Winners and losers in baseball's new labor agreement
Winners and losers in baseball's labor agreement reached Friday:

Labor deal saves Twins, could send Expos to DC

Labor deal saves Twins, could send Expos to DC
WASHINGTON -- Baseball's labor agreement was especially good news for Minnesota and Washington. The Twins aren't going to disappear anytime soon, and the quest for a team in the nation's capital got a huge boost.

Winners and losers in baseball's new labor agreement

Georgia baseball fans react to strike that almost was
ATLANTA -- Disappointment, even disgust, ran high as a half-dozen baseball fans lined up at the Turner Field ticket office late Friday afternoon.

Low SAT scores raise more questions

Mallory Michelle Skinner

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II

Danyele Renee Maddox

Jessica Lynn Griswold
Mr. and Mrs. Shane

Makenzie Grace Sorrell

Katlyn Rochelle Elam
Ron and Melissa Elam of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Katlyn Rochelle Elam, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are William and Lee Young and J.D. and Redia Elam, all of Lincolnton, Ga.

Barbara Maxine Thurmond

Jackson Richard Davis
Rich and Maggie Davis of Evans announce the birth of a son, Jackson Richard Davis, Friday, July 19, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary R. Moore of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. James R. Davis of Martinez.

Daniel Jacob Redfern

Morgan Celeste Davis
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Davis Jr.

Olivia Nicole Cason

Dejza Ann Cleere
Lacy Ann Cleere of Hephzibah announces the birth of a daughter, Dejza Ann Cleere, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Gary and Barbara Cleere of Hephzibah and Wayne and Nona Sue Walker of Las Vegas, Nev.

Hunter James Via

Ryan Michael Ash
Michael Wayne and Debbie Noland Ash of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Ryan Michael Ash, Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Noland, Wayne Ash and Sue Ash, all of Augusta.

McKayla Elizabeth Morris

Maya Alexis Bush
Larry Bush and Cynthia Boseman, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Maya Alexis Bush, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Johnnie L. Brown of Augusta and the late Frank and Julie Boseman.

Logan Gage Kitchens

Reagan Kathleen Burdette
Charles and

Matthew Stephen Hauser
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hauser

Whitman Alexander Stacy

Riley Nicole Bridwell
Joey and Candace

Matthew Stephen Hauser

Hunter James Via
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Via of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Hunter James Via, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Campbell Jr. of Lincolnton, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Via of Augusta.

Jessica Lynn Griswold

Barbara Maxine Thurmond
Mr. and Mrs.

Kennedy Alexis Handy

Caleb Keishawn Tarver
Scottie and Victoria Tarver of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Caleb Keishawn Tarver, Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Bertha M. Paige of Augusta, Connie Stevens of North Augusta and Elizabeth Stevens of Bath.

Riley Nicole Bridwell

Niyah Aaliyah Swinger
Calvin F. Swinger

Logan Taylor Jones
Billy and Anna Jones of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Logan Taylor Jones, Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Eddie and Laura Ayers of Buford, Ga., Kay Jones of Martinez, and B.T. and Kaye Jones of Detroit.

Bryar Troy Stewart
Charles Troy

Zackary James Canuette
Robert Can

Whitman Alexander Stacy
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip G. Stacy of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Whitman Alexander Stacy, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Stewart P. Hull of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Donald K. Stacy of Martinez.

Caleb Keishawn Tarver

Megan Elizabeth Bralley
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bralley of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Megan Elizabeth Bralley, Thursday, July 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mary Kelley of Augusta, the late A.L. Kelley and Mr. and Mrs. James Bralley of Augusta.

Logan Taylor Jones

Christopher Mandarin Mack II
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Mack of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Christopher Mandarin Mack II, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Wayne Banks of Los Angeles and Mr. and Mrs. John R. Mack of Augusta.

Dejza Ann Cleere

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II
Mr.

Kennedy Alexis Handy
Maurice and Jynelle Handy of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Kennedy Alexis Handy, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Matthews of Topeka, Kan., and Mary Handy of Selbyville, Del.

Christopher Mandarin Mack II

Makenzie Grace Sorrell
Guy and Regina Sorrell of Eva

Zackary James Canuette

Kennedy Grace Smith
Ryan Smith and Ginger Partin, bot

Shianne Faith Cartin
The Rev. and Mrs. M. Dean Cartin of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Shianne Faith Cartin, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kirkland of Blythe and Carolyn Cartin of Aiken.

Mallory Michelle Skinner
Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Skin

Morgan Celeste Davis

Allen Kaleb Sconiers

Megan Elizabeth Bralley

Daniel Jacob Redfern
Michael and Leah Redfern of Cary, N.C., announce the birth of a son, Daniel Jacob Redfern, Friday, June 28, 2002, in Cary. Grandparents are Vincent and Barbara Hart of Racine, Wis., and Claudia R. Usry of Gibson, Ga.

Reagan Kathleen Burdette

Kelton Reynolds Patafie
Brian

Kelton Reynolds Patafie

McKayla Elizabeth Morris
Steven Wayne and Dana Davis Morris of M

Shianne Faith Cartin

Danyele Renee Maddox
Eric and Jessica Maddox of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Danyele Renee Maddox, Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William T. Dees of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. David Shirling of Appling.

Bryar Troy Stewart

Tristan Railey Landers
Timothy J. and Tracie

Tristan Railey Landers

Logan Gage Kitchens
Mr. and Mrs. Lindy D. Kitchens of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Logan Gage Kitchens, Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Templeton Jr. of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Lindy Kitchens of Evans.

Jackson Richard Davis

Wyatt Chase Beagles
Jason Walker Beagles and Rebekah Brown, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Wyatt

Niyah Aaliyah Swinger

Allen Kaleb Sconiers

Kennedy Grace Smith

Maya Alexis Bush

Katlyn Rochelle Elam

Olivia Nicole Cason
Travis Noel and Melissa Marie Cason of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Nicole Cason, Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cason, all of Martinez.

Wyatt Chase Beagles

Ryan Michael Ash

Moss dominates Montreal in win

Atlanta regroups after unusual day
ATLANTA REGROUPS: This was the kind of day it was for the Braves: As the team's buses departed a downtown Pittsburgh hotel Friday morning, manager Bobby Cox called out, "Has anyone seen Chipper? Maddux? Marquis?"

Moss dominates Montreal in win
MONTREAL - After spending the better part of Friday playing the part of John Candy in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, the Atlanta Braves were less than thrilled to arrive at Olympic Stadium without enough time to take batting practice.

Jones' home run helps Braves win
MONTREAL - For an Atlanta Braves team four weeks away from reaching the playoffs for the 11th straight time, there can be no better sight than Andruw Jones swinging the bat with authority.

Jones' home run helps Braves win

Maddux's future uncertain with new deal
MONTREAL - Players and owners have a new agreement, but Atlanta's Greg Maddux is still in the dark.

Atlanta regroups after unusual day

Maddux's future uncertain with new deal

New identity theft scam involves false IRS forms
NEW YORK - It seems that almost every month there's a report of yet another identity theft scam. The latest is particularly worrisome because it plays off Internal Revenue Service forms, something the IRS says hasn't happened before.

On the move

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Thermal Ceramics'

On the move
Susan Glenn has joined the Sheraton Augusta Hotel as director of sales and marketing. She has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Ms. Glenn is a native of North Carolina and was most recently employed with Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia.

Pocket change

Business calendar
Tuesday: BellSouth employees are invited to a free workshop, Considering a Lump Sum Distribution and Retirement Planning, presented by Greg Dechau of Edward Jones; 7 p.m. Edward Jones; call for reservations; 736-6252.

Organized labor marks Labor Day with talk of strikes

Revived medical facility purchases MRI scanner

New identity theft scam involves false IRS forms

Stocks fall Friday in light trading ahead of holiday

North Augusta plan would benefit entire region

Speeding up the process
A toaster-sized lump of clear plastic sits in Dr. Larry Hendry's downtown office. The glasslike object appears to be a work of modern art, perhaps an oversize paperweight.

Buyers are urged to seek reputable home inspectors
I've heard horror stories from friends who, after closing on a house or an apartment, discovered problems such as water in the walls, toxic mold and even termites. What can I do to make sure this doesn't happen to me, and how do I go about hiring a top-notch home inspector?

Work has changed since the first Labor Day
Ah, Labor Day. The day we honor the toils of the American worker.

Developing interest
NORTH AUGUSTA - Lurking behind North Augusta's Savannah River tree line is an unborn, multimillion-dollar child, conceived in 1996 but, like many births, discussed for years.

Organized labor marks Labor Day with talk of strikes
NEW YORK -- Labor Day, its significance often lost in the haze of our collective national barbecue, is supposed to be an occasion for organized labor to celebrate itself.

Speeding up the process

Stocks fall Friday in light trading ahead of holiday
NEW YORK -- Wall Street bumped through a quiet session Friday, with blue chips rising on some upbeat economic news and then dropping back as investors played it safe before the Labor Day weekend. Tech stocks lagged throughout the day.

Buyers are urged to seek reputable home inspectors

Revived medical facility purchases MRI scanner
For proof of St. Joseph Hospital's financial turnaround, one need look no further than its new $1.5 million MRI scanner.

Developing interest

Business briefs
Although US Airways is planning to reduce its flights by 13 percent this year, the Arlington, Va.-based carrier will add a plane in Augusta, according to a schedule released Friday.

North Augusta plan would benefit entire region
What is now the city of North Augusta was first settled as Savannah Town in the early 1700s. Considered a gateway to the Western frontier, the settlement was home to English fur traders who would take their goods down the river to Charles Town (now Charleston, S.C.) and from there to England.

A once heated rivalry returns

A once heated rivalry returns
Georgia cornerback Tim Jennings grew up a Georgia fan, but he didn't know until recently that the Bulldogs ever had a rivalry with Clemson.

Zook hopes to hook Gator fans in debut

Game of the week
The Chan Gailey era begins at Georgia Tech. ... The Yellow Jackets and Commodores are meeting for the first time since 1967. ... Bobby Johnson is in his first year at Vanderbilt after leaving Furman. ... Georgia Tech fullback Brian Johnson , a former Lakeside High standout, isn't expected to play because of a sprained ankle.

Zook hopes to hook Gator fans in debut
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- What would normally be tuneup time for Florida is instead a major happening.

Game of the week

Baseball striking out

The hunt for Osama

Shortage is a scandal

Give to United Way

Obsessing on SAT

As good as new
When James Barron bought a tumbledown farmhouse in Eureka, S.C., in 1976, his friends thought he had lost his mind.

Home front
The unpredictable stock market has been good for business - the real estate business, that is.

Local author looks at right to die
As a sophomore in college, Raymond Whiting witnessed his grandfather, who was dying of cancer, pull the IV out of his arm and refuse to let doctors and nurses reinsert it.

Callers should get message about proper phone etiquette
Dear Carson: For the past week or so I tried to get in touch with someone from another state, phoning several times with no apparent call back. When I finally reached him, he claimed to have called me several times. When I mentioned that I had no message, he said he didn't leave one and had only let the telephone ring two or three times, saying he figured no one was home. Are you inclined to believe him? - Rules of Ringing

Cat, dog mayhem begins
Bucky Katt is a one-fanged Siamese terror, all attitude and no brain.

Fall movie preview
LOS ANGELES -- Harry Potter at Hogwarts, Frodo Baggins bound for Mordor, Hannibal Lecter in his nuthouse cell, Jean-Luc Picard on the bridge of the Enterprise, and James Bond in bed with Halle Berry.

After neglect, Tangier moving ahead
TANGIER, Morocco - Paul Bowles, Tangier's longtime American resident who wrote The Sheltering Sky and put this legendary city of sin and ennui on the map, is gone.

Labor Day telethon draws in millions
From its humble beginnings at a lone New York City TV station in 1966, the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon has expanded to more than 200 stations that draw millions of viewers - and millions of dollars.

Mourning after
Occasionally, even the most responsible drinkers cross the line.

Arts calendar
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Georgia Tech dispatches Vanderbilt
ATLANTA - Everything looked easy for Georgia Tech against Vanderbilt.

Gailey ready for first college game since 1993
ATLANTA -- For the first time since 1993, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey will be on the sidelines coaching in a college game, and that could lead to some anxious moments during Saturday night's opener against Vanderbilt.

Georgia Tech dispatches Vanderbilt

Gailey ready for first college game since 1993

Couple thirsts for quality time
It's Thirsty Thursday at the Lake Olmstead Stadium concession stands as the discount beer flows freely, and the sweat streams steadily down workers' faces.

Around the horn
Third baseman John Hattig is batting .355 (11-for-31) with six RBI in his past nine games, raising his average to .280.

GreenJackets notebook
The Augusta GreenJackets are next-to-last in the South Atlantic League with a .233 average, last in in runs (506) and on-base percentage (.294) entering the final weekend of the season.

The early birds get the work
It's the most important part of the job for a minor-league ballplayer, and there are no scorecards, box scores or statistics to prove it.

Trainer enjoys his 'specialty'
Nobody told Mark Ryan about the sea of red tape.

Meunier-Lebouc takes lead in State Farm Classic

Masters will air ad-free

Barlow leads Air Canada heading into third round

Masters coverage under fire
A women's group that is pushing for Augusta National Golf Club to admit its first female member will ask CBS to not televise the Masters Tournament next spring.

Barlow leads Air Canada heading into third round
SURREY, British Columbia -- Craig Barlow isn't going to let the pressure of leading the Air Canada Championship get to him. It's the adrenaline that comes with it that he's worried about.

Meunier-Lebouc takes lead in State Farm Classic
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- France's Patricia Meunier-Lebouc shot a 5-under-par 67 on Friday for a three-shot lead heading into the third round of the State Farm Classic.

Masters will air ad-free
The telecast of the 2003 Masters Tournament will not include any commercials, Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson said Friday.

Couple thirsts for quality time

Trainer enjoys his 'specialty'

The early birds get the work

GreenJackets notebook

Westside spoils Hill's first game

Panthers ruin debut for Hill

Prep football notebook

Thoroughbreds ride Hunter to victory in season opener

Panthers ruin debut for Hill
For Lakeside coach Randy Hill, busy wasn't the word to describe his first experience on the field as a head coach. Instead, he said, it was chaotic.

Silver Bluff streak ends at Newberry
NEWBERRY, S.C. - For 14 seconds on Friday night, Silver Bluff looked like the same team that won back-to-back state championships and entered the 2002 season on a 30-game winning streak.

Tigers shut out Red Devils
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell needs just four victories to become the winningest coach in Georgia high school history, but the rivals from up the road refuse to cooperate.

Yellow Jackets rumble past Rebels
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - North Augusta coach Joe Long said he was concerned with his team's offense entering Friday night's season opener.

Thoroughbreds ride Hunter to victory in season opener
AIKEN, S.C. - Rashad Hunter knew it would be up to him to carry South Aiken in its opener against Midland Valley. From the opening kickoff until the final seconds ticked down, he just kept running and never looked back.

Musketeers make plays vs. Bulldogs
In a game where key interceptions swung momentum, the Richmond Academy Musketeers defeated the Butler Bulldogs 28-25 in Friday's season opener.

Wildcats roll over Glenn Hills
Laney has mastered playing as an underdog. The next step for the Wildcats is embracing the role of favorite.

Westside spoils Hill's first game
For Lakeside coach Randy Hill, busy wasn't the word to describe his first experience on the field as a head coach. Instead, he said, it was chaotic.

Greenbrier takes opening victory
When Greenbrier took the field for its season-opening contest against Evans Friday night, the public address announcer mistakenly referred to the home team as the "Briarwood" Wolfpack - and he wasn't the only one with first-game jitters.

Prep football notebook
For the first 6 minutes of Friday's season-opening game against Lakeside, Westside looked dominant - like the team that should win Region 3-AAA. After that, their offense sputtered and died, particularly in the red zone.

Screven County stops Statesboro
STATESBORO, Ga. - Just call Screven County the streak buster. Friday night, the Gamecocks handed Statesboro its first home loss in 22 games with a 13-0 season-opening victory over the Blue Devils at Womack Field.

Low SAT scores raise more questions
Well, the SAT scores came out last week, and I see the usual hand-wringing has begun.

Secular state of the United States

Selective tax increases intolerable

Board member praises Bragdon, volunteer pet lovers

Difference in foolishness and felony

Slams writer for editorial on animal control director

Visitor to Augusta shocked by column on religion

Light candles to remember victims

Arab-Americans should separate from terrorists

Callers should get message about proper phone etiquette

Local author looks at right to die

Cat, dog mayhem begins

Fall movie preview

As good as new

After neglect, Tangier moving ahead

Labor Day telethon draws in millions

Arts calendar

Mourning after

Lawsuit could delay road work

Molester gets 15-year sentence

Across the area
Richmond County investigators charged a Hephzibah teen Friday in the armed robbery of two men at a gas station earlier this month.

Nuclear family adjusts to U.S.

Alcohol sale issue goes on ballot
Voters from Aiken will decide in November whether restaurants and hotels in the city can sell alcohol on Sundays, the Municipal Election Commission announced Friday.

Bettis Music Fest outlasts rain

Downtown accident

Subscriber of the day

Uncertainties remain for both U.S., Russia programs

Across the area

Across the Southeast

Making a clean show

Parole officials lost track of suspect

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 31, 1912 The special Hospitals Committee of the Augusta City Council met yesterday and decided to dispense with the services of architect Myer J. Sturm of Chicago and turned the entire work over to G.L. Preacher, the local architect who has been working as an assistant to Mr. Sturm. The committee further decided to revise the plans at once, and to ask for bids that will come within the appropriation.

Revenue increase tops agenda

Molester gets 15-year sentence
An Augusta man who had a juvenile record for child molestation was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for molesting another child.

Three coliseum authority posts will be filled

Unleashing old energy
AIKEN - This summer, a secretive government mission began.

State parks avoid layoffs
ATLANTA - The agency charged with protecting Georgia's environment will make do with older cars and computers in order to keep the state parks open.

Uncertainties remain for both U.S., Russia programs
Most people have never heard of MOX, but the term likely will find its way into political science and history books.

Lawsuit could delay road work
ATLANTA - Construction of rural roads across the state could be slowed if a judge agrees with opponents of a controversial highway project in Atlanta's northern suburbs.

Nuclear family adjusts to U.S.
AIKEN - It didn't take Bruno Huguet long to become plugged in, or branche, as the French say, to his new American lifestyle.

Parole officials lost track of suspect
AIKEN - During the summer of 2000, the man Aiken police have charged in the death of Jessica Carpenter had gone off the radar screen of Georgia parole officials.

Car loses control, hits eatery

Expanded database led to match
With no history of sexual or violent convictions, Robert F. Atkins might never have been tapped as a suspect for the slaying of Aiken teenager Jessica Carpenter.

Local officials find positives in MOX plant

Cost of restaurant escalates for airport

Game day is back with a vengence
ATHENS, Ga. - Maybe Georgia and Clemson should play more often.

Across Georgia

Class star shines
As a child, Jason Fulmer saw a clear picture of his purpose. It was to be a teacher, or a "star polisher," as he likes to call those in the profession.

News you can use
SEPT. 1, 1932 Another record-breaking crowd surged into the auditorium of Richmond Academy yesterday to attend the second session of The Augusta Chronicle's Cooking School - an event that seemed to eclipse in interest the solar eclipse in the heavens outside.

Car loses control, hits eatery
AIKEN - When Mary Lee Simpkins' vehicle's brakes failed Saturday, she had two choices, face the red light ahead or make the last turn before the intersection.

Charges bring joy, relief to Aiken

Artists work to create plan for subdivision

Man charged in Jessica Carpenter slaying

News you can use

Event planned
The Junior Auxiliary and Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 192, Evans, will play host to a program for parents and children at 2 and 4 p.m. Sept. 7, at 1 Legion Drive off Owens Road and Washington Road.

Cost of restaurant escalates for airport
Augusta Regional Airport officials and the new owners of the terminal's restaurant say they didn't know what they were getting into when they began renovating the High Flight Cafe.

Man charged in Jessica Carpenter slaying
AIKEN - Investigators announced Friday that they have charged a man in a Georgia state prison in the death of Jessica Carpenter after DNA evidence linked him to the Aiken teenager's rape and slaying two years ago this month.

New courthouse formally opens
Probate Court Judge Pat Hardaway smiled as she walked to the podium Friday morning.

Cloning food report may benefit company
ATHENS, Ga. - This little piggy went to the market. This little piggy got cloned.

Home's resident charged in assault
The man accused of attacking a woman working at a group home in Columbia County was charged with felony aggravated assault with attempt to rape Friday.

Holiday closings

Meeting addresses Navy airfield plans
The Navy will hold a public meeting in Burke County on Sept. 12 to share information on its plan to establish a new airfield for its F/A-18 Super Hornet attack jets.

Young candidate diverges from trend
Popular opinion holds that America's young people aren't voting, are less connected with the communities where they live and are generally apathetic when it comes to civic duty.

Army Corps will send less water to river
Flows from Thurmond Lake into the Savannah River will be reduced next week as declining water levels reach a critical point in terms of the need for water conservation.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Labor Day:

Woman joins mayor's race on final day

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is A.R. Sankey of Evans.

Three coliseum authority posts will be filled
Joe Scott might not have much longer to serve as interim chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority.

Charges bring joy, relief to Aiken
AIKEN - In the two years since the death of Jessica Carpenter, a flier seeking help in finding the killer has remained in the window of Diane Rutherfurd's downtown restaurant.

Cloning food report may benefit company

Downtown accident
A Nissan Pathfinder ran into a downtown building after colliding with a van at Eighth and Green streets.

Across Georgia

New courthouse formally opens

Across the area
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive Saturday to promote National Sickle Cell Awareness.

Alcohol sale issue goes on ballot

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The state Agriculture Department wants to fine Sam's Club $566,000 for a mouse infestation at a northeast Atlanta store.

Army Corps will send less water to river

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT -School officials say their severe-weather plans worked perfectly when the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Beaufort County last week.

Event planned

Revenue increase tops agenda
A panel of Augusta commissioners has endorsed a legislative agenda that, if implemented on the state level, aims to increase city revenues.

Meeting addresses Navy airfield plans

Woman joins mayor's race on final day
In two last-minute moves by mayoral candidates, one unexpected name will appear on ballots this November and one announced candidate has withdrawn from the running, leaving voters with a field of four men and one woman to choose from in this year's race.

Making a clean show
Volunteers clean up the Imperial Theatre on Broad Street in Augusta. New seats will soon be installed in the lower level, and seats in the upper level will be replaced.

Bettis Music Fest outlasts rain
Light rain and mid-70s temperatures were a cool complement to the sizzling array of performances at Saturday's Bettis Music Fest in Trenton, S.C.

News you can use

Home causes worry in area
What it comes down to, they say, is just being good neighbors.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Enon Hopkins of Evans.

PTA stresses involvement
Karen Powell knows the importance of her role in her children's education.

Young candidate diverges from trend

Change of scenery
Linda Schrenko is the first woman and the first Republican to be elected state schools superintendent.

Subscriber of the day

Across the Southeast
RUTLEDGE, Ala. -An unemployed man who had been hiding out with his 16-year-old girlfriend was charged with capital murder Friday in the shooting deaths of six members of her family at their rural home.

Artists work to create plan for subdivision
ATHENS, Ga. - An unlikely group of developers, including several local artists and musicians, has bought 155 acres in northern Athens-Clarke County, aiming to turn it into an environmentally friendly subdivision.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The state fire commissioner offered a reward Friday for information about an arson at a Georgia State University building Thursday night.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A man who pleaded guilty to helping bilk many mobile home owners out of at least hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to 13 months in prison.

China rattles granite market
ELBERTON, Ga. - The granite industry in this Northeast Georgia city may join with other U.S. producers to file a formal "dumping" complaint against China with the Federal Trade Commission, an industry executive said.

PTA stresses involvement

China rattles granite market

Class star shines

Nuclear plants avoid conversion

Expanded database led to match

Home causes worry in area

Nuclear plants avoid conversion
AIKEN - The Department of Energy's mixed-oxide fuel project will turn readily available plutonium from shelved nuclear weapons into a fuel component for commercial nuclear reactors.

Across South Carolina

Local officials find positives in MOX plant
AIKEN - The MOX fabrication plant at Savannah River Site may turn out to be the linchpin to continued peace with Russia, but observers are trying to keep its local impact in perspective.

Unleashing old energy

UGA freshman class lifts school standards
ATHENS, Ga. - Smart. Social. Aggressive. Metro Atlanta. Mostly female. Those are the words University of Georgia freshmen use to describe their fellow first-year classmates.

UGA freshman class lifts school standards

Republican party prepares to fight for 12th District
Political analysts have predicted that Georgia's 12th Congressional District is a lock for Democrats, but the national Republican party thinks otherwise and will spend big money in the race, according to a spokesman for the party's National Republican Congressional Committee.

Opening games are meant to be games not gimmes
ATHENS, Ga. - Dub it the SEC-ACC Kickoff Classic.

Another tradition for Masters
Just when you thought the Masters Tournament couldn't get any less commercial.

Press box staff easy target for game's know-it-alls
It's not for the love of the game or the cheap beer. It's not for the chance to meet the adorable team mascot, Sting, or to catch one of those tasty bagel sandwiches they shoot into the stands.

Marlin still fighting

Marlin still fighting
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Sterling Marlin has a lot of reasons to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

Panthers trying to turn franchise around

Sparks win second championship

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Mr. James Jones    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Young    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Eula Miller    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Margie Woodell    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Lewis    (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)
Mr. Theodore Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wylie Ivey    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Wylie Ivey    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Bobbie Hendrix    (FLOWERTOWN, Pa.)
Mrs. Cleo Newman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lucious Hartfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Del James Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Wiley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Anyonte Dixon    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Violet Widener    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Eldora Dent    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Toole Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Calvin Benson III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Carrie Sturges    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond Wall    (CPW MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Sheppard    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Blaine Tardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Price    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Sheppard    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Corine Holley    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Eva Price    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Price    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eula Miller    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Phillip Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Moody    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Gloria Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Feliciano Coretti Jr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Davis    (ABBEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lotis Kersey    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Mr. James Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Carrie Sturges (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Classie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wylie Ivey (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest Graybill III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Phillip Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Allen (MILLEN, Ga.)

Miss Pamela Stamps (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Burroughs (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. James Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Anyonte Dixon (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Holley (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Bobbie Hendrix (FLOWERTOWN, Pa.)

Rev. Tommy Burson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Woodell (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Del James Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Long (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Benson III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Miller (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Violet Widener (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wyman Baughman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eva Price (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Wylie Ivey (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Wyman Baughman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Lewis (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)

Mr. Raymond Wall (CPW MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Toole Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lucious Hartfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lucious Hartfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Chance (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Lawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Williams (CROSS, S.C.)

Mr. Eldora Dent (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Freeman (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mr. Bobby Price (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Blaine Tardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Miller (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Moody (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Phillip Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Feliciano Coretti Jr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Davis (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Davis (ABBEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Young (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Sheppard (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Devoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Heggs Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Classie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cleo Newman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sheppard (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Merritt: Children need the 'gift of failure' to succeed at life
IT WILL EITHER be a nasty emotional scene for both of you, or it will just be a disappointment that you'll both get over quickly. Which one depends almost entirely on whether you are willing to give your child the gift of failure.

Board member praises Bragdon, volunteer pet lovers
As a member of the Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control Advisory Board, I know our community is familiar with problems there. However, I don't think they're aware of the great ways individual pet lovers help. Mitch Courson, Augusta

Visitor to Augusta shocked by column on religion
Recently, I was visiting in Augusta for the first time. While reading The Chronicle on Aug 10, I found a column entitled "Truth of your religious beliefs must rise above tolerance," by the Rev. Todd Upchurch (Religion, 4D). I was shocked and angered. I was not expecting to find such hateful trash in a major metropolitan paper in this, the 21st century. I made sure to bring a copy of the article home to a suburb of New York. Gerald Hyman, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

The hunt for Osama
The past year's fever for nabbing Osama bin Laden has turned to the chilling possibility he may never be found.

Difference in foolishness and felony
Regarding Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor's June 16 guest column, "Endangering child should be felony." K. Simpson, Augusta

Shortage is a scandal
The United States is hitting the nurse's call button big-time.

Secular state of the United States
The United States has many problems. The first is having gotten away from our Christian beginnings, individually and nationally. We are trying to remove God from the government and our schools, and largely succeeding. S.K. Brown, Augusta

Baseball striking out
Obviously Major League Baseball will be better off by avoiding its ninth work stoppage in 30 years. But even so, just the threat of a ballplayers' strike these last many weeks has added to the game's worsening woes.

Merritt: Children need the 'gift of failure' to succeed at life
IT WILL EITHER be a nasty emotional scene for both of you, or it will just be a disappointment that you'll both get over quickly. Which one depends almost entirely on whether you are willing to give your child the gift of failure.

Slams writer for editorial on animal control director
I know some of the reporters and employees at The Chronicle, so I won't let the uninformed wind-bag who wrote the editorial, "Bragdon is an asset," tarnish my opinion of the newspaper, as a whole. But let me just say to the author, shame on you. Apparently you are no animal lover, and obviously you have no idea what goes on at Richmond County Animal Control. Elaine van der Linden, Belvedere, S.C.

Obsessing on SAT
Georgia's tumble into last place in the nation in average SAT scores is a crushing blow symbolically, but in terms of substance it's not a landmark development. It is significant, though, that a 7-year streak of improving scores on the college-readiness test came to an end.

Give to United Way
This is the time of year when our community mobilizes all of its caring power - in other words, the United Way is up and running again.

Arab-Americans should separate from terrorists
With reference to the Aug. 22 letter from Isaam Nashashibi, "Profiling not the way to combat terrorism," I, too, thought to write to The Chronicle regarding the Aug. 10 U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's, R-Ga., guest column,"The deadly side of political correctness," but I concluded that no one in his right mind, only a Muslim extremist, would disagree with the congressman.David T. Pitts, Augusta

Light candles to remember victims
What is a luminous candle? It is a sack the size of a brown lunch bag, only it is lined, and you put a little sand and a small candle in it. Glenda Edwards, Martinez, Ga.

Selective tax increases intolerable
Are you Augustans aware that our consolidated government is blatantly ignoring the Georgia Taxpayers Bill of Rights (SB 177, Act 431, 1999 Session)? This law is for the prevention of indirect tax increases, resulting from hikes to existing property values due to inflation. August E. Kertnar Jr., Augusta

Overtime

Sept. 11 not the only terrorist attack marking an anniversary

Overtime

Top-seeded Hewitt, Seles, Venus Williams win

Press box staff easy target for game's know-it-alls

Area sports announcements

Kuerten knocks off Safin at U.S. Open

Sports digest

Area sports announcements
Sept. 14-15: The Augusta Angles will be hosting the second annual Battle at the Lakes 12-and-under baseball tournament at Diamond Lakes Regional Park. Players cannot have turned 13 before August 1, 2002. Each team is guaranteed three games, entry fee is $215. For more information, call Tony Miller at (706) 790-9531 or (706) 951-8749.

Kuerten knocks off Safin at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- With each flowing forehand, each biting serve, Gustavo Kuerten looked less and less like the unseeded player he is and more and more like the Grand Slam champion he has been.

Overtime
Pau Gasol, the NBA's rookie of the year with the Memphis Grizzlies last season, scored 25 points to lead Spain (2-0) over the defending cham-pions

Sports digest
''I thought it was funny. If anybody should be upset, it should be me. I'm from Tennessee, play here and grew up on a pig farm.'' -Tennessee offensive tackle Will Ofenheusle, on an ESPN promotion depicting Volunteer fans as pig-chasing bumpkins that was pulled by the network

Sept. 11 not the only terrorist attack marking an anniversary
NEW YORK -- The kidnapping and killing of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972 was probably the world's most notorious and gripping terrorist act - until Sept. 11, 2001.

Top-seeded Hewitt, Seles, Venus Williams win
NEW YORK -- The rematch was satisfyingly similar for Lleyton Hewitt, and without the controversy.

Overtime
Los Angeles center Lisa Leslie and Houston forward Sheryl Swoopes were the leading vote-getters on the All-WNBA first team, announced Saturday.

Group focuses on saving quail
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Wildlife managers from throughout the nation got a glimpse last week of the changing landscape of Di-Lane Plantation - one of Georgia's best-known public quail hunting sites.

Outdoors calendar

Cooking wild
It's almost dove season across Georgia and South Carolina. Eager gunners skilled enough to limit out on the fast-flying birds might also enjoy this simple recipe - from the editors of South Carolina Wildlife magazine.

Group focuses on saving quail

Outdoors calendar
Sept. 5-7: The Quail Unlimited/Realtree Celebrity Dove Shoot includes three days of hunting, dining and entertainment in Augusta, Edgefield and Allendale. Call 803-637-5731 for ticket/sponsor information

Family affair

Family affair
Robert Darby, an eighth-grader at Episcopal Day School in Augusta, boated this 10 1/2 -pound largemouth at Rockin R Ranch in Burke County while fishing live bait from a dock. His trophy, which he plans to have mounted, barely topped a 9 1/2 -pound lunker caught the previous evening by his uncle, Carl Darby Jr. of Augusta.

Cooking wild

Caution should be taken with game birds

Caution should be taken with game birds
Are birds any more dangerous than bugs?

Panthers trying to turn franchise around
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- During the early days of Carolina Panthers football, players argued over what movies to watch on the long game-day bus rides to Clemson University.

By the book
When Multnomah Publishing approached Jani Ortlund a few years ago about writing a book, she turned them down.

Learn to give God, others the gift of presence
Someone said that well over half of the requirement for completing a task is simply showing up. There is much to be said for the gift of presence. Perhaps you remember hearing the roll called in school as a child. The teacher would call your name and you would answer, "Present." Showing up for school was the first work of the day.

Faith digest
Brian Matheny, a 16-year-old from McCormick, S.C., whose Southern gospel music is catching attention, will close the Chapel under the Pines summer season at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by St. John United Methodist Church in Augusta, services are at Clarks Hill Lakeside.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Worshippers pitching in to celebrate holy days
When Adas Yeshurun synagogue was about to lose its rabbi in June to another congregation, Dr. Beryl Tanenbaum, synagogue president, starting asking questions.

Opening games are meant to be games not gimmes

Another tradition for Masters

Personal sobriety tests help driver make right decision
WASHINGTON -- At highway checkpoints this Labor Day weekend, Colorado state police officers will be handing out tickets as well as devices drivers can use to measure their blood-alcohol content.

Redwoods condense, drink in coastal fog
JEDEDIAH SMITH REDWOODS STATE PARK, Calif. -- Researchers showed four years ago that California's coastal redwoods create their own "rain" by condensing heavy fog into drenching showers to nourish their roots during the region's dry summers.

Bird confirms West Nile in Richmond County
Richmond County's first confirmed case of a bird with West Nile virus was a surprise to officials. Then again, it wasn't so surprising.

Old rivals meet again 'Between the Hedges'
ATHENS, Ga. -- The drive from Clemson to Georgia only takes about an hour. Natural rivals, one could assume.

Old rivals meet again 'Between the Hedges'

Victory gives rivalry an exciting renewal
ATHENS, Ga. - It probably wasn't a display befitting a Top 10 team, and it definitely wasn't what championship-starved Georgia fans had in mind.

Georgia gets off to Shockley

Victory gives rivalry an exciting renewal

Georgia gets off to Shockley
ATHENS, Ga. - D.J. Shockley's first series as a Georgia Bulldog couldn't have gone any better Saturday.

South Carolina holds on for victory
COLUMBIA - This wasn't the walkover most people expected.

South Carolina holds on for victory

Sparks win second championship
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks made sure that the WNBA champions list remained at two teams.

Personal sobriety tests help driver make right decision

Bird confirms West Nile in Richmond County

Redwoods condense, drink in coastal fog

Learn to give God, others the gift of presence

By the book

Faith and fellowship calendar

Faith digest

Worshippers pitching in to celebrate holy days