Galarraga's visit inspirational

Brooks ends Mets stint without a hit

Savannah St. breaks record for wins

Braves notebook

Venezuelans enjoy their baseball

MLB notebook

DeShields wraps up Orioles infield position

Wood looks good in first start with reconstructed elbow

USC-Aiken splits nightcap

Rocker gets more boos

Spring training roundup

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.

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.

Pocket change

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.

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.

Clay industry proves fruitful for Georgians

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

Business briefs: Safety record recognized

Wisconsin knocks of top seed Arizona

UCLA clobbers Maryland

Historic programs meet in second round

Gonzaga upsets St. John's

Penn State topples Auburn

Kentucky falls to Syracuse

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

LSU escapes with win

Purdue edges Oklahoma

Sutton's seniors deliver

Tulsa eliminates Cincinatti

Michigan State glides by Utah

Shine sparkles for Seton Hall

El-Amin hopes to play Sunday

UConn cruises past Clemson

Tar Heels stun Cardinal

Gators get best of former coach

Tar Heels stun Cardinal

Vols eliminate defending champs

Duke holds on to beat Kansas

Hurricanes get first Sweet 16 appearance

Hurricanes get first Sweet 16 appearance

Cites 'oppression'

Strengthen animal advisers

Notes gas prices vary by location

Laments the spiraling cost of fuel

Everyone isn't equal

Blasts Barnes' moves to centralize

Let teachers decide

Ponders viability of right to bear arms

Clarifies confusion over 'Millionaire'

Blames GOP for blocking initiatives

Questions vehicles

Backs funds for history museum

Appreciates rule

Supports bill for prescribing nurses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Following Woods a treacherous trail

Area golf notes

Takana, Murota share lead in Dydo-Drinco Shizuoka Open

Sorenstam ends Webb's winning

Hooters Classic results

Fasth wins Madeira Open

Love, Tiger to duel Sunday

North, Colbert go wire-to-wire at Legends

Webb shares lead with Sorenstam

Niclas Fasth leads in Madeira

Colbert, North survive wind to maintain lead

Woods captures Bay Hill title

March to Masters begins with victory for Woods

Webb shares lead with Sorenstam sisters after three

Ga. all-state basketball teams

Neilson could be released from hospital soon

Thrashers beat up on Leafs

ECHL notebook

Flyers explode offensively, top Bruins

San Jose's Marchment suspended three games

Lynx lose, but gain a point

Lynx fight for home win

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

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

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

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

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.''

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.

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.

Serious serpents

Minister should be paid well for work

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

Everglades visitors report seeing monster

The sarge finally has home base

Pick the Oscars contest

Getting keyed up

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.

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.

Canal cleanup a success

Court reverses bank robbery conviction

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.

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.

Woman grabs chief role

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

Students write firm, get laptops

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.

Advertising can save missing pets

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.

Following Woods a treacherous trail

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.

All things southern: Symbolism

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.

Cold crew

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.

Food fair benefits abused children

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.

Trials get chilly beginning

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.

Stevens' horses take the day

Area students compete in spelling bee

Hunt, hounds run deep with tradition

Students write firm, get laptops

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.

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

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.

Trial of accused child molester set to begin

Local delegates chosen

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.

Truckers plan convoy

Legislators face packed agenda in final week

Stevens' horses take the day

Across the area: Blowtorch mishap burns mobile home

Area residents enjoy "Cookin' for kids"

RiverCenter takes shape

Master magician

Lincoln boy wins area bee

Utah snaps Nets' win streak

Rose leads Pacers past Hornets

Hawks still unable to escape slump

Nets need OT to down Bucks

Rider quickly wears out welcome with Hawks

Streaking Lakers look to start another one

Celtics knock off Mavs

Stallions hold first practice

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Annie Bracewell

Mr. Donald Crawford

Mr. Lewis Williams

Mr. Ralph Samuels

Mr. Dimetri Roberts Sr.

Mr. Broadus Watson Sr.

Mr. Desmond Prince

Mr. Parkie Kendrick

Mrs. Evangerline Drummings

Miss Martha Massey

Mr. William Warren

Mr. Gerard Patrone

Mr. Ben Nicholson

Mrs. Essie White

Ms. Alisha Myers

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Turkey season almost upon us

Horse's namesake shares glory

No flag controversy here

NASCAR noteboook

Burn win MLS season opener

Trickle continues a storied career

Overtime: Florida ends Gamecocks' win streak at 22

Overtime: Pacers upset Armstrong 10-4

Burton wins Mall.com 400

Early decisions on Neu's to-do list

Tech begins 'life after Joe'

NASCAR notebook: Darlington track needs recap

Catfish bowfishing may soon be legal

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

New technology could help wireless phones, radios adapt to changes

Police patrol cyberspace for child-sex stalkers

Company sells magazines on the Internet

Counting frogs' croaks will help your neighborhood

Problems do not deter fans from login on to AOL

Web site promotes access for Hispanics

Innovation has helped extend the life of machinery

Online business aims high