Writers' conference expands musically
The Sandhills Writers' Conference celebrates its 25th anniversary next week with the return of some favorite participants, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Royal's voice made it to game, but he didn't

Seeing Green
Even those with just a wee bit of green in their blood can get their Irish up today at the 23rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Grand illusions

'Present' actors superb
The Augusta Theatre Company opened its production of Noel Coward's Present Laughter March 9 to a small but receptive audience. Although the show got off at an uneven pace, and the cast is still working on developing a sense of ensemble, there were several very good individual performances.

Writers' conference expands musically

Animals to share table at cook-off
Lions and tigers and bears -- and racing cars and carnival rides and poisonous snakes and wild game on an open grill -- all figure into the Shelter and Advocacy Center for Abused Children's 11th Annual Cookin' for Kids.

Seeing Green

Ramblin' Rhodes: Royal's voice made it to game, but he didn't
A return to Bell Auditorium March 9 meant fond memories for 1960s rock and '80s country star Billy Joe Royal.

'Present' actors superb

Grand illusions
David Copperfield doesn't leap tall buildings in a single bound, but he can make them disappear. He also has been known to fly from time to time. Chances are, if asked nicely, he can also pull a rabbit out of a hat.

Choral concept changed
For many, the idea of choral music begins and ends with Handel's Messiah or a church rendition of Amazing Grace. The Augusta Choral Society is trying to change that perception.

Beaned college baseball player sues pitcher

Savannah St. sets national win record

Braves pitchers on track

Tigers' Gonzalez says 'Rangers won't win'

Glavine brothers team up for first time in exhibition

Crowds' applause in sync

Businessman buys vacant restaurant

Golden coins hard to find in Augusta area

Business briefs: Fannie Mae plans minority home loans
WASHINGTON -- Fannie Mae is launching a 10-year, $2 trillion campaign to finance home purchases by minorities, women, new immigrants and other underserved segments of American society.

Businessman buys vacant restaurant
A prominent Thomson businessman has added another parcel to his growing inventory of properties outside the Augusta National Golf Club.

Golden coins hard to find in Augusta area
It's not real gold. In fact, it's worth only a dollar. But the U.S. Mint's new golden dollar coin is a rare find at local banks and merchants.

Business briefs: State jobless rate up
ATLANTA -- Georgia's unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in February, up from 3.3 percent a month earlier, the state Labor Department said Thursday.

Business briefs: Fannie Mae plans minority home loans

Business briefs: State jobless rate up

Horses pull their weight economically

Richardson-Broyles rift considered real

SEC teams looking for redemption

Kentucky holds off St. Bonaventure

Hephzibah native makes big strides

Barkley, Postell to play despite investigations

LSU returns to winning ways

N'diaye block saves Auburn

Championship race begins in women's hoops

Knights defeated in opener

Wildcats survive thriller in 2 OTs

Blue Devils' lone senior earns ACC's top honor

Chaney favorite of many

Veterans key to avoiding missteps

UConn aiming for another title run

Syracuse downs Samford

Virginia lets lead slip away

Hurricanes' coach could replace Cremins

Purdue clips Dayton

Huggins: 'Don't count us out'

S.C.'s bad tax plan

Backs 'model citizen' in marijuana case

Questions events at rheumatoid clinic

Advises removing all flags, monuments

Decries 'assassins' at animal shelter

School councils fad

A bill for Ga. lawyers

Wants Larmer to leave shelter now

Offers ideas to improve animal control

A risk worth taking

Sports Council need

SRS health shockers

Supports prescriptive authority for nurses

Denies 'hero's coat' fits draft dodger

Clean forgotten
Every day, the clerks at the Brickle's Cleaners and Laundry in Evans look at the box in the corner collecting dust.

In the know
MR. SPEAKER: Author Richard Hyatt will sign copies of his book, Mr. Speaker, The Biography of Tom Murphy, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. The book about the presiding officer of the Georgia Hou

Capsules
The best-selling Merck Manual of Medical Information -- Home Edition is now available online for free, at www.merckhomeedition.com. It's ad-free and searchable.

Stop plant fungus before it spreads
Q: My pansies have purple spots on the leaves. What is it, and is there anything I can do about it?

Strawberry harvest
The sweetest delights of summer include fresh strawberries: strawberry shortcake, homemade strawberry ice cream and strawberry cream pie.

Golf spotlight shifts toward Webb

One-hit wonder matches Tiger for a day

Niclas Fasth leads Madeira Island Open

Golden Bear heads into Legends struggling

Jagr welcomes Penguins' changes, expects to play soon

Tiger Sharks devour Lynx

Ziggy Palffy sidelined for at least two weeks

Stars stop Devils

Thompson questions Lynx' desire

Isles top Thrashers; Canadiens tie Flyers

Lynx ledger

Lindros remains hospitalized

Stanley Cup champs honored by President

Goaltender Ed Belfour rejoins Stars after arrest

Crowds' applause in sync
Give modern science a hand.

Soldiers prepare for medical emergencies
It was like M.A.S.H. -- less the television show's comical cast of characters. The 249th Hospital, a tent city set up Thursday in Fort Gordon's boondocks, had been attacked by the an enemy armed with gases and firearms while medical personnel work tirelessly to save the lives of rubber dummies who suffer from gunshot wounds. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

City again fined for sewer system
The city of Augusta must pay an additional $3,750 for missing a state-imposed deadline for improving sewer lines along Rae's Creek. The penalty, specified in a consent order negotiated with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, is unrelated to a $160,000 fine the city is paying off in increments for other environmental violations. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Sheriff's Department offers reward
Richmond County Sheriff's Department offered Thursday to put up its own reward money for the capture of the driver who hit a 4-year-old Augusta girl Monday. The department is offering $500 from its own reward fund for information leading to the discovery of the car that hit Divine Thomasina Monroe on Monday or to the arrest of the driver, Chief Deputy Ronald Strength said. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Clean forgotten

Capsules

Strawberry harvest

In the know

Stop plant fungus before it spreads

Augusta airport plans disappointed by Delta
Upcoming efforts to improve air service and ticket prices at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field likely will focus less on the airport's biggest carrier, Delta Air Lines, after a Wednesday meeting with a senior official of the airline.

School reform bill passes House, Senate
ATLANTA -- The most sweeping school reform legislation in 16 years passed its final test Thursday when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a compromise version of the 179-page bill.

County revises projects scheduled for two cities

Spelling bee slated for Saturday
Pupils from area school districts will participate Saturday in the local qualifying round for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.

Churches get security lesson

State looks into board vote

Donation will fund expansion

Chief says he will quit second job

Officials file to be re-elected
AIKEN -- Sheriff Howard Sellers filed for a third term Thursday, promising he will seek state accreditation and reduce reliance on government grants to fund essential services if re-elected.

Lawmakers water down cruelty bill

Stucco bill moves on to House
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate passed legislation Thursday to make it easier for homeowners to collect for water damage caused by synthetic stucco siding, after rejecting a Savannah lawmaker's attempt to make the bill retroactive.

Senators approve injection

Drill mimics wartime medicine
In a tent city set-up deep in the wilderness on Fort Gordon, the 249th General Hospital was under attack.

Surveying of teachers draws fire
AIKEN -- South Carolina House Republicans who accused Gov. Jim Hodges of playing ``raw politics'' have been doing exactly the same thing, Aiken County school board Chairman John Bradley said Wednesday.

Campaign fund bill clears Senate

Corps might change view on lock and dam
The Army Corps of Engineers is eager to renegotiate its position on closing New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, according to a former congressman.

State looks into board vote
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Attorney General's Office has formally asked Clarke County Board of Education members if they privately planned the firing of former Superintendent Lucian Harris through discussions that were ``intended to circumvent'' state open public meetings laws.

Officials clash over adding workers
Keven Mack and Lee Beard appear to have a difference of opinion.

Jail gets trained medical help
EDGEFIELD -- Capt. Beverly Shields can hang up the doctor's coat she never should have worn.

School system to buy buses
At least 46 Richmond County school buses are expected to reach retirement age by next year.

Senators approve injection
ATLANTA -- Georgians convicted of capital crimes that occur on or after May 1 will face execution by lethal injection under legislation approved overwhelmingly Wednesday by the state Senate.

Advocate speaks for victims
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The letter announcing an upcoming parole hearing for inmate Charles Bradley landed on the desk of Anne Laver along with a note from Aiken Public Safety Chief Pete Frommer.

Former aide talks about candidates
The key to the Oval Office in November belongs to the man who can ``excite the public on issues'' and ``restore integrity into government,'' a former White House official said Thursday.

More flights doubtful
ATLANTA -- Augusta's air service is more likely to get worse than better, a senior official with Delta Air Lines told two dozen po-litical and business leaders Wednesday.

Across the area: Department raises hit-and-run reward

Chief says he will quit second job
Burke County's head of fire, ambulance and transit services Tuesday defended his decision to take on a second job and said he'll quit doubling as a campus officer if it jeopardizes the position he's held for 13 years.

Committee votes to close reservoir to public

Across the area: Man accidentally kills self with gun
An Augusta man accidentally shot himself dead early Wednesday morning after pointing what he thought was an unloaded gun at his face and pulling the trigger, investigators said.

Baker touts full-sentence mandate

Firm uses old SRS equipment
Savannah River Site executives took time Wednesday to tour a local business that has found new uses for old SRS equipment.

Stucco bill moves on to House

Neighbor starts fund for reward
Concerned over the safety of her three daughters and other children in the community, a neighbor of the 4-year-old Augusta girl critically injured by a hit-and-run driver established a reward fund Wednesday to assist police in finding the driver.

Surveying of teachers draws fire

Committee votes to close reservoir to public
Augusta's city reservoir off Highland Avenue is about to become a lot less like a park and much more like a drinking water treatment plant.

Lawmakers water down cruelty bill
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House weakened a controversial bill on animal cruelty Wednesday, reducing the penalties and removing neglect as an offense.

County revises projects scheduled for two cities
Twelve hours after Columbia County commissioners clashed with one another over how much sales tax money Harlem and Grovetown would receive, they presented a revised list of projects to representatives of the cities.

More flights doubtful

Attorneys argue fees in case
Each side got in its final word Wednesday about how much attorneys should be paid for winning a whistleblower's lawsuit, a legal battle that included a victorious detour to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Making of the Angels has soared for 50 years
Those who catch a glimpse of the dark, Navy-blue streaks racing across the heavens at Skyfest 2000 will be seeing a lot more than a few ace pilots showing off the tricks of the trade. They'll be witnessing a part of American military aviation history.

Sheriff's Department offers reward

Churches get security lesson
GRANITEVILLE -- A handful of church pastors and deacons met inside a house of God on Thursday to hear ways of keeping burglars and thieves out.

Trailblazing
Keyleum Smith, an employee of Ty Tyner, smooths gravel Wednesday afternoon on the greenway on Willow Street in Athens, Ga. The Willow Street Greenway project was made possible by local sales tax dollars.

Spelling bee slated for Saturday

Augusta airport plans disappointed by Delta

Baker touts full-sentence mandate
ATLANTA -- State prison inmates convicted of the most serious crimes should be forced to spend 100 percent of their sentences behind bars, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said Wednesday.

Drill mimics wartime medicine

Chamber OKs state budget plan
ATLANTA -- Georgia Senate Democrats sloughed off nine Republican amendments Thursday night and easily passed a $14.4 billion state budget for the next fiscal year.

Plan for city art goes nowhere

Donation will fund expansion
For years, the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta has wanted to expand into south Augusta, and with a $1 million donation, that dream may become a reality.

Neighbor starts fund for reward

Murderer recants his confession

Advocate speaks for victims

Savannah prepares for St. Pat's

Animal control under examination

MCG seniors find their futures

Augusta accepts penalty
Augusta's city government must pay an additional $3,750 for missing a state-imposed deadline for improving sewer lines along Rae's Creek.

Project revives town's past
THOMSON -- Stately homes with towering white columns, ominous bank buildings with glaring gargoyles, oak-framed lanes of gingerbread-trimmed houses -- they're easily recognized in their well-defined historic districts.

Plan for city art goes nowhere
The Downtown Development Authority's Art In The Round project has landed firmly in the rough.

Savannah prepares for St. Pat's
For the crowds of revelers, St. Patrick's Day means parades, parties and lots of beer.

Augusta accepts penalty

MCG seniors find their futures
The envelope prompted a piercing shriek from Jennifer Smith, who grabbed for her husband and her daughter Abbey.

School reform bill passes House, Senate

Soldiers prepare for medical emergencies

Across the area: Man accidentally kills self with gun

Former aide talks about candidates

Firm uses old SRS equipment

Corps might change view on lock and dam

Attorneys argue fees in case

Project revives town's past

Chamber OKs state budget plan

Jail gets trained medical help

Coroner seeks re-election
E. Leroy Sims, Richmond County's coroner for the past 13 years, said Thursday he will seek his fifth consecutive term this fall.

Campaign fund bill clears Senate
ATLANTA -- Virtually along party lines, Georgia Senate Democrats passed a campaign finance bill Wednesday that was branded a ``sham'' by their Republican colleagues because it increases contribution limits.

Across the area: Department raises hit-and-run reward
Richmond County Sheriff's Department offered Thursday to put up its own reward money for the capture of the driver who hit a 4-year-old Augusta girl Monday.

Animal control under examination
Richmond County Animal Control Advisory Board Chairwoman Sallie Manning finally got to tell city commissioners some of the board's concerns about the city pound Wednesday, and one of them has triggered an internal audit of the facility's records.

Murderer recants his confession
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- A Burke County man who saved himself from a possible death sentence by pleading guilty just five years after his uncle died on death row, tried unsuccessfully Thursday to withdraw his plea.

Plan backs early water limits
Columbia County residents could face water restrictions earlier this year to head off possible shortages.

Officials clash over adding workers

Sixers suspend Iverson

Wizards snap Lakers' streak

Hornets top Bulls

Stallions open training camp

Mrs. Betty Baldwin
AIKEN -- Mrs. Betty ``Jean'' White Baldwin, 68, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Bertie Harvey
SAVANNAH - Mrs. Bertie Bennett Harvey, 77, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Moss Oaks Health Care Center, Pooler.

Mrs. Edith Spence
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Edith Virginia Spence, 80, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Emanuel County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Jeanette Coleman
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Jeanette Phillips Coleman, 88, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000.

George Lee III
Bishop George D. Lee III, of Evans, minister and founder of Living Word Christian Center, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, in Atlanta. He was 48.

Miss Martha Massey
Miss Martha Joann Massey, 64, of Broad Street, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. James Lynn Sr.
Mr. James Edward Lynn Sr., of Fairhope Street, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Cora Mack
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Cora ``Tig'' Mack, of Fifth Street, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mrs. Bessie Turner
GORDON, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie C. Turner, 76, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mrs. Florence Wilson
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Florence N. Wilson, 86, of Pamlico Drive, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Wilson Ryans
Mr. Wilson Bennie Ryans, 78, of Tate Road, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Henry Boyd Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Henry Boyd Jr., 50, of James Drive, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. David Dawson
Mr. David Kenneth Dawson, 40, of Flintwood Drive, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000.

Mrs. Jacqueline Grimsley
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Mrs. Jacqueline D. Grimsley, 79, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at Life Care of Hilton Head.

Mr. Russell Larder
THOMSON -- Mr. Russell P. Larder, 79, of Lake Drive, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Keysville Convalescent Nursing Home.

Mr. John Fields Jr.
NEW YORK -- Mr. John Eddie Fields Jr., 73, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Lincoln Hospital.

Mrs. Elease Carter
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Elease Carter, 58, of Harmony Road, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Julia Stanford
AIKEN -- Mrs. Julia Davaney ``Peggy'' Stanford, 91, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at National Health Care of North Augusta.

Mr. William Robertson Sr.
HARLEM - Mr. William ``Bill'' David Robertson Sr., 69, of Miles Road, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ervin Clay Sr.
Mr. Ervin L. Clay Sr., 60, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Tyne Woodard
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Tyne Nipper Woodard, 56, of Gwendolyn Street, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Patrick Howell
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Patrick Kennedy Howell, 31, of Liberty Street, died Sunday, March 12, 2000.

Mrs. Ulysses Griffin
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Ulysses ``Eunice'' Martin Griffin, 65, of Rainbow Falls Road, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Monefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.

Mrs. Lydia Rooks
Mrs. Lydia C. Rooks, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Jordan
WINFIELD, Ga. - Mr. William Thomas Jordan, 67, of Mistletoe Road, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Frank Atkinson
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Frank Whatley Atkinson, 75, of Atkinson Road, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Freddie Dunbar
AIKEN - Mr. Freddie Dunbar, 75, of Williams Lane, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Marion Roberts
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Marion Roberts, 54, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Douglas Faciane
LEESVILLE, La. - Mr. Douglas T. Faciane, 68, of Dawson Drive, died Saturday, March 11, 2000.

Mrs. Voneta Lane
BROOKLET, Ga. -- Mrs. Voneta Moore Lane, 81, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Frances Shinhoster
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Shinhoster, of Hill Street, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mr. Walter Williams
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Walter Williams, 74, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mrs. Sylvia Daniels
Mrs. Sylvia Jung Daniels, 43, of Westmont Drive, Martinez, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Marvin Sapp
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Marvin L. ``Skipper'' Sapp, 44, of Georgia Highway 305, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in Burke County.

Mr. Murry Bridgers
BATH -- Mr. Murry Bridgers, 89, of Augusta Road, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Kathleen Still
Mrs. Kathleen Lawton Still, 74, of Martinez, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Johnnie Thompson
Mrs. Johnnie Mae Moody Thompson, 84, of Miller Street, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Robert Taylor
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Taylor, 53, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Lillie Blount
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillie Bell Blount, 75, of Route 3, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Phlanoy Brooks
GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. Phlanoy A. Brooks, 84, of College Street, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Taylor

Mrs. Sylvia Daniels

Mrs. Jeanette Coleman

Mrs. Tyne Woodard

Mrs. Bessie Turner

Mr. Patrick Howell

Mr. James Lynn Sr.

Mrs. Lillie Blount

Mr. John Fields Jr.

Mrs. Voneta Lane

Mr. Henry Boyd Jr.

Mrs. Elease Carter

Mr. Phlanoy Brooks

Mrs. Edith Spence

Mr. Walter Williams

Mrs. Florence Wilson

Mrs. Jacqueline Grimsley

Mr. Ervin Clay Sr.

Mrs. Julia Stanford

Miss Martha Massey

Mr. Murry Bridgers

Mrs. Lydia Rooks

Mr. Russell Larder

Mrs. Johnnie Thompson

Ms. Marion Roberts

Mr. David Dawson

Mr. Freddie Dunbar

Mrs. Bertie Harvey

Mr. Wilson Ryans

Mr. William Jordan

Mrs. Kathleen Still

Mrs. Betty Baldwin

Mr. William Robertson Sr.

Backs 'model citizen' in marijuana case
Our local prosecutors have been working too hard or just don't have any morals. Lewis Covar Sr. has been a model citizen and has never hurt anybody. Our local prosecutors have to know that by filing this suit it's not doing anything to Lewis Covar Jr. (who was convicted of using marijuana).Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island

A risk worth taking
Now that the major parties' presidential primaries have produced near certain nominees, Vice President Al Gore will likely step up his attacks on GOP rival George W. Bush's ``risky tax scheme.''

Criticizes media coverage of NASCAR
After recently being in Atlanta for the NASCAR race and seeing its exciting finish, I couldn't agree more with Dale Jarrett's comments in a recent article on Winston Cup Racing getting boring. He blames the perception on the media. Steve Grinstead, Martinez

SRS health shockers
So far this year there have been two health-related issues affecting the Savannah River Site.

Advises removing all flags, monuments
I am sick of this mess over the Confederate flag in South Carolina. I have an answer that may solve the whole problem. Take down every flag in the country except the United States flag, and I will fight you to the death to keep that one up. There is also a movement to take down all Confederate monuments. Let's take down all monuments, and I mean the monuments in Washington, D.C., as well, because I'm sure somebody can find something wrong with all of them. We should also take down all pictures honoring anyone, because somebody may be offended. Robert P. McConnell Jr., Hephzibah

A bill for Ga. lawyers
Do Georgians really want to make it easier for plaintiffs' lawyers to sue corporations? That seems to be the primary purpose of a bill the Legislature just sent to Gov. Roy Barnes to sign. The measure changes the rules to determine jurisdiction for damage suits filed against corporations.

Questions events at rheumatoid clinic
It is beyond my comprehension what is happening at the downtown Veterans Administration's rheumatoid clinic. Effective Feb. 29, we veterans lost three great rheumatologists from the Medical College of Georgia, for whatever reason. All that we are being told is that these three doctors will be replaced by one doctor per visit.

S.C.'s bad tax plan
A spinoff from South Carolina's Confederate flag debate is the call by Rep. Ralph Davenport, R-Boiling Springs, to tax newspaper sales.

School councils fad
The latest educational fad may be coming soon to a school near you. Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill would, among a host of other changes, create school councils that would have the ability to make sweeping policy decisions for public schools all across Georgia.

Denies 'hero's coat' fits draft dodger
In regard to your recent reports on the ``self-imposed exile'' of Dr. Preston King: It is fitting that he should receive a pardon signed by Bill Clinton. Birds of a feather, I suppose. Reier Olson, Aiken

Sports Council need
Recently we noted the pressing need to stabilize annual funding for the Augusta-Richmond County Museum, at a minimum of $300,000 annually, via a 1998 hike on the local hotel-motel tax. The museum needs the money because the Augusta Commission last year shocked the organization with a $100,000 annual funding cut, with the money running out by 2002.

Supports prescriptive authority for nurses
Your editorial in the March 13 paper regarding nurses writing prescriptions had some facts incorrect. The nurses writing these prescriptions would be advanced practice nurses. They are registered nurses who have completed two or more additional years of schooling to achieve their degree. Leah Eubanks, RN, BSN, Evans

Calls shelter 'barbaric, shameful'
I was upset by the recent euthanizing of more than 80 dogs at Richmond County Animal Control. It is with great interest that I have followed the events leading up to this latest disaster. Based onthe history of this ``shelter,'' I am not at all surprised it came to this. Shawn M. Neal, Evans

Decries 'assassins' at animal shelter
The mass execution of the innocent victims at the Augusta animal shelter sickened and appalled me. A part of me understood the need to put these dogs out of their misery and keep other animals from being infected, but another part of me was so angry that the caretakers of these animals would be so calloused and not treat the dogs upon their arrival. Kathleen Gibson, North Augusta

Wants Larmer to leave shelter now
When I read March 8 Chronicle quoting Augusta Mayor Bob Young as saying the Animal Control Board ``overstepped its bounds'' and was really just a ``dog-bite board,'' it became clear to me that a whitewash job was in progress. Elaine van der Linden, Belvedere

Wants Rx authority for nurses
I must respond to the misinformation on which The Chronicle apparently based its March 11 editorial. Susan T. Nyhoff, RN, BSN, Augusta

Rips character 'destruction' of Larmer
Augusta Chronicle staff writer Sylvia Cooper should win the coveted ``Petlizer Prize'' animal rights award with her series of articles destroying the character and career of Animal Control Director Jim Larmer. Bernard P. Starceski, Hephzibah

Offers ideas to improve animal control
I am getting tired of the so-called animal advisory board and all the do-gooders, including those who live in Columbia County and are not residents in Richmond County. There will always be so-called cruelty to animals until Augusta-Richmond County is united and has enforceable laws that make people responsible for their pets. I would love to see some of the do-gooders spend a few weeks with the employees of the animal shelter and then see what they have to say. Dave Colwell Sr., Augusta

NASCAR takes look at common templates

Boxer intends to sue New York State Athletic Commission

Earnhardt silences critics

Overtime: Paine's Scott top freshman in the SIAC

Steeplechase growing by leaps and bounds

It's reclassification all over again

ASU continues quest to start women's golf

Imposing Gelderlanders will grace pair of events

Aiken's climate, facilities draw trainers

Motorcoaches make NASCAR life more comfortable

Harness racing began as a 'church activity'

Arrests made in Internet insider information case
NEW YORK -- Nineteen people have been charged with illegally pocketing more than $8 million from secrets traded in online chat rooms, an insider trading case that prosecutors say was the first to use the Internet.

Sears, AOL team up in marketing and product development
NEW YORK -- In the latest linkup between companies representing the ``old'' economy and the new, Sears and America Online are forming an alliance to use the Internet to expand their businesses on and off the Web.

Study: Toxic chemicals in diesel exhausts pose cancer risk
WASHINGTON -- Toxic chemicals in diesel exhausts from trucks and buses are responsible for at least 125,000 cancers over a lifetime, according to a study by a coalition of state and local air pollution control agencies.

Software company files lawsuit against 'hackers'
WASHINGTON -- A company that makes popular software to block children from Internet pornography is suing two computer experts for distributing a method for kids to deduce their parents' password and access those forbidden Web sites.

Billionaire envisions free 'Ivy League' education online
WASHINGTON -- Computer software billionaire Michael Saylor is donating $100 million to start an online university he says will offer a free ``Ivy League'' education to anyone.

Demand high for Stephen King's e-story
NEW YORK -- Getting a copy of Stephen King's new ghost story is proving to be a nightmare.

Snowmobiles appear to be on the way out at Yellowstone
JACKSON, Wyo. -- Concerns about pollution and noise from snowmobiles has Yellowstone National Park officials leaning towards a ban on the vehicles within the next two years.

Saliva, urine tests could give clues to cancer
WASHINGTON -- Simple saliva and urine tests could one day replace complicated biopsies in detecting the presence of at least some types of cancer, a new study indicates.

Study: Viagra unlikely to trigger heart attacks or death
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Reassuring new data released Tuesday suggest that heart problems triggered by Viagra are extremely rare.

FDA asked to investigate late reports of liver problems in drug
WASHINGTON -- The FDA is studying a request that it investigate a major drug manufacturer for delaying submission of information that a diabetes drug could cause liver problems in some patients.

Horses pull their weight economically
AIKEN -- Nothing much is certain about horses, which is why people bet on them at the tracks.

Race for the Crown
AIKEN -- During three Saturdays in spring, Aiken celebrates its horse heritage. The Triple Crown is a chance for people to witness the work of the trainers, jockeys and owners who spend the winter in Aiken preparing for a year of racing.

Steeplechase growing by leaps and bounds
AIKEN -- To hear Georgianna Conger-Wolcott tell it, this year's Aiken Steeplechase is ``shaping up swimmingly.''

Imposing Gelderlanders will grace pair of events
AIKEN -- They stand nearly 16 hands high, their backs straight and long and their hooves broad and strong. They are Gelderlanders -- and they're beautiful.

Harness-racing fever builds
AIKEN -- Bruce and Janis McGhee were determined to put on a super show at the Aiken Harness Race this year to benefit the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Aiken's climate, facilities draw trainers
AIKEN -- Downright balmy days in February and March convinced trainers wintering horses in Aiken for the first time this year that they made a good choice.

Aiken Trials to test young racehorses
AIKEN -- The calendar says spring starts Monday, but many Aiken residents will tell you it actually begins Saturday with the first of three straight weekends of horse racing.

Harness racing began as a 'church activity'
AIKEN -- The Aiken Mile Track -- now named McGhees' Mile -- has a place in harness racing unsurpassed by any other training center in the country.

Race for the Crown

Harness-racing fever builds

FDA asked to investigate late reports of liver problems in drug

Snowmobiles appear to be on the way out at Yellowstone

Saliva, urine tests could give clues to cancer

Software company files lawsuit against 'hackers'

Study: Toxic chemicals in diesel exhausts pose cancer risk

Study: Viagra unlikely to trigger heart attacks or death

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