Club calender

Spooky stuff

Concert calender

Ramblin' Rhodes: Chronicling country has been a blast

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

'Rumpelstiltskin' a treat for kids

It's all about the music, Bloodfest promoter says

'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

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.

Event calender
Here is a listing of local activities.

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

Barrel racers ride hard

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.

Event calender

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.

Applause calendar

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.

Tenor bears soul when performing

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.

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

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

Baseball notebook

Yankees do it again

Yankees 3, Mets 2

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Business briefs

Broadband expands locally

Realty plans to sever franchise ties

Business briefs

Network has tough choice on its hands

Football contest

Georgia notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

College football games on the radio

Georgia Southern notebook

ACC notebook

Solving the SEC East

Georgia notebook

Clemson prepares for Ga. Tech game

Clemson notebook

Clemson notebook

SEC notebook

College football on TV

Peterson mainstay of offense

South Carolina notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Gardner the one for school board

Augustans, clean up your trashy act

Challenger towers over Diane Ford

Mattingly will vote conservative

Hurtful 'Chronicle' stories rapped

Likes DeLoach

Cheers Baptists' anti-liquor crusade

MOX is environmentally friendly

Having standards for community still is acceptable

Commission races

Columbia County endorsements

Cites pro-Gore bias in recent major news media reports

Richmond Co. endorsement

Back Barnes for school board

Supports Aiken Co. 1-cent sales tax

Backs experience for Edgefield sheriff

Calls for commissioner's ouster

Who's got whose hands in pocket?

Two plans analyzed

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.

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

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

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.

Moore captures title in playoff

Payne Stewart family sues

Love III to be Hall of Fame inductee

Prep football on the radio

Blue Devils, Hawks have sights on title

Carolina notebook

Top prep games this week

Silver Bluff's Jamie Williamson

Let it reign

Williston-Elko clinches region

Georgia notebook

Prep football schedule

Expect the unexpected

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.

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.

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

Geraniums can live to bloom another day

Capsules

The ground work

Looking Boootiful

DNR board split over poultry waste

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.

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

Extradition of suspect discussed

Authorities say remains are Dingess

Bond denied for suspect in shooting

Authorities say remains are Dingess

Prosecutor to seek death penalty

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anti-litter campaign

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MCG gives girl birthday bash

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

State provides aid with slaying investigation

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.

Aiken County weighs worth of tax

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.

Fish fry seeks unity along racial lines

Judge lets death trial go forward

Retired physician joins stroke study

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.

Across the area

DA to seek death penalty for Rivera

Jury returns guilty verdict

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.

Bond denied for suspect in shooting

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.

Charges pile up

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.

Problems delay trip for panel

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.

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.

Cities make plans for Halloween

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.

Fish show mercury buildup

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.

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.

Prosecutor to seek death penalty

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.

Slaying, crash kill two

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.

Democrats look to buck state's trends

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.

Panel requests rest area shutdown

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

Killing attacker put woman in prison

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.

Chancellor competition narrows

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

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.

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.

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.

Hodges talks with teachers

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.

Correction

Board prioritizes projects

Across the area

Insurer faces discrimination lawsuit

Area road makes dangerous list

Workers contain gas leak

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.

League to honor black pioneers

Wright to be out 2-3 weeks

Even cops are revved up for rivalry

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Mr. Roosevelt Young Jr.
INDIANAPOLIS - Mr. Roosevelt Young Jr., 54, of Broadway Street, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Methodist 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. 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. Mary Gilbert
Mrs. Mary Alice Bigham Gilbert, 83, of Evans, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Brandon Wilde Pavillion.

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

Mrs. Julia Ellison

Mr. Malcolm Strickland

Mr. Murphy Helton

Mr. Cecil Beggs Sr.

Mrs. Jessie Perlotte

Mr. Jacob Roberts

Mrs. Julia Walker

Axel Jones

Mr. Edward Ivey

Mrs. Joyce Brock

Mrs. Carolyn Armour

Ms. Inez Jones

Mr. Terry Wright

Mrs. Mary Gilbert

Mrs. Louise Richardson

Mr. Earl Davis Sr.

Mrs. Carolyn Kendrick

Mr. J.L. Galbreath

Mrs. Constance Morris

Mr. William Hanvey Sr.

Mrs. Valarie Fortson

Larnelle Hobbs

Mrs. Melissa Dingess

Mr. John Boutwell

Mrs. Debbie Chalker

Mr. Woodrow Smith Jr.

Mrs. Leona Gilyard

Mr. Ernest King Jr.

Mr. Robert Taylor

Mrs. Pearl Bryan

Mrs. Eloise Snider

Mrs. Joyce Brock

Mrs. Linda Shampine

Ms. June Culkin

Dr. Joseph Usry

Mr. Johnny Jones Sr.

Miss Hilda Taylor

Mr. Robert Carter Jr.

Mrs. Frances Hutto

Mr. Benjamin Moody Sr.

Mrs. Frances Arnett

Mrs. Dorothy Jones

Mrs. Ida Tillman

Mr. W. Wilson Kitchings

Mr. Thomas Burke

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Bob Latford retires

Bobby Labonte following footsteps

Silent sidelines at Family Y games

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Fishing tournament news

Anglers win boats

Falling lake creates boating hazards

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

AOL 6.0 offers new phone service
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Global warming may affect El Nino

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