Braves lead slipping

Jackets manager sticking with Cisar

Jackets pound Hagerstown

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

Braves notebook: Hudek's future with Braves cloudy following demotion

Storm blows away press box facing at Tiger Stadium

Jackets tonight

Braves split unusual double

Offering athletes guidance

Objection to Wal-Mart thrift deal filed

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.

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.

Augusta-based bank posts record profits

Strategist says impact from Y2K bug minimal

Pepsi behind complaint that prompted Coke raids in Europe

Ways available to cut unwanted solicitations
Q: My mailbox is constantly stuffed with catalogs and credit card applications. Is there a way to stop all these unwanted solicitations?

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.

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.

Greenspan's words rattle markets

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.

South Korea's Daewoo flew higher and higher, until it fell
SEOUL, South Korea -- For three decades, Kim Woo-choong was South Korea's rising star.

Dialysis service consolidates facilities

Revenue for park dwindles
Columbia County officials have a lot of soul searching to do. The development authority's finances have dwindled, and its two industrial parks are nearly full.

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

College savings plan has some drawbacks
DALLAS -- Can taking out an insurance policy help the average family save for college? Don't bet your (variable) life on it.

Revenue for park dwindles

Mergers changing face of city

Gold poised to regain some its tarnished luster soon

Greenspan's words rattle markets
NEW YORK -- Two things that scare most people are heights and speed, and both are factors in today's economy. The stock market is at an all-time high and the economy is racing ahead.

Firm wins Public Safety Award

Firm wins Public Safety Award
R.W. Allen & Associates Inc. has been presented with a Public Safety Award for safe job sites by Bituminous Insurance Co.

On the move

On the move
Beverly A. Bompart has accepted the principalship at Hillcrest Baptist Church School.

Ways available to cut unwanted solicitations

Gold poised to regain some its tarnished luster soon
NEW YORK -- In movies like Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Goldfinger people would lie, cheat, steal, even kill for gold. These days it looks like no one wants to go near it, including mutual fund investors.

College savings plan has some drawbacks

Mergers changing face of city
The corporate headquarters of Augusta's only New York Stock Exchange-listed company moved to Chicago last year when Merry Land & Investment Co. announced a merger with Equity Residential Properties Trust.

A look at the 20th Century: 1957
Economic strength and prosperity at home, fears of communist domination abroad and school desegregation enforced by the U.S. Army were among the high-water marks of 1957.

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.

The first seven months

Feels space pilots are unsung heroes

Feels 'piece of our country died'

Blasts NAACP boycott, flag stance

Wants Ga. capital in Milledgeville

The party switchers

Condemns congressional salary hike

Claims Southern 'experiment' failed

Cites local case where hospital fails

Appreciates piece despite an error

Why Allendale Co. flunked

MCG footnote

Hits airport's handicapped problem

Thinks search bill goes to Kennedys

Muses about smoking, responsibility

Probation for baby-killer

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.

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.

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

Hostess should not penalize her partner
Dear Carson: I am writing on behalf of a two-table bridge club. The hostess gives $2 for high score and $1 for second place.

Arts notebook: Exhibit showcases wide talent spectrum
ARTS FOR ALL -- Hephzibah native Carl Ross' multimedia artwork will be featured at Atlanta's Arts for All Gallery, which is dedicated to disabled Georgia artists.

Information runaround
It began as a normal call to directory assistance. The caller wanted the telephone number to the Buffalo Cafe, but there was a problem -- there was no such place. ``Sorry, no listing.'' Normally, that would have been the end.

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.

In the know
Do you weed, feed, seed and do whatever it takes to achieve a flawless lawn? Perhaps you have a neighbor or family member who is devoted to great grass. The Augusta Chronicle would like to interview local lawn addicts for an upcoming article. Please send us your nominee's name, address and daytime phone number.

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.

On my summer vacation ...
French teacher Leslie Dawson of Aiken took a group of students from Augusta Christian Day School to London and France in April.

Planting hope for the future
Native Augustan Louis Hrabovsky is giving up the helm at North Carolina's premier dance company for greener pastures -- literally.

Bunker evokes images of Cold War
PEANUT ISLAND, Fla. -- Take a pleasant ferry ride up the Intracoastal Waterway. Look with longing at the multimillion-dollar Palm Beach mansions. Wave to passing yachters soaking up the sun.

Have boat, will fish

Camps an all-around struggle

Moore to test modifications in offense

No Leaf, but no worries for Chargers

SEC coaches come together

Browns need to pick a starting quaterback

Falcons notebook: Camp gets temporary home

Affidavit backs claims against Auburn

Tutt's focused on the future

Rugby players' readiness pays off
Tony Brooks' swan song was a wet one to remember. The 38-year-old captain of the two-time defending Georgia Games champion Aliens -- a team from Atlanta made up mostly of Life University students -- retired from rugby on a day when the heat index reached 110 degrees at 3:30 p.m. at Evans High School.

Wrestler illustrates sportsmanship
Blaine Carter just wanted to wrestle. But he didn't mind expending extra energy to help organizers of the Georgia Games wrestling championships held Saturday at Lakeside High School in Evans.

Sisters square off on mat
The Clash of the Titans had to wait as the Clash of the Cuties took center stage in the opening matches Saturday of Georgia Games judo competition at Patriots Park gymnasium in Grovetown.

Competing with disabled rewarding
No matter how much I sweat Saturday morning, no matter how dehydrated I felt on the Newman Tennis Center courts playing best two-of-three sets in July's oppressive heat, all I needed for a quick pick-me-up was a passing glance at my partner, Tommy Gates.

Rookie cyclist captures BMX bronze
Ben Lynn didn't have an expensive bike, a nice uniform or any BMX racing experience.

YMCA team rallies to upset select soccer club
The South DeKalb YMCA Sting soccer players ripped off their shirts after outscoring the favored opponents Saturday, not in a salute to U.S. soccer player Brandi Chastain, but in an effort to cool down.

Athletes make best of situation
Robert Conover isn't your typical head coach, and the Atlanta Rolling Hawks aren't a household name among basketball fans.

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.

Augusta State entrants dominate rowing events
GLOVERVILLE -- It was a warm wind that blew across Langley Pond on Saturday, providing relief to a spirited group of about 175 rowers competing in the Georgia Games.

Georgia Games notebook: Games not without glitches
Track-and-field competition has run rather smoothly the first two days of competition, but it hasn't been free of adversity.

Steamy weather expected to simmer down
Georgia Games athletes and spectators will catch a break -- somewhat -- from the weather today.

Games launch new sports
Twenty-five years ago, many people said soccer would never catch on in the football-dominant South.

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.

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.

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.

Starting blocks give child edge
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- It didn't take long for Christopher Davis and starting blocks to become best friends.

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.

16-year-old cyclist's timing proves golden
The flock of neon-uniformed cyclists zips around the 0.8-mile course as a unit before exploding in a mad dash for the finish line.

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.

Road race draws competitors from many generations
As O.B. Poole of Blythe strolled past red-faced Augustan Brent Hadden on Riverwalk Augusta, the greatest gap in the history of the Georgia Games Championships was created.

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

Pitching earns win for Tribe
Matt Morrison is no gazelle. Rumor has it his mom is the fastest member of the family. ``She is,'' joked Matt's dad, Terry Morrison. ``And she ain't that fast.'' Though Matt's lack of foot speed has been a running joke at the Morrison household for years, the 22-year-old Augustan knows he would not be a successful pitcher today if he could run like the wind.

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.

Record crowd invades lanes
The sea of anxious juvenile bowlers appeared to have no end. A veteran staff with a vast history of running bowling tournaments was greeted by 178 Georgia Games Championships hopefuls when they arrived at Brunswick National Lanes on Saturday morning. The turnout was greater than the staff had anticipated.

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

Victorious gymnast has big dreams
It may be the goal of all 215 Georgia Games gymnastics competitors and thousands more across the country, but 10-year-old Kelsi Leonard of North Augusta knows what she wants to do as a gymnast.

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.

Swimming gives boy an outlet
Preston Conger goes about his work diplomatically. ``Before I swim, I tell the other people I'm swimming against `Good luck and God bless you all,''' said 10-year-old Preston, who participated in the swimming championships of the Georgia Games.

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.

Games draw high-profile lifters
The last time Augustans saw the face of Thomas Ingalsbe, he was on television, competing more than a thousand miles away to become the world's strongest man.

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.

Many S.C. athletes are competing
In the first -- and perhaps only -- year competitors from other states will participate at the Georgia Games, the results have been decidedly mixed.

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.

Skaters wrongly directed
Augusta's Benjamin Lillis, 11, trained hard for the 10K in-line skating event at Fort Gordon.

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.

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.

Augusta boxer conquers trials
Athletes from around the area came to participate in this year's boxing event for the Georgia Games. For one local athlete, having the Georgia Games in Augusta was more of a homecoming than a boxing match.

Offering athletes guidance
Today's issue of your newspaper is filled with photos of Georgia Games athletes. Some will be straining. Some will be sweating.

Information runaround

Arts notebook: Exhibit showcases wide talent spectrum

Planting hope for the future

Hostess should not penalize her partner

On solid rock

Bunker evokes images of Cold War

Love flows through River of Life volunteers

Giant bird resembled prehistoric creature

Building a strong family calls for work

On my summer vacation ...

Faith digest

In the know

'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.

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.

Chronicle to cover Pan American Games

Senator's clout will be missed

New tax credits have ups, downs

United Way to redirect funds

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.

Schools to consider arming safety officers

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.

I-20 wreck claims infant's life

Quakes getting scrutiny

GOP candidates discuss boycott of state

Capital travel plan to go to Aiken soon

Buoys will be buoys

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.

Program at MCG a family tradition

Officials mull tax projects

A look at the 20th Century: 1956

Canal panel seeks aid for land purchase

Sentences in attacks include restitution

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.

Across the area

Man pleads guilty to theft charges

Senator's clout will be missed
ATLANTA -- The mail-fraud conviction of Diana Harvey Johnson could leave 111,000 people in Thunderbolt, Garden City, Port Wentworth, and parts of Savannah without a voice in the state Senate next year, and Chatham County without one of its most powerful advocates in Atlanta.

Officers look for gunmen

Quakes getting scrutiny
Alana Burke can recall the summer morning long ago when the windows in her Lincoln County, Ga., home began to rattle. It was subtle at first, just a vibration.

Meeting analyzes schools

GOP candidates discuss boycott of state
AIKEN -- Republicans running for their party's nomination for the late Rudy Mason's seat say they don't think a boycott will furl the Confederate battle flag, but they say it will hurt the very ones it seeks to vindicate.

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.

Straight talk gets attention
CLEARWATER -- Fannie Reese is a blunt talker. When it comes to teaching the young people of Lakeside Baptist Church about the real world, she doesn't mince words.

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

United Way to redirect funds
Since 1994, the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area has celebrated a series of successful fund-raising campaigns. The money benefited a variety of charities -- locally and elsewhere.

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.

Schools to consider arming safety officers
If the decision were up to Columbia County's school safety officers, they would carry weapons.

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.

I-20 wreck claims infant's life
A 5-month-old infant was killed and three adults injured when their vehicle careened off Interstate 20 on Saturday afternoon in Aiken County.

Surgery aids 7-year-old stroke victim

Candidate files charge of hostility

Assault suspect arrested

Takeover of schools is seen as precedent
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Babe Ruth was the best at bat, the banishment of beer and liquor had brought a feeling of rebellion, and blacks were the target of the KKK near the end of the Roaring '20s.

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.

Officers look for gunmen
Police are searching for a gunman in a shoot-out in which a bystander was shot, and in an unrelated incident, the manager of a local restaurant suffered multiple bullet wounds after an attempted robbery escalated, police said.

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.

Across the area
Officials say fumes likely caused fire ... Heat hospitalizes 14 trainees ... State gets nature-project grants

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.

New tax credits have ups, downs
First, the good news. Though your property assessment may have gone up this year, your tax bill might still go down, according to tax officials.

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.

A look at the 20th Century: 1957

'Chronicle' reporter dies at 24

Across the area

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.

Assault suspect arrested

Mrs. Elizabeth Flournoy
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Hall Flournoy, 74, of 1071 Georgia Highway 17 S., died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

Mr. Roy Jenkins
HOUSTON -- Mr. Roy M. Jenkins, 72, died Thursday, July 22, 1999.

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

Mr. Ronnie Hooks
NUNEZ, Ga. -- Mr. Ronnie Ellis Hooks, 40, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

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

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

Mr. Roy Mitchell
Mr. Roy B. Mitchell, 45, of Evans, died Thursday, July 22, 1999 in Forsythe.

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

Mr. Lynwood Scott Jr.
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Lynwood Scott Jr., 64, of 868 old Jackson Highway, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Stacy Oliver
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Stacy Charles Oliver, 82, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at Arbors Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Orange Park, Fla.

Mrs. Patricia Whelan
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Patricia O'Connor Whelan, 67, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Walter Luckasavage Sr.
Mr. Walter John Luckasavage Sr., 98, of 1101 15th St., died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mr. Wallace Lindsey
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Wallace Dean Lindsey, 74, of Richmond Street, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home.

Mrs. Betty Wilson
Mrs. Betty Agnes Wilson, 83, of 2101 Walton Way, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Emma Young
Ms. Emma Mae Wilkinson Young, 69, of 1102 10th Ave., died Friday, July 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Rev. Joseph Gomillion Sr.
The Rev. Joseph ``Ike'' Gomillion Sr., 83, of 1111 Gordon Street, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at St. Joseph 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.

Mrs. Pauline Hancock
BLYTHE -- Mrs. Pauline Otts Hancock, of 4032 Bath-Edie Road, died Friday, July 23, 1999.

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

Mr. Naeem Lacey
EVANS -- Mr. Naeem Adofo ``Dream'' Lacey, 20, of 1055 Walton's Court, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999.

`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.

Mrs. Jeanette Snipes
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Jeanette Quarles Snipes, 77, died Thursday, July 22,1999, in Atlanta.

Mr. James Walker Sr.
HAMPTON, S.C. -- Mr. James F. Walker Sr., 70, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at Hampton Regional Medical Centers, Varnville.

Mrs. Phyllis Mattingly
Mrs. Phyllis P. Mattingly, 75, of 264 E. Vineland Road, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. James Mealing Sr.
NEW YORK -- Mr. James Micheal Mealing Sr., of 975 Essex St., Brooklyn, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Helen Whitaker
DEARING -- Mrs. Helen Whitaker, 74, of 5918 Bowdens Pond Road, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Robert Wommack
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Wilburn Wommack, 77, of 206 Fourth St., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

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

Mr. Charles Cumbee Jr.
PAWLEY'S ISLAND, S.C. -- Mr. Charles Thomas ``T.J.'' Cumbee Jr., 32, of 358 Saltmarsh Circle, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. James Kemp
METTER, Ga. -- Mr. James Lynwood Kemp, 53, of Route 2, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, in Statesboro.

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

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

Mr. Wilber Rosier
Mr. Wilber J. Rosier, 81, of Martinez, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Ms. Donna Griffith

Mrs. Anna Chance

Mrs. Madge Gibson

Mrs. Patricia Whelan

Mrs. Annette Holley

Mr. Stacy Oliver

Mr. Robert Derrick Sr.

Mr. Naeem Lacey

Ms. Lillie Whigham

Mr. Roy Jenkins

Mrs. Ginger Armitage

Mr. James Mealing Sr.

Mr. James Kemp

Mrs. Jeanette Snipes

Mrs. Cessie Fulcher

Mrs. Pauline Hancock

`Chronicle' reporter, Todd Bauer, dies at 24

Ms. Emma Young

Mrs. Doreen Segar

Mr. Wilber Rosier

Mr. Robert Stone

Mrs. Elizabeth Flournoy

Dr. Robert Screws

Mrs. Helen Whitaker

Mrs. Geraldine Lockhart

Mrs. Phyllis Mattingly

Mr. Wallace Lindsey

Mrs. Betty Wilson

Mr. Roy Mitchell

Mr. Ronnie Hooks

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!

Speaks out on media, firearm rights
I would like to express an opinion about how our news media tries to influence everybody's personal thinking. They use every opportunity to dramatize any situation that happens on a daily basis. They publish or broadcast anything they feel is meaningful to sell their opinion. Bill Beddingfield, Augusta

Lauds candidate in Aug. 17 primary
Rebekah Sutherland is the only GOP candidate running for South Carolina House in District 81 who made the effort to attend the public meeting on June 24 in Columbia. The meeting was titled, ``Use of MOX in Commercial Reactors. ...'' Bill Donalson, Aiken

Condemns congressional salary hike
I am writing with concern ... that the Congress voted to give most U.S. representatives and senators a 3.4 percent pay raise in January 2000. Alicia Partridge, Hephzibah

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.

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

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

Appreciates piece despite an error
Re ``Precious words out of the mouth of babes'': Helen Bard, Evans

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

Muses about smoking, responsibility
Tobacco is a hazard to one's health. But if you ask a person if they ever smoked, most would say ``yes, I used to but gave it up after all the harmful effects were made known.'' I ask if anybody held a club over their head and forced them to smoke? No, many say ``we started when we were young, thought it was cool and it made us feel like adults.'' Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

The first seven months
Bob Young has completed nearly seven months as Augusta's mayor -- time enough to make some early assessments.

The quipster
Spry, 96-year-old Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., was characteristically flirting with a girl in a Capitol Hill hallway when he remarked: ``Honey, I was around for the Y1K problem.''

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

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.

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.

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

Cites local case where hospital fails
In a small one-room apartment in this city there is a young woman who has had enough burdens for the past several years and yet, a couple of weeks ago, came upon another one. A friend is giving her this place to stay, and food. J. Black, Augusta

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

Feels 'piece of our country died'
I was five-years-old and watching Art Linkletter, sitting on my mom's lap, when our next door neighbor came over and said President John Kennedy had been shot. Claudia Stovall, Grovetown

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

Hits Edgefield Co. land restrictions
The imposition of land restriction in the Merriweather community of Edgefield County has unlawfully and unconstitutionally enroached on our family as landowners. Janet Travis, Edgefield

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

Hits airport's handicapped problem
There is a significant difference between meeting the letter of the law and meeting the needs of the handicapped person. Bush Field certainly meets the letter of the law in providing handicapped parking in its new short-term parking lot. However, this parking lot is so far removed from the main terminal and the gates that handicapped persons cannot reach their destination of the ticket counter or gate without an unacceptable time delay. A. J. Lloyd, Ph.D., Augusta

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

Why Allendale Co. flunked
For skeptics who think South Carolina Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum acted too precipitously in having the state take control of Allendale County's dismally failing public school system, then consider the comments of one of the leaders of the opposition to the takeover, George Jefferson, a retired Allendale math teacher no less:

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

Probation for baby-killer
We're not usually ones to complain that punishments vary in different jurisdictions for similar crimes, but the wild discrepancy in sentences for Brigette Greene in a Richmond County court and Gail Baker in a Jasper County, S.C., court is distressing.

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!

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

Rookie cyclist captures BMX bronze

Athletes get unlikely venue

Game has broader purpose

Wakeboarding novice takes gold in contest

16-year-old cyclist's timing proves golden

Heat complaints puzzle runner

Opening packs civic center

Heat prompts more precautions

Golfers go the distance

Aiken horsewoman takes win in dressage

Overtime: Georgia may open 'Pack's hoops arena

Scheduling keeps some away from competition

Rugby players' readiness pays off

Progress reported in Lewis-Holyfield talks

Wrestler illustrates sportsmanship

Victorious gymnast has big dreams

Boxers display mettle

Competing with disabled rewarding

Intense focus

On a Soapbox wins at Belmont

Siblings drawn to pool

Games launch new sports

Chronicle to cover Pan American Games

Chronicle to cover Pan American Games

Augusta boxer conquers trials

Steamy weather expected to simmer down

Games draw high-profile lifters

Pitching earns win for Tribe

Athletes make best of situation

Area buzz: Drive begins to establish hall of fame for Augustans

Sadler's day ends early

Road race draws competitors from many generations

Many S.C. athletes are competing

Starting blocks give child edge

Augusta State entrants dominate rowing events

Wallace waiting his turn

NASCAR notebook: McReynolds to stay with Childress

Record crowd invades lanes

Skinner to prime up fickle racecar

Hanson, world record buck among Buckarama features

Armstrong ready to taste victory in Paris

Swimming gives boy an outlet

Moya, Rios fall at Mercedes Cup

Sisters square off on mat

Boxing career was short-lived

Howell says break was needed

Local women win Games' first medals

Georgia Games notebook: Games not without glitches

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

Skaters wrongly directed

YMCA team rallies to upset select soccer club

Overtime: Tertyshny, 22, of Flyers killed in boat mishap

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.

New material creates groundswell in surf industry
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Tan and grinning, surfer Randy French holds chunks of foam in each hand. In his left, a dense, crumbly foam that is tougher but not unlike the kind used by florists. In his right, a puffy, Styrofoam-like material that resembles the stuff used to make cheap ice chests.

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.

Web-based companies gather info on kids
WASHINGTON -- Despite a new federal law, many World Wide Web sites for children, citing high costs and inadequate technology, make only cursory attempts to obtain parental consent before collecting personal data on children younger than 13, according to industry officials and a new survey.

Space shuttle commander stays busy
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The first woman to command an American rocketship, Eileen Collins, has been so busy in orbit she hasn't had time to think about her new spot in space history.

Teaching programs for children available
Q: I want to find out about software to teach programming to my 10-year-old.

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.

Poll: Three in 10 Americans anticipate Y2K problems
WASHINGTON -- Almost one-third of Americans, anticipating problems from the Y2K computer bug, plan to stock up on food, water and other supplies, and one-quarter of the population will take extra money out of the bank, an Associated Press poll found.

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.

Digital music revolution is on its way
NEW YORK -- It's been called a major revolution in the history of the music business, liberating artists to deliver their music directly to listeners and terrifying record company executives.

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!

Digital music revolution is on its way

Poll: Three in 10 Americans anticipate Y2K problems

Web-based companies gather info on kids

Hepatitis C study announced by Institutes of Health

Teaching programs for children available

Web waiting someday will change to 'always on'

Space shuttle commander stays busy

Computer chip technology ready to enter the nano age

New material creates groundswell in surf industry