Jackets Trivia

Umpires dream of the big leagues

GreenJackets blank Red Stixx

Sammy hits 34th homer, leads majors

Atlanta missing out on recruits from Dominican

Braves notebook

Jones' homer gives Braves the win

Jackets Tonight

Braves notebook

Jackets fan caters to players

Jackets GM has time of his life at Fenway

Yanks hammer Braves

Teams search the world for new talent

Major league notebook

Red Sox look Far East

Jackets tonight

Norton suffers rare loss

Freedom from calls refreshing

On the move

American Airlines, pilots considering proposal on absorbing Reno Air pilots

More doughnut shops eyed

Backseat driven
For corporate visitors looking for transportation in and around Augusta, limousines are out and sedans and vans are in, according to some local limousine businesses.

Business briefs
Deborah A. Ashcraft, D.M.D., P.C., has relocated her pediatric dental practice to 460 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta.

Internet deals accelerate

Internet deals accelerate
NEW YORK -- The rapid-fire pace of Internet mergers this week made it clear: the Internet marketplace is taking shape daily with a series of deals that shows no sign of slowing.

Additional business news
Dow closes week with record high...Morris to link up with AdOne...Doctors don't cling to new glue

SunTrust earnings set record

SunTrust earnings set record
SunTrust Banks Inc., the Atlanta-based holding company for SunTrust Bank, Augusta, on Friday reported record operating earnings for the second quarter of 1999, increasing 14 percent from the same period last year.

Business briefs

Internet deals accelerate

Backseat driven

On the move
Lisa D. Hayes has joined the accounting staff of Fuller, Frost & Associates.

American Airlines, pilots considering proposal on absorbing Reno Air pilots
DALLAS -- Leaders of the union representing American Airlines pilots will consider a proposal from a federal mediator to settle a dispute that led pilots to stage a sickout earlier this year.

Internet deals accelerate
NEW YORK -- The rapid-fire pace of Internet mergers this week made it clear: the Internet marketplace is taking shape daily with a series of deals that shows no sign of slowing.

Additional business news
Dow closes week with record high...Morris to link up with AdOne...Doctors don't cling to new glue

Initial investments aren't as minimal as they used to be
NEW YORK -- Mutual funds are the investment vehicle of choice for millions of Americans, but they're becoming more expensive for beginning investors to buy into.

More doughnut shops eyed
Developers of the Dunkin' Donuts franchise on Washington Road said they have plans to build three more stores in the Augusta-Aiken area in the next several years.

Additional business news

A look at the 20th Century: 1954
America's Cold War paranoia came to a full boil in 1954. U.S. Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, a first-term Republican from Wisconsin, had come to national prominence four years earlier during a speech before the Republican Women's Club in Wheeling, W.Va., where his image as McCarthy, Communist Hunter, was born.

A look at the 20th Century: 1955
Topics of the day in 1955 included radioactive fallout, a U.S. Supreme Court order to end racial segregation in public schools, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's heart attack, the resignations of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Argentine President Juan Peron, and Peter Townsend's courtship of Britain's Princess Margaret.

This day in history: July 17
1961: Former pro baseball player and Augusta resident Ty Cobb died in Atlanta at age 74.

Poker luck turns bad

Welcome, Georgia Games!

Wonders about cuts, teacher morale

Answers Planned Parenthood official

'Rocket' Braaksma takes charge in comeback

Stewart has a blazing 'soft run'

Don't shield research

Says chief weak on domestic abuse

Offers advice on city water line

Ministry is getting kids ready for school
Links to Learning, a drive to outfit needy children with school supplies, is ringing the back-to-school bell for donations.

Moseying through Cowtown
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Leaning across his saddle under the hot sun, Thane Zufelt lets out a whoop that carries across a city lot to a herd of Texas longhorns grazing on tall prairie grasses.

Take a stand for your God
It is mid-July, and more than half the year is gon

Precious words out of the mouth of babes
THERE IS NOTHING more precious than a child. I know first hand, because God blessed Bonnie and I with four of them.

City's tourism thrives on its Western history
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Whether you bring your boots or your briefcase, Fort Worth's cowboys-to-culture image offers something for everyone.

Duo mesh musically, but not romantically
Jennifer Nettles, of the folk-rock group Soul Miner's Daughter, sees parallels between her partnership with bandmate and collaborator Cory Jones and the relationship shared by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Guests bearing no gifts are welcome
Dear Carson: A graduation party is being planned for my son. I would like to invite some friends to help us celebrate. How do I let them know that I would just like them to come and not feel that they have to bring a gift?

Cyber Ministry
Spiritual surfers can see and hear Sunday services -- live -- anywhere in the world with a Microsoft MediaPlayer plug-in, a sound card and speakers.

Summer stock makes 'Impromptu' return
After an absence of six years, summer-stock theater is returning to Augusta State University with an evening of contemporary one-act plays.

South Carolina Catholics have new bishop
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Rev. Robert J. Baker returned to work from his summer vacation last week when he got the call -- he was to be appointed bishop of Charleston and spiritual leader of South Carolina's 122,000 Roman Catholics.

Mix & match
Sarah Washington's Summerville home is surrounded with bright-colored flowers that will last all summer.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Wariner fond of first song
It used to be rare for a new country artist to have a hit with a first single. But that happens more frequently today, with Lee Ann Womack, Andy Griggs and other first-timers topping the charts with their debuts.

Happy hour search
After a long hot day of work, do you drop by a favorite watering hole on the way home? Or perhaps you work at a bar or restaurant with happy hour specials.

Lovable Lola
She's short, sarcastic, and spunky -- and savors TV wrestling, cigars and beer. Since May, Augusta Chronicle readers have been getting to know Lola, the 70-something star of the new comic strip of the same name by Steve Dickenson and Todd Clark.

Nashville has no allure for singer
After a two-year tour promoting his 1997 album Ghostrider, Clearwater's John Monroe is back in the Augusta area for an extended engagement at the Silver Bullet Lounge, 2423 Milledgeville Road.

In the know
Hang in there parents. There are only about 30 days left before schools are back in session. Aiken County students go back Thursday, Aug. 19. Classes resume in Richmond County on Friday, Aug. 20, and in Columbia County on Monday, Aug. 23.

Bobcat purrs for his kitten
At 37, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait knows his engagement to 21-year-old actress Nikki Cox is sure to raise eyebrows.

Arts notebook: Musicians sought by civic center
ARENA WANTS YULE -- The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center is recruiting church choirs and other musicians for a community Christmas program.

Fans question star's mysterious death
Jim Morrison lived the kind of life most men can only dream of. The brooding, hip-swiveling lead singer of the Doors had everything to live for -- fame, fortune and a haunting, charismatic style that kept him and his group atop the charts in the late 1960s.

Carolina cuts ties with Marrow, Vernon Broughton

Miller could be a busy Bulldog

Highlight film gets thumbs-up from Falcons

Heat too hot to handle

NFL suspends Rams linebacker for first eight games of next season

Williams just wanted to play

Volunteers keep the Games going
The success of the upcoming Georgia Games hinges on more than the number of athletes participating or sponsors contributing.

Peabo Bryson to headline opening ceremony
He's probably known best for recording the theme songs for Disney's Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, but on Friday silky-voiced Peabo Bryson will entertain Augustans as the headliner for the Georgia Games Opening Ceremony.

Athletes form two other states welcome in Games
A different location isn't the only shake-up the Georgia Games Championships is experiencing this year.

Augusta may realize financial windfall from sports festival
If all goes well, the Augusta area could rake in more than $12 million from the 1999 Georgia Games Championships, Greater Augusta Sports Council officials project.

Organizers credit natatorium with Games deal
How vital is the presence of the Augusta Aquatics Center? Ask Mike Johnson. Had they not built it, Mr. Johnson and others are certain, the 1999 Georgia Games wouldn't have come.

Security will be tight at Georgia Games venues
From traffic jams to major disasters, Georgia Games officials are preparing for it all. More than 250 police officers and volunteers are gearing up for the Games, ready to patrol the streets and the venues to keep everyone safe.

Unusual sports have place on Games roster
Joe Cartridge 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.

Games spark family participation
Family picnics and road trips are good enough for some, but for the Doe family, it's just not enough.

Augusta must be sporting
If you're wondering just what these Georgia Games are about, take a gander at the marquee sign outside the Augusta Boxing Club on Walton Way.

Instructor prepares competitors
Roy Magness strolled among his Belle Terrace Park tae kwon do class as they strained and moaned with pain trying to obey their instructors commands.

Georgia athletes picked to carry torch
Don Thornhill stores his 1996 Olympics memorabilia in a small bedroom-turned-showcase in the back of his Grovetown home.

Augusta officials look to bid for future
The Greater Augusta Sports Council says it wants to bring the Georgia Games Championships back to the city. Games officials say they also would like the event to return to Augusta.

Geared for the Games
Augusta's reputation for majoring in minor sports will be cemented when the Georgia Games Championships arrive. Amateur athletes from all over the state as well as Tennessee and South Carolina will descend on the Garden City from Thursday to Sunday to participate in Olympic festival-type competitions.

Athletes use Games as step to success
They tore through their hometown rivals, blasted through state competition and are wreaking havoc on the national level.

Medical workers prepare to respond
When athletes stumble and fall at the 1999 Georgia Games Championships in Augusta, more than 250 doctors, nurses, therapists and trainers will be standing by to pick them up.

Top athletes get medals
Like the Olympians who inspire them, the champions of the Georgia Games Championships will dip their heads and be awarded gold medals.

City caters to historical, scientific tastes
Visitors to Augusta for the 1999 Georgia Games will not have a shortage of points of interest and historical sites to take in, said Rebecca Rogers, director of communications for the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Games committee occupies empty Regency Mall store
The nerve center of the Georgia Games is pink. With mirrors. There are also rows of tables, chairs and telephones, but the operations center of the Georgia Games committee, housed in the former Upton's department store at Regency Mall, is painted an undeniably rosy hue.

Athletes use Games as step to success

Freedom from calls refreshing
They were laying cable through the neighborhood last week and somehow managed to cut my phone line. Twenty years ago I might have ranted and raved and called company presidents and threatened litigation and demanded immediate redress.

Arts notebook: Musicians sought by civic center

Mix & match

Fans question star's mysterious death

Lovable Lola

Summer stock makes 'Impromptu' return

City's tourism thrives on its Western history

Ramblin' Rhodes: Wariner fond of first song

Moseying through Cowtown

In the know

Ministry is getting kids ready for school

Duo mesh musically, but not romantically

Precious words out of the mouth of babes

Cyber Ministry

Nashville has no allure for singer

Take a stand for your God

Happy hour search

Bobcat purrs for his kitten

Gas leaks lead to evacuation
Two natural gas leaks, which occurred on the same street in a Martinez subdivision Saturday, prompted authorities to evacuate more than 60 homes.

Killer receives life sentence
Antonio Ruffin didn't go to prison the first time he killed a man, or for drug dealing or for pointing a gun at someone else. Dropped charges against him include kidnapping and rape.

Mother sent to prison

Ballot director predicts low turnout

Lawmaker confesses to fraud
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few years ago, Florida state Rep. Willye Dennis won national praise for operating a day-care center for Jacksonville's poor.

Across the area

Local United Way officer leaves post

Murder trial set to begin
AIKEN -- A Cambodian immigrant accused of pulling the trigger in a 1997 pawn shop robbery and murder goes on trial Monday in Aiken.

Supporters plead for Gracewood
A tearful meeting of legislators and families of patients at Gracewood State School and Hospital ended with cries for new funding for the developmentally disabled and pleas to involve families in decisions.

Georgia Games preparation finalized

Artists depict Games athletes

Killer receives life sentence

Hunt for Aiken County boy ends well
WAGENER -- Aiken County deputies spent a tense hour Saturday searching for a toddler who disappeared from his mother's side during a nap.

A look at the 20th Century: 1954

Chicken industry targeted
ATLANTA -- Now that the Georgia Board of Natural Resources has slapped tougher restrictions on hog farmers, the state has the poultry, dairy and beef industries in its sights.

This day in history: July 17

Program to target students

Phone call leads agent to fugitive

Local United Way officer leaves post
In an apparent reversal of what he said earlier this week, the chief professional officer of the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area resigned Friday.

Expansion sought for program
AIKEN -- On summer afternoons, children in Nicholson Village sometimes line up to take turns tossing a rock through a hole in a discarded sheet of tin -- homemade recreation in a neighborhood where store-bought toys are scarce for some.

Program to target students
The federal government is helping local law enforcement agencies recruit better-educated and trained police officers to hit the streets.

Fate of Allendale schools in balance
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Jim Foster has fielded questions for an entire week that have no definite answers.

Gas leaks lead to evacuation

Peach Jam notes

Expansion sought for program

Rising above it all

Ballot director predicts low turnout
AIKEN -- Election officials are not optimistic about the voter turnout for the special election for South Carolina House District 81.

Participants dig archaeology

New facility will include infirmary, kitchen
At $53,181 a bed, the new Columbia County Detention Center rings in at over $23,000 more per bed than Richmond County's new jail. But officials say comparing the two facilities would be unfair.

Drag boat information

Artists depict Games athletes
By going from a T-shirt designer for the Stone Mountain High School wrestling team to a juried artist in the Augusta Art In Motion '99 exhibition, 27-year-old Ann Borowski embodies the amateurs that will be spotlighted in the Georgia Games Championships this week.

Supporters plead for Gracewood

Officials profit from state funds
ATLANTA -- Federal prosecutors have been trying for more than a week to convince a jury that Savannah Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson schemed to pad her business bankroll with government grants, but records show she's not the only lawmaker the state has helped support.

This week ...
Tickets are on sale for the Augusta Georgia Games Championships Opening Ceremonies, which will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Lawmaker confesses to fraud

Across the area
Reward offered in weekend theft ... Governor to join local hearing ... Year 2000 planning meeting set

Burglar gets jail time cut

New facility will include infirmary, kitchen

Across the area
Counterfeit bills used by two men ... State purchases wetlands tract ... Armed man robs Salley store ... Five appointed to canal panel

Chicken industry targeted

Participants dig archaeology
Dustin Dillon picked the right plot during his first archaeological dig. As fellow fifth- and sixth-graders screened the Savannah River Site's moist topsoil for small pottery shards, 10-year-old Dustin, with fellow excavators Dalton Williams and Joshua Jones, found the dig's biggest find -- a grinding stone big as a baseball glove.

Murder trial set to begin

Burglar gets jail time cut
AIKEN -- The same judge who sentenced John Travis Mace to life in prison has granted him leniency by reducing his term to 40 years.

Fate of Allendale schools in balance

Mother sent to prison
The solid iron door between the holding cell and courtroom couldn't block the sobs as Brigette Greene held her mother one last time Friday as she began a 10-year prison sentence for leaving her own newborn daughter to die in a trash bin.

Across the area

Man killed in accident with chipper
WOODBINE, Ga. -- A Colesburg man working on the Interstate 95 widening project north of Woodbine was killed after he was apparently caught in a chipper, a machine that grinds trees and other plants in small pieces.

Riverside captures second Peach Jam title

Officials profit from state funds

This week ...

Hunt for Aiken County boy ends well

Today's schedule

Howard hired at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Another top Georgia lawmaker has landed at the University of Georgia at the end of a political career, thanks in part to his love of nature and offshore bird-watching.

A look at the 20th Century: 1955

Phone call leads agent to fugitive
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The day of Oct. 11, 1994, seemed to police like an awfully convenient time for Arwyn Carr to die.

Rising above it all
Thomas Cushman, 6, of Aiken, looks down from the basket of a hot air balloon Friday after taking a ride at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.

Georgia Games preparation finalized
Georgia Games organizers in Augusta are wrapping up preparations for the event as they shut down their Reynolds Street office and relocate to a Regency Mall operations center with only four days to go.

Mrs. Odessa Dicks
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Odessa Adams Dicks, 91, died Friday, July 16, 1999.

Mr. Cecil Chalker Sr.
BATH -- Mr. Cecil E. Chalker Sr., 86, formerly of Lee Drive, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, in Martinez.

Frederick Biehusen
Dr. Frederick C. Biehusen, a retired brigadier general, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at his residence. Dr. Biehusen, of 644 Center Court Drive, was 76.

Mr. Benjamin Callaway
MONTGOMERY, Md. -- Mr. Benjamin Callaway, 87, of 11906 Seven Locks Road, died Thursday, July 8, 1999.

Mr. Odis Killough Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Odis Ray Killough Jr., 48, of 207 Campbell Circle, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Rosie Leverett
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mrs. Rosie Bell Leverett, 92, of 131 Elizabeth Ave., died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Betty Abney
AIKEN -- Mrs. Betty Plunkett Abney, 68, of 330 East Boundary Lane, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lauree Powers
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Lauree Poss Powers, of 3150 Lake Oconee Parkway, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

Mrs. Carrie Collier
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie Bell Collier, 53, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruth Reeves
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Baxley Reeves, 64, died Thursday, July 15, 1999.

Mr. Andrew Breeland
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Mr. Andrew Lee Breeland, 39, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Myrtis Walker
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Myrtis Lafavor Walker, 55, of 1073 Mays Grove Road, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Lena Mulherin
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Lena Morris Mulherin, 66, of 119 McIntosh Drive, died Friday, July 16, 1999.

Mrs. Montine Seckinger
AIKEN -- Mrs. Montine Boyd Seckinger, 72, of 148 Hunting Hills Drive, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mary Ferrell
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Wynne Ferrell, 74, of 133 Partridge Trail, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Perry Hospital.

Mr. Lawrence West
AIKEN -- Mr. Lawrence Albert West, 75, of 1809 Pine Log Road, died Wednesday, July 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Frank Anderson
Mr. Frank W. Anderson, 70, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ruby Hellyar
Mrs. Ruby Lee Spires Hellyar, 73, of 1814 Melton Road, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at National HealthCare, North Augusta.

Mrs. Sara Copelan
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Sara Edwards English Copelan, 84, of 901 Dolvin Ave., died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Ms. Dorothy Brown
Ms. Dorothy B. Brown, 85, of Augusta, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at National HealthCare, North Augusta.

Mr. Henry Randolph
Mr. Henry W. Randolph, 61, of 2506 Pate Ave., died Friday, July 16, 1999.

Mr. John Holt Jr.
Mr. John L. Holt Jr., 65, of 3422 Kensington Drive S. died Friday, July 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Lois Davis
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Lois P. Davis, 91, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Fayette Community Hospital.

Mr. Wallace Walker
Mr. Wallace ``Geech'' Walker, 63, of 523 Forsythe St., died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. William Simmons
COLONIE, N.Y. -- Mr. William T. Simmons, 78, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, Albany.

Mrs. Emmie Smalley
AIKEN -- Mrs. Emmie W. Smalley, 87, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Leila Bennett
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Leila Bennett, 79, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at John E. Harter Nursing Home, Fairfax.

Mrs. Clyde Burnett
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Clyde Lamb Burnett, 95, of Route 2 Box 263-D, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

Mr. John Millsap Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. John Wayne Millsap Sr., 63, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, in Aiken.

Mrs. Ana Bohler
Mrs. Ana Pearl Bohler, 76, of 2012 Olive Road, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Grover Brzozowski Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Grover S. ``Ski'' Brzozowski Jr., 67, of 4398 Fairbluff Road, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ray Bledsoe
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Ray A. Bledsoe, 82, of Route 4, died Friday, July 16, 1999.

Mrs. Ruby Colyer
YEMASSEE, S.C. -- Mrs. Ruby B. Colyer, 75, died Thursday, July 15, 1999.

Mrs. Doris McDaniel
Mrs. Doris L. McDaniel, 78, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Westlake Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Lena Mulherin

Mrs. Rosie Leverett

Mrs. Montine Seckinger

Mrs. Emmie Smalley

Mrs. Leila Bennett

Mr. Henry Randolph

Mr. Andrew Breeland

Mrs. Ana Bohler

Mr. John Holt Jr.

Mrs. Lauree Powers

Mr. Cecil Chalker Sr.

Mrs. Carrie Collier

Mrs. Doris McDaniel

Mr. Frank Anderson

Mrs. Odessa Dicks

Mrs. Lois Davis

Mrs. Ruth Reeves

Mr. Wallace Walker

Ms. Dorothy Brown

Mr. Benjamin Callaway

Mrs. Clyde Burnett

Mr. John Millsap Sr.

Mrs. Mary Ferrell

Mrs. Sara Copelan

Mr. Lawrence West

Frederick Biehusen

Mrs. Ruby Colyer

Mr. William Simmons

Precious words out of the mouth of babes
THERE IS NOTHING more precious than a child. I know first hand, because God blessed Bonnie and I with four of them.

Guest column: Don't hurt Aiken's horse training reputation
THE REASON AIKEN is not just another small town in South Carolina really can be traced to one thing: horses.

Hits city fathers on vet care homes
It was refreshing to see Mayor Bob Young take a stand on behalf of our deceased veterans by leading the (now-failed) effort to have a National Cemetery in our area. ... As Mr. Young stated in the June 11 Chronicle, ``Everything goes to Atlanta, so let's spread the wealth around.'' It's too bad he doesn't share the same enthusiasm over veterans still alive and living in Augusta. Geraldine Wheeler, Augusta

Poker luck turns bad
After years of pro-video poker rulings, the South Carolina Supreme Court this week finally struck a blow against the gambling industry.

Says chief weak on domestic abuse
Re the Grovetown Department of Public Safety:Viola Bates, Grovetown

Don't shield research
For more than 30 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has helped Americans to hold federal officials accountable by granting them access to government documents that might otherwise have been hidden from public view.

Offers advice on city water line
In an article about the problematic 42-inch water pipe, it was stated that the line will not be reattached to the system until the rain stops and the water supplied by the main is needed. Augusta Utilities Director Hicks asked the following question about the 42-inch water line, ``If it keeps raining and we don't need it, why put it back on?'' Barry Doick, Hephzibah

Welcome, Georgia Games!
The 1999 Georgia Games Championships getting under way Wednesday in the Augusta area mark the first time the state's premier multi-sports festival has been hosted outside Atlanta. It is perhaps the largest, most ambitious and complex organizational undertaking, for sports or anything else, in our community's history.

Ludicrous awards
Two recent cases make the point that litigation is wildly out of control. The first is the $4.9 billion product liability award a Los Angeles jury ordered General Motors to pay six people who were severely burned when a rear-end collision exploded their Chevrolet Malibu into flames.

UGA: Revamp admissions
In defense of University of Georgia's ``affirmative action'' admission policies for minorities, the state Board of Regents won a battle, but lost the war.

Muses about teaching, discipline
I'd like to put in my ``two cents worth'' on the school shooting and student misconduct. Edward J. Giusto, Augusta

Airs 'pet peeve' on dogs, cats
For the umpteenth time I saw where an owner of a dog allowed the animal to do its business in the middle of the street. If this was a one time occurance it might be overlooked. But this happens with great regularity. Steve Conrad, Evans

Precious words out of the mouth of babes
THERE IS NOTHING more precious than a child. I know first hand, because God blessed Bonnie and I with four of them.

Guest column: Don't hurt Aiken's horse training reputation
THE REASON AIKEN is not just another small town in South Carolina really can be traced to one thing: horses.

Believes Americans losing freedoms
The recent Independence Day weekend was more than fireworks, picnics, and a day off from work. It was also a remembrance of the price we must pay for freedom, and a time to reflect upon the liberty and independence we have lost since the Declaration of Independence was signed over 200 years ago. Gary P. Bunker, Aiken

Answers Planned Parenthood official
Upon reading the July 12 letter by Mary Beth Pierucci, I was distraught and disheartened to discover that the Constitution has become the lone bastion of morality. I do not disparage the Constitution nor its authors, but the more recent emphasis on its position as the sole moral compass in society, and, consequently, the loose interpretation which has followed.Joel T. Pidel, Augusta

Hits lawsuits against tobacco firms
The class action lawsuits against the tobacco companies are ridiculous! Not that the tobacco companies, in their greed for money and expanded business, deserve any sympathy but the deceitful and unscrupulous trial lawyers are far worse. Al Kotras, Augusta

Wonders about cuts, teacher morale
Re Andy Baumgartner's July 11 column addressing the Richmond County Board of Education cutting classroom personnel: Helen Minchew, Augusta

Hits Richmond school priorities
I was glad to see Augusta's own ``National Teacher of the Year,'' Andy Baumgartner, writing about the same subject that I addressed to trustees and this newspaper in June during budget hearings. His July 11 column, ``Our schools need more classroom teachers,'' should be a wake-up call to everyone in Richmond County. Penny Strader, Augusta

Criticizes comments; defends kickboxing appeal
I am a local businessman who was surprised and shocked by what I read in the July 12 issue. An article ... said the sport of kickboxing was excluded from the Georgia Games. This decision does not seem to make sense. Eddie Singleton, Evans

Gives views on water, the mayor
It never ceases to amaze me how every summer there is yet another problem precluding south Augusta residents from getting unrestricted access to water. One year it's vandals, another year it's faulty turbines, the next it's fire hydrants left open. Now it's the installation of a bigger water line that is needed. Debbie J. Casalie, Augusta

Says he's proud of South Augusta
As someone reared in south Richmond County, it would be very easy to take offense at those who choose to deride in print that part of the county. But I have learned to overlook ignorance. ... Hugh E. Avery Jr., Stapleton

Five-car crash sends two drivers to hospital

Volunteers keep the Games going

Games spark family participation

South Carolina agency hikes boat, hunting, fishing fees

Foyt calls on experience to get car set to win pole

Medical workers prepare to respond

Instructor prepares competitors

Jackson made mark on local courses

American spirits sag as Martin wilts

Capriati, Rubin advance to finals

Overtime: Looking ahead, Armstrong saves energy

Unusual sports have place on Games roster

Augusta officials look to bid for future

Athletes form two other states welcome in Games

Van de Velde surges ahead at Carnoustie

Augusta must be sporting

Penguins' Kovalev, Straka file for arbitration

Games committee occupies empty Regency Mall store

Van de Velde leads British Open

City caters to historical, scientific tastes

Webb hits 6-under at amateur

Lawrie wins British Open

Top athletes get medals

Security will be tight at Georgia Games venues

Overtime

Organizers credit natatorium with Games deal

Armstrong saves strength for Pyrenees

Keck in contention

Georgia athletes picked to carry torch

Peabo Bryson to headline opening ceremony

Augusta may realize financial windfall from sports festival

Sharp lives up to name in IRL win

Geared for the Games

Hundreds relive launch of first moon-landing mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Thirty years after Apollo 11 blasted off for the moon, the words that sent the three astronauts on their way were rebroadcast in a mock countdown Friday to celebrate the anniversary of the first lunar-landing mission.

Latest Internet addresses: Wash-your-mouth-out-dot-com
WASHINGTON -- $%&!!-dot-com may soon find a home on the Internet. Already known for its neighborhoods inappropriate for children, the Internet could soon see long lists of Web addresses so smutty they could make plenty of adults blush.

Molecule-size circuits will shrink PCs
SAN FRANCISCO -- Researchers have created computer circuitry in a single molecule -- a breakthrough that could open a brave new world of tiny computers billions of times more powerful than current PCs and sensors that could be injected into the bloodstream to diagnose disease.

Weapons plant workers eligible for compensation
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Employees of private contractors operating government nuclear weapons plants will be able to seek federal compensation for specific diseases related to beryllium exposure, USA Today said in its editions Thursday.

Barnes blasts agencies
ATLANTA -- More than twothirds of the law-enforcement and emergency-services agencies in Georgia failed to respond to state questionnaires about their preparations for the millennium bug in their computer systems.

CDC recommends suspending use of diarrhea vaccine
ATLANTA -- The government is recommending that doctors temporarily stop giving children a diarrhea vaccine because at least 20 infants have developed a bowel obstruction.

FDA approves drug for diabetes
WASHINGTON -- Diabetics won another treatment Friday that promises to fight their disease with less risk than a popular but sometimes dangerous drug.

Archaeologists find ancient Mayan tomb in southeast Mexico
VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico -- The discovery of the tomb of an ancient Mayan ruler and inscriptions will provide new information about the Indian society in southeastern Mexico, archaeologists announced Wednesday.

Mutant gene possible cause for back pain
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers have identified a mutant gene that may be responsible for some cases of sciatica, a sometimes severe and chronic type of back pain.

China acknowledges development of neutron bomb technology
BEIJING -- Seeking to further discredit U.S. allegations that it stole American nuclear weapons technology, China said Thursday that its scientists had long ago developed their own neutron bomb.

Internet fax services bring convenience to users
The fax machine has revolutionized the way we do business, but if you don't have a fax machine at home -- or you share one with too many others at the office -- you might as well be cut off from the simplest and easiest method of getting a document from Point A to Point B.

Second damage reported at idle Chernobyl reactor in a week
KIEV, Ukraine -- A nuclear fuel rod was damaged during repairs at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Thursday, but the incident caused no radiation leaks, a plant spokesman said.

Russia launches Progress cargo ship to MIR
MOSCOW -- Russia launched a cargo ship to the Mir space station Friday, just two days after resolving a dispute with Kazakstan over the use of a launching site.

Y2K bug ruins vacations for some
Companies across the United States are banning employees from taking vacations from November through February to be sure there is a smooth transition to 2000.

Mutant gene possible cause for back pain

Barnes blasts agencies

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Y2K bug ruins vacations for some

Molecule-size circuits will shrink PCs

China acknowledges development of neutron bomb technology

Hundreds relive launch of first moon-landing mission

Internet fax services bring convenience to users

Second damage reported at idle Chernobyl reactor in a week