MLB notebook

DeShields wraps up Orioles infield position

Spring training roundup

Byrd continues to search for success

Galarraga's visit inspirational

Torre thinks Yankees' roster is OK

Johnson goes from timid to tough; gets desired results

Braves notebook: Jordan may get cleanup hitter spot

Wood looks good in first start with reconstructed elbow

Braves take a long road trip

Braves notebook

Jordan off to successful start in spring training

Business briefs: Safety record recognized

Quick tips: Car repairs
The typical car owner spends about $1,000 each year on vehicle repair and maintenance, not including fuel costs. The following tips can help you save money and keep you from having a mental breakdown when your car breaks down.

On the move
Joanne P. Ard has joined the Thomson division of SunTrust Bank as a personal banker and lending officer.

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.

Quick tips: Car repairs

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.

Clay industry proves fruitful for Georgians
Georgia is No. 1 in many categories, but there's always one ranking that gets buried -- cat litter production.

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: Safety record recognized
United Defense Aiken Plant will be recognized by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce for its 11 consecutive safe years without a lost-time accident.

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

Pocket change
More buyers are cruising the information highway in search of a car, according to a study. Forty percent of consumers who recently bought a car or truck used the Internet to help them shop, up from 25 percent a year ago, according to initial results of a J.D. Power and Associates survey.

Weekly gas update

Clay industry proves fruitful for Georgians

Golf draws businesses to Augusta

Pocket change

Business briefs

Kentucky falls to Syracuse

El-Amin hopes to play Sunday

Purdue edges Oklahoma

Quakers no match for Illini

Florida beats Butler at the buzzer

Walker committs to Winthrop University

Wisconsin knocks of top seed Arizona

Owls get big assist from Sanchez

Gonzaga upsets St. John's

Duke begins quest to repeat Final Four trip

LSU escapes with win

Purdue without Duhart as title defense begins

Pirates get overtime victory over Oregon

No. 1 Connecticut crushes Hampton

Michigan State glides by Utah

Women's roundup: Lady Bulldogs sail to first-round win

Pepperdine upsets Indiana

Historic programs meet in second round

UCLA clobbers Maryland

Decries `lies' of Southern history

Clarifies confusion over 'Millionaire'

Everyone isn't equal

Strengthen animal advisers

Cites 'oppression'

Supports bill for prescribing nurses

Appreciates rule

Compares animal euthanasia to abortion

Notes gas prices vary by location

Blames GOP for blocking initiatives

Slams unpunished tree violation

Questions vehicles

Backs funds for history museum

Gas price rise exaggerated

Serious serpents
Each year, Whit Gibbons looks forward to his favorite signs of spring. There are budding azaleas, nesting birds -- and sunning snakes. Yep. Snakes.

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.

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.

The sarge finally has home base
Porcelain pink, peach and red roses from Italy, a grandfather clock from Germany, a grandmother clock from Korea and clown figurines from Czechoslovakia make Amos and Sandra Thomas' home look more like a tribute to world travel than a yearlong plan for the perfect house.

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

Getting keyed up
Clara Harris holds her instrument like a small sleeping child, cradled softly in her arms. She shifts in her chair slightly, allowing a lone sunbeam to catch the silver bellows and red lacquered wood. Quietly she peers at the open sheet music on a small stand in front of her and then, unbuckling the leather strap that holds the instrument silent and still, she begins to play.

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

Arts Notebook: Augusta offers cinema-philes a multitude of movie choices
Seen Magnolia yet? How about Boys Don't Cry, or All About My Mother? These critical film favorites, all playing in other cities and towns across the country, have failed to screen in Augusta. Chances are, nobody will see them inside the city limits until they land on the shelves at local video stores.

Pick the Oscars contest
Enter our contest by voting for the Academy Award nominee you think will win the Oscar in the six categories below. Readers who pick all six correctly will be entered in a drawing for a $100 cash prize. Employees of The Augusta Chronicle and their immediate families are ineligible. The winner will be notified by phone by Friday, March 31.

Minister should be paid well for work
Dear Carson: My son is getting married in a Lutheran service to be performed by a retired minister. He and his wife will have to drive about 90 minutes to get to the house where the service will be conducted.

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.

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.

Everglades visitors report seeing monster
Does a Bigfoot type of monster stalk Florida's Everglades? Tourists, campers, seasoned guides and wildlife experts have reported run-ins with giant, smelly, apelike creatures similar to the legendary beast of the Pacific Northwest.

'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.

Area golf notes

Following Woods a treacherous trail

Niclas Fasth leads in Madeira

Hooters Classic results

Takana, Murota share lead in Dydo-Drinco Shizuoka Open

Niclas Fasth retains lead in Madeira Open

Love, Tiger to duel Sunday

Tiger takes lead at Bay Hill

Webb shares lead with Sorenstam

TV stars take lead at Legends

Sorenstams block Webb's bid for five

Colbert, North survive wind to maintain lead

Ga. all-state basketball teams

ECHL notebook

San Jose's Marchment suspended three games

Lynx blank Checkers

Lightning hits Devils

Lynx ledger

Thrashers beat up on Leafs

Lynx fight for home win

Doctors: Medication worsened Lindros' headaches

Neilson could be released from hospital soon

Spelling becoming a lost art
Years ago, college football coach Bobby Bowden was asked about the scholastic abilities of a top recruit.

Area residents enjoy "Cookin' for kids"
Four-year-old Ashlynn Putnam brushed the blond curls out of her eyes and looked at the pen that was holding a llama, pony, sheep, lamb and other animals.

Local delegates chosen
Members of the Richmond County and Columbia County Republican parties held their local conventions Saturday and elected delegates to the district and state conventions. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Area students compete in spelling bee
Andrew Brown could have used a lifeline from the audience Saturday. But the 13-year-old wasn't on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He was a finalist in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee regional qualifying competition, and he was having trouble choosing between ``i'' and ``e.''

Students write firm, get laptops
When some seniors at Glascock County Consolidated School sat down to write a letter asking First Union Mortgage to give them 30 laptop computers, it was little more than an exercise in writing letters of request. 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

Stevens' horses take the day
AIKEN -- Not even the chilly weather was enough to cool off Ron Stevens' hot run at the 58th annual Aiken Trials on Saturday.

Canal cleanup a success
As they picked up trash along the shore of Augusta Canal near Savannah Rapids Pavilion, members of Cub Scout Pack 615 acted as though they were having a scavenger hunt instead of cleaning the environment. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

The sarge finally has home base

Faith digest

Everglades visitors report seeing monster

Serious serpents

St. Mary to honor nun of 60 years

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

Arts Notebook: Augusta offers cinema-philes a multitude of movie choices

A nurturing hand

Pick the Oscars contest

Divorced minister found peace in the garden

Catholics an unknown factor in elections

Minister should be paid well for work

Getting keyed up

God is the only one to worship

Lincoln boy wins area bee
Andrew Brown could have used a lifeline from the audience Saturday. But the 13-year-old wasn't on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He was a finalist in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee regional qualifying competition, and he was having trouble choosing between ``i'' and ``e.''

Trainer weighs in on races

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.

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

Cold crew
Spectators dressed for the chilly weather Saturday watch Columbia University rowers make their way along Langley Pond during the 2000 Augusta/Aiken Spring Rowing Regatta. About 850 rowers from all over the country competed in the event.

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.

Students write firm, get laptops
When some seniors at Glascock County Consolidated School sat down to write a letter asking First Union Mortgage to give them 30 laptop computers, it was little more than an exercise in writing letters of request.

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.

Schools' fuel costs skyrocket

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.

Across the area

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.

Court reverses bank robbery conviction
The Georgia Court of Appeals agreed with an Augusta man recently that he was unfairly convicted after a judge found he had waived his right to an attorney at trial.

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.

Canal cleanup a success
As they picked up trash along the shore of Augusta Canal near Savannah Rapids Pavilion, members of Cub Scout Pack 615 acted as though they were having a scavenger hunt instead of cleaning the environment.

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.

Trials get chilly beginning
AIKEN -- Chaplain Richard Benner blamed himself for the overcast skies and chilly winds that threw a coldness over the meeting Saturday for the 58th running of the Aiken Trials.

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.

Celebrants enjoy Savannah festivities

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.''

Following Woods a treacherous trail

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.

Area residents enjoy "Cookin' for kids"

Savannah airport plans new LaGuardia flights

Stevens' horses take the day

Fantastic finish

Local delegates chosen
Members of the Richmond County and Columbia County Republican parties held their local conventions Saturday and elected delegates to the district and state conventions.

Canal cleanup a success

All things southern: Symbolism
AIKEN -- Amid trendy seasonal banners and an occasional Stars and Stripes, a South Carolina secession flag flies on a quiet residential street in Houndslake subdivision.

Trials get chilly beginning

Students write firm, get laptops

Food fair benefits abused children

Local truck drivers fight city ordinance

Truckers plan convoy

Food fair benefits abused children
Four-year-old Ashlynn Putnam brushed the blond curls out of her eyes and looked at the pen that was holding a llama, pony, sheep, lamb and other animals.

Cold crew

Stevens' horses take the day
AIKEN -- Not even the chilly weather was enough to cool off Ron Stevens' hot run at the 58th annual Aiken Trials on Saturday.

Local delegates chosen

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.

Stevens' horses take the day

Businesses show interest in airport

All things southern: Symbolism

Court reverses bank robbery conviction

Across the area: Four-year-old loses arm after crash

Agency sues FedEx for Augusta man

Students write firm, get laptops

Cook picks Aiken winners

Lincoln boy wins area bee

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.

Area students compete in spelling bee

Center to target tech training

Truckers plan convoy
Angry truck drivers in high-powered rigs are planning a convoy Tuesday leading to the municipal building, where they will tell Augusta Commission they have no place to park.

Across the area: Four-year-old loses arm after crash
A driver lost control of a 1991 Ford Escort on Georgia Highway 79 curve Friday, causing his 4-year-old son to lose an arm, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

State still pays 13 cents a minute for calls

Pacers top Houston

Rider quickly wears out welcome with Hawks

Celtics knock off Mavs

Nets need OT to down Bucks

Jordan wants Bulls run out of town

Rose leads Pacers past Hornets

Streaking Lakers look to start another one

Sixers end Jazz's win streak

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

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.

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

Mrs. Essie White
Mrs. Essie White of Country Place Drive, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Beverly Manor.

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.

Mr. Desmond Prince
Mr. Desmond D. Prince, of Chestnut Street, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Lewis Johnson
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Lewis Howard Johnson, 71, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at National Healthcare, North Augusta.

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

Mr. Jimmie Mitchell
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Jimmie Lee Mitchell, 75, of Manor House, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Parkie Kendrick
THOMSON -- Mr. Parkie Andrew Kendrick, 40, of Cedar Rock Road, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Broadus Watson Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Broadus E. Watson Sr., 74, of Boardman Road, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Ralph Samuels
THOMSON -- Mr. Ralph T. Samuels, 78, of Cobbham Road, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at his residence.

Miss Martha Massey
Miss Martha Joann Massey, 64, of Broad Street, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Thomson Manor.

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

Mr. Ben Nicholson
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Ben C. Nicholson, 94, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at the Saluda Nursing Center.

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

Ms. Alisha Myers
Ms. Alisha Catchings Myers, 24, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, in Savannah.

Mr. Gerard Patrone
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Gerard John ``Pat'' Patrone, 75, of Nakoma Way, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Ben Davis

Mrs. Mattie Weaver

Mrs. Elaine MacDonald

Mr. Lewis Williams

Mrs. Dorothy Ferguson

Mr. Gerard Patrone

Ms. Evelyn Redd

Mrs. Essie White

Mr. Elliott Nagle

Ms. Alisha Myers

Mrs. Catherine Shoaf

Mr. Ralph Samuels

Mrs. Pearl Williams

Jessie Vredingburgh

Mr. C. Lewis Williams

Mr. June McKie

Mr. Ben Nicholson

Mr. Parkie Kendrick

Mrs. Ludie Tucker

Mr. John Byrd

Mr. Broadus Watson Sr.

Mrs. Patricia Barton

Mr. Desmond Prince

Miss Martha Massey

Mr. Herbert Doe Jr.

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.

Kent: Mayoral bill stalled; ideas to cut red tape
THE EIGHT-MEMBER Augusta delegation to the Georgia General Assembly has done nothing to improve the law consolidating the old city and county governments. And there are only two days left in the 2000 legislative session.

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

End landlord subsidy
Animal lovers weren't the only people beating down the Augusta Commission's doors last Wednesday (see above editorial). So were landlords.

Everyone isn't equal
A majority of Georgia's House of Representatives last Thursday initially tabled, on an 83-82 vote, so-called ``hate crimes'' legislation that imposes stiffer sentences for criminals who commit violent acts ``because of bias or prejudice.'' The majority should have stuck with its first instinct.

Urges veto power for Augusta mayor
After reading the law outlining the consolidation of Augusta and Richmond County, I am appalled at the nonsensical distribution of power assigned to the executive and legislative parties. Tracie Barry, Augusta

Admonishes protest of advisory group
The past few days we've had an animal rights group protesting the actions taken by Augusta animal control personnel to curb an outbreak of a disease that could infect dogs throughout the area. I. J. Allred, Augusta

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.

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

Notes gas prices vary by location
I appreciate The Chronicle keeping tabs on how much gas is costing everyone. I do believe it should not just pick one gas station and say this is what gas costs. Gayle Bishop, Augusta

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

Cites 'oppression'
In reference to A.R. Fox's letter of Feb. 28: Right on brother. Everything he said is true. Barbara Garner, Augusta

Strengthen animal advisers
The Augusta Commission will consider an ordinance Tuesday, proposed by Commissioner Stephen Shepard, to officially expand the role of the Animal Control Advisory Board.

Appreciates rule
Thank you for your rule limiting letter writers to one per month. This rule, at least, gives your readers some relief from the blatherings of one Robert McCranie. H. Earl Thompson, Augusta

Kent: Mayoral bill stalled; ideas to cut red tape
THE EIGHT-MEMBER Augusta delegation to the Georgia General Assembly has done nothing to improve the law consolidating the old city and county governments. And there are only two days left in the 2000 legislative session.

Questions vehicles
I would like to know how Richmond County zoning enforcement officials get to keep their jobs and those $30,000 to $35,000 Cherokees and Explorers that the taxpayers have to pay for, while most of us have to settle for much less? I hope somebody, somewhere, will listen and explain. Cecil Long, Hephzibah

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.

Hits 'Chronicle' for missing story
The Chronicle's March 6 editorial ``Not of interest!'' struck a nerve. The article criticizes the major television networks (ABC, NBC and CBS) for lightly reporting on the conviction of Maria Hsia, Al Gore's close friend and major fund-raiser, of five felonies relating to campaign financing. S. K. Ching II, Martinez

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.

Clarifies confusion over 'Millionaire'
Re ``Expresses outrage over quiz show'' (March 15 letter by Eva-Marie Proudfit): Marge Swartzwelder, Augusta

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

Blames GOP for blocking initiatives
I take exception to the March 12 letter by my friend Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, which stated that Democrats had blocked for years the Republican reform legislation which would allow for public initiatives or referendums. State Sen. Don Cheeks, Augusta

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

Backs funds for history museum
Your two recent editorials concerning the Augusta History Museum speak volumes as to the need for the entire Central Savannah River Area community to support our museum. Robert Roy Goodwin II, Evans

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

Supports bill for prescribing nurses
Re: your March 11 editorial concerning passage of H.B. 784 -- giving nurses or physician's assistants the right to write prescription medications for patients: John E. Hunt, SFC, USA (Ret.), 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

Stallions begin training

Marine Midland Arena now to be called HSBC Arena

No flag controversy here

Burn win MLS season opener

Gordon wins pole position at Darlington

Tech begins 'life after Joe'

Turkey season almost upon us

NASCAR noteboook

Overtime: Pacers upset Armstrong 10-4

Early decisions on Neu's to-do list

Harlem Globetrotters to perform despite NAACP sanctions

Trickle continues a storied career

Horse's namesake shares glory

Farmand, Stahlkloo win snowboard cross titles

Overtime: Ruttman ties record with third Truck pole

No promises from Holtz

Catfish bowfishing may soon be legal

Evans wins error-filled game

Online business aims high
ATLANTA -- After $16 billion in acquisitions in the past 18 months and alliances with backers such as Microsoft, CNN and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, Internet millionaire Jeff Arnold said Thursday that his Atlanta-based company is still not the market leader.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Problems do not deter fans from login on to AOL
Its customers sometimes still grumble about busy signals, annoying ads that pop up after they sign on, software that trashes other Internet connections and, it seems, a gadzillion other things.

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

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.

Company sells magazines on the Internet
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dan Beaver doesn't pull any punches when he talks about his growing business. He says he will change the way America -- and perhaps the world -- buys magazines.

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.

Counting frogs' croaks will help your neighborhood
If you're hearing spring peepers around your neighborhood creek or pond, the U.S. Geological Survey would like you to do a little scientific counting. It eventually could tell a lot about the environmental health of your area.

Leggy snake slithers out of obscurity
WASHINGTON -- A team of researchers has reached into a dusty drawer and pulled out a snake with legs.

New technology could help wireless phones, radios adapt to changes
WASHINGTON -- Consumers may soon be able to update their cell phone and radio features without additional equipment because of technology being considered by federal regulators.

Innovation has helped extend the life of machinery
When visitors come to Savannah River Site, they typically get a bus tour followed by a trip inside a single SRS plant. Often, that plant is the Defense Waste Processing Facility.

Company sells magazines on the Internet

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

Report faults SRS computers

Innovation has helped extend the life of machinery

Problems do not deter fans from login on to AOL

New technology could help wireless phones, radios adapt to changes

Online auction fraud increasing

Online business aims high

DNA evidence pushes legislatures toward dropping statute of limitations

Russia cancels actor's movie mission on space station Mir

Counting frogs' croaks will help your neighborhood

General Accounting Office slams Russian modules