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.

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

Seeing Green

'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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grand illusions

Savannah St. sets national win record

Glavine brothers team up for first time in exhibition

Byrd continues to search for success

Braves take a long road trip

Tigers' Gonzalez says 'Rangers won't win'

Braves notebook: Jordan may get cleanup hitter spot

Torre thinks Yankees' roster is OK

Jordan off to successful start in spring training

Johnson goes from timid to tough; gets desired results

Crowds' applause in sync

Golf draws businesses to Augusta
Local economic development officials courting corporate VIPs during Masters Week are again stepping up their sales pitch. Officials have booked a global commerce expert to speak after a steak-and-seafood dinner at the Augusta Country Club as part of the 41st annual Red Carpet Tour.

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: State jobless rate up

Weekly gas update
Gas prices have begun to fall this week. Here's a list of gasoline prices at area gas stations.

Business briefs
DETROIT -- A trade group for car dealers will soon have its own Internet site that hopes to compete for business by listing invoice prices, the amount new car dealers pay to manufacturers.

Airport business picks up
Business is beginning to pick up for some of the companies that call Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field home. The Augusta Aviation Commission is now in the process of reviewing several proposals from the likes of Garrett Aviation, McAir Aviators and Flightline Services, Al McDill said Thursday.

Business briefs

Golf draws businesses to Augusta

Businessman buys vacant restaurant

Weekly gas update

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

Horses pull their weight economically

Purdue clips Dayton

Walker committs to Winthrop University

Knights defeated in opener

Hurricanes' coach could replace Cremins

Florida beats Butler at the buzzer

Quakers no match for Illini

Syracuse downs Samford

UConn aiming for another title run

N'diaye block saves Auburn

Kentucky holds off St. Bonaventure

Pepperdine upsets Indiana

Owls get big assist from Sanchez

Richardson-Broyles rift considered real

LSU returns to winning ways

Huggins: 'Don't count us out'

Chaney favorite of many

No. 1 Connecticut crushes Hampton

Virginia lets lead slip away

Purdue without Duhart as title defense begins

Wildcats survive thriller in 2 OTs

Duke begins quest to repeat Final Four trip

Pirates get overtime victory over Oregon

Championship race begins in women's hoops

Slams unpunished tree violation

A bill for Ga. lawyers

Compares animal euthanasia to abortion

Supports prescriptive authority for nurses

Decries `lies' of Southern history

S.C.'s bad tax plan

SRS health shockers

Denies 'hero's coat' fits draft dodger

Decries 'assassins' at animal shelter

Gas price rise exaggerated

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?

Catholics an unknown factor in elections
WASHINGTON - The religious tumult during the primary campaign reinforced one of the dogmas of Republican Party politics: You can't get the nomination without the Evangelical Protestant activists. George W. Bush cultivated this flock; John McCain alienated it. Guess who won.

'Lost books' of the Bible exist as sidelight to texts
What are the ``lost books'' of the Bible? Sounds like one of those phony theories about secret revelations or church cover-ups that occasionally make a little money for a certain type of writer.

Faith digest
Ron Johnson, a former New York City gang member who graduated from Columbia University, has a message for teens: Wait until marriage to try sex.

A nurturing hand
Maybe it was her large fenced-in yard that created a safe oasis in the rough Nellieville neighborhood.

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

God is the only one to worship
Are we ever guilty of worshiping idols?

Divorced minister found peace in the garden
The plaques on Terry Hershey's walls prove he was an overachiever as a clergyman, but a divorce about 20 years ago said otherwise. It turned his world upside down.

St. Mary to honor nun of 60 years
The last time Sister Rose Margaret Schweers walked the convent grounds at St. Mary on the Hill parish, she checked to see if the peach and apple trees were blooming.

TV stars take lead at Legends

Niclas Fasth leads Madeira Island Open

Tiger takes lead at Bay Hill

Sorenstams block Webb's bid for five

One-hit wonder matches Tiger for a day

Niclas Fasth retains lead in Madeira Open

Golden Bear heads into Legends struggling

Lynx ledger

Isles top Thrashers; Canadiens tie Flyers

Doctors: Medication worsened Lindros' headaches

Stanley Cup champs honored by President

Lynx blank Checkers

Thompson questions Lynx' desire

Ziggy Palffy sidelined for at least two weeks

Lynx ledger

Lightning hits Devils

Lindros remains hospitalized

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

Businesses show interest in airport
Business is beginning to pick up for some of the companies that call Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field home. The Augusta Aviation Commission is now in the process of reviewing several proposals from the likes of Garrett Aviation, McAir Aviators and Flightline Services, Al McDill said Thursday. 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

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

'Lost books' of the Bible exist as sidelight to texts

God is the only one to worship

Stop plant fungus before it spreads

Catholics an unknown factor in elections

Divorced minister found peace in the garden

Faith digest

St. Mary to honor nun of 60 years

A nurturing hand

Strawberry harvest

Trainer weighs in on races
AIKEN -- Trainer Ron Stevens says he's got a winner in With Ability. He likes the catchy name and calls her the next Storm Song -- one way of saying she could be another Aiken-trained champion. But the owner of Stevens Race Stables cautions: ``The best horses don't always win the trials.''

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.

Augusta accepts penalty

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.

Across the area
Glenn Frey, the singer/songwriter best known as a member of The Eagles, will perform at Bell Auditorium on April 6 in a benefit concert for Fort Discovery.

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.

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

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

Cook picks Aiken winners

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.

Schools' fuel costs skyrocket
Paying 91 cents per gallon might seem like a bargain with today's fuel prices. But try paying that for a fleet of 133 to 179 school buses.

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.

Cook picks Aiken winners
AIKEN -- Pockets has your horse picks. James ``Pockets'' Carter, who runs the Track Kitchen with his wife, Carol, returns this year with his predicted winners for today's Aiken Trials. Last year was the first he'd missed since 1993, disappointing people who'd always relied on his gift for getting 'em right.

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.

Fantastic finish

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Local truck drivers fight city ordinance

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.

Local truck drivers fight city ordinance
Lefonza McCoy is just making an honest living. A truck driver for 11 years, he often spends more than two weeks on the road at a time, driving as far as California and Ohio to pick up and deliver truckloads he tows with the 10-wheeled cab that he owns.

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

City celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Augusta got its Irish up Friday. More than 1,000 people lined downtown streets for the city's 23rd annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

School reform bill passes House, Senate

Center to target tech training
AIKEN -- U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham announced a $1.5 million federal grant to Aiken Technical College at a ground-breaking ceremony Friday for the school's new training center.

Churches get security lesson

Agency sues FedEx for Augusta man
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit Friday in U.S. District Court in Augusta for a former Federal Express employee fired after he refused on religious grounds to shave off his beard.

MCG seniors find their futures

Fantastic finish
Cindy Hasselquist, 10, runs into the waiting arms of her mother, Rose, after completing the 50-meter dash during Friday's Special Olympics at Greenbrier High School.

Augusta airport plans disappointed by Delta

Drill mimics wartime medicine

Murderer recants his confession

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

Savannah prepares for St. Pat's

Chamber OKs state budget plan

Donation will fund expansion

Jail gets trained medical help

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

Trainer weighs in on races

Sheriff's Department offers reward

Across the area

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.

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.

Center to target tech training

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.

Agency sues FedEx for Augusta man

Soldiers prepare for medical emergencies

Former aide talks about candidates

Stucco bill moves on to House

Businesses show interest in airport

Project revives town's past

Schools' fuel costs skyrocket

Celebrants enjoy Savannah festivities
SAVANNAH -- The cups were smaller and the lines for wristbands were longer than in the River Street celebrations of yore. But when tens of thousands of people decide to have a big time on the biggest party day of the year, minor reforms don't get in their way.

Celebrants enjoy Savannah festivities

State still pays 13 cents a minute for calls
ATLANTA -- People at Georgia's Capitol apparently hung up on sales calls offering discount telephone service, because the state government is still paying 13 cents a minute for long-distance connections.

State still pays 13 cents a minute for calls

Savannah airport plans new LaGuardia flights
Savannah International Airport could have a third carrier providing nonstop service to New York-LaGuardia Airport next year with the help of new legislation aimed at boosting air service to smaller communities from the nation's busiest airports.

Driver receives 5 years
An Augusta driver who struck two children and fled the scene received a five-year prison sentence Friday.

Savannah airport plans new LaGuardia flights

Sixers suspend Iverson

Pacers top Houston

Jordan wants Bulls run out of town

Wizards snap Lakers' streak

Sixers end Jazz's win streak

Stallions open training camp

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

Mrs. Elaine MacDonald
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Elaine Robertson MacDonald, 73, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Ferguson
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Mrs. Dorothy Stephens Ferguson died Wednesday, March 15, 2000.

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

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

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

Jessie Vredingburgh
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Jessie Wayne Vredingburgh, infant son of Kenny and Wendy Vredingburgh, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. John Byrd
Mr. John Lee Byrd, 84, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Beverly Manor of Augusta.

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

Mr. Ben Davis
WARD, S.C. - Mr. Ben Davis, 73, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at his residence.

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

Ms. Evelyn Redd
BELVEDERE - Ms. Evelyn M. ``Kelly'' Redd, 89, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. C. Lewis Williams
Mr. C. Lewis Williams, 97, of Terrace Road, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Pearl Williams
Mrs. Pearl Story Williams, 88, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Beverly Manor.

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

Mr. Herbert Doe Jr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Herbert Lee ``Cruiser'' Doe Jr., 64, of Oakland Drive, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Barnwell 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. Jimmie Mitchell
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Jimmie Lee Mitchell, 75, of Manor House, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ludie Tucker
NINETY-SIX, S.C. - Mrs. Ludie Long Tucker, 94, of South Carolina Highway 25 South, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at her residence.

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. Elliott Nagle
AIKEN - Mr. Elliott V. Nagle, 71, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Catherine Shoaf
SALISBURY, N.C. - Mrs. Catherine Louise Blalock Shoaf, 74, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.

Mrs. Patricia Barton
Mrs. Patricia A. Lord Barton, 45, of Hummingbird Court, died Thursday, March 16, 2000.

Mr. June McKie
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. June L. McKie, 75, of Talisman Drive, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Anne Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Mrs. Mattie Weaver
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Belle Brantley Weaver, 74, died Thursday, March 16, 2000.

Mr. John Fields Jr.

Mr. C. Lewis Williams

Mr. Patrick Howell

Mrs. Voneta Lane

Mr. John Byrd

Mrs. Edith Spence

Mr. Murry Bridgers

Mrs. Florence Wilson

Mrs. Kathleen Still

Mr. Elliott Nagle

Mrs. Catherine Shoaf

Mrs. Ludie Tucker

Mrs. Lydia Rooks

Mrs. Elaine MacDonald

Mrs. Sylvia Daniels

Mr. James Lynn Sr.

Ms. Marion Roberts

Mr. Robert Taylor

Mr. Walter Williams

Mrs. Jacqueline Grimsley

Mr. Ervin Clay Sr.

Mrs. Tyne Woodard

Mr. Ben Davis

Mrs. Elease Carter

Mrs. Patricia Barton

Mrs. Jeanette Coleman

Miss Martha Massey

Ms. Evelyn Redd

Mrs. Julia Stanford

Mrs. Pearl Williams

Mrs. Betty Baldwin

Mrs. Dorothy Ferguson

Mr. Russell Larder

Mrs. Mattie Weaver

Mr. Henry Boyd Jr.

Jessie Vredingburgh

Mrs. Lillie Blount

Mr. Herbert Doe Jr.

Mrs. Johnnie Thompson

Mr. June McKie

Sisler: Message a teaches lesson in discernment
THE E-MAIL message said, ``Test: Pretty Park.exe,'' and ended with the symbol :) -- which is computer-ese for a smile. The address was from someone who writes to me regularly, sending jokes, stories and little snippets of life. So I clicked on the file and nothing happened. ``Stupid computer,'' I mumbled, deleted the file and went on to the next e-mail.

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

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

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

Says U.S. gas prices relatively low
I've been reading the many complaints by Augustans regarding current gas prices. If any of them read the Sunday paper they would know that we are not exactly suffering compared to the rest of the nation. Lisa Corbin, Hephzibah

Slams unpunished tree violation
So, Richard Acree, a ``top official in the city's Public Works Department, violated a city ordinance when he had 15 trees surrounding the Municipal Building trimmed without a permit last month?'' Dave Caddell, Augusta

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

Supports funding for history museum
It was with great interest and much concern that I read your editorial of March 5 on the funding for our newly renamed Augusta Museum of History. Carol Sanders, Evans

Defends Christians' right to judge
I am writing to set the record straight regarding Christians' ability to judge. David Chiera, Augusta

Lashes `reverse discriminator' caucus
Just what is the ``Georgia Black Caucus?'' Is this yet another black association of reverse discriminators, which blatantly announces its pride in being black while trying to serve us with a platter of ``racial harmony?'' P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem

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

Gas price rise exaggerated
We gas-guzzling Augustans are paying as little as $1.38 per gallon to fuel our automobile habits. That's a lot less than most drivers around the country are paying.

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

Sisler: Message a teaches lesson in discernment
THE E-MAIL message said, ``Test: Pretty Park.exe,'' and ended with the symbol :) -- which is computer-ese for a smile. The address was from someone who writes to me regularly, sending jokes, stories and little snippets of life. So I clicked on the file and nothing happened. ``Stupid computer,'' I mumbled, deleted the file and went on to the next e-mail.

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

Democratic Taiwan chooses
The free Chinese on the island of Taiwan today hold their second democratic presidential election in the face of crude threats by the Communist Chinese mainland.

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.

Decries `lies' of Southern history
Ignorance of history is widespread in this country, and I find it disturbing that The Chronicle prints lies about history that are widely believed by readers of the newspaper.Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Compares animal euthanasia to abortion
Re letters to the editor dated March 10 concerning the Richmond County Animal Control:Joyce Gantt, Augusta

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.

Gordon wins pole position at Darlington

Overtime: Paine's Scott top freshman in the SIAC

Aiken's climate, facilities draw trainers

Harlem Globetrotters to perform despite NAACP sanctions

NASCAR takes look at common templates

No promises from Holtz

Boxer intends to sue New York State Athletic Commission

Farmand, Stahlkloo win snowboard cross titles

Evans wins error-filled game

Steeplechase growing by leaps and bounds

Overtime: Ruttman ties record with third Truck pole

Imposing Gelderlanders will grace pair of events

Stallions begin training

Marine Midland Arena now to be called HSBC Arena

Harness racing began as a 'church activity'

It's reclassification all over again

DNA evidence pushes legislatures toward dropping statute of limitations
NEW YORK -- With DNA solving crime after crime, some states are extending or dropping the statute of limitations on prosecuting rape and other violent offenses in case a genetic match that can prove who did it turns up decades later.

Study: Sperm counts unchanged over 50 years
LOS ANGELES -- Average sperm counts from American men have not changed over the past 50 years, according to a new study that disputes the theory that tight underwear, pollution and sedentary jobs are threatening virility.

INS announces it has exhausted its allotment of high-tech visas
WASHINGTON -- It took less than half the fiscal year to exhaust the annual allotment of visas for skilled foreign professionals, the government said Friday. The announcement likely boosts the prospects for congressional action temporarily raising the ceiling on the visa program.

Report faults SRS computers
Complicated computer systems contributed to some mishaps in a key plant at Savannah River Site, a federal review board has reported.

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.

General Accounting Office slams Russian modules
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Russian components for the international space station do not meet NASA safety requirements for shielding, windows and noise levels, the General Accounting Office says.

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.

Russia cancels actor's movie mission on space station Mir
MOSCOW -- Actor Vladimir Steklov was supposed to blast off to the Mir next month to portray a renegade cosmonaut who won't leave the space station, but now Russia won't let him even get off Earth, a space official said Thursday.

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.

Physicists put four atoms in two places at the same time
The dream of a quantum leap in computer science nudged a bit closer to reality this week, thanks to some Colorado physicists.

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.

Online auction fraud increasing
As Doug Smith can testify, auction fraud is becoming an all-too-common part of the online shopping experience.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Race for the Crown

Harness-racing fever builds

INS announces it has exhausted its allotment of high-tech visas

Software company files lawsuit against 'hackers'

Online auction fraud increasing

General Accounting Office slams Russian modules

FDA asked to investigate late reports of liver problems in drug

Study: Viagra unlikely to trigger heart attacks or death

DNA evidence pushes legislatures toward dropping statute of limitations

Report faults SRS computers

Russia cancels actor's movie mission on space station Mir

Saliva, urine tests could give clues to cancer

Snowmobiles appear to be on the way out at Yellowstone