Spring training roundup

Brooks ends Mets stint without a hit

Galarraga's visit inspirational

Savannah St. breaks record for wins

Wood looks good in first start with reconstructed elbow

USC-Aiken splits nightcap

MLB notebook

Venezuelans enjoy their baseball

Rocker gets more boos

Braves notebook

DeShields wraps up Orioles infield position

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.

Clay industry proves fruitful for Georgians

Quick tips: Car repairs

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs: Safety record recognized

Pocket change

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

Michigan State glides by Utah

Penn State topples Auburn

Shine sparkles for Seton Hall

Tar Heels stun Cardinal

Tar Heels stun Cardinal

Vols eliminate defending champs

Wisconsin knocks of top seed Arizona

Kentucky falls to Syracuse

Gators get best of former coach

Gonzaga upsets St. John's

Hurricanes get first Sweet 16 appearance

Duke holds on to beat Kansas

Tulsa eliminates Cincinatti

UCLA clobbers Maryland

Historic programs meet in second round

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

Hurricanes get first Sweet 16 appearance

Purdue edges Oklahoma

Sutton's seniors deliver

El-Amin hopes to play Sunday

LSU escapes with win

UConn cruises past Clemson

Notes gas prices vary by location

Laments the spiraling cost of fuel

Ponders viability of right to bear arms

Everyone isn't equal

Appreciates rule

Backs funds for history museum

Supports bill for prescribing nurses

Questions vehicles

Blasts Barnes' moves to centralize

Strengthen animal advisers

Blames GOP for blocking initiatives

Clarifies confusion over 'Millionaire'

Cites 'oppression'

Let teachers decide

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Webb shares lead with Sorenstam sisters after three

Colbert, North survive wind to maintain lead

Webb shares lead with Sorenstam

Love, Tiger to duel Sunday

Takana, Murota share lead in Dydo-Drinco Shizuoka Open

North, Colbert go wire-to-wire at Legends

Hooters Classic results

Niclas Fasth leads in Madeira

Following Woods a treacherous trail

Area golf notes

Sorenstam ends Webb's winning

Fasth wins Madeira Open

March to Masters begins with victory for Woods

Woods captures Bay Hill title

Ga. all-state basketball teams

Flyers explode offensively, top Bruins

ECHL notebook

Lynx lose, but gain a point

Lynx fight for home win

Neilson could be released from hospital soon

San Jose's Marchment suspended three games

Thrashers beat up on Leafs

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

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

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.

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

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.''

Minister should be paid well for work

Pick the Oscars contest

Serious serpents

The sarge finally has home base

Everglades visitors report seeing monster

Getting keyed up

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

Lincoln boy wins area bee

Canal cleanup a success

Legislators debate bills on tax relief
ATLANTA -- A tax-relief movement begun last year by Chatham County lawmakers is picking up steam as the General Assembly nears adjournment for this year.

Legislators face packed agenda in final week

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.

Across the area: Blowtorch mishap burns mobile home

Hunt, hounds run deep with tradition
AIKEN -- George Thomas was a 6-year-old in Maryland when he first heard hound dogs make their music.

RiverCenter takes shape

All things southern: Symbolism

Woman grabs chief role

Trial of accused child molester set to begin

Sign honors historic Hampton hotel
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Clenching his grandfather's top hat in one hand, George Jackson Alexander proudly used the other to touch the shiny new sign that will remind passers-by of the history he's cherished for years.

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.

Advertising can save missing pets
Goofy and affectionate, Hobie has been the perfect dog for the Dunham family since they brought the boxy-faced golden retriever to their home when he was 7 weeks old.

Trial of accused child molester set to begin
The bench trial of a Martinez child psychologist charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation and child molestation will begin today in Richmond County Superior Court.

Master magician
Illusionist David Copperfield brought his Journey of a Lifetime magic show to enthusiastic audiences for two shows at the Bell Auditorium on Sunday evening. Mr. Copperfield is known for his theatrical style of magic and his large-scale illusions.

Woman grabs chief role
COLUMBIA -- When Jean Hoefer Toal left the state Legislature for a seat on South Carolina's Supreme Court bench in 1988, she said goodbye to fellow lawmakers with lines from Shakespeare:

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.

Justice leaves legacy

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.

Food fair benefits abused children

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.

Advertising can save missing pets

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.

Master magician

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.

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.

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.''

Area students compete in spelling bee

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.

Students write firm, get laptops

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.

Across the area: Blowtorch mishap burns mobile home
A man using a blowtorch to cut the tongue off a mobile home frame Sunday afternoon accidentally set the residence on fire, destroying it, Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department officials said.

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.

RiverCenter takes shape
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- There is a sound to the city of Columbus.

Students write firm, get laptops

Justice leaves legacy
COLUMBIA -- Nearly half a century after becoming a lawyer in a state with separate and often unwritten laws for his race, Ernest A. Finney Jr. is retiring this week as chief justice of South Carolina's Supreme Court.

Stevens' horses take the day

Legislators face packed agenda in final week
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are breathing a sigh of relief now that the General Assembly's biggest, most time-consuming priority for the year is history.

Cold crew

Stevens' horses take the day

Truckers plan convoy

Local delegates chosen

Hunt, hounds run deep with tradition

Trials get chilly beginning

Following Woods a treacherous trail

Area residents enjoy "Cookin' for kids"

Court reverses bank robbery conviction

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

Rose leads Pacers past Hornets

Rider quickly wears out welcome with Hawks

Celtics knock off Mavs

Hawks still unable to escape slump

Streaking Lakers look to start another one

Nets need OT to down Bucks

Utah snaps Nets' win streak

Stallions hold first practice

Mr. Dimetri Roberts Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Dimetri C. Roberts Sr., 33, of Cherry Street, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. J. David Hendrix
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. James David Hendrix, 68, of Sample Street, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

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

Mrs. Frances Milner
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lelia Frances Lunceford Milner, 73, of Bartram Trace Road, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Charlton
AIKEN - Mr. William Gibbs ``Bill'' Charlton, 75, of Citation Drive, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Thomas Shields Sr.
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Thomas R. Shields Sr., 80, of Pughsley Road, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

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

Mr. Donald Crawford
AIKEN - Mr. Donald Jackson Crawford, of Oak Place, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Annie Bracewell
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Eugenia Smith Bracewell, 80, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

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

Mr. William Warren
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. William Henry ``Bootney'' Warren, of Georgia Route 6, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

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

Mr. L.C. Hall
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. L.C. Hall, 73, of Mayview Road, died Thursday, March 16, 2000.

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

Mrs. Evangerline Drummings
AIKEN - Mrs. Evangerline Thomas Drummings, 65, of Carriage Hill Place, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Gerard Patrone

Mr. Dimetri Roberts Sr.

Mr. William Warren

Mr. Ralph Samuels

Mr. Donald Crawford

Ms. Alisha Myers

Mrs. Essie White

Mr. Broadus Watson Sr.

Mr. Ben Nicholson

Mr. Desmond Prince

Mrs. Evangerline Drummings

Miss Martha Massey

Mrs. Annie Bracewell

Mr. Lewis Williams

Mr. Parkie Kendrick

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.

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

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.

Ga. sweetheart deal
One would think it might be hard for most Georgia lawmakers to reconcile these actions: Right after money for tobacco prevention was cut by the House of Representatives, a 127-32 House vote granted $2.4 million in tax subsidies to a Macon cigarette manufacturer.

Rebuts charge that liberals are 'sick'
In response to Milton Gresham's letter of March 10 sympathizing with ``victim'' John Rocker: The writer referred to liberals as ``sick, twisted, wretched individuals who victimize others,'' I would like to introduce him to a few people I know whom he would consider liberals. Lynda Luden, Martinez

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

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

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

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.

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

Shames those who cause division
I just have to reply to David Sisler's March 4 column ``Bible course in school.'' Grady Brown, 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

Questions forfeiture law in Covar case
There are many things about the case of Lewis Covar's conviction and his sentence to prison that I don't understood. If the man is truly quadriplegic, he would not be able to even light a joint, much less actively buy and sell (marijuana) without someone doing the physical work for him. Who is in jail for that?John Ballard, Augusta

Strange S.C. justice
What happened was a tragedy. A severely depressed Shirley Madison slashed her young son's throat and then her own in a murder-suicide attempt in Aiken in 1998.

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

Let teachers decide
Aiken County School Board Chairman John Bradley is fit to be tied that Palmetto State House Republicans have sent a questionnaire to public school principals to be distributed to teachers.

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

Laments the spiraling cost of fuel
I am writing about the spiraling cost of fuel. It's climbing daily. This not only hurts the consumer when he fills his tank; it hurts all aspects of his life. R. M. Griffin, Martinez

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

Ponders viability of right to bear arms
Should we or shouldn't we have the right to bear arms, as stated in the U.S. Constitution? Maybe this was OK back in the old days. But what about in today's world, with children shooting other children? Should we have the right to bear arms? G. Edwards, Martinez

Backs Schrenko in animal control issue
It is amazing how a very serious issue like the Richmond County Animal Control System can get the public's attention and start state politicians squirming. Willie L. Anderson, Augusta

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

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.

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

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.

Blasts Barnes' moves to centralize
I am becoming increasingly concerned with Gov. Roy Barnes' consolidation of power in Atlanta. Over the last months he has tried (and in most instances succeeded) to centralize education, technology and transportation under his ever-growing umbrella. He has effectively silenced any dissent or meaningful discussion of his ideas. J. Crawford, Evans

No flag controversy here

Early decisions on Neu's to-do list

Overtime: Florida ends Gamecocks' win streak at 22

Trickle continues a storied career

Burn win MLS season opener

Turkey season almost upon us

Horse's namesake shares glory

NASCAR noteboook

Tech begins 'life after Joe'

Overtime: Pacers upset Armstrong 10-4

Burton wins Mall.com 400

NASCAR notebook: Darlington track needs recap

Catfish bowfishing may soon be legal

Police patrol cyberspace for child-sex stalkers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For five months, Bill Mannering went to work every day and pretended he was a 13-year-old boy.

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.

Vitamins as American as apple pie
It's as American as hot dogs and apple pie. Swallowing vitamin and mineral supplements now is a regular practice for 40 percent of the U.S. population, according to a large-scale survey published Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Web site promotes access for Hispanics
NEW YORK -- In an effort to get more Hispanics online, a Spanish-English Web site is handing out more than 2 million computer disks offering free Internet access customized for bilingual use.

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

A better chair for the workplace
Basketball coach Bobby Knight likes to throw them, executives like to spin in them as they count their money and TV stars like to have sex in them -- at least during ``sweeps'' months. But chairs are rarely a hot topic for water-cooler conversations. Mostly they just sort of sit in the background.

A better chair for the workplace

Web site promotes access for Hispanics

Innovation has helped extend the life of machinery

Online business aims high

Counting frogs' croaks will help your neighborhood

Police patrol cyberspace for child-sex stalkers

New technology could help wireless phones, radios adapt to changes

Problems do not deter fans from login on to AOL

Company sells magazines on the Internet