Mets sign final five

Pitchers vie for fifth spot

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Local baseball scores

Hernandez scratched from first spring start

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

MLB notebook

Braves' payroll is third highest in baseball

Life seems normal for Big Cat

Census was cause for celebration

Pocket change
SUV SURPLUS Sport utility vehicles, most of which have notoriously poor fuel efficiency, were the fastest-growing segment of the national auto market last year, up 15 percent from the previous year. Throughout the 1990s, sales of SUVs climbed an average of 17 percent annually.

CSRA puppet makers aim for TV ads

On the move
John Hart will join WJBF-TV (Channel 6) as assistant sports director.

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.

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.<

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

From paycheck to paycheck
Unemployment is down; the gross domestic product and consumer optimism are up; and, despite recent volatility, Wall Street continues to soar higher and faster than ever before.

E-commerce hits Augusta retailers

Eckerd will close local store

E-commerce hits Augusta retailers
Teresa McKeon isn't playing anymore. Like a bully on the playground, the Internet delivered a hard sucker punch at Christmas to Ms. McKeon's business, Children at Play, a toy store at Evans Towne Centre. Her sales were down by more than $30,000 during the holiday season.

Weekly gas update

Poor sales blamed on Internet
Flat. That's how City Administrator Randy Oliver describes sales tax collections in Richmond County, and the Internet might be partly to blame.

Poor sales blamed on Internet

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.

On the move

Pocket change

From paycheck to paycheck

Cremins overwhelmed by fans

LSU top Ole Miss

Despite loss, Jags' seniors go out on top

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

Kentucky handles Florida

Loss ends season for Augusta State

Aiken Tech earns trip to national tournament

Dogs, Gamecocks looking to stay out of SEC cellar

Tennessee hammers Georgia

Paine eliminated after rally fails

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

Sophomore leads Knights

Winthrop, Samford earn berths

Barefield flourishes for Tech

Sports

Four teams share women's SEC title

Lady Bulldogs upset in SEC tourney semifinals

Chaney vents at NCAA

Cremins bows out with victory

Opposes Barnes' education reform bill

Hits coverage of brush with the law

Backs Al Gore candidacy

Compares two drug sentences

Defends senator in brush with police

Pass new balanced budget act

Hits grand jury for narrow focus

Hits candidate McCain's 'boasts'

Takes offense to 'Boondocks' strip

Hits criticism of Keyes' speech

Bashes area's 'second-rate' politicians

Urges Reagan admirers to back Bush

Praises Kent's political column

Stabilize museum funding

Ga. technology authority?

Supports 'candidate of integrity'

Official keeps title after the term ends
Dear Carson: How does one address a former governor in a letter?

Project receives stunning response
We were stunned by the response to our Weight Loss 2000 project. In January, The Augusta Chronicle invited readers to volunteer to go public with their battle of the bulge by volunteering to participate in a weight-loss program.

Center puts focus on weight, health
The large number of applicants for Weight Loss 2000 prompted the addition of another program to the project. The Medical Weight Loss Center of Augusta will be the fourth center participating in The Augusta Chronicle's effort to help area residents slim down.

Freestyle inspiration
When Adam Parsons prepares for a new painting he always has one objective in mind: to have absolutely nothing on his mind.

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.

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.

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.

Floored by a painted carpet
It's art -- go ahead, walk on it. That's what it's there for. That's what it's there for.

On a health quest
It was extremely difficult to select just four candidates from the 549 who volunteered for our Weight Loss 2000 project. Virtually all the applications were from people we considered to be very suitable candidates.

Honor Guests introduced at Augusta Assembly ball
Fifteen young people were presented as Honor Guests at the Augusta Assembly's annual Christmas Ball on Dec. 28, 1999, at Augusta Country Club.

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.

Did sea monster prowl North Atlantic?
One sunny morning in May 1917, the British merchant steamship Hilary was cruising across the Atlantic when crew members saw a strange object floating several hundred yards away.

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.

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.

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.

Garcia, Van de Velde withdraw from MCI Classic

Argentine leads in Dubai despite strong wind

Brannen takes job as Augusta CC pro

Second-tier pros head for local event

Azinger not playing Doral, but he has interest in finish

Coceres stretches lead in Dubai

Webb gets fourth straight victory

A record day at the Doral

Langham one round away from first victory

Mr. Perry Invitational to be played March 17-19

Prep basketball scores

Lady Gators advance after beating rival

Islanders double Sabres

ECHL notebook: Grrrowl's Jean pays in more ways than one

Dallas Stars top Coyotes

Rangers skate past Panthers

Fans want Bourque to win

Flames burn Ducks

Leafs edge Canadiens

Numminen's 360-game streak comes to an end

Flyers blank Bruins

Senators top Thrashers

Census was cause for celebration
They'll be taking a census this year, just like they do every decade, and you're bound to read stories about how difficult it is to count everyone.

Candidates prepare for Super Tuesday
This Tuesday, voters in many parts of the country, including Georgia, will take part in the phenomenon known as Super Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, perhaps even as early as Tuesday night, the people's preference for presidential candidates will be very much in focus: 16 states will have held primaries or caucuses elections to help choose both the Democratic and Republican party nominees in the race to become president of the United States. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

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

Investigators seek identity of slain man
Richmond County investigators sent the body of a slain man found shot off Ninth Street to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta on Saturday in hopes of identifying him. Richmond County Sheriff's Department received the call at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday from area residents who heard gunshots, Investigator Steve Tovar said. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Lawmaker dismisses allegations
Luckily for Joey Brush, Georgia's Senate is not like baseball: Three strikes doesn't necessarily mean he's out. A year after being accused of nodding off during a committee meeting in Atlanta, Mr. Brush has had two political swings and misses since the legislative session began in January: participating in the perceived back-door attempts to install a chief executive officer in Columbia County and allegations from one of the state's top public safety officer that the senator tried in vain to get a speeding ticket dismissed. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

North Augusta under water warning
NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta residents remain under a boil water advisory at least through the weekend. Samples taken from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control show no signs of contamination, however. But city officials aren't taking any chances. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Cremins goes out with victory
ATLANTA -- In a fit of exhilaration, Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins raced to center court, flung his arms up and hopped with glee. The ``Bobby Bounce'' won't be a national craze, but it exemplified his passion and loyalty to Georgia Tech. In his Alexander Coliseum swan-song, Cremins shared his team's exuberance after a 85-69 drubbing of Clemson on Saturday. Banners commemorating three ACC Tournament championships won during Cremins' tenure hovered over the floppy-haired basketball icon as his team harnessed its emotion to provide the ACC's third-winningest coach a victory in his final home game. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

North Augusta under water warning
NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta residents remain under a boil water advisory at least through the weekend.

Aiken Tech earns trip to national tournament
LANGLEY, S.C. -- For a while, it had all the makings of a memorable championship game. Then, in the blink of an eye, Aiken Tech turned the Region 10 championship game into a massacre. The Knights romped over Rockingham Community College 104-73 Saturday to advance to the national junior college tournament, which will be played March 15-20 in Danville, Ill. 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

Freestyle inspiration

On a health quest

Project receives stunning response

Center puts focus on weight, health

Floored by a painted carpet

Official keeps title after the term ends

Inventor's creativity finds its way into print

Did sea monster prowl North Atlantic?

Honor Guests introduced at Augusta Assembly ball

A place to call home

Competition honors artistic promise

Faith digest

Cantor, temple choir to premiere commissioned work

Book approaches women's issues from Spirit

Teacher contends for state title

Timeless art
Fredlyne Flack, of Greenville, S.C., looks over a quilt made by Martha Hartz called A Floral Tribute to the Quilter of Baltimore. The quilt took best of show at Aiken County Historical Museum's Our Future is Our Past show, on display through April 26.

Good deal

Community welcomes health facility

Candidates prepare for Super Tuesday
This Tuesday, voters in many parts of the country, including Georgia, will take part in the phenomenon known as Super Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, perhaps even as early as Tuesday night, the people's preference for presidential candidates will be very much in focus: 16 states will have held primaries or caucuses elections to help choose both the Democratic and Republican party nominees in the race to become president of the United States. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Lawmaker dismisses allegations

Local police condemn racial profiling

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.

House approves bill protecting newborns

Candidates prepare for Super Tuesday

Stallions team lacks lease, locker rooms

Burke named head of St. Pat's parade

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.''

Heart Walk raises funds for research

Across the area

Candidates prepare for Super Tuesday

Legislators, AMA push for patients' bill of rights

Aiken Tech earns trip to national tournament

Counting the costs
Richmond County residents have been told annually which intersections have the most auto wrecks. Soon they will know which are the deadliest and most costly.

Cremins overwhelmed by fans

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.

Timeless art

Lawmaker dismisses allegations
Luckily for Joey Brush, Georgia's Senate is not like baseball: Three strikes doesn't necessarily mean he's out.

Lawmaker dismisses allegations

Butler student charged with making terroristic threats

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.

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.

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.

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.

Museum carnival has world flavor

Craft fair spurs originality

Local teacher nominated for award

Officials affirm call for new flag

SRS safety architect retires

Mediator settles suit before trial

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.

End to SRS immunity sought

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: Man's body sent for identification
Richmond County investigators sent the body of a slain man found off Ninth Street to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta on Saturday in hopes of identifying him.

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.

Burke named head of St. Pat's parade
The waiting list to join Augusta's prestigious club for Irish-Americans isn't half as long after an annual gala at the downtown Ramada Inn on Saturday.

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

Committee discusses Stallions

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.

Heart Walk raises funds for research
AIKEN -- It was a walk Bill Shingler couldn't have made 14 years ago. Before triple bypass surgery, treading the length of a soccer field was hell enough.

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.

Fire station fills jugs
NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta residents remain under a boil-water advisory at least through the weekend after a water main broke.

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.

Fire station fills jugs

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.

Mayor rejects gas chamber for animals

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.

Across the area: Man's body sent for identification

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.

Community welcomes health facility
Richmond County Health Department has a new place to serve the community. More than 150 people crowded under a tent Saturday for the dedication of the newest location of the health department at 950 Laney-Walker Blvd.

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.

Cremins goes out with victory

Jazz tops Hornets

Starks won't play while awaiting next decision

Kukoc stops by to see old pals in first trip back

Hawks end losing streak

Cavs get past Clips

Kukoc wins in return to Chicago

Rockets win in OT

Wizards edge Pistons

Mrs. Reba Carroll
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Reba F. Carroll, 73, of Windsor Spring Road, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. John Richardson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John ``J.W.'' Richardson, 64, of Lee Street, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Samuel Kitchings
AIKEN -- Mr. Samuel Kitchings, 69, of Tennessee Avenue, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Steven Broward
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Steven Neal Broward, 31, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Jane Norwood
THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Jane Elloise Webb Norwood, 89, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

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

Mrs. Gertrude Manning
Mrs Gertrude Roberts Manning, of Longleaf Court, died Wednesday, March 1, 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. 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. Preston Herlong
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Preston Bush Herlong, 79, of Two Mile Drive, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Johnnie Davis
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Johnnie Nance Davis, 81, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home.

Mr. James Adams Sr.
Mr. James A. Adams Sr., 84, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. William Bush
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William Preston Bush, 80, of Victorian Drive, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Richardson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John ``J.W.'' Richardson, 64, of Lee Street, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Doctors 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Mrs. Sharon Gilmer
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Sharon Dasher Gilmer, 45, of Manchester Court, died Thursday, March 2, 2000.

Dr. William Steed Sr.
Dr. William A. Steed Sr., 83, of Ingleside Drive, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Harry Scott
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Harry W. Scott, 74, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. William Bush
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William Preston Bush, 79, of Victorian Drive, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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. Frances Dunn
Mrs. Frances ``Oretha'' Dunn, 74, died Friday, March 3, 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.

Mrs. Lillie Williams
Mrs. Lillie V. Williams, of Ellis Street, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

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

Mrs. Capitola Dickens
Mrs. Capitola Carter ``Cap'' Dickens, 87, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Jennings Health Care.

Mrs. Zella Harper

Mrs. Gertrude Manning

Mr. John Richardson

Mrs. Johnnie Davis

Mr. Lewis Slaughter

Mr. Steven Broward

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.

Mrs. Jane Norwood

Mrs. Lillie Patterson

Dr. William Steed Sr.

Mr. James Adams Sr.

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.

Mr. Robert Heminger

Mrs. Lillie Williams

Mr. John Smith

Mr. Harry Scott

Mr. William Bush

Mrs. Sharon Gilmer

Mrs. Lula Mathis

Mr. Samuel Kitchings

Mr. Willie Holliday

Mr. John Richardson

Mr. Preston Herlong

Mr. William Bush

Mrs. Reba Carroll

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.

Kent: Barnes debuts; his bill gets a backlash
AFTER ARGENTINA'S Eva Peron made her European debut, the Evita song went ``Let's hear it for the rainbow tour. It's been an incredible success.'' The same could be said of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' national debut last Sunday on Meet the Press. It was an incredible success.

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.

Backs Al Gore candidacy
Politicians are saying that we have a surplus of tax money in our treasury, and that it belongs to the taxpayers. Louie L. Reddick, Waynesboro

Supports former POW for president
Re H. Piper's Feb. 17 letter about Arizona Sen. John McCain's decision on prisoner of war status: Larry Jarrett, USAF (Ret.), Warrenville

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

Kent: Barnes debuts; his bill gets a backlash
AFTER ARGENTINA'S Eva Peron made her European debut, the Evita song went ``Let's hear it for the rainbow tour. It's been an incredible success.'' The same could be said of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' national debut last Sunday on Meet the Press. It was an incredible success.

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

Hits coverage of brush with the law
As a teacher I find it very disturbing that the article about Sen. Joey Brush even made it to the papers. If we ran stories on everyone who ``supposedly'' tried to fix a ticket or file a complaint about our Georgia State Patrol, we would have a 500-page novel in our driveways each morning. Stacey Hughes, Grovetown

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

Opposes Barnes' education reform bill
The governor's education reform bill has caused considerable debate and interest during this legislative session. It is obvious the bill intends to reduce control for elected local boards and the State Department of Education. Although everyone agrees poorly performing schools must improve, politics should never be involved in such critical decisions. Kenneth Echols, Augusta

Takes offense to 'Boondocks' strip
I enjoy the comics and read them every day. The comic strip The Boondocks, however, is not a true comic strip. It belongs on the editorial page, if anywhere. Remember when you had to put Doonesberry on the editorial page? Carol Pride, Augusta

Urges Reagan admirers to back Bush
Just days before the national elections in 1980, I was fortunate to spend some time with Ronald Reagan. I was one of his young state chairmen in Mississippi, and he was on the verge of a victory that would change the nation and the world. Merle Temple, Evans

Defends senator in brush with police
How quickly we jump to condemn people when they land in an unfortunate situation. State Sen. Joey Brush's run-in with the Georgia Highway Patrol is a classic example of this unattractive human proclivity. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

Pass new balanced budget act
As the year progresses, Congress and President Clinton will have to deal with the spending caps imposed by the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. The caps were forced on Clinton by the GOP-led Congress as a means of balancing the federal budget by 2002.

Supports 'candidate of integrity'
Neighbors of Georgia, please remember those who served and will serve in our military in missions of peace and war. The recklessness and inexperience shown in Kosovo and in Haiti, the current lack of readiness, and the broken promises to veterans and present military people during the current administration must not continue. Wade Fulmer, Graniteville, SC

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.

Praises Kent's political column
I want to congratulate Phil Kent for his informative ``Politics as usual'' column in the Sunday Chronicle. He should become a nationally syndicated columnist. I take The Washington Times and he is as good or better than Cal Thomas, Paul Greenberg, William F. Buckley and William Rusher, just to name a few. Faber Hance, North Augusta

Compares two drug sentences
Augustan Louis E. Covar, who was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for possession of marijuana, is on his third drug offense. Ken Anderson, Grovetown

Hits candidate McCain's 'boasts'
I would not vote for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., under any circumstance. Nellie M. Pierce, Augusta

Stabilize museum funding
When Augusta implemented a penny hike in the hotel-motel tax two years ago, the idea was that the extra money should help various organizations and entities like museums to draw more visitors to Augusta.

Hits criticism of Keyes' speech
In a recent editorial Republican presidential candidate Dr. Alan Keyes was referred to as a ``braying moralizer.'' Daniel Munn, 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

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

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

Hephzibah outlasts Jackets

Bey makes annual journey

Soccer scores

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

Crash robs Martin of victory

Overtime: Ex-Gamecock Ellerbe wins ninth title

NASCAR notebook: Yates and Parrott get fast ride

Davenport hands Seles first 2000 loss

Rudd feels like rookie again; wins pole

ESPN plans $500 million expansion of world headquarters

A run in city of longshots

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

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.

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.

Plants will aid disposal
Savannah River Site soon might take a greater role in U.S. efforts to reduce Russia's stockpile of nuclear-weapons materials.

New Forest Service rule would make it tougher to build new roads
WASHINGTON -- The Forest Service today proposed to make it more difficult to build new roads in national forests.

New standards may boost already soaring industry
WASHINGTON -- Americans hunger for any food promoted as natural, consuming $6 billion worth of products labeled organic, often with no guarantee they actually were grown and processed without synthetic chemicals.

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.

Lawmakers press for satellite service in rural America
WASHINGTON -- When cable TV is unavailable and the antenna doesn't work, folks in rural America depend on satellites for local programming. But major satellite companies are under orders to beam local stations to only about one-fourth -- the largest -- of the nation's 211 media markets.

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.

What to do with a $50 million Y2K crisis center?
WASHINGTON -- Born out of fear that the New Year's date rollover would wreak havoc on the world's computers, the government's $50 million Y2K command center isn't commanding much these days.

FDA says leader of fatal gene therapy experiment violated rules
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration accused a University of Pennsylvania researcher Friday of violating safety regulations in a gene therapy experiment in which a patient died.

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.

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.

Study: Losing a little weight pays off in big health benefits
SAN DIEGO -- Overweight people who manage to lose just a little bit of weight -- even just a pound a year -- may substantially lower their risk of high blood pressure.

Teen hacker denies involvement in crippling Internet assault

Software aids class selections

PC virus unleashed on Athens

Lawmakers press for satellite service in rural America

Court: EPA can regulate power plant emmissions

FDA says leader of fatal gene therapy experiment violated rules

Solo balloonist ends round-the-world attempt in Asia

What to do with a $50 million Y2K crisis center?

Study: Losing a little weight pays off in big health benefits

New Forest Service rule would make it tougher to build new roads

Plants will aid disposal

New standards may boost already soaring industry

Turbine proposal attacked