Cast goes 'Cuckoo' for play

Oscar in town for glitzy gala

Oscar in town for glitzy gala
It's Oscar night, and another limousine pulls up, spilling its occupants onto the red carpet. Met by a flurry of flashbulbs and the cheers of the assembled masses, the tuxedo- and evening gown-clad wave and smile before making their way into Bell Auditorium for the ceremony.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer sticks to traditional country music

Cast goes 'Cuckoo' for play
If rebellion were personified in human form, its name might be R.P. McMurphy. Writer Ken Kesey's unlikely protagonist of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest first invaded the collective unconsciousness in the early '60s.

Drummer hears African beat
There is no couch in the Gaddy living room, nor is there an easy chair, television or coffee table. In fact, none of the standard living-room accessories seem to have found their way into the traditional home.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer sticks to traditional country music
Folks who complain that today's younger country-music artists don't perform traditional, hard-core country music need to know about Heather Myles.

Drummer hears African beat

A. Jones swinging hot bat in Florida

Cubs and Mets get ready for L-O-O-O-N-G 'road' trip

Wolfpack whiz swings for fences

Braves notebook: Chipper Jones prepared to leave

Braves starters struggle

Barnwell off to fast start

Reporters find fraud in recipes

Banker honored for work

Scaling the scaffolding
Construction crews do masonry work on the Food Lion grocery store between Aiken and Augusta on Jefferson Davis Highway. The 40,000-square-foot store is part of a new strip mall scheduled to be completed this summer.

Banker honored for work
A professional business fraternity that has honored the heads of some of the nation's largest companies chose a local banker as its award winner for 1999.

Group misses meeting due to plane problems
About 50 local officials were delayed for more than three hours Wednesday when their chartered flight to Washington was canceled because of mechanical problems, an Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman said.

State markets 'mega-sites' to big industries

LMI, management firm discuss merger
LMI, the management company operating the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and Bell Auditorium, might be merging with SMG, a Philadelphia-based public facilities management company, local coliseum authority members said Wednesday.

State markets 'mega-sites' to big industries
ATHENS -- Two large tracts of land in Northeast Georgia will be among five ``mega-sites'' that will be marketed to international companies looking to build big industrial plants in the Southeast, the state development director says.

Business briefs: Tech stocks soar; S&P 500 hits high

Business briefs: Tech issues' rally leads Dow advance
NEW YORK -- Stocks advanced broadly Thursday, carrying the Dow Jones industrial average over 11,000 for the first time in seven weeks, as a rally in high-tech issues spread throughout Wall Street.

Group misses meeting due to plane problems

Business briefs: Tech stocks soar; S&P 500 hits high
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks reclaimed their leadership of the stock market Wednesday, driving the Nasdaq composite index higher as investors bought shares of chip makers, Internet companies and beaten-down biotech firms.

Airline strike could hurt travel
A pending strike against US Airways by its flight attendants has ticket holders around the country hoping for the best or scrambling to make alternate arrangements in the event the airline shuts down.

LMI, management firm discuss merger

Business briefs: Tech issues' rally leads Dow advance

Airline strike could hurt travel

Scaling the scaffolding

700 new jobs reported in area

700 new jobs reported in area
Seven hundred new jobs in trade and service-related industries brought the Augusta area's unemployment rate in February down to 4.6 percent from 4.7 percent in January, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Santangelo focused on winning title

UAB blazes way into round of 16

Cyclones advance to Midwest final

Pirates' Holloway remains hampered by ankle injury

Halloway remains questionable

Tulsa, Miami make history

Georgia more than two-person team

Cavaliers coach making sure to enjoy ride

Purdue knocks off Gonzaga

Cleaves' speech sparks Spartans

Spartans wary of Syracuse

Florida-Duke should be a scoring battle

Supports the right to carry a gun

Urges more support for museum

Asks Trent Lott about retiree help

Praises sheriff's department for the crackdown on I-20

Government extortion

Suggests chores to keep kids off streets

Be cautious with gifted

Defends Augusta animal control chief

Relates needs at the Augusta jail
Whether you are guilty or innocent, there is a process you must go through after you have been charged with a crime. I experienced the grueling process a few weeks ago at the Richmond County Jail. Jimmie L. Sullivan Sr., Augusta

Needed blow to FDA
Wiser legal minds than those in the Clinton-Gore administration had warned the effort to ``legislate'' tobacco laws through the Food and Drug Administration bureaucratic edicts would go up in smoke.

Just say `No'

Raps campaign finance reform rhetoric

Criticizes NRA spokesman's remarks
All Americans should be outraged by the comments of National Rifle Association ExecutiveVice President Wayne LaPierre when he made the following statement about President Bill Clinton: ``I've come to believe that he needs a certain level of violence in this country. He's willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda, and his vice president, too.'' Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Praises photo, article on hounds

Budget post-mortem

Suggests animal adoption process

Ring cycle
When Kent Strickland met Karen Etterle in downtown Augusta recently, it marked a reunion between a man and a ring he wore when the world was young.

In the know
These reading glasses are out of sight. Literally. They are cleverly concealed in a distinctive ballpoint pen - and the pen really works.

Festival of blooms
Spring color is showing up around Augusta as pink azaleas, white dogwoods and yellow daffodils burst into bloom.

Capsules
Japanese archaeologists may have uncovered traces of the world's oldest hutlike structure.

Gold Medal winners announced for 2000
I am proud to announce the Georgia Plant Selections Committee's Gold Medal winners for 2000.

Sutton survives Sawgrass to take the lead

Thomson freshman on par for success

Duval: Tiger is beatable

Webb leads Nabisco

The Tiger factor: believing whether he can be beat

Dallas player suspended for three games for high stick

Filion's hiring a blessing

Lindros fires shots at Flyers organization

Blues try to keep hitting those high notes

Lynx notes: Wiebe downplays Kopec benching

Flyers: Lindros to miss 4-6 weeks because of concussion

Neilson could be released from hospital Thursday

Reporters find fraud in recipes
To paraphrase Dick Tracy: Sooner or later, you're gonna get caught.

Census 'bus' visits Augusta
It's an office on wheels, a rolling billboard and part of a 12-strong public awareness posse. And the 28-foot long Census 2000 Road Tour Vehicle arrived in Augusta on Wednesday, bearing thousands of promotional items to help encourage historically hard-to-reach communities to return their Census questionnaires. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Gold Medal winners announced for 2000

In the know

Capsules

Festival of blooms

Columbia County student wins district STAR award
Augusta Preparatory Day School senior Griffin Reid has always put academics before anything else.

Sword theft doesn't stop instructor

Local leader enters hospital

SRS K-Reactor to become storage facility

Paramedics get new wheels

Miller convicted in pawnshop robbery trial

Miller convicted in pawnshop robbery trial
After less than 30 minutes of deliberating, jurors returned a guilty verdict Thursday in the trial of the man identified as a gang leader who ordered a pawnshop robbery and shooting last February.

Legislators gets veto over EPD water rules

Flower fund request wins dubious award

Activists protest contract

Paramedics get new wheels
For Emergency Medical Technician Ryan Goodson, Skyfest 2000 won't be about the ballet of fighter jets roaring overhead.

Work begins on housing development

Skyfest official says air show will go on
A fatal F-16 plane crash at a Sunday air show in Texas has caused confusion about whether Skyfest 2000 on April 1-2 has been canceled.

Census 'bus' visits Augusta

Sword theft doesn't stop instructor
SAVANNAH -- By all accounts, John Lee's missing swords are beautiful, encased in burnished wood inlaid with gold.

Abandoned cars could be auctioned

Campus frat houses' future uncertain

Executive promotes MOX plan

Legislature ends session filled with partisan acrimony
ATLANTA -- Georgia voters' representatives packed up their laptops and left the Capitol as the General Assembly completed its business and adjourned late Wednesday night.

Skyfest official says air show will go on

Legislature ends session filled with partisan acrimony

SRS K-Reactor to become storage facility
Within months, the U.S. Department of Energy plans to complete the plutonium circle at Savannah River Site.

Gun lock giveaways prove successful

Activists protest contract
Nuclear activists have asked federal officials to stop working with a British firm that partially owns Savannah River Site's top contractor.

Across the area: Driver enters plea in fatal hit-and-run
An 18-year-old Grovetown man charged in the hit-and-run death of a 7-year-old boy in December pleaded not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment.

Science fair sparks thought
AIKEN -- Richard Hane was just a boy in Missouri when he watched fighter jets blister the night sky above Whiteman Air Force Base. Even then a fascination with things mechanical captured his imagination like a magnet sticking to metal.

Flower fund request wins dubious award
A $25,000 state grant to replace some of the Garden City's azaleas lost in last year's drought has received the Stuck Pig Award.

Gambling suit settled out of court
AIKEN -- An Aiken County mother who claimed that video poker establishments took advantage of her son's gambling addiction has settled the suit before it reached a courtroom.

'Hendrick' bill, other legislation passes

Double slaying prompts safety concerns

Fire safety improves at Greek residences
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fraternity houses on the University of Georgia campus need expensive renovations, but they are not the fire traps they were four years ago, according to university officials.

Businessman starts fund for neighborhood
AIKEN -- Aiken City Councilman Don Sprawls hasn't lived in Crosland Park for 17 years, but the neighborhood he moved into as a newlywed is still close to his heart.

Legislators gets veto over EPD water rules
ATLANTA -- The final version of a bill giving Georgia farmers a say over environmental rules affecting agriculture takes away the state's ability to regulate water quality, environmental advocates charged Wednesday.

Bill OKs weather closings
COLUMBIA - Legislation allowing South Carolina children to miss up to three days of school this year because of inclement weather was signed into law by the governor Thursday.

Suspect will face charges

Census tour rolls into town

Learning envisioned at swamp

Drug sting leads to man's arrest
AIKEN -- State drug agents arrested an area man at an Aiken apartment complex Thursday after he accepted a delivery containing about 15 pounds of marijuana, police said.

Abandoned cars could be auctioned
AIKEN -- Lost your prized 1982 Cadillac? Can't find the blue 1977 Chevrolet van you swore you owned?

Executive promotes MOX plan
A proposed plutonium-processing plant at Savannah River Site will not be a $500 million experiment, said the executive in charge of its design Thursday.

Voters to decide on special elections
ATLANTA -- Voters will have a chance to decide in November if legislators convicted of a felony should be expelled from office and replaced through a special election.

Judge finds psychologist guilty
Robert Bruce Craft's defense attorney described the child psychologist as a broken man, resigned to what came Thursday afternoon.

Judge holds psychologist's fate

Fans get glimpse of team
Shirley Cheesman briefly lost her bearings.

Gambling suit settled out of court

Gun lock giveaways prove successful
Area authorities have had no trouble finding takers in recent gun lock giveaways, a trend sweeping the country with the growing demand for firearm safety devices.

Judge holds psychologist's fate
The fate of child psychologist Robert Bruce Craft, accused of molesting and exploiting children, now rests in the hands of a judge.

Across area: Legislators pass referendum guide
A bill setting the parameters for the possible November referendum on the structure of Columbia County's government was passed by state legislators before they adjourned for the year.

Across area: Legislators pass referendum guide

Diplomat: Apology hoped for
Pope John Paul II's efforts to reach out to Jews are important, but cannot replace a formal Vatican apology for its silence during the Holocaust, an Israeli diplomat said Thursday.

Work begins on housing development
New homes soon will grace the Laney-Walker Boulevard area, marking the first steps in the community's revitalization efforts.

University Hospital gives bonuses
University Hospital's employees will get a piece of last year's success.

Testimony links defendant to Chicago gang

Learning envisioned at swamp
Jackie Maryak can gaze across the ruins of an old milking barn and envision a classroom complex where children learn about butterflies and cypress trees.

Census tour rolls into town
It's an office on wheels, a rolling billboard and part of a 12-strong public awareness posse.

School punishes boy for untucked shirt
A Richmond County parent says her son was sentenced to the alternative school Thursday for not tucking in his shirt.

Firefighters receive new life-saving tools
Survival chances for Augustans needing pulmonary resuscitation improved Wednesday when the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department received 23 portable defibrillators as part of a grant from the American Heart Association.

Local leader enters hospital
Richmond County School Board member Kingsley Riley has been admitted to Georgia Regional Hospital in Augusta for observation.

Stucco bill gets final approval

Suspect will face charges
A former University of Georgia employee returned to Athens on Wednesday from Fort Worth, Texas, to face charges that he stole more than $300,000 worth of postage stamps from the university over a six-year period.

School board argues graduation guides
Columbia County school board members are wrestling with who should participate in this year's graduation ceremonies.

Mother, daughter face charges in court theft
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- The longtime administrator of the Effingham County State Court solicitor's office stands accused of altering records to conceal her daughter's theft of funds from the office.

Testimony links defendant to Chicago gang
The man accused of being the mastermind in a robbery and shooting at a south Augusta pawn-shop last year is undoubtedly affil-iated with a Chicago-based crime syndicate, a gang expert testified Wednesday.

Double slaying prompts safety concerns
SAVANNAH -- Bill Greene stopped by Hari's Food Mart on Habersham Street on Wednesday afternoon, just like he does every day, to get a Coke.

Campus frat houses' future uncertain
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's 11 on-campus fraternity houses face an uncertain future because they need millions of dollars in repairs and renovations, school officials say.

Stucco bill gets final approval
ATLANTA -- With less than an hour remaining in the 2000 General Assembly session, Georgia lawmakers gave final approval to a bill extending the deadline for homeowners to sue over damage caused by synthetic stucco.

'Hendrick' bill, other legislation passes
ATLANTA -- Among legislation given final approval by the General Assembly on Wednesday was a bill prompted by a brutal assault last fall on an Augusta middle school teacher.

Mother, daughter face charges in court theft

Science fair sparks thought

Judge finds psychologist guilty

Across the area: Driver enters plea in fatal hit-and-run

Drug sting leads to man's arrest

Diplomat: Apology hoped for

Rockets relieved Olajuwon getting treatment

Rockets top Clippers

Cassell has 30 in Bucks win

Falcons signs free agent Redmon

Judge hears appeal on agents' status

Instant replay debate begins again

Lewis' assault charges dropped in Baltimore case

Mrs. Rachel White
Mrs. Rachel M. White, 88, of Mauge Street, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Salem Rehabilitation Nursing Home.

Mrs. Alva Mayo
KITE, Ga. - Mrs. Alva Ona Douglas Mayo, 80, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ann Boulrice
RINCON, Ga. - Mrs. Ann Sasser Boulrice, 55, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Bragg
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. William M. Bragg, 80, of Radiance Drive, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Jesse Bryant Jr.
Mr. Jesse Bryant Jr., 49, of Madrid Drive, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Vicki Prescott
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Vicki Prescott, 43, of Waccamaw Drive, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Holton
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert Grady Holton, 87, of Anthony Road, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Lucille Watkins
Mrs. Lucille L. Watkins, 89, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Malcom Lockhart
WRENS, Ga. - Malcom Melgal Lockhart, infant son of Michael Beasley, Wrens, and Margurite Lockhart, Dearing, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mrs. Janie Corbitt
AIKEN - Mrs. Janie R. Corbitt, 82, of Mistland Loop, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mr. K.C. Underwood
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. K.C. Underwood, 72, of Rockwood Drive, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Anna Jenkins
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Anna Moore Jenkins, 75, of College Street, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ethelyn Brown
Mrs. Ethelyn Smith Brown, 75, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. William Brantley
MIAMI - Mr. William Jefferson ``Jeff'' Brantley, 80, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at South Miami Hospital.

Mr. Robinjit Pooni
VIDALIA, Ga. - Mr. Robinjit Singh Pooni, 55, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mr. Ralph Wicker Jr.
Mr. Ralph James ``Beau'' Wicker Jr. died Saturday, March 18, 2000, in Savannah.

Mr. Henry Moore
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Henry ``Hal'' Moore, 99, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. James Bigham Sr.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mr. James Robert Bigham Sr., 61, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at his residence.

Jaaliyah Williams
Jaaliyah Mykeria Williams, infant daughter of Aristo Burnette and Memory Williams, of Gilbert Manor, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Wenona Averette
Mrs. Wenona Rhodes Averette, 89, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Maria Dennis
Mrs. Maria D. Dennis died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence. She was 101.

Mr. Charles Oliver Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Charles Oliver Jr., 23, of Buttermilk Road, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Jeannine de Pujo
AIKEN - Mrs. Jeannine de Pujo, 71, of Kerr Drive, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in Virginia Beach, Va.

Mr. Eugene Nelson
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mr. Eugene ``Coot'' Nelson, 58, of Dixie Court, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at North Broward Hospital.

Mr. Grady Lewis
ROUND O, S.C. - Mr. Grady Lee Lewis, 65, of Round O Road, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. John Randall
AIKEN - Mr. John A. Randall, 44, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mr. Charlie Kimbrel
GROVETOWN - Mr. Charlie Kimbrel, 73, of Langston Avenue, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Bertie McCravy
BATH - Mrs. Bertie Curtis McCravy, 76, of Minter Street, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Myrtis Johnson
Mrs. Myrtis Warner Johnson, 73, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Clyde Trawick
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Clyde Trawick, 76, of Trawick Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Bennie Gilbert
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Bennie Coleman Gilbert, 80, of Greenwood Highway, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. William Payne
LOS ANGELES - Mr. William L. Payne, 79, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, in California.

Mr. Richard Weber
AIKEN - Mr. Richard Brian Weber, 43, of Andrews Circle, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mildred Perkins
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Sasser Perkins, 75, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mr. Paul Corley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Paul H. Corley, 68, of Five Notch Road, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Beverly Manor, Augusta.

Mrs. Margaret Knight
Mrs. Margaret T. Knight, 80, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Damien Coney
GARFIELD, Ga. - Mr. Damien ``Rock'' Coney, 20, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Perry Lariscy
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Perry Lee Daughtry Lariscy, 78, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mr. Gregory Murrell Sr.
Mr. Gregory Neal ``Rooney'' Murrell Sr., 45, of Warren Street, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta.

Mrs. Rudell Johns
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Rudell Holland Johns, 85, of Dogwood Drive, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Sidney Rosser
Mr. Sidney L. Rosser, 68, of Richmond Hill Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Matilda Campbell
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Matilda Campbell, of Farmers Bridge Road, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Anna Dockery
Mrs. Anna Dockery, of Deans Bridge Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Bill Smith
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Bill Smith, 76, died Saturday, March 18, 2000.

Mr. Leon Courtney
DRY PRONG, La. - Mr. Leon A. Courtney, 62, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000.

Mr. Issac Badie
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Issac Badie, 93, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Bethany Home Nursing Center.

Miss Anna Thurmond
COLUMBIA - Miss Anna Gertrude Thurmond, 95, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Stillhope Nursing Home.

Mrs. Sara Kimbrough
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Sara Jane Askew Kimbrough, 91, of Mabel Lane, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Morris Johnson Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Morris Johnson Jr., 76, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Bethany Nursing Home.

Mrs. Essie Jackson
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Essie Mae Thomas Jackson, 78, of Josey Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Eliza Webster
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Eliza Webster, 84, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at Broward County Memorial Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mr. Joseph Williams Sr.
JACKSON - Mr. Joseph Yates Williams Sr., 75, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Essie Jackson

Mrs. Margaret Knight

Mr. James Bigham Sr.

Mr. Joseph Williams Sr.

Mr. Grady Lewis

Mrs. Wenona Averette

Mr. John Randall

Mr. Paul Corley

Mrs. Rudell Johns

Mr. Robert Holton

Mrs. Rachel White

Mrs. Sara Kimbrough

Mr. Henry Moore

Mr. Robinjit Pooni

Mrs. Jeannine de Pujo

Mr. Damien Coney

Mr. Morris Johnson Jr.

Mr. Bill Smith

Mrs. Vicki Prescott

Mr. Gregory Murrell Sr.

Mr. Leon Courtney

Malcom Lockhart

Mrs. Eliza Webster

Mr. William Bragg

Mr. Eugene Nelson

Mrs. Alva Mayo

Mrs. Mildred Perkins

Jaaliyah Williams

Mr. William Payne

Mrs. Matilda Campbell

Mr. Charles Oliver Jr.

Mr. Clyde Trawick

Mrs. Maria Dennis

Mr. Issac Badie

Mrs. Ann Boulrice

Mr. Charlie Kimbrel

Mrs. Lucille Watkins

Mr. Jesse Bryant Jr.

Mr. Richard Weber

Mrs. Myrtis Johnson

Mrs. Perry Lariscy

Mrs. Anna Jenkins

Mrs. Ethelyn Brown

Mr. Sidney Rosser

Praises photo, article on hounds
Thank you for the great picture of the hounds and their keepers, on the Metro page of The Chronicle on the first day of spring. It should've been on the front page. John P. Reichel, Martinez

Praises sheriff's department for the crackdown on I-20
It is finally refreshing to see the intensity being applied to the crackdown on the speeding situation that you see on Interstate 20 day in and day out. John G. Biddlecome, Clarks Hill

Be cautious with gifted
The last thing anyone wants is for a school system to discriminate against students because of race. Unfortunately, discrimination comes in many forms, some of them quite insidious. That's why we don't object to the U.S. Department of Education looking into the enrollment policies for the nation's gifted and talented education programs.

Government extortion
Even Americans who support the deal between the Clinton administration and gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson should be troubled that the government sanctions a Mafia-style policy, where the ends justify the means.

Cites history of Messianic movement
I am writing in response to Ron Blum's Feb. 25 letter, ``Blasts rabbi.'' Messianic Rabbi Don Lansing, Augusta

Needed blow to FDA
Wiser legal minds than those in the Clinton-Gore administration had warned the effort to ``legislate'' tobacco laws through the Food and Drug Administration bureaucratic edicts would go up in smoke.

Suggests animal adoption process
I can't remember the location, but a particular county had a novel approach to the animal control problem. Instead of putting animals to sleep, it decided to spay or neuter them all and then put them up for adoption for a nominal fee. Keith Pettus, Augusta

Hopes for return of the insurgents
Well, the real excitement is over and the ``pre-fab'' candidates are all who are left. Now we can look forward to eight more months of talk, talk, talk before we finally vote for president. Clinton N. Textor, Augusta

Budget post-mortem
It's hard to believe that just 25 years ago Georgia's budget was just over $1 billion. This week, Georgia's General Assembly concluded by passing a record $14.4 billion state budget that, unfortunately, doesn't fund all of Gov. Roy Barnes' sweeping education bill.

Suggests chores to keep kids off streets
There is a big campaign underway to get more after-school programs because Mom and Dad are working two jobs and little Junior has no place to go but the street. Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

Resents taxpayers paying to defend Westinghouse
We are in the midst of that short time frame during which everyone in the country is rushing about having their federal income tax returns prepared so that they can be in the mail by April 15. But, how many of us really thought that a part of the April 15 rush would be to get more money into Westinghouse Savannah River Company coffers to pay the many millions of dollars of legal bills they are incurring while defending the race discrimination lawsuit brought by its African American work force. Jimmy Walker, Aiken

Defends Augusta animal control chief
Re the March 3 letter to The Chronicle about Augusta's Animal Control facility: Charles Nutt, Hephzibah

Asks Trent Lott about retiree help
Does U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., care? Boyd W. Simmons, Augusta

Urges more support for museum
The Augusta Museum of History has made great strides in preserving and presenting the story of our area. Viola E. Evans, Augusta

Criticizes NRA spokesman's remarks
All Americans should be outraged by the comments of National Rifle Association ExecutiveVice President Wayne LaPierre when he made the following statement about President Bill Clinton: ``I've come to believe that he needs a certain level of violence in this country. He's willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda, and his vice president, too.'' Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Hits action of Saudia Arabia, Kuwait
Hello. did I miss something again? Johnny Hensley, Augusta

Raps campaign finance reform rhetoric
All of this talk about campaign finance reform is so much hot air. The fact is that the fat cats will always find a way to finance their political goals. Vernon Johnson, Mesena

Just say `No'
``Want to strike a blow for liberty, privacy and limited government? Then answer the only question required by the Constitution: How many people live in your home? Census bureaucrats say it is your civic duty to answer all the questions. But it's actually your patriotic duty to refuse to answer nosy Census questions that the federal government has no business asking ...''

Supports the right to carry a gun
I read with interest your news article regarding the drop in crime in the two-state area. The decrease is partially because of more deputies, more community involvement and a booming economy. Louis Hernandez, Augusta

Relates needs at the Augusta jail
Whether you are guilty or innocent, there is a process you must go through after you have been charged with a crime. I experienced the grueling process a few weeks ago at the Richmond County Jail. Jimmie L. Sullivan Sr., Augusta

Fans diversify portfolios with racing stock

Overtime: Ex-assistant makes return to Thurmond

TV details unclear for heavyweight fights

Sapp makes good on prediction

South Aiken remains perfect with 8-0 mark

Repairs won't threaten Georgia season

Cross Creek girls dominate competition

'Fastskin' bodysuit to get competitive debut

Bristol packs people, excitement

King attacks Lewis with testimony in trial

Task force formed to fight cyber crime
PITTSBURGH -- With its aging population and Rust Belt image, Pittsburgh may hardly seem like the kind of town the federal government would choose as a base for its war on sophisticated cyber crime.

New diagnostic tool promising for heart patients
A simple, inexpensive blood test for a certain protein has proved far more accurate than cholesterol screening in predicting a person's risk of a heart attack, researchers say.

AIDS gene patent contains errors, scientists say
LOS ANGELES -- Scientists have found at least four significant errors in a newly issued patent of a human gene that plays a role in AIDS infection, the Los Angeles Times reported today.

Report: Miss America winners getting skinnier
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Miss America is getting skinnier and skinnier.

DOE investigating allegations of radiation record tampering
WASHINGTON -- The government is investigating whether officials at federal uranium enrichment plants falsified radiation exposure records for workers, the Department of Energy's top safety official said Wednesday.

Freebie Web sites cause marketing chaos
When the owner of the Freedom Candle emporium in Granby, Conn., wanted more people to visit his store's Web site, he thought it would be a good idea to offer a free votive as a sample.

Radioactive ammo used 'throughout Kosovo'
U.S. jets fired radioactive ammunition ``throughout Kosovo'' during NATO's 1999 war against Yugoslavia, a top NATO official has acknowledged.

File your census online
One of the best-kept secrets of this census-gathering season is that people can file their census form via the Internet unless they've been furnished the long form.

Genital herpes can spread during `symptomless' outbreaks
People infected with genital herpes can spread it even between flare-ups, when they have no symptoms, new research suggests. Previously, patients and even most doctors thought people with herpes were unlikely to be infectious when they had no symptoms, which can include painful, oozing blisters, ulcers and fissures and tingling and burning.

Supplements' quality questioned
Often without realizing it, consumers who buy vitamins, minerals and herbs at the pharmacy or health-food store may be taking a leap of faith.

Water wells polluted by gas additive
LOS ANGELES -- About one-third of drinking water wells in 31 states may be contaminated with the gasoline additive MTBE, according to a study released today. The federal government already is acting to ban use of the chemical.

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