Arbitrator cuts Rocker suspension, fine

Braves await Rocker's return, apology

Braves notes: Cox will use most regulars in today's game vs. Georgia

Rocker: "Extremely sorry"

Braves notes: Cox will use most regulars in today's game vs. Georgia

Braves await Rocker's return, apology

Rocker starts rebuilding process

Jeter, Yanks happy Strawberry seeking treatment

Count your blessings at the pump

Count your blessings at the pump

Rising rates hurt home sales
New-home sales across the United States plunged by 4.2 percent in January as higher mortgage rates cut into demand.

Martin Color-Fi to be sold
Martin Color-Fi announced Wednesday it has agreed to be purchased by a Philadelphia-based buyout firm.

Business briefs: Tech stocks lead in Dow's slim gain

Business briefs: Blue-chip buyers push Dow Jones up

Business briefs: Blue-chip buyers push Dow Jones up
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mixed in a volatile session Thursday as investors took profits from a recent rise in technology stocks but continued buying blue chips that were battered last week.

Retailers put hope in new strip mall

Investor faces challenges

Rising rates hurt home sales

Investor faces challenges
The Standard and Poor's 500 index is a benchmark many investors try to beat.

Martin Color-Fi to be sold

Retailers put hope in new strip mall
The tenants of a future strip mall being built adjacent to Augusta Exchange shopping center say their businesses' futures look particularly bright in the neon shadow of the Regal 20 Cinema.

Business briefs: Tech stocks lead in Dow's slim gain
NEW YORK -- Soaring telecommunications and technology stocks helped the Dow Jones industrials eke out a modest gain.

In ACC country, women's hoops is a tough sell

SEC notes: Gators facing big obstacle on road to conference title

Hawkins sets big example

Georgia suffers its fourth loss in row

Spartans roll past Gophers

Patterson, Price earn top honors

NCAA slams St. John's claims of unfair treatment

Paine Lady Lions eliminated in tourney

Late basket saves Paine

Lady Pacers sent home in 1st round

Lady Jaguars eliminated early

Jags extend win streak to seven

Sports, politics mix in Southern tourney

Wants end to racial hard feelings

Says congressman ignores constituents
I was proud to say that Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., received my vote and support in the lastelection. But I now have serious reservations about my continued support of his political career. Since March 22, I have tried unsuccessfully to get an appointment with him to discuss my concerns about Medicare. Rep. Graham seems to have plenty of time for Fox News, CNN and any other national news organization, but is too busy to talk with the voters of South Carolina.Elaine T. Sikes, North Augusta

McCain v. Lott

Notes demise of Schulz's daily gift

'Say it ain't so'

Doubts effectiveness of S.C. boycott

Fitting museum name

Explains library's shelving approach

Blasts officials for deaths of dogs
I would like to say that I am surprised by what has happened at Richmond County Animal Control concerning the senseless deaths of 82 dogs, but I'm not. However, I would like to pin the blame, not solely on Animal Control Director Jim Larmer, but on the board members and City Administrator Randy Oliver. If these people would have acted responsibly and gotten rid of this obviously dangerous man -- Mr. Larmer -- we would probably be on the road to improvements at the facility and therefore would have spared the lives of the 82 dogs that were killed. What has to happen next for these people to see that Mr. Larmer is incapable of running our animal control?Amy Sullivent, Augusta

Backs Alan Keyes for GOP nominee

McCain desperate
John McCain's campaign for the GOP presidential nomination had grown desperate when he lambasted Pat Robertson and the Rev. Jerry Falwell on the eve of the Virginia and Washington state primaries. They are symbols of the Christian Right's influence onthe Republican Party. And the two clergymen also are longtime targets of liberal Democrats and their media allies.

Says parents key to school reform

Deflate silicone bill

Wants 'reality' about guns taught

Defends candidate in 'straw man' flap
The current brouhaha that the press has caused and that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has exploited over Texas Gov. George W.Bush speaking at Bob Jones University is a ``straw man'' if ever I saw one. Of course Dr. Bob Jones and other non-Catholic Christians do not subscribe to Catholic doctrine; that is what caused the Reformation; that is why the Catholics and the world call them ``Protestants.'' The Catholics are as much ``anti-Protestant'' as the reverse. Check out their policies concerning inter-faith marrying and baptism of one's children. I am not at all offended by their doctrine. I simply reject it as they do mine.Don Touchton, Martinez

Light it up
Warm weather and the buzz of upcoming Masters Week parties have ignited an epidemic of spring fever and thoughts of entertaining - specifically, outdoor entertaining.

Inventor's creativity finds its way into print
For an author, the key to success is writing about what you know -- so that's what John Bloomfield did.

Museum goes international
The gallery walls at the Morris Museum of Art display the creative history of the South. Tonight, the museum will unveil new pieces of art -- the galleries themselves.

Competition honors artistic promise
The Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition is more than a vehicle for young artists to show their work -- it's a legacy and tribute to an artist whose life and career ended too soon.

`Orpheus' lightens up opera
Imagine P.J. O'Rourke teaming with David Letterman -- political humorist meets pop-culture prankster -- to write, of all things, an opera.

Campaign trails & sales
Even though Tuesday's Georgia primary probably won't determine the outcome of the presidential nominating process, voters can still show their support for a candidate through campaign merchandise.

Play puts accent on British humor
Before Monty Python or The Full Monty, before Four Weddings and a Funeral or Mr. Bean, there was Noel Coward. His plays are the source from which all modern British comedy flows.

Capsules
They tell you not to eat before surgery. Now, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is warning men not to take Viagra for 24 hours before an operation. Viagra, which uses nitric oxide to open blood vessels and relax muscles, can cause a patient's blood pressure to become dangerously low when combined with the effects of anesthesia and other drugs used during surgery, the nurses' group warns.

Ramblin' Rhodes: George Jones gets revenge
It looks like George Jones got the last laugh on the Country Music Association last week by winning a Grammy for best male country vocal performance for his single Choices.

Spring fling
Spring once was the time of year that movie studios dumped their dead weight, releasing films that could never compete in the Oscar contender-heavy fall and winter or in the big-buck action film frenzy of summer.

Continuation of hot, dry weather predicted
Hope your garden hose is in good shape: The drought that started in May 1998 is expected to continue and even worsen through early summer.

Hybrids, stripers move shallow; try flukes, herring

St. Louis lands 2004 U.S. Senior Open

All eyes on Webb in Hawaii

Duval tries to pick up the pace at new Doral

2001 PGA Canadian Open going to Montreal

Journey continues for golfer

Four-way tie for lead as 'Monster' shows a soft side at Doral

Heart-transplant recipient debuts with par

Foursome carries Barnwell

Thrashers beaten by St. Louis

Count your blessings at the pump
If you're like me, you have begun to realize you're paying almost twice for gasoline what you paid this time last year.

Count your blessings at the pump
If you're like me, you have begun to realize you're paying almost twice for gasoline what you paid this time last year.

Rocker's suspension reduced
NEW YORK -- John Rocker's suspension was cut in half to the first 14 days of the regular season, and he can report to the Atlanta Braves' spring training camp Thursday, The Associated Press learned today. The reliever, punished for disparaging foreigners, homosexuals and minorities in a magazine interview, could arrive in Kissimmee, Fla., in time for workouts Thursday, baseball sources familiar with the arbitrator's decision told the AP on the condition they not be identified. Shyam Das, making his first decision as baseball's independent arbitrator, also cut Rocker's $20,000 fine. The amount of the fine will be reduced to $500, one of the sources said. -- The Augusta Chronicle

Suspect in custody after shooting spree
WILKINSBURG, Pa. -- A man set his apartment on fire today, shot lunchtime customers at two fast-food restaurants, then holed up in an office building before surrendering. One person was killed and at least four critically injured.

Ramblin' Rhodes: George Jones gets revenge

Capsules

`Orpheus' lightens up opera

Spring fling

Museum goes international

Continuation of hot, dry weather predicted

Competition honors artistic promise

Play puts accent on British humor

Light it up

Campaign trails & sales

Woman guilty of kidnapping family of four

Readings celebrate Dr. Seuss
Richmond County State Court Judge David D. Watkins didn't throw the book at anyone Thursday morning, but he did read from it.

Bill would aid child prodigies
COLUMBIA -- Nick Green could've used the news he heard Thursday two years ago, but at least someone was listening when he complained about being too smart to get a college scholarship.

Bill would raise donation limits

Pupils learn marvel of plastic
Patsy Green stood before a class of fourth-graders Wednesday at Gracewood Elementary School preparing to stick a wooden skewer through a latex balloon.

Rocker's suspension reduced

Military goes high tech in Georgia coast training mission

Relief bill stalled by chairman

Augusta man faces life in jail for home invasion
A young Augusta man faces a lifetime behind bars after a jury convicted him Thursday of holding up an elderly man at gunpoint and taking part in an armed home evasion.

Taxpayers foot bill for suit against SRS

House OKs bill on lucrative state pensions

Barnes to review audit results

Site owner rejects aid for cleanup

Barnes to review audit results
ATLANTA -- Chatham County tax officials were giving themselves preferential assessments, were slow to upgrade computer systems and failed to follow state guidelines for ensuring fair treatment of property owners, according to an audit released Wednesday by the state.

University toughens entrance standards

Georgia teen plays jazz at Grammys

Readings celebrate Dr. Seuss

Board hears paraphernalia plan

Crime report reveals several decreases

Suspect in custody after shooting spree

Military goes high tech in Georgia coast training mission
SAVANNAH -- Forget about battlefield command posts where colonels found shelter in a canvas tent and studied crinkled paper maps on splintered wood tables.

Truck wreck

Jurors convict Aiken man in home invasion

House drowns measure to ease cast net laws

RICO suit halted for lack of evidence
A former Columbia County employee can't proceed with claims of racketeering against the county, but she can continue her lawsuit on allegations county officials violated her First Amendment right, a judge has ruled.

House OKs bill on lucrative state pensions
ATLANTA -- With no debate, the Georgia House on Wednesday unanimously passed Republican-backed legislation aimed at curbing the awarding of lucrative pensions to high-ranking state employees forced to leave office.

Computer causes mistake in child count
According to the Columbia County school system's computer, 150 pupils were missing.

Relief bill stalled by chairman
ATLANTA - A bill to extend the period for homeowners to file suit on defective construction was stalled in a Senate committee on Wednesday when the chairman ordered the sponsor to negotiate an agreement with lobbyists opposing it.

Taxpayers foot bill for suit against SRS
The U.S. Department of Energy has spent about $2.5 million in taxpayers' money to pay legal fees for four Savannah River Site contractors fighting a racial discrimination lawsuit.

House drowns measure to ease cast net laws
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House on Wednesday defeated legislation that would have eased regulations on cast nets used primarily by recreational shrimpers.

Bill would aid child prodigies

Bill would raise donation limits
ATLANTA -- Good-government groups are giving a mixed reception to a bill introduced in the Georgia House on Wednesday that would double the limits on campaign contributions to candidates for statewide office and the General Assembly.

Waiver for class gets OK

Georgia teen plays jazz at Grammys
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- This week, it's back to science classes and studying and baseball practice after school.

Area wastewater plant investigates sewage upset

Expert warns of third year of drought
ATHENS, Ga. -- The drought that has gripped Georgia since 1998 is likely to enter a third year -- and grow worse, according to state climatologist David Stooksbury.

Crime report reveals several decreases
More deputies on the streets, greater community involvement and a booming economy are factors local authorities say gave Richmond County another year of declining crime in 1999.

Hospital chief leaves for North Carolina job

Environmental issues top Georgian's lists

Hospital chief leaves for North Carolina job
One of University Hospital's top officials is leaving to take over a North Carolina hospital system.

Area wastewater plant investigates sewage upset
The operator of Augusta's troubled Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant is investigating a series of ``operational upsets'' that caused poorly treated sewage to enter Butler Creek and the Savannah River.

Crime lab plans unveiled
Solving crime in the Richmond County area might be a little easier in the future.

University toughens entrance standards
ATHENS, Ga. -- For students trying to gain admission to the University of Georgia, hailing from a poor county or attending a struggling Georgia high school might help.

Increases requested for board
Legislation to increase Columbia County school board members' pay should be introduced Monday in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Waterless canal remains fun
The absence of water in the Augusta Canal didn't bother Ozzie Love.

Across the area: Committee OKs subdivision plan
A controversial subdivision plan gained Columbia County Planning Commission approval Thursday night, just a month after the panel unanimously rejected it.

Expert warns of third year of drought

Truck wreck
Neil Busbee, a Davis Hauling employee, climbs down from the underside of an overturned dump truck after a Wednesday afternoon accident on Hereford Farm Road in Evans. The driver of the truck, Bennie Oliphant, 67, of Aiken, was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition, said Dale Crail, MCG's public relations director.

Animal gas chamber debated
Richmond County Animal Control Director Jim Larmer hopes to reinstate carbon monoxide gas as the method for killing unwanted animals, he said Thursday.

Across the area: Police seek money taken from school

Waiver for class gets OK
COLUMBIA -- Legislation allowing South Carolina schoolchildren to miss up to five days this year because of inclement weather passed the state Senate on Thursday.

Site owner rejects aid for cleanup
The new owner of one of Augusta's most notorious eyesores isn't ready to allow a federally funded environmental assessment to proceed at his property.

Funding needed for mental illness

Jurors convict Aiken man in home invasion
AIKEN -- An Aiken man who was chased down by three good Samaritans last year will spend up to 35 years in prison after a jury convicted him Thursday of breaking into a woman's home and nearly strangling her when she discovered him.

Environmental issues top Georgian's lists
Clean water is the top environmental issue on the minds of Georgia voters this election year, according to a statewide survey by the League of Conservation Voters.

Across the area: Police seek money taken from school
Augusta Preparatory Day School officials and Columbia County Sheriff's Office are looking for more than $1,200 missing from the school's vault.

Funding needed for mental illness
Lack of funding and understanding about mental illness is allowing it to flourish as a major but largely unrecognized health problem in Georgia and across the country, a new survey shows.

Increases requested for board

Across the area: Committee OKs subdivision plan

Olympic hearts

Board hears paraphernalia plan
AIKEN -- Narcotics Detective Wayne Clark is tired of watching junkies go free.

Mr. Popularity
Carlos Carter proves to be very popular with Kim Graham, (from left) Cory Johnson, Jessica Harmon and Jazmine Knight. When asked Wednesday about his job as physical education director with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta Inc., he said: ``I enjoy it all day long. I love it.''

Woman guilty of kidnapping family of four
AIKEN -- Kristen Thompson faced a possible 120 years in prison after a jury convicted her Wednesday of kidnapping a North Augusta family in a scheme to take their unborn baby to sell for $10,000 or more.

Olympic hearts
Above, Dr. Marc Davis and Reggie Thomas play it up as the doctor checks out Reggie for the upcoming Special Olympics. Reggie, a pupil at South Aiken High School, was one of more than 200 Special Olympic Athletes at the University of South Carolina Aiken School of Nursing building Thursday getting physicals for the March 30 event.

Reserves help lift Magic past Hornets

Lakers rolling with 13 straight wins

Arena players in court to salvage season

Report: Victims were attacked by as many as 10 people

Mr. Chester Rand Jr.
Mr. Chester E. ``Chet'' Rand Jr., 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Newman Lewis Jr.
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mr. Newman Lee Lewis Jr., 71, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Heritage Inn, Sandersville.

Mrs. Marie Buckman
Mrs. Marie Gianakaouros Buckman, 83, of Evans, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Willie Gadson
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Willie Mae Gadson, 79, of Oak Street, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Marion Dickerson
Mr. Marion T. Dickerson, 91, of Agnes Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Marie Bryan
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Carolyn Marie Merchant Bryan, 25, of Pencreek Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in Greenwood County.

Mrs. Priscilla Haire
APPLING -- Mrs. Priscilla L. Haire, 59, of Haire-Baston Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jerry Morrell
AIKEN -- Mr. Jerry Morrell, 77, of Murrah Avenue, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Molean White
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Molean White, 86, of Molean Lane, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000.

Mrs. Betty Ansley
Mrs. Betty Jean Ansley, of Golden Avenue, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Milton Andrews
Mr. Milton Andrews, 44, of Basswood Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Myrtis Kemp
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Myrtis Kemp, of Atomic Road, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Willie Kirkland Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Willie ``Bubba'' Kirkland Jr., 58, of Burtons Ferry Highway, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Stroman
DETROIT -- Mrs. Mary Tyler Stroman, 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Bobby Beazley
HARLEM -- Mr. Bobby G. Beazley, 57, of Harlem Grovetown Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Dr. Henry Williams
Dr. Henry Allen Williams, 66, of Evans, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mattie Wilkerson
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mattie Bland Wilkerson, 81, of Georgia Highway 102, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Ronald Johnson Jr.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mr. Ronald Hugh Johnson Jr., 56, of Carr Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in Wanachi, Wash.

Mrs. Zora Boyd
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Zora Boyd, 90, of Paradise Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Henry Stephens Sr.
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Stephens Sr., of Stephens Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Henry Friese
JESUP, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Friese, 51, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Leo Faber
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Leo Faber, 94, of Colony West Apartments, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mrs. Elizabeth Duggan
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Walker Duggan, 87, of Walker Road, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ipha Hainlen
THOMSON -- Mrs. Ipha Murl Hainlen, 68, of Elizabeth Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Agnes Young
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Agnes B. Young, 84, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Sara Lamb
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Sara Meeks Lamb, 85, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Jimmy Nash
AIKEN -- Mr. Jimmy Nelson Nash, 55, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ruthie Smith
Mrs. Ruthie Mae Smith, 78, of 12th Street, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Betty Gray
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Betty Green Gray, 76, of Titt Harper Valley Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Thomas Yonce Sr.
WINDSOR -- Mr. Thomas Brooks Yonce Sr., 61, of Middleton Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Pearline Gundy
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Pearline Gundy, 92, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Richard Fanning
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Richard M. ``Bubba'' Fanning, 59, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Richard Gilliland Sr.
Mr. Richard L. Gilliland Sr., 64, of Rhodes Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000.

Ms. Greta Walker
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Ms. Greta Lynette Walker, 31, of Bray Street, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Johnnie Brodus Jr.
MARTIN, S.C. -- Mr. Johnnie Lee Brodus Jr., 29, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

Mrs. Louvinia Tucker
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Louvinia Hall Tucker, 94, of Georgia Highway 102, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Gibson Nursing Home.

Mr. Sam Baker
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. Sam Baker, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mrs. Lula Mobley
MIAMI -- Mrs. Lula Mae Mobley, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Aventura Hospital.

Mrs. Carrie Caldwell
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie G. Caldwell, of South Rhodes Street, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Boswell Parker Health Care Services.

Mr. Earnest Washington Sr.
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Earnest J. Washington Sr., 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Sarah Rogers
Mrs. Sarah Johnson Rogers, 87, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, Ala.

Miss Shanquante Kennedy
SPARTA, Ga. -- Miss Shanquante Valiste Kennedy, 18, of Dixie Street, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mr. John Cofer Jr.
WAGENER -- Mr. John Anthony Cofer Jr., 33, of Main Street, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Diane Britto
Mrs. Diane Helen Britto, 62, of Engle Road, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. James Cooley
AIKEN -- Mr. James T. Cooley, 82, of Monterey Drive, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Grier Burke Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Hugh Grier Burke Sr., 83, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Bowman
THOMSON -- Mr. John Andrew Bowman, of Wisham Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000.

Mrs. Hester Seymore
AIKEN -- Mrs. Hester M. Seymore, 89, of Marlboro Street, Northeast, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Lula Mobley

Mr. Bobby Beazley

Mr. Johnnie Brodus Jr.

Mrs. Sarah Rogers

Mrs. Louvinia Tucker

Mr. Chester Rand Jr.

Mr. Richard Gilliland Sr.

Mrs. Myrtis Kemp

Mrs. Carrie Caldwell

Mr. Willie Kirkland Jr.

Mrs. Mary Stroman

Mr. Henry Friese

Mrs. Diane Britto

Mrs. Hester Seymore

Mr. James Cooley

Mr. Richard Fanning

Mr. Thomas Yonce Sr.

Mr. Leo Faber

Mrs. Zora Boyd

Mr. Jerry Morrell

Mr. Sam Baker

Dr. Henry Williams

Mrs. Pearline Gundy

Mr. Earnest Washington Sr.

Mr. Ronald Johnson Jr.

Mr. Newman Lewis Jr.

Mrs. Molean White

Ms. Greta Walker

Mr. Henry Stephens Sr.

Mrs. Sara Lamb

Miss Shanquante Kennedy

Mr. John Bowman

Mrs. Elizabeth Duggan

Mrs. Marie Buckman

Mrs. Ipha Hainlen

Homosexuals should not be leading Scout troops
THE CASE on homosexuality before the Supreme Court right now was brought up by Eagle Scout James Dale, who attended a Boy Scout troop in New Jersey. He reached Eagle Scout in his local troop, but was dismissed from the Boy Scouts when he admitted himself to be a homosexual in the local newspaper. His Scout troop dismissed him because (they said), ``If a Boy Scout troop ... could be required to accept a leader whose avowed conduct and opinions contradict the stated mission and message of the organization, it is difficult to see what is left of freedom of association ...''

Letters sought to serve justice, not pressure board
LOUIS BENNIE Phipps is not a ``child murderer'' as you state in your newspaper. That accusation was rejected by 12 impartial jurors in the verdict they returned in the trial of this case on March 30, 1990.

Urge firm stand on Kelly Acres plat
The Columbia County Planning Commission will be faced with a monumental decision concerning the plat Tiger Realty will present today for the first phase development of Kelly Acres, which will eventually encompass more than 500 acres of property. Vickie and David Hallden, Appling

Backs Alan Keyes for GOP nominee
The concept of choosing a candidate for the presidency is actually a simple process. Besides carefully investigating the candidate's background, the voter needs to ask one question: Will this candidate: ``... faithfully execute the office of the president of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'' Eric Marcano, Augusta

Blasts officials for deaths of dogs
I would like to say that I am surprised by what has happened at Richmond County Animal Control concerning the senseless deaths of 82 dogs, but I'm not. However, I would like to pin the blame, not solely on Animal Control Director Jim Larmer, but on the board members and City Administrator Randy Oliver. If these people would have acted responsibly and gotten rid of this obviously dangerous man -- Mr. Larmer -- we would probably be on the road to improvements at the facility and therefore would have spared the lives of the 82 dogs that were killed. What has to happen next for these people to see that Mr. Larmer is incapable of running our animal control? Amy Sullivent, Augusta

Defends candidate in 'straw man' flap
The current brouhaha that the press has caused and that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has exploited over Texas Gov. George W.Bush speaking at Bob Jones University is a ``straw man'' if ever I saw one. Of course Dr. Bob Jones and other non-Catholic Christians do not subscribe to Catholic doctrine; that is what caused the Reformation; that is why the Catholics and the world call them ``Protestants.'' The Catholics are as much ``anti-Protestant'' as the reverse. Check out their policies concerning inter-faith marrying and baptism of one's children. I am not at all offended by their doctrine. I simply reject it as they do mine. Don Touchton, Martinez

Wants end to racial hard feelings
... Suppose the American Indian or the Vietnam veterans decided that they wanted the American flag taken down because of the things that were done to them and the way they were treated? ... I do not think that would ever be considered. Virginia Syms, Augusta

Notes demise of Schulz's daily gift
It is clear from the 60 Minutes TV show that Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was himself the original ``Charlie Brown.'' He never asked any help to create all of those articles. He produced his array of colorful characters each and everyday of his life. Larry Jarrett, USAF (Ret.)Warrenville

Doubts effectiveness of S.C. boycott
Re the Feb. 28 Associated Press article about Myrtle Beach merchants: So the vendors on Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand are removing their best-selling (Confederate) merchandise for fear of offending the perpetrators of political correctness? I must be missing something. How are the ``mostly black motorcycle enthusiasts'' going to see the offensive souvenirs if they're boycotting South Carolina? J.R. Cook, McCormick

Letters sought to serve justice, not pressure board
LOUIS BENNIE Phipps is not a ``child murderer'' as you state in your newspaper. That accusation was rejected by 12 impartial jurors in the verdict they returned in the trial of this case on March 30, 1990.

McCain desperate
John McCain's campaign for the GOP presidential nomination had grown desperate when he lambasted Pat Robertson and the Rev. Jerry Falwell on the eve of the Virginia and Washington state primaries. They are symbols of the Christian Right's influence onthe Republican Party. And the two clergymen also are longtime targets of liberal Democrats and their media allies.

Fitting museum name
Remember Augusta's old, cramped Telfair Street museum? It had a hodgepodge of exhibits, but all too many weren't related to Augusta and there wasn't a local historical frame of reference.

Says parents key to school reform
As a mother of two daughters in Richmond County schools, I must speak out on the reform movement by Georgia's governor. I think he is going in the right direction, but he is making the wrong people responsible for bringing up test scores. Teachers are doing a very good job in Richmond County; they, however, have their hands tied. Education reform cannot and will not be successful without parental involvement. Teachers and parents working together would do more for education then any reform movement. Patricia Bonds, Augusta

Says congressman ignores constituents
I was proud to say that Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., received my vote and support in the lastelection. But I now have serious reservations about my continued support of his political career. Since March 22, I have tried unsuccessfully to get an appointment with him to discuss my concerns about Medicare. Rep. Graham seems to have plenty of time for Fox News, CNN and any other national news organization, but is too busy to talk with the voters of South Carolina. Elaine T. Sikes, North Augusta

Bashes DOD over anthrax shots
Re the Feb. 18 Associated Press report that anthrax shots will continue in the military: Bob Cipperly, Evans

Explains library's shelving approach
The staff at Columbia County's Gibbs Library uses a practical and time-proven approach in the shelving of books for its youngest library users. The children's book collection at Gibbs is constantly growing and is heavily used by casual browsers and those in the Accelerated Reader program. Experience shows that in an area such as the ``picture book section,'' it is virtually impossible to keep it in perfect alphabetical order. Toddlers and even younger children select their books from this area. Karen S. Gross, Augusta

Homosexuals should not be leading Scout troops
THE CASE on homosexuality before the Supreme Court right now was brought up by Eagle Scout James Dale, who attended a Boy Scout troop in New Jersey. He reached Eagle Scout in his local troop, but was dismissed from the Boy Scouts when he admitted himself to be a homosexual in the local newspaper. His Scout troop dismissed him because (they said), ``If a Boy Scout troop ... could be required to accept a leader whose avowed conduct and opinions contradict the stated mission and message of the organization, it is difficult to see what is left of freedom of association ...''

Deflate silicone bill
Clout that the trial lawyers' lobbyists have in Congress can be seen in the so-called Silicone Breast Implant Research and Information Act. As the title suggests, it calls for the government to fund research into illnesses or injuries caused by silicone implants.

McCain v. Lott
Many Republicans are still steaming over Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's half-baked January ``announcement'' (since repudiated) that, apparently due to election year politicking, no major legislation would be passed this session by the GOP-led Congress.

'Say it ain't so'
``As conservative reformers and members of Congress who are proud of the support we have received in our campaigns from social conservatives, we strongly urge both Sen. (John) McCain and Governor (George) Bush to abandon divisive rhetoric and return to a spirited discussion of the issues.''

Wants 'reality' about guns taught
I read in the Feb. 25 paper about a third grader being suspended from school for making a paper ``gun.'' Then, while reading in the Feb. 26 Chronicle about the $14,000-plus that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated for a gun buy-back program, I couldn't help but wonder if paper guns are included. Dale W. Hemman, Evans

Promoter expects a tough fight

Overtime: Tennis tourney moves to Charleston

Seniors Tour championship moved to New York

Australians, Americans lose doping appeal with FINA

Old-timers expected to dominate meet

Rudd leaves ownership behind

Burton brothers battle on NASCAR circuit

Richert building from scratch

Overtime: Georgia remains unbeaten

Fighter takes advantage of a judge's decision

NAIA considering proposals from other cities

Donors a vital source of blood platelet supply
BALTIMORE -- Every other Friday afternoon, Peter Fort leaves his job early, drives to northwest Baltimore, lies back in a comfy chair and watches a movie -- with needles in both arms, one draining blood from his body and one sending it back.

Stem cell research offers hope, dilemmas
Inside his laboratory at Medical College of Georgia, Brian Condie can turn mouse embryo cells into brain cells or heart cells. His research and that of others may one day allow adults to grow new cells and turn around disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Panel recommends one brand of saline breast implants stay on market
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- Two brands of saline-filled breast implants should be allowed to stay on the market if women are properly warned that implants frequently break and leak and that many patients must undergo repeated operations, a federal advisory panel says.

Case says linking it together is key for consumers
NEW ORLEANS -- While consumers are fascinated by all the ways they can connect to the Internet, they also want easy solutions for linking information together, America Online chief Steve Case said Wednesday.

FDA approves testosterone gel
WASHINGTON -- Men who suffer low testosterone until now have been treated with hormone shots or testosterone patches. Tuesday, the government approved a new option -- testosterone gel.

Study: Vitamin C pills clog arteries faster
SAN DIEGO -- A new study raises the disturbing possibility that taking vitamin C pills may speed up hardening of the arteries.

Mad cow disease forces slaughterhouse to fire 110 workers
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Danish Crown, Denmark's largest slaughterhouse, said Thursday it has fired 110 employees because of the drop in demand for its meat following a mad cow disease scare.

Marijuana compounds ease tremors in mice with MS-like disease
Marijuana-like compounds ease tremors in mice with a condition similar to multiple sclerosis, researchers say in a study that appears to corroborate patients who say pot helps them deal with the disease.

Doctors spot key protein in memory
Researchers at Medical College of Georgia have isolated a protein that may hold the key to how some brain cells process dopamine, an essential neurotransmitter. The findings have implications in ``working memory,'' the ability to store and process immediate information, and for disorders like schizophrenia.

Donors a vital source of blood platelet supply

Doctors spot key protein in memory

Panel recommends one brand of saline breast implants stay on market

Mad cow disease forces slaughterhouse to fire 110 workers

Stem cell research offers hope, dilemmas

Study: Vitamin C pills clog arteries faster

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