Braves' payroll is third highest in baseball

Spring training roundup: Griffey plays first game in Reds' uniform

Braves notebook

Jeter, Yanks happy Strawberry seeking treatment

Mets sign final five

Hernandez scratched from first spring start

Rocker starts rebuilding process

Count your blessings at the pump

Count your blessings at the pump

Eckerd will close local store

CSRA puppet makers aim for TV ads
They're cute. They're catchy. Sometimes they're even a little risque. They're puppets, and a handful of them spent this week networking with area business officials, drumming up business both for the people beneath the fabric-covered hands and for the companies they hope to one day represent.

Eckerd will close local store
Eckerd will close its Walton Way Extension drugstore in late April as part of a cost-cutting program by parent company J.C. Penney Co.

Business briefs: Blue-chip buyers push Dow Jones up

Weekly gas update

Retailers put hope in new strip mall

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.

Rising rates hurt home sales

CSRA puppet makers aim for TV ads

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
NEW YORK -- Stocks bounded higher Friday, giving the Dow industrials their best week since last July, after the government delivered a sign that the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases might finally be slowing the economy.<

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.

Weekly gas update
Here are gas prices of a gallon of regular unleaded gas at six area gas stations.

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

Sophomore leads Knights

Cremins looks forward, not back, going into final game at Georgia Tech

Paine eliminated after rally fails

Jags extend win streak to seven

Dogs, Gamecocks looking to stay out of SEC cellar

Late basket saves Paine

Loss ends season for Augusta State

College basketball roundup: Lady Bulldogs open with 18-point rout

Barefield flourishes for Tech

Spartans roll past Gophers

Bashes area's 'second-rate' politicians

Wants end to racial hard feelings

Wants 'reality' about guns taught

Says parents key to school reform

Ga. technology authority?

'Say it ain't so'

Hits grand jury for narrow focus

Deflate silicone bill

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

`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.

Minister will speak, perform for Belvedere congregation
Magic paid the bills for seminarian Felix Snipes in the 1950s, but he packed his tricks away after ordination.

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.

Cantor, temple choir to premiere commissioned work
Marie Betcher, a certified Jewish cantor who revels in a Puccini aria, will be the guest soloist at a concert of Jewish choral music and repertoire at the Congregation Children of Israel at 8 tonight.

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.

Book approaches women's issues from Spirit
The Red Hot Mamas, a support group for menopausal women, is a healthy sign to Dr. Ron Eaker that women are changing society for the better.

Faith digest
Debbie Brezina will speak on Legacy of Liberty during the Christian World View Seminar at Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Frontage Road, at 9:30 a.m. today. Doors open at 9 a.m.

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.

A place to call home
Gwen and Andy Chandler trekked through 23 Augusta-area churches for a year-and-a-half before finding out a secret that could have cut months off their search for a spiritual home.

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.

Hybrids, stripers move shallow; try flukes, herring

2001 PGA Canadian Open going to Montreal

A record day at the Doral

Heart-transplant recipient debuts with par

Argentine leads in Dubai despite strong wind

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

St. Louis lands 2004 U.S. Senior Open

Garcia, Van de Velde withdraw from MCI Classic

Prep basketball scores

Lady Gators advance after beating rival

Foursome carries Barnwell

Thrashers beaten by St. Louis

Numminen's 360-game streak comes to an end

Rangers skate past Panthers

Dallas Stars top Coyotes

Flames burn Ducks

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.

Local teacher nominated for award
AIKEN - Five educators were named finalists this morning for South Carolina's State Teacher of the Year. One of them is Dale Smith, who teaches fifth-grade math, science and social studies at Chukker Creek Elementary School. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Committee discusses Stallions
The Augusta Stallions have sold 1,200 season tickets and signed 18 players, but they haven't signed a lease. They've got a home field, but they don't yet have a home locker room. And suddenly, there are just six weeks before the arenafootball2 league team plays its first home game. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Cantor, temple choir to premiere commissioned work

`Orpheus' lightens up opera

Continuation of hot, dry weather predicted

Book approaches women's issues from Spirit

Ramblin' Rhodes: George Jones gets revenge

Spring fling

A place to call home

Light it up

Competition honors artistic promise

Faith digest

Museum goes international

Play puts accent on British humor

Mediator settles suit before trial
AIKEN -- A doctor named in eight lawsuits since 1990 has settled one of them, agreeing to an undisclosed monetary settlement with a nurse at Aiken Regional Medical Centers who claimed his obscenity-laced tirade toward her ``exceeded all bounds of possible decency.''

Local police condemn racial profiling

Museum carnival has world flavor

Readings celebrate Dr. Seuss

Anti-profiling bill gets OK
ATLANTA -- Police in Georgia would no longer be able to use race as the only reason for deciding which motorists to stop if a bill passed Friday by the Senate becomes law.

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.

Hospital chief leaves for North Carolina job

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.

End to SRS immunity sought

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.

Stallions team lacks lease, locker rooms
The Augusta Stallions have sold 1,200 season tickets and signed 18 players, but they haven't signed a lease. They've got a home field, but they don't yet have a home locker room.

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.

SRS safety architect retires
The architect of Savannah River Site's approach to safety will take his expertise to the private sector. Frank R. McCoy III, the U.S. Department of Energy's second-in-command at the federal nuclear-weapons site, retired Friday after 10 years at SRS.

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

Across the area
A five-vehicle wreck on Mike Padgett Highway left a Mercury Cougar split in two and its driver facing traffic, criminal and drug charges.

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.

Site owner rejects aid for cleanup

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.

Local teacher nominated for award

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.

Across the area

SRS safety architect retires

Mayor rejects gas chamber for animals
Make no mistake: There will be no gas chamber at the Richmond County Animal Control facility, city officials said Friday. ``As long as I'm mayor of this city, we will not have a gas chamber used to put down animals at the animal control shelter. Period,'' Mayor Bob Young said.

Teacher contends for state title

Woman admits killing husband
A Burke County woman who admitted Friday that she shot her husband to death and buried him in the back yard will spend the next seven years in prison.

Mayor rejects gas chamber for animals

Crime report reveals several decreases

Butler student charged with making terroristic threats

Jurors convict Aiken man in home invasion

Committee discusses Stallions

Waiver for class gets OK

Stallions team lacks lease, locker rooms

University toughens entrance standards

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.

Bill would aid child prodigies

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

Butler student charged with making terroristic threats
A senior track team member charged with making bomb threats at Butler High School not only must stay off school property but also can't go to Atlanta for a meet this weekend, a Superior Court judge ruled.

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.

Mediator settles suit before trial

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

Legislators, AMA push for patients' bill of rights

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.

Craft fair spurs originality

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

Officials affirm call for new flag

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.

Legislators, AMA push for patients' bill of rights
Being able to sue an HMO for denying care is a ``nonnegotiable'' element of a patients' bill of rights, such as the one backed by U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, the president of the American Medical Association said Friday.

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.

Local police condemn racial profiling
Augusta-area law enforcement officials said Friday they have no tolerance for racial profiling by their officers and take steps to prevent the slightest appearance of the controversial practice.

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.

Violence lands area men in jail
Two Augusta men received prison sentences Friday for separate, violent confrontations with ex-girlfriends.

House approves bill protecting newborns

Officials affirm call for new flag
ATLANTA -- Black legislators renewed their commitment Friday to changing the state flag, less than a week after Gov. Roy Barnes said on national television that he had other priorities.

Craft fair spurs originality
Linda Corsvall gazed at the object standing on a shelf inside Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center as if she didn't believe her eyes. Then she started to laugh.

Good deal

Across the area: Committee OKs subdivision plan

Museum carnival has world flavor
For one evening, all the famous carnivals of the world visited Augusta's Morris Museum of Art. More than 550 people attended Friday's Le Bal Du Musee fund-raiser, which featured the theme Carnaval du Monde.

Increases requested for board

End to SRS immunity sought
A South Carolina lawmaker wants to repeal a law that immunizes some Savannah River Site authorities from liability in accidents. State Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, introduced a bill in December to repeal the South Carolina law. He said he decided to pursue the legislation after learning of a motorist who was unable to collect damages because of an accident in which an SRS law-enforcement officer was at fault.

Area wastewater plant investigates sewage upset

Teacher contends for state title
AIKEN -- Dale Smith already is spending $25,000 that's not officially hers -- yet. There was the haircut and manicure Friday. Then dinner for two with her husband, Mike. And she still must buy sunglasses to look the part in her BMW Z3 roadster.

Olympic hearts

House approves bill protecting newborns
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed legislation Friday that would allow parents to abandon newborns up to a week old at health facilities without facing prosecution, as long as they haven't been harmed.

Military goes high tech in Georgia coast training mission

Good deal
As Sarah Jolley looks for a bargain, her son Robert, 3, takes a nap. Sarah and Robert attended the American Association of University Women Book Fair on Friday, the event's first day.

Kukoc stops by to see old pals in first trip back

Jazz tops Hornets

Hawks end losing streak

Lakers rolling with 13 straight wins

Reserves help lift Magic past Hornets

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

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

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

Mr. John Richardson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John ``J.W.'' Richardson, 64, of Lee Street, died Friday, March 3, 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.

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Walter B. Walker Jr., 44, of West Pine Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Zella Harper
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Zella Harper, 93, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Willie Holliday
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Gene Holliday, 59, of Stephens Street, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000.

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

Mrs. Mary Irwin
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Lozier Rogers Irwin, 84, of Georgia Highway 15 North, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. John Smith
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Robert Smith, 58, of Georgia Highway 24 East, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

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

Mr. Vance Shealy
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Vance Wiley Shealy, 78, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Lewis Slaughter
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Lewis F. ``Tula'' Slaughter, 68, of Walker Street, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. William Bush
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William Preston Bush, 79, of Victorian Drive, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University 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. Robert Heminger
THOMSON -- Mr. Robert E. Heminger, 81, of Harrison Road, died Thursday, March 2, 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.

Mrs. Lillie Patterson
DEVEREUX, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillie Mae Patterson, 82, of Pine Valley Road, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. John Creech
Mr. John E. Creech, of Fernwood Circle, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Mrs. Lula Mathis
THOMSON -- Mrs. Lula Bell Jones Mathis, 85, of Railroad Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Ralph Pendrey
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Ralph A. Pendrey, 61, of Eisenview Drive, died Thursday, March 2, 2000 at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Miss Shanquante Kennedy

Mr. Henry Friese

Mrs. Diane Britto

Mr. Newman Lewis Jr.

Dr. Henry Williams

Ms. Greta Walker

Mr. Lewis Slaughter

Mr. Ronald Johnson Jr.

Mrs. Ipha Hainlen

Mrs. Sara Lamb

Mr. Richard Fanning

Mrs. Louvinia Tucker

Mr. Jerry Morrell

Mrs. Molean White

Mr. John Smith

Mr. John Bowman

Mrs. Myrtis Kemp

Mrs. Zella Harper

Mr. Earnest Washington Sr.

Mr. Willie Holliday

Mr. Henry Stephens Sr.

Mrs. Lillie Patterson

Mrs. Hester Seymore

Mrs. Lula Mathis

Mr. Leo Faber

Mr. Robert Heminger

Mrs. Mary Stroman

Mr. John Richardson

Mrs. Elizabeth Duggan

Mr. William Bush

Mrs. Lula Mobley

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.

Mr. Willie Kirkland Jr.

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 ...''

Sisler: Teach the Bible at home, not in public school
The Bible is making news in Georgia this week. It would be nice if the Bible made news every week, but we will take what we can get and hope that as the Good Book is discussed it may actually be read.

Notes dehumanizing of the unborn
Have you ever noticed the social and economic, boring, bromidic claptrap that abortionists spew out in their attempt to justify the violence that occurs at the local abattoir? Their methods are not new and have been used by other groups and, to the less enlightened, these tactics can be very convincing. Mike Henchy, Hephzibah

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

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

Sees negligence at Olmstead Homes
In regard to the recent shootings at Olmstead Homes, I am appalled by the management's continued negligence in dealing with the root of the problem. C. Tanksley, Augusta

Ga. technology authority?
State Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Powder Springs, is one of Gov. Roy Barnes' top legislative lieutenants in the Georgia General Assembly. Among the many legislative balls he's currently trying to juggle is a proposal to create yet another agency giving the governor expanded powers: The Georgia Technology Authority.

Sisler: Teach the Bible at home, not in public school
The Bible is making news in Georgia this week. It would be nice if the Bible made news every week, but we will take what we can get and hope that as the Good Book is discussed it may actually be read.

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

Hits grand jury for narrow focus
As a young person I was taught to respect and to have faith in the judiciary system J.R. Riles, 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

Asserts pet owners share the blame
I was appalled and sickened to read about the decision made by Richmond County officials to destroy all the dogs due to an outbreak of distemper at the shelter. The decision seemed to be made on the fact that it was the cheapest solution, not necessarily the best solution. These animals deserved more than that; they deserved a second chance! Lisa Martin, Evans

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

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.

Finds offense in NAACP's actions
I have watched over the years as the public has leaned down and rolled out the red carpet for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. I am offended! Rev. Todd Upchurch, Dearing

Bashes area's 'second-rate' politicians
The curse of the second-rate politician strikes the Central Savannah River Area again in full force. Don Williams, Augusta

'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.''

Old-timers expected to dominate meet

Davenport hands Seles first 2000 loss

Burton brothers battle on NASCAR circuit

Seniors Tour championship moved to New York

Overtime: Tennis tourney moves to Charleston

ESPN plans $500 million expansion of world headquarters

Rudd feels like rookie again; wins pole

Promoter expects a tough fight

Hephzibah outlasts Jackets

NASCAR notebook: Parker outruns racing hero, wins Sam's Town 300 pole

Overtime: Clemson gets 8th straight baseball win 030400 - The Augusta Chronicle

Turbine proposal attacked
Studies the Army Corps of Engineers hopes will persuade a judge to allow operation of Russell Dam's turbines are flawed and incomplete, according to the state of South Carolina.

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.

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.

PC virus unleashed on Athens
ATHENS, Ga. -- A subspecies of virus worked its way around Athens Area Technical Institute this week, then showed up at the University of Georgia on Wednesday -- not the kind that causes a cold, but one called a trojan, spread by e-mail.

Court: EPA can regulate power plant emmissions
WASHINGTON -- In a major victory for the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal appeals court upheld on Friday a controversial regulation that will require 19 states to take measures to control interstate movement of smog-causing chemicals from power plants.

Software aids class selections
In just a few minutes, Julie Bates typed her class schedule for next year using a computer at Greenbrier High School.

Boeing workers hunt dump unsuccessfully for space station parts
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Boeing Co. workers unsuccessfully combed a Huntsville landfill looking for two mistakenly discarded parts of the international space station valued at $750,000.

Solo balloonist ends round-the-world attempt in Asia
CHICAGO -- American balloonist Kevin Uliassi's attempt to make history by circling the globe alone ended in disappointment Friday in a field in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, more than 13,000 miles from liftoff.

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.

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.

Teen hacker denies involvement in crippling Internet assault
WOLFEBORO, N.H. -- A 17-year-old boy questioned by FBI agents about last month's crippling Internet assault acknowledged Friday he has done some ``small hacking'' but said he was only joking when he claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Court: EPA can regulate power plant emmissions

Solo balloonist ends round-the-world attempt in Asia

Turbine proposal attacked

Mad cow disease forces slaughterhouse to fire 110 workers

Teen hacker denies involvement in crippling Internet assault

Doctors spot key protein in memory

Software aids class selections

Study: Vitamin C pills clog arteries faster

Panel recommends one brand of saline breast implants stay on market

PC virus unleashed on Athens