Cubs fire interim manager Bruce Kimm
CHICAGO -- Bruce Kimm got the opportunity he'd always wanted, the job he'd envisioned during the long road trips in the minor leagues.

Diamondbacks clinch NL West

Cubs fire interim manager Bruce Kimm

Diamondbacks clinch NL West
PHOENIX -- Matt Williams and Steve Finley each homered twice as the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks clinched the NL West, defeating the Colorado Rockies 17-8 on Saturday.

Recorded message reveals much about talker

Odds and ends
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Four years after Mayor Jim Whitaker walked his dog Naked through town to raise money for the city's Paws-itive Partners animal shelter, the publicity stunt is still reaping rewards.

Filmmakers charged with staging 'Bumfights'
SAN DIEGO -- In one videotape, a homeless man is seen ripping out his front tooth with pliers. Another rams his head into a steel door, and others stomp and pummel each other until they are bloody.

Mets top Braves

Braves fail to sweep
NEW YORK - The Atlanta Braveshad to play six months and 160 games to take a measure of themselves. Now, in every sense of the phrase, it comes down to who plays the best in October.

Braves fail to sweep

Time heals Castilla's wounds
NEW YORK - To protect his aching right wrist, third baseman Vinny Castilla stopped diving for ground balls last month. His reluctance allowed a few grounders to become hits, but it also gave his wrist a chance to heal.

Chipper gets milestone in win
NEW YORK - For weeks, even as he downplayed its significance, Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones had pointed toward this moment.

Time heals Castilla's wounds

Chipper closes in on history
NEW YORK - With most of the records, milestones, and personal goals out of the way, there was just one number Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was focused on Saturday.

Mets top Braves
NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza homered and drove in three runs as the New York Mets ended their worst season in six years by avoiding a four-game sweep to the Atlanta Braves, winning 6-1 Sunday.

Chipper gets milestone in win

In the know

On the move

Candles light up cash registers

Southern tobacco growers facing devastating losses

Avondale's local plants play big role in denim industry
Avondale Mills is one of the world's largest denim producers, but you'll never see its name in a slick fashion magazine or TV advertisement.

Many resume writers don't say what they mean

On the move
Jill McQuown has been elected assistant vice president of commercial banking at SunTrust Bank. Ms. McQuown joined SunTrust in 1999 as a credit analyst in the credit department. She was named a relationship manager in commercial banking in 2001.

Investors seeking religious-oriented funds
NEW YORK - Disillusioned by the accounting scandals that helped decimate stock prices, a growing number of investors are seeking comfort in mutual funds that match their religious values and offer respectable returns.

How big should a small business owner's paycheck be?
NEW YORK - The recent disclosures of huge pay packages for some of the nation's prominent CEOs raise a question for small businesses as well: How much should the owner or top executives of a small firm be allowed to earn?

How to get a lower credit card rate
Q: How do I get a better rate on my credit card?

Investors seeking religious-oriented funds

Southern tobacco growers facing devastating losses
ALBANY, Ga. - Southern flue-cured tobacco growers, plagued by drought, rampant plant disease and untimely rainfall, have suffered through one of their worst seasons in memory and have lost millions.

In the know
STANDARD TEXTILE CO. PRODUCT: Sheets, blankets, draperies and other textile products specifically for health care, hospitality and institutional industries.

Many resume writers don't say what they mean
"OBJECTIVE: To show the abilities that I have the job." They must've sneaked in while we weren't looking.

Why it makes sense to save some cents
Listen up, young 'uns. I'll let you in on a not-so-secret secret: The financial services industry isn't interested in you. It's interested in your parents - the folks who have money.

Avondale's local plants play big role in denim industry

How big should a small business owner's paycheck be?

Why it makes sense to save some cents

Business briefs

Candles light up cash registers
ATLANTA - Maybe you'd burn candles for a dinner party or during power outages or possibly as decorations during the holidays. A couple of standard, white, scentless candles from a discount store was all anyone had or needed.

Business briefs
Car theft is big business in Japan. Economist Takashi Kadokura has estimated the annual haul of stolen autos is worth $916 million, nearly the same as the 2000 profit at Nissan Motor Co. The number of thefts rose from 34,167 cases in 1990 to 56,205 cases in 2000, while the arrest rate plummeted from 40.5 percent to 20.3 percent.

Florida beats Kentucky

Iowa tops Penn St. in OT
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- After blowing a 22-point fourth-quarter lead, Iowa settled down during an overtime that must have felt oddly familiar.

Monday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead in the ACC, SEC and abroad in college football:

Furman runs away with 55-28 victory

Furman runs away with 55-28 victory
LEXINGTON, Va. - Billy Napier passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Furman piled up 640 yards of offense Saturday in a 55-28 victory against VMI.

Monday morning quarterback

Florida beats Kentucky
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida and Kentucky put on a show better suited for the back yard than The Swamp on Saturday.

Iowa tops Penn St. in OT

Success II

Health care nightmare

Field of Dreams

Across the divide

TV highlights for the week beginning Monday
Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson begins his night job this week on "Law & Order" (10 p.m., Wednesday, NBC).

Be civil, tight-lipped to callers who dial the wrong number
Dear Carson: I have a pet peeve about people who have dialed my number by mistake and then ask, "Who is this?" or "What number is this?" Can you suggest a tactful response for me? Also, I am hesitant to give out information to someone who has not first identified themselves. - Wrong Number

Arts calendar
COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR: Sponsored by Merchants Association of Columbia County; 6 p.m. weekdays, noon Saturdays and 1 p.m. today through Oct. 5; Columbia County Fairgrounds, Columbia Road; $10, $12 Fridays and Saturdays; Billy Becton, 863-7645.

'Frazz' takes readers back to school
The top guy at Bryson Elementary School is Edwin Frazier, who also happens to be the school janitor.

New trends and effects change look of denim
It used to be just a question of boot-cut vs. flares, button-fly vs. zipper - but not anymore.

In the know
Just when we'd almost recovered from the $6,000 shower curtain, here comes the $2,200 trash can.

In brand-new fall TV season, trends are emerging
NEW YORK -- Just four days into the fall TV season, hits and misses are already emerging. And with 25 of the networks' 34 new series on the air, ABC - desperate to rebuild - is still on shaky ground.

Roomy home off golf course is decorated lightly, airily
Few people can say they have a golf course for a back yard and a view of the Savannah River from their front yard, but Joyce Wetherington and her husband, North Augusta Police Chief Lee Wetherington, can.

If you've got to have heart, watch 'Gilmore Girls'
LOS ANGELES -- Do you enjoy bright, engaging types who drop witticisms as easily as the Dow sheds points? Stories in which character counts, not car chases per minute? How about romance? You like romance?

Georgia Southern keeps hopes alive
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - From the site of some of their greatest victories, the Georgia Southern Eagles used Finley Stadium Saturday night to begin what they hope to be one of their greatest turnarounds.

Eziemefe aces first test as replacement for Hollings
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- In the past three weeks, Ajevani Eziemefe has gone from a would-be redshirt working with the scout team to the starting tailback at Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech tops North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Ajenavi Eziemefe aced his first college test.

Georgia Southern keeps hopes alive

Eziemefe aces first test as replacement for Hollings

Georgia Tech tops North Carolina

Roberts leads Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO -- Loren Roberts, known as an exceptional putter, used precise iron play Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Texas Open.

Roberts leads Texas Open

Burk encouraged that Augusta members seeking compromise
NEW YORK -- The chairwoman of a national women's group was encouraged Sunday by a report that several members of Augusta National would seek to have the club admit at least one female.

Duval's gamble pays off

U.S. forges Ryder Cup tie

Europe wins the Ryder Cup

Duval's gamble pays off
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England - David Duval went where no other American dared to go.

Europe wins the Ryder Cup
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- The underdogs were the best from top to bottom.

U.S. forges Ryder Cup tie
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- American players, wives and caddies huddled around Tiger Woods to celebrate a clutch performance he rarely delivers in the Ryder Cup.

Laney secondary avoids primary defeat

Westside continues Josey's scoring woe
With more than a month before Halloween, the scoreboard haunted Josey.

Laney secondary avoids primary defeat
Entering Friday night's game against Hart County, Laney coach Eric Parker was concerned about his pass defense.

Recorded message reveals much about talker
It's hard now to believe I didn't have a telephone answering machine until my marriage a decade ago. I just never saw the need.

South was built on backs of blacks

McIntyre is a crook, liar

Not all women's groups back NCWO

DeLoach acts on road concerns

These black ministers too political

Rejects new pits for nuclear bombs

Don't retire, but rejoice, number 93

What makes flying the American flag really meaningful?

Sanford hasn't made career out of politics

Urges the use of reason, rather than hype, in politics

Senior pageant entertains, inspires

If you've got to have heart, watch 'Gilmore Girls'

New trends and effects change look of denim

Roomy home off golf course is decorated lightly, airily

Be civil, tight-lipped to callers who dial the wrong number

TV highlights for the week beginning Monday

'Frazz' takes readers back to school

In brand-new fall TV season, trends are emerging

In the know

Arts calendar

Lynx await Coyotes' assignments

Lynx await Coyotes' assignments
When the Augusta Lynx open their fifth training camp at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Tuesday, the team that takes the ice will only vaguely resemble the team on the ice for opening night Oct. 11 against the Florida Everblades.

Passion drives new Lynx GM to excel
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. It wasn't Derek Bundy who coined the phrase, but the new Augusta Lynx general manager can relate to the poetry of its message.

Lynx await Coyotes' assignments
When the Augusta Lynx open their fifth training camp at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Tuesday, the team that takes the ice will only vaguely resemble the team on the ice for opening night Oct. 11 against the Florida Everblades.

Lynx await Coyotes' assignments

Phoenix affiliation holds promise
For a barometer of where the Phoenix Coyotes are headed as an organization, look at their training camp media guide.

Phoenix affiliation holds promise

Man set good example for his sons

Grand finale
Overall attendance at Boshears SkyFest 2002 was low, but on Sunday the mood of event organizers remained up.

Subscriber of the day

Across the area
Police are investigating a possible insurance fraud incident that occurred at the Richmond County Solicitor's Office on Friday.

Across the southeast

Barnes explains budget cuts
MACON, Ga. - Gov. Roy Barnes defended recent budget reductions before a group of social-service advocates Saturday while his Republican challenger told the same audience the cuts would have been unnecessary if waste had been trimmed instead.

Lighting the way

Rants and raves
A RAVE FOR the recent articles on Gulf War veterans. However, a rant to some vets who feel they deserve huge amounts of money from the government for unrelated health problems. All they want is free medical care, free medication and a whole lot of money from us taxpayers.

Local scientist will help NASA with Red Planet exploration
It might seem difficult to study the climate on Mars from a home office in Martinez. But Michael Wolff and a large team of scientists will soon get a much closer look at their subject.

Advocate's fight goes beyond National
WASHINGTON - Men, privileged and powerful men, have invested their free time in the Augusta National Golf Club for almost 70 years.

Across Georgia
CARTERSVILLE -A Missouri man was scheduled to go before a Bartow County magistrate judge Saturday for his alleged role in a string of Cherokee County crimes.

Some Augusta members seeking compromise with women's groups
NEW YORK -- A small group of Augusta National Golf Club members plan to seek an internal compromise to end a conflict with women's groups critical of the club's all-male membership, The New York Times reported in Sunday's editions.

Man cares for county's poor
David Titus began his public-service career as a county commissioner 10 years ago.

Lighting the way
Walkers pass through an archway at the Light the Night walk at Riverwalk Augusta to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Local scientist will help NASA with Red Planet exploration

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A rant for Highway 421 through the valley. The railroad tracks are deplorable. You can't keep a vehicle in line. When are Sen. Tommy Moore and Rep. Smith going to do something about this?

Across South Carolina
PENDLETON -An eight-month investigation into alleged financial improprieties has been closed, according to prosecutors.

Subscriber of the day
Willie Booker is today's subscriber of the day.

Across South Carolina

Smooth traffic flow greets 20,000 SkyFest spectators
F/A-18 Hornets screamed through blue skies at 600 mph Saturday as more than 20,000 spectators looked skyward during the first day of Boshears SkyFest 2002.

Suspicious blaze hurts firefighters
Investigators are looking for answers in an arson that gutted an Augusta home and injured two Augusta-Richmond County firefighters Saturday.

Citizen council groups quickly emerge
ATLANTA - A three-year plan to create citizen councils to advise all Georgia schools is ahead of schedule, with about 70 percent of the groups up and running at the halfway point.

Teen charged in brother's death
A Beech Island 17-year-old has been charged in the fatal shooting of his older brother, authorities said Sunday.

Attorney general's ethics questioned
ATLANTA - The sparks flying in this year's race for Georgia's attorney general could kindle a wildfire by November, fueled by a criminal investigation, accusations of ethical breaches and hardball politics.

Men recall Mississippi riots

Across the Southeast
In a state that reveres college basketball, the North Carolina Senate race between Republican Elizabeth Dole and Democrat Erskine Bowles has turned serious indeed.

Greeks push cleaner image
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Some 300 Georgia State University fraternity hopefuls - trying hard to look cool but not too cool - lined up along Greek row under the watchful eyes of fraternity big brothers at the August rush.

News you can use
The Boshears SkyFest 2002 air show featuring the Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, stunt aerobatics, parachute teams, aircraft displays, an early morning balloon launch, children's activities and food vendors.

Barnes explains budget cuts

In the know
GULF WAR

Some Augusta members seeking compromise with women's groups

Pastor prays for pets
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor prayed for wet noses, shiny coats, good health and long lives.

Rants and raves
A RAVE FOR the recent articles on Gulf War veterans. However, a rant to some vets who feel they deserve huge amounts of money from the government for unrelated health problems. All they want is free medical care, free medication and a whole lot of money from us taxpayers.

School alumni meet for food, friendship
They call themselves the ROMEOs, but they break bread, not hearts.

Advocate's fight goes beyond National

Playhouse changes venues
AIKEN - Some say it's like a covered wagon vs. a spaceship. But however majestic and state-of-the-art Aiken Community Playhouse's new facility is, it doesn't make the move any less bittersweet, said Thurmond Whatley, a past president.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man was charged Sunday with stabbing another man in the stomach during a weekend fight over a woman, authorities said.

Man set good example for his sons
After Roy Holston retired from the U.S. Postal Service, he spent a lot of time on the golf course.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A rant for Highway 421 through the valley. The railroad tracks are deplorable. You can't keep a vehicle in line. When are Sen. Tommy Moore and Rep. Smith going to do something about this?

Residents gear up for Powerball
IRMO, S.C. - Renard Walker will be standing in line when the first Powerball tickets go on sale in South Carolina next weekend.

Across the area

Across the Southeast

Work delay stalls sales
Tony Atkins admits that Wrightsboro Road has been a hard sell lately.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Peggy Koon of Augusta.

Across the southeast
MIAMI -Tropical Storm Lili churned toward the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and could strike the Gulf Coast by the end of the week, forecasters said.

Dispute leaves 2 jails empty

Men recall Mississippi riots
Melvin Brown still can't comprehend why fellow Americans erupted with such ugliness and so much violence just because one man, a U.S. citizen, an Air Force veteran, wanted an education.

News you can use

News you can use
SEPT. 30, 1980 Workmen took the roof off Butler High School, and Mother Nature this weekend tried to turn it into a swimming pool.

Subscriber of the day

Greeks push cleaner image

Grand finale

Suspicious blaze hurts firefighters

Man cares for county's poor

Pastor prays for pets

Across Georgia

Smooth traffic flow greets 20,000 SkyFest spectators

Dispute leaves 2 jails empty
DARIEN, Ga. - McIntosh County has two empty jails, and it's not because the crime rate has dropped to zero.

Across the area

Veterans describe ailments

News you can use

Veterans describe ailments
For a soldier in the Persian Gulf War, Steven Hegley couldn't have gotten stuck at a worse place at a worse time on March 4, 1991.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A fire that damaged a boarding house in west Savannah left six people temporarily homeless.

Attorney general's ethics questioned

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A state audit shows that paving contracts awarded since 1995 might have cost more than they should have because of a lack of competition. More than $200 million has been spent on the contracts.

Residents gear up for Powerball

Playhouse changes venues

Time has come for Georgia offense
ATHENS, Ga. - The view from high above the field at Sanford Stadium is striking. Even though the best that Georgia's football team had to offer wasn't revealed on Saturday, you could almost see it from here.

Harvick changes his ways

Burton cruises to fourth Busch Series win of the season

NASCAR stiffens concussion policy
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- NASCAR is taking steps to keep drivers with concussions off the track, after Dale Earnhardt Jr. revealed he drove in several races while unable to fully concentrate or communicate with his crew chief.

Schumachers at front and back at start of U.S. Grand Prix

Gordon repeats in Kansas City

NASCAR stiffens concussion policy

Harvick changes his ways
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kevin Harvick won the inaugural race at the Kansas Speedway a year ago, and he'll drive the same car he took to Victory Lane earlier this year at Chicago in today's Protection One 400.

Burton cruises to fourth Busch Series win of the season
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Jeff Burton made his fourth Busch Series victory of the season look easy, beating rookie Kerry Earnhardt by more than three seconds in the Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Schumachers at front and back at start of U.S. Grand Prix
INDIANAPOLIS -- The early going in the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday had a Schumacher at each end of the lineup.

Burton easily earns fourth Busch victory

Gordon repeats in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The pass that mattered most in Jeff Gordon's victory Sunday at the Kansas Speedway came with more than an hour remaining in the Protection One 400.

Johnson takes points lead

Johnson takes points lead
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jimmie Johnson couldn't figure out why so many people converged on his race car moments after he finished 10th in Sunday's Protection One 400 at the Kansas Speedway.

Burton easily earns fourth Busch victory
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jeff Burton made his fourth Busch Series victory of the season look easy, beating rookie Kerry Earnhardt by more than three seconds in the Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

New hoop hall opens with games and memories
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Hair flying and legs pumping, 10-year-old Kaitlin Denney soared through the air again and again as flashing lights marked her successes and misses.

Falcons sell out Dome for crucial NFC South matchup

Football briefs

Packers edge Panthers

Mrs. Lizzie Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Hunter Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Nelson Hatcher    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Lawrence Moore    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Frederick Points    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
Mr. Noah McIntosh    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Juanita Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Elizabeth Lamback    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lamar Heath    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mr. Oliver Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Sarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Miss Brandy Sanders    ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Johnson    (NEWNAN, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie Barry    (AUGUSTINE, Fla.)
Mrs. Earline Howard    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Vernell Harvey    (WAGENER, S.C.)
Mr. Albert Hamm    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Thigpen    (JEWELL, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Chambers    (ANDERSON, S.C.)
Mr. Hickmon Holmes    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Juanita Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Johnson    (NEWNAN, Ga.)
Miss Brandy Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Ethel Rosier    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Willamena Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Florine Warren    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Oliver Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lester Wiley Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Ross    (ANDERSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Helen Williams    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Sarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elaine Ballinger    (DALLAS, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Seiferling    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mrs. Peggy Boylston    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Dr. Mary Summers    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Florine Warren    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Carnes    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. William Thigpen    (JEWELL, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Carnes    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. David Barton    (WAGENER, S.C.)
WAGENER, S.C. - A memorial service for Mr. David Samuel Barton will be conducted today, Sunday, at 3 p.m., in the chapel of Napier Funeral Home with Rev. Gene Wilson officiating. The interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m., until the hour of service. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main Street, Graniteville.

Mr. Hickmon Holmes (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Hamm (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elaine Ballinger (DALLAS, Ga.)

Mr. Frederick Points (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. Lawrence Moore (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Seiferling (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Oliver Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Brandy Sanders ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Chambers (ANDERSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Willamena Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Williams (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. William Thigpen (JEWELL, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Johnson (NEWNAN, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Ross (ANDERSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Juanita Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Heath (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Carnes (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Ethel Rosier (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Sarver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florine Warren (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Florine Warren (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Wiley Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Thigpen (JEWELL, Ga.)

Dr. Mary Summers (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Lamback (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Brandy Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Sarver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Barton (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mrs. Lizzie Brown (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Nelson Hatcher (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Hunter Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Barry (AUGUSTINE, Fla.)

Mrs. Vernell Harvey (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mr. Oliver Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

What makes flying the American flag really meaningful?
Sept. 11 has come and gone and, again, American flags are up and waving. Families attended services offered throughout the Central Savannah River Area. Dennis M. McClendon, Evans, Ga.

Don't retire, but rejoice, number 93
With regard to the Sept. 11 editorial, "We counted on them," why retire the number 93? Why not say it with emphasis while remembering the heroes of Flight 93 when you are counting it? John Liebe III, Grovetown, Ga.

DeLoach acts on road concerns
I am a resident of south Richmond County. For some time now, my neighbors and I have been concerned about the dangerous intersection of Bath-Edie Road and Georgia Highway 88. This past Labor Day someone was killed there. This was only the latest in a series of serious accidents, which have plagued this intersection. Julie Weathersbee, Blythe, Ga.

Field of Dreams
Members of the Augusta Aviation Commission would likely tell you that getting the FAA to approve the airport's new $64.4 million master plan was a herculean task.

Senior pageant entertains, inspires
On Sept. 14, my mother-in-law was a contestant in the 6th Annual Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant. For those who attended, I hope you enjoyed it as much as my family did. For those who missed it, I hope you will attend next year. Mrs. Jody Piercy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Sanford hasn't made career out of politics
I agree with David Nix's characterization (Sept. 19 letter, "Sanford has outstanding record") of Mark Sanford as a "straight-talking, straight-shooting man." I've had an opportunity to meet Mr. Sanford, and I can attest that every word Mr. Nix wrote is true. I'd like to add a few more facts. Roger K. Cottrell Jr., Aiken, S.C.

McIntyre is a crook, liar
Regarding Faber Hance's Sept. 19 letter, "What McIntyre should do," I agree 100 percent. If Ed McIntyre said all that Mr. Hance wrote that he should say, he would be the biggest liar in town. We know it takes a liar and a crook to be a politician, and Mr. McIntyre is both. L. Wayne Newman, Augusta

Across the divide
When a Palestinian or Jew actually saves the other's life, that's news.

Urges the use of reason, rather than hype, in politics
I am often amazed with the display of ignorance on political and economic issues. The political extremists (both Republicans and Democrats) would like you to believe that the opposing party is to blame for what's wrong in the world, and they would like to take credit for what's right. Aaron Johnson, North Augusta, S.C.

Rejects new pits for nuclear bombs
The Feds want to start making new pits for nuclear bombs and is considering the Savannah River Site as the place to do it, according to the Sept. 13 edition of The Augusta Chronicle. The men at Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness have revealed their interest in the weapons side of nuclear energy by saying how great this would be for our area. Have we all gone mad? Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

Not all women's groups back NCWO
Members of Suburban Woman's Club of Augusta, a member of the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs, do not support the views or the actions taken by Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, in trying to force the Augusta National Gold Club to accept women members. Neita Mulherin, Augusta

Health care nightmare
In many parts of the country, soaring costs of medical malpractice premiums have shut down trauma centers, forced physician specialists out of business and created dangerous shortages of medical care.

South was built on backs of blacks
I am appalled that Brian S. Borren could say that blacks don't want to work (letter Sept. 18, "Blacks get silver platter treatment"). Fred Turner, Hephzibah, Ga.

These black ministers too political
I read The Chronicle on Sept. 19 ("Clergy stand behind Walker," Metro), saying the Rev. K.B. Martin and the Rev. Clarence Moore are supporting a white Republican candidate (Randy Hall) against incumbent state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Ga. I would like to say that these two black preachers appear to have taken on the "crab" mentality; crabs in a bucket, and when one tries to get out, the others pull him back in. Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Success II
Thank you, everyone who pledged to Continental Challenge II. And congratulations to co-chairman Woody Merry and other organizers who put the campaign together and exceeded their $528,000 goal by $20,000.

Serena Williams wins sixth title in seven outings

Sports digest

Overtime

Overtime

Area announcements

Serena Williams wins sixth title in seven outings
LEIPZIG, Germany -- After six titles in seven tournaments, Serena Williams figures she's earned the right to take a break.

Weeklong tournament will draw Olympians
Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes said this week's boxing tournament has an Olympic feel to it.

Overtime
Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins had a heart attack Saturday while attending a players clinic in suburban Pittsburgh.

Sports digest
"People said we didn't have much chance of winning. But we picked up the check and we cashed it, too." -San Jose coach Fitz Hill after a 38-35 win at Illinois

Overtime
Augusta State turned in another solid round to finish second at the Carpet Classic in Dalton, Ga. Clemson overcame a 10-stroke deficit to claim first.

Area announcements
Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga., 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Women in the wild

Hunting for deer goes to suburbs

Hunting for deer goes to suburbs
ATHENS, Ga. - Hunting isn't just a rural country sport anymore.

Appling woman bags record buck

Mushroom hunters must pick carefully

Mushroom hunters must pick carefully
Autumn is a favorite hunting season for Mark Komoroski - who pursues a quarry ignored by most outdoorsmen.

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Women in the wild
More than 350 women from at least 36 states gathered in Edgefield, S.C., this weekend for the National Wild Turkey Federation's Women in the Outdoors Event, "Celebrating Our Wild Side."

Appling woman bags record buck
What would hunting be without great hunting stories - and favorite hunting partners to share them with?

Outdoors calendar

Football briefs
Drew Bledsoe leads NFL with 1,017 passing yards and has thrown six TD passes and two interceptions. Can Bears' offense score enough to win?

Packers edge Panthers
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Happy anniversary, Brett Favre.

Falcons sell out Dome for crucial NFC South matchup
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons cornerback Ashley Ambrose is excited about playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday with the Georgia Dome full - of Atlanta fans.

Time has come for Georgia offense

It's time for flu shots
WASHINGTON -- Flu-shot season begins next week, and this year marks the first time parents are being urged to get babies and toddlers vaccinated because influenza sends its tiniest patients to the hospital as often as it does the elderly.

Web site chronicles hurricanes
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Need a quick fact about a hurricane? Click on the Coastal Services Center's new Web site for 150 years of storm history.

Solar sailing project launch expected this fall
ITHACA, N.Y. -- For 12 seconds on a blustery December morning in 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright kept their hand-built flying machine aloft on the wind over the North Carolina coast, a seminal event that opened the age of air travel and changed the world.

Study: humans and chimps more different than once believed
WASHINGTON -- There are more differences between a chimpanzee and a human being than once believed, according to a new genetic study.

New England's sugar maples threatened by warmth
FERRISBURGH, Vt. -- Sam Cutting Sr. eases from his pickup, lumbers stiffly in blue jeans and suspenders up a hillside, and cranes his neck toward the maple grove that nearly broke his heart.

Gary provides one of Georgia's most dangerous weapons
ATHENS, Ga. -- Damien Gary always takes the field wearing a special wristband.

Gary provides one of Georgia's most dangerous weapons

Wynn returns, Veal sits in Georgia's victory

Wynn returns, Veal sits in Georgia's victory
ATHENS, Ga. -- Shedrick Wynn made an impressive return to the field for No. 8 Georgia after sitting out the first three games for disciplinary reasons.

Holtz trying to give Pinkins some experience for next season

Holtz trying to give Pinkins some experience for next season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Corey Jenkins moved the South Carolina Gamecocks to the Vanderbilt 23, then went to the sideline. Sophomore Dondrial Pinkins came in and finished off the 80-yard drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass.

Vandy, option provide a test

Vandy, option provide a test
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There won't be a quarterback controversy at South Carolina anytime soon.

Odds and ends

Filmmakers charged with staging 'Bumfights'

Solar sailing project launch expected this fall

New England's sugar maples threatened by warmth

It's time for flu shots

Web site chronicles hurricanes