Baseball set for September stretch drive

Baseball set for September stretch drive
Jacque Jones was talking about his Minnesota Twins. The feeling goes for everybody.

Baseball's crackdown on fan Web sites annoys, amuses

Baseball's crackdown on fan Web sites annoys, amuses
NEW YORK -- Back in 1996, 14-year-old Bryan Hoch launched a Web site devoted to his beloved New York Mets. Four years later, die-hard Yankees fan Jim Frasch did the same for his Bronx Bombers.

Low SAT scores raise more questions

Odds and Ends
AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry may be facing a tough re-election battle, but he was a clear No. 1 in court - at least for a while.

Record crowd takes part in annual food fight
BUNOL, Spain -- Tens of thousands of people stripped off their shirts and hurled tons of ripe, juicy tomatoes at each other in the annual Tomatina food fight, creating knee-deep rivers of tomato sauce on the streets of this Spanish town.

Braves better Expos

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.

Braves sweep Expos

Braves sweep Expos
MONTREAL -- Kevin Millwood hit a two-run double on his way to winning his sixth straight decision as the Atlanta Braves beat the Montreal Expos 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

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.

Braves don't want Expos to go south

Braves don't want Expos to go south
MONTREAL - Chances are better than even that this weekend's trip to Olympic Stadium was the Braves' last.

Jones' home run helps Braves win

Maddux's future uncertain with new deal

Braves better Expos
MONTREAL - Road warriors for the past 13 days, the Braves didn't expect placard-waving fans along Hank Aaron Drive when they arrived home Sunday night.

How do I go about hiring a home inspector?
Q. I've heard horror stories from friends who after closing on a house or an apartment discovered problems like 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?

Mixed signals on economy to continue weighing on markets
NEW YORK -- If Wall Street hoped for solid evidence this past week of an unfaltering economic recovery, it was disappointed. Durable good orders gained, but consumer confidence tumbled. The gross domestic product grew, but so did jobless claims.

Limit that 'personal' info on a resume
"PERSONAL INTERESTS: Caving, scuba diving and sleep." Too many job-seekers include irrelevant material on their resumes. It's often easy to spot because it usually falls under the heading, "PERSONAL." Occasionally, a resume surfaces that devotes itself almost exclusively to nonprofessional material. Here are a few excerpts from a two-page resume with no shortage of personal revelations.

Buyers are urged to seek reputable home inspectors

Limit that 'personal' info on a resume

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.

Don't forget to consider taxes when choosing funds
NEW YORK -- In a grueling bear market, investors might care little about Uncle Sam's bite into mutual fund returns, since losses will likely limit tax bills next April. But as the market seems to be starting a comeback, it might be time to consider the impact taxes can have on a portfolio.

Developing interest

Fox's Cavuto takes the lead among business shows
NEW YORK -- Neil Cavuto has a sunny personality, the kind that manages to find a bright side to a crippling disease.

Fox's Cavuto takes the lead among business shows

Mixed signals on economy to continue weighing on markets

Pocket change

North Augusta plan would benefit entire region

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.

Speeding up the process

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

On the move

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Thermal Ceramics'

New identity theft scam involves false IRS forms

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.

How do I go about hiring a home inspector?

Don't forget to consider taxes when choosing funds

Francis appears out for season
CLEMSON, S.C. -- A preliminary examination of Clemson starting cornerback Toure Francis shows he has a torn knee ligament and will be out for the season.

Francis appears out for season

Pending Hurricanes leave Zook tossing and turning
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As always, the tossing and turning came after the game for Ron Zook, not beforehand.

Pending Hurricanes leave Zook tossing and turning

Monday Morning Quarterback

Monday Morning Quarterback
A look back and ahead in the ACC, SEC and beyond in college football:

Baseball striking out

What abstinence?

Hard-earned day off

Give to United Way

The hunt for Osama

Setting the tone

Sheen campaigns for another term as President
LOS ANGELES -- The guard at the entrance to this location shoot wouldn't let Martin Sheen in.

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.

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

Arts calendar
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'Law & Order' keeps NY actors working
NEW YORK -- If you're a fan, you see "Law & Order" as a complex crime drama whose weekly path to justice takes lots of twists - with lots of people to investigate along the way.

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.

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.

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

'American Idol' down to two finalists
LOS ANGELES -- And then there were two in Fox's "American Idol" talent search show.

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.

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

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.

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

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
It's Jerry's weekend, and don't you forget it. For the 37th year, entertainer Jerry Lewis will serve as host of the Labor Day telethon that benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its efforts against neuromuscular diseases.

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

Suggs solidifies stake to Georgia Tech's quarterback job
ATLANTA -- Quarterback A.J. Suggs made up for lost time in one quarter of play, a sensational stretch of football which started with a knuckleball of a pass.

Suggs solidifies stake to Georgia Tech's quarterback job

Georgia Tech dispatches Vanderbilt

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.

Meunier-Labouc wins first LPGA Tour title
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- France's Patricia Meunier-Labouc won her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory in the State Farm Classic.

Woods will play in 2003 Dubai Desert Classic

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.

Sauers wins Air Canada Championship
SURREY, British Columbia -- Gene Sauers won what might have been the last Air Canada Championship, closing with a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Steve Lowery.

Meunier-Labouc wins first LPGA Tour title

Bjorn wins BMW Open by four strokes to end title drought
NORD-EICHENRIED, Germany -- Thomas Bjorn snapped his 18-month title drought Sunday, winning the BMW International Open with a 24-under 264.

Woods will play in 2003 Dubai Desert Classic
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Tiger Woods will play in the 2003 Dubai Desert Classic.

Bjorn wins BMW Open by four strokes to end title drought

Couple thirsts for quality time

GreenJackets notebook

Prep football notebook

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.

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

Braves top Pirates
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux won for the first time in a month, pitching eight strong innings as the Atlanta Braves won their fourth in a row, 5-1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Slams writer for editorial on animal control director

Secular state of the United States

Visitor to Augusta shocked by column on religion

Water management, treatment plans are reprehensible

Culture dangerous to children

Gas bill fuels vote for Barnes

Light candles to remember victims

Board member praises Bragdon, volunteer pet lovers

Stop planting trees and give money to animal facility

The only truth about evolution

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

'Law & Order' keeps NY actors working

Fall movie preview

Cat, dog mayhem begins

'American Idol' down to two finalists

Callers should get message about proper phone etiquette

Sheen campaigns for another term as President

After neglect, Tangier moving ahead

Arts calendar

As good as new

Local author looks at right to die

Labor Day telethon draws in millions

Mourning after

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

Nuclear family adjusts to U.S.

Holiday brings brighter skies
Weather officials say Labor Day relaxers shouldn't fret about their cookout this afternoon.

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

Trails mark Georgia's past
Eli Whitney, Port Wentworth resident, founder of the cotton gin, inventor of guns with interchangeable parts that were mass produced in the North during the Civil War.

Dispatchers face stress, long hours

News you can use
SEPT. 2, 1938 SYLVANIA, Ga. - The state late yesterday rested its case against Albert L. Cobb, Savannah attorney and former candidate for Congress, who is on trial here for alleged complicity in the 1937 slaying of Charlie Daughtry, a wealthy Screven County planter.

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.

Across the southeast
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - A single-engine plane crashed into a house early Sunday, killing two people aboard and burning the house, officials said.

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.

Uncertainties remain for both U.S., Russia programs

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.

Car loses control, hits eatery

Across the area
A 20-year-old North Augusta motorist who hit a parked car told police she was trying to plug in her cellular phone at the time, police said Sunday.

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

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.

Racial profiling debated
ATLANTA - Efforts to protect Georgia from the threat of a terrorist attack have ignited a debate over racial profiling.

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.

Agencies ally to ensure healthy diets
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Elizabeth Johnson knows nutrition - she spent 28 years managing public school cafeterias.

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.

Brothers charged in friend's accidental death
Two brothers were charged Sunday in connection with the death of their drinking buddy, who police say was left to die after being thrown from a pickup truck.

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.

Making a clean show

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.

Racial profiling debated

News you can use

PTA stresses involvement

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.

Class star shines

10-year-old boy dies in drowning

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.

Trails mark Georgia's past

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.

Aiken studies traffic link

Aiken studies traffic link
AIKEN - A proposed connector between Silver Bluff and Whiskey roads is being studied but is years from being built, Aiken Planning Director Ed Evans said last week.

Georgia revives unique wetlands

10-year-old boy dies in drowning
Nine-year-old Ketrez Hacker said he and a 10-year-old friend were throwing rocks off a Savannah River dock Sunday afternoon when the friend fell into the water and disappeared.

Across the southeast

Dispatchers face stress, long hours
Richmond County dispatcher Wanda Elam considers herself and other dispatchers "unseen heroes."

Brothers charged in friend's accidental death

Minister's sign speaks for him
His speech is hampered from a stroke, but his cardboard sign speaks loudly: "Turn or Burn."

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

Athens Habitat sees room to grow
ATHENS, Ga. - It's taken 14 years for Athens Area Habitat for Humanity to build 40 houses, but the next 40 will come a lot more quickly.

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

Georgia revives unique wetlands
SHELL BLUFF, Ga. - Bubba Mauldin sees great potential in the linear dikes and concrete culverts that bisect an abandoned Burke County farm.

Agencies ally to ensure healthy diets

Bettis Music Fest outlasts rain

Across South Carolina

Nuclear plants avoid conversion

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina

Across the area

Holiday brings brighter skies

Home causes worry in area

News you can use

Across South Carolina
LIBERTY -Family members of a teenager who was struck and killed by a train Saturday morning said he might not have heard the engine's horn because he was listening to music on his headphones.

UGA freshman class lifts school standards

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

Local officials find positives in MOX plant

Minister's sign speaks for him

Across Georgia

Braves top Pirates

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.

Subscriber of the day

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

Across the area

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A Phenix City, Ala., man has been charged with felony forgery after signing his wife's name on a divorce document, authorities said.

Athens Habitat sees room to grow

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Theresa Dominey of Augusta.

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

Unleashing old energy

Artists work to create plan for subdivision

Opening game raises doubts, provides answers
ATHENS, Ga. - In the misty din after Saturday's late-night classic revival of a Southern football tradition, one coach spoke of sweeping the table while the other admitted doubts about his team's heart.

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

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

NASCAR notebook
DARLINGTON, S.C. - The Weather Channel was the most popular spot on the television dial Sunday at Darlington Raceway.

Junqueira goes from pole to victory
DENVER -- One caution flag came out during Sunday's inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver, and it was almost one too many for Bruno Junqueira.

Six teams commit to CART in 2003

Gordon: From a drought to two straight wins
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Jeff Gordon ended a 31-race losing streak a week ago in Bristol, Tenn.

NASCAR notebook

Six teams commit to CART in 2003
DENVER -- Six teams will return to CART in 2003, giving the embattled Champ car series a much-needed boost.

Gordon: From a drought to two straight wins

Marlin still fighting

Junqueira goes from pole to victory

Leslie's supporting cast helps her win another WNBA title

Panthers determine final roster by cutting 14

Liberty falls short of title again

Falcons sign Johnson, trade for receiver

Hokies honor Vick

Sparks win second championship

Mr. Phillip Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wyman Baughman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Feliciano Coretti Jr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Wiley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Nunn    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Violet Widener    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Burroughs    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Toole Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Michael Whitaker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. James Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lucious Hartfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Carrie Sturges    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Davis    (ABBEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Sheppard    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Mae Brower    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Price    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gloria Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacquelin Gresham    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eula Miller    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Classie Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond Long    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Theodore Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Lewis    (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)
Mr. Bunny Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Lawson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. JoeAnn Gomillion    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Wylie Ivey    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Feliciano Coretti Jr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Bunny Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Amelia Cartledge    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Bobbie Hendrix    (FLOWERTOWN, Pa.)
Mr. Richard Ballard Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Roger Heggs Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Margie Woodell    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Lucious Hartfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Mary Eggers    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mrs. Classie Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Young    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Roberts    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Violet Widener    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Young    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Paul Allen    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Devoe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Eldora Dent    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Davis    (DEARING, Ga.)
Anyonte Dixon    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Toole Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Betty Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Classie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lucious Hartfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Ballard Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bernice Nunn (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Price (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Lawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Raymond Long (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Phillip Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eldora Dent (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Anyonte Dixon (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Classie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sheppard (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. JoeAnn Gomillion (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Paul Allen (MILLEN, Ga.)

Miss Mary Eggers (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Woodell (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Roberts (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Sturges (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacquelin Gresham (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Minnie Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobbie Hendrix (FLOWERTOWN, Pa.)

Ms. Mae Brower (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Lewis (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)

Mr. Michael Whitaker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Devoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Theodore Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Miller (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Lucious Hartfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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.

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

Gas bill fuels vote for Barnes
I consider myself a Republican, and am now faced with the distasteful task of voting for a Democrat, Roy Barnes, for Georgia's governor. Edward Harris, Augusta

Water management, treatment plans are reprehensible
Everyone should be aware of how critical it is to preserve and protect our water resources during this long-term drought. William Dunn Wansley, Thomson, Ga.

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.

The only truth about evolution
Daru Ib-Shamiq's Aug. 24 response to a previous letter is composed primarily of semantic drivel. He does make one statement that approaches truth which is, "Scientific theory stands or falls on one thing only: whether it agrees with the observations of nature ..." Hubert Baker, Aiken, S.C.

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.

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.

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.

Hard-earned day off
A company's very existence depends on them. Their families rely on them entirely. The American economy rests squarely on their shoulders. In truth, the economies, livelihoods and sometimes the very survival of others around the world depend largely on them.

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

Culture dangerous to children
This letter is motivated by love and not prejudice. It is not an attempt to judge anyone because of their nationality or cultural practices. However, it is one of concern for the precious children who are so often victims of abuse and kidnappings as a result of the negligence of parents. Dr. Jim E. Gray, Augusta

Stop planting trees and give money to animal facility
There is no money - no money for this, that or the other. No money, for sure, for the animal shelter - and I ask myself, why not? As a taxpaying resident of Augusta, I have observed more than one example of waste and idiocy over the years, and I wonder how many more might exist. Mrs. A.E. Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.

Setting the tone
"We want this to be a celebration that this region will remember for a very long time. We want this to set the tone for future events in downtown Augusta."

What abstinence?
Parents should be heartened to learn that when Congress returns to work after the Labor Day break, the Senate will get busy on its "Focus on Kids" program as part of the welfare reauthorization bill.

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.

Serena Williams' father worried she's not taking stalker seriously

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

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Serena Williams wins easily; stalker in jail

Overtime

Ban on bats befuddles softballers

Top-seeded Hewitt, Seles, Venus Williams win

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

Overtime
Arthur Lee Shaver Jr. took up bowling in 1924 to help pass the long, dark winters of Alaska, where he was working as a government official. The Atlanta man continued the game throughout his life, becoming the oldest active league bowler in the country at 103.

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.

Serena Williams wins easily; stalker in jail
NEW YORK -- As usual, nothing fazed Serena Williams on court.

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

Ban on bats befuddles softballers
This weekend's rain didn't bother Tom Bowers, It was what happened Friday morning that perturbed him.

Serena Williams' father worried she's not taking stalker seriously
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams' father says the top-ranked tennis player isn't as worried as she should be about the man who's been tracking her around the world.

Caution should be taken with game birds

Outdoors calendar

Family affair

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

Cooking wild

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

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.

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
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

Panthers determine final roster by cutting 14
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers cut 14 players Sunday, including former third-round pick offensive lineman Leander Jordan.

Hokies honor Vick
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech honored former quarterback Michael Vick by retiring his jersey in a ceremony before the 16th-ranked Hokies' game against No. 14 Louisiana State on Sunday.

Falcons sign Johnson, trade for receiver
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed former first-round pick Ellis Johnson, traded for San Diego receiver Trevor Gaylor and cut three players Sunday to set their roster for the season opener.

Opening game raises doubts, provides answers

Opening games are meant to be games not gimmes

Battling virus has trained the CDC
ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is better prepared for a bioterrorist attack, thanks to the current West Nile virus outbreak, the nation's top health officials say.

Devising ways to better map long-closed mines
In the mid-1980s, experimenters sent a six-wheeled robot called Terregator crawling through a U.S. Bureau of Mines' research mine, bouncing laser beams off tunnel walls to make measurements for a map.

Death raises questions about West Nile transmission
ATLANTA -- A heart transplant patient's diagnosis of West Nile virus is raising questions about how the virus spreads and whether blood donors could unknowingly transmit it.

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.

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

Shockley impressive in college debut
ATHENS, Ga. -- D.J. Shockley waited nearly two years to get back in the game - then he had to wait a little longer.

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

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

Leslie's supporting cast helps her win another WNBA title
LOS ANGELES -- Lisa Leslie won the most valuable player awards at the All-Star game and the WNBA finals for the second straight year. It was her supporting cast, though, that earned the Los Angeles Sparks a second consecutive championship.

Liberty falls short of title again
NEW YORK -- The New York Liberty rallied to finish with the Eastern Conference's top record, then rallied again to make the WNBA Finals.

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

Odds and Ends

Record crowd takes part in annual food fight

Redwoods condense, drink in coastal fog

Devising ways to better map long-closed mines

Battling virus has trained the CDC