DiMaggio items highlight upcoming sports auction

Mets rock Braves

Spring training roundup: McGwire hits first homer of spring

Sosa's two homers lift Cubs to win

Braves notebook

Braves' Millholland adjusts to starting role

Astros top Dodgers

Another good day for Irabu -- more ahead in Montreal?

Avery continues recovery

Not all new ideas are successful

Area's economy slows slightly

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mostly lower Friday as the Dow Jones industrial average fell 81.91 to 9,928.82, capping a highly volatile week. The Dow fell 438.38 points for the week, a loss of 4.2 percent.

Area's economy slows slightly
ATLANTA -- After leading the nation for months, the Southeast's economic growth has begun to lag behind that of the rest of the country and is slowing further, according to reports released this week.

GPB to make improvements
Claude Vickers has been working for nearly a year toward correcting an $8 million deficit in Georgia Public Broadcasting's budget, replacing four broadcasting directors last month as a part of ongoing restructuring moves.

Local gas prices
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Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Top executives of U S West Inc., the Denver-based Baby Bell, have joined their counterparts at Qwest Communications Inc. at the bargaining table to negotiate a three-way tie up with Deutsche Telekom AG.

Local gas prices

GPB to make improvements

Business briefs

Defeat ends Dogs' misery

Blue Devils set 3-point record, roll past Tigers

Bearcats' Martin breaks leg

Penn State defeats Ohio State

Syracuse upset by Georgetown in quarterfinals

Kitchings takes game to next level

MAC has great first run at Gund

Connecticut controls Georgetown

Temple routs Virginia Tech; Tulsa, Kansas post easy wins

Gamecocks top 'Bama

Undercover officers keeping tabs on LSU's top players

Auburn tops No. 11 Florida

Langhi propels Vandy

Cremins handed last loss

ACC roundup

Tigers already looking to future

Wants comparative religion taught

Backs change at Sheriff's Department
About the upcoming Richmond County Sheriff's election: Why should we even have an electionwhen all you hear around town is this election is ``sewed up.'' Does Sheriff Charlie Webster realize most of us do have a mind of our own, and that if we opt for his so-called ``best man,'' (Chief Deputy) Ronnie Strength, that Mr. Strength's past and experience speak for themselves.Brenda King, Augusta

Blasts publication of dog's picture

Urges on-line voting for freedom

Hits Animal Control operation, chief

Reproves Animal Control director

Hits candidate's `inflammatory' words

Questions parents in sex charges case

Deplores `N' word at SRS

Slaps critic of politicians' pictures

Sympathizes with `victim' Rocker

Says this is Georgia, not California

License to assault?

The wrong Rx for nurses

Actress inspired by role of famous gospel singer
Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson propelled herself to stardom on the strength of her faith, her convictions and her incredible voice. Often referred to as the greatest gospel singer ever, and the voice of the civil rights movement, Ms. Jackson established a career that continues to reverberate today.

Production will make audiences think, actress says
Inspired by the rule of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, Ariel Dorfman's play Death and the Maiden is populated with theatrical anomalies.

World Day Celebration honors city's diversity
Augustans will be offered a free glimpse Saturday at some of the cultures that make up their diverse community.

Devotion, duty must be balanced
There must be some sort of connection with the name Martha and entertaining at home. I find it interesting that 2,000 years before one Martha (Martha Stewart) became renowned for her acute knowledge and skills at homemaking that another Martha was recorded in the Bible as an anxious hostess for a very special guest.

Oriental offerings
Hydrangeas have been a staple in Southern gardens for more than a century. Although many native varieties have sprouted, expanding the range of colors and shapes of hydrangeas, their origin is not Southern -- it's Japanese.

Spreading the story
Frankye Jones spent Sunday afternoon going door-to-door in her National Hills neighborhood leaving a gift she trusts will change her neighbors' lives.

Event celebrates Irish homeland
The Augusta Irish American Heritage Society will transform Sacred Heart Cultural Center into a slice of authentic Erin for its annual Evening in Ireland program on Saturday.

Sisters break racial barriers with their songs
People used to make fun of the Kimmey sisters -- they are black but sound white.

A divine diva
For more than 25 years, Chaka Khan has flexed her diva muscle. During that time, she has experimented with popular music, mixing up potent brews of soul, funk, rock, pop and jazz.

Faith digest
Some 200 Bible Bowl contenders and their sponsors will hold their monthly competition starting at 8:30 a.m. today at Fleming Christian Church, 2526 Lumpkin Road. The Georgia Bible Bowl League will have the largest representation, but players also will come from Alabama, the Carolinas and Tennessee.

Organic gardening has many benefits
Why do we want to promote organic gardening? Because organic gardening incorporates management practices that reduce reliance on pesticides, promotes a healthy plant and saves water.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tommy Scott and the "last real medicine show"
Happy memories of ``Ramblin''' Tommy Scott came to mind a couple of Sundays ago when his Oriental-inspired home in Toccoa, Ga., was featured on the Home & Garden network's Extreme Homes.

Minister teaches practical ways to show Christian love
If Jesus were here, he'd be washing cars instead of feet and showing love in other tangible ways, said Steve Sjogren, the Cincinnati pastor who started servant evangelism.

Don't knock the wind; it's a great fishing 'partner'

Hayes takes one shot lead in Honda Classic

Storm haults Kandy Waters Memorial Classic

Spence moves up in Qatar Masters

Green, Ahern share Audi Senior Classic lead

Calm winds lead to low scoring at Honda

Thee tied at 5-under par

Lady Hawks defend state title Saturday

Morning skate a hockey tradition

Goalie's status in question as team officials await report

Lynx rally for win over Tallahassee

NHL announces goaltender award

Flyers snap Capitals' streak

Devils crush Thrashers

Being quick on the faceoff is key

Lynx ledger

Not all new ideas are successful
Macaroni and cheese on a stick? It's no joke, but a real product recently praised by the Marketing Intelligence Service Ltd. of New York for its modern innovation.

Scientist: Future looks bright for isotope production
Local developers who want to pursue an isotope-production plant should be wary of pitfalls in the market, a federal scientist said Thursday. ``I need to bring a little more realism'' to some visions of the isotope industry, said Emory Collins, a senior technical adviser at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mr. Collins was the featured speaker at a breakfast hosted by Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, an SRS lobbying group. Full story" -- The Augusta Chronicle

Council to announce new award
The Greater Augusta Sports Council will announce this afternoon that it will sponsor the Ray Guy Award, a national college football award honoring the nation's top collegiate punter.

A divine diva

Actress inspired by role of famous gospel singer

Sisters break racial barriers with their songs

Spreading the story

Organic gardening has many benefits

Production will make audiences think, actress says

Oriental offerings

World Day Celebration honors city's diversity

Event celebrates Irish homeland

Faith digest

Devotion, duty must be balanced

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tommy Scott and the "last real medicine show"

Spring break

Cow remains loose in residential area
All but one of a bevy of cows that caused a ruckus in North Augusta this week have been rounded up, but police and animal control officers say the heifer on the run could still be a hazard if it wanders back into the roadway.

Scientist: Future looks bright for isotope production

Schools consider shorter lunch periods

Man keeps his church in holiday festivities
Countless Irish blessings have been offered within the walls of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. But never has one been posted on its outside -- until Thursday.

Savannah site named landmark

Georgia's health plan steers workers to PPO

Council to announce new award

Defendant acquitted in shooting

Few expect tourism slump over high gas prices

Canal cleanup uncovers hidden history
The Augusta Canal continues to yield surprises. Wells Holland, whose company was hired by the Canal Authority to dredge tons of silt and mud from the canal bottom, was surprised to strike wooden beams while working near Chafee Park.

Landowner, city officials reach deal on dump site

Augusta's gas prices among nation's lowest
Filling up your tank these days is painful, but it could be a lot worse. In fact, local residents should consider themselves lucky, because Augusta is (and has been for years) one of the cheapest places in the country to buy gas.

Woman left gang for graduate school

Blood center seeks donations for injured men

Across the area: Census undercount could cost millions

Kiwanis Club picks 14 STAR students

Schools consider shorter lunch periods
Lunch time in a Columbia County high school often includes more than food. Students study, do homework and socialize with friends.

Cow remains loose in residential area

Landowner, city officials reach deal on dump site
They call it junkyard diplomacy.

Trees cut without permission of city
A top official in the city's Public Works Department violated a county ordinance when he had 15 trees surrounding the Municipal Building trimmed without a permit last month, Augusta officials said.

Ceremony site gets approval
The Richmond County school board voted Thursday to continue having its 10 high school graduations at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department arrested two men Friday who were wanted for the March 4 fatal shooting of a man off Ninth Street.

Spring break
Moms Amy Terry (left) and Donna Edwards chat after a picnic, as daughters, Hannah Terry, 2 (center left), and Madelyn Edwards, 2, munch on chips. The foursome was at Virginia Acres in Aiken on Thursday, enjoying the warm weather.

Much said, little decided at final public meeting over zoning

Democrats weigh in at caucuses
Far from last month's rough-and-tumble GOP contest, Thursday night's South Carolina Democratic caucuses were more about filling out paperwork and chatting with friends than choosing a president.

Group OKs bill on stucco

Businesses feel effects of rising gas prices
Harry Siddall knows his crystal ball was a little hazy this year.

Man keeps his church in holiday festivities

Much said, little decided at final public meeting over zoning
EDGEFIELD -- Close to 200 people packed Edgefield County courthouse Thursday night to have their say at the last of six public meetings on countywide zoning.

Larmer resigns

Larmer resigns
Augusta's beleaguered animal control Director Jim Larmer resigned Thursday, but asked to stay on for six more months.

County panel will study government operations

Drug factory had far reach
Drug trafficking from a south Augusta marijuana factory -- shut down in a police raid Tuesday -- extended to coastal South Carolina and possibly to Atlanta, a Richmond County sheriff's investigator said Thursday.

Augusta's gas prices among nation's lowest

Businesses feel effects of rising gas prices
Harry Siddall knows his crystal ball was a little hazy this year.

Ceremony site gets approval

Democrats weigh in at caucuses

Water bill faces opposition

Few expect tourism slump over high gas prices
Rising gas prices might prompt some travelers to shorten their trips, eat out less while vacationing or buy fewer souvenirs, but they won't stop people from making trips to popular hot spots, according to the American Automobile Association.

Larmer vacates position

Defendant acquitted in shooting
A jury deliberated less than an hour Thursday before acquitting Lorenzo Dexter Lindsey of all charges in the 1997 drive-by shooting death of an elderly Augusta woman.

Thanks, Mom
With play time almost over, Scott Lucas, 2, is more than happy to give his mother, Colleen Lucas, a big thank-you hug.

Across the area: Census undercount could cost millions
Augusta could lose an estimated $12.8 million in federal funds during the next decade if residents fail to return their census questionaires, a study released Thursday said.

Blood center seeks donations for injured men
Two construction workers from Greenville, S.C., who were horribly burned in an accident are causing an emergency appeal for blood from Shepeard Community Blood Center.

Klansmen set march for today
SALLEY -- Folks at Salley Baptist Church have quietly prayed for the past month that Ku Klux Klan rallies today in their small town and up the road at Wagener are as peaceful as such things can be.

Water bill faces opposition
A bill that would create a water authority to take over the Augusta waterworks is expected to pass out of the Georgia House on Monday and go to the Senate.

Savannah site named landmark
It took Jeff Reed six months to write the draft proposal to get Old Fort Jackson designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Marriages turn out to be scams
It took one week to sweep Ms. Williams off her feet. Only days after meeting a charming ex-POW at a Beaufort veteran's club, she vowed to love him as long as he lived.

Woman left gang for graduate school
SAVANNAH -- Every child is an at-risk youth. That was a recurring theme during the four-day Georgia Southern University-sponsored National Youth-At-Risk Conference in Savannah.

Illegal storm drain tracked
State environmental regulators have ordered Augusta to correct an apparent illegal sewage discharge into the Savannah River. During the Jan. 16 river drawdown, Georgia Environmental Protection Division inspectors noticed a storm drain flowing into the river below the usual water line.

Group OKs bill on stucco
ATLANTA -- A Georgia Senate committee Thursday approved a new version of a House bill aimed at defective home construction, despite objections from the sponsor that it's unconstitutional.

County panel will study government operations
Columbia County is taking the first steps to formulate a task force to study the way the county government operates. Commissioners met with other elected officials Friday asking for input into questions that will be on the November general election ballot and to request names for this task force. During the current legislative session, state representatives will present a bill to publish the questions on the ballot.

Two men charged in BB shootings
Investigators with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office have arrested a second person believed to be involved in several BB gun shooting cases in Columbia County dating back to January 1999.

Georgia's health plan steers workers to PPO
ATLANTA -- State and school system employees, retirees and dependents who resist switching to managed care are in for big health-insurance premium increases under a plan approved this week.

Eviction measure outlined
Augusta commissioners will consider an ordinance Wednesday that City Administrator Randy Oliver said neighborhood groups will love and landlords won't.

Businesses feel effects of rising gas prices

Kiwanis Club picks 14 STAR students
These 14 students have been named STAR students for their respective schools. To receive the awards, the students must achieve the highest score on the SAT test and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

Klansmen set march for today

Marriages turn out to be scams

School shares blame for uproar

Ill effects prompt fire inspection
State health authorities are trying to find out if a fire that won't go out in rural Barnwell County is causing residents to get sick. Two people have reported respiratory problems, headaches and nausea after eight days' exposure to thick yellow smoke from a nearby pit, where debris including creosote has burned for more than a week. Davida Matthews says she also has developed lesions on her lips, mouth, throat and nostrils during the week that the fire has smoldered on property adjacent to the 15-acre tract where she and Charlie Pittman live.

Businesses feel effects of rising gas prices

Larmer vacates position
Augusta's beleaguered animal control Director Jim Larmer resigned Thursday, but asked to stay on for six more months.

Ill effects prompt fire inspection

Across the area

School shares blame for uproar
MONETTA -- New Yorkers who want to build a less-than-welcome private school near this tiny peach town admit they are partly to blame for a rash of rumors about the project.

Eviction measure outlined

Illegal storm drain tracked

Celtics top Bulls

Spurs rout Hawks; Pacers beat Blazers

Clippers forward anxious for future

Calipari leaves Sixers for Memphis

Bird will wear mike, reluctantly

Mrs. Evelle Cooper
Mrs. Evelle Whitfield Cooper, of Walnut Hill Drive, Evans, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Sammie Ivey
ATLANTA -- Mr. Sammie D. Ivey died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Willie Moore
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Willie Mae Brooks Moore, 81, of Simmons Road, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Shellie Sapp Sr.
Mr. Shellie Sapp Sr., of Winston Way, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Anne Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Mr. Paul Baird
AIKEN -- Mr. Paul Baird, 83, of Doral Street, died Friday, March 10, 2000.

Mr. Anthony Wiggins
Mr. Anthony J. Wiggins, 29, of Bramblewood Drive, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Libbey Kent
ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Ms. Libbey S. Kent, 33, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mable Friskey
BONEVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mable French Friskey, 91, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Warrenton Rehabilitation Center, Warrenton.

Mrs. Louise Brown
Mrs. Louise Herrington Brown, 75, of Blanchard Road, Evans, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Janie Roberson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Janie M. Roberson, of College Street, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Essie Davis
GIBSON, Ga. -- Miss Essie Davis, 81, of County Line Road, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Warrenton Health & Rehabilitation Center, Warrenton.

Mrs. Rose Russell
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Rose Lee Coker Russell, 82, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Junius Pitmon Jr.
Mr. Junius Leon Pitmon Jr., 74, of Postell Drive, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Lester Hobbs
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Otis Lester Hobbs, 80, of King Way, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

Mrs. Shirley Glanton
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Shirley Rodgers Glanton, 52, of South Carolina Highway 378 East, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jeffrey Stone
THOMSON -- Mr. Jeffrey Edwin Stone, 32, of Ellington Drive, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Edward Snipes Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Edward B. ``Eddy'' Snipes Jr., 29, of Snipes Road, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Ms. Carolyn Jackson
Ms. Carolyn Jackson, 51, of Inwood Drive, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Catherine Norman
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Catherine Jenkins Norman, of East Eighth Street, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. John Barfield
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. John H. Barfield, of Calhoun Street, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care Center, Williston.

Mrs. Margaret McFarland
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- Mrs. Margaret Wilson McFarland, 59, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Annie Murray
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Lizzie Murray, of Carver Street, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at her residence. She was 102.

Ms. Dorothy Burnett
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ms. Dorothy Burnett, 49, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Enid Nicholls
Mrs. Enid M. Nicholls, 66, of Andover Drive, Evans, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. David Fulmer
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. David L. Fulmer, 79, of Ergle Street, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Lisa Peterson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Lisa Ann Peterson, 46, of Fox Creek Drive, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Gary Bradshaw
Mr. Gary Bradshaw, 37, of Boy Scout Court, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Sylister Jenkins
Mr. Sylister ``Little Booster'' Jenkins, 51, of Ridgedale Road, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Byron Carter
Mr. Byron Carter, of Olive Road, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Gary Jones
Mr. Gary Clarence ``Big Gary'' Jones, 33, of Sullivan Road, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Leila Swann
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Leila Mae Swann, 88, of Crawfordville Road, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital, Gainesville.

Mr. Randy Robinson
VARNVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Randy Robinson, 22, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mr. Thomas Redfern
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mr. Thomas Christopher ``Chris'' Redfern, 22, of Georgia Highway 15 North, died Friday, March 10, 2000.

Mrs. Daisy Walker
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Daisy Lee Walker, 75, of Beech Street, died Friday, March 3, 2000.

Mrs. Cleo Tullis
Mrs. Cleo R. Tullis, 85, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Ena Bynum
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Ena Bynum, 22, of Dale Street, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

Mr. Lloyd Allen
VARNVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Lloyd Allen, 78, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Roper Hospital, Charleston.

Mrs. Enid Nicholls
Mrs. Enid M. Nicholls, 66, of Andover Drive, Evans, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Bessie Heath
SPARTA, Ga. -- Ms. Bessie Mae Heath, 66, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Middle Georgia Hospital, Macon.

Mr. Gary Johnson
Mr. Gary Clarence ``Big Gary'' Johnson, 33, of Sullivan Road, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Henry Padgett Sr.
MONETTA, S.C. -- Mr. Henry Albert Padgett Sr., 93, died Thursday, March 9, 2000.

Mr. Paul Baird

Ms. Bessie Heath

Mrs. Annie Murray

Mrs. Daisy Walker

Mr. Jeffrey Stone

Mr. Gary Johnson

Mr. Shellie Sapp Sr.

Mrs. Willie Moore

Mr. Thomas Redfern

Mrs. Shirley Glanton

Mr. Sylister Jenkins

Mr. Ena Bynum

Mr. David Fulmer

Mrs. Cleo Tullis

Mr. Henry Padgett Sr.

Mrs. Leila Swann

Mrs. Rose Russell

Ms. Lisa Peterson

Mrs. Catherine Norman

Mr. Junius Pitmon Jr.

Mrs. Louise Brown

Mrs. Enid Nicholls

Mr. Sammie Ivey

Ms. Libbey Kent

Mr. Lester Hobbs

Mr. Byron Carter

Mr. Randy Robinson

Mr. Lloyd Allen

Mrs. Enid Nicholls

Mr. Edward Snipes Jr.

Ms. Carolyn Jackson

Sisler: Where to get help for fixing the unfixable
``HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Threescore men and threescore more cannot place Humpty Dumpty as he was before.'' In 1810, when the riddle first appeared in print, neither the king's men nor his horses attempted the repairs of the world's most famous egg. Regardless of the form in which you memorized it, the message of Humpty Dumpty is the same: Some things cannot be fixed.

Wants comparative religion taught
Regarding David Sisler's excellent March 4 column on teaching the Bible in public schools: Susan Pitts, Augusta

License to assault?
The National Hockey League -- and more than a few sportswriters -- are upset that Boston Bruins ``enforcer'' Marty McSorley was charged in a Canadian court for assaulting Vancouver Canucks Donald Brashear, severely injuring him.

Hits Animal Control operation, chief
I no longer can remain silent about the deplorable conditions at the Richmond County Animal Control facility. The recent senseless execution of more than 80 animals is ridiculous and just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Katherine Schrenko Cooper, Martinez

The wrong Rx for nurses
Given the choice, we all want the best doctors we can find to diagnose and treat us. We also we want the best health care we can afford.

N. Augusta water woe
It seems as though there's always a new water problem springing up somewhere in the area, if not in Augusta, then North Augusta. After North Augusta's March 3 water main break, residents are asking questions.

Don't bank on this deal
'`He's not going to move the accounts from the bank.'' With those defiant words, a spokesman declares that Georgia Corrections Department Commissioner Jim Wetherington has no plans to transfer millions of department dollars from two accounts in a bank that is controlled by a company in which he owns more than $100,000 in stock.

Hits lack of respect for animal life
Regarding Sylvia Cooper's March 3 Augusta Chronicle article entitled ``Animal gas chamber debated'': Irina Jocher, RN, Blythe

Backs change at Sheriff's Department
About the upcoming Richmond County Sheriff's election: Why should we even have an electionwhen all you hear around town is this election is ``sewed up.'' Does Sheriff Charlie Webster realize most of us do have a mind of our own, and that if we opt for his so-called ``best man,'' (Chief Deputy) Ronnie Strength, that Mr. Strength's past and experience speak for themselves. Brenda King, Augusta

Asks education reform include basics
With all the talk about education reform in the news, I could not restrain myself from writing. I have two sons in elementary school, so I have experience with our public education system. Eddie B. Hulsey, Evans

Wants `noisome squatters' evicted
Congratulations are in order to the city of Augusta for finally burning down one of the squatters' cabins and evicting the longtime residents of two other cabins. Those squatters have lived quietly and peaceably, with the ever-increasing activity in their ``yards,'' for too many years now. It is high time that the city is off to this admirable start in the eviction proceedings. Robert McCranie, Augusta

Urges on-line voting for freedom
Alaska and Arizona vote on-line. Can a true or direct democracy be far behind? Our founding fathers really wanted a true democracy, but couldn't figure how to implement it in the cities. They settled for second best. A representative government allows corruption, bribery, vote buying and numerous other faults. In a true democracy, the representatives would only propose laws and the voters would vote for or against these proposed laws. All the lobbyists would leave Washington, D.C., and probably most of the politicians since, in effect, they would have no power. Oren M. Folden, North Augusta

Hits candidate's `inflammatory' words
Hits candidate's `inflammatory' words These words were used at the Apollo Theatre in New York City's Harlem before a black audience last week. The words ``white extreme, rebel flag- Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Says this is Georgia, not California
It is disappointing to me that Randy Sprague (letter, Mar. 6) did not feel I answered his letter satisfactorily. State Sen. Joey Brush, Appling

Back tough abuse law
How many child abusers in South Carolina get off with light sentences because the law encourages prosecutors to accept pleas to lesser offenses?

Sisler: Where to get help for fixing the unfixable
``HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Threescore men and threescore more cannot place Humpty Dumpty as he was before.'' In 1810, when the riddle first appeared in print, neither the king's men nor his horses attempted the repairs of the world's most famous egg. Regardless of the form in which you memorized it, the message of Humpty Dumpty is the same: Some things cannot be fixed.

Sympathizes with `victim' Rocker
The liberal element in our society was horrified at the storm of protest generated by the humiliation of John Rocker. He reacted as any normal young man would who was viciously and personally attacked by a mindless mob. He shot back -- and since our cities are not very nice places, he had plenty of very hurtful and overwhelmingly truthful comments to make. The mind police then forced this young man to undergo psychiatric evaluation and a series of humiliating, mind-altering sessions designed to brainwash young Rocker into the Politically Correct liberal they wanted. Milton Gresham, Evans

Deplores `N' word at SRS
During the airing of a recent 60 Minutes, Westinghouse Savannah River Co. President Joseph Buggy admitted he personally witnessed a Caucasian employee call an African American employee the ``N'' word at the site without taking any formal disciplinary action. Lauretta D. Gordon, Augusta

Offers thoughts on education, water
Readers are being inundated with the political information regarding our schools, which we do need. Would it be possible to have some material from the schools themselves, such as special projects, concerts, dinners, students who excel in studies and assignments, and some human interest items (not only sports)? The school staff itself could provide you with this information. It could be titled ``Area School News'' andbe featured at least once a week ... Eleanor Farrell, Augusta

Slaps critic of politicians' pictures
I recently read a ``Rant and Rave'' item from someone complaining about seeing a Republican politician's picture in the paper. I guess this individual was happier when he was seeing pictures of Monica and Bill Clinton during their ``struggles.'' The entire world was forced to review these minute-by-minute never-ending lies which ultimately left the world with the knowledge that America has nothing better to do than to be a witness to this sorry day in our history. Dale Sylvester, North Augusta

Questions parents in sex charges case
As parents, we all want to keep our children out of harm's way. But, when we find out that our children are not as innocent as we thought, what do we do? F.H. Harrison, North Augusta

Blasts publication of dog's picture
You should be ashamed of yourselves. It is bad enough that 82 dogs were put down, but even worse that a picture of one of these unfortunate creatures was on the Feb. 26 front page. Ann Miller, Martinez

Reproves Animal Control director
Why do we keep putting up with Jim Larmer? He is horrible! Lynda White, Augusta

Rally familiar for Bears

Greenbrier girls coach steps down

Track star gives back to Butler

Overtime: Reports say Marino will call it quits

Marino to announce retirement Monday

Hula Bowl "uninvites" Texas coach Mack Brown

Jarrett finds solution to winning race poles

Rebels run away with win

Overtime: Lewis enters innocent plea in murder case

Olympic committee's plans would include rebuilding stadium

Elliott switching to Dodge

Government seeks advice on new legal tools to police Internet
WASHINGTON -- A Clinton administration study group reported Thursday that law enforcement needs new tools to police the Internet but called for further advice from the private sector before endorsing specific legislation.

Isotopes warning delivered
Local developers who want to pursue an isotope-production plant should be wary of pitfalls in the market, a federal scientist said Thursday.

Microsoft unveils game `box'
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Microsoft Corp.'s new X-Box entertainment game console may have gained a number of converts among skeptical developers Friday, though whether that will translate to commercial success against already formidable competition is far from certain.

Film plans shooting session aboard Mir
STAR CITY, Russia -- It could be a hair-raising moment even for the crisis-ridden Mir space station -- an actor alone in the orbiting vessel as his two crewmates go for a spacewalk.

Report: Cutbacks threaten shuttle safety
HOUSTON -- Shrinking NASA budgets and staffing over the years have jeopardized the safety of the agency's space shuttle program, a panel of aerospace experts says.

Microsoft ready to announce gaming machine
Software goliath Microsoft is expected to announce Friday that it's prepared to go head-to-head with electronics giant Sony for control of the digital era's living room.

Online tax preparation usually secure
WASHINGTON -- People entering the brave new Internet world with their most personal financial information -- using online tax preparation services -- should take care to ensure the sites respect the privacy of taxpayer information and can transmit returns securely, experts warn.

Teen-ager arrested on hacking charge
CONCORD, N.H. -- A 17-year-old computer hacker questioned by the FBI about crippling attacks on major Internet sites last month has been charged with vandalizing an anti-drug Web site.

Winter flu season was not out of the ordinary, CDC says
ATLANTA -- As bad as the outbreak looked a couple of months ago, this winter's flu season was no more ferocious than any of the past five years, the government said Thursday.

British abortions rise 20 percent after millennium party season
If Britain's National Health Service experienced a similar increase in the number of abortions performed, quarterly figures due to be released at the end of March by the service could show as many as 9,000 additional women sought abortions, as compared to the same period last year.

Largest meat-eating dinosaur unearthed
Scientists have discovered the bones of what could be largest meat-eating dinosaur ever to walk the Earth -- a needle-nosed, razor-toothed beast that may have more terrifying than even the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Film plans shooting session aboard Mir

Winter flu season was not out of the ordinary, CDC says

Largest meat-eating dinosaur unearthed

Government seeks advice on new legal tools to police Internet

Microsoft unveils game `box'

Online tax preparation usually secure

Report: Cutbacks threaten shuttle safety

Isotopes warning delivered

Teen-ager arrested on hacking charge

British abortions rise 20 percent after millennium party season