Gardner optimistic

Ahumada's homer gives GreenJackets a victory

Mets catching up to sputtering Braves

Maddux blanks Mets

Major League notebook

Braves notebook: Lefty Perez will stay in rotation

Braves crush Mets

Braves crush Mets

Braves notebook: Jordan approaching home run milestone

Jimenez gets first Cardinal no-hitter in 16 years

Farm director looking for improved Jackets

Kingdome departure not causing many tears

Energy efficient unit worth cost
Q: I'm shopping for an air conditioner, and I noticed the ones that have higher ratings for energy efficiency also are more expensive. Is it worth paying the extra money?

Business briefs

Business briefs
Darlington's Fort James Corporation is undergoing an $18.5 million dollar capital expansion that will add 35 new jobs.

On the move

On the move
John T. Chandler has been named Prime Leading's loan officer of the month for May 1999.

Many choices abound with municipal funds

Company sees revenue growth
John Memar tries to live a life without regret. Mr. Memar, president of Medac Inc., does not lament that last year his anesthesiology billing company was investigated by both the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Though he says competing billing companies and former Medac employees misled federal authorities into confiscating hundreds of thousands of medical records from his Scott Nixon Memorial Drive office, he says he is not seeking revenge.

Company sees revenue growth

Energy efficient unit worth cost

Many choices abound with municipal funds
NEW YORK -- Whenever they get into a wrestling match with the tax rules covering mutual funds, the thought strikes some investors that the time has come to consider municipal bond funds.

Nixon resignation tops news stories of 1970s
The Augusta Chronicle received hundreds of responses when we asked readers to rank the top world and national news stories of the 20th century.

'50s fad brings girls together
WASHINGTON -- The first of Louise Parker's luncheon guests arrived shortly before 11 a.m. and slowly made her way up the tree-shaded driveway, clutching a brown paper bag with a few sandwiches tucked inside. Soon another guest followed, and another, until there were six.

A look at the 20th Century: 1949
The North Atlantic alliance was created to counter Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, the growth of communism and Westerners' fear of nuclear war. The year was 1949.

Unintended consequence

Recounts Williston's water woes

Blasts `Boondocks'

Decries prejudice as setback for all

'Infinite tolerance'

Plugs rail, electric car transport

Raps neglect of 'unknown' cemeteries

Suggests delaying hydrant testing

Says 'wall of separation' is apocryphal

Urges enforcement of traffic laws

Alleges G.W. Bush has connection with Freemasons connection

In the know
If you're willing to shell out the bucks, pay-per-view will allow you to watch 60 hours of Woodstock '99 from the comfort of your own home.

Mourning clothes not forgoten
AIKEN - Sipping a steaming cup of tea with a dash of milk and sugar amid the delicate stitchings of death is Susan Giddings' way of easing into life each morning.

Beguiling charms
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- In rolled the train from Berlin, and out I stepped. Dragging my bags along a path traced by hundreds of travelers every week, I crossed the terminal floor and stepped outside to hail a cab.

On my summer vacation ...
A cruise on the Sea of Galilee was part trip to Israel for Anne Sawyer (back row from left), Mike Murphy, Judy Murphy, Brenda Marshall and Marie Smith and (front row, from left) Perry Barinowski, Joyce Barinowski and Sherry Barinowski.

Dress code needed in workplace
Dear Carson: With summer approaching, the heat is rising over appropriate dress for the office. Some say no to shorts, short skirts and sleeveless shirts. Others say: "Hey, we're all adults. We can make appropriate decisions about how we dress."

Strange creature intrigues anthropologists
Van Herwaarden was hacking through dense brush on the Indonesian island of Sumatra in 1923 when he encountered a strange creature.

Europeans, trades dominate early NHL draft selections

Draftees need time to develop

Thrashers land Stefan

Lemieux ushers Penguins into new era

Dress code needed in workplace

On my summer vacation ...

In the know

Strange creature intrigues anthropologists

Mourning clothes not forgoten

Beguiling charms

Examine vacation specifics
The word ``vacation'' shares ancestry with the word ``vacant,'' which is what your head must be if you approach this traditional summer diversion without considering all your options.

Some raises to take effect
ATLANTA -- A little more than a month after a Conyers campus shooting rocked Georgia, new laws aimed at making schools safer and building student character take effect Thursday.

State sets dry run for Y2K software

'50s fad brings girls together

Augusta civic center draws more people
During one of several telephone calls flowing into Reggie Williams' office, a promoter asks about bringing a comedy show or modern rhythm-and-blues promotion to Augusta.

Homeschool families get resources at fair

Mementos of beauty pageant sold

Across the area
Police capture escapee in house ... Inmate escapes from patrol post ... Pair guilty in Beanie Baby scam

Mementos of beauty pageant sold
AIKEN -- By 9 a.m Saturday, more than 50 cars had lined up in front of the modest house on Boardman Road.

Two-time escapee captured

Home Front: Golf drives local couple
For Rick and Margie Hamilton, it's time to put their tournament faces on. With the club championship at Pointe South Golf Club just two months away, the Columbia County couple is getting ready to defend their respective titles.

Courts say adult, child rights differ

Augusta civic center draws more people

Home Front: Golf drives local couple

Volunteers to teach seniors to surf

Nixon resignation tops news stories of 1970s

Examine vacation specifics

Across the area

Five die in two-car collision

Vigil honors slain Sam's manager

Homeschool families get resources at fair
Pam Wimburn of Appling maneuvered her baby stroller through vendor aisles at West Acres Baptist Church on Saturday, looking for teaching aides.

Vigil honors slain Sam's manager
Friends and family of Sam's Club manager David Holt held a candlelight vigil Sunday night to honor the slain South Carolinian's memory and to help bring police closer to catching his killer.

Across the area

Columbia County to get proposals on school security
By early July, Columbia County school officials should have a list of recommendations for new campus security measures.

Courts say adult, child rights differ
No smoking. No R-rated films. No renting cars. And, by the way, be home by dark. David Sands, a New York teen-ager, is weary of growing restrictions targeting millions of young people today. And with recent congressional legislation that aims to increase the age requirements on gun possession and create a federal law prohibiting the sale of sexual and violent material to minors under 17, other teens are joining the chorus.

Energy's status faces attack
Some members of Congress are ready to cut the power to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Conservative activist tries to build party
ATLANTA -- Former Athens homemaker Linda Hamrick has come a long way from her days as a lonely voice criticizing Georgia officials' sex education plans in the early 1990s.

Defensive planning
The possible loss of $2.7 million in highway money has Augusta road officials keeping an eye on Atlanta to see how the loss could affect area construction projects -- while rural Georgia legislators are vowing the money won't disappear.

Residents confident in center

Officials: Fugitive teacher likely never sought

Poker is part of state's image

Five die in two-car collision
Five people died in a fiery two-car collision Sunday evening on Interstate 20 when a elderly Florida woman crossed the grassy median and hit a westbound vehicle head-on, South Carolina Highway Patrol officials said.

A look at the 20th Century: 1949

Nurses crucial to rape cases
When a 56-year-old Martinez woman was brutally assaulted in her home last October, Danita Kiser was one of the first to meet her in the emergency room.

Two men charged in restaurant attack

Residents confident in center
State Court Judge David Watkins called it ``the first step in reclaiming our neighborhood.''

Florida plan cut care's total costs

Florida plan cut care's total costs
Even having a choir behind her could not make Dorothy Wade sound more like a preacher.

Columbia County to get proposals on school security

Officials: Fugitive teacher likely never sought
Police never arrested Vanessa Velez-Cruz in 1991 after she was indicted for theft because they probably weren't looking for her.

Poker is part of state's image
The Double Diamond makes a profound statement to people who cross the state line at Augusta's Fifth Street bridge.

Two men charged in restaurant attack
Police have arrested two men in connection with a Friday night shooting in a restaurant parking lot that left one gunman and an innocent bystander wounded.

Some raises to take effect

Volunteers to teach seniors to surf
AIKEN -- In a cramped cubbyhole turned classroom with one light switch, one door and no windows, Bruce McGrath moves his fingers to the rhythm of his teacher's voice, and listens.

State sets dry run for Y2K software
ATLANTA -- Next month the first test of the state's $300 million effort to correct the Y2K problem will make guinea pigs out of thousands of people expecting checks for welfare, unemployment, Medicaid and school funding.

Energy's status faces attack

Conservative activist tries to build party

Two-time escapee captured
Sheriff Charlie Webster directed internal affairs investigators Sunday to find out how an Augusta man escaped twice during the weekend as deputies booked him into the Richmond County jail.

Across the area
Watering limits remain in place ... Forum set on wastewater permits ...

Defensive planning

Bulls get luck of the draw with the top pick

Glover's decision to enter draft questionable

Moore projected to be a late pick

Knicks say goodbye, face uncertain summer

Area players have NBA dreams

Mr. William Peterbark
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. William Peterbark, 87, died Sunday, June 20, 1999.

Mrs. Lucille Fleming
Mrs. Lucille Fleming, 92, of 6039 Anderson Road, Grovetown, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at her residence.

Anna Aucker
Anna Carol Aucker, infant daughter of Mark and Kathy Aucker of Evans, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Eva Cartledge
MACON -- Mrs. Eva Chalker Cartledge, 90, of 4658 Mercer University Drive, died Sunday, June 27, 1999.

Mrs. Johnsie Martin
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Johnsie Lee Kight Martin, 72, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Ms. Laura Snowden
MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Ms. Laura B. Snowden, 91, died Friday, June 25, 1999.

Mr. Maurice Crowley
Mr. Maurice Lamar Crowley, 44, of 4154 Freeman Ave., Evans, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. James Dunbar
AIKEN -- Mr. James F.H. ``Scotty'' Dunbar, 74, of 415 Landing Drive, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Artholene Dickens
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Artholene J. Dickens, 75, of 213 W. Hamilton St., died Wednesday, June 23, 1999, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Samuel Banks
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. Samuel Henry ``Buck'' Banks, 59, of 1036 Aiken Blvd., died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Von Mack
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Von Marshall Mack, 40, of Route 2, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. Christopher Jones
WAGENER -- Mr. Christopher O'Neal Jones, 27, of 108 Danley Ave., died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia.

Mr. Jack Ferguson Jr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Jack B. Ferguson Jr., 43, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Allendale County Hospital.

Ms. Gertrude Gandert
AIKEN -- Ms. Gertrude Elizabeth Gandert, 89, of 1229 Hahn St., died Monday, June 21, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Edgar Smith
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Edgar Clark ``Bubber'' Smith, 85, of 668 Freetown Road, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. John Thomas Sr.
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. John Robert ``Q Ball'' Thomas Sr., 50, of 408 Stapleton Highway, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Roberts
RIDGELAND, S.C. -- Mr. John Elmon Roberts, 75, of Route 1, died Wednesday, June 23, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Melvin Fry
Mr. Melvin Eugene ``Mike'' Fry, 71, of 2003 Coleman Court, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Louise Burckhalter
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Louise Bates Burckhalter, 82, of Olar Road, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Southern Manor.

Mr. Robert Holler
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Robert A. Holler, 51, of 124 Coventry Circle, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Dorothy King
Mrs. Dorothy Yvetta King, 72, of 820 Stevens Creek Road, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at West Lake Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Willie McArthur
Mrs. Willie Mae McArthur, of 2109 Rosier Road, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. George Chance Jr.
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- Mr. George A. Chance Jr., a 20-year member of the Georgia House of Representatives, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at his residence. He was 80.

Mr. Robert Gray
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Robert Frank Gray, 79, of 2507 Georgia Highway 88, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Helen Schwarze
AIKEN -- Mrs. Helen F. Schwarze, 92, of 213 Laurens St., died Saturday, June 26, 1999.

Mr. William Rutland
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. William ``Frank'' Rutland, 66, of Richardson Street, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.

Mr. Willie Simpkins Sr.
Mr. Willie Simpkins Sr., 70, of 842 Hopkins St., died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Phillips Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. John Wesley Phillips Sr., 82, of 642 Cherokee Drive, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. John Phillips Sr.

Mr. Willie Simpkins Sr.

Mr. William Peterbark

Mr. James Dunbar

Mr. George Chance Jr.

Mr. Von Mack

Mr. Robert Gray

Mrs. Helen Schwarze

Mrs. Louise Burckhalter

Mrs. Eva Cartledge

Ms. Laura Snowden

Mr. Christopher Jones

Mrs. Willie McArthur

Mrs. Dorothy King

Mr. William Rutland

Anna Aucker

Ms. Gertrude Gandert

Mr. Robert Holler

Mr. Maurice Crowley

Guest Column: Quotas evolved into universal spoils system
SERIOUS PEOPLE probably shouldn't use the word under-represented. It's a word with an argument embedded in it -- that proportional representation by group, not ability or effort, should decide who gets what in America.

Shameful S.C. absences
``This is an issue the people expect to be resolved. For 12 years we have talked about the future of video gaming. For six months this year, the Legislature has promised to fix this mess. I'm going to bring them back and get this problem resolved.''

Urges enforcement of traffic laws
Speeding in excess of 15 miles per hour over the posted limit, weaving in and out of heavy traffic, flashing high beams to make slower traffic ``move over,'' passing lines of stopped vehicles and choosing to do so in emergency lanes. Does all of this sound familiar? Lorrin LaPorte, Augusta

Raps neglect of 'unknown' cemeteries
While riding through the many side streets of Augusta, two more unknown areas of this city's history were made known to me. Michele R. Chalker, Augusta

Claims industries have 'dirty secrets'
No one likes secrets, especially when they're dangerous. That's why the automotive and oil industries have a few things they would like to hide from you. Robert Pergulman, Atlanta

Unintended consequence
The newly established Georgia Regional Transportation Authority has just chalked up its first -- and, hopefully, last -- unintended consequence.

Asserts Young has 'real' water crisis
Mayor Bob Young during his campaign spoke against ex-Mayor Larry Sconyers (last year) about the water shortage. Young claimed that we had a water crisis, but we didn't. We still had water to bathe, brush our teeth and flush our toilets. Martha Sanders, Hephzibah

Says 'wall of separation' is apocryphal
On the evening of June 17 I was watching the early 5 p.m. news on WRDW-Channel 10. Once again, they used one of those ``buzz-terms'' that raises my hackles, as it should with every one of us who are patriotic, Bible-believing Americans. That was the generously over-used and completely untrue falsehood about ``the wall of separation between church and state.'' Media gurus and the totally ignorant of the media love to bring it up whenever there is any question concerning public schools (or public anything) and biblical Christianity. D.R. Smith, Sardis

Wants gun, alcohol makers held liable
Grady Daniel's June 16 letter raises several questions about liability of manufacturers of firearms, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Richard A. Arnold, Augusta

Blasts `Boondocks'
I almost did not renew my subscription because of the comic ``Boondocks.'' You ask us to give the paper time to work this out and I hope you will listen to all of the people who have written in expressing their dislike for the comic. Please add my name to the list. It promotes disrespect for parents, police and friends. I fully agree with most of the letters you have gotten speaking against the comic. Ruth Joye, Aiken

'We better get it right'
U.S. Rep Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., hit the nail on the head when he noted at a Phinizy town hall meeting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Lake Thurmond management plan is revamped only once every 10 years, ``so we better get it right.''

Plugs rail, electric car transport
In light of what Dr. Christopher Edgens stated (guest column, June 20), most likely he has never been in, or lived, north of Richmond, Va., or anywhere else along the I-95 corridor from there to Boston. ... Frank D. Harrisson, Augusta

Suggests delaying hydrant testing
We are having water shortages left and right. The water department has to impose oddeven watering restrictions and now the Richmond County Fire Department will be testing all the hydrants in the Augusta area. Does that make sense? Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah,

States' rights victory
In a historic ruling wrapping up its 1998-99 term, the U.S. Supreme Court struck a mighty blow for states' rights.

Recounts Williston's water woes
Living in a small town like Williston can have many benefits such as talking with friends at the grocery store, neighbors helping each other and community involvement, including recreation and church. However, a hindrance to the Mayberry-type town is present when it comes to furnishing clean drinking water to all of the Williston community. Kim Burson, Williston

Alleges G.W. Bush has connection with Freemasons connection
George W. Bush is the leading fund raiser for the Republican Party because he is backed by the Texas Freemasons. Naturally, if he is backed by them, he would be backed by all Freemasons. Since the Freemasons essentially own and operate America, he is bound to be a shoo-in for the presidency. Ken Lummis, Martinez

Labels Wells 'a bitter little man'
Recently the local free weakly (sic) tabloid carried a cover story about former Chronicle cartoonist Clyde Wells. Mr. Wells complained several times in the article about his treatment by Publisher Billy Morris and Editorial Page Editor Phil Kent. I was shocked by Mr. Wells' public statements in this regard. Not so much by what he said, but rather that he appears to now be a bitter little man. Catherine Brooks, Augusta

Decries prejudice as setback for all
How can we expect our children to accept others if we continue to shove at them our own prejudiced thoughts and actions? Norma Glover, Harlem

Guest Column: Quotas evolved into universal spoils system
SERIOUS PEOPLE probably shouldn't use the word under-represented. It's a word with an argument embedded in it -- that proportional representation by group, not ability or effort, should decide who gets what in America.

'Infinite tolerance'
San Francisco loses none of its reputation for zany, left-wing political correctness in its School Board's bizarre response to the Littleton, Colo., high school killings.

Golf notebook

The Burtons reach out to the kids

Earnhardt wins on final lap

Super Monday looms to start Wimbledon's second week

Local buzz

U.S. women advance to quarterfinals

Braaksma ready to return after a three-year absence

Fans from many nations watch Americans play

Inkster sets record score

Hartwig sets pole vault record

Georgia-signee Robinson awaiting test results

Gordon and Martin duel for road course win

Jacksonville angler wins $200,000 prize

Agassi advances; Krajicek, Haas ousted

Cleveland may switch from CART to IRL

Injured Johnson uncertain about European meets

Overtime: Palmetto club sending 26 to region meet

Lloyd: Pave over the grass at Wimbeldon

Overtime

Fluorescent bulbs barred from landfills
BOSTON -- Citing health concerns over mercury pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency will approve a new rule that bars the dumping of fluorescent bulbs into landfills and encourages their recycling, an agency official has confirmed.

Test of biowarfare detectors postponed
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Scientists have postponed indefinitely a planned Monday open-air release of bacteria that would have been used to test biowarfare detectors intended for battlefield use.

Report: Sea life threatened by man-made underwater noise
LOS ANGELES -- Noise from supertankers, oil exploration and new military sonar equipment scrambles the communications systems of sea life, forcing changes in migration routes and breeding grounds, a new report warns.

Choice may hurt gadget users
NEW YORK -- Imagine sliding what looks like a stick of gum into your computer to download music off the Internet, then inserting it into a portable gizmo to play songs while jogging. Later, you use the tiny device to store photos from your digital camera, and drop it off at the store to develop.

National blood shortage predicted
WASHINGTON -- Americans take for granted they'll get a blood transfusion whenever they need one, but soon that may not be the case: Blood donations are dropping so low that serious, nationwide shortages could hit as early as next year.

Desktop PCs slimming down
NEW YORK -- The bulky, beige personal computer is going on a diet. Thanks to ever-shrinking components, manufacturers are introducing thinner machines with flat-panel screens that save desk space for coffee mugs and family photos.

Hearing to begin on Dow Corning implant settlement
DETROIT -- The final legal step in a settlement between the Dow Corning Co. and thousands of women with silicone breast implants begins Monday with a judge opening weeks of hearings on whether to approve a $4.5 billion bankruptcy plan.

Incentives woo shoppers online
NEW YORK -- When shoppers decide where to buy online these days, they're not looking just for lower prices or top-notch customer service anymore.

Longleaf pines production in a slump
ALBANY, Ga. -- When Europeans began settling the South, a blanket of longleaf pines stretched 60 million acres from Virginia to Texas. About four centuries later, only 600,000 acres remain and a federal planting program designed to revive the species has been chopped down by a seedling shortage.

Mir: The movie
MOSCOW -- For nearly two years, a Russian director has dreamed of sending actors into space to film the tale of a cosmonaut's stubborn refusal to follow orders to abandon the Mir space station.

National blood shortage predicted

Longleaf pines production in a slump

Hearing to begin on Dow Corning implant settlement

Mir: The movie

Fluorescent bulbs barred from landfills

Incentives woo shoppers online

Report: Sea life threatened by man-made underwater noise

Choice may hurt gadget users

Desktop PCs slimming down