptable

Likes DeLoach

Two plans analyzed

Supports Aiken Co. 1-cent sales tax

Cheers Baptists' anti-liquor crusade

Gardner the one for school board

Backs experience for Edgefield sheriff

MOX is environmentally friendly

Augustans, clean up your trashy act

Richmond Co. endorsement

Calls for commissioner's ouster

Cites pro-Gore bias in recent major news media reports

Challenger towers over Diane Ford

Who's got whose hands in pocket?

Hurtful 'Chronicle' stories rapped

Mattingly will vote conservative

Commission races

Looking Boootiful
Green glop, blue goo and a peeling face - don't run shrieking; they're supposed to make you look and feel better.

Capsules
$tress is costly Persistent stress has long been considered harmful to health. Now a new study indicates that the health costs of stress in the workplace may be more than anyone thought.

The ground work
Spring is bloom time, but fall is for planting. Now is the time to plant annuals for fall and winter color and spring-blooming perennials, shrubs and bulbs.

Geraniums can live to bloom another day
Geraniums are popular bedding plants in the Augusta area, blooming from late April through late fall.

Payne Stewart family sues

Love III to be Hall of Fame inductee

Moore captures title in playoff

Let it reign

Blue Devils, Hawks have sights on title

Silver Bluff's Jamie Williamson

Carolina notebook

Expect the unexpected

Prep football schedule

Georgia notebook

Williston-Elko clinches region

Prep football on the radio

Top prep games this week

Lynx notebook

Lynx notebook

Ad rights to animals disputed
Using an animal in your advertising campaign is not as simple as it used to be.

DA to seek death penalty for Rivera
The district attorney filed notice Wednesday he intends to seek the death penalty if Reinaldo J. Rivera is convicted of murder. The official, written notice was filed the day after Mr. Rivera, 37, was indicted by the Richmond County grand jury on multiple charges including murder in the Sept. 4 fatal attack on Fort Gordon Sgt. Marni Glista, 21. Full story

Shooting suspect denied bond
BARNWELL - A magistrate judge denied bond Wednesday morning for the 18-year-old charged in the double homicide at Sonic Drive-In, sending the suspect back to jail.

Capsules

Geraniums can live to bloom another day

The ground work

Looking Boootiful

Hodges talks with teachers
GLOVERVILLE - It initially was billed as a chance to discuss Gov. Jim Hodges' plan to let teachers get master's degrees tuition free through his lottery initiative.

DNR board split over poultry waste
RINGGOLD, Ga. - A member of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday attacked a proposal to hold poultry companies responsible for disposal of animal wastes and predicted a majority of the board will defeat it next month.

Prosecutor to seek death penalty
The district attorney filed notice Wednesday he intends to seek the death penalty if Reinaldo J. Rivera is convicted of murder.

Panel requests rest area shutdown

State provides aid with slaying investigation

Workers contain gas leak

Authorities say remains are Dingess

Judge lets death trial go forward

Bond denied for suspect in shooting
BARNWELL, S.C. - A magistrate judge denied bond Wednesday for the 18-year-old charged in the double homicide at Sonic Drive-In.

Slaying, crash kill two

Retired physician joins stroke study
After a career of conducting research into hormones such as insulin and testosterone, Henk Scholer finds himself on the other side.

Correction

Extradition of suspect discussed
A brief court hearing Thursday for Reinaldo J. Rivera proved little more than a media photo opportunity of the man suspected in several area killings.

DNR board split over poultry waste

Charges pile up
SALUDA, S.C. - What began with one woman's complaint against a Saluda County funeral home owner and an alleged phony burial contract has gotten 45 times worse.

Prosecutor to seek death penalty

Authorities say remains are Dingess
The family of slaying victim Melissa Dingess began funeral arrangements Wednesday after authorities finally were able to match dental records to the teen's skeletal remains.

Across the area

Cities make plans for Halloween
Ghosts and goblins will be out in force Tuesday evening because, unlike last year, trick-or-treating will take place on Halloween night.

Retired physician joins stroke study

Area road makes dangerous list
Never let it be said that Reader's Digest didn't warn you:

Fish fry seeks unity along racial lines

Authorities say remains are Dingess

Aiken County weighs worth of tax

Anti-litter campaign
Danny Agerton of Richmond County Public Works division throws campaign signs into the back of his county truck at the corner of Mike Padgett Hwy and Lumpkin Road. Richmond County, on Wednesday was enforcing a local ordinance that requires the public roadsides to remain clear of debris, and county officials consider the political signs to fall under that category.

Jury returns guilty verdict

Extradition of suspect discussed

Charges pile up

Prosecutor to seek death penalty

Killing attacker put woman in prison
It seemed like the perfect romance at first.

Insurer faces discrimination lawsuit
AIKEN - A woman has filed a lawsuit against an insurance giant in an Aiken County court, joining dozens of other blacks in the state suing the company for allegedly charging higher premiums to minorities for decades.

MCG gives girl birthday bash
Frances Oglesby thought she was coming to Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center for a check-up for her leukemia.

Across the area
Twin brothers convicted of taking part in shootings at local nightclubs were sentenced to prison Wednesday.

Fish show mercury buildup

Area road makes dangerous list

Cities make plans for Halloween

Bond denied for suspect in shooting
BARNWELL, S.C. - A magistrate judge denied bond Wednesday for the 18-year-old charged in the double homicide at Sonic Drive-In.

Bond denied for suspect in shooting

Jury returns guilty verdict
It seemed like it would never happen.

Board prioritizes projects

Authorities say remains are Dingess
The family of slaying victim Melissa Dingess began funeral arrangements Wednesday after authorities finally were able to match dental records to the teen's skeletal remains.

Across the area
Police Thursday still did not know the cause of death of a man found in his home off Peach Orchard Road about 11 hours after a neighbor driving the victim's vehicle was involved in a fatal crash downtown.

Prosecutor to seek death penalty
The district attorney filed notice Wednesday he intends to seek the death penalty if Reinaldo J. Rivera is convicted of murder.

Across the area

Workers contain gas leak
A Grovetown construction crew cut a gas line early Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of several businesses, including the Columbia County Water and Sewer Department.

Problems delay trip for panel
It was David Dorminey's worst nightmare come true.

Slaying, crash kill two
An Augusta man was found slain in his home off Peach Orchard Road on Wednesday with injuries to his head and neck, about 11 hours after a neighbor driving the dead man's vehicle was involved in a fatal crash in downtown Augusta.

Cincinnati flights to lift travel
CINCINNATI - For years, air travelers flying out of Augusta Regional Airport have complained about delays at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, about the propensity of canceled flights to and from Augusta, and about the noisy turboprops.

Correction
A University Hospital board was misidentified in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. The board that is meeting today and must approve a real estate transaction is University Health Services.

Democrats look to buck state's trends
AIKEN - Democratic candidates in Aiken County are crossing their fingers that voters in the heavily Republican county won't just pull the party lever this year.

Fish fry seeks unity along racial lines
Former Mayor Ed McIntyre sponsored an annual fish fry Wednesday at Julian Smith Barbecue Pit in hope of eradicating the racial divide between black and white residents of Augusta.

Panel requests rest area shutdown
A task force studying crime at interstate rest areas in South Carolina has recommended that Gov. Jim Hodges shut down 16 parking areas, including two in Aiken County, where for years officers have witnessed illicit sex in wooded areas.

Judge lets death trial go forward
Over ardent protest from the defense Thursday, Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. inched a nearly 5-year-old double homicide case a notch closer to concluding.

Fish show mercury buildup
Water in the Savannah River has relatively low levels of toxic mercury, but fish tissue tells a different story, a federal regulator told industry representatives Thursday.

MCG gives girl birthday bash

Chancellor competition narrows
AIKEN - The panel appointed to find a chancellor for the University of South Carolina Aiken has shortened its list to five candidates.

Democrats look to buck state's trends

Problems delay trip for panel

Hodges talks with teachers

Chancellor competition narrows

Bond denied for suspect in shooting

Appointments parceled out
AIKEN - A descendant of Aiken's wealthy Winter Colony who is losing her seat on the city's Planning Commission says its current composition is illegal.

Brothers fight; 1 stabbed
A 13-year-old was still in surgery late Wednesday after he allegedly was stabbed by his 11-year-old brother at their apartment complex on 12th Street.

State provides aid with slaying investigation
An Edgefield County man apparently was slain at his home, then set on fire in his front yard early Thursday, authorities said.

Cities make plans for Halloween
Ghosts and goblins will be out in force Tuesday evening because, unlike last year, trick-or-treating will take place on Halloween night.

Anti-litter campaign

Aiken County weighs worth of tax
North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones put in his 2 cents worth Wednesday on Aiken County's possible 1 cent tax increase.

DA to seek death penalty for Rivera

Killing attacker put woman in prison

Insurer faces discrimination lawsuit

Board prioritizes projects
Augusta commissioners will spend the coming months protecting their pet projects and picking which ones may get pushed aside as they work to prioritize the fourth phase of the recently renewed 1 cent sales tax.

League to honor black pioneers

Wright to be out 2-3 weeks

Even cops are revved up for rivalry

Mr. W. Wilson Kitchings
AIKEN - Mr. W. Wilson Kitchings, 63, of Kaolin Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Debbie Chalker
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Debbie Chalker, 38, of Highway 17 North, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Herbert Fincher
AIKEN - Mr. Herbert B. Fincher, 87, of Dunbarton Circle, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Miss Hilda Taylor
GROVETOWN - Miss Hilda H. Taylor, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Augusta.

Larnelle Hobbs
DEARING, Ga. - Larnelle David AlexavierHobbs, 16, of Radford Culberth Road, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Ms. Inez Jones
Ms. Inez Jones, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Woodrow Smith Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Woodrow Wilson Smith Jr., 48, of Alfred Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Terry Wright
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Terry L. Wright, 37, of Railroad Street, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at West Lake Manor Nursing Home, Augusta.

Mr. Benjamin Moody Sr.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mr. Benjamin ``Bennie'' Moody, 60, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at Bayfront Medical Center.

Mrs. Carolyn Kendrick
THOMSON - Mrs. Carolyn Moss Kendrick, 42, of Rock House Road, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Dr. Joseph Usry
NORTH AUGUSTA - Dr. Joseph Lamar Usry, 50, of Bolin Road, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000.

Mrs. Dorothy Jones
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Dorothy Kirby Jones, 82, of Lorraine Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. June Culkin
Ms. June S. Culkin, 72, of Martinez, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Joyce Brock
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Joyce Lovelace Brock, of Waccamaw Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. J.L. Galbreath
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. J.L. Galbreath, 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000.

Mr. Murphy Helton
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Julian Murphy Helton, 50, of Archer Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ida Tillman
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Ida Mae Tillman, 85, of Frost Road, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Eloise Snider
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Eloise Snider, 73, of Bell Spring Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Leona Gilyard
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Leona Gilyard, 86, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Kings Brook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mr. Jacob Roberts
Mr. Jacob Marion Roberts, 84, of Chase Road, Evans, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Edward Ivey
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Edward Ivey, 49, of Hopgood Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Gilbert
Mrs. Mary Alice Bigham Gilbert, 83, of Evans, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Brandon Wilde Pavillion.

Mr. Ernest King Jr.
Mr. Ernest ``Pee Wee'' King Jr., of Pollard Drive, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Linda Shampine
Mrs. Linda K. Shampine, 98, of Herbert Lane, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Carolyn Armour
FAIRFAX, Va. - Mrs. Carolyn Albea Armour, 72, of Majestic Lane, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Fairfax Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Monaghan
THOMSON - Mrs. Mary Ann Monaghan, 67, of Brinkley Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Malcolm Strickland
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mr. Malcolm D. ``Mac'' Strickland, 53, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Clifford Vought
Mr. Clifford Stanley Vought, 80, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Horace Brabham
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Horace Brabham, 60, of Kingfisher Road, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Constance Morris
Mrs. Constance ``Connie'' Morris, 46, of Evangeline Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Valarie Fortson
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Valarie Gresham Fortson, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at McCormick Health Care Center, McCormick.

Mrs. Julia Walker
Mrs. Julia Walker, of Fenwick Street, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Melissa Dingess
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Melissa Faye Spicer Dingess, 18, died July, 1999, in Aiken County.

Mr. Thomas Burke
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mr. Thomas Clifford Burke, 70, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000.

Mrs. Pearl Bryan
TRENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Pearl Turner Bryan, 96, of Wise Street, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital, Edgefield.

Mr. John Burks Jr.
Mr. John B. Burks Jr., 58, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Charlotte Dekle
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Charlotte Tyus Dekle, 87, of Cleveland Avenue, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Earl Davis Sr.
DAVISBORO, Ga. - Mr. Earl Anthony Davis Sr., 92, of Heard's Bridge Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Extended Care Facility, Sandersville.

Mr. John Boutwell
Mr. John Boutwell, 61, of Third Street, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mrs. Frances Hutto
PERRY, S.C. - Mrs. Frances Buffington Hutto, 80, of West Railroad Avenue, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Joyce Brock
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Joyce Lovelace Brock, of Waccamaw Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Julia Ellison
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Julia Mae Ellison, 89, of Patricia Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Cecil Beggs Sr.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Mr. Henry Cecil Beggs Sr., 57, of Forest Trail, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Coosa Valley Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Johnny Jones Sr.
Mr. Johnny Jones Sr., 61, of Grady Boulevard, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Robert Taylor
Mr. Robert Kevin Taylor, 38, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000.

Mrs. Jessie Perlotte
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Jessie Tucker Perlotte, 69, of Lexington Avenue, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Athens Regional Hospital, Athens.

Axel Jones
Axel Keith Jones, infant son of Tony Jones and Jennifer Walton, both of Appling, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Wade Stewart
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Wade Stewart, 74, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mrs. Frances Arnett
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Frances West Arnett, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000.

Mr. Robert Carter Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Robert Carter Jr., 61, of Storm Branch Road, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Julia Ellison
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Julia Mae Ellison, 89, of Patricia Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Roosevelt Young Jr.
INDIANAPOLIS - Mr. Roosevelt Young Jr., 54, of Broadway Street, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Methodist Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Richardson
AIKEN - Mrs. Louise Richardson, 76, of Red Oak Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Hanvey Sr.
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mr. William Harold ``Bill'' Hanvey Sr., 80, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, in Alachua, Fla.

Mrs. Carolyn Kendrick

Mrs. Julia Ellison

Mrs. Constance Morris

Mrs. Carolyn Armour

Ms. Inez Jones

Mrs. Melissa Dingess

Mrs. Frances Arnett

Mr. Malcolm Strickland

Mr. Terry Wright

Mr. J.L. Galbreath

Mrs. Louise Richardson

Mr. William Hanvey Sr.

Dr. Joseph Usry

Larnelle Hobbs

Miss Hilda Taylor

Mr. John Boutwell

Mrs. Frances Hutto

Mr. Woodrow Smith Jr.

Mrs. Linda Shampine

Mr. Ernest King Jr.

Mr. Robert Taylor

Mrs. Pearl Bryan

Mrs. Eloise Snider

Mr. Edward Ivey

Mrs. Julia Walker

Mrs. Joyce Brock

Mrs. Joyce Brock

Ms. June Culkin

Axel Jones

Mr. Johnny Jones Sr.

Mr. Jacob Roberts

Mr. Robert Carter Jr.

Mr. Cecil Beggs Sr.

Mrs. Jessie Perlotte

Mrs. Dorothy Jones

Mrs. Valarie Fortson

Mr. Thomas Burke

Mr. W. Wilson Kitchings

Mr. Murphy Helton

Mrs. Ida Tillman

Mrs. Debbie Chalker

Mrs. Leona Gilyard

Mrs. Mary Gilbert

Mr. Earl Davis Sr.

Mr. Benjamin Moody Sr.

Kent: Mack is back; thoughts on Paula, J.B.
LIKE MODERN-day Paul Reveres, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and former Sen. Mack Mattingly, R-Ga., came to Augusta Tuesday to echo presidential candidate George W. Bush's warning about our nation's declining military readiness.

Schrenko: Next round must address real reform
THERE ARE a lot of misconceptions and statistics thrown around about the state of education in Georgia. Many would like you to believe Georgia's education system is going in the wrong direction. It is unfortunate that this type of politicizing of our education system takes place, but in a tight election year it can be expected. As with the ads accusing teachers of being to blame for what is happening in Georgia's schools, this type of divisive and antagonistic talk only serves to make it more difficult on our children and schools. I hope in the next round of education reform the governor and the legislature will think before they attack.

Kent: Mack is back; thoughts on Paula, J.B.
LIKE MODERN-day Paul Reveres, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and former Sen. Mack Mattingly, R-Ga., came to Augusta Tuesday to echo presidential candidate George W. Bush's warning about our nation's declining military readiness.

Mattingly will vote conservative
Sen. Zell Miller is trying desperately to convince the people of Georgia that he is another Paul Coverdell. I knew Sen. Coverdell. Mr. Miller is not and never will be Mr. Coverdell. Mac Mattingly is a friend of mine and was a good friend of Mr. Coverdell, who would certainly endorse Mr. Mattingly, as his wife is doing now, all across the state. Leona Norton, Augusta

Rivera victims sought attention
A local radio talk-show host made a comment Oct. 17 about the character of the girls Reinaldo Rivera has allegedly admitted killing. M.E. Sorrell, Evans

Cheers Baptists' anti-liquor crusade
When did the Baptists' crusade against liquor in downtown Augusta become ``counterproductive?'' Liquor promotes drunkenness and bad behavior. It hurts people and destroys families. Timothy Fellows Sr., Augusta

Stalled science ed
Georgia Board of Education Chairman Otis Brumby, in a guest column Wednesday, says if there is ``a war'' between state School Superintendent Linda Schrenko and his panel, it is ``unilateral'' from her side.

Cites pro-Gore bias in recent major news media reports
Recent complaints about your biased reporting prompts me to point out the bias in the major news media: Grace G. Allen, Trenton

Country needs another Thomas Reed
In 1890 the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was Thomas B. Reed of Maine, one of the most remarkable men ever to occupy that post. Not only an able politician, he was without par as an orator and debater. A large number of his epigrams have become common to our language. Larry Heinrich, Aiken

Backs experience for Edgefield sheriff
I have lived in Edgefield County for 68 years. During that time Marvin Easler dedicated 29 years in law enforcement to serve and protect residents of the county. James F. Coleman, Edgefield

MOX is environmentally friendly
During the last two months The Chronicle has published major news articles and letters in which opposition was expressed to the national program to dispose of surplus plutonium by using it as fuel (mixed uranium plutonium oxide, or MOX) in commercial power reactors. Mal McKibben, Aiken

Supports Aiken Co. 1-cent sales tax
I am not normally someone who favors increasing our tax burden but I want to add my support for the one cent sales tax referendum on Aiken County's the Nov. 7 ballot. William H. Tucker, Aiken

Two plans analyzed
With all the number-crunching by the two presidential campaigns, ordinary Americans have a hard time figuring out what the candidates mean by their tax-and-budget plans, much less how they differ.

Schrenko: Next round must address real reform
THERE ARE a lot of misconceptions and statistics thrown around about the state of education in Georgia. Many would like you to believe Georgia's education system is going in the wrong direction. It is unfortunate that this type of politicizing of our education system takes place, but in a tight election year it can be expected. As with the ads accusing teachers of being to blame for what is happening in Georgia's schools, this type of divisive and antagonistic talk only serves to make it more difficult on our children and schools. I hope in the next round of education reform the governor and the legislature will think before they attack.

Calls for commissioner's ouster
Facts about Columbia County Commissioner Diane Ford: Robert Hockman, Evans

Complains firing of Farrell is wrong
Why does the Richmond County School Board force the resignation of an excellent, qualified public safety director for doing his job? Is it about paying too much to protect children's safety at sports events? Gwen Tushbant, Augusta

Likes DeLoach
Many thanks to state Rep. George DeLoach, R-Hephzibah, for supporting game, fish, parks, industry and institutions for the disabled. Mr. DeLoach has an open door policy and is willing to help groups and individuals. Maurice Alligood, Evans

Commission races
Columbia County has important Commission races in two districts. After interviewing the candidates on the issues, we offer the following recommendations to voters.

Augustans, clean up your trashy act
Who, me pick up trash? That's not my job. L.M. Usry, Augusta

Columbia County endorsements
Columbia County voters should have no problem deciding who to vote for in the House District 112 race, not if they want to preserve their legislative clout in the face of reapportionment next year. Rep. Bill Jackson, R-Appling, is their man.

Who's got whose hands in pocket?
I think that taxpayers in south Richmond County should be tired of this consolidated government. There is a lot of money to be made by the trash collectors and the taxi companies. This makes me think that someone has their hands in someone's pocket. Elmer Rogers, Augusta

Back Barnes for school board
Many people have either worked with or observed the dedicated contributions of Marion E. Barnes. His educational experiences extends for decades. His mastery of administration and love for young people is exceptional. Fred Stallings, Augusta

Gardner the one for school board
I recommend Bob Gardner for Richmond County's District 10 School Board. He is an established, hard working and involved member of our community who has lived here for as long as I can remember. He and his wife Alice raised their family here. Steve Colohan, Augusta

Art Institute hails education story
On behalf of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, I thank Chronicle staff writer Clarissa J. Walker for the Sept. 30 feature story on our Community Art Education Center project. Cheryl W. O'Keeffe, Augusta

Richmond Co. endorsement
Two fine law enforcement officers are vying to become Richmond County's next sheriff, the county's most politically powerful position. While both are worthy, Ronnie Strength is the candidate with the horsepower for this job, which oversees a $40 million budget, 900 employees and the jail.

Hurtful 'Chronicle' stories rapped
I'd like for The Chronicle to use better judgment in publishing hurtful stories about persons who have been tried, convicted and are serving their sentences. Wendell Duncan, Martinez

Having standards for community still is acceptable
I am neither a Baptist nor anti-business, but I am dismayed at the strong anti-Christian tone of your Oct. 20 editorial with its sarcastic use of words like ``sacred circles'' and ``sacred numbers.'' Jane H. Dennis, Augusta

Columbia County on new course?
Fourteen years ago I couldn't resist the quiet charm of Columbia County and its charted course for respecting nature, sensible growth and planned progress. Emerson Macklen, Evans

Challenger towers over Diane Ford
Columbia County Commission candidate Jim Bartley may be a builder, but he doesn't have the special interests behind him. In fact, Mr. Bartley refused to take political action committee money. Friends and business people in the county who see the need for change in District 5 are financing his campaign. Billy Ray Morris, Evens

Overtime

Silent sidelines at Family Y games

Overtime

Bob Latford retires

Bobby Labonte following footsteps

Fishing tournament news

Anglers win boats

Falling lake creates boating hazards

Global warming may affect El Nino
A study of coral reefs suggests El Nino occurs more frequently now than it did in the mid-19th century, before global warming.

Doctors: Vaccines to arrive
Area patients may be panicking over a delay in shipping flu shots, but they shouldn't be, Augusta doctors said.

AOL 6.0 offers new phone service
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- America Online Inc. on Wednesday introduced the newest version of its AOL software, which includes a feature that allows users to have online information read to them by telephone.

Sony's PlayStation2 debuts
NEW YORK - Frustrated shoppers grumbled and some even scuffled as they lined up at stores across the country Thursday in what for many was a vain attempt at getting Sony's new PlayStation2 video game console.

Global warming may affect El Nino

Doctors: Vaccines to arrive

Sony's PlayStation2 debuts