Teams start scrapping Thursday flights in preparation for strike

Teams start scrapping Thursday flights in preparation for strike
NEW YORK -- While baseball negotiators intensified their meetings in hopes of completing a deal, teams began pushing back travel plans to prepare for a possible strike Friday.

Ballpark vendors would be hardest-hit by strike
DENVER -- The biggest losers in a baseball strike won't be the owners, the players or even the sport itself. They'll be people like Rose Williams.

Minor leagues flourish while majors confront strike
DAYTON, Ohio -- The plate umpire wraps his arm around the Dayton Dragons' mascot and dances on the infield while the starting pitcher warms up.

Ballpark vendors would be hardest-hit by strike

Minor leagues flourish while majors confront strike

Negotiators trade public posturing for private talks

Negotiators trade public posturing for private talks
NEW YORK -- Instead of posturing in public, negotiators for baseball players and owners are talking in private.

Lies are as frequent as a 10-minute conversation

Furcal is silent star for Braves

Braves edge Pirates

Furcal is silent star for Braves
PITTSBURGH - He's been lost in the Braves' rush toward an 11th straight division championship, but with five days left in August, the team's irreplaceable part isn't Chipper Jones or Gary Sheffield. It's leadoff man Rafael Furcal, who has batted .349 and scored 17 runs this month.

Braves edge Pirates
PITTSBURGH - You couldn't rule out anything, not on a trip in which the Braves had lost two series for the first time since April, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were winless, and Gary Sheffield was out with a sore thumb.

Travel plans in limbo with strike looming
PITTSBURGH - After considering their options, the Atlanta Braves will probably remain in Pittsburgh after Thursday afternoon's game against the Pirates, and await the outcome of negotiations between the players union and owners.

Travel plans in limbo with strike looming

New-home sales jump 6.7 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- Sales of both new and previously owned homes posted solid gains in July as low mortgage rates motivated buyers to lock in good deals.

Business briefs
Burke County's largest employer will have a new manager Sept. 1.

Retailer combines men's, women's stores
Augusta might not be considered among the country's fashion meccas, but one major retailer retooling its image chose the city to try out a new store template.

Local job market looks tight

Durable-goods orders jump 8.7 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods, including cars and computers, jumped by 8.7 percent in July, the largest increase in nine months. Tuesday's report provided a fresh dose of good news for the struggling economic recovery.

As Stallions sit out, pub shuts down
Steve and Pam Kinder opened Sport's Pub and Grill in October 2000 with the idea of it being a hub for fans of baseball's Augusta GreenJackets, ice hockey's Augusta Lynx and arenafootball2's Augusta Stallions.

South's industry research is lagging
ATLANTA - The South is significantly behind the rest of the country in the amount of industry research conducted, according to a report released Tuesday by the Southern Growth Policies Board.

Business briefs
Several employers from Augusta and across the state are expected to attend a Fort Gordon-sponsored job fair Sept. 5 at the base's U.S. Army Reserve Center, Building 14401, on 15th Street.

Correction
An article in the business section of Sunday's Augusta Chronicle should have said Clear Channel Communication's Augusta radio station cluster is currently No. 1 in market revenue, a designation that is subject to change monthly. The story should also have said the company's WLOV-AM and WXKT-FM properties are in Washington, Ga.

Durable-goods orders jump 8.7 percent in July

South's industry research is lagging

Business briefs

Business briefs

New-home sales jump 6.7 percent in July

Correction

As Stallions sit out, pub shuts down

Consumer confidence fell to lowest level since November
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence fell sharply for the third month in a row in August, declining to its lowest level since November 2001, a private research group reported Tuesday.

Local job market looks tight
With 248 employees, Sweetheart Cup Co. on Wrightsboro Road is full.

Bowden frets about opener
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's players can't wait for Saturday's trip to Georgia, and that's understandable. What more could one ask for than a nationally-televised showdown against a Top 10 team?

Bowden frets about opener

Bowden would've preferred softer opener

Bowden would've preferred softer opener
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Georgia vs. Clemson on national TV at sold-out Sanford Stadium. It's the kind of opener everyone could love - except Clemson coach Tommy Bowden.

Sports Council releases Guy list

Miami, Oklahoma tied for No. 1

NCSU, FSU players take weekly ACC honors

Sports Council releases Guy list
Thirty-four players, including 2001 finalist Freddie Capshaw of Miami, have been named to the 2002 Ray Guy Award watch list as potential candidates for the top collegiate punter of the year.

Judge sends Watson to jail for 10 days
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A judge has ordered South Carolina State running back Derek Watson to serve 10 days in jail for failing to perform community service after being convicted of marijuana possession.

Miami, Oklahoma tied for No. 1
NORMAN, Okla. -- Miami and Oklahoma, the last two national champions, hope to wind up playing in the Fiesta Bowl in January for another title.

NCSU, FSU players take weekly ACC honors
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers was named the Atlantic Coast Conference offensive back of the week Monday, while safety Terrance Holt was named the defensive back of the week.

South Carolina State unsure of Watson's fate
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Running back Derek Watson is out of jail pending an appeal of a 10-day sentence for not completing community service required after a drug conviction.

South Carolina State unsure of Watson's fate

Judge sends Watson to jail for 10 days

Open up legal settlements

The case for action

Mugabe's famine

Boycott failing

In the know
Chandon Riche Sparkling Wine from California is one of those all-around crowd-pleasers. It is packed full of peach and apricot flavors balanced by the dry style of the wine.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Cale

In the know
If you're a wizard with canned vegetables, you could walk away with $7,000.

Alien thriller 'Signs' posts return to top spot at box office
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson's space-invaders thriller "Signs" returned to the top spot at the box office three weeks after its No. 1 debut, taking in $14.3 million in its fourth weekend.

Decorated vehicles reflect personalities of owners
When Penny Smith and her husband hit the road, they go in the "CyberSurfer," a Toyota Celica laden with shells, computer parts and driftwood. A papier mache volcano is tacked to the hood.

Going South (of France) on the cheap
Today we go cheap and we go French, specifically the South of France.

Small portions
Want to see what stylish chefs will be wearing this fall? Check out the new Chefwear catalog. The company, which has been outfitting chefs in aprons, toques and jackets for more than a decade, has come up with camouflage pants and houndstooth hats. Keeping with the times, there are also stars-and-stripes toques and aprons and jackets with American flags on the collar.

Quick cobbler
Labor Day represents the end of summer, but before it's gone, there's one last big cookout to enjoy. When you've decided what to throw on the grill, don't forget about dessert.

Depth at wide receiver a concern for Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey spent the preseason breaking in a new quarterback and finding a starting tailback. Wide receiver wasn't supposed to be a concern.

Depth at wide receiver a concern for Georgia Tech

Rain postpones doubleheader
Tuesday's doubleheader between the Augusta GreenJackets and the Savannah Sand Gnats was postponed because of rain. One game will be canceled, and the other will be made up as part of a doubleheader beginning at 6:15 tonight at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Rain postpones game
The Augusta GreenJackets returned home Monday to open the final homestand of the season, but the opener of a three-game series against the Savannah Sand Gnats was postponed because of rain.

Crooked Stick will play host to Solheim Cup

LPGA Tour is Ochoa's next mountain to climb

North Augustan sets course record

Crooked Stick will play host to Solheim Cup
CARMEL, Ind. -- The Solheim Cup, one of the top events in women's golf, will be played at Crooked Stick Golf Club in 2005.

LPGA Tour is Ochoa's next mountain to climb
Lorena Ochoa wasn't sure she could make it to the top.

North Augustan sets course record
Greg Benjamin of North Augusta set a course record at Augusta Golf Course when he shot a 59 on Thursday.

Rain postpones game

Rain postpones doubleheader

Bye week sidelines team early

Injuries decimate Jefferson County
Losing a senior running back to injury in the first exhibition game was bad enough for Jefferson County. Losing the anchor of the defense to injury in the second jamboree might be disastrous.

Bye week sidelines team early
The lights will shine over the head of Cross Creek sophomore wide receiver/defensive back John Tweedy this Friday night. The crowd will cheer, helmets will collide and the football season officially will begin.

Thrashers agree to terms with Tjarnqvist and Snyder

Thrashers agree to terms with Tjarnqvist and Snyder
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers came to terms Tuesday with restricted free agent defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist and forward Dan Snyder.

Lies are as frequent as a 10-minute conversation
Here we are in the middle of a political campaign season, and I don't think I'm surprising anyone by reporting that dishonesty is a way of American life.

Army enlistees not 'kids'

Wanted: Leaders to unite us

Urges Augusta to elect Ross mayor

Blasts free campaign letters to the editor

Abortion is the same as Holocaust

Reparations should go to American Indians

Why prepare, if you have faith?

Join in unity prayer Sept. 11

Reparations will divide us all

Animal control: everyone's responsibility

Asks African-Americans' forgiveness

Director hangers-on responsible for chaos

Tell governor your time is valuable

Decorated vehicles reflect personalities of owners

Quick cobbler

Senior calendar

Going South (of France) on the cheap

In the know

Subscriber of the day

MTV host gets in on Augusta Common act
Carson Daly, the host of MTV's popular video countdown show Total Request Live, is expected to be the celebrity emcee at the grand opening celebration of downtown's Augusta Common park, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Going for the goal
Retired Lt. Col. Reginald Beaty knows what kind of impact a donation to the United Way can have.

Sheriff sues to hire jail staff

Ex-New Ellenton clerk faces embezzling charge

Kolb presents project wish list

Augusta gets go-ahead for arts center

Locals protest fishing facility

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE - Tri-State Crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh might be released from jail on bond this evening, according to officials.

Going for the goal

2 members of authority step down

Across South Carolina

Motorists will trade one delay for another

Subscriber of the day

Medical neglect suit goes to court

News you can use

Georgia SAT scores drop to 50th place

An extra coat
David Irvine applies a coat of paint to the white picket fence around his home in North Augusta. The lower temperatures and overcast skies Tuesday afternoon still could not spare Mr. Irvine from working up a sweat.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A former deacon at Columbia's First Baptist Church faces charges in court this week that he fondled a 12-year-old girl at a youth party and five times at the church.

Across the area

First 2 qualify in mayor race
Two men made their bids for mayor official Monday morning, marking the beginning of what is expected to be the most crowded local race in recent history.

Group offers high school plan

Crash injures Aiken polo player
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - An Aiken man known throughout the polo community was seriously injured Monday in an accident while driving a truck and horse trailer on a New York interstate.

Richmond County sees rise in results
Richmond County saw a dramatic increase in SAT scores for the second year, but school officials said Tuesday they are still trailing the average score of the worst state in the nation.

Across Georgia

News you can use

Expert on fox offers insight
AIKEN - Drought conditions have diminished the food supply of the gray fox, which has led to the increased number of urban sightings in recent months, an expert told Aiken City Council on Monday night.

Correction
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have stated that burglary suspect Thomas Ogden owns a WIC company, a government-funded Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.

Superintendent pays local visit
AIKEN - Jody Jones, a seventh-grade social studies teacher, traveled from Denmark, S.C., on Monday night to voice his concerns about South Carolina schools to state Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum.

Augusta State sets enrollment record
Augusta State University has a new enrollment record.

Rival is charged in tattoo parlor vandalism
Instead of the welcome wagon, a new tattoo parlor in downtown Augusta got a cinderblock through its front window early Tuesday.

On list, UGA is a party pooper
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia, once a perennial contender for the title of best party school in America, has lost its reputation for wild parties and beer bashes.

Correction

Democrats poised for power
ATLANTA - Democrats are expected to take control of Georgia's congressional delegation this fall for the first time since the 1994 Republican revolution. But don't confuse this Georgia caucus with the conservative Southern Democrats who ruled through the 1980s.

Kings Bay loses second sub
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. - A crane hoisted a black steel gangplank from the hull of the USS Kentucky last week, severing the link to the south Georgia Navy base the Trident submarine has called home since 1991.

News you can use
AUG. 27, 1947 Less than a quarter of the new houses needed for Augusta's post-war population boom have been constructed, The Chronicle reported today.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Sylvan Schrank of Augusta.

Veteran is arrested in shooting
A 43-year-old disabled veteran was arrested Tuesday after police said he shot the manager of an Augusta business outside the store.

Group offers high school plan
The Merriwether Community Development Association presented a broad, but feasible, plan Tuesday night for a new high school in the area.

Democrats poised for power

An extra coat

First 2 qualify in mayor race

Kings Bay loses second sub

Panel advises water policy

Across the area

Airport cafe work proceeds
Running a restaurant inside an airport terminal more than 50 years old has required significant equipment upgrades, say the owners of High Flight Cafe.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mel Adams of Grovetown.

Ex-New Ellenton clerk faces embezzling charge
NEW ELLENTON - A former clerk for the city of New Ellenton was arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzling more than $97,000 from the city.

Museum attempts to regain funding

Museum attempts to regain funding
History is repeating itself for the Augusta Museum of History.

Kolb presents project wish list
Two new jail buildings and a new courts complex top a wish list of city construction projects presented to Augusta commissioners Tuesday.

News you can use
AUG. 28, 1975 Strong winds, a severe thunderstorm and lightning hit some Central Savannah River Area counties yesterday evening, but officials reported only minor damage and no injuries.

Witnesses describe fatal face-off
AIKEN - Witnesses who watched a face-off that led to a fatal shooting last fall testified Tuesday that both people involved said they were not afraid to die.

Stalled system brings heavy rain to Augusta
Some parts of Richmond County received the brunt of a stalled weather system that dropped torrential rains Tuesday evening.

Panel to study Spanish lessons
Columbia County school trustees want to learn more about the importance of foreign language instruction in schools.

Across Georgia
DIAL -A small Baptist church on a dirt road in Fannin County appears to have been set on fire, state officials said.

Panel advises water policy
ATLANTA - Completing 18 months of contentious work, a legislative study committee Tuesday made nearly three dozen recommendations to the General Assembly that could provide the framework for water policy in Georgia for decades to come.

Sheriff sues to hire jail staff
DARIEN, Ga. - A south Georgia sheriff is seeking a court order to compel the McIntosh County Commission to hire 16 new officers to staff a new $4 million jail that has stood empty for months.

Georgia SAT scores drop to 50th place
ATLANTA - South Carolina's students bypassed Georgia's on SAT scores this year, knocking the Peach State's ranking on the college-readiness test to 50th in the nation.

Augusta gets go-ahead for arts center
After about five months of study, theater planning and design consultants gave a thumbs-up to plans for a regional performing arts center for Augusta.

Medical neglect suit goes to court
Everyone agrees that complications set in after Christine Hester underwent a routine surgery requiring an overnight hospital stay.

Across the area
A 13-year-old Augusta boy is in the custody of relatives after being abandoned on Interstate 20 by his mother, police said.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -About 200 fish died in Lake Greenwood from a combination of low oxygen in deep water near the dam and a parasite, according to the state Natural Resources Department.

2 members of authority step down
Tuesday's meeting of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority was rendered unofficial when fewer than seven members showed up, prompting Quincy Murphy and Annie Rogers to resign their posts in frustration.

Motorists will trade one delay for another
Road construction work that has delayed Georgia interstate traffic through Columbia and McDuffie counties is coming to an end more quickly than planned.

Locals protest fishing facility
Columbia County's plan to establish a $1 million bass tournament facility along the Keg Creek arm of Thurmond Lake is making waves with some nearby homeowners.

Across the area
Columbia County Sheriff's Office investigators and District Attorney Danny Craig's office are still considering charges against a 51-year-old man accused of stabbing a personal care home staff member.

Superintendent pays local visit

Richt walks fine line on QB situation
ATHENS, Ga. - Controversy: A dispute, especially a lengthy and public one, between sides holding opposing views.

Villeneuve turns down offer to rejoin CART

Ray released from Foyt for last two races of IRL season

Priestley likely to race again
INDIANAPOLIS -- Actor Jason Priestley likely will race again after he recovers from injuries sustained in a crash earlier this month.

Ray released from Foyt for last two races of IRL season
DALLAS -- Former Indy Racing League champion Greg Ray won't drive for A.J. Foyt in the final two IRL races of this season.

Villeneuve turns down offer to rejoin CART
MONTREAL -- Jacques Villeneuve has turned down a three-year, $50-million deal to race one season in CART before returning to Formula One.

Panthers release Jeffers, three others

Falcons make five roster moves

Running back attends preliminary hearing in Michigan

Panthers waive nine, place Bates on IR

Mr. Johnny Freeman    (MIAMI, Fla.)
Mrs. Sandra Arnold    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Keel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Warren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Douglas Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Raymon Vincent    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. John Odom Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Towner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Houston    (DEARING, Ga.)
Cherish Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rhudelle Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Blaine Tardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Velma Deen    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Stidham Jr.    (NINETY SIX, S.C.)
Mrs. Juanita Reeves    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Reames    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Nancy Long    (WASHINGTON, Ga)
Mr. Varnell Poss    (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Gladys Hunt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ralph Pekkala    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Pervis Glover    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Marjorie Odom    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Owen Wilson Jr.    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Cynthia Neikirk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Percy Barrett    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Harold Lewis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Milton Coffey    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. JoAnn Kraft    (ARLINGTON, IN.)
Mr. William Dudley    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Paul Keel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Sgt. Jack Johnson II    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. James Peebles    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Hunt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Cynthia Neikirk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Myrtle Hayman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. JoAnn Kraft    (ARLINGTON, IN.)
Mr. Isaiah Gomillion    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Miss Margaret Jordan    (OCONEE, Ga.)
Mr. Duff Adkins    (MORGANTON, Ga.)
Miss Gladys Huff    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Myrtle Hayman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Wall Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Grady Gant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Sara Willoughby    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Cato    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Elmer Ball, Jr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Ms. Brigitta Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pervis Glover    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Warren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Dudley    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Sandra Arnold    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Barbara Darden    (SHARON, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Branch    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ardith Sanders    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
Mr. Paul Keel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Hayman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Hunt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ardith Sanders (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Peebles (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Long (WASHINGTON, Ga)

Sgt. Jack Johnson II (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Elmer Ball, Jr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Raymon Vincent (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Pervis Glover (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Cynthia Neikirk (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Odom Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Cato (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Varnell Poss (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Hunt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Rudolph Warren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Reeves (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Darden (SHARON, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Reames (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Grady Gant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dudley (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Rhudelle Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald Stidham Jr. (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

Miss Margaret Jordan (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Hayman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dudley (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Sara Willoughby (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cherish Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brigitta Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Pekkala (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Gladys Huff (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. JoAnn Kraft (ARLINGTON, IN.)

Mrs. Sandra Arnold (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Owen Wilson Jr. (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Rudolph Warren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. JoAnn Kraft (ARLINGTON, IN.)

Mr. Isaiah Gomillion (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Milton Coffey (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Arnold (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Wall Sr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Paul Keel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Percy Barrett (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Duff Adkins (MORGANTON, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Freeman (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mrs. Shirley Towner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Cynthia Neikirk (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Odom (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Lewis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Houston (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Deen (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Blaine Tardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Pervis Glover (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Branch (THOMSON, Ga.)

The case for action
The debate over whether to forcibly remove Saddam Hussein has become a defining issue of the summer of 2002.

Director hangers-on responsible for chaos
The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center seems to have been taken over by a few of its directors. Naturally, this happened because of the weakness of other directors. Several were allowed to hang on after their terms had expired. Jason Jarrard, Augusta

Abortion is the same as Holocaust
When Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Allied Expeditionary Force came upon the first German "horror camps," as he called them, he was so overwhelmed he determined that no one must ever forget this human tragedy. Moreover, he decided to document for all time what Nazi death camps had done. Ralph W. Buchanan Sr., M.D., North Augusta, S.C.

Reparations will divide us all
Recently I read an article covering the reparations rally which took place in Washington, D.C. It's true slavery did exist in this country and that African-American ancestors bore the brunt of it. But wake up. Slavery was abolished some time ago, and civil rights have come a long way. James Sherrill, Evans, Ga.

Tell governor your time is valuable
Recently I went with my daughter to obtain her driver's permit. Because we live in the city of Aiken area, we went to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Richland Avenue first. The lines to both the licensing and drivers' services were to the door, and a woman told us she had been there for 2 1/2 hours to complete her business. We decided to go to the North Augusta branch, since they historically are more efficient and more courteous. Terri R. White, Aiken, S.C.

Urges Augusta to elect Ross mayor
Regarding Augusta's mayoral race: Although I do not live in that city, I do work and attend church there. Jerry Powell, North Augusta, S.C.

Boycott failing
In October, when South Carolina's NAACP holds its annual convention in Savannah, one of the agenda items will be how to strengthen the economic boycott against its home state. There's a good reason for that - so far the boycott's been a bust.

Mugabe's famine
Iraq isn't the only regime change President Bush is calling for. The administration last week let it be known that Zimbabwe's first - and so far only - president, Robert Mugabe, has evolved into a tyrant and needs to be replaced for the good of the region. It wasn't always that way.

Reparations should go to American Indians
I read in complete disbelief the statements made by Charles Barron and Louis Farrakhan in your editorial on Aug. 21 ("Separations"). I have only one thing to say: If they really expect the federal government to start handing out money to repay the African-Americans for the ills of slavery, then they will have to stand in the back of the line. There are many who have the right to stand in front of them, and if and when the African-Americans finally make it to the front of the line, I doubt there will be any money left to give them. Kathi Scott, Martinez, Ga.

Animal control: everyone's responsibility
Regarding Holley Renno's Aug. 12 letter concerning the Richmond County Animal Control facility ("Two strikes and Bragdon's almost out"), first, let me say that I am on the advisory board for the shelter. This letter represents my opinion, and in no way am I speaking for the board. Angela McElroy Magruder, Augusta

Asks African-Americans' forgiveness
It is my utmost belief that the major impediment to healthy black-white relations in this country, and specifically this community, is the issue of forgiveness - or lack thereof. Allen Hannon, Harlem, Ga.

Join in unity prayer Sept. 11
Sept. 11 is soon approaching. On that day, everybody should wear red, white and blue to work or school to show their support for those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor the heroes who worked to save them, and the families left behind. Bill Wood, Hephzibah, Ga.

Blasts free campaign letters to the editor
I really enjoy reading the editorial section of The Chronicle except during election time. The last two days I've read the paper, every single letter was someone endorsing some political candidate. Kirby Coggin, Windsor, S.C.

Why prepare, if you have faith?
To at least one reader, your editorial "Pray, but prepare" (Aug. 6) falls far short of absolute faith in God. Rather strange for a publication that protested, editorially, a recent court ruling that the words "under God" renders the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. Lewis Penrose Bohler Jr., Augusta

Open up legal settlements
Now everybody's getting into the act.

Wanted: Leaders to unite us
As someone who remembers well the hard times and heartaches of the 1960s, and the joy that came with understanding, reconciliation and forgiveness afterward, I hurt when I read of the polarization that seems to be happening in our community. Pat Knox, Augusta

Army enlistees not 'kids'
Regarding the Aug. 18 Metro section, "Army loosens restrictions on appearance": John B. Brownlee, Augusta

Overtime

Davenport wins first Slam match of year

IOC seeks information on organized crime

Overtime

Overtime
Jeff Knox of Augusta completed a 68 on Tuesday to qualify for the U.S. Mid-Amateur next month.

IOC seeks information on organized crime
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Alarmed by accusations that two skating competitions at the Salt Lake City Games were fixed, the IOC is looking for any evidence that organized crime influenced any other Olympic sports.

Davenport wins first Slam match of year
NEW YORK -- Former champion Lindsay Davenport, seeded fourth and playing her first Grand Slam match of the year, cruised past Eva Dyrberg 6-2, 6-1, at the U.S. Open on Monday.

Safin, Moya advance at U.S. Open; Philippoussis out
NEW YORK -- Former champion Marat Safin battled his temper and some booming serves from Nicolas Kiefer to advance in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday with a draining 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory.

Overtime
Laura Coble of Augusta finished second in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Savannah's Landing Club on Monday. Coble shot 79, advancing her to the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship in Eugene, Oregon, on Sept. 21-26.

Running back attends preliminary hearing in Michigan
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back T.J. Duckett was excused from practice so he could attend a preliminary hearing Tuesday for two men who allegedly attacked him July 21 in Ionia, Mich.

Panthers waive nine, place Bates on IR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers released nine players Monday and placed kick returner Michael Bates on injured reserve.

Panthers release Jeffers, three others
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wide receiver Patrick Jeffers, slowed over two years with knee injuries, was released Tuesday by the Carolina Panthers.

Falcons cut 10 players, including Bonner
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons waived former Kentucky and Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner along with nine other players Monday.

Falcons make five roster moves
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons placed tight end Dallas Neil and rookie defensive tackle Jerry Togiai on injured reserve and made three other moves Tuesday to cut the roster down to 68 players.

Richt walks fine line on QB situation

Sony's Betamax to be laid to rest by year's end
TOKYO -- Sony closed the final chapter of its legendary battle with Victor Co. of Japan to dominate the home video machine market, when it announced that it would discontinue its Betamax VCRs.

Government clears painless diabetes monitor for children
WASHINGTON -- A wristwatch-looking device that uses tiny electric currents to painlessly monitor diabetics' blood sugar now is officially available for children to use.

Back-to-school computer tips for parents
Only nonparents think the buzzing sounds of late August are locusts. Parents know them to be the sounds of school-age brains starting up again after two months of hibernation. And one of the first coherent thoughts to pop up is often "I need a new computer!"

NASA welcomes its first celebrity space tourist
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA welcomed its first celebrity space tourist on Monday: 'N Sync singer Lance Bass, who hopes to clinch a deal with the Russians soon and fly to the international space station in two months.

Pets cut allergy risk, MCG study finds
Buster and Chelsea have been gone for years, but the two old cocker spaniels left quite an impression on the Busby children.

Plutonium trail could get longer
NORTH AUGUSTA - Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a public meeting Tuesday night that more miles could be added to the transport path of weapons-grade plutonium slated to be converted to fuel.

Comet-chasing spacecraft appears lost
LOS ANGELES -- There is little hope of salvaging a $159 million comet-chasing spacecraft that broke apart Aug. 15, scientists said Monday in announcing they seek to launch a replacement as early as 2006.

After one acquittal, will DA drop charges against other Georgia athletes?
ATHENS, Ga. -- The acquittal of a Georgia football player accused of sexually assaulting a female student could affect the pending cases against two other athletes.

Clemson defense slams door on Herschel, Georgia

Georgia CB reinstated to team but suspended three games
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia cornerback Brandon Williams, acquitted of rape charges last week, was reinstated to the team Tuesday but suspended for the first three games.

Georgia CB reinstated to team but suspended three games

Once-heralded prospect still waiting for breakout season

After one acquittal, will DA drop charges against other Georgia athletes?

Field goal in closing seconds provided dramatic win

Once-heralded prospect still waiting for breakout season
ATHENS, Ga. -- Reggie Brown didn't have any trouble living up to expectations in high school. He could run faster and jump higher than anyone else on the football field.

Field goal in closing seconds provided dramatic win
There was no such thing as overtime in college football on Sept. 22, 1984.

Clemson defense slams door on Herschel, Georgia
Holding a running back to 111 rushing yards is not generally considered a noteworthy feat.

Richt maps out plan to get both QBs in the game

Richt maps out plan to get both QBs in the game
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt has figured out his two-quarterback system, but he's not ready to let anyone else in on his little secret.

New feelings hit Gamecocks
COLUMBIA - Rashad Faison remembers walking around the field filled with a strange but exhilarating bliss.

Same old Holtz, only worse

New feelings hit Gamecocks

Same old Holtz, only worse
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Lou Holtz has concerns about his runners and quarterback. His right elbow is in pain from surgery. He thinks New Mexico State is a monster opponent waiting to knock off a top-25 opponent.

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD:The final acting performance by late R&B singer Aaliyah in the screen adaptation of Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned; High Crimes, with Ashley Judd as a woman who discovers her husband isn't who she thinks he is; and The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid as a high school baseball coach who follows his longtime dream of playing in the major leagues.

Question of the week
Q: If the penalties weren't so stiff, would you participate in pranks played on rival schools?

Pranks may be tamer, but rivalries still exist
Chances are that when students arrived at Butler Comprehensive High School a few years ago to find their beloved bulldog mascot statue missing, they knew what was up.

Relationship needs time to develop
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been going out with this boy for about a month now. He keeps telling me he loves me, and I wonder if now is

Your style
THE FACTS: Taylor Gilyard, 13, an eighth-grader at Hephzibah Middle School.

Help Line gets teens to help their peers

Pranks may be tamer, but rivalries still exist

Your style

Relationship needs time to develop

My ride

My pad
THE FACTS: Jennifer Freeman, 13, an eighth-grader at Greenbrier Middle School.

Question of the week

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Xtreme calendar

My pad

Help Line gets teens to help their peers
Allison Crawn wants teens to know there's always someone who'll listen.

My ride
THE FACTS: Craig Smith, 16, a junior at Curtis Baptist High School.

Back-to-school computer tips for parents

Government clears painless diabetes monitor for children

Comet-chasing spacecraft appears lost

Pets cut allergy risk, MCG study finds

Plutonium trail could get longer