Retirement deserves a lasting commitment

Odds and Ends
KENOVA, W.Va. -- It started innocently enough: Ric Griffith carved a few pumpkins to fill his porch and teach his daughters about Halloween.

Theme funerals new way to head for the hereafter
ST. LOUIS -- Vallonia Smith got a down-home send-off after she died of heart disease at 59.

Stainless appeal
When it comes to kitchen appliances, nobody is more discriminating than European consumers.

Stainless appeal

City's imperfections don't make it a bad place

On the move

On the move
Barbara Lasky has joined Shapers Salon as a certified massage therapist. Ms. Lasky, who has 18 years' experience, specializes in therapeutic and relaxation massage.

Manage cash well to stay profitable
Cash is a four-letter word that all businesses like. That is, until there isn't any left. Then cash becomes a four-letter word usually combined in sentences with other four-letter words.

Fed expected to cut rates for the first time this year

Low prices, weather dampen cotton season
LEESBURG, Ga. - After a tinder-dry summer, the cotton crop was already in bad shape. And then the rains came. Tropical storms were too late to help the cotton, but just in time to ruin attempts to harvest it.

Campaign targeting mail fraud on elderly

Business calendar

Strategies for getting a raise in a depressed economy

Manage cash well to stay profitable

Growth funds looking better, but analysts still cautious

Business calendar
Thursday: Free seminar on wills, trusts and other estate-planning topics; by Chuck Foster of Edward Jones; 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Aiken branch office; call (803) 643-0808.

Fed expected to cut rates for the first time this year
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve is likely to move four-decades-low interest rates even lower this week in the face of rising worry that the struggling economy is headed for rougher times.

Pocket change
BellSouth, formerly Southern Bell, was created in 1984 during the federal government's breakup of AT&T. Today, the company is the No. 3 local-phone provider, behind Verizon and SBC Communications. It also owns 40 percent of Cingular Wireless, the nation's No. 2 wireless company.

Campaign targeting mail fraud on elderly
WASHINGTON - The stories are always slightly different but basically the same:

Winn Dixie restructuring pays off
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two years after launching a massive restructuring effort to improve Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.'s operations, President and Chief Executive Officer Al Rowland says he thinks customers are noticing the results.

Growth funds looking better, but analysts still cautious
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's latest advance has made growth mutual funds, dismal performers in the bear market, look attractive again. That might tempt investors to delve into more aggressive investments like these, but analysts - and even some fund managers themselves - are still urging caution.

City's imperfections don't make it a bad place
Understand this: There is no perfect city. If you think there is, let me know, so I can go there and uncover the imperfections. That's what reporters do.

Strategies for getting a raise in a depressed economy
Q. I know the economy is weak and layoffs are continuing in many industries, but I've got a job and I've been working hard and I want a raise. How should I go about getting one?

Guarding the fort
Stephen Xenakis started thinking seriously about the threat of terrorism while America was still busy fighting the Cold War.

Late field goal lifts Clemson
DURHAM, N.C. - Aaron Hunt kicked a 21-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give Clemson a come-from-behind 34-31 victory Saturday over Duke.

Gators still buzzing after Cocktail Party victory
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida woke up with a good kind of hangover Sunday - the kind that comes after a season-saving victory.

A look back and ahead in college football

Oklahoma's No. 1 in the AP poll
A shaky win by Miami against one of the worst teams in the country became a big loss Sunday - the Hurricanes are out as No. 1.

Oklahoma's No. 1 in the AP poll

A look back and ahead in college football
WHO'S HOT Georgia Southern. The Eagles have rebounded beautifully from a slow start under new coach Mike Sewak, and this week they'll play at Furman with a chance to claim their sixth straight Southern Conference title.

Gators still buzzing after Cocktail Party victory

We endorse...

Re-elect Mayor Young

Ga. Amendments

Re-elect Thurmond

Vote for 'Dean' Irvin

Pastor's corner
When Marlenia and Sim Murray were house hunting three years ago, the Walnut Hill neighborhood in Evans beckoned.

Larry King loses in ratings war to Fox for the first time
NEW YORK -- In another milestone for the ascendant Fox News Channel, the political talk show "Hannity & Colmes" has eclipsed CNN's "Larry King Live" in the ratings for the first time.

MTV sets Nov. 26 start for 'The Osbournes'
LOS ANGELES -- Mark your %&#! calendars - the Ozzy Osbourne clan will be back Nov. 26 with the second season of their hit reality show, MTV announced Tuesday.

Comics page gets 'Jump Start'
There are mean-spirited laughs to be found in middle class families: Think the Bundys on TV's Married, With Children, or the comics page stalwarts The Lockhorns.

Sticky surname situation can be solved simply by avoiding it
Dear Carson: I am a single parent who likes to send greeting cards. I have two children who do not have the same last name that I and my other child have. How do I sign the card if I wish to include their names? Here's an example I have been using: Jane Doe & Jr. Doe Jamey & Ray. - Surname Solution

Field of honor
MOUNTAINVILLE, N.Y. - There are no walls or ceilings enclosing this museum.

'King of the Hill' reclaims old time slot
LOS ANGELES -- After years of moving around the Fox prime-time schedule, the working-class comedy "King of the Hill" is back where it started.

In the know
If you've seen those battery-powered toothbrushes designed for children and wanted one of your own, you're in luck.

TV network chiefs insist they're not abandoning Saturday night
NEW YORK -- Broadcast television networks aren't abandoning Saturday night - and their chiefs may be plotting a revival.

Which A-list author has mob mentality?
Does the name Alexandra Ripley ring a bell? How about Michael Walsh or Linda Berdoll? Anything? Probably not. Each is a published author and each is doomed to obscurity, or perhaps infamy, by their literary hubris.

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday
In recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, "Justice League" cartoon expands to two hours in a special episode called "Savage Time" (airing 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, on Cartoon Network).

Sweeps shows strike again
The timing was right for Tim McGraw and NBC.

Home front
Updating a kitchen doesn't have to be an enormous job involving layers of drywall dust and weeks' worth of takeout meals. Sometimes a kitchen can get a new look in a matter of hours or days.

Eagles aiming for 6th straight
STATESBORO - Few schools can score 40 points and leave talking about the defense.

Georgia Tech ruins N.C. State's perfect mark
RALEIGH, N.C. - What a difference a play makes.

Eagles aiming for 6th straight

Georgia Tech ruins N.C. State's perfect mark

Park wins World Ladies Match Play
NARITA, Japan -- Now Grace Park is ready for the LPGA season to end.

Singh cruises to season-ending title

Tour Championship notebook
ATLANTA - Just because this is Charles Howell's first Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club doesn't mean the Augusta native isn't familiar with the Donald Ross-designed course.

Howell loses lead to Singh
ATLANTA - The story line after three rounds of the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club is a familiar one: Vijay Singh is the leader.

Tour Championship notebook

Singh cruises to season-ending title
ATLANTA -- Vijay Singh atoned for two final-round failures at East Lake, pulling away from the field with three straight birdies and closing with a 3-under 67 Sunday to win the season-ending Tour Championship.

Singh secures first Tour title
ATLANTA - Once his tee shot on the final hole was in the air, Vijay Singh knew there wasn't going to be another disappointing finish in The Tour Championship for him.

Park wins World Ladies Match Play

Woods, Mickelson produce little drama
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the world's No. 1- and 2-ranked players, were paired together in Sunday's final round of The Tour Championship for the second time in the tournament, but the fireworks were few.

Singh secures first Tour title

Howell loses lead to Singh

Woods, Mickelson produce little drama

Laney nearing home field advantage during playoffs

Playoff picture in focus
If Silver Bluff is going to win a third straight Class AA football championship, coach Al Lown knows what the Bulldogs have to do.

Laney nearing home field advantage during playoffs
Laney's side of the bleachers was packed Friday. There were police sirensdroning on and on and on, and people - tons of people filling the ARC Stadium stands.

Oilers defeat Blackhawks
CHICAGO -- Anson Carter scored twice, and Tommy Salo stopped 24 shots as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Sunday night.

Retirement deserves a lasting commitment
I was watching the World Series and thought of Ted Williams - one of baseball's best hitters - maybe the best ever.

Candidates fan out across Georgia for final push
ATLANTA -- The battle for control of the U.S. Senate and the Georgia Statehouse was down to one last day of campaigning Monday as candidates fanned out to rally the faithful and persuade the undecided.

War with Iraq should be last resort

Elected officials need God

Williams will do more for Augusta

Birch Society not linked to Klan

Young's administration free of scandal

Brightharp's bright vision for Dist. 3

Don't be intimidated at polls; vote your conscience

Media perpetuate myths about welfare

Towles well known for volunteer work

Civic center needs more than floor

It's the party, not the man

Democrats a disservice to rest of us

Williams' word is his bond

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday

TV network chiefs insist they're not abandoning Saturday night

Pastor's corner

Which A-list author has mob mentality?

'King of the Hill' reclaims old time slot

In the know

MTV sets Nov. 26 start for 'The Osbournes'

Sticky surname situation can be solved simply by avoiding it

Field of honor

Sweeps shows strike again

Express delivers shutout vs. Lynx
ROANOKE, Va. - Roanoke converted three of five power play opportunities for goals as the Express defeated the Augusta Lynx 6-0 on Saturday night.

Express delivers shutout vs. Lynx

ECHL notebook

Slapshots
Defenseman Garry Toor scored a power-play goal, his first as a Lynx, in Friday's 6-1 loss to Pee Dee.

ECHL notebook
Attendance at East Coast Hockey League games peaked during the 1996-97 season with an average of more than 5,200 fans per game. Crowds have been gradually shrinking over the last six years, including this season's sluggish start. Through Nov. 1, league attendance was down 10.5 percent from last season.

Slapshots

Rants and raves
SINCE NO MERCY was shown to the victims of murder and their families, murderers should receive the death penalty and no mercy.

Richmond County sample ballot
General Election - Richmond County, GA November 5, 2002

Columbia County residents face many choices

Districts still favor Democrats

Man is charged in car robbery

Richmond County precincts

Pupils study special teams

Rants and raves
Comments from readers: THIS IS A rave for the column by Leonard Pitts. I think he is the best columnist in The Augusta Chronicle. He says the right thing at the right time. I really find his articles stimulating.

News you can use

Candidates fan out across Georgia for final push

Black candidates make history

Barnes, Perdue accuse each other with race bating

Event benefits Native Americans on reservation
A slight breeze rustled the tan leather tassels and white black-tipped feathers that hung from the traditional American Indian dress the dancers wore in the sacred circle.

Subscriber of the day
Connie Singleton is today's subscriber of the day.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A mother and her two children were killed on the way to school when another car crossed a double line and collided head-on with their car, authorities said.

Political rants and raves
IN REGARD TO "enough is enough" with Bob Young and his wife: Bob Young's wife is a lovely, kind and generous person and a successful business owner. Bob Young is not the worst mayor we have ever had, as you implied in your rant. Remember, he has no vote on council. Maybe we should blame the one who should be blamed. I don't know what your problem is with Gwen, unless it is jealousy.

Columbia County precincts

Robotic talk
Dominique Hammond, 4, and her father, Wallace Hammond, talk with Oscar the Robot, of Lawrenceville, Ga., at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair.

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
SINCE NO MERCY was shown to the victims of murder and their families, murderers should receive the death penalty and no mercy.

Professor helps unravel politics

Across the area

Cheers and support

Rants and raves
I AM SICK and tired of my telephone ringing with recorded messages telling me who to vote for. They are as bad as telemarketers, or worse.

Subscriber of the day

Authorities charge man with killing roommate

Aiken County precincts

Surveys connote narrow victories
In political races that pundits have repeatedly described as too close to call, a poll commissioned by The Augusta Chronicle and WRDW-TV Channel 12 suggests that victorious candidates running for mayor, the Senate and the House will win by narrow margins, some closerthan others.

Long governor's race nears end
COLUMBIA - Conventional wisdom was the first casualty in the governor's race.

Poll shows Burns leads District 12
In the waning days of one of the state's fiercest political campaigns, Republican 12th Congressional District candidate Max Burns appears to be gaining momentum over his Democratic foe, Charles "Champ" Walker Jr.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -A teenager died when he was hit by a minivan while trick-or-treating with friends.

Election will test new machines
The touchable screens operate like microwave oven or ATM - and Georgia voters will inaugurate thousands of them during Tuesday's election.

Across South Carolina

Historic ballot awaits residents

Columbia County residents face many choices
Columbia County voters can expect to spend a little extra time in front of the electronic voting machine Tuesday.

Unit called for active duty

Experts declare Graham has edge

Barnes, Perdue accuse each other with race bating
ATLANTA -- With the election two days away, Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes and Republican challenger Sonny Perdue accused each other Sunday in a debate televised statewide of playing the race card.

Richmond County election bio boxes

Campaigns speed up as balloting nears
ATLANTA - Mailboxes were stuffed with fliers; telephone dialing machines rang up voters by the thousands; and two Georgia counties got a presidential visit as campaigns went into weekend overtime for the sprint to Election Day.

Hopefuls focus on war, economy

Rants and raves
Comments from readers: THIS IS A rave for the column by Leonard Pitts. I think he is the best columnist in The Augusta Chronicle. He says the right thing at the right time. I really find his articles stimulating.

Across the southeast

Unit called for active duty
The cars on Wrightsboro Road whizzed by on the crisp autumn Sunday, quickly passing the outdoor military ceremony and the group of civilian soldiers parting for a war on terrorism.

Across South Carolina

Hopefuls make last appeals

Educators convene in Augusta

Across the area

Campaigns speed up as balloting nears

Surveys connote narrow victories

Richmond County precincts
he following is a list of polling precincts, locations and political districts for Tuesday's voting in Richmond County:

Columbia County precincts
The following is a list of polling precincts, locations and political districts for Tuesday's voting in Columbia County:

Across the Southeast

Columbia County sample ballot
General Election - Columbia County, GA November 5, 2002

Subscriber of the day

Across the area
A toddler, believed to be about 1 year old, was found alone outside an Augusta home early Friday morning.

Across the southeast
JACKSON, Miss. -The mother of three of six children who died when a rural mobile home caught fire has been charged with manslaughter and child neglect.

Across the area
A North Augusta man told police he was attacked and robbed early Sunday at an Augusta condominium complex.

Columbia County sample ballot

Across Georgia
ATHENS -Athens-Clarke County police have charged one man and are seeking another in connection with a September home invasion and armed robbery of six University of Georgia students.

Richmond County election bio boxes
GEORGIA

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -A 21-year-old Dorchester County woman is suing two counties and their sheriffs, alleging that she was mistakenly held for 20 days on an arrest warrant for another woman.

Aiken County precincts
The following is a list of polling precincts, locations and political districts for Tuesday's voting in Aiken County:

Pupils study special teams
At a recent soccer practice of the Columbia County Fireballs, Ryan Tharp and John Story were freewheeling along with the other team members. When practice was over, though, Ryan and John could walk away.

News you can use
NOV. 3, 1975 About 600 people gathered at Paine College on Sunday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the school's new academic building. The structure will stand on the site of Haygood Hall, which was destroyed by fire in 1968.

Educators convene in Augusta
Three local private schools are playing host to the Georgia Independent Schools Association Annual Conference, an event that is expected to attract about 900 educators to the Augusta area.

Small First Friday crowd hits profits

News you can use
The Columbia County Commission on Friday appointed Ray Allen as county comptroller. Mr. Allen was director of the city of Augusta's Data Processing Commission before the commission merged with Richmond County in 1977.

Poll shows Burns leads District 12

District 1 hopefuls see only challenge
The Edgefield County school board has three incumbents up for re-election but only one who faces opposition Tuesday.

Event benefits Native Americans on reservation

Richmond County sample ballot

Long governor's race nears end

Aiken County sample ballot

Experts declare Graham has edge
COLUMBIA - Rep. Lindsey Graham appears to have all the advantages heading into Tuesday's election to replace retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond, observers say.

Authorities charge man with killing roommate
An Augusta man who was stabbed two weeks ago, allegedly for having sex with his roommate's wife, died Sunday, and officials upgraded the charges against the roommate to murder.

Hopefuls make last appeals
ATLANTA - The TV ads are nonstop; the glossy fliers are filling mailboxes; and voters are more likely than ever to open their doors and find a politician on the front porch.

Immigrant finds success in roots
Teo Estrada made his way north from the state of Guerrero, Mexico, to California and worked his way east across the country to make his home in Augusta, saving all he could in hopes of having his own business someday.

Man is charged in car robbery
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday and charged with stealing his uncle's car at knifepoint.

Across the Southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -State engineers are reviewing safety for an Interstate 77 widening project after five wrecks, several serious injuries and one death in the past week.

Professor helps unravel politics
ATHENS, Ga. - While many of the nation's citizens run from reporters in fear, University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock welcomes all the media, all the time.

Rants and raves
I AM SICK and tired of my telephone ringing with recorded messages telling me who to vote for. They are as bad as telemarketers, or worse.

Small First Friday crowd hits profits
Some Broad Street business owners said the lack of patrons at the most recent First Friday arts festival cost them money on what was supposed to be a profitable night.

Cheers and support
North Augusta Parks and Recreation cheerleader Maranda Jordon practices with her squad.

Districts still favor Democrats
ATLANTA - When viewed individually, some of the General Assembly's Democratic incumbents look ripe for an upset this week.

Hopefuls focus on war, economy
Republican Charlie Norwood, campaigning on issues such as the economy, war and terrorism, is facing Democrat Barry Gordon Irwin in a battle for the 9th Congressional District.

Historic ballot awaits residents
AIKEN - When voters go to the polls Tuesday in South Carolina, they face a historic election.

Black candidates make history
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The two black men and one black woman on Tuesday's ballot will make history, win or lose.

Election will test new machines

Subscriber of the day
Roger Williams is today's subscriber of the day.

Aiken County sample ballot
General Election - Aiken County, SC November 5, 2002

Howell's future is certain, it's only going to get better
ATLANTA - Tiger Woods to Charles Howell as they locked claws on the interview podium after Sunday's Tour Championship:

Troupe, Edwards find right, wrong way to spotlight
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The least accomplished tight end on Florida's roster and the most accomplished wide receiver in Georgia history became the two most unpopular young men in the Peach State on Saturday.

Benson's streaks ends at 226

Benson's streaks ends at 226
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Johnny Benson ended one of the longest winless streaks in NASCAR on Sunday, holding off Mark Martin to win the Pop Secret 400 for his first victory in 226 starts.

Clippers top Pistons

Clippers top Pistons
LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers escaped the ranks of winless NBA teams.

Doing something special

Mr. Thomas Burton Jr.    (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
Col. Thomas Hanson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Glenn Duvall    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. David Randall    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Dennis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Dr. Harry Pund Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. David Randall    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Conrad Parsons    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
Col. Thomas Hanson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Northcutt    (VEAZEY COMMUNITY, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Ferguson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Chris Newsome    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Kattie Jones
The life of Kattie Jones will forever be treasured by her extensive family, says her niece Ida Williams, of Augusta.

Mr. Frederick Myers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Williams    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Jordan Bowens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Harry Pund Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
Trynati Bunn    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Mack    ( BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillie Mack    (KLINE, S.C.)
Mr. Larry Rosamond    (NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.)
Ms. Ida Hill    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Katie Lowe    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Golden    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Taber Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Charles DesCombes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Laurie Culbreath    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Jane Samuel    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Clarence Couvillon    (NEW ELLINGTON, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Cockey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Clarence Couvillon    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Carroll    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Dennis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Brunkow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Kellah Cleckley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Hallie Seigler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charlie Pace III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Oren Quarles Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Chris Newsome    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Vivian White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Mulvihill    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Frederick Myers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Landers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles DesCombes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elsie Kitchens    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Florence Mitchell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Kattie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elsie Kitchens    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Lt. Col. James Kendall    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Edith Hughes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Lucile Hutcheson    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Golden    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Geraldine Harris    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Vena Harley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Ronnie Landers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Burton Jr. (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Mr. Frederick Myers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ferguson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Mulvihill (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine Harris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Charles DesCombes (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Col. Thomas Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Couvillon (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Katie Lowe (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Elsie Kitchens (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Vena Harley (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Florence Mitchell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Golden (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Williams (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Col. Thomas Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chris Newsome (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Trynati Bunn (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Oren Quarles Jr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Jordan Bowens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Harry Pund Jr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Kattie Jones

Mrs. Lillie Mack (KLINE, S.C.)

Mr. Ronnie Landers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chris Newsome (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Couvillon (NEW ELLINGTON, S.C.)

Dr. Harry Pund Jr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William Brunkow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Cockey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Mack ( BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Edith Hughes (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Ida Hill (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Glenn Duvall (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. David Randall (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elsie Kitchens (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Laurie Culbreath (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Miss Kellah Cleckley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Pace III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kattie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Landers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Randall (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Conrad Parsons (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Samuel (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Dennis (AIKEN, S.C.)

It's the party, not the man
This letter is in response to Mr. Walter Williams' letter of Oct. 18 endorsing Sen. Max Cleland. Mr. Williams, it's not just a man, it's a party. And Max Cleland is an obstructionist, liberal, appeasing, tax-and-spend Democrat. Lance Whitlock, Waynesboro, Ga.

War with Iraq should be last resort
The present debate, regarding Iraq, exemplifies both strengths and problems of a Democratic society. Having enlisted in the aftermath of Vietnam, I know what a debilitating effect civilian disapproval can have on the morale of our armed forces. Conversely, having served during Desert Storm, I know the almost euphoric feeling it can give the military to know there is near-unanimous support for your actions. Jim Murrah, Martinez, Ga.

Ga. Amendments
They don't get much attention. They're not flashy or overly controversial. And no one's face comes with them.

Brightharp's bright vision for Dist. 3
With the elections so close, it is important that the voters of the U.S. House, District 3 in South Carolina go to the polls informed of who is the right choice. Calvin and Betty Butler, Trenton, S.C.

Vote for 'Dean' Irvin
Georgia's agriculture commissioner has made news recently for removing tainted food from some area grocery stores.

Re-elect Mayor Young
What kind of image do you want Augusta to project? Confident? Upbeat? Focused on the future? Welcoming to visitors?

Young's administration free of scandal
As we look at many of the problems in America today, we are constantly reminded of how often we reward bad behavior. Many of our elected officials', professional athletes' and heroes' lives are riddled with scandal, but we consistently hold them up as role models. A. Boardman, Augusta

Williams will do more for Augusta
A little over a year before Bob Young ran for mayor, and while working for Channel 6 news, he spoke at the Waynesboro Exchange Club. He made the statement that he lived in Thomson, Ga., his home was in Thomson and when he retired, he would retire to Thomson. R.M. Ford, Augusta

Democrats a disservice to rest of us
In reference to the Oct. 12 letter by Paul Cook ("Do right: Vote Democratic ticket"), Mr. Cook said, "I have always proudly and intelligently voted for Democratic Party candidates ..." The first part of this assertion is undoubtedly true, but the rest is questionable - as is the general thrust of his letter. "Yellow dog Democrats" do the rest of us a great disservice by their actions, which are a result of ignorance, gullibility and a lack of critical-thinking skills on their part. ... Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Towles well known for volunteer work
On Nov. 5, voters will have to choose between Valerie Towles, who knows how to work with others as a team, and her opponent, Reb Sutherland, who only seems to want to tear the team apart. If you want Aiken's public-school team to survive, you better vote Valerie Towles for Aiken County School Board. James S. Phillips, Beech Island, S.C.

Media perpetuate myths about welfare
Certain erroneous myths about welfare have been perpetuated by the conservative, racist media and especially by the many very ignorant radio talk-show hosts, who monopolize the airways. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Williams' word is his bond
Augusta government and its people will never succeed and live in harmony until we are united. For this to be accomplished, we must elect a mayor who has the interest, leadership and desire to make it happen. Mildred M. Johnson, Augusta

Re-elect Thurmond
No one has done more to make Georgia's welfare-to-work program succeed than Democratic Labor Commissioner MICHAEL THURMOND.

Elected officials need God
Election time draws closer, and changes will be made in some areas - or will they? Time has seen many politicians come and go, mostly with some very good, grand ideas for helping humanity; and time has seen minute changes for the good, maybe. This country has entered the stage of desperation. Unless we allow the God of all creation to become the central part of our world, we will all continue to spiral out of control into chaos. ... Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Don't be intimidated at polls; vote your conscience
Is this Augusta - or Iraq? The Rev. K.B. Martin, Augusta

Civic center needs more than floor
Susan Collins' Oct. 12 letter to the editor, "Civic center event impresses family," was excellent. I, too, attended the Lynx open house and was impressed with the shiny, freshly waxed floors and clean facilities. We even got a free hot dog and a coke. Jack Sisson, Evans, Ga.

We endorse...
We endorse the following candidates, amendments and referenda:

Birch Society not linked to Klan
Surely, Joaquin Godoy (letter on Oct. 8, "Another sign offends") has something better to do than to attempt to demonize the John Birch Society. The old leftist trick of trying to associate the society with the Ku Klux Klan just won't fly. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Overtime

Steinhoff victorious in finals

Newman seeks historic title

Slovakia beats Spain to win Fed Cup

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Newman seeks historic title
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Ryan Newman's 20-year ride to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series has been a well-calculated, meticulous progression through a variety of smaller series.

New York's Olympics boosters look to next hurdle
NEW YORK -- Now that New York has won the national nomination to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, it has to convince the world it's the best choice, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday.

Slovakia beats Spain to win Fed Cup
MASPALOMAS, Canary Islands -- Slovakia beat Spain for its first Fed Cup title Sunday, with hobbling Spanish star Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario reduced to tears on the court by a heckler.

Overtime
Jimmy Vasser charged past Michael Andretti on a restart two laps from the end of Sunday's Toyota 500, and pulled away for an easy victory in the fastest 500-mile race ever in Fontana, Calif.

Area sports announcements
Nov. 9-10: Denny Doyle will be conducting a hitting school for high school baseball. The school will be held at Harrison Park in Marietta, Ga. Instruction will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call Anthony Fedele at (770) 517-6919 or register at www.doylebaseball.com/masters/masters.html.

Steinhoff victorious in finals
After failing to qualify in their first open go-round run, Tanya Steinhoff and Nate Shilabar got the job done Saturday morning.

Kenyans wins NYC Marathon; legally blind Olympian top among U.S. women
NEW YORK -- Boston Marathon winner Rodgers Rop of Kenya won the New York City Marathon Sunday, and legally blind Olympian Marla Runyan was the first U.S. woman across the finish line.

Overtime
Top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt held on to beat Paradorn Srichaphan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday and set up a Paris Masters final against 2000 winner Marat Safin.

Snake crossing
It's a variation on the age-old question: Why do snakes cross roads?

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

Gun club tries to generate interest among youth
The idea was a noble one: offer local educators an opportunity to observe the benefits of establishing clay target teams at local high schools.

Snake crossing

Falcons survive Ravens' attack
ATLANTA - Patrick Kerney always thought the law of averages would even out for the Atlanta Falcons.

Doing something special
ATLANTA - Joe DeCamillis had special teams fever in the Atlanta Falcons' 37-35 win at New Orleans last week.

Howell's future is certain, it's only going to get better

Troupe, Edwards find right, wrong way to spotlight

LifeGem turns human remains into diamonds
NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Fred Fergerson already offers his customers options. They can have their ashes blasted into orbit, sprinkled on the slopes of the Swiss Alps, or used in patching coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean.

Creative ways to detect bioterror attacks
NEW YORK -- Public health officials have developed an odd interest lately in the mundane and arcane.

Boost in Gulf War illness research seen as shift in VA's attitude
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs' plan to sharply increase funding for research into Gulf War illnesses marks a turning point in how the government perceives the problem, the leader of a veterans group said Friday.

China offers its national '.cn' Internet addresses overseas
SHANGHAI, China -- Expanding its online presence, China will begin letting overseas Web sites use addresses with its ".cn" national suffix starting in December, a foreign company chosen to sign up subscribers said Thursday.

Techbits: Wireless rechargers, Electronic lost and found, Mauritius investment
SAN FRANCISCO -- A scourge of the gadget-happy are all those cradles and cords needed for recharging.

Edwards drop symbolizes night of lost chances for Georgia

Georgia's party becomes a nightmare
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jon Stinchcomb slumped against a cinderblock wall in the bowels of Alltel Stadium, his eyes red and moist.

Bulldogs missed their shot
As they filed out of Alltel Stadium on Saturday, deflated and despondent Georgia fans were cursing two late plays their team botched.

Bulldogs missed their shot

Edwards drop symbolizes night of lost chances for Georgia
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Terrence Edwards cut to his right, sending a Florida defender to the ground. As he broke into the clear, he turned to find the ball and wipe away a night of lost opportunities for Georgia.

Dogs derailed
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Maybe Florida's players were right. Maybe Georgia does cower in fear at the sight of the Gators' orange and blue.

20-13 loss ends undefeated season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Put your hotel reservations on hold. The SEC East title is still up in the air.

Dogs derailed

UGA notebook
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The red zone was the dead zone for Florida in the first half of Saturday's game against Georgia.

Georgia's party becomes a nightmare

18-10 loss shakes Holtz's faith

18-10 loss shakes Holtz's faith
South Carolina's Jonathan Martin chases Tennessee's Derrick Tinsley as he races for a first down during the first quarter of the game at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

Tennessee tops South Carolina

Tennessee dominates South Carolina series

USC notebook

USC notebook
COLUMBIA - Representatives from the Capital One Bowl, the Independence Bowl and the Peach Bowl attended the South Carolina game Saturday, but the Gamecocks' hopes to go to a quality postseason game took another hit with their 18-10 loss to Tennessee.

Tennessee dominates South Carolina series
COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said after his team's 18-10 loss to Tennessee on Saturday that he had fully expected the Volunteers to return to "what they know best."

Tennessee tops South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It was the easiest drive to call for Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, until the very end.

Theme funerals new way to head for the hereafter

Odds and Ends

Creative ways to detect bioterror attacks

China offers its national '.cn' Internet addresses overseas

LifeGem turns human remains into diamonds

Techbits: Wireless rechargers, Electronic lost and found, Mauritius investment