GreenJackets notes: Highs, lows aplenty in first half of season

Braves notebook: Braves have unenviable task of facing Arizona's Big Unit

`Kerrymania' on hold as Wood recuperates

Strawberry to return in August

Jackets Trivia

Braves notebook: Chipper looking for answers

Major league notebook

Braves topple Diamondbacks

Jackets can't hold lead, fall to Crocs

Even Smoltz still unsure about tender right elbow

Smoltz learning to pitch pain-free

Cavs will take Boston's first round draft pick

Diamondbacks rattle Braves

Jackets drop again to Crocs

Business briefs: Paint company wins safety award

Winnebago stock on a roll

Small steps spell big savings
Americans are a tricky lot, especially when it comes to their finances. It's undeniable: the $20 bill discovered in a pair of freshly washed jeans; a hefty refund check at the end of tax season; the jar of loose change that -- once meticulously rolled -- becomes a wad of cash.

Additional business news

Blue chips keeping image as choice picks

Hallmark adds 99-cent cards

Georgia outpaces nation in women-owned business

American utility sold to foreign company

A few reasons not to day-trade
NEW YORK -- Tales of the swashbuckling world of Internet day-trading in stocks can be a real test of faith for any old-fashioned investor in mutual funds.

Chamber meetings to exchange ideas

Estate tax hits more people

Chamber meetings to exchange ideas
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce will meet with officials from Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties during the next few months to discuss promotion strategies for the communities.

A few reasons not to day-trade

Estate tax hits more people
Estate taxes aren't just for the rich anymore, financial planners warn.

Blue chips keeping image as choice picks
NEW YORK -- Until they became the stars of the stock market in the second half of the 1990s, blue-chip growth stocks and the mutual funds that invest in them suffered from a stodgy image.

Winnebago stock on a roll
That boxy Winnebago motor home you pass during this summer's vacation might be just lumbering along, but keep this in mind: The stock of Winnebago Industries Inc. is moving like a rocket.

Georgia outpaces nation in women-owned business
ATLANTA -- Five years ago, Angela Davis took control of her life. At age 30 she decided to start her own institutional hardware and industrial supply distributing company -- an area of industry run almost entirely by men.

American utility sold to foreign company
SALT LAKE CITY -- Shareholders of PacifiCorp have approved a $7.9 billion takeover by ScottishPower in what would be the first foreign purchase of an American utility.

Business briefs: Paint company wins safety award
Coating Systems Inc., an industrial painting and coating contracting company with headquarters in Savannah and a branch office in Augusta, has been awarded the 1998 Savannah Safety Award by the Savannah Manufacturers Council.

Hallmark adds 99-cent cards
NEW YORK -- This Father's Day, if you care enough to send the very best, you can do it for under a buck.

Additional business news
Stocks end week of continuous gains . . . Suit filed against First Union . . . Fewer homeowners fall behind . . . AP stock hot line upgraded . . . Wheeler Road realty offices open

Small steps spell big savings

Urban legendsadd mystiqueto Harris house
Old legends die hard. When she leads tours of Ezekiel Harris Historic House, Cherie Prickett nearly always fields questions based on wrong information about Augusta's secondoldest building.

A look at the 20th Century: 1946
While the world worked in 1946 to recover from the ravages of World War II, returning U.S. servicemen faced labor strikes at home and Augusta dominated Georgia politics.

Hits Clyde Wells; likes Rick McKee

Waves the flag; rips `Boondocks'

Voices support for `The Boondocks'

Supports anti-abortion legislation

Likes cartoonist's fun with Bushes

Open could return to Pinehurst No. 2

Seeks end to sportscasters' excuses

Seeks change in TV guide listings

Raps our stand on AARP agenda.

Video poker: No deal!

Hits group for home school prejudice

Wants existing gun laws enforced

Urges police to update procedures

Stewart leading U.S. Open

Secret clique targets Internet

Faith Digest
The Rev. Otis Moss III is getting some company in the Tabernacle Baptist Church pulpit for Father's Day. He'll be joined by his father, Dr. Otis Moss Jr., for a joint sermon at 10:40 a.m. at the church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd.

World changers
The crowded houses on Mill, Conklin, Clay and nearby streets can seem intimidating at first glance.

The new face of Berlin
BERLIN -- We're surrounded. We stand on an observation deck above the Potsdamer Platz, once among the livelies

Arts Council honors artists and supporters
ARTS COUNCIL HONORS -- The Greater Augusta Arts Council doled out its annual awards Tuesday honoring local artists, arts professionals, corporate sponsors, volunteers and media.

Pastor long ago put faith ahead of finances
As a chief financial officer, David Hunter was practiced at reading financial signs.

Dad's ugliest ties
Like generations of fathers before them, dads across the country are opening presents in long, skinny boxes today. Ties are a traditional Father's Day gift. And maybe the fact that a tie was selected and presented by a child is what keeps a dad from tossing it years after it has gone out of style.

In the know
The Fox network brings two of its animated sitcoms back to Sunday night. Hank and the gang return at 7:30 on King of the Hill, and cartoonist Matt Groening's sci-fi satire Futurama claims the post-Simpsons slot at 8:30. (WFXG, Channel 54).

Clicker's promise delivers
Dorothy clicked her heels three times and only went back to Kansas. Wearers of the new Victoria's Secret bra can click three times and go to the moon.

Don't take a vacation from faith
Monday marks the first day of summer, a time we take a rest or break from hectic, sometimes static-

Georgia Games will feature unusual sports
Joe Cartledge rustles through the dense woods lining the disc golf course at North Augusta's Riverview Park, his playing partners patiently helping him in his search.

Family takes stab at fencing
For some time, fencing was little more than a fleeting memory for Joseph Cohen and stories about the sport he told to his two sons.

Olazabal out with angry punch

Experience pays off for Stewart

Stricker's improbable shots

Perhaps course should be called Pinehurts

Weather makes play difficult

'Ice Man' Duval earns reputation

Open notes: Pairings split Woods, Duval

Leaders fighting tough course

U.S. Open notes

Tiger showing same game, new attitude

Stars win Stanley Cup in OT

Atlanta signs quality goalie

Sabres steaming after broken ankle sidelines

Stanley Cup notebook

Dad's ugliest ties

In the know

Arts Council honors artists and supporters

Don't take a vacation from faith

Pastor long ago put faith ahead of finances

Clicker's promise delivers

World changers

The new face of Berlin

Faith Digest

GOP candidates file for House seat

Urban legendsadd mystiqueto Harris house

Life gives dads reason to celebrate
Mel Cecchine and Donald Forsmark have little in common. But today they will share a gift -- the gift of life.

End-of-spring cleaning
Dustin Studdard, 8, sweeps by his grandparents' yard in North Augusta as neighbor John Godwin sweeps his driveway.

Life gives dads reason to celebrate

Cleanup nearing $4 million
Georgia Power Co.'s cleanup of a former industrial site along the canal in downtown Augusta is approaching $4 million in costs but should be completed by late summer.

Burst pipe brings back limits
Countywide odd-even outdoor water restrictions are in effect after the largest pipe line in the Augusta water system ruptured early Saturday.

Statutory rapist gets three years
An Augusta man who admitted to having sexual relations with a teen-age girl he met through an Internet chat room received a split prison-probation sentence Friday.

Celebrating good news

Teen eyes reduced sentence
AIKEN -- Shayna Lively, a Georgia teen-ager who says she's remorseful for killing three people in a wreck after a night of drinking and drugs, has filed a motion in Circuit Court to reduce her sentence.

Barnes pushing diversity
ATLANTA -- In some ways, Marjorie Harris Young looked like dozens of bureaucrats before her as she was sworn in at the Capitol last week to head Georgia's massive personnel agency.

Brunswick fans to see Falcons on TV
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- When the Atlanta Falcons were soaring to the Super Bowl last year, Brunswick cable TV subscribers missed most of their regular season games.

Star player dies when car wrecks

Savannah considers water taxis
SAVANNAH -- County officials may rely on water taxis when the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center opens in March -- but the ferries should be close behind.

Disposal panel may alter rules
Former U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick views his appointment as the head of Gov. Jim Hodges' Nuclear Waste Task Force as serious business.

Lottery industry opposes ad restrictions
ATLANTA -- Any attempt by the federal government to impose restrictions on lottery advertising in Georgia and 36 other states would be both unconstitutional and unnecessary, a spokesman for the lottery industry said Friday.

Dry weather threatens again
Carl Hall noticed something peculiar in the Savannah River this spring.Striped bass, which congregate at the wavering line where fresh and saltwater mingle near Port Wentworth, Ga., weren't in their usual locations.

Report finds state hospitals in debt
ATLANTA -- A new report suggests local hospitals annually contribute $2 billion to the economy of Augusta, $1.4 billion to Savannah, $655 million to Athens and $26 billion statewide.

Celebrating good news
Ron Norwood plays the saxophone during the Augusta Juneteenth Festival at the Eighth Street Plaza on Saturday afternoon.

More have problems with tests
ATLANTA -- The number of school districts in which half or fewer students passed the science section of the state graduation test on the first try jumped 50 percent this year, according to Department of Education figures.

Across the area

Weekend events plentiful

FBI probes tie to heist

More have problems with tests

More horsepower
Tony Daves and his daughter Alesha, 9, dust off his 1966 Mustang at the Southern National Mustang Celebration at at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center Saturday afternoon.

Cleanup nearing $4 million

'Father' not equal to 'daddy'

Head-on collision kills woman

Dry weather threatens again

Jewelry vendor faces risks to sell precious stones

Report finds state hospitals in debt

Savannah considers water taxis

Students gather at party
The lyrics of local rapper Vertez Bennings were among the positive messages heard throughout the Augusta Garden Center on Saturday as part of Mayor Bob Young's School's Out Party.

Soldier show a labor of love

Meeting planned on shoreline issue
A plan to revise Thurmond Lake's controversial shoreline management plan a year earlier than scheduled will begin with a 7 p.m. town hall meeting Monday in Columbia County.

Peach festival a sweet affair
TRENTON, S.C. -- Sanford Satcher won't remember his first Ridge Peach Festival. Saturday was the first real outing ever for 12-day-old Sanford, who slept right through a raucous Blues Brothers performance with the competing wail of karaoke country coming from the other side of Trenton Park.

Conduct code to tighten
Columbia County school officials are tightening up the code of conduct for the county's students.

Soldier show a labor of love
Like a swarm of giant ants, about 20 young men and women clad in black uniforms and yellow hard hats clambered over a metal lighting rig on the stage Friday morning at Fort Gordon's Alexander Hall.

Across the area
Man found dead of gunshot wound ... Aiken man drowns in lake ... County rejects prison funding

Head-on collision kills woman
An Appling woman was killed in a midafternoon accident in a rural area of Columbia County on Friday.

Teen-ager awakens to water
A bubbling noise awakened Tara Mills early Saturday, prompting the 15-year-old to jump out of bed onto sludge and water-soaked carpet.

FBI probes tie to heist
FBI agents and local police are investigating a possible connection to Augusta's jewelry heist: an Atlanta mall robbery two months ago and a suspected gang of jewelry thieves in south Florida.

Conduct code to tighten

GOP candidates file for House seat
AIKEN -- There were no surprises Friday when candidates had their first opportunity to file for the House seat left vacant by the death of Republican Rep. Rudy Mason midway through his third term in office.

More horsepower

Weekend events plentiful
AIKEN -- From the celebration of ripening fruit to honoring dear old Dad, this weekend offers at least three opportunities for good times right in our own back yards. Throw in a celebration of Juneteenth, called by many African-American Independence Day, and festival-goers can participate in a whole weekend of good food and entertainment.

Students gather at party

Break in case possible
Law enforcement officials said Friday that they have suspects in the year-old murder investigation of Sam's Club Manager David Holt.

Star player dies when car wrecks
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- He was that rare player some high school coaches never see except in their dreams, the kind fans remember for years.

Jewelry crime rings use complex methods
Jewelers have fallen victim to robbery for some time, and some of those crime rings that target them are surprisingly sophisticated, according to police.

'Father' not equal to 'daddy'
My 5-year-old son still wrestles with the concept of similar things having more than one name. Today's Father's Day offers an example.

Jewelry vendor faces risks to sell precious stones
For three weeks Emery Petroczky, a traveling salesman for New York jeweler Mark Patterson, has been on the road. Everywhere he goes, he takes his suitcase of gold and precious stones with him.

Disposal panel may alter rules

End-of-spring cleaning

Peach festival a sweet affair

Teen eyes reduced sentence

Meeting planned on shoreline issue

Lottery industry opposes ad restrictions

Barnes pushing diversity

Area briefs: 3 men arrested on drug charges

Burst pipe brings back limits

A look at the 20th Century: 1946

Jewelry crime rings use complex methods

Statutory rapist gets three years

Area briefs: 3 men arrested on drug charges
An extensive investigation into drug deals at an Aiken home has led to the arrest of three men.

Break in case possible

Spurs fans looking for sweep

Robinson not bothered by Duncan's stardom

They got game on West 4th Street

Cavs will take Boston's first round draft pick

Hawks set up speedy draft picks

Spurs attack cold Knicks

Mr. Dan Haynes
Survivors include his wife, Mother Izolar Haynes; three sons, Francis Haynes, Nixville, Daniel Haynes, Islandton,

Mr. Kennedy Heggs
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Kennedy ``Kent'' Heggs, 29, died Monday, June 14, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Steven Williams
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Steven Patrick Williams, 18, of Spanish Moss Lane, died Saturday, June 19, 1999, in Bamberg County.

Mrs. Sally Merchant
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Sally B. Donaldson Merchant, 80, of Arbor Terrace, died Saturday, June 19, 1999.

Mr. Thomas Harrison
Mr. Thomas Bernard Harrison, retired assistant fire chief for the Augusta Fire Department, of 2410 Ponderosa Drive, died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at University Hospital. He was 79.

Mrs. Mary Henderson
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Ann Henderson, 48, of Route 1, died Wednesday, June 16, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Leonard V. Ruczko
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Leonard V. Ruczko, 67, of 1006 Holiday Drive, died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Judy Newman
Mrs. Judy Newman, 39, of 158 Pauline St., Appling, died Friday, June 18, 1999, in Columbia County.

Ms. Mary Stanley
Ms. Mary Ann Stanley, 64, of 122 Hickory Drive, Martinez, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Mrs. Lorene Ferguson
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Lorene Birt Morris Ferguson, 80, of U.S. Highway 278, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at Providence Hospital.

Mr. David Diles
Mr. David DilesMr. David Wayne Diles, 39, of 1425 Walton Way, died Saturday, June 19, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Danatryce Oakman
YONKERS, N.Y. -- Ms. Danatryce Oakman, 26, of 512 Warburton Ave., died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at St. John's Hospital.

Mr. Raymond Waitt
Mr. Raymond D. ``Ray'' Waitt, 94, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Julia Easton
Mrs. Julia C. Easton, 81, of 2011 Autumn Chase, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Tillman
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Lee Tillman, 57, of 3442 Georgia Highway 242, died Wednesday, June 16, 1999, at Sparta Health Care.

Mrs. Nelle Golosky
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Nelle Light Golosky, 86, of 3590 Windsor Spring Road, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Darryl Williams
Mr. Darryl L. Williams, 37, of 214 Golden Way Road, died Wednesday, June 16, 1999.

Mr. John Glover
COLUMBIA -- Mr. John C. Glover, 85, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center.

Mr. Marion Johnson
ELGIN, S.C. -- Mr. Marion Teague Johnson, 76, died Saturday, June 19, 1999.

Mrs. Susie Edgar
Mrs. Susie A. Edgar, 44, of 3812 Hollow Keg Drive, died Wednesday, June 16, 1999.

Mrs. Gwendolyn Lane
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Gwendolyn McCoy Lane, 51, of 104 Allie Road, died Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. James Knight Sr.
Mr. James Phillip Knight Sr., 80, of 3337 Oakridge Drive, died Saturday, June 19, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Isaac Robinson
Mr. Isaac Robinson, 78, of 1661 Floyd St., died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Collins
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Mary L. Collins died Wednesday, June 16, 1999.

Mr. Carl Cunningham
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Mr. Carl Anthony Cunningham, 44, of 4341 Redan Road S.E., died Wednesday, June 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Earl Cockrell
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Earl ``Red'' Cockrell, 70, of 212 S. Jennings St., died Friday, June 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Higdon
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Tallulah Avrett Higdon, 84, of 301 W. Greene St., died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at Columbia-Dunwoody Medical Center.

Mr. Joseph Seigler
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Joseph Charles Seigler, 70, of Route 2 Box 68A White Tower Road, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at his residence.

Miss Agnes McGrath
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Miss Agnes Lucile McGrath, 86, of McCormick Avenue, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at Forest View Manor Retirement Home.

Mrs. Bernice Stephens
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mrs. Bernice Harmon Stephens, 57, of 430 Hernandez Court, died Tuesday, June 15, 1999.

Mrs. Louise Smith
FITZGERALD, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise W. Smith, 82, died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Moses MaGruder Sr.
Mr. Moses MaGruder Sr., of 2707 Vernon Drive, died Monday, June 14, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Maxene Robertson
PARKSVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Maxene Hanson Robertson, 75, of 101 Sandy Landing Road, died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Gwendolyn Lane
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Gwendolyn McCoy Lane, 51, of 104 Allie Road, died Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Ed Smith Jr.
FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Mr. Ed D. Smith Jr., 74, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at Allendale County Hospital.

Mr. Burke Berry
DILLON, S.C. -- Mr. Burke Berry, 64, died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at St. Eugene Medical Center.

Mr. Isaac Robinson

Mr. Ed Smith Jr.

Mr. Dan Haynes

Mr. Earl Cockrell

Mrs. Judy Newman

Mr. Burke Berry

Mrs. Mary Higdon

Mr. Raymond Waitt

Mr. Leonard V. Ruczko

Mr. James Knight Sr.

Mrs. Lorene Ferguson

Mr. Marion Johnson

Mr. Carl Cunningham

Ms. Mary Stanley

Mr. John Glover

Mrs. Mary Henderson

Mrs. Mary Collins

Mrs. Sally Merchant

Mrs. Susie Edgar

Miss Agnes McGrath

Mr. Joseph Seigler

Mrs. Nelle Golosky

Ms. Danatryce Oakman

Mr. Moses MaGruder Sr.

Mrs. Louise Smith

Mrs. Bernice Stephens

Georgias' transportation plan on wrong route
GEORGIA'S RECENT effort to address sprawl via the creation of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority again applies another big government solution to a situation best managed via local governments and the land and real estate markets.

Voices support for `The Boondocks'
Unlike scores of other readers, I am not writing to complain about ``The Boondocks.'' I rather enjoy it. K. Carter, Augusta

Describes unruly graduation ceremony
I was happy to read Margaret Mullen's June 12 letter in which she praised the students, parents and guests who attended Midland Valley High School's graduation ceremony. She wrote of how they conducted themselves with a high degree of dignity during the ceremony, and how each student's name was heard clearly. Julie Cox, Hephzibah

Waves the flag; rips `Boondocks'
How disappointing to not see one mention in the June 14 issue about Flag Day. Could you include an editorial or appropriate cartoon displaying our glorious flag and even mention this after-the-fact? Jeanne Marsh, Augusta

Laments the changes of the times
I have about reached my limit of hearing why the children of today are so violent, why they can't be controlled, and why society is so disturbed by all of the senseless shootings that are occurring. Kenneth Pittard, Thomson

Georgias' transportation plan on wrong route
GEORGIA'S RECENT effort to address sprawl via the creation of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority again applies another big government solution to a situation best managed via local governments and the land and real estate markets.

Opposes uniforms for school children
I am opposed to children of any age wearing school uniforms. It is so dreary to see elementary school children dressed in navy blue and white uniforms day in and day out. Tracy Gillette, Augusta

A `uniform' victory
Six School Board members did right by Richmond County parents in turning back an effort by four of their number to water down Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke's proposal for mandatory uniforms at elementary and middle schools next fall.

Video poker: No deal!
The House-Senate conference committee compromise to decide the fate of South Carolina's video gambling industry is not a done deal. It's expected to sail through the Democrat Senate in the General Assembly's four-day wrapup session starting Tuesday, but it's by no means certain the GOP-controlled House can get a two-thirds majority.

Urges police to update procedures
I want to know why law enforcement officials do not appear to be pro-active in improving current outdated procedures that have outlived their usefulness in society. W.C. Paschal, Augusta

Secret clique targets Internet
What if a shadowy foreign clique, aided and abetted by the U.S. Commerce Department, forced Coca Cola to transfer its secret formula to them?

Seeks change in TV guide listings
It would be much easier to read and locate TV programs one desires to watch if The Chronicle's television guide would list stations numerically instead of alphabetically. Sarah R. Brown, Augusta

Answers writer on lock and dam
... Re William Wells' June 14 letter concerning The Chronicle's recent reporting on the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam: James N. Parker Jr., Savannah

Raps our stand on AARP agenda.
I was disappointed in your edi-torial embrace of a one-sided and, therefore, flawed study of the American Association of Retired Persons' Public Policy Agenda by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (``AARP's costly agenda,'' May 17). Betty Klein, Savannah

Hits Clyde Wells; likes Rick McKee
Last week's issue of the free entertainment paper in town featured The Chronicle's legendary former editorial cartoonist. As a longtime fan, I read the article to catch up on what Clyde Wells has been up to. Laurel Lynch, Grovetown

Wit, satire miss in controversial new comic
HUEY AND RILEY Freeman, residents of ``The Boondocks,'' a comic strip by Aaron McGruder and carried in The Chronicle, were perfectly happy on the south side of Chicago. The move to comfortable, well-off Westwood was their Granddad's idea.

Seeks end to sportscasters' excuses
I beg you to print this for all of the Atlanta Braves fans (of which I have been one for many years) who are sick and tired of hearing all four of the Braves TV announcers making excuses for all of the errors they have been making this year. James L. Robinson, Gloverville

Gore's history rewrite
During the nearly 70-year reign of the Soviet Union's evil empire, Communist propagandists would rewrite history to fit their rulers' ideological predilections. Of course, it was said nothing like that could ever happen in our nation with its commitment to historical truth and academic accuracy.

Likes cartoonist's fun with Bushes
Editorial cartoonist Rick McKee hit another home run with his humorous jab at President George Bush and his son, presidential hopeful Gov. George W. Bush of Texas. Frank Murphy, Aiken

Hits group for home school prejudice
I would like to tell you about a special young lady that I am very proud of. Her name is Bobbie Jo Wilder and she is my niece. She is a 1999 graduate, an active member of her church and sings with the Augusta Choral Society. Lorry J. Sightler, Graniteville

Asks when will enough be enough?
I have been a small business owner for 17 years and a homeowner for 23 years in Richmond County. I am on the Oversight Committee for our county and consider myself privileged and very excited about seeing the results of the one-cent sales tax going toward new construction and additions to existing schools. Pam Wilkins, Augusta

Wants existing gun laws enforced
I am writing in response to the efforts in Washington, D.C., and locally, for more gun control. The thoughts seem to be, ``Sue the gun manufacturers and then take away the guns. Then we can all live happily ever after.'' R.M. Griffin, Martinez

Supports anti-abortion legislation
Human life is a precious gift from God. Civilized society throughout history has realized its obligation to protect and cherish innocent life, particularly the most helpless. After the legalization of Christianity under Constantine, abortion and child exposure were deemed crimes. Jack Jackson, Sylvania

Local buzz: Avery, Cummings likely 1st-round NBA draft picks

Marlin breaks pole drought

Sion, Turin favored for 2006 Winter Games

Overtime: McEnroe tops Borg, faces Connors today

Gadapee looking to improve on stellar '98 season

Ricks, Testino lead Classic

Popularity soaring for US soccer

Radcliffe to start in All-Star game

Spanish team going to Tour de France with banned director

Family takes stab at fencing

Mullet madness

Georgia Games will feature unusual sports

South Carolina produces one billion stripers

Tyson advisor say Foreman fight is not in plans

Terry Bowden resurfaces with ABC

Overtime: Florida State plays Miami for title today

Approach of millennium spurs interest in time capsules
CATONSVILLE, Md. -- When the call went out for the stuff of life, Irene Mundy answered with a new toothbrush, eye drops and a sheet of Barney the purple dinosaur stickers.

Online fraud prevention tips offered
Q: I've been doing a lot of shopping online lately. How can I protect myself from fraud on the Internet?

Giant panda stabilizes, still severely ill
WASHINGTON -- He's eating, he's been outside and active, but there's no way of knowing how long giant panda Hsing-Hsing's improved health will continue.

Human-animal hybrid patent rejected
WASHINGTON -- An application rejected by the U.S. Patent Office and destined to end up in the courts may force the federal government to address a perplexing question: What is a human being?

Road rage cure available
So you're driving 10 mph over the speed limit but you slow down when a tailgater starts honking. Very passive-aggressive. Or, you speed up when someone tries to pass you. Classic competitive behavior.

Despite health scare, Coke remains the real thing for some in Europe
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Supermarkets began restocking some Coca-Cola Co. brands Friday, but shelves were devoid of ``the real thing'' -- Coke itself -- which has been banned by the Belgian government since Monday.

Congressional investigators hit pricey B-2 bomber
WASHINGTON -- The B-2 ``stealth'' bomber is hobbled by significant flaws that include a short lifespan for the stealthy materials that give the plane its name, congressional investigators say, though the bomber's fans say its combat debut in Kosovo was a huge success.

Knees injuries can be reduced
WASHINGTON -- It took just one wrong jump, and women's basketball star Rebecca Lobo was on the floor in agony, yet another victim of a torn knee ligament called the ACL.

Food warning labels debated
WASHINGTON -- A group of consumer advocates wants labels required for genetically altered foods, continuing a biotechnology debate that has already swept across Europe.

Knees injuries can be reduced

Food warning labels debated

Road rage cure available

Congressional investigators hit pricey B-2 bomber

Despite health scare, Coke remains the real thing for some in Europe

Human-animal hybrid patent rejected

Approach of millennium spurs interest in time capsules

Online fraud prevention tips offered