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.

Event calender
Here is a listing of local activities.

'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.

Concert calender

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

It's all about the music, Bloodfest promoter says

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: Chronicling country has been a blast

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.

Tenor bears soul when performing

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

Club calender

'Rumpelstiltskin' a treat for kids

Barrel racers ride hard

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

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.

Braves exercise option on Smoltz

Baseball notebook

Yankees do it again

Stadium sign says it all: 26 World titles

Ad rights to animals disputed

New machine opens window for company

Business briefs

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

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

Business briefs

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

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

Solving the SEC East

College football games on the radio

Georgia notebook

Georgia Southern notebook

ACC notebook

Network has tough choice on its hands

ACC preview

College football on TV

Georgia Southern notebook

Peterson mainstay of offense

Football contest

SEC notebook

South Carolina notebook

TV schedule conflict solved

SEC Preview

Georgia Tech notebook

Clemson notebook

Commission races

Cites pro-Gore bias in recent major news media reports

Gardner the one for school board

Having standards for community still is acceptable

Backs experience for Edgefield sheriff

Hurtful 'Chronicle' stories rapped

Columbia County endorsements

Who's got whose hands in pocket?

Mattingly will vote conservative

Richmond Co. endorsement

MOX is environmentally friendly

Supports Aiken Co. 1-cent sales tax

Likes DeLoach

Cheers Baptists' anti-liquor crusade

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.

Kiawah's Ocean Course again the star

Moore captures title in playoff

Love III to be Hall of Fame inductee

Wardlaw 20, Wyman King 14

Evans earns playoff berth

Statesboro 48, Butler 6

Silver Bluff wins battle of unbeatens

Warren County 34, Aquinas 13

Lakeside downs rival Greenbrier

Let it reign

Wash.-Wilkes 62, Oglethorpe 7

McCormick 13, Calhoun Falls 12

Prep football schedule

Prep football on the radio

Williston-Elko clinches region

Georgia notebook

Silver Bluff's Jamie Williamson

Westside surprises Washington County

Carolina notebook

Burke County over Thomson

Top prep games this week

Harlem earns its playoff spot

Expect the unexpected

Screven's Brown keeps streak alive

Midland Valley over Strom Thurmond

Smith, Ready pace Aiken win

ECHL power poll

Lynx notebook

Goalie seeks first victory

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

The ground work

Geraniums can live to bloom another day

Extradition of suspect discussed

McDuffie council will change

Students take issue over rebel flag poll

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.

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.

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.

Democrats look to buck state's trends

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.

State provides aid with slaying investigation

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

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.

Police say man was shot before fire

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.

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.

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

Killing attacker put woman in prison

Across the area

Judge lets death trial go forward

Thurmond stumps for JROTC

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.

United Way exceeds campaign goal

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.

Oliver looks back at tenure

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.

Slaying details surface

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.

Across the area

Chancellor competition narrows

Problems delay trip for panel

Panel requests rest area shutdown

MCG gives girl birthday bash

Fish show mercury buildup

League to honor black pioneers

Celtics star set for season

Atlanta's Reeves stays busy

Even cops are revved up for rivalry

Augusta Georgia: metro@ugusta: Thurmond stumps for JROTC 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: features@ugusta: Woman helps others with abuse shelter 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: business@ugusta: New machine opens window for company 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: metro@ugusta: McDuffie council will change 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: features@ugusta: Haunted trail has surprises 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: features@ugusta: Called to work and to serve 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: metro@ugusta: Apartment blaze displaces residents 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: metro@ugusta: Oliver looks back at tenure 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: business@ugusta: Augusta's job rate increases 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: metro@ugusta: Slaying details surface 10/28/00

Augusta Georgia: metro@ugusta: Magazine says road is unsafe 10/28/00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. W. Wilson Kitchings

Mr. Ricky Myers

Mr. Ernest King Jr.

Mrs. Thernell Dukes

Mrs. Pearl Bryan

Mrs. Ida Tillman

Mrs. Joyce Brock

Mrs. Debbie Chalker

Mr. J.L. Galbreath

Mrs. Buler Moore

Mr. Johnny Jones Sr.

Mr. Harold Alexander

Larnelle Hobbs

Mr. Gurmukhsingh Udhwani

Mrs. Leona Gilyard

Rev. Albert Mason Sr.

Mr. Edward Ivey

Mr. Philip Holmes

Mr. Woodrow Smith Jr.

Mrs. Carolyn Armour

Mr. Brooks Glover Sr.

Ms. Hilda Busby

Mrs. Valarie Fortson

Mrs. Lila Huckabee

Ms. June Culkin

Mrs. Maxie Shepherd

Mr. John Boutwell

Mr. Holland Kinsey Jr.

Mr. William Hanvey Sr.

Mrs. Onelia Kennedy

Mrs. Melissa Dingess

Mr. Benjamin Moody Sr.

Mr. Robert Carter Jr.

Mrs. Hassie McLendon

Mr. Malcolm Strickland

Mrs. Anna Ruxton,

Mrs. Jessie Perlotte

Minchew is choice for District 10 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

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.

Arafat orchestrated popular uprising 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

`People person' for Aiken sheriff 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

People, not taxes, heart of community 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

District 22 Senate seat 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

Senator's deadbeat dad ads sickening 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

Aiken Co. Sheriff 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

How to curb the Firestone tire peril 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

House seats 115 & 119 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

Sisler: RU-486 continues Clinton's legacy of shame 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

Rips airport subsidy to Daniel Field 102800 - The Augusta Chronicle

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Overtime

Overtime

Silent sidelines at Family Y games

Ganassi hires little known drivers again

Fishing tournament news

Anglers win boats

Falling lake creates boating hazards

Communications firms push last-minute measures
WASHINGTON (AP) - An alliance between commercial broadcasters and public radio has won congressional support to undercut an administration plan to create hundreds of new low-power radio stations.

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

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.

God, the great promise-keeper

Woman helps others with abuse shelter

Faith digest

Haunted trail has surprises

Called to work and to serve

Communications firms push last-minute measures

Doctors: Vaccines to arrive

Hackers break into Microsoft's network

Sony's PlayStation2 debuts