Braves notebook: Lefty Bowie promoted from Richmond, will work out of the bullpen

Braves pull out needed win

Baseball hires replacement umps

Jackets pound Hagerstown

Jackets tonight

Jackets slip past Hagerstown

Braves split unusual double

Smoltz set to start Saturday

Storm blows away press box facing at Tiger Stadium

Manners necessary for Games

European Union investigates Coke for antitrust violations
NEW YORK -- Coca-Cola's chairman insisted Thursday the company's recovery from a European health scare is on track, despite a new jolt of bad news -- an investigation of charges the soft-drink maker tried to bully competitors out of Europe.

Grants aid hiring of elderly

Augusta-based bank posts record profits
Augusta-based Georgia Bank Financial Corp., the holding company for Georgia Bank & Trust Co., reported record second quarter earnings Friday.

Dialysis service consolidates facilities

Greenspan poised to fight inflation
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress today that 1999 has been an ``exceptional year'' for the American economy. But he pledged the central bank will ``act promptly and forcefully'' at the first hint of inflation dangers.

Objection to Wal-Mart thrift deal filed

Area unemployment hits 5.6 percent

Strategist says impact from Y2K bug minimal
The stock market, the bond market and Y2K's impact on the economy will all be discussed Tuesday when Salomon Smith Barney's senior portfolio strategist speaks at a local investment seminar.

Strategist says impact from Y2K bug minimal

Pepsi behind complaint that prompted Coke raids in Europe

Grants aid hiring of elderly
A high-tech world requires high-tech training, and South Carolina businesses could be compensated for providing that valuable know-how to older hires.

Area unemployment hits 5.6 percent
For the second month since April, the Augusta area unemployment rate continued to rise, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday. It was 5.6 percent in June.

Dialysis service consolidates facilities
The world's biggest provider of dialysis service is strengthening its position in the metro Augusta market with a $2 million facility near Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Compaq names new chief executive
NEW YORK -- Reaching inside its own ranks for a new leader, Compaq Computer Corp. named chief operating officer Michael D. Capellas as chief executive on Thursday in a bid to revive its flagging computer sales and profits.

Objection to Wal-Mart thrift deal filed
WASHINGTON -- A community group has filed a formal objection with regulators over retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s proposed entry into the banking business, a few days after the House Banking Committee chairman denounced the deal.

Compaq names new chief executive

Pepsi behind complaint that prompted Coke raids in Europe
ATLANTA -- PepsiCo has acknowledged filing the complaint that prompted a European investigation into whether Coca-Cola is illegally trying to force competitors out of the market.

Additional business news
Dow index slips more than 33 points ... Amazon.com stock dips 13 percent ... Online retailer announces losses ... Disney earnings inch up

Business briefs
Georgia issues fines on insurance firms ... Orders drop for Gardenburger

Augusta-based bank posts record profits

European Union investigates Coke for antitrust violations

Kissinger reflects on career
NEW YORK -- Sitting in his 26th-floor Park Avenue office, against a backdrop of photos of himself with many of the 20th century's most influential people, Henry Kissinger looks out at a world drastically different from the one he shaped as America's top diplomat.

A look at the 20th Century: 1956
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled bus segregation unconstitutional, Elvis rocked America and Augustans liked Ike. It was 1956. The country and the world stood at the precipice of change.

Man's vision brought wealth
Hubert E. Anderson heeded his father's advice and is now a wealthy man.

Feels space pilots are unsung heroes

Thinks search bill goes to Kennedys

Blasts NAACP boycott, flag stance

MCG footnote

The party switchers

Claims Southern 'experiment' failed

Raps critic; lauds Aiken Co. sheriff

Offers some summer advice for pets

Wants Ga. capital in Milledgeville

On solid rock
Ashley Beasley needed more than determination to circumvent security guards at last month's Atlanta Fest, a showcase for Christian bands.

Peabo's not about to yell like Tarzan
Peabo Bryson, the silky-smooth singer responsible for hugely successful themes from two Disney animated films, is unfazed that the Mouse corporation tapped someone else for its latest animated feature, Tarzan.

Angels of thread
With each tiny cross of thread, Lisa Stevens forms an angel she hopes will one day cradle a 3-year-old girl battling a brain tumor. In nearly a dozen states and three other countries, women and men stitch their own angels for the same girl. They mail their hours of patient work to Mrs. Stevens to form a quilt for cancer patient Ashley Webb.

Giant bird resembled prehistoric creature
Late one afternoon in 1932, zoologist Ivan Sanderson was leading an expedition across the Assumbo Mountains in Cameroon when he saw a "monstrous bird" skimming low across a river.

Water world
At the zoo in Jackson, Miss., the Susans (they know who they are) did a great job of putting in a couple of water gardens for the new butterfly exhibit -- and in record time, too.

Beach music can still move people's feet
Shagging, apparently, is still cool. Beach music practitioners Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots drew a capacity crowd of shaggers to Jessye Norman Amphitheater over the Independence Day weekend.

Georgia Games extravaganza
It's definitely not an international event like the Masters Tournament, which draws 250,000 visitors, but as many as 30,000 out-of-towners are expected in Augusta this weekend to watch or participate in the Georgia Games.

Hot, wet weather creates problems for area lawns
Gardeners spend endless hours attempting to perfect lawns and gardens, but all too often all that work is in vain.

Classical guitarist had a rocky start
Growing up in Augusta, classical guitarist Keith Gehle was inspired by the blues and rock picking of Eric Clapton.

Faith digest
Ball bats and gloves, lawn chairs and blankets are all singles need for the second annual Citywide Fellowship and Picnic at May Park, Fourth Street and Walton Way.

Excessive moisture endangers tomatoes
Q: I am having problems with my tomatoes. The leaves are turning yellow, and much of the fruit is rotten when I pick it.

Love flows through River of Life volunteers
River of Life has arrived in Lincolnton, Ga., and Augusta. About 170 young people and adult supervisors from across Georgia are finishing a three-day mission today, painting, roofing and building at about 20 sites.

Classical guitarist had a rocky start
Growing up in Augusta, classical guitarist Keith Gehle was inspired by the blues and rock picking of Eric Clapton.

Capsules
Sunscreens may be giving children and their parents a false sense of security against the damaging effects of solar energy, the primary cause of skin cancer.

Building a strong family calls for work
There are always signs of trouble in a family. Therefore, we are left to wonder how the parents of the teens in the recent shootings in Colorado and Georgia could be so blind and deaf to what was going on.

Augusta chosen for movie premiere
Augusta is one of 16 cities selected for the premiere of the HBO Pictures biographical drama Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

In the Know
Today's the deadline for your child to send in advice for kids going to school for the first time. We're asking seasoned pupils (first-, second- and third-graders) to give rising kindergarteners tips on adjusting to school. The best tips will be printed in our Back to School section on Aug. 5.

Weekend highlights
Liam Neeson stars as a doctor who takes three patients to the haunted Hill House for what is supposed to be sleep disorder study. But they soon find out that things go bump in the night, preventing any semblance of sleep. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Dern and Lili Taylor round out the cast.

Mornings on Thurmond produce bass

Moore to test modifications in offense

Red-letter day for Cleveland's orange and brown

Elway-less Broncos begin quest for third straight title

No Leaf, but no worries for Chargers

Tutt's focused on the future

Browns need to pick a starting quaterback

Falcons move campaign to Furman

Boxers display mettle
It was time to lace up the boots, strap on the gloves and hit the ring as boxing officially started Friday afternoon. All 28 boxers who participated in the inaugural subnovice class were boxing in their first sanctioned matches as amateurs.

Tennis players undaunted by heat
Clyde Jordan had a meeting with his barber Thursday night. But it wasn't at the Silver Clipper for his usual trim. His stylist, Yaska Mosley, is a local amateur tennis player who will be Jordan's mate in a mixed doubles match.

Basketball players motivated by Games
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Coaches normally spark the ambition in their players, but when the Georgia Games came to town, they didn't have to say a word.

Seasoned athletes say age no barrier
Stepping up to the plate for Thursday's practice with his Komfort Heating and Air Conditioning softball team, Bud Lane displays the enthusiasm of youth.

Local women win Games' first medals
After all the work that went into bringing the Georgia Games to Augusta, it is only fitting that the first medals were awarded to two local teens.

Local team still in running
Cam Griffin and the rest of the Martinez-Evans team had every reason to whoop it up at the 14-and-under baseball tournament Friday at Blanchard Park.

Opening packs civic center
It was a hometown affair in more ways than one. Jill O'Grady just missed her chance to be a Georgia Games torchbearer in last year's Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta -- but got a second chance Friday night as her hometown looked on.

Heat complaints puzzle runner
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Lajuana Lovett can't figure out what all the fuss is about.

Swimmer sets lofty goals
It's a long drive to Baton Rouge, La. -- 14 hours by Cissy Schepens' estimate. So when she makes the trip back to Louisiana State University in August, Schepens said, she hopes she has extra baggage to make the trip a bit more bearable: a gold medal from the Georgia Games.

Game has broader purpose
Gary Winferry wanted to expose the youth of the Augusta public housing system to something other than negative role models and tempting wrongdoings.

Athletes get unlikely venue
At the New Life Christian Center, ceiling fans turned quietly Friday, barely stirring the heated air in the non-air-conditioned sanctuary. But the real action was across the hall, where Stan Sisler made a furious comeback to win the third game of his Men's A Division racquetball match with Paul Knoblock.

Heat prompts more precautions
Heat continued to be a major player Friday in the Georgia Games Championships as the competition awarded its first medals -- in most cases.

Boxing career was short-lived
There are 42 participatory Georgia Games events in Augusta this weekend, some requiring little to no experience to compete. And I'm smart enough to pick the one that will alter my mug shot for months.

Siblings drawn to pool
Geneva El-Amin knew something was different when her three youngest children showed an early affinity for the pool.

Golfers go the distance
Nearly five hours under the Augusta sun wasn't enough for Ryan Tyndall and Brad Eskierka on Friday. Even though both were going to receive gold medals in the Georgia Games youth golf event's 13-15 age group for their 2-over-par 74s, Brad and Ryan chose to head back out for an optional sudden-death playoff at Augusta Municipal Golf Course.

Toughest competitor to be heat
Georgia Games athletes will face a dangerous opponent on Augusta's playing fields today -- the sun.

Games notebook: Company recognizes youth team
The Thomson-McDuffie County Bulldogs baseball team was awarded the Atlanta Gas Light Sportsmanship Award in honor of former teammate Adam McCorkle, who died April 23 after being hit in a baseball game, at a ceremony Thursday night at Blanchard Field.

Director fulfills wish with All-Star Band
Charles Smith is fulfilling one of his dreams tonight. When he steps in front of the Augusta Georgia Games All-Star Band during the Games' Opening Ceremonies, he will lift his baton to conduct a group he considers ``his kids.''

Organizers tired but happy
After thousands of hours of preparation for the Georgia Games' debut in Augusta, members of the event's local organizing committee don't expect to get much rest anytime soon.

Competition not just for the athletic
Every now and then I consider myself an athlete. Not a world-class one, mind you. But one who enjoys the recreation, the competition.

Young competitors fill Games roster
Josh Wilson tucks the dusty mitt under his arm and peeks out from under his sweat-drenched cap. The 12-year-old may not realize it, but he symbolizes the Georgia Games Championships.

Intense focus
Ariel Rich, 14, of Hephzibah, follows through after making contact on a forehand during the Georgia Games tennis competition at Newman Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.

Scheduling keeps some away from competition
Even as the Georgia Games attracts elite athletes in some sports, the field in other events isn't as deep as it could be; competing championships and sometimes season scheduling just keep some athletes away.

Georgia Games Notebook: Weightlifting for football leads Dukes to another sport
Dukes, 29, is competing in the super heavyweight category of today's one-day Olympic weightlifting competition at Evans High School.

Officials fret over weather
Eight teams arrived at Eisenhower Park for the 12-and-under youth baseball tournament Wednesday with the same, simple game plan.

Aiken horsewoman takes win in dressage
THOMSON, Ga. -- Lellie Ward spent 16 years as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team.

Wakeboarding novice takes gold in contest
Although new to the sport of wakeboarding, Zach Beverly of Evans brought home a gold medal in his division in Friday's Georgia Games competition.

Manners necessary for Games
With all the guests in town this weekend for the Georgia Games, Aimee Elwell suggests we remember our manners. These are, after all, not the recent Redneck Games where some different standards applied:

In the Know

Love flows through River of Life volunteers

Giant bird resembled prehistoric creature

Georgia Games extravaganza

Faith digest

Water world

Angels of thread

Augusta chosen for movie premiere

On solid rock

Excessive moisture endangers tomatoes

Building a strong family calls for work

Capsules

Classical guitarist had a rocky start

Peabo's not about to yell like Tarzan

Classical guitarist had a rocky start

Weekend highlights

Hot, wet weather creates problems for area lawns

Harlem proposes raise for council members

Assault suspect arrested
A Richmond County employee suspected in at least three random attacks was arrested Friday morning and charged in an attack on a 16-year-old girl.

Area briefs: Judge approves Cross Creek zones
A federal judge Thursday approved the student-attendance zone for Richmond County's new Cross Creek High School, clearing the way for the Old Waynesboro Road campus to open next month.

Program at MCG a family tradition

Youth, elderly bond at Shiloh

A look at the 20th Century: 1956

Kennedy body, airplane wreckage located

Barnes says he will not ask senator to resign
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes indicated Thursday he won't ask suspended Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson to resign over her conviction this week on five counts of mail fraud.

Meeting analyzes schools

Officials mull tax projects
With five months left before the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) expires, the Columbia County Commission is examining ways such money could be used in the future.

Youth, elderly bond at Shiloh
Arthur Dudley has been playing pinochle with his friends at Shiloh Community Center every Thursday since he retired in the early 1980s.

Sentences in attacks include restitution
Two of three men who shot, stabbed or threatened others in unrelated attacks headed for prison Friday, while the third received probation and an order to pay his victim's medical bills.

Crime unit to focus on juveniles

JFK J.r's ashes scattered at sea
FALMOUTH, Mass. -- In a farewell at sea, a Navy destroyer carried family members today to a ceremony to release the ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law at a site not far from where they died.

Scientists focus on X-rays

Kennedy body, airplane wreckage located
AQUINNAH, Mass. -- The wreckage of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane was located off the coast of Martha's Vineyard with Kennedy's body still aboard, and the Navy readied a recovery mission, government officials and family sources said today.

Harlem proposes raise for council members
Harlem's mayor and its city council members would receive a $100 a month pay raise if a proposed city ordinance passes.

Man's vision brought wealth

Across the area

State to take over Allendale schools

'Chronicle' reporter dies at 24
Todd Michael Bauer, a reporter for The Augusta Chronicle, died Friday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 24.

Enforcement presence can deter potential problems

Surgery aids 7-year-old stroke victim
It looked pale and fat pulsing against the scraped side of Kaditia Sutton's head. But it was beautiful to neurosurgeon Ann Marie Flannery as she stared over the edge of her green surgical mask.

JFK J.r's ashes scattered at sea

Program at MCG a family tradition
It must have seemed inevitable that Juree Taylor would come to Medical College of Georgia for its intensive summer program -- everyone else in her family had.

Jury rules Aiken shooting an accident

Norwood backs bill to lift limits on construction workers

Security at SRS honored

Barnes says he will not ask senator to resign

Area briefs: Judge approves Cross Creek zones

Women's center gets funding

Augusta Canal to be focus of book

Kissinger reflects on career

Man pleads guilty to theft charges
A man whose confession enabled investigators to bust a theft ring that included a former Aiken County sheriff pleaded guilty Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Twins get sentences for selling cocaine

Capital travel plan to go to Aiken soon
AIKEN -- The date's not set yet, but Aiken will be the state capital for a day sometime in the next few months.

Augusta Canal to be focus of book
Augusta Canal, whose hydropower transformed the city into an antebellum industrial empire, was conceived in 1844 when leading residents launched a campaign that would change the South forever.

Sentences in attacks include restitution

Scientists focus on X-rays
ATHENS, Ga. -- Researchers from across the country are meeting in Georgia this week to learn new techniques for old technology, using specially configured X-rays for scientific study.

My summer vacation
Randy Freeland (from right) and Josh Napier pause from work as Trey Johnson sprays them with water.

Assault suspect arrested

Women's center gets funding
Governing boards for University Hospital voted Thursday to approve a $50 million bond issue that will cover the hospital's new women's center and improve its cash on hand.<

Capital travel plan to go to Aiken soon

State to take over Allendale schools
COLUMBIA -- History was made on Senate Street on Thursday when South Carolina announced its first-ever takeover of a public school system. It was an expected blow that still stunned Allendale citizens who wanted another chance to salvage their failing schools.

Across the area
Heat wave sparks blaze at duplex ... Barr confident of F-22 funding ... Man charged in toddler's death

Jury rules Aiken shooting an accident
AIKEN -- A jury rejected murder charges against a Warrenville man Thursday, convicting him instead of involuntary manslaughter for shooting an Aiken High School student after a disturbance at the man's house last year.

Candidate files charge of hostility
AIKEN -- GOP candidate Rebekah E. Sutherland says she's tired of ``hostile treatment'' by Aiken County Republican Chairwoman Diane Giddings.

Assault suspect arrested

Meeting analyzes schools
If the governor's education reform committee will be the architect of an improved state school system, then Augusta-area residents provided detailed specifications Friday.

Chronicle to cover Pan American Games

Canal panel seeks aid for land purchase
A national organization with broad expertise in preserving sensitive natural areas will help the Augusta Canal Authority acquire up to 55 acres along the canal near Interstate 20.

Surgery aids 7-year-old stroke victim

Buoys will be buoys

Officials mull tax projects

Governor raises some officials' pay
ATLANTA -- Lawmakers approved legislation this year mandating big pay raises for statewide elected officials, and now their appointed counterparts are cashing in on the bill.

Security at SRS honored
Savannah River Site's security contractor received every cent of a possible $1 million in bonuses for its performance through May.

Man pleads guilty to theft charges

Crime unit to focus on juveniles
Columbia County is taking an aggressive stance against juvenile crime this year, making sure children are in school during the day and off the streets between midnight and 6 a.m.

'Chronicle' reporter dies at 24

Enforcement presence can deter potential problems
When the foul-mouthed adolescents of South Park hit the silver screen in Columbia County, Scott Bagwell knew he was going to need backup.

Twins get sentences for selling cocaine
SAVANNAH -- Twins Derrell and Terrell Gaulden were born together, operated a drug-dealing enterprise together and now will do time together.

Assault suspect arrested
A Richmond County employee suspected in at least three random attacks was arrested Friday morning and charged in an attack on a 16-year-old girl.

Canal panel seeks aid for land purchase

Local funeral homes to hold Kennedy/Bessette memorial services
Local funeral homes will hold memorial services in honor of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister Lauren Bessette.

Norwood backs bill to lift limits on construction workers
WASHINGTON -- Labor regulations that make it difficult for construction companies to hire nonskilled workers need to be changed, the president of a Georgia contracting firm told a House panel this week.

Candidate files charge of hostility

Buoys will be buoys
Ryan Davis, 17, a member of the Augusta Ski Club, helps set up buoys for the beginning of the novice jumping, during the georgia Games waterskiing competitions.

Mrs. Kathryn Curtis
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Kathryn Walker Curtis, 66, of 107 Bray St., died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at Anne Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Mr. Robert Avera Sr.
MIAMI -- Mr. Robert Avera Sr., 73, of 5962 N.W. Third Ave., died Thursday, July 15, 1999.

Ms. Eva Kelly
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Eva Kelly, 91, of 205 Simmons St., died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at Oconee Health Care Center.

Dr. Robert Screws
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Dr. Robert Screws, 70, of 728 W. Moring St., died Friday, July 23, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Essie Gleaton
PELION, S.C. -- Mrs. Essie Mae Pough Gleaton, 58, of 142 Shumpert Mill Road, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Martha Culpepper
DEARING -- Mrs. Martha H. Culpepper died Friday, July 23, 1999, in Thomson.

Mrs. Kiem Le
MONTCLAIR, Calif. -- Mrs. Kiem Thi Le, 99, died Friday, July 16, 1999, in Montclair.

Mrs. Geraldine Lockhart
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Geraldine Chapman Meeks Lockhart, 65, of 323 Fourth St., died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Anthony Brown
Mr. Anthony Jared Brown, 39, of 516 Fairhope St., died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Rev. Leroy Kimble Sr.
The Rev. Leroy Kimble Sr., of 1923 Ellis St., died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at the V.A. Medical Center.

Mrs. Addie Terry
Mrs. Addie Fuller Terry, 73, of 712 Albany Ave., died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ginger Armitage
Mrs. Ginger Colvin Armitage, 53, of 2328 Longleaf Lane, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Bertha Coursey
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Bertha Marie Coursey, 65, of 3034 Highway 220 E., died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Donna Griffith
SPARTA, Ga. -- Ms. Donna Cook Griffith, 44, died Friday, July 23, 1999.

Mrs. Barbara Kearse
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Barbara Ann Ellison Kearse, 45, of 19 Butler St., died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Doreen Segar
AIKEN -- Mrs. Doreen L. Segar, 42, of 1112 Wire Road, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Janie Mells
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Janie Mells, of 732 N. Hill St., died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Annette Holley
Mrs. Annette R. Holley, 79, of 2401 Hiawassee Road, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Eugene Williams
Mr. Eugene Williams, 67, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Miami.

Mrs. Cessie Fulcher
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Cessie Fulcher, 79, of 564 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie Key
Mrs. Mattie Julia Baskett Key, 73, of 1510 Wilder St., died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Anna Chance
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Anna Twigs Chance, 91, of 466 S. Gray St., died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. James Hayes Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. James Hayes Sr., 79, of 302 1/2 Elko St., died Monday, July 19, 1999, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Ms. Lillie Whigham
Ms. Lillie M. Whigham, 72, of 1232 Florence St., died Monday, July 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Price
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Laura Price, 94, of Tennille, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Heritage Inn.

Mrs. Madge Gibson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Madge Gibson, 83, of 307 Gregg Ave., died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. William McDonald Sr.
Mr. William Wayne McDonald Sr., 68, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Robert Derrick Sr.
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. -- Mr. Robert Wendel Derrick Sr., 69, of 1020 W. Main St., died Thursday, July 22, 1999.

Mrs. JoAnn Reddick
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. JoAnn Ellison Reddick, 63, of 626 Burke St., died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

`Chronicle' reporter, Todd Bauer, dies at 24
Todd Bauer, a reporter for The Augusta Chronicle, died Friday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 24.

Mr. Robert Stone
Mr. Robert Stone, 55, of 2115 Cassell St., died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sara Thomas
Mrs. Sara W. Thomas, 74, of 104 E. Watkins St., died Monday, July 19, 1999, at Southwest Community Hospital.

Rev. Rosa Morris
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- The Rev. Rosa Lee Morris, 87, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Janie Mells

Mrs. Ginger Armitage

Mr. James Hayes Sr.

Mr. Robert Stone

Mrs. Barbara Kearse

Ms. Lillie Whigham

Mrs. Kiem Le

Mrs. Doreen Segar

Mrs. Anna Chance

Mrs. Madge Gibson

Mrs. Mattie Key

`Chronicle' reporter, Todd Bauer, dies at 24

Mrs. Sara Thomas

Mr. Robert Derrick Sr.

Mrs. Bertha Coursey

Mrs. Cessie Fulcher

Ms. Eva Kelly

Ms. Donna Griffith

Mrs. JoAnn Reddick

Mrs. Addie Terry

Dr. Robert Screws

Rev. Rosa Morris

Mrs. Geraldine Lockhart

Mr. Eugene Williams

Mrs. Annette Holley

Column: The 'if it sounds good, say it' philosophy
IT WAS WRONG when I wrote it, and it wasn't caught. Shame on us. And right above James J. Kilpatrick. An ignominious blunder!

Hopes paper will keep 'Boondocks'
Thank you for electing to carry ``The Boondocks.'' I think it is original, clever and inventive -- a cut above The Chronicle cartoon offering. William O. Tilton, Martinez

Thinks search bill goes to Kennedys
The last time I checked, we do not have a ``royal family'' and I resent the media and publicity hounds trying to stuff this ``prince'' down the American public's throat. It gags me. Floyd Brown, Evans

Column: The 'if it sounds good, say it' philosophy
IT WAS WRONG when I wrote it, and it wasn't caught. Shame on us. And right above James J. Kilpatrick. An ignominious blunder!

Hits award for Westinghouse at SRS
Where is the taxpayer rage? A recent audit at the Savannah River Site revealed that the Department of Energy and Westinghouse Savannah River Company wasted $489 million dollars on the failed In-Tank Precipitation Facility. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Mays: key to `sanity'
The decision where to locate a preponderance of Augusta's government offices, which has been on the City Commission's agenda since consolidation, was supposed to finally be decided Tuesday.

Claims Southern 'experiment' failed
The region stretching from Virginia to eastern Texas is, with good reason, known as the Bible Belt. Our Southern heritage is steeped in religion and the Bible. Andy C. Reese, Augusta

Criminals on the run
If we didn't know better, we might think Sheriff Charlie Webster made up the latest crime statistics himself. They certainly couldn't be better for his department -- or, more importantly, for the safety and security of Augusta residents.

MCG footnote
In the aftermath of Thursday's lead editorial fearful of micro-management of the Medical College of Georgia by Richmond County's General Assembly delegation, we must clarify that the hospital and clinics are still operated under MCG President Dr. Francis Tedesco and the state Board of Regents. The plan is for the Regents to enter into a lease agreement with MCG Health Inc. to run the hospital and clinics, but that has not yet happened.

Raps critic; lauds Aiken Co. sheriff
This is in response to the July 8 letter by D.L. Wright, ``Seeks higher Aiken Co. DUI arrests.'' J.D. Wiggins, Aiken

Feels space pilots are unsung heroes
There is much made of the men who walked on the moon. I do not mean that it wasn't a great thing, but we never hear of the men who piloted the spacecrafts. Nellie Pierce, Augusta

Opposes any gun safety lock law
I must take issue with your editorial ``Back safety locks.'' John Culbert, Williston

Slams McNair's one-way road idea
I understand Jim McNair Jr. is again bringing up the subject of making the portion of Highlands Park Drive in Aiken, which lies adjacent to Highlands Park Golf Course, a one-way road. This would be to accommodate parking for the golf patrons. Neil O. Myers, Aiken

Missile defense urgent
In light of the Cox report on China's massive theft of American nuclear and missile secrets, the question is no longer if the United States should deploy missile defenses, but what kind and how fast.

Believes in the power of prayer
There have been a couple of letters which stated that prayer wasn't needed in the schools. Statements like these make me wonder what would this world would be like if prayer had been taken out of school from the beginning -- if prayer was allowed only at church and only on Sunday? Deacon Pierce B. Thompkins, Augusta

Offers some summer advice for pets
During the hot summer months, many of us are so busy keeping cool we forget the special attention we need to pay to our pets. Here is some helpful advice that will keep them cool and healthy: Jim Larmer, Augusta

Rips 'cowards' who abandon pets
This letter is directed to ... all the cowards who think there is nothing wrong with dumping their dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. off in the woods because they don't want them anymore. ... You make me sick! You need to be picked up for cruelty to animals and endangerment to the human population, tried and convicted. Ned Teseniar, Clarks Hill

Notes observance, work of group
Gov. Roy Barnes has proclaimed July 25 through July 31 as the Family Connection Week in Georgia. In his proclamation, Gov. Barnes acknowledges that Georgia ``cannot afford the staggering human and financial costs associated with teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, juvenile crime, low birth weight babies, and poor school performance.'' James L. Kendrick, Augusta

The party switchers
Hey, that wasn't George W. Bush who left the Republican Party the other day to join the Democrats. It was Michael Forbes, a New York congressman. But you'd never know that from some of the media coverage, especially in Washington where Forbes was portrayed as a ``compassionate conservative'' who really understood the term.

Relates reasons for GOP primary run
Republicans in South Carolina House District 81 deserve to know why I am running (in the Aug. 17 primary). I am running to restore credibility to a party hurt by its weak opposition to the Democrats in both Columbia and in Congress. Too often, we Republicans have compromised our ideals with disastrous results. Also: Kathryn Kling, Aiken

Justice for wayward senator
The mail fraud verdict against Georgia Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, D-Savannah, was richly deserved. The evidence clearly showed she used her influence in the Legislature to funnel government grants to her personal businesses -- even using some taxpayers' money to pay her back taxes.

Wants Ga. capital in Milledgeville
Augusta, as well as other cities its size throughout the state, has long been aware of the Atlanta bias within state government. Recently, however, there has been a trend to decentralize many state agencies outside of downtown Atlanta. ... Brandon Reese, Augusta

Blasts NAACP boycott, flag stance
Well here we go again. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants the Confederate flag down from the capitol building in Columbia or else it will boycott (read blackmail) South Carolina. I also heard that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has cancelled its convention in Charleston. The center that had the convention scheduled should sue for breech of contract but, alas, it will probably be too afraid because in wouldn't be ``politically correct.'' Walker B. McWee, Augusta

NASCAR notebook: McReynolds to stay with Childress

Boxing career was short-lived

Georgia Games Notebook: Weightlifting for football leads Dukes to another sport

Scheduling keeps some away from competition

Armstrong ready to taste victory in Paris

Aiken horsewoman takes win in dressage

Heat prompts more precautions

Games notebook: Company recognizes youth team

Local women win Games' first medals

Young competitors fill Games roster

Moya, Rios fall at Mercedes Cup

Swimmer sets lofty goals

Skinner to prime up fickle racecar

Overtime: Augusta State woman honored by Peach Belt

Wakeboarding novice takes gold in contest

Labonte ready to make run at Pocono

Overtime: Georgia may open 'Pack's hoops arena

Tennis players undaunted by heat

Chronicle to cover Pan American Games

A possible rematch several years too late

Athletes get unlikely venue

Toughest competitor to be heat

Siblings drawn to pool

Director fulfills wish with All-Star Band

Golfers go the distance

Officials fret over weather

Intense focus

IOC looks at practical shooting

Game has broader purpose

Competition not just for the athletic

Progress reported in Lewis-Holyfield talks

Boxers display mettle

Basketball players motivated by Games

Heat complaints puzzle runner

Prep notes: Hayes, Willingham to play in summer all-star games

Organizers tired but happy

Opening packs civic center

Condors have no fear of humans at the Grand Canyon
PHOENIX -- The California condors that have been reintroduced to the wild are getting a little too friendly at the Grand Canyon.

Internet leaders gather for summit
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. -- The Internet industry turned out this week in full Gatsby-esque form. Atop a windy bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, wealth, glitter, self-infatuation and self-doubt were on display in quantities worthy of the fictional social pretender.

NASA's first female commander finally soars
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Columbia blasted off early Friday with Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a U.S. space flight, and immediately ran into an electrical problem.

Web site offers glimpse of landmark
Many can remember a time not that long ago when Central Park was synonymous with the more unpleasant aspects of urban decline: litter, decaying structures and the distinct prospect of being mugged -- or worse.

Hepatitis C study announced by Institutes of Health
WASHINGTON -- The government is launching an eight-year study to test anti-viral drug treatments for the 4 million Americans infected with chronic hepatitis C.

Sunscreen Internet hoax needlessly alarms parents
When Susan Goewey Carey received an alarming warning via the Internet recently, the mother of an 18-month-old stopped using sunscreen on her daughter.

Computer chip technology ready to enter the nano age
Here's Phil Kuekes' recipe for building the computer of the future: Take a glass tumbler, pour in a few jiggers of exotic chemicals, shake it like a Martini, and voila!

Heart attacks more likely to kill women
Under age 50, women's heart attacks are twice as likely as men's to be fatal, but the gap narrows and eventually disappears later in life.

Flood cooled Earth at end of the Ice Age
Sometimes global warming can result in cold weather. Scientists say that as the glaciers melted at the end of the Ice Age, so much cold fresh water gushed into the North Atlantic 8,200 years ago that it cooled the atmosphere for hundreds of years.

Apple introduces iBook laptop computer
NEW YORK -- Apple Computer Inc. unveiled today a new laptop computer that uses novel wireless technology to let people roam around their houses as they roam around the Internet.

Boat with plutonium cargo sets sail for Japan
CHERBOURG, France -- A British ship carrying a cargo of deadly plutonium left France on Wednesday en route for Japan, a controversial journey that Greenpeace failed to prevent.

N.C. lawmakers vote to pull out of nuclear waste compact
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina lawmakers voted to stop development of a low-level nuclear waste dump to replace a South Carolina facility that is one of three such dumps in the nation.

Launch, telescope deployment successful
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts flawlessly released the world's most powerful X-ray telescope into orbit Friday on the first U.S. space flight commanded by a woman.

Shuttle launch slated for Thursday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With perfect weather forecast, NASA prepared space shuttle Columbia today for a second launch attempt with Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a U.S. space flight.

Web waiting someday will change to 'always on'
On your mark, get set ... go! In a recent test, it took me an agonizing 95 seconds to boot up my personal computer from a cold start.

Mercury capsule recovered after 38 years
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Like a ghost, the Mercury space capsule emerged from its 38-year-old grave at the bottom of the sea and came back to shore today to begin a new life as a monument to space exploration.

Universe unfolds for kids
A red glow, reflected from the 30-foot parabolic screen at the University of South Carolina Aiken's DuPont Planetarium, illuminates the faces of a small group of girls. They squirm and chatter, unable to sit still.

Equipment problems block experiment during spacewalk outside Mir
MOSCOW -- Two cosmonauts spent nearly six hours outside the Mir space station Friday trying to test a new antenna, but they gave up after the mechanism failed to unfold.

Management of Internet addresses debated
WASHINGTON -- Quietly tapped by a Washington lawyer acting on the wishes of a reclusive university researcher, the 10 board members were meant to be the first trustees of the Internet: volunteer stewards who would assume technical control of the global computer network and break up Network Solutions Inc.'s lucrative monopoly in registering electronic addresses.

Flood cooled Earth at end of the Ice Age

Apple introduces iBook laptop computer

Computer chip technology ready to enter the nano age

Hepatitis C study announced by Institutes of Health

Heart attacks more likely to kill women

Mercury capsule recovered after 38 years

NASA's first female commander finally soars

Web site offers glimpse of landmark

Internet leaders gather for summit

Web waiting someday will change to 'always on'

N.C. lawmakers vote to pull out of nuclear waste compact

Universe unfolds for kids